Sunday, August 10, 2003

Group jumps gun on Palin candidacy
WASILLA (AP) Former Wasilla mayor Sarah Palin said she hasn't decided to run for U.S. Senate, despite a national tax reform group's description of her as a candidate.

Man freed from collapsed trench
ANCHORAGE (AP) An industrial accident Thursday night left a man trapped in a trench for about three hours Thursday near Eagle River.

Unalaska landings top record
UNALASKA (AP) Unalaska has set a new national record for seafood landings, according to city natural resources analyst Frank Kelty.

Three die in Skagway plane crash
SKAGWAY (AP) Three people died Friday after a small plane crashed off Mile 9 Dyea Road.

Giant sign sparks flap in Sitka
SITKA (AP) The manager of a fur gallery is sparring with city officials over a 55-by-10-foot advertising banner that went up last weekend near the town's main intersection.

Teen assaulted after car problems
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 17-year-old girl who stopped near Wasilla with tire problems Thursday was sexually assaulted by four men who pulled over offering help.

Troopers seek suspected sex offender
NOME Alaska State Troopers in Nome are asking for the public's help in finding a Unalakleet man charged with third-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Missing hiker found safe
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 29-year-old man overdue from a hiking trip to a glacier near Homer was found alive and well late Friday after an intense search, officials said.

Taylor to take state transportation post
JUNEAU (AP) State Sen. Robin Taylor will leave the Legislature in September after 19 years to take a post with the Murkowski administration.

Mat-Su Borough gauges interest in Hatcher Pass resort
ANCHORAGE (AP) Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials say the time is finally right for a four-season Hatcher Pass resort, and they're taking their message nationwide.

On the Lindy, a breakdown is just a pleasant interlude
JUNEAU (AP) When the engine on Bill Shattenberg's 75-foot, wooden, ketch-rigged motor sailer exploded earlier this summer, he, his wife and their seven-person crew were 400 miles off the Mexican coast. They had calm, sunny weather, a three-month supply of food and plenty of cheap Panamanian beer.

Helicopter medic makes difference for newborn
FAIRBANKS (AP) Friday was a case of crazy eights for a Livengood-area woman.

Air carriers honored for safety
ANCHORAGE (AP) Eight Alaska air carriers were recognized Thursday for safety programs and standards exceeding those required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Officer hits shooting suspect with car
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage police officer fired at a man who pointed a handgun at him in Spenard early Friday morning, but no one was injured, police said.

Federal security forces on hand for Greenpeace visit
KETCHIKAN (AP) Six members of the Federal Protective Service are on duty here for a visit by the environmental group Greenpeace.

Former Fairbanks fugitive enters guilty plea
ANCHORAGE (AP) Former Fairbanks banker Thomas Miklautsch pleaded guilty to one charge of bank fraud Friday in a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Suspected bootleggers get stuck in sandbar
KOTZEBUE Two men who are suspected of trying to bring alcohol into Noorvik got their boat stuck on a sandbar offshore of the village.

Athabascan leader Peter John dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) Chief Peter John, the traditional chief of Athabascan Indians, died Friday in his log home in Minto.

Armed man arrested after standoff
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage police arrested a man Friday morning after a five-hour standoff at his west side apartment.

Phillies' Burrell buries Giants with two taters
SAN FRANCISCO Pat Burrell hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning and a two-run shot in the 10th, giving the Philadelphia Phillies an 8-6 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

Yankees hurler has eight-game win streak snapped by Seattle
NEW YORK Gil Meche pitched two-hit ball for eight innings, and the Seattle Mariners snapped Andy Pettitte's eight-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday.

Bulldogs rip Homer in season opener
The Nikiski High School football team opened up its season with a win Saturday, defeating the Homer Mariners 33-0 in a nonconference tilt in Homer.

Trekkin': Appalachian Trail entices hiker
ARDMORE, Okla. From behind the bristles of a bushy grey beard, Dennis Ham spins the stories of his hikes along the Appalachian Trail with careful detail to the trail itself.

West makes Kards pay for errors
The Kenai Central High School football team opened its season Saturday with a 17-6 loss to Anchorage's West High School at Ed Hollier Field in Kenai.

Panthers shut down Seahawks
What do a new coach and a young varsity football squad combine for on their first outing together?

Practice makes perfect for Gordon
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. A victory by Jeff Gordon on Sunday would be a strong argument that there's nothing more important than practice.

U.S. Senate bill includes money for harbors in Homer, Seward
Harbor projects in Homer and Seward are in line for funding in federal energy and water legislation that won approval from the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee last month, according to a press release from Sen. Ted Stevens.

Benefit set today for bear attack victim
The Sunrise Inn in Cooper Landing will host a benefit concert today to raise funds for Daniel Bigley of Girdwood, who was mauled by a bear three weeks ago while fishing at the Russian River.

Stem cell testing offered at blood drive
The Blood Bank of Alaska-Kenai Peninsula Center will offer area residents two different ways to save a life Tuesday during a drive at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

Boyfriend proposes to change runner's status at Run for Women race
At the Women's Crises and Resource Center's 16th annual Run for Women on Saturday morning, one of the 10-kilometer race contenders had more than a cup of water waiting for her at the finish line.

Billie Marrion Parker
Kenai resident Billie Marrion Parker died Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at her home. She was 56.

New survey debunks popularly held views about parents, teens
"Mom, you're just too old to understand."

Nuclear diplomacy touchy topic for U.S.
WASHINGTON The Bush administration's use of discredited intelligence on Iraqi weapons may complicate America's ability to deal with more tangible nuclear dangers across the Middle East and in Asia.

For good of state, Alaskans need to change their tune
Here's a thought: How about not giving away all of the state's savings to consumers like you and me, and, instead, reinvesting it in the state's yawning budget gap?

Kenai Peninsula draws several summer settlers
They come from every state in the nation, searching for a good place to park. Idaho, Colorado, Texas, West Virginia, Florida, Arkansas ...

Galleys celebrate 60th
Jake and Mabel Galley marked their 60th wedding anniversary Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003. They were married in Windsor, Colo., on Aug. 5, 1943.

Reasner, Callahan marry Saturday
Charlene Reasner and Benjamin Callahan of Wasilla were married Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Sterling.

Black is back: Dark skies show off Mars
Now that summer makes way for some more nighttime hours, hopefully cloudless, I'm able to resume my astronomy column.

Russian cosmonaut plans space marriage
MOSCOW How do pre-wedding jitters feel in zero gravity?

Around the Peninsula
Burn ban continuesVisitors center presents 'Beauty within the Beast'Soldotna chamber meeting setBlood bank in critical need of donorsSkateboard park grand opening plannedNPR holding registration for flag footballButchering classes scheduledHelp offered for home day-care providers

Astronauts showcase aviation progress
NEW YORK Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, landed in Rockefeller Center for the opening of an exhibit marking the 100th year of aviation since the Wright brothers' flight in December 1903.

My best friend
Bongo, a 14-year-old lab mix, has been a faithful companion and friend to Debbie Moore of Nikiski for many years.

Familiar expression has gruesome origin
We've all heard the familiar expression, "It's raining cats and dogs," but have you ever pondered where that saying came from? It is difficult to say for certain the exact origin of the phrase but there are several possible theories.

Love holds lead
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. Davis Love III played steady, conservative golf to maintain his 10-point lead Saturday in The International.

Brazil's hoops protest rejected, U.S. gets silver
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic The Americans closed the Pan American Games track and field competition in style Saturday night, grabbing four medals, including three in the relays.

Bomar's 2-under leads Chrysler Open
In ideal golfing conditions Saturday at the Kenai Golf Course, Anchorage professional Billy Bomar shot a 2-under par 70 to take the one-day lead in the Kenai Chrysler Open.

Roddick beats Federer
MONTREAL (AP) Andy Roddick beat Wimbledon champ Roger Federer 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) Saturday to gain the Canada Masters final for the second straight year.

Bryant adds to Lakers' legacy
Kobe Bryant's legal problems represent just the latest trouble for the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the NBA's most successful teams and, at the same time, one of its most star-crossed.

Vick provides thrills in Falcons' loss to Packers
ATLANTA Michael Vick was 6-for-7 for 110 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown pass to Brian Finneran, before the Atlanta Falcons squandered a big lead in their preseason opener, losing to the Green Bay Packers 27-21 Saturday night.

Phelps keeps rocking
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Michael Phelps set another world record, punched the air several times and pointed to his head, an unusual show of emotion from the 18-year-old Baltimore native.

Lott inducted into College Football Hall
SOUTH BEND, Ind. As roommates at Southern California, Ronnie Lott and Marcus Allen talked about achieving greatness.

Goldstein, Brassard pick up race crowns
A warm August sun greeted some 200 women running through Kenai with 70-degree temperatures. Although Saturday's heat may have been a little outside the norm, the women who ran or walked either the 5-kilometer or 10-kilometer races of the Women's Resource and Crisis Center Kenai Peninsula Run for Women were able to beat the heat.

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