Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Run-a-way fun at Peninsula State Fair
One of the summer’s smokiest days was one of the Peninsula State Fair’s best this year with visitors packing the Fair grounds in Ninilchik.

Instant Replay opens at Sports Center...
Four years ago Dean, Darlene, Clayton and Deana Glick opened a small sporting goods store on K-Beach Rd. to help parents outfit their kids with sports gear and save some money by trading in their used gear, “That was the original idea.

4-H Junior Livestock Auction breaks all records...
More animals brought more money than ever before at this year’s 4-H Junior Livestock Auction at the Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik, according to Nancy Veal, UAF Cooperative Extension Service agent in charge of 4-H and youth development.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
During the past several months I have spent time on the west side of Cook Inlet and as far south as Brown Mountain studying and hunting the bears of Alaska. I have learned more about black bears this summer and fall than I have in my entire life.

Kenai Landing earns AQS certificate...
The Alaska Quality Standards (AQS) for fish processing is a new program aimed at helping Alaskan seafood products gain recognition in the market place for its superior quality.

Now Playing: The Brothers Grimm
Terry Gilliam is an interesting study in filmmaking. He is at once extravagant in his storytelling and production design, and strangely uncommercial in his subject matter. The man who directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail is also the man whose career was nearly ruined with the disastrous Adventures of Baron Munchausen. People who loved The Fisher King didn't know what to do with 12 Monkeys or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. One thing you can say for the man, he never does anything small - the same of which can be said for his latest The Brothers Grimm. This movie that delights in a kind of dark humor as it chronicles the travels of two con men in search of a happy ending.

Former mayor favors Soldotna cemetery
As a former mayor of Soldotna, I would like to see the city have it's own cemetery. It is my plan to return to Soldotna, and when I die I would be honored to be buried in the Soldotna cemetery.

Reader upset with fair vendor accessibility
My wife and I attended the Kenai Peninsula State Fair on Aug. 20. We started on the left and tried to visit all the booths and items to be judged, also the poultry and livestock barns and stopped at the auction for a few minutes.

Kards will come back
For three years running Kenai Central High School has been spoiled with a strong team of "veteran players," this is a year of adjustment. To think that the team could just walk on the fields and not feel the loss of some of the "star players" is just not right.

Signs shouldn't matter
Big signs, little signs. I think you should vote for the person who will do the best job for the city, borough or state, not the size of the signs the people put out.

Resources still in good hands
Ken Merrill's letter of Aug. 17 regarding fish and wildlife enforcement requires comment. Mr. Merrill is correct that the state no longer has "game wardens" or "wildlife protection officers." Instead, we have professionally trained Alaska State Troopers who specialize in fish and wildlife enforcement.

Making neighborhoods bear safe won't resolve issue
I am writing to you on behalf of the unnerving trend I've observed regarding the sanctity of bears over human life, and I would like to offer a different point of view than the predator propaganda I continue to see in this newspaper.

Two to go: Chase for the Championship heats up after Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Jeff Gordon is in, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out and Matt Kenseth suddenly is knocking on the door.

Sizzling design
One of the most exciting parts of Brian Hibberd's summer was when he watched a Nalgene water bottle erupt into flames. The fire, however, was no accident. And it was not started with a match and gasoline.

Tender sinks near Seward; all safe
A 110-foot fish tender struck a rock and sunk off Cape Resurrection near Seward early Friday morning, losing all of its catch.

Residents fly to help hurricane victims
While New Orleans residents were fleeing the city trying to escape Hurricane Katrina, a Kenai resident was about to hop on a plane to go into the middle of the action. And some more Kenai Peninsula residents may follow next month.

Moving target
Since moose hunting season opened on the Kenai Peninsula on Aug. 20, spike-fork antlered bulls — such as this one spotted south of Kasilof recently — have become fewer and further between. Hunting season continues through Sept. 20.

Heritage Place asking price could go lower
Banner Health Systems hopes to have a resolution by year end regarding the proposed sale of Heritage Place nursing facility in Soldotna.

Safety program could get boost from state grant
Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council is in line for $280,000 state grant meant to continue its multifaceted Cook Inlet marine transportation and oil facility operation safety program.

Decision to annex unclear
The city of Soldotna gets a dozen questions a day about annexation, but so far, no decision has been made to annex anything, according to the city manager.

Donald 'Rip' Skuse
Longtime Sterling resident Donald "Rip" Skuse died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 57.

Kevin D. McDonald
Kenai resident Kevin D. McDonald died Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, at the Alpine Field near Barrow. He was 33.

Heather Church
Longtime Kenai resident Heather Church died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at her home. She was 50.

Donald 'Jack' Giaccarini
Former Sterling resident Donald "Jack" Giaccarini died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, in Elk Grove, Calif. He was 81.

Timing poor for pay raises
It is hard to understand how an administration that has consistently championed a long-term fiscal solution could heap lavish salary raises on its own leaders at the same time that it tightens the belt on benefits for workers whose wages are stagnating.

Improved test scores is good news for schools
Overall, the news was good for Alaska schools earlier this month. Across the state, 292 of 495 schools met or exceeded test score and mandatory attendance marks required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Many barely missed.

Way to go
Members of the girls U12's soccer team are pictured during the Far North soccer tournament held in Anchorage this summer.They won the tournament.

Wildfire proofing your home
Do you know how to protect your home year-round from wildfire? If you live in a wooded area, there are no guarantees that your home will never be threatened by wildfire, but there is a lot you can do to make your home as safe as possible from the threat.

Around the Peninsula
SMS open house planned Pray vigil scheduled Potluck, work day set Historical society to meet Mountain View plans open house KDLL seek board members

Community Events
KPC seeks council reps EMS benefit dinner set Diner, auction fund-raiser set Fall dinner, raffle fund-raiser slated LeeShore radiothon slated Dog training seminar set

Births: Cox, Dunagans celebrate
Stephanie and Tyson Cox of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Andrew Bennett Cox, at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Around the Peninsula
Pool available during school hours Community choir rehearsals begin Basketball registration deadline looming Kennel club agility trials slated AWG dancers, actors sought CPHC seeks board members

Senior Activities
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Seward Soldotna Sterling

Peace on the pitch: U.N. peacekeepers try soccer
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Brazilian peacekeepers have offered all sorts of things: free medical care, movie screenings, haircuts. Now, in the violence-torn slum of Bel-Air, they're trying to win over residents by turning to a natural resource from home.

Abraham, Benson show up for camp
John Abraham and Cedric Benson have little in common except the timing for ending their holdouts.

Faxon wins Buick Championship in playoff
CROMWELL, Conn. — Brad Faxon rolled in a 3-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to win the Buick Championship over Tjaart van der Walt, his first victory since 2001.

Eskelin, Morgan tops in KGA tournament
Todd Eskelin posted a tournament-low round of 6-over-par 78 on the second day of the Donald R. Morgan Memorial Kenai Golf Association Fall Classic to win the men's competition by two strokes Sunday at Kenai Golf Course.

No. 1 up for grabs at Open
NEW YORK — Women's tennis and the NFL have one thing in common: injuries galore.

Carpenter gets to 19 for Cards
MIAMI — Chris Carpenter pitched 7 2-3 innings to become the first 19-game winner in the major leagues, and David Eckstein went 4-for-5 with three RBIs to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins 6-1 Monday night.

Hawaii team wins Little League title
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — With the game tied in extra innings, a tiring reliever on the mound and the Little League World Series championship on the line, Michael Memea had a simple plan: make contact.

Bird Homestead Golf Report
By time you start to read this article, I'll be in a plane heading back down south where it is a high of 110 with a low of 78. I'd like to take a moment to thank all the people who have made my summer here at the Bird Homestead Golf Course memorable and possible.

Griffey moves up on career home run list
PITTSBURGH — Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 534th career home run to tie Jimmie Foxx for 13th place on the all-time list, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 Sunday for their fourth straight win.

A century later, Ty Cobb still hard to figure out
ROYSTON, Ga. — He stepped to the plate for the first time — this baby-faced teenager with the fiery eyes — after a three-day-long train trip from Georgia to Detroit.

Sports Briefs
Barrel horse racing slated for Wednesday Barrel racers fare well at state competition

Still got it: Agassi wins
NEW YORK — Like an ageless rock star, Andre Agassi took the court for his 20th straight U.S. Open to roars that drowned out his introduction.

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