Friday, October 7, 2005

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Suitcases for kids continues Chamber rec guide seeks entries Alliance re-elects officers Business workshop scheduled Wildland Adventures recognized Fitness fiesta to be held

Kenai River provided decent sport season
Salmon fishing on the Kenai River this summer started and ended with a whimper. In between, however, anglers got plenty of bang for their hook.

‘Cave Dog’ Keizer on quest to hike all 50 states in 100 days
PORTLAND, Ore. — Ted Keizer is slight, soft-spoken and bespectacled — nothing you’d expect from a guy known in hiking and running circles as Cave Dog.

Officials say man who died on hike near Vancouver was likely alive during search
NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A man who died on a hike in this Vancouver suburb was alive for several days while rescuers looked for him, according to a coroner’s report.

Thousands apply for 24 bison licenses
BILLINGS, Mont. — Nearly 6,200 people, most of them Montana residents, have applied for the 24 licenses still available for Montana’s first bison hunt in 15 years, state wildlife officials said Monday.

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

Seniority: Music for the ages
On Saturday, big band music will meet Britney Spears as two generations of seniors put on a dinner karaoke event.

Wild Views
Alaska's flora, fauna and fantastic views are highlighted in a photography show on display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

From the bookshelf: Medical history illuminates Natives' tragedy
Historians used to tout the exploits of kings and generals. But recent revisions suggest that other forces have shaped our lives in profound ways. For example, modern scholars now believe that immigrant epidemics played a huge role in allowing European expatriates to displace Native Americans.

Reader: Justice was served
Regarding “Applause for Supporting Forster, Family” letter (Clarion, Sept. 29), justice was definitely served with the Forster sentence, as good as can be expected under existing law.

Reader recalls the old days
According to today’s regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 1960s, ’70s and early ’80s probably shouldn’t have survived, because our baby cots were covered with brightly colored lead-based paint, which was promptly chewed and licked. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with pans.

Skate park’s fate in hands of youth
It was with great sadness and reluctance that I locked the door on the Soldotna skate park after the Soldotna City Council unanimously ordered it be closed. As I did so, I thought about the joy and sense of accomplishment we all felt when student Mike Sturm, Elks’ President Dave Caswell and I cut the ribbon opening the facility two years ago.

Kenai expands wildlife program
Thanks in part to a couple of former Kenai brown bears that changed sides, free eats will be harder to come by for bruins in the city of Kenai.

School board budgeting for greater involvement
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board wants the public to get more involved in its work.

Borough economy still looking good
Employment was up, fewer people were out of work, and record-high sales were driving up sales tax revenues during the second quarter of 2005, a clear measure of the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s healthy economy, according to the latest report from the borough’s Community and Economic Development Division.

Study looks at gas options
The federal government is paying for a $4 million study to look at another way to get natural gas to Southcentral Alaska.

Downed tree blinks out Soldotna power
Approximately 60 Soldotna homes went without power for approximately an hour Wednesday morning after a tree fell on a power line.

Borough faces effects of election
Borough attorneys and finance officials wrestled Wednesday morning with what appeared to be a conflict arising from the apparent success of two propositions on Tuesday's municipal ballot.

Host society making manual for holding Arctic Winter Games
Arctic Winter Games planners are nearly done with a detailed plan for the Games and soon will begin to implement it, said Games General Manager Tim Dillon at Tuesday’s Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

More than 50 apply for Kenai manager's job
More than 50 people want to manage the city of Kenai. At least that's how many applied for the position, which came open this year after Linda Snow's contract was not renewed.

Moose mosey
A young bull moose traipses through brush decorated in fall colors in Kenai recently.

Illegal fishing nets men many charges
Under cover of darkness, three men in a 17-foot skiff depart from the Homer harbor. It's late at night, not exactly the time for a pleasure cruise.

Ramona M. Paulk
Longtime Soldotna resident Ramona M. Paulk died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005, surrounded by her family in Soldotna. She was 74.

Linking DeLay, Rep. Young is nonsense
''Alaska Republicans have benefited from the Tom DeLay machine, and they all should answer whether or not they will continue to benefit from his dirty donations to their campaign funds.'' That's the breast-beating pronouncement Monday from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Time will tell if voters’ choices hard to live with
Elections serve as a mirror in which a community can look at its core values and beliefs. The reflection is not always pretty, but its validity is hard to deny.

Outdoor industry looks to attract minorities
Bunyan Bryant has camped by the shores of Lake Huron for decades and usually sees the same thing: green trees, blue skies and white people.

Tundra colors come early in Alaska
KIANA — Crimson comes early to the Arctic. The tundra seldom draws visitors strictly on the strength of its fall colors, but the horizon-to-horizon display is a visual feast for the fortunate few waiting for the caribou to arrive or who are here picking berries.

Juneau glacier looks poised to leave lake soon
JUNEAU (AP) — It may not take much longer for one of the world’s most-visited glaciers to calve and melt out of its scenic toehold in Mendenhall Lake.

Around the Peninsula
4-H round-up set Chili feed fund-raiser set First Friday dialogue set Internet class slated Blood drive planned Christmas boutique scheduled

Around the Peninsula
CIRCAC to meetGrief support group formingDance club seeks membersGenealogical society meeting scheduledScouting books, uniforms soughtHospice training announcedPopcorn fund-raiser continuesPool available during school hoursToy donations soughtHelp for home daycare providers offeredKenai pool begins fall scheduleDog classes availableHomer health fair slated

Opus Dei bishop suggests not giving out Holy Communion at large Masses
VATICAN CITY — The head of the conservative Roman Catholic movement Opus Dei suggested Thursday that the church consider not giving out Holy Communion during huge Masses because it cannot be done ‘‘in a dignified way.’’

Church Briefs
Dessert fellowship plannedPuppets to put on showChurch hosting Bible study Revelation study beginsCatholic classes offeredBible study continuesClothes Quarters openBible study group to meetBible study class continues

Letting go of anger
Few things are more difficult than forgiveness.

Air Force Academy accused of intolerance
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Jewish father of two Air Force Academy cadets sued the Air Force on Thursday, claiming senior officers and cadets illegally imposed Christianity on others at the school.

Minnesota school gears up for Saturday football doubleheader
ROSEVILLE, Minn. — About 2,600 students are enrolled at Northwestern College, a scenic, wooded campus in Minnesota where football players routinely sing in the school choir, participate in another sport and take required Bible classes in addition to their major of choice.

Patriots struggle with difficult schedule
The New England Patriots are struggling with injuries.They’re also struggling with a difficult stretch of the schedule.

Parise, Devils spoil Crosby's debut
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — With the hockey world watching, the first-round draft pick lived up to all of his expectations and more with a goal and two points in his first NHL game.

Astros open postseason with win
ATLANTA — Morgan Ensberg had five RBIs, Andy Pettitte overcame a couple of homers for his record-tying 14th postseason win and the Astros got started on what they hope will be another October conquest of Atlanta, beating the Braves 10-5 Wednesday in Game 1 of their NL playoff series.

Kards, Bulldogs seek another state title
Since the inception of the small-schools state football championship in 2000, either Nikiski or Kenai Central has come away with the crown.

Canadiens slip past Rangers
NEW YORK — Michael Ryder struck for the second straight night, wristing a shot off goaltender Kevin Weekes 2:10 into overtime that gave the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Sports views: A curse is a terrible thing to waste
A curse is a terrible thing to waste. The Red Sox milked theirs for 86 years before throwing the Bambino under the bus. The Cubs still run theirs as a profitable little side business. They like to pretend they've been jinxed by a billy goat, a black cat, and lately, a guy who picked an inopportune moment to do some souvenir hunting.

North Carolina State upsets No. 24 Georgia Tech
ATLANTA — Jay Davis threw two long touchdown passes to Brian Clark, including an 80-yard go-ahead score in the fourth quarter, and Garland Heath’s interception in the end zone with 26 seconds left protected the lead as North Carolina State beat No. 24 Georgia Tech 17-14 on Thursday night.

Game on!
PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Crosby's debut was so-so, Wayne Gretzky couldn't wait to start his new career and the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated winning the Stanley Cup — remember the Stanley Cup? — on opening night for the new-look NHL.

Smoltz defeats Astros’ Rocket
ATLANTA — The Rocket got rocked by the rookie. Then, while Roger Clemens shuffled uncomfortably on the mound, Brian McCann emerged from the Atlanta Braves dugout for a most unexpected curtain call.

Cards smoke Padres
ST. LOUIS — When Mark Mulder took a line drive off his arm in the second inning and doubled over in pain, the St. Louis Cardinals figured it would be a short outing for their 16-game winner.

Montgomerie keeps on rolling
SAN FRANCISCO — Coming off his first victory in 19 months, Colin Montgomerie appears hungry for more.

Falcons should handle New England
Nothing is easy for the New England Patriots this season.

Brown bear talk scheduled
The Kenai River Center has announced the first event it its winter speaker series. On Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., bear expert Will Troyer will present “The Lives of Brown Bears.” Troyer is a biologist and author of the recent book, “Into Brown Bear Country.” He will share some of his insights into brown bears developed from more than 30 years of scientific study and close encounters with bears. The event is free and open to the public. The center is located at Mile 1.6 of Funny River Road. For more information, call Jan Yaeger at the center at 260-4882.

Bear issues complex, challenging
With the announcement last week that the 2005 fall brown bear registration hunt will not be opened this season, Jeff Selinger, area management biologist with Fish and Game in Soldotna, explained the reason it was nixed and offered up ways to improve the situation in the future.

Fishermen pitch in to help endangered whales
ANCHORAGE — Alaska’s commercial fishing fleet is joining in an effort to save the world’s most endangered whales.

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