Tuesday, July 1, 2003

Woman attacked on Anchorage bike trail
ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman was attacked Monday morning by a man riding a mountain bike on an Anchorage trail, police said.

Funding restored to Denali Commission
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Denali Commission, which builds health clinics, water systems and other facilities in rural Alaska, received more than $100 million in federal funding for the current fiscal year.

Coast Guard recommends license suspension in ferry accident
JUNEAU (AP) The U.S. Coast Guard is recommending a state ferry captain's license be suspended for a month because he gave a wrong command that steered the ferry Kennicott into a rock earlier this month.

Record numbers enroll in summer school
ANCHORAGE (AP) A record number of high school students in Anchorage are taking remedial summer school classes to prepare for the 2004 exit exam.

Juneau holds Gold Rush Days celebration
JUNEAU (AP) Despite the chill in the air and morning drizzle, the crowd was gung-ho Saturday at the 14th Annual Gold Rush Days celebration.

Fort Richardson undergoing $19 million upgrade
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two large combat training courses under construction on Fort Richardson will provide soldiers with areas to train for urban combat.

Family acquitted of hunting violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) A state judge has issued a reprimand of state troopers' handling of a case in which members of a Russian Old Believer family were tried and acquitted of illegally shooting a bull moose.

Interior officials warn of fireworks danger in dry weather
FAIRBANKS (AP) Interior firefighting officials are warning people to be careful with fireworks because of conditions prone to wildfire.

Army to start excavating former Delta dump site.
FAIRBANKS (AP) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to spend nearly $500,000 excavate a former military garbage dump site near Delta Junction.

Permanent fund earns enough for dividend
ANCHORAGE (AP) A rally in the stock market over the last several months means Alaskans will receive a permanent fund dividend this year, according to Alaska Permanent Fund officials.

Growing number of businesses going smoke-free
FAIRBANKS (AP) Local health advocates and a growing number of business owners are promoting a voluntary ban on smoking in most enclosed public places in Fairbanks, hoping to get it done one restaurant at a time.

Icicle Seafoods fined for Seward plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) Icicle Seafoods will pay an $85,000 fine for violating the federal Clean Water Act at its Seward processing plant, the company and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.

Forest Service prepares Tongass 10-year contracts
KETCHIKAN (AP) The U.S. Forest Service is preparing to offer 10-year timber sale contracts on the Tongass National Forest.

State chilly to fry machine maker
ANCHORAGE (AP) Representatives of a Pennsylvania company proposing an Alaska factory to build a patented french fries vending machine were told Monday the building they want already has a tenant.

Fort Yukon, Gambell get federal police grants
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fort Yukon Police Department has received a federal grant that could double its force.

GCI plans undersea cable
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage-based General Communication Inc. on Monday announced plans to build a $50 million undersea fiber-optic cable connecting Seward with Warrenton, Ore.

Audit faults Mat-Su for school vending machines
ANCHORAGE (AP) High school students in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough will have to make it through lunchtime next year without access to vending machines for pop, candy and snacks.

Jury makes award in home destroyed by sliding roadway
JUNEAU (AP) A former coach and his wife whose home was destroyed in 1998 has won nearly $1 million in a lawsuit filed against the state.

Man dies in Eagle River traffic rollover
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Eagle River man died after his pickup truck rolled over, Anchorage police said Monday.

Interior officials concerned over fireworks
FAIRBANKS (AP) Interior firefighting officials are warning people to be careful with fireworks because of conditions prone to wildfire.

Senate committee approves military spending
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a military construction bill last week that would spend $325 million in Alaska during the coming federal fiscal year.

Discarded missile documents prompt reminder
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a job bulletin reminding contractors on the Fort Greely missile defense site that documents marked ''for official use only'' must be destroyed before being discarded.

A record number of mushers signs up for Iditarod 2004
FAIRBANKS (AP) A record-number 76 mushers have signed up for the 2004 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as registration opened Saturday for the 1,100-mile race from Anchorage to Nome.

Seward man killed in industrial accident
SEWARD (AP) A Seward man was killed in an industrial accident at Afognak Construction in Seward.

Thousands enjoy Arctic Thunder air show
ANCHORAGE (AP) More than 75,000 people on Saturday showed up for the two-day Arctic Thunder air show at the Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Bear shot in Haines after piglets killed
HAINES (AP) A Haines man shot and killed a brown bear after it killed two piglets kept in a pigpen behind his home.

Consumer product chairman plans ATV hearing
ANCHORAGE (AP) The chairman of a federal safety panel will ask Alaskans how to reduce the rising number of all terrain vehicle injuries and deaths.

Woman attacked on Anchorage bike trail
ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman was attacked Monday morning by a man riding a mountain bike on an Anchorage trail, raising concerns about a second attacker, police said.

Sealaska to enter plasma business
JUNEAU (AP) Sealaska, the regional Native corporation for Southeast Alaska, has invested $3.75 million in International Bio Resources, a Louisiana-based company specializing in the collection and sale of blood plasma.

A's win battle of Bay II
SAN FRANCISCO Eric Byrnes hit for the cycle, and Mark Mulder became the majors' fourth 11-game winner as the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Sunday in the finale of the Bay Bridge Series.

Indians sweep twin bill from Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Casey Blake homered in both ends of a doubleheader and drove in seven runs to lead the Cleveland Indians to a sweep of the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

Diamondbacks rattle off 12th straight win
DENVER Luis Gonzalez led the Arizona Diamondbacks to their 12th straight victory with two homers and five RBIs, including a three-run shot in the 12th inning for an 8-7 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

Twins falll to Bartlett in a road double-dip
The American Legion Twins dropped two away games in a doubleheader against Bartlett Sunday in Anchorage.

Soldotna Boys & Girls Club Grand Opening
Soldotna now offers a summer Boys & Girls Club program. The Soldotna program was limited to 75 children on opening day and was filled shortly after applications were accepted. Due to the overwhelming response the Club has hired additional staff and is now able to get everyone off the waiting list and included in the clubhouse program.

International Champion problem solvers return home with medals
Future Problem Solvers Team Alaska is home from the International competition held at the University of Connecticut with grins, medals, and stories that will make even their future grandchildren proud.

Dancing the longest day away at the Diamond M
The Second Annual Summer Solstice party called the KDLL Art & Music Festival may have conjured up images of rock festivals like Woodstock and Goose Lake, but other than the weather the KDLL event really had no other similarities to the events of the sixties.

Internationally famous Summer Solstice Golf Tournament stays dry
While some solstice events were getting wet in the summer rain on the Kenai Peninsula, the internationally famous Midnight Sun Golf Tournament stayed dry until the last team had holed out sometime around midnight.

9th Annual Quilting on the Kenai huge success
From all reports, the Quilting on the Kenai Quilt Show just keeps getting bigger and greater each year, "We attribute the growth to having quality instructors, exposing people to garments through the fashion show, and validating local artists work through showing it in the show," said chairperson and show coordinator Zada Friedersdorff.

Little League season closes with appreciation awards
Last year Joe Malatesta Sr. decided it was time to sing the song of un-sung heroes, so he started a family foundation that would sing that song into perpetuity.

Now Playing: Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
I think it can be generally agreed upon that summer is a time to relax. Sit back, eat some junk food, and wile the days away watch

Soldotna businesses should take more pride in how property looks
Soldotna could be a beautiful city! We do not understand what people are thinking. After all the money that has been spent on new sidewalks, it would seem that the businesses could at least mow their lawns. A little weed killer on the dandelions would be great too.

Educators invited to apply to wilderness leadership school
Every summer near the Grand Tetons outside of Jackson, Wyo., and also near Bryant Pond, Maine, hundreds of teachers and high school students enjoy an outstanding educational program.

Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center makes great impression on visitors
Please register my vote in favor of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center! The management and staff were my first impression of Kenai and the area. Not only have I returned to Kenai several times, their hospitality and information led me to purchase property in the area!

Haines school superintendent wrong about NEA-Alaska
Recently published Recently published comments by Haines School Superintendent Woody Wilson require a response ("NEA-Alaska sues Haines, Hoonah over layoffs, June 18).

Alaska should use its vast wealth to nurture economy back to health
The battle for Alaska's future is being waged and the middle class is losing. It is time we examine our present fiscal realities and evaluate the relevance of our old fiscal policies. Can we design a plan that nurtures the wealth of all Alaskans?

Changing way rec center operates knee-jerk reaction by city officials
I have always applauded the city of Kenai for building the Kenai Recreation Center and giving the community a place to play and exercise.

Area M is 8,000-square-mile fishery on North Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea
I was interested to read about the Upper Cook Inlet salmon season in your June 25 issue ("Upper Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishery set to begin"). However, I would like to clarify one point.

Hospice of Homer says thanks
On behalf of Hospice of Homer, I want to thank the Kenai Peninsula United Way for the generous allocation hospice recently received from them.

Keller outruns Riggs at Milwaukee Mile
WEST ALLIS, Wis. Jason Keller won the GNC Live Well 250 under the yellow flag on Sunday for his first Busch series victory of the season.

Rally celebrates veterans, God
"The greatest threat that faces us as a nation is not al-Qaida. It's not nukes in North Korea, not Iran, not the potential for terrorism in our own country," said retired Army chaplain Col. John W. Schumacher. "The greatest threat that faces us as a nation is the moral decay of our own country."

Moose calves find new home after mom dies in collision
Move over Tarzan. Take a dive, Aquaman. Robert Redford's role in the movie "Horse Whisperer" will have to take a back seat.

Back at the wheel Fisher returns to the water after 10-year hiatus
The economic downturn couldn't keep him away.

Area woman indicted on charges of theft, forgery
A 20-year-old central Kenai Peninsula woman was indicted on 25 criminal counts involving theft and forging more than $3,000 in checks allegedly committed between April 5 and June 9.

Seward man killed in accident
A 24-year-old Seward man was killed Saturday in an industrial accident at Afognak Construction in Seward.

Recent rains not enough for dry conditions
Summer is here, and with it comes wildfire season.

Kenai Classic kicks off today
Their numbers are small compared to an entire summer's run, but gliding unseen just below the surface of the Kenai River this time of year are a few of those "five-ocean" kings, huge salmon living a seven-year life cycle who often reach 80 to 90 pounds.

Garcia leaves USAF, joins police
From endings spring new beginnings. As American flags waved in the sunny, noonday breeze Monday, Master Sgt. Jose A. Garcia bid his farewell to the U.S. Air Force. Garcia retired after more than 20 years of service, including three years of recruiting in Soldotna.

Accident causes logjam
The Sterling Highway was closed for more than 45 minutes near Cooper Landing on Mon-day morning when a truck carrying lumber lost its load and blocked the road. No one was injured.

Barbara D. Garner
Former Kenai resident Barbara D. Garner died Thursday, June 26, 2003, at Dardanelle Hospital in Dardanelle, Ark. She was 56.

Leo A. Grasso Sr.
Kasilof resident Leo A. Grasso Sr. died Friday, June 27, 2003, at his home from Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 60.

Lorence Snodgrass
Longtime Alaska resident Lorence Snodgrass died Friday, June 27, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 84.

Alta Lorrene Kallman
Kenai resident Alta Lorrene Kallman died Monday, June 16, 2003, of heart failure at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 84.

Leo A. Grasso Sr.
Kasilof resident Leo A. Grasso Sr. died Friday, June 27, 2003, at his home from Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was 60.

Oilers end losing streak against Glacier Pilots
The Peninsula Oilers broke a nine-game regular season losing streak to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Sunday at Coral Seymoure Memorial Park, beating the visiting team 4-3 in a game that almost got away from the peninsula sluggers.

Alaska working to ensure that no child gets left behind under federal law
For a year our state has intensely negotiated with the federal government over how to implement the most sweeping federal school reform law in history the No Child Left Behind Act.

U.N. should lead charge on destroying weapons
The European Union is ready to write a joint resolution with the United States about the need to fight weapons of mass destruction and proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Complex problems need new approach
Certain problems never seem to go away, but creative new efforts keep coming along to confront them.

Law may allow anglers to keep 'hawgs,' but that doesn't make it right thing to do
This year is shaping up to be a landmark year for Kenai River king salmon conservation. New regulations mandating the release of the river's largest kings, those measuring 44 to 55 inches, have certainly been received with mixed opinions. Overall, however, the angling public has been acceptingly compliant with the new rules since the start of the current king season. The taking of an occasional "average" size fish for the table is allowed, as is a potential world record, appeasing every angler except those who simply want to complain for the sole sake of it.

Tax incentives needed to encourage building of North Slope gas line
The headlines are saying what Alaskans have been trying to guard against for years: The nation is now paying sky-high prices for natural gas and looking at an imminent shortage of the clean-burning fuel.

Kickin' it
The Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club Raptors, a 15-and-under boys team, were named champions at the Ina Kristiansen Memorial Cup tournament, held June 6-9 in Anchorage.

Around the Peninsula
Juvenile justice group to meetImmunization clinic set for WednesdayWildlife refuge to host nature walksHealthy Communities schedules meeting'Gym Rats' basketball camp plannedLast spay-neuter clinic scheduledGun club to sponsor women's clinicAnnual race for women seeking volunteers

Ask a Firefighter
Question: The Fourth of July is coming, but I heard fireworks are illegal in Kenai. Is that true?

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber meeting Wednesday Kenai Watershed to host wetlands tour Mount Marathon race volunteers needed Grace Brethren to sponsor concerts Skyview offering lifeguard, swim classes Nikiski churches to host community day Vendors, parade entries sought for Progress Days Discount cards sold to benefit cancer fund

Community News
KVCC presents interpretive programs Oilers host food bank night Homer plans July 4 activities Soldotna library sponsors contest Kenai library plans July events

Area students named to dean's list
Six Kenai Peninsula students were named to the dean's list for the spring semester at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

Peninsula people
Recent Soldotna High School graduate Samantha Penner, right, accepts a $5,000 scholarship from Robert Bambace, general manager of Great Bear Ford.

Heather and Josh Dunn

Music to their ears; Music library fights to keep brass band sounds alive
CHATFIELD, Minn. Wilma Zylstra doesn't know it, but she's battling Darth Vader every day.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors.

Deadline nears for Miami on ACC invitation
MIAMI (AP) After a seven-week courtship, one unresolved courtroom battle and last-ditch offers from the league that has them and the league that wants them, an answer is finally near to Miami's million-dollar question: Will the Hurricanes stay in the Big East or accept an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference?

Laila Ali and Christy Martin to fight Aug. 23
The two biggest names in women's boxing will meet in the ring Aug. 23 in Mississippi.

Four peninsula mushers enter Iditarod early
Four Kenai Peninsula mushers signed up to run the 2004 Iditarod on the first day that the Iditarod Trail Committee accepts entries.

Wicked serves defeat Agassi
WIMBLEDON, England Crack! That's what Andre Agassi heard on the way out of Wimbledon, the sound Mark Philippoussis' racket made as it smacked serve after unreachable serve Monday.

Ducks make Kariya free agent; Wings pick up Hasek's option
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks made seven-time all-star forward Paul Kariya an unrestricted free agent, declining to tender a qualifying offer Monday night .

Miami bolts to ACC
CORAL GABLES, Fla. Loyalty and money weren't enough to keep Miami from bolting the Big East. The Hurricanes believe their future is more secure in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Stanford wins LPGA title at ShopRite
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. Annika Sorenstam drew the crowds, Michelle Wie got the publicity but Angela Stanford took her first LPGA victory.

Sports Briefs
Twins to put on reunion gameKPSC takes two titles in FairbanksAgent: Duncan to sign long-term deal with SpursGrunfeld hired by Wizards

USOC reformation sees difficult path ahead
DENVER Most groups under the umbrella of the U.S. Olympic Committee agree that drastically cutting its unwieldy board of directors is the best way to fix the troubled organization.

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