Thursday, July 28, 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.

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.

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.

Soldotna business shines
M.Todd Boling, D.O., General Surgeon and owner of Peninsula Surgical Clinic at 254 N. Binkley St. recently received the Beautiful Business of the Week.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Business counseling available Technical assistance available

Seeing is believing
Anyone who's been startled by things going bump in the night has some idea of what Susy Hendrix is going through. Blinded in an accident, she's adjusting to life without her sight but still gets tense when she hears unidentified sounds.

Art Briefs
Art workshops offered Awards seeking nominations Kids' art classes set Art scholarship contest held Editors Day set in September

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

From the bookshelf
Vast miles and a zillion tourists have created a whole genre of Alaska travel books. Even locals can spend a lifetime here but only see a fraction of the state. So travel advice can benefit many Alaskans, too. Two ambitious new titles strive to guide travelers throughout the entire region. Each has a lot to offer and addresses a distinct target audience.

Heartfelt performances
Since early June, contestants in the second Sing from the Heart contest have indeed been singing their hearts out. Now their hearts are caught in their throats waiting to see who will be this year's winner.

Car wash opens road for cheerleader camp
The Soldotna High School cheerleaders would like to thank Johnson's Tire Service for the use of its facilities for our car wash fund-raiser July 21 and 23 and to Chef's Express for donating pizza for the cheerleaders' lunch. The car wash a big success. Thanks to all the Kenai Peninsula residents who stopped and had their car washed. The donations will help the cheerleaders attend a four-day cheerleading camp in Anchorage.

Legislator recalls 'Honorable' Scalzi
Last week, I was very saddened to hear of former State Rep. Drew Scalzi's passing, which took a good man and a good friend to many, far too soon.

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.

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.

Kenai Peninsula's heroes will be missed
What a week the week of July 16 turned out to be. Many folks are struggling and grieving with so much loss.

NASCAR on ice?
John Morgan has lived and breathed bobsledding as a driver, broadcaster and coach. But he says he's never seen anything like this.

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.

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.

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.

Seafood marketing job goes to Blatchford
JUNEAU — One working day after resigning as commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Edgar Blatchford started a new job with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Recommendations finalized
With some objections from an Alaska conservation group, the Agrium task force approved a set of recommendations and will send them to Gov. Frank Murkowski on Friday.

Going for a dip
Dipnet fishers jockey their boats into position on the Kenai River below the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge earlier this week. The fishery continues through Sunday for the Kenai River and through Aug. 7 for the Kasilof.

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.

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.

Aurora announces gas find
Houston-based Aurora Gas, LLC. announced Wednesday that it will soon have more natural gas available for Cook Inlet consumers.

Special grant targets drunks behind wheel
If drunk drivers think they're seeing double the number of police on Kenai Peninsula roads in the next several months, they may be right. People driving under the influence are being put on notice under a statewide law enforcement effort called, "You drink and drive, you lose."

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.

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

Oilers win nail-biter with Miners
The Peninsula Oilers survived a nail-biting ninth inning to defeat the Mat-Su Miners 4-2 Wednesday in an Alaska Baseball League game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai. The Oilers will wrap up their season today against the Miners. Game time is 6 p.m.

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.

Transfer of state land to university receives applause
It's difficult to believe, after so many years of contention, that the University of Alaska at last will receive a significant expansion of its land holdings. Gov. Frank Murkowski made it official on Monday in Fairbanks, where he signed into law a bill to transfer 250,000 acres of state land to the university.

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.

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 Refuge hosts films, nature walks Community meeting planned Shooting, hunting seminar on target

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.

Hackett swims into record books
MONTREAL — Grant Hackett is used to swimming in the shadow of others. First, Kieren Perkins. Then, Ian Thorpe. Now, Michael Phelps.

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.

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.

Alexander signs tender with Seahawks; draft picks continue to sign
Shaun Alexander has reduced by one the number of potential big-name training camp holdouts.

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?

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.

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.

Birch Ridge Report
You may think it's the same thing summer after summer — Tiger wins another British Open, Lance conquers another summer ride through the Alps, the reds are in, the reds are out. Well, don't get too complacent. The Twin Cities Walker Cup took off this summer and the NASA Shuttle soared once more into space. (Okay, apples and oranges, but it's a change, no?)

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