Thursday, June 26, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Juneau fisherman looks for peace, harmony in his art
JUNEAU (AP) When the countdown began, 10 seconds from the start of the 1st Annual Quick Draw Saturday afternoon at Centennial Hall, Juneau artist Mark Vinsel studied his photograph and steadied himself.

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.

This straw home just might withstand the big bad wolf
PALMER (AP) Anyone who has ever read ''The Three Little Pigs'' knows you had better not build your house out of straw.

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.

Ketchikan International Airport getting a facelift
KETCHIKAN (AP) A revolving door, blue-green carpet and a new bag belt are part of a facelift at the Ketchikan International Airport.

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.

UA president gets incentive to stay three years
ANCHORAGE (AP) University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton will get a $100,000 bonus if he stays on the job three more years, under the terms of his new contract.

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.

Two killed in single-engine crash near Skagway
JUNEAU (AP) A single-engine airplane crashed Wednesday in a mountain pass near Skagway, killing both people aboard.

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.

Democrats call for special session to help seniors
ANCHORAGE (AP) Minority Democrats in the Legislature have called on the Republican majority to agree to a special session to override Gov. Frank Murkowski's veto of the longevity bonus checks for seniors.

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.

Songbirds crashing into Anchorage courthouse
ANCHORAGE (AP) Dozens of red crossbills have been crashing into windows at the federal courthouse in downtown Anchorage.

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.

Parents charged with endangering daughter impregnated by cousin
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Wasilla couple has been charged with one count each of endangering the welfare of a minor after they allegedly allowed their 15-year-old daughter to get involved in a sexual relationship with a 31-year-old man.

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.

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.

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.

Rural schools look to online courses
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska educators hope new online courses will help students, especially in small rural schools, meet state standards and be prepared for college. The courses also will help schools obey new federal requirements to use highly qualified teachers.

Twins split twin bill with Dimond
The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with Dimond Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, losing the first game 6-5 before winning the second game 11-5.

Garciaparra tears up Tigers with hot hitting
BOSTON Nomar Garcia-parra homered to cap a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 11-2 Wednesday night.

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.

Brewers top Cubs in 10th inning
CHICAGO Brooks Kieschnick led off the 10th inning with a pinch-hit homer and Geoff Jenkins added a three-run home run as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs 12-6 Wednesday.

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.

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.

Report: 8 million workers could lose overtime pay under Bush's proposal
WASHINGTON More than 8 million professionals would lose their overtime pay under a Bush administration proposal to change the types of jobs that must receive more money for extra work, says a new study by a union-supported think tank.

Fed cuts interest rate
WASHINGTON The Federal Reserve, still striving to coax the struggling economy to stronger growth, cut a key interest rate Wednesday to its lowest level since Dwight Eisenhower was president.

Low interest rates present opportunity, challenge
NEW YORK (AP) The low interest rate regime of the Federal Reserve presents consumers with both an opportunity and a challenge.

Gebhardt accepts new position as advertising director at Clarion
The former director of the Kenai Peninsula United Way has been named the advertising director of the Peninsula Clarion.

Widows need time to grieve before tackling finances
NEW YORK (AP) For Martha Vander May, the first few months after her husband's death were a cram course in personal finance.

High natural gas prices, shortages cause for concern
WASHINGTON If a gallon of milk costs $8 and gasoline $5, there would be an uproar, says Greg Lebedev, whose group represents chemical companies.

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.

Big fish bring visitors
Halibut is the largest flatfish in the sea and a prize numerous tourists set their sights on while visiting Alaska.

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.

New play inspired by water-thrower controversy
The primary goal of theater may be to entertain, but the medium also can be a powerful tool to inform, spark discussions and hold a mirror up to the pressing issues in a community. A play debuting tonight does all these things.

Book recaps mushing's finest moments
Every Alaskan should know the story of the 1925 serum run to Nome. In a land full of legends and superlatives, it stands out as a saga unmatched for drama and nobility.

New 'Angels' movie good ridiculous fun
Hey, can I tell you a something? Come closer, I have to whisper it ...

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage Events

Art Briefs
Pratt soliciting ornament designs ATY offers summer classes Poetry contests offers $1,000 Local group holds drama camp Museum accepting fiber artwork

Donations for after-prom event show generosity of community
We would like to thank Kenai Peninsula merchants and Kenai Central High School junior class parents for your generous gifts and donations for the Kenai After Prom 2003.

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.

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.

Money leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $3,165,940

Points leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 2,396

Going the distance
John Strauch, of Livonia, Mich., waves to Bill (center) and Tom Overbaugh as they drive a 1928 Ford Racer down 5 Mile Road duri

This week
(NASCAR Busch Series)

'Gentleman's agreement' debated
ATLANTA Given the choice of being ungentlemanly or winning a race, Robby Gordon picked winning. After all, manners are better used at the dinner table, not the racetrack.

Rain, war don't stop viewers
ATLANTA The war with Iraq and rain delays at the two of the crown jewel events couldn't slow NASCAR's popularity among Fox television viewers this year.

Race schedule
Date Race (TV network) Winner

CHAD BLOUNT
Chad Blount is a rookie on the NASCAR Busch Series. He will compete in Sunday's GNC LiveWell 250 at The Milwaukee Mile. Blount, who will drive a Dodge that commemorates Bo

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.

Soldotna man escapes blaze, CES saves house
Central Emergency Services firefighters saved a residence from burning down early Monday morning after the garage attached to the home caught fire.

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.

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.

Program offers students incentives
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has a new way to help students at small, rural schools succeed.

FCC cuts radio
A Federal Communications Commission administrative law judge has revoked two FM full-power radio station licenses held by Peninsula Communications Inc., ruling that the stations' operator had willfully disobeyed for more than a year an FCC order to terminate operation of a network of seven translators whose signals were fed by the full-power stations.

Photo feature: Taking cover
Members of the Post 20 Twins pull a giant tarp off the field at Coral Seymour Memorial Park before a game Wednesday. The tarp helps keep the field playable during rainy weather.

Miners pound Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers put the finishing touches on a winless road trip Wednesday at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer, getting blown out by the Mat-Su Miners 11-3.

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.

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.

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.

Money best incentive to file tax returns electronically What others say
Taxpayers do not need two deadlines for filing returns. Yet, the U.S. House of Representatives wants two: April 15, a date etched into the brains of taxpayers, and April 30, an extension for only those people who would file electronic tax returns.

Hearings on justification for invading Iraq should be held in public forum What others say
Congress is right to plan hearings on the rising controversy about the facts behind the Bush administration's leading justification for invading Iraq, the asserted presence of weapons of mass destruction. And President Bush is right to welcome the hearings. They could clear up a lot of doubts.

Around the Peninsula
CPGH board meeting today Discount cards sold to benefit cancer fund WRCC Clothes Closet open for donations Safe Kids to sponsor car seat check-ups Cooperative Extension to hold gardening class Sterling seniors plan fund-raiser UCIDA annual meeting set for Saturday

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

Miami, Virginia Tech get ACC invitations
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) When the ACC's invitations finally went out, one guest was expected, another was a surprise and two got snubbed.

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

Birch Ridge Report
You'd better get all your chores done and honey-dos accomplished because July is bag-full of events here at the Birch Ridge Golf Course. Listen up:

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.

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.

Roddick eliminates fuming Rusedski
WIMBLEDON, England Andy Roddick knows how it feels to get so riled by a call that a tornado of anger swirls and swirls until it renders the racket useless.

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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