Sunday, July 13, 2003

Alaska dioceses take part in national audit and survey
ANCHORAGE (AP) The three Catholic dioceses in Alaska are taking part in two national sexual abuse projects to gauge the level of compliance to new church norms and to determine the extent of abuse over the past 50 years, state Catholic leaders said Friday.

Anchorage police investigate rape as hate crime
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage police are investigating the beating and rape of a 17-year-old girl as a hate crime.

Bag limit increased for Chena, Salcha kings
FAIRBANKS (AP) People can keep more large king salmon from the Chena and Salcha rivers under limits that began Saturday.

Walrus calf gaining strength at the Sealife Center
SEWARD (AP) A walrus calf found abandoned and injured on a Barrow beach is being nursed back to health at the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward.

Soldotna water thrower found guilty
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Soldotna man accused of dousing peace demonstrators with water has been found guilty of harassment and violating other people's constitutional rights.

Anchorage's HUD funds in jeopardy
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage is in jeopardy of losing millions in Housing and Urban Development funds because the money has not been spent and the deadline is approaching.

Elmendorf to begin six-day exercise
ANCHORAGE (AP) Elmendorf Air Force Base will begin a six-day exercise on Sunday.

Cruise ship undergoes repairs in Seward
ANCHORAGE (AP) A cruise ship carrying about 2,000 passengers spent Saturday stranded in Seward undergoing repairs.

Driver cited in Juneau crash with Princess Cruises bus
JUNEAU (AP) A Mack truck struck a loaded Princess Cruises bus in Juneau, but no injuries were reported, police said.

Bill proposes $33 million for Greely airfield
FAIRBANKS (AP) A draft military spending bill in the U.S. Senate proposes to spend $33 million on the airfield at Fort Greely where the Department of Defense is building a missile defense system.

Budget cuts limit travel by hunting and fishing boards
ANCHORAGE (AP) State hunting and fishing boards are dropping travel to rural Alaska under budget cuts announced by the Department of Fish and Game.

Rats decimating seabird colonies on Kiska Island
ANCHORAGE (AP) Norway rats are decimating one of the Northern Hemisphere's most spectacular seabird colonies.

Pilot dead after crash near Kachemak Bay
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) A pilot died late Friday morning after his single engine aircraft crashed near Kachemak Bay.

Land sale could end access to lower Anchor River
ANCHORAGE (AP) A proposed land sale could end public access to the lower Anchor River and one of the Kenai Peninsula's most popular fishing streams.

Murkowski announces oil accord with Bristol Bay Native Corp.
JUNEAU (AP) State officials have reached an accord with the Bristol Bay Native Corporation over the prospects of opening the first lease sale in the region in more than a decade.

Report: Juneau's economy is ''sluggish''
JUNEAU (AP) A report says Juneau suffered from a ''sluggish'' economy in 2002, with slow growth in wages and population, and a slumping retail sector.

Strong earthquake shakes Craig
ANCHORAGE (AP) A strong earthquake rippled through the southern tip of Southeast Alaska Saturday afternoon.

Giambi set to defend his All-Star home run championship
CHICAGO Jason Giambi will try to defend his title in the All-Star home run derby against Carlos Delgado and Albert Pujols in a competition that for now is missing some of baseball's top sluggers.

Halladay claims 13th-straight win
TORONTO Roy Halladay won his 13th straight decision and Vernon Wells homered as the Toronto Blue Jays ended a four-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday.

Giants greet Schilling with shelling
PHOENIX Barry Bonds and rookie Jerome Williams helped make Curt Schilling's comeback a miserable one.

Scorekeeping at major league games a dying art
CHICAGO Like just about everyone else around them in the upper deck at U.S Cellular Field the other night, Jason Lukehart and his buddy Zak Thompson jumped to their feet when White Sox slugger Magglio Ordonez blasted a homer.

Nation's birth rate falls to record low point
WASHINGTON America's birth rate fell to a record low last year as both teenagers and women in their prime childbearing years had fewer babies, the government said Wednesday.

Americans hit the road to stop obesity
DENVER When the choir rises, Lucille Johnson's heart burns with faith and she feels herself pulled down the path of righteousness as fast as her sneakers will carry her.

Harvick gets attention; Kenseth cruises
JOLIET, Ill. Kevin Harvick is the man in the spotlight heading into Sunday's Tropicana 400, and that's just the way low-key Winston Cup points leader Matt Kenseth likes it.

Unocal studies options for moving pit contents from state game refuge
Unocal has applied to purchase six acres of borough land near Beluga on the west side of Cook Inlet where it may build a lined storage pit to hold the contents of a 30-year-old unlined pit located within the Susitna Flats State Game Refuge.

Bear cubs euthanized after sow shot
A brown bear sow that had been frequenting the Russian River with her three cubs in recent weeks was shot and killed early Wednesday morning by a man who claimed to fear for his safety.

Wind gives setnetters real boost for starters
Every day can't be a good day. But that doesn't mean good days don't come along.

Webster guilty on 3 charges, jurors decide
A jury of four women and two men found Jeff Webster guilty of two counts of harassment and one count of interfering with the constitutional rights of peace demonstrators, and not guilty of one count of fourth-degree assault and one count of interfering with constitutional rights, ending a three-day trial in Kenai District Court Friday. All counts are misdemeanor offenses.

Soldotna urges simple design for new bridge
Don't get carried away. That's the message the Soldotna City Council gave the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in a letter sent last week regarding the state's plan to build a new, 400-foot, $28 million Sterling Highway bridge.

David Alan Tillotson
Ninilchik resident David Alan Tillotson, Sr., May 4, 2003, while wintering in Glendale, Ariz. He was 64.

Virginia Iverson
Sterling resident Virginia Iverson died Friday July 11, 2003, at her home in Sterling. She was 68.

Robert Charles Smith
Nikiski resident Robert Charles Smith died Sunday, July 6, 2003, at his home in Nikiski. He was 62.

Beatrice E. Bradford
Soldotna resident Beatrice E. "Bea" Bradford died Thursday, July 10, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 84.

Bucs blow out Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers gave pitcher Ryan Weems a second chance to make a first impression with his new Anchorage Bucs teammates Friday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Buck's single gives Oilers a dramatic 10th-inning victory
Travis Buck notched an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday night, giving the Peninsula Oilers a 4-3 win over the visiting Anchorage Bucs in Alaska Baseball League action at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Tenet takes blame for faulty info
WASHINGTON The Bush administration is engaged in frantic finger-pointing as it tries to explain how its handling of faulty intelligence on allegations of Iraqi nuclear smuggling produced so few red flags.

Court cases reveal how important it is to follow the rules
Two vastly different, closely watched court cases last week came to similar conclusions: Process is important. It doesn't matter how well intentioned all parties are; there is a right way and a wrong way to do things.

Dad, daughter share music
I lean back in my office chair as my 10-year-old daughter Kate settles onto the bench facing my electric piano that alternately serves as my instrument of musical escape and convenient resting place for the piles of paper that attend my job as a journalist.

Around the Peninsula
Program participants will learn to make a rocketLast spay-neuter clinic of summer plannedFood bank board meeting slatedGovernor's mobile office to visit KenaiResidents encouraged to apply for CPHC boardWRCC seeking volunteers for women's raceSoldotna Nazarene church plans VBS

British government may bar parents from spanking
LONDON Spanking children can lead to more severe abuse, two parliamentary committees says, and urges the government to pass a law barring parents from hitting their children.

Teens turn interests in extreme sports into video hobby
Ever want to fly? Ever dream of making movies? Some do both, painting animated pictures a few digital video pixels at a time.

My best friend
"Here Moe, you have a drink!" Kenny Griffen of Sterling, now 5, learned sharing at a very young age with the family's 14-year-old cat, Moe.

Common pooch malady preventable with vaccinations
Many people believe that kennel cough is a disease that can only be contracted from a boarding kennel, but this is a common misconception that can lead to a sore throat for a canine whose companions don't know all the facts about this illness.

Kenai's Carreon continues volleyball career
Angelica Carreon, a Kenai Central graduate, will receive a tuition scholarship to play volleyball at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, Ore. Pako Whannell, the coach at Soldotna High School, said Carreon had received some interest from the University of Alaska Anchorage, but that Carreon had wanted to go out of state.

Armstrong ready to attack mountains
LYON, France A sly grin appears on Lance Armstrong's face every time he thinks about the mountain stages of the 2003 Tour de France.

West wins WNBA All-Star contest
NEW YORK When Lisa Leslie fell to the floor during the WNBA All-Star game, a hush fell over Madison Square Garden.

Three golfers tied for Senior Players lead
DEARBORN, Mich. Tom Watson stumbled at the end of the third round of the Senior Players Championship, while Craig Stadler and Mike McCullough scrambled.

WUSA will boost quality of World Cup
The rest of the world is catching up to the United States in soccer.

U.S. soccer tops El Salvador by two
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) The return of Brian McBride and other key players helped the United States rebound from last month's failure in France and disappoint flag-waving El Salvador fans.

Rivals start to fall in Alps
MORZINE, France Legs whirring, shirt open, a silver chain bouncing against his chest, Lance Armstrong powered up the Tour de France's first big climb, fans' cheers ringing in his ears.

Sports Briefs
Twins to put on reunion gameFootball officials meeting slated for MondaySkins game hits Birch Ridge MondayRacing Lions host City Race No. 4Twins go 1-1 at BP TournamentBecker joins Hall of FameReport: Clarett allowed to take oral exams

Mayorga decisions Forrest in rematch
LAS VEGAS Ricardo Mayorga, relentlessly throwing punches from every angle, took a majority decision over Vernon Forrest on Saturday night to retain his WBC and WBA welterweight titles.

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