Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Changes made in Prince of Wales deer hunting
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Federal Subsistence Board has made some changes for the 2003-2004 season in hunting deer on Prince of Wales Island.

Alaska bikers gather for Memorial Day ceremony
BYERS LAKE (AP) Hundreds of Alaska bikers congregated at the state veterans' memorial Sunday to honor those who have served the United States military.

Appeals court rules in DWI date case
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Alaska Court of Appeals has shot down a man's argument that he should not be charged with felony drunk driving because his offense occurred before a new state law making his crime a felony went into effect.

Wasilla man dies in weekend car crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Wasilla man died in a car crash over the weekend, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Man gets one year for drunken driving fatality
JUNEAU (AP) A man was sentenced to one year in prison for driving drunk and killing a man as he walked down a Hoonah highway.

Firefighters battle blaze near Anderson subdivision
ANCHORAGE (AP) Firefighters on Tuesday were beginning to gain an upper hand on a wildfire that forced the evacuation of some homes in an Anderson subdivision, state fire officials said.

More than $650,000 approved for wind storm damage
ANCHORAGE (AP) Individuals and business owners affected by the March windstorm in Southcentral Alaska will receive a total of $656,000 in federal disaster recovery funds so far, according to state and federal officials.

Overdue walrus hunters return safely to Gambell
NOME (AP) Two Gambell men who were reported overdue from a weekend walrus hunting trip returned safely to Saint Lawrence Island Tuesday morning.

State supreme court rejects lawsuit
ANCHORAGE The state is not liable when a juvenile released from its custody later commits a murder, the Alaska Supreme Court has ruled.

Former Juneau Assembly member hospitalized
JUNEAU A Juneau activist and former Assembly member was in critical condition at a Baltimore hospital, suffering from pneumonia and congestive heart failure.

Senate wants review of defense testing program
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Senate has reinstated some of the internal review requirements for missile defense testing eliminated by the Pentagon more than a year ago.

Anchorage schools lose more than 1,000 students
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Anchorage School District has encountered a baffling dilemma: the loss of more than 1,000 students this school year.

Escaped inmate returned to Bethel
ANCHORAGE (AP) An escaped inmate was re-arrested after he was found on a sandbar, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Alaskans heavy handed in Republican political donations
FAIRBANKS (AP) Alaskans leaned heavily toward Republicans when it came to political donations during the federal elections last year. In fact, they had the highest margin in the nation, according to a recent analysis.

Native women in military honored
WASHINGTON (AP) While traditional Memorial Day ceremonies took place Monday at Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam War Memorial, another event focused on the role of Native Americans in the military.

Searchers find missing man on board fish processing boat
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man reported missing from a fish processing boat in Bristol Bay over the weekend was found hiding aboard the vessel early Monday, the Coast Guard said Monday.

Boston defies Rocket
NEW YORK The Boston Red Sox made Roger Clemens get rid of his lucky glove, then took away his best chance at becoming the only pitcher to win his 300th game in Yankees pinstripes.

Seward Valedictorians
Tara DeRuweNicholas Christian Swann

KPC graduating class varies in age, education
More than 150 students earned recognition May 7 at Kenai Peninsula College's commencement ceremony at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The graduates, whose ages differed by more than 25 years, earned everything from general education diplomas to industrial certifications and from associate's degrees to bachelor's degrees.

Kards fly through high school graduation
The seniors who graduated from Kenai Central High School received more than diplomas this year. They also received instruction in the "Graduate's Bill of Rights," from commencement speaker Roger Phillips, a social studies teacher at the school.

4 students graduate from Wings Christian
Four students graduated from Wings Christian Academy on May 16. The private Christian school, which serves as a ministry of Immanuel Baptist Church, offers kindergarten through 12th-grade education.

Soldotna High students reach for the stars
With hundreds of relatives, friends, fellow students, school personnel and other well-wishers packed into the Soldotna Sports Center to cheer them on, the 118 Soldotna High School graduates had no problem shining like starts in the spotlight of their graduation ceremony.

Wings Christian Academy Valedictorian
Brandon James Ruffridge

Nikiski Valedictorians
Nathan SmithRainy Reilly

Kenai Alternative grads look forward to next step
Students, family and friends shared an evening of laughter and tears May 16 at Kenai Alternative High School's graduation.

18 students complete Bible school program
Eighteen students graduated from Soldotna's Alaska Christian College on May 4. The Bible college, affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church of America, targets primarily Native students and prepares them for a life of discipleship and mission work through a one-year Bible-based curriculum.

7 top students honored in Homer commencement
Elizabeth BushellAdam CrumHolly Michelle McCuneJacob OwensNate RaymondEvan SmithHeather Strutz

Homer Flex honors 12 graduates
Twelve students graduated from Homer Flex High School on May 17.

IDEA students go the distance
The Interior Distance Education of Alaska (IDEA) program, run through the Galena School District, offers home-school curriculum and support throughout the state.

Masons honor outstanding students
Kenai Masonic Lodge No. 11 hosted the 36th annual Masonic Outstanding Student awards banquet April 24 in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School.

Ninilchik Valedictorian
Whitney Leman

Seward High honors 51 graduates, 2 valedictorians
Fifty-one students graduated from Seward High School on May 22.

Small schools celebrate graduations
A number of smaller Kenai Peninsula schools honored graduates throughout the month of May. Graduates included:

Nikiski students prepare to move on
A crowd of hundreds gathered to see the 73 graduates of the 2003 senior class from Nikiski High School.

Students earn diplomas at home
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District offers a home-school program, Connections. The following students graduated from the program May 14.

Area nurses earn RN certification through Weber State
Thirteen licensed practical nurses graduated from a one-year nursing program through Weber State University, based in Ogden, Utah, on May 12.

Panthers prepare to meet the world
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.

Kenai Valedictorians
Megon Marie CoonJames Gregory GabrielRachelle Aimee McIntyre

Skyview Valedictorians
Christina ColvinLela Wiley

Cook Inlet Academy Valedictorian
Miranda Zindel

98 Homer seniors earn diplomas
Ninety-eight students completed their high school educations May 19 as they graduated from Homer High School.

Ninilchik students say goodbye after 12 years
Ninilchik High School's class of 2003 had just 13 students marching to the strains of Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance and lining up for diplomas on May 18, but judging from the enormous turnout filling the school gymnasium, that singular ceremony marking their coming of age was no trivial matter to this quiet Kenai Peninsula community.

Cook Inlet Academy honors graduates, God
Cook Inlet Academy Principal Charles Crapuchettes lead the graduating class of nine seniors in the Lord's Prayer before the graduation ceremony began. He then told them they had earned this and wished them all the best. Flashbulbs popped and loved ones watched with weepy eyes as the students made their entrance for one last school function commencement.

Soldotna High Valedictorians
Lauren ChristensenRachel GoldsteinMark McCartanMatthew MeachamCarlene MillerSamantha Penner

Small schools select valedictorians
Josif Yakunin, Nikolaevsk SchoolAmelia Dillon, Susan B. English School

NOW PLAYING: Bruce Almighty
There is one deliriously funny scene in Jim Carrey's latest effort at career revival that makes us remember the heady days of Ace Ventura and Dumb and Dumber. Jim's Bruce, a frustrated features reporter for the six o'clock news who has recently been rendered omnipotent, decides to stick it to main rival who he feels unfairly stole his spot at the anchor desk.

Water-dousing incident brings to mind words of Samuel Adams
Though I have to admit I did not know much about this particular water-dousing incident until recently,I was deeply disturbed when I did find out the circumstances. I am a second generation American immigrant on my father's side. My father came to this country and became a citizen as well as served his country in the armed forces.

Plan to rid Soldotna of tourist riffraff coming together nicely
I think Soldotna should install a toll booth. It appears that city officials have a well organized business plan that is nearly in place. Now they need to move to the next phase.

Charges far too harsh; it was just an accident
I can't believe there hasn't been more of a public rising about the charges brought against Mr. Petterson. I think there will be once everybody gets over the shock of the absurd extent of the charges being brought against him. He is not an evil person, he didn't go looking to hurt anybody that day or any day before or after this accident.

Americans need to be vigilant to prevent erosion of basic rights
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is to be commended for unanimously enacting a resolution renouncing attempts by those in our federal government who seek to suspend our rights through the USA PATRIOT Act, the Homeland Security Act, the Draft Domestic Security En-hancement Act of 2003, and the various presidential executive orders issued through the present administration.

Answers to river issues elusive
Last month's decision by the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to avoid a potential loss in court by rescinding an earlier moratorium on registering new Kenai River guides has put management of the river and its resources back to square one.

Retrial in animal abuse case under way today
ANACONDA, Mont. The retrial of Jon and Athena Harman, formerly of Nikiski, on animal abuse charges gets under way today.

Attempts to limit guides not new
The Kenai River Special Management Area was created in 1984. Following development of the Kenai River Comprehensive Management Plan, the state Department of Natural Resources began registering river guides.

Wal-Mart not coming to peninsula
For anyone holding out hope of seeing Wal-Mart move to town, that hope now can be laid to rest.

Kenai ceremony honors war dead
Overcast, blustery May skies held back rain Monday afternoon, but they could not keep away the nearly 200 people who emerged at Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai for the American Legion Post No. 20 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10046 Memorial Day Service.

Dachande Trinity Murdock
Kasilof resident Dachande Trinity Murdock died Friday, May 23, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 18 months old.

Delores Anderson
Longtime Kenai resident Delores Anderson died Sunday, May 25, 2003, surrounded by her family at her home in Kenai. She was 66.

Legislature failed to resolve state's financial problems
The just-concluded first session of the 23rd Alaska Legislature, though it consists of hard-working politicians who approved several sound pieces of legislation, should nevertheless be remembered for a single act: failing, like so many Legislatures before it, to resolve the state's long-term financial problem.

Ginni and Joel DeLonMaryanne Kay and Brent Alan Rogers

Photo: Trading places
Members of the Rotary International Group Study Exchange from England and Wales lend a helping hand at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Wednesday during their five-week visit to Alaska and Yukon, Canada.

Community News
SeaLife Center cares for abandoned seal pupHomer Community Schools offers summer classes

Around the Peninsula
WRCC board of directors to meetPratt Museum plans series of brown bag lunchesLeague of Women Voters plans progressive dinnerResidents invited to plant a row for the hungryHead Start begins early registrationHospital to offer safe-sitter coursesImmunizations in Ninilchik scheduledCPGH to hold board meetingKachemak Kayak fest continuesRelay for Life to raise money for cancer societyPlant and sidewalk sale to benefit Pratt MuseumBrain Injury Support Group to hold awareness walkKenai beautification project needs volunteersAir Fair takes flightHomer immunization clinics offered through June

Club News
Nikiski Lions seek votes for 'Grouch"

Peninsula People
Soldotna man graduatesSoldotna grad earns second degreeSterling couple's daughter to earn master'sKenai student finishes collegeStewart earns business degreeNikiski student to earn degree6 peninsula students graduate in BoiseSterling man completes collegeVerba chooses collegeSterling woman completes basic trainingArea woman named Mrs. AlaskaAAA awards scholarship to local studentStaab earns academic scholarshipSchool librarian gets new 'do

Photo: Extra mile
Special Olympics team members display a check from the Kenai Chapter of the Alaska Peace Officers Association.

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Texas Tech grad proves it's never too late for degree
LUBBOCK, Texas William Whitfill graduated from college earlier this month after three careers and a 65-year absence from the classroom.

Indy 500 winner de Ferran isn't ready to fade away
INDIANAPOLIS Gil de Ferran still enjoys the sensation he gets from driving a race car: his hands gripping the wheel, the air whipping across the top of his helmet.

Brown steps down as coach of Sixers
PHILADELPHIA Larry Brown hasn't lost his passion for coaching. He just felt he and the Philadelphia 76ers needed a change.

Serena flies through first round of French
PARIS Serena Williams warmed up with sister Venus on center court at the French Open, then barely broke a sweat in her opening match against Barbara Rittner.

New format of Tsalteshi Triathlon draws large crowd of competitors
The Tsalteshi Trails Triathlon took three years to bounce back. Soldotna junior Ari Goldstein took a little less than two days.

Sports Briefs
Women's World Cup returns to United States

Ducks a team that's better than the movie
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Usually, the idea is to do something so great, so unrivaled, so stirring in sports that someone will do a movie about it. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks got it all wrong.

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