Sunday, June 1, 2003

Jewelry store robbery nets sentence of nearly 10 years
ANCHORAGE (AP) A nineteen-year-old man was sentenced Friday to nearly ten years in federal prison for the armed robbery of an Anchorage jewelry store last fall.

Engine-room fire strands hundreds of Alaska ferry passengers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Alaska's largest state ferry will remain sidelined until at least Wednesday, further straining the state Marine Highway System, which was trying to appease hundreds of stranded passengers Friday.

Appeals court says 99 years too harsh for trooper's murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Court of Appeals has directed a Superior Court judge to reconsider the 99-year sentence for second-degree murder he imposed on John Phillips, who killed Alaska State Trooper Bruce Heck in 1997.

Fairbanksans turn out for partial solar eclipse
FAIRBANKS (AP) At least 100 Fairbanksans turned out for a once-in-a-decade event in Interior Alaska a partial solar eclipse.

Texas hunter angry over opened caribou parcels
ANCHORAGE (AP) Caribou hunter David Williams is angry about what airport security did to a bounty of meat he took home from an Alaska adventure.

Borough to hold land auction on 32 parcels
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks North Star Borough will hold a land auction June 7 to sell 32 remote parcels.

Mom in hospital sees graduation by video
KODIAK (AP) Cancer patient Maria Gonzalez watched her daughter's graduation from her bed in the Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center with the help of students in a high school class.

Last year's catch lowest on record since 1991
FAIRBANKS (AP) Blame it on a landslide two years ago that restricted access for dipnetters. Or maybe it's the fault of the erratic Copper River. Perhaps it's politics.

Body of missing Valdez doctor found
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Valdez doctor known for his wilderness skills was found dead in the water in the Port of Valdez Friday, two days after he was reported missing.

Prudhoe spill larger than first reported
ANCHORAGE (AP) An oil spill at Prudhoe Bay is about 12 times larger than originally estimated, according to officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Authorities link fire to woman's disappearance
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage police have connected an arson at a vacant duplex to the disappearance of a young woman, but aren't saying how or why.

Battle heats up for CIRI control
ANCHORAGE (AP) The battle is heating up for control of Alaska's most profitable Native corporation, Anchorage-based Cook Inlet Region Inc.

A's top Royals behind clutch blast from Byrnes
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Eric Byrnes hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning off Kansas City closer Mike MacDougal, boosting the Oakland Athletics over the error-plagued Royals 7-6 Saturday.

Struggling Sosa's single beats Astros in extra innings
CHICAGO After striking out five times over 15 scoreless innings, Sammy Sosa hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 16th to give the Chicago Cubs a 1-0 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday.

Mountain trail open windows to the wilderness
Budget deficit and high gas prices aside, Alaskans have it good. This is one of the few places in the country where tourists from around the world come to ogle at the sights we see out our car windows as part of our daily commutes.

Relay for Life targets goal of raising funds to find cure for cancer
The thick, black clouds hanging low in the sky and threatening to unleash a downpour would have scared some people into running for cover, but for those who have stared cancer in the face, a little stormy weather is just a walk in the park or more appropriately, a walk around the track.

Plan calls for 1 elementary in Nikiski starting in fall 2004
After several months of community discussions not to mention protests the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will vote Monday night on the consolidation of Nikiski and North Star elementary schools.

Student activities dangling in limbo
Tim Delaney may have more time on his hands next year, but he's not pleased about it.

Delores Elizabeth Ann Andersen
Longtime Kenai resident Delores Elizabeth Ann Andersen died Sunday, May 25, 2003, at her home in Kenai surrounded by family and friends after a long battle with cancer. She was 66.

Beatrice 'Bebe' Christine Fletcher
Soldotna resident Beatrice "Bebe" Christine Fletcher died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 66.

Jedediah Strong Luton
Soldotna youth Jedediah Strong Luton died Friday, May 30, 2003, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 13.

Michael Demchenko
Longtime Seward resident Michael Demchenko died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 82.

George Andrew Coombes
Longtime Nikiski resident George Andrew Coombes died, Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at his home in Nikiski. He was 59.

Brian Lawrence Halvarson
Lifelong Alaskan Brian Lawrence Halvarson died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at his Anchorage apartment following an epileptic seizure. He was 27.

Gary H. Barnes
Gary H. Barnes of Sterling died Friday, May 30, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital after a lengthy illness and complications from Hepatitis C. He was 46.

Those trying to set state's sails on new course deserve help
"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails."

Bush goes own way on G-8 summit
KRAKOW, Poland Seldom in the 28-year history of economic summits of the world's big industrial powers has there been so much personal chemistry among the major players, both for better and for worse. And so little likely to get done that President Bush is all but giving the event a pass.

Pondering life's big mysteries
Do you imagine what might have been? What could have been? What maybe should have been?

Froman, Stoltzfus plan June nuptials
Brittany Froman and Jared Stoltzfus of Sterling, Colo., have announced their plans to marry Friday, June 27, 2003, at Pioneer Park in Sterling, Colo.

Lamb, Auger marry in December
Michele Elizabeth Lamb and Calvin Miles Auger were married Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at The Old Church in Portland, Ore.

Allen, Zylstra plan Hawaiian wedding
Christine J. Allen and Benjamin J. Zylstra will be married at sunset Monday, June 9, 2003, at the Grand Wailea Chapel in Maui, Hawaii.

Riding the winds and waves
HOOD RIVER, Ore. They are returning now, the wind worshippers who swarm into this scenic Columbia River town every year from all corners of the world to squirm into their wetsuits, hop onto their windsurfing boards and go tearing across the whitecaps at 30 mph and more.

New train route takes 'Clarkies' to Astoria
LINNTON, Ore. The state bought three used train cars from Canada for the Lewis & Clark Explorer. The federal government reworked the line, parts of which hadn't seen a train in years.

Around the Peninsula
Umpires neededAnimal Sanctuary holds adoption fund-raiserVisitors center begins interpretive programCommunity Patrol training slatedKenai chamber luncheon plannedHunger awareness day begins ThursdayKenai Firefighters plan golf tournamentRegistration for 5K run-walk encouragedSkyview class of 1993 looking for classmates

Get to know your sled dogs
To many people, sled dogs are a symbol of Alaska life. They have been an important part of this state's past, such as their 1925 emergency delivery of diphtheria serum to Nome.

My best friend
Eight-year-old Simon has found a great hiding place from the dog in his house. Simon belongs to Ellen McDonald of Soldotna.

UAA lands Leman
It's official. Whitney Leman, the three-time Alaska girls basketball small schools player of the year, will trade the Ninilchik Wolverines' blue and gold for the green and gold of the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves.

Perry leads field by two strokes
DUBLIN, Ohio The cold wind was whipping so hard when Kenny Perry got to the first tee that he figured even par would be enough for him to keep the lead in the Memorial.

Sports Briefs
Homer hoop camp slated for Wednesday228.4-pounder leads Homer derbyPeninsula drag racers fare wellRun for the River registration openSchilling not expected to miss start

Showers let up just in time for races
The rain went away just in time for the racers to play.

Costa grits out five-set victory
PARIS More than 4 1/2 hours into his third five-set victory at the French Open, Albert Costa leaned over the net, head down, tongue hanging. The defending champion appeared to be peering into a well, searching for drops of energy.

Reaching for Star's record
Sometimes the moon is enough. This was the case last Saturday in Anchorage when Kenai High graduate Dallas Baldwin attempted to equal the lofty heights of 5 feet, 6 inches, at the Alaska School Activities Association's State Track and Field Championships in Anchorage.

Ducks stay afloat
ANAHEIM, Calif. The goal that gave Anaheim hope came on a shot Martin Brodeur never lets in. The goal that got them back into the Stanley Cup finals came on a shot Ruslan Salei never puts in.

Bending it like Beckham
It's no secret that high school soccer on the Kenai Peninsula has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few seasons. Just where all those skilled, talented and polished players have been coming from has been a bit of a mystery.

Triple test is tough
NEW YORK A safety pin derailed Spectacular Bid.

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