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Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Yankees, Mussina get best of White Sox
NEW YORK — Mike Mussina outpitched former teammate Orlando Hernandez, and Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer that sent the New York Yankees to a 3-2 victory Monday night over the Chicago White Sox.

Alaska’s last Junior Miss...
Elena Bird takes great delight in fulfilling the duties of Alaska’s Jr. Miss. Bird has had a whirlwind summer of activities fulfilling the duties of her statewide title. She has sung the National Anthem and rode in more parades than she can remember, including Kenai’s 4th of July Parade and Soldotna Progress Days. A distinction however she is not so pleased to have is being Alaska’s last Junior Miss. After nearly half a century the National Junior Miss program has been canceled. In June, Elena had the once in a lifetime experience that many other Kenai Peninsula girls have had over the years of representing Alaska at the National Junior Miss Competition in Mobile, Alabama, “It was an absolutely incredible educational experience, it was amazing to be among all those talented and very bright young women,” commented Bird when she returned.

Peninsula gets Alaska’s first Lacrosse Club
It may be new and exciting for kids on the Kenai Peninsula, but the sport of Lacrosse was actually one of America’s first sports tracing its history in the U.S.A. back to North American Natives and French pioneers who played the game avidly in the early nineteenth century. A cross between soccer, basketball and hockey, Lacrosse is now said to be the Nation’s fastest growing sport with 6 professional major league Lacrosse teams in the Lower 48 and 4 expansion teams being planned for the western U.S. The Central Peninsula Lacrosse Club is the first such program in Alaska, according to Scott Cunningham, president and booster of the new organization which concludes its first season this week.

Up Up an’ Away on a beautiful day...
Parasailing is commonly associated with sunny beaches and sultry weather. Yet on a beautiful Alaskan day Chuck Kneeland was found practicing landings and ground control of his parasail at Skyview High School. Parasailing has become very popular in Europe where climbers modify parachutes to fly down cliffs after hiking up mountains. The sport however is milder than say compared to hang gliding with average speeds of eighteen mph creating a gentle glide towards earth. Kneeland says he actually does more parasailing in Maui, Hawaii and southern California than the arctic north. Here in Alaska he enjoys the slopes at Alyeska for parasailing. Compared to a parachute Kneeland says a parasail actually lets you gain altitude. The idea is to take off into the wind where you can catch an updraft and then stay up for as long as possible and enjoy the view, which in some cases may be as long as an hour.

Bikers ride again to beat Muscular Dystrophy...
The 7th Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Live Ride brought some 300 motorcyclists, pets, family and friends to Soldotna last week. The participants started at the House of Harley in Anchorage and rendezvoused at the weigh station in Sterling where they rode in parade formation with police escort to the Kenai Peninsula Harley Davidson store. The unique fund raiser was the creation of Barry Madison, owner of the House of Harley in Anchorage, Wasilla and Soldotna, and is the only event of its kind in the nation, “Harley Davidson has been a corporate sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1984 and in Alaska we have done an event every year since then and 7 years ago we put the Live Ride idea together with an Anchorage radio station where we usually have an announcer broadcasting live from one of the bikes as we motor to Soldotna,” said Madison. According to Madison over the years the bikers efforts have raised nearly half a million dollars for MDA.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Well, well, well, guess what...............John didn’t get a story to me. I am very sorry because I am not very good at this. I have a question for anyone. Why do some people get seasick and some don’t? Why do I get sea sick out of Homer but not out of Deep Creek or Anchor Point? It has always amazed me how my dad never seems to get sick even when the water is horrible. Well just a question to ponder. Travis (our youngest) and Brad (our oldest) just got back from halibut fishing with our friend Jim Ries and Brad’s girlfriend Mandy. Brad caught the first fish and promptly got so sick he laid down for the rest of the trip. See what I mean-he got sick when no one else did, well I guess Travis was feeling a little ill after eating a few too many donuts. They brought home a nice bunch of halibuts and now we all have a little fuller freezer.

Photo feature: A cut above
Mike Lohmann processes red salmon on a cleaning table at Kenai RV Park recently. Fishers are starting to look for silver salmon now.

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.

Support for support group makes annual event a success
On June 4, the ninth annual Brain Awareness Walk and barbecue was a success. We enjoyed a beautiful day in Kenai. Kenai Mayor Pat Porter and her friend, Ranger, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley and assembly President Gary Superman were on hand to help support group founder Richard Warrington and lead the walk.

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!

Spoof targets oil platforms
Ever wonder what happened to Cook Inlet’s penguins? Ask Cook Inlet Keeper Bob Shavelson and he’ll probably tell you how the oil platforms wiped them out.

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.

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.

Golf matches covered
A special thank you to the staff at the Clarion for their coverage of the inaugural matches at the Birch Ridge Golf Course on July 25, 26 and 29. Also, to Tim Navarre and Arby’s for the food.

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.

Grant boosts Winter Games
The 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society is poised to receive a $650,000 state grant authorized by the Alaska Legislature earlier this year in Senate Bill 46.

No rush as filing deadline approaches
With the candidate filing deadline still a week away, there has, as yet, been no great rush to formally enter races for Kenai Peninsula Borough seats open for the Oct. 4 municipal election.

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.

Doctor returns from scouting Jamboree
A Soldotna physician said he was helpless to do anything when four Boy Scout leaders from Alaska electrocuted at the national jamboree in Virginia.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thea Louise Zumwalt
Longtime Soldotna resident Thea Louise Zumwalt died Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, at her home. She was 50.

State needs more junkets
We’re pretty confident that Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez would not describe his recent trip to Alaska as a junket. That would be bad form back in Washington, D.C., and would subject him — and probably the Bush administration — to searing criticism from the liberal media pundits.

Memorable ‘Progress’; Annual event is great in Soldotna, just don’t change it
Our community recently celebrated one of our family’s favorite occasions of the whole year —Soldotna Progress Days. We were so pleased a few years ago when the parade route was moved to Binkley Avenue and the vendor and game booths were located on Park Avenue. It allowed all of us to either walk, bike or drive to the parade route, leave our vehicles parked and proceed down to Park Avenue for the Progress Day festivities.

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.

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.

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

Births
Ashley and Matt Purcell Megan and Jonathan Wohlers

Around the Peninsula
Toddler hour setFlag football sign-up kicks offSafe Sitter classes slatedGarage sale fund-raiser plannedMontessori presentation slatedCommunity meeting plannedShooting, hunting seminar on target

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

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.

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Activities
Homer senior Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

First Food Bank event a success
On Sunday August, we held our first and hopefully annual Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Tournament. Close to $350 was raised and we hope to do even better next year.

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.

Williams wins as U.S. sweeps 100 meters
HELSINKI, Finland — All 5 feet, 2 inches of her soaking wet, Lauryn Williams stood before the Finnish crowd with an American flag draped around her shoulder and didn’t even notice the rain.

‘The Great One’ will coach Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Great One isn’t promising great things right away from the Phoenix Coyotes. Merely contending for the Stanley Cup would be fine for a start.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Area drag racers burn rubberArea athletes compete in Hershey’s meetLundahl, Matarrese take long drive

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.

Bears rookies steal the show
CANTON, Ohio — Two Bears rookies stole the show from Ricky Williams.

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.

Stewart can return to his home
The racetrack didn’t owe him anything. If anything, it was the other way around.

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