Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Astros bust out of slump
PITTSBURGH — Humberto Quintero's three-run double in the fourth inning ended Houston's season-long scoreless streak in Pittsburgh and the Astros beat the Pirates 11-1 on Monday night.

Twins sweep doubleheader from West
The American Legion Twins swept West by scores of 10-3 and 14-4 Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Orioles crumple Twins
MINNEAPOLIS — Historic hits from Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro and a go-ahead homer from Miguel Tejada in the 11th inning gave the Baltimore Orioles a big win in Erik Bedard's return.

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.

Gardenhire rips umpire after ejection
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire unleashed a profanity-filled tirade aimed at Hunter Wendelstedt on Monday night after the plate umpire ejected him in the eighth inning of a 3-2 loss to Baltimore.

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.

Fishing event sets 'Classic' example
The 12th annual Kenai River Classic was once again a great success in bringing together more than 200 participants and VIPs from across the country in the effort to raise funds to sustain and protect one of the greatest sportfishing rivers in the world, the Kenai.

Reader: Rules are rules
Having been and now retired a U.S. Postal Service employee for 37 years, I was supplied and required to wear a regulation uniform in my duties. For this person to say that because he is an older employee that the uniform regulations should be relaxed is absurd. There is no such thing as dress down days in the service, and I am sure that thousands of USPS employees across the country take exception to his thinking.

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?

Peninsula real estate market confuses reader
I am confused. While in Anchorage I got a copy of a real estate magazine that mostly covers Mat-Su. The Mat-Su real estate market is hot because it gets the overflow of the even hotter Anchorage real estate market. There is no earthly reason as to why prices in the cool central Kenai Peninsula real market are rising faster than Mat-Su.

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.

'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.

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.

Former mayor dies
Friends, acquaintances and former colleagues across Alaska were saddened Monday morning when news reached them that former Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Don Gilman had died in Phoenix of an apparent heart attack. He was 71.

Flags to be lowered for Gilman
Juneau (AP) — Gov. Frank H. Murkowski on Monday ordered state flags lowered to half-staff from today to July 26 in honor of former state senator and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Don Gilman.

FireWise offers tips to avoid home fires burning
Editor's note: The following story is the first in a series examining wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula. On Wednesday, the Clarion will look at the health risks posed by smoke.

Gilman had long career of service
Don Gilman first came to Alaska in 1968 with his wife, Nikki, and their two small sons Bradley and Blaine in tow.

Crews working way around fire
Three Hot Shot fire crews and one Type 2 fire crew set up a spike camp at the end of Oilwell Road as they continue working to establish a control line around the Fox Creek Fire, which is being allowed to burn on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Video gambling initiative returns
JUNEAU — The main sponsor of an initiative proposal to bring video poker to Alaska is the mother of a controversial racetrack owner who has pushed for gambling initiatives in other states.

Swabbin' the deck
Tim Fenton cleans his boat between dipnet trips last weekend. "I'm getting it swabbed down for the next go around," he said. Fenton and others said the fishing has been steady.

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.

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.

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.

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

Barbara Lee Martin
Astoria, Ore., resident Barbara Lee Martin died Sunday, July 10, 2005, in Anchor Point while visiting her son and his family.

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

Irene Rose Gage
Wasilla resident Irene Rose Gage died Thursday, July 14, 2005, at her home. She was 85.

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

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 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.

Public expectations increase momentum for natural gas line
Public opinion is largely a side issue in current talks to reach a deal to move North Slope natural gas to market. Making a deal to finance, design, build and operate a $20 billion gas pipeline is hugely complex, hugely difficult, hugely important. Public sentiment, at least in Alaska, can't change the business calculations much.

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

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

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

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.

Around the Peninsula
Child birth classes available Peace, justice meeting slated Community run set to go Gospel concert slated Class of 1985 reunion planned Used books sale set Ham radio club to meet Saturday

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.

Senior activities
Homer Friendship Center Kenai Nikiski Soldotna Sterling

Senior Menus
Homer Friendship Center Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

Sports Briefs
Skyview to host football camp Everything But The Red Run is Friday Calling all football officials

Armstrong still trying to make a French connection
PAU, France — Lance Armstrong is trying to capture more than just a seventh straight Tour de France title. He wants to win over the French fans, too.

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.

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.

Doping chief criticizes Conte's deal
MONTREAL — World Anti-Doping Agency chairman Richard Pound criticized as ''very light'' a plea agreement that recommends BALCO founder Victor Conte spend four months in prison.

Sonics name Weiss head coach
SEATTLE — The SuperSonics hired Bob Weiss as coach Monday, promoting the 11-year assistant who worked under former coaches George Karl, Paul Westphal and Nate McMillan.

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