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Friday, June 20, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Former Alaskan arrested in New Jersey
KENAI (AP) A grand jury indicted a former Alaskan who was arrested in New Jersey with thousands of dollars worth of stolen computer equipment in his possession, according to police.

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.

Miniature poodle killed by moose
KENAI (AP) Sally Youngberg's 13-year-old miniature poodle Peaches was killed when it was stomped by a moose in her back yard.

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.

Home Depot takes over Kmart lease
KENAI (AP) Home Depot U.S.A. has finalized an agreement with Kmart Corp. that will bring one of the orange home improvement retail warehouse stores to the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Taku expected to be back in service by Monday
JUNEAU (AP) The state ferry Taku will be out of commission until Monday, as maintenance workers repair damage from a mechanical problem that occurred earlier this week.

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.

Weather gives wildfire crews a break
ANCHORAGE (AP) State fire officials said Thursday a 1,500-acre wildfire near Central could be fully contained Friday if Alaska's Interior weather continued to cooperate.

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.

Committee adopts Stevens amendment on fire grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Senate committee Thursday agreed on a Sen. Ted Stevens' amendment that would authorize a new grant program to help firefighting in rural areas.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Kodiak recovering drug users make plea for prevention center
KODIAK (AP) On the verge of tears, recovering addicts from alcoholics to heroin users Tuesday gave municipal leaders a simple message: Please help us keep Safe Harbor alive.

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.

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.

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.

Anaheim cools off streaking Mariners
SEATTLE Ramon Ortiz worked into the eighth inning for his fourth straight win, outpitching Jamie Moyer as the Anaheim Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Thursday.

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.

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

ALL BUSINESS: Pension woes go on, thanks to falling interest rates
NEW YORK (AP) First, the stock market slump hit corporate America's pension funds. Next, it could be falling interest rates.

Watercooler
HOLIDAY FIBS: We're not above lies when it comes to extending our weekends.

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.

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.

'No down payment' mortgages, grants get working families into their own homes
NEW YORK (AP) Later this month, Maurice and Samantha Johnson will be moving out of a relative's house and into their own four-bedroom home.

Unemployed Baby Booomers encounter particular cruelties in the job search
NEW YORK (AP) Mary Jones Pelt got the bad news a year ago. She had worked in accounts receivable at Boar's Head Provisions Co. Inc. for 17 years, but the maker of luncheon meats was moving from Brooklyn to Sarasota, Fla.

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.

No bait allowed, but fishing on Kenai still good
Two of the most frequently asked questions on the Kenai Peninsula these days are, "Can I fish in the sanctuary yet?" and "Can I use bait on the Kenai?"

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Governor is on the right track; he just needs to add to his cuts
I, for some unknown reason, decided to read "Letters to the Editor" in the Clarion this morning.

Brain Injury Support Group walks to raise safety awareness
May 31 was a very busy day in Kenai. With so many events going on, no one could say it was a boring day.

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.

Nextel gives millions to sponsor NASCAR
NEW YORK From Tobacco Road to Times Square, NASCAR has become so popular that a telecommunications giant is plunking down $700 million to sponsor stock car racing's premier series.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Young people work to change the world
Nearly 180 young people from around the country converged on Nikiski this week in an effort to change the world, one home at a time.

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

Kenai council opposes terrorism, but not at cost of citizens' rights
Protecting the country against terrorism is important, but so is protecting the civil rights of its citizens, the Kenai City Council concluded this week.

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.

Bed tax again debated
The contentious issue of a bed tax is making its way into the Kenai Peninsula political arena, but it will be at least a year before anything official may come of it.

Getting ready to fish
With less than a week until the commercial salmon fishing season begins, some driftnet fishers are hard at work preparing for their opportunity to comb the Cook Inlet waters for sockeye.

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.

Gordon Samuel Hermansen
Lifelong Alaska resident Gordon Samuel Hermansen died at his home in Anchorage on Wednesday, June 18, 2003, from complications resulting from a stroke. He was 74.

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.

Peninsula designated hitter breaks up no-hitter with game-winning homer
Designated hitter Schuyler Mann broke a scoreless deadlock in the bottom of the seventh inning, blasting a leadoff home run over the left-field fence to give the Peninsula Oilers a 1-0 win over the visiting Portland, Ore., Aloha Knights at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Simple rules reduce chances for humans to harm area wildlife
Kenai Peninsula residents have had plenty of reminders in the past few months that they don't live in Kansas: a black bear wandering by Sears Elementary School, the mauling of a Kasilof teenager by a bear, officials seeking the cooperation of a neighborhood to become a bear-safe model and, most recently, the fatal stomping of a Soldotna woman's pet poodle by a moose.

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.

If summer's here, can winter be far behind?
There's nothing like summer solstice in Alaska to separate the optimists, the pessimists and the realists.

Readers still trust newspapers
When our latest survey showed that 59 percent of Americans "trust their local newspaper to report the truth," I was dumbfounded.

Unprotected 10.6 miles of Appalachian National Scenic Trail at-a-glance
A state-by-state breakdown of the 10.6 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail that remain unprotected as of Feb. 28, the latest tally available.

A day on the water
A boat cruise through Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords National Park proved to be a scenic day. The six-hour cruise was filled with all kinds of wildlife. Orca whales, top, swim by while feeding.

Study: Grizzlies worth more for photographs
VICTORIA, British Columbia Grizzly bears are worth more to British Columbia as targets for photographers and sightseers than as prey for trophy hunters, according to a study done for an environmental group.

Refuge schedules cabin closures for maintenance
Several cabins on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be closed for maintenance.

Federal purchases of Appalachian Trail land nearing the end
SMITHSBURG, Md. (AP) A limestone cliff called Raven Rock juts over hardwoods and hemlocks in the Catoctin Mountains, near the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail.

Kenai Peninsula's peak wildflower blooming season not to be missed
As we come to the summer solstice, it's time to enjoy a significant event in our local natural history calendar the peak wildflower season.

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

Around the Peninsula
Alaska culture focus of KVCC program today Blood bank in critical need of donors KPFA plans workshop, annual meeting Soldotna seniors host Hawaiian luau Safe sitter course offered Wetland photo contest held

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

Lieberman and Bush religiosity is a minor factor among voters, poll indicates
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) The religiosity of Orthodox Jewish candidate Joseph Lieberman and born-again Protestant George W. Bush won't have much effect on 2004 voters, if a Quinnipiac University poll is any indication.

Iowa Supreme Court revives lawsuit over Methodist's ''Satan'' remark
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Supreme Court has revived a lawsuit from a parishioner who was offended by a United Methodist Church official's letter warning that ''the spirit of Satan'' was at work in a congregation.

Minor league baseball team recruiting Christians to ballpark
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Minor league baseball players warmed up before a recent Nashville Sounds game to the salacious song ''Girls, Girls, Girls'' by Motley Crue.

Scottish Episcopal Church approves women bishops
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) The Scottish Episcopal Church synod has approved women as bishops, a step the separate Church of England has yet to take although it has women priests.

Church Briefs
Jews for Jesus programs slated Christian poetry sought Summer camp planned Sunday school, youth camp slated Nikiski Samaritans tee up God and country rally set Artisans, crafters sought for fest Song and dance troupe performs Vacation Bible school planned Church offers camp for all ages Rainbow Poets to award $5,000 Sterling church plans Bible school Churches host Oilers game Study looks back to Jerusalem Friendship closet open

Prominent Pennsylvania Lutheran is leaving to become a Roman Catholic priest
YORK, Pa. (AP) A prominent pastor is quitting the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to become a Roman Catholic priest.

Orthodox Church in host nation blasts European Union plan to ''erase Christianity''
ATHENS, Greece (AP) The outspoken leader of the Greek Orthodox Church blasted the European Union for omitting mention of God or Europe's Christian heritage in its draft constitution.

Popular Philippine bishop denies accusation of sexual misconduct
MANILA, Philippines (AP) A popular Roman Catholic bishop denied he sexually harassed his secretary as church leaders cautioned against any rush to judgment pending a Vatican investigation.

Bible bobbleheads: Business aims to turn figures into collectibles
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Dan Foote wants to make biblical figures as popular as professional athletes.

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.

Lewis returns to ring
LOS ANGELES Vitali Klitschko speaks four languages, has an advanced degree and travels widely to help further the education of children in poor countries.

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.)

Woods four shots off pace at Buick Classic
HARRISON, N.Y. Briny Baird had an 8-under 63, one stroke off the course record, and held a three-shot lead over U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk and Joey Sindelar after the first round of the Buick Classic on Thursday.

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

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