Saturday, August 27, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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