Saturday, May 31, 2003

Search underway for missing Valdez doctor
VALDEZ (AP) A search continued Thursday for a doctor whose empty rowing scull was found drifting in the port of Valdez.

Murkowski signs off on six bills
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski signed six bills into law this week, most of them aimed at saving the state money.

Bodies of plane crash victims recovered
ANCHORAGE (AP) The bodies of the four people killed in a plane crash were recovered from Mount Hunter in Denali National Park and Preserve, officials with the National Park Service said Thursday.

Goose disrupts power for 30,000 customers in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) A goose flew into a utility's electrical equipment in Anchorage, disrupting power for about 30,000 customers in south and east sections of the city.

Ketchikan borough wants state grant to buy cannery
KETCHIKAN (AP) The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is applying for a $5 million state grant to buy the Wards Cove Cannery.

Ex-scout leader accused of sexually abusing young girls
ANCHORAGE (AP) Numerous sexual abuse charges have been filed against a former Boy Scout leader from Eagle River who is accused of abusing three girls over the past 18 months.

Woman found guilty in death of Nome man
NOME (AP) A Nome jury has found a Little Diomede woman guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the death of a Nome man last summer.

Alaska Science and Technology Foundation to shut down
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Science and Technology Foundation is shutting down at the end of June.

Engine-room fire sidelines ferry Columbia
JUNEAU (AP) The state ferry Columbia was sidelined in Ketchikan Thursday after a fire broke out in the engine room, three years after a major overhaul was done to the vessel's electrical system.

Murkowski appoints Grimes to head troopers
JUNEAU (AP) Julia Grimes was appointed to head the Alaska State Troopers Thursday, becoming the first woman ''top cop'' in the state's history.

Former state commissioner to lead United Way
ANCHORAGE (AP) Michele Brown, former commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, is tapped as the new president and chief executive officer of United Way of Anchorage.

Baker working his magic on baseball's lovable losers
CHICAGO Memorial Day has come and gone, the temperatures are rising and June is fast approaching. For the Chicago Cubs' faithful, that usually means one thing time to write off another season and start holding out hope for next year.

Padres stumble in ninth vs. Brewers
SAN DIEGO Padres starter Brian Lawrence took a three-hit shutout into the ninth but stumbled as the Milwaukee Brewers beat San Diego 3-2 on Thursday.

Angels edge Devil Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Jarrod Washburn pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning as the Anaheim Angels beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2-1 Thursday night.

Peninsula has plenty to offer anglers this weekend
Decisions, decisions. What to take advantage of this weekend?

Porcupines: A gardener's worst nightmare
JUNEAU Porcupines can provide uncommon chances to see a wild animal up close, but for some gardeners, a porcupine is worse than a thousand slugs.

Community businesses provide great learning experiences
I would like to take this opportunity to thank several facets of our community. Many businesses, recreational centers and individuals helped provide our classroom with a wealth of learning.

Great community support makes school trips possible
The support of our community makes it possible for our school to have many special projects and events with students. Our annual Spring Carnival is a community event that raises funds for our Halibut Cove and Anchorage Zoo trips.

People, businesses contribute to talent show's success
The Skyview High School National Honor Society and the Mock Trial Team in conjunction with the Community Schools program would like to thank the following people and businesses for making the 2003 Skyview Talent Show a great success

Assembly set to OK budget
When the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meets Tuesday evening, it will be charged with approving $55.8 million in expenditures for the borough's fiscal year 2004 budget, which will take effect July 1.

EDD stands to lose its borough funding
A major funding source for the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District is in jeopardy and could be wiped out with one vote next Tuesday.

Soldotna police chief resigns
The Soldotna City Council sat in surprised silence Wednesday as Mayor Dave Carey announced the resignation of Police Chief Shirley Gifford.

Students use own energy to boost recycling efforts
Stop. Don't throw that soda bottle away.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Budget: At A Glance
The Kenai Peninsula Borough will consider approving a $55.8 million Fiscal Year 2004 borough budget at its Tuesday meeting.

Eclipse to occur today, Saturday; cloudy skies may hamper visibility
An annular solar eclipse will occur today and Saturday as the moon crosses exactly between the Earth and the sun, according to Andy Veh, Kenai Peninsula College physics and astronomy instructor.

Delores E. Andersen
Longtime Kenai resident Delores E. Andersen died Sunday, May 25, 2003, at her home in Kenai. She was 66.

Dachande Trinity Murdock
Dachande Trinity Murdock died Friday, May 23, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. She was 18 months old.

South Peninsula Hospital's nice facilities no accident
Often in the summer, a visitor may arrive at South Peninsula Hospital as a result of a sudden illness or an accidental injury.

Relay for Life raises money, awareness to help battle cancer
It might be difficult for most people to associate cancer with a celebration and weekend of fun.

Restoring old cabins on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge merges past with present
Midnight, June 21. You are sitting on the shore of Lake Tustumena near Andrew Berg's cabin. The colors of twilight surround you, painting the lake and mountains with pink, blue, and lavender hues. The only sounds reaching your ears are the water lapping at the sand and the wind rustling through the treetops.

Around the Peninsula
Motocross racing begins todaySoldotna library begins summer reading programKCHS dance team to hold concertArea pools offer summer swim lessons4-H gets 'Buggy with it'Safari Club presents slide showHistorical Society holds board meetingDeadline for Kenai River Festival extendedSmall Business Center sponsors workshopUmpires neededEarly registration for 5K run-walk encouraged

Patriarch opens ecological campaign
ATHENS, Greece He has cast flower wreaths onto the oil-fouled Danube River. He's warned that the Black Sea is teetering on ecological collapse.

Church Briefs
Vacation Bible school plannedBible school promises funBible school plans kingdom caperCreation seminar offeredNikiski Bible study slatedVacation Bible study plannedSummer camp plannedSunday school, youth camp slatedGod and country rally setChildren's Bible school plannedChurch offers camp for all agesSterling church plans Bible schoolBible study looks to JerusalemFriendship closet openHealing Rooms open weekends

Snowmachine fatalities hit four-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.

The pride behind the beanie
Pride wouldn't have been the first thing that came to mind to anyone who saw John Steckel Monday at the Tsalteshi Trails Triathlon.

Ducks goosed again
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Martin Brodeur isn't getting jiggy with anything. He says he's not motivated by his Stanley Cup finals duel with Jean-Sebastien Giguere, but two straight shutouts say he is.

Venus struggles, two U.S. men left in Paris
PARIS Venus Williams' play was so erratic, Mom sat up and took notice.

Howell breezes through Muirfield with 64
DUBLIN, Ohio A sunny day at Muirfield Village should have been the first clue that the opening round at the Memorial might contain a few surprises.

Campaign aims to keep the average bear wild
RENO, Nev. The ''Don't Feed the Bears'' routine that tried to keep Yogi and Boo-Boo from picnic baskets a generation ago is getting a makeover in California and the Sierra Nevada.

Photo feature: Bear snacks
A young black bear cub browses in grass near Skilak Loop on Wednesday evening. The bear's mother and a sibling were feeding nearby.

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