Friday, August 26, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Business contest running Business after hours planned

Piers a great change of pace for eager fishers
EMERALD ISLE, N.C. — Pick a pier, any pier: Each of the more than 20 fishing structures that extend hundreds of feet from the North Carolina coast, from Kill Devil Hills to Sunset Beach, offers a cross-section of anglers and their prey.

Lure of monster flatfish strong in Cook Inlet waters
The water at the surface began to swirl as the line seemed to draw ever tighter, but finally, after several minutes of pumping the reel on a rod bending like a horseshoe, the huge, flat, chocolate-colored levia-than began to appear.

Photo feature: Glacial getaway
Senior citizens traveling with an elder hostel group hike across the flood plain of the Resurrection River north of Seward to view Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park earlier this week.

New event to showcase shooting
Kenai Peninsula residents may have heard the sounds of rifles being fired since hunting season opened on Aug. 20, but there will be even more shots heard on Saturday during the first ever Kenai Peninsula Shooting and Hunting Day.

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

From the Bookshelf: Elder's words offer hope of cultural renewal
The 20th century was hard on Alaska Native villages, with outside cultural pressures suppressing many traditional skills and values. But during the latter decades of the century a stalwart cadre of tradition bearers emerged, determined to transmit the best of Native ways to new generations.

Art Briefs
Nikiski grad honored for song Guild announces scholarships Storytellers wanted Art workshops offered Rasmuson awards open Benefit art raffle under way Artists in Schools slots open

Drawing on Home
From the quiet village of Nanwalek on the shores of Cook Inlet comes the artwork of Nancy Radtke, whose watercolor and pencil creations are being exhibited at Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery in Homer through August.

Trails group thankful for support
Tsalteshi Trails Association would like to thank Beemun’s and Dairy Queen for sponsoring the fourth annual Everything But the Red Run. The 5-kilometer run-walk was held July 22 as part of the Progress Days celebration.

Cemetery decision should be up to Soldotna residents
The city of Soldotna has one year to accept the land transfer from the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Once Soldotna acquires the land for the cemetery, it should be up to the residents of Soldotna to accept the location.

Donation made reader’s day
You never know what small incident will cause you to have a good or bad day. The Aug. 22 edition of the Clarion made my day. Taylor MacRaes’ delighted smile as he held his shorn locks brought a grin to my face.

Kenai, ADFG get cash to curb problems
A $90,000 federal grant is about to give the city of Kenai and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game an opportunity to try and change human behavior and thus discourage hungry bears from wandering into the central Kenai Peninsula community in search of easy pickings.

Tesoro station to be rebuilt
One minute you see it; the next minute it's gone. That's about how fast construction workers seem to have been moving to completely demolish the Tesoro gas station on the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Willow Street in order to make way for a new one.

A few simple steps can help people live alongside bruins
As the human population grows and wildlife habitat shrinks, the potential for dangerous, even deadly, contact between people and bears on the Kenai Peninsula is increasing, as indicated by some recent dramatic incidents.

Soup's hot
For 17 years, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank has been motivated by a single concept: that no one ought to go hungry in a community of such wealth and generosity.

Salt, cemetery keep Soldotna council busy
As sure as the geese head south, leaves turn golden and mushrooms pop up all around the central Kenai Peninsula this time of year, the city of Soldotna also must deal with official business indicating Ol’ Man Winter isn’t far off.

Celebration to honor industry
What started off as an afternoon of free hot dogs and hamburgers to honor the Kenai Peninsula’s oil and gas industry has turned into much more 14 years later.

Commission votes to move Army office to Fort Greely
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The main offices for the Army's Cold Regions Test Center would be returned to Fort Greely in Alaska's Interior under a plan approved Wednesday by a commission reviewing proposed base closings and realignments.

Favretto says task force needs new mission
The Agrium Task Force needs a new assignment, a co-chair of the group said Wednesday. In February, Gov. Frank Murkowski organized the task force, charging it with a two-fold duty: assist Agrium USA employees facing layoff after the corporation announced it would close down operations at its Nikiski fertilizer complex by November; and find ways to promote more oil and gas exploration, development and production in Cook Inlet and keep oil- and gas-based industries here.

Zachary Michael McKenzie
Soldotna resident Zachary Michael McKenzie died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005, at Children’s Hospital at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 17.

Earnest 'Jim' Montgomery
Kasilof resident Earnest "Jim" Montgomery died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005, of cancer at his home. He was 74.

Zachary Michael McKenzie
Kenai resident Zachary Michael McKenzie died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 17.

Ronald A. Roderick
Longtime Ninilchik resident Ronald A. Roderick died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 51.

Pat Robertson’s Chavez comments endanger America
Fanaticism in all its forms is the single greatest threat facing our world today.

If Iraq proves hopeless, U.S. must get out
Annoying or not, comparisons between the Iraq war and the Vietnam War convey a message that President Bush needs to understand.

Hawaii hot for lava flow sledding
HONOLULU — As a boy growing up in a poor family on Hawaii’s Big Island, Tom ‘‘Pohaku’’ Stone found entertainment barreling down grassy slopes aboard ti leaves and banana stumps.

Refuge hosts films, nature walks
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge holds nature walks from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on the Keen Eye Trail. Round-trip walking distance is a half mile. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and leave dogs at home. Admission is free.

Colorado amputee isn’t letting injury slow him down
ASPEN, Colo. — As he sawed through the final strands of his own tissue and skin with a dull blade, Aron Ralston was overcome with emotion, awash in a wave of euphoria unlike anything he’d felt before.

Refuge intern finds plenty of exotic flora
My three-month internship with the Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska flew by in a heartbeat, yet I am thoroughly impressed when I look back on everything that was achieved in that brief period. I arrived at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in the last week of May, having flown in from Hawaii the week before. The first two weeks were devoted to learning the rules and regulations of the refuge, aviation safety, CPR, and firearms training, as well as an introduction to the facilities. During this time, I moved into the bunkhouse, where I would be living for the next three months along with seven other volunteers like myself.

Around the Peninsula
Tenants wanted for Nikiski senior housing SoHi swim team tryouts set Refuge hosts films, nature walks Tonkas on the bluff returns Auction fund-raiser slated

Around the Peninsula
Basketball registration deadline todaySMS open house plannedHelp for home day care providersCES seeks volunteers

Religion Briefs
Clothing availableGarage sale fund-raiser setClothes giveaway plannedBible study group to meetFamily nights setClothes Quarters open

Archbishop to be talk host
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Roman Catholic Archbishop Michael Sheehan will soon be hosting his own radio talk show.

Baha’i’: What hinders spiritual progress is bad
In contrast to some doctrines and philosophies, the Baha’i’ Faith does not teach that the physical desires of human beings are evil or bad.

Ready to run: Season starts in earnest
The cross country season starts and finishes at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School this year.

Mets pound Diamondbacks 18-4
PHOENIX — David Wright and Mike Jacobs both hit two homers and Jacobs and Jose Reyes each had four RBIs as New York pounded Arizona for a second straight night with an 18-4 victory on Wednesday.

Armstrong calls Tour de France director's remarks 'preposterous'
Lance Armstrong went on the offensive Wednesday, saying it was ''preposterous'' for the director of the Tour de France to suggest the seven-time champion ''fooled'' race officials and the sporting world by doping.

Ricky Williams happy to be working again
DAVIE, Fla. — Marijuana's out, and so is military service, although President Bush is nice. Football is hard work but could become fun and leads to freedom. Shaving is vain, money's not a problem and that Mighty Mouse tattoo on the left arm stirs memories of walking Venice Beach with a girl at age 16.

Racing Lions to host motocross race
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions will host City Race No. 6 at the motocross track at Twin Cities Raceway Saturday. Racer signups begin at 10:30 a.m., the riders’ meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. and the course is open for practice at 11:15 a.m. Racing starts at noon. Admission for the event is $5. Children under 12 are admitted free, but all riders must pay the gate fee regardless of age. The entry fee is $20 for one class and $10 for each additional class.

Birch Ridge Report: And the winner is ...
Thirty-six of your friends showed up for the Bassackward Tournament this last week and had, as usual, a super time. Too bad you missed it (and you know who you are!)

Armstrong says he’s victim of ‘setup’; WADA to review lab work
Lance Armstrong suggested Thursday that he’s the victim of a ‘‘setup,’’ saying he doesn’t trust the French lab that released test results leading to blood doping allegations against him.

Junior's Chase hopes fading
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is done talking about the points standings. In fact, he claims he hasn't even looked at them this week. In serious danger of missing the playoffs, Earnhardt has found the best strategy for him is to not even worry about it.

Huggins agrees to step down as coach
CINCINNATI — Bob Huggins agreed Wednesday to step down as Cincinnati's basketball coach, ousted by a school president determined to change the program's image.

Bulldogs survive battle with Kards
The Nikiski and Kenai Central high school volleyball teams jumped right into the regular season, battling through a five-game nonconference match won by the Bulldogs in front of a packed house at Kenai Thursday.

Schilling returns to rotation in loss for Red Sox
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Curt Schilling gave up six runs and nine hits in his first start since April and Kansas City beat Boston 7-4 on Thursday night, the Royals’ fourth win in five games since snapping a franchise-record 19-game losing streak.

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