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Sunday, June 29, 2003

Search continues for missing airplane
ANCHORAGE (AP) The search continued Friday for a plane with three people aboard missing between the Alaska Peninsula and Homer.

Settlement reached in crab fishing cases
JUNEAU (AP) The federal government announced Friday it has settled four cases against U.S. ships that were fishing for crab in Russian waters of the Bering Sea.

Tongass Forest supervisor heads for Montana
KETCHIKAN (AP) Tom Puchlerz, the Tongass National Forest supervisor, has accepted a job with the U.S. Forest Service in Montana.

Valdez city officials hold natural gas summit
VALDEZ (AP) In an effort to sort out his options in getting Alaska's natural gas to market, Gov. Frank Murkowski huddled with gas experts from Asia and the Lower 48 in a four-hour session in Valdez on Saturday.

State issues tularemia alert
FAIRBANKS (AP) State officials have issued a tularemia alert after a snowshoe hare found dead in Fairbanks was diagnosed with the disease, which can be fatal to humans.

Delta residents irked by Army training site plan
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Army went against the wishes of Delta Junction residents when it chose a site to build a new military training complex, officials have acknowledged.

Plane hits Loran tower's guy wire
KODIAK (AP) A chartered twin-engine plane snapped the guy wire of a 650-foot Loran tower when the plane got too close.

Trawler workers arrested after Unalaska altercation
UNALASKA (AP) Five trawler processing workers are accused of ganging up on another crewmember on a dock in Unalaska.

Task force recommends $10 million upgrade to 911 system
ANCHORAGE (AP) A task force is recommending a $10 million overhaul of Anchorage's 911 system.

Man arrested in attempted sexual assault case
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 33-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the beating and attempted sexual assault of a woman on an Anchorage bike trail and police said they're trying to determine if he was involved in two other recent attacks.

Fisheries board decision could increase crab yield
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Bering Sea commercial crab industry could become more lucrative under a regulatory change approved by the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Kodiak to keep its VPSOs for now
KODIAK (AP) Village public safety officers employed by the Kodiak Area Native Association will keep their jobs while alternative funding is sought.

Chugiak sweeps Twins
The American Legion Twins dropped both ends of a doubleheader Saturday to Chugiak in Anchorage.

Almonte stars in high school
NEW YORK Danny Almonte recalls a moment on the mound in his first preseason game for James Monroe High School that still brings a smile to his face.

Yankees sweep home-away doubleheader vs. Mets
NEW YORK Alfonso Soriano and Derek Jeter led off with consecutive homers and the New York Yankees held off the Mets 9-8 Saturday night to sweep the two-ballpark, day-night doubleheader.

Florida pitcher released from hospital
BOSTON (AP) Florida Marlins pitcher Kevin Olsen was released from the hospital and put on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion Saturday, one day after being hit in the head by a line drive.

Painful effects could be on horizon for Alaskans
After years of budget debate, millions in legislative cuts since the late 1990s and, this year, $137 million more in budget vetoes by Gov. Frank Murkowski, even casual observers are aware Alaska is in the midst of a critical financial crisis.

Funds available to pave sports center parking lot
The Soldotna Sports Center will get new paving in its east parking lot. Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedeker announced at last week's city council meeting that the city had money available from a state matching grant for more than $100,000 to improve the facility to begin the project. The grant calls for just over 30 percent in matching funds from the city.

Legislatures struggle to square spending, taxes
ATLANTA Summer started early this year in Oregon, when cash-strapped schools there shut down weeks ahead of schedule. Prisoners in Kentucky got get-out-of-jail-free cards. The wait for subsidized child care in Alabama, already two to three years, grew even longer. And in Michigan, the governor wasn't just content with asking state employees to forego raises. She pushed to cut their pay.

Kenai plans ahead
It's good to have a plan. Kenai residents can rest easy knowing their city does. The city's updated comprehensive plan is in the final stages of development and likely will go before the city council next month for approval. Once that happens, the plan will go into effect to help steer the development of Kenai.

Ingibjork (Inga) Jona Thordarson
Twenty-year Homer resident Ingibjork (Inga) Jona Thordarson died Sunday, June 22, 2003, of medical complications and sarcoidosis at her home in Homer. She was 40.

Goldpanners split twin bill with Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers got off the slide this weekend, getting their first Alaska Baseball League wins of the season. The Oilers tied their four-game home series against the Fairbanks Goldpanners Thursday through Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Difficult financial decisions remain in Alaska's future
When it comes to budget deficits, Alaska has lots of company.

So far, Bush having it his way
WASHINGTON President Bush has kept his credentials intact with his party's conservative base even as he maneuvers for wider support for his re-election bid. It's a balancing act his father failed to achieve, but that does not rule out the occasional dog fight.

Whining can work wonders
My body hurts. I'd love to be able to say it's from getting older, but the truth is, it's my husband's fault.

Around the Peninsula
God and country rally todayBorough mayor to speak at Soldotna chamber Oilers to sponsor food bank nightTraffic results to be heard at NPCC meetingHomer public health sets new scheduleGrief support for mothers formingWetlands tour hosted by Kenai WatershedResidents invited to take part in July 4 celebrationChurch plans community freedom festival

Singles in American farm country discover finding a date can be difficult
BRIEFHED: PLAZA, N.D. Keith Hegney hadn't had much luck finding love over the past five years, so the 27-year-old slipped on a cowboy hat and went to try his luck bidding on a date.

Scruffy guard pooch for U.S. troops in Iraq defies long odds
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. They met in northern Iraq under the most trying of circumstances. Army Sgt. 1st Class Russell Joyce and his unit needed a guard dog. A scruffy, rail-thin German shepherd needed a home.

Curry, Moeglein announce engagement
Vivian Curry and Steve Moeglein of Odenton, Md., announce their plans to marry Saturday June 5, 200,4 in Maryland.

Family finds home at Seymour Park
Until Charlene Smith re-emerged into a room in the Oilers press box clutching the red, white and blue 2003 Peninsula Oilers souvenir program, the interview had been choppy at best.

Birds need toy variety to keep from being bored
Birds, like people, need stimulation. Sitting day in and day out in the same environment without any change can be monotonous to our feathered friends. They need change, stimulation and a chance to exercise their bodies and minds.

My best friend
Lisa Groleske of Soldotna says her dog Dakota Rose insists on using the cat door as a window.

LeBron wants action
CLEVELAND As he shot jumpers, LeBron James wore a dazzling $500,000 watch on his wrist, diamonds in his ears, a cell phone on his belt and a big smile.

Dixon dominates IRL contest at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Scott Dixon thought Richmond International Raceway looked like a go-kart track when he got his first look at it.

Canadian who helped subdue shoe bomber has visa ordeal
Kwame James is big. Basketball big. Big enough to turn heads when he walks down the street. He is a member of a community of players operating outside the scope of the NBA, traveling the world in search of games.

Agassi unveils new trick at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England It was enough to draw double-takes.

Oceania loses berth
PARIS (AP) South America won a chance to gain a fifth berth at the 2006 World Cup at the expense of Oceania, which again may not send any team at all.

Armstrong goes into Tour de France facing history
PARIS Lance Armstrong is already one of the greats of the Tour de France, a member of a select group to have won cycling's premier race four times.

Sports Briefs
Red Sox call up Kapler; Giambi on DLMets send Shinjo to minors, recall GonzalezWomack put on DL, Hillenbrand activatedMorel retains WBA titlePirates release Kevin Young for second time

Lietzke's 64 puts him on top at Senior Open
TOLEDO, Ohio Bruce Lietzke has spent a lifetime traveling to golf courses, cashing checks and winning tournaments.

Youth is served; McGahan, 17, triumphs in Main Event
Sprint car driver Cameron McGahan, 17, of Kenai showed his inexperience in the Main Event Friday at Twin Cities Raceway, but it wasn't until the victory lap.

Photo feature: Moose paddlin'
A moose and its yearling calf swim across Headquarters Lake behind the Wildlife Refuge Center in Soldotna on Friday afternoon.

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