Friday, June 27, 2003

Income guidelines announced for senior help program
JUNEAU (AP) The state announced income guidelines Thursday for a new program to provide $120 monthly payments for low-income older Alaskans who will lose longevity bonuses in September.

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.

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

Native corporation's annual meeting to be on Web cast
JUNEAU (AP) The annual shareholders meeting for the regional Native corporation in Southeast Alaska will be Web cast for the first time.

Wasilla teen pleads guilty to attempted murder charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Wasilla teenager pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of attempted murder, third-degree assault and stalking.

Search continues for missing airplane
ANCHORAGE (AP) Searchers came up empty Thursday as they looked for a plane with three people aboard missing between the Alaska Peninsula and Homer, officials said.

Thousands enjoy Eielson air show
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE (AP) Thousands of people walked the flight line at Eielson Air Force Base and got a chance to see both vintage and high-tech aircraft up close.

Fairbanks man sentenced for assaulting infant
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks man convicted of causing head injuries to an infant last year was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison.

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.

Kansas couple killed in crash near Skagway identified
JUNEAU (AP) Investigators reached the mountainous site of a single-engine plane crash near the Canadian border and retrieved the bodies of the two victims on Thursday.

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.

Kachemak Bay spill days fishing
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 43-foot fishing tender capsized early Wednesday inside a salmon fishing area near Port Graham on the south side of Kachemak Bay, spilling diesel fuel and creating a sheen on the water.

Airline execs take pay cuts while seeking union concessions
SEATTLE (AP) Top executives of Alaska Airlines say they will take substantial pay cuts while seeking worker concessions to return the West Coast regional carrier to profitability.

Kennel cough breaks out in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) On a Monday morning a few weeks ago, D.J. Lindsay woke to the sound of her 4-year-old bull mastiff, Cedar, hacking like a cat with a hair ball.

Alaska to get nearly $6 million for transportation projects
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska will be receiving nearly $6 million in federal money for transportation projects, according to Sen. Ted Stevens' office.

Remote offshore oil prospects draw no interest
ANCHORAGE (AP) No oil companies have expressed interest in exploring for oil in remote seas off the northwest Alaska coast, officials said.

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.

Corps of Engineers plans more work at Umiat
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began a public comment period for further environmental cleanup of oil wells at Umiat on the North Slope.

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.

Fairbanks libraries reconsider pornography filters
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks North Star Borough is considering anti-pornography filters for Internet computers at its two libraries following the U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday allowing the federal government to withhold funding from libraries that do not have them.

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.

Competitors say seafood plant subsidized by state
ANCHORAGE (AP) Some small Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula fish processors say Alaska Seafood International is using state subsidies to unfairly compete for contracts to custom pack salmon.

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.

Oil firms push for gas incentives
FAIRANKS (AP) ConocoPhillips and BP have hired another Washington, D.C., lobbying firm to work on proposed tax incentives for a natural gas pipeline from Alaska.

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.

Search continues for overdue plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) A search resumed Thursday morning for a small plane with three people on board missing between Hallo Bay and Homer.

Texas man jailed for commercial fishing without permit
NAKNEK (AP) A Texas man was fined $5,000 and sentenced to a day in jail after pleading guilty in Naknek District Court to commercial fishing without a permit, Alaska State Troopers said.

State agency wants timber sales canceled
ANCHORAGE (AP) In what could be a test case for how the Department of Natural Resources handles difficult issues, another state agency wants two logging sales planned for the Kenai Peninsula canceled.

Second day of favorable weather slows wildfires
FAIRBANKS (AP) For the second day in a row, favorable weather conditions Thursday continued to slow the expansion of a large Interior wildfire.

Troopers identify juvenile suspects in school fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska State Troopers have identified three boys they say were responsible for the recycling bin fire at Goose Bay Elementary last Saturday.

Kansas couple killed in crash near Skagway
JUNEAU (AP) Investigators reached the mountainous site of a single-engine plane crash near the Canadian border and retrieved the bodies of the two victims on Thursday.

Homer annexation leads to boost in municipal revenues
KENAI (AP) Figures released by the Kenai Peninsula Borough show a significant growth in Homer's gross sales, probably due to a decision to annex more than four square miles of property.

Activist files lawsuit against lobbying law
JUNEAU (AP) A lawsuit filed in Anchorage Superior Court on Thursday is seeking to overturn the Alaska Legislature's bid to relax lobbying laws.

Visitors warned about increased calving at Exit Glacier
ANCHORAGE (AP) Exit Glacier near Seward is extra active these days, and National Park Service officials said huge calving chunks of ice narrowly missed three tourists from India.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wildlife officials tout fishing as healthy alternative to TV, video games
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) Susan Soto squinted in the morning sun as she untangled nylon fishing lines and baited hooks during a fishing trip with four of her sons to a southwest Georgia catfish pond.

Minnesota man bags 314-pound halibut
One motto Rick Arcand of Minnesota uses while he's halibut fishing is you've got to feel the burn.

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

Sockeye fishing 'spotty'
It's not that fishing for sockeye salmon at the Russian River is bad. The problem is the early red salmon runs the past two years were so good.

A primer on the Seven Lakes Trail
The Seven Lakes Trail is a 4.5-mile lowland traverse that passes pristine lakes.

Seven Lakes Trail soothes nerves
Spending five days a week hunched in front of a computer can really make you want to get outside and stretch your legs on your days off. At least that's the case with me.

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

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

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.

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

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.

South Peninsula Hospital planned expansion being misrepresented
If you don't know ask! The truth is out there.

Seniors will have tough time without bonus, with new taxes
First off, I would like to know how anyone could say that it is unfair seniors coming to Alaska in the last 20 to 25 years do not receive the longevity bonus.

Seward Little League players have fun with Peninsula Oilers
I would like to thank the team players of the Peninsula Oilers, their coach, assistant coach, the driver and, yes, even the announcer for taking time to come to Seward and teach fundamentals of baseball.

Kenai has spent too much on unwanted, unnecessary frills
Kenai or Enron?

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.

Writer agrees government should be cut starting at the very top
In response to the letter about the governor being on the right track:

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

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

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

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.

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'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.

Borough to buy new sound system
It could cost up to $46,500 to bring the recording and audio output systems at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers into the 21st century, but the borough clerk's office thinks it will be money well spent.

Gift shop draws fire from businesses
Some Kenai retailers are crying foul over what they consider to be unfair competition from the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center's retail operation.

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.

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.

Soldotna: Keep new bridge simple
Keep it simple, Soldotna.

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.

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

Robert G. Tice Sr.
Kenai resident Robert G. Tice Sr. died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 64.

Howard D. Flynn
Anchorage resident Howard D. Flynn died Monday, June 23, 2003. He was 80.

Peninsula drops to 0-6 in ABL after unearned run results in 1-0 loss
The Peninsula Oilers found out once again Thursday night that there is not much margin for error in the Alaska Baseball League.

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.

Influencing elected officials boils down to common sense
The topic was influencing elected officials, and Midge Clouse's first question to the Kenai Chamber of Commerce audience was to the effect: How many of you think that means throwing money to politicians?

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.

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.

Refuge Notebook
Have you noticed the brown halo above the ground along many Kenai Penin-sula roads this spring? Our forests typically have a low shrub layer of Labrador tea with permanent green l

Wetlands program scheduled for Thursday
The Kenai Watershed Forum's Summer Program continues Thursday with "Wild Wetlands!" presented by Mike Gracz, a Kenai Watershed Forum ecologist who has been mapping the wetlands of the western Kenai Peninsula.

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
Fund-raiser for medical aid trip planned Final day to enter wetlands photo contest Domestic violence support group meets today Art workshops for kids start Saturday Hobo Jim holds free kids concert Farmers market open to public Realtors gather for picnic Dance group has opening for beginners Public comment on road alternatives extended Kenai pool continues swim lessons

Philadelphia cardinal turns 80 amid speculation about replacement
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The oldest American cardinal still running an archdiocese, Philadelphia's Anthony J. Bevilacqua has reached his 80th birthday and shows no sign that he wants to retire.

Role of Muslim prayer leaders in America transforming to meet community needs
A Lebanese man living in Syria, Muhammad Musri chafed under that nation's restrictive laws. Then he heard a Voice of America broadcast about the shortage of imams, or Muslim prayer leaders, in the United States.

Hundreds line up to see Juan Diego relic in Wisconsin
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) A tiny scrap of cloth from a cloak worn by a man who said he saw the Virgin Mary centuries ago attracted hundreds of Roman Catholics last weekend eager to glimpse the relic.

Louisiana court dismisses ACLU bid to end church sales tax exemptions
NEW ORLEANS (AP) An American Civil Liberties Union fight against Louisiana's sales tax exemption for churches and other religious groups is a state tax matter and doesn't belong in federal court, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Controversial Christian feminist group appears to be dissolving
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Re-Imagining Community, a group that developed out of a controversial 1993 meeting of radical Christian feminists, appears to be dissolving.

Cabinet ministers meet Hindu leader over India's disputed Muslim site
NEW DELHI, India (AP) Two Indian cabinet ministers met a Hindu religious leader Sunday, attempting to settle a bitter dispute over the site of a 16th century Muslim mosque that was destroyed by Hindu hard-liners, the Press Trust of India reported.

Operation Rescue leader moves office from Texas to North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The leader of Operation Rescue/Operation Save America has moved from Dallas to Concord, N.C., to continue his fights against abortion and homosexuality.

Evangelical group sues to hand out fliers in Maryland school
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) Montgomery County school officials are fighting an attempt by Child Evangelism Fellowship to distribute fliers to students at two elementary schools, with the Justice Department's civil rights division supporting the religious group.

Church Briefs
Native fellowship tonight Nikiski Samaritans tee up God and country rally set Artisans sought for fest Music troupe performs

Cruising down the river leads to bumpy times in marriages
Verse one: "Cruising down the river on a Sunday afternoon " Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32.

Maryland inmates study to go from prison to pulpit
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) About 30 inmates at the Maryland Correctional Training Center are studying to go from prison to the pulpit.

Sorenstam, 13-year-old phenom head field
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. Annika Sorenstam won't be the only one drawing a crowd at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Big East scrambles to keep Miami in fold
CORAL GABLES, Fla. Boston College and Syracuse were ready to bolt the Big East before they were spurned by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Now, the two schools are leading the effort to keep Miami from going to the ACC.

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:

James taken with first pick
NEW YORK LeBron James strode onstage wearing an all-white suit, appropriate garb for a player expected to be the savior of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Watson shoots 66 for three-shot lead at Senior Open
TOLEDO, Ohio Another first round of an Open, another terrific day for Tom Watson.

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.

Agassi barrels forward with win at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England With an overhead slam on match point, Andre Agassi punctuated a polished performance in the second round at Wimbledon.

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.

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