Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Braves walk away with NL East lead
ATLANTA — Andruw Jones drew a bases-loaded walk from Luis Ayala in the 10th, capping a comeback that gave Atlanta the 3-2 victory Tuesday night and sole possession of first place in the NL East.

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.

Sosa dinger helps Orioles snap skid
BALTIMORE — Sammy Sosa hit his 586th home run to tie Frank Robinson for fifth place on the career list, and Baltimore ended a six-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over Texas on Tuesday night.

Join the club
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs right-hander Greg Maddux became the 13th pitcher in major league history to strike out 3,000 batters when he threw a called third strike past San Francisco's Omar Vizquel in the third inning Tuesday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Grants make school presentations happen
The LeeShore Center staff and volunteers make several school presentations each year. Grants from ConocoPhillips and the United Way made these presentations possible during the 2004-05 school year.

Many contribute to celebration's success
The Fourth of July Celebration in Kenai was a great success, and I would like to thank the following people and businesses for dedicating their time and services to this wonderful community event: Jason Carroll, Penny Furnish, Rachel Clark, Katie Rogers, Robert Peterkin, Neal Du Perron, Herb Settler. Tom Schanrock, Bill Bartlett, Amanda Feagin, Unocal retirees, George Ford, Joe Harris, Harold Flood, Ron Fullnick, Jack Keck, Leon Quesnel, Les Stricker, grand marshals Helen and Doyle Carlson, Jessica McNutt, Cora Byrd, Karlene Mueller, Dennis Swarner, Roy Espy, Mayor Pat Porter, council member Joe Moore, Kenai Chrysler, Miss Alaska, Miss Alaska Outstanding Teen, Miss Junior Miss, Kenai Police Department, GLM, Spenard Builders Supply, Kenai Middle School girls summer program, Lynden Transport, Sue Carter, Julie Wheeler, Dena Cunningham, Tracy Prior, Dottie Sander, Julie Carroll, Bill Grimm, Young Marines, Peninsula Sanitation, S and R Enterprises, Tim's Janitorial, Janet Lomayesva, LDS Elders, R and K and Atigun, Cannetta Salmon, Merrill Sikorski, Nelson's Amen's Dixieland Band, Na Manu Olu and Aeko hula dancers, Kenai Swinging Golden Girls, All-American Dance and More, Tony Barrett Bagpipes. Chantell Guerra, Anita Oliva, Robert and Bunny Swan Gease, Kenaitze Drummers, Dave Edward, Smith and Turk, Tim Sturn Band, Mary Rutz, Wanda Taylor, Dick Odgers, Ted Johnson, Rick and Karen Kupp, Steve Halloway, JR Kitchens, KSRM, Bailey's Furniture, Elena Bird, Christopher Hall, Phyllis Swarner, Kenai Lions Club, Air Gas, Pepsi, Alyeska Tire, New Life Assembly of God, 4-H, Alena Letring, Bristol West, Peninsula Tent and Party Rentals, Kenai Fire Department, McDonald's and Decor Furniture.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

Helicopter loses power during tour
JUNEAU (AP) — Six cruise ship passengers were aboard a helicopter tour when the craft lost power after only about 100 feet and made a soft landing in nearby wetlands.

Guide's license lapse causes flap
A Soldotna fishing guide was issued a violation Friday by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for allegedly illegally guiding passengers for hire in a power boat on the Kenai River without the proper license, said Sara Francis, petty officer for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Lining out gas options
Gov. Frank Murkowski is negotiating with all three entities who want to bring stranded North Slope natural gas to market and will go with the best proposal, said Bill Noll, communications director for Murkowski at Tuesday's Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Dipnetters getting dinged for violations
The annual surge of people heading to the mouth of the Kenai River for the personal-use dipnet fishery also brings a surge in the number of folks being hooked for violating fishing regulations.

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.

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.

Neither snore nor rain nor gloom of night ...
River Tomrdle naps as his mother Jackie sorts her mail at the Kenai post office Tuesday afternoon. He sleeps through anything, she said.

Sonar glitch accounted for
Commercial fishermen and dock workers in Kenai on Tuesday were not seeing any impact from a sonar-related miscount of late-run king salmon entering the Kenai River.

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.

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.

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.

Betsy Ross Cullen
Kenai resident Betsy Ross Cullen died Friday, July 22, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 66.

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

Voices of the Peninsula: Alaskans should wake up
This is for all interested Alaska businesses (commercial and sportfishers and guides, subsistence fishers and dipnetters, B&Bs, RV parks, sporting goods stores, et al), who-which have some dependence on tourism and the fisheries of Alaska.

Health court may be good medicine for ailing system
Virtually everyone agrees that the system of paying for health care is out of whack. Lawsuits, or perhaps more accurately fear of lawsuits, are frequently cited as the culprit. Yet ask what to do to solve the problem and the blame game begins. Doctors blame insurance companies, insurance companies blame juries, and on it goes.

Kids reading, now that's the real magic
Kids won't read. We've often been told that as if it's an undeniable truth. Reading is too passive. It's old-fashioned and boring.

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.

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. ...

Around the Peninsula
Food bank seeking volunteers Kids celebration set KCHS swim, diving set to begin Swim clinic planned Flag football registration set Social Security to be discussed

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

Brown appears set to coach Knicks
NEW YORK — Barring any last-minute snags, Larry Brown was about to join the long list of distinguished coaches — including Joe Lapchick, Red Holzman, Pat Riley and Lenny Wilkens — who have guided the New York Knicks.

Michaels to stay with Monday Night Football at ESPN
NEW YORK (AP) — Al Michaels is staying with Monday Night Football when it moves from ABC to ESPN for the 2006 NFL season, parting with John Madden after four seasons in the booth together.

Kenai Golf Report: Summer flying by
How quickly the summer is flying by and the end of July is fast approaching. I was startled to notice that the fireweed was already halfway bloomed and couldn't help but wonder how that happened so quickly. Tourist season must be at its peak if the traffic is any indication, and during one of those long slow drives through Soldotna via the Sterling Highway, I had plenty of opportunity to ponder my golf swing. Wonder if it helped?

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.

Alex Smith officially inks pact; other first-rounders begin to sign
Alex Smith officially signed with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday and other first-rounders began to fall into line as teams prepared to open their training camps.

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

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.

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.

Links: Birch Ridge, Kenai all square
After a day of alternate-shot matches and a day of best-ball matches, the battle for supremacy between Birch Ridge Golf Course and Kenai Golf Course will come down to 12 singles matches Friday.

Phelps beats Hackett in 200-meter freestyle showdown
MONTREAL — Michael Phelps was slowly treading at one end of the pool, an arm draped across the lane rope as he stared at his name on the scoreboard.

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