Thursday, July 31, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Delta sues Army over training site
FAIRBANKS (AP) The city of Delta Junction has filed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Army from building a high-tech training facility too close to the community.

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.

High water sweeps away another Interior cabin
FAIRBANKS (AP) Flooding from heavy rain claimed another Interior Alaska cabin Tuesday, this time off Chena Hot Springs Road east of Fairbanks.

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.

Fishermen question exclusion of Russian processors
JUNEAU (AP) Southeast pink salmon fishermen are again questioning a decision to keep Russian processors out of the state this year.

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.

Veterans groups back Palmer home
ANCHORAGE (AP) The push to locate the state's first full-fledged veterans home in Palmer is winning the support of the leaders of major Alaska veterans groups.

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.

Anchorage economy in better shape than forecast
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage's economy is shaping up better than forecasters had thought it would this year, thanks in part to greater-than-anticipated strength in services industries such as health care, banking and business consulting.

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.

Cabinet Secretary Thompson plans Alaska visit
JUNEAU (AP) Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson will make his third visit to Alaska next week.

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.

School board approves plans for Delta school
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) The Delta/Greely School Board is poised to ask for bids to construct a 450-student elementary school building across from the existing Delta School.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska group receives immunization award
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Alaska group is receiving national recognition for its work to get people immunized.

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.

Twins get the best of Old Timers
Wednesday night's Old Timers Game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park wasn't bad for a test run.

A-Rod floats trade idea
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Frustrated by the constant losing, Alex Rodriguez is willing to consider a trade.

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.

Valentin hits three homers, White Sox roll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Jose Valentin hit three home runs in the first five innings and Paul Konerko had a grand slam and a career-high six RBIs as the Chicago White Sox routed the Kansas City Royals 15-4 Wednesday night.

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.

Willis tops Johnson in battle of aces
MIAMI Rookie sensation Dontrelle Willis gave up four hits in seven innings to lead the Florida Marlins over Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Wednesday 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.

Business Briefs
Era marks 20 years of serving Kenai-SoldotnaAlaska Airlines makes wild salmon first classSoldotna holds business beauty contest

Buy Alaska encourages spending locally
If everyone in Alaska made an effort to spend an additional 10 percent on Alaska products, it would mean an additional $700 million in additional revenues for Alaska businesses.

Alaska Airlines drops luggage weight limit
ANCHORAGE The cost of heavy luggage is going up at Alaska Airlines.

Photo features: End of the fishing day
Two commercial fishers head to their boat anchored at the Port of Kenai on Wednesday afternoon.

Fish decline concerns Asia-Pacific nations
HONOLULU A worldwide decline in fish is likely to continue unless better, multifaceted management strategies are adopted by countries and fisheries management groups, researchers said Monday.

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.

Historian fights for Harlem's treasures
NEW YORK Michael Henry Adams strolls along Lenox Avenue in the middle of Harlem. He stops to watch a worker from a nearby renovation scrape patches of cheap color from a mahogany hall mirror to reveal the brilliant red wood underneath. Once restored, the old mirror could fetch $400 or more.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Quilting on the Kenai 2003 Viewers' Choice Winners
The ninth annual Quilting on the Kenai show, June 19, 20, and 21, was a viewer's choice show. Viewers were asked to complete a ballot indicating their favorites.

Art Briefs
Future of Pratt Museum to be discussedLandscape painting workshops slatedArt classes offeredTheater production needs donated dollsPoetry contest announcedMuseum seeks volunteersArtists in Schools solicits interest

Touring theater group brings 'Hamlet' show to the Kenai Peninsula
Every summer on the Kenai Peninsula, hoards of visitors from all over the world flock to the area for fishing and other outdoor activities. A group from Fairbanks will join the crowd this weekend, although the outdoor event they are coming for has nothing to do with salmon, camping or any other typical tourist activities.

Matt LeBlanc to star in 'Friends' spinoff
LOS ANGELES ''Friends'' is paring down to one friend, Joey.

Blue-collar stories show blue-ribbon talent
Henry David Thoreau famously said that most people lead lives of quiet desperation. Richard Chiappone gives eloquent voice to those silent sufferers in his debut short story collection, "Water of an Undetermined Depth."

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.

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.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 2,9772. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,7453. Jeff Gordon 2,669

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $3,655,6552. Kurt Busch 3,365,3753. Michael Waltrip 3,160,235

This week's race: Brickyard 400
Where and When

Newsmaker: Dale Jarrett
Dale Jarrett is going through one of the most challenging seasons of his NASCAR Winston Cup Series career.

Pioneer's system is not based on wins
SPEEDWAY, Ind. The man who invented the current points system for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series was buried Wednesday.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Career-ending injuries can be tough financially, emotionally
One option Ernie Irvan never considered immediately after his third serious head injury in a five-year stretch was retirement.

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.

Gottschalks move means more space
Soldotna clothing store Gottschalks announced plans Wednesday to move from its current building to a long-vacant space in the Peninsula Center Mall.

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.

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.

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.

Child tax credit gives families boost
Last week the Internal Revenue Service began notifying the more than 59,000 Alaska families eligible for the child tax credit advance payment when to expect their checks.

Issue of management, funding on assembly's agenda after 5-year absence
Five years ago, Kenai Peninsula voters rejected a ballot proposition seeking to establish borough trails powers. Come Oct. 7, they could be considering the issue again.

Borough still searching for finance director
An ongoing search for a new Kenai Peninsula Borough finance director has drawn some 20 resumes from applicants.

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.

List of judges forwarded to Murkowski for selection
Names of candidates have been sent to Gov. Frank Murkowski for appointment as judges in the Kenai and Kodiak Superior courts.

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.

Wayne C. Mize
Former Anchorage resident Wayne C. Mize died Nov. 19, 2002, at his home in Yuma, Ariz. He was 82.

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.

Miners outlast Oilers
The Mat-Su Miners defeated the Peninsula Oilers Wednesday at Mulcahy Stadium in a matchup of the only two undefeated teams in the Wood Bat Invitational.

Vermont's Dean may be in better presidential position than others
WASHINGTON Four senators, two House members and one ex-lawmaker pursuing the Democratic presidential nomination face an elusive foe: history.

Photographs show lack of respect for dead Iraqi brothers
Yet again, the United States has chosen to flout international convention.

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.'"

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.

President needs to observe mistakes of past war leaders
Many Americans have believed, above all because of the White House's insinuations, that Saddam Hussein in one way or another was involved in the attacks against New York and Washington. With that there was a link to terrorism, internal security and Iraq. Without the events of Sept. 11 the war would have been much more difficult to justify.

Bush administration must re-examine its Middle East policies
In his meeting with Sharon today, President Bush has the opening to put the peace process back on track by pressuring his Israeli guest into abandoning Israel's long-held positions that have played the major role to stall the negotiations.

Around the Peninsula
Racing Lions to hold circle track races

Around the Peninsula
Blood bank to visit HomerVisitors center to explore aviationAlaska refuges plan centennial celebrationImmunization clinics expanded in HomerCooperative extension to dish up dessertKWF to explore new trailWRCC run registration forms available

Details emerge in Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. Kobe Bryant and the woman who accused him of sexual assault had some consensual sexual contact in his mountain resort suite, but prosecutors will argue the woman did not consent to intercourse, ABC News reported Wednesday.

Heat-related problems crop up again at some NFL training camps
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The sun beat down through high, wispy clouds and a bluish-gray haze Wednesday. It was 81 and climbing just another typical summer morning in Jacksonville.

Birch Ridge Report: Less reds means more golf
Much to most of my friends' chagrin, I make this statement every year at this time: "Christmas is almost here." If that made your mood take a nosedive, read the rest and cheer up.

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.

Clarett barred from preseason training
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett will be held out of preseason football practice until questions regarding his eligibility are settled, the school said late Wednesday night.

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.

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

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