Monday, June 16, 2003

Group warns against tribes doing work on public lands
FAIRBANKS (AP) A public employees group says Alaskans should be wary of Bush administration negotiations that could turn over work on national parks and wildlife refuges to Native American tribes.

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.

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.

Boy drown in Noatak River
KOTZEBUE (AP) A 3-year-old boy drowned in the Noatak River on Friday night, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Fairbanks man arrested for hit and run
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks man was arrested Saturday after he collided with a motorcycle and tried to evade Alaska State Troopers, officers 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.

Nome man dies moving commercial fishing boat
NOME (AP) A Nome fisherman died Saturday morning after his boat shifted and crushed him as it was being moved.

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.

Educators ponder poor eighth grade math test scores
ANCHORAGE (AP) Low scores by eighth graders taking the statewide benchmark exam may mean that the test is too hard, according to education officials.

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.

Full-day kindergarten alarms some Juneau parents
JUNEAU (AP) When kindergartner Ryan Benson came home after school, he was too tired to stay awake, his mother says.

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.

Interior firefighters corral three wildfires
FAIRBANKS (AP) Interior wildfire crews battled three wildfires that started over the weekend.

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.

Alaskan suggests permanent fund for Iraq
ANCHORAGE (AP) Iraq could benefit from a savings account based on the Alaska Permanent Fund, according to a state financier, and the idea is getting attention at the nation's highest levels.

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.

Hunting guide faces charges from 1998 hunts
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks hunting guide faces seven misdemeanor charges in connection with hunts in August and September 1998.

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

Young sponsors bill to expand Native American health services
FAIRBANKS (AP) Rep. Don Young has introduced a bill to reauthorize and expand health care services for Native Americans.

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.

Troopers name deputy director
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska State Trooper director Julie Grimes has appointed Joe Masters as the agency's new deputy director.

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

Strong earthquake occurs near Buldir Island
ANCHORAGE (AP) A strong earthquake struck Sunday near Buldir Island in the Aleutian Islands.

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.

Woman injured in Denali Highway accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman was injured when she lost control of her car going too fast on gravel on the Denali Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Juneau couple find adventure in canal paddle
JUNEAU (AP) Cold, wet and waiting to be rescued from a tiny deserted island in Southeast Alaska, Kathleen Hargraves showed her husband, Jerry Fields, a moss-covered human skull lying half-exposed on the muddy ground near the couple's tent.

Anchorage Assembly to consider stricter signs
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Anchorage Assembly in coming weeks will take up an issue that could change the look of Alaska's largest city.

Alaska troops deploy for secret destinations
ANCHORAGE (AP) Crews from the 210th Rescue Squadron and support teams from the Air National Guard's 176th Wing are leaving Alaska to serve in the war against terrorism.

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.

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.

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.

'Cocks, Titans to meet in College World Series
OMAHA, Neb. Winning never seems to come easily to South Carolina at the College World Series.

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.''

Teen Center thanks volunteers for successful May events
The Kenai Teen Center is happy to announce that our May events have been a great success.

Cabin fire destroyed important piece of peninsula history
How could anyone be so demented as to intentionally set fire to the Finger Lakes Cabin, a public use cabin on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge? This cabin represented part of the peninsula's historic past. It is

Community support makes Faeo family fund-raiser success
On June 8, the Kenai Writers' Group, along with a lot of their friends, hosted a very successful fund-raiser for Heather Faeo, the 14-year-old Nikiski girl who was struck by a car on the Kenai Spur Highway on May 17.

Mom appreciates support after daughter's accident
On May 17, my daughter Heather was hit by a car in Kenai, suffering severe head injuries and a broken leg.

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.

Busch grabs third win of season at Sirius
BROOKLYN, Mich. About the only thing Kurt Busch and his team didn't change on his car Sunday at Michigan International Speedway was the number.

Firm targets coal deposits on peninsula
Coal deposits on the lower Kenai Peninsula thought to contain commercial quantities of natural gas are now the target of an Anchorage-based company recently granted eight leases to explore and develop those resources.

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.

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.

Kenai refuge cabin burns; cause being investigated
A popular public-use cabin in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has been destroyed by fire.

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.

Photo feature: Feelying picky
Mickellle Waters of Nikiski picks dandelions along the Kenai Spur Jighway before eacting lunch with her family at Pizza Hut in Kenai recently.

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.

CES sports new look, new logo
Members of Central Emergency Services will respond to fire and emergency calls with a new look this summer.

Area folks take advantage of Kenai Peninsula's great outdoors
Living on the Kenai Peninsula means one need not go far to escape to the great outdoors.

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.

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.

Oilers close up defensive gaps
Always be closing.

Polish vote to join union marks historic decision
More than three-quarters of the Poles who voted in (last) weekend's referendum on European Union membership supported the government's proposal to accept the membership agreement.

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.

Politics, economics offered Poles no choice but to join EU What others say
Diffidently, and with heavy hearts, Poles have voted to join the EU. Even the intervention of Pope John Paul II, the greatest living Pole, did little to enthuse them.

President, governor earn high approval rates in Sunshine State
The road to the White House becomes an eight-lane interstate when it reaches the state of Florida. Following the 2000 election controversy, the state has emerged as the most storied microcosm of America, and the crown jewel of presidential electoral politics.

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.

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.

Community News
Boys and Girls Club to host Boys and Girls Club to host Golf Classic Library hours shortened Dance, movement classes available

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.

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.

Ask a Firefighter
Did you know each year residential fires kill an average of 4,000 people, injure an additional 21,000 and destroy more than $3.5 billion in property?

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.

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

Peninsula People
Tappana earns masters degree, presents play Area students graduate college Kenai student named to deans list Builders award scholarships Soldotna woman earns Air Force medal Bittle graduates MMI Peninsula students intern with Sen. Stevens

Loralee and Lance Anderson Amy and Raymond White Kaycie and Jeffery Schmelzenbach

Around the Peninsula
Totem Tracers offering class Social Security rep on peninsula this week KCVBB, Kenai council to hold joint work session Health Centers plan meeting Willow workshop scheduled Disabled Vets to meet Applications for July 4 celebration available

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.

Rolling in cash
Members of the public participate in the Junior Achievement Roll-A-Thon in Kenai on May 31. The roll-a-thon raised $5,800 to pay for materials used in the volunteer-taught Junior Achievement economics classes taught to more than 400 students in Soldotna, Kenai and Nikiski this past year.

'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.

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

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.

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

Duncan Spurs 2nd San Antonio title
SAN ANTONIO First came a blocked shot, one of eight for Tim Duncan. Next came his two-handed, overhead pass to Stephen Jackson at the 3-point line swish!

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.

A swing good enough to win the U.S. Open
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. Say what you want about Jim Furyk's swing. It won him a U.S. Open with a performance that put him in the record books.

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.

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

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