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Monday, July 8, 2002

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.

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

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.

Kenai borough economy sees improvement in 1st quarter
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough economy 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.

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

Scout camp gets grant for swater, sewer upgrades
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Lost Lake Boy Scout Camp has received a $309,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation of Alaska for upgrades to the camps water and sewer systems.

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.

Murder of Kodiak man divides family
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When Carlos Medina was an up-and-coming businessman in Kodiak's Filipino community, one of his smaller ventures was a food booth at the annual crab festival selling barbecued pork on a stick. He called the food stand Mommy's Heart, after his departed mother, who had raised Carlos and 11 other children back in the Philippines.

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.

Anchorage man dies in motorcycle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed when he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding while going around a curve, police said.

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.

Search continues for missing plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pilot and his passenger were missing Sunday after their plane failed to return from a short trip on the July 4 holiday, according to the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center.

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

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.

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.

July 3, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News sees big job ahead for salmon task force
Troubles in the Alaska salmon industry are bad and getting worse. It's both important and timely that a legislative task force has been empaneled to study policy changes that might provide relief. Their report will be anticipated eagerly.

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.

July 3, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. says reverse federal pledge ruling
''I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands -- one nation indivisible -- with liberty and justice for all.''

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.

July 5, 2002 The Peninsula Clarion on how we all bear burdens of state 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.

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.

July 3, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner finds gems in disappointing BP news
Just because the news wasn't surprising doesn't make it any less disappointing.

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.

July 1, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News found little good news in BP chief message
There wasn't much good news for Alaska oil and gas development in remarks Friday morning by Lord John Browne, CEO of BP. A man who started his career in Alaska came back to challenge the locals to give BP a bigger piece of the North Slope revenue pie. Whether that's needed or wise is up for debate.

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

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.

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.

July 5, 2002 The Voice of the Times blames Gov. Knowles for economic slump
Gov. Tony Knowles, to his credit, took office 7 1/2 years ago by declaring that Alaska was open for business. But not much came from the declaration and today Alaska's economy is sagging more than it is soaring.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Maddux shuts down Cub scoring, Smoltz keeps Chicago scoreless
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed just three hits as the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 Sunday.

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.

Champs of the 4th of July
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team defeated a squad from Belmar, N.J., 11-10 Sunday in the championship game of the Wasilla Fourth of July Tournament.

Weaver victory sealed by Yankee rally
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to make sure Jeff Weaver won in his debut with New York as the Yankees rallied for a 10-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Johnson among aces out of All-Star game; Nen, Padilla and Remlinger added
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Randy Johnson became the latest ace to back out of the All-Star game, opting Sunday to spend the break with his family instead of pitching for the National League.

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.

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.

Insurance increase costs Kenai
Although Wednesday was just the first Kenai City Council meeting of the 2003 fiscal year, it didn't take long for the city's budget deficit to increase.

Fire Education Corps helps property owners protect their homes
Guy Stewart of Nikiski knows wildfire is no laughing matter. With wildfires raging through the western United States and beetle-killed spruce trees littering the Kenai Peninsula, he takes the threat of fire seriously.

BP pig put on hold for now
It may be a while before British Petroleum's "pig" gets to muck its way through an undersea oil pipeline.

Bond package might land on ballot
This fall, Kenai Peninsula Borough voters could be asked to approve up to $12 million in general obligation bonds to cover the costs of planning, designing, building and equipping new solid waste disposal facilities at the Central Peninsula Baling Facility near Soldotna.

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.

Man seriously burned in 3-day Fourth of July party in Seward
A Wasilla teen was seriously injured during a three-day party in Seward this weekend after accidentally lighting himself on fire.

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.

Clarence Mannausau
Clarence Mannausau died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, in International Falls, Minn. He was 90.

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

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.

Oilers take double loss to start homestand
After finishing up a a six-game road trip with a respectable 3-3 mark, the Peninsula Oilers were hoping the confines of Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai would be a little friendlier for Sunday's doubleheader with the Anchorage Bucs, the start of an 11-game homestand.

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

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!

Tariffs may play big role in economic downturn
Call us armchair detectives, but we have a prime suspect in the mystery of what is killing the economy.

Applause
Some cheers -- and reminders -- about keeping peninsula cleanVolunteers' efforts in keeping Kenai beautiful are appreciated

Births
Wendi and Cody McCollum of Nikiski announce the birth of their son, Bryan Glen McCollum, at 8:31 a.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20.25 inches.

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

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.

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.

Community News
Registration open for Homer Half MarathonKCHS class of 1972 seeks members for reunionJewelry sale to raise fundsSummer Clubhouse Session II begins todayWRCC seeks volunteers

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.

Yard of the Week
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce presented Shirley Hill last week's Yard of the Week award. Hill lives at 239 E. Redoubt Ave. in Soldotna. Judy Phipps helped with the yard.

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

Heroes of the week
On the evening of June 14, our daughter had a bike accident on the bike path in front of Kentucky Fried Chicken. We would like to thank everyone who helped with her.

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).

Peninsula People
Area students named to dean's listsSoldotna Boy Scouts earn awards at campNikiski student named to honor roll

Around the Peninsula
Program to feature rocket buildingCPGH board to meetDog show, trials slated for weekendChristmas in July plannedKDLL board meeting scheduledAll blood types in demand

Kenai celebrates 'Spirit of Alaska'
More than 100 participants drove, walked and rode down the Kenai Spur Highway Thursday in the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Parade.

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."

Armstrong sheds lead in Tour's first stage
LUXEMBOURG -- Lance Armstrong's bid for a fourth straight Tour de France title might be helped by his loss in the first stage.

Aussie sweeps past Nalbandian in straight sets
WIMBLEDON, England -- If there were ever any doubts about Lleyton Hewitt's status as the world's top player, there aren't any more.

Serena now No. 1 in the world -- and in her own home
WIMBLEDON, England -- They smacked strokes just as they do against anyone else. They ran down balls aggressively, too.

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.

Hewitt wins Wimbledon title
WIMBLEDON, England -- A fizzle in the drizzle. A Wimbledon final hackers could appreciate and only the most loyal fans could love.

Sports Briefs
Piazza out with sore backGonzalez taken to hospital with stomach painsSwoopes top vote-getter in WNBA All-Star ballotingStreaker gets on Centre Court during men's final

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.

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.

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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