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Saturday, June 28, 2003

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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