Friday, August 19, 2005

Willis earns fifth shutout for Marlins
MIAMI — Dontrelle Willis pitched a five-hitter for his fifth shutout this season, and the Florida Marlins shook a hitting slump to beat the San Diego Padres 6-0 Wednesday.

Royal pain: K.C. drops 18th straight
SEATTLE — The Kansas City Royals lost their club-record 18th straight game, moving within three of matching the longest skid in American League history by falling 11-5 to the last-place Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

Phillies split doubleheader
PHILADELPHIA — Carlos Baerga’s go-ahead single in the eighth inning lifted Washington to a 5-4 victory and a split of a day-night doubleheader with Philadelphia on Thursday.

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Tye comes to Kenai Business contest running

Outside fishermen take advantage of KPC fishing class
COOPER LANDING — Curt Muse stood on the cobbled shore of a creek, casting a 3-weight fly rod upstream as a dozen students — all middle-aged or older — watched.

Red storm: Sockeye run still strong
Any direction peninsula anglers chose to go this weekend, they are likely to end up in the fish.

Anchorage hikers urge city to keep Chugach trail entrances public
ANCHORAGE (AP) — One of Cory Hinds’ favorite places to hike and climb, Ram Valley in Eagle River, was sealed off by development a couple of years ago.

Photo feature: Soldotna Junior Varsity
Freshmen: Colton Carroll, Matt Grubb, Zayan Aberkane, Kyle Wood, Anthony Griglione, Kraig Morris, Justice Elson, Bryan Parson, Jacob Ghormley, Jesse Carlson, Zach Daly, Jesse Chumley and Michael Hicks

Photo feature: Skyview Junior Varsity
Freshmen: Dustin Barbour, Ethan Barbour, David Brence, Adam Byrne, Thomas Galloway, Cameron Guzman, Brad Lappe, Tyler Little, Ken Mahan, Sterling Oskolokoff, Michael Thornton and Bryson Winslow

Photo feature: Kenai Central Junior Varsity
Freshmen: Justin Wik, John Hughes, Derek Crowder, Cameron Heikkila, Bryce Boyle, Travis Werba, Travis Smith, Rio Aguliar, Cyle Dendy, Bryan Worner, Corey Sterling, Andrew Fahnholz, David Ashkenasy, Jacob Daniel, Zach Leslie, AJ Baker, Brandon Smith, Lex Kitchen, Thomas Conley and Brian Denesen

Seward expects to gain steam
Both the future of this season and the future of the program look bright for Seward football.

Panthers aim for a spot in playoffs
Last year, in his first year as head coach at Skyview, Phil Sheridan wanted to restore respectability to the program.

Homer makes post-season push
Last year, the Homer football team missed its goal of a winning season by one point in the final minutes of their final game at Skyview.

Soldotna uses summer to plug holes
In the two weeks of practice leading up to the season, the sun was shining for the first time in days and the football fields outside of Soldotna High School were absent a varsity team.

Nikiski wants balance at skill positions
Nikiski head coach Ned Clooten loves coaching offense, but he’s fine with not handling those responsibilities this season.

Kards need new leaders to step up
Kenai Central coach Jim Beeson is not worried so much about replacing the yards, touchdowns, tackles and blocks of 2005 graduates like Dakota Craig and Michael Scheffert.

Photo feature: Nikiski Junior Varsity
Freshmen: Sheridan Olson, Wiley Bennet, Beau Calderwood, Matt Thompson, Walker Boyle, KC Dent, Dalton Driver, Jaysane Hagstrom, Alex Ross, Jonathan Wheeler, Adam Parrish, Jon Cox, Kris Hack, Thomas Tschida, Ben Michaels, Mike Sauve, Colter Holliday, Evan Holloway and Anthony Hanley

Lots of tough games on tap in Week 2
School has not even started yet, and already the Great Land Conference is getting down to some serious business.

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

Art Briefs
Sing contest winners announced Writers' group to meet Comedy auditions slated Storytellers wanted Art workshops offered Watercolor workshops planned Orchestra rehearsals ongoing Rasmuson awards open for application Editors Day scheduled in September Art raffle to benefit firefighters under way Artists in Schools open for applications

Worked up ... to let loose
After many months of preparation, people involved in putting on the Kenai Peninsula State Fair are ready to unwind, and they hope fellow peninsula residents join them.

From the bookshelf
Death reminds us how precious life is, but seldom consorts with happiness. Yet Heather Lende finds her job as a writer of obituaries a vital part of the life she has come to love.

Reader glad man charged in Russian River bear shooting
As one who keeps an RV in Anchorage and owns a lot on Crooked Creek by Kasilof, I’m very happy to read that someone has been charged with the killing of the sow on the Russian River. When I was up there recently, she was making regular appearances at the river.

Candidates should spend time reading their history
I highly recommend that every candidate for borough office spend some time in the Kenai Library going through old issues of the Peninsula Clarion. It is fast reading from microfilm.

Iraq war must be stopped
These illegal wars must be stopped! We are not only pouring time, energy, money, and materials into this madness, but we are pouring the blood of the nation into such stupidity as the world has rarely seen before. Let the children of the Cheneys and the Bushes go over to Iraq and be blown up, we prefer to keep our children here. Stop the war!

Sign-happy candidates don’t deserve to be elected
An open letter to candidates for political office:

Not all neighborhood residents object to cemetery site
We are writing in regards to your article on neighbors expressing fears over Soldotna cemetery. Until Mr. Dombovy started going around the neighborhood with his scare tactics on embalming fluids leaking from caskets into the ground water, we are not too sure many people even thought much about the cemetery going in near our subdivision.

Search for Kenai manager begins
The Kenai City Council approved spending $3,500 to advertise for a new city manager to replace Linda Snow, whose contract expired July 16.

Borough braces for tax shift
Facing an initiative-driven ballot proposition that would cap the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s sales tax at 2 percent, the assembly Tuesday unanimously approved pushing back a 1 percent increase in the tax rate scheduled to take effect Oct. 1 to Jan. 1, 2006.

Funny River bridge project meeting tonight in Sterling
The Sterling Community Coalition will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. today at Raven Contractors at Mile 84.5 of the Sterling Highway.

Talking points
Five candidates got the race for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor rolling in front of a full house Wednesday, addressing issues on efficient government, budget, taxes and land.

Beluga status could change
Cook Inlet’s population of beluga whales is half what it was less than a decade ago, leading some experts to argue the whales should fall under the protection of the Endangered Species Act.

No cough drop yet
The number of confirmed cases of pertussis in Soldotna has grown to 18, according to the state Division of Public Health in Anchorage.

Experts: Not to fear, early fall won’t mean long, cold season
Flowers are blooming early, fireweed is going to seed and in some places trees are starting to change color — and it’s only mid-August.

Back in time
By the end of September, area residents will have a rare opportunity to peek into their past when the structural restoration on the first Soldotna Post Office, built in 1948, is scheduled to be completed.

Ballot language set
Final language for five propositions headed for the Oct. 4 municipal ballot were approved Tuesday by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Assembly approves land swap
Soldotna residents moved one step closer to finally getting a cemetery Tuesday evening, when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly tentatively approved a land swap that would give the city title to its first choice of locations for the planned facility.

Eldon B. Hamrick Sr.
Sterling resident Eldon B. Hamrick Sr. died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, at his home. He was 72.

Keith Lampton
Former Kasilof resident Keith Lampton died Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, in Blue Ridge, Ga. He was 33.

Time to start thinking about Winter Games
With the salmon still running strong, it’s hard to believe that summer is near its end. But Old Man Winter is on his way, and this year, he’s bringing a lot of friends.

Stevens wrong in helping son influence policy
It's natural for a father to look out for his son, but when both father and son are powerful politicians, there has to be a limit to what a father will do on his son's behalf.

Refuge center offers kids a wide variety of outdoor education opportunities
Local youth are groaning and it is music to my ears! Why? Not because I am a mean person, but as the Education Specialist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, I look forward to this time of year for many reasons. However, this fall is especially near and dear to my heart.

Outdoor Briefs
Refuge hosts films, nature walksRefuge sponsors birding hotline

Around the Peninsula
School hosts open houseDrivers’ safety class scheduledPlay auditions heldSwim team tryouts setHome-school group meeting plannedCES seeks volunteersLeeShore radiothon fund-raiser slatedDog training seminar set

When the general met the king
More than 30 years have passed since I met the general — an unforgettable meeting that took place as the result of answering a classified ad.

Buddhist holy relic stolen
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A replica of Buddha’s tooth — a holy relic of the Buddhist religion — has been stolen from a temple in a northern suburb of Yangon, an official said.

Church Briefs
Clothing availableBible study group to meetClothes giveaway plannedFamily nights setClothes Quarters openFall Bible classes slated

Just like T.O.? Chargers give tight end Gates an ultimatum
Antonio Gates, who set an NFL record for touchdown catches by a tight end last season, was given an ultimatum by the San Diego Chargers on Thursday:

Sports Briefs
State softball tourney set for weekendRacing Lions to hold motocross raceRacing Lions to hold stock car raceArctic Winter Games seeks hockey coachesTeam Alaska seeks soccer players

Hugs and handshakes all around as Ward returns to Steelers
The Pro Bowl wide receiver finally showed up at training camp, an apology to his teammates in hand, no longer a distraction or a source of concern to a team that went deep into the playoffs last season and expects to do so again.

World Cup berth within reach
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Brian McBride's goal just 91 seconds into the game moved the United States to the brink of clinching its fifth straight World Cup appearance.

Sports views: T.O. remains a question mark for Philadelphia
Terrell Owens met with Andy Reid early Wednesday morning and apparently told the Philadelphia Eagles' coach that his heart and attitude were in the right place. Then he went out and practiced very well, demonstrating that maybe the T.O. sideshow is finally over.

NHL won't be on ESPN
NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN turned down what it said was the NHL's final offer for cable broadcast rights Wednesday night, meaning it's likely that hockey games will air elsewhere on cable this season.

Woods, Singh resume their battle
AKRON, Ohio — Three days after the major championship season ended, Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh played like they still have plenty to prove Thursday by taking a share of the lead in the NEC Invitational.

Eury Jr. signs long-term contract to stay with DEI
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Eury Jr. signed a long-term contract extension Thursday with Dale Earnhardt Inc., opening the possibility the crew chief will reunite next season with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Birch Ridge Report
The days are getting shorter along with my fairway drives and articles, but the crowds at Birch Ridge prove the theory that most golfers are in denial of the impending winter holidays. In fact, those festivities are closer than you think; all the fireweed in my yard is white and fuzzy, and you know what that means — time for new coordinating fall outfits!

Moss admits to marijuana use ‘every blue moon’
NEW YORK (AP) — Oakland Raiders receiver Randy Moss admits he has used marijuana since entering the NFL seven years ago and still smokes it ‘‘every blue moon.’’

Saints reserves rally past Patriots 37-27
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady shook off the rust of his post-Super Bowl layoff and led the two-time defending NFL champions to a couple of scores.

Anthrax epidemic strikes Great Plains cattle
ENDERLIN, N.D. (AP) — An anthrax outbreak has killed hundreds of cattle in parts of the Great Plains, forcing quarantines and devastating ranchers who worry how they will recover financially.

Lawsuit seeks to protect 3 caribou
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Only a handful of endangered caribou remain in the remote Selkirk Mountains near the Canadian border, and a federal court lawsuit seeks to ban snowmobiles from their winter range.

U.S. touted as ideal for saving African animals
DENVER — Lions stalking deer in the stubble of a Nebraska corn field. Elephants trumpeting across Colorado’s high plains. Cheetah slouching through the West Texas scrub.

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