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Tuesday, July 23, 2002

July 22, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News says we should lower our dividend expectations
Nobody is crying in their beer about the announcement that this year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend will be $1,550, about $300 less than last year. The dividend still represents an unparalleled privilege for Alaska citizens. Most of us are just grateful.

July 18, 2002 The Juneau Empire says new party ballot system places new responsibility on voters
''No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the 'worst' form of government, except all those others that have been tried from time to time.'' -- Winston Churchill

Wildfire threatens Elliott Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A wildfire is threatening the Elliott Highway in Alaska's Interior and the Alaska Fire Service was asking that travelers stay off the highway.

Wasilla boy sues to claim Looney Tunes contest prize
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- At the tender age of 12, Douglas Gray knows the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

Firefighter trainees learn at military-style camp
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The recruits stood in formation and snapped to attention when the command was given.

Ulmer stops campaigning to look for new gun
JUNEAU (AP) -- Running for governor in a state where gun control more often refers to marksmanship than new laws, Fran Ulmer would like to downsize a bit.

Alaska unemployment rises in June
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rose in June.

Alaska Outdoor Council endorses Sen. Robin Taylor
PALMER (AP) -- The Alaska Outdoor Council's political action committee has endorsed state Sen. Robin Taylor, R-Wrangell, for lieutenant governor in the 2002 election.

Small communities prepare for big windfall
JUNEAU (AP) -- Elfin Cove is so small that the community council makes sure to hold meetings in the summer, when it can easily muster a quorum of seven.

Man from Mexico rescued from Mount Juneau ledge
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man from Mexico was rescued from a ledge on Mount Juneau early Sunday morning.

State orders destruction of bear-watching camp
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An exclusive bear-viewing lodge on Kamishak Bay on the western shore of Cook Inlet has been closed and the state wants it burned down before winter.

UAF names Morrow interim dean of liberal arts college
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks has named Phyllis Morrow to be interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the university announced Monday.

July 16, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News says Rep. Young went too far offering land to Native vets
From 1906 to 1971, individual Alaska Natives could apply for title to certain federal land they had used and occupied. During the Vietnam War, perhaps as m

Cement imports ebb, flow with construction season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The second of four scheduled cement ships from South Korea arrived in Anchorage on July 11.

Hundreds mourn slain Anchorage girl
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than 500 mourners packed Anchorage Grace Church to remember Delaney Zutz, 13, who was found murdered last week in woods near her South Anchorage home.

Talkeetna man arrested in hit-and-run death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Talkeetna man has been charged in connection with a hit and run accident in which a former high school football star was killed.

Coast Guard rescues boaters in skinking skiff
SEWARD (AP) -- Three boaters in Resurrection Bay required Coast Guard assistance Sunday afternoon after their 16-foot skiff took on water and began to sink, the Coast Guard said.

Landslide, flooding forces evacuation of Dyea
JUNEAU (AP) -- A landslide triggered a flood that forced the evacuation of at least 25 people from the small town of Dyea near Skagway on Tuesday.

Shishmaref residents vote to move village
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of the island village of Shishmaref have voted overwhelmingly to relocate their community to escape the violent storms that have eroded huge chunks of shoreline.

Ulmer looks to rural Alaska to muster support
MANLEY HOT SPRINGS (AP) -- Democrat Fran Ulmer has taken her campaign off the road in an effort to shore up essential votes in Bush Alaska.

Lower Kalskag man dies after falling overboard
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man from the village of Lower Kalskag in southwest Alaska died in a fatal boating accident on the Kuskokwim River.

Military jets diverted to Fairbanks airport
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A hydraulic malfunction aboard an F-15 jet from Elmendorf Air Force Base caused 13 aircraft from four nations to be diverted to Fairbanks International Airport Monday evening.

North pole man pleads innocent to murder
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man has pleaded innocent to a charge of first-degree murder.

Man charged with attempted murder for shooting at officers
BARROW (AP) -- An Anaktuvuk Pass man is in custody, charged with attempting to murder two North Slope Borough police officers Sunday.

Archive looks to expand in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Archives and Records Administration wants a new, bigger home in Anchorage.

Groups seek more time for comment on pipeline renewal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- More than 20 environmental, Native and community groups are asking Interior Secretary Gale Norton to give the public more time to comment on the trans-Alaska pipeline right-of-way renewal process.

July 16, 2002 The Voice of the Times tells military training area opponents to 'stand down'
Military forces based in Alaska need to be able to use the training areas assigned to them.

Ross invites Murkowski to debate primary opponents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski's leading Republican opponent in the primary election says Murkowski should return to Alaska, debate his opponents and take stands on major issues facing the state.

July 18, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. believes dual management of fishery works
Perhaps state and federal management of the fisheries is a good thing.

Flags lowered to half-staff in memory of Wes Coyner
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska flags were flying at half-staff Tuesday to honor a longtime political lobbyist who was a chief of staff to Alaska's first state governor.

Forest chief on four-day tour of Alaska
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth is in Southeast Alaska this week meeting with agency officials, timber representatives and environmentalists.

Mat-Su authorities discover two marijuana grows
ANCHORAGE(AP) -- Two separate investigations have led authorities to marijuana growing operations in Wasilla.

Williams expects large second quarter loss
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Shares of Williams Cos. plunged Monday after the credit-crunched energy company said it expects a large second quarter loss and would slash its stock dividend by 95 percent to save cash.

Army investigates Fort Richardson soldier's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Army officials are investigating the death of a Fort Richardson soldier.

Teen reels in 87-pound king salmon
KENAI (AP) -- Patrick York of Anchorage hooked a huge salmon while fishing on the Kenai River over the weekend.

Slumping dollar helps Alaska exporters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The sinking dollar is lifting the fortunes of Alaska exporters.

Three wildfires burn near Venetie
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Firefighters worked to control two lightning-caused fires near Venetie on Monday and monitored another blaze near the village.

There goes the greatest hitter who ever lived
BOSTON -- Nine white doves took flight from home plate toward Fenway Park's famous Green Monster, soaring over the outfield where Ted Williams once roamed before turning and climbing over the Red Sox dugout and out of the ballpark.

Pirates spoil Griffey's return to Reds
CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. returned to the Cincinnati Reds' lineup with two singles and a sacrifice fly, but Brian Giles tripled and homered Monday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates took an early lead and held on for a 6-5 victory.

Yankees survive Red Sox rally
NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi led off the bottom of the ninth inning with an excuse-me single, right fielder Trot Nixon's error let the tying run score and Jorge Posada drew a bases-loaded walk Sunday that gave the New York Yankees a 9-8 win over the Red Sox.

Strike could put several owners out of baseball
Empty seats are staring at baseball. After the last work stoppage, attendance dropped 20 percent and it still hasn't completely recovered. If players strike again to defend against the economic changes owners say they need, expect at least a similar drop.

Twins bounce back for victory after squandering lead
The church of baseball was open Sunday afternoon at Coral Seymour Memorial Park one last time for regular season play. The lesson for the day: redemption.

Finley wins debut in National League
PITTSBURGH -- Chuck Finley won his NL debut by getting the offensive support he seldom got in Cleveland, with Albert Pujols homering and driving in four runs in St. Louis' 8-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Outdoor Club combines nature, health, friendship and fitness
As the call goes out across the Country for Americans to shape up, health clubs and gyms are offering new ideas and programs that encourage people of all ages to become physically fit. Here on the Kenai Peninsula, Healthy Changes on K-Beach Rd. is offering an outdoor club for folks who don't want to be inside a gym during Alaska's long summer days.

Bikers finish first Alaska 600 Tour for MS
From gold rushes, to salmon, pipelines to mountaintops, Alaskans are known for doing things in a big way. So when it came to raising funds for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis, Eric Hart was determined to do it Alaskan style.

Hundreds attend Kenai Kennel Clubs annual events
Over a hundred mobile homes and campers set up residence last weekend at Skyview High School for the 74th, 75th and 76th annual Kenai Kennel Club dog shows.

Local Caribou seem interested in trading up to a four-wheel deal
To the delight of tourists and local residents, members of the Kenai Lowland Caribou herd have been making local appearances n

Lancaster to seek borough mayor spot
Rep. Ken Lancaster of Soldotna chose his hometown of Cooper Landing Monday to announce he would file to run for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor when the filing period opens in August.

Photo feature: Reeling 'em in
John Ewing of Eagle River helps Kathy Stahl of Wasilla land a red salmon in the Kenai River below the Soldotna bridge last weekend.

Weekend catch nears record of king salmon
Les Anderson's 97-pound-plus king salmon that put Soldotna on the map 17 years ago was nearly knocked off its pedestal Saturday.

Burton overcomes poor conditions in New England 300
LOUDON, N.H. -- For the first time since the Daytona 500, nothing went wrong for Ward Burton.

Photo feature: Making waves
Water breaks over the bow of a commercial driftnet fishing boat as it enters the Kenai River following Saturday's opening on Cook Inlet.

Kids avoid injury in bike accidents Drivers, bicyclists need to obey safety rules, watch out for one another to avoid collisions
It's a warm summer day. You're driving along a city street watching your speed and other motorists when suddenly, "Bam!"

Grants help protect watersheds
Three area groups have received more than $200,000 in grants through t

United Way adds 2 organizations to list
Two area organizations have been added to the ranks of the Kenai Peninsula United Way.

Council hears zoning plight
An ongoing dispute between neighbors reached a point that required the attention of the Kenai City Council Wednesday night.

Ballot measure aims to change elections
A ballot measure to appear on the Aug. 27 primary election ballot seeks to change the way Alaska's state and federal elected offices are filled by permitting voters to rank up to five candidates in order of preference and using those lists to establish clear winners.

Cement imports flow with construction season
ANCHORAGE -- The second of four scheduled cement ships from South Korea arrived in Anchorage on July 11.

Obituaries - Matthew D. Nelson
Bethel resident Matthew D. Nelson drowned Wednesday, May 22, 2002, in Bethel. He was 17.

Nellie J. Fisher
Nellie J. Fisher died Friday, July 19, 2002, at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M., after an extended battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was 63.

Edward LeRoy French Jr.
Former Kenai resident Edward LeRoy French Jr. died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, in Thornton, Colo. He was 61.

Obituaries - Rochelle M. Friendshuh
Soldotna resident Rochelle M. Friendshuh died Sunday, July 21, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 62.

Crazy eighth sinks Oilers in Fairbanks
The eighth inning continues to plague the Peninsula Oilers. After surrendering a pair of runs in the eighth inning in Saturday's game and four in Sunday's game, the Oilers were tagged for three runs by the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks in the eighth inning of Monday's game, helping the Alaska Baseball League leading Goldpanners to a 5-1 win in league play at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Panners trip up Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers took one on the chin at the end of what had been a tit-for-tat game against the Alaska Goldpanners in Fairbanks Sunday. The Panners won 6-3.

Letters to the Editor
There are good reasons KRSA, Kenai Classic have detractors

Journalist's murderer shows not slightest bit of remorse
On the death sentence of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh for the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl: The most chilling parts of the court proceedings (July 15) were the comments by Saeed, the 28-year-old British Asian with a history of involvement in radical Islamic movements.

Europe must prove euro worth rational exuberance
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is not as worried about the strength of the euro against the dollar as he is about how he described as an ''irrational exuberance,'' the Wall Street boom at the end of the 1990s. That's because he now has to suggest that it is irrational to be pessimistic about the current slump.

Letters to the Editor
New primary system constitutional, fair; it deprives no one of choice

Way question is answered could shape changes in domestic security plans
WASHINGTON -- Can a terrorist act alone?

Q & A about Cheney, Halliburton
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney has not publicly discussed his actions as chairman and CEO of Halliburton Co. since it came under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and became the target of multiple lawsuits for its accounting practices.

Corporate responsibility key to restoring some confidence in economy
The rush of corporate scandals looks like a prairie flood covering the landscape. Congress and President Bush have begun to wade into the scandals but they better start swimming harder.

Peninsula People
Area student names to dean's list

Around the Peninsula
Drift gillnetting closes Boot camp planned for weight loss Red Cross to offer classes Board of Forestry to meet Barbecue planned for late July Girls' basketball camp planned CPGH plans Safe Sitter classes

Heroes of the week
This is long overdue, but I would like to thank the many people who are the reason I am still alive.

Community Events
Kenai Fire Department to offer car seat checks Registration open for Homer Half Marathon KCHS class of 1972 plans reunion WRCC plans Run for Women Fetal Alcohol Syndrome workshop planned

Around the Peninsula
Boedeker to speak at chamberKenai skate park movesClass reunion plannedGirls' basketball camp plannedRaces scheduled for Sterling communityCPGH plans Safe Sitter classes

Births
Elizabeta and Darko Dimitrobski of Soldotna

Yards of the Week
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce presented Savica Dalkovski this week's Yard of the Week award. The Dalkovski home, pictured at left, is at 304 W. Sunrise, j

Community News
Make 'Way'

Churches reach out with community day
"Six years ago, I came here from California. I had been drunk and strung out for many years. I met a woman who kept trying to get me to go to church and to tell me about Jesus, but I wanted no part of that," recalled Frank Wolaver of Nikiski.

Technology lets students tap into classrooms from home
Most school days, sisters Kaitie and Bethany Fogal show up for their first class around 9 a.m., still in their pajamas, sometimes nursing a bowl of Froot Loops.

Bookin' it: nonfiction offers facts and fun
The emphasis is on the first of the Three Rs -- reading -- as the school year begins:

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Aging generation seeks geriatric-trained doctors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Marie Brown's 97-year-old mother fell and broke her hip two years ago, it started the family on an often frustrating quest for appropriate medical care.

Weather helped Big Easy foil Woods' Grand Slam bid at Muirfield
GULLANE, Scotland -- Ernie Els might not be remembered as the guy who stopped Tiger Woods from winning the Grand Slam, even if Woods never gets another chance to win all four majors in the same year.

Horn hooks Pen Am title
Nick Horn recovered from a shaky start Sunday to put together a round of 77, clinching his first Peninsula Amateur Golf Tournament championship at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Els: 'You can only take so much'
Some guys never recover. On the short walk between the 16th green and the 17th tee at Muirfield on Sunday, Ernie Els asked himself whether he was one of them. The sharp sting of a double-bogey 5 had just dropped him from the lead at the British Open into a pack of also-rans.

Still pushing
MONT VENTOUX, France -- As he closes in on a fourth straight Tour de France title, Lance Armstrong is hearing a familiar but unwelcome chant from fans lining the route.

Tour de France overall leader leaves rivals behind with six stages left to ride
VAISON-LA-ROMAINE, France -- Lance Armstrong is taking the suspense out of the Tour de France.

Open anything but easy for Els
GULLANE, Scotland -- Relief washed over Ernie Els as he cradled the silver claret jug after winning the British Open in a battle that could have ruined him.

Four bears killed over weekend
Four bears were killed in the Kenai-Soldotna area this weekend, including a brown bear that had been visiting a neighborhood at North Dogwood and Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai.

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