Monday, August 11, 2003

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.

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

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

Small mining companies can join cleanup pool
FAIRBANKS (AP) Under a new agreement between the state and federal government, small mine operators on federal claims should be able to get required financial backing to guarantee cleanup of the land they disturb.

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.

Tlingit classrooms get a good report card
JUNEAU (AP) Tlingit-oriented classrooms at a Juneau elementary school are being hailed a success.

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.

Park service changing Denali plans
FAIRBANKS (AP) Feedback from state political leaders is prompting the National Park Service to make changes to its long-term plan for land use in Denali National Park.

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.

Alleged cabbie killer faces more charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks man accused of killing a taxicab driver on June 14 was charged with an additional misdemeanor crime of lying to a police officer.

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.

Motorcyclist dies in collision with truck
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Fairbanks man died after crashing his motorcycle into a truck on the Parks Highway, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

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.

Undersea volcano discovered in Aleutians
ANCHORAGE (AP) Scientists have discovered and mapped the first confirmed undersea volcano in the Aleutian Islands region.

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.

Alaska ferry sold online to highest bidder
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Alaska state ferry was sold on eBay Sunday to the highest bidder.

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.

Group wants to turn pulp mill relics into bear refuge
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Sitka group has an unusual idea for a couple of former wastewater treatment tanks at the former Sitka pulp mill: turn them into a tourist attraction featuring problem bears.

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.

Juneau man faces assault charges
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a former girlfriend faces additional charges.

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

Nikiski woman lands $50,000 silver salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Nikiski woman is $50,000 richer after landing a tagged silver salmon over the weekend during the annual Seward Silver Salmon Derby.

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

State basks in more sizzling temperatures
ANCHORAGE (AP) High temperatures continued to broil Southcentral and Western Alaska over the weekend, the National Weather Service said.

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.

Californians on board downed plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) The three people who died in a plane crash near Skagway were all from California, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Friends and family remember Athabascan leader John
FAIRBANKS (AP) He never made it past elementary school, but he was described as a brilliant man and eloquent speaker.

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.

Liquor industry group sues over ballot question
FAIRBANKS (AP) A liquor industry association is suing the Fairbanks North Star Borough to keep a local 5 percent alcohol tax proposal off the Oct. 7 municipal ballot.

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.

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

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.

Man gets more than 10 years in prison in knife attack
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau man was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison after slashing a man, injuring a police officer and smashing a patrol car window.

Mariners win series from Yanks
NEW YORK Once the duel between fortysomethings Roger Clemens and Jamie Moyer dissolved, the Seattle Mariners walked off with a win.

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.

Sosa's two taters stop Dodgers
LOS ANGELES Sammy Sosa hit two mammoth home runs off Kevin Brown, and Mark Prior outpitched the Dodgers ace with a five-hitter as the Chicago Cubs beat Los Angeles 3-1 Sunday.

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.

10 rules of bus safety
To educate and remind children about practicing bus safety, Laidlaw Education Services stresses the 10 Rules of School Bus Safety.

Good study habits start in the home
Establishing good study skills early in your child's school years teaches your youngster discipline and dedication. Taking the t

Meet your school board members
The current seven school board members will continue serving the district until after the October election. Board members are:

School board goals
The sitting school board has planned a number of goals for the 2003-04 school year. Board goals are as follows:

Math at home: Easy 1-2-3
We can find math lessons in everyday activities such as a trip to the grocery store, cooking dinner or planning and planting a vegetable garden.

Dates to know
Students first day

Did you know...
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employs 1,222 people and serves 9,560 students.

Finding the right education for your child KPBSD programs
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District offers a free and complete education for all children.

Positive discipline makes life easier
Most parents want to raise children who are responsible for their own actions, and consistent discipline is a part of t

Private schools
Several private schools on the Kenai Peninsula offer families an alternative to traditional environments and-or an opportunity for children to learn in a faith-based environment.

What's hot with Student Nutrition
The Student Nutrition Team for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District looks forward to another year of opportunities to serve up a wide variety of appealing and nutritious meals to all the students in the district.

Project GRAD offers graduation incentives at 7 schools
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has established a partnership with Project GRAD USA, a Houston-based school reform program that offers staff development, curriculum consistency and graduation incentives for participating schools.

Buses rerouted
For more information see our bus schedules

Mentors help guide students through life
Students at eight Kenai Penin-sula schools will have the opportunity this year to participate in Aspirations Advocates, an international program providing adult mentors to youth through schools.

Schools plan summer registration dates
Students new to the district and those entering kindergarten for the first time this fall must register for classes with their school. Parents should bring a birth certificate and immunization reco

Meeting dates
The school board typically meets twice a month during the academic year and once a month during the summer.

Superintendent welcomes students
The new school year has the potential of being awesome. With staff negotiations completed and Alaska state standards as part of our everyday vocabulary, what is new for 2003-04?

Board of Education up for re-election
A seven-member board of education currently oversees business in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The existing board members were elected at-large by residents from across the borough.

Getting the official word
Parents and families should be familiar with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's official policies and procedures. These documents are available to the public as needed.

What to do if the weather turns bad
The weather in Alaska can be rough. While many residents are accustomed to snow on the roads, weather can force schools to close.

Assessment tests track student achievement
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administers a number of standardized tests to students throughout the school year. Some tests are mandated by state law, while others simply help the district identify student achievement.

Graduation requirements
The purpose of graduation requirements is to set guidelines t

School start-dismissal times 2003-04
School Start Dismiss Hours

Who can go to school?
A child who has turned 5 before Aug. 15 may be admitted to kindergarten. A child who turns 6 before Aug. 15 may be admitted to first grade.

Summer landscaping awards
Maureen Shaffer's home off Birch Street in Kenai was named Garden of the Week by the city of Kenai's Parks and Recreation Department.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Gordon still reigns as king of the road
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. Robby Gordon was doing everything he could to preserve fuel, and his timing was perfect because those in pursuit of him were in the same predicament.

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.

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.

Gun club leases land for range
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has agreed to lease approximately 22 acres in an old gravel pit near Anchor Point to the Kachemak Gun Club for $1 per year for 20 years.

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.

The catch no one wants
When fishing season is in full swing, many look forward to regaling friends and neighbors with tales of their fishing prowess, but few expect to take home a story of how they hooked themselves or another angler.

Cell phone 911 calls often made by mistake
One-third of the 911 calls from cell phones on the Kenai Peninsula in July were not emergency calls. In fact, most callers didn't even know they called.

Job Start targets welfare recipients
A new state program allows Alaska business owners to use state money to put people on welfare to work.

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.

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.

North Korea not easy to trust
WASHINGTON The United States has been doing the carrot-stick routine with North Korea for some time, but nothing much seems to work.

Powell rumors don't help administration
If the speculation that Secretary of State Colin Powell would resign if President Bush is reelected was meant as a trial balloon, it flopped horribly.

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

Gray Davis tries it all in bid to keep power
Fearing that his days in power could be nearing an end, Gov. Gray Davis has begun a campaign to say or do whatever he can to stay in office.

ACLU has right take on USA Patriot Act
For many, the American Civil Liberties Union is the group they love to hate, and while ACLU lawyers have seemingly never met a windmill at which they weren't compelled to tilt, 21st-century American life might not be what it is without the protection of these jousters.

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?

Photo feature: Wave crasher
Haley and Ryan Jensen cool off in Cook Inlet's surf at the mouth of the Kenai River on Saturday. Though the recent summer days have been filled with sun and hot weather, temperatures are expected to chill this week as rains begin to fall.

Peninsula People
Nikiski grad chooses college, earns scholarshipsKenai grad completes degreeKenai couple's son earns medal in IraqSoldotna woman to attend Brooks Institute

4-H horse show results announced
The 4-H Horse Show was held Aug. 2 at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds. Charise Calvert, a former 4-H'er, was the judge, and Katy Bethne, a 4-H leader and the Kenai Peninsula Leaders' Council President, was the show's superintendent. The following are the results of the show:

President present
Barbara Melnick, left, president of the Department of Alaska Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, poses with Ruby Taylor, president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 in Soldotna.

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 ...

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.

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.

Back to school
Connie Wirz, director of the Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start in Kenai, receives a certificate of program completion from Professor Alfred E. Osborne Jr., left, of the Anderson School at the University of California Los Angeles, and Conrad Person, director of corporate contributions and community relations for Johnson and Johnson.

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.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Host families neededQuilters needed to register for Ninilchik FairBlood-stem cell drive scheduledCongressional mobile office tour arrivesBoy Scout leadership meeting plannedSoldotna historical society to meetSchool reunion plannedSmall business center host free workshopRedoubt back-to-school open house plannedFree developmental screening offeredFood bank to raffle trip to Hawaii

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

Krista and Jonathon Monta-oCrystal and Chris Hodo

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.

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.

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

Clijsters takes No. 1 ranking
CARSON, Calif. Kim Clijsters became the new No. 1 in women's tennis Sunday, outlasting Lindsay Davenport 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to win the JPMorgan Chase Open for her tour-high sixth title of the year.

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.

Sports Briefs
Jets ruin debut of Lewis, PalmerIverson proud to represent all flawed Americans

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.

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.

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.

Bomar earns second Chrysler Open crown
Billy Bomar used simple, steady play on the back nine to fight off several challenges from other golfers and win the Kenai Chrysler Open Sunday afternoon at Kenai Golf Course. Typical of his steady two-day performance, Bomar took his second Open title with a score of even par. He earned $7,000 for the victory.

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.

The International language: Love
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. Davis Love III took all of the suspense out of The International on Sunday, birdieing three of the first four holes and cruising to his fourth victory of the season.

Surinam runner fails drug test, loses gold
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic Surinam's only Pan American Games medalist, 800-meter champion Letitia Vriesde, was stripped of her gold Sunday after testing positive for excessive caffeine.

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.

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.

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