Monday, August 8, 2005

Chugiak knocks out Twins
The American Legion Twins were eliminated from the Alaska State Tournament Friday after a 6-5 loss to Chugiak.

Super fan
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Terry Galbraith sat in the bleachers behind home plate at Growden Memorial Park munching peanut M&Ms and watching the Alaska Goldpanners play their last home game on a recent Thursday.

NOW PLAYING: The Dukes of Hazzard
Man. I’m three for three on my movie choices here lately. First, The Island leaves me high and dry. Then Stealth blunders its way to a crash and burn. And now this: a beloved icon from my childhood left in smoldering ruins on the side of the highway.

Nuclear power a good idea
June 27, the U.S. president proclaimed the need for more U.S. central station nuclear power, which may have been his first coherent words during his tenure in the White House — or longer. Nuclear power is cleaner (for air and water) than any fossil fueled power plant, is far safer than coal mining, would cut substantially U.S. production of greenhouse gases (supports the Kyoto Protocol) and would be an important first step toward U.S. energy independence —advocated by President Nixon circa 1970.

Reader: Time to show how democracy works
The Senate Intelligence Committee spent a year assembling and analyzing pertinent data prior to the invasion of Iraq. The second phase of this investigation was to determine how this data was used.

Troopers go above, beyond call of duty
After reading the article, "Troopers break into fiery cabin," on July 29 and (the Aug. 2) follow-up article, I feel compelled to write. Shame on Col. Julia Grimes for her comment downplaying what Troopers Erickson and Henry did. It is what they are trained to do!

Stewart has win at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS — When victory finally came for Tony Stewart at Indianapolis on Sunday, it was everything he thought it would be.

Kenai a safer place to drive
July traffic accidents were down by 25 percent over last year in Kenai, a fact Kenai police say is due in part to a new speed-message trailer purchased in May.

Hester murder trial postponed again
The trial of a Kasilof woman charged in the shooting death of her boyfriend in 2003, which was to begin this week, has once again been postponed, now until January.

Search on for Kenai manager
The Kenai City Council was informed Wednesday its next meeting packet will include a proposed search procedure for a city manager to replace Linda Snow, whose contract was not renewed in July.

Late, great bloomers
Late summer and early fall are when many species of wildflowers bloom, such as flowers in this field off Kalifornsky Beach Road near Kasilof.

Utility orders yellow ribbons off poles
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Danielle Curry replaced yellow ribbons on Kodiak utility poles after someone festooned them with anti-war stickers. Now, all displays on the poles are coming down.

CES officers fired up for promotions
The recent retirements of some high-ranking firefighters at Central Emergency Services have paved the way for the promotion of the assistant fire marshal to assistant chief and one firefighter to training officer.

Jogging their memories
Alee Rowley leads other Kenai Central High School cross country runners up a hill on Lawton Drive during a practice in Saturday morning's sun. Athletes from other prep sports have also started practicing for their upcoming seasons.

Ordinance frees up assembly members
If Kenai Peninsula Borough residents want to contest the value the borough puts on their property, they will soon contest it before a new group of people. If borough residents take issue with a planning and zoning decision, they will also see some new faces sitting on the board.

Cooking now: Kenai senior center to get bigger kitchen
A longtime resident of the Kenai Senior Citizens Center told the city council Wednesday that enlarging the center's kitchen might lead to better pies being baked for the city's July 4 celebration.

Palmer Jay Shirk
Longtime Alaskan and Seward resident Palmer Jay Shirk died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005, at Providence Wesley Care Center in Seward after a long battle with Parkinson Disease. He was 80.

Hickel's building plan would provide statewide help
For a lot of years, former Gov. Walter J. Hickel has advocated use of Alaska's Permanent Fund riches as a means to stimulate economic activity in cities, towns and villages across the state. Sadly, nobody has been listening.

Voices of the Clarion: Vacation of a lifetime
On my summer vacation, I managed to squeeze in a few rounds of golf, some sightseeing, a bit of world-class fishing, a little quiet time strolling the beach and even a couple late-night bull sessions with some of the locals.

Actions make difference in others' lives
It's easy to grumble when you see the blinking lights of an Alaska State Trooper car approaching in the rear view mirror as you cruise along faster than you should.

Births
Ashley and Matt Purcell Megan and Jonathan Wohlers

Around the Peninsula
Child protection to be discussed Flag football registration set Internet class offered Garage sale fund-raiser slated Vendors, bands wanted for festival Women's run seeks volunteers KPFA meeting slated Food bank seeking volunteers CES seeks volunteers

Around the Peninsula
Golf tourney fund-raiser planned KCHS swim, diving set to begin Swim clinic planned PFLAG to meet Flag football registration set Montessori presentation slated

Soldotna home shines
The home of Carmen Stephl at 328 Ridgewood was selected as the Beautiful Yard of the Week. To nominate someone, call 262-9814.

Kenai yard is pick of the lot
Mike and Peggy Baxter's home at 1619 Toyon Way was selected as the Garden of the Week for July 25. To nominate someone, call 283-3692.

Peninsula People
Agosti makes dean's list Glad takes it into account All in the family

My best friend
At 13 years old, Smokie loves sleeping by a fire in the fall. He follows owners Linda Christopher and family of Soldotna around while they gather wood.

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Activities
Homer senior Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Bomar leads Chrysler Open
It could be another good year for Billy Bomar. The Anchorage pro, who already has two Kenai Chrysler Open titles (2001, 2003) to his credit, fired a stellar, 69 Saturday at the Kenai Golf Course to take a two-stroke lead over Louie Rungie and Scott Taylor in the tournament's opening round.

International becomes a monumental test
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — It has long been one of golf's most unique tournaments. This weekend, the International has morphed into something even more.

Sports Briefs
Barrel horse racing results announced

Marino, Young enter Hall of Fame
CANTON, Ohio — Dan Marino capped his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the best way possible: with a long completion.

Vick, Manning give brief show in Japan
TOKYO — Michael Vick and Peyton Manning gave the Japanese fans what they wanted in the American Bowl, playing into the second quarter and showing why they are two of the NFL's best quarterbacks.

Pastrana wins, but gravity trumps innovation at X Games
LOS ANGELES — Gravity trumped innovation Saturday at the X Games, as two bold attempts at new tricks resulted in fall after fall.

Culpepper to restructure deal with Vikings
Daunte Culpepper and the Minnesota Vikings reached an agreement on Sunday to restructure the quarterback's contract, giving the three-time Pro Bowl selection an unspecified raise.

Gannon retires; Giants, Jets scuffle
NAPA, Calif. — Rich Gannon ended an 18-year NFL career Saturday, retiring from the Oakland Raiders after missing missed most of last season with a broken vertebra in his neck.

Bomar earns third Chrysler crown
Billy Bomar drained a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the 7th annual Kenai Chrysler Golf Championship Sunday at the Kenai Golf Course.

Getting their fix
When all the tinkering and adjusting were done, Kenai's Cameron McGahan and Mike Young couldn't have been more pleased with their team's work.

Gatlin takes 100 at track and field worlds
HELSINKI, Finland — Justin Gatlin didn't just win the 100 meters at the world track and field championships, he dominated it like no other sprinter in the meet's history.

Fishing for Bears
Last month on the Chenik River, surrounded by brown bears in every direction, all Bob could think about was fishing.

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