Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Coast Guard takes long flight chasing tripped beacon
KODIAK (AP) -- Saltwater spray apparently activated an emergency beacon that sent the Coast Guard on an 850-mile rescue mission Saturday.

Kenai Peninsula growing older
KENAI (AP) -- 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.

Fairbanks robbers sentenced to prison
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two men convicted of robbing a Fairbanks Taco Bell last summer will be serving time in prison.

Kenai judge rules against fishing groups
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court judge in Kenai has ruled against two fishing groups seeking a temporary restraining order concerning Kasilof River fishing regulations.

Teen-ager burned in bonfire mishap
KENAI (AP) -- A teen-ager was severely burned during a three-day party in Seward after accidentally lighting himself on fire.

Ketchikan police investigating hazing allegations
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Police are investigating the alleged hazing of several middle school students during the Fourth of July celebration here.

Diomede faces fine for hunting gray whale
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The village of Diomede on Little Diomede Island will be fined by the International Whaling Commission for hunting a gray whale, an Alaska whaling official said.

Korean ambassador visits Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Korean ambassador to the United States is in Alaska this week for speeches and meetings with Alaska business and government officials.

Anchorage man acknowledges killing girlfriend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has admitted strangling his live-in girlfriend to death, according to Anchorage authorities.

Fairbanks men convicted of counterfeiting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal judge has issued prison sentences for three Fairbanks men convicted of counterfeiting -- including one subsequently elected to the University of Alaska Fairbanks student senate.

Two die in small plane crash near Mount McKinley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pilot and a friend were killed when their small plane crashed in a pass near Mount McKinley, officials said Monday.

Archie the coyote pup is really a she
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Keepers at the Alaska Zoo made a surprising discovery about a new coyote pup they believed to be a male. They discovered Archie is actually a she.

Knowles signs 27 bills, vetoes three
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law more than two dozen bills Monday, changing a plethora of rules and regulations affecting everything from commercial salmon fishing to a scooter not yet on the market.

Kotzebue elders dine on seized king crab
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kotzebue elders received a bounty of fresh king crab after Alaska State Troopers the haul from a subsistence fisherman last week.

Alaska deemed likely safe from terrorist attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska isn't fully prepared for terrorist attacks, but the state will probably never see a major hit, according to Maj. Gen. Phillip Oates, head of Alaska National Guard and the state's emergency preparedness division.

Citizens help keep three parks open
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It took a little citizen action to keep three state park sites open that were slated to be closed this summer.

North Pole girl dies after shooting mishap
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 16-year-old North Pole girl died after being shot in the head by a 27-year-old man authorities say was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

North Pole man charged with murder in girl's death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl.

Body of Canadian climber recovered from Mount McKinley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a Canadian climber who died on Mount McKinley last month has been recovered, the National Park Service said.

Alaska West Cruises drops Valdez from schedule
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska division of Cruise West has dropped Valdez from its schedule of port calls beginning next year.

State lab tests hundreds of fish for contaminants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The king salmon was no monster, weighing less than 8 pounds when it was plucked out of the Kuskokwim River last week. But after it was sliced, diced and mashed into salmon pulp, after it was washed in acetone, hydrochloric acid and toluene, after a mere wisp of the former predator was run through an atomic absorption spectrometer, heated to 2,400 degrees centigrade and pierced by a beam of light, Ron Grimm could safely say it was clean.

State proposes plan to stop invasive species
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released a plan that outlines an aggressive program to prevent future introductions invasive species.

Scout camp gets grant for water, 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 camp's water and sewer systems.

State court hears Exxon case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a trial under way in Anchorage Superior Court, a Seward official disputed claims by a former colleague that workers didn't underestimate the time spent helping in the cleanup of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Federal agency cancels Evergreen contract for Adak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal agency canceled Evergreen International Inc.'s contract for Adak because the airline failed to provide jet service to the Aleutian Island community.

North Pole man charged with murder in girl's death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl.

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.

Puppy spends more than three days trapped in chute
JUNEAU (AP) -- Trecie, an 8-month-old malamute puppy, is back home after spending more than three days trapped in a chute deep in the city's only open-pit mine.

Man rescued from burning boat
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard airlifted a man from Point Baker to Juneau on Friday after Good Samaritans rescued him from a burning boat.

Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce faces big bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce is facing a big bill for liability insurance to cover six days of Golden Days events.

Eagle shot near Wrangell recuperating in Juneau
WRANGELL (AP) -- Federal officials are hoping someone comes forward with details of how a bald eagle was shot last month near Wrangell.

Federal agencies being asked to help tribal colleges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- President Bush has signed an order asking federal agencies to provide more help to tribal colleges, including those in Alaska.

Knowles appoints two regents
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has appointed two people to the University of Alaska's Board of Regents.

Salcha disaster recovery center opens
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A disaster recovery center opened Tuesday in Salcha to help residents affected by this spring's flooding.

Giambi takes Home Run Derby title
MILWAUKEE -- Once again, when it comes to hitting home runs, Sammy Sosa is No. 2.

Baseball saves health of players, further loses respect in fans' eyes
MILWAUKEE -- In Bud's backyard, even the All-Star game ended with fans booing baseball.

All-stars shine in Little League closers
"Baseball is summer," said Kenai Little League president Carletta Gemmell. "You've got to go out there and play ball."

All-Star buzz about chance of strike
MILWAUKEE -- John Smoltz, A-Rod and all the All-Star players, it seems, are talking about No. 9. Too bad they don't mean Ted Williams.

Baseball names All-Star MVP after Williams
MILWAUKEE -- For the second time in three years, baseball's All-Stars paid tribute to Ted Williams -- although this time it was a much more understated ceremony than the poignant one at Fenway Park three years ago.

Squabble demeaning to Williams
Ted Williams buried his dog with more dignity than his family is showing him.

Getting nothing and liking it
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The gates were padlocked and hundreds of fans of the Charleston Riverdogs gathered outside Joe Riley Stadium on Monday night.

SCA Fire Education Corps comes to Nikiski
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the nation's leading non-profit provider of conservation service opportunities for young people, according to Sharon Roesch a forester with the Alaska Division of Forestry.

Mantel passes to new Director at KPC
Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) has a new first family. Gary Turner, his wife Marlene, and their 20 year old son Traye now have that official designation as Turner has been selected to replace retiring KPC Director Ginger Steffy.

All American City of Kenai makes lasting 4th of July memories
The annual 4th of July celebration in the All American City of Kenai was a festival fit for the canvas of Norman Rockwell. With more floats, vendors and visitors than any other parade on record, Mother Nature cooperated by providing a perfect sunny day with calm winds.

Umpire calls volunteers "Out!" for special awards
Being called "Out!" by umpire Joe Malatesta at the Soldotna Little League closing ceremonies wasn't all that bad for four dedicated Little League volunteers.

Response to Court ruling & Birthday card to America
Shortly after the attack of September 11th last year, signs in front of businesses across the Peninsula spoke out with a myriad of patriotic phrases in defiance of those who would attempt to bring down the freedoms which our nations stands for.

Dipnet fishery in full swing on Kasilof; Kenai opens Wednesday
Time to get those dipnets wet. The personal-use dipnet fishery at the mouth of the Kasilof River has been open since June 25, while the larger Kenai fishery will open Wednesday.

Men In Black II is a perfect example of what is wrong with sequels: they simply don't, can't, live up to the magic of the original.

Knowles signs 27 bills, vetoes 3
JUNEAU -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law more than two dozen bills Monday, changing a plethora of rules and regulations affecting everything from commercial salmon fishing to a scooter not yet on the market.

Lt. gov. candidates promise resource development
A trio of Republicans vying for the job of lieutenant governor are making campaign swings around the Kenai Peninsula this week and spoke Tuesday at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Panel works to inform OxyContin users of dangers
Statistics reveal that the abuse of the prescription narcotic OxyContin warrants real concern on the Kenai Peninsula and throughout the country. It is not a problem that is going without action.

Fishing groups' request for restraining order against Fish and Game denied
Kenai Superior Court Judge Harold Brown has denied a request by two area commercial fishing groups seeking a temporary restraining order against the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Pain drug use on peninsula growing for wrong reasons
It is one of those endless summer nights when it seems that the days for school and snow will never come again. A few friends are gathered listening to music booming from a stereo and tossing back a few brews.

Second hat thrown in for Popp's seat
Longtime Kenai Peninsula resident Mary A. Jackson, currently chief of staff to Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, added her name Monday to a short list of candidates seeking appointment to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly seat vacated by assembly member Bill Popp.

Roberts steps out of race
HOMER -- Competition for Homer's seat in the Alaska Legislature just got a little thinner, as candidate Pete Roberts announced Monday he is withdrawing from the House District 35 race.

Council OKs new 'school zone'
The Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission and Kenai City Council have approved the creation of a new education zone to cut back the headaches and red tape some area schools face under their current zoning designations.

Puppy spends 3 days trapped
JUNEAU (AP) -- Trecie, an 8-month-old malamute puppy, is back home after spending more than three days trapped in a chute deep in the city's only open-pit mine.

Inlet fish decision expected today
While most upper Cook Inlet commercial fishers were out on the water fishing Monday, a legal battle took place inside a Kenai courtroom to determine if a judge should grant a temporary restraining order against the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that could impact future fishing restrictions.

Little League flagpole gets special attention
When the flagpole at the Kenai Little League fields on Spruce Street needed a new paint job this summer, Mark Epperheimer, Little League coach for the past dozen years, stepped up to the plate.

Kenai teen hurt in car crash
A Kenai youth was seriously injured Monday morning when the vehicle he was driving ran off the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing and struck a tree.

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Arlin B. 'A.B.' Combs
Homer resident Arlin B. "A.B." Combs died Friday, June 21, 2002, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 67.

Trent Long
Kenai resident Trent Long died Sunday, July 7, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 61.

Oilers grind out victory
The Peninsula Oilers overcame a stellar effort from Anchorage Bucs starting pitcher Jered Weaver Monday, scratching out three runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Bucs 3-2 in Alaska Baseball League play at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Oilers manager resigns in midseason
Brian Green announced Tuesday that he will be resigning immediately as the manager of the Peninsula Oilers because of commitments resulting from a new job with the University of Hawaii.

Why is FBI reluctant to call airport shooting what it is: terrorist act?
There's something that looks, walks and quacks like a duck in the wake of the July 4 shooting at Los Angeles International Airport that left two innocent people and the gunman dead. Yet the FBI, which is investigating the crime, not only appears mystified by the clues, its agents are beginning to resemble ostriches.

Sun shines on KDLL's first-ever art, music solstice celebrationFriends of Kenai library appreciate community's support of fund-raiserNew uniforms for KCHS track-field athletes make big differenceCommunity run, picnic wonderful tribute, favorite summer eventNeighbors appreciate improvements to sign

Letters to the Editor
State lost great Alaskan with death of Iola BanksInconsiderate guides create lots of ill will toward SoldotnaThose who 'borrowed' life raft asked to return it to owners

BP news disappointing, but gas line is not only opportunity remaining
Just because the news wasn't surprising doesn't make it any less disappointing.

Letters to the Editor
Kenai Peninsula communities should take no pride in 'Classic'9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling an embarrassment to United StatesOthers paid terrible price to give reporter freedom to be disrespectful

Many help make memorable night for SoHi class of 2002Donations help peninsula athlete compete in Junior Olympics

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to hold luncheonFootball camp registration slatedSwim lessons still available in KenaiBoard of Forestry schedules meetingsWRCC sponsors Run for WomenDoctor to conduct FASD workshops

Around the Peninsula
CARTS partners to meet todayArt restoration featured in programLieutenant governor candidates to speakSenior center plans eventsProgress Days applications available at chamberTeacher's institute plannedWRCC has clothing availableWRCC in need of volunteers

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

What's on the menu for our area seniors

Armstrong enjoys ride from Luxemborg to Saarbruecken
SAARBRUECKEN, Germany -- Lance Armstrong enjoyed a relaxed ride in Monday's stage of the Tour de France, while some struggled to get to the finish.

Sports Briefs
Wells Fargo Skins Game to be held MondayTwins fall to ArizonaAaron honored with Medal of FreedomAugusta chairman critical of pressure

Sports Briefs
Weather delays launch of Heisman campaignDunleavy signs with Golden StateKnicks sign first-round pick Williams

Kenai Golf Report: Showers welcome at night
The greens are tee-rrific! They are getting better each day. The fairways are extremely thirsty and if anyone can do anything about getting some rain -- just at night -- it will be greatly appreciated.

Armstrong biding his time until mountains
REIMS, France -- Lance Armstrong returned to the site of his first Tour de France success Tuesday, content this time to ride easy through the heart of champagne country and a hub of American sentiment.

Police to recommend charges against Iverson
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police plan to recommend that prosecutors issue a warrant for the arrest of NBA All-Star Allen Iverson for allegedly barging into an apartment and threatening two men while armed.

Photo feature: Velvet touch
A bull moose feeds his still-growing antlers near Kalifornsky Beach Road last weekend.

Eagle shot near Wrangell recuperating in Juneau
WRANGELL (AP) -- Federal officials are hoping someone comes forward with details of how a bald eagle was shot last month near Wrangell.

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