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Sunday, July 28, 2002

Three appointed to Board of Fisheries
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three Alaskans with longtime ties to fishing were appointed to the Board of Fisheries on Friday.

Coast Guard awards contract in Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard has awarded Brechan Enterprises of Kodiak a $50 million contract for work on its Kodiak facilities.

Railroad could get $25 million for rail improvements
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad would receive $25 million for track improvements in the coming year under a transportation spending bill approved by a U.S. Senate committee.

Sealaska receives large gift of Native artifacts
JUNEAU (AP) -- An Oregon businessman has given the Sealaska Heritage Institute a large gift of more than 50 Native artifacts.

Man, son, dog rescued from Gulf of Alaska life raft
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a Ketchikan man, his son, and their dog from a life raft after their 32-foot fishing vessel sank Friday morning in the Gulf of Alaska.

Bills would provide $75 million for rural sanitation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two spending bills recently unveiled in the U.S. Senate would provide rural Alaska with $75 million to improve drinking water and sanitation systems.

Passenger pleads guilty in June air-rage incident
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to charges he disrupted a Northwest Airlines flight to Japan in June, forcing pilots to divert the aircraft to Anchorage.

Police officer shoots and kills Wainwright soldier
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A soldier from Fort Wainwright was shot and killed by a Fairbanks police officer after a high speed chase through the city.

Anchorage man charged with felony drunk driving
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after he was stopped Thursday in a car suspected of being stolen.

Rustic retreat celebrates 50th anniversary
CAMP DENALI (AP) -- Everyone seemed pleased -- but tired. About three dozen visitors to this rustic lodge and wilderness center deep in the heart of Denali National Park had finished their supper and been asked to describe their first outings.

Soldotna considers restaurant smoking ban
KENAI (AP) -- The Soldotna City Council voted Wednesday to set a public hearing in September on a proposed smoking ban in restaurants.

Alaska Natives join biologists in fish studies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Natives are joining with biologists to study fish in cooperative agreements extending from Southeast Alaska to the Yukon.

Federal subsistence board halts fisheries on three rivers
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board has halted new coho salmon subsistence fisheries on the Taku, Alsek and Stikine rivers.

UAF to study glowing clouds
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Glance into the Fairbanks sky when conditions are right this August and you'll be treated to a magnificent view of silvery-blue clouds that glow in the dark.

Refuge makes plans to move Chirikof Island cattle
KODIAK (AP) -- The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge plans to begin barging cattle off Chirikof Island in the next several weeks, refuge manager Greg Siekaniec said.

Disability group sues restaurant on woman's behalf
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Disability Law Center has filed a lawsuit against an Anchorage area restaurant on a woman's behalf to mark the 12th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Army says soldier apparently committed suicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A soldier found dead Monday morning in his home on Fort Richardson apparently committed suicide, the Army said Thursday.

Diamondbacks tackle Padres for sixth straight victory
PHOENIX -- Curt Schilling got his major league-leading 18th victory and Erubiel Durazo homered in his first game this month as the Arizona Diamondbacks won their sixth straight, beating the San Diego Padres 4-3 Saturday.

Mariners take lead in West
SEATTLE -- Edgar Martinez's two-run homer helped Seattle ended Jarrod Washburn's 12-game winning streak and the Mariners moved back into the lead in the AL West with a 3-1 victory on Saturday.

Rolen ponders trade to Cardinals
ATLANTA -- All-Star third baseman Scott Rolen of the Philadelphia Phillies said Saturday that he would be willing to consider signing a long-term deal if he gets traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Water World: Soldotna man creates his own Garden of Eden
Kearlee Ray Wright is not a man who does things halfway. One look at the three-story log house he built on his property off Mackey Lake Road in Soldotna or a tour of the state-of-the-art recording studio he installed in his basement is evidence of that. If further proof is necessary, it lies right outside his door in the form of a 300-foot water garden, compete with ponds, water plants and fish, designed, constructed and maintained by Wright himself.

NOW PLAYING: Austin Powers in Goldmember
Everything's coming up roses for Mike Meyers. His legal troubles with Imagine Entertainment (Ron Howard sued him because he backed out of a movie version of his SNL sketch, Sprockets) have fixed themselves nicely.

Parker uses fuel economy to win at Pikes Peak
FOUNTAIN, Colo. -- Hank Parker Jr. used fuel economy to win the NetZero 250 on Saturday, easily holding off Busch Series leader Greg Biffle at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Knowles names Soldotna guide, 2 others to serve on fish board
Gov. Tony Knowles has appointed three new members, including one from the central peninsula, to serve on the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Wolf shot after chasing kids in Nikiski garden
On July 12, John Perkovich was working in a garden belonging to Billy Spires on Wik Road in Nikiski.

Soldotna sets aside weekend for old-fashioned fellowship, new-fangled fun, lots of food
Tony Besse and Wes Stephl had a smashing good time at the annual Soldotna Progress Days community celebration Saturday.

Brown bear on losing end of Friday collision with car
A large male brown bear was struck by a car on the Kenai Spur Highway near the intersection with Beaver Loop and had to be euthanized early Friday morning.

Homer firm gets tough job of printing ballots
Reapportionment coupled with the state's new primary election law requiring a half dozen separate party ballots adds up to a heavy workload for employees with the Alaska Division of Elections, said the director of that division, Janet Kowalski.

Deadline to make changes in voter registration here
If you want to change party affiliation or anything else having to do with your voter registration in time for the Aug. 27 primary election, you only have hours left.

Robin Renee Walters
Kenai resident Robin Renee Walters died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at her home. She was 42.

Oilers blow past host Bucs
The Peninsula Oilers opened the Anchorage Bucs Wood Bat Invitational with a bang, defeating the host Bucs 12-0 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage Saturday.

With good reason, consumers carefully guard their spending
WASHINGTON -- Chris Swingler, a father of two, worries about losing his job. Harry Kolodzij, a retiree, frets about how to make ends meet.

Letters to the Editor
It's time for Alaskans to revisit Constitution

Ballot Measure 1 should be nixed; system not broken
If the six-ballot primary isn't enough to disgust and discourage Alaska voters, then there's Ballot Measure No. 1, an initiative that seeks to change the election process for the Alaska Legislature, U.S. president and vice president, and U.S. senators and representatives from Alaska.

Another new puppy begins training humans in Anderson household
It's been all bells and whistles at the Anderson household lately. Sometimes that's what happens when you get a puppy.

Around the Peninsula
Football referee association to meetVolleyball camp scheduledWRCC to hold board meetingDeadline for annual classic coming upBuilders plan picnicKWF sponsors cabin programAlaska SPCA offering spay/neuter clinic

Hayes, Jackson marry in Houston
Kathleen Hayes of Houston and Sonny Jackson of Anchorage were married Friday, June 28, 2002, at the Houston Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple.

Main, Kensinger wed in June
Crystal Dawn Main and William McCawley Kensinger were married at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2002, at the Soldotna Church of God. Pastor Alan Humphries officiated.

My Best Friend
Monte and Lance Necessary of Kenai say their miniature Schnauzer Banjo is very entertaining.

Key to top quality fish is exhausting
Many Alaskans take pride in the salmon they can. Unfortunately, there are Alaska residents teaching people in our area campgrounds how to can fish in cans and taking a shortcut, skipping an important step. Their students then end up in our Extension Office worried about the safety and quality of their canned fish.

Single moms doing better financially, but still struggling
WASHINGTON -- Evelyn Dortch left her husband more than a decade ago, got a college degree and now makes enough to support her four children and stay off welfare.

Davis, Bowles plan Dallas ceremony
Ambra Davis of Abilene, Texas, and John Graham Bowles have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, at Grace Bible Church in Dallas.

Camp initiation takes strange twist
MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) -- Police say they've solved the mystery of a cross-dressing Girl Scout cookie salesperson.

Utah is site for Chipman, Carlson wedding
Amelia Chipman of St. George, Utah, and Jason Carlson of Kenai were married Saturday, July 13, 2002, in the St. George Latter-day Saints Temple.

Dougherty, Coleman announce wedding plans
Adrienne Dougherty and Jackson Coleman of Soldotna have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna in an afternoon ceremony. Pastor Randy Parshall will officiate.

Three top picks sign contracts; Leaf retires
Three first-round picks agreed to deals Saturday as tackle Mike Williams signed with the Bills, running back William Green signed with the Browns and defensive end Dwight Freeney signed with the Colts.

Armstrong dominates time trial
MACON, France -- Lance Armstrong wasn't satisfied. Sure, he entered Saturday's time trial with a hefty overall lead in the Tour de France and little doubt that he'll win a fourth straight title. Sure, he's already shown he's a time-trial star.

Sports Briefs
Skyview to host All-American Volleyball CampRains force changes in District II tourneyTurova breaks own mark in 3,000 steeplechaseClemens goes five innings in rehab startWilliams' daughter questions letter

Ruiz keeps title, Johnson gets DQ
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz, floored in three earlier rounds by low blows, was declared the winner in his title defense against Kirk Johnson on Saturday night when the challenger threw yet another punch below the belt in the 10th round.

Tsalteshi race worth the pain
Mother Nature had mercy on some 50 runners Friday evening at Tsalteshi Trails. The glacier that carved the moraine on which the trail system sits, however, had no such mercy.

Redford takes Master's Division
Morris Redford had been waiting six years to win a flight in the Birch Ridge Golf Association Grainge Memorial Senior Golf Tournament.

Armstrong shines in summer of stars
Lance Armstrong. Tiger Woods. Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. Serena and Venus Williams. Their biggest rivals are in the record books, in other summers of blockbuster performances, other golden ages of sport.

Progress Days Rodeo produces wild cows' milk, barrels of laughs
There were bulls, at least a few bruises if not any blood, plenty of dust and mud, and some wild cows' milk to boot at the Soldotna Progress Days Rodeo Saturday at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds.

Sorenstam, Park share lead at Big Apple
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- South Korea's Gloria Park matched the tournament record with an 8-under 63, but all that did was tie her for the lead Saturday after three rounds of the LPGA Big Apple Classic with Annika Sorenstam, who had a 64.

Training camps open with eye on thermometer
Seeking relief from a Redskins training camp session where one thermometer hit 117 degrees, linebacker LaVar Arrington stripped to his shorts and plopped into a 300-gallon tub of ice just outside the locker room.

Venus, Clijsters advance to final
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Defending champion Kim Clijsters wore down Lindsay Davenport 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to advance to the Bank of the West Classic final.

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