Monday, August 4, 2003

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.

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

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

Sun sets in Barrow for first time since spring
BARROW (AP) The 5,000 residents of Barrow have not seen a sunset since May 10, just 24-hour daylight as the sun has circled the sky.

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

Fuel cell powers UAF energy research
FAIRBANKS (AP) University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers are studying a new technology that could one day provide a clean and efficient source of energy for rural Alaska.

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.

Recovery team excavating World War II site
ANCHORAGE (AP) Specialists from a U.S. Army lab are on Kiska Island excavating the crash site of a World War II bomber in an effort to repatriate the remains.

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.

One man dies in skiff capsize
JUNEAU (AP) One man died and two others were rescued after their skiff capsized on its way to a Kenai Peninsula village, the Coast Guard said Sunday.

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FAIRBANKS (AP) A Nenana man wants a plea agreement on a sexual abuse case withdrawn.

Rippie tax helps jump start village utilities project
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Western Alaska village of Hooper Bay has turned to an unlikely source to revive a stalled water and sewer construction project: pull-tabs and bingo winnings.

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.

Leftover cash could fund Alaska depository
FAIRBANKS (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski is mulling what to do with the $210,000 left over from his U.S. Senate warchest.

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.

BP, Doyon enter new drilling contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) Doyon Drilling Inc. has entered into a five-year contract with BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. for work at Milne Point and other BP fields such as Prudhoe Bay.

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.

Rural hospitals aim to cut medication mistakes
JUNEAU (AP) Mistakes in prescribing or giving medications are a concern in rural Alaska, according to the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association.

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.

Cold War lab equipment found at Gerstle dump
FAIRBANKS (AP) Lab equipment used during the United State's foray into chemical warfare testing has been unearthed by contractors working at an abandoned Gerstle River dump southeast of Delta Junction.

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.

Air Force bases, national park get environmental kudos
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three Alaska facilities have received a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognition award for their earth-friendly efforts.

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.

Beluga count low so far in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE (AP) Biologists have recorded the lowest count ever of beluga whales in Cook Inlet, but that doesn't necessarily mean the population is down, said the scientists who conducted the annual summer airborne survey.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tejada, A's pull out victory over Yankees
OAKLAND, Calif. Miguel Tejada did it again.

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.

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.

Twins go down swingin'
The American Legion Twins baseball team ended its season Sunday with an 11-6 loss to the Fairbanks Tri-Cities 49ers in the elimination bracket at the state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Ventura hits inside-the-park homer for Dodgers
ATLANTA Robin Ventura chugged around the bases for the first inside-the-park homer of his career and the Los Angeles Dodgers handed Russ Ortiz his first loss since June 13, beating the Atlanta Braves 8-4 Sunday.

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.

NOW PLAYING: American Wedding
It feels like I've done nothing but review sequels all summer long. This summer sported relatively few original ideas and even fewer quality rehashes. You can understand, then, my trepidation at critiquing American Wedding<

Kenai Peninsula Book Fair a huge literary achievement
Thanks to all the individuals and families that purchased books at the annual Kenai Peninsula Book Fair.

Community members make mother's visit a roaring success
If you see a rather large, faded red-head looking like she lost her best friend, it's probably me. My mom, the Intrepid Ireta, returned to her home in Wyoming last week.

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 runs away with Brickyard
INDIANAPOLIS Kevin Harvick's victory celebration Sunday was more eventful than his win in the Brickyard 400.

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.

Area ambulances in minor accidents
Ambulances from Central Emergency Services and the Kenai Fire Department were involved in minor sideswipe accidents within three days of each other recently.

PERS shortfall will hurt cities
Rapidly rising health care costs and poorly performing investments in the state-run public employee retirement program is about to cost Kenai Peninsula municipalities dearly.

School board plans to reevaluate extracurricular activity programs
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will meet tonight in one of its last meetings before the beginning of the 2003-04 school 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.

Soldotna names chief
The director of the Unalaska Department of Public Safety has been selected to replace Shirley Gifford as the new police chief in Soldotna.

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.

Paddle to the metal
Late Friday evening, Jim Bennett and Seth Holden decided on a whim to enter the 24th annual Moose River canoe races, part of the Sterling Community Days celebration.

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.

Bryant case shows Internet's ugly side What others say
As this corner has noted, the reputations of both Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant and that of the 19-year-old Colorado woman he allegedly sexually assaulted in June are destined to suffer further as the media search relentlessly for new angles to the story.

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.

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.

More to fighting terror than deporting Arabs What others say
The U.S. House and Senate intelligence committees have provided a great public service by meticulously documenting U.S. intelligence failures prior to the 9/11 attacks. Released last week, the joint committee report suggests th

Some visitors willing to settle for only a small slice of Alaska life
Alaska is doing a great job to assist visitors in becoming better acquainted with this awesome state, and to make a trip to America's Last Frontier a m

Bristol Bay project would help spur oil and gas development
"Now, why would the state be building roads out in the middle of nowhere?" is the way one individual phrased his question to me the other da

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.

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.

Peninsula People
Area students named to deans lists Skyview grad earns honors in college Cheerleaders shine in camp competitions Ninilchik student earns scholarship Homer student earns national environmental award Seward woman completes basic training Area students earn Army scholarships Kenai student awarded scholarship

Community awards
The following participants received awards for their entries in the 43rd annual Soldotna Progress Days Parade last month:

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.

Around the Peninsula
Space still available in basketball camp Cooper Landing library to host auction Nikiski volleyball tryouts scheduled Boy Scout leaders to gather in Kasilof Watershed Forum to host speaker Social Security rep to visit peninsula Team building training course planned

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.

All relative
Five generations of Whitneys gather at Clark Whitney's home on Sport Lake recently.

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.

Summer landscaping awards
Mike and Barbara Christian were the recipients of this week's Garden of the Week award, presented by the city of Kenai's Parks and Recreation Department.

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.

Joy and Brian Jones of Kasilof announce the birth of their daughter, Macayla Joy Jones, at 5:44 p.m., Thursday, June 26, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20.25 inches.

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.

Read all about it
Above, Heidi McReynolds and Joyce Anderson are presented a plaque in honor of their aunt, Maggie Morgan, during the recent dedication of the addition to the Cooper Landing Community Library. The

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.

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.

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

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

Furyk holds off field to win Buick Open by two strokes
GRAND BLANC, Mich. Jim Furyk's career year just got better.

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.

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.

Hall hoping to help 'Skins kicking game
ASHBURN, Va. John Hall hopes to change the awful history the Washington Redskins have had recently with their kickers.

Favre expecting short night in Hall of Fame game
CANTON, Ohio Someday, Brett Favre will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Until then, he'll settle for playing across the street.

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.

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

Horn hooks Kenai Match Play title
Nick Horn made his putts Sunday while his opponents struggled on the greens, giving the 18-year-old the title in the Kenai Amateur Match Play Championships at Kenai Golf Course.

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.

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