Tuesday, August 5, 2003

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.

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.

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.

No attendance limit on Talkeetna festival after all
ANCHORAGE (AP) There will be no attendance limits at this week's Talkeetna Bluegrass and Music Festival after all.

Palmer balks at request for hospital land
WASILLA (AP) Plans to build a new $75 million hospital in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have hit a snag with the city of Palmer.

Residents assess damages left by Parks Highway flood
FAIRBANKS (AP) Residents affected by flooding around the Parks Highway last week are now assessing the damages.

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.

Burn ban imposed on western Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state Division of Forestry has imposed a burn ban on open burning on the western Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Palmer man charged with attempted murder in assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Palmer man has been charged with attempted murder and assault following incidents over the weekend near the Knik River, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Murkowski again says no to Russian processing vessels
ANCHORAGE (AP) Governor Murkowski has again rejected a request to allow Russian processing vessels into U.S. waters.

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

Airmen unharmed in plane crash near Alaska Range
FAIRBANKS (AP) Two Eielson Air Force Base captains escaped injury in a crash landing near the foothills of the Alaska Range southwest of Delta Junction.

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.

Juneau soldier awarded Bronze Star
JUNEAU (AP) A soldier who grew up in Juneau has received the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement during the last Gulf War.

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.

CIRI settles infighting lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) Cook Inlet Region Inc. has settled a bitter legal fight with two of its loudest critics.

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.

Governor says Kansas firm negotiating with Williams
FAIRBANKS (AP) The state is negotiating with a potential buyer of state royalty oil for use at the Williams refinery in North Pole, Gov. Frank Murkowski 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.

State auctions retiring ferry on eBay
JUNEAU (AP) Here's the latest hot eBay deal: a 15-hundred ton Alaska state ferry.

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.

Troopers, wildlife officers now in one agency
JUNEAU (AP) The Department of Public Safety is going ahead with a plan to merge its Fish and Wildlife Protection division with the Alaska State Troopers.

State, federal anti-terrorism efforts combine in Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) Separate state and federal anti-terrorism task forces in Alaska have merged into a single new group. Officials say the merger should allow them to work more efficiently.

VA officials plan Alaska tour
ANCHORAGE (AP) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs staff will tour Pioneers' and Veterans' Homes this month to determine what must be changed to allow federal reimbursement to the state for military veterans' care.

Royals extend AL Central lead
CHICAGO Aaron Guiel hit a three-run double in a seven-run sixth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 13-9 Monday night to extend their AL Central lead to three games.

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.

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

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.

Smoltz on pace for MLB record
ATLANTA John Smoltz got to spend an entire game in the dugout. No pressure. No apprehension. No wondering if he'd get called on to pitch.

Live Ride brings bikers and raises bucks for MDA
It was a day of parades last Saturday. Following the 43rd Annual Progress Days parade down Binkley Street in Soldotna, came a police escorted cavalcade of more than 300 motorcycles down the Sterling Highway from Cook's Tesoro in Sterling to the Kenai Peninsula Harley Davidson just outside Soldotna.

Clouds don't blanket enthusiasm at free picnic
The days may not have been as shiny and bright as many have been this summer, but the wind and the clouds didn't dampen the excitement any during Soldotna's 43rd Annual Progress Days celebration last week.

4-H Livestock Auction draws near
One of the highlights of summer is in sight with the State Fair at Ninilchik coming up next week, August 15-17. This is a busy time of year for 4-H youngsters with hopes of winning ribbons and earning some money at the Junior Market Livestock Auction.

Russian youth visit Alaska
Not so long ago citizens of the U.S.S.R. were not able to travel anywhere outside of the Soviet Union, but today there is a new Russia, and young Russians are free to travel to anywhere their finances allow.

No Business like Soldotna Business: 43rd Annual Progress Days
The 43rd Annual Progress Days was a great success in Soldotna last week, with more activities, participants and visitors than ever.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Home Depot digs in
Construction or more appropriately deconstruction got under way in Kenai on Friday in the building that was formerly known as Big Kmart.

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.

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.

Grant helps Kenai to get defibrillators
Cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death in Alaska, according to a division of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and emergency responders in Kenai want to keep that from being a leading cause of death among people in Kenai.

State agencies officially join forces
The commissioner of the Alaska Department of Public Safety announced Monday that a plan to merge the state's two law enforcement agencies into a single department will go forward.

Ballot issues top KPB agenda
A resolution to place a proposition on the Oct. 7 municipal ballot asking voters to support the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska with a property tax levy will be among several items on tonight's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting agenda that could end up on the same ballot.

Sperry A. Moonin Sr.
Nanwalek resident Sperry A. Moonin Sr. died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, from a capsized boat on his way to Nanwalek. He was 56.

Thomas Paul Olendorff Sr.
Soldotna resident Thomas Paul Olendorff Sr. died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, due to complications of leukemia at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 67.

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.

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

Special session votes should be made public
Senate President Gene Therriault and House Speaker Pete Kott need to be reminded that the public has great interest in knowing the positions of its individual legislators. The two leaders have chosen to keep secret the votes of Senate and House members on a request by Democrats to hold a special session to consider overriding the governor's veto of the Longevity Bonus Program.

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

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

Politics makes bad public policy
If you've ever wondered why Americans are so cynical about Washington, look no further than Congress' recent moves to add a prescription-drug benefit to Medicare.

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.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Suspension called on open burningFree car seat safety checks plannedKenai chamber meeting setVisitors center to host noon concertFood bank to hold raffleNPR holding registration for flag footballWRCC run set for SaturdaySkateboard park grand opening planned in HomerSmall business center host free workshopRedoubt back-to-school open house slatedFree developmental screening offered

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

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.

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

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

Photo feature: A bird's eye view
Trish Gordon walks in Kenai with her blue and gold macaw named Rainman as her husband, Greg, tails behind on a bike. Gordon said the bird enjoyed the opportunity to be outside.

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AMA offers online docs' guide for gauging driver safety
CHICAGO The American Medical Association is offering a new Internet guide to help doctors decide whether their elderly patients are still fit to drive.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

Forgiven but not forgotten
Bruce Kimball wants to drive again. R.J. Kerker doesn't think that's such a good idea.

Short night for Packers, Chiefs
CANTON, Ohio Priest Holmes expected to have a short night. Everyone else got one, too.

Visa trouble can't keep player from pitch
PORTLAND, Ore. Byron Alvarez is one of the Portland Timbers' best forwards and brightest stars. And yet he's the only member of his team who isn't paid.

UCLA to honor Wooden
LOS ANGELES (AP) Former UCLA coach John Wooden and his late wife will be honored Dec. 20 when the basketball floor at Pauley Pavilion will be named ''John and Nell Wooden Court.''

James back in top form with Colts
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) Edgerrin James appears to be back in form.

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.

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.

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.

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