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Sunday, June 8, 2003

APOC fines Anchorage assemblyman, group
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Public Offices Commission voted unanimously Thursday to fine Anchorage Assemblyman Doug Van Etten $11,013.50 for 20 violations of state campaign finance and disclosure laws.

Ketchikan cruise dock vending request dies
KETCHIKAN (AP) A Ketchikan City Councilman's motion to allow cruise lines to sell tours on downtown docks has failed.

Iditarod turns down bid from blind teen
ANCHORAGE (AP) - A legally blind Oregon teenager's bid to run the 2004 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was squelched Friday when board members failed to approve special accommodations for disabled competitors.

Co-workers go the distance to honor friend
ANCHORAGE (AP) As her final day with the Anchorage School District neared, Mary Marsolais warned her colleagues not to plan any retirement luncheons or going-away parties.

Murkowski signs bill to increase foundation formula
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski signed a bill on Friday to increase the state's education funding formula by $32 million and said schools will largely be spared from his veto pen.

Company helps nonprofits find funding sources
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks company that helps nonprofits find funding sources helped Bush communities last year raise at least $12 million for computers, after-school programs and even a multipurpose building.

Homeland Security Office plans, gets ready to expand
ANCHORAGE (AP) The head of Alaska's new Office of Homeland Security says one big question remains when it comes to protecting the state's infrastructure against terrorists: Who's going to pay?

Mother receives life sentence in daughter's murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) A California judge handed a mother a life sentence for her involvement in the South Lake Tahoe murder of her 9-year-old daughter.

State to close seven DMV offices July 1
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state plans to close seven offices of the Division of Motor Vehicles at the end of the month because of budget cuts.

More dogs signed over by dog collector euthanized
FAIRBANKS (AP) The last group of 25 dogs signed over to the Humane Society of the United States by dog collector Richard Hall was euthanized last week.

After 3-year hiatus, bane to bugs is back
ANCHORAGE (AP) Customers accused shopowners of hoarding the stuff. Trappers called them unprintable names. Old-time Alaskans moaned their disappointment at the empty store shelves.

Bethel girl drowns while swimming
BETHEL (AP) An 11-year-old Bethel girl drowned this past week while swimming in the Johnson River, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Pipeline shooter draws 16-year sentence
FAIRBANKS (AP) The man convicted of shooting a hole through the trans-Alaska oil pipeline was sentenced Friday to 16 years in state prison.

Comments sought on Denali plans
FAIRBANKS (AP) State and federal agencies are hosting a series of open houses for public comment on visitor facilities around the Stampede Road near Healy.

Rule change allows deduction from cannery workers' pay
JUNEAU (AP) Fish processors in remote parts of the state are being allowed to deduct room and board from workers' wages this year, even if that pushes their net pay below minimum wage.

Alyeska puts floating dock up for sale
ANCHORAGE (AP) With less oil flowing down the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, one of the huge floating docks used to load southbound tankers is sitting unused.

Barrow whaling crew sanctioned for taking cow with calf
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission has punished a Barrow whaling captain and his crew for harvesting a female bowhead with a calf during the spring hunt, a serious violation of international whaling agreements.

Cruise ship arrested in sexual assault
SEWARD (AP) An Austrian crewman on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines ship was arrested Friday on a charge of sexual assault, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Iditarod rejects Gerald Riley for 2004 race
ANCHORAGE (AP) Board members of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Friday met in an executive session before rejecting a bid by former champion Gerald Riley to run in the 2004 race.

UAF student wins world shooting competition
FAIRBANKS (AP) Jamie Beyerle, who will be a sophomore at the University of Alaska Fairbanks this fall, won the gold medal in the women's 50-meter, three-position shoot at the International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup in Zagreb, Croatia, this past week.

Marijuana grow operation discovered in Mat-Su bust
ANCHORAGE (AP) Authorities are seeking charges against four people after a commercial marijuana grow operation was discovered in the Mat-Su area, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

Jury acquits couple of murder conspiracy
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage couple was acquitted Friday of charges that they tried to arrange for the murder of a federal judge, a prosecutor and two other people.

Woman with SARS symptoms hospitalized in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) A Canadian woman traveling aboard a cruise ship was hospitalized here on Thursday after medical officials say she displayed symptoms of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

Ulmer boat trip broke no election laws, APOC finds
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Public Offices Commission has ruled that Fran Ulmer did not violate election laws when her Democratic gubernatorial campaign held a fund-raiser using a discount-price boat ride in Prince William Sound.

Document shows church robber shot in back
ANCHORAGE (AP) At least one of the men killed by Big Lake pastor Phillip Mielke was shot in the back, according to his death certificate.

Twins split opening games with West
The American Legion Twins of Kenai opened their season with a split Saturday at West Anchorage.

Clemens fails to accomplish win No. 300 again
CHICAGO Strike three for Roger Clemens.

Stanford, South Carolina headed to World Series after wins
STANFORD, Calif. Danny Putnam hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning, and Carlos Quentin had four hits and an RBI as Stanford won the super regional series against Long Beach State and advanced to the College World Series for the fifth straight year with a 4-2 win.

Hiram Bithorn Stadium playing like Home Run Bithorn
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico If the Montreal Expos return to San Juan next season, they might want to consider renaming their park Home Run Bithorn Stadium.

Twins feature familiar faces
Thanks to a new American Legion rule allowing 19-year-olds to play, many of the faces on the Twins are the same this year.

Iditarod turns down entry bid from blind teen
ANCHORAGE (AP) - A legally blind Oregon teenager's bid to run the 2004 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was squelched Friday when board members failed to approve special accommodations for disabled competitors.

Board rejects Gerald Riley's bid for 2004 race
ANCHORAGE (AP) Board members of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Friday met in an executive session before rejecting a bid by former champion Gerald Riley to run in the 2004 race.

Governor OKs full education funding
Educators across the state, and especially in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, can breathe a collective sight of relief.

Photo feature: School spirit
Liz Lettington jumps to reach the top of the hood with her sponge Saturday afternoon at the Blockbuster Video parking lot in Kenai.

Line forms for collie adoptions
Want to adopt a collie? Take a number. It's a very long list.

Nikiski couple ordered to give up animals
SHELBY, Mont. After seven long months, Camp Collie will soon be history.

Agrium, union work on layoff solution
Corporate restructuring at the Kenai Agrium Nitrogen Plant in Nikiski was scheduled to go into effect last Friday. When completed, the reorganization strategy would shed as many as 65 positions from the plant, according to Agrium officials' initial assertions.

Bush garners political dividends from outcome of war in Iraq
WASHINGTON While British Prime Minister Tony Blair has taken a pounding on the Iraq war, President Bush has worked to harvest a political dividend from it, hoping to help brush aside deepening questions over Saddam Hussein's arms program.

Legislature, Gov. did 'people's work'
Last fall, the voters of Alaska overwhelmingly endorsed Frank Murkowski's vision for the future by electing him governor. Similarly his Republican counterparts in the House and Senate were voted into office because of broad support for the Republican platform, which sets a clear course to return Alaska to prosperity.

The priorities of a 'real Alaskan'
People around here often offer up definitions as to what makes someone a "real Alaskan."

Ping, Robinson plan nuptials
Stefanie Ping and Jason Robinson of Albertville, Ala., have announced their plans to marry Saturday, July 12, 2003, at the Little Log Wedding Chapel in the Smokey Mountains of Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Bowen, Collins plan wedding in New Mexico
Shauna Bowen and Neil Franklin Collins plan to marry Saturday, June 14, 2003, at the First Presby-terian Church of Taos in Taos, N.M.

'Entertainment' not exactly the life of the party
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) A police officer dispatched to a bachelorette party because of a noise complaint was mistaken for the entertainment.

Cook Inlet Academy head leaves peninsula to follow other educational pursuits
Chuck Crapuchettes is going back to his roots.

Carrasco, Spann announce engagement
Zita Ann Carrasco and David James Spann of Kenai plan to marry at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2003, at the Unocal campground at Kidney Lake in Nikiski.

Dandelion wine is spring tradition
SANDGATE, Vt. A lot has changed since Kathy Martin used to drink her grandmother's dandelion wine.

Yearly Manitoba ritual leaves the ground crawling
NARCISSE, Manitoba At first glance it's just a hole surrounded by aspens in glowing spring leaf. Then you notice the ground is moving.

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski Boys and Girls Club plans summer funYouth appreciation week begins Monday in HomerKVCC summer interpretive program continuesSwim team holding tryoutsKPB transportation meeting schedule

Avoiding bites takes brains, awareness
They may be our best friends, but that doesn't mean there is no risk of injury from canine companions.

My best friend
"Brhodie the North Rhodie" was 12 weeks old and a mere 50 pounds when this shot was taken. Owner Kaarlo Wik says she expects him to top out at about 100 pounds. Brhodie is a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Tagg has had worse disappointments than Belmont
Everything else was soaked. The racetrack, the railbirds, the dream. His felt hat. The shoulders of his trenchcoat. The tear-stained faces on every side of him.

Ducking elimination
ANAHEIM, Calif. Anaheim star Paul Kariya was on wobbly legs, staggered by a thunderous hit that threatened to end his Stanley Cup finals. Then he made a comeback that stunned even the New Jersey Devils.

Sports Briefs
Former Seward skier to conduct clinicUnser wins at Texas Motor SpeedwayGatti beats Ward in junior welterweight matchGuerrero to undergo extensive therapy on backA-Rod out of lineup with bruised left kneeGlavine 'iffy at best' for next start

Empire Maker strikes back with Belmont win
NEW YORK The magical ride ended in the mud, splashed aside by a rival who wasn't about to let a gelded nobody become part of racing royalty.

Nets heading East with confidence, momentum in NBA Finals
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The NBA's great East-West divide doesn't seem quite so gaping any more not while Jason Kidd is leaping confidently across it, and not while Tim Duncan is missing nearly enough free throws to fill it.

LPGA play cut short by rain
WILMINGTON, Del. Annika Sorenstam played three holes, made one bogey, lost her two-stroke lead in the LPGA Championship and then retreated to her hotel room Saturday to watch ''My Big Fat Greek Wedding.''

Henin-Hardenne takes French title
PARIS Justine Henin-Hardenne won the French Open for Belgium, for her husband and for her coach.

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