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Thursday, July 4, 2002

Teen sentenced for Fairbanks theater robbery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One of four men convicted of robbing a movie theater in February was sentenced to five years in prison Monday, plus six months more for another theft.

Lord-Jenkins named to head Ombudsman's office
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Linda Lord-Jenkins of Eagle River has been named to head the state Office of the Ombudsman.

Two dead in accident on Parks Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man and his young son from Chalkyitsik died Tuesday when their family car slammed into another vehicle on the Parks Highway near Nenana.

Coast Guard monitoring grounded barge on Yukon River
KODIAK (AP) -- Coast Guard officials are monitoring a barge that ran aground on the Yukon River near Emmonak.

Judge reduces sentence for drunk driver who killed two
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula judge has reduced the sentence for a Crown Point drunk driver who killed two Juneau men and seriously injured a third.

2001 Special Olympics brought big bucks to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games brought Anchorage some very tangible rewards.

Knowles signs bills putting bond package on ballot
Alaska voters will go to the polls in November to decide the first general obligation bond package the state has had in more than 20 years.

Murkowski says he wants attack ads stopped
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski said that he wants an Outside group running ads attacking the Knowles-Ulmer administration to end the television spots.

Communities say Exxon owes $12 million in spill costs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Thirteen years after the Exxon Valdez ran aground spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound, six communities say Exxon Mobil Corp. stills owes them $12 million in costs associated with the spill.

Elections division rules in favor of Kohring
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Vic Kohring, who splits his time between Alaska and Oregon, is eligible to be on the Aug. 27 GOP Primary ballot this year, the state Division of Elections ruled.

Yakutat man fined for making false distress call
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Yakutat man was sentenced Tuesday to five months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $40,000 for making a false distress call to the Coast Guard.

Russians become first paraplegics to summit Mount McKinley
TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) -- Two Russians used ropes and sleds to dead-haul themselves up the highest mountain in North America to become the first paraplegics to summit Mount McKinley.

Hubbard Glacier raises water level in Russell Fiord
JUNEAU (AP) -- Russell Fiord near Yakutat is now a lake as the gap between the advancing Hubbard Glacier and land has narrowed to less than 50 feet.

Brown bear defends cubs against car
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- While many residents have encountered Alaska brown bears, not many have had an experience like the one Ross Armstrong had last month.

Eleven sign up for Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Eleven mushers signed up Tuesday to run the 2003 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Troopers, search team looks for hiker missing near Talkeetna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A New York City man missing from a guided hike was found early Tuesday evening.

Troopers, search team looks for hiker missing near Talkeetna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A New York City man missing from a guided hike was found early Tuesday evening.

Wasilla boy killed by pickup truck
WASILLA (AP) -- A 5-year-old Wasilla boy was killed Monday after being struck by a pickup truck, Wasilla police said.

Failing Schools
Sixty percent or more fourth-grade students at the following schools missed 50 percent or more of the questions on standardized tests in reading, writing and math and were declared failing schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

Holland America puts Haines squarely on its list
JUNEAU (AP) -- The economic development director for Haines is pleased with Holland America's plans for its cruise ships next year.

Post 20 notches sweep of Homer
Just ask American Legion Post 20 Twins manager Lance Coz what's needed to win baseball games, and he'll rattle off three things: Good pitching, good defense and timely hitting.

Record 62 homers hit Tuesday
A record 62 home runs were hit in the major leagues Tuesday night, breaking the mark of 57 set April 7, 2000.

Colon starts strong
ATLANTA -- Bartolo Colon won in his first start since coming over from Cleveland, and Fernando Tatis hit a go-ahead grand slam as the Montreal Expos beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 Tuesday night.

Red Sox take doubleheader from Blue Jays
BOSTON -- Spot starters Tim Wakefield and Sunny Kim gave Boston a boost on both ends of a doubleheader, as the Red Sox swept Toronto on Tuesday to extend their winning streak over the Blue Jays to eight consecutive games.

Kenai River is king again
Finally. At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, the Kenai River reopened to king salmon fishing from motorized boats downstream from the Sterling Highway Bridge in Soldotna.

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Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

'Men in Black II': Duds, dudes work second time around
With ''Men in Black II,'' as with its predecessor, clothes make the movie.

Movie, TV acting jobs decline 9.3 percent
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The number of movie and television roles for Screen Actors Guild members dropped 9.3 percent last year, with supporting actors among the hardest hit, the guild said.

SHeDAISY sisters say music has depth
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When their debut album, ''The Whole SHeBANG,'' was released in 1999, SHeDAISY was pegged as a lightweight, poppy Dixie Chicks knockoff.

Art Briefs
Poetry deadline SaturdayDrama summer starts MondayWriting conference planned

Knowles signs bills putting bond package on ballot
Alaska voters will go to the polls in November to decide the first general obligation bond package the state has had in more than 20 years.

Laidlaw proposal earns contract for Homer area
Laidlaw Transit Inc. will take over transportation for Homer area schools' co-curricular activities this fall, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education decided Monday.

Seward tradition keeps growing
Seward's Independence Day celebration falls on what could be for many this year, a four-day weekend. Each year, the picturesque town on the shores of Resurrection Bay swells from its nearly 4,000-person population to almost 10 times the size.

Dignitaries dedicate new Homer city dock
HOMER -- Under brilliant blue skies and backed by a fire truck pumping a powerful stream of white water high into the air, U.S. Sens. Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski and others cut the ribbon dedicating Homer's new Pioneer Dock in a well-attended ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

Kenai judge rules driver who killed 2, hurt 1 could be released after 9 years
A Kenai Peninsula judge has reduced the sentence for the man whose drunken driving resulted in the deaths of two Juneau men and serious injury to a third Juneau man.

5 students honored for community spirit
Contributing to the community is an important part of Katie VanDerWege's life.

Bertha O. Barclay
Bertha O. Barclay died Sunday, June 30, 2002, at Nicholson's Assisted Living Home in Kenai. She was 88.

McCally sends Oilers to second straight loss
Bucs pitcher Ryan McCally threw a two-hit shutout to defeat the Peninsula Oilers 2-0 Tuesday in Alaska Baseball League play in Anchorage.

Applause
Good-natured 'grouches' help Lions help community

Perhaps more than ever before Americans realize freedom is not free Democracy requires action
History tells us that over the past century, the Statue of Liberty has called loudly to all those outside of America with the plea: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, the wretched refuge of your teaming shores."

Fourth of July holiday again reminds nation of what freedom means means
In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and last week's decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that declared reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional, this year's Fourth of July has the potential to be the most patriotic ever. As Kenai Peninsula residents take advantage of the day off work to enjoy parades, picnics, barbecues and fishing, we hope they also will take time to remember the reason for the holiday.

Photo feature: Not just for the Fourth
Flags line Binkley Street in Soldotna last week. Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey said he envisions Soldotna someday becoming the patriotic capital of Alaska.

Around the Peninsula
Church to hold Freedom FestivalLibrary in need of book donationsKenai chamber looking for volunteersSwim team seeking membersBlood donations in demandClub seeks vehicle donationReminder: Fireworks not allowed

Peninsula Independence Day events
Newcomers and visitors scratching their heads over daylight fireworks displays, and longtime residents alike will find lots to do on the Kenai Peninsula Thursday as Kenai, Homer, Seldovia and Seward bring out the red, white and blue to celebrate the nation's Independence Day. Here are some highlights:

Seniors show 'Independence' in Kenai parade float design
Kenai Senior Citizens Center volunteers have been busy the past few weeks building a float for the Kenai Fourth of July Parade.

Sports Briefs
Red Cross Golf Classic slated for July 6Alyeska to host 5-kilometer fun runTrinidad retiring from professional boxingGeorge to announce Indy 500 decision WednesdayWoods cites illness, withdraws from Western OpenNCAA adds two years to Minnesota probationSpanish coach Camacho steps down

Venus' quick play has even ump stumped
WIMBLEDON, England -- Venus Williams raced in behind a stinging approach shot, all 6-foot-1 of her poised at the net.

Kenai Golf Report: Weather, greens help golf
If you haven't been on the Kenai Golf Course in a while, you will be so surprised at the greens. I played 18 holes yesterday, and I was thrilled to see the greens coming along so well. The grass is growing and filling in and the weather has been wonderful for golfing.

Joseph joins Detroit
Goalie fever hit the NHL on Tuesday, with Curtis Joseph leaving Toronto for Detroit, Ed Belfour departing Dallas to replace Joseph, and Steve Passmore staying put in Chicago.

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