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Saturday, August 28, 2004

Photo feature: Holy mackerel
This Atka mackerel, shown in a recent photo, was caught in the Valdez Narrows, near Valdez, this month. The fish, more common to the Aleutian Islands than Prince William Sound, are being caught in the waters around Valdez.

Winning catch is smallest in derby's history
JUNEAU (AP) It was shaping up to be a normal Golden North Salmon Derby day for Carol Munro and her husband, Billy Cameron.

Sport fishers land more lunkers
WASHINGTON Millions of casual fishers reel in a higher take of the nation's most prized saltwater fish than previously thought, researchers say, prompting them to urge improved regulation of recreational fishing.

Poor management led to expensive fire season
In the 1970s and '80s, local woodsmen tried to get the state and borough to allow logging of beetle-killed trees before the wood rotted. No go.

Tributes to officer, judge appreciated
The Clarion has the most excellent articles on the Opinion and Letters to the Editor page on Aug. 10, one of which was honoring Kenai Officer John Watson, who was killed in line of duty. What a wonderful tribute to a man who loved God.

Businesses, attendees make reunion successful
The KCHS class of 1984 held our 20-year reunion on Aug. 6, 7 and 8. It was fun weekend for all who attended. We would like to thank all of the following businesses for their support and donations towards making our 20-year reunion such a success: Subway, Pepsi, Three Bears, Safeway of Kenai, Fred Meyer, Sweeney's, Buck, Buck, Buck Store in the Peninsula Center Mall, Sun Dog, the Kenai Elks Lodge, Unocal, the Wonder Bread Store, Candy Bouquet, Peninsula Clarion, Little Ski-Mo, Paradisos and the city of Kenai for the use of the park strip.

Sponsors, players make Elks golf tourney a success
Thanks for a successful golf tourney.

SoHi, Skyview search for first football win of year
In the race to make the playoffs, nonconference games mean next to nothing in Alaska high school football.

Center gets Reeve grant
Homer's Independent Living Center has been awarded a $7,500 grant from a foundation created by former Superman actor Christopher Reeve, who was paralyzed after a fall during an equestrian competition in 1995.

Meeting calms fears on fire
A public information meeting held at Tustumena Elementary School on Friday put to rest many fears that the small, but concerned, group of citizens in attendance had about about the ongoing Glacier Creek Fire.

Aurora finds gas across Cook Inlet
Aurora Gas LLC has announced a successful drilling and testing operation at its Kaloa No. 2 Well on the west side of Cook Inlet, finding natural gas that could produce an estimated 10 million cubic feet per day.

Stormo gets his team back after 2-month battle
Sig Stormo, whose dogs have been in the possession of the Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AKSPCA) for more than 70 days, got his dogs back earlier this week after a long and sordid affair.

Peninsula residents decry policy that meeting be held in Anchorage
Kenai Peninsula residents hoping to sway the Alaska Board of Fisheries on issues ranging from how much fishing time Cook Inlet commercial fishers get to when bait can be used on the Kenai River will have to travel to Anchorage to do so.

Photo feature: River rovers
Anglers head up the Kenai River past Cunningham Park Thursday evening. Fishers trying their luck from the river's bank said they've had good results with silver salmon.

Feeling industrious? Apply appetites to annual event
Those with an appetite for free stuff will have a chance to fill up this weekend at an event designed to highlight industries on the Kenai Peninsula.

Charles C. Miller
Longtime Kasilof resident Charles C. Miller died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at his home in Kasilof. He was 77.

IAAF launches investigation into Greek scandal
ATHENS, Greece (AP) Track's governing body began investigating Thursday whether two Greek sprinters who withdrew from the Olympics had tried repeatedly to avoid doping testers.

Crawford leads U.S. sweep of 200 meters
ATHENS, Greece Shawn Crawford stood silently amid the Greek chorus of whistles and boos delaying his race. For four minutes, he fought to stay composed while rowdy fans chanted the name of their country and their disgraced sprinting star.

U.S. women nab gold
ATHENS, Greece An hour after the game, Mia Hamm was still on the field, hugging, crying, and posing for pictures with an Olympic gold medal around her neck.

American men keep medal hopes alive
ATHENS, Greece Written off after their opener and branded failures back home, Stephon Marbury and the Americans are showing signs that they just might be the team to beat after all.

HEA members will benefit by increase in co-op's debt cap
The board of directors of Homer Electric Association is unanimous in encouraging members of the cooperative to vote "yes" on a special election ballot proposition that would increase the co-op's debt limit from $150 million to $450 million.

Poll: Intense support maintains deadlock in presidential race
WASHINGTON Voters are so deadlocked on their choice for president that the campaigns will need to focus on keeping the intensity of support high and turning them out on Election Day, according to pollsters who conducted a bipartisan survey.

Around the Peninsula
Craft, bake sale fund-raiser plannedBear Safe neighborhood meeting setFarmers' market open Saturdays'Tonka' fund-raiser slatedSkyview to host cross country runningFinal city races heldSummer program endsButchering class scheduledKenai Pubic Health plans one-day closureSocial Security reps to visit areaDevelopmental screening offeredPhone card donations sought

Church Briefs
Abuse prevention program slatedWellspring seminar plannedFall Bible study schedule announcedWomen's prayer group to meetBible study slatedFamily worship offered ThursdaysClothes2Go open Wednesdays, Fridays

Black Baptists hope meeting will create unified voice in facing social problems
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The week of Labor Day, black Baptists will be assembling as they do each year, but simultaneously in separate cities, the result of a history of splintering during the past century.

Learning doesn't end with childhood
Learning. It is supposed to be a life-long journey.

Murkowski plans 'faith-based' office
ANCHORAGE Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday he intends to establish a faith-based office and advisory council to work with religious and other social service agencies.

Audit checking Catholic dioceses' reforms begins
WASHINGTON (AP) The second annual audit of U.S. Roman Catholic dioceses' compliance with nationwide sex abuse reforms the bishops approved in 2002 has begun with small changes from the 2003 round.

SoHi netters defeat SkyHi in five games
The Soldotna and Skyview high school volleyball teams met in the first Northern Lights Conference match of the season Thursday at Soldotna, and the contest proved to be a dandy as the Stars scratched out a five-game win.

SoHi girls set sights on state running title
The Kenai Peninsula's high school harriers will have a chance to see where they rank with much of the rest of the state as cross country teams prepare for Saturday's Skyview Invitational.

NCAA denies reinstatement for Williams
LOS ANGELES (AP) Mike Williams was shut out again.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions to hold motocross city raceSilver Salmon looking for new membersRacing Lions ready for Sprint InviteSteelers get past EaglesCalifornia advances to U.S. ChampionshipPavin leads Buick Championship

Imported mountain goats still thriving
BAKER CITY, Ore. Baker County beef sizzles on grills across the West, and the potatoes are chopped into famously tasty french fries. But you can't order the county's newest exports from any restaurant's menu.

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