Wednesday, June 4, 2003

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.

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.

Vehicle registration fees going up
JUNEAU (AP) It's going to cost more to register a car or truck, starting in September.

School district seeks refund for lack of security
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Anchorage School District will try to get back the money it paid a security company to guard Dimond High School early Saturday when vandals wrought up to $35,000 in damages.

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.

Green groups claim Tongass threatened by logging
ANCHORAGE (AP) A new report by environmental groups lists Alaska's Tongass National Forest as one of the 10 most endangered forests in the country because of threats from logging and other development.

Police investigate alleged attempted kidnapping
ANCHORAGE (AP) Police said Tuesday they were hoping to find witnesses of a possible attempted child abduction at the Home Depot store in Anchorage.

Knowles says he's interested in Senate seat
WASHINGTON (AP) Former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles on Tuesday confirmed years of speculation and rumor: He is considering a run for the U.S. Senate.

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.

Juneau approves two school bonds
JUNEAU (AP) Juneau voters passed two ballot propositions to support school construction in a special election Tuesday.

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.

Fairbanks man pleads no contest in shooting
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks man has pleaded no contest to assault in an agreement that will send him to prison for no more than 10 years.

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.

Man charged with providing marijuana to teen shooter
FAIRBANKS (AP) An 18-year-old man has been charged with providing marijuana to a 14-year-old boy two days before the boy shot another teen in March.

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.

Judge rules Trident Seafoods liable for lax security
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage judge has ordered one of Alaska's biggest seafood processing companies to pay $1.25 million in damages for its role in the savage beating of a man at one of its remote processing plants in the Aleutians.

Chugach Electric looks to wind power
ANCHORAGE (AP) Chugach Electric Association is developing a plan for a wind power generation site at Bird Point south of Anchorage.

APOC staff recommends fine for Anchorage assemblyman
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Public Office Commission's staff has recommended that the agency fine Anchorage Assemblyman Doug Van Etten about $10,000 for 20 alleged violations of Alaska's campaign finance laws in 2000 and 2001.

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.

Man drowns after falling off boat and trying to swim
ANCHORAGE (AP) Rescue personnel Tuesday night recovered the body of a man who fell into Big Lake and attempted to swim to shore.

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.

Man not wearing seat belt dies after rolling SUV on a curve
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man died Monday in a single-vehicle accident near Big Lake, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Kennicott delayed after hitting bottom
JUNEAU (AP) The ferry Kennicott hit a rock in Wrangell Narrows early Tuesday morning and will be out of service until the damage is repaired.

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

Medical examiner determines doctor's death a suicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) The high-profile doctor whose body was found in the Port of Valdez last week died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Valdez police said Tuesday after the state medical examiner released the results of an autopsy.

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.

Juneau man sentenced to more than two years
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Juneau man was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for attempting to possess child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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.

Governor signs bill to tighten Denali KidCare eligibility
JUNEAU Gov. Frank Murkowski has signed legislation that could keep about 1,300 children and pregnant women from receiving free health care over the next year, at a savings to the state of about $1.75 million.

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.

Davies, Ward among early campaign filers
JUNEAU Two former lawmakers who lost in the 2002 general election have filed papers with the state signaling their intention to again run for office.

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.

Foundation receives support for Native artists
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Native Arts Foundation is getting $250,000 to support Native artists and arts cooperatives.

American Legion post facing revocation of liquor license
SITKA (AP) Sitka's American Legion Post 13 is facing revocation of its liquor license following charges that three employees and two patrons sold drugs on the premises, the director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said Tuesday.

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.

Tampa Bay makes high school outfielder Delmon Young top draft pick
NEW YORK Delmon Young sat in front of his computer with family, friends and high school teammates and coaches, waiting to find out when he would be selected in Tuesday's baseball draft.

Sosa's bat uncorks scandal
CHICAGO Once Sammy Sosa was caught using a corked bat, there was one big question: Was he cheating when he hit any of those 505 home runs?

Jeter appointed Yankees' captain
CINCINNATI (AP) Derek Jeter was at a loss to explain the timing for one of his greatest honors.

Congressman Young addresses Kenai Chamber
U.S. Congressman Don Young took the opportunity to visit the Kenai Peninsula during the Memorial Day recess and during Wednesday's Kenai Chamber luncheon told those assembled that transportation is the nations number one problem.

Fallen but never forgotten on Memorial Day
It was a solemn, proud crowd that stood against the wind and dreary skies at last weeks Memorial Day ceremony at Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai.

Resurrected Tsalteshi Triathalon great success
Based on the participation in the 2003 Memorial Day Tsalteshi Triathlon, the event may be back to stay.

NYLF Scholarship presented
Jackie Rainwater, a sophomore at Skyview High School, will be attending a National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) this summer in Houston, Texas. The NYLF is an opportunity for students interested in pursuing a medical career to have an up-close, real life, look at the medical profession with some of the nations most renowned physicians.

Past Soldotna Chamber President will move to Bethel
Past Soldotna Chamber of Commerce President, Lisa Wimmer, Assistant Vice President Business Banker at Wells Fargo in Soldotna, is moving up to Bethel Alaska to take on the position as Branch Manager in Bethel.

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.

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.

Youth Restoration Corps gears up for summer
The first day of the Youth Restoration Corps 2003 program was June 2, and I'm happy to be back from Juneau and getting ready to work on the river this year with a dozen great youth who are ready to go restore some habitat on the Russian River and Cooper Creek.

Contributions make bus 'road-e-o' a success
Laidlaw Transit Inc. and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District would like to thank the following merchants and individuals for their generous contributions, which helped to make this year's KPBSD School Bus Road-e-o a huge success

Historical society appreciates community support for sale
The board of the Kasilof Historical Society would like to thank all those who participated in our second annual garage sale, both those who donated and those who spent their money! It was a great success and goes a long way toward our goal of having a museum.

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

Solutions to state problems require strong candidates
The Clarion pointed out the failure of the Legislature to deal with fiscal problems. Voters are much to blame for this, since the collective we elected them. There used to be a term "yellow dog Democrat" that referred to mostly southerners who said they would vote for a yellow dog before they voted for a Republican. The problem is now reversed in Alaska. We have a majority of voters who will only vote for a Republican no matter how poor a candidate they may be.

Volunteers, participants create successful Tsalteshi triathlon
As race director, I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make the 2003 Tsalteshi Trails Triathlon a huge success. Countless hours of time were spent preparing the course and organizing the event, so we could welcome more than 230 participants for this year's races.

Consolidation receives unanimous vote
The consolidation of Nikiski and North Star elementary schools became a lock Monday night after a unanimous vote from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education.

Crime Stoppers offers rewards for information
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for information about a burglary that occurred March 31 and a felony theft that took place May 5.

Activity fees item tabled after confusion
What typically would be a simple decision turned into a bit of a mess Monday night at a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education.

Kenai man fulfills promise to wife by making neighborhood a bit more colorful with flowers
It's been said that if you put two gardeners together, the only thing they'll agree on is that a third person is doing it completely wrong.

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.

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.

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.

Media ownership changes in question on peninsula
Monday the Federal Communi-cations Commission eased rules governing ownerships of newspapers and TV and radio stations, allowing for the potential of cross-ownership in certain markets.

D'Antona leads former Oilers taken on first day of draft
Three former Oilers were chosen Tuesday on the first day of the major league draft.

Joseph G. Widman
Former Sterling educator and commercial fisher Joseph G. Widman, died Thursday, May 29, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. He was 76.

Dividends should not be Constitutional guarantee
In the 44 years that Alaska has been a state, a lot of nutty ideas have come down the trail most of which, fortunately, have fallen by the wayside.

Readers respond to polls, opinions
Back by popular demand, here are more of your responses to our recent polling, and to my take on the numbers they reveal.

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.

Around the Peninsula
North Peninsula chamber to meet

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

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

Kenai Golf Course in full swing
Things are re

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.

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.

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.

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

Will Spurs be able to rein in Nets?
SAN ANTONIO The New Jersey Nets plan to run, and the San Antonio Spurs plan to stop them from running.

Agassi ousted by Coria at French Open
PARIS Andre Agassi huffed as he chased Guillermo Coria's drop shot, each step accompanied by an exhale: shhh, shhh, shhh.

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.

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

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