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Thursday, July 24, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Usibelli Coal worker hospitalized after explosion
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Usibelli Coal Mine worker injured in an explosion last week was in satisfactory condition Wednesday at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, a nursing supervisor said.

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.

Former symphony director's lawsuit likely to be delayed
FAIRBANKS (AP) A former Fairbanks Symphony Association director may have to wait another two years for a day in court in her million-dollar defamation lawsuit against the association and eight University of Alaska Fairbanks faculty.

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.

Young seeks study for Susitna dam
ANCHORAGE (AP) A possible hydroelectric project on the Susitna River may get another look if Congress approves a bill that emerged from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday.

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.

Seward man arraigned in killing
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Seward man accused of killing his friend and co-worker last weekend entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday to a charge of first-degree murder, the district attorney's office in Kenai said.

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.

Candidate buys ad to defend his character
FAIRBANKS (AP) State Rep. Jim Whitaker bought a newspaper advertisement Wednesday to deny rumors that he has abused alcohol or drugs or cheated on his wife.

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

Defunct Kmart draws a crowd
FAIRBANKS (AP) Kmart's sprawling parking lot has become a field of recreational vehicles since the store went out of business and city officials say there's not much they can do.

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.

Stranded rafter's signal fire burns 1,000 acres
ANCHORAGE (AP) A rafter stranded on the banks of an eastern Interior river lit a signal fire Tuesday that has grown to more than 1,000 acres.

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.

Man convicted in stabbing death of his wife
ANCHORAGE (AP) A jury found a man guilty Wednesday of killing his wife by stabbing her 43 times.

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

Anchorage Assembly approves $10 million 911 upgrade
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved a $10.4 million contract to upgrade the city's 911 system.

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.

Scientists to share information in bird study
ANCHORAGE (AP) Scientists are teaming up to study the impact of rising numbers of predators on nesting arctic shorebirds on Alaska's North Slope.

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

Schools offer high-tech skills for a price
ANCHORAGE (AP) The job market in Alaska is hungry for workers with high-tech skills, and business is brisk at vocational training centers and other educational institutions.

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

Pilot's husband says fuel company is to blame
FAIRBANKS (AP) A lawsuit has been filed claiming that a fuel company is to blame for a July 2001 crash that killed a pilot and three passengers.

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.

Organ donor and recipient say they were meant to come together
ANCHORAGE (AP) If you believe in fate, LaVonne Vogt and Hope Russo's story will confirm it for you.

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

Recently acquitted couple going to prison after all
ANCHORAGE (AP) A couple recently acquitted of trying to hire a hit man to kill a federal judge and prosecutor are going to federal prison after all.

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.

Work begins on natural gas projects in Sakhalin
ANCHORAGE (AP) Work has begun on several multi-billion dollar natural gas projects in Sakhalin in Russia's Far East.

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

Ketchikan borough approves more money for airport
KETCHIKAN (AP) The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has approved $600,000 more for renovation work at Ketchikan International Airport.

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.

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

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.

Twins finish regular season with loss
The American Legion Twins baseball team just had one of those days Wednesday.

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.

Don McLean still thankful for his piece of pie
LOS ANGELES Thirty-two years after sealing his fate forever with one amazingly catchy 8 1/2-minute tune, Don McLean is gingerly asked the question once again:

Art Briefs
Art classes offeredKids' art workshops heldTheater production needs donated dollsMuseum seeks volunteersFuture of Pratt Museum to be discussedArtists in Schools solicits interest

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Summer Event showcases mastery in dressage, jumping competitions
This past weekend in Kenai the catch phrase of many equine enthusiasts was "Been there, jumped that."

Writer delves into Yupik village's values
St. Lawrence Island seems, on the map, to be one of the most remote places on earth. Yet for 150 years the storms of cultural change have buffeted its inhabitants.

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.

Kenai officials miss point about rec center decision
What is the city of Kenai doing? The Kenai Recreation Center has been closed now since July 11 a period of more than 12 days. There is no reason for the city to keep the rec center closed other than to punish the concerned citizens who dared to challenge the legality of the city's actions.

Gordon in New York state of mind
Robby Gordon, who finished fifth in the New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday, made a special appearance at a New York firehouse Tuesday to unveil a new FDNY-Special Olympics paint scheme. Gordon's No. 31 Chevrolet Monte Carlo will promote fire safety and the Special Olympics Aug. 10 for the Sirius at the Glen at Watkins Glen International on Aug. 10.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 2,8482. Jeff Gordon 2,6143. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,575

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $3,587,8152. Kurt Busch 3,212,6803. Michael Waltrip 3,065,880

This week's race: Pennsylvania 500
Where and when

Newsmaker: Travis Carter
Car owner Travis Carter has been close to being out of business on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series a couple times in the past few years.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Earnhardt noticed talent in game rival
LONG POND, Pa. The faceless person on the other end of the Internet used the screen name dalejr3.

Some like it hot; Mild winter leads to insect infestations
Bugs like it hot ... well, mild at least.

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.

Citizen water monitoring may be curtailed
A Homer-based, volunteer-dependent effort to measure the water quality of the Kachemak Bay and Anchor River watersheds that has demonstrated that it meets state and national standards could be curtailed because of recent policy decisions by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, according to the Cook Inlet Keeper.

Wagoner: State needs new revenue
Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that the state needs to continue searching for new sources of revenue while it works to downsize state spending.

Start-up company offers new way to treat waste
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a one-year permit to a Tyonek Native Corp. subsidiary called Envirotech LLC, allowing the start-up company to treat waste from drilling operations and store treated soils at its Tyonek site.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Couple cited for poaching
Culminating a season-long undercover investigation on the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska State Troopers' Wildlife Investigation Bureau cited a Florida couple for allegedly poaching king and red salmon.

R.B. D. Jackson
Longtime Homer resident R.B. D. Jackson died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, from metastatic colon cancer at South Peninsula General Hospital in Homer. He was 77.

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.

Sherry A. Hagen
Homer resident Sherry A. Hagen died Monday, July 21, 2003, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Homer. She was 45.

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

Oilers battle Goldpanners in doubleheader
The Peninsula Oilers dropped the opening game of a doubleheader 4-0 to the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks Wednesday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

Bush now on damage control
WASHINGTON The White House has teamed with GOP congressional leaders in an aggressive damage-control campaign to counter embarrassing questions about prewar intelligence and lapses by President Bush's national security team.

Keeping highways safe may mean requiring drivers to prove ability
By all accounts, the 83-year-old Cali

No room at NASA for culture of complacency
It was bad enough that various documents blame the Columbia shuttle disaster on insolent senior managers at NASA. Now, an independent investigator's report reveals that the space program is riddled with what's become a culture of complacency.

Around the Peninsula
Blood drive planned

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

Photo feature: Don't fence me in
Sandi and Tom Wright are sandwiched between fences as they walk back to their truck after visiting Saint Nicholas Memorial Chapel in Kenai. They Boston couple said they're spending two weeks touring Alaska.

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.

Birch Ridge Report: Reminder: Senior tournament kicks off today at Birch Ridge Golf Course
Today's golf tidings start with a reminder/suggestion: If your own children want you to baby sit, then you're more than likely old enough to play in the Peninsula Senior Open Tournament here at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

U.S. takes Brazil to overtime
MIAMI The United States was three or four minutes from beating Brazil for only the second time.

Eagles fans have beef with new stadium policy
PHILADELPHIA The Philadelphia Eagles say they won't let people bring hoagies and other food into their lavish $520 million stadium set to open next month. To which Eagles fans respond: ''Baloney!''

Sport Briefs
KCHS cross country practice starts Monday

Six players move in four-team NBA deal
The four-team NBA trade that had been rumored for 24 hours was finally made Wednesday night.

Hamilton earns first Tour stage triumph
BAYONNE, France Riding with the pain of a double-fractured collarbone, it could be argued that Tyler Hamilton shouldn't even be in the Tour de France. Try telling him that.

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.

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