Wednesday, June 18, 2003

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.

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.

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.

NEA-Alaska sues Haines, Hoonah over layoffs
HAINES (AP) The state teachers union has sued the Haines and Hoonah school districts, claiming their layoffs of tenured teachers was improper.

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.

Governor orders DMV offices to stay open
JUNEAU (AP) Governor Frank Murkowski has ordered the Department of Administration to keep Division of Motor Vehicle offices open in five Alaska communities.

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.

Cocaine dealer sentenced to five years
ANCHORAGE (AP) The first of 44 defendants indicted on cocaine distribution charges last year was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday.

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.

Amendment could save up to 15 percent of cargo business
FAIRBANKS (AP) Sen. Ted Stevens has again convinced his U.S. Senate colleagues to allow foreign air carriers to switch their cargo to other companies' planes in Alaska.

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.

Troopers arrest Big Lake man on theft charge
WASILLA (AP) A Big Lake man was charged with theft, driving while intoxicated and driving with a revoked license after he was stopped with a stolen trailer containing tools, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Teen school board member resigns
JUNEAU (AP) Juneau's youngest official school board member will resign.

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.

Kodiak teacher found after adventure race ends
ANCHORAGE (AP) A missing adventure racer who raised fears for his safety when he did not show up at the finish line in Talkeetna was found late Tuesday night, Alaska State Troopers 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 delays leash law patrols
ANCHORAGE (AP) A plan to send out animal control officers on bicycles to enforce the city leash law in parks and other public places has been put on hold, a city official said Tuesday.

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.

GCI, WorldCom work reach settlement
ANCHORAGE (AP) General Communication Inc. will accept $11 million in future services from WorldCom as part of a settlement of debts owed by the Lower 48 telecom giant, which has filed a plan for reorganization under bankruptcy protection.

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.

Leman creates faith-based services panel
FAIRBANKS (AP) Lt. Gov. Loren Leman on Tuesday established an 18-member panel aimed at buoying community and faith-based organizations' role in local social services.

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.

Pepper spray sends children to hospital
FAIRBANKS (AP) Five children were treated at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after touching bear spray residue Tuesday at a playground.

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.

Alaska Supreme Court hears English-only arguments
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska's so-called English-only law is not meant to be a ''linguistic straitjacket,'' but a tool so government will not have to provide services in dozens of languages, Alaska's Supreme Court was told Tuesday.

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.

Murkowski signs campaign finance bill
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski signed into law a bill to double the amount of money political campaigns may receive from individual donors.

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.

Dead gray whale found floating in Stephens Passage
JUNEAU (AP) A dead gray whale was found floating adrift in Stephens Passage south of here on Tuesday, said a spokesman for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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.

Joshua Fink to head Public Advocacy Office
JUNEAU (AP) Joshua Fink, a state criminal defense attorney and son of a prominent Republican, has been named to head the Office of Public Advocacy.

Protected Chisana caribou cows, calves released to herd
ON THE YUKON-ALASKA BORDER (AP) Twenty caribou cows and 17 newborn calves left captivity Friday afternoon as part of a unique wildlife management experiment meant to help the troubled Chisana woodland herd.

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.

Wildfire threatens Central
FAIRBANKS (AP) The state Department of Transportation closed the Steese Highway near Central on Tuesday night after a new wildfire jumped across the highway.

Chicago slugger to return to lineup hoping fans can forgive and forget
CINCINNATI Sammy Sosa spent the final day of his suspension asking fans to forgive and forget that he used a corked bat.

Gamecocks, Hurricanes sent home
OMAHA, Neb. Danny Putnam hit a home run and drove in five runs as Stanford eliminated South Carolina from the College World Series with a 13-6 victory Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Can Alaska really afford new DNA repository to be tough on crime?
On the subject of the governor signing the new criminal DNA bill:

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.

Murkowski has not adequately considered ramifications of cuts
A few years ago I was in Juneau at a dinner party given by one of our illustrious politicians. The gist of the conversation bordered on the millions (no, hundreds of millions of dollars) which poured in from all the oil money back in the '80s.

Is Child Support Enforcement Division above, beyond the law?
During the past two years we have witnessed in complete shock and horror the unethical and unlawful manner which the Child Support Enforcement Division has boldly directed against me while I have been trying to resolve my child support issues.

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.

Alaskans should go to court to restore longevity bonuses
To my recollection, this is the first time that I can recall that Gov. Murkowski has kept his word. He said that he was gonna eliminate the Longevity Bonus Program, and by golly he's gonna keep his word in spite of the fact that the

Program gives peninsula kids chance to get hooked on fishing
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated rods and reels, money and/or time to make the "Hooked on Fishing" program a great success for its second year.

NASCAR set to sign sponsorship deal with communications giant Nextel
CHARLOTTE, N.C. NASCAR is trading cigarettes for cell phones.

Baby seal rescued
Jon Kleine: father, hydroelectric plant operator -- and hero to seals everywhere?

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.

Hospital names new department heads
Central Peninsula General Hospital continues to grow as the head of its nearly 100 full- and part-time nurses and the facility's quality assurance chief were named last week.

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.

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

Aloha Knights snap Oilers streak
When Portland Aloha Knights left fielder Matt Cunningham came to the plate for the first time Tuesday night, the public address announcer told the crowd to give Cunningham a special Oilers welcome.

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.

Governor does what he promised
For the first time in Alaska's history we have a governor who is forcing us to face up to the fact that our revenues cannot support the current size government and is doing something about it in accordance with a fiscal plan.

Settlement offers hope for Tongass What others say
As a result of the out-of-court settlement between the State of Alaska and the U.S. Forest Service, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act's ''no more'' clause will be honored at last.

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.

Photo feature: Scenic journey
Kayakers paddle across Resurrection Bay in front of the Kenai Mountains on a sunny day recently.

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
DAV to meet Thursday NPC meeting scheduled Volunteers needed to coach soccer CPHC has opening on board of directors HCS offers summer classes UCIDA annual meeting slated Red Cross to host golf fund-raiser

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

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

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.

Serena, Venus could meet at Centre Court
WIMBLEDON, England After an all-Belgian French Open final broke the streak, Wimbledon could be another all-in-the family affair.

Tee-rific times in Kenai
The Kenai Golf Course is looking super! Each day there are noticeable improvements taking place at the Kenai Golf Course.

U.S. keeper ready for big challenges ahead
LYON, France Tim Howard knows that bigger challenges than the Confederations Cup are ahead for him.

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

State races held at Twin Cities Raceway
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Motocross Division held race Nos. 3 and 4 in the State Motocross Series Saturday and Sunday at Twin Cities Raceway.

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.

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

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