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Saturday, August 13, 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Outdoor briefs
Cyclists needed for MS rideRefuge sponsors birding hotlineRefuge 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.

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.

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

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.

Sports Briefs
Class Races postponed

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

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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