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Tuesday, August 6, 2002

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

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.

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.

Police wait to query Patti Godfrey
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Patti Godfrey remained in critical condition Tuesday after undergoing a second round of surgery to repair damage from gunshot wounds suffered in an attack that left her husband, Glenn, and the woman who shot them both dead.

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.

Murkowski, Ulmer won't meet at Fairbanks forum
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski and Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer will not face off in Fairbanks this week, as had been expected.

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.

Akiak teen charged with attempted murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Akiak teen-ager has been charged with attempted murder in the weekend shooting of a man who caught him breaking into a bingo hall, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Anchorage police seek missing woman, son
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police said Monday they were concerned about the health of an Anchorage mother and her son, who have been missing for more than a week.

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.

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.

Wildfires send smoke into Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fires throughout the Interior continued to burn, sending thick smoke into Fairbanks and prompting an air quality warning from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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.

Critics, supporters speak at pipeline renewal hearing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dozens of oil executives, environmental activists and others spoke passionately Monday about whether the trans-Alaska oil pipeline deserves to operate another 30 years.

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

Borough votes to back $5 million bond
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly agreed to back $5 million in bonds for the Alaska Ship and Drydock.

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.

Signatures gathered to exempt food from Kenai Peninsula tax
KENAI (AP) -- Petitioners promoting a sales tax initiative to exempt nonprepared foods for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's sales tax turned over more than 2,600 signatures to borough Clerk Linda Murphy late Monday afternoon.

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.

Earthquake rattles Southcentral Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Southcentral residents from Seward to Palmer felt an earthquake shortly before noon Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

Two hunters rescued in Sitka
SITKA (AP) -- Two hunters were rescued from a mountain near Sitka this weekend after they used a cell phone to report that they were stranded.

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.

Continental jet makes emergency landing
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Continental Airlines jet bound for Anchorage made an emergency landing here after the pilot reported fuel problems on Monday.

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.

ACS negotiates to sell TV subsidiary
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications Systems is hoping to finalize negotiations to sell its television subsidiary.

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.

At least 3 airlines eyeing Adak service
ANCHORAGE -- At least three airlines are eyeing service to Adak under a federal contract that has been the most costly in the nation.

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.

Haines man drowns while swimming in gravel pit
HAINES (AP) -- A Haines man drowned while swimming with a friend in a gravel pit, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Cougars use ninth-inning rally to stay alive at Legion state tournament
Playing for the third straight day with just nine players, the Post 20 Twins did about all they could Monday at the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Royals cool off Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- Luis Alicea hit a three-run homer and Carlos Febles went 4-for-5 Monday, helping the Kansas City Royals beat Minnesota 12-4 Monday and end the Twins' five-game winning streak.

Big Unit stands tall in face of fatigue
NEW YORK -- Randy Johnson showed there were no lingering effects from last week's grueling start.

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.

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.

Hundreds turn out Progress Days rodeo
Rodeo fans filled the grandstand at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds

Local takes 2nd Annual Poetry Slam
Those who write, read, and just love to hear poetry, gathered at the Kenai Elks Lodge last week for the 2nd Annual

42nd Annual Soldotna Progress Days Celebration clears the skies
Right on schedule, Mother Nature dried up the rain for the 42nd Annual Soldotna Progress Days parade last week, and followed it up with series of beautiful sunny days to highlight the summer celebration in Soldotna. The main

Perfect day for a Picnic
For the second year in a row, the old State of Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) site in Soldotna was host to picnickers rather than heavy machinery.

Second time around
Fern Hardy of Soldotna caught this 179 lb. halibut with A Fish Hunt Charters of Ninilchik

Bikers ride the Peninsula for MDA
As bikers arrived last week at Harley Davidson of the Kenai Peninsula on the Sterling Highway, traffic backed up all the way to the "Y" in Soldotna. The occasion was the second MDA Live Ride to the Peninsula on behalf of Muscular Dystrophy of

Clouds don't deter 1st Fun Run participants
Undeterred by the threat of rain, some 50 runners of all ages turned out at the Tsalteshi trailhead behind Skyview High school for the inaugural running of the Progress Days Fun Run.

NOW PLAYING Signs
In his latest film, the chilling aliens-in-cornfield drama, Signs, writer/director M. Night

Stewart punches shutterbug after Brickyard 500
INDIANAPOLIS -- NASCAR chairman Bill France wonders whether Tony Stewart might have been provoked into hitting a photographer after a 12th-place finish in the Brickyard 400.

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

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Caught in the middle
Alexis Sorrels finds herself torn between the attentions of her sister Heather and her brother Mykel during an outing to a pond alongside Marathon Road in Kenai last weekend.

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.

Proposal by Unocal challenged
A proposal by Unocal and its partners Marathon Oil Company and Cook Inlet Region Inc. to expand natural gas production at the Swanson River Field in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has drawn a challenge from a coalition of conservation groups.

'Watchable Wildlife' touted by speaker
JUNEAU -- Additional wildlife tourism could be a valuable boost to Alaska's economy, said James Mallman, president of Watchable Wildlife Inc.

Petition garners plenty of support
Petitioners promoting a sales tax initiative to exempt nonprepared foods for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's sales tax turned over more than 2,600 signatures to borough Clerk Linda Murphy late Monday afternoon.

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.

Robert Daniel 'Bob' Hand
Homer resident Robert Daniel "Bob" Hand died of a sudden heart attack Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 61.

David C. Beckley
Soldotna resident David C. Beckley died Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at his home on Kalifornsky Beach Road. He was 50.

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.

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.

Letters to the Editor
School district dress code should provide more specific guidelines Poor children cant get proper dental care in Kenai, Soldotna

It's important to protect Coast Guard's mission in Homeland Security
Congress' efforts to build a Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security without a doubt will directly affect the Coast Guard and its funct

Applause
Soldotna chamber appreciates recognition received from KRSA

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
RC and D to hold meeting Safari Club to meet KCHS class plans reunion Blood donations needed Host families sought

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.

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

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

Senior Briefs
Senior center activies around the peninsula

Menus
Senior center menus

Carter Center marks 20 years
ATLANTA -- Jimmy Carter didn't know what to do when he left office, but he knew that he wasn't ready for a quiet retirement.

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.

Neck injury dampens Monday night spirits
CANTON, Ohio -- As they joined hands and knelt in prayer on their sideline, the Houston Texans' first game in the NFL took on much deeper meaning.

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.

Jets' Abraham out 4 to 6 weeks with bad knee
All-Pro defensive end John Abraham of the New York Jets sprained his left knee in practice Saturday, but plans to be in the lineup when the team opens its season in less than five weeks.

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.

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.

Why mob left boxing for skating
Rats know a sinking ship when they see one. Maybe that's why the mob left boxing for ice dancing in such a rush.

Madden, Michaels hit it off in broadcast booth
John Madden gave viewers an early ''boom!'' and plenty of ''hecks'' in his ''Monday Night Football'' debut -- and nary a highfalutin' reference.

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.

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

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.

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