Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Abreu shatters derby records
DETROIT — Bobby Abreu has always been one of baseball's most unheralded stars.

AL topples NL in All-Star game
DETROIT — Old stars, young studs, it doesn't make a difference. When it comes to All-Star games these days, the American League always wins.

Celebrating the land of the free and the home of the brave
Kenai certainly lived up to its designation as an All American City as the community turned out for a star spangled 12 hour celebration of freedom and the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. From a Rotary breakfast to a full afternoon of international entertainment and vendor booths, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce 2005 4th of July celebration provided a full day of family celebration.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Well John doesn't get home until Monday, so unfortunately here I sit again. This summer has really gone fast and furious. This time home, we have dipnetting and Travis' hunter safety class. Next time home it will already be moose season and John gets to go hunt for sheep and goat. He got lucky and pulled 3 drawings this year. Thankfully they are close. I do hope one day he gets the buffalo and musk ox, but I am also glad that he won't be gone for those this year. We have barely seen him and when he is home he thinks he has to work around here. Well hopefully this time he will get his fishing in to tell you about.

Gold from "Them thar hills"
Northern Dynasty Mines Pebble Project environmental manager Ella Ede recently showed the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce a core sample from the test site at the Pebble project near Illiamna on the other side of Cook Inlet.

VISTA Volunteer says farewell
For the last two years Casey Reynolds has been working in the City of Kenai and the Economic Development Director as Volunteers in Service to America, VISTA volunteer.

Scramblr Grand Prize Winner Selected
At the June 27 weekly luncheon of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, the lucky winner of the Clarion's Scramblr Contest took home $500. The Grand Prize winner, selected from over 2,500 entries, was Bobbie Blythe.

Alaska welcomes its newest U.S. Citizen
The 4th of July 2005 was an extra special celebration for Veronica Delgado because the United States of America is her new homeland. Delgado spent her first 4th of July as a U.S. citizen serving at the Acapulco Restaurant at the Bridge in Soldotna. It was the summer of 1995 when Delgado first came to visit Alaska from Mexico and decided she wanted to make this her home. "I loved it so much I decided I wanted to stay and become a part of this country," said Delgado in an interview.

Laurawood Arms Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Laurawood Arms, a senior citizen housing complex in Soldotna, celebrated its 20th anniversary with a picnic from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 3rd. The complex, located at 131 Shady Lane, has never had a vacancy, and one tenant, Madrona Lindgrin, has lived in the complex since it opened, anccording to owner Mavis Lancaster of Soldotna. The project was financed by U.S.D.A. Rural Development.

NOW PLAYING: Fantastic Four
Have you ever heard the expression that goes, "a day late and a dollar short"? I was sitting here trying to find the words that could sum up the mess that is Hollywood's big budget version of the classic comic, Fantastic Four, and nothing else seems quite so appropriate. But it's even worse than that. These guys showed up late to their own party. Marvel Comics has been the toast of the town lately, and the Fantastic Four are the company's first super-group; really the first superheroes at all, at least in Marvel's current incarnation. It's a sad fact that the team that preceded Spiderman and the X-Men, that started it all, is now hopelessly out of date.

Golf classic, pig roast give scholarships a boost
The annual Ray Husby Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic was recently held at the new Bird Homestead Golf Course out in Funny River and it was a great success. Our annual pig roast was held following the tournament and also was a great success.

Return of flowers puts color back in summer
Alaskans herald our summers by planting flowers. Soldotna residents plant flowers at the four corners of their streets, have hanging baskets, garden boxes and window boxes and flowers are blooming everywhere.

Gas prices hurt fishing charters, too
Like the major airlines, fishing charter companies' largest daily operating expense is fuel cost. Also like the airlines, a fishing charter company can not raise fares fast enough or high enough to offset the ever increasing cost of fuel, as well as other expenses, without causing "sticker shock" to prospective customers. Unlike the airlines, fishing charter companies cannot appeal to the U.S. Congress to bail them out before going bankrupt. The fishing charter industry can not support a "tourist tax."

Seeing the sign cause to stop, think
Thank you (to) the stranger on the corner. As I drove through town Wednesday morning, there was a solitary man with a sign, standing on the corner. I only got a glance at the words on his sign, but it said something like "A Veteran for Peace."

Court orders readers to remain tight-lipped
COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP) — A handful of people in Canada got a sneak peak of the latest Harry Potter book, but a British Columbia Supreme Court judge ordered them to keep it a secret.

Lightning brings new fires to life
Smoke from wildfires once again filled the air in Sterling and could be smelled in Kenai on Tuesday as windy conditions pushed the smoke into inhabited areas of the Kenai Peninsula.

Who bears the blame?
Living in a big city, there are certain precautions that must be taken in order to stay safe — latching doors before going to bed, setting car alarms and any number of other measures to prevent crime.

Armed boats escort state ferries
JUNEAU (AP) — Armed Coast Guard boats are escorting Alaska state ferries in response to the bombings in London last week.

Building will facilitate safety
A local construction company broke ground on a new multimillion dollar emergency response center Friday in Soldotna.

Budget, goals get thumbs up
With an increase from $4,576 to $4,919 per student allocation approved by the Alaska Legislature, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board passed its 2006 budget of $89,560,311 Monday. That brings the total budget, including special revenue funds targeted for specific programs, to $106,891,787.

Water taxi
Trevor Kimbal carries his wife Sheri across the Russian River during a recent fishing trip. Trevor avoided mishap from the stream's rocky bottom and Sheri got to keep her feet dry.

Hanging around
Dennis Banks, a technician for GCI, works on a cable television amplifier under rainy skies and above a patriotic pole on Peninsula Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

Water watch grows
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of the national Waterkeeper Alliance, will join Alaskans later this week in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Cook Inlet Keeper program, and to mark the launch last year of a new keeper organization in Prince William Sound.

Cruise ship rep opposes restrictions on industry
The cruise industry makes a significant contribution to Alaska's economy, and Alas-kans should oppose a proposed ballot initiative that would place significant restrictions and additional taxes on this industry.

Richard John 'Rich' Hill
Longtime Soldotna resident Richard John "Rich" Hill died Friday, July 8, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna, following a brave and hard-fought battle with cancer. He was 56.

Warren A. Teel
Clam Gulch resident and former Nikiski resident Warren A. Teel died Sunday, July 10, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 48.

Constance Wilson
Kenai resident Constance Wilson died unexpectedly Monday, July 11, 2005 at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 52.

Panners shut out Oilers
The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks defeated the Peninsula Oilers 1-0 Monday night in 11 innings in Alaska Baseball League action at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

State should share more oil profits, risks
Alaska's oil industry is reaping a multi- billion-dollar windfall from today's stratospheric oil prices. Industry profits after expenses topped $5 billion in the past year, according to state estimates. Roughly one dollar of every three the companies collected from Alaska oil was pure profit. An after-tax profit margin of 33 percent in any business is astounding — and good for them.

Parents don't get break from worry when soldiers get break from war
News about the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Fort Wainwright has been scant of late, and for good reason. Its members are enjoying some leave time before their scheduled deployment to Iraq next month.

Panners sweep punchless Oilers
It was a glum night at the ballpark Tuesday as the Peninsula Oilers dropped both ends of a doubleheader against the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks in Alaska Baseball League play.

Around the Peninsula
Canner dial gauge testing slated Developmental screening planned CPHC board to meet CPHC expansion to be discussed Community meeting planned Child birth classes available Community run set to go Safe sitter classes slated

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG to meet Social Security reps to visit area Class of 1985 reunion planned Parade applications available Garage sale fund-raiser planned Women's run seeks volunteers

Old Course gets a little more length
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — The last time Tiger Woods played at St. Andrews, he went back 100 years in time by hitting a replica of the gutta percha golf ball during a practice round. Despite a mighty drive on the 352-yard ninth hole, he still had a 5-iron left to reach the green.

Homestead Golf Report
Ladies Night last week was canceled due to Fourth of July celebrations here at the Bird Homestead Golf Course on Funny River Road, but I did get the opportunity to play a few holes with Jackie Risch and daughter, Megan. Jackie is one of our regulars and Megan is brand-new to the game.

Tour cream will rise to top in mountains
GRENOBLE, France — For Lance Armstrong and his Tour de France challengers, the true test begins now — in the thin air of the Alps, on snaking climbs lined by screaming fans.

Grimes wins All Alaskan Skins Game
Tony Grimes birdied the 17th hole to earn $1,250 and win the Ninth Annual Wells Fargo All Alaskan Pro Skins Game at Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna Monday.

Kenai Golf Report: Course looking superb
The wonderful summer weather continues and the course is looking fantastic. We are truly fortunate to live in such a wonderful place and to be forced to make the monumental decision, "Are you golfing tonight or fishing?!?"

Sports Briefs
Area racers have drag-racing successRacing Lions host state motocross

Sports Briefs
Soldotna softball team wins district Twins sweep West

BCS creates a new poll
NEW YORK (AP) — The Bowl Championship Series has created a new college football poll with a unique twist — games will be played before ballots are cast.

Sports views: 8Different Tour riders view mountains differently
Editor's note: Chris Carmichael has been Lance Armstrong's coach since 1990, guiding him to six straight Tour de France titles. He is writing columns for The Associated Press during the race.

Wie fades down the stretch
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Michelle Wie faded down the stretch again and shot a 6-over 76 on the first day of stroke play at the men's Amateur Public Links on Monday.

Nicklaus wants to compete before farewell
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Jack Nicklaus finally had a few minutes to himself Tuesday, and the British Open felt just like so many of the other 163 major championships he has played over the last 46 years.

Armstrong takes back yellow jersey
COURCHEVEL, France — Two faces. One was Lance Armstrong's, steely but almost serene as he pedaled furiously in the thin mountain air. The other was a mask of pain worn by Jan Ullrich, his great German rival trailing farther and farther behind.

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