Tuesday, July 15, 2003

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.

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

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.

Sales tax petition certified in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) A proposed ballot initiative to drastically cut property tax in the city of Fairbanks and replace it with sales tax has been certified.

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.

Troopers seek Mat-Su 168
ANCHORAGE (AP) In the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, it's not a Top 10 wanted list. It's a Top 168 wanted list.

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.

Trial opens for man accused of stabbing murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) An attorney for a man accused of stabbing his wife 24 times said Monday during opening statements in a murder trial that his client did not intend to kill her.

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.

Military releases missile defense impact report for Valdez, Kodiak
FAIRBANKS (AP) The scenic impact of a 25-story radar dome and platform stored in Valdez would be minimal because of the existing trans-Alaska oil pipeline terminal, the military has concluded.

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.

DA drops charges against Stepovich
FAIRBANKS (AP) The District Attorney's Office has dropped a driving under the influence charge against Nick Stepovich.

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.

Fairbanks cab driver stabbed to death
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks man was arrested Monday in the killing of a cab driver, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Greenpeace's newest ship headed to Southeast Alaska
KETCHIKAN (AP) Greenpeace's newest and largest ship is headed to Southeast Alaska next month to bring attention to logging in the Tongass National Forest and Bush administration policies.

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.

Tree-eating insects munching their way across Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) The mild winter and a population boom has resulted in a smorgasbord for insects that are munching their way across Alaska's Interior.

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.

Stevens wants 30-day court limit on timber cases
KETCHIKAN (AP) Sen. Ted Stevens has added wording to an appropriations bill that would limit the time groups have to take a timber sale to court in Alaska.

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.

Fairbanks state rep. seeks to become borough mayor
FAIRBANKS (AP) In a July 10 story about about the Fairbanks borough mayor's race, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Alaska's last territorial governor Mike Stepovich is dead.

Mystery substance forces evacuation of several businesses
KETCHIKAN (AP) A mystery substance forced the evacuation of several Front Street businesses on Sunday afternoon.

New abuse claim filed on dead priest
FAIRBANKS (AP) Another man has come forward alleging sexual abuse by the Rev. Jules Convert, a French-born Jesuit priest who ministered in villages along the Yukon River from 1942-80.

Rigging the lineup for Roger
One man's strategy is another man's shenanigans.

Davey Johnson enjoying retirement in Holland
HAARLEM, Netherlands After three years in retirement, Davey Johnson is pacing the dugout again, shuffling his roster, barking orders and loving every minute of it.

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.

Davey Johnson enjoying retirement in Holland
HAARLEM, Netherlands After three years in retirement, Davey Johnson is pacing the dugout again, shuffling his roster, barking orders and loving every minute of it.

Strategy may make All-Star comeback
CHICAGO Until now, Alex Rodriguez never had a reason to look down at the third-base coach in an All-Star game.

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.

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.

Anderson takes Home Run Derby
CHICAGO Garret Anderson was a winner at the All-Star Home Run Derby, just like he was at the World Series. The Anaheim Angels' star edged the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols 9-8 Monday night to win the title.

Family dragster team tours Kenai Peninsula
The Kirks were touring Napa stores of the Kenai Peninsula last week as part of the Napa Auto Parts Racing team. The team's 275 inch Brad Hadman alcohol dragster was a delight for tourists and community racing enthusiasts as well. According to Randy Kirk, the dragster is powered by a Keith Black 526 ci Hemi-engine with a PSI screw blower and has reached a speed of 245 mph in 5.6 seconds with Kirk in the cockpit.

Alyeska Sales & Service celebrates 25th Anniversary on the Kenai Peninsula
It all started in May, 1978 when Jerry Wortham and George Navarre began the first Alyeska Sales & Service in Kenai. Jerry has been the sole owner since 1986 and has since expanded his business to three additional locations on the peninsula. He opened the Soldotna store on the Kenai Spur in 1989, followed by the K-Beach location in 2002. The newest location is in Homer which opened in February, 2003.

Volunteers worth a million bucks
Ask Brett Huber, Kenai River Sportfishing Association Executive Director, what's the key element in putting together the largest grossing fundraiser of it's kind in the country? He'll tell you: "It's the army of community volunteers; they are the Classic, they are the reason participants come back year after year."

Nikiski student interns with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski
Every day high school graduates are preparing to become college freshmen and future leaders, but not every day are prospective college students able to travel to the Nation's capitol and get an inside look at the makings of our government. Katie Floyd, a Nikiski High School graduate, was accepted earlier this year into U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski's internship program.

Appreciationbetter than a hole in one
It's a big effort to pull off a successful golf tournament, and without local sponsors like Agrium and ACS, events like the 12th Annual Boys & Girls Club Golf Classic would not happen.

Alaska Astronaut tours Challenger Center
Alaska has been called the "last frontier" of planet earth, so it seems fitting for Alaska to be a place to dream of the new frontier space. So it is, now that Phase II of the Alaska Challenger Learning Center is complete. In a state as large as Alaska, it was obvious that the Challenger Center in Kenai would need facilities where kids and teachers could stay overnight if it were to serve students from as far away as Juneau, Fairbanks or Nome.

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.

Some thoughts on Webster trial, protesters, appropriate sentence
I admit I did not sit in on the trial of Jeff Webster, but I have followed it in the news. I do agree what he did was wrong and, in fact, childish but my comments on this topic are:

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.

Opposing sides in catch-release debate differ on meaning of 'fishing'
Dr. Estalilla and others advocating catch-and-release and I all care about conserving Kenai kings because we all want our children and grandchildren to be able to fish for Kenai kings. We differ, however, about what "fishing" means.

Try this for a new bridge design
The gateway sculpture for the new Kenai River bridge in Soldotna should not be a salmon. A more appropriate symbol would be the icon of the sport-fishing industry, the "$."

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.

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.

Alaska cannot afford to gamble fisheries away on catch-release
A recent letter to the editor attempts to justify catch-and-release fishing and slot limits as effective conservation measures that we should desire above all others.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Unity Trail issue keeps path from completion
Summertime on the Kenai Peninsula is the perfect time for biking, jogging or enjoying a leisurely stroll with loved ones.

Fish and Game experience benefits Soldotna man in Saudi Arabia job
The wealth and oil of Saudi Arabia has tended to eclipse awareness of the rich natural history of the region, but that hasn't been the case for Kris Hundertmark. It was the natural history that drew him there.

Gun range may finally happen
Kachemak Bay area sportsmen hope an ordinance under consideration by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will finally give them a permanent site for a gun and archery range on the lower peninsula.

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.

Heather Faeo
Nikiski resident Heather Faeo died July 1, 2003, at Children's Hospital in Denver as a result of injuries sustained in an accident on May 17. She was 14.

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.

Oilers thump Miners, continue ABL climb
The Peninsula Oilers jumped on the Mat-Su Miners for five runs in the first inning and never looked back Monday en route to an 8-3 victory in Alaska Baseball League play at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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.

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.

Alaska cannot afford to depend only on oil for economic salvation
While it is bad news to hear that BP has decided to suspend production at its once-promising Badami field on the North Slope, some good may come from it. Perhaps the shutdown will remind Alaskans that the oil industry that so drives the state's economy is a fickle one indeed.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Governor's mobile office to visit peninsulaPower wheelchairs availableSoroptimists hold fund-raiserWriting contest deadline WednesdayEmployment level is topic for chamberKVCC to hosts Hobo Jim concertFree program on 'Trusts vs. Wills' set for Thursday

Senior Briefs
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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.

Webber pleads guilty; expected to avoid prison
DETROIT (AP) In a deal expected to keep him out of prison, NBA All-Star Chris Webber pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge of lying about money he repaid a Michigan booster.

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

Perfect: British Open will be nice and brown
SANDWICH, England At any other major championship, a golf course that looked crusty, brown and neglected would be considered an eyesore.

Armstrong keeps lead, narrowly avoids crash
GAP, France Lance Armstrong was rattled. He kept his lead in the Tour de France on Monday and got rid of his closest rival, but he can do without these harrowing close calls.

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.

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.

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