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Monday, July 28, 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.

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.

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.

Labor Department predicts tellers, other jobs will decline
FAIRBANKS (AP) The number of bank tellers in the state will decline, according to predictions of a state labor study, but bank officials don't agree.

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.

Stabbing death shocks Southeast community
JUNEAU (AP) An Angoon man was stabbed to death at his home Saturday night, relatives said.

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.

Heavy rain lifts creeks over Interior roads
FAIRBANKS (AP) Some of the heaviest rains in more than 35 years soaked Fairbanks and other Interior locations Sunday.

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

Investigators unravel mysteries of old bones
FAIRBANKS (AP) When his son's pit bull brought home a human skull July 11, Roger Shields turned it over to Alaska State Troopers to determine where it came from and how the person died.

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.

Segway tours planned for visitors next year
ANCHORAGE (AP) A tour company says it will sell people the chance to glide through Alaska next year in futuristic style on Segway ''Human Transporters.''

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.

Missile officials wait for intent on extra money
WASHINGTON (AP) Sen. Ted Stevens' proposed $200 million increase in spending for ground-based missile interceptors would provide money beyond what President Bush's budget projected was necessary to have 16 interceptor silos at Fort Greely by the end of 2005.

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.

Forms could help paramedics in emergency
ANCHORAGE (AP) A nonprofit organization is distributing forms that can provide paramedics with vital information when they respond to homes.

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.

Ships may have to be equipped with anti-collision device
ANCHORAGE (AP) Certain ships may have to be equipped with anti-collision technology that the federal government believe may be useful in thwarting terrorism.

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.

Panel: Alaska needs to do more to prevent accidents
ANCHORAGE (AP) A national panel of injury-prevention experts has found that education efforts in Alaska have helped cut the accident rate in recent years, but more needs to be done.

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

Two Wainwright soldiers charged with assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fort Wainwright soldier was in critical condition Sunday at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after allegedly being beaten by two other soldiers.

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.

Hoonah man says Agent Orange buried in Tok
FAIRBANKS (AP) The former employee of a contractor hired by the Army told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that he helped bury Agent Orange in Tok 30 years ago.

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.

Pension fund almost $2.5 billion short
FAIRBANKS (AP) The fund in which the state holds its employees' pension money, as well as communities and groups that subscribe to its pension plan, is almost $2.5 billion short, according to recent figures.

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

Scientists have found oldest shipwreck in Alaska
KODIAK (AP) Scientists say they have found what they believe to be the wreckage of the Russian sailing vessel Kadiak, which sank in 1860 in shallow waters near Spruce Island.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Now Playing: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life / Bad Boys II
Angelina Jolie is the perfect person to portray video-game super-heroine Lara Croft because she, like Lara, has basically been created out of equal parts teenage hormones and media hype. Sure, there's a good actress hiding in there, but for all the freaky rumors and bizarre truths, she might as well be nothing more than a sexy digital creation running around a giant tabloid video game. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, on the other hand, have real lives but have just chosen to deliver lifeless performances.

Contestant appreciates support
I would like to thank Inlet Drilling for sponsoring me. Without their help, my entry for the Little Miss Rodeo Contest couldn't have happened.

Water monitoring is proactive approach that prevents pollution
Curtailing a long standing comprehensive water-monitoring program along waters which protect salmon habitat and water quality seems like a really short-sighted plan.

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.

Soldotna council still searching for right site
Bringing a cemetery to town is proving to be a lengthy endeavor for the city of Soldotna.

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.

Rodeo enthusiasts saddle up for Progress Days
The chute opens and a calf bolts out in a blur of motion, kicking up mud with each hoof beat.

Trash can set afire at SoHi
Though school doesn't start for another few weeks, Soldotna High School had an early housewarming Friday when someone set fire to a trash can near the parking lot entrance to the building around 8:30 p.m.

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.

Kenai council begins fund to maintain property
Having a nice, well-maintained place of residence takes effort and money, as anyone involved in home improvement projects knows.

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.

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.

Neva LaRae 'Pixie' (McAllister) Notter
Neva LaRae "Pixie" (McAllister) Notter died Sunday, July 6, 2003, of a heart attack at the Republic County Hospital in Belleville, Kan. She was 41.

Oilers drop two; miss NBC shot
The Peninsula Oilers dropped an opportunity to clinch a berth in the National Baseball Congress World Series on Sunday after losing two games of a double-header against Athletes In Action at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

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.

DEC dumps Kenai Peninsula
The commentary by Ernesta Ballard of Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation in last Tuesday's Peninsula Clarion reminds me of a sleezy used car salesman saying "trust me!" It is quite true that DEC is supposed to protect the precious "crown jewels" of Alaska like the Kenai River. However, as Paul Harvey always suggests, there is "the rest of the story."

United States allowing export of high-tech jobs
Those who have not wanted to help the textile industry battle cheap foreign imports have often said that high-tech jobs can replace less skilled manufacturing jobs. Now it seems as if even the high-tech jobs are being exported.

AIDS news alarming
Thanks to billions of dollars in research, countless hours in the laboratory and a long process of trial and error, medical researchers have developed a variety of drugs that keep people with HIV from developing AIDS. It's crucial to preserve the effectiveness of these hard-won advances as long as possible.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Subway's Jared visits Soldotna
To some he's an inspiration, to others he's a celebrity visiting the Kenai Peninsula, and to millions he's the guy seen in the Subway TV commercials who lost hundreds of pounds eating only Subway sandwiches for one year.

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.

Births
Allen and Toni OskolkoffSarah and Luke HansonRebecca VanBoxdel and Jake Arness

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.

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

Peninsula People
Sterling woman attends summer Navy programNinilchik woman completes culinary programSoldotna student earns scholarshipsKenai student named to honors listKCHS student wins award at national contestKenai student completes CNA training

Summer Landscaping Awards
Harold Dusenbery's home on Channel Way in Inlet Woods Subdivision was selected as this week's Kenai's Garden of the Week.

Around the Peninsula
Club hosts open gymNutritional classes availableSalmon industry focus of chamber meetingWRCC board meeting scheduledYouth theater to present alien adventureAlaska refuges plan centennial celebrationBusiness beautification contest continuesFinal Safe Sitter course of summer slatedCongressional mobile office tour plannedUnited Way plans cruise fund-raiserResidents needed to apply for CPHC board

Hero of the Week
In May of this year, I was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. I spent three weeks in the hospital.

Community News
KCHS cross country begins today

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.

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.

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

Lance Armstrong wins record-tying Tour de France title
PARIS Never did his reign look so uncertain. Never did he savor a victory quite like this one.

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.

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.

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

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.

Can he defy history?
If only for a day, Lance Armstrong rode his bike like someone who really was on a tour of France.

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.

Dennehy's body identified outside of Waco
WACO, Texas Medical examiners on Sunday identified a body found in chest-high weeds near Waco as that of Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy, who had been missing since June 19.

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.

Neuheisel appeals to UW VP
Rick Neuheisel's lawyer said Sunday he hopes to make the NCAA accountable for what he claims is the organization's ''rush to judgment'' in the firing of the Washington football coach.

Disabled athletes to sue USOC
DENVER Three Paralympic athletes plan to file a discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Olympic Committee for not providing equal benefits to disabled athletes.

Sports Briefs
Twins wait out rainSafety injures foot during practiceNewman wins at Pocono

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.

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.

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

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