Wednesday, July 2, 2003

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.

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.

Heavy equipment theft prompts air search
FAIRBANKS (AP) The theft of heavy equipment Sunday from a fuel company prompted an air search and calls to state homeland security officials.

Four charged in accidentally starting Interior wildfires
FAIRBANKS (AP) Four Interior residents people have been charged with improper burning that led to wildfires.

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 pleads not guilty in murder of wife
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to raping and murdering his estranged wife.

Nome voters reject charitable gaming ban
NOME (AP) Nome voters have rejected a measure to prohibit charitable gaming in their city.

Fairbanks residents propose switching property tax for sales tax
FAIRBANKS (AP) A group of Fairbanks residents has proposed a ballot initiative that would almost eliminate property taxes within the city and replace them with a 3 percent sales tax.

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.

Fairbanks mayor to decide job fate of police chief
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks City Council voted Tuesday to let Mayor Steve Thompson decide to fire or retain police Chief James ''Scooter'' Welch.

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.

DNR official differs with Corps on Greely dump
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Department of Natural Resources official says he believes chemical weapons testing equipment will be found at a former military dump site near Fort Greely.

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.

ASTF funds projects before disbanding
ANCHORAGE (AP) As one of its last acts, the board of the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation decided to use its remaining money to partly fund some projects.

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.

Old Harbor getting its last parcel of ANCSA land
KODIAK (AP) Old Harbor Native Corp. of Kodiak is receiving its last parcel of land owed under the decades-old Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Young announces candidacy for re-election
ANCHORAGE (AP) U.S. Rep. Don Young said Tuesday that he will seek a 17th term as Alaska's lone member in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Troopers raid Native pulltab operation in Barrow
ANCHORAGE (AP) Authorities have raided a pulltab operation owned by the Native Village of Barrow, fueling a long-simmering dispute between the state and village leaders who say they have a federal right to conduct gambling without an Alaska gaming permit.

Juneau rejects federal hazardous material team grant
JUNEAU (AP) The Juneau Assembly has rejected a federal grant that would have created a ''Level A'' hazardous materials team.

Lumber truck accident closes Sterling Highway
KENAI (AP) The Sterling Highway was closed for more than 45 minutes near Cooper Landing when a truck carrying lumber lost its load and blocked the road.

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.

Unocal to shut down two Cook Inlet platoforms
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state royalty incentive passed by the Legislature to help Cook Inlet's aging offshore oil fields came too late to save two platforms operated by Unocal Corp.

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

Governor signs tire tax bill, and other bills
JUNEAU (AP) A bill to impose a $2.50 tax on new tires sold in Alaska was signed into law on Monday by Gov. Frank Murkowski. It also imposes a $5 per tire tax on studded tires sold after July 1, 2004.

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

Joseph Murdy dead at age 67
ANCHORAGE (AP) Joseph Murdy, who was active in politics his whole life, has died at the age of 66.

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.

Remains of missing Galaxy crewman identified
DILLINGHAM (AP) Human remains from a crewman on board a fishing boat that burned and sank in the Bering Sea last year have been recovered on an Aleutian Island.

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.

Bethel tank farm to open on time
BETHEL (AP) A tank farm in Bethel is expected to be completed on time in October.

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.

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.

Cooler temperatures, higher humidity cool off fires
ANCHORAGE (AP) Cooler temperatures and higher humidity cooled of a couple of wildfires in Alaska on Tuesday.

White Sox get Alomar from struggling Mets
NEW YORK (AP) Roberto Alomar's disappointing stay with the New York Mets ended Tuesday when the 12-time All-Star second baseman was traded to the Chicago White Sox for three minor league prospects.

Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska Newspaper 07/02/03
BALTIMORE Rodrigo Lopez allowed one run over 6 2-3 innings and the Baltimore Orioles battered Mike Mussina, ending the New York Yankees' eight-game winning streak with a 7-3 victory Tuesday night.

Marlins score 20 runs, thump Braves
MIAMI Rookie Miguel Cabrera homered twice and the Florida Marlins set a team record for runs, beating the Atlanta Braves 20-1 Tuesday night in a game delayed after a photographer was hit in the head by a flying bat.

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 split doubleheader in Fairbanks
The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader on the road against the Fairbanks Tri-Cities 49ers Tuesday, winning the first game 4-2 before losing the second game 10-6.

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.

Georgia power companies consider marketing so-called 'green power'
ATLANTA Getting electricity from renewable sources should not cost much more than fossil-fuel power, representatives of church and environmental groups said Tuesday.

Can or will consumers keep spending?
NEW YORK (AP) Shoppers, your economy needs you. Stop spending now and you could really spoil chances of a recovery.

Economic signs still sluggish
WASHINGTON Spending on construction projects dropped in May by the largest amount in a year and manufacturing was sluggish in June, signs that the economy is still struggling to get back on firm footing.

Carhartt honors Soldotna business as one of the best
Soldotna's own Carhartt king, Mike Sweeney, was sitting on top of the work apparel world Monday evening when he received a giant glass goblet signifying that he is one of the best in the business at a banquet in his honor.

Back in the job hunt for first time in years, boomers find things have changed
NEW YORK (AP) The last time Ginny Westermayer was looking for a job, the job pretty much found her.

Commercial fishers hopeful about season
ANCHORAGE Alaska's big salmon fisheries are gearing up around the state and commercial fishers are cautiously optimistic the slump in the industry may have bottomed out. Things should be a little better this year, at least in parts of the state.

TRICKY SALES: If you're in sales, you know how difficult the client-vendor mating ritual can become.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Art Briefs
Poetry contest offers $1,000 Local group holds drama camp Museum accepting fiber artwork Artists in Schools solicits interest Museum seeks volunteers

Kenai gears up for annual Fourth of July celebration
Floats, food and fire trucks will make for fun family festivities this Fourth of July in Kenai on Friday.

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

'Sesame Street' could help kids deal with evils of war, terrorism
NEW YORK The Muppets have more to offer than lessons on numbers, letters and shapes now they're teaching children about fear, violence and war.

Latin star Thalia makes English language debut
NEW YORK Thalia, already a star among Latin music and television fans, is facing one of the biggest challenges of her career as she tries to transplant her success to American airwaves.

Author pens creepy homage to Lituya's ghosts
While most people nowadays tout Alaska as a place of beauty and charm, it is prudent to recall that it can be extremely dangerous as well.

Animal shelter fees keep pets from good homes
I recently met a young woman who had gone to the landfill to empty her trash. While she was there, she heard a tiny, plaintive voice, and she and the landfill people discovered a newborn kitten, headed for the crusher.

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!

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?

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.

Officials welcome Home Depot
It's official. This fall work will begin to transform the Kenai building formerly known as Big Kmart into a Home Depot.

Nikiski, Kenai left in the dark
Approximately 4,500 Homer Electric Association customers were without power for about 45 minutes, beginning at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday.

Missing child found safe
Alaska State Troopers using ATVs, a canine unit and a helicopter found a missing 9-year-old boy who wandered away from a group outing at Captain Cook State Recreation Area on Monday afternoon.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Fish and Game: Measurement restrictions show positive effect on June fishery
New regulations aimed at protecting large, early-run Kenai River king salmon appear to have had a positive impact on the June fishery, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game area management biologist Mark Gamblin

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

Lois A. Calvin
Longtime Kasilof resident, Lois A. Calvin died Sunday, June 29, 2003, at her home in Kasilof. She was 74.

Johnny Earl Jones
Kenai and Ninilchik resident Johnny Earl Jones died Monday, June 30, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

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.

Donald Lynn (Donny) Dedrick
Former longtime Alaska resident Donald Lynn (Donny) Dedrick died Dec. 11, 2002, at his parents' home in Medford, Ore. He was 41.

Oilers, Glacier Pilots washed out
With the bases loaded and only one out in the top of the sixth inning, the Peninsula Oilers had a golden opportunity to steal a victory Tuesday evening as rain threatened to put an early halt to their 1-1 contest with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.

Murkowski budget cuts not as devastating as many have predicted What others say Predictions that Gov. Frank Murkowski's cuts to health and social service budgets ''will hurt people'' are in the words of Mark Twain about reports of his death greatly exaggerated.
The largest cut in that area was the expected elimination of $45 million in longevity bonus payments, which may be painful to recipients but was no surprise.

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.

Forgiveness should not be forgotten as nation discusses race relations
This past week witnessed the deaths of three prominent Southern politicians from years gone by.

Tax code is broken; it easily could be fixed with flat tax
They're at it again.

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.

Around the Peninsula
KVCC interpretive program to highlight art Deadline for Freedom Festival looming KPRL sponsor circle track races Golf tourney for Red Cross set for Saturday Residents encouraged to apply for CPHC board Have your name set in stone

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

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.

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

Belgians, Williams advance to semis
WIMBLEDON, England Up at the net after a stinging approach shot, Serena Williams waited for Jennifer Capriati's weak response to float down.

Kenai Golf Report
Things are hopping at the Kenai Golf Course. July is here again and much too soon. The course is in incredible shape and golfers are certainly enjoying it.

Driver testing gets OK
LEMONT, Ill. Hoping to remove suspicions about cheating golfers, the PGA Tour will begin using a test in January that determines whether clubs are legal.

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.

Aliu upsets Greene on day of world bests
LAUSANNE, Switzerland On a day when several athletes set world bests, Olympic and world champion Maurice Greene couldn't do any better than third in the 100 meters at the Athletissima meet on Tuesday.

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.

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 .

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