Monday, June 23, 2003

Corps looks to public for help hunting Agent Orange
FAIRBANKS (AP) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants help from the public in its hunt for one of the world's deadliest manmade toxins.

Contaminated scrap yard may be clean by December
FAIRBANKS (AP) A scrap yard identified nearly 15 years ago as a contaminated site and environmental hazard is nearly cleaned up, according to regulatory agencies.

Russian River Sanctuary Area opens to fishing
ANCHORAGE (AP) Fishing for red salmon is allowed again at the Russian River Sanctuary area.

Doctor and wife sentenced for fraudulent billing
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage doctor and his wife have been sentenced on federal health care fraud convictions.

Delta Junction fire burns past Sand Creek
Anchorage (AP) A fire near Delta Junction burned south Saturday past Sand Creek and toward cabins on the lower Goodpaster River.

Anchorage community activist dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) Randy Smith, a longtime Anchorage community activist, has died at age 56.

Exploration gold drilling to begin on Ester Dome
FAIRBANKS (AP) Fairbanks Gold Mining plans to begin exploration drilling this week on its Ryan Lode property on Ester Dome in a project that could result in 68 shallow holes.

Woman sentenced to year in jail over health club thefts
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 29-year-old woman accused of stealing money, credit cards and jewelry, mostly from Anchorage health club patrons, has received a one-year sentence.

Convicted pipeline shooter gets more another sentence
ANCHORAGE (AP) Daniel Lewis, who was convicted of shooting a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, has drawn another sentence on a related conviction.

Youth courts look for funding
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska's youth courts, in which teenage volunteers dispense justice to about 900 young offenders a year, aren't funded by the state.

Hiker killed in fall on East Twin Peak
ANCHORAGE (AP) A hiker was killed in a fall on East Twin Peak.

Alaska left out of Canada gas agreement
FAIRBANKS (AP) Alaska has been left out of an agreement between Canada's natural gas producers, Native groups and a major pipeline company to tap gas reserves in Arctic Canada just east of the Alaska border.

Troopers crack down on illicit drugs and alcohol
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska State Troopers have launched a campaign to crack down on illicit drug and alcohol distributors in rural Alaska.

Hatchery gets 110,000 visitors a year
JUNEAU (AP) On this overcast afternoon, most of the enormous tanks in the bowels of the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery are empty.

Several McGrath bears return home
FAIRBANKS (AP) Several bears moved as part of a predator control experiment near McGrath a little over a month ago have returned home, and at least four are within sniffing distance, a state biologist said.

Dalton Highway reopens after wildfire moves southeast
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Dalton Highway was reopened early Monday morning after a wildfire flare-up closed 16 miles of the road Sunday afternoon.

Wildfire crews brace for increased activity
ANCHORAGE (AP) Crews battling a large wildfire near Delta Junction were bracing themselves Saturday for possible increased fire behavior, with dry and warmer weather predicted for the weekend.

Biologists optimistic about counting walrus with heat sensors
ANCHORAGE (AP) The hot bodies of Pacific walruses snoozing on sea ice may offer federal scientists the first reliable way to count the marine mammals throughout their vast Bering Sea range.

Two earthquakes rock Kodiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two earthquakes struck Kodiak within hours of each other.

Kotzebue theatens jail closure in face of shrinking state aid
ANCHORAGE (AP) The city of Kotzebue says state budget cuts are forcing it to close the only jail in far northwest Alaska on July 1.

Palmer, Kenai courthouses add security personnel
ANCHORAGE (AP) After obtaining a metal detector and X-ray scanner for the Palmer courthouse earlier this year, court officials will finally be able to hire people to operate the equipment.

Villages worry about loss of VPSOs
PORT GRAHAM (AP) Older people in this remote Kenai Peninsula village can still remember what life was like before Seraphim Meganack put on a brown police uniform.

Hudgins boils Rice in College World Series
OMAHA, Neb. In his 27 years as Stanford's head coach, Mark Marquess has groomed some of the game's top pitchers.

Bartlett, Twins share wins
The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with Bartlett on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, losing the first game to the Bears 9-2 and picking up a win in the second contest.

Blue Jays prevail north of the border
MONTREAL Roy Halladay won his 11th consecutive start and Vernon Wells homered for the fourth straight game to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Montreal Expos 4-2 Sunday.

Twins beat rain to beat Eagles
The American Legion Twins baseball team managed to squeeze in six innings of baseball between downpours Saturday, defeating the West Anchorage Post 1 Eagles 1-0 in a rain-shortened game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Phillies pull out extra-inning triumph over Red Sox
PHILADELPHIA Pinch-hitter Todd Pratt connected for a two-run homer in the 13th inning Saturday, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a wild 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Photo feature: Worth a thousand words
Art teacher Cathleen Rolph helps Evan Atchley with his project during the Youth Fine Arts Instititute at Kenai Peninsula College on Friday. This portion of the the class was about perspective within a picture.

Now Playing: Last Frontier Theatre Conference
This weekend I had the unique opportunity and, while it might mean having to eschew my viewing of The Hulk for a few more days, I eagerly took it.

Robby Gordon wins NASCAR road race
SONOMA, Calif. This time Robby Gordon finished what he started, outracing Jeff Gordon on Sunday to win the Dodge/Save Mart 350.

Harry Potter fans fill Soldotna store anticipating new release
The long wait is finally over for wizards and witches eager to read the next magical installment of the Harry Potter series.

Kenai group hires lawyer
A contentious issue that has been debated in Kenai City Council meetings and work sessions for the past several months may be discussed in court, as well.

RVs help bring best of both worlds together
Winnebagos, mini-winnee's, travel-lites: the names are many but they have one thing in common they're all recreational vehicles, and they're a common site around the peninsula this time of year.

BP makes progress at GTL plant
BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. is gradually working the kinks out of its gas-to-liquids process being tested at the company's $86 million research plant in Nikiski.

Commissioner says stimulating economy will need strong effort
If graded like a student for its performance over the past few decades, Alaska's government would fair poorly, the commissioner of the Department of Community and Economic Development said Thursday in Homer.

Smith sentencing postponed
Sentencing of convicted murderer Billy D. Smith was postponed Friday until Sept. 15 by Superior Court Judge Elaine Andrews.

Peninsula women plan trip to Swaziland
The women sitting around Renee Duncan's living room Wednesday night didn't look much like typical mission workers.

DHSS makes efficiency new goal for future
At $1.6 billion, it is the most expensive in the state's budget, but the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is about to embark on a new course aimed at delivering a better product more efficiently and at less cost.

Family fun event brings out crowd, despite rain
Despite the looming clouds in the sky, the rain held off for much of the day in Nikiski, allowing the Family Fun in the Midnight Sun to proceed according to plan Saturday.

Stanley B. Porter
Former Alaska resident Stanley B. Porter died Friday, June 20, 2003, at his daughter's home in Watertown, N.Y. He was 66.

Oilers fall twice to Glacier Pilots
The Peninsula Oilers got off to a rocky start in Alaska Baseball League play, losing both ends of a doubleheader to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots Sunday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Crowded field of candidates dilutes Democrats' message
WASHINGTON Nine and counting. The Democratic field for the presidential nomination is already crowded, and now Joe Biden and Wesley Clark are hinting they may become candidates Nos. 10 and 11, a prospect that leaves Republicans practically giddy with anticipation and a few Democrats wondering whether it's time to draw the line.

Washington goes extra mile plus to woo Boeing
So, did Boeing get too much? That's a little like asking whether you paid too much for your house you'll never really know how low the seller was willing to go.

Efforts to support literacy appreciated
Thanks to everyone who supported Kenai Peninsula College's literacy program fund-raising efforts at the recent Kenai River Festival.

Stage set for high court showdown
WASHINGTON Republicans and Democrats are digging in for a pitched battle over a presidential nomination that hasn't been made for a vacancy that doesn't exist.

No sign of Iraq's recovery showing up on horizon
Two months after the ouster of Saddam Hussein's regime, neither the Iraqis nor the Americans appear satisfied. The U.S. troops are displeased over what they see as the Iraqis' ingratitude to their ''sacrifices.'' The U.S. soldiers, a number of them already slain in hit-and-run attacks over the recent weeks, are regarded as occupiers, not liberators by the locals.

Gov. Murkowski right to admit two wrongs
When you make a mistake and correct it, you turn a wrong into a right. That's exactly what Gov. Frank Murkowski did twice last week.

Hard-nosed, touchy-feely realism
Merely 30 years ago I thought my worth as a man would be roughly proportional to the number of near death experiences I survived combined with being able to hold my own in whatever imaginary pissing contest I might encounter. In fourth grade, having read nearly every Louis L'Amour western novel at that time printed, I envisioned myself as "the strong, silent type."

Home Depot offers spot of good news
It's not the equivalent of a Prudhoe Bay oil discovery or even a new pocket of natural gas in Cook Inlet, but the news that Home Depot will open for business at the site of the old Big Kmart store is certainly welcome.

Bond flick stoops to new lows
In response to the latest James Bond movie installment, "Die Another Day," I say, why put off until tomorrow what you can do today?

Alaska Junior Miss show offers good dose of reality
Have you ever watched reality television and wondered what is happening to the standards of our nation?

Hero of the week
I would like to thank a wonderful lady in a red car who saved me and my dog from a charging moose on VIP Drive on June 15.

Dinosaur museum strives to keep alive 'labor of love'
DICKINSON, N.D. Larry and Alice League are the founders, curators, cashiers and janitors of a bare-bones operation.

Food bank plans upcoming events
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank has a number of activities planned in the coming weeks.

Around the Peninsula
Swim team holds tryoutsChamber lunch includes specialistWetland photo contest held

Travel Briefs
Glass flag is window into museumHotels offer spa treatments that sound tasty

Sanctuary owners make a mission of saving animals
As Tim Colbath steps outside his Nikiski home, he is warmly greeted by a motley crew of characters, most of which have had a hard knock in life to say the very least.

Area hams prepare for weekend field day
Members of the Moosehorn Amateur Radio Club will spend this weekend hoisting up towers and antennas, maintaining their own power generation, dealing with last-minute glitches and listening to hours of static seeking out signals from "hams" all over the country doing exactly the same thing.

Old prison cells now hosting willing visitors
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. Inside Jackson County's impregnable 1859 limestone jail, outlaws including Frank James and Cole Younger heard the ominous clang of heavy steel doors and sometimes the sharp creak of the indoor gallows creating an immediate vacancy.

Old Orchard Beach sheds bad image
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine For decades, this beach town has been known for honky-tonks and earsplitting Harleys. Now, officials want to put a lid on excessive noise and freewheeling drinking to make way for a family-friendly tourist town.

Peninsula People
Floyd earns college scholarshipSoldotna man graduates from collegeSeldovia woman completes basic trainingSterling woman participated in Native programTeachers to attend workshopsSoldotna woman enrolls in collegeFormer Sterling girl earns awardArea student named to dean's list

Community News
KVCC offers summer interpretive programsChallenger Center to host open house, astronaut

Kaycie and Jeffery Schmelzenbach Melissa and Marty Maal Cassandra and Matthew Rankin Glenda Rodman and Matthew Isham Sadie and Jesse Updike

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski clubhouse openings still availableWRCC schedules board meetingChamber schedules meetingBird identifying class offeredSterling seniors plan fund-raiserCooperative Extension to teach gardening classSCS outdoor camp registration deadline extendedApplications for July 4 parade availableHospice begins grief support for mothersKenai Watershed to host wetlands tourMount Marathon race volunteers neededGrace Brethren to sponsor concertsLast spay-neuter clinic scheduledGun club to sponsor women's clinicAnnual race for women seeking volunteersKCHS class of 1973 plans reunionCongressional mobile office tour planned

My best friend
Bonny Prince Charlie, an 8-month-old Cairn terrier, helps out with the dishes around his house. He belongs to Dick and Katie Troeger of Soldotna.

Dog gone: Deciding pet custody
AMARILLO, Texas Child custody, home ownership and financial matters are typically the big issues addressed in divorces, but what about Rover and Mittens?

Woods drops six back in rainy Buick Classic
HARRISON, N.Y. Tiger Woods playfully slapped a ball at Shigeki Maruyama's feet and planted himself next to leader Briny Baird on the driving range.

Jacobs takes 1,500 crown for 12th time
STANFORD, Calif. On a day dominated by youngsters, including teenage sprinting sensation Allyson Felix, the ageless Regina Jacobs put on quite a show Saturday at the U.S. track and field championships.

What can Agassi still accomplish at Wimbledon?
WIMBLEDON, England There was a time when Andre Agassi could do without the All England Club, its traditions and, especially, its courts.

Sports Briefs
Gladish, Young star at Twin Cities RacewayWhite steals show at U.S. championships

Intrigue in NBA draft starts at pick No. 4
NEW YORK ''With the first relatively surprising pick of the 2003 NBA draft, the Toronto Raptors select ... .''

Neilson, hockey's well-traveled coach, dies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Roger Neilson, a Hall of Famer who was the head coach of eight NHL teams and established one of the longest resumes in league history, died Saturday. He was 69.

Tyson arrested after hotel fight
NEW YORK Mike Tyson was released from a Brooklyn police precinct Saturday afternoon, hours after his arrest on assault charges following a brawl with two men outside a hotel.

Lewis saved by the blood
LOS ANGELES Vitali Klitschko was bloodied but still willing. He had given Lennox Lewis all he wanted and more, yet after six rounds he sat bleeding on his stool as a ring doctor ended his chance of becoming heavyweight champion.

Pittsburgh trades for top pick, selects Fleury No. 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Pittsburgh Penguins can only hope they have half the success with their latest No. 1 pick as they did with their last.

Buick ends with Kaye
HARRISON, N.Y. Jonathan Kaye made quick work of the par-5 18th hole and dispatched John Rollins in a hurry, too.

Brazil cruises; U.S. squad falls to world champs
LYON, France Even after last year's World Cup, there's still a big gap between the United States and the soccer powers.

Kupets wins first title at nationals
MILWAUKEE No matter how well she did at other meets, Courtney Kupets always seemed to wind up in the same place at nationals.

Sports Briefs
Homer players get all-Region III honorsLocal athletes compete at Special OlympicsTracy takes second pole of season

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