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Tuesday, July 8, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Police chief demotion protested with manure
FAIRBANKS (AP) Protests over the potential firing of the Fairbanks police chief took a turn for the smelly Monday night.

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.

Explosive device seriously injures Juneau man
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau man was seriously injured Sunday after a homemade explosive device detonated.

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.

Eagle River woman dies in highway motorcycle wreck
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Eagle River woman died Monday night after suffering severe injuries in a motorcycle wreck on the Seward Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Knowles plans campaign announcement
ANCHORAGE (AP) Former Gov. Tony Knowles, who has previously said he is considering a run for U.S. Senate, will announce his political plans Tuesday.

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.

Senator questions Interior on historic road,s trails
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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.

Murkowski officials paint hopeful state budget picture
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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.

State pulls water quality grants from volunteers
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Department of Environmental Conservation has eliminated about $1.3 million in federal grants used to support citizen volunteers who watch for water pollution around Alaska.

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.

Police chief demotion protested with manure
FAIRBANKS (AP) Protests over the potential firing of the Fairbanks police chief took a turn for the smelly Monday night.

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.

Body may be Florida woman missing on Hallo Bay flight
ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman's body discovered in Cook Inlet late last week likely is that of Florida schoolteacher Pamela Hawthorne, one of the passengers aboard the Cessna 180 that disappeared June 25 while flying from Hallo Bay to Homer, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

BP to suspend production at Badami
FAIRBANKS (AP) BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. will halt production Aug. 1 on the Badami oil field, a once-promising North Slope site about 25 miles east of Prudhoe Bay.

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.

Ferry system to receive federal port security money
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska's state ferry system is in line to receive $2.65 million in federal port security funds to buy such equipment as surveillance cameras and explosives detection devices for nine terminals, marine highway officials said Monday.

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

Tongass gets new forest supervisor
JUNEAU (AP) The Tongass National Forest has a new forest supervisor and a new deputy forest supervisor, the Forest Service announced Monday.

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

Local governments to share in $7 million
JUNEAU (AP) Local governments are receiving $7 million in federal salmon disaster funds, Gov. Frank Murkowski's office said Monday.

Alaska railroad updating track
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Railroad Corp. is replacing the bolted rail that it has previously used with continuously welded rail on the corridor between Anchorage and Wasilla.

Mother sought in child endangerment case
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Wasilla woman accused of allowing her 15-year-old daughter to have a sexual relationship with a 31-year-old cousin tried to hire someone to sneak the man out of the state, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Yankees take Martinez-Mussina pitchers' duel, split series
NEW YORK Todd Walker booted Curtis Pride's bases-loaded grounder in the ninth inning, giving the New York Yankees a 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday and a split of their four-game series.

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.

Twins take it on chin against East
The American Legion Twins baseball team took it on the chin Monday, dropping a 12-2 decision to visiting East Anchorage at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Learning the Reiki touch
As more and more people across the country become interested in learning about staying healthy, traditional western medicine is starting to merge with and rediscover ancient healing methods that are proving effective in today's high tech medical world.

Carhartt selects Sweeney's for national award
The Irishman with the king size heart is now the King of Hartts, Carhartt's that is.

The gavel passes at local Rotary Clubs
Local Rotary Clubs around the world begin a new year this month, and while the new leadership is installed with minimum pomp and circumstance, the significance of preserving the principals of Rotary International (RI) may be likened to the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

4th of July Parade breaks records
It was a postcard perfect day for America's 227th Birthday celebration in Kenai. The event broke all records for attendance and float entries according to the new Kenai Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Colleen Canady.

Senator Ted Stevens honors Hooked on Fishing founder
The Kenai River Classic has always been about more than raising money to fund projects to protect and enhance the mighty Kenai for future generations, it's been about people, people that do out of the ordinary things for the river.

Blood bank appreciates those who give 'gift of life'
Blood Bank of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Center would like to say "thank you" to everyone who participated in our annual Tesoro Refinery Blood Drive. The blood drive was held in the Tesoro safety department. This two-day event yielded 48 units of life-saving blood. We truly thank all of the donors who generously turned out to share the gift of life.

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.

Borough administration not playing by rules on Arctic Winter Games
A home run? Sure, but the bat was corked!

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.

Many contribute to success on annual Tri-Club golf tourney
The Ninth Annual Tri-Club Ray Husby Memorial Golf Classic was a great success!

Mr. Webster's rights end where someone else's begin
Oh, please! Spare me another impassioned retelling of Mr. Webster's anguished state of mind when he doused the demonstrators!

Defense company hopes to build Kenai facility by 2005
An international defense company plans to build a production facility in Kenai, company officials said. That will mean high-tech jobs based in the community, but when the plan will become reality is still sketchy.

Transportation powers should be up to voters, Glick maintains
Almost three years ago, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to adopt areawide transportation powers and authorized funding for public transportation systems within the borough.

Dippin' for food; Crowds turn out for opening of season on Kasilof
The landscape at the confluence of the Kasilof River looked like a scene out of Mad Max or some other post apocalyptic Hollywood flick this weekend, which can mean only one thing dipnetting season has begun.

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.

Council OKs funds to move skate park
The Kenai skateboard park will soon move to its new home by the softball fields behind Little Ski-Mo, although how long it stays there may depend on how well the park's users treat the facility.

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.

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

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.

General personal-use regulations
Before donning the waders and breaking the nets out of storage, be sure to have a clear understanding of the 2003 personal-use dipnet fishery regulations. Pleading ignorance won't help when faced with the fines that accompany violations of the rules. Among those rules:

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

Linnea Boerum Sibayan
A memorial service for Linnea Boerum Sibayan will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church in Homer.

Orvin T. 'Rusty' Halvorson
Longtime Alaska resident Orvin T. "Rusty" Halvorson died Monday, June 30, 2003, at Heritage Place Nursing Home in Soldotna. He was 92.

William N. Brody
Longtime Ninilchik resident William N. 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.

Oilers squeak out win
The Peninsula Oilers ran their winning streak to three games, defeating the Mat-Su Miners 1-0 Monday in Alaska Baseball League play at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

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."

Percent of market value idea for permanent fund will help state, Alaskans
The executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund noted a few days ago that those who manage the fund were smiling quite a bit with the expiration of the 2003 fiscal year at the end of June. The day's passing meant that gains made during the stock market's recent run up were locked into the dividend calculation and that, yes, there would be a dividend paid this year.

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.

Births
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.

Back from the brink: Rescuers defy all odds (part 3)
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. The torrent should have swallowed him long ago, hurling him over the falls and into the whirling depths like thousands of unfortunates who have lost lives here before.

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

Around the Peninsula
Carter to discuss workforce developmentKBBI board meets tonightAirport commission to hold special meetingAstronaut to visit Kenai clubhouseWellness retreats plannedSteering committee meets ThursdaySpruce bark beetle, deformed frog programs set

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Lunke wins U.S. Women's Open in playoff
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. Only when Hilary Lunke saw her 15-foot birdie putt break sharply to the left and head for the center of the cup did she grasp the magnitude of her victory Monday in the U.S. Women's Open.

Armstrong happy to finish in pack
SEDAN, France For Lance Armstrong, finishing 54th Monday made for a good day perfect, actually on the Tour de France.

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.

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.

'Same driver, just hot this week'
For all the fuss Tiger Woods made about everyone else's drivers, he needed his own just a half-dozen times each round to make his point.

Little-known Hall celebrates cycling's heyday
SOMERVILLE, N.J. Tucked away in the corner of a strip mall lies the tribute to a sport that was once as widely recognized in America as football, basketball or baseball.

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.

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.

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