Tuesday, July 16, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Body found in Port of Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A body was found in the Port of Anchorage but was so badly decomposed authorities were having a hard time determining a positive identity, police said Tuesday.

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.

Phillips to sell its share of Cook Inlet Pipeline Co.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Forest Oil Corp., Phillips Petroleum Co. and Union Oil Co. of California have notified the Regulatory Commission of Alaska that Phillips is selling its 20 percent stock ownership in the Cook Inlet Pipeline Co.

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.

State GOP vies to enlist outside the party to settle primary fights
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Republican Party of Alaska wants you. Provided, of course, that you are like them.

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.

Voters complaining about snafu in new primary system
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's new primary election system has created a dilemma for Ronnie Rosenberg.

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.

Bodies recovered from plane wreckage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Recovery crews have retrieved the bodies of four men killed in a plane crash in southwestern Alaska, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

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.

Alaska to receive federal funds to help offenders
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska will receive $2 million of federal money to help rehabilitate prisoners.

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.

Grasshoppers scouring fields in Matanuska Valley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gardeners and farmers along the Matanuska River in Palmer say the biggest plague of grasshoppers in more than half a century is scouring their fields.

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.

Body found near missing Anchorage girl's home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a young girl was found in South Anchorage on Monday, just blocks from the home of missing teen-ager Delaney Zutz, Anchorage police said.

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.

Man found beaten to death in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 33-year-old man found dead underneath the Steese Highway Bridge early Sunday morning was beaten to death, Fairbanks 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.

Orphan cub destined for Denver Zoo is euthanized
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An orphaned Alaska grizzly bear cub that was headed for the Denver Zoo was euthanized Monday after a veterinarian discovered it had a broken and badly infected rear leg.

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.

Foothill refuses AIDEA offer to purchase veneer mill
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- An auction to sell assets of a veneer plant was still on schedule Monday despite efforts by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority's to buy the business.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oil execs warn against industry tax hikes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska oil industry executives are urging Alaska politicians to look elsewhere for solutions to the state's fiscal gap.

Paychecks handed out on schedule by Detroit Tigers
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are always happy to see Bill Brown on the 15th of the month because it's payday and he delivers their checks.

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.

Ledee, Rolen, Burrell rally Phillies past Montreal
MONTREAL -- Ricky Ledee, Pat Burrell and Scott Rolen homered in an eight-run ninth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the Montreal Expos 11-8 Monday night.

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.

Indians down White Sox for second straight win
CLEVELAND -- Rookie Jason Phillips got his first major league victory, taking a shutout into the eighth inning Monday night to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

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.

Veteran public servant returns
Pledging to do her homework and address the issues as they come up, veteran Assemblyperson Betty Glick was selected by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in a 6 to 2 vote to fill the seat vacated by Bill Popp.

It's Poetry Slam Two!!!
The Kenai Writer's Group and Alaska Poetry League of Anchorage will sponser a Poetry Slam again this year. Last year's Kenai Slam was received with such success that the Poetry League's competetive Slam team is eager to return and perform on the Peninsula.

Alaska's Junior Miss takes 3rd Runner-up at America's Junior Miss competition
For the first time in the more than 40 years that Alaska has been participating in the Junior Miss Scholarship program, an Alaskan Junior Miss, Soldotna's own Katie Lockwood, was named the 3rd Runner-Up at the National Junior Miss scholarship competition in Mobile Alabama.

Working with logs becomes art form for Sterling Resident
Alaskan grown and crafted tables that fit the image of the biggest state in the Union are being produced by local log artist William Meyer, in Sterling.

Riding the Beaches of Cook Inlet
Visitors may certainly see Alaska from trains, and boats and planes etc, but perhaps one of the most exhilarating means of experiencing the Great Land is on horseback.

Kenai River Classic continues to net dividends for the River
The great fishing, sunny weather, warm community hospitality, and scores of committed volunteers would have made the 9th Annual Kenai River Classic worth a million bucks, even if it didn't raise that many dollars, but it did.

The Cabin is now open for business
Mike and Michelle Beals, owners of the Timber Wolf Lodge announce the opening of The Cabin Restaurant in Soldotna. Timber Wolf Lodge has been open for the past four years operating year round.

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.

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?

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.

LPN program being added to curriculum at AVTEC
Students in Southcentral Alaska soon will have a new opportunity to pursue careers in health care. The Alaska Vocational Technical Center will add a licensed practical nursing program to its curriculum beginning next month.

Water well on tap for Sterling
No contamination from the Sterling Zip Mart gasoline leak has ever been detected in wells at Sterling Elementary School. Nevertheless, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the Kenai Peninsula Borough have agreed to share the cost of installing a new well to provide water to the school.

Day on Cook Inlet has its ups, downs
At 3:15 Thursday morning, with the dusky sky laying over a calm Cook Inlet, John McCombs and his oldest daughter, 15-year-old Maureen, steam from the Ninilchik harbor to begin what will be 12 hours of hunting salmon.

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.

Kenai Wild fish branding program sets sail in Cook Inlet
The drive to invigorate the Cook Inlet salmon industry is on. After all the marketing and money invested, the opening of the commercial fishing season in the inlet last month meant time for action.

Beckmann named new CARTS head
The executive assistant of the Central Area Rural Transit System Inc. has been promoted to executive director, the CARTS board of directors announced.

Frances Flossie 'Honey' Lindley
Sterling resident Frances Flossie "Honey" Lindley died Friday, July 12, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna of cancer. She was 50.

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

Vera Howarth
Soldotna resident Vera Howarth died Sunday, July 14, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 93.

Oilers knocked around by Pilots
The Peninsula Oilers were knocked around in their own yard Monday, dropping an Alaska Baseball League game 7-2 to the league-leading Anchorage Glacier Pilots 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.

Applause
Parent of Oilers' player appreciates Clarion columns by Chris Graziano

A letter to the president: Part I
Every once in a while, columnists will write a piece that mirrors a letter to whomever is president. Of course, most of these columnists are syndicated out of Washington, D.C., or New York, and they know their missives will likely make the president's list of commentaries to either read or at least review in brief.

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

House Bill 504 wrong way to fix what's ailing state's seafood industry
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.

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.

Applause
Neighbors helping neighbors exemplifies 'Spirit of Alaska'

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. ...

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to hold luncheon todayKDLL board meeting scheduled for tonightSenior center plans garage saleBlood Bank hosting community blood driveKaladi brothers to feature artist of the monthRed Cross continues to offer weekly classesChess tournament to be held in KenaiKenai Skate Park changes locationProgress Days' parade applications still available

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

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

Community News
Military academy applications available

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:

Alaska priest stripped of duties for past abuse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage priest who once abused a 15-year-old boy in Michigan has been stripped of his authority to be a minister.

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What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Aging homeowners stay put, seek to remodel places they call home
DENVER (AP) -- Alan and Julie Stewart converted their kitchen cabinets into drawers to hold pots and pans. They widened the doorways and eliminated all stairs in the house.

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.

Leslie paces West to victory
WASHINGTON -- Another win in the WNBA All-Star game for the Western Conference, another MVP trophy for Lisa Leslie.

Tiger doesn't own Muirfield golf course -- yet
GULLANE, Scotland -- Tiger Woods already met his match at the British Open.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Twins sweep WasillaHamm tiebreaker penalty kick misses mark

Armstrong second in stage, moves up to second overall
LORIENT, France -- Lance Armstrong jumped six spots to second overall in the Tour de France with a runner-up finish Monday in an individual time trial.

Sports Briefs
Titans' Matthews retires after 19 yearsRed Wings choose Lewis to follow Bowman232.4-pounder leads July Homer derby standings

Iverson showcases arrogance
Allen Iverson didn't break any laws partying all night. He just showed that he can act as arrogantly and audaciously as he wants and get away with it.

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.

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.

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.

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