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Saturday, October 8, 2005

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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
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

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.

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.

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.’’

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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