Saturday, July 23, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Medicare recipient sick of providers
James Clark has had it.

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.

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?

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.

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."

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

Around the Peninsula
Vendors, bands wanted for festival

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, T-shirts that say ''You had me at Shalom'' are for sale, along with ''He'Brew'' pint beer glasses.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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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