Sunday, July 27, 2003

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.

Democrats want roll call vote of special session survey
JUNEAU (AP) Democrats in the Legislature are calling on Republican leaders to tell the public how lawmakers voted in an ongoing survey about a Longevity Bonus special session.

Three earthquakes shake Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three earthquakes struck different parts of Alaska Friday.

Usibelli set to move its coal mine operations
ANCHORAGE (AP) Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. will close its Poker Flats mine and begin digging another site.

Bond services give Alaska generally good marks
JUNEAU (AP) Three national bond rating services gave Alaska generally good marks for chipping away at its structural budget deficit.

Anchorage hit by unusual increase in car thefts
ANCHORAGE (AP) Auto thefts in Anchorage are on rise this summer, police said.

Municipal League backs state income tax
JUNEAU (AP) Despite repeated statements by Gov. Frank Murkowski that he opposes a state income tax, Alaska cities are planning to push for one as part of a long-range fiscal plan next year in the Legislature.

Campers missing since for days found safe
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two men have been found safe after they were missing several days in a Copper River excursion.

North Pole man gets nine years in child porn case
FAIRBANKS (AP) A North Pole man has been sentenced to nine years in prison on charges he took pornographic photographs of four minor teenage boys and molested two of them.

Village Island man pleads guilty to bogus distress calls
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 46-year-old man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of making false distress calls.

Expert to study how to kill birch-loving leaf miners
ANCHORAGE (AP) An entomology doctoral student is spending the summer in Alaska studying the pesky birch leaf miners, or sawflies, that are infesting birches in Anchorage, the Matanuska Valley, down Turnagain Arm and up to Eielson Air Force Base.

Man pleads innocent in Fairbanks cab driver killing
FAIRBANKS (AP) A 21-year-man has pleaded innocent to the stabbing death of a Fairbanks taxicab driver last month.

Court says state not liable in family's freezing death
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state Supreme Court has reversed a judgment against the state involving the freezing death of a family on the Denali Highway seven years ago.

Usibelli set to move its coal mine operations
ANCHORAGE (AP) Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. will close its Poker Flats mine and begin digging another site.

Alaska airports get $21 million in federal grants
FAIRBANKS (AP) Alaska airports are receiving more than $21 million in federal aviation grants earmarked.

Marauding bears keep Russian River closed at night
ANCHORAGE (AP) State and federal officials have decided to continue nighttime closure of fishing and hiking along the lower Russian River, citing concerns about public safety as a family of grizzly bears stakes out a fish-cleaning table.

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.

North Pole High School drug policy spurs lawsuit
FAIRBANKS (AP) A North Pole High School student and his father are suing school staff and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Board over a drug-testing policy they say violates U.S. Constitutional rights.

Palmer man dies in tractor accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Palmer man has died in a farm tractor accident, Alaska State Troopers said.

Late rally pushes Red Sox past Yanks
BOSTON Pinch-hitter David Ortiz's two-out RBI single off Armando Benitez in the ninth inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday.

Former Metrodome employee turned on fans to help out Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A former superintendent at the Metrodome admits he tried to help the Minnesota Twins by adjusting the ventilation system during the late innings of close games in an attempt to get baseballs to carry farther.

Pujols knocks in four runs as Cards sink Pirates
ST. LOUIS Albert Pujols had four hits and drove in four runs and Jason Isringhausen hit a bases-loaded triple, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 13-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

FDA: Healthy nuts good for health nuts?
WASHINGTON Packages of certain nuts can now advertise that eating a handful a day might just might help your heart, under a controversial new program allowing food makers to advertise possible health benefits before they're proven.

Blood test to help predict heart disease risk gets approval
WASHINGTON (AP) Doctors are getting a new blood test to help predict which people with low cholesterol are at risk for heart disease.

Newman, Johnson are drivers to beat
LONG POND, Pa. Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson got their front-row starting positions with speed and power. They might have to slow down to win Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Challenger Center seeking borough's help
Middle school-age children stream in from all over Alaska eager to experience what for most will be the closest they'll ever come to the final frontier.

Democrats want votes made public
JUNEAU Democrats in the Legislature are calling on Republi-can leaders to tell the public how lawmakers voted in an ongoing survey about a Longevity Bonus special session.

Parade draws crowd to the streets
It's been said that everyone loves a parade, and this year's Progress Day Parade was no exception, as throngs of people lined the streets to be part of the celebration.

M. Katherine (Conner-Prince-Drake) Kribs
Anchorage resident M. Katherine (Conner-Prince-Drake) Kribs died Sunday, July 20, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage of heart failure. She was 57.

Oilers can clinch NBC berth today
The Peninsula Oilers will clinch a berth in the National Baseball Congress World Series if they sweep a doubleheader against Athletes in Action today at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

Challenger Center deserves support from entire borough
When Kenai Peninsula residents talk about the future there are some recurring themes:

Bush loyalists keep jobs, despite errors
WASHINGTON In the rising controversy over how the Bush administration built its case for war in Iraq, one curious fact stands out. Some who gave President Bush unwelcome information that turned out to be accurate are gone. Those who did the opposite are still around.

Where do the wildlife go when relatives come to experience Last Frontier?
"Welcome to Jenni's Kenai Peninsula tours We disappoint like no other." It's tourism season again, and like a good contributor to the local economy, I recently invited my mother to spend her summer vacation visiting the peninsula.

Adoption lets couples share parental love
Laura was 10 months old when her parents first set eyes on her. The small and somewhat frightened child was living in an orphanage in China, and Wally and Liz Hufford had traveled halfway around the world from Nikiski to make her a part of their family.

Yoga for youngsters gains popularity
NEW YORK When the yoga teacher urges her students to stretch like trees, Benjamin Wolfgang gets up on his toes. Jenna Katz opens her palms to the ceiling.

Around the Peninsula
Vacation Bible school planned at Grace LutheranKVCC takes wing on MondaySwim lessons still available at Skyview'Buy Alaska' planned talk at chamberDeadline for salmon count contest loomingResidents invited to explore new trailMoose Lodge plans picnicImmunization clinics expanded in HomerWRCC run registration forms availableClub hosts open gym

Evans, Magee plan Vegas marriage
Doreen Evans and Jimmy Magee of San Francisco have announced their plans to marry Saturday, April 10, 2004, in Las Vegas.

Spence, Welch plan to marry in Utah
Nicole Lynn Spence and Daniel Patrick Welch plan to be married Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at Mount Tim-panogos Temple in American Fork, Utah.

Politicians hear unusual proposal
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The proposal getting the biggest cheer in the North Carolina Legislature wasn't in a bill.

Harmon, Hershberger, wed in Kenai
Kristi Harmon and Casey Hershberger of Kenai were married Saturday, June 28, 2003, at the Kenai Christian Church. Robert DeVolld officiated.

My Best Friend
"See Erin, this is not the way a lady should sit, but I'm not a lady anyway," says Chloe the dog, a vizsla. Chloe and Erin belong to Kathleen and Larry Shue of Peters Creek. Erin is the granddaughter of Duncan and Janice Wilsack of Nikiski.

Monitor lizards actually require less work than other species
Monitors are one of the most popular pet lizards.

Details emerge of accuser in Bryant's case
EAGLE, Colo. The profile of the young woman emerges as if in silhouette.

Sports Briefs
Skyview begins cross country practiceTwins to put on reunion gameBulldogs set to start practiceGephardt, Goldstein take titlesTwins rained out at tourneyBody found in area searched for missing playerStringer's widow plans to sue league Monday

Patience works in time trial
NANTES, France Asking Lance Armstrong to hold himself back is like asking a bull not to charge at a red cape. But in the hours prior to Saturday's final individual time trial, I implored him to be careful.

Armstrong holds off Ullrich in time trial
NANTES, France Lance Armstrong climbed the podium to receive a bouquet of flowers and the fresh yellow jersey signifying his overall lead in the Tour de France with just one stage left.

Jacobsen leads, looks for rare PGA victory
CROMWELL, Conn. Peter Jacobsen fired a 1-under par 69 Saturday and retained a one-stroke lead through three rounds at the Greater Hartford Open with a chance to earn his first PGA Tour win in eight years.

Vargas scores TKO
LOS ANGELES Fernando Vargas was dominant from the beginning before stopping Fitz Vanderpool at 2:36 of the sixth round of their junior middleweight bout Saturday night.

Crocker sets butterfly world record to upstage Phelps
BARCELONA, Spain Ian Crocker looked at the clock and thought there was a big mistake.

Rain can't dampen tourney
There was just one complaint about the Peninsula Senior Golf Tournament, which took place Thursday and Friday at Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna: You have to wait 50 years just to be eligible to play.

McGahan sweeps sprint races
Usually, a night of sprint car racing at Twin Cities Raceway involves countless of adjustments to try and tweak the car to the nuances of the three-eighths-of-a-mile dirt track.

A tough, long journey to the Paris finish line
Those who said this Tour de France would bare the human side of Lance Armstrong like never before turned out to be right.

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