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Friday, July 11, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Alaska airplane fans gawk at souped-up amphibian
ANCHORAGE (AP) It looks like nothing else in the northern sky: a slender amphibian with a bulbous engine jutting forward from its tail and four-blade prop spinning above the cabin.

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.

Herring catch spoiled after overheating
UNALASKA (AP) Some unchilled herring has gone bad in the Aleutian Islands.

Barrow child struck and killed by pickup truck
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 4-year-old Barrow boy died after he was struck by a pickup truck driven by his grandfather, North Slope Borough police said Thursday.

Man's body found in South Anchorage lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) The body of a 44-year-old Anchorage man was recovered Friday from a South Anchorage lake, officials said

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.

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.

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.

Fake bills linked to Anchorage operation
FAIRBANKS (AP) Fake $100 bills circulated around Fairbanks in the past few weeks may be connected to a counterfeiting operation in Anchorage, police said.

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.

Pink salmon wasted as fish flood Valdez
ANCHORAGE (AP) Commercial fishermen were pleased to see an unexpectedly large run of pink salmon arrive this summer at the fish hatchery at Valdez.

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?''

Old Alaska salmon boat scheduled for destruction
FIELDS LANDING, Calif. (AP) A once-prized salmon boat, The Yankee Girl, is now slated for destruction.

Production up at Prudhoe Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) Production at Prudhoe Bay was up 6,725 barrels per day, averaging 471,057 barrels per day in June compared to 464,332 barrels per day in May, according to Petroleum News.

Voters to decide if assembly should be smaller
FAIRBANKS (AP) People who say there are too many politicians in Fairbanks will have a chance to eliminate a few this fall.

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.

Governor plans Bristol Bay road
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski hopes to build a $285 million road along the remote Alaska Peninsula with money raised from selling state oil leases near Bristol Bay.

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

Firm specializes in computer forensics
ANCHORAGE (AP) Most computer users have experienced that sinking feeling when the file they are working on somehow disappears into cyberspace.

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

Motorcyclists recount car accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) Riding first and second in a line of six middle-aged Ohio motorcyclists Wednesday, Dwayne Haavisto and Joe Halsey watched as a car moving at freeway speed drifted toward them over the center line.

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

Supreme Court reinstates lawsuit
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Alaska Supreme Court has reinstated a lawsuit that accuses two companies of taking advantage of a Fairbanks man's mental health problems to deplete his inheritance.

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.

Unusual visitor thrills Kenai birders
KENAI (AP) A shorebird known as a ruff, or more properly the Philomachus pugnax, is thrilling Kenai birders.

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.

Borough Assembly approves money for Winter Games
KENAI (AP) The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has approved a $200,000 budget for the nonprofit agency that will raise funds and manage the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.

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.

Korean Air adds three flights weekly to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) Korean Air will add three weekly flights to Anchorage this summer.

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.

Motorcyclist dies in head-on with pickup truck
ANCHORAGE (AP) The driver of an off-road motorcycle died of injuries sustained in an accident with a pickup truck, Alaska State Troopers said.

Democrats try to force special session on longevity bonus
JUNEAU (AP) Democrat lawmakers have banded together to demand GOP leaders consider a special session to restore the senior citizen Longevity Bonus program that will end in August.

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.

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.

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.

Sausage back, Brew Crew isn't
MILWAUKEE The Italian sausage made a sizzling comeback but the Milwaukee Brewers' rally fell short Thursday, with Aramis Ramirez hitting a three-run homer that gave Pittsburgh a 5-4 victory.

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.

Do restricted stock grants motivate workers?
NEW YORK (AP) Stock options got a bad rap for motivating employees in all the wrong ways. Restricted stock carries the danger of not motivating them at all.

Debate surfaces over how pensions should invest
NEW YORK (AP) It sounds like a quick fix for underfunded pension plans: Raise cash by selling bonds and plow that money back into the plans to cover the shortfall.

Watercooler
TAX CUT CASH: There's been much talk about the economic effects of the latest federal income tax cut, and whether people should save or spend their extra cash. The Atlanta-based Consumer Credit Counseling Service has a few suggestions:

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.

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.

Boomers teach kids about investing
CHICAGO (AP) I got a lesson in stock market investing the other day from an unexpected source: my 12-year-old son.

Simple steps can help reduce summer utility bills
NEW YORK (AP) It's summertime, and that means energy bills climb along with the temperature.

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.

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.

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.

Business Brief
Soldotna holds business beauty contest

Making the cut
So, that battle, which will soon begin to take on mythic proportions in retellings around the campfire, has ended, and your gorgeous king salmon is in the boat. Or maybe you've tired of pulling in your dipnet, and sockeye salmon are threatening to overflow your cooler.

Kings in, reds on the way
On the Kenai River, it's the best of times and the worst of times.

Anchorage woman leads halibut derby
Carol Clemens of Anchorage and the 235.4-pound halibut she landed Sunday are currently in the lead of the July standings in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

Retrofit your yard: Build gardens that treat storm water runoff
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) Larry Crawford would like to flush terms like ''gully washer'' and ''mudslide'' from our collective memories, replacing them with ''bio-retention'' or ''rain garden.'

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.

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

'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.

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.

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

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

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.

Numbers show catch-release fishing does save Kenai kings
John Nelson is way off base with his scathing, sarcastic critique against catch-and-release of big Kenai kings. His anti-catch-and-release treatise is so full of its own "fish stories" that it is laughable.

Petting zoo, games, food, music water slide all part of freedom fest
The Second Annual Freedom Festival held in Sterling on July 6 was a great success. There were pony rides, a petting zoo, arcade games, a flea market, horseshoe tournaments, food, music and the main attraction, a 110-foot water slide.

People, parade, fun and sun create great Fourth celebration
What a celebration we had in Kenai on the Fourth of July! It wasn't just the weather that made Kenai's Independence Day celebration the greatest ever. It was the parade, the people and the fun day of events on Kenai's green strip.

Plenty of blame, shame to go around in water-dousing
Shame on Jeff Webster for letting his patriotism and concern for his Marine son overcome good judgement.

State prosecuting wrong person in water-dousing incident
In attending the first two days of Jeff Webster's "water throwing" trial in Kenai, I have noticed a common thread among some of the so called "victims" of his "crime." These street corner peace activists would like to have us all believe that they are harmless little folks who were just practicing their constitutional rights by protesting military action in Iraq.

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

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.

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

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

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.

This Week's Race: Tropicana 400
Where and When

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.

Race Schedule
February 16, to November 16, 2003

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.

Cost of breaking the law rises
Drivers with lead feet will find their wallets getting lighter if they get caught and ticketed in the city of Kenai.

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.

Would-be organ donors should let family know, chamber speaker says
Alaska leads the nation in the rate of families who grant consent for organ donation, with 76 percent of those who are contacted agreeing to organ and tissue donation.

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.

Funding comes through for clinic
The Aspen Dental Clinic in Kenai has has moved a step closer to being paid for.

Ruling closes center for now
A court order issued Thursday puts a stop to the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula managing the Kenai Recreation Center for the city of Kenai for the time being, and consequently results in the temporary closure of the center starting today.

School board does more than math
The revision of the 2004 fiscal year budget and the increase of student activity participation fees caused quite a bit of discussion Monday night for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education.

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.

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

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

Heather Faeo
Nikiski resident Heather Faeo died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, in Denver, Colo. She was 14. Memorial services are pending.

Oilers almost out of ABL cellar
The Peninsula Oilers were happy to return to the friendly confines of Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai Thursday, defeating the Anchorage Bucs in a 2-1 Alaska Baseball League nail-biter.

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

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.

Difference between life, death could be in organ donations
Erin Hall Meade has two compelling reasons why people should agree to become organ and tissue donors: her feet.

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.

Here's hoping the Kenai Wilderness continues to call for another 100 years
I had just spent a cold, memorable, winter working at Denali National Park. The park in winter was very different than in summer no people just snow and quiet.

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
Kennel club to host dog shows KVCC holds Alaska Heritage Day Eagles throw surprise dinner Chess camp, tourney registration deadline today KWF to host deformed frog program Anniversary also a movie shoot Nutritional classes available at food bank Swim lessons still available at Skyview Chamber sponsors business beautification contest Outdoor club plans meeting Sterling seniors to hold fish contest Moose Lodge plans picnic Congressional mobile office tour planned

Church Briefs
Native fellowship meets tonight Community Day coming up Leadership founder to speak in Sterling Church offers camp for all ages Womens Aglow to meet Sterling church plans Bible school Church offers big adventure Summer camp planned Churches host Oilers baseball game Rainbow Poets to award $5,000

New book examines breakaways from the Mormon church, causing headaches for officials
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Best-selling author Jon Krakauer has built a reputation on gripping portrayals of those who push their physical limits.

Mennonite Church USA opposes abortion, but also laws that would limit the practice
ATLANTA (AP) Mennonite Church USA delegates approved a new policy that rejects most abortions as ''counter to biblical principles'' but also discourages members from lobbying for laws to limit the practice.

Michigan retailer agrees to accommodate Sunday observers
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) Meijer Inc., the Michigan-based discount retail chain, has agreed to accommodate employees' religious practices after settling a lawsuit by a Christian Reformed Church member who was fired for refusing to work Sundays.

Turkey's European drive give hope to Orthodox in ancient spiritual center
ATHENS, Greece (AP) At a site of Orthodox Christian study for more than 1,000 years, desks are kept dusted and ancient manuscripts carefully preserved. There is everything except students.

Colorado Lutherans divided over baptism of lesbian couple's son
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) A dispute over the baptism of a lesbian couple's son has divided a Lutheran congregation and prompted departures of 60 members from both sides.

Conquest of self a better goal than conquest of others
Recently I ran across some interesting Internet ideas.

Muslim convention vows to press civil rights in post-Sept. 11 era
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Leaders at a convention of about 15,000 American Muslims said they hope to rally millions of fellow believers to oppose the federal Patriot Act and the order forcing recent immigrant men from Muslim nations to register with the government.

Presbyterians to vote on putting ministers accused of sexual misconduct on leave
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Regional governing bodies of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will vote during the coming year on whether to automatically put ministers accused of sexual misconduct on leave while their cases are investigated.

Hindu nationalists decry Pope's views on India's new anti-conversion laws
KANYAKUMARI, India (AP) A militant Hindu group associated with India's main governing party Sunday demanded that the government protest statements by Pope John Paul II criticizing new anti-conversion laws passed by six Indian states.

Tour champion got his will back in North Carolina mountains
BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. Far from the Tour de France, Ken Cluley stands on the pedals of his bicycle through another steep climb, willing himself to the top of Beech Mountain.

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.

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.

Peninsula wrestlers fare well at regions
Wrestlers from the Kenai Peninsula were part of a contingent of 41 wrestlers from the state of Alaska to compete at the Western Regional Freestyle/Greco Wrestling tournament June 16 to 21 in Butte, Mont.

What's in Sam Hill?
Last Friday's Mount Marathon race was spectacular and all, but for the 16th-place finisher, it was just another run up the Hill.

Armstrong in good shape as Alps loom
NEVERS, France Lance Armstrong's team has plenty of champagne in stock.

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

Blake rides a 29 on front nine to GMO lead
MILWAUKEE Jay Don Blake wasn't thinking about taking the lead at the Greater Milwaukee Open when he saved par with a 9-foot putt on his final hole.

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.

Malone set to be a Laker
LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Lakers' dream team could give the rest of the NBA nightmares.

Final Navarre tourney tees off on Saturday
For 14 years, the Annual Charity Golf Tournament hosted by Mike Navarre has raised money for a variety of local charities and scholarships.

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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