Tuesday, June 17, 2003

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.

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

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.

Wind, spruce fuel Goodpaster fire
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) Huge, old black spruce on hills provided ready fuel Tuesday for a wildfire in the Goodpaster Valley, about 30 miles northeast of Delta Junction.

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.

UAF hosts PSU, Morgan State and Army this fall
FAIRBANKS (AP) The University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Athletics has announced teams to play in the 2003 Mt. McKinley North Star Invitational Basketball Tournament field.

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.

UAF professor named Fulbright Scholar
FAIRBANKS (AP) Political scientist Jerry McBeath has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at China's Foreign Affairs College during spring semester 2004.

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.

Rental car tax, vandalism, community schools bills signed
JUNEAU (AP) People renting cars will help pay for state government next year under a bill signed by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

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.

Former cannery worker digs won't be open this year
PETERSBURG (AP) For more than two decades this town's tent city has been a cheap and well known summer camping roost for seasonal cannery workers, and, more recently, adventurous tourists.

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.

Villages upset over VPSO cuts
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski's veto of money for village public safety officers in more than a dozen villages will leave them subject to higher crime rates, according to residents.

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

Outage hits Denali Park, Healy businesses
FAIRBBANKS (AP) A smoldering cross-arm between two power poles prompted Golden Valley Electric Association workers to shut down power to Healy and Denali National Park and Preserve for about two hours Monday.

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.

Small explosion, fire rock 30-foot tour boat at dock
JUNEAU (AP) A small explosion and fire hit a whale-watching boat between tours after it fueled up Sunday at Auke Bay.

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.

Man, 89, assaulted by robbery with pellet gun
ANCHORAGE (AP) An 89-year-old man was shot in the chest with a pellet gun and pistol-whipped Sunday evening while trying to fight off an intruder who burst into his Fairview neighborhood home, Anchorage police 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.

Juneau ordinance could speed up Kensington Mine
JUNEAU (AP) A new mining ordinance passed Monday night by the Juneau Assembly could speed development of Coeur Alaska's Kensington Mine Project by six months, according to a company vice president.

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

Search finds nothing from distress call
ANCHORAGE (AP) An extensive Coast Guard search found nothing Monday after the crew of a fishing boat in the Gulf of Alaska heard a mayday call reporting a vessel sinking and people in the water.

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.

Wind, spruce fuel Goodpaster fire
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) Huge, old black spruce on hills provided ready fuel Monday for a wildfire in the Goodpaster Valley, about 30 miles northeast of Delta Junction.

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

Climber taken by helicopter off McKinley
TALKEETNA (AP) A climber suffering from altitude sickness was rescued from Mount McKinley, the National Park Service said Monday.

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.

Interior firefighters corral three wildfires
FAIRBANKS (AP) The weather in Alaska's Interior remained dry and windy Monday as firefighters battled three new fires and fresh crews were brought in on a fourth blaze that began three weeks ago.

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.

Mallott recovering from emergency brain surgery
JUNEAU (AP) Native leader Byron Mallott, who suffered a brain hemorrhage in January while traveling in New Zealand, is back to work and recovering well, he said.

Anchorage man builds global business
ANCHORAGE (AP) When a plane carrying rescued American prisoner of war Jessica Lynch landed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany in April, an Anchorage company was on hand to help.

Finances for Stevens, Young change little
WASHINGTON (AP) The financial condition of Alaska's two longtime members of Congress changed little in the past year, though Sen. Ted Stevens probably joined the Senate millionaire's club.

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

Miami, Rice pick up Series victories
OMAHA, Neb. Joey Hooft and Jim Burt homered, and reliever Shawn Valdes-Fauli shut down Southwest Missouri State, leading Miami to a 7-5 victory in a College World Series elimination game Monday.

Royals blow big lead, still beat Twins
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Raul Ibanez singled home Carlos Beltran in the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals blew an eight-run lead and still beat the Minnesota Twins 9-8 Monday night.

Impact Area hits target for gun lovers
Entrepreneur Travis Wright is right on target for gun lovers at his shop on K-Beach Rd. called The Impact Area. Wright is a former U.S. Marine who grew up in Oregon where he hunted and fished most of his life. "

Historic event for local Jewish community
For many decades the small Jewish community on the Kenai Peninsula have held Sabbath and holiday services in family homes, churches, and public meeting places. Like most people who moved to Alaska in the last 50 years, members of the community that gathered together came from a variety of different backgrounds, geographic locations, family traditions, and personal experience with Judaism.

New Plant Manager at Agrium
Mike Nugent is retiring as Plant Manager at Agrium's Nikiski fertilizer plant. During his time as manager, Nugent became a popular figure, who along with his wife Dixie, were personally involved with numerous Chamber of Commerce activities as well as the award winning Caring For The Kenai Environmental Awareness contest co-sponsored by Agrium and Unocal.

Wells Fargo presentsVolunteer Service Awards
When the Wells Fargo Stage pulled into town last week it was carrying a strong box filled with cash awards for local non-profit organizations.

Challenger Center Phase II ready for lift off
Phase II of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is almost complete and operational. Last week Kenai Mayor John Williams, Challenger Center Board President, and Board member Gary Turner, KPC Director, made a final walk through inspection with the architects of Klauder & Company that took the vision for the center and made it a reality.

Now Playing: Finding Nemo
The most resonant image in my head after I left the darkness of the theater for the hot summer air of the parking lot was a great field of shimmering blue green surrounding a lonely speck of orange. In the joyous and funny Finding Nemo, Pixar and Disney have created more than just smart entertainment, they have created a true work of art.

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

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.

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.

Community, legislators helped save Independent Living Centers
All of us at the Independent Living Center want to express our heartfelt thanks for the community support exhibited in the recent state budget deliberations.

Government refusal to honor promise belies national integrity
Dear Alaska Senators and Representatives, It has been admitted and is documented that the U.S. government promised medical care, provided medical care and then reneged on the medical care of World War II-Korea era military retirees. The U.S. government failing to honor its word is an egregious and dishonorable action. The bedrock of America rests in a government that reflects integrity, honor and truth.

Governor, state employees should share in hardships
I have been receiving the longevity bonus for several years and am a 50-plus-year resident of Alaska. I suggest to the governor that since the old folks are being denied $250 per month, it would be appropriate to deduct $250 per month from all state employees' salaries beginning with the salary of the governor, in order to help the lackluster financial position the state now faces.

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.

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.

Assembly to consider hospital bond
Central Peninsula General Hospital is more than 30 years old, and though the additions of the emergency department, the Family Recovery Center wing and modern diagnostic equipment since the mid-1980s have improved services, four out of five physicians recently surveyed say the facility is inadequate.

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.

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.

Fire, emergency agency seeks accreditation
The Kenai Peninsula's Central Emergency Services has set off on what is expected to be a two- to three-year accreditation process taking an introspective look at its administration, goals and resources.

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.

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

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

Scott Cunningham
Homer resident Scott Cunningham died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, following an accident. He was 43.

Oilers close up defensive gaps
Always be closing.

Oilers complete sweep of Dons
The Peninsula Oilers defeated the California Dons 2-1 Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, completing a three-game series sweep and improving their overall record to .500.

Adapting to the 'little' alterations requires a lot of patience
There is a rumor floating around like dandelion fluff on the wind that change is good. Maybe it is. Maybe change shakes us loose from whatever rut we are in and gives us a new focus or direction. But there are times when change does not feel good, or at least not good to everyone. So this is my opinion, worth exactly what you pay for it, about some changes going on in Kenai.

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.

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.

Governor's veto pen sends loud messages
Gov. Frank Murkowski's veto pen did more than just cut the state budget $138 million. Its ink sent a couple of loud messages.

Photo feature: Beach-side blooms
Wild geraniums overlook the Cook Inlet off a bluff in Kenai. The wild geraniums bloom from June to August and can occasionally be seen with a white bloom.

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

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber meets todayKenai chamber meets WednesdayCPHC board plans meetingResidents invited to speak on bridge design themeApplications for Progress Days availableHelp for home day-care providers

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

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

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.

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

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?

Making elderly drivers safer, or getting them off the road
WASHINGTON First, the elderly woman tried to drive between a delivery van and two people walking on a narrow Florida street. Then, busy chatting, she didn't notice a car stopping in front of her. At a stop sign, she pulled out in front of a truck.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

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

What's next for Spurs?
SAN ANTONIO When the San Antonio Spurs hold their ring ceremony 4 1/2 months from now, they'll bear only a passing resemblance to the championship squad that finished off the Nets in six games.

Weir, Furyk lead wide open year at majors
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. The Masters champion is a southpaw from north of the border. The U.S. Open champion has a loop in his swing that helped him hit the ball straight on a course not far from the Loop in Chicago.

Tennis needs Roddick, Roddick needs big title
Tennis desperately needs Andy Roddick to step up to stardom. For all kinds of reasons.

Sports Briefs
Nevada man leads Homer derbyDerkevorkian takes Open Air raceU.S. women to open in WashingtonHewitt, Serena get No. 1 seeds at WimbledonDelegates hope Iraq's program is back by 2004

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.

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!

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