Wednesday, June 11, 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.

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.

Tongass, Chugach forests may be excluded from roadless rule
ANCHORAGE

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

Sosa helps Cubs hunt down Orioles
BALTIMORE Sammy Sosa doubled and scored the Chicago Cubs' first run, and Shawn Estes pitched seven innings of six-hit ball Tuesday night in a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Elected officials, businesses make awareness day success
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank thanks the following elected public officials for serving soup at the soup kitchen June 5 on National Hunger Awareness Day

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

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.

North Road Wrestling Club extends gratitude to community
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all who helped make the North Road Wrestling Club's Fiesta Night fund-raiser such a wonderful success.

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.

Moose thank community members for supporting bike rodeo
We would like to express our appreciation to the following individuals and organizations for making the annual Peninsula Moose Bike Safety Rodeo for youth a success.

School district appreciates HEA work during year of storms
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District would like to send out a special thank you to the Homer Electric Association.

Unocal cuts Agrium's gas supply
Production at the Agrium Corp. fertilizer plant near Nikiski is expected to decline following a cut in natural gas supply from Unocal Corp.

Breathe easy: Asthma, allergy clinic continues
People suffering from sinus trouble, hay fever, allergies or asthma can breath easily. For one more day, the Northwest Asthma and Allergy Center will be at Central Peninsula General Hospital to diagnose or follow up with those dealing with respiratory problems.

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.

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.

Library, patrons cope with budget cuts
The Kenai Community Library is a well-loved and well-attended institution in Kenai. Starting July 1, however, it will no longer be well-attended on Sundays, since it will no longer be open that day.

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.

CPGH expansion bid hits snag
Central Peninsula General Hospital's bid for expansion faced its first obstacle Monday evening.

Brian L. Halvarson
A service in memory of Brian L. Halvarson, son of Larry and Barbara Halvarson of Soldotna, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 13, at the Soldotna Church of Christ, Mile 91.7 of the Sterling Highway. Everyone is invited to the service.

Mary Ann Price
Anchorage resident Mary Ann Price died Sunday, June 8, 2003, in Sterling of natural causes. She was 61.

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.

Oilers reschedule Hardball contests
Rain forced the suspension of play in the Peninsula Oilers Hardball Tournament Tuesday, but games have been rescheduled for today at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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.

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.

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.

Fiscal gap requires nonpartisan cooperation, thoughtful planning
The story of this session is more remarkable for what did not happen than for what did. Gov. Frank Murkowski and the Republican majorities r

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.

Political opponents jump to premature conclusions on Iraq weapons data
Efforts by political opponents to discredit President Bush have reached circus-style proportions.

Around the Peninsula
Healthy Communities committee meeting planned Historical society seeking volunteers AMHB work sessions begin Thursday Power wheelchairs available 'Fish happens' blood drive planned Golf tourney to benefit firefighters association Registration for girls basketball camp being held Crafters-artisans sought for freedom festival

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available 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 Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Showers spruce up course
With the recent much needed rain, the fairways are filling in and looking wonderful. Golfers are enjoying a terrific season of pars, birdies, eagles and hole in one shots.

Retractable roof in Kenai? When pigs fly
As I sit in the dull, wood-paneled office here at the Clarion thinking of the rained-out baseball game I should be covering, I can't help but come to an intractable decision.

Championship smell beckons New Jersey
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. As they prepared for the game that might decide the fate of their NBA title dreams, the New Jersey Nets could smell a championship.

Rockets preparing for Van Gundy's arrival
HOUSTON The Houston Rockets will introduce their new coach Wednesday at their new arena. It won't be a surprise.

Lions hold second city race
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Motocross Division held the second city race of the year Friday night at Twin Cities Raceway.

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

Woods asked about slump, not a slam
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. Slam and slump.

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.

Walk the tunnel to Whittier
The Greater Whittier Chamber of Commerce, in coopera

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

Homer resident leads June standings
Rylee Millspaugh of Homer leads the June standings in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Millspaugh caught a 187.6-pound halibut on June 1 for the lead.

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.

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.

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