Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Wrongful death lawsuit settled
FAIRBANKS (AP) A wrongful death lawsuit filed after a warehouseman was killed by falling pipe has been settled.

Comeau named state Superintendent of the Year
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Association of School Administrators has named Anchorage Schools Superintendent Carol Comeau Alaska's Superintendent of the Year.

Federal grants help demolish Anchorage eyesores
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage neighborhood lost a few old eyesores Monday as demolition crews crunched up and hauled away skeletal, charred houses that neighbors said have marred the landscape for years.

Hood not running for U.S. Senate seat
JUNEAU (AP) Sen. Lisa Murkowski has one less challenger to worry about in 2004.

UAF professor honored for moose research
FAIRBANKS (AP) Professor Terry Bowyer, a nationally-recognized instructor and researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, needs no prompting to dive into his favorite topic moose.

Gasoline theft leads to Gambell fire
NOME (AP) A cigarette lighter used by someone apparently trying to steal gasoline in Gambell last week lit a fire that burned a four-wheeler and threatened the community's fuel supply.

Agencies lay out course on Kensington mine project
JUNEAU (AP) State and federal agencies involved in analyzing the proposed Kensington mine have outlined a schedule for permitting the project.

Suspect charged in fatal Angoon stabbing
JUNEAU (AP) The companion of an Angoon man stabbed to death Saturday night has been charged with his murder.

More rain possible for flooded Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) With Fairbanks and other Interior Alaska locations on pace for the wettest July on record, flooding closed Chena Hot Springs Road on Monday and restricted traffic in waterlogged areas of the Parks Highway.

Murkowski pushes Palmer Pioneers Home for vets' home
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Pioneers' and Veterans' Home in Palmer is the best choice to become Alaska's first real veterans home, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Tuesday.

Northwest doing brisk bussiness in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) Northwest Airlines Cargo Inc. is doing a brisk business at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, and doesn't anticipate slowing down anytime soon.

Bristol Bay lawsuit attorneys seek $27.7 million
ANCHORAGE (AP) Attorneys in the massive Bristol Bay salmon antitrust lawsuit want a combined $27.7 million in fees and expenses.

Troopers confirm stabbing death
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska State Troopers on Monday confirmed the stabbing death of an Angoon man but said no arrests have been made.

Denali Park residents make plans after flooding
DENALI PARK (AP) With one eye on the river and another on the sky, weary residents at Carlo Creek made plans Tuesday for recovering from damage caused by flooding.

Wrongful death lawsuit settled
FAIRBANKS (AP) A wrongful death lawsuit filed after a warehouseman was killed by falling pipe has been settled.

Juneau considers loans for quieter airplanes
JUNEAU (AP) Owners of noisy flightseeing airplanes could get low-interest loans for quieter engines under a plan under consideration by the Juneau Assembly.

Eight congressmen join Young on Alaska visit
FAIRBANKS (AP) Eight members of Congress are joining Rep. Don Young in Alaska as the U.S. House takes its traditional summer recess.

Bill introduced to speed state, Native land conveyance
FAIRBANKS (AP) Legislation to speed up conveying federal land to the state and Native corporations was introduced this week in Congress by Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Soldotna guide sentenced for dousing protesters
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Soldotna fishing guide was sentenced Monday to 320 hours of community service for dumping water on street-corner peace demonstrators last spring while his son was fighting in Iraq.

Gasoline theft leads to Gambell fire
NOME (AP) A cigarette lighter used by someone apparently trying to steal gasoline in Gambell last week lit a fire that burned a four-wheeler and threatened the community's fuel supply.

Floods overwhelms cabins at Carlo Creek
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (AP) Carlo Creek jumped its banks early Monday and swept a path of destruction on its way to the Nenana River, destroying cabins and threatening to push at least one home into the river.

Troopers identify knife used in fatal stabbing
ANCHORAGE (AP) The weapon used in the fatal stabbing of an Angoon man Saturday was a kitchen knife with a 9-inch blade, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Agencies lay out course on Kensington mine project
JUNEAU (AP) State and federal agencies involved in analyzing the proposed Kensington mine have outlined a schedule for permitting the project.

Hickel would use PFD dividend to heal state budget
JUNEAU (AP) Former Gov. Walter J. Hickel has a plan for dealing with the state's budget crisis.

Iditarod schedules special meeting to decide on blind musher
ANCHORAGE (AP) Board members of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will hold a special meeting in September to try to resolve the issue over a legally blind Oregon teenager seeking special accommodations to run the 2004 race.

Green Party files lawsuit to stay on ballot
JUNEAU (AP) The Green Party of Alaska filed a lawsuit in Anchorage Superior Court on Tuesday challenging the state law that decides which political parties are given access to statewide ballots.

Heavy rain lifts creeks over Interior roads
FAIRBANKS (AP) Fairbanks is on its way to the rainiest July ever.

NovaGold going ahead with Rock Creek project
ANCHORAGE (AP) NovaGold Resources Inc. is going ahead with a large-scale feasibility drilling program at its Rock Creek project following successful drilling in April near Nome.

Grizzly shot in neighborhood outside Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Goldstream Valley homeowner shot a grizzly bear in his driveway last week that ignored warning shots.

Totem pole being refurbished for new installation
JUNEAU (AP) A 40-foot Auk Tribe totem pole that used to stand outside Centennial Hall in Juneau is being refurbished for its installation in the new atrium at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Public drunkenness curbed in downtown Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) A few years ago, a few dozen chronic inebriates used to congregate in the downtown, disturbing tourists and harassing business owners.

Alaska Airlines lowers luggage weight limit
ANCHORAGE (AP) The cost of heavy luggage is going up at Alaska Airlines.

Mueller's two grand slams make history
ARLINGTON, Texas Boston's Bill Mueller became the first player in major league history to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in a game, connecting for three homers to lead the Red Sox over the Texas Rangers 14-7 Tuesday night.

Braves' Ortiz wins eighth straight game
ATLANTA Russ Ortiz stretched his winning streak to a career-high eight games and hit a homer, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 6-3 victory over the Houston Astros in a matchup of division leaders Tuesday night.

Trade winds blow for baseball teams
The Boston Red Sox bolstered their bullpen Tuesday, acquiring closer Scott Williamson from the Cincinnati Reds for a minor league pitcher, a player to be named and cash.

Twins to face off against Old Timers
If the Old Timers lose their fund-raising game to the American Legion Twins tonight, they can blame it on the amazingly damp July Fairbanks has experienced.

Twins fall in District II tourney
The American Legion Twins dropped their opening game in the District II tournament Tuesday in Wasilla, falling to the Wasilla Road Warriors 7-5.

Palmeiro leads Rangers past Mariners
SEATTLE Rafael Palmeiro hit a grand slam and a three-run homer for career-high seven RBIs to lead the Texas Rangers over the Seattle Mariners 10-1 Monday night.

First time out... ...First Championship Title
Amy George is now the reigning Northern Lights Body Building & Fitness champion, taking 1st place in the women's heavyweight division, and 1st place overall at the Northern Lights Body Building & Fitness Championships held recently in Fairbanks.

Shakespeare's Hamlet coming to Kenai
A unique opportunity to add to your outdoor fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing or mountain climbing adventure on the Peninsula, an outdoor cultural experience not to be forgotten;

Fulfilling a fantasy at 92
To hang on to some nice young man around the middle and just go on the back of a big Harley was Ireta Musgrave's birthday wish at 92 years young. Local members of ABATE, Alaska Bikers Advocating Training & Education, made Ireta's wish come true last week. Club President Craig Rowell and member Art Waters heard of Ireta's long time desire and enlisted Mike Seaman and his Harley to do the honors.

Making hay while the sun shines
The light winter, early spring and warm, sunny summer are adding up to a windfall of windrows for those making hay on the Kenai Peninsula.

Open House at new ACS building
Now there is one stop shopping for all your Alaska Communication Systems services on the Central Peninsula. ACS is now located in one location in Soldotna at the corner of Kobuk and Wilson St. just a block off the Sterling Highway.

Photo feature: Net profit
Christian Ehgartner nets a red salmon his father Franz caught below the David Douthit Veterans Memorial Bridge in Soldotna last weekend. Ehgartner said the pair was visiting from Austria and was having a lot of success fishing the Kenai River.

There's better way to honor state's seniors than with longevity bonus
The governor's recent trashing of the Longevity Bonus Program points to an inherent flaw in all government entitlement programs: When the political winds change direction, you can lose your political largess with just a flick of the red pen.

Jeff Webster prosecuted for wrong reason: to advance political agenda
At Mr. Jeff Webster's sentencing hearing Monday, we saw a tragic truth about why Mr. Webster was so aggressively prosecuted. During sentencing arguments, his defense attorney Wayne Ross recounted for the court a story that his son had related to him while recently stationed in Iraq as a United States Marine. It seems that while in Iraq young Mr. Ross had not one, but two artillery shells land about 70 feet from him on two different occasions.

Rowing camp great, except for smashing finale on highway
The Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club and the Anchorage Rowing Association just spent two wonderful weekends with Coach and Olympic Gold Medalist Carie Graves from the University of Texas at a rowing camp on Trail Lake in Moose Pass.

Governor doing best he can given bleak financial picture
Gov. Frank Murkowski inherited a huge fiscal gap from his predecessors and many Alaskans are forgetting that our economy was already shaky and gloomy before he took command. A responsible leader does not continue to spend, spend, spend when faced with financial instability.

Norm Story will be missed at helm of Homer Electric
In 1991, I attended a general manager's conference sponsored by the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) in Washington, D. C., where I met my first Alaskans. Their names were Norm and Lynn Story. Norm was employed as the manager for Homer Electric Association (HEA). My wife and I delighted at their stories about Alaska.

Rural education gets good news
A program designed to help underachieving students in urban school districts may be the ticket to success for some of the Kenai Peninsula's most rural schools.

Brown bear season to be nixed
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is in the process of making it official: The fall hunting season for brown bear will be closed on the Kenai Peninsula.

Couple's plans to fish sink before they swim
Some days of fishing are better than others, but on a day when your truck sinks before leaving the dock well, it doesn't come much worse than that.

Missing buoys disrupting inlet science project
Dr. Mark Johnson needs the public's help. The University of Alaska Fairbanks professor from the Institute of Marine Science is conducting an oceanographic project in Cook Inlet, but he has a problem boaters have been picking up the satellite tracked drifting buoys.

Assembly delegation optimistic about trip
Despite a growing national deficit and the rising cost of war in Iraq, the Kenai Peninsula Borough should see a fair share of federal dollars in the coming fiscal year, members of an assembly delegation said after returning from a recent two-day lobbying trip to Washington, D.C.

Hickel floats plan to cover gap in budget
JUNEAU Faced with millions of dollars in cuts to municipal programs by the state, Alaska cities are looking for solutions to budget shortfalls. Former Gov. Walter J. Hickel says he's got one: using money from the permanent fund dividend.

Nature series revives days of guide, hunter
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's nature walk series has been popular with tourists and locals this summer.

Canada oil, gas visitors look to peninsula
The Cook Inlet oil and gas industry has set an example that some of Alaska's immediate Southeastern neighbors want to follow. A contingency of British Columbia offshore oil and gas stakeholders, representing provincial and coastal communities, government officials and First Nations leaders, came to the Kenai Peninsula for a three-day fact-finding mission that could help spur development in their coastal waters.

Accident on Kenai River totals boat; no one injured
A Kenai man and four passengers escaped serious injury Saturday afternoon when a speeding boat crashed into and over his fishing boat on the Kenai River near Eagle Rock.

Judge gives Webster options
Under a complex sentence handed down Monday, the man convicted of throwing water on peace demonstrators at the "Y" in Soldotna earlier this year may choose between going to jail, performing community service or a combination of the two.

Helen (Ballenti) Magsayo
Soldotna resident Helen (Ballenti) Magsayo died Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 66.

Oilers, Bucs rained out
The Peninsula Oilers had their opening game in the Gillette Wood Bat Invitational rained out Monday.

Oilers win first two at Wood Bat tourney
The Peninsula Oilers opened the Anchorage Bucs Wood Bat Invitational with a pair of wins Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

State needs to move beyond rural-urban divide, work together
Alaska has for some time now been mired in a furious and unhealthy tug of war between its urban and rural regions. The arguing erupted yet again in recent days, with members of a special legislative committee being accused of robbing the rural regions simply because they rejected a plan by the governor to sharply, and unfairly, increase state aid to many small communities.

Democrats take wrong tack; 2001 terrorist attacks could have happened on anyone's watch
Evidence continues to mount that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., will at least flirt with the idea of running for president next year. Either way, she certainly has assumed the role of chief spokesperson in attacking President George W. Bush a strategy that likely will blow up in her, and the Democratic Party's, face before Election Day 2004.

Speculating on Saddam's fate
WASHINGTON If U.S. forces capture Saddam Hussein, his prospects would be bleak: intense interrogation, an austere prison cell, a trial for war crimes and perhaps an execution.

Lessons in practical economics missing from most schools
Managing a bank account, handling credit cards and saving for retirement are practical skills that everyone should have. But most young people are taught painfully little about them.

Federal government meddles in problems best left to states
Ronald Reagan said it best: "The most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you.'"

Around the Peninsula
Racing Lions to hold circle track races

Around the Peninsula
KVCC celebrates arts on the KenaiBlood donation earns dinner discountDeadline for Native veterans representatives setBuilders host member appreciation picnicSoroptimists hold benefit for cancer fundPower wheelchairs availableSquare dancers plan eventsCooper Landing library to host auctionBoy Scout leaders plan gatheringRedoubt schedules back-to-school open house

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Day still not long enough
Very early in the morning yours truly hit range balls, then hit the chipping and practice green before starting the day. The Progress Days parade was one of the biggest thus far, as big as the Fourth of July parade was in Kenai this year.

Sports Briefs
Seavey wins national crownNikiski Hoop Camp set for Aug. 6 to 8KPSC takes two titles in FairbanksTeam Alaska drops first gameHomer Jackpot derby has new leaderWashington: Neuheisel's termination stands

Coach: Future looks bright for Armstrong
PARIS Before Lance Armstrong and I can begin thinking about the 2004 Tour de France, we are going to spend some time enjoying his fifth victory.

Cancer still rates as toughest opponent
Lance Armstrong has been on top of the world so long that the rest of us sometimes forget how he got there.

Hope left mark on golfing
When Bob Hope celebrated his last birthday, it was the only time he was happy to hit 100.

Sports Briefs
Team Alaska notches winBryant's attorneys ask judge to reconsider camerasLee's streak ended by shoulder injuryPolice: Ettinger committed suicide

Another lineman goes down at Jaguars' camp
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars tackle John Henderson had shortness of breath and was taken to a hospital Tuesday, the second player on the team to have problems with the heat at training camp.

Big Two can't hold Bridges
RANCHO SANTA Fe, Calif. Put together the best two players in golf with nine victories this year and 11 major championships between them, and guess what happens?

Baylor grieving over basketball player's death
WACO, Texas (AP) Baylor University officials said Monday they were grief-stricken and trying to come to terms with the death of basketball player Patrick Dennehy and the murder charge against a former teammate.

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