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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Twins split with 49ers
The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with the Fairbanks 49ers Wednesday in Fairbanks.

Baseball resumes with races, chases
NEW YORK — From opening day through the All-Star game, they were baseball's feel-good story.

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.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Chamber offers free vendor spaces Kenai Chamber hosts Business After Hours

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Art Briefs
Dance workshops held Stained glass class offered Singers wanted Art workshops ongoing Orchestra rehearsals continue Arts, humanities awards seek nominations

Playing it up
Welcome to the world of melodrama, where villains are dastardly and irredeemable, heroines are wholesome, if a little dense, and dashing heroes save the day just in the nick of time — as long as their pants don't split.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage Events

From the bookshelf
The recent deaths of two campers in the Brooks Range serves as a sad reminder that Alaska's unpredictable bears can be dangerous. The image of the big brownie, rearing up on its hind legs with fangs and claws poised for attack, is perpetuated by taxidermy, photographs and popular accounts of lurid maulings.

Bridge vote still on the table
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly reached no decision Tuesday whether to place an advisory ballot proposition regarding the proposed Funny River Bridge project on the fall ballot.

Agrium gets more gas, plant to stay open for one more year
After downsizing its work force by 50 employees since last December, Agrium postponed closing its North Kenai fertilizer plant until November 2006 unless it can negotiate more contracts to buy natural gas.

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.

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.

New fire grows
Heavy smoke and blowing ash irritated residents of the western Kenai Peninsula on Wednesday after a fire near Tustumena Lake more than doubled in size.

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.

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.

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.

City OKs bleacher seats
Work to transform the Kenai Multipurpose Facility into a spectator-friendly sports venue has begun. The Kenai City Council last week awarded the first of what's expected to be a series of construction bids for work on the facility in advance of next year's Arctic Winter Games. The bid, in the amount of $33,650, is for new bleachers that will allow 300 spectators to watch hockey and speed skating events during the week-long international competition.

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.

Humane Society files sea lion suit
ANCHORAGE (AP) — An animal rights group filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the federal government of violating several environmental protection acts by allowing the use of certain research techniques on threatened and endangered Steller sea lions.

Taking in the view
Visitors to Erik Hansen Scout Park enjoy a view of dipnetters in the Kenai River below the bluff, smoke from forest fires on the horizon and cloud formations overhead Wednesday afternoon.

Blueberry harvest falls through
A company that wants to commercially harvest wild Alaska blueberries is not going to pursue an application to harvest on state lands — for now.

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.

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

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.

Inouye's homer finally gives Oilers a win over Panners
All the Peninsula Oilers needed, as it turned out, was just a little bit of pixie dust. "My host sisters put some glitter on me today. Maybe it gave us some magic," said catcher Matt Inouye after the Oilers defeated the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 6-5 in the series finale Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Initiative to limit length of session garners support
The legislators, collectively, wouldn't join together to do the job. So three of them alone are trying to fix the dysfunctional way that Alaska goes about doing its lawmaking business.

Voices of the Peninsula: Time for a solution
Many Alaskans have been shocked, confused and angered by property tax and other recent local tax increases. This has not happened in just one community, but in nearly every community across the state. Financial pressures facing communities will worsen each year unless the Legislature pays more attention to their local taxpayers.

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.

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.

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
Refuge hosts films, nature walks Childbirth classes available Community run set to go Safe sitter classes slated

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's birdie sends her into second round
LEBANON, Ohio — Michelle Wie took another step toward a possible Masters invitation.

Armstrong's halfway home
BRIANCON, France — Lance Armstrong finds himself in a familiar position midway through this Tour de France. He's firmly in the lead, riding well — and savoring every minute of the race that will be the last of his storied career.

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.

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

Birch Ridge Report: Gigantic drivers deemed the ticket
This Monday's Pro Am and Skins Game was once again an exciting and successful event here at Birch Ridge, thanks to Wells Fargo and the many volunteers that made it run like clockwork. The Birch Ridge Golf Association thanks all of you for your efforts.

NHL, union reach tentative deal
NEW YORK — Open the arenas, break out the skates and fire up the Zamboni.

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