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Monday, July 29, 2002

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.

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.

Haines kennel rescues 20 malamutes
HAINES (AP) -- A rescue kennel in Haines is faced with a big task -- trying to find homes for 20 malamutes.

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.

Young leads transportation members on tour of Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rep. Don Young is leading members of the House Transportation Committee and staffers on a tour of Alaska this week.

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.

Landmark Juneau cabin torn down
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau landmark has been demolished.

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.

Quake shakes Southcentral Alaska
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake jolted Southcentral Alaska Monday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

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.

Quake shakes Interior
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake rattled Interior Alaska Monday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

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.

Three-day conference on Inuit studies opens Thursday
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The world's leading researchers on Inuit and Eskimo societies gathering in Anchorage this week will address the notion that Native people of the Arctic should be collaborators in research, not merely subjects.

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.

Quake shakes Southcentral Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake jolted Southcentral Alaska Monday morning, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

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.

Kott, Murkowski campaing for job of House speaker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Though the primary election is weeks away and the general election three months off, Republican lawmakers are making an early bid for speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives.

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.

Brown bear euthanized after being hit by car
KENAI (AP) -- A large brown bear was euthanized after it was struck by a car on the Kenai Spur Highway.

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.

DMV employees are betting on organ donation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Staff members in the Division of Motor Vehicles offices in Juneau and Fairbanks are betting they can do something about organ donation.

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.

Utah man falls to death on Devil's Thumb
PETERSBURG (AP) -- A Utah man was killed in a climbing accident on Devil's Thumb at the Alaska and British Columbia borders, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

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

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.

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.

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.

Road Warriors no match for Post 20, Twins advance in district play
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team opened up the District II Tournament in fine fashion Sunday, defeating the Wasilla Post 35 Road Warriors 5-2 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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.

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.

Cooperstown honors Wizard
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Go crazy, folks! The Wizard is in the Hall of Fame. Fighting back a tear or two, Ozzie Smith joined baseball's elite Sunday, accepting his position in the pantheon of great stars of yesteryear with a wonderful speech that aptly described his storybook life.

Yards of the Week
The Kenai Parks and Recreation Department selected Ken and Shelly Peterson as winners of this week's Kenai Beautification Garden of the Week award. The Peterson home, located off South Forest Drive on Pine Street, is adorned with hanging baskets and a well-established perennial garden.

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.

Elliott sets Pocono record with victory
LONG POND, Pa. -- Bill Elliott stalked Sterling Marlin throughout the race, finally passed him with 21 laps remaining Sunday and took the crash- and rain-delayed Pennsylvania 500 to set a record with his fifth career victory at Pocono Raceway.

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.

Challenges include ecological issues
The closest the city of Kenai has come to making its dream of a sea wall and coastal trail a reality was in 2001 when the city applied for permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to begin construction on an erosion control structure that incorporated a Kenai River coastal trail.

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.

Murkowski combines reasons for peninsula visit
Nancy Murkowski wants what's best for Alaska's women, and she says her husband, U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, does, too.

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.

City of Kenai deals with bluff erosion
The city of Kenai boasts amazing views of Cook Inlet and the mouth of the Kenai River from atop the Kenai bluff, where onlookers can watch fishing boats work in the river, see beluga whales feeding on fish and gaze at the snow-capped volcanoes. For being such an aesthetic asset, the bluff has posed a problem for the city for the last 50 years.

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.

Burke takes helm of CPGH finances
Central Peninsula General Hospital's nine-month search for a chief financial officer ended at Thursday's hospital board meeting when Soldotna resident Edward Burke was named to the position.

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.

Chess tournament 'checks' into Kenai
Chess. Not a spectator's sport by any stretch of the imagination, chess is a game where even the opponent rarely has enough patience to stick around while his or her adversary takes a turn. Nevertheless fans of the game make no bones about its competitive aspect.

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.

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 drop two in Wood Bat tourney
The Peninsula Oilers dropped a pair of games at the Anchorage Bucs Wood Bat Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

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.

Financial incentives part of African initiatives reviving hope
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Peace efforts in Africa suddenly seem to be making progress, with major breakthroughs toward ending fighting in Congo, Sudan and Burundi in less than week.

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.

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.

Identity theft not fad that soon will vanish
There are plenty of cliches that address scams, rip-offs and other acts perpetrated by those bent on fraudulently separating people from their money. ''If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,'' and ''A fool and his money are often quickly parted,'' are two that come to mind.

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

Confidence in Wall Street hijacked by corporate crooks
Congress and President Bush need to act. They need to act aggressively and do it swiftly.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Camp Fire brings program to village
Port Graham kids had the chance to go to camp this month -- without ever leaving home.

Around the Peninsula
Emergency order alters gillnet openingCook Inlet health to be discussedVolleyball camp plannedBlood bank seeks donorsDeadline extended for rafting campClasses still available in HomerTickets available from Kenai chamberTraffic delays continue into fall

Peninsula People
Sterling youth wins scholarship, heads to campNikiski student earns scholarshipArea teachers attend Key Issues Institute

Births
Jennifer and Clint CarrWendy and Mark MilliganMary and Patrick Mize

Community News
Funny River plans annual festival

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

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.

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.

Jayhawk rower takes Crews control
The Kenai Crewsers, a nonprofit, recreational rowing club on the Kenai Peninsula, have finally found the full-time coach they have been looking for. Former University of Kansas rower Sarah Canfield will take over the reigns of the organization, now in its sixth season.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Armstrong wins fourth straight Tour
PARIS -- Voila! Just like that, Lance Armstrong is Tour de France champion for a fourth straight time.

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.

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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