Monday, July 18, 2005

Cardinals continue to own Astros at Busch Stadium
ST. LOUIS — Jason Marquis pitched eight sharp innings to earn his first victory in more than a month, and Larry Walker hit a three-run homer to help the St. Louis Cardinals continue their dominance of the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium with a 4-2 win Saturday.

Yanks close in on Sox
BOSTON — Al Leiter rewarded New York just one day after being rescued from the scrap heap, pitching three-hit ball into the seventh inning to help the Yankees pull within a half-game of the Red Sox in the AL East.

Yanks' Johnson comes through against Sox
BOSTON Randy Johnson struck out 10 in 6 1-3 innings to rescue the injury-depleted Yankees rotation, and Alex Rodriguez homered to lead New York to a 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

NOW PLAYING: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
Tim Burton has made a point to tell everyone he can that his new movie is not a remake of the classic Gene Wilder children's fantasy, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. No, this is a new reimagining of the classic children's book. That's very important to him, apparently. Ok, fine. It's not a remake. Whatever.

Kasilof terminal fishery takes too many fish out of river
I am wondering how many people know that there are actually fishing boats in the Kasilof River set netting. I know the paper did an article on this, but I do not think people understand the breadth of this. You know all those big numbers of fish that were being quoted about the amount of fish coming by the sonars in the Kasilof River? For the first couple weeks of fishing in the river you couldn't hardly catch a red. I have a couple theories of why the numbers have been stated to be so high, but I will keep those to myself because I think the quarrel that seems always to have existed between commercial fisherman and sport fisherman is a useless waste of time. However, I will state that fishing with fish traps at the mouths of the river back a few decades ago was banned because — remember? — no fish were getting up the rivers.

Administration's intelligence issues deserve closer look
The Karl Rove news leak is taking center stage and sucking the oxygen out of the news front. Reporter Robert Novak with a conservative bent has no problem to get Karl Rove to spill some beans.Bush senior fired Rove over a leak to Novak during the '92 campaign. Could this be Dj vu, or does Rove think he's cooked up an airtight spin — hence will suffer no pain taking the spotlight away from Dubya on DSM, which is more potent because it's too hard to deny?

'Fat' Stewart feasts on opponents at New Hampshire
LOUDON, N.H. — Tony Stewart climbed the fence in front of the grandstand in what has become his trademark victory celebration.

Gordon confronts worst season of his career
LOUDON, N.H. — Jeff Gordon is in the midst of his worst season, and hardly has the look of a contender for NASCAR's Nextel Cup championship.

Swimming in sockeyes
Commercial fishers have harvested 1.6 million sockeye salmon so far this summer in Upper Cook Inlet — with more on the way. "The indications are there are plenty of fish," Alaska Department of Fish and Game commercial fisheries area biologist Jeff Fox said Friday.

Firefighters make headway on blaze
More efforts were made Sunday to contain the Fox Creek Fire burning near Tustumena Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Games store closes
Citing criticism from the community and numbers that were not quite "penciling out," the Arctic Winter Games is closing its retail store in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna, said AWG General Manager Tim Dillon.

Pebble Mine drilling worries fish habitat watchdogs
Drilling operations being conducted by Northern Dynasty Mines north of Lake Iliamna include sinking holes within the Upper Talarik Creek Watershed east of the boundaries of the company's proposed open pit mine, raising concerns that Northern Dynasty might be altering its stated intention to stay out of the creek.

Teen reels in big king
The Priest family had a great trip to the Kenai Peninsula this week, taking in the sights and catching a few fish. Oh, and finishing up their week in Alaska by catching an 88-pound Kenai River king salmon Friday was pretty nice, too.

Upper Talarik only small part of larger habitat
While Upper Talarik Creek is salmon-spawning habitat, it is not as important to fisheries as other creeks and streams in the Iliamna Lake drainage system, according to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist.

Fox Creek Fire up to 31,100 acres
Fire suppression efforts continue on the Fox Creek Fire, which has transformed more than 31,100 acres of beetle-killed and black spruce forest to scorched earth within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Customer runs over tire shop employee
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A customer backed his minivan over a tire shop employee checking the pressure in the tires.

Dog days of summer
Hotie, a 13-year-old Shih Tzu, is cradled by his owner, Gretchen Alexander of Kenai, during the Bark at the Park event at a Peninsula Oiler baseball game held Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Harry Potter mania invades peninsula
It's not magic that has books disappearing from the shelves of local bookstores and libraries. Rather, fans are once again going wild for Hogwort's boy wizard — Harry Potter.

Neighbors dig in for gravel fight
A group of Anchor Point residents suing the Kenai Peninsula Borough over its approval of a gravel pit near their North Fork homes have filed a motion with Alaska Superior Court in Kenai seeking to stay mining operations while the court considers the merits of the suit.

Cemetery land swap hits snag
As the ages old joke goes, the sexton needs a fence around the cemetery because people are dying to get in. In Soldotna, it seems the fence won't be needed any time soon.

Irene M. Pope
Former Kenai resident Irene M. Pope died Monday, April 11, 2005, at her home in Pueblo, Colo. She was 73.

Jerry L. Wight
Former Soldotna resident Jerry L. Wight died Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at his home in Hideaway, Texas. He was 62.

Oilers' arms, gloves blank Bucs
The Peninsula Oilers got some solid pitching, good defense and timely hitting to defeat the Anchorage Bucs 3-0 in Alaska Baseball League action Friday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Oilers topple Bucs in 10th
Matt Inouye crossed the plate with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Peninsula Oilers picked up their third straight win, beating the Anchorage Bucs 6-5 in Alaska Baseball League play Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Oilers sweep Anchorage
The Peninsula Oilers led from start to finish Sunday, earning a 5-2 win and three-game sweep of the Anchorage Bucs at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

State should take lead on new energy sources
A massive energy bill passed by the U.S. Senate late last month didn't include opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, but it did include something that should spark Alaskans' interest just as much: incentives for developing renewable energy projects, including harnessing ocean waters.

Voices of the Clarion: Getting ready to move
In less than two weeks I'll be doing something I once thought I might actually avoid, at least until I was ready for long-term care.

State should look into another cost of living study
Twenty years is too long to wait to update a cost-of-living index that affects how much state employees make in various cities. Much has changed over two decades, and the result is a penalty against thousands of state workers in the hub of state government, Juneau.

Peninsula people
Houglum named to president's list Area students receive scholarships Area students named to honor roll Todd travels to England Area students graduate college

Community events
Class of 1985 reunion planned Challenger center sets July events Social Security reps to visit area Volksmarch 10K continue Women's run seeking volunteers

Around the Peninsula
Keeper to celebrate PHC board to meet Toddler hour set CPHC expansion to be discussed Israel alliance seminar set

Births
Shona Redmond DeVolld and John DeVolld of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Kathleen DeVolld, at 8:40 p.m. Saturday, April, 23 , 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

Seniority at work
Whether it's to supplement Social Security retirement income, to continue contributing to society or just to get out of the rocking chair, many older Kenai Peninsula residents are signing up with the state-run MASST program.

Around the Peninsula
Football camp for kids starts today Nutrition classes continue Social Security reps to visit area Community meeting planned Rummage sale fund-raiser set Parade applications available Women's run seeks volunteers Montessori presentation slated

In a league of their own
Members of the Soldotna Reds girls softball team are pictured above after recently winning the Alaska Little League District 1 championship in the senior girls fast pitch softball division.

Pet emergency planning
Emergencies and unplanned events, such as the wildfires near Skilak and Tustumena lakes, remind pet owners how vulnerable their animals can be. A few simple preparations can literally make the difference between life or death for a pet.

My best friend
Cinder likes to investigate everything, including the barrel stove — even the one owners Travis and Jacqui Stanley of Sterling use when they clean out the ashes. Cinder also likes to shower with the Stanleys and take foot baths.

Senior Menus
Homer Friendship Center Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

Senior activities
Homer Friendship Center Kenai Nikiski Soldotna Sterling

Sports views
He brought the cigarettes along, but left the motorhome behind. The nearest Hooters is 340 miles away in Nottingham, meaning dinner consists mostly of what they call takeaway over here.

Twins split with Chugiak
The American Legion Twins finished up a 10-game road trip by splitting with Chugiak Saturday in Anchorage.

Isolated Armstrong fights back for second in epic stage
AX-3 DOMAINES, France — As the Pyrenean peak loomed, the assault Lance Armstrong was bracing for finally came. Here, the six-time champion knew, was a Tour de France moment of truth.

Woods leads field by two
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Tiger Woods hit the ball so hard that he felt the shaft in his putter flex ever so slightly. Standing 50 paces away on the 18th green, his caddie removed the flag, backed away from the cup, then turned and raised his fist in a rare celebration Saturday at the British Open.

College coaches debate merits of recruiting 'one-year' players
INDIANAPOLIS — Roy Williams spent three years recruiting Marvin Williams, but coached him for just one season before the freshman forward left Chapel Hill, N.C., for the NBA.

Taylor takes split decision
LAS VEGAS — Jermain Taylor stepped into the ring with the master and taught Bernard Hopkins a lesson.

Williams responds to Kansas report on violations
Roy Williams said he made a ''mistake'' when he approved gifts to graduating players and others who had used up their eligibility while coach at Kansas, but denied there was any intentional wrongdoing.

Hachem wins $7.5 million
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The sun set, the sun rose and still they played, caution trumping bravery, adrenaline fighting off fatigue, rare moments of drama breaking through the tedium, the chip lead shifting for nearly 14 hours at the 36th World Series of Poker — the longest final table in tournament history for the richest prize.

Return to form
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — For Tiger Woods, there was no time to pause and pose when he reached the top of Swilcan Bridge on Sunday. A second British Open title awaited.

Armstrong's teammate gets rare stage win
SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France — As Lance Armstrong prepared for what may be hardest stage of the Tour de France, the widow of a friend and teammate killed in a crash a decade ago told him to go for the win.

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