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Thursday, June 19, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Troopers investigate money missing from prison
FAIRBANKS (AP) Alaska State Troopers are investigating money stolen from a Fairbanks Correctional Center account over the past year.

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.

Leman approves bear baiting initiative petition
ANCHORAGE (AP) An initiative petition that seeks to prohibit bear baiting has been approved by Lt. Gov. Loren Leman.

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.

Flags at half staff for former Rep. Borer
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski ordered state flags to be flown at half staff through Monday for former state Rep. Richard R. ''Dick'' Borer of Cordova, who died Tuesday.

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.

Four indicted on cocaine charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) Four Anchorage residents were indicted this week on charges of selling crack cocaine and laundering the proceeds, the U.S. attorney's office said.

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.

Human remains found along Turnagain Arm
ANCHORAGE (AP) Police late Wednesday investigated human remains found along the shore of Turnagain Arm near Beluga Point.

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

Man accused of traffic murder denies watching DVD
ANCHORAGE (AP) The 28-year-old Kenai man charged with murder in the vehicular deaths of a husband and wife on the Seward Highway last fall said Wednesday that he was not watching a movie on a DVD player in his pickup when the accident occurred.

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.

Murkowski changes mind on Homer trail veto
ANCHORAGE (AP) Admitting a veto mistake, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday that he should not have rejected a federal grant intended to protect a Homer ski trail.

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.

Roadside memorial bill signed into law
JUNEAU (AP) The first time Barbara Dowdy was able to drive the road where her 17-year-old daughter was killed by a drunken driver was the day the family put up a cross there in her memory.

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.

Murkowski signs aerial wolf control bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski signed a bill Wednesday that could let private hunters shoot wolves from airplanes.

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.

Alaskan Southeaster to soon cease publication
JUNEAU (AP) Alaskan Southeaster magazine will soon cease publication because it hasn't made a profit.

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.

Murkowski signs lobbying bill despite 'reservations'
JUNEAU (AP) A bill relaxing the state's lobbying laws by lengthening the time some people could spend attempting to influence government before they must register as lobbyists was signed into law Wednesday.

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.

Alaska officials dispute magazine's claims about halibut
ANCHORAGE (AP) A consumer magazine hit the newsstands this month, telling readers not to eat halibut because a single meal a month has too much mercury, a toxin that can cause neurological and other health problems.

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.

A feel for where the fish are
JUNEAU (AP) Toni Wisner's boat is full of equipment to help her find fish for her charter boat customers: a global positioning system, radar, a video depth-sounder, two VHF radios and a CB radio. But sometimes, she said, the surest way for her to find fish is to use her female intuition.

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.

State planning salmon advertising campaign
JUNEAU (AP) The state is making plans for a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign aimed at moving canned salmon and building the Alaska salmon brand name.

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.

Wildfire threatens Central and Goodpaster River cabins
FAIRBANKS (AP) Fire crews on Wednesday continued to battle two Interior wildfires that threatened homes near Central and cabins along the Goodpaster River.

Convicted murderer gets attorney, chance for retrial
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Court of Appeals has granted a Fairbanks man convicted of murdering a man in 1990 a chance for a retrial based on the ineffectiveness of his trial attorneys.

Clemens should enter Hall with '$$$' on cap
Roger Clemens didn't make any new friends by demanding a say about which hat he wears into the Hall of Fame.

Sosa's smash return
CINCINNATI Sammy Sosa hit a prodigious homer, acting like nothing had changed since he got caught using a corked bat. He couldn't help but notice the one striking difference.

Doby dead at 79
NEW YORK Hall of Famer Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League, died Wednesday night after a long illness. He was believed to be 79.

Clemens denied coveted no-hitter
NEW YORK Five days after winning his 300th game, Roger Clemens almost made even more baseball history.

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.

Rice, Stanford notch World Series victories
OMAHA, Neb. Justin Ruchti's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Rice a 5-4 victory over Texas on Wednesday night and sent the Owls to the College World Series championship round.

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.

State officials look to hook markets on Alaska salmon
JUNEAU Beef may be what's for dinner, and eggs may be incredibly edible, but Alaska salmon is wild, sustainable and chock full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Search continues in inlet for natural gas
ANCHORAGE Cook Inlet petroleum operators are stepping up their search for new natural gas deposits.

Company targeting tourists for space mission
NEW YORK The company that brokered missions into space for two millionaire businessmen announced plans Wednesday for the first mission intended solely for tourists.

Charalambous family prepares to open eatery at site of Pizza Pete's
Froso's Restaurant on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna will open soon, if all goes according to plan.

Journal gives eyewitness to odd adventure
Good intentions sometimes pave the road to you-know-where. While the Yukon Relief Expedition didn't exactly go to hell, the quixotic venture never reached the Yukon and gave its participants ample occasion to rue their involvement.

KDLL Art and Music Festival celebrates second summer solstice
If being drenched with 19-plus hours of sunlight is a cause for celebration, then the KDLL Art and Music Festival is the place to be Saturday. The event will give patrons a chance to spend 12 of those hours enjoying live music, food, arts and crafts and the company of other music lovers.

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

City Lights book store celebrates 50 years
SAN FRANCISCO Browsing through sections marked ''muckraking,'' ''anarchism'' and ''stolen continents'' may be unnerving to an unsuspecting book buyer, but it's exactly what draws patrons to City Lights Books.

Quilting on the Kenai begins today
Your guide to the Quilting on the Kenai event.

Art Briefs
State Council on the Arts to meetWriters' conference slatedPratt seeking inputPratt soliciting ornament designs

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.

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

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

Little League headquarters' new requirement goes too far
As a teacher, I am only too aware of the intrusion of the government into my professional life. As a volunteer, I refuse to accept it.

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.

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.

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

News of sponsor leaked
ATLANTA For $80 million, NASCAR won't get a lot of bang for the buck today.

Newsmaker: Ricky Rudd
Sometimes it's easy to forget, but Ricky Rudd, the defending champion for Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350 on the road course at Infineon Raceway, is an accomplished road racer.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Win lose or crash, the Bodines stay together
BROOKLYN, Mich. Brett Bodine's words were slurred by the effects of morphine and the loss of eight crowns. His left eye was blackened and a huge red bump on his forehead made it easy to ignore the sling that holstered his right arm.

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $3,090,3102. Kurt Busch 2,879,5903. Michael Waltrip 2,729,930

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 2,2752. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,0903. Jeff Gordon 2,052

This Week's Race: Dodge/Save Mart 350
Where and When

Summer fun: Nikiski plans for solstice festival
To many, the summer solstice simply means the brightest day of the year, but in Nikiski it also means food, games and entertainment.

Moose stomps pet poodle
Tuesday morning, Sally Youngberg's 13-year-old miniature poodle, Peaches, was killed in Youngberg's back yard by a moose cow.

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.

Good news from Home ... Depot
Good news came in orange Tuesday for the city of Kenai, when Home Depot U.S.A. finalized a deal with Kmart Corp. to take over the lease of the building that once housed Big Kmart.

Manuel takes helm of area United Way
The Kenai Peninsula United Way has a new executive director.

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

Area man arrested in New Jersey with stolen computers from Nikiski
A former North Kenai man arrested in New Jersey in April has been indicted by a Kenai Grand Jury on one count of second-degree theft and one count of making a false report.

CPGH bonds up for talks
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly introduced an ordinance Tuesday night that would ask central peninsula voters in October to approve the sale of $49.9 million in general obligation bonds to raise the money necessary to expand and modernize the 30-year-old Central Peninsula General Hospital.

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 nip Knights in extra innings
The Peninsula Oilers came from behind Wednesday to beat the Portland, Ore., Aloha Knights 3-2 in 10 innings at Coral Seymour Memorial Park 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.

Americans' bad habits put them at higher risk for preventable disease
Exotic diseases such as SARS, monkey pox and West Nile virus are guaranteed to get exhaustive media coverage and intense public attention. They're dangerous, scary and, if you cross paths with the wrong cougher, mosquito or prairie dog, hard to prevent.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Immunizations available at Soldotna Elks todayBoys and Girls Club golf tourney FridaySeaLife Center to host artistGirls basketball camp plannedFireWise program offered to homeownersPenDOG garage sale set for SaturdayPublic comment on road alternatives extendedVendor space available for freedom festival

Birch Ridge Report: Azzara keeps on trucking
Tony Azzara does it again! Tony won his second Alaska Junior Golf Association tournament Monday at Settlers Bay with a 74. There's no stopping this guy Tony the Tiger! (Sorry, I just had to.)

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.

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

Sports Briefs
Sources: ACC leaders to pursue Virginia TechTitans release middle linebackerSeattle closer has two hairline rib fracturesTorre asks for more credit for Yankees success

Raptors name O'Neill as next bench leader
TORONTO (AP) Kevin O'Neill, known for his intense, in-your-face style as a college coach, was introduced Wednesday as the man to succeed the laid-back Lenny Wilkens with the Toronto Raptors.

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.

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.

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