Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Twins win
Hopefully, state will be just as easy. The American Legion Twins scored nine runs in the third inning on their way to steam rolling the Alaska Road Warriors of Wasilla 13-1 on Sunday.

Red-hot Athletics sweep Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas — Scott Hatteberg drove in three runs, and the streaking Oakland Athletics finished a four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers with an 8-3 victory Sunday.

Devil Rays corral fourth straight win
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Devil Rays matched their longest winning streak of the season with their fourth straight victory, beating Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Monday night on Aubrey Huff's two-out RBI double in the 10th inning.

Teen comes close to Les's world record salmon...
This spring the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 20th anniversary of Les Anderson's world record 97 pound King Salmon catch. A record that Les himself thought wouldn't stand very long, but after 20 years people were starting to theorize that the monster Kings may have become a thing of the past. Enter the run of 2005 and what might become known as the year the monsters returned to the Kenai. Shortly after the Kenai River Classic, reports of fish in excess of 70 pounds being landed started ringing phones of local and distant friends and relatives as the thrill of kids landing a monster King on the Kenai spread faster than the wild fires. New speculations that this might be the summer that Les Anderson's record could be broken inspired fishers from all over the world.

Lucky Johnna wins Hobo's Willey boat
It was a lucky number for Johnna Vinzant, it was the year she was born and it was the number of the KPHA Hobo Jim Willey boat raffle ticket that won her very own river boat and motor last week. "I've never been lucky. I've sold a lot of tickets and I wasn't going to buy one this year, but then I saw ticket #73 and said shoot that was the year I was born so I split the cost with a friend and figured it was for a good cause, and what the heck I won!" exclaimed Vinzant. Johnna says that she hasn't done much fishing before but plans on learning to fish quickly, "It won't be a problem, my dad is a guide," said Johnna.

New Children's Medical Center occupies familiar location
Those who remember when the Post Office use to be on the Spur Highway in Soldotna will know the location of Dr. Carole Buchholz's Children's Medical Center as where the new Post Office use to be on the Sterling Highway before it moved to Binkley Street. Many others will remember it where Sears use to be across from McDonalds in Soldotna. But for parents and children who have visited pediatrician Carole Buchholz M.D. recently it will from now on be fondly remembered as the Children's Medical Center with all the fun toys and pretty flowers along the entry way.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Long before I returned home from working in the Beluga area I was reminded many times of my son Travis' new friend 11-year-old Joe Ben Hawkins. Joe Ben was on vacation here with his father Jim and sister Elizabeth (Ibby) from Clarksville, Michigan. As our two weeks of fishing adventures unfolded here I was asked each day by my 10-year-old son, "Can Joe Ben go too?" Each day I replied with the same answer "Yes Joe Ben can go too. Considering that Joe Ben was staying at the Dan and Sue Thornton home which is right next to my home the path certainly was more wore down as these too boys were together nearly every day.

Kenai River Classic has another Million Dollar year
The Kenai River Classic has become an event that benefits all Alaskans as well as the world's greatest sport fishing river. The brain child of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens and sport fishing proponent Bob Penny, the event reaches beyond the monetary benefits that have been invested into bank restoration and habitat rehabilitation of the Kenai River by allowing national leaders an opportunity for a unique Alaskan experience with their colleagues and friends outside of the fast lane. As senators, congressmen and cabinet members fished the Kenai they were treated to seeing a cow moose swimming across the river with her twin calves as eagles soared over head. Senator Stevens often has credited the Classic with allowing elected officials from other states an opportunity to understand the uniqueness of Alaskan issues.

Everyone says there are no good ideas in Hollywood anymore. This is blatantly not true. There are plenty of good ideas in Hollywood, this week's film The Island, being a prime example. No, the problem is not that there are no good ideas, the problem is that all the good ideas are handed over to hacks like Michael Bay to produce.

'Scotty' more than an engineer
While listening to NPR the other day, I heard the obituary of actor James Doohan who passed away at 85. Doohan created the role of Montgomery "Scotty" Scott on the original Star Trek television series and later reprised it in many successful Star Trek Films.

Legislation not fair to vets
America's veterans have fought to protect the rights of our countrymen, but our congressmen are preparing to pass a bailout for the asbestos companies that would deny the rights of Navy vets sickened or killed by this substance.

Time wasting in finding fish solution
First, I believe enough ink has been wasted on the tie guy. I would like to address a different waste — fish waste.

Reader finds fuel costs too taxing
The daily fuel cost for a fishing charter boat is now more that $200, plus sales tax of about $15. The combined expense of fuel and sale tax paid on the fuel must be included in setting the price of the charter fare, which is now $190 per person, upon which, sales tax is again collected thereby compounding the sale tax by paying sales tax again on the sales tax already paid on the fuel.

High-speed Homer crash kills 4
A high-speed crash on Kachemak Drive in Homer killed four Homer residents Sunday afternoon. All four were pronounced dead at the scene.

Historic site lands tourist buses
Four tour busses stopped in the city of Kenai on Wednesday — a move that area tourism supporters hope is only the beginning of increased tourism traffic to the city.

Enjoy the ride
Nine Alaska high school cowboys and cowgirls were in Gillette, Wyo., last week, competing in the 57th annual National High School Finals Rodeo. Jackie Rainwater, Jennifer Murray and Paul Campbell of Soldotna; Sierra and Rhianna Carr, Amanda Merchant and Michelle Schade of Homer; Josh Rappelea of Palmer; and Ray Smith of Anchorage put their skills to the test in competitions of barrel running, pole bending, breakaway roping, goat tying and bull riding.

Caribou crossing
A caribou darts across the Kenai Spur Highway between Kenai and Soldotna recently — despite the two-way traffic. Motorists should always keep a wary eye for caribou, moose and other wildlife while driving anywhere on the peninsula.

Ready to run
With a little more than a week to go before the candidate-filing period officially opens Aug. 1, the competition for mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough remains an unofficial four-way race.

Agrium task force ready with ideas to save plant
Now that Agrium has natural gas for one more year, a governor-appointed Agrium task force will focus on short- and long-term solutions to getting the plant to stay open beyond 2006, said Bill Popp, co-chair of the task force.

Rescuers fish Kenai dipnetters from Cook Inlet
Three Kenai River dipnetters nearly became driftnetters over the weekend, except for the fact they all lost their nets as river currents took the two men and a boy out to sea.

Former area cop heads state investigations
An Alaska State Trooper who began his career as a Soldotna police officer has been named to head the Alaska Bureau of Investigation. The appointment is effective Aug. 1.

Home for good
A hot July sun beats down relentlessly as Don Stover and Tom Hogan hammer together another section of wall. There's still a long way to go, however, before this structure can be called a home.

Ahead of the curve
Chuck Tarr has a section of the Kenai River to himself as he fishes for salmon near Bridge Access Road. "This spot would be better if the fish were biting," he said.

Keep an eye on fishing safety
Several anglers have had eye-opening experiences this fishing season, but the staff at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna is more concerned about all the eye-injuring experiences they've been seeing as of late.

Oilers finish trip with loss to Bucs
The Anchorage Bucs defeated the Peninsula Oilers 4-1 Monday in Alaska Baseball League action in Anchorage.

Awareness not enough to fight drunk driving
From May 21 through June 16, (Fairbanks) law enforcement officers made 45 alcohol-related driving arrests, 14 of which involved repeat drunken driving offenders, according to a list compiled by a local researcher.

Cell-phone use is risky business for other drivers
A study reporting that drivers using cell phones are four times more likely to have a wreck probably didn't ring any alarm bells with the people who should have heard about it — cell phone users. ...

Announcement by Rehnquist changes nomination debate
In a few short sentences, William Rehnquist said he's not retiring and quickly changed the dynamics of the Supreme Court nomination debate. The chief justice of the United States Supreme Court Thursday issued a two-word opinion to settle the case of Rehnquist vs. the Chattering Classes et al: Enough, already.

Peninsula fair begins to gear up
It is not too early to think about the Kenai Peninsula State Fair held in Ninilchik each August, and not too late to get involved or to enter any of its many categories.

Soldotna yard is pick of the lot
Savica Dalkovski's home at 304 Sunrise received the Beautiful Yard of the Week award from the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. To nominate a home, call Robyn Sullens at 262-9814.

Community Events
Fitness survey in progress Challenger Center sets June events Women's run seeking volunteers Dog classes available Volksmarch 10K set

Around the Peninsula
Community festival planned Vendors, bands wanted for festival Citizen scientists sought Child protection to be discussed Women's run seeks volunteers

Peninsula People
Kraxberger graduates Area students make dean's list Fredrickson promoted

Kenai garden shines
Becky Jackson's home at 1528 Toyon was chosen as the Kenai Garden of the Week for July 11.

Around the Peninsula
Football officials meeting planned Bazaar fund-raiser set Kids invited to 'jungle adventures' Childbirth class available Soldotna chamber seeks beauty Safe Sitter classes slated Montessori presentation slated

Senior Menus
Homer Friendship Center Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

Senior Activities
Homer Friendship Center Kenai Nikiski Soldotna Sterling

Goosen, Lefty beat Woods, Daly
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. — The sun was just dipping below the horizon when Retief Goosen and Phil Mickelson turned out the lights on Tiger Woods, John Daly and Monday Night Golf.

U.S. limps to Gold Cup title
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Brad Davis ended a long day and a long tournament, regaining the CONCACAF Gold Cup for a depleted U.S. soccer team that will limp into its next World Cup qualifier.

Sports views: 'Vive le Tour'
PARIS — He stood stock still, right hand covering his heart, and listened to his national anthem being played along the wide boulevard of the Champs-Elysees for a seventh and final time. And just like that, it was over.

Lucky 7
PARIS — One last time, ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' rang out over the Champs-Elysees in honor of Lance Armstrong.

Bird Homestead Golf Report
With the much-needed rain, the course in looking better than ever. Our maintenance staff is working extremely hard, and we can't thank them enough. With the course in such good shape, people are starting to realize that it's worth the drive to enjoy this relaxing golf experience.

Hansen gets back on top at pool
MONTREAL — Brendan Hansen pounded the water with a defiant swing of his right arm, then paddled slowly toward the lane rope, exchanging a handshake and hug with the man he had just beaten.

Williams gets back on field
DAVIE, Fla. — Back in the Miami Dolphins' backfield Monday, Ricky Williams made all the right moves.

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