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Sunday, July 20, 2003

Children's home remembered by former residents, staff
JUNEAU (AP) It sounds like a Lo

Predator control in McGrath appears to be working
ANCHORAGE (AP) An experiment to remove predatory bears from moose-calving grounds around the Interior town of McGrath to increase calf survival appears to be working.

Prehistoric 'fish lizard' discovered in Southeast
KETCHIKAN (AP) A team of paleontologists researching marine invertebrates near Kake made an unexpected find earlier this month: a 220-million-old marine reptile called an ichthyosaur.

Girl dies weeks after auto accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 14-year-old Nikiski girl died of injuries sustained six weeks earlier when she was struck by a car as she crossed the Kenai Spur Highway.

Prescribed burn planned for weekend
ANCHORAGE (AP) Fire crews will conduct a long-planned prescribed burn in the Alphabet Hills northwest of Glennallen over the weekend, if conditions allow.

Group to go horseback from Valdez to Fairbanks
PALMER (AP) Two French citizens have come to Alaska to travel horseback from Valdez to Fairbanks, and perhaps even as far as Prudhoe Bay.

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.

Cruise ship passenger charged with sexual assault
JUNEAU (AP) A cruise-ship passenger was charged with sexually assaulting another passenger on a cruise.

Thieves take the cake
ANCHORAGE (AP) These thieves really take the cake.

Ultra Challenge wheelchair race gets under way
FAIRBANKS (AP) The 19th annual Midnight Sun Ultra Challenge for wheelchair and handcyclist racers got under way Saturday.

Giambi sparks Yankees
NEW YORK Derek Jeter scored from first on Jason Giambi's three-run single, and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory.

Twins drop two to East
The American Legion Twins baseball team dropped a pair of games to the East Thunderbirds in Anchorage Saturday.

Home is where the hurt is for Griffey in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI As an entire city went giddy, Ken Griffey Jr. slipped on a Cincinnati Reds' cap and explained why he had come home.

Astros hold on for victory
CINCINNATI Lance Berkman, Richard Hidalgo and Morgan Ensberg hit consecutive home runs in the first inning, and the Houston Astros held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds for the ninth straight time, 9-8 on Saturday.

Photo feature: Dipping in
The sun hides momentarily from dipnet fishers Friday at the mouth of the Kenai River. Both the fishing and the weather have been good for the past few days.

Gordon eyeing run at fifth Winston Cup title
LOUDON, N.H. Two disappointing performances at New Hampshire International Speed-way last season made Jeff Gordon cross the track off his list of favorites.

Criminal offenders no-shows for court-ordered counseling
An increasing number of offenders are failing to show up for court-ordered counseling sessions with alcohol and drug treatment programs on the Kenai Peninsula ever since state budget cuts eliminated a program that kept tabs on defendant compliance, the head of a peninsula treatment program said this week.

Bear season still planned
If many more bears die as a result of human encounters, the Kenai Peninsula's brown bear hunting season will be canceled.

Funny River fire being investigated as arson
Firefighters worked quickly in windy conditions Thursday afternoon to keep a structure fire from turning into a wildland fire on Funny River Road.

Fish and Game offers suggestions to avoid bear-human confrontations
Despite knowing there has been a high frequency of bear activity at the confluence of the Kenai and Russian rivers, anglers are still showing up in droves, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has a few suggestions for keeping things safe for humans and animals.

Anglers still flood confluence waters for opportunity to catch red salmon
Bear activity at the confluence of the Kenai-Russian rivers remains high following last week's mauling. But it hasn't diminished the crowds at the popular angling destination. Combat fishing still reigns despite the potential danger from the resident bruin populations.

Carl A. Lindman
Former Alaska resident the Rev. Carl A. Lindman died Thursday, July 17, 2003, at Bethany Covenant Home in Minneapolis. He was 86.

Robert 'Bob' Lee Wetherelt
Soldotna resident Robert "Bob" Lee Wetherelt died Monday, July 14, 2003, of bladder cancer at his home off Funny River Road in Soldotna. He was 65.

Oilers leapfrog AIA for second
The Peninsula Oilers used some clutch hitting and took advantage of some Athletes in Action errors to win their seventh consecutive game Saturday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Figuring delayed war costs
Next Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, a war many have since referred to as the "Forgotten War," possibly because it was sandwiched in history between the much heralded World War II and the highly controversial Vietnam War.

Nation's debt, giving practices: One too high, other too low
The numbers are mind-numbing.

President Bush hits rough patch
WASHINGTON Bad news is building for President Bush: Americans are dying in Iraq at the rate of nearly one a day, deficits are skyrocketing, Bush's poll numbers are falling and the administration is grappling with embarrassing prewar claims about Iraqi arms.

Good deed costs plenty
HONOLULU (AP) A good deed is a costing a Marine plenty.

Katzenberger, Ostnes plan wedding
Jennifer Sue Katzen-berger and Nels Jason Ostnes will be married Friday, Aug. 29, 2003, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Fairbanks.

Around the Peninsula
Nutritional classes available4-H members to speak at chamberOutdoor club plans meetingBlood drive plannedMotocross racing schedule setGPS, geocaching class planned in HomerSkyview swim lessons still availableCongressional mobile office tour planned

Original G.I. Joe a no-sale at auction
SAN DIEGO (AP) G.I. Joe has had his share of conquests, launching a revolution in the toy industry and entering the hearts of countless children.

New deck turns the tables on Iraq 'most-wanted' cards
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A high school teacher, fed up with the Bush administration's playing cards featuring Saddam Hussein, ''Chemical Ali'' and other most-wanted Iraqis, is now selling her own deck, ''Operation Hidden Agenda.''

Watson, Clare announce wedding plans
Kelsie Dawn Watson of Kasilof and Benjamin Mark Clare of Harbor Springs, Mich., plan to marry Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003, at Soldotna Church of the Nazarene.

New movie sparks clownfish craze
AUGUSTA, Ga. Clownfish could be the next trendy pet thanks to the popularity of Disney's new movie "Finding Nemo."

Scroggs, Fallon plan August nuptials
Sasha Ann Scroggs and Zane Fallon III of Kenai have announced their plans to marry in Kenai in August. Fallon's grandfather, Edwin Goggia, will perform the ceremony.

Evans, Magee married in Vegas
Doreen Evans and Jimmy Magee of San Francisco were married April 10, 2003, in Las Vegas.

Hiler, Vester become engaged
Jessica Dawn Hiler and Derek James Vester plan to be married Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at 4 p.m. at Soldotna Bible Chapel.

Aldridge, Davis announce engagement
Michelle Aldridge of Bishop, Calif., and Britton Davis plan to be wed at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, in Nikiski.

My best friend
Lowell Choat of Kenai relaxes with dogs Denali and Hoover while cat Jatt surveys the scene.

Labs make wonderful, though energetic, pets
Labrador retrievers, whether yellow, black or chocolate, are without question a popular dog breed. In 2003, with 154,616 total registrations in the American Kennel Club, labs were again the most registered breed a title they have held continuously since 1991.

Bjorn leads after crazy day on links
SANDWICH, England The shot was pure magic, and so was the moment.

Bryant case challenges view of him and heroes
From the moment he joined the NBA as a baby-faced teen, flirtatious women hit on Kobe Bryant in hotel lobbies and shopping malls.

Fedorov signs with Ducks
LOS ANGELES Sergei Fedorov figured it was time for a change. So he's heading to California.

Whaley set to play with the boys
AVON, Conn. Suzy Whaley is running late. The 36-year-old teaching pro pulls into her club parking lot 15 minutes before her tee time in a charity tournament and still has a couple of interviews to do.

Armstrong faces challenges in Tour's final week
CAP'DECOUVERTE, France Lance Armstrong lives to be challenged, and at this year's Tour de France, he is up against the biggest challenges he has faced in the past five.

Ullrich closes in on Armstrong in Pyrenees
AX-3 DOMAINES, France His legs weary and his lead shrinking, Lance Armstrong has never been in a Tour de France like this.

U.S. team shuts out Cuba in Gold Cup quarterfinals
FOXBORO, Mass. After his fourth goal of the game, Landon Donovan stopped celebrating and started apologizing.

Pippen returning to Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) Scottie Pippen returned to the Chicago Bulls, re-signing with the team he helped lead to six NBA championships.

A rule is a rule unless ...
A rule is a rule is a rule. Unless, as Jesper Parnevik so succinctly put it, ''It's the dumbest rule ever.''

Young gun takes lead at Pen Am
16-year-old Soldotna golfer Josh Lansing fired a 74 to take a seven-stroke lead into the final day of the Peninsula Amateur golf championship Saturday at Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna.

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