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Wednesday, July 16, 2003

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

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.

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.

Soldotna man working with wildlife in Saudi Arabia
SOLDOTNA (AP) The wealth and oil in Saudi Arabia has tended to eclipse awareness of the rich natural history of the region, but that's not the case for Kris Hundertmark. The natural history drew him to Saudi Arabia.

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.

Man mauled at Russian River campground
ANCHORAGE (AP) A brown bear sow mauled a man early Tuesday morning at the Russian River Campground on the Kenai Peninsula.

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

Heinze appointed to head natural gas authority
ANCHORAGE (AP) A former oil company president and head of the state's natural resources department has been appointed to head the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority.

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.

Coast Guard, troopers suspend search for missing men
JUNEAU (AP) The search for a Utah man and his teenage son who ditched their plane in the cold waters off Chichagof Island in Southeast Alaska was suspended Tuesday.

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.

Alaska Railroad plans to buy eight new locomotives
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Railroad Corp. has received approval from its board of directors to purchase eight new locomotives at a cost of nearly $19 million.

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.

Borough reaches agreement over veneer plant
KETCHIKAN (AP) An out-of-court settlement agreement was reached in a lawsuit the Ketchikan Gateway Borough filed against and Gateway Forest Products and the Ketchikan Pulp Company.

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.

Juneau Assembly postpones decision on skateboard park
JUNEAU (AP) The Juneau Assembly voted Monday night to table a proposal that would have banned skateboarding in Marine Park, the last legal skateboarding spot in downtown Juneau.

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.

AKC suspends breeders for life
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) The American Kennel Club's board of directors has suspended convicted collie abusers Jon and Athena Harman of Nikiski from ever registering dogs or entering dogs in AKC shows.

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.

Anchorage Assembly protests Patriot Act
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage's governing body on Tuesday joined the state and other Alaska communities in formally protesting the USA Patriot Act.

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.

ConocoPhillips says stance on LNG remains the same
ANCHORAGE (AP) A ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. executive told board members of the new state gas pipeline authority that its view of shipping liquefied natural gas from Alaska remains the same.

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.

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.

All-Star game's a game again
CHICAGO Garret Anderson pumped his fist, Shigetoshi Hasegawa rushed up the dugout steps and the rest of the American League team went crazy.

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.

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

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

United States isn't perfect, but it is still a nation we can take pride in
I was reluctant to write about the water-dousing case again but some of the negative reactions truly bothered me.

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 "$."

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.

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:

Cooper Landing highway project nothing more than huge scam
Once again, the Clarion has helped pave the way for Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to pull off the biggest scam in Alaska history. A totally incompetent bunch of disingenuous schemers in the DOT have been "surviving-to-pension" on a scam.

Soldotna teen reports abduction attempt
Police are on the lookout for a man with red hair and a red beard, who reportedly attempted to abduct a 13-year-old girl from behind a Soldotna business strip Monday night.

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.

Fire danger extreme on Kenai Peninsula
Fire danger is extreme throughout most of the Kenai Peninsula, warns the Division of Forestry.

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.

Couple concerned with night encounters
Tuesday's brown bear attack of a man near the Russian River came as no surprise to Cooper Landing residents Dean and Nina Cornett. Neither did last week's early morning shooting of a sow bear by a frightened angler.

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.

Borough ordinance would create region
At least five times since 1986 the Seward-Bear Creek area has been hit with a major flood, costing millions of dollars in property damage and disrupting lives.

Michael Earl Selvester
Nikiski resident Michael Earl Selvester died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at his home in Nikiski. He was 48.

Peter Ivor Elvsaas Sr.
Lifelong Seldovia resident Peter Ivor Elvsaas Sr. died Monday, June 2, 2003, of cancer at the South Peninsula General Hospital, Long Term Care in Homer. He was 72.

Jessie M. Ross
Soldotna resident Jessie M. Ross died Saturday, July 12, 2003, at Heritage Place. She was 79.

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 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.

Red-hot Oilers climb back to .500
The Peninsula Oilers came through with another clutch victory Tuesday, rallying for a 10-inning, 5-4 Alaska Baseball League win over the visiting Mat-Su Miners at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Americans divided over which political party should control Congress
America is split over which political party it wants to control Congress. The numbers suggest provocative political days ahead. More tellingly, they point to the group that holds the real power the so-called independent voters.

Complexities of foreign policy make it difficult to know right thing to do What others say
When political opponents of the president say issues are complex, they never mention their own considerable contribution to the complexity.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Immunizations available at Soldotna Elks WRCC clothes closet open to public KLIO teleconference set for waivers program Wildlife refuge nature walks continue KWF host 'Surf and Turf' programs Free drivers safety class offered Chugach forest celebrates 96th birthday

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

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.

Kenai Golf Report
Haven't heard of any clubs landing in the swamps along the 15th fairway lately. Haven't seen any golfers wading into the pond on the back

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.

Birch Ridge's Walsh wins All Alaska Skins
When he bent down to pick up his ball out of the cup, he had to brace his hand on his thigh in order to straighten up.

How Tour's athletes stay fueled for ride
Editor's note: Chris Carmichael has been Lance Armstrong's coach since 1990 and has guided him to four consecutive Tour de France titles. Elected to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in May, he is also the author of ''The Ultimate Ride'' and is writing a twice-weekly column for The Associated Press during the Tour de France.

SoHi offers free sports physicals
Soldotna High School will offer free physicals to all SoHi students involved in sports starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Interested students should meet in the blue locker room at 9 a.m. For more information, call Jeff Baker at 398-6368.

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.

Russian River ferry shut down
A brown bear sow attacked a man early Tuesday morning near the Russian River Campground in Cooper Landing.

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