Monday, July 14, 2003

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.

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.

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

Champs crowned in state amateur golf tournament
ANCHORAGE (AP) James Conley shot a final round 80 Sunday to win his seventh state amateur golf title.

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.

Rare summer storm expected on McKinley
FAIRBANKS (AP) A rare summer storm was expected to hit the Alaska Range's highest peaks by early Tuesday morning with winds up to a 100 mph, perhaps creating the most severe conditions in more than a decade, the National Weather Service said Monday.

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.

Champs crowned in state amateur golf tournament
ANCHORAGE (AP) Justin Conley shot a final round 80 Sunday to win his seventh state amateur golf title.

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.

Coast Guard searches for missing airplane carrying six from Utah
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) A small plane carrying six people crashed in Icy Strait near Gustavus after the pilot reported running out of fuel Sunday night.

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.

Damaged cruise ship departs Seward
ANCHORAGE (AP) A cruise ship damaged last week near Yakutat departed Sunday for Vancouver.

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

Two survivors of plane crash near Gustavus
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) Two men swam more than a mile in frigid waters and huddled for hours on a remote beach on Chichagof Island after the small plane they were in crashed in Icy Strait Sunday night.

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.

One shot, three injured in Anchorage brawls
ANCHORAGE (AP) Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage erupted into mayhem early Sunday morning after fights that started in two bars escalated into street brawls.

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

Coast Guard searches for missing airplane
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Coast Guard on Monday searched for a plane with six people on board that ran out of fuel Sunday night and may have crashed in the water near Gustavus.

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

Ducklings will help judge satellite accuracy
ANCHORAGE (AP) Four fuzzy ducklings hatched at the Alaska SeaLife Center will test the accuracy of orbiting satellites and demonstrate how seabirds fare with miniature computers placed inside their bodies.

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.

Knik ferry modified to add rescue capabilities
ANCHORAGE Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials are pitching a proposed Knik Arm ferry as a dual-purpose vessel to make it eligible for more types of federal funding.

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.

Doctor accused of looting estate
ANCHORAGE (AP) A civil judgment in excess of $6 million accuses a Kenai doctor of looting her dead mother's estate in a money laundering scheme that involved impersonation, forged checks and offshore bank accounts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Summer storm predicted for Denali
FAIRBANKS (AP) The National Weather Service expected a rare summer storm to pummel the Alaska Range's highest peaks with winds up to 50 to 80 mph Monday.

Cards fly past Padres
ST. LOUIS Kerry Robinson tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 Sunday.

Twins lose twice at BP Invitational
The American Legion Twins dropped a consolation game to Service High 12-2 Sunday at the BP Exploration Invitational Tournament at Mulcahy Field in Anchorage. This came after a crucial loss to the Glen Cove, N.Y. Commanches late Saturday evening, 14-7, that would have put the Kenai Peninsula team into the tournament championship on Sunday.

Oakland sweeps Orioles with home shutout
OAKLAND, Calif. Mark Ellis scored on a grounder back to the pitcher with one out in the ninth inning, giving the Oakland Athletics a 1-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday for a three-game sweep.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Now Playing : The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen & Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
With a slew of blockbusters being released all at once, I thought it appropriate to review two at one shot, especially as the two are cut from the same cloth. Both League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (or LXG) and Pirates of the Caribbean are big budget period action films with their roots in other media. LXG comes from a graphic novel, and Pirates was, of all things, a Disneyland amusement park ride.

Community should have shown support for Webster's actions
Shame on you Soldotna and Kenai. You have just given honor to those who disrespect our country and our men and women in military service.

Marine supports father's actions against protesters, says thanks
My name is Shane J. Webster. I am a corporal in the United States Marine Corps. I am writing in response to my father's actions toward 10 protesters at the "Y" in Soldotna.

New book about Andrew Berg documents area's rich history
Summers on the Kenai remind us why we love to live, work and play here. It's a fascinating and beautiful place with a rich history.

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.

Newman wins Chicago, ends Harvick's streak
JOLIET, Ill. Ryan Newman and an empty gastank spoiled Kevin Harvick's bid for three straight Chicagoland Speedway victories, with Newman pulling away at the end to win the Tropicana 400 on Sunday.

Froggin' for fun, science
Jordan Stout, an environmental contaminants specialist from the Anchorage U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service field office, led a small but enthusiastic group of 11 volunteers in hip waders and rubber boots to a pond in Sterling this past weekend on an educational excursion in search of wood frogs.

Voters OK expansion for hospital in Homer
HOMER South Peninsula Hospital service area residents approved a bond measure to fund a hospital expansion by a margin of 1,201 to 752 in a mail-in ballot election earlier this month.

Watershed Forum goes to rescue, transfers fuel oil from rusty drums
Using a hand pump and barrels borrowed from a local fuel supply company, workers with the Kenai Watershed Forum transferred fuel oil from a pair of rusting 55-gallon drums sitting in a vacant lot in a Kenai neighborhood, a job they say the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation should have done at least three years ago.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CPGH moving in new direction
Central Peninsula General Hospital hopes to improve its services by directing more focus to its patients. In so doing, hospital officials have aligned the facility with an organization that specializes in promoting patient-centered care.

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

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.

Virginia 'Ginny' Ann Iverson
Sterling resident Virginia "Ginny" Ann Iverson died of pancreatic cancer Friday, July 11, 2003, at home with her family and friends at her bedside. She was 68.

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.

Oilers edge Bucs in 11; win home stand, 4-3
The Peninsula Oilers secured a 4-3 series win against the Anchorage on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, winning 3-2 in 11 innings. The game featured even play throughout, great base running, a handful of mental mistakes, a little bit of tackle, and four pitching changes.

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.

Unraveling intelligence
Most of what Washington and London knew about Saddam Hussein's suspected mass weapons programs before the war was based on old intelligence. The few new details, which garnered the most attention, now are under serious scrutiny and in question.

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.

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.

Time to return scientific principles to forestry debates, management
In yet another summer already bristling with catastrophic forest fires, philosophical points of friction also are heating up across the political spectrum. On a national level this month the U.S. Senate will test party allegiances as it debates the Healthy Forest Restoration Act of 2003.

Around the Peninsula
Organ donors can check status onlineHave your name set in stoneSoldotna seniors schedule summer bazaar, barbecueHelp for home day-care providers offeredKenai pool offers swim lessonsSoldotna chamber sets meetingNRA to sponsor women's clinicImmunization clinics in Homer scheduledVendors, parade entries sought for Progress Days

Garden of the Week
Heidi Meehan's residence on First Street in Kenai features a well-manicured lawn adorned with a variety of annual and perennial flowers.

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.

Peninsula People
Anchor Point woman graduates from BYU-HawaiiBuchholz earns masters degree, accepts jobArea students named to deans' listsHomer youth interns for MurkowskiSoldotna man completes basic training

Kenai woman knits nearly 400 hats in 3 years for needy children
In July, when most people are thinking about fishing, Kenai resident Geneva Stasek's thoughts are on December and the cold the orphans in Russia are going to endure. That thought is what has motivated her for the past three years to knit hats for them.

Brenda Scoles and Scott Yates of Henderson, Nev., announce the birth of their daughter, Halle Jade Scoles, at 6:43 p.m., Monday, June 16, 2003, at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

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.

Club News
Aaronson to represent Alaska Elks nationallyMOMS Club forming in Kenai

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

Community News
Book fair planned this weekHarley Live Ride for MDA slated for July 26Technological treasure hunt planned

Seattle man follows Lewis and Clark trail from Atlantic to Pacific on bicycle
YANKTON, S.D. A passion for history has led a Seattle man to embark on a cross-country bike trip to follow the Lewis and Clark trail across America.

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.

Perry brews up 1-stroke victory in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE Kenny Perry sank a three-foot birdie putt for a one-stroke victory over Steve Allan and Heath Slocum at the Greater Milwaukee Open on Sunday, his third win in four starts.

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

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.

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.

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

Armstrong captures overall lead at Tour
L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France Lance Armstrong took the overall leader's yellow jersey for the first time in the Tour de France, but he showed signs that he may not be the dominant force of years past.

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.

Buckeye suspected of academic fraud
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State president Karen Holbrook said Sunday the athletic department will investigate a report that star Maurice Clarett received assistance to pass a class before the Fiesta Bowl.

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.

Sports Briefs
Umpire struck on mask by pitchYelena Isinbayeva sets new world record

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.

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.

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