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Thursday, June 12, 2003

Palmer man appointed to District Court bench
WASILLA (AP) A man born and raised in Palmer has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Palmer District Court bench.

Governor signs oil tax credit bill
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski has signed into a law an oil exploration tax credit he hopes eventually will bring more oil into production and more dollars to the state.

Kodiak teacher hopes electric fence will keep bears out
KODIAK (AP) Kodiak teacher Steve Steffensen is packing something new in with supplies destined for the family's setnet site in Egegik. A solar-powered electric fence.

Seward man, father survive plunge under Koyukuk River ice
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Seward man and his father were retrieved from the North Fork of the Koyukuk River by a Fort Wainwright helicopter early Wednesday morning after surviving a a plunge under river ice and spending five days without food or supplies.

Forklift rollover kills Homer man
ANCHORAGE (AP) The owner of a Homer air taxi business was killed Wednesday when a forklift he was driving slid off a soft shoulder and crushed him, Homer police said.

CIRI shareholders seek dividend
ANCHORAGE (AP) Shareholders have told Cook Inlet Regional Inc. to hand out $63 million in special dividends.

Murkowski signs concealed carry permit bill
JUNEAU (AP) Alaskans will no longer need a permit to carry a concealed weapon under a bill signed into law Wednesday.

Umiat fire wipes out lodge
ANCHORAGE (AP) A blaze fueled by high winds on the North Slope engulfed the few buildings in the tiny settlement of Umiat on Tuesday, the state fire marshal's office said.

Juneau roe exporter wins governor's award
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau-based company has been awarded the Governor's Exporter of the Year award for small businesses.

Complaints lead to halibut overfishing enforcement
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two Anchorage men sportfishing for halibut near Homer were arrested and fined for exceeding their limit, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries enforcement office said Wednesday.

Firefighters keep close watch on Tok wildfire
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Tok River wildfire has been declared under control but state firefighters are keeping a close watch on remaining hot spots due to continued dry weather.

Fire ignites at post range
FAIRBANKS (AP) A training exercise on the Fort Wainwright small arms range Wednesday was blamed for starting a wildfire that has consumed 50-60 acres.

Alyeska gears up for spills with high-tech trailer
FAIRBANKS (AP) As trailers go, Alyeska's new mobile command post is all business. No beer cooler or grill, but enough communications equipment to put it in the running for Alaska's most wired single-wide.

Sosa begins suspension
BALTIMORE (AP) Sammy Sosa thrilled the fans at Camden Yards on Wednesday with a wonderful display of power during batting practice.

Record six Houston pitchers no-hit Yanks
NEW YORK It took a record six pitchers to no-hit the New York Yankees, and that wasn't the only bizarre thing about the Houston Astros' big night in the Bronx.

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.

Reno casinos look to river to deliver tourists
RENO, Nev. It was heresy not long ago for a Reno casino owner to encourage gamblers to pry themselves away from the slot machines and enjoy the great outdoors.

Russian LNG could sell in California
ANCHORAGE (AP) Liquefied natural gas from the Russian Far East may be sold in southern California as soon as 2007.

Walton opens second Soldotna Edward Jones
Indy Walton opened a second Edward Jones office in Soldotna across the Sterling Highway from Fred Meyer on Wednesday. For the past seven months, Walton has been working with Wes Roberts to serve investors throughout the Kenai Peninsula area.

Soldotna gets Street apparel
What could be better than buying in-style fashion that doesn't come from a nearby box store or an adult-friendly department store?

Juneau exporter earns biz accolades
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau-based company has been awarded the Governor's Exporter of the Year award for small businesses.

King fishing extended
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order extending king salmon fishing in the Ninilchik River.

Harrison Ford gets goofy in new movie
LOS ANGELES Oh, that wacky Harrison Ford, rigging his cell phone to announce calls with the tune of ''My Girl'' and chasing a bad guy on a child's pink bicycle.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Singers bring back old tunes
NEW YORK The words are intimate, but delivered in public. The music is sung close up, perhaps even whispered across cocktail tables.

Book offers personal view of Alaska's changes
Many people come to Alaska pursuing dreams and adventures. Some find them. But few can tell their tales to others in a compelling way.

Art Briefs
Book sale starts todayFine arts institute slatedPoetry contests offers $1,000Writers' conference slatedPratt soliciting ornament designsMuseum solicits fiber artwork

Frank Sinatra tributes, memoirs, reprises abound
NEW YORK As improbable as it may sound, Frank Sinatra is the man of the moment.

Quilting on the Kenai
Though quilting developed as largely a wintertime activity, it's popularity has grown to the point where it isn't relegated to the cold dark months of winter anymore. Now this area's premier quilting activity of the year is held in the thick of the summer.

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.

Oil spill sentences shows questionable logic
Last week, the man who shot a hole in the pipeline was sentenced to 16 years in prison. He spilled 265,000 gallons of oil.

Poem reminds children to remember dads
Father's have feelings

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.

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

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.

This week's race: Sirius Satellite 400
Where and when

Points leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 2,1152. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,9393. Jeff Gordon 1,882

Matt Kenseth quietly expanding points lead
BROOKLYN, Mich. Matt Kenseth could skip this Sunday's Sirius Satellite 400 at Michigan International Speedway, and he still would be the leader of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings.

Money leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $3,018,4202. Kurt Busch 2,706,9403. Michael Waltrip 2,648,455

Michael Waltrip
Michael Waltrip won the season-opening Daytona 500. Since all three of his career wins have come at Daytona International Speedway, it was hardly a surprise.

Race schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

California will get date from Darlington
BROOKLYN, Mich. There's no mystery surrounding NASCAR's scheduled press conference Friday at Michigan International Speedway. Word the California Speedway will gain a second racing date the traditional Southern 500 weekend has been one of racing's worst-kept secrets.

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.

Hospital provides new high-tech health care
The Kenai Peninsula has taken the lead in cutting-edge medical technology in Alaska with a new upgrade at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Oil, gas bills signed
Gov. Frank Murkowski signed into law four oil and gas bills at Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon and applauded the efforts of Kenai Peninsula state legislators Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, and Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, who helped steer the natural resource development bills into being.

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

Kenai River Festival set for this weekend
The city of Kenai will be busting at the seams this weekend as the 13th annual Kenai River Festival kicks off once again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Targeting terrorists: Bush's stance not so clear in Mideast
WASHINGTON The words were uttered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, but they could just as easily have come from President Bush: ''We will make no concessions to terror.''

Road map to Middle East peace giving people chance at hope for future
On a path fraught with great difficulties and much controversy, the Mideast peace process is slowly but surely advancing, gaining new momentum that is breaking down the walls of distrust.

Sharon's 'peacemaker' image tainted by actions
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's recent admission, that it is impossible to keep the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip under occupation forever, has done little, if anything, to change the way he is perceived in the Arab world. His gory track record belies any bid on his part to cast himself as a peacemaker.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Summer clubhouse to hold open houseBarbecue to benefit Sterling seniorsFamily picnic planned for SundaySoccer coaches neededWillow identification workshop scheduledKenai Boys and Girls Club host golf tourneyCrafters-artisans sought for freedom festivalNRA to sponsor women's gun clinic

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

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.

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.

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
KPSC competes at Kristiansen tourneyBig sprint car event comes to KenaiVan Gundy introduced as coach of the RocketsPenguins' hiring enough to bring Olczyk to tears

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Nets find a way
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The New Jersey Nets shuffled off the court at the final buzzer, looking as though they had just pulled off a fast one.

Tiger's slump qualifies as excellent for most
Superman had Kryptonite. Samson had Delilah. Tiger Woods has his weak moments, too. Or not.

Birch Ridge Report: Quick pop quiz on golf
Pop quiz: What is a bumbershoot and do you need one to play golf? The answer is at the end ... be patient.

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