Monday, May 26, 2003

Film helps friends and family learn to deal with breast cancer
ANCHORAGE (AP) Jon and Jamie Lang would rather be experts on just about any other topic. But once Jamie felt that lump, they had no choice but to embark on a crash course in breast cancer survival. Like so many others, they stumbled their way through her diagnosis and treatment, learning along the way Jamie, how best to take care of herself; Jon, how best to take care of Jamie. They emerged on the other side a whole lot wiser.

Man accused of trying to board plane with seal bomb, knives
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) A man who apparently was heading for Bristol Bay was arrested by FBI agents at the Bellingham airport Friday after he showed security screeners two pocketknives he was carrying, and then a small ''seal bomb'' was found in his checked bag.

'Stars aligned' for GOP session in Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski was sworn into office in December with a pro-business agenda and to the accolades of GOP lawmakers who said after nearly a decade ''the stars are aligned.''

Wasilla man accused of sex abuse of teen
PALMER (AP) A Wasilla man has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Alaska Railroad plans Ship Creek development
ANCHORAGE (AP) No one can accuse Jim Kubitz of not having vision. For the past four years, the vice president of real estate for the Alaska Railroad Corp. has been working on the development of a master plan for the Ship Creek area that revolves around an intermodal transportation facility.

Man dies after motorcycle crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Unalaska man died Friday after crashing his motorcycle head-on into a truck on the Glenn Highway at Sutton, according to Alaska State Troopers. It was at least the third motorcycle fatality in Alaska already this season.

Salmon price-fixing lawsuit gets quick verdict after four-month trial
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Jurors took about six hours Friday to decide there was no conspiracy by salmon processors and Japanese importers to control the price paid to Bristol Bay fishermen nearly a decade ago.

Tax bill aids Alaska $84 million worth
FAIRBANKS (AP) Alaska will get an $84 million boost as part of a $350 billion tax cut approved by Congress last week.

$18 million for fisheries projects, aid to fishermen
JUNEAU (AP) About $13 million in grants is available for commercial fishing projects around the state under a program announced last month by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Suspected SARS case improving in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 28-year-old Chinese pilot hospitalized in Anchorage with a suspected case of the SARS virus is recovering, according to city medical officials.

Ferry unions tentatively OK contract offer
JUNEAU (AP) Negotiators for two unions representing ferry workers tentatively have accepted the state's offer for new one-year contracts.

BP may face fine in welder's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) State safety officials have proposed a $6,300 fine against BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. in the December death of a contract welder. It's the second such action against the oil company this year.

Local planter makes use of Juneau's rain
JUNEAU (AP) The fact that bears got into Joe Orsi's garden last year and ate some of his fruits wouldn't shock most Juneau residents. What would shock some, or at least those who have tried their hand at gardening here, are the fruits the bears ate.

School age-mix experiment deemed a success
FAIRBANKS (AP) Like several of her classmates, Brianna Kemp was not happy when her parents told her that she would stay at Two Rivers Elementary School for the seventh grade rather than go to North Pole Middle School.

Cop remembers K-9 partner lost in untimely death
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) On patrol in his Ford Explorer, Kodiak police Officer Bill Pyles still looks over his shoulder at the empty seat behind him. It's an old habit.

Business interests got help from Legislature this year
JUNEAU (AP) It was a banner year for business in the Legislature.

Valdez man discovers Air Force practice bomb in back yard
VALDEZ (AP) Howard Chaffin got a surprise last week as he was mucking about on his bulldozer in his back yard.

Blue Jays hand Yanks their sixth straight home loss
NEW YORK Carlos Delgado and Tom Wilson each hit a pair of RBI doubles to help the Toronto Blue Jays send the reeling New York Yankees to their sixth straight home loss, 5-2 Saturday.

Groundskeeper ejected after dispute about tarp
Bill Butler wanted to protect his field. Instead, a tarpaulin dispute turned heated and he became part of baseball lore a groundskeeper who got ejected.

Braves shell former teammate Glavine
ATLANTA Nothing seemed right about Tom Glavine's return to Turner Field not his uniform, not the smattering of boos from the crowd, and certainly not his performance.

Photo feature: Getting down and dirty
Barb Christian works in her garden Saturday afternoon. Christian said "I love digging in the dirt, I should have been a farmer."

Manager: Soldotna finances look good
Saying Soldotna is in "good shape" financially, the city manager described the city's proposed budget during the regular meeting of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce last week.

World events don't keep Young Marine from goal
Saturdays to a teenager are a precious commodity a glorious, 24-hour, school-free period to sleep in, stay up late, hang out with friends, watch TV, indulge in their hobbies and basically do whatever they want to do.

Memorial Day to be marked in ceremony
While Memorial Day inarguably holds special meaning for veterans and members of the armed forces and their families, it is a holiday that can be commemorated by civilians as well.

Neighborhood asked to learn bear etiquette
When bears come knocking, what's a neighborhood to do?

Louisa M. (Potestio) Miller
Louisa M. (Potestio) Miller of Colville, Wash., died Monday, April 14, 2003, in Colville. She was 91.

James Schroeder
Longtime Kenai resident James Schroeder died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at his home. He was 67.

Paul Clayton Kelly
Soldotna resident Paul Clayton Kelly died Feb. 20, 2003, of leukemia at the veteran's hospital in Seattle, Wash. He was 67.

162 Americans killed in Iraq war
As the United States prepares to observe Memorial Day, it is fitting Americans remember those who died recently in Iraq. The Associated Press reported the following names of 162 U.S. casualties, which were provided by relatives or military officials as of May 21. The British government said 36 of its soldiers had died.

Memorial Day set aside to remember sacrifices for liberty
On Monday, the United States will pause to mark Memorial Day, a day set aside to pay tribute to those who have died in any American war. This year the day falls less than a month after the end of major combat in Iraq. There are at least 162 Americans who gave their lives in the most recent war whose sacrifices will be remembered in ceremonies across the country.

Sacrifices of many called to mind on Memorial Day
Although Memorial Day began as a ritualized celebration of decorating the graves of those lives lost in war, since World War I it has also been a day to remember those individuals, military and civilian, who have gone before us. One of the ways of remembering those who have passed before us is to celebrate those alive today who are working to make tomorrow a better place for those who come after us.

Net surfing catches more than most people want to know about May 25
Every so often, I get to write one of these columns and offer opinion on almost anything I want except issues connected to my beats, which eliminates two whopping, solid-gold veins of fodder the Alaska Legislature and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Craft, Ellington plan August wedding
Martha Irene Craft and Michael Louis Ellington have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, in Homer amongst family and friends.

Kornelis, Wyman to wed in Texas
Katherine Lee Kornelis and Michael Paul Wyman have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003 in San Antonio.

Museum protects artifacts, history
"I sank altogether among the broken mummies, with a crash of bones, rags, and wooden cases ... Every step I took I crushed a mummy. ... I could not pass without putting my face in contact with that of some decayed Egyptian. ... The purpose of my research was to rob the Egyptians of their papyri." Giovanni Belzoni, "Patterns in Prehistory."

Spruce Goose flying high
McMINNVILLE, Ore. Dwarfed beneath the wing of Howard Hughes' fabled flying boat, the Spruce Goose, museum guide Dick Paridee exuberantly lists its leviathan specs as a clutch of rapt visitors listen in.

Around the Peninsula
Tsalteshi Trails Triatholon set for MondayKenai LIO closed for Memorial DayImmunization clinic canceled due to holidayKDLL board to meetGroup to discuss bookKenai chamber luncheon meets WednesdayWRCC board of directors to meet

Devils, Ducks battle set
ANAHEIM, Calif. Jiggy and Marty in the nets. Former teammates slamming each other into the boards. Brother against brother.

Sports Briefs
Tests reveal tendinitis in Bonds' right kneeMartinez not expected to pitch for another weekGuevara outruns Freeman at Prefontaine

Threes abound at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS Helio Castroneves doesn't even try to be coy.

Sorenstam anxious to get back to LPGA after Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas Annika Sorenstam left the Colonial without a paycheck, although she could hardly call her historic week a total loss.

Syverson signs with New Mexico
In the pool, Soldotna graduate Jenna Syverson was known for sprinting speed. In choosing a school, however, Syverson took her sweet time.

Nowitzki doubtful for Game 4
DALLAS Dirk Nowitzki's knee injury is not as bad as the Mavericks feared, although Dallas listed him as doubtful for Sunday's Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs.

Perry in control at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas With the focus back on the leaders after Annika Sorenstam missed the cut, Kenny Perry matched the Colonial record with a 9-under 61 Saturday to get to 17-under for an eight-stroke lead after three rounds.

Blowout finishes Nets' sweep
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Before there was a celebration, there was an almighty hush. Jason Kidd lay on the court grabbing his right ankle, a towel stuffed in his mouth to help him fight the pain.

Tomjanovich makes tearful departure as coach
HOUSTON Rudy Tomjanovich decided it was time to be a regular guy.

Twin Cities Raceway starts slowly
Friday's Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Circle Track Division event at Twin Cities Raceway in Kenai could best be termed a warmup lap.

Baldwin repeats high jump crown
Fortune shined on the Skyview Panthers and one Kenai Kardinal Saturday at the state track and field championships in Anchorage. Kenai's Dallas Baldwin defended her high jump title, and two Skyview boys garnered wins to accompany the Panthers' third-place boys team finish.

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