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Monday, July 15, 2002

Federal government interviews Amchitka workers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Don Lowell remembers Amchitka Island rocking like a boat in stormy seas when a 5-million ton nuclear device exploded deep within the Aleutian chain in 1971.

Woman injured in Anchorage baseball-bat attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 44-year-old woman was hospitalized with broken facial bones after she was attacked with a baseball bat in Anchorage.

Hiker dies in Wrangell Saint Elias mishap
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A hiker died while trying to cross the Chitistone River in Wrangell Saint Elias National Park, National Park Service officials said Saturday.

July 12, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner backs arming of commercial airline pilots
Commercial pilots remain determined in their efforts to be allowed the means to fight back against would-be hijackers, and Wednesday the U.S. House bucked airline companies and the Bush administration to back them.

Soldotna teen dies in boating accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 14-year-old Soldotna boy died early Friday after a commercial fishing skiff capsized in Cook Inlet.

July 12, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News urges scrutiny of campaign promises on state budget
In this year's state elections, the biggest issue, bar none, is how to fix the state's unsustainable finances. Today the state takes about $1 billion a year from a dwindling pool of savings to balance its budget. That $1 billion gap amounts to 40 percent of all state-funded services.

Anchorage birch trees dying off
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Birch trees are ailing all over Anchorage. Experts disagree on the cause of the problem, which has prompted hundreds of calls to the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service.

July 9, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News suggests campaign focus on who best will boost the economy
Alaskans ought to pay close attention to the subtext in the dispute between the Ulmer and Murkowski camps over Alaska's economic performance and prospects. The statistics cited by each side are true, so we're all free to pick our preferences and interpretations. But if the coming campaign is to mean much, we need to focus hard on what comes next -- and who can best lead us forward.

Eight men sentenced in drug ring case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Eight young men were sentenced in federal court in connection with a drug ring operating in Anchorage.

July 7, 2002 The Juneau Empire speaks out against moving the legislature
History and common sense tell us nothing unites people who share common interests and geography more than does an external threat.

Light earthquake strikes near Talkeetna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake struck near Talkeetna Saturday afternoon and was felt in Palmer and Wasilla.

July 8, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner encourages involvment in pipeline lease renewal
That federal and state land managers proposed to give the trans-Alaska oil pipeline another 30-year lease on life on Friday came as little surprise to most onlookers.

Federal grant will train Ketchikan shipyard workers
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The University of Alaska Southeast at Ketchikan has been awarded a half-million-dollar federal grant to develop and assess a training and education program at the Ketchikan Shipyard.

July 11, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. praises veto of seafood workers' room and board deduction
Gov. Tony Knowles did the right thing when he vetoed a bill that would have allowed seafood processing plants to dock workers for room and board.

Eagle recovering after tumbling from skies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An American Bald Eagle has been recuperating in Anchorage after it and another eagle apparently tumbled from the skies high over Valdez.

Four dead in Alaska plane crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Recovery crews were working Monday to retrieve the bodies of four men killed Friday in plane crash in southwestern Alaska.

Vandals cause thousands of dollars damage at home
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Michelle Calvillo's yard looked like it was hit by a tornado, but vandals were the culprits, tearing up thousands of dollars in flowers and vegetables belonging to the head of a Fairbanks beautification organization.

Police charge Anchorage man in rifle fire incident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been arrested after firing a rifle out the window of an apartment building.

Searchers looking for overdue plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers were looking for an overdue plane Saturday.

Orphaned bear cub goes to Denver Zoo
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A six-month-old brown bear cub, orphaned near Alaska's McNeil River, is bound for a new home at the Denver Zoo.

Chugach Electric to study wind power
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chugach Electric Association is funding a $15,000 study of the feasibility of generating electricity from the wind in the Portage area.

Former chief of staff to Gov. Egan dies in race
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- A 74-year-old former Alaska state official collapsed and died as he approached the finish line in a national running-cycling contest.

Sleeping woman beaten, sexually assaulted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman who was sleeping in an abandoned building in Anchorage was beaten and sexually assaulted by an unknown man, police said.

UAA Staff warned not to discuss ex-college head
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Employees at the University of Alaska Anchorage's Matanuska-Susitna College have been warned not to talk about the college's former head on behalf of the university.

UAF animal research station to resume public tours
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The public will once again be able to visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks animal research center, which was closed last summer because of the threat of foot-and-mouth disease.

Weather hampers search for overdue plane
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Searchers spotted a plane matching the description of an overdue floatplane and were heading to the site Sunday evening, the Alaska Air National Guard said.

Elections Division certifies Haines merger vote
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Division of Elections has certified the vote consolidating the governments of Haines and the Haines Borough.

Boaters asked to cooperate in king salmon project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking for cooperation from boaters as the agency nets king salmon in the lower Kenai River near the state-run sonar king counter.

Floatplane crashes while landing in Juneau harbor
JUNEAU (AP) -- A floatplane on its way to pick up tourists for sightseeing tours crashed while landing in Juneau harbor on Friday.

Guide-boat fishing banned Sundays and Mondays on Kenai
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued a reminder that the Kenai River is off-limits to guide-boat fishing on Sundays and Mondays.

Solar-power fence keeps brown bears out of smokehouse
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- While the sight of a brown bear in the wild can be awe-inspiring, the sight of a furry thief in your smokehouse filled with drying salmon can be downright discouraging.

Second earthquake hits near Talkeetna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake struck near Talkeetna early Sunday, less than 12 hours after another quake hit the area.

Park Service releases name of hiker killed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The name of the hiker who died while trying to cross a river in Wrangell Saint Elias National Park was released Sunday.

Expos topple Atlanta
MONTREAL -- Wil Cordero hit his third career grand slam and had five RBIs to lead the Montreal Expos to a 10-3 win over the Atanta Braves on Sunday before the third-largest Olympic Stadium crowd this season.

Toronto masters Red Sox again
TORONTO -- Chris Carpenter pitched seven sharp innings, and Eric Hinske went 4-for-4 to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Saturday.

Selby slammer stuns Yankees
CLEVELAND -- Bill Selby's grand slam capped Cleveland's six-run ninth inning against Mariano Rivera as the Indians rallied from seven runs down to stun the New York Yankees 10-7 Sunday.

Arizona beats Los Angeles to reclaim first place in West
LOS ANGELES -- David Dellucci and Rod Barajas hit two-run homers as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 Saturday to reclaim first place in the NL West.

Alaska not only one suffering from fiscal woes
BOISE, Idaho -- Governors meeting at a national conference say the corporate scandals shaking Wall Street have also hit Main Street USA -- from plunging revenues that are prompting program cuts to declines in pension funds and layoffs.

New fishing record
Jim Johnson, right, of Salem, Ore., stands next to a 413-pound halibut he caught July 6 off shore of Dutch Harbor, while fishing with Dave Magone, left.

Fishing currently lackluster, but experience is pure Alaska
So far, so good is the status of the Kenai River dipnet fishery since its opening Wednesday. At least from a managerial standpoint. The fishing could stand some improvement.

Yard of the Week
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Yard of the Week award was presented to Margaret Brewster, 182 Corral Street. Kenai River Nursery offers a $25 gift certificate for winners of the yard of the week competition.

Health: Exercising for the right reasons
NEW YORK -- Dr. Lisa Callahan says too many women exercise for the wrong reason.

Good news: Fewer babies dying, fewer teens having babies
WASHINGTON -- Fewer babies are dying. Fewer teenage girls are having babies. Smoking is dropping among 8th and 10th graders.

Short-term estrogen still valuable treatment, despite findings in study, say experts
BOSTON -- Despite worrisome new findings about long-term use of hormone pills, a year or two on estrogen may still make sense for millions of women hoping to ease hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.

NOW PLAYING: Reign of Fire
It's got one heck of a premise, I'll give it that much. Big, scary, fire-breathing dragons appear after a prolonged period of hibernation and take over the world. It's up to a scrappy group of humans to take the world back. What could be better on a lazy summer afternoon?

Kasilof poet achieves her dream with new book
It isn't often in this day and age that someone truly gets to live their dreams, but Dj Blatchford of Kasilof says she is doing just that. She is thankful for many blessings in her life, including having nine healthy children, living in a log home, and being with her husband, Joel. The latest of her wishes to come to fruition is completing a book of Alaska-inspired poetry, called "Just Like That."

Sauter drives to first Busch career victory
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Johnny Sauter went 112 miles between pit stops Saturday and outran polesitter Todd Bodine following a red-flag restart to win NASCAR Busch series Tropicana Twister 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, his first career victory.

Harvick wins on vapors
JOLIET, Ill. -- Kevin Harvick won for the second straight year at Chicagoland Speedway, passing up a late pit stop to gain the lead, then pulling away Sunday to win the Tropicana 400.

Inlet accident takes youth's life; 3 survive
Cook Inlet commercial fisher Ronald Eugene Halsey should be dead. When his 22-foot commercial fishing skiff sank 1 1/2 miles from the Kasilof River at about 6:40 p.m. Thursday, he swam for 2 1/2 hours through eight- to 10-foot seas to shore to get help for his wife and two crew members, left stranded in the 50-degree water when the boat went down.

Residents can help protect themselves from crime
The Kenai Police Department has seen an increase in demand for its services over the past 10 years, although not an increase in its staff.

Fire department saves day for gull, biologist
The Kenai Fire Department responded to a rescue call on the bluff near Peninsula Avenue Tuesday -- for a gull stuck in a tree.

Dumping raises bear concerns
"Someone's been dumping fish carcasses on these roads and bears are feeding on them," state the signs recently posted along a Kenai neighborhood street by a concerned citizen.

Soldotna police attribute decrease in crime to community awareness
A significant decrease in the amount of crime within the city limits of Soldotna can be attributed in part to help the police department is getting from people in the community, according to Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Gifford.

Group still spreading fire advice
Don't be alarmed if you happen to spot yellow-shirted young men and women prowling around your property this summer. They're here to help.

Safety precautions can increase survival odds in cold waters
Being dumped in the frigid waters of Cook Inlet, with its awesome tides, powerful currents and wind-whipped waves, is a survival situation no one would want experience.

Erline Hill
Kenai resident Erline Hill died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 65.

Frances F. Lindley
Lifelong Alaska resident Frances F. Lindley died Friday, July 12, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 49.

Keith Winfield Bates
Soldotna resident Keith Winfield Bates died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at his home. He was 78.

Samuel Joseph Gammon
Soldotna resident Samuel Joseph Gammon died Friday, July 12, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 14.

Jerry Lorenzen
Longtime Alaska resident Jerry Lorenzen died Saturday, June 22, 2002, at his home in Big Lake. He was 63.

Jerre Pacey
Homer resident Jerre Pacey died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at South Peninsula General Hospital. She was 49.

Oilers leave 14 on base in Friday loss
The Peninsula Oilers missed a golden opportunity Friday night, dropping an Alaska Baseball League contest 8-3 to the visiting Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Missed opportunities plague Oilers through 11 innings
With fishing frenzy in full effect on the Kenai Peninsula, tales of the big ones that got away are rampant. Add the Peninsula Oilers to that list of storytellers.

Peninsula pitcher shuts out Panners
Roger Lincoln called his shot Saturday night. "He told me before the game he was going all nine," said Peninsula Oilers head coach Damian Stambersky after Lincoln pitched a dandy, throwing nine shutout innings to give the Oilers a 1-0 win over the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks in Alaska Baseball League play.

Alaska No. 1 in prescription drug costs
We have just concluded our annual celebration of our nation's hard-won and dearly held freedoms. Now it's time for our nation's elderly to be granted their freedom from the financial ruin or lack of proper medical care that all-too-often accompanies the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs.

There's nothing like tourist-vision to give one new appreciation of home
I hate tourists. And I'm not all that fond of the tourism industry. Don't get me wrong. I understand the importance of visitors to our economy, but I came upon these feelings of disdain honestly.

Applause
Neighbors helping neighbors exemplifies 'Spirit of Alaska'

When it comes to cooking the books, U.S. government takes the cake Looking at Uncle Sam's ledgers
WASHINGTON -- Lost in all the outrage over the corporate accounting scandals is one fact politicians do not like to acknowledge: The auditing problems at American companies cannot rival the bookkeeping shambles of the world's largest enterprise -- the U.S. government.

Assembly members should wait before taking borough job
Let's be clear. We're not suggesting that there's anything illegal, unethical or immoral about assembly members abdicating their seats before their term is completed to take jobs in borough government.

Letters to the Editor
Long-term fiscal solution easier explained than done

Industrialized nations must take worldwide AIDS epidemic seriously
Those who believed the AIDS epidemic would level off are sadly mistaken. Twenty years later, the deadly disease is still on the rise. ...

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game asks help in test-netting projectFootball camp registration begins todayFootball officials group to meet this eveningArea woman to speak at Kenai Women's AglowLast swimming session starts todayVisitors Center plans interpretive programsTorgerson to speak at Soldotna chamberKDLL board to meet TuesdayHomer chamber plans July mixerGeology lecture to offer trip through timeSoldotna Senior Center plans summer eventsWRCC offers aid, volunteer opportunities

Community News
Military academy applications available

Peninsula People
Area students named to deans' listsHomer grad to intern in Washington, D.C.Kasilof student earns scholarshipArea Elk member earns district title

Ask a Trooper
Readers: A recent column discussed improper use of handicapped parking. I had a few people write in expressing some valid concerns.

Cissell, Wortham to hold summer wedding
Amber Cissell and Shawn Wortham, both of Kenai, have announced their plans to marry Aug. 3, 2002, in an afternoon ceremony at the First Baptist Church of Kenai. Pastor Dean Nichols will officiate.

Cleaning up
Tesoro volunteers work to clean the Kenai Peninsula Housing Initiative's property on Beluga Street in Soldotna. KPHI is preparing the house to be sold to a low-income family.

Lemonade stand offers kids math lessons
The kids' lemonade stand holds a wealth of learning possibilities. Lessons in math, lessons for life. Bill Kring, President Award mathematics teacher, has suggestions about how parents might bring lemonade-stand lessons to life for young kids. Here are some skill-building elements a lemonade stand might foster:

Reemtsma, Allport plan August wedding
Alison Reemtsma and Brian Allport have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, in Beavercreek, Ohio. The future bride's father, Phil Reemtsma, will officiate.

Canning problems create more questions
Question: The bottom of some of my jars are falling out after canning or there is a crack along the bottom of the jar, what can I do to prevent this from happening?

DeVollds celebrate 40 years
Robert and Sheila DeVolld of Kenai celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Monday, July 8, 2002.

Around the Peninsula
Weeding party scheduled for todayFootball officials group to meet MondayTheater adds performance this weekChamber of commerce hosting forum July 17State legislator to speak ThursdayHomer chamber's July mixer slated for July 19Deadline nears for entries in salmon count classicLibrary looking for used booksBlood donations needed

Crafts to honor 50 years together
Lawrence "Buddy" and Vera Craft of Plain Dealing, La., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Thursday, July 19, 2002, with friends and family.

My Best Friend
Lindsey Pabst of Nikiski holds her 1-day-old dachshund, Flirt, that her dog Tipper had. Lindsey, who helped deliver the puppies, is the daughter of Troy and Laura Pabst.

Cat rescued, despite walls closing in
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A cat stuck for weeks inside the wall of a home after getting caught up in a remodeling project has been found and reunited with its owners.

Births
Candice Merie and Joshua William BruadSarah and Gary HondelJodi and Gabe Polchies

Beijing gets Olympic preparations under way
BEIJING -- Last year's victory parties are just a pleasant memory these days. Organizing an Olympics, after all, is hard work.

Sports Briefs
Twins sweep WasillaHamm tiebreaker penalty kick misses mark

Team Dennis Conner sails on -- mostly without Conner
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Dennis Conner's new $5 million sailboat slips out of one of the world's busiest harbors and heads for another day of training, out beyond the freighters and oil derricks that dot the Pacific Ocean.

16-year-old Cameron McGahan learns sprint cars quickly
We've all heard the story of the dad and son playing basketball on the driveway, the son one day beating the dad, and the dad never wanting to play the son again.

Eighth-place Armstrong ready to surge
PLOUAY, France -- Finally, Lance Armstrong turned on the speed as the Tour de France neared the parts of the race where he hopes to build his fourth straight championship.

USOC drug testing comes under fire
DENVER -- Sometime next month, Dr. Wade Exum expects to open boxes of documents that will identify U.S. athletes who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs but were not punished by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Sluman takes lead at GMO
MILWUAKEE -- Jeff Sluman fired an 8-under-par 63 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Steve Lowery (64) after three rounds at the Greater Milwaukee Open.

Texans set for first training camp
HOUSTON -- Charley Casserly was driving along a Houston freeway during a business trip after the departure of the Oilers after the 1996 season when a thought struck him.

Shriver, Wilander take place in Hall of Fame
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- Mats Wilander knew about life at the top in pro tennis, and Pam Shriver was happy to have succeeded while playing with and against some of the game's greats.

Sports Briefs
Football officials group to meet MondayClemens placed on disabled listBobby Bonds still in hospital after surgeryDa Matta da Moralizes, wins another pole

Kroon wins eighth stage
PLOUAY, France -- Karsten Kroon led a Dutch sweep of the top three spots in the eighth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday, and three-time champion Lance Armstrong remained in eighth place in the overall standings.

Woods' biggest challenge at British Open could be history
GULLANE, Scotland -- Ernie Els and Vijay Singh couldn't catch him at the Masters. Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia couldn't stop him at the U.S. Open.

Ginn wins final Senior major of year
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Stewart Ginn shot a 6-under 66 Sunday to win the Senior Players Championship, the fourth and final major of the year.

Crash doesn't derail Armstrong
AVRANCHES, France -- A crash in the seventh stage of the Tour de France left Lance Armstrong and his bid for a fourth straight title unscathed.

With arrest pending, Iverson throws party at home
PHILADELPHIA -- As he awaited arrest on assault charges, Allen Iverson played host to an all-night party at his mansion, where guests swam and played basketball in the rain.

Iverson search yields clues, but police don't turn up gun
PHILADELPHIA -- Police found broken glass and smeared blood inside a vehicle frequently driven by Allen Iverson's wife, but an extensive search of the NBA star's home and cars failed to turn up any guns, a police official said.

San Jose ties with San Diego in WUSA soccer
SAN DIEGO -- Katia scored on a penalty kick in the 69th minute to help the San Jose CyberRays tie the San Diego Spirit 2-2 Sunday night.

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