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Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Murkowski names natural gas authority members
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski has named seven people to the Alaska Natural Gas Authority that was created by a citizens' initiative last fall.

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.

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.

Consortium developing large gas reserves near Sakhalin
ANCHORAGE (AP) Liquefied natural gas from the Russian Far East may be sold in southern California as soon as 2007.

Governor signs nearly a dozen bills
JUNEAU (AP) Business license fees are going up, the state's contribution to some drug and alcohol treatment programs is going down, and it should become easier to develop shallow natural gas resources.

Historical site reopens for summer season
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Independence Mine Historical Park will reopen to the public for the summer season on Friday, Alaska state parks officials said.

Governor cuts municipal assistance
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski is cutting $37 million in state aid to local communities, but he'll make up for part of that by giving them $15 million in federal dollars.

Quake rocks Aleutians
ANCHORAGE (AP) A moderate earthquake struck the Aleutians Islands region Tuesday afternoon.

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

Stabbing suspect found dead
BETHEL (AP) A Bethel man sought over the weekend in connection with a break-in and a stabbing apparently killed himself Monday.

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.

Anchorage man injured in bicycle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 56-year-old Anchorage man died overnight after he was struck by a pickup truck as he rode on his bicycle Monday afternoon.

AIDEA sells terminal to railroad
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority's board has approved the sale of its 49 percent interest in the Seward coal terminal to the Alaska Railroad Corp. for $5.52 million.

Volunteers keep St. Michael fire from store
NOME (AP) Community volunteers in St. Michael helped keep a weekend fire from reaching the community's Taciq Native Store next door.

Native corporations see growth in 2001
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska Native regional corporations saw large increases in revenues and net profits in 2001 compared to the previous year, according to recently released data.

Two hurt in separate shooting mishaps
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two Alaskans were wounded in separate accidental shootings this week.

State and DOE to conduct tundra study
ANCHORAGE (AP) The U.S. Department of Energy will assist the state of Alaska in the first scientifically-based study to determine when oil companies can transport equipment over the Arctic tundra without damaging it.

Juneau man charged with exploiting minor
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau man was arraigned Monday on 17 felony charges related to a sexual relationship that prosecutors say started with a teen when she was 14.

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.

Tongass, Chugach forests may be excluded from roadless rule
ANCHORAGE

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

Regents committee reduced proposed UA operating budget
FAIRBANKS (AP) The University of Alaska Board of Regents finance committee on Monday approved a revised version of the 2003-04 budget that scales back planned increases to student services and recruitment.

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.

Wasilla man dies in Palmer traffic accident
PALMER (AP) A Wasilla man died Monday night after his motorcycle crossed the centerline of a Palmer road and crashed head-on into a pickup truck.

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.

Woman pleads guilty to bank fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman acquitted last week of plotting to kill a federal judge and prosecutor has pleaded guilty to bank fraud.

Anchorage steps up fight vs. sexual assaults
ANCHORAGE (AP) Leaders in Alaska's largest city plan to do more to fight one of its worst social ills: sexual assault.

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.

Sosa won't let his bat do the talking
In what has to be a first for a superstar, Sammy Sosa announced he does not want his bat to do the talking.

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.

Nikiski alumni come home to make a movie
Former Nikiski High School graduates, Mario Bird and Alden Ford, are home from college for the summer, but rather than working on the slime line, they're making a motion picture.

5th Annual Relay for Life Raises 50 K to Find a Cure
Remembering, learning, and walking to raise funds to find the cure for cancer was the purpose of the 5th Relay For Life at Skyview High School last weekend.

Blood Drive & Open House Celebrates Harley Centennial
A few decades ago, Mom and Dad may have rolled up the windows, locked the doors, and sped past a scene like last weekends rally and open house at the Kenai Peninsula Harley Davidson (KPHD) on the Sterling Highway.

Local students sweep Russian Olympiada competition
Since 1991, Gregory Visenberg has been teaching his native Russian tongue to students at Soldotna High School.

Personal assistance prevents disaster
When it comes to making official commendations to private citizens, Soldotna Mayor David Carey loves his job. At the last Soldotna City Council meeting, Carey cited the reaction of private citizen Bryan Goforth and the Central Emergency Services response team headed by Jeff Tucker for a collaborative effort that avoided personal injury during a life-threatening structural fire.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Citizen participation, donations key to Nikiski cleanup
The North Peninsula Community Council would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for donations of money, food, goods and services that made the annual Nikiski community cleanup effort a successful and memorable event. This event took place May 17. We gave away prizes and awards to individuals and groups who participated.

KPICC thanks supporters after successful first year
The month of May started the second year that the Kenai Process Industry Careers Committee (KPICC) has operated as a service organization to those who wish to pursue employment in the various process industries operating on the Kenai Peninsula. In the first year, KPICC has been successful mainly because of the efforts of their members.

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

Area businesses help 'Project Spartan' thrive
Soldotna Middle School would like to thank you for your generous contribution to "Project Spartan" Gold Card Program.

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

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

United Way goal short, but still a success
The Kenai Peninsula United Way came in a little short of its fund-raising goal this year, but no one is complaining.

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.

Fishing regulations remain in place for Dolly Vardens
Major changes in fishing regulations on the Kenai Peninsula this season involve the king salmon fishery, but some regulations affecting Dolly Varden were approved by the Board of Fish in February 2002 and remain in place.

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

Ward: State still needs to downsize
The GOP may hold the governor's mansion and control the Legislature, but former Republican state Sen. Jerry Ward said this week that state government still is too large and too costly.

W.W. 'Bud' Kasulka
Longtime Cooper Landing resident W.W. "Bud" Kasulka died Sunday, June 8, 2003, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage due to cancer. He was 77.

Photo feature: A day at the park
Seth Stokes munches on a bag of popcorn while watching the baseball game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai. Stokes is from Atlanta and is visiting Alaska with his family for the week.

Oilers drop a pair to start season
The Peninsula Oilers began their season with a pair of losses Monday in the Hardball Tournament at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

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.

Partnership offers best option for Kenai
Can the city of Kenai continue to offer the same services at the Kenai Recreation Center? Yes, it can, but with the reduction in revenue our community is facing, those same services would change with the center being closed two days a week, reduction of staff, programs and hours of service decreasing. The city administration suggested the idea of a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club that would save the city $87,000 and maintain the same level of services our residents have become accustomed to.

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.

Alaska can't bank on predictions of rising oil prices
Alaskans do tend to live for the moment and resist change. Those who have been watching the rising price of a barrel of North Slope crude might be thinking that maybe, just maybe, Alaska won't need to change its ways when it comes to money.

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

Around the Peninsula
Community clothes closet open todayLieutenant gov to speak at chamberBaha'i study circle tonightKenai chamber to meetHomer public radio to host chamber mixerKenai River festival set for SaturdayGenealogical society holding classSocial Security rep to visit peninsulaKCVBB, Kenai council plan work sessionGolf tournament to benefit Red CrossPower wheelchairs available

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Senior makes slow getaway
LAND O'LAKES, Fla. (AP) A would-be bank robber thought he was in the clear when he made a clean getaway in a minivan.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Hornets tab Floyd next bench boss
NEW ORLEANS The New Orleans Hornets decided to give Tim Floyd a chance to prove he is a better coach than his disastrous NBA debut with the Chicago Bulls.

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

Tired Sabbatini takes Capital Open crown
POTOMAC, Md. Frustrated by a slow playing partner and tired from a week of wet weather, Rory Sabbatini needed one last big shot to settle himself.

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.

Devils feast on dead Ducks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Never has the Stanley Cup felt more at home than in the New Jersey swamp.

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.

Parker beating Kidd in point-guard battle
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Tony Parker, at 21, is a better player than Jason Kidd was at that age.

Sports Briefs
Phillies shut out AngelsRice advances to College World SeriesUSSF to propose World Cup final in Carson

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.

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.

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