Friday, August 12, 2005

Proxy hunting, fishing benefits many users
From the rod bending excitement of catching king salmon on the Kenai River, to the satisfaction of stalking a bull moose through the thick brush and trees around Tustumena Lake, Alaska abounds with outdoor activities.

Hunter education required in state
Alaska hunting regulations require all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1986, to obtain a hunter education certificate in order to hunt in Game Management Units 7, 13, 14, 15 and 20. The Kenai Peninsula encompasses units 7 and 15.

Hunting Briefs
Shooting restricted in Kenai city limitsFamily shooting, hunting day planned at Snowshoe Gun Club

Successful hunters have several habits in common
Every year as I start to take aim at stories for the Peninsula Clarion’s annual hunting section, I talk to a wide variety of hunters, many of whom are — year after year — very successful at getting meat for the freezer or another trophy for the wall, regardless of the game being sought.

Federal regs trump state rules on refuge
When the Alaska Board of Game voted in March to allow for a limited hunting season in the Skilak Loop Management Area, area hunters thought they had secured a road-accessible area perfect for hunting small game. Unfortunately, nobody cleared the idea with Uncle Sam.

Moose harvest: 500-600 expected on peninsula
The rainy, cool weather that has set in over the past couple of weeks can only mean one thing: It must be time to go hunting.

Hunters should be bear-aware when in the field
Alone, well-camouflaged and moving very quietly, hunters are always at risk of encountering a bear while in pursuit of other species of game on the Kenai Peninsula.

Decision on brown bear hunt to wait until September
Area managers will wait until the end of September before making a call on a brown bear hunt for the Kenai Peninsula.

Perseverance pays off in Delta bison hunt
They say good things come to those who wait, and for 14-year-old Travis Smith of Kenai, the three buffalo he was staring at through his father’s binoculars were a very good thing.

Orioles brace for Palmeiro's return to field
BALTIMORE — On the eve of Rafael Palmeiro's expected return from a 10-day suspension for steroid use, the Baltimore Orioles got a glimpse of how his presence will affect the clubhouse.

Cubs lose eighth straight game
CHICAGO — Ryan Freel homered on the first pitch of the game and the Cincinnati Reds sent the Chicago Cubs to their eighth straight loss with an 8-2 romp Wednesday.

A’s take over first place in AL West
OAKLAND, Calif. — Jason Kendall alertly dashed home from third base with the winning run when Los Angeles’ miffed closer Francisco Rodriguez flubbed a return throw from his catcher, and the A’s took sole possession of first in the AL West with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory on Thursday.

Alou: 'I feel bad about people being fired'
ATLANTA — While saying he regrets the firing of three radio station employees, San Francisco Giants manager Felipe Alou wouldn't back down Wednesday from his condemnation of racially tinged comments directed at him and his players.

Padres top Mets; Cameron hurt in collision with Beltran
SAN DIEGO — New York Mets right fielder Mike Cameron was taken off the field on a stretcher following a frightening head-to-head collision with center fielder Carlos Beltran in the seventh inning of a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday.

White Sox take two of three from Yanks
NEW YORK — Juan Uribe slid in under catcher Jorge Posada's tag to score a disputed run in the 10th inning, lifting the Chicago White Sox over the New York Yankees 2-1 Wednesday.

Cunningham offers cheap angling thrill
With bank closures up and down the Kenai River forcing many people to pay for fishing these days, Kenai’s Cunningham Park stands out as an easily-accesible fishing hole that offers good fishing and plenty of access — without charging a dime.

Biologist says ladders won’t save salmon
MCCALL, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho biologist who argued for a quarter century that fish ladders were good enough to prevent salmon from dying out now says four dams on the Snake River in Washington state should be removed to help the endangered fish.

Fish of the week
Corey Smith, 16, of Nikiski hoists the 72-pound, 50-inch female king salmon he pulled from the Kenai River on July 31, the last day of king season. Standing behind Corey are his dad, Vernon, and Bart Williams of Kenai (at right). Proud mom Lynn Smith said the end-of-the-year trip had all the makings of a great day on the water — good weather, good friends and great fishing.

Some British Columbia sockeye runs way down
PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia (AP) — Canadian small-boat fishermen who rely on sockeye salmon from the Skeena River are reeling from a drastic decline in the fishery.

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

On a different note ...
Ever wonder what a cornamuse was? How about a shawm, rackett or schreier-pfeife?

Art Briefs
Art workshops offered Art scholarship contest held Watercolor workshops planned Orchestra rehearsals ongoing Rasmuson awards open for application Editors Day scheduled in September Artists in Schools open for applications

From the Bookshelf: Bear attacks inspire hair-raising tales
Alaska, in the popular imagination, is famous for magnificent wilderness. But wilderness has infamous dangers, as well, none more lurid than bear maulings. The idea of becoming dinner for something enormous and hairy taps into a primal terror.

Community gives seniors a taste of success
The Sterling Area Senior Citizen's Inc. say thank you to all the wonderful folks who made their annual June barbecue a big success. Generous donations were received from Rickie Bowen, Maria Howarth, Fred Meyer, Soldotna Animal Hospital, Suburban Propane, Gloria's Hair Salon, Bing Brown's, Mom and Dad's Grocery, Sadler's, Cook's Tesoro, Moose River Auto and RV, Martin Mines, Alaska Hair Lines, Odies, The Dollar Store, Blockbuster Video, Papa Murphy's Pizza, Instant Replay Sports, Old Gray Mare, Charlotte's, Sundog Screen Print, Sugar Magnolia's, Donna's, Malfunction Junction, George and Jan Elser, Bill and Shirley Lowe, NorthCountry Fair, Coffee Concepts, Froso's, Radio Shack, Columbia Paint, The Hair Force, Felicia's Salon, Sonoma Florists, Wilderness Way, Harley-Davidson, Sterling Tool Rental, Suzie's Cafe, The Reel Cup, Jitters, Barker's Wood Products, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Top Video, K and K Enterprises, Naptown Cafe, Thompson's Corner, Radio Shack, Homestead Jewelers and Gifts, Beemun's Variety, Peninsula Furs, Sterling Carving Club, Magpye's and Spenard Builders Supply.

Merit Inn, Arness will be missed
Joe Arness and the Merit Inn deserve enormous appreciation and gratitude for their willingness to provide housing for many homeless people and families in Kenai.

Reader shares view on chemical usage
With misleading and inflammatory language, ACAT recently announced its ballot initiative drive to burden all Alaska school districts and every licensed daycare in the state with expensive new requirements on chemical usages.

Swiss poachers run into snag
Each year, anglers flock to the Kenai Peninsula, hoping to fill their freezers and cans with some of the hundreds of thousands of sockeye salmon that swim up the Kenai River.

Man charged in bear shooting
An Anchorage man has been charged with shooting and killing a brown bear sow last month near the Russian River.

Man sought by feds killed in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE — A 20-year-old man being sought on federal drug charges was gunned down early Tuesday in a drive-by shooting in South Anchorage.

Cooper Landing seniors smiling
A groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday celebrated a major step forward in a long-range, multiphased Cooper Landing senior housing construction project that one day will serve independent seniors as well as those needing full-time nursing care.

Life's a beach
Katie Biegert stakes a claim to a quiet piece of beach on the shore of Cook Inlet on Wednesday afternoon to spend time with a book in the sun. Forecasters are calling for sunny weather to continue through the weekend.

On course: Run will benefit shelter
As many as 200 runners, perhaps more, are expected to compete Saturday in Kenai in the LeeShore Center’s 18th annual Run For Women.

Family cruises history
Having spent four years of his life aboard U.S. Navy warships during the Vietnam War, Buck Nichols did not hesitate when offered the opportunity for him and his wife, Wanda, to take a cruise on the USS Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides.”

Voters may get say in costly projects
Sufficient petition signatures have been gathered and verified to send a proposition aimed at limiting the borough’s ability to spend money on capital projects without a public vote to the fall ballot.

Whooping cough hits 10 in Soldotna
Ten people in Soldotna, including five at Heritage Place nursing facility, have come down with confirmed cases of pertussis, commonly known as "whooping cough."

Philippine intelligence report reveals Muslim rebel plots against embassies
MANILA, Philippines — Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida have plotted attacks on U.S. and British embassies, hotels, a mall and other targets across the country, according to a confidential Philippines government report reviewed Thursday by The Associated Press.

Governor needs change of altitude on jet purchase
The feds said no. The Legislature said no. But Gov. Frank Murkowski insisted on yes, insisted that the state and its chief executive need jet transport.

Still lots to fix on workers’ compensation
Step by step.

Outdoor briefs
Cyclists needed for MS rideRefuge sponsors birding hotlineRefuge hosts films, nature walks

Park rangers on their own
DENVER — National park rangers urge visitors to stay safe in the backcountry by hiking in pairs, but they usually don’t practice what they preach, relying instead on training, knowledge and equipment to get them through frequent one-person patrols.

Off-roaders want more trail access
ANCHORAGE (AP) — ATV riders and other off-road enthusiasts are pushing legislation that would allow off-road vehicles to tool around on land near the Knik River.

Around the Peninsula
Swim team tryouts set Garage sale fund-raiser slated CPHC board meeting slated KPC plans one-day closure School hosts open house Home-school group meeting planned First aid, CPR classes offered Refuge hosts films, nature walks

Around the Peninsula
Deadline for football registration todayNavy warship makes landSummer festival setCowboy shooting match on targetKPFA meeting slatedQuilt entries due MondayMontessori presentation slated

Church Briefs
Garage sale fund-raiser continuesClothes giveaway plannedBible study group to meetFamily nights setClothes Quarters openClothing available

Floral view: What are you looking at?
Ready for an old Quaker story?

Mormon heeds prophet’s call, leaves Harvard
REXBURG, Idaho — Getting a 34-year Harvard man to abandon one of the nation’s most prestigious business schools for an Idaho church college seems like a task that would demand divine revelation.

Singh only cares about winning
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Vijay Singh showed up without an entourage, virtually unnoticed as he walked down a road next to the practice range at Baltusrol and onto the far end of the tee box. Only when he passed a dozen players did the fans packed into the bleachers realize it was the defending PGA champion.

Teams look to close gap on Kenai, SoHi
Will parity reign in small-schools state football this season?

Eagles' Reid sends Owens home
Andy Reid made sure Terrell Owens won't be distracting the Eagles for at least a week — by sending the All-Pro wide receiver home.

Sports Briefs
Class Races postponed

Birch Ridge Report: Second summer arrives
A couple of weeks ago I was pretty sure it was time to update my winter wardrobe. I was ready to mention the looming shopping deadline for — get ready — CHRISTMAS! But just when those dreary, dark and dank thoughts started closing in, the sun came out and I was once again applying sunscreen to my newly shaved legs. (Okay, the picture got a little ugly, but perhaps you should acquire a more flexible imagination, what?)

Lefty comes back to life at PGA
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — The final major of the year looks nothing like the others.

United States' Clay earns decathlon gold
HELSINKI, Finland — Bryan Clay looks too small to be the ''world's greatest athlete.'' Tianna Madison seems too young to be a world champion.

Packers defeat Chargers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Brett Favre’s offseason work paid immediate dividends Thursday night in the Green Bay Packers’ 10-7 preseason victory over the San Diego Chargers.

Eagles: Owens won’t get trade
No matter how badly Terrell Owens wants a new contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, it won’t be happening.

Puffins breaking out of their shells
Few people know it from visiting the Alaska SeaLife Center’s bird exhibit, but behind the scenes are sets of comfortable black boxes in rows — rows of bird condos — that have begun to serve as nesting sites for the Centers’ puffins.

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