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Saturday, May 24, 2003

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!?

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 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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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