Saturday, August 6, 2005

Philadelphia jumps all over Cubs
PHILADELPHIA — Bobby Abreu’s grand slam snapped a 25-game homerless skid, and Todd Pratt and Chase Utley added solo shots, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

Twins take out Bartlett
The American Legion Twins stayed alive at the Alaska State Tournament Thursday in Anchorage with an 8-1 victory over Bartlett.

Still more questions than answers in Palmeiro case
Nobody likes being lied to. But only Congress gets to make a federal case out of it.

O’s win, Mazzilli canned
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Sammy Sosa picked up a listless Baltimore club still stunned by the sudden firing of manager Lee Mazzilli on Thursday, hitting a two-run homer as the Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 and snapped a season-worst eight-game losing streak.

Fish of the week
Lorna Dir’e, a visiting angler from California, displays an 82-pound king salmon caught on the Kenai River on July 19. Dir’e landed the fish at Mud Island while fishing with guide Mel Erickson.

Silvers streaking into area streams
While the king salmon fishery has largely ended and the sockeye salmon fishery is slowing down after moving past it’s peak, anglers shouldn’t put away their tackle just yet, because the silver salmon fishery is preparing to take off.

Declining numbers of dogfish in Puget Sound
SEATTLE (AP) — The number of dogfish in Washington’s inland waters has dropped to historic lows, researchers say, due to overfishing, changes in available food supply and predators.

KRSA tries to help the ‘hogs’
The fish are king salmon, but when they grow to be 50 inches and swim up the Kenai River, they’re called hogs.

Murkowski names 9 to hunting board
FAIRBANKS (AP) — Nine people have been appointed to a panel that will regulate and license big game hunting and transporting services in Alaska.

Reader: More taxes not needed
The city of Homer and the Kenai Peninsula Borough have both increased their respective sales tax rates by a whopping 50 percent this year.

Lieutenant governor says Alaska has lost a legend
I am saddened to learn that my longtime friend Gov. Jay Hammond died (Tuesday). I am fortunate to have spent time just last week with Jay and his wife, Bella, at the memorial service in Kenai for former Senator and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Don Gilman.

Toyz for Tots Run support will keep giving through year
Kenai Peninsula ABATE would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in the Toyz for Tots Run held July 9. With your help, we were ale to far exceed our goal and are well on our way to providing a nice Christmas for many families here on the Kenai Peninsula this year.

Last day of school at elementary really was a picnic
On Thursday, May 26, the Nikiski North Star Elementary students, parents and staff ended another fine school year by celebrating with an end of the year picnic.

Brown bear shooting causes stir
The shooting of a brown bear found at the Russian River on Tuesday, and the subsequent orphaning of the sow’s three cubs, has the Alaska Department of Fish and Game perturbed — while a Cooper Landing man says the department should shoulder some of the blame.

City, kids patrol beach for trash
For the final three weeks of July, hordes of dipnetters from Anchorage and the Mat-Su area camped out on Kenai’s beaches to take part in a fishery that’s grown into Alaska’s premier fish harvesting frenzy. Now that fishing is over, however, an ugly reminder of the dippers’ presence remains behind: trash.

Photo feature: Creeping closer
Fireweed blossoms next to a cottonwood tree in Soldotna recently. The plant foreshadows the arrival of autumn.

Assembly rules on dispute over road
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly unanimously voted to discontinue borough road services on a 650-foot shortcut near Skilak Lane — a move a family says could make it difficult for their disabled children to ride the bus to school.

Sam Sparkman
Sterling resident Sam Sparkman, formerly of Nikiski, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at his cabin on the Kenai River in his sleep after many years of suffering from severe asthma. He was 49.

Ted S. Kroto Jr.
Longtime Soldotna resident Ted S. Kroto Jr. died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005, of complications from a seizure disorder at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 25.

Hammond leaves impressive legacy as a true Alaskan
Toward the end of 2002, former Gov. Jay Hammond wrote an open letter to all Alaskans in which he said: “Several years ago I had a premonition I’d reach the end of the trail in 2002, my 80th year.”

Judge rules nearly 1 million acres in Idaho off limits to grazing
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management is telling ranchers to remove thousands of head of cattle from nearly a million acres of public land in southern Idaho after a federal judge found the agency addressed environmental impacts from grazing in a ‘‘patchwork-quilt manner.’’

Nickel gives lesson in history, spelling
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — William Clark scribbled ‘‘Ocian in View! O! the joy!’’ in his field notes when he thought (incorrectly) that the Lewis and Clark expedition had finally spotted the Pacific on Nov. 7, 1805.

Bush’s plan to ease logging restrictions overruled in court
SEATTLE — A federal judge has struck down the Bush administration’s 2004 decision to ease old-growth logging restrictions on public land in the Northwest, saying the government failed to properly consider what effect it would have on rare plants and animals.

Search continues for missing park ranger
ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) — Crews entering their sixth day of searching for a Rocky Mountain National Park ranger planned to focus their efforts Thursday on an area where gunshots and smoke were reported late Wednesday, officials said.

Keeping the Alaska way of life in the Chugach
July 23 marked the 98th birthday of the Chugach National Forest, which was created in 1907 by President Teddy Roosevelt for the conservation of fish and wildlife resources. Today, the forest isn’t known only for its bounty of fish and wildlife — including brown and black bears, eagles, moose, wolves, mountain goats, whales, sea otters and our priceless Alaska salmon — but also for the unique lifestyle it affords residents and visitors of this region.

European vacation reveals similarities with Kenai Peninsula
Although the fireweed was in bloom and brown bears, wolves and lynx roamed the surrounding forests, we were not hiking on the Kenai Peninsula or even in Alaska. Despite the similarities, we were thousands of miles away in Central Europe’s Carpathian Mountains in eastern Slovakia. My wife, daughter and I had traveled here in July to find four little villages where my grandparents lived over a hundred years ago before they emigrated at a young age to America in search of a better life. We eventually found the villages as we traveled by car throughout the eastern regions of Slovakia known as Spis and Zemplin. Spis is a mountainous region that borders the southern boundary of Poland. Zemplin has wide valleys separated by mountainous ridges that border the western boundary of the Ukraine.

Festival of the Forest Saturday
More than 150 diverse groups will celebrate the 98th birthday of the Chugach National Forest Saturday in Cooper Landing at the Festival of the Forest, an event to promote a healthy forest. Festivities will take place at Pioneer Village at Mile 48 of the Sterling Highway, next to the Kenai River boat launch.

Outdoor briefs
Refuge hosts films, nature walksRefuge sponsors birding hotline

Around the Peninsula
KCHS volleyball beginsKids celebration setSkyview volleyball set to goKeeper plans appreciation partyAgency appreciation picnic planned

Religion Briefs
Mission fund-raiser slatedClothes give away plannedCommunity concert setBible truths seminar slatedBible study group to meetFamily nights setClothes Quarters openClothing availableAddictions group meets

Bible study course in schools attacked
AUSTIN, Texas — A religious watchdog group complained Monday that a Bible study course taught in hundreds of public schools in Texas and across the country promotes a fundamentalist Christian view and violates religious freedom.

God: Stop worrying about tomorrow, have faith
In his book, “There’s a Lot More to Health Than Not Being Sick,” Bruce Larsen tells about a friend who he says is one of the happiest people he knows.

Eagles’ Reid says Owens isn’t faking injury to groin
Disgruntled All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens isn’t faking a groin injury, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid says.

Niedermayers get together with Anaheim
On the day Peter Forsberg was reintroduced to Philadelphia, Anaheim became the NHL’s city of brotherly love.

Stenberg takes Moto X best trick contest
LOS ANGELES — Jeremy Stenberg kicked his feet into the air in the midst of a backflip Thursday to beat Travis Pastrana in the Moto X best trick contest, avoiding the type of brutal crashes that waylaid other X Games competitors.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski volleyball starts MondayKenai volleyball info released

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