Friday, July 29, 2005

For Yanks' rotation, every Small contribution counts
NEW YORK — Aaron Small won his second straight start since the Yankees brought him up from the minors and Gary Sheffield drove in four runs, leading New York over the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Thursday.

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

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.

Cannery waste a summer treat for Kasilof sled dogs
There's an old saying that “one person's trash is another's treasure,” and that couldn't be any more true for Jon Little, a Kasilof-based musher who has competed in both the Iditarod and Yukon Quest sled dog races.

One last weekend to catch a king
Anglers hoping to hook that world-record Kenai River king salmon have one more weekend to try as the fishery closes at midnight Sunday.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Reader responds to Medicare story
I am writing in regards to the article about Medicare providers (Clarion, July 22). I am one person who uses oxygen concentrator provided by Geneva Woods, also a Cpap which Geneva Woods supplies and my masks, which last a year. Never have I had a problem getting a mask.

Support helps bind library to community
The Friends of the Kenai Library would like to thank our community for another very successful used book sale July 7 through 9. Each year we are overwhelmed with the generosity of our community. We would like to thank all the people who donated thousands of books for the sale. We really appreciate your support of our annual fund-raiser.

Reader: Trout management must change for success
It is Hidden Lake! It is truly marvelous that lake trout have even survived there. First, we have no lake trout stocking program on the Kenai Peninsula. Second, lake trout fishing pressure is not in harmony with trout abundance. Furthermore, and critically important, lake trout under “ideal” conditions grow relatively slow, averaging one-quarter to one-half pound a year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Street activities hindering crews
Soldotna residents are being told that paved streets are not meant to be play areas.

LNG plant focus of new study
A plant that employs about 40 people may plan a major role in the future of Southcentral Alaska's economy, according to some, and a state corporation wants to learn more.

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."

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.

Photo feature: On the rise
Fireweed blossoms mimic much taller spruce trees in Old Town Kenai earlier this week. The flowers are a harbinger of autumn.

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

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.

Drew Scalzi
Homer resident Drew Scalzi died Thursday, July 21, 2005, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle following a long battle with cancer. He was 53.

Nancy Fern Fena
Sterling resident Nancy Fena died Sunday, July 24, 2005, in Tempe, Ariz. 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.

All around good time
They may not be smiling in Mudville, but there was plenty of joy Thursday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park: Nick Kliebert played all nine positions, Scoop won his first “Race the Mascot” of the season, and the Peninsula Oilers wrapped up their 2005 season with a 3-0 win over the Mat-Su Miners in Alaska Baseball League play.

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.

River draws us in, common sense lets us come back
It's difficult to think of Kenai or Soldotna without thinking of the Kenai River. It's the lifeblood that nourishes both communities. We are drawn to its beauty, sustained by the fish that return each year.

Climber breaks own record as oldest on Rainier
PARADISE, Wash. (AP) — William Painter's record as the oldest man to reach the top of Mount Rainier has been broken — by William Painter.

Climate warming spurs ‘alder rise'
I have just returned from two weeks of fieldwork in big country across Cook Inlet. This is like a visit to the Kenai fifty years ago. Virtually all travel is by small aircraft and boat. The local bush pilots are among the best in the world, but bad weather and steep topography have left a history of crash sites that sometimes aren't located until 10 or 20 years after the planes went down.

Outdoor Briefs
Citizen science project looking for helpShooting and hunting day plannedRefuge hosts films, nature walks

Around the Peninsula
Seniors fund-raiser todayFootball officials meeting plannedChildbirth class available

Around the Peninsula
Community festival planned Refuge hosts films, nature walks Community meeting planned Shooting, hunting seminar on target

Religion Briefs
Missions fund-raiser todayFinance Seminar slatedChurch dedication setKids invited to ‘jungle adventures'Bible study group to meetFamily nights setClothes Quarters openClothing availableBible truths seminar slatedJewish services available

Evangelicals, Catholics: The old edginess is fading
Evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics — the nation's two largest religious blocs — have a relationship that's been marked in the past by hostility and tension.

Utah's Mormon numbers shrinking
SALT LAKE CITY — Mormons comprise a substantial majority of Utah residents, but their share of the state's population has been declining and will continue to do so in the years ahead, according to projections in a report.

World events: This is not the time for frail faith
Scenes of suicide bombers murdering innocent bystanders and children are becoming regular fare on nightly television news roundups.

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?)

Most holdouts fail to come to fruition at NFL camps
So much for agent Drew Rosenhaus' threats to keep some of the NFL's premier players out of training camp.

Phelps wins gold, falters in other events
MONTREAL — This isn't the record-breaking phenomenon from Barcelona. Or the medal-hoarding icon from Athens. This is Michael Phelps, the work in progress.

Area rowers medal at Masters Games
Members of the Alaska Midnight Sun Rowing Association might have to start raising their expectations.

Brown set to coach Knicks
NEW YORK (AP) — Last stop: Madison Square Garden.

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.

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.

Goodenow loses job
TORONTO (AP) — Accepting a salary cap was the last thing Bob Goodenow did as head of the NHL players' union.

Stadler leads U.S. Senior Open
KETTERING, Ohio — Craig Stadler shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday to match the U.S. Senior Open first-round record and held a one-shot lead over Tom Purtzer with seven others — including Greg Norman and Tom Watson — within another three shots.

Sports Briefs
Kenai Central cross country set to startTwins to host old-timers' gameSeward High School holds scrambleSoldotna softball squad falls in Juneau

Now streaming live: Walruses of the Bering Sea
JUNEAU — Wallowing and snorting as they jockey for position on the rocks, the two-ton walruses may not be the prettiest of Internet reality show stars. But two cameras installed at the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary off Alaska's southwest coast are giving scientists and Web surfers alike the chance to follow the drama of the Bering Sea mammals' everyday lives.

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