Sunday, June 15, 2003

Girl dies from apparent dose of bad drug
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 16-year-old Eagle River girl is dead after apparently taking an illegal drug that wasn't made properly, according to Anchorage police.

Bills limit environmental, other lawsuits
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski signed a bill Friday intended to end a lawsuit over oil drilling in Cook Inlet and prevent such lawsuits in the future.

Governor signs bill on gas pipeline financing
FAIRBANKS (AP) A bill to help finance a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope was signed this week by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Skagway railroad sets passenger record
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) The White Pass and Yukon Route railway carried 4,888 passengers Wednesday, breaking the old one-day record of 4,736, according to the company.

Canadian fishermen rescued by cruise ship
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three Canadian fishermen were rescued by a cruise ship headed south from Alaska after the boat they were on sank Friday morning just south of Alaska waters, Canadian officials said.

Pastor pleads innocent in fatal shootings
PALMER (AP) The Big Lake pastor who shot and killed two men burglarizing his chapel has pleaded innocent to charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

Fairbanks borough rejects union pacts
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has rejected contracts negotiated by the borough administration with two unions.

Charities work to grasp budget cuts
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski's budget cuts to health and social programs have left Alaska charitable groups scrambling to figure out what it all means for the poor, sick and elderly.

Governor signs crime bills
JUNEAU (AP) Repeat sex offenders will do more time in prison and more criminals will have to give DNA samples under bills signed into law Friday by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Senator wants federal aid for Bush teacher housing
FAIRBANKS (AP) Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants millions of dollars in federal money to encourage teachers to take jobs in Alaska's Bush communities.

Seward doctor recounts rafting ordeal
ANCHORAGE (AP) Rounding a bend on the river, Blake Stanfield saw a solid sheet of ice ahead. There was no way to turn the cataraft around in the rushing current that thrust the Seward doctor and his father toward the 2-foot-high white wall.

Encircled subdivision wants mail delivery
FAIRBANKS (AP) Residents of a tiny, landlock

Bristol Bay Native group backs oil drilling
ANCHORAGE (AP) In a dramatic turnabout, a powerful group of Bristol Bay Natives has endorsed the idea of oil development in the region, even offshore.

Washington state man fined for bear hunting violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Washington state man has been fined more than $5,000 and ordered to pay nearly $2,000 more in restitution for violating Alaska's bear hunting laws.

Torre meets Boss
NEW YORK Joe Torre reiterated Saturday that he and George Steinbrenner are doing just fine, with the Yankees manager insisting he's not worried about being fired despite a recent slide that ''stimulated the owner.''

Rocket doesn't rest on laurels
NEW YORK Roger Clemens looked around his cluttered locker, stuffed with balls and jerseys and trinkets from a most historic night.

Twins suffer long day for short loss at Wasilla
The American Legion Twins drove nine hours for less than five innings of baseball and a loss Saturday.

Braves' Hampton gets back on winning track vs. Seattle
SEATTLE Mike Hampton pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning for his first victory in more than a month and the Atlanta Braves beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 Saturday.

Gibbs teammates on a roll and at the front
BROOKLYN, Mich. The Sirius Satellite 400 will be a first for Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart.

Festival 'wets' appetite for fun
For those wanting to enjoy salmon and the Kenai River on Saturday, but not wanting to spend the weekend standing shoulder to shoulder with dozens of anglers, the Kenai River Festival was a family-oriented alternative.

Sales tax saves Seward
The city of Seward is in better shape than some other Kenai Peninsula communities to deal with Gov. Frank Murkowski's cuts to state funding from the Revenue Sharing and Safe Communities programs, mainly because it already had planned to implement a sales tax increase in its fiscal year 2004 budget.

HEA changes position on intertie project
Homer Electric Association's board of directors unanimously approved a motion to withdraw its support for the Southern Intertie project Tuesday, citing economic concerns and reduced need as primary reasons.

Park upgrades dumped on council
As a result of Gov. Frank Murkowski's $37 million cut in state aid to local communities, the city of Soldotna stands to lose $138,000 in municipal assistance and revenue sharing funds, according to City Manager Tom Boedeker.

Mill rate may be future issue for Homer
Gov. Frank Murkowski's budget cuts may ultimately force the city of Homer to consider raising local taxes, the city's director of finance said Friday.

Borough prepared for tight budget
While cuts to state municipal aid and matching grant programs have caused immediate pain in many cities, the Kenai Peninsula Borough will not face such discomforts, at least in fiscal year 2004, said Jeff Sinz, borough finance director.

Decision deals Kenai another blow
The city of Kenai took another blow to its finances this year when Gov. Frank Murkowski vetoed state funding from the Revenue Sharing and Safe Communities programs Thursday.

Chrisanto Ferman Salvador Sr.
Longtime Alaska resident and beloved gourmet cook Chrisanto Ferman Salvador Sr. died Friday, June 6, 2003, at his home with family members present. He was 98.

Oilers get season's first two victories
The Peninsula Oilers got it done with the bats Saturday, pounding out nine hits to notch their second straight win with a 10-2 defeat of the Ukiah, Calif., Dons at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Can we balance preservation, conservation?
The Sacramento Bee has published another brilliant report authored by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Tom Knudson. Knudson spent a year traveling thousands of miles researching background for "State of Denial." The report explored the global environmental impact of California as a consumer state.

Seeing a father's super power
I became enthralled with modern and classic heroes at a very young age. From the pages of Superman, Spiderman, the Flash, Batman, the Hulk, the Green Lantern sprang the most incredible, colorful adventures.

Search for dad yields more
WHITESBURG, Ky. On a warm, bright Sunday morning last fall, on a steep eastern Kentucky hillside, two men I'd just met knelt and used their hands to finish digging a hole for the urn containing my father's ashes.

Gourley, McCaughey marry at sunset
Darcy Rae Gourley of Kenai and Klay Ruel McCaughey of Nikiski were married Friday, May 23, 2003, in a ceremony at sunset at Sunshine Point in Homer. Gary Kivi, uncle of the groom, officiated.

McEwen, Shaeffer announce engagement
Sylvia Nadine McEwen of Kasilof and Michael John Shaeffer of Kasilof have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at Soldotna Creek Park, with a reception to follow in the conference room at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Around the Peninsula
Hobo Jim to appear at summer programRegistration for fire preparedness classes dueGolf tourney for Boys and Girls Club plannedSoldotna seniors plan luauKPFA holds workshop, annual meetingFinal weeks for immunizations at Homer clinicKWF offers bird identifying classKenai pool continues swim lessonsNikiski Boys and Girls club offers activities

4-H camp for kids endeavors to train responsible riders
Hollywood movies have made it look all too easy to ride a horse. After watching a few Westerns, the average person thinks there isn't much to it at all you just saddle up, get on and ride off into the sunset.

Madrid, Chezik plan July wedding
Sharon Madrid and Matt Chezik of Soldotna have announced their plans to marry Saturday, July 12, 2003, at Bridal Point in Sterling along the Kenai River.

'Pac-Mans' make interesting pets, with proper care
Far from being warm and fuzzy, frogs are considered a favorite among exotic pet owners, and the horned frog is a popular pet for many amphibian enthusiasts.

My best friend
Kleine the kitty cat snuggles into a comfortable spot for a nap on the bed of her owner Lola Cress of Kenai. Lola says the sun shines in every afternoon to keep Kleine purring.

Free agency looms for Kidd
SAN ANTONIO Jason Kidd was due to arrive here at 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

Kenai's Jackie scores win in Main Event
Jackie McGahan wasn't just winging it Friday night at Twin Cities Raceway he had a pretty good strategy in mind on his way to winning the Main Event in the first Sprint Car Invitational of the season.

Bailey sweeps sprints
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Aleen Bailey completed a sprinting sweep in the NCAA track and field championships Saturday night, defeating LSU's Muna Lee in the 200 meters just as she had a day earlier in the 100.

State motocross draws almost 200 competitors
Saturday was a long day, but a worthwhile one, for those associated with the area motocross scene.

Rice, Texas advance in World Series
OMAHA, Neb. Working on a one-hitter through eight innings, Jeff Niemann ignored cramps in his legs and went out for the ninth.

Sports Briefs
Knight, Weimer take Run for RiverNeuheisel offers proposal to keep jobRoddick zips 149 mph serve in beating AgassiWilliams' son gets first professional hitU.S. women's soccer routs Ireland

Furyk controls U.S. Open
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. Jim Furyk knew the putt was going to be a problem even before he left the tee. Now, staring down a 40-footer over a ridge, he reminded himself that par never hurts at the U.S. Open.

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