Tuesday, June 24, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Businessman misses payment to TV station shareholders
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage businessman has acknowledged he is unable to make a scheduled payment to former shareholders of Northern Television, which operated KTVA-TV until it was sold three years ago.

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

Warehouse tells seafood plant operators to pay or be locked out
ANCHORAGE (AP) The operator of an Anchorage cold-storage warehouse says Alaska Seafood International is in default on its rental agreement and owes nearly $671,000.

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.

Military waste assessment nears end in Tanacross
FAIRBANKS (AP) A smoke grenade found last week near Tanacross was exploded Monday by Eielson Air Force Base technicians, a dramatic find in a yearlong effort to assess environmental impact of military action in the area.

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.

Juneau chooses primrose as its official flower
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska's capital now has an official flower.

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.

Legislators hit the road to discuss fiscal future
ANCHORAGE (AP) A pair of legislative committees will travel across the state to talk to Alaskans about how to pay for state government and other fiscal matters.

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.

Muldoon residents protest proposed Army fence
ANCHORAGE (AP) Residents of a neighborhood bordering Fort Richardson are petitioning the Army to halt plans for a 6-foot chain-link and barbed wire fence right behind many of their back yards.

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.

North Pole man charged with murder
FAIRBANKS (AP) A North Pole man who said he discovered a body Sunday at a Fairbanks transient camp has been charged with second-degree murder.

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.

Juneau chooses primrose as its official flower
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska's capital now has an official flower.

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.

Dead whale beaches on back side of Douglas Island
JUNEAU (AP) A dead gray whale spotted floating south of Douglas Island a week ago has beached.

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.

Earthquake rocks ocean floor south of Aleutians
PALMER (AP) The sea bed south of the western Aleutian Islands was rocked Tuesday for the second day in a row.

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.

Canned salmon headed to Cambodia
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Monday that the United States will donate 130 tons of canned salmon to Cambodia.

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.

Kodiak animal shelter has lots of kittens
KODIAK (AP) Counting the new kittens at the Kodiak City animal shelter is like guessing the number of jellybeans in a jar.

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.

Debate over bear baiting heats up
FAIRBANKS (AP) The debate is heating up over bear baiting, which could become illegal if opponents are successful in launching a ballot initiative next fall.

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.

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.

Rice takes College World Series
OMAHA, Neb. Rice scored three runs in the first inning, then added a record-tying seven in the sixth Monday night as the Owls won their first national title in any NCAA team sport with a 14-2 victory over Stanford.

Devil Rays snap five-game losing streak
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Victor Zambrano allowed five hits in seven innings and Damian Rolls homered twice off Roger Clemens as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-2 to stop a five-game losing streak Monday night.

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.

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.

From sick to softball stardom
When she was born, her parents feared she might not survive. When she had asthma as a child, they worried about her running up the stairs.

Murkowski/Leman visit Peninsula
The last time the Republican Gubernatorial team of Murkowski/Leman was together on the Peninsula it was for the Kenai's first ever inaugural ball. Last week the Governor and Lt. Governor only missed being here at the same time by a few hours.

Festivities, food, free fishing rods and fun mark the 13th Kenai River Festival
There was something for everyone at the 13th Kenai River Festival, free fishing rods for kids, continuous music by such legends as Hobo Jim, exotic birds of prey, face and fish painting, puppet shows, and a variety of educational booths, and even a place for the politically discontent as well as those working for world peace to express ideas and opinions.

At sweet sixteen Skrha releases first CD
Writing from her personal experiences and those of others, 16-year-old Katie Skrha is ready to release her first CD.

Reaching dreams together
The motto of the Global Institute for Student Aspirations (GISA) is, "Reaching Dreams Together."

Murray Traders offers unique Alaskan items
Jason Murray is a third generation jeweler and has now opened his own shop on K-Beach Rd. just pass the Poppy Lane corner.

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.

Alaska's independent commercial fishers quickly becoming history
I have lived in Kodiak all of my life and have been fishing for over 20 years. I primarily fish halibut, sablefish and Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska, along with tanner crab in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery. This fishing activity, coupled with salmon tendering, has kept my boat and crew busy.

Take a Kid Fishing Day creates wonderful memories
Words can't express the feeling that went through my mind the day I spent with my daughter fishing on the Kenai River. She was one of the lucky students who was drawn by a raffle ticket from Mountain View Elementary to attend a free fishing trip with one of the many local fishing guides. These fishing guides gave up a day of their time, furnished their boats, gas, fishing tackle, transportation and, moreover, their friendship and hearts by taking a child fishing.

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.

Cook Inlet salmon pricing uncertain
Thursday marks the opening of the upper Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishery, and the occasion promises ebbs and few tides for the nearly 1,000 sockeye driftnet and setnet fishers expected to participate this summer.

Kenai Wild branding program awaits federal money
Cook Inlet Salmon Branding Inc. awaits more than $2 million to help grow the market for its label, Kenai Wild, and to help fishers keep up with the company's lofty goals for its sophomore year.

Borough finance director taking job in Anchorage
After 6 1/2 years, the finance director of the Kenai Peninsula Borough is leaving for a job with the municipality of Anchorage.

6-year-old named Nikiski Grouch
Garrett Dominick doesn't seem much like a grouch.

Sonar system provides data for 'in-season' fish regulations
Many peninsula residents are familiar with the sonar estimates for king salmon on the front page of the Peninsula Clarion. They eagerly watch the numbers like a Wall Street broker watching the Dow, waiting for that exciting moment when they can spread the word, "The salmon are in!"

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.

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

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.

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.

Bucs keep Oilers winless in ABL action
The Peninsula Oilers remained winless in the Alaska Baseball League after dropping a 4-3 decision to the Anchorage Bucs Monday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Law will discourage filing of unwarranted environmental claims
Lawyers for Alaska's green groups may be forced to think twice from now on before filing anti-development lawsuits.

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."

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.

Around the Peninsula
Bridge design theme open for public commentFund-raiser for medical aid trip plannedSoldotna pool offers swim lessonsBagley to speak at Soldotna chamber meetingVendors, parade entries sought for Progress Days

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

6-foot-10 qualifier scores upset of No. 1 seed Hewitt
WIMBLEDON, England It was tough to catch a glimpse of Lleyton Hewitt when he left Centre Court after one of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history.

Sports Briefs
Boonstras pace Midnight Sun packBulls assuming Williams will miss seasonStars will allow Hatcher to become free agentHornets hire van Breda Kolff as assistant coachSeahawks sign middle linebacker GodfreyMcGriff goes on DL for first time in 18-year careerMexico's Chivas to face MLS all-stars Aug. 2

Bruins promote Sullivan to head-coaching job
BOSTON (AP) Mike Sullivan's month as a Boston Bruins assistant coach turned out to be an audition for the top job.

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.

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

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