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Friday, July 22, 2005

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.

Mets rock Peavy to earn sweep of Padres
NEW YORK — David Wright singled and doubled during a seven-run sixth inning, and the New York Mets roughed up All-Star Jake Peavy in a 12-0 victory Thursday that gave them a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres.

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.

Indians amp up bats vs. Royals
CLEVELAND — Jhonny Peralta and Victor Martinez hit three-run homers to lead Jake Westbrook and the fading Cleveland Indians to a 10-1 victory Thursday over the Kansas City Royals.

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.

Royalty: Kings rule on Kenai
The Kenai River isn't known as the king of kings without good reason, and the aquamarine waterway again proved this week just how and why it's earned the informal title.

Angler catches 83-pound king
Imagine coming to Alaska every summer just to fish the Kenai River, and fishing the Kenai River just for that once-in-a-lifetime trophy king salmon.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.,

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.

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.

Murkowski says bullet line interest is limited
Keeping Agrium and other large consumers of natural gas in the Cook Inlet basin open improves the economic chances of building a pipeline to deliver North Slope gas to the region, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Thursday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Three hurt in Funny River Road wreck
Three people were taken to Central Peninsula General Hospital on Wednesday morning following a car crash on Funny River Road.

Insects turn healthy forests into tinderboxes ready to burn
Editor's note: The following story is the fourth in a series examining wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula. On Sunday, the Clarion will show through photos how managing a wildfire can be hard, dirty work.

Medicare recipient sick of providers
James Clark has had it.

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.

Kenai council has light night
If good things come to those who wait, the Kenai City Council is in for a great meeting Aug. 3.

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.

Progress Days are Soldotna's time to shine
Whether you come to Soldotna for employment, commerce, tourism or pleasure, all are invited to take part in the city's annual celebration this weekend — Progress Days

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

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.

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.

Oilers, Pilots split
The Peninsula Oilers and Anchorage Glacier Pilots split a doubleheader Thursday in Anchorage. The Pilots won the first game 5-4, while the Oilers won the second game 12-3.

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.

Gilman, Cranston will be missed on peninsula, in state
True statesmen. Tireless public servants. Mentors. Indispensable sources of information. Educators. Men of integrity. Loyal friends and fans of the Kenai Peninsula and Alaska.

Latest London blasts are wake-up call for government, police
LONDON — Were the bombers in the latest attack on London copycats trying to increase fear — or was the al-Qaida terror network trying to send a message that they can attack at will?

Flying ranger keeps tabs on nation's largest state park
WOOD-TIKCHIK STATE PARK — Backcountry outlaws beware.

Treetop excursion zips tourists through Alaska's forest canopy
KETCHIKAN — Tourists with a taste for adrenaline are getting a bird's-eye view of the Alaska rainforest in a new attraction that sends them zipping from tree to tree on a series of high-wire cables.

Soldotna canoeist tackles brutal race
When describing the Yukon River Quest, billed as the world's longest annual canoe and kayak race, the word used most frequently Soldotna's John Morton is "brutal."

Around the Peninsula
Vendors, bands wanted for festival

Lord should be our fortress, not walls
"The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe," Proverbs 18:10.

Religion Briefs
Drama troupe meeting setBible study group to meetFamily nights setClothes Quarters openClothing availableSpiritual conference, concert continuesFinance Seminar slated

Young Jews mix pop culture, tradition to connect with roots
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — At ChosenCouture.com, T-shirts that say ''You had me at Shalom'' are for sale, along with ''He'Brew'' pint beer glasses.

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.

America's first sport comes to peninsula
America's first sport and one of this country's fastest growing team sports has arrived on the Kenai Peninsula.

U.S. soccer tops Honduras
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Another late comeback saved the United States from an embarrassing loss to Honduras in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Two years after devastating crash, Williams ready to play
CHICAGO — Two years ago, a motorcycle crash mangled Jason Williams' left leg so badly he didn't know if he'd ever be able to walk again, much less play basketball.

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!''

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 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.

Armstrong looks forward to retirement
MENDE, France — Lance Armstrong feels so sure of victory, so ready for retirement, that he doesn't want to get off his bike. Not now, with the end this tantalizingly close.

NHL players approve deal
TORONTO — The NHL's sole obstacle to being back in business is as easy as an empty-net goal.

Pistons introduce Saunders as coach
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Patience paid off for Flip Saunders.

Despatie wins second gold
MONTREAL — The only thing missing at the coronation of Alexandre Despatie as the king of diving was a crown.

No surprise: Delay benefits Crane
MILWAUKEE — Ben Crane weathered the rain delay the best.

Trumpeter swan cygnets shipped to Iowa for restoration program
Some of the most interesting wildlife observations are reported to us by residents from the local area. We welcome the calls that are received year-round about a rare bird sighting along the Kenai River, the albino moose, or the report of a chickadee with a deformed bill.

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