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Friday, July 18, 2003

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.

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.

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

Cruise ship passenger charged with sexual assault
JUNEAU (AP) A 28-year-old cruise ship passenger faced a Juneau judge Thursday after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman on his vessel.

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.

Alaska unemployment shows slight increase
JUNEAU (AP) The state's monthly unemployment rate for June showed a slight increase, according to a state report.

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.

One of three suspects arrested after man shot in knee
ANCHORAGE (AP) An argument Thursday afternoon left a man shot in the left knee, Anchorage police said.

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.

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 as part a $50 million fisheries revitalization program, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Thursday.

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.

Victims group says it is losing state funds
ANCHORAGE (AP) The executive director for a support group for crime victims said she's been told the agency won't receive funding next year.

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

Utilities put off decision on Southern Intertie
ANCHORAGE (AP) Utilities were supposed to decide this week whether it makes sense to build a $119 million state-subsidized power line to link Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.

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

Committee seeks temporary halt to waterfront growth
JUNEAU (AP) A committee has asked that there be a temporary halt to waterfront development until the Juneau Waterfront Development Plan has been completed.

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.

Jury finds man guilty of attempted murder
KETCHIKAN (AP) A Superior Court jury has found a man guilty of first-degree attempted murder.

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.

Murkowski will not overrule legislative committee action
JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski could have ignored a legislative committee vote that took nearly $3 million in federal funds from rural communities.

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.

Borough assembly looks at alcohol tax
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly are sponsoring an ordinance to put a question to voters, asking them if they want a 5 percent tax on alcohol sold outside Fairbanks and North Pole.

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.

Summer snow, deluge food central Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) A rare summer storm fed by a cold mass of air dumped snow and rain on Denali National Park and Preserve and along the Parks and Denali highways, flooding streams, washing out roadbeds and forcing the Alaska Railroad to take passengers off two trains and bus them.

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.

Allakaket driver convicted of manslaughter
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks jury deliberated less than two hours Thursday to convict an Allakaket man of manslaughter.

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.

Pipeline plans five short-term shutdowns
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. has scheduled five short-term shutdowns of the pipeline over the next several weeks to upgrade safety valves.

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

Ashcroft plans visit to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will visit Alaska next week to meet with anti-terrorism groups.

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.

Begich backs new Anchorage civic center
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage needs and will get a new downtown civic center to attract big conventions and big-spending tourists, Mayor Mark Begich told industry leaders Thursday.

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.

Biologists, volunteers begin Anchorage goose count
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage biologists and volunteers have begun an annual count of homegrown Canada geese.

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.

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.

State increases limits on Southeast pinks
JUNEAU (AP) An anticipated flood of pink salmon is prompting the state to raise bag and possession limits for the fish in Southeast Alaska.

Mock jury would open Hall of Fame doors for Rose
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. A jury sitting in mock judgment of Pete Rose decided Thursday night that baseball's career hits leader should be eligible for the Hall of Fame, even though most of the jurors think he bet on baseball.

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.

Ruptured tendon sidelines Griffey for season
CINCINNATI Ken Griffey Jr. will miss the rest of the season after rupturing a tendon in his right ankle Thursday night, the latest in a string of major injuries for the 11-time All-Star.

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

Major league-leading pitcher unbeaten in 16 starts
BOSTON Roy Halladay won his 14th straight decision and Bobby Kielty had a homer and two singles in his Toronto debut to lead the Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox 5-2 Thursday night.

Investors expectations aren't yet meeting reality
NEW YORK (AP) Wall Street thinks the economy is on its way up, while most economic data isn't yet signaling the same. If they don't get in sync soon, the current stock rally could fizzle.

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

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.

Watercooler
SALARY MOVES: Although many workers' pay grows marginally from year to year, those in a handful of professions have seen some hefty increases and jarring drops in compensation, according to data collected by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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

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.

Boomers' quest for youthful appearance extends beyond their faces
NEW YORK (AP) Susan Malpiedi watches her diet and exercises five times a week to keep in shape. The 49-year old also has the occasional collagen shot and tried botox injections to keep her face looking fresh.

Learning to think like a fish
Despite the fact that fish are entering the Kenai River by the thousands, it's still possible to spot anglers that haven't managed to hook a thing -- many of them flogging water just a cast away from another fisher who's reel is starting to smoke from constantly pulling in fish.

Fishing gets red hot
Fish on!

Close encounters of the grouse kind
I must say that hiking is my first true love. I have been hiking, backpacking and camping since childhood with family and friends.

Trail crew has many Kenai National Wildlife Refuge trails ready for use
So, you've caught your limit of fish for the day, now what do you do? I would recommend heading out on the trail system of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fancy bridge design just one more example of government waste
Dear Gov. Murkowski,

Kenai chamber members give warm welcome to Home Depot
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce has the best members! Recently the city of Kenai and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity to welcome Home Depot to Kenai.

One of first values forefathers taught was value of protesting
I am a person who dislikes assumptions, therefore I feel compelled to address the letter that Doug Ruzicka wrote on July 11.

Changes to Board of Fish meetings should not surprise anyone
The article in Sunday's Peninsula Clarion on Board of Fish cuts should really come as no surprise to anyone.

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.

Net gains: Red run means added green for area businesses
Fishing license -- cha-ching! Neoprene chest waders -- cha-ching! Wading boots -- cha-ching! Fillet knife -- cha-ching! Dipnet -- cha-ching!

Boaters rescued from Skilak Lake
Three men whose boat swamped in Skilak Lake were rescued early Wednesday morning by Fish and Wildlife Protection Troopers and the Civil Air Patrol, according to a trooper report.

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.

National heritage moniker sought
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has introduced a bill that would create a national heritage area in a region of the northern Kenai Peninsula that includes historic trails leading from tidewater in Prince William Sound north to Turnagain Arm.

Man found dead at dock
A 62-year-old Anchorage man was found dead near the Kenai city dock by Kenai police and paramedics responding to a report of a man down Wednesday afternoon.

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.

Rec center still closed; city considers options
Discussions about the fate of the Kenai Recreation Center continued behind closed doors at a Kenai City Council meeting Wednesday night, but no decisions were reached as to when or how the center may be opened again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. ...

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.

Temporary closures a matter of safety for humans, bears
The temporary closure of a popular fishing area to night fishing and a corresponding closure to trails in the same area are the right and wise things to do for the safety of humans and bears alike.

Around the Peninsula
Wildlife refuge nature walks continue Pioneers gather for meeting Chugach forest celebrates 96th birthday Chamber sponsors beautification contest Blood drive set for Saturday

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

Palm Beach Diocese will have fourth new bishop in five years
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. After one bishop and then another in the Diocese of Palm Beach admitted they had molested boys, parishioners put their shaky confidence in the man sent to heal their wounds.

Beach walks make great opportunity to count blessings
The fishing frenzy is upon us! Boats are moving in all directions on the roads and on the river. The red salmon run is excellent, so there are fish to catch or dip, fillet, wrap and freeze.

Ohio Episcopalians use humorous ad campaign to fill pews
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Episcopalians are trying to get more people in the pews by offering an unusual enticement: ''Summer sermons will be shorter. Priests play golf too.''

Presbyterian survey finds members aging, overwhelmingly white
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A survey of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) found most of its members believe Jesus is ''the only absolute truth,'' but many also reject the idea that only followers of Christ will be saved.

Moderate Baptist group wins membership in Baptist World Alliance
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) A group representing moderate Southern Baptists who split from the conservative leadership of their denomination has been granted membership in the Baptist World Alliance.

SUV supporters counter Jesus ads
WASHINGTON (AP) Frustrated by ads attacking sport utility vehicles, including religious leaders' ''What Would Jesus Drive?'' campaign, a pro-SUV group is launching its own ads celebrating plus-size vehicles for their safety and versatility.

Bishop-elect at center of gay leaders controversy
WEARE, N.H. On Friday, the custom in the Robinson-Andrew household is to try a new recipe and tune in to the ''talking heads'' on public television.

Church Briefs
Churches host Oilers game Rainbow Poets to award $5,000 Evangelist to speak in Kenai Assembly plans flea market Bible study looks to Jerusalem Bible stories games planned Church plans Bible school

Park Service removes Grand Canyon plaques containing Bible verses
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) Three plaques with Bible verses were removed from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon after federal parks officials decided the markers violated the separation of church and state.

Norman trails Otto by one stroke for British Open tournament lead
SANDWICH, England The British Open was full of mystery Thursday.

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.

Today's stage critical in Armstrong's Tour de France bid
TOULOUSE, France Lance Armstrong's struggle to dominate a surprisingly difficult Tour de France could hinge on beating the clock in Friday's individual time trial a decisive race on undulating terrain.

Americans draw toughest group for upcoming World Cup tourney
CARSON, Calif. The United States was drawn Thursday into the toughest first-round group for the Women's World Cup, with games against Sweden, North Korea and Nigeria.

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

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

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.

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.

Bears in no hurry to go
Dan Bigley, the 25-year-old man mauled by a brown bear Tues-day at the Russian River remained in critical condition at Providence Alaska Medical Center on Thurs-day, while biologists and land managers scrambled to prevent future encounters between humans and bears.

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