Thursday, July 10, 2003

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

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.

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.

Car crosses center line, kills two from Ohio
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) A car crossed a double yellow line and crashed into three motorcyclists from Ohio, killing two and injuring one, authorities said.

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.

Scientists trace global warming in Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) A burst of hot air shot up at Dr. Glenn Juday as he looked down at the edge of a high bluff over the Tanana Flats. Blasted by the wind and sun, the bluff was covered with thin soil and sparse grass and ringed by stunted aspens.

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.

Black bear makes holiday home visit
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau family returned home from the holiday weekend to find their downtown home had been ransacked by a bear.

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.

Drilling rig tests for dock expansion
ANCHORAGE (AP) An offshore drilling derrick in Knik Arm near downtown Anchorage is not seeking oil.

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.

Pioneers housing cheapest for vets
ANCHORAGE (AP) A report commissioned by the Legislature finds that the most economical means of housing Alaska's elderly veterans would be in the state Pioneers' and Veterans' Homes.

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.

Republicans consider Senate primary challenge
FAIRBANKS (AP) With former Gov. Tony Knowles and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski declaring their candidacy for the seat Murkowski holds, the question on political minds becomes, ''Who else?''

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.

State representative seeks borough mayor's job
FAIRBANKS (AP) State Rep. Jim Whitaker will seek the job of Fairbanks North Star Borough mayor, he announced Wednesday.

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

Naming ceremony set for Fairweather
JUNEAU (AP) A traditional naming ceremony for the Alaska Marine Highway's first fast ferry has been scheduled for Alaska Day, Oct. 18.

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

Driver of vehicle in fatal accident charged with manslaughter
ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman involved in an accident that killed an Oregon man was arrested Wednesday afternoon, Anchorage police 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.

Two die after rental car crosses center line, hits motorcycles
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two motorcyclists were killed and another seriously injured Wednesday morning on the Parks Highway near Trapper Creek, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Lawmakers divert millions from Bush Alaska to larger communities
JUNEAU (AP) A Murkowski administration proposal to parcel out $14.7 million in one-time federal funds to local communities was dramatically changed by a legislative committee on Wednesday.

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

Anchorage man charged with counterfeiting money
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man was arrested and charged with running a counterfeit money operation.

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.

Two people killed in Glenn Highway accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two people were killed when the pickup truck they were in overturned on the Glenn Highway, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

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.

Anchorage Assembly rejects panhandling ban
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Anchorage Assembly has rejected a proposed ordinance to ban curbside panhandling on city streets.

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.

Report says APD needs improvement
ANCHORAGE (AP) Mayor Mark Begich's transition team has released its report on the status of the Anchorage Police Department, and a few problems turned up.

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.

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.

Victim in trawler attack charged with assault
UNALASKA (AP) A man who was attacked by a group of fellow factory trawler workers has been charged with assault, authorities said.

Mets' Glavine loses to old teammates again
NEW YORK Tom Glavine lost to his old team for the third time this season, and Russ Ortiz became the National League's first 12-game winner as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-3 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

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.

Twins earn split against Chugiak
Though it may not be reflected in its overall record, the American Legion Twins baseball team continues to show improvement.

Recent call-up leads A's past Devil Rays
OAKLAND, Calif. David McCarty doubled twice and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning of his Oakland debut, leading the Athletics to a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Wednesday.

Pirates player booked for hitting racing sausage
MILWAUKEE (AP) Pittsburgh first baseman Randall Simon was booked for misdemeanor battery for hitting one of the Milwaukee Brewers' popular racing sausages with a bat during Wednesday night's game.

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.

Cable television rate hikes outpace inflation
WASHINGTON Cable television rates rose faster than inflation last year, the Federal Communication Commission said in its annual report on the industry's prices.

Whittier lands deal with cruise firms
ANCHORAGE (AP) Prin-cess Tours has reached an agreement that will bring tens of thousands of cruise ship passengers to Whittier next summer.

House panel takes up anti-spam legislation
WASHINGTON Micro-soft's filters block more than 2.4 billion junk e-mails a day, but even the world's largest software company cannot keep up with the ever-growing volume of spam, officials told Congress Wednesday.

Business Brief
Soldotna holds business beauty contest

Sterling air community to open
The community of Sterling will get a new neighborhood next month. But the added traffic the new homes could create won't be restricted to the road system.

Child tax credit to low-income families being explored
WASHINGTON Senators who want to expand a child tax credit to poor families are worried that congressional squabbling could delay broadening the credit until after the first checks go to middle-income households.

'Extraordinary Gentlemen' teams up superheroes from literary sources
LOS ANGELES Mutants, freaks and angry hulks were on the loose more than a century before today's comic-book craze. Back then, they just wore classy Victorian garb instead of gaudy Spandex.

Detailed guide hooks avid anglers
The Kenai has earned a reputation as one of Alaska's hottest angling destinations, combining record fish with accessibility and scenery. Now Dave Atcheson, an admitted fishing fanatic, has written "Fishing Alaska's Kenai Peninsula," which aims to be a complete anglers' guide.

Takashi Murakami explores meaning of art
ASAKA, Japan He's called ''Japan's Andy Warhol,'' and that suits pop artist Takashi Murakami just fine.

Art Briefs
Technological treasure hunt slatedKids' art workshops offeredPoetry contest offers $1,000Funny stories wantedArtists in Schools solicits interestMuseum seeks volunteers

Popular sequel staged in Homer
The sisters of Hoboken liked Homer so much, they have returned to say thank you to the many who turned out to support them last year after their nunnery fell victim to financial hardship.

Strait balances traditional, contemporary sounds
NASHVILLE, Tenn. With his cowboy hat, Texas-sized belt buckle and plaid Western shirts, George Strait isn't exactly a dead ringer for Mick Jagger.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Habitat for Humanity raffle raises funds for future housing projects
On behalf of the entire Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity Organization, I would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their assistance with our Shed Raffle fund-raiser held at the Fourth of July Parade:

Future Problem Solving team succeeds with community help
After returning recently from the Future Problem Solving International Conference with two silver medals, the Soldotna High School FPS team was pretty much overjoyed. The team of Heidi Biggs, John Gomulak, Riley Kent and Jennifer McCard placed

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 2,5512. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,3713. Jeff Gordon 2,348

3 teams are fined $25,000
JOLIET, Ill. Three Winston Cup Series teams will arrive at Chicagoland Speedway for Sunday's Tropicana 400 a little lighter in the wallet and a little lower on the ladder in the point standings.

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $3,253,0152. Kurt Busch 3,038,4453. Michael Waltrip 2,896,155

This Week's Race: Tropicana 400
Where and When

Race Schedule
February 16, to November 16, 2003

Newsmaker: Kevin Harvick
He's won both NASCAR Winston Cup Series events at Chicagoland Speedway, and it's been a year the last Chicagoland race since his last win.

Artist adds color to Winston Cup
JOLIET, Ill. Richard Petty wanted his race cars painted blue. His sponsor, STP, wanted red. So in 1972, they compromised on red and blue.

Landfill money appropriated
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday appropriated more than $7 million from the sale of general obligation bonds approved by voters last year to the Central Peninsula Landfill expansion project.

Judge says 'stick to the issues'
Defense attorney Wayne Anthony Ross became visibly upset Wednesday as his repeated attempts to get at the mind-set of protesters were thwarted during the first day of the Jeff Webster trial in Kenai District Court.

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.

Alaska astronaut inspires Kenai Peninsula youngsters
When NASA astronaut Bill Oefelein was a kid growing up in the Last Frontier, he spent his free time exploring the outdoors, often traveling to the Kenai Peninsula for summertime fishing trips. Wednesday, "Alaska's Astronaut" returned to Kenai for a pit stop on his way to a far more mysterious frontier: space.

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.

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.

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.

Winter games budget OK'd
Facing nagging questions over whether it had the necessary authority to enter contracts for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly acted Tuesday to remove retroactively any defects in its previous legislative actions, while also approving a $200,000 FY 2004 budget for the winter games Host Society, the nonprofit agency that will raise funds for and manage the peninsula games.

James Ronald Hill Sr.
Longtime Kenai resident James Ronald Hill Sr. died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at his home in Kenai. He was 68.

Larry Derleth
Longtime Soldotna resident Larry Derleth died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at his home in Soldotna from pulmonary fibrosis. He was 65.

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.

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.

Troops in Liberia could stretch military too thin
President Bush is right to be hesitant about sending American troops to Liberia. ...

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.

President Bush, Congress must act now on AIDS crisis
The connection between congressional spending authorizations and appropriations has always been fluid roughly the difference between lofty promises and a certified check. But rarely has there been such a gap between promise and reality as there is in the U.S. role in fighting AIDS in the developing world.

Photo feature: Making waves
A tour boat leaves a long wake as it heads south through Resurrection Bay recently. Tourists can enjoy views of glaciers and wildlife from a number of area cruises.

Around the Peninsula
Open burn suspended on parts of peninsulaSterling senior citizens plan fund-rasierHistorical society to meetBlood donation earns dinner discountSoHi pool begins final swim sessions

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

Sports Briefs
Twins to put on reunion gameHomer athlete wins Special Olympics medalJohnnie family has big weekendKidd's free agency decision a week or less awayMourning may leave MiamiJames plays to empty house for a changeVaritek, Jenkins win online All-Star ballotingYankees activate Bernie WilliamsHenderson gets MVP of Atlantic League All-Star tilt

Birch Ridge Report: Fourth goes good with golf
How was your Fourth of July? Did you eat too much and drink too much, uh, punch? Good. Did you play nine after? Even better! Now, on with the show.

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.

Bryant's image takes hit
With his captivating smile and wholesomely hip persona that appeals to teens on the playground and millionaires in the front row, Kobe Bryant has established himself as one of the top marketable athletes of his era.

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.

Postal Service delivers trial victory
SAINT-DIZIER, France Lance Armstrong and his teammates found another reason to raise their glasses for a toast at dinner.

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!

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

Appearance of ruff on Kenai flats gives birders a thrill
There's a stranger among us. Do not be alarmed, though. This rare, Eurasian visitor poses no threat to national security.

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