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Monday, June 9, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Policed seek woman in string of Fairbanks burglaries
FAIRBANKS (AP) Police are looking for a woman believed to be responsible for up to 20 burglaries in the Fairbanks area since April.

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.

Chena River boat crash kills North Pole man
NORTH POLE (AP) A North Pole man died Saturday night after the boat he was riding in collided with another on the Chena River.

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.

Man charged with firing shots into bar ceiling
FAIRBANKS (AP) An Eielson Air Force man was arrested for pointing a gun at people at a Fairbanks bar, then firing five rounds into the ceiling early Sunday morning, Fairbanks police said.

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.

Woman says she lost $50,000 in teddy bear
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage woman is hoping someone returns a teddy bear sold at a church garage sale that she says had $50,000 sewn inside money she had borrowed for her husband's cancer treatment.

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.

Anchorage woman arrested for hit and run
WASILLA (AP) An 18-year-old Anchorage woman was charged with felony hit and run after she forced a Wasilla Police Department vehicle off the road and sideswiped two other vehicles, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Hunters shoot two relocated bears
FAIRBANKS (AP) At least two hunters already have benefited from the state's predator control project aimed at protecting moose calves near McGrath.

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.

Republicans replace Jacobus as party attorney
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Republican Party of Alaska has replaced its longtime attorney, Ken Jacobus.

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.

Juneau assembly considers loading-zone ordinance
JUNEAU (AP) The Juneau Assembly is considering a downtown loading-zone ordinance that could mean a $100 ticket.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Bronx Bombers can't find win at Wrigley; A's drop two in Philadelphia
NEW YORK Jamie Moyer became the majors' first 10-game winner and the Seattle Mariners, with Ichiro Suzuki again leading the way, beat the New York Mets 7-0 Sunday to complete a doubleheader sweep.

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.

Twins outgunned against Dimond
The American Legion Post 20 Twins lost both games of a doubleheader to Dimond Sunday in Anchorage. The first game was 15-11, and the second 8-4.

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

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.

Now Playing: 2 Fast 2 Furious
The first Fast and the Furious movie was like guy candy... fast cars, skimpily dressed women, and loud rock music. It had very few redeeming values, but it did present a relatively new and unique attack on the male marketing block.

KCHS leaders deem students, staff, community class acts
To the Kenai Central High School community:

Sierra Club opposes reroute of Sterling Highway
Saturday was National Trails Day. In celebration of this nationwide event, about 40 members of the Sierra Club hiked the south end of Resurrection Pass Trail to Juneau Falls. We also hiked to raise awareness for the proposed re-route of the Sterling Highway.

Donors bring Junior Achievement to Soldotna Middle School classes
Once again Junior Achievement has made its way into Mr. Hagen's classroom at Soldotna Middle School and Mr. Summer's classroom at Kenai Middle School. Thanks to our generous contributors, community volunteers and teachers for opening their classrooms, we were able to educate approximately 248 students about business and economics to help improve the quality of their lives.

Hospital bonds will allow for better services at home
Where is the South Peninsula Hospital?

Moose Lodge congratulates scholarship winners
The Peninsula Moose Lodge No. 1942 continues to support the community through its annual scholarship program to graduating high schools students. This year, as in the past, the Moose Lodge men and Moose Lodge women have selected eight area youth for scholarships.

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.

Setting bail up to judges
Ever read through the police and court reports and wonder why people have different bail amounts?

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.

Bikers learn safety comes first
For moose, spring is the time of year for calving. A time when the big, hoofed mammals turn their attention to caring for their young and teaching them what they'll need to know to make it through life safely.

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.

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

Kenai council ponders dusty decision
People who live on dirt roads in Kenai may not be deluged with dust this summer after all.

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

Striking a delicate balance in Iraq
KHALDIYAH, Iraq In the modest police station, U.S. soldiers took measurements for Iraqi officers' new uniforms. At the hospital, a military doctor asked staffers what they needed. A commander told the mayor that, when the shooting stops, his troops will leave and normal life will return.

Ban on flag burning counters freedoms banner represents
It never quite goes away, this obsession with mandating respect for the American flag. Fresh off a war in Iraq, Congress is at it again, this time considering a Flag Desecration Amendment that would make it a federal crime to burn or desecrate that symbol as an act of protest. A vote may come up in the House tomorrow.

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.

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.

Amendment likely would create more flag burning
For the fifth time in eight years, the U.S. House has passed an amendment to the Constitution to criminalize burning of the American flag. The proposal routinely has faltered in the Senate.

Kenai library plans events
The Kenai Community Library kicks off its summer reading program, "Laugh it up at your library," this month. The program runs through July 7 and is open to all age groups. School-age readers meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays, except June 23. To sign up for the program, visit the library.

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.

Community News
UAA plans journalism camp for studentsUSS Minneapolis-Saint Paul plans reunion

'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.

Area martial artists earn awards at state tournament
The Kenai Peninsula was skillfully represented May 30 and 31 at the Alaska Open Martial Arts Champio-nship in Anchorage. Students from Peninsula Martial Arts and Soldotna School of Martial Arts proved how serious they are about self-defense and discipline.

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

Peninsula People
SoHi grad earns degree, honorsArea Marines return from IraqArea students to graduate from OSUSkyview grad earns bachelor's degreeLocal student completes high school in MichiganDalebout graduates with honorsSoldotna student receives Hutton scholarshipNikiski grad earns scholarshipTappana earns master's degree, presents playZobeck earns baseball honors at collegeArea students named to deans' listsMacdonald selects college

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

Births
Trenton and Jessica Tromblee O'ReaganKristi and Levi HollersRenee Ayer and Micheal A. GagnonLisa and Zach RolphLoralee and Lance AndersonTrisha and Nick DexterJayne and Tim McFarland

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.

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG schedules meetingLeman to speak at Soldotna chamber luncheonHealthy Changes committee meeting plannedHistorical society needs volunteersNPC chamber meeting scheduledMental health to meet in Kasilof'Fish Happens' blood drive plannedFirefighters to host golf tournamentPublic comments on substance fishing dueSoldotna pools offers swim lessonsLuau to benefit senior centerCooperative Extension to hold gardening classUCIDA annual meeting plannedSpace available at Kenai Community Gardens

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sorenstam conquers LPGA Championship
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) Annika Sorenstam put herself through the pressure of playing on the PGA Tour for a moment like this.

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.

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.

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.''

San Antonio survives swamp
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Out of the Jersey swamps emerged a horrific sight, a game so ugly it was almost frightening. They called it Game 3.

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

Feat of clay: Ferrero wins French Open
PARIS Juan Carlos Ferrero hit one last winner and sank to his knees, relieved he finally had conquered the clay of Roland Garros.

Foreman inducted into Boxing Hall of Fame
CANASTOTA, N.Y. For once, George Foreman wasn't the dope at the end of Muhammad Ali's rope. And he wasn't selling anything, either.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
ACC commissioner says expansion will move onMartinez to return Wednesday

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

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