Sunday, July 7, 2002

University of Alaska sets Internet record
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In the world of network engineering, winning the Internet2 Land Speed Record gets you noticed.

Eagle cam to go online soon
HAINES (AP) -- Ever wonder what bald eagles do all day?

Food stamp policies spark lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Togiak women and a Native organization have filed a class action lawsuit claiming the state is illegally denying, terminating or reducing food stamp benefits for families expected to get money from Bristol Bay fishing. The suit claims the families are unlikely to get much fishing income.

Chukchi Sea crab fishery looking up
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- A survey of the potential of the Chukchi Sea crab fishery indicates the fishery is looking up after a slow start.

Elections Division says Ward resides in Nikiski
KENAI (AP) -- Incumbent state Sen. Jerry Ward is a resident of Nikiski and the new Alaska Senate District Q and therefore eligible to run in the Aug. 27 Republican Party primary, the director of the Alaska Division of Elections ruled Wednesday.

Kuskokwim River opens to subsistence fishing
BETHEL (AP) -- The entire Kuskokwim River in Western Alaska has been re-opened to subsistence fishing.

Army interested in Richardson expansion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After making inquiries about expanding Fort Richardson into a mountainous section of Chugach State Park, the Army is backing away due to a cool reception from state officials.

Ben Stevens paid well for charity work
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ben Stevens, the son of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, was paid well for three years of work as chief executive of the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games, held last March in Anchorage.

Palmer's perfect ball yard
PALMER (AP) -- Walking along the gravel road leading to Hermon Brothers Field, the aura of baseball is impossible to avoid. It hits you in the face like a bad hop.

Teen dies in hit-and-run crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 18-year-old Anchorage man died after a hit-and-run crash early Saturday, according to police.

Fishermen sue over Kasilof sockeye escapement
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Fishermen's Association and the United Cook Inlet Drift Association have filed suit against the state, seeking changes to the Kasilof River management plan adopted in February.

Two injured in Big Lake watercraft crash
WASILLA (AP) -- Two children were hurt Friday when one of them apparently lost control of a personal water craft and crashed into the other on the beach, Alaska State Troopers reported.

Small-town trial could be among many to come
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It was a little like having a trial in your living room.

Man charged with murder in killing of girlfriend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been charged with first-degree murder in the strangling death of his girlfriend Friday night, police said.

Man sentenced in child sex abuse case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man convicted of attempting to sexually abuse his young daughter has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

Zoo bears go fishing for trout
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 50 rainbow trout darting through the bear pool were supposed to outrun Ahpun and Oreo. But it didn't exactly work out that way.

Twins cobble together staff
After using three pitchers in a shutout win over a visiting team from New Jersey last week, American Legion Post 20 Twins manager Lance Coz said that, at the beginning of the season, he was asked who would be pitching.

Williams, last of the Greatest Generation heroes, dies at 83
BOSTON -- They were the heroes of the Greatest Generation: Mantle, DiMaggio, Williams. Now they're gone, and baseball fans in Boston and around the country mourn the passing of an era.

Cubs fire Baylor, hire Kimm
ATLANTA -- New Chicago Cubs manager Bruce Kimm didn't take long to make his presence felt, dropping leadoff hitter Corey Patterson to No. 6 in the original lineup for Saturday night's game against the Atlanta Braves.

Blue Jays end six-game losing streak by stopping Yankees
NEW YORK -- Steve Parris earned his first victory of the season and the Toronto Blue Jays ended their six-game losing streak by defeating the New York Yankees, 8-3 Saturday.

Bonds goes deep on Johnson as Giants top Diamondbacks
PHOENIX -- Barry Bonds ended a 10-game drought with his first home run off Randy Johnson and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 Saturday.

Twins make championship game in Wasilla
The American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins advanced to the championship game of the Todd Ryan Fourth of July Tournament by posting a 2-1 record Friday and Saturday.

Borough economy fit, but not without weaknesses
The economy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough appears to be on fairly solid footing, according to the latest analysis of trade and industry data by the borough's Community and Economic Development Division.

Photo feature: Uphill battle
A sockeye salmon leaves the water while trying to navigate the Russian River Falls Friday afternoon.

Health clubs targeting those out of shape
WASHINGTON -- Pot bellies, flabby arms: It's the hot new look at health clubs.

Waltrip a winner at Daytona -- and happy this time
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Michael Waltrip won. Dale Earnhardt Jr., went for broke. And the Intimidator would have loved the whole show.

Assembly veteran files to fill Kenai South seat
Betty Glick, a 14-year veteran of Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly politics, said she wants to fill the assembly vacancy created by the resignation of assembly member Bill Popp of Kenai South.

Fishing groups' request without merit, says state
An injunction sought by two Cook Inlet commercial fishing groups to force the state to disregard regulation changes made by the Alaska Board of Fisheries in February is without merit and should be denied, the state said in its response filed Friday.

As it grows larger, borough's population also gets grayer
As the population of the Kenai Peninsula grows larger, it also is growing older, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau released in May.

An inside look at life on road
Ever wonder what it is like to be on a road trip with the Oilers? Luckily, I am able to provide some insight into the experience after spending my second week in Anchorage.

Peninsula tops Bucs
If patience is a virtue, then Oilers' right-hander Cordell Perkins is certainly a virtuous individual.

One-size-fits-all patriotism flies in face of nation's founding ideals
On weekends such as this, patriotism is akin to a one-hit wonder. It gets all of 15 minutes of fame before the holiday is over and the red, white and blue Americana is tucked away in a box for the next holiday where a flag can be waved in the breeze with one hand as the other hand dutifully rests over one's heart.

Alaska's Aug. 27 primary is open
"The primary is closed this year." "You have to be a Republican to vote the Republican ballot." Both of those statements are erroneous. The correct name for the type of primary system we are now under in Alaska is the "Classic Open." The primary is open!

Voters must decide which candidates best represent them
Last week's Division of Elections ruling that Sen. Jerry Ward is a Nikiski resident and, therefore, eligible to run for the new Senate District Q seat is not likely to squelch the question: Does Sen. Ward really live in Nikiski?

Letters to the Editor
Letter writer ponders variety of Kenai Peninsula puzzles

Around the Peninsula
Social Security rep to visit peninsulaRepresentatives from the Social Security Administration will be at Kenai City Hall July 17 from noon to 4 p.m. and July 18 in Homer at the senior citizens center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Visitors center offers interpretive eventsCPGH board to hold special meeting

A look at the Kenai Peninsula's past
The historical photo series provided by Marge Mullen and Alan Boraas as part of the photograph archives of the Anthropology Lab at Kenai Peninsula College, is on hiatus this summer.

Soldotna couple hits 35-year mark
Longtime Soldotna residents Ralph and Judy Imholte celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary June 24.

Soldotna couple celebrates silver wedding anniversary
High school sweethearts Loren and Dianna Hollers celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Monday, July 1.

Kasilof woman dedicates life to canines
Stepping onto Leslie Batchelder's Kasilof property is kind of like walking into a petting zoo.

Storing clams: A meaty subject
There are some excellent clam tides coming up several times this month in Cook Inlet. If you choose to dig clams, be aware of the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP).

My Best Friend
Marsha Guthrie and her cat Pansy live in Nikiski. Marsha said Pansy uses light therapy to get through the dark winters.

Study links spanking to aggression, behavior problems
NEW YORK -- After analyzing six decades of expert research on corporal punishment, a psychologist says parents who spank their children risk causing long-term harm that outweighs the short-term benefit of instant obedience.

Kenai couple celebrates 50 years of marriage
Thomas and Ruth English of Kenai celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 28.

Cissell, Wortham to hold summer wedding
Amber Cissell and Shane Wortham, both of Kenai, have announced their plans to marry Aug. 3, 2002, in an afternoon ceremony at the First Baptist Church of Kenai. Pastor Dean Nichols will officiate.

New pastoral assignments move Father Tero to minister in Seward
"I got some rather sad news today," said Our Lady of Perpetual Help parishioner Charles Quarre. "Father Tero's leaving."

Serena tops Venus for Wimbledon title
WIMBLEDON, England -- At the trophy ceremony following the first one-family final at Wimbledon in 118 years, Venus Williams leaned over to sister Serena and whispered.

Texan opens bid for fourth straight Tour de France by winning prologue
LUXEMBOURG -- Lance Armstrong might have been the only cyclist surprised by his fast start in the Tour de France.

Sports Briefs
Yankees get Weaver as part of three-team tradeMighty Ducks acquire Sykora

Sorenstam holds lead at U.S. Women's Open
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- A shrinking list of challengers all made costly bogeys on the 18th hole, allowing Annika Sorenstam to get out of the sweltering sun with a two-stroke lead Saturday in the U.S. Women's Open.

Orphaned 2-year-old orca healthy, ready to reunite with family
SEATTLE -- An orphaned female orca has passed all medical tests and is ready to be reunited with her family in Canadian waters, a spokesperson for the National Marine Fisheries Service said.

Eagle cam to go online soon
HAINES (AP) -- Ever wonder what bald eagles do all day?

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