Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Total manager lays out plan for oil exploration
ANCHORAGE (AP) Paris-based oil giant Total will soon start drilling on the North Slope, according to the company's Alaska representative.

School vandals strike again
ANCHORAGE (AP) Vandals spray-painted green and gold graffiti over one-third of an Anchorage high school and pumped glue into locks on classroom doors and lockers on the building, causing an estimated $50,000 in damage.

Alaska Zoo separates popular brown, polar bears
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Zoo has broken up one of its most popular attractions the exhibit combining Ahpun the polar bear and Oreo the brown bear.

Ten lose mine jobs in poor Red Dog first quarter
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Red Dog mine in Northwest Alaska lost $4.1 million for the quarter ending March 31, according to financial statements from operator Teck Cominco.

Legislative pay dropped this year
JUNEAU (AP) Lawmakers made less money the last two months of the legislative session because their daily pay rate went down.

Newspaper owner says company will buy TV station
FAIRBANKS (AP) Owners of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner likely will buy KTVF-TV under reworked federal rules approved Monday, according to company officials.

Utilities consider court case for power line money
ANCHORAGE (AP) Railbelt utilities say they are weighing a lawsuit against the state to recover $28.5 million yanked back from a major power line project planned to link Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.

Vandals burn collection booth at state park
ANCHORAGE (AP) Vandals trying to break into a safe in a state fee booth on the Little Susitna River burned the place and at least some of the money in the process early Monday, officials said.

New food program operating in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) A new food program will provide about 50,000 pounds a month of government food, including five-pound blocks of cheese, for the poor.

Anchorage planners lose adult entertainment records
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage's planning department is missing records that deal with adult entertainment businesses and officials are asking massage parlors, escort services and adult books stores to send in proof that they're properly licensed.

Bears being relocated away from McGrath
McGRATH (AP) Rather than shooting wolves from airplanes and helicopters, biologists are capturing and moving bears in hopes that it will give moose calves in the McGrath area a better chance to survive.

Third man seek retrial in Fairbanks beating murder
FAIRBANKS (AP) A third man convicted of the 1997 beating murder of teenager John Hartman has applied for a retrial.

Tok wildlife stalled, but still dangerous
ANCHORAGE (AP) A wildfire near Tok stalled Monday but residents were still warned to be prepared to evacuate quickly if conditions worsened.

Eielson man rescued after ATV handlebar impales leg
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) An Eielson Air Force Base man was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Sunday afternoon after his leg was impaled by the handlebar of his four-wheeler.

Young makes waves over proposed gasoline tax
WASHINGTON (AP) A Colorado congresswoman says she won't back off her opposition to a higher national gasoline tax, despite an unfriendly encounter with Alaska Rep. Don Young on the House floor.

Trial begins for couple accused of hiring hit man
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage couple facing charges that they hired a hit man to kill a federal judge, a prosecutor, a witness and her boyfriend connected to a pending bank fraud case went on trial Monday.

Salcha receives local disaster money
FAIRBANKS (AP) For the second year in a row, a Salcha subdivision has been declared a disaster area by the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Coast Guard honors rescue swimmer, crew
KODIAK (AP) A Coast Guard rescue swimmer who helped save five commercial fishermen from the Bering Sea has been honored with a medal.

Tom Lee wins Spring King Salmon Derby
JUNEAU (AP) Tom Lee won the seventh annual Spring King Salmon Derby, sponsored by Tlingit-Haida Central Council, with the 42.3 pound, gutted and gilled king salmon.

Suspected SARS case released from isolation
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 28-year-old Chinese pilot hospitalized in Anchorage with a suspected case of the SARS virus has been cleared to leave Providence Alaska Medical Center, city medical officials said Monday.

Hiker scares off three bears
ANCHORAGE (AP) About a mile north of McHugh Creek, still within scent of families barbecuing at one of the most popular highway waysides in Alaska, Jim Leslie believes he had a near-death encounter with three bears.

Regional park director retiring
ANCHORAGE (AP) The National Park Service's regional director for Alaska is retiring after a 35-year career.

Tok wildfire slows, but still a problem
ANCHORAGE (AP) A wind shift, increased humidity, lower temperatures and lots of fire retardant stalled a wildfire near Tok, but not until the blaze tried to make a run toward the Glenn Highway.

AIDEA considers retaining shipyard ownership
KETCHIKAN (AP) The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is considering retaining ownership of the Ketchikan Shipyard instead of selling the facility to local governments.

Wayward pelican makes Ketchikan home
KETCHIKAN (AP) A wayward brown pelican has taken up residence here, wowing fishermen with its spectacular plunge-diving fishing skills.

Longtime university employee retires
FAIRBANKS (AP) Darrellene Myers has retired after almost 35 years of drafting letters, taking calls, making appointments, arranging travel and keeping files for University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton, and nine of his predecessors.

Phillies sweep double-header with Montreal
PHILADELPHIA Tomas Perez hit a two-run double to help back another impressive outing by Brett Myers as the Philadelphia Phillies completed a doubleheader sweep of the Montreal Expos with a 4-1 victory Sunday.

Indians sweep Chicago, take fifth straight game
CLEVELAND Milton Bradley doubled home two runs and Brian Anderson earned his first win in eight starts as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 5-2 Monday.

Detroit's fifth-inning rally spoils Clemens' run at history
DETROIT The Rocket misfired again.

Really, no pressure
It's a nice round number, one that Roger Clemens is learning doesn't always come easy.

Homer derby announces May winners
The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby has announced the May winners. Taking first place is Raymond Dooley of Houston, who landed a 240.2-pound halibut Friday.

Photo feature: Dirty work
Mark Samson, from left, Henry Pungowiyi and Daniel Alexie volunteer their time to dig in and put plants and flowers around Kenai on Saturday. The plantings were planned by the Kenai Beautification Committee.

Tragic accident requires justice, not prosecution
Now, let's take a long look at this.

Many help Nikiski High graduates make wonderful memories
Nikiski High's Graduation Class of 2003 Committee would like to thank the following businesses for their wonderful donations in making our "Oh, the Places You'll Go" After Graduation party a success.

School board to discuss Nikiski schools consolidation tonight
At the risk of sounding like "deja vu all over again," the Nikiski Area Student Achievement Interest Group wants to increase awareness that the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District superintendent really will recommend closure of Nikiski Elementary School to the school board at tonight's meeting.

Umpire heckling inappropriate for Little League game
In 1975, when I was pregnant with my second daughter, my doctor gave me a packet of goodies for new mamas. Inside that packet was tucked a poem by Dorothy Law Nolte.

Cemetery group says thanks
The Kasilof Cohoe Cemetery Association would like to thank the Soldotna Lions and the other volunteers for their part in the spring cleanup. We get many compliments about the appearance of the cemetery and it is due in a large part to all of you.

Newman holds off Gordon to win at Dover
DOVER, Del. Ryan Newman lost power steering, but not determination, and held off Jeff Gordon to win Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

Nikiski girl gets travel story published
"I was born in Vietnam. I mainly lived in an orphanage. I was sad living there. One day my new mom and dad and sister came. My sister, Juliette, brought some Barbies. I had never seen Barbies before. I had fun. We went on an airplane. It flew high in the sky. There was good food to eat. It was a long way to get to my new home in Alaska. I'm glad to have a new family and three new sisters. I miss Vietnam a little, but I like it in Alaska."

Business still plans to break ground near Kenai airport
Economic growth still is on order for the city of Kenai. An international defense company that announced intentions of developing in Kenai still is scheduled to set up shop, sources close to the plan said.

Soldotna council OKs budget, sets levy rate
The Soldotna City Council unanimously adopted a $5.9 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and approved a resolution setting the property tax levy rate at 1.65 mills, during its regular meeting Wednesday.

Fishers should check new regs
To help protect the premium king salmon fishery on the Kenai Peninsula, some new regulations have been added this year.

CPGH takes step toward expansion
The first step toward literally growing Central Peninsula Gener-al Hospital was taken Thursday evening when the hospital's board of directors approved a resolution to move forward with a hospital expansion and remodeling plan.

Jury convicts Nikiski couple of 180 counts of animal cruelty in second trial
ANACONDA, Mont. A Justice Court jury found Jon and Athena Harman of Nikiski guilty of 180 counts each of animal cruelty Saturday for transporting a tractor trailer full of 180 animals, mostly collies, 2,240 miles in filthy and miserable conditions and denying them food and water.

Home Depot extending lease option
Kenai will have to wait on Home Depot.

State pinches every aspect of education
Public schools aren't the only educational institutions facing budget cuts as a result of the recently concluded legislative session.

What's the threat posed by Iran?
WASHINGTON In some ways, Iran may seem more of a menace in both terrorism and weapons than Iraq did. Still, administration officials are talking as though a military strike is the last thing on their minds.

Church-state ties need critical public dialogue
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman brought his Faith-based and Community Initiatives program to Fairbanks this week in his effort to encourage greater involvement by religious agencies in providing social services.

World hopes U.S. won't deal with Iran like it did with Iraq
What's worrying Washington is the information that al-Qaida members in Iran took part in the recent bombing attacks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as well as suspicions that Teheran is developing nuclear weapons.

Senior citizens more vulnerable to crime
One of the sad aspects of life today is that each year about 2 million older Americans are victims of crime. ... The appalling number of offenses against them must be addressed, and with unique approaches and resources.

Community News
Soldotna library hosts summer programAYEA annual camp planned

Krista and Chad ArthurKatrina and Ryan PierceChelsie and Derrick Medina

Photo: Going for a spin
Colt Ratcliff, 7, rides in a go-cart for the first time in Soldotna. Colt is from Anchorage and stopped to have some fun while visiting Kenai and Soldotna for the day.

Soroptimists recognize area women
Soroptimist International of Twin Cities held its annual awards ceremony at Charlotte's Restaurant in Kenai on May 22, honoring three women as part of the Women Helping Women program.

Club News
SoHi skiers plan garage saleNikiski Lions seek 'Grouch

Around the Peninsula
Wagoner to speak at Soldotna chamberCooper Landing chamber to meetKDLL board meets TuesdayWilliams to give state of Kenai addressHistorical society board to meetSpace available at Kenai Community GardensSocial security rep to visit peninsulaBoys and Girls Club plans girls basketball campCooper Landing Gun Club to host women's clinicDonations, volunteers needed for golf classic

Around the Peninsula
Fund-raiser planned for accident victimYouth appreciation week scheduled in HomerAnnual river festival planned

Photo: Scholarship
Anne Marie Verba, a 2003 Skyview High School graduate, receives a scholarship check from Sterling Elementary School Student Council President Melissa Massey

Peninsula People
Soldotna man completes medical schoolMayer earns prestigious scholarshipTebughna graduates 2 seniorsArea students named to deans' lists

Hero of the week
Jim Kruse and family wish to thank all those who helped put out the fire at their residence on May 7.

Awrey places 2nd in fund-raising pageant
University of Washington student Julianne Awrey of Kenai, 20, came in second place in the 2003 Miss Greek Pageant in an event that recognized talent, glamour and fund-raising skills. Participants of the 17th annual Miss Greek Pageant, held at UW's Meany Hall on May 19, raised $50,000 to benefit Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Awrey also was one of the top four in fund-raising.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Age no obstacle for rookie lawmakers
COLUMBUS, Ohio Two rookie representatives with stacks of legislation under their arms and aides next to them citing upcoming appointments race through 12-hour work days. They go from committee hearings to lobbyist meetings to Ohio House sessions.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Sports Briefs
Homer derby announces May winnersHomer to host volleyball campCBS withdraws from Olympic biddingBroncos release Griese to clear space under capBengals release Akili SmithSchilling fined about $15,000Love coping with brother-in-law's suicide

Spanish Armada rolls to quarters in France
PARIS Meet Tommy Robredo, the latest wild card dealt by the French Open.

Giguere cooks a Deviled egg
ANAHEIM, Calif. Nothing gets to goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in overtime not the pressure, not the moment and certainly not the New Jersey Devils.

Capriati, Venus Williams ousted from Open
PARIS Venus Williams lost again in a Grand Slam tournament, only this time it wasn't against her sister.

Woods late charge steals show from Perry's win
DUBLIN, Ohio Even when he's far behind and has few holes left, Tiger Woods refuses to relinquish center stage.

Sources: Silas gets Cavs job
Paul Silas will be the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers after reaching agreement with the team on a long-term contract, The Associated Press learned Sunday.

Greene, Guevara win gold at Home Depot Invitational
CARSON, Calif. Olympic champion Maurice Greene, buoyed by an attitude adjustment, sped to victory in the men's 100 meters, and Mexican star Ana Guevara triumphed easily in the women's 400 meters at the first Home Depot Track & Field Invitational on Sunday.

Is Silas the right coach for James?
Paul Silas either just won the jackpot of coaching jobs or he set himself up for a big fall.

Zobeck to play at NAU
Hillary Zobeck, a recent graduate of Soldotna High School, was on the verge of giving up volleyball. But then Monday, she became the first volleyball player from the Kenai Peninsula to earn a Division I volleyball scholarship.

Brown takes over Pistons; Silas to head Cavs
There are still plenty of NBA coaching jobs out there, and plenty of unemployed former coaches to fill them.

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