Friday, July 4, 2003

Search suspended for missing plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) The search was suspended Wednesday for plane with three people aboard that failed to reach its destination in Homer.

Lower Southeast king salmon troll harvest felt
JUNEAU (AP) Southeast trollers took fewer king salmon and fewer hatchery fish as the spring season ended this week, the state Department of Fish and Game said.

Hospital gets donation to start dialysis center
JUNEAU (AP) Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation has received a $200,000 donation to start a dialysis center in the Mendenhall Mall.

Bristol Bay land added to leasing program
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Division of Oil and Gas will open up millions of acres around Bristol Bay to exploration, adding them to the state's five-year leasing program, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday.

Summer camp blends Native lore, Western science
JUNEAU (AP) On a recent rainy morning, Kymberly Hoyle sands a miniature Tlingit paddle as Alisa St. Clair draws a traditional design of a beaver on tracing paper.

Healy man first in line for Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) The 2004 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race picked up 11 contenders Wednesday, the first day to enter the 21st annual test of dog and man between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon.

Jury convicts Wasilla chiropractor
ANCHORAGE (AP) A federal jury Wednesday convicted a Wasilla chiropractor for failing to file income tax returns.

Man found dead in Fairbanks hotel
FAIRBANKS (AP) An autopsy will attempt to determine cause of death of a man found Monday night in a Fairbanks hotel room.

Mark Begich sworn in as Anchorage mayor
ANCHORAGE (AP) Mark Begich pressed his palm against the same Bible used to swear his father into public office decades ago and took the oath to become Anchorage's sixth mayor.

Trolleys offer visitors a fast-paced 30 minutes
JUNEAU (AP) ''Fast and furious'' is no

No end in sight for Ketchikan jewelry boom
KETCHIKAN (AP) Jay Mahtani, owner of the Gold Rush jewelry store across from Ketchi

False killer whale spotted in Southeast
ANCHORAGE (AP) A false killer whale made a rare appearance this spring in the Inside Passage waters near Juneau.

Alomar scores game winner in debut
CHICAGO Roberto Alomar scored the winning run in his White Sox debut, trotting home on Frank Thomas' second homer of the game to give Chicago an 8-6 victory in 12 innings over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

Classic boasts rapid catch rate
The 10th annual Kenai River Classic fishing tournament was the big story on the Kenai River this week. According to Brett Huber, the executive director of Kenai River Sportfishing Association Inc., this year's Classic saw its second best catch rate ever.

Newsmaker: Shane Hmiel
The Busch Series driver was parked for a lap last Sunday at Milwaukee for rough driving.

This week's race: Pepsi 400
WHERE: Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Drivers have say on tracks
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Bulldozers have logged as many miles as race cars in the past seven years at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Money leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $3,165,9402. Kurt Busch 2,954,8453. Michael Waltrip 2,805,880

Lajoie fired from Busch ride
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. This silly season isn't restricted only to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Points leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 2,3962. Jeff Gordon 2,2223. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,220

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Peninsula students get extra help
Like Anchorage schools, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District also saw an increase in summer school attendance this year.

'Kenai Wild' earns national recognition
Just when it seemed that the words "Kenai Wild" couldn't be uttered enough around the Kenai Peninsula Borough, it seems that the salmon branding program aimed at revitalizing the Cook Inlet sockeye salmon commercial fishing industry has gotten a broader audience.

Highway route alternatives narrow
State highway planners are closing in on a decision as to which of several alternative routes should be selected to replace a torturous 15-mile stretch of the Sterling Highway through Cooper Landing.

Cemetery vandalism causes grief
Cemetery vandalism is not a new phenomenon or one that is unique to the city of Kenai, but when it happens to a loved one's grave, the fact that it has happened to others is no consolation.

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

Harry Mapes Jr.
Harry Mapes Jr. died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, in Mesa, Ariz. He was 70.

Oilers drop two close ballgames
Following the completion of a game which began the previous evening, the Peninsula Oilers dropped a 12-inning marathon to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots to lose two one-run games in a single day Wednesday.

Alaska can help nation get more gas
The United States is facing critical shortages in natural gas in the months and years to come; just ask Alan Greenspan and other government experts.

Fourth of July holiday serves to remind us what freedom means means
As Kenai Peninsula residents get ready for the long Fourth of July weekend, we hope it will mean more than just an extra day off work to enjoy parades, picnics, barbecues and fishing. We hope it also will be a time to remember just what it is we're celebrating.

Photo feature: High road
A mountain biker is dwarfed by the surrounding peaks while riding the Lost Lake Trail last weekend. The trail traverses about 15 miles of mountains just north of Seward.

Outdoor Briefs
Bark beetle program slated for July 10Refuge offers July programs

Remote robotic cameras offer unusual views
JUNEAU Reuben Yost can count the eyelashes on a Steller sea lion 50 miles away.

It's a plant-eat-bug world out there
In the corporate arena it's often a dog-eat-dog world, but in the great outdoors of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, at times it's more appropriate to say it's a plant-eat-bug world.

Around the Peninsula
Wellness retreats plannedSpace still available for basketball campNikiski clubhouse begins final sessionSpruce bark beetle informative hike setKennel club to host dog showsKPRL sets moto-cross scheduleHistorical society meeting slatedSocial Security rep to visit peninsula

'Polyamory' followers searching for support
BOSTON No one uttered a word when Harlan White walked into church one day with two women, one on each arm. They were, he says, accepted like any other family in his Unitarian congregation.

Church Briefs
Freedom Festival setMusical troupe performsBasketball camp offeredVacation Bible school plannedProtocol seminar plannedCommunity Day coming upChurch offers camp for all agesWomen's Aglow to meetSummer camp plannedChurch plans Bible schoolChurch offers big adventureChurches host baseball gameRainbow Poets to award $5,000Assembly plans flea marketBible study looks to Jerusalem

Lesbian cleric creates rift between Baptist church and Southern Baptist Convention
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The sermon at Glendale Baptist Church one recent Sunday recalled how Jesus mingled with tax collectors and prostitutes, refusing to snub people for the unpopular things they did.

Woods continues rant against hot equipment
LEMONT, Ill. Don't tell Tiger Woods there aren't players on tour using ''hot'' drivers. He knows better.

Vancouver gets 2010 Winter Games
PRAGUE, Czech Republic The Olympics are returning to North America in 2010, to a scenic Pacific coast city beneath snowcapped mountains.

Showers force British, Henman to be patient
WIMBLEDON, England There was no need to be at Centre Court to follow Tim Henman's fortunes in his rain-suspended Wimbledon quarterfinal Wednesday.

Armstrong confident in team
PARIS Lance Armstrong is working on the principle that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Sports Briefs
Twins drop game to FairbanksFedorov's agent says forward won't return to WingsDavid Beckham slips on his Real Madrid jerseyBucks sign first-round draft pickRoyals acquire reliever from BrewersFSU QB McPherson pleads no contest to charges

Birch Ridge Report: Driving range improves
OK, so one slight clarification from last week. The fade, draw, blah, blah? For those who are right-handed, the direction of the ball is opposite. Confused? Good. Read it again and just keep aiming for the middle of the fairway and call it what you will.

Red-breasted nuthatches: Newcomers work hard to raise offspring
Red-breasted nuthatches appear to be relative newcomers as nesting birds on the Kenai Peninsula. I did not see a red-breasted nuthatch in the Soldotna area until sometime in the mid- to late-1980s. The first time they were recorded during the annual spring North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was 1995, 13 years after the BBS was first initiated on the refuge.

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