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Friday, July 15, 2005

A-Rod spoils Schilling's return with home run
BOSTON — Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees got the best of Curt Schilling this time.

Twins finish road trip with victory
The American Legion Twins baseball team finished up its road trip with a win, defeating the Fairbanks 49ers 7-1 Thursday in Fairbanks.

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

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

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

Kenai king fishing heating up
Back-bouncing, back-trolling, drifting — no matter what technique is utilized, this weekend is likely to offer excellent opportunities for catching big Kenai River king salmon.

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.

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.

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

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

Cancer patients thankful for generosity
We would each like to send a heartfelt thank you to our friends, families, churches, community and the staff at Central Peninsula General Hospital for the incredible support sent our way through each of our cancer journeys.

Fly-in reaches new heights
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula EAA Chapter 975, I would like to thank the following people for their support at our successful fly-in we had July 2: All the members who helped put the event together; Jim and Patty Herrick for their support and allowing us to use their hanger; Leonard Perry and the Peninsula Modelers for the Grand Aerobatics display — a real crowd pleaser; Tesoro and Nelson Amen for their support and use of the equipment; and S & R Enterprises for their support.

Reader sees bigger concerns than ties
This is in answer to Bill Clarke's slant on the post office's dress code.

Reader doesn't want Neighbors to take break
I read with dismay that the Neighbors columns would be going on a leave of absence on July 5. Every Tuesday I look forward to reading the columns. In fact, it is the first section of the paper I turn to that day of the week.

United Way instrumental in Homer hospice success
On behalf of Hospice of Homer, I want to thank the Kenai Peninsula United Way for the generous allocation we recently received from them.

Agrium to remain operational until 2006
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.

Mall owners may sue over skaters
The owners of the Peninsula Center Mall on Wednesday threatened legal action against the city of Soldotna if problems with skateboarding juveniles are not stopped by police.

Developer will pay for Stariski Creek pollution
Anchorage developing company Modeb Investments, which is partially owned by Cloyd Moser, will have to develop a wetlands conservation area near Anchor Point and pay a civil penalty for allegedly polluting Stariski Creek and wetlands, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's northwest regional office.

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Summer sunrise
The rising sun illuminates clouds near Sterling early Thursday morning. The area is receiving more than 18 hours of sun each day, but the days are getting shorter by about 4 minutes per day.

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.

Fox Creek blaze tops 10,000 acres
A fire burning in a remote area south of Tustumena Lake doubled in size to more than 10,000 acres Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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. 'Art' Teel
Clam Gulch resident and former Nikiski resident Warren A. "Art" Teel died, Sunday, July 10, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

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.

Agrium effort buys more time
Cooperation. Teamwork.

Smarter than the average bear ...
No matter where you turn, it seems there's someone creating problems for humans and ideal situations for bears on the central peninsula.

Outdoor Briefs
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust to host stream ecology presentationKenai Watershed Forum plans Russian River hikeDrawing, Tier II permit hunt results posted on-lineSnowmobile Trails Grant applications availableRefuge hosts films, nature walks

Group leader had special way of dealing with climbing's dangers
SEATTLE (AP) — After 41 years of marriage, Jim and Jo Backus had a special way of facing the dangers of mountain climbing, Jo's other love.

Report reviews off-road vehicle use in Denali Park
FAIRBANKS (AP) — A new report could mean that the National Park Service will open parts of Denali National Park and Preserve around the community of Cantwell to off-road vehicles for federally recognized subsistence users.

Researchers are a valuable asset to Kenai Refuge
One of the most rewarding aspects of working at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is the opportunity to interact with the many scientists, academics, and other researchers that visit the refuge during the summer field season. Each summer we have seasonal staff, volunteers, and visiting scientists investigating and studying everything from geology and glacial retreat to wildland fire history. Many aspects of the biotic community are under investigation from well known terrestrial wildlife like brown bears to genetically distinct invertebrate populations on the Harding Ice Field, as well as invasive species.

Busy families find quality time outdoors
ELDORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Alex Katschke hopped out of her mother's SUV after the drive from nearby Denver, ready to join her friends for a hike through Eldorado Canyon near Boulder.

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

Church Briefs
Drama troupe meeting setBible study group to meetFamily nights continueClothes Quarters openClothing availableConference, concert plannedBible school slatedAddictions group meeting planned

Former arena to house nation's largest congregation
HOUSTON — An arena that basketball fans once packed to see the NBA's Houston Rockets is about to take on a new role — home to the largest congregation in the nation.

Gratitude: Learn to be thankful in all circumstances
I hung up the phone ... more unexpected news. It is not necessarily bad news, just another wrinkle in an already hectic summer schedule.

Not even bunkers slow Tiger at St. Andrews
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — From behind the seventh green at St. Andrews, all anyone could see was Tiger Woods' head bobbing up and down from the deep bottom of Shell bunker.

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

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.

And now for something completely different
Welcome to the new NHL, home of the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

Wie advances at Public Links
LEBANON, Ohio — Michelle Wie is three wins away from an invitation to the Masters.

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.

Canada upends U.S. softball team at World Cup
OKLAHOMA CITY — The United States was beaten in an international softball game for the first time since 2002, losing 2-1 to Canada in the inaugural World Cup of Softball on Thursday night.

Poker World Series down to 14 players; defending champ out
LAS VEGAS — Poker's top players and unknowns were in a high-stakes showdown Thursday, each looking to make the nine-person final table at the World Series of Poker's main event and grab a piece of gambling glory.

Armstrong maintains lead, loses teammate at Tour de France
DIGNE-LES-BAINS, France — Not everything went according to plan for Lance Armstrong on Thursday at the Tour de France.

Documentary reveals violent glimpse into nature's cycle
JUNEAU — Outstretched talons entered from the left in the video of the blue heron nest. And in an instant, three heron chicks disappeared.

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