Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Butte man killed in tractor accident
PALMER (AP) A Butte man was killed Sunday morning in a tractor accident.

Court of Appeals considering pot case
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Alaska Court of Appeals is considering a case that could set precedent in the 1975 Alaska Supreme Court ruling protecting marijuana possession for personal use in the home.

Skinny Dick's sold, keeps memorable moniker
FAIRBANKS (AP) A 70-year-old woman, long retired from the grocery industry, walked into a joint called Skinny Dick's Halfway Inn on Mother's Day.

Russian haze hangs in Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) Smoke from fires burning in eastern Russia drifted almost 3,000 miles and created a haze over the Interior on Monday.

Palmer residents rescued after climbing plan thwarted
ANCHORAGE (AP) Four Palmer residents who intended to climb Augustine Volcano on an island in Cook Inlet were rescued by the Coast Guard after they wrote an SOS message on a beach.

Oregon man dies in traffic accident near Chickaloon
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Oregon man died Monday in a Glenn Highway traffic accident near Chickaloon.

U.S. Attorney General Ashcroft defends Patriot Act
ANCHORAGE (AP) U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft defended the USA Patriot Act during a visit to Anchorage Monday, while dozens of demonstrators outside waved signs criticizing the anti-terrorism law and Ashcroft.

Oil company adds Canadian partner for drilling
ANCHORAGE (AP) The U.S. subsidiary of French oil giant Total has brought in a Canadian partner for its exploratory drilling plans in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Gov. Murkowski hosts picnic on the park strip
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski hosted the 43rd annual Governor's Picnic at an Anchorage park.

Mayor backs Fairbanks sales tax
FAIRBANKS (AP) A proposed initiative to substitute sales tax for most city property tax has received the ''unofficial support'' of Mayor Steve Thompson.

Denali Commission formalizes policy guidelines
ANCHORAGE (AP) A federal agency that funnels hundreds of millions of dollars into rural Alaska construction projects is considering a subtle policy shift that could determine which villages survive and which don't.

Russian River night closure continues after mauling
ANCHORAGE (AP) Federal agencies and state wildlife officials have extended a nighttime fishing closure near the Russian River in the aftermath of a bear mauling last week.

Girdwood man rescued from cliff
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 27-year-old Girdwood man was rescued from a Mount Alyeska cliff after getting stranded.

Seward manhunt continues
ANCHORAGE (AP) The hunt for a man suspected of killing his close friend over the weekend continued in a densely wooded area near Seward.

Farmer hopes his will be prize-winnng cabbage
PALMER (AP) Scott Robb gives his giant cabbages all a plant could possibly want: good soil, water, regular fertilizing and, on hot days, air conditioning. That's right. Air conditioning.

Innocence group seeks to aid Alaska convict
ANCHORAGE (AP) A New York group whose intervention helped free more than 130 wrongly imprisoned people across the country has filed its first case in Alaska.

Murkowski bill would create national heritage area
KENAI (AP) Sen. Lisa Murkowski has introduced a bill that would create a national heritage area in the northern Kenai Peninsula.

Federal government looking for airport screeners
ANCHORAGE (AP) The federal government is looking for part-time screeners to fill positions at airports in Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks.

Kids learn Shakespeare in four weeks
JUNEAU (AP) A colorful pile of scarves, seriously rumpled paperback copies of ''Twelfth Night,'' and two rapiers and a dagger cover a table in McPhetres Hall downtown as a dozen youths sit in a circle on the floor.

U.S. Attorney General Ashcroft defends Patriot Act
ANCHORAGE (AP) U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft defended the USA Patriot Act during a visit to Anchorage Monday, while dozens of demonstrators outside waved signs criticizing the anti-terrorism law and Ashcroft.

Lake Otis gets park sponsor
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage foundation has decided to sponsor a group of South Anchorage residents who want to create a park.

Alaska Air Guard members deployed overseas
ANCHORAGE (AP) About 150 members of the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing will be deployed to Ramstein Air Base in Germany this summer, beginning Tuesday.

Blue grass festival organizers vow to play on
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Matanuska-Susitna Borough last week refused to ease special event permit restrictions for organizers of the Talkeetna Bluegrass and Music Festival, but organizers expect the event to proceed next month.

Park service seeking volunteer seed collectors
ANCHORAGE (AP) The National Park Service is seeking volunteers to hand-pick seeds from Denali National Park's native plants.

Soldier who graduated from Dimond High killed in Iraq
ANCHORAGE (AP) A soldier with ties to Anchorage died while serving in the Army in Iraq, according to the Defense Department.

Anchorage man dies in head-on collision
BIG LAKE (AP) A 49-year-old man died in an accident early Sunday morning between Palmer and Big Lake.

Seward slaying suspect sought
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Seward man has been the subject of a manhunt since Saturday night but so far has eluded Alaska State Troopers and other law enforcement officers.

Upper Cook Inlet sees strong return of sockeye salmon
KENAI (AP) Commercial fishermen in the upper Cook Inlet are seeing a strong return of sockeye salmon, prompting the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to grant some increases in fishing time.

Vietnam emigre greets Murkowski
FAIRBANKS (AP) A young woman at the Governor's Picnic reminded Frank Murkowski of what he called the highlight of his 22-year U.S. Senate career.

Seward slaying suspect sought
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Seward man has been the subject of a manhunt since Saturday night but so far has eluded Alaska State Troopers and other law enforcement officers.

Challenger Learning Center struggles to find operating money
KENAI (AP) The Challenger Learning Center has been highly successful at finding grants to build its facilities dedicated to space education. But finding the money to keep the doors open is proving to more difficult.

Kenai little league softball team loses Game 1 of state tourney
A pair of overpowering pitchers and experience in previous state tournaments helped Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars get off to a big start in the opening game of the Alaska State Senior Division (Age 15-16) Little League Softball Tournament.

Twins lose at Service
The American Legion Twins dropped both games of a double-header against Service Sunday in Anchorage, losing the first game 17-14, and falling 5-2 in the seven-inning second game.

New flower shop in Soldotna
George Backus is carrying on a family tradition that was started by his grandfather and continued by his father. Backus is a third generation florist who has recently moved to Soldotna with his wife Tammy to open the Sonoma Florist at the "Y" in Soldotna.

Lucky Librarian wins Lions' Raffle
Anyone waiting to mow their lawn until after the Soldotna Lions Club raffle can either borrow their neighbor's mower or start making hay, with the exception of Soldotna Librarian Clerk, Kitty Galley, who now is the proud owner of a new Kubota Lawn Tractor.

Country Foods celebrates Grand Re-opening
Since March of this year, Country Foods in Kenai has undergone a complete interior remodel.

Painting the perfect tan
All those well tanned healthy looking Alaskans may not have gotten that look from fishing or playing golf during the unusually sunny weather this summer, nor from a tanning bed. They may have discovered the new Paint Me Perfect salon at the "Y" in Soldotna, where no sun or ultraviolet tanning beds are required to bronze your skin.

It's true this is Alaska's Banana Belt
You might have thought it was trick photography when we published a photo of violets blooming outdoors in February this winter, but it was as real as this banana tree growing in a Soldotna yard during last week's heat wave.

Slow speed skills save lives
Being at home on the range at Kenai Peninsula Harley Davidson, means knowing slow speed and safety skills, and just as in the song it's a place where, "Seldom is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day," or so it seemed during last week's Learn-to-Ride class at the new riding range.

Photo feature: Persistent pansy
A pansy finds itself in a hard spot between the sidewalk and the parking lot at the Kenai Post Office last week.

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde
Legally Blonde 2 begins as one of the worst scripted and worst acted films that I've seen in a long time.

Medicaid cuts threaten letter writer's independence
I am writing in regards to the Medicaid cuts in my home care. These cuts will affect me in areas I can't take for granted. Even though I have cerebral palsy and am mentally able to run my life, I am not physically able to take care of myself.

Many contribute to success of park concert for kids
The Soldotna After the Bell program would like to thank the following for helping to make our Concert in the Park for Kids a great success:

Nikiski Community Day event full of blessings from beginning to end
Wow! I don't know of a better word to use in describing the way God blessed Nikiski's second annual Community Day event.

Peninsula ASAP funding may be restored
The head of the Alaska Division of Behavioral Health said Monday the decision to eliminate a $100,000 grant that paid for the Alcohol Safety Action Program on the Kenai Peninsula may be reversed.

Man shot to death in Seward
SEWARD -- A Seward man was found shot to death in his driveway Saturday night, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Sockeye bag limit raised for sportfishing on the Kenai
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Saturday raised the sportfishing bag limit for Kenai River sockeye from three to six fish.

Peninsula 3rd largest growing area in state
The Kenai Peninsula is the third-fastest growing area in the state, according to a state labor economist.

Neighborhood sets up first line of defense against trash-bin bears
The first line of defense against would-be trash-bin bruins was laid out Thursday when bear-resistant garbage tilt cans were distributed throughout the Valhalla Heights and Saginoff subdivisions in Kenai.

Ruling questions validity of Kenai contracts
A judge's preliminary injunction issued July 10 that stops the city of Kenai from continuing a Kenai Recreation Center management contract with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula calls into question the validity of other city management contracts issued in the same manner.

Commissioner, not board, to regulate emergency orders
A judge's ruling last month altered a Board of Fish mandate limiting additional fishing time for commercial fishers in the Kasilof setnet sockeye salmon fishery.

River closures remain in effect
To reduce the conflicts between humans and bears, the U.S. Forest Service closure on night use of the angler trail along the Russian River remains in effect through Friday morning.

Fungus turning rose hips orange
No, Alaska does not have a new variety of rose hips that are day-glow fluorescent orange.

Inlet fishers seeing red
Commercial fishers in Upper Cook Inlet are seeing a strong return of sockeye salmon, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has responded by granting some increases in fishing time.

Story gives up helm of HEA after 30 years
After nearly three decades with Homer Electric Association, including better than a dozen years as the cooperative's general manager, Norm Story has retired.

Anglers arrested for poaching on Kenai
High numbers of red salmon entering Kenai Peninsula rivers are not only filling dipnets and coolers of sport fishers. They're starting to pile up in the evidence room of Fish and Wildlife Protection Troopers in Soldotna as well.

Taieesha Stamer
Kenai resident Taieesha Stamer died Saturday, July 19, 2003, in Kodiak. She was 23.

Thomas William Pearcy
Kenai resident Thomas William Pearcy died Saturday, July 19, 2003, due to an extended illness at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 63.

Fire hold off Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers lost their final home game to the Athletes In Action Fire 8-7, Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai in a hard-fought contest that was anybody's ball game up until the last pitch.

Bush's slavery speech touches two continents What others say
On the westernmost point of African soil, where hundreds of thousands of terror-filled Africans began a voyage in chains and a life of suffering,

Expensive truth about war on fat
They're coming for your cheeseburgers.

Seattle makes profit at Alaska's expense
Once more Seattle business leaders have figured out a way to make big profits from Alaska. This time it's in a rapidly expanding cruise ship industry.

It's time for Alaska to focus on positive
The Legislature has been criticized in the media for not doing its job this year. The House Minority Leader has, in articles published across the state, called the session a "fiasco." I strongly disagree.

Bush's court nominees deserve fair hearing What others say
With the completion of this year's U.S. Supreme Court session with a flurry of momentous decisions, we will know shortly if one or more justices will retire.

DEC works to keep waters clean
Alaska is fortunate. We have abundant clean water and broadly based citizen support for protecting this resource.

Staying afloat
Bill and Darlene Moran, owners of Dot's Fish Camp, pose with a new Kids Don't Float board on their property.

Peninsula People
Soldotna man joins Marines Seward woman begins duty with Air Force Soldotna womans husband sent overseas Soldotna man completes basic training Kenai man enters Air Force Academy Kenai students earn degrees in Arizona Soldotna student earns associates degree Kasilof student attends medical forum Soldotna woman plans volunteer trip to Africa

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna seniors schedule bazaar, barbecue SoHi pool begins final session KCHS to hold cheerleader tryouts Moose Lodge plans picnic Annual Run for Women set Residents needed to apply for CPHC board Soldotna church plans Bible school Help available for home day-care providers

Cheryl and John Tuttle of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Nathaniel Tuttle, at 10:53 a.m., Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at Woman's Way Midwifery. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 21 3/4 inches.

Summer landscaping awards
Bobbie and Arnold Oskolkoff's home on Birch Avenue was selected as Kenai's Garden of the Week.

Around the Peninsula
Social Security rep to visit peninsula

Lots of roping, riding, wrangling planned during Progress Days
Like the lyrics of a Garth Brooks song, Kenai Peninsula residents can look forward to the bulls and the blood, the dust and the mud, and the roar of a Sunday crowd this July 26 and 27.

River runs through community; city's life revolves around river
The Kenai River may run through the city of Soldotna, but it's really the river that makes the city run.

Soldotna seniors host bazaar, bake sale, displays
Young and old alike will get the chance to browse a wide variety of crafts, gifts and tasty treats during the Progress Days event this year, thanks to the annual Arts and Crafts Bazaar, Quilt Show, Antique Display and Bake Sale, presented by the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center.

Progress Days Welcome
Progress Days 2003 is a well-earned celebration in Soldotna for all residents and visitors. Progress in many areas has been ach

City, watershed forum host community picnic
For the eighth consecutive year, the city of Soldotna will gather for a community barbecue at Soldotna Creek Park. However, for the first time ever, the city will actually be using its own park.

Progress Days highlights city's commerce
In the months of June, July and August, Soldotna becomes a buzzing hive of commercial activity, with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and services to choose from.

Big guys on little bikes fan favorite at car show
The Soldotna Racing Lions again this year will sponsor its ever-popular car show and people's choice awards during the annual Progress Days celebration.

Progress Days: At A Glance
July 25-27

Organizer hopes event will draw 100 dachshunds
For the 10th year, Progress Days parade-goers will have the opportunity to view "Weenies on Parade."

Ed, Lila Krohn to rule over festival as king and queen
Ed and Lila Ann Krohn may preside over their business at Kenai Auto and their home on the Kenai River, but the titles "king" and "queen" never occurred to them.

Parade line-up set for 9 a.m. July 26; parade starts at 11
The 43rd annual Progress Days Parade will start at 11 a.m. July 26. The parade line-up will be at 9 a.m. on Aspen Street.

Chief Gifford adds another achievement to her long list
After a nearly 30-year career in law enforcement, Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Gifford has pretty much seen and done it all.

History Highlights
Progress Days is a perfect time to reflect on the past, enjoy the present and look forward to the future. Here are some of the landmark events for Soldotna:

Progress Days Schedule
Friday, July 25 Saturday, July 26 Sunday, July 27

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Lansing slide helps Hollingsworth garner win
Mike Hollingsworth had it going Sunday. Josh Lansing didn't.

Armstrong keeps Tour lead but two rivals are near
LOUDENVIELLE-LE LOURON, France Lance Armstrong kept his slender lead in the Tour de France on Sunday, still unhappy with his riding as two key rivals shadow him in the Pyrenees.

Ferguson: English soccer's Lombardi
LONDON While soccer star David Beckham has grabbed most of the headlines in recent years, it's Sir Alex Ferguson who is responsible for building Manchester United into a global power.

Europe's biggest soccer team hits the U.S.
SEATTLE It's not the Redcoats who are coming. This time, it's the Red Devils.

Unpredictable course gets unpredicted champ
SANDWICH, England A wacky week at the British Open held one final surprise, and it was the biggest of them all: Ben Curtis holding the claret jug.

Report: Gender gap narrows but rising costs threaten college sports
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Armstrong recovers from crash to win 15th stage, increase lead
LUZ-ARDIDEN, France His yellow jersey smeared with dirt after a fall, Lance Armstrong got back on his bike with a fierce look that said it all: The Tour de France is slipping away. It's now or never.

Sports Briefs
Twins to put on reunion game

Kenai softball all-stars drop series
Hannah Barril admitted to being nervous at the start of Monday's second game of the best-of-three championship series in the Alaska State Senior Division (Age 15-16) Little League Softball Tournament at Melvin Park.

You gotta have heart
Throw out strategy and technique and what passes for charisma. Cute smiles, glib sound bites, fat bank accounts become irrelevant. Image means nothing.

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