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Wednesday, July 20, 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.

Astros sweep Pirates
PITTSBURGH — Wandy Rodriguez took Ezequiel Astacio's spot on Houston's roster minutes after Astacio beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, then pitched even better than Astacio as the Astros completed a doubleheader sweep by winning 6-4 Tuesday night.

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.

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.

Boston's Schilling earns his first save since 1992
BOSTON — Curt Schilling earned his first save since 1992, and Manny Ramirez hit his 25th homer as the Boston Red Sox stopped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory Tuesday night over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

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.

Splash down at Boys & Girls Club
Splashing, slipping and sliding are a great way to cool down during hot summer days at the Kenai Boys & Girls Club.

Classy Canines at Kenai Kennel Club annual show...
The three days of dog shows sponsored by the Kenai Kennel Club is becoming more popular every year.

Play Ball!
What could have been the busiest Saturday of the summer, baseball lovers from all over the Kenai Peninsula turned out for the 2nd Annual World Series of Baseball for the disabled.

Rotary Double-Hitter scores fast runs and a hole-in-one...
The world famous Rotary Midnight Sun Golf tournament, traditionally held on summer solstice weekend, was postponed this year due to the weather.

11-Year-Old Tucker Miller hauls in a Kenai Hog
The big kings keep on hitting and fishers keep on winning as fish stories and dreams become reality on the greatest sport fishing river in the world.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Often times those out of state phone calls go something like this: What time of the month should I take my vacation in Alaska? For all around summer fishing the best time is July. What should I bring along for clothes and gear? Bring the least you can get by with so you have more room to take fish back with you. What will the temperature be like up there? Some where's between 65 and 80 degrees on the Kenai Peninsula. Does it still freeze at night up there? Normally it does not freeze here in July. Are there any other tourists up there at this time of the year? Yes there will be plenty of other tourist here in July. How long is it light out up there? Oh something like 20 to 22 hours of day light in the summer. Will I see any moose this year? Yes you will see some moose. How about bears, think I can spot some bears? If you work at it by glassing for them you should be able to find some bears.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flags lowered for Gilman

Smoke gets in your eyes, and lungs and ...
Editor's note: The following story is the second in a series examining wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula. On Thursday, the Clarion will look at causes of wildfires.

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.

Judge Cranston dies
Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Cranston died of natural causes early Tuesday morning at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 73. Cranston retired from the bench in 1996, but continued serving as a judge pro tem until his death.

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.

Fire smoldering after rain showers
KENAI (AP) — Recent rains have mellowed a fire in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and officials are continuing to let it burn in an attempt to rid the area of beetle-killed spruce.

Bridge crews preparing river dam to work on replacing pier
Observers of the Kenai River bridge construction in Soldotna will see a big dry hole in the middle of the river in about a month or two.

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.

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.

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.

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

Don Gilman
Former Kenai resident Don Gilman died Monday, July 18, 2005, in Phoenix. He was 71.

Charles Cranston
Judge Charles Cranston died Tuesday, July 19, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 73.

Shorter legislative session makes sense for Alaska
Juneau streets may be filled with suits and ties for fewer days each year if an initiative to limit legislative sessions makes it on the state ballot.

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.

Voices of the state: Building on Alaskans
Recently, on behalf of the Construction Industry of Alaska, the AGC and the Construction Industry Progress Fund, I was in Kenai talking about a significant problem facing the state of Alaska. The problem — a shortage of workers in the construction industry, now, and in the future.

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

Around the Peninsula
Church hosts conference activities Governor heading to Kenai DAV to meet Thursday Girls basketball camp deadline pushed Church to hold breakfast fund-raiser Activities celebrate Chugach, Sierra Club Car show set to roll Saturday Plans nailed for builders picnic Fish fry slated Football officials meeting planned

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.

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.

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

Racing Lions Motocross to hold city race
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Motocross Division will hold a city race on Saturday at Twin Cities Raceway. Sign-ups begin at 3:30 p.m., with a riders meeting at 4 p.m. and a practice at 4:15 p.m. Racing begins immediately after practice.

Despatie breaks 800-point barrier to win 3-meter title
MONTREAL — Teenage girls screamed in the stands each time the dark-haired, stubble-faced diver walked out on the springboard.

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.

Armstrong keeps yellow jersey
PAU, France — The high mountains safely behind him, the finishing straight almost in sight, just one thing is missing as Lance Armstrong closes in on a seventh straight and last Tour de France title: a daily stage win of his own.

Brown out as Pistons coach
DETROIT — Ultimately, the Detroit Pistons appeared to decide that Larry Brown's success wasn't worth the drama.

Kenai Golf Report
The brief summer showers have afforded us an opportunity to take a breath and relax between fishing trips and rounds of golf. Everyone I know was pathetically grateful for the rain, most especially the golf course management.

Bird Homestead Golf Report
The winning team from last Monday's Ladies Night consisted of Tonya Boedecker, Pat Bird and Dianne Hamilton, with a nine-hole scramble score of 44. Deanna Miller grabbed closest to the pin honors, hitting it 6 feet from the pin on hole No. 8. Nice shot!

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