Friday, August 1, 2003

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

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.

Monegan gets two new deputy chiefs
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage Police Department Chief Walt Monegan will stay on the job but will be getting help from two new deputy chiefs.

Senate energy bill contains gas line incentives
WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate abruptly gave up work Thursday on the energy bill it had been crafting and instead passed the same bill it approved last year, which carries incentives for building a natural gas line in Alaska.

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.

Airplane crash-lands at Anchorage Football Stadium
ANCHORAGE (AP) A small airplane with four people aboard crash-landed Thursday night at Anchorage Football Stadium between two playing fields, one hosting a baseball game and the other a soccer game.

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.

Fairbanks borough voters to consider alcohol tax
FAIRBANKS (AP) Voters in the Fairbanks North Star Borough will decide in the Oct. 7 municipal election if they want a 5 percent tax on alcohol.

Sen. Murkowski gets commitments to help Bush Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said that three Cabinet secretaries have committed themselves to a new initiative to improve education and social services in the Bush.

Cook Inlet Region Inc. shareholders receiving checks
ANCHORAGE (AP) Shareholders of Cook Inlet Region Inc. will again be receiving hefty checks.

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.

88 state workers lose jobs to budget cuts
JUNEAU (AP) Alan Love spent Thursday closing up the state chemistry lab in Juneau.

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.

Woman rescued after falling off charter boat
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 40-year-old woman was airlifted from a vessel near Admiralty Island on Wednesday after she fell off a charter boat into the water, the Coast Guard said.

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

Talkeetna festival considers how to limit participants
ANCHORAGE (AP) Organizers of the Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival next week are trying to figure out how to comply with a new Mat-Su Borough requirement that will limit attendance to no more than 1,000 people at any given time.

Sea lion totally on her own again
ANCHORAGE (AP) Faith, the sea lion pup that spent 11 months being rehabilitated at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, is totally on her own again.

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.

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.

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

Twins look to get on track at state
The American Legion Twins baseball team has a straightforward game plan for this weekend's state tournament: Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.

Sosa powers Cubs past Giants
CHICAGO Sammy Sosa hit a three-run homer and Carlos Zambrano won his third straight start as the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 9-4 Thursday.

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.

Yankees, Red Sox trade like maniacs
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox escalated their arms race with a flurry of trades Thursday while the San Francisco Giants made the biggest deal of the day, getting Baltimore ace Sidney Ponson.

Yankees complete rare sweep of Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. Nick Johnson's RBI single with two outs drove in the go-ahead run Thursday night as the Yankees beat Anaheim 2-1 in 10 innings to complete their first three-game sweep of the Angels in eight years.

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.

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

Yielding to retirement proves tough for some boomers in exciting careers
NEW YORK (AP) Consider Michael Jordan, who soared and swirled around the basketball court in ways that left even the athletically apathetic gaping.

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.

With rates coming down, it's a good time to shop for life insurance
NEW YORK (AP) Most people don't like to think about life insurance it's such a reminder of their own mortality.

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.

POSH ZIP CODES: It's common knowledge that upscale burgs such as Palm Springs, Calif., have their fair share of wealthy residents and pricey property.

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.

Companies hope to woo investors with dividends
NEW YORK (AP) This quarterly earnings season, all eyes aren't just looking out for signs of surging profit growth. Much attention is being paid to the big jumps in dividend payouts, too.

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

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

King season over, silvers off-limits through weekend
The frenzied pace of the Kenai River's July fishery came to an end at 12:00 a.m. this morning, when the river closed to king salmon fishing and sockeye salmon dipnetting for the season.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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."

City of Kenai, Mayor Williams responsible for Rec Center closure
It is time to get the facts straight on why the recreation center is closed. The recording on the recreation center phone number says that the closure is due to a court order favoring Friends of the Rec Center, Mark and Anita Necessary and Cliff Massie, the plaintiffs.

Alaska needs to vote on building statewide facilities for veterans
70,000 Alaskan Veterans, scattered over an area one-fifth the size of the nation, deserve to have new facilities in at least three locations at distances equal to three other states' locations say Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

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.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

This week's race: Brickyard 400
Where and When

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Chamber under new direction
Although she's only been on the job as executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce for a couple weeks, Keren Kelley said she believes she's found her dream job.

Interim HEA manager appointed
The Homer Electric Association board of directors formally named Rick Eckert as the interim general manager of the utility cooperative.

Summer unemployment trend hits area
Unemployment numbers rose slightly in the month of June for the Kenai Peninsula in spite of an increase in employment and perennial growth of the labor force.

Kasilof church set to open
In just over a year, three Kasilof families aided by local and out-of-state volunteers have realized their dream of having a new log church in which to worship.

Refuge plans centennial bash
The National Wildlife Refuge system turns 100 this year, and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge plans to celebrate in style.

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

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.

Photo feature: Party in a box
Kim Dent and Christi Lackey lead others from the Boys and Girls Club as they return to the clubhouse with boxes they plan on using for a puppet show. The club will celebrate National Kid's Day on Sunday with events starting at noon.

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

All-ABL picks announced
The Oilers lost their second straight game at the Wood Bat Invitational, falling to Athletes in Action Fire 4-3 Thursday 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Gifford mixed grit with compassion
After a law enforcement career that has spanned 27 years, Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Gifford today begins new adventures.

Centennial celebrates importance of refuge
The Kenai Peninsula is shaped by the 1.92-million-acre Kenai National Wildlife

Familiar marmot is an ice age colonist
The shrill whistle of the hoary marmot is a familiar sound to Alaskans, especially to hikers with dogs. But on the hot, calm afternoons that can grace Alaska in the summer, the green alpine slopes can be pretty quiet. The alarm call of the marmot colony is silent.

Women's shooting clinic slated for Cooper Landing
The National Rifle Association's Women on Target program will sponsor an instructional shooting clinic for women at the Cooper Landing Gun Club on Aug. 15 and 16, and again on Sept. 19 and 20.

Refuge Notebook
The Kenai and Alaska Maritime national wildlife refuges will host a Refuge Centennial Celebration Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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

Around the Peninsula
Walk with nature at the refuge Fireweed Gallery plans workshop today KPBSD computer sale begins today Elks sponsor soccer shoot Club holds dinner Kenai pioneers hold potluck Film about art show to air Soldotna chamber meeting set SCI prepares for hunting season Vendors sought for Seafair rodeo

Presbyterian committee to investigate child abuse claims
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has formed a committee to investigate allegations of sexual and physical abuse of the children of overseas missionaries.

Couple sues Daley over ban on brick with religious message
CHICAGO (AP) A Chicago couple sued Mayor Richard M. Daley, the city and its park district, claiming officials violated their freedom of speech and religion in a disagreement over a children's playground.

Bishop lifts suspension of Lutheran minister who said God doesn't exist
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) A Lutheran minister who was suspended for claiming that neither God nor the afterlife existed was allowed to return to work as a preacher. But the local bishop vowed to keep an eye on him.

Christians need to feast on word of God on their own, too
Many years ago, I watched a movie called "Savage West." Unlike most movies, this one had a lifelong impact on my life. At that time in my life, I was so hungry for more of God and desired to have a deeper understanding of his word.

U.S. Greek Orthodox archdiocese to send parishes much-debated charter
NEW YORK (AP) The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will send its parishes copies of a new governing charter that the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey, approved after eight years of debate.

Religion Briefs
Creationist theologian to speak Evangelist to speak Bible stories, crafts, games planned Christian center plans youth activities Church plans yard sale Russian-America festival slated Convoy of Hope missionaries to speak Church plans vacation Bible school

Rare labor dispute in pits Catholic church against workers in South Texas
McALLEN, Texas (AP) A rare attempt to unionize by Roman Catholic workers in South Texas has resulted in a nasty dispute, with one priest leaving a parish where there have been daily protests outside the church.

For some surfers, riding the waves off Hawaii is a spiritual experience
HONOLULU (AP) As the white-tipped wave melts into the ocean, the surfer's rush of adrenaline gives way to other feelings. Some who ride the walls of water are making an unexpected discovery at that moment: They are finding God.

Buddhist group plans mass conversion in India's Gujarat state
AHMADABAD, India (AP) An Indian Buddhist group plans a mass conversion of lower-caste Hindus into Buddhism in Gujarat state, saying the Hindus were manipulated by their leaders to attack Muslims last year.

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.

Back to form, Sposa leads at Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich. Mike Sposa, who missed the cut in four of his last five tournaments, shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Buick Open.

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.

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.

Lemieux lends skills to help rebuild Pens
PITTSBURGH When he came out of retirement less than three years ago to try to win another Stanley Cup, Mario Lemieux couldn't have envisioned being so willing to embrace such enormous change.

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.

U.S. goalie makes 12 saves as Manchester United tops Juventus
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Tim Howard found out fast that playing for Manchester United is a lot different than being in goal for the MetroStars.

Sports Briefs
Elks Soccer Shoot set for Saturday Nikiski volleyball sets tryouts Calling all Kenai Central swimmers Skyview swim team set to wake up Gomez, Oscar Mayer team up for scholarships

Bryant loses bid to skip court appearance
EAGLE, Colo. A bid by Kobe Bryant to skip his first court appearance next week on a sexual assault charge was rejected Thursday by a judge.

Eagles sign first-round pick McDougle
PHILADELPHIA First-round pick Jerome McDougle ended a one-week holdout by signing a six-year contract Thursday with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Birds extremely susceptible to human disturbance
With their crimson eyes, black and white plumage, and sleek aquatic builds, loons are striking to behold. They draw in many avian enthusiasts with that pursuit in mind.

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