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Tuesday, July 30, 2002

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

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.

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 convicted of having methamphetamine lab in home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man was found guilty by a federal jury Monday of keeping a methamphetamine lab in his home, trying to make more than five grams of the drug and possessing unregistered guns, prosecutors said.

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

Horse shot and killed two days after it was bought
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 2-year-old filly was shot dead in its corral in Kenai, two days after its owner brought it home.

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

Murkowski, Ulmer lead candidates in fundraising
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The two candidates considered the leading contenders to be Alaska's next governor have jumped ahead of the pack in the race to collect and spend campaign donations.

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.

Weather clears to rescue stranded climber
JUNEAU (AP) -- A helicopter was able to reach a climber stranded on a mountain near Petersburg on Monday, but recovering the body of his partner appears unlikely.

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.

Car dealer, employee charged with fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury Monday indicted a Juneau car dealer and a former employee on charges of defrauding customers.

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

Fuel spills outside old NARL lab near Barrow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An estimated 1,800 gallons of diesel fuel spilled Saturday at the former Naval Arctic Research Laboratory 4 miles north of Barrow.

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.

U.S. Senate approves money for Juneau heliport report
JUNEAU (AP) -- A U.S. Senate committee has approved spending $2 million to pay for an Environmental Impact Statement for a new Juneau heliport.

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.

Air carriers say they will bid on Adak service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- At least three airlines are eyeing service to Adak under a federal contract that has been the most costly in the nation.

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.

ACS takes bids on television subsidiary
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications Systems is negotiating to sell its television subsidiary, citing a reluctance to spend money to upgrade the money-losing unit to digital broadcast format.

Grand jury indicts doctor and nurse on fraud charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a doctor and his wife on healthcare fraud charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Monday.

IRA announces tax relief for Alaska residents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tax relief is being offered for Alaska residents affected by spring flooding, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

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.

Byrd helps Royals ground Blue Jays
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Paul Byrd, pitching before a bevy of scouts in perhaps his last appearance with Kansas City, threw his fourth straight complete game as the Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Monday night.

Post 20 handles Homer despite shortened bench
The American Legion Post 20 Twins suffered a setback prior to Monday's District II Tournament game against the Homer Post 16 Mariners, but put together an excellent game out of the field to notch an 8-2 win and advance to today's championship game.

Protest benches 3 Post 20 players
The American Legion Post 20 Twins defeated the Homer Post 16 Mariners 8-2 in the District II Tournament Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, but a protest filed by the Homer coach before the game and an inappropriate comment made by a Kenai coach after the game threatened to overshadow what was a well-played ballgame.

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.

Lancaster tosses hat into ring for Borough Mayor
Former Soldotna City Mayor, now Rep. Ken Lancaster, announced this spring that he would not seek re-election for a second term to the legislature. Lancaster expressed disillusionment with partisan politics as his primary reason to not seek a second term.

CPGH interim Administrator Riley hails from deep Dixie
Central Peninsula General Hospital's (CPGH) new interim administrator Carolyn Riley is originally from Alabama and is enjoying her first time in Alaska, "It's beautiful here! Everyone has been so wonderful and gracious. I'm enjoying working at the hospital and exploring the environment here on the Peninsula, it's truly beautiful," said Riley, a 22-year veteran administrator with Quorum Health Resources.

Heading to the ol' fishin' hole
If Norman Rockwell were to paint a scene of life on the Kenai Peninsula, you could almost bet that it would feature youngsters on a hike with fishing poles in hand. That real world portrait marched through Soldotna last week, as members of the Boys & Girls Club summer fishing program made their way to Soldotna Creek Park in hopes of landing a mighty Sockeye salmon.

Live Ride for MDA brings bikers to Peninsula-- hopes to raise $35,000
While many folks were heading to the Peninsula to celebrate the 42nd Annual Soldotna Progress Days, bikers from around Alaska were heading to the Peninsula to participate in the 2nd Annual Live Ride for MDA.

Home from a worldwide endless summer
A year ago, Kenai Middle School History teacher Bob Summer made a choice to do what most families only fantasize about, hit the road for a worldwide, "endless summer."

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.

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.

Ninilchik residents get mixed signals from radio antenna
An array of high-frequency radio antennas designed to broadcast religious programming to Russia and the Far East under construction near Ninilchik has neighbors concerned that the transmissions could be hazardous to birds, animals and, perhaps, human beings caught in the cone of radio energy to be beamed across Cook Inlet.

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.

Nature, people hurting bluff
The erosion of the Kenai bluff is a process that began before the city was established 200 years ago and will continue for generations to come.

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.

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.

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.

Equestrian group keeps eyes open for new grounds
"It's up in the air" best describes the current status of a future location for the Soldotna Equestrian Association.

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.

Paul Michael Valcho
Paul Michael Valcho died Friday, July 26, 2002, at Heritage Place Nursing Center in Soldotna. He was 78.

Sylvia Ann Davis
Longtime Soldotna resident Sylvia Ann Davis died Sunday, July 28, 2002, at Anchorage Providence Hospital in Anchorage, after recently being diagnosed with cancer. She was 82.

Oilers notch victory at Wood Bat tourney
The Peninsula Oilers plated a run in the bottom of the seventh and final inning against the Omaha Zone, coming away with a 6-5 win to level their mark at 2-2 in the Anchorage Bucs Wood Bat Invitational Monday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

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.

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.

Applause
Contributions spruce up Bridges' building with new carpetingRed Cross scores hole in one with successful tournament

Burning Chenik Lodge accomplishes nothing; state should reconsider
It's no secret that some of the rules governments must follow -- often rules they set for themselves -- can range from perplexing to downright nonsensical.

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

Letters to the Editor
Why did bike riders hurt efforts to beautify community?KRSA shows signs of succumbing to 'moral hazard' in lobbying efforts

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.

Births
Jennifer and Clint CarrWendy and Mark MilliganMary and Patrick Mize

Horsin' around keeps family bonds strong
Beth Fowler sits eerily still in her saddle at the end of the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds arena as she and her mount, Zeke, await the judge's signal to begin competition.

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

Around the Peninsula
Women's issues to be discussed at chamberClothes closet open todayBlood bank to hold birthday drivePicnic for KPBA membersTour of historic cabin offered

Community News
Funny River plans annual festival

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

Study shows seniors' impact on state
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Contrary to popular belief, Florida's retirees and senior citizens contribute much more to the state's economy than the state spends on them, a new study suggests.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Armstrong wonders if there's more in the tank for fifth, sixth wins and beyond
This was more about mastery than breathtaking speed. It was a title Lance Armstrong had to have, but one he knew the rest of us would take for granted. So he coasted.

Nicklaus and Woods take Battle at Bighorn 3 and 2
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Tiger Woods turned in another prime-time performance. Jack Nicklaus produced one last memorable shot.

Ban batterers from sports
Every week, on average, two athletes are arrested on charges they beat up their wives or girlfriends. Two or three more are arrested on other offenses.

NBA approves instant replay for last-second shots
NEW YORK -- The NBA will make sure next season that last-second shots really do beat the buzzer.

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.

Sports Briefs
KPHA to hold comp team tryoutsKPHA hosting hockey campRolen traded to CardinalsUnion could set strike date as early as next week

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

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