Wednesday, July 31, 2002

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.

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.

Fairbanks woman dies in house fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An elderly woman died early Monday morning in a house fire in the Hamilton Acres subdivision.

South American penguin found in Alaska waters
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Southeast Alaska fisherman came up with a novel item in his net earlier this month -- a Humboldt penguin.

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.

Usibelli inks new pact for military coal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Department of Defense will buy more than $100 million worth of coal from Usibelli Coal Mine during the next five years.

Eaglets moved, nest stays after Juneau landslide
JUNEAU (AP) -- An eagle's nest in a tree weakened by a landslide will stay even though the eaglets hatched there have been moved and the tree remains a potential hazard to drivers.

Fairbanks man sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his girlfriend last year.

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.

Man sentenced to two years for child porn conviction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Talkeetna man has been sentenced to two years in prison on a child pornography charge.

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.

Bear kills threaten Kenai hunt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Fish and Game is expected to close the Kenai Peninsula's fall brown bear hunt, due to an unusually high number of killings of bears in defense shootings and traffic accidents.

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.

Door left open at ice museum melts sculptures
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The staff at the Fairbanks Ice Museum is being extra careful coming and going these days.

Umphenour appointed to seafood board
JUNEAU (AP) -- Virgil Umphenour has been appointed to the board of directors for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Gov. Tony Knowles announced on Tuesday. Umphenour's term will end July 2005.

Doyon awarded Denali Park contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Native regional corporation Doyon Ltd. has been awarded a contract to provide bus, retail and food services in Denali National Park and Preserve.

Teen held in assault of child
WASILLA (AP) -- A 13-year-old boy has been arrested by Wasilla police and charged with sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl.

Woman killed in Fairbanks fire identified
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fire officials have released the name of a Fairbanks woman killed Monday in an early morning house fire.

Ex-Anchorage cop gets six month sentence
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Anchorage police officer, convicted of trying to convince his underage girlfriend to lie about sex, has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Body of Dillingham fisherman recovered
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a Dillingham man missing since July 17 has been recovered.

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.

Ketchikan troopers find methamphetamine lab
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers responding to a burglary complaint Monday discovered a methamphetamine manufacturing lab at a Ketchikan home.

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.

Tennessee man offered Ketchikan borough manager job
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted Monday to hire a Jackson, Tenn. man as borough manager.

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.

Fairbanks fugitive reaches plea agreement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Fairbanks man accused of living as a fugitive in Canada since he was convicted of mail fraud in 1976 pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court.

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.

Ninth Circuit Court sides with EPA on Red Dog air permit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An appeals court ruled Tuesday that a federal agency did not overstep its bounds when requiring the Red Dog Mine north of Kotzebue to use more expensive anti-pollution technology.

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.

Neighbors, agencies question antennas in Ninilchik
KENAI (AP) -- High-frequency radio antennas under construction near Ninilchik have neighbors concerned that the transmissions could be hazardous.

Religious faith at odds over primary ballot
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's new closed primary system, which requires voters to chose a ballot from one of six political parties, has members of the Baha'i faith in a quandary.

Body found in Cook Inlet identified as missing man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police say a body found in Cook Inlet near the Port of Anchorage has been identified as a man who missing since May.

Expos trade Floyd to Boston
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Cliff Floyd was traded for the second time in three weeks, with the Montreal Expos sending the power-hitting outfielder to Boston on Tuesday night for minor league pitchers Seung Jun Song and Sun Woo Kim.

Yanks stay hot by stomping Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Bernie Williams and Jason Giambi hit two-run homers, helping David Wells overcome a rocky start as the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 Tuesday night for their 10th win 13 games.

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.

Were Twins wrong? Yes. Cheaters? No.
First, a clarification. There are two sides to every story, and sometimes what's said isn't what's heard.

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.

St. Louis defeats Marlins in Rolen's first game as a Cardinal
MIAMI -- Andy Benes won for the first time in almost a year, Edgar Renteria homered twice and Scott Rolen hit an RBI triple in his St. Louis debut as the Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins 5-0 Tuesday night.

Twins top 49ers for District II title
All season, the Kenai American Legion Post 20 Twins have had to figure out how to deal with setbacks.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Thursday marks opening of official election season
Seated incumbents and the hopefuls who may wish to boot them out can start lining up to run in the Oct. 1 municipal election starting Thursday.

City candidates make decisions on running
Five elected officials from the cities of Kenai and Soldotna, including Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey, will see their terms expire this year.

Peninsula youth make impact at rally
There's more to Homer Electric Association than counting kilowatts, conducting board meetings and mailing out bills. This is what selected Kenai Peninsula students have learned every summer since 1995, and what three learned earlier this month through participation in the Alaska Rural Electric Cooperatives Association Youth Rally.

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.

Property owners willing to pay price for views of inlet
There are certain inherent risks that come with being a homeowner. Leaky roofs, fires, burst pipes, insect and rodent infestations, flooded basements and settling foundations are potential problems all homeowners face.

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.

Troopers get lead in horse shooting
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of felony suspects in a horse shooting in Kenai.

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.

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.

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

Peninsula loses lead against AIA
Because they are at the Anchorage Bucs Wood Bat Invitational, the Oilers are playing shorter games than normal. Unfortunately for Peninsula, though, the games last longer than three innings.

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.

Economy identified as Bush's Achilles' heel
WASHINGTON -- Potential Democratic candidates for president may have been reluctant to criticize President Bush's war against terrorism, but they've shown no such hesitation to criticize his efforts on the economy.

Applause
Generosity of peninsula residents will help students in Point Hope

Candidates should 'invest in good will' while campaigning
It has been a relatively quiet primary election campaign -- so far, at least -- and for that, most people probably are grateful. In years past, this has been a season for raucous and occasionally mean-spirited name-calling among candidates.

Economy needs boost from top
From "outside the beltway," here is the inside story on Republicans' quiet efforts to get the White House moving in a strong, secure position on its domestic agenda, particularly, the economy.

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

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

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Emergency order opens gillnet fisheryRepresentative forum planned at chamberDeadline extended for summer campSterling artist to be featured in programWRCC to hold board meetingProgress Days winner's announced

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

Religious faith at odds over primary ballot
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's new closed primary system, which requires voters to chose a ballot from one of six political parties, has members of the Baha'i faith in a quandary.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

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.

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

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.

Testaverde injury gives Jets a scare
The New York Jets got a scare Tuesday when quarterback Vinny Testaverde banged his right thumb on a teammate's helmet and had to leave morning practice.

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.

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.

Iverson ruling seen as fair, but courtroom antics cause a stir
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson's fame fueled a bizarre legal drama in which courtroom staff sought autographs and local celebrities filled the jury box.

Kenai Golf Report: Progress Days weekend busy, but not too busy for golf
What a weekend! It started out with a downpour. However, the Progress Days Parade was spared and the rest of the day was absolutely beautiful. Went to the rodeo and ran into some old friends that my favorite horse and I competed with in rodeos of the past. It was wonderful to visit with some of them I hadn't seen in over 10 years. Traded my saddle and tack in for a set of golf clubs nearly 15 years ago and have been hanging around on the fairways and greens ever since.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions hold motocross city raceJohnnie takes Trophy event at Alaska RacewayLeslie first female pro to dunk in gameClemens headed for another rehab startPlayers, owners still divided on most key issues

South American penguin found in Alaska waters
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Southeast Alaska fisherman came up with a novel item in his net earlier this month -- a Humboldt penguin.

Eaglets moved, nest stays after Juneau landslide
JUNEAU (AP) -- An eagle's nest in a tree weakened by a landslide will stay even though the eaglets hatched there have been moved and the tree remains a potential hazard to drivers.

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