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Sunday, August 3, 2003

Nenana man seeks new trial in sex abuse case
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Nenana man wants a plea agreement on a sexual abuse case withdrawn.

Era Aviation reduces free baggage allowance
ANCHORAGE (AP) Era Aviation is joining other airlines in reducing the weight of baggage that can be brought free on flights.

Railroad eyes self-propelled cars for future travel
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska railroad is eyeing self-propelled cars for future passenger travel.

Initiative seeks end to Fairbanks vehicle inspection program
FAIRBANKS (AP) Supporters of an initiative to get rid of the Fairbanks North Star Borough vehicle inspection and maintenance program were issued petition books by the borough clerk Friday.

Esperanza denied dock space in Ketchikan
JUNEAU (AP) A Greenpeace ship heading to protest timber issues in Southeast Alaska has hit a bureaucratic storm with the former logging town of Ketchikan.

State sues travel company, alleges fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state sued an Anchorage travel company Friday, alleging Ask Alaska Travel & Tours committed fraud and engaged in unfair or deceptive business practices.

Potato chip company hopes starting small means success
ANCHORAGE (AP) The neighbors knew Ralph and Darcy Carney were up to something interesting when aromas of toasting potato chips wafted out of a makeshift test kitchen the couple built in the garage of their south Anchorage home.

Assembly authorizes Fairbanks employees to issue trash tickets
FAIRBANKS (AP) Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly employees will be authorized to issue tickets to people who transport uncovered trash under an ordinance approved by the borough assembly Thursday.

Anchorage man convicted of fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man was convicted Friday in federal court of conspiracy to commit bank fraud for printing checks worth more than $90,000, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Murkowski introduces bill to weaken Patriot Act
FAIRBANKS (AP) Ten days after U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft defended the USA Patriot Act in her home state, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has filed legislation to roll back some of its provisions.

Anchorage credit union robbed
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man robbed a credit union in Anchorage Friday, the FBI said.

Interior community seeks two more students
CENTRAL (AP) Most rural Alaska schools have to work hard at recruiting teachers. Central has a teacher but lacks students.

Koniag buys into aerospace company
ANCHORAGE (AP) Koniag Inc., an Alaska Native corporation, has bought controlling interest in an aerospace company based in Port Angeles, Wash.

Southcentral village runs out of water
ANCHORAGE (AP) The remote Kenai Peninsula village of Nanwalek started flying in plastic jugs of water Thursday after kitchen taps in village homes sputtered and went dry.

Glaciers divulge the history of climate
JUNEAU (AP) The Mendenhall Glacier is retreating so quickly that a recently revealed rock outcropping on its east side is expected to become a large wall that will separate the river of ice from Mendenhall Lake within the next 20 to 30 years.

Fugitive troopers sought in second disappearance
ANCHORAGE (AP) A former Alaska State Trooper on the run for years from Nevada murder and kidnapping charges has been linked to the disappearance of a second woman, Las Vegas police said.

Over-the-pole flight remains an achievement in women's aviation
ANCHORAGE (AP) Forty years ago, on July 29, 1963, Ingrid Pedersen left Fairbanks on a flight that would forever etch her name into aviation history books.

Drug dealer sentenced for killing
ANCHORAGE (AP) A drug dealer who claimed self-defense in the killing of an Anchorage man was sentenced Friday to nearly 12 years in prison.

Funds on hold until new seafood board names members
JUNEAU (AP) A new Alaska seafood marketing board already has about $8 million in federal funds, but the money can't be touched until its members are appointed.

Linton named Anchorage district attorney
ANCHORAGE (AP) A career prosecutor with more than 30 years' experience was named Friday as Anchorage district attorney.

Missing Aniak pilot found
ANCHORAGE (AP) A pilot whose plane went down in a remote area near Aniak on Friday was found alive and well after he walked away from the wreckage and was spotted by searchers.

East dominates Twins at state tournament
The American Legion Twins baseball team suffered a setback in its state tournament opener Saturday, dropping a 9-1 decision to East Anchorage at Mulcahy Stadium.

Diamondbacks rally past Cubs
CHICAGO Alex Cintron hit a tying homer and Raul Mondesi delivered an RBI double later in the ninth inning, rallying the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Chicago Cubs 4-3 Saturday.

Yankees jump all over A's, Zito
OAKLAND, Calif. Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer and Bernie Williams had four hits and two RBIs as the New York Yankees tagged Barry Zito for eight runs in a 10-7 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

Nikiski grads use small towns to make major motion picture
In many respects, compared to the summer jobs most college students have when they come home from school, Mario Bird and Alden Ford had a miserable summer.

Which legislators are supporting Longevity Bonus Program cut?
I oppose raids of the permanent fund or reductions of the revenue stream that build the permanent fund. I also oppose Gov. Murkowski's veto of funding for the Longevity Bonus Program.

Harvick sets track record in winning Brickyard 400 pole
INDIANAPOLIS Kevin Harvick is a California boy with no special ties to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman is a Hoosier with big dreams of winning on his home track.

Season's finale nets garbage
At 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, the city of Kenai removed its Port-A-Potties from the south bank at the mouth of the Kenai River. Dipnet-ting season was over for another year.

Bash informs as well as entertains
It's customary to celebrate a birthday, but when it comes to celebrating a 100th birthday, only a big bash will do and that's exactly what the National Wildlife Refuge System did for its centennial celebration Saturday at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik.

100 and counting: Refuges celebrate
Gale Norton, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, has made what she calls the Four C's the cornerstone of her tenure: consultation, communication and cooperation all in the service of conservation.

Oilers close season
The Peninsula Oilers wrapped up their season Friday with a 1-0 loss to the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks in the final day of competition at the Bucs Wood Bat Invitational.

Urban, rural: Alaska is one state
The state of Alaska has for years recognized the unique challenges faced by citizens who live in areas with low population. It was generally understood that schools, roads and public safety are still important to areas without economies of scale.

Secret to successful dipnetting
I was an unsuccessful dipnetter. Oh, I would usually get some red salmon from the mouth of the Kenai each summer, but only after sacrificing my serenity as well as my dry clothes to the river.

Program designed to help kids make their dreams reality
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has begun a partnership with a Houston-based organization that has the potential to change the face of education, not only on the peninsula but throughout the state.

Hollers, Jackson marry in Oregon
Angel Denise Hollers of Soldotna and Ross Henry Jackson were married Saturday, June 28, 2003, at Kings Circle Assembly of God Church in Corvallis, Ore.

Salley, Olson plan wedding
Sharon Salley of Portland, Ore., and David Olson of Kenai have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, in an afternoon ceremony at Peace Presbyterian Church in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Parents don't spend enough quality time with kids
WASHINGTON Most parents say it is important to spend quality time with their children, but many find themselves coming up short in that area, says a study released Wednesday by youth service organizations.

Luxury baby items tug at the heart and purse strings
NEW YORK Burp cloth: $26. T shirt with UV protection: $42. Designer socks: $55. Crib: $1,499 with bedding add $800.

Chenault, Corning wed in July
Jacinda K. Chenault and Jesse J. Corning of Kenai were married at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2003, at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. Charles Winegarden officiated.

Olson, Olack married in Reno
Madelyn Olson of Soldotna and Brian Olack of Reno, Nev., were married Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Saint Luke's Lutheran Church in Reno. Pastor Mike Benke officiated.

Scroggs, Fallon plan August nuptials
Sasha Ann Scroggs and Zane Fallon III of Kenai have announced their plans to have a medieval-themed wedding in Kenai in August. Fallon's grandfather, Edwin Goggia, will perform the ceremony.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Library Commission meeting placed movedWRCC to hold week long fund-raiserFinal Safe Sitter course of summer slatedPower wheelchairs availableResidents sought for CPHC boardCongressional mobile office tour plannedUnited Way plans cruise fund-raiser

My best friend
One-year-old Grau, owned by Cathy Carmody of Nikiski, gets a kick out of modeling a coonskin cap.

Pet pampering reaches new level
ATLANTA When John Paul DeJoria, the co-founder of Paul Mitchell salon products, decided to launch another hair care line, he made sure it addressed a common consumer problem: fleas and ticks.

Bucs sack Jets in opener
TOKYO Chris Simms helped make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' journey to Japan a success.

MLS All-Stars disappoint crowd by topping Chivas
CARSON, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman wasn't a fan favorite at home during the eighth Major League Soccer All-Star game.

Sports Briefs
Walsh posts top score in qualifyingHomer holds 3-milerGladish takes Main EventCrewsers fund-raiser set for SaturdayAgassi, Roddick upset by Henman, GonzalezPlayer's mother says she reported drug use

Furyk leads Woods by four at Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich. Jim Furyk has bounced back from his abysmal showing at the British Open.

Bryant teaches lesson
Later this summer, LeBron James' ears are guaranteed to perk up. He'll be sitting in a room along with the rest of the NBA's rookie class, and the subject will inevitably turn to Kobe Bryant.

Browns fans want Holcomb to be QB
CLEVELAND Browns fans appear to have made their choice at quarterback after just one preseason scrimmage.

A good walk unspoiled
For a guy that says he's never been all that interested in golf, Tom Hall certainly has himself a nice little golf course.

Serena, Sampras out of U.S. Open
NEW YORK Without Serena Williams, the U.S. Open women's title suddenly seems up for grabs.

United States perks up at Pan Am Games
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic The United States used pinpoint shooting on the range and at the basket Saturday night to overcome a slow start at the Pan American Games.

Tyson's finances down for the count
NEW YORK Mike Tyson has filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, claiming his finances are in disarray.

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