Wednesday, August 7, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Godfrey shot with gun registered to him
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Anchorage police have determined that Karen Brand used a gun registered to former Public Safety Commissioner Glenn Godfrey when she fatally shot him, critically injured his wife, then killed herself.

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.

Anchorage looks at water safety
Anchorage (AP) -- The Sunday drowning of a young boy at Jewel Lake has prompted Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch to launch a review of water safety in lakes and swimming pools throughout the city.

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.

Japan may block U.S. moves on Alaska Eskimo whaling
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's top whaling official indicated Wednesday that Tokyo would block U.S. attempts to reinstate a five-year whale hunting season for Alaska Eskimos.

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.

Exxon Valdez trustees revise injured species list
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council has determined that orcas in Prince William Sound should be considered ''recovering,'' not ''recovered'' from the effects of the 1989 oil spill.

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

Abandoned wells could cost millions to fix
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state says the U.S. government has not properly maintained abandoned wells left from federal exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska decades ago. Officials on each side say the problem could cost millions to fix.

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.

Sports Briefs
Kenai volleyball practice starts Monday Pennsylvania angler takes Seward derby McDowell wins July in Homer derby Suspect will fight extradition to the United States Stewart fined $10,000 for punching photographer Doubleday accuses baseball of phantom losses Evans walks, expected to be released Wednesday

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.

Cancer rate grows among Alaska Natives
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fifty years ago, almost half the death certificates for Alaska Natives listed tuberculosis as the killer and cancer was rare.

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

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.

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.

Railroad considers adding passenger cars
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ridership on the Alaska Railroad is up slightly from last summer, prompting corporation officials to consider adding more passenger cars to its fleet.

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 fishermen rescued after boat burns off Oregon coast
NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Two men, including one from Ketchikan, were rescued by the Coast Guard after their boat caught fire Tuesday off the Oregon coast.

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.

Environmental groups protest gas expansion in Kenai Refuge
KENAI (AP) -- 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.

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.

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.

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.

Ellis reappointed to Western states panel
JUNEAU (AP) -- State Sen. Johnny Ellis was reappointed to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education on Tuesday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

Bonds moves one homer from 600
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' 599th homer wasn't even the most exciting part of a wild victory for the San Francisco Giants.

Texas can't handle Tigers' hot Sparks
DETROIT -- Steve Sparks struck out eight in his third complete game of the season, and Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer as the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 Tuesday night.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

New cigarette vending machines check age
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A tobacco company is trying to reinvent the fading cigarette vending machine with a model designed to prevent illegal purchases by those under 18.

Failed HIV drug could help treat hepatitis B
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A failed HIV therapy should be sold instead to treat the liver-destroying hepatitis B virus, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration ruled Tuesday.

Aspirin reduces pancreatic cancer
WASHINGTON -- Aspirin, already widely used by people hoping to ward off a heart attack, may also be helpful in preventing pancreatic cancer.

Suburban low birth weight rate rises
WASHINGTON -- More and more low-birthweight babies are being born across the country, and the rate is growing even faster in the suburbs than in the cities.

Auditors: Health insurance programs skirting the law
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Health and Human Services

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.

'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.

Neighbor's heads-up reaction saves house
An observant teen, fast action by her mother and a quick response from Central Emergency Services contributed to saving a house that caught fire in a Soldotna neighborhood Tuesday morning.

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.

New Jersey man fulfills cool quest
Where better to experience a noteworthy Blizzard than Soldotna, Alaska?

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.

After 10 years, Soldotna church gets its steeple
"Now it looks like a church," said a bystander watching as a 30-foot steeple was raised by a crane to the top of the College Heights Baptist Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna Tuesday.

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.

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.

Karla Ethelyn Gleason
Kenai resident Karla Ethelyn Gleason died Monday, Aug. 5, 2002, at her home. She was 62.

Applause
Soldotna chamber appreciates recognition received from KRSA

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

School vouchers stir nationwide debate
WASHINGTON -- Like many Americans, Steve Klug likes the idea of provid

Party choices may muddy vote on legislative move
Since this will be the first election under Alaska's new primary system in which political parties will restrict who can vote for their candidates, many voters had to make hard choices in registering for the Aug. 27 primary. The deadline for registering was July 28

Democratic gubernatorial primary serves as prelude to 2004 presidential battle
HEAD:Democratic gubernatorial primary serves as prelude to 2004 presidential battle

Applause
Tent blood drive a success

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Burn permit suspension lifted Senator forum to be held at Kenai chamber Extended immunization hours to be offered Nikiski volleyball tryouts planned Caregiver meetings scheduled Mushroom workshop postponed

Pet of the week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring a mature female yellow Labrador retriever for $12. License and rabies vaccine are included. Visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969 for more information.

District OKs new school in Seward
Seward is on its way to getting a new middle school, thanks to a support initiative approved Monday night by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education.

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.

Senior Briefs
Senior center activies around the peninsula

Menus
Senior center menus

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.

American golfers barred from thin-faced drivers
In a surprising reversal Tuesday, golf's two governing bodies scrapped plans to allow recreational players in the United States to use so-called hot drivers, designed to hit the ball farther.

Sixers get Van Horn, MacCulloch in exchange for 7-foot-2 defensive center
PHILADELPHIA -- Once again, a team is hoping Dikembe Mutombo can help it win an NBA title.

Chrysler Open set to roll
The Kenai Golf Course will host the Kenai Chrysler Open with the pro-am starting Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m. Amateur golfers will have a chance to play with the professional golfers. Most of the professional golfers who play in the Kenai Chrysler Open are teaching club professionals or mini-tour players.

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.

Spurrier acting superior
Steve Spurrier says he coaches the same way -- whether the opponent is Central Michigan or the San Francisco 49ers.

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.

Lakers fans mourn announcer's death
LOS ANGELES -- A paper plate holding a hot dog and mustard was left on Chick Hearn's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, along with a handwritten message: ''To Chick, From Mark. Thanks for all the laughs. Miss you.''

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.

Sports Briefs
Kenai volleyball practice starts Monday Pennsylvania angler takes Seward derby McDowell wins July in Homer derby Suspect will fight extradition to the United States Stewart fined $10,000 for punching photographer Doubleday accuses baseball of phantom losses Evans walks, expected to be released Wednesday

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.

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