Monday, July 7, 2003

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.

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

Trooper car smashed during traffic stop
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Alaska State Trooper car was smashed Friday as an officer was conducting a traffic stop near Mile 12 Seward Highway.

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

Pickup truck rolled, returned
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man staying at Big Lake over the holiday weekend reported that someone stole his pickup truck, rolled it and then returned it.

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

Oregon man killed in Anchorage traffic accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Oregon man riding in a car was killed Sunday night when the driver apparently ran a red light.

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.

Body pulled from Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE (AP) A body of a woman was recovered Thursday by a fishing vessel in Cook Inlet off Anchor Point.

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

Planned Parenthood to open office in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) Planned Parenthood of Alaska will open an office in Juneau to provide sexual health education to area schools, the University of Alaska Southeast and health agencies.

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.

Mat-Su officials consider nordic ski proposal
ANCHORAGE (AP) Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials are polishing a proposal to build a nordic ski center in the foothills of the Talkeetna Mountains near Hatcher Pass.

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.

Thieves target laptop computers
ANCHORAGE (AP) Somebody with an eye for laptop computers is walking into businesses during the day or breaking into them at night and walking off with the portable machines, according to Anchorage police.

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.

Yukon River salmon run higher than expected
FAIRBANKS (AP) More salmon than were expected are showing up in the Yukon River.

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.

Circle Hot Springs owner hopes he has found a buyer
FAIRBANKS (AP) The owner of Arctic Circle Hot Springs says he may have a buyer for the resort that has been shuttered since October.

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.

Klawock man drowns in small lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Klawock man died July 4 in a boating accident on a small lake.

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.

Appeals court overturns two minor drug convictions
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Court of Appeals has thrown out two minor drug convictions based on illegal police conduct.

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.

Homer radio operator battles against FCC
HOMER (AP) Homer radio operator Dave Becker has spent two decades building a private radio empire to span the empty spaces of Southcentral Alaska.

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

Nina Kemppel wins ninth Mount Marathon run
SEWARD (AP) Nina Kemppel ended her Mount Marathon running career with a record ninth win and record eighth consecutive victory.

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.

Students take field trip to ANWR
GALBRAITH LAKE (AP) Willie Via used a break during his first hike into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to watch a distant group of Dall sheep gracefully traversing a mountainside.

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.

North Star gets fire grant
FAIRBANKS (AP) The North Star Volunteer Fire Department in North Pole has received a grant of more than $100,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Baseball announces All-Star team rosters
NEW YORK Some of baseball's biggest stars aren't All-Stars this year.

Twins take tough loss
The American Legion Twins baseball team's comeback effort fell just short Sunday as the squad dropped the consolation game of the Wasilla Fourth of July Tournament 5-4 to Service.

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.

Common thread in CRPC's efforts is new taxing power in Anchor Point
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblywoman Milli Martin and Community Rivers and Planning Coalition's Lindsay Winkler are deliberately misleading us when they say that there is no "consensus" among CRPC members concerning the establishment of a recreational service area in the Anchor Point area.

Carnivorous plants fascinating; it's important to protect them
As a carnivorous plant enthusiast (currently growing over 100 different species from all over the world), I was thrilled to see your article on the Kenai's carnivorous flora. However, I did notice a few inaccuracies.

Is Kenai experiencing Harry Potter incident, taste of Stalinism?
I just got through reading the latest Harry Potter book. I know that there has been much said about the hype surrounding the largest book in the Rowling series, but it brings a bit of thinking to me as I sit in the summer sun thinking about the salmon that are running past us in the Kenai River.

Russian Orthodox church anthemshould be significant to all Alaskans
Here are some thoughts I felt might be of interest to some of your readers. Unfortunately, most readers were probably engaged in various other Fourth of July festivities when this special program was aired. Those who saw it on the Alaska Educational Channel at 7 p.m. on this nation's 227th birthday might relate more easily to my forthcoming words.

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.

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.

Land dispute heads for court
Attorneys for the Kenai Peninsula Borough and a group of residents from Cooper Landing took their five-year-old dispute over a controversial borough land reclassification and proposed land sale in the Cooper Landing area to the Alaska Supreme Court last month.

Budget revisions top school board agenda
The money is on the table again.

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.

Fishers: Slow salmon weekend
The past weekend stank, in the opinion of many anglers fishing the Russian River.

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:

State loses in halibut decision
HOMER A state appellate court has upheld a Homer judge's ruling that the state has no authority to require state-issued permits in the federally regulated commercial halibut fishery.

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.

Brown bears make appearance at Russian-Kenai confluence
The fishing may have been slow this weekend where the water of the Russian River meets the Kenai River, but there still was plenty of excitement courtesy of a few bears.

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.

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.

William Brody
Longtime Ninilchik resident William Brody died Friday, July 4, 2003, at his home in Ninilchik. He was 89.

Charlotte Kay Montague
Soldotna resident Charlotte Kay Montague died Friday, July 4, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 48.

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

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.

Free speech, different ideas should flourish at nation's universities
Once upon a time, college campuses in this country prided themselves on being havens of enlightenment places where vigorous public policy debate flourished and dissenting opinions were welcomed, if not embraced. In light of modern standards, however, many people may not be aware of the original intent.

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.

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.

Don't fall for catch-release line
Fishing season is here in earnest, and with fishing season come the inevitable fish stories. The biggest fish story being told on the Kenai this year is not "the one that got away" or "you shoulda been here last week."

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.

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.

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.

Community Events
Food bank to host nutrition classesKVCC presents interpretive programs4-H party plannedCookout planned to celebrate anniversary, film movieHospice offers teen grief groupKCHS class of '73 plans reunion

Peninsula People
Skyview grad on her way to med schoolKenai man graduates collegeArea students named to deans' listsHomer man completes outdoor courseRoss named CEO, president of Heritage Center

At the brink of the falls: Rescuers running out of options (part 2)
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. Even after 15 years of flying rescue missions here, a call to the falls gives helicopter pilot Kevin Caffery chills.

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

Around the Peninsula
Church to sponsor basketball campLifeguard class, swim lessons plannedChamber to discuss workforce developmentKBBI schedules board meetingAirport commission to hold special meetingBasketball camp deadline approachesLSi founder to speak in SterlingPower wheelchairs availableHealthy Communities schedules meeting

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.

Joy and Edward Gerhauser of Fairbanks announce the birth of their daughter, Krista Rae Gerhauser, at 11:48 a.m., Friday, April 18, 2003, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. She weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 18 inches.

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.

Photo: Ready, set, sew
Audrey Porter, left, and Kathryn Manwaring, right, face off in the championship "Pedal the Treadle" race during the Quilting on the Kenai show June 21. Manwaring won the contest, receiving an electric sewing machine from J&H Sewing and Vacumm Inc.

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.

Ask a Firefighter
In Rochester, N.Y., a 2-year-old playing with matches started a fire that took his life and the lives of five family members.

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.

Bush, Applewhite tops at inaugural Butch Anderson senior tournament
The weather cleared, the golf was good, a little bit of cash changed hands and a few golfers even went home without getting any spaghetti sauce on their shirts at the inaugural Butch Anderson Senior Open Saturday and Sunday at the Kenai Golf Course.

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.

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.

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.

Woods coasts to 38th career victory with record-tying 21-under
LEMONT, Ill. Tiger Woods is going to the British Open with a little bit of history on his side.

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.

Bang-up start in Tour de France
MEAUX, France Lance Armstrong was hoping for an uneventful start to the Tour de France no crashes, nothing to disrupt his quest for a record-tying fifth win.

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.

2003 Mount Marathon Results
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Federer wins at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England When Wimbledon finally was won, the burden of expectations lifted, Roger Federer dropped to his knees, arms aloft. Then he rose and, walking off the court, put his hands to his face.

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.

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.

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