Wednesday, July 23, 2003

DEC to double oil patch inspections
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation plans to double oil patch field inspections.

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.

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.

Search suspended for missing fisherman near Yakutat
JUNEAU (AP) A search has been suspended for a fisherman missing south of Yakutat.

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.

Woman dies after car, dump truck collide
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau woman known for helping others was killed Tuesday after her car was hit by a dump truck in the Mendenhall Valley.

Nenana man shot
NENANA (AP) A Nenana man was shot Monday evening in Nenana, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Anchorage Assembly creates dog parks
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Anchorage Assembly made dog owners happy Tuesday by voting 10-1 to establish six off-leash parks at sites scattered around the municipality.

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.

Man charged with killing wife claims self-defense
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man accused of killing his wife by stabbing her 43 times took the witness stand Tuesday and said it was self-defense.

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.

Denali Highway open after damage repaired
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Denali Highway reopened Tuesday, six days after wintry weather forced closure of the road.

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.

Woman asked to leave bus sues city, busline, driver
JUNEAU (AP) An Arab-American woman asked to leave a city bus for eating a bite-size Snickers bar last year has sued the bus line, the city and the driver, claiming emotional distress.

Investigators say pilot gave no indication of fuel problems
JUNEAU (AP) A Utah pilot whose plane crashed in Icy Strait gave no indication that he had fuel problems as he flew from Washington to Alaska, according to a National Transportation Safety Board investigation.

Two hurt when boat hits raft on Chena River
FAIRBANKS (AP) When a 20-foot jet boat slammed into Kristi Sandberg's left side and she was thrown into the icy Chena River on Sunday, she didn't even notice that the water was cold.

Search suspended for missing fisherman near Yakutat
JUNEAU (AP) A search has been suspended for a fisherman missing near Yakutat. The man's name has not been released.

North Slope mayor charged with driving under influence
FAIRBANKS (AP) North Slope Borough Mayor George Ahmaogak pleaded not guilty in Fairbanks on Tuesday to a charge he was driving while intoxicated early Saturday morning.

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

Troopers nab suspect in Seward slaying
ANCHORAGE (AP) The hunt for the man suspected of killing his friend near Seward over the weekend came to an end Tuesday night with an arrest along the railroad tracks near Crown Point.

Seward man missing near Hope
HOPE (AP) A Seward man was reported missing Tuesday from a trip at Six Mile Creek in Hope.

Spending Bills
Here is a list of items included in two fiscal year 2004 spending bills:

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.

Troopers nab alleged fish poachers on Kenai
KENAI (AP) A group of alleged poachers, mostly from New York, were nabbed on the Kenai River for taking too many salmon, according to Fish and Wildlife Protection Troopers in Soldotna.

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.

Denali Commission extends comment period
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Denali Commission has extended the period for public comment on a policy affecting the allocation of federal construction dollars to Alaska's rural villages.

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.

Assembly pushing for Douglas Bridge proposal
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau Assembly committee is supporting a project proposed by the Department of Transportation to ease traffic congestion on the Douglas Bridge.

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

Two killed in Homer traffic accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two Alaskans were killed Monday in a three-vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway, the Homer Police Department said.

Twins mount comeback but stumble in extra innings vs. Service
The good news for the American Legion Twins baseball team is that, as the squad makes its final preparations for this weekend's district tournament in Fairbanks, it has the spunk to post six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to send what was shaping up to be a lopsided defeat into extra innings.

Angels snap skid
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Ramon Ortiz allowed an unearned run and three hits over seven innings as the Anaheim Angels stopped a season-high five-game losing streak by beating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3-1 Tuesday.

Mets spread love in Philly
PHILADELPHIA Ty Wigginton, Jason Phillips and Roger Cedeno each had two RBIs, leading the New York Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5 Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Demonstrators who were doused did nothing to help cause of peace
In the early 1950s I spent 12 months at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco trying to revive a seriously injured right arm.

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.

2 killed in Homer collision
An Anchor Point man and a Homer woman were killed in a three-car accident on the Sterling Highway in Homer on Monday afternoon.

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.

Troopers nab suspect in Seward slaying
ANCHORAGE (AP) The hunt for the man suspected of killing his friend near Seward over the weekend came to an end Tuesday night with an arrest along the railroad tracks near Crown Point.

Manhunt expands in Seward
Alaska State Troopers have expanded the search area in pursuit of a 31-year-old Seward man wanted in connection with the Saturday shooting death of John Tulin.

Salmon disaster bringing funds to peninsula
Federal dollars aimed at easing the pain the economic downturn in the Alaska salmon industry is having on area communities have found their way to the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Openers receive mixed reviews
The additional time Cook Inlet commercial sockeye salmon fishers received over the weekend amounted to, for some, five straight days of fishing and was a great help to many fishers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pauline Mary (Garcia) Gross
Longtime Alaska resident Pauline Mary (Garcia) Gross died Saturday, July 19, 2003, at her daughter's home in San Jose, Calif. She was 82.

Taieesha Katrina Stamer
Lifelong Nikiski resident Taieesha Katrina Stamer died Saturday, July 19, 2003. She was 23.

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

Oilers grit out victory against Goldpanners
The Peninsula Oilers gritted out a win Tuesday, defeating the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 9-8 in Alaska Baseball League play at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Bristol Bay exploration important oil project whose time has com
Many years ago, when statehood was young and people were looking at ways to expand the economy, strong suggestions were made that oil and gas exploration should be conducted in Bristol Bay.

Under-funded mandates create dangerous pressure for schools
A recent article in the Peninsula Clarion gives Alaska's educators reason for concern. Recently we learned that the American Federation of Teachers' annual study of teacher average salaries shows that Alaska has dropped another notch, to 10th place (actually 32nd place when salaries are adjusted to the cost of living.)

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.

Recall election could happen as early as September; voters fed up with politics
SAN FRANCISCO If ever there were an example of how quickly political fortunes can change, it's that of beleaguered California Gov. Gray Davis.

Around the Peninsula
Social Security rep to visit peninsula

Around the Peninsula
Senior assistance teleconference set Visitors center to explore dark room Racing Lions to hold circle track races KWF to give geology tour Help available for day-care providers Kenai pool offers swim lessons Volleyball camp planned Kenai 4-H horse show slated WRCC run registration forms available Homer public health expands immunization clinics

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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.

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.

Kenai Golf Report
This Saturday, the 18-hole Monfor Head Start Golf Tournament will take place. It will be a blind draw scramble with tee times starting at 8 a.m.

Sports Briefs
Twins to put on reunion game

Armstrong saves his Tour
PAU, France There are rare, inspiring moments in sports when the magic all comes together. Cycling superstar Lance Armstrong conjured his up on a mountain in the Pyrenees.

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.

Report: Gender gap narrows but rising costs threaten college sports
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