Thursday, May 29, 2003

New head of state prosecutors appointed
JUNEAU (AP) Anchorage District Attorney Susan Parkes will lead the state's team of prosecutors, Attorney General Gregg Renkes announced Tuesday as he continued to reshape the department and change some lawyers' roles.

Hughes school has its first graduate
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Johnny Oldman School in Hughes has its first high school graduate.

Murkowski Signs Medical Parole, SARS Bill
JUNEAU (AP) The state can establish a program to control the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome under a bill Gov. Frank Murkowski signed into law Tuesday.

Coast Guard cutter retired in Kodiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Coast Guard planned to retire the cutter Firebush Thursday in Kodiak after nearly six decades in service.

Crews clean up spill at Prudhoe Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) Crews were cleaning up a mixture of crude oil, natural gas and water that spilled from a pipeline in Prudhoe Bay.

Prosecutor says pastor may face grand jury
ANCHORAGE (AP) Palmer's top prosecutor said he'll likely ask a grand jury to decide whether criminal charges should be filed against a Big Lake pastor who fatally shot two men reportedly burglarizing his church.

Murkowski enters long season of fund raising
ANCHORAGE (AP) Lisa Murkowski said Tuesday that since moving to Washington five months ago, she hasn't had a spare minute in her new job as a U.S. senator.

Biologist says whale likely killed by ship
ANCHORAGE (AP) A ship probably struck a humpback whale whose carcass was seen floating near the mouth of Yakutat Bay in mid-May, according to a federal biologist who examined the animal.

Light earthquake jolts Kodiak Island
ANCHORAGE (AP) A light earthquake struck Kodiak Island Tuesday morning.

Four killed in plane crash near Mount Hunter
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two mountain climbers, a tourist, and a pilot were killed Wednesday when their small plane went down in Denali National Park and Preserve, according to officials with the National Park Service.

Alaska snowmachine deaths at 4-year low
FAIRBANKS (AP) Alaska saw the lowest number of snowmachine-related deaths in at least four years, thanks to a snow drought through much of the state over the winter.

Man cleared of murder charges
KETCHIKAN (AP) A 39-year-old man who spent 14 months in jail has been cleared of charges that he murdered another man on Christmas of 2001.

Japan dispatches fighter jets to Alaska for aerial refueling drills
TOKYO (AP) Japan dispatched six fighter jets and a surveillance plane to Alaska on Wednesday for aerial refueling exercises with the U.S. Air Force, a Japanese defense official said.

Canadian faces new charges in crash that killed Fairbanks girl
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) A Calgary man faces four counts of criminal negligence over a highway crash last summer that killed a Fairbanks girl.

Goldbelt selling cruise ship unit
ANCHORAGE (AP) Goldbelt Inc., the Juneau-based Alaska Native corporation, is selling its regional cruise ship subsidiary. The corporation, which has several tourism businesses, lost $4.4 million in 2001.

Troopers issue 250 citations in seat-belt campaign
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska State Troopers issued 250 citations statewide for seat belt violations during the first week of their ''Click It or Ticket'' campaign.

Firefighters battle blaze near Anderson
ANCHORAGE (AP) Firefighters continued to gain an upper hand on a wildfire near Anderson that consumed three buildings, state fire officials said late Tuesday.

Elderly tourist found dead on board cruise ship
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 75-year-old tourist was found dead on board the cruise ship Norwegian Wind, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

Troopers kill injured bear in North Pole
FAIRBANKS (AP) Authorities killed a badly injured black bear that was seen limping near the Richardson Highway in North Pole, Alaska State Troopers said.

Anchorage police seek two people in missing woman case
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage police are looking for two people who may have information about the disappearance of a 21-year-old woman who was last seen at her apartment building May 3.

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.

Fairbanks fugitive pleads not guilty to bank fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) Thomas Miklautsch, a former Fairbanks banker and city councilman, has pleaded not guilty to federal fraud charges.

Hotel guests rejected under new SARS screening policy
JUNEAU (AP) The Westmark Baranof Juneau hotel has turned away two Outside businessmen under a new policy to screen potential carriers of severe acute respiratory syndrome.

Crews subdue Anderson fire, battle Tok blaze
FAIRBANKS (AP) A 1,500-acre fire near Anderson is expected to be under control by Saturday, but firefighters continue to battle a steadily growing blaze southeast of Tok.

Jeter helps Yanks pick up rare home victory
NEW YORK Derek Jeter sparked the slumping Yankees on Tuesday night, hitting a leadoff homer to send New York to an 11-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox that snapped a five-game skid.

Yankees overcome Boston in ninth
NEW YORK Brandon Lyon walked Jorge Posada with the bases loaded in the ninth and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5 Wednesday night after Mariano Rivera blew a four-run lead in the top half.

Rockies snap Dodgers' winning streak
DENVER Larry Walker drove in four runs, helping the Colorado Rockies snap the Los Angeles Dodgers' 10-game winning streak, 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Hitting the ground cranking
ATLANTA Atlanta became only the second team in major league history to start a game with three straight homers and went on to a 15-3 rout of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Working on the railroad; Plans focus on transportation issues as well as economic ones
ANCHORAGE No one can accuse Jim Kubitz of not having vision.

Tight supplies of natural gas worry officials
NEW YORK Although natural gas is primarily a winter fuel, the industry is getting an unusually high level of attention as summer rolls around because supplies are tight and prices are soaring.

500-gallon spill shuts down some wells at Prudhoe Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) Crews were cleaning up a mixture of crude oil, natural gas and water that spilled from a pipeline in Prudhoe Bay. State regulators and BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. were investigating the spill, which was spotted Tuesday afternoon.

Unions challenge presidential hopefuls
WASHINGTON Everybody is for health care. So Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, wanted to raise the bar for Democrats.

Four-year-old leads Assembly in Pledge of Allegiance
It may not have been intended as the kick off for the Memorial Day holiday, but the opening of last Tuesday's Borough Assembly meeting couldn't have been more appropriate. Four-year-old Matthew Daugherty of Sterling led everyone assembled in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag in a manner that renewed the respect and admiration for a government of the people by the people. Daugherty loves saying the Pledge according to his grandmother, Assemblyperson Grace Merkes.

Toastmasters gather local following
Tired of being traumatized or passed over when you are asked to speak in public? Well, public speaking butterflies is not an uncommon malady and a local Toastmasters group has been organized to help get those butterflies in formation, according to Deanna Cashman, president of the Soldotna Toastmasters.

Remembering those fallen in the line of duty
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy wrote the executive order creating the National Police Memorial Day. It was one of his final acts as President of the United States. During the investigation of President Kennedy's assassination, an officer who was killed became among the first honored at the Police Memorial.

Glaves transitions to Boys & Girls Club position
When Michelle Glaves came to the Peninsula Clarion, her youngest daughter was 5 years old, today she is in her third year of college and Michelle is joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula. For the past 15 years Michelle has worked in advertising at the Clarion, becoming advertising director in charge of the classified and display ads in the Clarion and Dispatch.

New children's show planned
BOSTON (AP) WGBH, the leading creator of programming for the Public Broadcasting Service, will produce its first children's series for a commercial network.

'Finding Nemo' a fish tale for all to enjoy
Disney's homegrown cartoons remain hit-and-miss propositions. The one sure thing in the studio's arsenal is its partnership with Pixar Animation, which maintains its perfect record with its latest charmer, the fish tale ''Finding Nemo.''

Bob Hope's 100th birthday brings 'Memories'
LOS ANGELES Bob Hope might need another century to be thanked by all the veterans who cherish the wisecracker's performances for U.S. troops.

Coffee shop chess club a big hit
Every Saturday at Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna, a competition as intense as a triple shot of espresso on an empty stomach is waged.

Eccentric explorer makes compelling hero
Nearly a century ago, exploration of the Polar Regions generated a sense of adventure comparable to putting a man on the moon.

Art Briefs
Pratt to discuss future plans todayMovie auditions this weekendNative plants for saleQuilting projects wantedMuseum solicits fiber artworkFine arts camp plannedArtists in Schools solicits interest

New play applauded
NEW YORK There are a lot of things to cheer in ''I Am My Own Wife,'' the highly theatrical new play by Doug Wright.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Sterling Elementary appreciates great community commitment
Sterling Elementary is a community school. As such, we could not offer half of the wonderful learning opportunities we are able to provide were it not for the dedication, volunteering, caring and commitment of our community members themselves.

Efforts for peace appreciated
Homer Friends Meeting (Quakers) wishes to acknowledge the efforts of many individuals and groups on the lower Kenai Peninsula who have actively worked towards peace, understanding, religious tolerance and social justice. These groups include Vessels of Hope, Kind-ness Without Borders, Women and Men in Black, Friends in Soldotna and many others. We know that this work requires effort and commitment. We continue to hold you and the world in the Light.

'After Midnight In Paris' party creates evening of memories
I am a winner in more ways then one! The junior class of Soldotna High School and its many supporters sponsored a wonderful evening for all of those who attended the prom.

Generosity of many raises $10,000 for endowment fund
Thank you! Thank you! The Sterling Senior Center Pig Roast and Auction held May 16 was indeed a great success, a lot of fun and good eats for those who attended.

'Thank you' seems inadequate
Soldotna Elementary PTA has had another fun year, with so much help from the staff, parents, students, businesses and organizations in our community.

North Star's top readers say thanks for cruises in 'really cool cars'

Big thanks to Nikiski PTA
I would like to send out a huge thank you to the PTA at Nikiski Elementary. Every year I am amazed at the amount of time, money and love these people give to our school. From their endless work in the fall for the carnival to the very end of the year Hot Dog Day, and everything in between, these people work so hard for our children. No child gets overlooked!

Juneau inn says SARS risk means no room for 2 men
JUNEAU After spending four days in Alaska last week criss-crossing the state on business, mining executive John Fox and consultant Peter Bosse were ready for a one-night stay at the Westmark Baranof Juneau before heading home.

Bluff project in wait mode while studies being done
When it comes to the bluff along the mouth of the Kenai River, the city of Kenai is well versed in the tactic of hurry up and wait.

Salmon's return brings different groups together
The generosity of some area children and the setting aside of differences by some adults came together recently to the joy of 50 seniors and friends celebrating the return of the salmon at Soldotna's Heritage Place.

2-cent tax could go long way, says Young
"Transportation is the No. 1 major problem in our country," U.S. Rep. Don Young told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

End of trail (work) in sight
Alaska Department of Trans-portation and Public Facilities officials hope to complete the Kenai Spur Highway Unity Trail this summer.

BLM seeks out public on land management
The Bureau of Land Management has concluded public meetings in an Alaska study area it calls the Ring of Fire, which includes the Kenai Peninsula.

18-month-old child dies after being hit by truck
An 18-month-old girl died of injuries sustained when she was accidentally run over by a pickup truck behind Cadre Feeds in Soldotna on Friday.

James (Jim) W. Schroeder
Longtime Kenai resident James (Jim) W. Schroeder died from heart disease Saturday, May 24, 2003, at his home in Kenai. He was 67.

Robert Serge
Homer resident Robert Serge died in an ultralight accident Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at the Homer Airport. He was 45.

K. Darrell Rogers
(Kenton) Darrell Rogers, 58, died Friday, May 23, 2003, at his home in Seward following his battle with lung cancer. He was 58.

Nancy Marvilene Upchurch
Former Anchorage resident Nancy Marvilene Upchurch died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna in the presence of family members. She was 79.

Dennis James Pittmann
Anchorage resident Dennis James Pittmann died Thursday, May 22, 2003, at his home following a heart attack. He was 55.

Young adults have big plans
As summer approaches, there is good news and bad in our latest InsiderAdvantage poll. With terrorism in the back of our minds and a terrible economy in the front of it, only 17 percent of American adults say they plan to travel less this summer than in the past. Twenty-four percent say they will travel more. The rest say nothing has changed this vacation season from past ones.

Americans drowning in spam
The deluge of spam e-mails is prompting legislators to pass federal anti-spam laws that will protect Americans from junk.

To its credit, Legislature extends life of regulatory panel by another 4 years
Alaskans could be the winners in the latest installment of what has come to be known as the ''Phone Wars.''

Americans must learn to live with uncertainty that terrorism creates
The terrorist bombings in Israel, Saudi Arabia and Morocco show how difficult it is going to be to wage a war against terrorism.

Around the Peninsula
KVCC begins summer interpretive programKenai Recorder's office to close for trainingFood handlers class offeredHomer Chamber retail committee to meetSocial Security rep to visit peninsulaGolf tournament to benefit American Red CrossClothes Closet open to public, donations

Photo feature: Scooting into summer
Mac Dallmann and Brad Fusaro practice new tricks on their Razor scooters at a gas station on Kalifornsky Beach Road. They are enjoying some free time now that school is out.

King James is what you get for $90 million these days
LeBron James' sneaker deal isn't the end of sports as we know them. Not even close.

Agassi grits out a five-setter
PARIS Andre Agassi sat in his chair a few extra seconds at each changeover, resting his body and composing his mind.

For first time, Mighty Ducks deal with adversity
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Ask Martin Brodeur about the New Jersey Devils' 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals and his own superlative play, and it sounds as if he's talking about a preseason practice or a trip to the dry cleaners.

Mavericks stay alive with big comeback

Regrets get left behind
DENVER Patrick Roy's piercing blue eyes gave no hint of the emotional moment. While those around him choked back tears and had trouble speaking, Roy barely blinked.

Sports Briefs
Bettman says obstruction crackdown workedBaseball's disciplinarian investigating SchillingGuerrero sidelined with back injuryACC to begin site visits to Miami, Syracuse, BCRockets owner, GM talk with Larry Brown

Birch Ridge Report: The ace that wasn't
Summer is absolutely knocking on our door. You could see it everywhere on the Birch Ridge Golf Course last week. Not only are the flowers bloomin' and the greens greenin' but the ladies are golfin'.

Kenai Golf Report: Course conditions are prime
Mixed Doubles

Nowitzki 'very doubtful' for Game 6
DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki is not expected to play in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson said Wednesday.

St. Patrick's day finally comes
DENVER Colorado's Patrick Roy is retiring, ending the 18-year career of one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history.

Devils shell Mighty Ducks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Jeff Friesen wouldn't trade this for anything: a Stanley Cup finals lead against his old team.

Chang plays for last time at French Open
PARIS Michael Chang cried at the French Open for the second and last time.

Photo feature: After dinner flight
A young eagle takes off after eating part of a fish at the mouth of the Kenai River on Tuesday afternoon. The young eagle will lose its immature feathers and develop the markings of an adult bald eagle.

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