Saturday, July 16, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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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