Sunday, July 6, 2003

Plane missing with five aboard
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) The Coast Guard resumed its search early Friday for a small plane with five people aboard that disappeared while trying to land in Sitka.

Ketchikan moves forward with cruise ship dock plan
KETCHIKAN (AP) Ketchikan is moving forward with a plan to build a downtown dock for cruise ships and expand the harbor.

Mat-Maid loses Fairbanks milk contract over preference mixup
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks school board awarded its milk contract to a local distributor after determining that Matanuska Maid dairy of Anchorage was not on the list of bidders meriting a preference for producing Alaska agriculture products.

Increased rates of respiratory illness prompts efforts to settle silt
ANCHORAGE (AP) State transportation officials plan to use federal funds from the Denali Commission on a unique experiment to reduce the dust kicked up in some communities in Western Alaska, where respiratory problems are widespread.

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

Ester parade shows independent streak
ESTER (AP) It's not your garden variety Fourth of July parade here in this small and outspoken hamlet. Indeed, social and political commentary is easier to find than an American flag.

Chugiak schools vandalized
CHUGIAK (AP) Anchorage police are trying to find out who is responsible for vandalizing two schools in Chugiak.

Animal research station expands tours
FAIRBANKS (AP) After a two-year hiatus that ended last summer, the animals of the Large Animal Research Station at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are open to the public again with new viewing pens, footpaths and tour guides.

North Pole man indicted
FAIRBANKS (AP) A North Pole man charged in the beating death of a relative was indicted Wednesday on other charges, including theft and misconduct involving a corpse.

Alaska ranks 10th nationwide in teacher salaries
FAIRBANKS (AP) Teacher salaries in Alaska ranked 10th in the nation according to a state-by-state survey of educators pay by the American Federation of Teachers.

Animal shelter cutting back on road kill service
KETCHIKAN (AP) An animal shelter in Ketchikan is cutting back on its road kill service because of budget cuts.

Firms pay lawmakers for consulting and legal services
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three key lawmakers reported receiving tens of thousands of dollars in consulting or legal fees from companies that do business with the Legislature.

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

Sen. Murkowski attempts to broaden home loan program
FAIRBANKS (AP) Alaska voters approved $500 million worth of bonds last fall to supply low-interest home loans to military veterans, but the loans are only available to veterans who served before 1977.

Three ambulances headed to Y-K communities
PALMER (AP) Three Yukon-Kuskokwim communities will be receiving new ambulances this month.

Fairbanks judge dismisses marijuana conviction
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Superior Court judge dismissed a man's marijuana conviction, ruling that the Alaska Constitution guarantees the right to possess marijuana for personal use in the home.

USGS producing new geologic maps for Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) The first thing any geologist new to Alaska's North Slope has to do is get his mind around the geology. In the past this has been difficult because the standard North Slope geology maps are decades old.

Coast Guard finds wreckage of plane missing near Sitka
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) The wreckage of a twin-engine airplane that crashed while attempting to land at the Sitka airport was found by a Coast Guard helicopter Friday.

Boat owners fined for spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) Owners of a fishing boat that hit a charted rock, sank and spilled more than 35,000 gallons of fuel and oil into Prince William Sound have been fined $16,000 by the state.

Scott Gomez to bring Stanley Cup to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) Scott Gomez is bringing the Stanley Cup home to Anchorage.

Hikers and runners feel the sting of Goshawks' talons
JUNEAU (AP) Phoebe Rohrbacher and Meghan Salveson were running the Treadwell Ditch Trail when they heard a goshawk's screech echoing from the spruce trees.

BP pays $6,300 fine in worker's death
FAIRBANKS (AP) BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. paid a $6,300 fine imposed by the state for the death of a North Slope worker in December.

School districts competing for students
HOMER (AP) Homer area schools are facing increased competition from school districts trying to lure their students away.

Wasilla really knows its duct tape
WASILLA (AP) It's a sticky solution to a messy problem. But for Sherri Mulhaney, it works.

USGS producing new geologic maps for Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) The first thing any geologist new to Alaska's North Slope has to do is get his mind around the geology. In the past this has been difficult because the standard North Slope geology maps are decades old.

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.

Red Sox get to old nemesis Clemens for eight runs in blowout
NEW YORK Ramiro Mendoza (2-3) worked out of trouble to pitch five shutout innings in his first start since June 2001, and the Boston Red Sox blew out Roger Clemens and the New York Yankees again with a 10-2 victory Saturday.

Twins fail to defend Wasilla tourney title
The American Legion Twins finished 1-2 in the round-robin portion of the four-team Wasilla Fourth of July Tournament Friday and Saturday.

Rookie Biffle wins at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Rookie Greg Biffle played the fuel strategy game and won Saturday night in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Protesters fueled Webster's desire 'to do something'
Four years ago, when Shane Webster turned 18, he traveled from his home in Soldotna to Anchorage to enlist in the Marines.

Texans find creative ways to share faith, celebrate 4th of July
One of the more eye-catching entrants to march in Friday's parade consisted not of locals disguised as historical figures or politicians riding in convertibles, but 122 Texans dressed in matching red short sleeved shirts.

Incident sparks fiery debate; case slated for trial Tuesday
The temperature hovered right around freezing as a small group of peace demonstrators stood nearly motionless at the Soldotna "Y" with their collars turned up against a cold wind.

Parade winners announced
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce judged this year's 100 parade entries in seven different categories, singling out two entries in each category for recognition. The following are the final results of the parade entry competition:

Even Mother Nature cooperates during annual celebration
What a day. Bright sunshine, a record number of parade entrants and thousands of spectators all came together Friday for one of the most memorable celebrations in the parade's history.

Water quality monitoring funds at risk
A change in state policy regarding how millions in federal pass-through dollars are applied could wipe out highly successful water quality monitoring programs on the Kenai Peninsula, including one on the Kenai River, a spokesperson for the nonprofit agency that conducts that study warned Thursday.

Rec center transition smooth, say officials
Amid some controversy, the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula officially took over the management of the Kenai Recreation Center on Tuesday.

Johnny Earl Jones
Kenai and Ninilchik resident Johnny Earl Jones died Monday, June 30, 2003 in Anchorage. He was 64.

Robert 'Bob' Loveall
Former Kenai resident Robert "Bob" Loveall died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, in Salem, Ore., following a prolonged battle with prostate cancer. He was 71.

Oilers top Bucs for first road triumph of season
The Peninsula Oilers picked up their first victory on the road Saturday, blowing out the Anchorage Bucs 13-3 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Former stay-at-home mom tackles new challenges, learns valuable lessons
I started back to work. For those who have worked all their lives that may sound like no big deal. For me, it was past scary; it was terrifying.

Bear encounter fulfills dream
Seeing a wild animal up close can be exciting. Many people hit the back country trails that abound on the Kenai Penin-sula in the hopes of just such an opportunity.

Prevention efforts crucial to keeping waterways healthy
The state Department of Environmental Conservation should reconsider a decision that will funnel federal funds to restoration of polluted bodies of water at the expense of water quality monitoring projects taking place on still healthy waterways.

Riding the wave: Kayak popularity on the rise
INLET, N.Y. When John Nemjo left his Florida teaching job 10 years ago to become a wilderness outfitter in northern New York, kayaking was still the domain of a fringe group of whitewater fanatics.

Castle builder draws fans, odd looks
ONA, Fla. Cinderella's Castle may be one of the most popular vacation destinations in Florida, but there's another castle, also built on former swamp land and by a man with an active imagination.

Couples take their commitment to court
We are gathered together before these witnesses to join this man and this woman in matrimony, which is an honorable estate, and not in any way to be entered lightly or unadvisedly, but rather, reverently, discreetly and soberly.

Hardina, Zimmerman plan Kenai wedding
Nicole Hardina of Ellensburg, Wash., and Mark Zimmerman plan to be married Saturday, July 12 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. Father Frank Reitter and Sister Joyce Ross will perform the ceremony.

Standing at the brink of Niagara Falls; Rescuers work to save man from final plunge
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. High above the mighty falls, where everything is a thunderous torrent and only the shrieks of the gulls pierce the roar, a man's cry for help is a hopelessly lonely act.

Allemann, Sturman have June nuptials
Tesa Joy Allemann of Wake Forest, N.C. and Steve Alan Sturman of Boise, Idaho, were married Friday, June 20, at Soldotna Church of the Nazarene by Dean Nichols of First Baptist Church in Kenai.

Around the Peninsula
Extension office to teach nutritional classesKBBI schedules board meetingBlood donation earns dinner discountAstronaut to visit Boys and Girls ClubNikiski churches to host community dayFinal swim sessions set for Kenai poolSoroptimists hold fund-raiser for cancer fund'Funniest Story' writing contest heldVendors, parade entries sought for Progress DaysAAJC plans flea market fund-raiser

Cat thinks there's no place like home
KEY WEST, Iowa (AP) Rusty the cat just can't seem to forget where he came from. In the past two years, he's navigated more than 3 miles of hills and busy streets to visit the old neighborhood 33 times.

Pet owners start feeling chicken
BALA CYNWYD, Pa. Gail Herrine approaches a large rectangular cage in her backyard, asks her ''girls'' if they'd like to come out and hoists the coop several inches off the ground.

My best friend
Maria-Sole Mooney adopted Tiger from the Kenai Animal Shelter when he was 16.

Egelus, Besh repeat junior wins
Kids will be kids. This is particularly true when last year's kids repeat their accomplishments a year later, as was the case with Leah Besh of Anchorage and Rory Egelus of Palmer.

Feeling the burn
How hot was it for Mount Marathon Friday? Before leaving my house at noon for the death march up and death-defying drop down the 3,022-foot mountain, I weighed in at 155 pounds.

Serena defeats Venus at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England Serena Williams sat in her courtside chair, jacket over her legs and towel over her shoulders, trying to stay warm during a 10-minute medical timeout early in the final set of the Wimbledon final.

2003 Mount Marathon Results
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Boonstra, 41, becomes oldest men's champion
SEWARD The Boonstra family came to Seward on Friday fully expecting to do well. The recent Galena transplants and summertime Ninilchik residents expected to be somewhere in the top 10 in each race they entered during the Fourth of July extravaganza surrounding the 76th running of the Mount Marathon Race.

Race cars fall victim to hot, heavy driving
The racing Friday night at Twin Cities Raceway for a Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Circle Track Division event was hot and heavy perhaps a little too hot and heavy.

Two untested players lead Women's Open
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. The pressure of the U.S. Women's Open was creeping up on Hilary Lunke from all sides Saturday.

Kemppel corrals ninth Mount Marathon crown
SEWARD Newly retired from Olympic skiing, Nina Kemppel put her Mount Marathon running career to bed Friday with a record ninth win and record eighth consecutive victory. At 56 minutes, 45 seconds, she won in commanding fashion, being the only woman to complete the 3.5-mile trip up and down the 3,022-foot mountain face in under an hour.

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