Friday, July 5, 2002

Delta Junction unsure how to fill $1 million hole
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles' veto of a $1 million interest-free loan to the city of Delta Junction caught city officials off guard.

Poor salmon runs, low prices keep fishermen home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Bristol Bay commercial salmon fishery usually peaks around the Fourth of July, but weak salmon returns and low prices are keeping fisherman at home in droves.

Kodiak refuge center included in Senate bill
KODIAK (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has included $3 million in the Senate version of the Interior Department appropriations bill for construction of an administrative and visitor facility in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.

Soldotna company awarded contract for Challenger Center
KENAI (AP) -- The addition to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska will be built by a Soldotna company.

Navy ship visits Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- A San Diego-based Navy destroyer is visiting Juneau through Monday.

Light quake rattles Interior
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook Interior Alaska Friday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

Man shot in foot at holiday picnic
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was shot in the foot at a holiday picnic Thursday evening, according to Anchorage police.

Sleeping driver hits Anchorage patrol car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A sleeping driver crashed into a parked police car and destroyed it Thursday morning, Anchorage police said.

Knowles signs alcohol tax increase into law
JUNEAU (AP) -- The price of libations will increase in Alaska beginning in October under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Knowles vetoes coastal trail planning bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles vetoed a bill Friday that would have given the Legislature the final word on extending the Anchorage coastal trail named for the governor through a wildlife refuge.

Forest Service hears call for more Tongass wilderness
SITKA (AP) -- It was a scene no one would have imagined 10 years ago.

State gets $1.3 million for victim assistance
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Justice Department has awarded nearly $1.3 million to the state to help groups that assist crime victims.

Sen. Stevens says U.S. dependent on foreign steel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is the first to admit he doesn't like the idea of using foreign steel to construct major projects in Alaska, including the $230 million expansion at his namesake airport in Anchorage.

Bettles sees its first July snowfall
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Bettles saw its first-every snowfall in July this week.

Precosky, Kemppel repeat winners in Mount Marathon race
SEWARD (AP) -- The 75th running of Mount Marathon finished Thursday in much the same way it has for the past few years.

Residents appeal expansion of True North mine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Residents living near the True North gold mine have filed appeals of the state's decision to approve an expansion of the gold mine, 30 miles north of Fairbanks.

Former UAF basketball star pleads no contest to assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former University of Alaska Fairbanks basketball player charged with kidnapping, raping and assaulting his former girlfriend could serve five years in prison after reaching a plea agreement

Man sentenced to 3 years for smuggling cocaine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Los Angeles man convicted of smuggling almost two kilograms, or roughly 4.3 pounds, of cocaine through Fairbanks International Airport in January has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Public employee union endorses Ulmer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Public Safety Employees Association has endorsed Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer for governor.

Post 20 trips up New Jersey side
A month into their season, the American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team has the formula down pat: Solid defense backing up effective pitching plus timely hitting equals quality baseball.

Brewers beat Reds for first time this year
CINCINNATI -- Eric Young's two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning off Danny Graves rallied the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-4 victory Thursday, their first in eight tries this season over the Cincinnati Reds.

Mussina stops Thome, Indians
NEW YORK -- Mike Mussina and the Yankees ended Jim Thome's seven-game homer streak -- one short of a major league record -- and Raul Mondesi hit his first homer for New York in a 7-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

Postage rate hike encourages consumers to consider electronic bill paying
NEW YORK (AP) -- With the price of a first-class stamp up to 37 cents, many consumers are taking a fresh look at reducing their mailing costs by paying their bills electronically.

Bear market still raging -- 27 months and no end in sight
NEW YORK (AP) -- It wasn't supposed to go on this long: 27 months. But many investors underestimated Wall Street's latest bear market, which has dragged on longer than the 1973-74 downturn that many veterans recall.

Road trips help rev up tourism industry
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Deborah Dallinger's hassles as she navigated security checks on her recent European vacation persuaded her to stick closer to home this summer.

Boomers battle a lifetime of clutter
NEW YORK (AP) -- It happens to many baby boomers: The attic or the garage, or maybe the closets or the kitchen cabinets, turn from a repository of great bargains and acquisitions into a nightmare.

In an increasingly uncertain climate, how will consumers behave?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Early this year, Mike and Kelly Weiss, buoyed by a general sense that the economy was improving, purchased a house in Kensington, Md., and filled it with furniture.

Internet animators star in a new medium, the 'webisode'
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Joe Sparks is a minor celebrity to a subculture of college students and cubicle-dwellers who follow his ''Radiskull and Devil Doll'' toons from as far away as Japan.

Fishing the old-fashioned way: with a bow and arrow
KELLOGG, Minn. (AP) -- Standing on Schmoker's Bridge, Aaron Horsman eyed the murky water below. To the untrained eye, the surface of the Mississippi River backwater slough appeared unpromising. But Horsman saw something.

Good news awaits Kenai anglers
Good news greeted anglers venturing onto the Kenai River looking for a chance to catch a king salmon for the first time since the river was closed by emergency order last month: The fishing is good.

Hike combines scenery, history, biology of area
"Where we're standing now, if we were here 20 thousand years ago, we'd be standing under ice."

This week - PEPSI 400

In the spotlight

Points standings
Point standings so far this year.

Pontiac to debut new car
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Pontiac will have a new car for the 2003 Daytona 500, but it will be strikingly familiar to the Dodges and Fords already on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Money leaders
Money leaders so far

Sterling Marlin didn't take it easy during off week
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. While other drivers spent the final off weekend of the racing season playing in the sun or clicking a television remote, Sterling Marlin was doing what he loves most driving his race car.

Race schedule
This year's race sechedule

Fishing groups seek help in court
The Kenai Peninsula Fisher-men's Association and the United Cook Inlet Drift Associa-tion have filed suit against the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

And the winners are ... Following are the results from Kenai's Fourth of July parade:
Fourth of July parade winners

Prescribed burn reignites, but fire not out of control
About 35 firefighters remained in a "defensive mode" around the Mystery Creek controlled burn Thursday some 10 miles northeast of Sterling.

Kenai shows its true colors
Fourth of July festivities are more than a spectator sport for those who spent days or weeks preparing the floats and other vehicles that formed the patriotic caravan through Kenai Thursday morning.

State rules Ward lives in Nikiski
Incumbent Sen. Jerry Ward is indeed a resident of Nikiski and the new Alaska Senate District Q and therefore is eligible to run in the Aug. 27 Republican Party primary, the director of the Alaska Division of Elections ruled late Wednesday afternoon.

Oilers, Miners split
The Peninsula Oilers split a pair of games with the Mat-Su Miners in Alaska Baseball League play Thursday at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

Letters to the Editor
Property owners deserve answers to questions about utility district Limited entry for guides would solve crowding on Kenai

Why do we support harassing fish?
I am sick of the "hook-and-release" mentality. If it is OK to "hook and release" fish for recreation, then why not chase a moose down by snowmachine to take a picture for friends, and then leave him laying, panting in the snow to chase another?

Area businesses' donations to Kenai fun run appreciated

Closure of Ninilchik DOT station reflects pain of budget cuts
The closure of the Ninilchik state road maintenance station exemplifies the dilemma of budget cuts: Pleas to cut state spending are met with pleas to not cut that particular part of state spending, no matter what part it is.

Surfers visit Turnagain Arm in Alaska for unique bore-tide ride
BIRD POINT, Alaska (AP) -- Marc Wisdorf stole out of his car like

A year after it burned, the Tanana Flats is sprouting back to life
ON THE TANANA FLATS, Alaska (AP) -- Their boots crunched in the charred landscape and small puffs of dust and ash rose from the ground as Dale Haggstrom and Tom Paragi picked their way through a patch of blackened forest Monday on the Tanana Flats.

Green River stretch great for quiet and even canoes
OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Years ago, when river-running started to make big commercial noise in Moab, area outfitters got together and decided on a common goal -- to keep the Green River quiet.

Watershed Forum planning more events
The Skilak Lake informational hike with Ted Bailey was just one of a host of events offered by the Kenai Watershed Forum this summer. And the best thing about them is, they're completely free.

Russian team includes first two paraplegics to reach Denali's peak
TALKEETNA, Alaska -- 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.

Around the Peninsula
Emergency order extends gillnetting hours Red Cross to sponsor golf classic Cheerleaders to hold fund-raiser Willow expert to lead Alaska fauna hike Kenai Eagles to host dinner CPGH board to hold special meeting PFLAG to hold monthly meeting KKC plans dog show, trials SPCA clinic scheduled Social Security rep to visit peninsula

Missionary in Peru plane tragedy rebuilds life in North Carolina
GARNER, N.C. (AP) -- When he got off the plane that brought him to North Carolina, Jim Bowers wondered aloud to his mother if he could ever get the images out of his mind.

Protestant denominations seek new leaders to build diversity
CLEVELAND (AP) -- After a steady drop in membership over the years, leaders of seven predominantly white Protestant denominations -- from liberal to conservative -- have joined forces to try to reverse the trend.

Religion Briefs
Expedition with God planned Grace Lutheran plans Bible school Religious poetry sought

Study shows religious contributors are also crucial for nonreligious charities
NEW YORK (AP) -- Faithful contributors to religious congregations are more likely than other Americans to support nonreligious charities, said a report from Independent Sector, a coalition of 700 philanthropies, and the National Council of Churches.

Conservative priest in Maryland court fight quits Episcopal Church
LANHAM, Md. (AP) -- A conservative priest who sparred with his bishop through a long court battle has quit the Episcopal Church for a breakaway group, claiming his former denomination has strayed too far theologically and can't be reformed.

Sex-change United Methodist minister resigns at hearing on status
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Rev. Rebecca Ann Steen, a United Methodist minister who underwent a sex-change operation, voluntarily surrendered clergy credentials at a hearing on her situation, the Methodist news service said.

Southern Baptists to cut ties with District of Columbia affiliate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The home mission board of the Southern Baptist Convention has decided to cut its ties with the District of Columbia Baptist Convention next June 30, a move that includes dropping support of nearly $500,000 a year.

Episcopal diocese OKs blessing rituals for homosexuals, unwed heterosexuals
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Episcopal Church's Kansas diocese will allow clerical blessings of homosexual couples and unwed heterosexuals for whom marriage is a financial hardship, Bishop William E. Smalley said this week.

Billy Graham cites weakness; may hold no revival meetings after October
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Rev. Billy Graham said his Cincinnati rallies that concluded Sunday left him feeling weaker than ever. He has scheduled no revival meetings after an October one in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Knowing God's word lets us know him
Train up a child in the way to go, and it will not depart from them.

Pakistani Christian convert sentenced to death for blasphemy plans appeal
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Lawyers for a man who was sentenced to death after converting from Islam to Christianity said Monday they would challenge his conviction in Pakistan's High Court.

Dealing with deities: Forget the temple, Modern Hindus do it on Internet
BANGALORE, India (AP) -- When an astrologer warned Anasuya Dhanrajgir that bad luck was on her horizon, she took the road increasingly traveled by modern Hindus looking to appease ancient divinities.

Randall tumbles as Kemppel takes eighth title
Pain is temporary. But pride lasts a lifetime.

Precosky takes a fourth on the Fourth
True grit. Not the John Wayne western film. Not what runners on Mount Marathon in Seward often collect in their teeth.

Lions provide Independence Day racing
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Circle Track Division put on its own version of a Fourth of July parade Thursday with a full slate of events at Twin Cities Raceway in Kenai.

Golfer prospers at 90
Last week we forgot to provide the results from the annual Best/Rotary Midnight Sun Scramble held on June 22.

Egelus, Besh take junior race
And a little child shall lead them.

2002 Mount Marathon Results
Race results

Inkster shares lead at Open
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Karrie Webb was so lost in the first round of the U.S. Women's Open that she felt like she had never seen Prairie Dunes.

Serena vs. Venus for Wimbledon title
WIMBLEDON, England -- The Williams family has another Grand Slam final all to itself, this time with a twist:

Bruin defends cubs from car
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- While many residents have encountered Alaska brown bears, not many have had an experience like Ross Armstrong had last month.

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