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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Twins finish second at district tourney
The American Legion Twins split a pair of games in Wasilla Sunday, clinching second place in the Alaska American Legion State District II Tournament.

Eckersley, Molitor enjoy emotional day in Cooperstown
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. Dennis Eckersley can still come up with the save in a tough spot.

Red Sox batter Orioles in the rain
BALTIMORE Pedro Martinez ended a run of frustration against the Baltimore Orioles, and the Boston Red Sox put on another hitting show Monday night in a 12-5 blowout.

He will not be forgotten
In the middle of the longest dry spell of the year, even the clouds gathered to shed a tear for fallen Officer John P. Watson last week in Kenai.

Up Up and away
There are many ways to see and experience the majesty of the Kenai Peninsula, but nothing quite compares to dangling beneath a piece of nylon with nothing around you but the great outdoors.

Summer Book Fair great success
More kids are reading their summers away on the Kenai Peninsula than ever before thanks to Reading Is Great in Summer (RIGS), founders Gloria Sweeney and Savannah Clark, teachers at K-Beach Elementary School. For the last four years, Sweeney and Clark with a little help from their friends have held a summer Book Fair to supplement the RIGS program they started at K-Beach Elementary, "We hold it in the middle of summer to re-motivate the kids to keep reading during the summer. It gives them a chance to re-supply their book cache and keep going until school starts," said Sweeney.

Pioneer Kenai River Fish Guide casts away from Alaska
There was a time not long ago when there were no professional guides on the Kenai River and making a living fishing meant being a commercial fisherman.

Outdoors: Unsupervised Adventure
Each Day I read the Peninsula Clarion and thought about how many fish were going up the river and how badly I wanted to be out there catching my winter supply of red salmon. Each day I counted down the days left till I went on days off and would be able to get on the Kenai River and catch some of these magnificent fish. Finally at noon on Wednesday July 21st my 2-week hitch ended and I was a free man in the great state of Alaska for 14 days! By the time I drove home from oil well road in Ninilchik where our Kuukpik Drilling rig is located it was already close to 1:30.

Photo feature: Walk on
Hikers head north on the Russian River Trail earlier this month. The route starts below the Russian River Campground and winds about three miles to a waterfall and the shore of Lower Russian Lake.

NOW PLAYING: The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Supremacy is one of those movies that is one surprise after another. It's a surprise that a sequel was so forthcoming because the first film, The Bourne Identity, though successful, wasn't really an out-of-the-park homerun. It's a surprise that as many of the principles are back in play because, again, this sequel is by no means a sure thing. It's kind of a surprise that the Friday night showing I attended was nearly sold out. Matt Damon movies aren't exactly surefire blockbusters here on the Peninsula. And, finally, it's a surprise that the movie isn't better than it is.

Morality should be base of political decisions
This summer, I was honored to be chosen as a U.S. Congressional Page. For three weeks, I lived and worked in our nation's capitol with 78 other kids from around the country.

Commercial, sport fish debate has long-term impact on stock
Here we go again!

Sponsors made summer book fair success for youth, families
Kenai Peninsula Literacy would like to express its sincere thanks to all those who helped with the recent summer book fair. This annual book sale provides books for summer reading for students and families in our community. Thanks to all who helped make it a success:

Bush policies rob future generations, cost lives
Each week the Clarion has columns by Matt Towery. Towery tries to give the impression with column title and his "research" group that he is doing "scholarly" work. The truth is he is simply shilling for George Bush. He brings hypocrisy to a new level. Does he also work for Fox News?

Sen. Murkowski off base blaming Knowles for state's 'brain drain'
Boy, it's easy to accuse Tony Knowles of causing Alaska's kids to leave for college. Tony is obviously to blame because:

Commercial fishers are members of community, too
Apparently I have a disgruntled neighbor (Peninsula Clarion, July 22, "Rucker"). More importantly, I have a home and a family and a little female beagle dog that would bark at Mr. Rucker if he came into the yard, but would not bite him.

Poor management will make Alaska follow California trend
I have lived in California my entire life and have seen the demise of salmonid stocks in California streams for over five decades. Steelhead, once prevalent in California, are now listed as an endangered species.

Busch wins, Earnhardt gets relief
LOUDON, N.H. With seven races left until NASCAR's new championship showdown begins, the road to the Nextel Cup title began for Kurt Busch and remained wide open for injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Kenai woman killed in crash
An elderly Kenai woman died Monday afternoon following a motor-vehicle accident that closed the Kenai Spur Highway for nearly one hour.

End in sight?
Fireweed blooms work their way up the stalk in Kenai last weekend. Once the blossoms die, autumn is on the way.

State considers allowances for qualifying exam takers
The state is proposing more ways to accommodate students with disabilities when they take the high school exit exam.

Spurr showing seismic activity
Mount Spurr is snoring louder than usual.

Kenai man charged with Tyonek area murder
A 34-year-old Kenai man was arrested in connection with a murder in a Beluga tavern Monday night.

Frisbee golf to tee off in Kenai park
With the imminent signing of a course maintenance agreement with Parks and Recreation and a green light from the city council, Kenai is on the verge of joining the ranks of professional golf frisbee golf, that is.

Kenai seeks distinction
The city of Kenai is in the midst of an identity crisis at least as far as tourism is concerned, according to Michelle Glass, director of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

'They're my dogs'
Sig Stormo wants his dogs back, but it's a request that comes with a high price, according to the Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Wasilla man killed in Anchor Point
A Wasilla man was killed early Saturday morning while walking on the Sterling Highway near Anchor Point.

Cook Inlet Keeper gets own laboratory
For eight years, Cook Inlet Keeper has employed specially trained resident volunteers on the lower Kenai Peninsula to gather water samples from area streams and rivers within the Cook Inlet watershed.

Juanita Viola (Campbell) 'Jonni' Frank
Soldotna resident Juanita Viola (Campbell) Frank, better known as Jonni, died Saturday, July 17, 2004, in Anchorage, with her daughters at her side. She was 81.

Margaret Deborah Wirz
Longtime Kenai resident Margaret Deborah Wirz died Monday, July 26, 2004, surrounded by her family at her home in Kenai. She was 78.

Kimiko Aase
Soldotna resident Kimiko Aase died Saturday, July 24, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage of a brain aneurysm. She was 73.

Oilers fall to Fairbanks in ninth
The Peninsula Oilers saw their ninth-inning rally spoiled Monday as the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks scored in the bottom of the ninth for an 8-7 Alaska Baseball League win at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

'One of worst' fire seasons not that bad in some ways
Perspective can be an easy thing to lose, especially in the face of natural disaster. With wildfires having burned nearly 4 million acres of Alaska this year, now might be a good time to go looking for that misplaced item.

Security shouldn't wait on elections What others say
Why, at this time of repeatedly proclaimed peril, is the most important office in our national intelligence apparatus in the hands of an acting director?

Discrimination suits should send overdue message What others say
IIf Morgan Stanley had taken seriously the sexual discrimination charges of a female employee, perhaps the Wall Street investment bank would not have ended up settling a lawsuit with the government (last) Monday and agreeing to write a $54 million check.

Groups offer summer activities
A number of Kenai Peninsula organizations are offering ongoing activities for children and adults throughout the summer. Challenger Center Kenai Watershed Forum Alaska Coastal Studies

Community News
Nominations for arts, humanities awards sought Wildlife rescue 5-K planned Homer Seafair rodeo planned Fox Island cruise fund-raiser set WRCC fund-raiser slated Fish canning information available

Legally bound
A Washington couple was married earlier this month in a special beach ceremony near Ninilchik.

Around the Peninsula
CPGH to hold board meetingSafe Sitter course offeredHealth services collaborative to meetFox Island cruise fund-raiser setWRCC fund-raiser slatedProgress Days parade winners announced

Births
Hosanna Praise Henderson Kallie Nevaeh Mears

Landscaping awards
Robert Cutler's home on Cottonwood Circle was chosen as the Kenai Garden of the Week. To nominate a garden, call the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department at 283-3692.

Around the Peninsula
Hospice to host bonfire Basketball camp deadline extended WRCC board meeting slated Square dance club to meet Soldotna landscaping contest continues Nikiski volleyball to hold tryouts

Peninsula People
Cutting receives honors Fanning graduates college Janik releases new book Rome receives bowling leadership award Wendt graduates college Area students receive scholarships Army Reserve rewards top athletes, scholars

Former teacher seeking students' addresses
Dear Kenai people,

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu this week for our area seniors

Will surge in popularity of bicycling last?
AUSTIN, Texas Lance Armstrong's run of six straight Tour de France victories has raised cycling's profile in the United States to unprecedented levels.

What makes Ricky run
Over a five-day span, Ricky Williams flew from the Bahamas to Miami to Hawaii to Tokyo to Los Angeles.

Anthony guarantees gold medal
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Carmelo Anthony has a message for Argentina, Lithuania and the other best basketball teams from around the world: The United States is going to win at the Athens Games.

Some fans will say all he does is ride a bike
On the toughest stretch of road, during the toughest stage of what is arguably the toughest sporting event in the world, Lance Armstrong put the hammer down and roared toward the top of L'Alpe d'Huez. It was a move of such breathtaking power that most of his rivals would have had trouble matching it while driving a car, let alone pedaling a bike.

Sports Briefs
Football officials schedule clinic, meetingRichard McGahan takes B-Stock at Twin City

Six-shooter
PARIS Lance Armstrong raced onto the crowd-lined Champs-Elyses as a yellow blur, bathed in the shimmering light of a 24-carat, gold-leaf bike, a golden helmet and the race leader's yellow jersey.

Frankson sets high kick record
FAIRBANKS (AP) Jesse Frankson of Point Hope has broken the world record in the one-foot high kick.

Tour de France champion's journey from 'here to there' isn't over yet
He's got the yellow jersey, the rock star girlfriend, millions in the bank and the added cushion of knowing the rider who might someday occupy the line above his in the record books is still a kid cruising carefree down a sidestreet somewhere with a handful of buddies in pursuit.

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