Thursday, July 21, 2005

Twins drop two to East
The American Legion Twins baseball team dropped a pair of games to East Anchorage Wednesday 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.

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.

Smoltz smooth for seventh straight victory
SAN FRANCISCO — John Smoltz pitched eight smooth innings for his seventh straight win, and rookie Jeff Francoeur went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in the Atlanta Braves' 4-1 victory Wednesday over the San Francisco Giants.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Governor heads to Kenai Barbecue planned at Anthony's

Deal to buy ERA airline division finalized
The West Coast-based Era Aviation Investment Group, LLC — which formed solely to purchase ERA Aviation Inc.'s regional airplane division — completed the deal Monday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Child's plays
Not only do the participants in Kenai Performers' summer youth theater camps get a chance to act in a play, they get to try their hands at writing, costuming, choreographing and designing one, too.

Art Briefs
Dance workshops held Art workshops offered Orchestra rehearsals ongoing Arts, humanities awards seeking nominations Art scholarship contest held

From the bookshelf: 'A Hard Case' not a hard book to like
Alaska — with its rustic dangers, eccentric inhabitants and so very many places to dispose of evidence — continues to inspire mystery writers' imaginations. While some locals have made national names for themselves in the genre, others hope to follow in their footsteps.

Sponsors 'Rally' for success
The God and Country Rally committee would like to thank all of its corporate and service organization sponsors: Frontier Therapy, Eyewear Express, Jean Ann Henry, Superstructures, Elks Club, Northern Test Labs, AmVets Post No. 4, American Legion Post No. 20 and the Soldotna Post of the VFW.

Summer Institute was true learning experience
It is with great pleasure that I can congratulate the Summer Institute Two participants and their families for their dedication to completing their Summer Institute experience. Forty-eight students attended the institute at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College. These students spent over eight hours a day for two weeks attending classes at the college, strengthening their math and critical thinking skills, preparing for the SAT tests and learning how to be better students. Many of these students commuted on the bus over one hour to get to the institute.

Fourth celebration comes off with a bang
On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and our members, we wish to thank the Fourth of July Celebration Committee for doing a "bang-up" job: Anita Necessary, Jason Carroll, Penny Furnish, Rachel Clark, Katie Rogers, Robert Peterkin, Neal Du Perron, Herb Stettler, Tom Schanrock and Bill Bartlett.

Unocal endorses Chevron bid
LOS ANGELES — Unocal's board of directors has endorsed a last-minute, $17 billion takeover bid from Chevron, rejecting a higher offer from one of China's state-owned oil companies.

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.

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.

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.

Kenai gets new chief, assistant
Kenai's new fire chief is no stranger to the city or the department he now leads. Mike Tilly has been with the Kenai Fire Department since 1990 and served as the assistant fire chief under former Chief Scott Walden before taking over the top job.

Flags lowered for Gilman

Carey: Soldotna booming
With 20 commercial building permits with sticker prices more than $100,000 each, Soldotna is in the middle of a boom, according to Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey.

Sockeye limit raised
With the number of sockeye salmon projected to reach the escapement goal on the Kenai River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has raised the daily bag limit for sockeye salmon and liberalized the Kenai River personal-use fishery.

Fed regs trump state's
When the Alaska Board of Game voted in March to allow for a limited hunting season in the Skilak Loop Management Area, area hunters thought they had secured a road-accessible area perfect for hunting small game. Unfortunately, nobody cleared the idea with Uncle Sam.

Fuel for the fire
Editor's note: The following story is the third in a series examining wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula. On Friday, the Clarion will look at spruce bark beetles.,

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.

Charles Kinney Cranston
Kenai resident and Superior Court Judge Charles Kinney Cranston died Tuesday, July 19, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna of natural causes. He was 73.

Donald Eugene Gilman
Former Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Donald Eugene Gilman died Monday, July 18, 2005, in Sun City West, Ariz. He was 71.

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.

Oilers notch fifth straight triumph
Powered by a home run from David Newby and an 8 2/3-inning effort from starting pitcher Jarrod Dumont, the Peninsula Oilers defeated the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 6-3 Wednesday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage in Alaska Baseball League play.

State should put half of oil revenue surplus in fund
There was a change in the daily Alaska oil-price chart at the bottom of the Money section cover on July 7. Beginning that day, the dotted line that represents the oil price that balances the state budget jumped from about $35 a barrel to $46 a barrel.

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.

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
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

Twin Cities Walker Cup tees off
The inaugural matches of the Twin Cities Walker Cup, a competition between teams of golfers representing Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna and Kenai Golf Course, are slated to start Monday at Birch Ridge.

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.

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.

Double backflip would be appropriate for Edwards at Pocono
Carl Edwards will have so much to celebrate if he wins Sunday at Pocono that a double backflip will be in order.

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

NHL players convene for vote
TORONTO — The road leading to the Hockey Hall of Fame here is plastered with posters proclaiming, ''It's Your Game. Play On!''

Armstrong enjoys leisurely ride
REVEL, France — A leisurely ride through rolling French hills, a bit of excitement at the finish to get the heart racing, a win for a teammate and another rung climbed in cycling's history books.

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!

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.

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.

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