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Saturday, July 26, 2003

Homer man critically injured in rollover
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Homer man was critically injured Thursday after his pickup truck left the Seward Highway and rolled.

Company to treat waste from drilling operations
KENAI (AP) A startup company to treat waste from drilling operations and store treated soils in Tyonek has been granted a one-year permit.

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center celebrates 40th anniversary
JUNEAU (AP) The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center provides information about the natural history of Juneau's most accessible glacier and the surrounding Tongass National Forest.

Governor seeks federal rights of way
WASHINGTON (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski asked Interior Department officials Thursday for an agreement recognizing historic trails and roads on federal land in Alaska.

Search scaled back for missing man
ANCHORAGE (AP) The search for a man believed to have fallen into a swift-running Creek on Monday continued Thursday but was scaled back, Alaska State Troopers said.

Spill council offers head job to Gail Phillips
ANCHORAGE (AP) The agency in charge of spending what's left of $900 million in Exxon Valdez oil spill restoration funds has offered its top job to longtime Republican politician Gail Phillips.

Fran Ulmer headed to Harvard
JUNEAU (AP) Former Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, who lost her bid for governor against former senator and now Gov. Frank Murkowski, is headed to Harvard in the fall.

Wildfire smoke blankets Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) A fire 25 miles south of Tanana has sent haze toward Fairbanks and prompted health warnings.

Tour operator's troubles felt statewide
ANCHORAGE (AP) A tour company's financial mess has angered vendors and employees who are demanding payment.

Murkowski seeks grant for southwest power plant
FAIRBANKS (AP) U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has introduced a bill to provide a federal grant for a power plant to supply a proposed gold mine and villages in southwestern Alaska.

Scott McNeice wins 267-mile wheelchair race
ANCHORAGE (AP) After finishing second twice, Scott McNeice came out on top Thursday, winning the men's handcycle division of the Midnight Sun Ultra Challenge wheelchair and handcycle race.

State provides money for Victims for Justice
ANCHORAGE (AP) The 18-year-old support group Victims for Justice will not have to close its doors in 30 days because of a lack of state funding.

Fairbanks man sentenced for fraud
FAIRBANKS (AP) A man convicted defrauding the Veterans Administration was sentenced Thursday to more than two years in prison.

Legislature does not have votes for special session
JUNEAU (AP) There is not enough support among Republicans in the Legislature to return to a special session to preserve the state's senior citizen Longevity Bonus program, which is slated to end in August.

Bonds celebrates birthday with a blast
SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds threw himself quite a birthday bash.

Baltimore roughs up Clemens at Yankee Stadium
NEW YORK Baltimore sent Roger Clemens to his quickest exit in a year, with Jeff Conine and B.J. Surhoff hitting early home runs to back Sidney Ponson and lead the Orioles over the New York Yankees 5-3 Thursday.

As parents age, boomer sons also become caregivers
NEW YORK (AP) When dentist Bard Levey and his wife moved to a suburb of New York, they looked for a big house. It wasn't just because they had a toddler he was also bringing his parents to live with them.

Watercooler
CORPORATE DROP-OUTS: Women who jettison the corporate rat race in search of more family time have company men may be following their lead.

Water costs, drought spur Western businesses to conserve
DENVER (AP) An Intel Corp. engineer was in an airport restroom when he noticed something he thought might help the chip maker save water at its Colorado Springs plant: waterless urinals.

Risky deals harder to hide from investors
NEW YORK (AP) The Enron executives who hid the company's debt in a labyrinth of secret deals would find it harder to get away with such schemes nowadays.

Asset Allocation is key to successful investing
NEW YORK (AP) With the stock market up sharply since March, many Americans may want to take a fresh look at how their money is invested.

One fish, two fish: Reds, kings flood Kenai River
There's just one week left in both the Kenai River sport king salmon and personal use sockeye dip net fisheries, and fishing looks to remain strong through the last day of both seasons, July 31.

Your next cast could be the catch of a lifetime
Just when you thought it was safe to put your line back in the water ...

Bonsai is part art, part structure and part gardening. To many, it's silent poetry
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) It's been said that mastering the ancient art of bonsai requires the eye of a painter, the technical skills of a horticulturist and the hands of a craftsman. Not to mention the patience and enlightenment of Buddha.

Agrium's donation appreciated
On behalf of the board of directors and staff of Central Peninsula Health Centers, I would like to publicly thank Agrium for the donation of cabinets and shelving units for our two clinics, Cottonwood Health Center and Aspen Dental Center.

Arby's shows support for youth
We would like to thank Soldotna Arby's for allowing our youth group to have a very successful car wash on July 5. Their graciousness helped enable many kids to attend a National Youth Conference in Virginia.

Remember bison, passenger pigeons; let's protect bears
Let's call it "Bear Facts."

Murkowski's quick fix of budget cuts will lead to economic disaster
Thursday's story on the funding cut by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conser-vation for the Cook Inlet Keepers fully demonstrates that the Murkowski administration does not have a clue on how to downsize state government.

Johnson looking for two in a row at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. Jimmie Johnson looks at the series standings and realizes a second straight victory will do little more than solidify his spot in the top five.

Security not big concern for area officials
The fatal shooting of a city council member in New York's City Hall on Wednesday shook up everyone close enough to hear the shot and has caused local governments across the country to question the level of security in their buildings.

High winds across Kachemak Bay cause power outage, forest fire
High winds across Kachemak Bay led to a power outage and small forest fire about 6 p.m. Wednesday on the south side of Kachemak Bay.

Coffee stand workers get jolt
Two employees of Coffee Time Espresso in Kenai are glad Diana Forslund stopped by for an Americano and a bagel Thursday morning.

Heather Faeo
Nikiski resident Heather Faeo died July 1, 2003, at Children's Hospital in Denver as a result of injuries sustained in an accident May 17. She was 14.

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

M. Katherine (Conner-Prince-Drake) Kribs
Former Soldotna resident M. Katherine (Conner-Prince-Drake) Kribs of Anchorage died Sunday, July 20, 2003, in Anchorage. She was 57.

Norman P. Witalec
Nikiski resident Norman P. Witalec died Saturday, July 12, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 72.

Classic summer fun good bargain for fans
Who says there's nothing fun to do on a summer Saturday evening in Kenai?

More than a game: Oilers add to community life
The Kenai Peninsula's boys of summer have wrapped up at Coral Seymour Memo-rial Park in Kenai. The Peninsula Oilers played their last home game Sunday.

Oilers bounce back to beat Fire
Peninsula starting pitcher Ladd Hall gutted out an eight-inning performance while his mates provided plenty of run support as the Oilers defeated the Athletes in Action-Alaska Fire 8-3 Thursday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Soldotna recognizes contributions of its business community Progress Days also serves as reminder that businesses that support community deserve support of peninsula residents
Soldotna will celebrate its past, enjoy its present and look forward to a bright future during this weekend's Progress Days. The theme of this year's event There's No Business Like Soldotna Business highlights the role the city's many and diverse commercial ventures have played in making the community what it is today.

Experience priceless, but anglers' catch not big enough to pay for trip
The two men ahead of us checking in at the Kenai Airport looked like a walking advertisement for both Banana Republic and Orvis. Their fly rods were tucked safely into im

Cowboy fun shoot Saturday
The Snow Shoe Gun Club will host a Cowboy Single Action Shooting Fun Shoot Saturday at the pistol range. Setup is at 9 a.m., registration at 9:45 and gunsmoke at 10.

Women's shooting clinic slated for Cooper Landing
The National Rifle Association's Women on Target program will sponsor an instructional shooting clinic for women at the Cooper Landing Gun Club on Aug. 15 and 16, and again on Sept. 19 and 20.

The forest detective at work on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
I often tell school kids that I am a "forest detective" at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Officially my job is labeled "ecologist," but basically I am paid to figure out what's going on in the woods.

Watershed Forum plans events
Saturday, geologist Dick Reger will lead a walk through the last major glaciation of the Kenai Peninsula and the formation of the Kenai River Valley. Par

Around the Peninsula
KVCC hosts two new programs Nature walks scheduled at wildlife refuge KPRL to sponsor car, bike show Gun club to host cowboy fun shoot Young Republicans hold membership meeting

Church Briefs
Native fellowship meets tonight Christian Center hosts special speakers Apostolic Assembly plans flea market Center celebrates Progress Days Volleyball camp planned Grace Lutheran plans Bible school Children invited to Bible school Creationist theologian to speak Bible stories, crafts, games planned Russian-America festival slated Church plans vacation Bible school Friendship closet open Wednesdays Healing Rooms open weekends

United Church asks Boy Scouts to shift gay policy, supports transgendered churchgoers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The United Church of Christ's General Synod urged the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on openly gay leaders, while a separate action expressed support for transgendered persons in the church.

Cardinal Law won't be attending successor's Boston installation
BOSTON (AP) Cardinal Bernard Law will not attend the installation next Wednesday of his successor, the Archdiocese of Boston announced.

Having a relationship with Jesus is key to fellowship with God
A few years ago I was in central Siberia and found myself engaged in conversation with a young atheist. He explained to me the reasons for his belief system. He despised organized religion. He did not believe there was a God. He had no time for the opinions of others.

Mosque council warns against censorship of Palestine conference
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey's council of mosques urged state officials not to interfere with a national ''Palestine Solidarity'' conference Oct. 10-12 at Rutgers University.

U.S. Catholicism can't go on like this, four analysts say but there the agreement ends
The roiling sex abuse crisis of the past 19 months has gravely worsened already existing problems for the Roman Catholic Church in America, triggering urgent discussions about the future of the faith.

Louisiana gets the latest married Catholic priest
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A married man with three children has been ordained a priest by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge.

Christian Zionists criticized by fellow believers for campaigning against Mideast ''road map''
NEW YORK (AP) As Israelis and Palestinians take faltering steps toward peace in the Mideast, Christian groups watching from the United States have taken sharply different stances on the peace plan backed by President Bush.

New Mexico Catholics sue over sermon at politician's funeral
CHAMA, N.M. (AP) The family of former Chama Councilman Ben Martinez is suing a Roman Catholic priest and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe over the sermon at Martinez' funeral.

In rare move, disgruntled Catholics petition for Dallas bishop's removal
DALLAS (AP) Roman Catholic parishioners in Dallas fed up with the fallout from the clerical sex abuse crisis have taken the rare step of starting a petition drive that urges their bishop to resign.

Washington residents fear Buddhists would bring noise, traffic
WOODINVILLE, Wash. (AP) Heavy traffic and loud noise aren't typically associated with Buddhist monks. But some neighbors of a monastery near Woodinville fear that's what a proposed meditation center would bring.

Missouri college could lose Baptist funding
LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) The executive board of the Missouri Baptist Convention voted to end financial support for William Jewell College because it takes no decisive stand against homosexuality.

In ancient Athens, a frantic struggle under way to ready for the Olympics
A stray dog lying in the doorway of a deluxe hotel near the Acropolis had bedded down and was sleeping undisturbed. He didn't even raise a paw when some tourists returned for the night and stepped around him.

Davis tells Broncos he's not ready to go
DENVER The Denver Broncos waived Terrell Davis, one of the most popular players in team history, on Thursday after learning the star running back would not pass his physical.

Win would put Armstrong on short list of greats
BORDEAUX, France Trying to pick the greatest cyclist in Tour de France history can be as tough as riding in the Alps.

Armstrong keeps lead after 17th stage
BORDEAUX, France Saving himself and his overall lead for their great battle to come, Lance Armstrong finished grouped with archrival Jan Ullrich in the Tour de France's pancake-flat 17th stage Thursday, their focus on an expected race-deciding time trial.

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