Saturday, July 30, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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