Monday, August 5, 2002

Lost cruise ship passenger found in good condition
JUNEAU (AP) -- A cruise ship passenger was rescued early Friday after becoming lost on Mount Roberts behind downtown Juneau.

Head of state lending agency takes new job
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The executive director of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is stepping down to work for a Native regional corporation.

Counterfeit state check ring nets nearly $27,000
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three more counterfeit state checks have surfaced in the Anchorage area, raising the total take of a phony check scheme to nearly $27,000, the state Department of Revenue said Friday.

July 28, 2002 Peninsula Clarion opposes preferential voting proposal
If the six-ballot primary isn't enough to disgust and discourage Alaska voters, then there's Ballot Measure No. 1, an initiative that seeks to change the election process for the Alaska Legislature, U.S. president and vice president, and U.S. senators and representatives from Alaska.

Rep. Masek lies low
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Rep. Beverly Masek has virtually vanished from the campaign less than a month before a key primary election.

July 29, 2002 Voice of the Times says it's time for closed primary system
Some voters have their knickers in a knot over the new primary election system, which no longer allows them to participate in every party's selection of candidates.

Patti Godfrey recovering from gunshot wounds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Patti Godfrey, wife of retired Alaska Commissioner of Public Safety Glenn Godfrey, was recovering Sunday after undergoing 12 hours of surgery for gunshot wounds.

Aug. 1, 2002 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner notes Coast Guard's importance to Alaska
Congress' efforts to build a Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security without a doubt will directly affect the Coast Guard and its funct

Selawik teen charged in sexual assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Selawik boy was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl.

July 29, 2002 Anchorage Daily News urges approval of latest game board appointees
For Gov. Tony Knowles' two terms, the Legislature has played Whack-a-Mole with his choices for the Board of Game.

Denali Park seeks volunteer seed collectors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Denali National Park and Preserve officials are recruiting volunteers to collect seeds of wild plants that can be used to revegetate disturbed areas.

Four-year-old drowns in Jewel Lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 4-year-old boy drowned Sunday night while on a family picnic at Jewel Lake Park near 88th Avenue.

Knowles appoints prescription drug task force
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has created a task force to study the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs in Alaska.

Man dies after falling, hitting head on wall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 21-year-old man died early Sunday after he fell and hit his head on a cement wall, Anchorage police reported.

Four-year-old drowns in Jewel Lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 4-year-old boy drowned Sunday night while on a family picnic at Jewel Lake Park near 88th Avenue.

Patti Godfrey recovering from gunshot wounds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Patti Godfrey, wife of retired Alaska Commissioner of Public Safety Glenn Godfrey, was recovering Sunday after undergoing 12 hours of surgery for gunshot wounds.

State Senate candidate uninjured in plane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Fairbanks man running for state Senate and his passenger escaped injury Thursday after their small plane crashed near Beaver Creek 45 miles east of Fairbanks.

State program puts welfare recipients on job search
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five years after the state launched a welfare reform effort, it is revamping how it works with needy families to untangle the cumbersome and sometimes ineffective welfare bureaucracy.

Kenai's plans on hold for protecting city bluff
KENAI (AP) -- From atop the Kenai bluff, onlookers can watch fishing boats work the Kenai River, see beluga whales feeding on fish and gaze at snowcapped volcanoes.

Candidates head to the Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Candidates for Alaska's top offices are headed to the Interior to campaign for the Aug. 27 primary.

Anchorage man arrested in niece's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police arrested a man on murder charges Friday in the death of his 15-year-old niece, whose body was found in a back bedroom of her grandparents' home.

Alaska firm proposes to design and build pipeline for Fort Peck tribes
FORT PECK (AP) -- Arctic Slope Regional Corp., one of the largest and most successful American Indian engineering companies in the country, wants to design and build the Fort Peck tribes' new water pipeline as part of a joint venture project.

Former state public safety commissioner killed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Retired Alaska Commissioner of Public Safety Glenn Godfrey was shot and killed inside his Eagle River home early Saturday by a woman who then used the weapon to kill herself.

Garlic mustard gets good toehold in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau's No. 1 plant enemy sounds like a gourmet's delight -- garlic mustard.

Man raising funds to repair road
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who built a gravel road to Clam Gulch more than five decades ago is trying to raise enough money to repair it.

12-year-old wins with big cabbage
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Visitors to the Tanana Valley State Fair this weekend were wowed by the size of the cabbage 12-year-old Erica Olson had in her wheelbarrow.

New program treats Anchorage's street alcoholics
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new project in Anchorage seeks to break the cycle of addiction for chronic street alcoholics.

Beavers dam up canoe and kayak business
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Busy beavers are keeping Larry Katkin's canoe and kayak rental business on the Chena River dammed up.

North Pole man charge with abusing minors
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man was jailed at Fairbanks Correctional Center on $250,000 bail after he was arrested on abuse charges.

Interior Wildfires flare up
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Smoke so thick that even firefighting aircraft couldn't do their work layered the middle and western Tanana Valley on Sunday as high temperatures across the region sent existing wildfires racing across the landscape.

Berries are pure rapture for the ''Berry Lady''
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rapture for Helenmarie Matesi is a sunny day in a thick blueberry patch, picking the juicy, vitamin-rich fruits for the long winter ahead.

Thompson promises more for Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson was accompanied by Sen. Ted Stevens this weekend as the two toured community health centers in Alaska.

Odd-ball play scores winning run for Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins scored the winning run in the 10th inning on a bizarre play, with Corey Koskie being hit by a throw as he ran down the first-base line for a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Braves stay hot in showdown with Cardinals
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones hit a pair of two-run homers, Jason Marquis pitched six strong innings as the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 Saturday for their fifth straight victory.

Mariners' Martinez ties major league record by hitting three sacrifice flies
SEATTLE -- Edgar Martinez tied a major league record with three sacrifice flies, and the Seattle Mariners won their sixth straight game by beating Cleveland 12-4 Saturday, handing the Indians lost their fourth in a row.

Post 20 drops opener
The Post 20 Twins dropped an 8-5 decision to the Chugiak Post 33 Mustangs Saturday in the opening round of the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament.

Angels looking to avoid swoon
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Angels proved they can win in June and July. Now comes the tough part, doing it in August and September, when the team is famous for its late-season swoons.

Twins route Homer; advance in tourney
The Post 20 Twins kept alive their hope of winning the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament by beating Homer Post 16 Mariners 13-2 Sunday morning in six innings in the second round game at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Bonds closes on all-time homer record
PITTSBURGH -- Barry Bonds hit his 598th career homer, one of six San Francisco home runs, and J.T. Snow had a three-run shot and five RBIs as the Giants roughed up the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-5 Sunday.

Proposed ordinance targets borough assembly members
Assembly member Betty Glick of Kenai and three others are expected to introduce an ordinance at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting that would prohibit departing assembly members from accepting borough government jobs within one year of leaving office.

Chenault, Price tackle fiscal gap
The two candidates for the newly created House District 34 found common ground on the capital move issue -- both support a move -- but took different approaches to such issues as closing the fiscal gap and legalizing marijuana.

District 35 candidates agree on income tax
HOMER -- Despite the stuffy temperature in the packed Homer City Council chambers during Thursday night's debate, the candidates involved managed to keep their cool -- at least until the end.

Study: Travelers no more likely to get a cold when on planes
CHICAGO -- Passengers who fly aboard planes that re-circulate cabin air are no more likely to catch colds than travelers on aircraft that pump in fresh air, a study suggests.

Elliott wins Brickyard; second straight victory
INDIANAPOLIS -- He's ''Awesome Bill'' again.

Sizzling Stewart takes Brickyard pole
INDIANAPOLIS -- The way Tony Stewart likes to handle pressure is to get in his race car and drive -- fast.

Photo feature: Coming together
Lonnie and Joshua Brumlow walk on the Unity Trail, which is still under construction, alongside the Kenai Spur Highway near Beaver Loop Saturday. A field of fireweed separates the trail from the road.

Kenai manager discusses changes at chamber lunch
Managing one of the state's largest tourist destinations requires the ability to adjust to constant change. Just ask the guy who is in charge of the 1.9 million- acre expanse of land that stretches from Kachemak Bay to the tip of the northern peninsula.

Lightning ignites 2 fires on southern end of peninsula
The Circle Lake fire, reported to Homer fire dispatchers Wednesday, was contained and controlled as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry.

CES team competes for state recognition
On a signal from the competition's coordinators, Central Emergency Services' team of four men and two women emerged from their seclusion tent and made their way to the scene of the accident.

New Ninilchik library enters its final stage
The landscape along the side of the Sterling Highway has changed somewhat at Mile 138, and Ninilchik residents can breathe a little easier because of it.

Fun in the sun
When a few Alaska neighbors get together on a sunny day along the banks of the Kenai River, you can be sure they'll have a good time.

Ordinance may put land on auction block
Seventeen parcels of borough land will go on the block Sept. 28 if an ordinance to be introduced at Tuesday's meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is eventually adopted.

Glenn J. Kipp
Kenai resident Glenn J. Kipp died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at his home after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was 78.

Iraqi opposition groups courted by U.S. split along ethnic, political lines
WASHINGTON -- One Iraqi opposition group is headed by a smooth-talking exile mistrusted by much of the U.S. government. A second has close ties to Iran's radical Shiites.

Kenai bluff project: Can Mother Nature really be controlled?
Can you fight Mother Nature and win?

There's still magic in baseball
So there I was the other day in front of the tube, colorfully expressing my displeasure with Lou Pinella over his incomprehensible decision to leave a starting pitcher on the mound even after his obvious lack of control had put the Mariners behind early -- again.

Applause
Golf tourney benefits United Way Fun run proves to be great success

Ballot Measure 1 offers hope for broken system
Preferential voting (also known as instant run-off voting or IRV) is on the ballot because the system is most definitely, obviously broken. Witness the dismal voter turnouts. The field of candidates is low, with many races uncontested. Voter apathy is at an all-time high. Instead of spending money on fancy voter advertising programs, maybe those involved should talk to the reluctant voters they are trying to woo.

Rescue, survival of 9 miners again remind of true strength of U.S.
It was a headline that few Americans thought they would read when they unfolded their newspapers ... (last) Sunday morning: Nine Pennsylvania miners survive.

Ask a Trooper
Often on the Sterling Highway, I see pickup trucks belonging to the charter boat operators with "oversize load" signs still on, but without a boat in tow. Because these trucks are so commonly seen in the area with the signs always on, the public is not reacting when we have a pilot car warning of a wide or oversize construction machinery load following us.

Yard of the Week
The Kenai Parks and Recrea-tion Department presented Star and Don McCloud this week's Garden of the Week award.

Births
Misty McQueen and Marcquis Pulliam Melissa Renee and Craig Lee Litke Lela Suzanne and Scott Daniel Rosin

My Best Friend
Bear keeps tabs on Delores and John Lindemans' grandson during a visit to their farm in Ninilchik.

Around the Peninsula
Emergency order closes fishing in some areas North peninsula council to meet Grand opening planned for clinic Chamber seeks spotters KCHS swim, dive team practice to start Boys and Girls Club looking for participants Scholarship being offered by auxiliary

Bell, Bedlion wed in Arizona
Kathy Bell and Bill Bedlion, both of Flagstaff, Ariz., were married in an outdoor ceremony at the Elks Lodge in Flagstaff on Saturday, June 8, 2002.

Club News
Area Eagles flying to international convention Boys and Girls Club president to visit Kenai

Soldotna woman's career sparked at CES
Lesley Quelland's eyes welled with tears as she remembered a call she, as a paramedic, responded to earlier this summer.

Community News
Christian center plans special services Homer Community School classes open Homer High team hosts fun run Adult scavenger hunt planned at Nikiski pool Nikiski High class of 1993 plans reunion

Around the Peninsula
Family potluck to be held Community council to meet RC&D to hold monthly meeting Chamber to host senate candidate forum United Way planning annual cruise Volunteers sought for fund-raiser Tickets available from Kenai chamber

Meeting the band
Miranda Lynn Zindel of Kenai, named Miss Alaska in the America's National Teen-ager Scholarship Program, poses with The Clark Family Experience, an up-and-coming country-western band.

Peninsula People
Soldotna youth heads to final Hershey meet Soldotna student completes music degree Area students earn honors at UNC Soldotna man becomes dentist Area men complete basic training Area youth enlist in Army Vocational education awards presented

Sweet idea: Food factories make travel fun
WATERBURY, Vt. -- It's an idyllic midsummer day in Vermont's Green Mountains -- sun shining high in the New England sky, wildflowers rocking gently in a valley breeze, birds sweetening the air with chirps and songs.

In the books: Kenai library plans events
The Kenai Community Library will host the following events and groups throughout the month of August:

Lounsbury, Fucci married in private ceremony
Zara Lounsbury and Neil Fucci, both of Nikiski, were wed in a private ceremony Thursday, July 18, 2002, with their families in attendance.

Fuller, Thorpe wed in Idaho
Ashley L. Fuller and Coleby Thorpe, both of Boise, Idaho, were married Thursday, June 27, 2002, in an evening ceremony at Lake Harbor in Boise.

Favorite family recipes can change
I'd like to address two of the many interesting food preservation questions we received this week in the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service Office. These questions are regarding "old" family favorite recipes. Both of these questions arise each summer about this time.

Cardinals look to Greisen as Plummer's backup QB
For the first time since Jake Plummer became a starter in his rookie season, there will be no seasoned quarterback behind him.

War Emblem embarks on Horse of the Year path in Oceanport
OCEANPORT, N.J. -- War Emblem gave trainer Bob Baffert a perfect wedding present -- a wire-to-wire victory in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Sunday.

Explosives found behind Athens Olympic stadium
ATHENS, Greece -- Anti-terrorist police found a small quantity of explosives Sunday buried near a landmark 19th century marble stadium scheduled to be used in the 2004 Olympics.

'O-No' Lucas gives fans a rollicking time
Kenai's Sean "O-No" Lucas lived up to his nickname Friday night in a Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Circle Track Division event at Twin Cities Raceway.

Texans gear up for Monday night debut
CANTON, Ohio -- OK, Houston Texans. Let's see if you're ready for some NFL football.

Former Bills quarterback, Allen, Casper, Hampton, Stallworth enter Hall of Fame
CANTON, Ohio -- Jim Kelly never walked off a football field holding his son's hand. He never got to play catch with Hunter or take him camping or fishing.

Beem claims International
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Rich Beem carded seven birdies and made a critical eagle on the 17th hole to hold off a furious rally by Steve Lowery and claim The International on Sunday.

MLS eliminates one-sixth of All-Star game just so it can stage halftime show
WASHINGTON -- Well, they got the halftime show in.

New York fans flock to see Tour de France champ
NEW YORK -- Lance Armstrong didn't care about how he finished in the New York City Cycling Championship on Sunday.

IOC: more changes to results possible
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- IOC president Jacques Rogge said changing the figure skating medals from the Salt Lake City Olympics ''is definitely not impossible'' if the U.S. case against a reputed Russian mobster proves he fixed the judging.

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