Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Beltran decides against surgery
NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltran decided Tuesday he would not have surgery to repair a minimally displaced facial fracture he got last week in a violent outfield collision with New York Mets teammate Mike Cameron.

Padres edge past Marlins
MIAMI — Miguel Olivo tripled and Mark Loretta doubled in a three-run sixth inning and San Diego beat Florida 4-2 on Tuesday night.

AWG Athletes may feast on homegrown 4-H meals...
As the countdown to the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) gets closer and closer, community members and organizations are coming up with creative ideas to make the Games a unique Alaskan experience for participants and visitors.

United Way team meets goal
The Kenai Peninsula United Way Board of Directors and 2004 Campaign Chair, David Gilbreath, formerly congratulated major contributors and campaign volunteers at the regularly scheduled Kenai Chamber luncheon August 3rd.

French TV shoots cultural documentary
European interest in Alaska seems to be increasing as evidenced by a recent French TV documentary intended for international viewing on worldwide Channel 5 later this year.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Despite the fact that I have been away from home more this summer then any time in my life, I am surviving and making the most of it by occupying my free time with fishing, berry picking and chasing the bears in the Beluga area.

Rotary Indonesian group friendship exchange visits Kenai Peninsula
Rotary Clubs on the Kenai Peninsula through international service programs have been touching lives around the world for over 25 years. Last February Rotary celebrated its first century of service which began in 1905 as the idea of a Chicago attorney by the name of Paul Harris.

Community pulls together to help build men's mission
We want to thank and acknowledge the many individuals and groups that have been contributing their time and monetary donations to getting Friendship Mission ready to serve the peninsula.

State needs right enforcement when it comes to fish, wildlife
I just finished reading the story about the Swiss snaggers, which I thought was well done, and I agree wholeheartedly with Trooper Dan Dahl, that something needs to be done to curtail this type of behavior on the Kenai Peninsula as well as other areas within Alaska.

Changes in economy standards are a better practice at pump
Regarding the billions of dollars being given to big oil giants in the newly signed energy bill: These companies are making huge profits. Why are we giving them free money? The bill does nothing to reduce our dependence on foreign oil or to lower gas prices. Has anyone else noticed the rise in gas at the pump this week?

Reader questions logic of river decisions, actions
An open letter to Fish and Game Director Kelly Heppler: While guiding on the Kenai River this year, I have had plenty of time to reflect back on some of the stupid decisions-laws the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has made.

Nighttime river closure a safe solution for all
The human and bear situation at the Russian River fishing area is a tragedy waiting to happen.

Sales tax rates, gravel pits up for discussion
An ordinance that would clarify conditions for material site permits heads a long list of measures up for public hearing at today's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Earthquake strikes Cook Inlet region
An earthquake Monday rocked the Kenai Peninsula but apparently caused no damage.

Kidnap charges dropped
Kidnapping charges filed against a Sterling man charged with kidnapping a 28-year-old mentally disabled woman have been dismissed.

Congressional staffers begin mobile tour
Alaska's congressional delegation won't be there for a face-to-face, but constituents might get the next best thing when staffers from Alaska's congressional delegation make their annual mobile office tour of the Kenai Peninsula beginning today in Hope.

Neighbors express fears over Soldotna cemetery
Residents near the proposed site for a Soldotna city cemetery may not be afraid of spirits or zombies wandering the neighborhood, but they are expressing fears of the possibility of embalming fluids leaking from caskets into the ground water.

To market, to market to buy a fat hog
Raising hogs can mean a mess of heavy work even for an adult. This weekend, four local girls expect to see the fruits of their labors proven out when the nine pigs they've partnered to rear go on the block at the annual 4-H Club Junior Market Livestock Auction at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik.

Borough mayor: 6 hopefuls
Voters won't want for choice when it comes to this year's race for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor.

Ulmer: Halibut passes salmon in value
Economic research has shown halibut has surpassed salmon as the most valuable species for Kenai Peninsula fishermen. That news was delivered at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Tuesday by former Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer.

Caution: Delays ahead
Motorists can expect some delays along the Kenai Spur Highway through September as a five-mile stretch between Kenai and Soldotna is re-paved.

Anchorage toddler struck, killed by van driven by mother
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 2-year-old boy died after he was struck by a van driven by his mother.

Harder than oak
Carpenters Bob Flanders, left, and Dan Piatt insure that reinforcing bars have clearance for column structural steel. The local 1281 carpenters will install wooden forms around the steel re-bars, which are part of the new entrance to the expanded Central Peninsula General Hospital. Construction is moving along on schedule.

Audrey Springer
Soldotna and Heritage Place resident Audrey Springer died Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 81.

William Allen Brewster
Washington and former Kenai Peninsula resident William Allen Brewster died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005, at his home in Bothel, Wash., surrounded by family. He was 56.

Voices of the State: Almost the same as TV
Is there public interest in crime fighting and the forensic work associated with it? One only has to check TV listings to realize what a hot topic this is.

Transportation bill great for state, but worth the price?
When Don Young took over the U.S. House Transportation Committee, he promised to do what every chair of that committee has done: bring home the bacon to his district. And boy, did he deliver.

Around the Peninsula
Federal programs informational meeting set 'Old Timers' to gather DAV to meet Benefit dinner planned

Around the Peninsula
KPC plans one-day closure Montessori presentation slated Garage sale fund-raiser slated Yard sale fund-raiser slated CIRCAC to meet Shooting, hunting seminar on target KPC seeks council reps

Auburn Tigers: Don't count us out for a national title
AUBURN, Ala. — Marcus McNeill knows skeptics need only look at NFL rosters to count Auburn out of title contention in 2005, since that's where the Tigers' biggest stars from last season are now playing.

Lefty corrals major No. 2
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — His spirits soared when Phil Mickelson realized a birdie on the par-5 18th hole at Baltusrol would allow him to win the PGA Championship and validate him as a major force in golf.

Steelers' Ward ends holdout
Wide receiver Hines Ward ended his 15-day holdout and reported to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, without the new contract he wants or a promise he'll get it.

Tigers pull off comeback against Red Sox, Schilling
DETROIT — Pinch-hitter John McDonald's two-out single in the ninth capped a comeback against Curt Schilling, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 7-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

State Am eludes Matarrese
Matt Matarrese, representing Birch Ridge Golf Course, highlighted a solid showing by area golfers at the Alaska State Amateur Championship by losing in the match-play finals to Anchorage's Greg Sanders Sunday at Eagleglen Golf Course.

Grace rules Nikiski Class Races
Anchorage's Grace Christian School was the class of the Nikiski Class Races Monday at the Nikiski Community Trails.

Bird Homestead Golf Report
The winning team from last week's Ladies Night consisted of Kathy Herring and Marilyn Eskelin. Kathy Herring also got closest to the pin on No. 6. If you're a lady golfer and have not been out to our course for Ladies Night, for whatever reason, I would like to let you know that you are missing out on a great time with a great bunch of ladies.

Laviolette chosen to lead U.S. Olympic hockey team
Peter Laviolette was voted off the island — Long Island — when a players' revolt got the coach fired two years ago.

Steelers defeat Eagles in preseason
PITTSBURGH — Hard to blame this on Terrell Owens.

Sports views: Bertuzzi is back on the ice, but hockey's not better for it
Hockey players are, by the nature of their business, tough guys. They have to be, if they're going to make it in a tough sport.

Eagles not missing Owens too much as young receivers step up
The Eagles' young corps of receivers has given the team reason for hope — even if Terrell Owens doesn't play another down for Philadelphia.

Return of O'Brien, Reyna should steady U.S. midfield
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — John O'Brien spent most of the last three years as the invisible man of the U.S. soccer team.

Kenai Golf Report: Lesson learned: Never give up
When I was in the clubhouse on Sunday, I happened to overhear one side of a phone call. Apparently someone called the golf course desk to check on the PGA Championship scores.

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