Friday, May 23, 2003

Homer man killed in ultra light plane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Homer man was killed when the ultra light plane crashed during his first solo flight, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

Former officer sues Ketchikan, alleging sex bias
KETCHIKAN (AP) A former corporal in the Ketchikan Police Department has filed a lawsuit against the department, the city and several current and former city officials accusing them of gender discrimination and seeking damages.

School funding bill passes on final day
JUNEAU (AP) Lawmakers approved a change in the formula for funding schools Wednesday, imposed a tax on car rentals, boosted business license fees and removed a requirement that the minimum wage go up with inflation.

Platinum producer plans summer prospecting in Southeast
ANCHORAGE (AP) A British Columbia platinum producer plans to prospect in Southeast Alaska this summer for the metal that is almost twice as precious as gold.

Iditarod lead dog found after a day on the loose
ANCHORAGE (AP) Reno, an Iditarod lead dog missing since Monday when somebody freed him and four brethren from musher Debbie Moderow's truck, was found Tuesday after he fell asleep in a flower garden.

Fairbanks fugitive to appear in federal court Tuesday
FAIRBANKS (AP) Former Fairbanks civic leader Thomas Miklautsch is scheduled to appear in federal court in Anchorage on Tuesday to face bank fraud and other charges.

Woman charged by grizzly in Eagle River
ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman taking a morning run in Eagle River barely escaped a grizzly bear that charged her.

Man injured in motorcycle accident dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man who was injured in a motorcycle accident over the weekend has died.

RCA will be dismantled if no extension granted
JUNEAU (AP) With only a few hours to go, lawmakers were running out of time Wednesday to pass a bill extending the Regulatory Commission of Alaska in another showdown over the ''phone wars.''

Anchorage seafood factory loses state funds
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state has rejected a request to keep pouring millions of dollars into the struggling Alaska Seafood International plant in Anchorage.

Climber with frostbite brought down from McKinley
DENALI PARK (AP) A climber suffering from frostbite on both his hands was brought down from Mt. McKinley Wednesday with the help of the National Park Service's contracted high-altitude helicopter, according to park officials.

Klukwan moves offices to Haines
JUNEAU (AP) Klukwan Inc. has decided to move its offices from Juneau to Haines. That decision was made by the Native corporation's board earlier this month.

Former Homer basketball star to coach Seawolves
ANCHORAGE (AP) A former Homer High School basketball star is returning to Alaska to coach the Seawolves at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Murkowski applauds lawmakers for work, vows more cuts
JUNEAU (AP) Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski lauded the Legislature for approving a budget that will ultimately reduce state spending.

Russia wildfires push smoke to Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) Massive wildfires in southern Russia have pushed smoke more than 3,000 miles to Alaska.

Plea in perjury case adds six-month sentence
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks man serving five years for a February 2002 theater robbery got a six-month sentence for perjury added to his time behind bars Wednesday.

Senate approves RCA extension bill
JUNEAU (AP) With less than an hour left in this year's legislative session, Senate lawmakers decided not to pull the plug on the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and instead gave the agency four more years.

Sealaska shows $40 million profit for 2002
JUNEAU (AP) Sealaska's successful investments in the Alaska Native Wireless group and a California casino were major contributors as the Juneau-based Native regional corporation rebounded from two years of red ink with a profit of $40.5 million for 2002.

Murkowski, Legislature enjoy smooth session
JUNEAU (AP) Republicans in the Legislature adjourned Wednesday on time and for the first time in many years without the threat of a special session giving Gov. Frank Murkowski much of what he asked.

Defense says there was no bogeyman in Bristol Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) The lawyer for a major processor in the Bristol Bay price-fixing lawsuit took a final shot at conspiracy charges Thursday, saying: ''There was no bogeyman in Bristol Bay.

Earthquake near Yakutat
PALMER (AP) A light earthquake near Yakutat was felt in Gustavus, according to Michael Burgy at the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

Homer man killed in ultra light plane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Homer man was killed when his ultra light plane crashed during his first solo flight, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

Kayaker snares 90-pound halibut
KETCHIKAN (AP) Catching a 90-pound halibut in a 14-foot kayak can lead to quite a ride, says Howard McKim.

Trial starts in Juneau for man accused of raping teens
JUNEAU (AP) A trial has begun in Juneau for a man accused of raping a teenage girl in foster case.

RCA will be dismantled if no extension granted
JUNEAU (AP) With only a few hours to go, lawmakers were running out of time Thursday to pass a bill extending the Regulatory Commission of Alaska in another showdown over the ''phone wars.''

Disaster declared for flood-damaged Salcha
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski has issued a disaster declaration for the flood-damaged Salcha area.

Bristol Bay sockeye case goes to jurors Friday
ANCHORAGE (AP) Jurors in the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon price fixing case will begin deliberations Friday, the judge said Wednesday. They've been listening to closing arguments this week.

Trial starts in Juneau for man accused of raping teens
JUNEAU (AP) A trial has begun in Juneau for a man accused of raping a teenage girl in foster case.

Fairbanks fugitive traveled to U.S. from Switzerland
FAIRBANKS (AP) Former Fairbanks civic leader and businessman Thomas Miklautsch was entering the United States from Switzerland when customs agents detained him.

RCA bill makes it through Legislature in final hours
JUNEAU (AP) In the end, lawmakers agreed Alaska must have an agency regulating the state's utilities, even if they don't agree with all the decisions.

Blue Jays pound Yankees, Pettitte
NEW YORK Carlos Delgado homered twice and drove in five runs Thursday night as the Toronto Blue Jays sent Andy Pettitte to his career-worst fourth straight loss, beating the New York Yankees 8-3.

Reds continue to surge, rally past Braves
CINCINNATI Austin Kearns' bases-loaded double completed a six-run fourth inning Wednesday night as the Cincinnati Reds rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 and slow their remarkable surge.

Clemens earns No. 299 vs. former team
BOSTON Roger Clemens earned his 299th career victory, scattering nine hits in six innings against his former team on Wednesday night to lead the New York Yankees to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Dodgers take seventh straight victory
LOS ANGELES Darren Dreifort struck out a career-high 12, and Brian Jordan went 3-for-3 with a tie-breaking single as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Thursday for their seventh straight win.

Greenspan: Fed on guard against deflation
WASHINGTON With short-term interest rates near rock bottom, Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan said he still has plenty of ''monetary ammunition'' to prevent a destabilizing drop in prices. The Fed's goal: pump up demand for cars, homes and other items and get the economy moving again.

Fish plant hungry for cash can still afford its lobbyist
ANCHORAGE (AP) Finan-cially strapped Alaska Seafood International is paying a prominent lobbyist in Juneau while asking the state to continue paying $100,000 a month to keep it afloat.

Washington courts Boeing for new 7E7 assembly plant
OLYMPIA, Wash. Gov. Gary Locke and a gaggle of Washington's political, business and labor elite on Wednesday rallied at the Capitol to kick off the region's bid for the new Boeing 7E7 assembly plant and the thousands of jobs that go with it.

WorldCom's contract in Iraq raises hackles
NEW YORK The Penta-gon made an interesting choice when it hired a U.S. company to build a small wireless phone network in Iraq: MCI, aka WorldCom Inc., perpetrator of the biggest accounting fraud in American business and not exactly a big name in cellular service.

Solar energy viable alternative on peninsula
Richard Seifert, also known as the "Solar Guy," illuminated a full house when he presented "An Introduction To Solar Energy for Alaskans" on Monday evening at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Building.

Photo: Informational picket
Members of Local 8-0369 of the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union, which represents Agrium's 156 union employees, conduct an informational picket at the Nikiski fertilizer plant last Friday morning.

Angler lands 90-pound halibut from 14-foot kayak
KETCHIKAN (AP) Catching a 90-pound halibut in a 14-foot kayak can lead to quite a ride, says Howard McKim.

Kayaker snares 90-pound halibut
KETCHIKAN (AP) Catching a 90-pound halibut in a 14-foot kayak can lead to quite a ride, says Howard McKim.

King opener looking good
The good news for anglers heading down to the southern Kenai Peninsula's salmon streams for this weekend's king salmon opener is that water conditions are great for catching fish, and there's plenty of fish entering the streams.

Faire fun
It was an affair to remember, a May Faire that is, as peninsula residents turned back a page in history in Old Town Kenai on Sunday.

Art Briefs
Pratt to discuss future plansWant to be in a movie?Native plants for salePoetry contests offers $1,000Book sale coming upBooth space for festival availableWriters' conference slated

Students make underwater art for the ceiling
There's a fascinating group of creatures hanging out at Sears Elementary School.

'American Idol' star to release new album
NEW YORK (AP) He didn't become the ''American Idol.'' He wasn't even the runner-up. But R.J. Helton still managed to get a record deal.

Cannes festival snubs Germany again
CANNES, France You'd never know German cinema is enjoying a renaissance by attending the Cannes Film Festival.

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Book sheds light on bear encounters
Bears have evoked human fear and fascination since at least the last Ice Age. At the beginning of the third millennium, they are under increasing pressure from people, even in their last redoubts such as Alaska.

School funding bill passes on final day
JUNEAU (AP) Lawmakers approved a change in the formula for funding schools Wednesday, imposed a tax on car rentals, boosted business license fees and removed a requirement that the minimum wage go up with inflation.

Murkowski, Legislature enjoy smooth session
JUNEAU (AP) Republicans in the Legislature adjourned Wednesday on time and for the first time in many years without the threat of a special session giving Gov. Frank Murkowski much of what he asked.

Senate approves RCA extension bill
JUNEAU (AP) With less than an hour left in this year's legislative session, Senate lawmakers decided not to pull the plug on the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and instead gave the agency four more years.

Many active organizations help make peninsula safer place to live
A huge thanks to those who volunteered their time and energy to make the annual Soldotna Safety Day one of the best ever! Many hands make light labor.

Cooper Landing Community Club benefits from annual Snail-A-Thon
Eighty-plus Cooper Landing residents participated in the 24th Annual Snug Harbor Snail-A-Thon. Walkers, bikers and several "hitchhikers" (kids in back packs, wagons and strollers) made the five-mile trek up Snug Harbor Road to the picnic site while others drove in vehicles with their potluck dishes. Many of the participants picked up litter along the way. Twelve large bags of trash were collected.

Soccer team appreciates support
Soldotna High School Boys and Girls Soccer Team would like to thank Kaladi Brothers Coffee for its generous donation of delicious coffee and hot chocolate for our concession stand;

Skyview's U.S. history students honor veterans at annual dinner
On May 9, more than 220 U.S. military veterans and their family members were fed a free spaghetti dinner and entertained at the Fourth Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner at the Soldotna Sports Center hosted by the U.S. history students of Skyview High School. It was a huge success and again demonstrated the gratitude of our community toward past and present members of the U.S. armed forces.

Elected officials working for big corporations, not public interests
We elect representatives to represent the people and right away they start working for the big corporations against the people. Haven't you guys figured out that big corporations take away and destroy resources that belong to the people? It seems lately that all of you are reverse Robin Hoods taking from the poor and giving to the rich.

Love INC reaches out to kids with warmth and generosity
It is with sincere appreciation I write this note of gratitude to Love INC and Janine Espy, Roy Espy, Cecil Falkenberg, Petria Falkenberg, Donna Shuler and Lynda Yoder.

A lot of people make indoor soccer program possible
All those kids running around in indoor soccer T-shirts this spring were part of the biggest ever Boys and Girls Club Indoor Soccer Program. This year's league involved 640 boys and girls from all over the central peninsula. Keeping that many kids moving and having fun was only possible through the efforts and support of a lot of people in our community.

Newsmaker: Jack Roush
Jack Roush, the car owner for Fords driven by Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, has won the past four Coca-Cola 600 races at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Maturity gives Gordon confidence entering doubleheader
CONCORD, N.C. There are a couple of reasons for Robby Gordon to like his chances Sunday in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600.

Ratings indicate national growth
CONCORD, N.C. Fox Sports president Goren not only believes the NASCAR Winston Cup Series has finally shed its regional perception, but he also says the racing circuit has become one of the ''healthiest'' sports on television.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 1,6192. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,5993. Kurt Busch 1,452

Money Leaders
1. Michael Waltrip $2,312,2012. Kurt Busch 2,172,4113. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,975,228

This week's race: Coca-Cola 600
Where and when

2003 Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Soldotna man injured in motorcycle accident
A Soldotna man was seriously injured Tuesday when the motorcycle he was driving crashed head-on into a car on the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing.

Friends make the difference
Friendship was an essential building block to success at Skyview High School for many members of the Class of 2003, and it is what will be remembered most when they are gone.

Officials alert public to holiday dangers
Public safety officials are bracing for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend in hopes of keeping Kenai Peninsula residents and visitors safe during the holiday.

Homer man killed when ultralight crashes
The pilot of an ultralight aircraft died shortly after take-off when the aircraft crashed at the Homer Airport on Wednesday night.

Murkowski praises Legislature
The Kenai City Council put a contentious issue to rest Wednesday night when it approved a partnership agreement between the city and Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula that transfers the responsibility of operating the Kenai Recreation Center from the city to the club.

Assembly OKs resolution in defense of Bill of Rights
Congress and President George W. Bush were sent a clear message Tuesday when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed a resolution establishing a borough policy in defense of the Bill of Rights and urging national leaders to review anti-terrorism laws many say violate constitutional freedoms.

Photo feature: Fun and farewells
Danny Nabinger stands still as Will Tieaskie, Kaitlan White, Kelsey White and Broke Forsi sign his shirt following an awards chapel at Cook Inlet Academy Wednesday.

Clamming violations mean citations for 21
Twenty-one people were cited for clamming violations during recent minus tides in Ninilchik, Clam Gulch and on the west side of Cook Inlet.

Assembly hears questions about plans for games
A small group of residents raised questions Tuesday night regarding the Kenai Peninsula Borough's authority to enter the agreement it signed April 16 with the Arctic Winter Games International Committee, committing the borough to host the games in 2006.

Bulldogs express their individuality
The senior class of Nikiski High School gave 110 percent all year with everything it did, and the graduation ceremony was no different. Nearly all the seniors decorated their caps. There were many unique designs, each giving a glimpse into the individual student's life.

Peninsula lawmakers see some of their work head to governor
Alaska Republicans succeeded in passing a capital-spending plan late Wednesday night over the objection of minority Democrats who said it represented a partisan distribution of funds.

Graduating 'Stars' reach ever higher
While all the students of Soldotna High School use the moniker "Stars," the 118 SoHi graduates that took center stage at the Soldotna Sports Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday were the superstars in the spotlight that night.

Judy Ann Miles
Former Kasilof resident Judy Ann Miles died Saturday, April 12, 2003. She was 52.

Annie T. Myers
Anchorage resident Annie T. Myers, 65, died of natural causes Thursday, May 15, 2003, at Alaska Native Medical Center. She was 65.

Security measures can't violate guaranteed rights
Few Americans likely know much about the Total Information Awareness System, but if the Pentagon actually builds this thing, it will soon know a great deal about all Americans. TIA is an electronic street sweeper designed to short-circuit terrorist plans before they can be put into action. But TIA also holds potential for enormous abuse of individual privacy.

Peninsula residents asked to celebrate summer with care
The long three-day weekend that lies ahead has all the ingredients for the perfect beginning to summer. School is out. The weather forecast is fair and predictions for this weekend's king salmon opener are even better water conditions are great for catching fish and there are plenty of fish entering the streams.

U.S., Mexico need new border policy
That we've seen the story before does nothing to mitigate the horror of the 19 illegal immigrants who died after being locked in a trailer and abandoned by smugglers in South Texas. Authorities report that more than 100 immigrants were crammed into a trailer and left to their fates by the driver (last) Wednesday.

Mother remembers, praises those involved with her kids
I feel that the statement "It takes a whole village to raise a child" is true. As my last child graduates, I would like to thank the many teachers and other members of our little village for their kindness, knowledge, patience, persistence and, most importantly, the vast amount of time and dedication they have given to my two children and the countless other kids they serve.

It takes visit to 49th state to experience its wonder, separate fact from fiction
As we made the twisting and turning drive down from Wasilla to the Kenai Peninsula, I sipped my coffee and finally started to put my racing thoughts into some semblance of order.

Spring in Alaska means it's spruce bark beetle time again
It's springtime in Alaska and a young man's fancy turns to spruce bark beetles, what else!?

Washington father and son reach Everest summit
SPOKANE, Wash. The youngest American to successfully scale Mount Everest and his father were making their way down the mountain Wednesday, a spokesman said.

Bear necessities: Outdoors enthusiasts need to be careful
Many relish the experience of spending time in the great outdoors by hiking, backpacking and camping. However, there is much to be aware besides the perfect way to build a s'more.

Kachemak Kayak Fest has something for beginning, advanced paddlers alike
For those who have ever thought about sea kayaking but were afraid of testing the waters, the Kachemak Bay Kayak Fest in Homer, running from today through June 1, may be the solution to your problem.

Around the Peninsula
Rodeo postponedBear-safe neighborhood plannedAfter-school program to close for summerBlood Bank closed todayWRCC needs volunteersDeadline for Kenai River Festival is FridayGarage sale to benefit missionsKachemak Kayak Fest set for HomerKenai cemetery cleanup

Around the Peninsula
Rodeo postponedCoast Guard to conduct safety checksLions to hold gun show, raffleTsalteshi Trails Triathlon set for MondayUmpires neededSoccer club seeking playersWRCC Clothes Closet open to publicFood Bank to close for Memorial DayKDLL board to meet TuesdayRelay for Life raises money for cancer societyBrain Injury Support Group awareness walkKenai beautification project needs volunteersEarly registration for 5K run-walk encouraged

Peninsula teams set for state
In a cup of coffee, the cream will always rise to the top. Such is the case with the mixture of track and field athletes from Regions II and III, as the Kenai Peninsula's cream of the crop begin to compete for state titles today at Bartlett High in Anchorage.

Sens, Devils face Game 7
OTTAWA The Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils will resolve their differences in a most fitting way: a seventh game for a spot in the Stanley Cup finals.

When 'You da man!' doesn't fit
The opening tee shot sailed down the fairway and out into history, beyond where two other balls already sat.

Birch Ridge Report: Scramble: Strive, struggle and grapple
To "scramble" in golf is to play a format where all members of a foursome give it their best drive and then hit successive shots from the ball position of the player with the best lie (whew!).

Sports Briefs
Soldotna driver second at drag racesVerrier, Davis post top times at Exit GlacierBland takes Spring Migration RunTitans' McNair apologizes for arrestClemens confident he'll make next startWilliams likely to miss four to six weeks with injuryMoreno becomes new Angels' owner

LeBron James sweepstakes today
SECAUCUS, N.J. Every once in a while, a player comes along who gives hope to all the downtrodden teams of the NBA.

Sorenstam's 1-over puts her in middle of pack
FORT WORTH, Texas The first woman on the PGA Tour in 58 years played just like one of the boys.

Spurs even up series
SAN ANTONIO First there was foul trouble for Dirk Nowitzki, and then he got hit with a technical foul. Next came serious foul trouble for Nowitzki, which was followed by the ejection of Don Nelson.

Nets put Pistons in 3-0 fix
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. After two games cooped up in low-scoring drudgery, the New Jersey Nets felt oh-so-good to get running again.

Devils can't cast out Senators
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The Ottawa Senators were short on cash in the regular season. Now they're rich with momentum in the Eastern Conference finals.

Cavaliers, Nike win James sweepstakes
SECAUCUS, N.J. LeBron James won't have to go far to play in the NBA.

Climbers pursue Everest on 50th anniversary of Hillary's feat
KATMANDU, Nepal Wind storms forced more than 100 climbers to retreat from the south face of Mount Everest on Wednesday amid celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the first Everest conquest.

Sports Briefs
Former Homer basketball star to coach SeawolvesFC Porto defeats Glasgow Celtic in UEFA Cup final

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