Wednesday, June 25, 2003

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.

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

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.

Appeals Court denies heat-of-passion defense
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Alaska Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Fairbanks woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for trying to kill her former lover, rejecting her claim that she should have been allowed to use a ''heat-of-passion'' defense.

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

Wind, rain slows Goodpaster fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) Higher humidity, light rain and winds out of the south slowed expansion of the Sand Creek Fire along the Goodpaster River Tuesday.

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.

More checks for corrosion after BP spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) State environmental protection officials and oil company BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. are stepping up North Slope pipeline inspections after a spill blamed on corrosion last month.

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.

Missile defense blueprints found in trash container
FAIRBANKS (AP) A television station employee taking out trash last week found something unusual amid the refuse in a commercial bin: a 144-page set of blueprints for the Fort Greely missile defense site.

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.

AmeriCorps cuts hit nonprofit programs hard
JUNEAU (AP) AmeriCorps programs cuts announced last week have left four Alaska nonprofit programs searching for ways to continue services.

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.

Kenai Borough finance director to head to Anchorage
KENAI (AP) Kenai Peninsula Borough finance director Jeff Sinz has accepted a job in Anchorage in Mayor-elect Mark Begich's administration.

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.

Police identify man found dead at Fairbanks transient camp
FAIRBANKS (AP) Fairbanks police have identified the man who died at a transient camp near the Richardson Highway on Sunday.

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.

More hotels planned for Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) Up to six more hotels may be built in Anchorage over the next two years, according to developers.

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.

Denali to hold fall road lottery
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (AP) The Denali National Park and Preserve will hold its 2003 road lottery from Sept. 12-15, the National Park Service said.

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.

Juneau Assembly passes parking ordinance
JUNEAU (AP) The Juneau Assembly passed an ordinance that will change parking in the downtown by turning certain areas into loading zones for part of the day.

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.

Wildfire near Delta Junction moves closer to cabins
ANCHORAGE (AP) A wildfire near Delta Junction continued to spread south Tuesday, coming within a mile of two dozen cabins along the Goodpaster River.

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.

Church officials respond to abuse allegations
JUNEAU (AP) Catholic church officials say they have no past reports of misconduct by a priest accused in a lawsuit last week of molesting four altar boys in rural Alaska during the 1970s.

Voters may get to decide taxes, pot, cruise-ship fees
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska voters going to the polls in 2004 may get their say on taxes, bear baiting, cruise-ship fees, the draft and decriminalizing marijuana.

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.

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.

Sosa homers twice, Cubs pound Brewers
CHICAGO Sammy Sosa hit two of the Cubs' six home runs for his first multihomer game of the season and 59th of his career as Chicago defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 Tuesday night.

Rangers hold off A's, snap eight-game skid
ARLINGTON, Texas Carl Everett hit a three-run homer and Mario Ramos earned his first major league victory as the Texas Rangers halted an eight-game losing streak by holding off the Oakland Athletics 7-6 Tuesday night.

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.

Watercooler
PLACING PRODUCTS: Your digital TV recorder might be nifty for skipping commercials, but it's likely you'll soon see an increasing number of products in the shows themselves.

ALL BUSINESS: Dark side of low interest rates
NEW YORK (AP) Ask homeowners about lower interest rates, and you'll hear a collective cheer. Ask anyone dependent on interest income, and the boos will surely sound.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Virginia grower earning a hot reputation for variety of his pepper crop
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) They call him ''the Chile Man'' because of the heat he generates from a small organic farm nestled on the shoulders of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Virginia.

Longevity bonus, village public safety officer cuts will hurt many
Editor's Note: The following letter was written to Gov. Frank Murkowski and submitted for publication as a letter to the editor.

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.

When it comes to drug discounts, it may be too good to be legal
Medication costs have increased dramatically in the last decade and our senior population has been hit the hardest and worst. As our elected officials debate the best plan to aid our elders, many of our seniors are forced into drastic measures to pay for their medications.

City of Kenai officials finding creative ways to continue services
I read with interest the article in Sunday's Clarion about a group that has formed to protest the city of Kenai's recent decision to partner with the local Boys and Girls Club to operate the city recreation center.

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.

SeaLife Center stays in shipshape
After a rough couple of years of startup the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward has hit its stride as a major marine wildlife research and rehabilitation center, which also happens to be a major visitor attraction.

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.

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!"

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

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.

Kenai Peninsula Borough continues steady growth
When Homer annexed 4.58 square miles in April of last year expanding its area by 28 percent, city officials there expected the added sales and property tax base would boost municipal revenues.

AmeriCorps program faces ax
Sylvana Szczesny and Krissy Mahan are familiar faces for the students at Sterling Head Start. But they're more than typical parent volunteers.

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.

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.

Miners notch 10-3 victory to drop Peninsula to 0-4 in Alaska Baseball League
The one thing the Peninsula Oilers have been able to rely on in this short season has been pitching, but even that went south Tuesday night.

Health-care costs might go down if employers weren't part of equation What others say
Recently, a major newspaper wrote about a trend in health care involving the transfer of responsibility for health care costs from employer to employees. The story portrayed it is an awful blow to consumers. Actually, it is exactly what could help keep down costs.

There are few acts of political magic senator from New York can't perform
You might want to clip this column and stick it in an old shoebox or mayonnaise jar. Then store it where you're likely to stumble across it around the year 2008, because it may prove to be shockingly prophetic.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Anglers' help sought to track tagged fish FireWise safety program held today Golf tourney planned to benefit ministry Pioneers gather in Anchor Point Fish fry fund-raiser slated CPHC has opening on board of directors Red Cross hosts golf fund-raiser

Johnnie second in Nostalgic Nova Bracket
Charlie Johnnie of Soldotna finished second in the Nostalgic Nova Bracket Sunday at Alaska Raceway Park in Palmer.

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.

Big flurry of activity hits course
There are tournaments, junior sessions, Kenai Cup, Junior Cup, golf lessons, golfers carding some great scores and many new faces out on the Kenai Golf Course.

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.

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

Serena tries to put Paris behind her
WIMBLEDON, England Three points into her first match since the Slam Streak ended, Serena Williams faulted. The Centre Court crowd responded with silence.

Bird-watching tour set to take flight
Many take pleasure in watching the feathered denizens of their neighborhoods frolic in the yard or nibble seed from a feeder, but identifying the various avian species can be tricky for those new to bird-watching.

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