Sunday, April 27, 2003

Construction prices soar in Delta Junction
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) The city of Delta Junction is finding prosperity has its price.

Anchorage man recovering from stab wounds
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man was stabbed at least a dozen times inside an apartment late Thursday and police are looking for his attacker, who may have had his finger bitten off during the fight.

Anchorage man sentenced for manslaughter
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Friday for killing a man dating his estranged wife.

Woman killed inside her Nunaka Valley home
ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman was killed inside her Nunaka Valley home in east Anchorage, police said.

Boy injured after falling out of vehicle
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 5-year-old Sterling boy suffered a broken leg after he apparently fell out of a moving car and under the rear tire last week.

Firefighters training for a likely busy season
WASILLA (AP) Firefighters in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna area are training hard for what they expect will be a busy fire season.

One of Alaska's oldest bars holds final last call
KODIAK (AP) After nearly half a century, the Breakers Bar had its final last call Wednesday night. Owner Ruth Brechan and her family have decided to call it quits to the liquor business.

Admiralty Island mine seeks to spread tailings area
JUNEAU (AP) A mine on Admiralty Island wants to expand its tailings disposal area to accommodate more ore reserves.

Troopers say chapel shooting investigation could take weeks
BIG LAKE (AP) The investigation into the shooting deaths of two suspected burglars by a pastor at a Big Lake Church will take as long as several weeks, according to the top Alaska State Trooper in Palmer.

Groups worry about gaming bills
ANCHORAGE (AP) In the tiny Aleutian Islands village of Nikolski, residents rely on pull-tab gambling money from games played 900 miles away for basics such as the satellite phone that links them to the outside world in bad weather.

Missile agency doubles missile potential at Fort Greely

Barrow teenager's kick ties world record
ANCHORAGE (AP) A teenager from Barrow tied a world record in the one-foot high kick at the Native Youth Olympics.

President declares disaster from March storms
WASHINGTON (AP) President George Bush has declared a major disaster in Alaska due to damage from severe winter storms last month.

UAF drops graduation invocation
FAIRBANKS (AP) In an effort to make it more inclusive, the University of Alaska Fairbanks commencement ceremony will have no invocation this year.

Agrium announces layoffs at fertilizer plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Agrium fertilizer plant in Nikiski will lay off 65 employees over the next few months, the company has announced.

Fake enemy missile to be launched from Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) A simulated enemy ballistic missile will blast off in November from the Kodiak Launch Complex if all goes well.

New TOTE cargo ship docks in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Midnight Sun, one of two newly built Totem Ocean Trailer Express cargo ships, made its first port call Saturday to Anchorage.

Man sentenced in Palmer killing
PALMER (AP) A Palmer man has been sentenced to 119 years in prison for robbing and killing an elderly woman here.

Former soldier convicted of assault, acquitted of attempted murder
FAIRBANKS (AP) A former Fort Wainwright soldier who shot a Chicago man last year was convicted of misdemeanor assault Friday but acquitted of attempted murder and felony assault.

Senator Murkowski addresses former colleagues
JUNEAU (AP) U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski told her former state House colleagues Friday she's working on incentives to get a North Slope natural gas pipeline built, and backing a tax credit for stay-at-home parents.

Senate Finance sends budget to the floor

Macias homers to lift Expos past Astros
MONTREAL Jose Macias hit his first homer of the season with one out in the 10th inning as the Montreal Expos extended their winning streak to three with a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday.

Athletics muffle Indians behind Halama's quality start
OAKLAND, Calif. John Halama held Cleveland hitless until the seventh inning and Erubiel Durazo hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Indians 6-3 Saturday.

HJR 26 presents 3-way win for all Alaskans
I support House

Layoffs will hurt, but sky is not falling, officials say
Agrium's announcement it will cut some 65 high-paying jobs, reducing its workforce by 20 percent by the end of June, is not welcome news to the Kenai Peninsula economy, but neither does it signal the end of the world, government officials said this week.

Agrium cutting 65 positions
Agrium USA Inc. unveiled a reorganization plan for its Nikiski fertilizer plant Wednesday, letting the 296 employees know that by the end of June there will be 65 fewer positions to fill and that some of them will be gone.

Ralph Eugene Ash
Longtime Alaska resident Ralph Eugene Ash died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at his Kenai home. He was 81.

Ronald Garroutte
Ronald Garroutte of Ninilchik died Monday, April 21, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a long battle with cancer. He was 55.

Harold Raymond 'Hal' Halldorson
Former Soldotna resident Harold Raymond "Hal" Halldorson died March 11, 2003, in Long Beach, Wash. He was 76.

Hilma Marie Voss
Hilma Marie Voss died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at her assisted living home, Country Living, in Sterling. She was 94.

Summer on its way
Did the traffic increase over the past week or is it just our imagination?

Spring a time of major changes, challenges for area high school seniors
When I was a kid, this was always the toughest time of year.

Volunteers say 'yes' to making difference in their communities
It's been said before, but it bears repeating: Volunteers make the world go 'round.

Photo feature: Melting away
Broken fragments of ice line the shore of a small pond next to the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing last week. With recent temperatures hitting the mid-50s, winter's remnants are fading fast.

Time for a new beginning
"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new."

It's headaches, heartaches for military fiancees trying to plan big day alone
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. Save-the-date cards for Tiffany Gerlt's wedding have gone out. The music is booked. But Gerlt has no idea when her fiance, deployed to the Middle East, will come home.

National Volunteer Week celebrates those who give so much
Keeping in touch with lifelong friends is crucial to Jean Partch. Jean, a resident at Heritage Place nursing facility in Soldotna, has spent years keeping up with the lives of her childhood friends through letters. Most are women she met in preschool or earlier, before she even knew how to write, but though decades have gone by, they have stayed a part of her life.

Bride and groom tie the knot with telephone lines
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) It was a first for the bride, the groom and even the judge.

Drive-thru offers coffee, weddings
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho At the Rev. Al Holm's drive-thru espresso place, you can get a latte, a mocha, or a husband.

My Best Friend
Nine-year-old Brooke Hughes and Spice show that guinea pigs can be real party animals. Spice belongs to Brooke and Teslin Hughes of Soldotna.

When pet can't travel, consider boarding at kennel, hiring sitter
At some point, many pet owners will have to face the question of what to do with their dogs while they are away. Animals can't go on all trips, and friends and relatives may not always be willing or reliable. Consequently, pet boarding or pet sitting may be necessary.

Devils top Lightning for 2-0 series lead
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Jamie Langenbrunner made Vincent Lecavalier's already tough game that much worse.

NFL teams stockpile defensive linemen
NEW YORK NFL teams did their best Saturday to stem the league's increase in offense.

With Sloan ejected, Jazz hold off Kings
SALT LAKE CITY The Utah Jazz didn't play like a team trying to salvage some respect. They looked more like a team with plans to advance.

Sports Briefs
Peninsula runners fare well in Boston

Panthers hold off late flurry by Palmer
The game-deciding goal Friday at Skyview was scored on one of Palmer's favorite plays.

Skyview's boys clean up act
If reputations hold, it should surprise nobody that a boys soccer game at Skyview High School last Thursday almost degenerated into a brawl.

Late goal gives Palmer girls a tie against Soldotna
A Palmer goal in the closing seconds of a Region III match spoiled what was otherwise a perfect day for the Soldotna High School soccer team.

SkyHi boys take Invitational
Saturday was definitely a good day to be a Panther. Particularly for the Skyview boys track and field team that took first place in the Skyview Invitational Track and Field meet with a team score of 127 points. Even some mishaps turned into gold for the Skyview boys.

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