Wednesday, July 9, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Tanker overturns, spills sealant
ANCHORAGE (AP) A tanker truck carrying asphalt sealant overturned at the busy intersection of the Parks and Glenn highways Tuesday afternoon, spilling several thousand gallons of sticky goo on the roadway.

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.

Three hospitalized in hazardous material incident
KODIAK (AP) Three construction workers demolishing a wall at the Coast Guard base Tuesday were hospitalized after coming into contact with an unidentified hazardous material.

Fairbanks police chief reassigned
FAIRBANKS (AP) Police Chief James Welch will keep his badge but not his rank.

Anchorage sets high temperature record for July
ANCHORAGE (AP) Hot summer weather is setting records in Anchorage.

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.

Tanker overturns, spills sealant
ANCHORAGE (AP) A tanker truck carrying asphalt sealant overturned at the busy intersection of the Parks and Glenn highways Tuesday afternoon, spilling several hundred gallons of sticky goo on the roadway.

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.

Trial begins for man who doused war protesters
ANCHORAGE (AP) The trial of the man who dumped water on anti-war protesters in Soldotna began Tuesday in Kenai with a search for a jury.

Murkowski officials paint hopeful state budget picture

Alaska draws male nurses, nursing students
FAIRBANKS (AP) Former paramedic Alan Freytag started his nursing career nine years ago as a way to have a closer relationship with his patients.

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.

UAA scheduled for national basketball broadcast
ANCHORAGE (AP) The University of Alaska Anchorage men's basketball team will return to the national spotlight in November when ESPN televises four games from the Great Alaska Shootout, including a first-round matchup between the Seawolves and Seton Hall.

Woman dies of injuries received in Seward Highway accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman has died of injuries sustained late last month in an accident on the Seward Highway.

Whittier reaches agreement with cruise company
ANCHORAGE (AP) Princess Tours has reached an agreement that will bring tens of thousands of cruise ship passengers to Whittier next summer.

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

Body found on troller sinks near Kruzof Island
SITKA (AP) Divers have found the body of a Sitka fisherman on board his sunken vessel.

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.

Aerospace firm plans to build facility in Kenai
KENAI (AP) One of the world's largest aerospace firms plans to build a production facility in a move that could bring high-tech jobs to Kenai.

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.

Appeals court rejects borough hiring preference ordinance
ANCHORAGE (AP) A North Slope Borough law giving Native Americans preference for borough jobs has been rejected by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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.

Halibut subsistence fishery draws 8,500 people
JUNEAU (AP) A halibut subsistence fishery has drawn interest from thousands of people.

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.

North Carolina man dies in climbing accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) A North Carolina man was killed in a climbing accident on the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Senator questions Interior on historic road,s trails

Knowles will run for U.S. Senate in 2004
JUNEAU (AP) Democrat Tony Knowles, a two-term Alaska governor and former mayor of Anchorage, will run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2004, he said.

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.

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.

Troller sinks near Kruzof Island
SITKA (AP) A search that began Tuesday when a passing Alaska Airlines jet picked up an emergency signal led to the discovery of a 34-foot wooden troller that had sunk on the west side of Kruzof Island.

Product safety commission head holds ATV hearing
ANCHORAGE (AP) The head of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was in Anchorage Tuesday to hear public testimony on the use and misuse of all-terrain vehicles.

Power surge: Hard work pays dividends for Diamondbacks' Hillenbrand
PHOENIX A move to Arizona has turned Shea Hillenbrand from a line-drive hitter into a slugger.

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.

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.

Twins hang in against Arizona team
Every summer, the American Legion Twins baseball club gets a chance to see just how it stacks up against some pretty stiff competition from the Lower 48.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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

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.

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:

School board deals with money issues
The Kenai Peninsula Bor-ough School District's Board of Education approved Monday night a budget revision appropriating $2.7 million in extra general fund income and cutting $627,000 from the pupil transportation fund.

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.

School district activity fees increasing
Students and their parents are going to see some changes when they sign up for activities in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District this year.

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.

Court puts rec center decision on hold
The Kenai Recreational Center's fate is on hold as a judge decides whether to grant an injunction to block the center's new management contract.

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.

Jury picked in Webster trial
A jury of four women and three men was selected Tuesday in Kenai District Court to hear the case of Jeffrey Webster, the Soldotna man accused of dousing peace demonstrators with water earlier this year.

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.

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.

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

Bucs snap Oilers win streak, 5-4
The Peninsula Oilers rallied for the lead in the top of the ninth inning, only to see it slip away in the bottom of the inning in a 5-4 loss to the Anchorage Bucs in Alaska Baseball League play Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

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.

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.

Sunny skies forecast for two segments of Alaska's economy What others say
At least two segments of Alaska's economy are looking strong construction contracts are holding at a record high level and the market for Bristol Bay red salmon appears promising.

As long as Iraqis think former leader alive, violence will persist
WASHINGTON Americans are dying almost daily in Iraq more than two months after President Bush declared that major combat had ended, and many people believe the anti-occupation violence will persist or even grow as long as Iraqis think Saddam Hussein might return.

Readers share views about Hillary
As predicted, we drew a significant number of reader responses to the survey results that showed Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is a more popular public figure than her husband, former President Bill Clinton. In fact, I have yet to get through all of them.

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
Burn ban in effect Kenai chamber to meet today KVCC to celebrate art on the Kenai Women voters schedule meeting Kennel club to host dog shows Moto-cross racing set for Friday Nikiski churches to sponsor community day Historical Society to meet Blood donation earns dinner discount

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

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Armstrong looking for momentum in time trial
Lance Armstrong is looking forward to getting the first week of the Tour de France out of the way.

Great time for golf
The weather has been simply incredible for golfing. What a summer! What a time to be golfing at the Kenai Golf Course!

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.

Hasek wants to dominate again
DETROIT The return of two-time league MVP Dominik Hasek gives the Red Wings a unique problem: too many top-notch goaltenders.

Armstrong ready to get serious in Tour de France
SAINT-DIZIER, France Now Lance Armstrong gets serious.

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.

'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.

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.

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