Thursday, July 17, 2003

Man mauled by bear remains in critical condition
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man who was mauled by a brown bear near the Russian River early Tuesday remained in critical condition one day after the attack.

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.

Stanley Cup comes to Anchorage, again
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Swarthout brothers are going home to Michigan with a scrapbook's worth of memories from their summer vacation in Alaska.

State aid to fishermen, communities on its way
JUNEAU (AP) State aid to eligible fishermen hurt by the downturn in the salmon industry is on the way this week as part a $50 million fisheries revitalization program, Gov. Frank Murkowski said.

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.

Pygmy sperm whale found near Yakutat
YAKUTAT (AP) A small toothed whale found dead this month on a beach near Yakutat is the northernmost documented observation of a pygmy sperm whale on the Pacific Coast of North America.

Along the waterfront, rats are Kodiak regulars
KODIAK (AP) ''Rats!'' Kodiak Harbor patrol officer Dick Ross said, shining a flashlight into a dark hole of the city small boat harbor.

Anchorage campus chancellor to retire next year
ANCHORAGE (AP) University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Lee Gorsuch has announced he will retire next year.

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.

Three rescued off Point MacKenzie
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two men and a woman were rescued late Wednesday after their boat sank near Point MacKenzie, Anchorage fire officials said.

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.

Second person dies from North Ple crash
FAIRBANKS (AP) A second person has died from injuries suffered Tuesday night in a head-on collision in North Pole.

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.

Three rescued from swamped boat on Skilak Lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three men were rescued Wednesday from Skilak Lake on the Kenai Peninsula after their overloaded boat swamped.

Pilot had fuel truck waiting but didn't stop
ANCHORAGE (AP) A pilot who reported running out of gas before crashing into Icy Strait had a fuel truck waiting for him in Ketchikan, but didn't stop.

Medical examiner identifies remains found in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) Bones found in a ravine near condominiums on Douglas Island were identified Wednesday as the remains of Thomas Everett Gardner, who had been missing from his apartment less than a mile away since March 10.

Children's home remembered by former residents, staff
JUNEAU (AP) It sounds like a Louisa May Alcott novel: A devout Christian husband and wife open their home and their hearts to take in a few abandoned children. Money is tight, but no one is ever turned away, even if it means some of the boys have to sleep in a tent in the back yard.

Interior crops suffer from dry spring
FAIRBANKS (AP) The dry spring has taken a toll on the hay crop in the Tanana Valley.

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.

Wet weather delays controlled burn plans again
FAIRBANKS (AP) A controlled burn on the drawing board for eight years and scheduled to begin this week north of the Alaska Range is on hold again.

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.

Alaska Legal Services officers online help
FAIRBANKS (AP) Alaska Legal Services Corp. has launched a legal aid Web site, giving advice for filing a Medicare appeal in Spanish, evicting a bad tenant and writing a will if you're gay.

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.

Juneau police shoot glacier bear
JUNEAU (AP) Police shot and killed a glacier color black bear Wednesday that fed on garbage and turned aggressive.

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.

Rivers rise near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) The area's two most prominent rivers are rising, for different reasons.

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.

State tries to ease senior aid, but warns of fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) Elderly Alaskans on low incomes should find it easy to collect $120 a month through a new program.

Conservation groups optimistic about Afognak land sale
KODIAK (AP) Eighteen-thousand acres of North Afognak Island could be sold to Alaska State Parks for recreation and habitat management, despite earlier setbacks, according to conservation groups.

Senate fund-raising campaign revs up
FAIRBANKS (AP) U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski filed documents Wednesday confirming that she has raised $934,000 for her campaign.

Jays trade Stewart to Twins for Kielty
MINNEAPOLIS The slumping Minnesota Twins are looking for a spark to jump start the second half of the season. They hope outfielder Shannon Stewart can provide it.

Royals riding high
CHICAGO Now that the American League has home-field advantage in the World Series, the question is which team will benefit.

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.

Pennsylvania firm's french fry idea doesn't sizzle with AIDEA's board
ANCHORAGE A proposal from a Pennsylvania company to manufacture a new echnology fast-food vending machine in Anchorage met a lukewarm reception last month from board members of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, the state development corporation.

Heinze named to head 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.

Business Briefs
Free seminar on 'Trusts vs. Wills' offered tonightSubway's Jared to visit SoldotnaTraining with expert in organization results offeredIndustry Appreciation Day meeting set for today

Alaska Railroad plans to buy 8 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.

More than a business
Whoever coined the phrase "life's a beach," had no clue about Cook Inlet sockeye salmon setnet fishing.

Weekend trials show off best of man's best friends
From teacup-sized terriers to gigantic Great Danes and every breed in between, the dog show held over the weekend at Skyview High School had them all.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Musicians learn how to prevent injuries
ST. PAUL, Minn. For decades, playing hurt was just part of the job for musicians, who learned to endure the pain in silence.

Alaska hippies saga makes for a heady trip
Even if you aren't old enough to remember the swinging Sixties, the notoriety of a generation that tuned in, turned on and dropped out persists. The hippie scene was most associated with California but, for some intent on shedding square society and getting back to the land, the Great Land offered the ultimate trip.

Art Briefs
Art classes offeredTheater production needs donated dollsMuseum seeks volunteersArtists in Schools solicits interest

Americans can best support troops by upholding rights of all others
I am writing in response to Mr. Webster's actions toward demonstrators. I am saddened by those who do not support our troops who are literally laying down their lives for our right to walk the streets of America freely. I am grateful for the men and woman who serve on our police forces, for they enforce the laws that protect those freedoms here at home.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DEC confirms soil contamination at oil drum site
An inspection of two old oil drums on a vacant lot in Kenai performed Monday by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed the soil beneath the drums is contaminated as was reported by members of the Kenai River Watershed Forum last week.

Comments sought on judge candidates
The Alaska Judicial Council is soliciting comments from the public on Kenai Superior Court candidates seeking to fill the position vacant since the death of Judge Jonathan Link on March 25.

Tapped out: Kenai looking for water shortage answers
The city of Kenai offers a gardening tip to residents trying to keep their property looking green during the summer: Don't water driveways. Pavement won't grow, and it's a waste of water during the time of year that Kenai historically suffers from water shortages.

Night fishing at confluence suspended
Anglers returned to the confluence of the Kenai and Russian rivers Wednesday, one day after a brown bear attack there left a Girdwood man hospitalized in critical condition.

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

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.

Catherine 'Kit' Chambers MacInnes
Soldotna resident Catherine "Kit" Chambers MacInnes died of natural causes Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 83.

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

Oilers rip Miners, take fifth straight
The Peninsula Oilers lit it up Wednesday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park some of them more literally than others.

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.

Q & A about federal deficit
WASHINGTON The Bush administration now projects that the federal deficit will set records both this year and next a total of $930 billion in red ink in just two years.

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.

Terrorist attacks cannot prompt U.S. to change into place of secrets, fear
The longer the Bush administration continues to withhold important information requested by the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the more the White House will lend credibility to those who warn of a government all too ready to trample precious civil liberties in the name of homeland security.

Reason for optimism for democracy in Iraq
The skepticism is based on well-founded concerns: Iraq has a history of totalitarian rule and conflict among different ethnic and religious groups. ...

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

Around the Peninsula
Teleconference set for CAMA todayDAV schedules meetingOpen burn ban still in effectKWF to host 'Surf and Turf' programsFree drivers safety class offeredBasketball camp deadline extendedFunny River fund-raiser plannedResidents invited to make birch bark basketsBlood drive set for SaturdaySterling seniors to hold fish contestSoHi offers free sports physicals

Armstrong's lead slim at Tour halfway point
NARBONNE, France Halfway through the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong has yet to dominate cycling's showcase race as he has in the past.

Talk continues of a Tiger slump
Ask Tiger Woods how his year is going and he'll smile and patiently recite his winning percentage for anyone willing to listen.

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.

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.

Birch Ridge Report: Heat affects more than golf game
No witticisms, wisecracks or jokes; it was too hot. I'm sticking to golf stories.

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

Spurs sign Duncan to long-term contract
SAN ANTONIO Tim Duncan signed a long-term deal Wednesday to remain with the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, who also got the two-time league MVP some help to fill the void left by David Robinson's retirement.

Sports Briefs
Kenai Little League headed to stateArea residents do Fireweed 400

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.

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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