Saturday, July 12, 2003

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.'

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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
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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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