Wednesday, July 24, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Legislative move backers lose court fight
JUNEAU (AP) -- A group seeking to move the Legislature to Southcentral Alaska lost a minor court battle this week.

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.

Anchorage company wins military cleanup contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Anchorage company has been awarded a $9.6 million contract to clean up an old military site on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea.

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.

Retiring Coast Guard commander to head ASMI
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A search committee for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has chosen a retiring Coast Guard commander to be the institute's new executive director.

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

Iditarod competitor diagnosed with cancer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Iditarod musher DeeDee Jonrowe was diagnosed with cancer and will undergo surgery Monday at Providence Alaska Medical Center 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.

Alaska asks committee for gas pipeline help
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has pleaded Alaska's case for helping a natural gas pipeline to the U.S. House and Senate members serving on a conference committee deciding the fate of a national energy bill.

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.

Exxon Mobil seeks permit for Point Thomson pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. has applied with the state for permits to build a 22-mile pipeline to carry natural gas liquids out of the Point Thomson field on the North Slope.

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.

Teen killed in Anchorage collision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 17-year-old boy was killed Tuesday when a woman driving a van failed to obey a stop sign, Anchorage police said.

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.

Hubbard Glacier closes off Russell Fiord
JUNEAU (AP) -- The advancing Hubbard Glacier near Yakutat has now closed off Russell Fiord and made the 39-mile long body of water a lake, federal forest officials said Tuesday.

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.

House supports protecting access to Kenai River fishing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to protect public access to a world-class fishing spot on the Kenai River.

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

Knowles names five to Board of Game
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles named five people to the state Board of Game on Tuesday, filing spots left vacant when the Legislature rejected a slew of earlier appointments.

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.

More PFD lawyers to be hired
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The board of trustees for the Alaska Permanent Fund is planning to hire more lawyers because of the WorldCom scandal.

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.

WorldCom scandal hurts GCI
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- General Communication Inc. expects to write off $10 million to $20 million as bad debt because of WorldCom Inc.'s bankruptcy filing.

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.

Four rescued from life raft after fishing boat fire
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard rescued four people Tuesday from a life raft after their boat caught fire and an explosion occurred in Shelikof Strait.

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.

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.

State boosts bag limits for Kenai River salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has increased the daily bag limit for salmon on the Kenai River.

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.

Reds wrap up busy day by topping Pirates
CINCINNATI -- Austin Kearns drove in four runs and Reggie Taylor had his first career pinch-hit homer as the Cincinnati Reds finished their day of wheeling and dealing by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 Tuesday night.

Kenai Little League falls in title game
The Kenai Little League Senior Boys All-Star team lost to Juneau 15-2 in five innings Tuesday in Petersburg in the championship game of the Alaska State Senior Little League Tournament.

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.

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.

Garciaparra homers three times in game
BOSTON -- Nomar Garciaparra found a unique way to celebrate his 29th birthday: with three home runs in one game.

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.

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.

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.

Peaceful stream yields plenty of space, salmon and youthful exuberance
RESURRECTION CREEK, Alaska (AP) -- Beneath the Hope Highway bridge, where the shade softens the light that falls on the tumbling waters, 11-year-old Curtis Moore can plainly see his quarry.

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.

House supports protecting access to Kenai River fishing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to protect public access to a world-class fishing spot on the Kenai River.

Photo feature: Pest control
A scarecrow keeps watch over the garden as volunteer Randy Woodward mows the grass at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Tuesday afternoon. A mix of rain and sunshine has left the agency's garden in good shape this summer.

Father and son's success at clay shooting fuels addiction
NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) -- It wasn't that long ago, 10 years or so, when, about this time in summer, Dave Loberg would begin to think of hunting camps he would visit in fall. Alaska, Canada, out west, he traveled widely, sometimes for caribou, sometimes elk, sometimes for bears, both black and grizzly.

Bowhunter writes from experience
BOSIE, Idaho (AP) -- Dwight Schuh may be Idaho's most famous bowhunter, but he would be the last person to admit it.

Study shows salmon gaining in popularity
A recent seafood study shows salmon is gaining popularity in the United States. Americans ate a record two pounds per person in 2000, and farmed salmon is quickly becoming the major source. Among the findings of the study:

HEA offer for Seward utility still on the table
Homer Electric Association's most recent offer to purchase the Seward electrical utility remains on the table after nearly four months.

Birch trees, cars under attack
Yuck. What's that sticky stuff all over your car ... birch sap? Not quite. Right now, in many neighborhoods on the Kenai Peninsula, birch aphids are infesting birch trees.

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

City manager shows where money goes
The business people who generate commerce for the city of Soldotna got to hear where that money goes Tuesday afternoon, as Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedeker spoke before the Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

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.

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

Alaska fish get market boost Outside
Good news for Alaska's seafood industry. A movement to promote the sale of sustainable fish, fish harvested in a way that does not jeopardize the survival of the species or the integrity of the ecosystem, identified Alaska wild salmon and halibut among the top choices of fish consumers should be purchasing.

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

Phyllis M. Harford
Former Kenai resident, Phyllis M. Harford of Redfield, S.D., died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield. She was 83.

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

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.

Oilers stop skid
The Peninsula Oilers snapped a seven-game losing streak in the Alaska Baseball League by defeating Athletes in Action 10-6 Tuesday in Fairbanks.

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.

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

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
No one will be prosecuted for loss of retirement fundsKRSA's detractors ask valid questions; they deserve answersKRSA could learn something from its 'uninformed' neighbors

Congress fails to show leadership by refusing to make any sacrifice
George Washington might be disgusted if he could see government today.

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.

Big media doesn't reflect U.S.
Has anyone noticed that for all their claims of wanting to represent the opinion of "average Americans" in the content of their programming, the national TV news and talk channels seem to be moving in the opposite direction?

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.

Nature classes introduce children to fishing, ecosystems
ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) -- On a crescent-shaped sliver of beach along Lake Estes, 14 children stare intently at their fishing lines. The waiting game doesn't bother Alexis Frisbie, despite the clouds of bugs and oppressive morning heat.

Around the Peninsula
Sockeye bag limit increasedSenate Q candidates to speak at chamberCPGH board to hold meetingMurkowski to speak at luncheonSplash Bash to be held5-K run plannedMotorcycle rodeo scheduledPhysicals available for athletes4-H alumni invited to walk in paradeChess tournament planned on peninsula

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

Soldotna is River City U.S.A
If Soldotna is the heart of the peninsula, the Kenai River is the lifeblood that keeps that heart beating.

A roping, wrangling, riding weekend planned
Rodeo enthusiasts and novices alike will find entertainment at the "Peninsula Cowboy Roundup" rodeo planned as part of this year's Progress Day's festivities.

Museum holds history's key
Nestled by the ball fields, back in one of the few remaining wooded areas of Soldotna, lies the Soldotna Historical Society and Museum.

Map shop maven to lead Progress Days Parade
Dwarfed by the vast expanse of Fred Meyer on the east side of the Sterling Highway, Katherine Parker's Map Shop was a land mark well before Soldotna even dreamed of recruiting the national chain.

2002 Progress Days Schedule

Bird's-eye view of Soldotna offered
Anyone interested in seeing Soldotna from a bird's perspective can go on a 15-minute flightseeing trip with Natron Air.

City personifies interdependence
Welcome to the 42nd annual Soldotna Progress Days.

Car show features the peninsula's finest, fastest and fanciest
Returning to this year's Soldotna Progress Days is a community favorite event, the second annual Automobile Show, sponsor

Spirit of Alaska
42nd annual Soldotna Progress Days July 26, 27, 28, 2002.

Landasters to take throne
For one-half of a couple that should be accustomed to being in the public's eye, Mavis Blazy-Lancaster didn't appear particularly excited to be this Progress Days' honorary queen.

Community prepares to parade for progress
In its 42nd year, the annual Progress Days Parade will once again promenade through the streets of Soldotna.

Run returns to Tsalteshi Trails for Progress Days festivities
Progress Days revelers get a chance to make progress toward their physical fitness goals Saturday evening, when a 5-kilometer "fun run" is held at Tsalteshi Trails at Skyview High School. The race begins at 6 p.m., with registration beginning at 5 p.m.

Meet the chief
Central Emergency Services has been going through a lot of changes in the past few months. So, this Progress Days CES has decided to open its doors to the community and share first hand some of the additions residents have helped fund.

Soldotna brings spirit of Alaska to celebration
Fifty-three years ago, the city of Soldotna, now a fishing and tourist hub for the Kenai Peninsula, was only small community of 21 people.

Creek celebrated in style
Summertime in Alaska means being outdoors, playing and having fun. That's the idea behind the Soldotna Creek Celebration, a free picnic sponsored by the city of Soldotna and the Kenai Watershed Forum, to be held July 28.

Inner spirit examined by Soldotna artist
Alaska is a state that gets into its residents' blood. Its spirit becomes one with theirs.

Commemorative Stamp available at post office
A special 2002 Soldotna Progress Days cancellation stamp is available.

Top Cover wants to rock your world all weekend long
In times of war or peace, their duty is simple -- to spread love of rock and roll and their country through music.

Kids can jump, rattle and roll in civic celebration
Community celebrations aren't just for politicians and flag-waving dignitaries -- kids need ways to participate also.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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.

Armstrong guards every second of Tour lead
LES DEUX-ALPES, France -- For Lance Armstrong, every second counts in the three-week Tour de France.

Conner's newest yacht sinks off Long Beach
SAN DIEGO -- Dennis Conner's newest America's Cup yacht sank Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean about a mile off Long Beach, just before it was to pick up a group of sponsors for an afternoon sail.

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.

Kenai Golf Report: Fairways get rain they need
Once again the rain was a blessing for the fairways. The crew hustled out on the course and applied the fertilizer just in time to utilize the ground moisture. Kenai Golf Course is getting positive comments from local golfers as well as visiting golfers.

Sports Briefs
Boys and Girls Club tourney set for FridaySenior tourney slated for Thursday, FridayKCHS cross country starts MondayPowell takes Week 12 of Seward derbyFisher's big catch comes without ticketCarsner second at Alaska RacewayHarrington signs with Lions

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.

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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