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Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Sex offender found with abducted child
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 3-year-old Alaska girl who disappeared while her mother was asleep at the Anchorage airport was found with a convicted sex offender minutes after the girl's mother called police.

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.

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

Troopers release arrest numbers from Talkeetna festival
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska State Troopers made 21 arrests during the four-day Talkeetna Bluegrass and Music Festival.

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.

Teens to be tried as juveniles in conference rape case
SEATTLE (AP) Three teenage boys will be tried as juveniles on charges that they raped three girls from Alaska at a Christian youth conference, a judge in Seattle has decided.

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.

Body found near Anchorage trail
ANCHORAGE (AP) A young girl walking with her family found the body of a man under a footbridge at an Anchorage trail, police said.

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.

Army seeks comments on Stryker unit
ANCHORAGE (AP) A detailed plan for public comment about the U.S. Army's deployment of a new mobile infantry brigade in Alaska.

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.

State looks for buyers of natural gas
ANCHORAGE (AP) Harold Heinze, the new chief of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, plans to travel to South Korea, Japan and Taiwan in October to woo prospective customers for North Slope gas.

Army seeks comments on Stryker unit
ANCHORAGE (AP) A detailed plan about the U.S. Army's deployment of a new mobile infantry brigade in Alaska has been released.

Officials eye Ketchikan veneer plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) Serious efforts are under way to revive a closed veneer plant in Ketchikan.

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.

Retail boom in Fairbanks changes landscape
ANCHORAGE Wal-Mart's decision to build a 150,000-square-foot store on 26.5 acres in north Fairbanks has generated a storm of business activity in the neighborhood, a local landowner said.

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.

Pilgrims travel to Spruce Island
KODIAK (AP) About 150 people from as far away as New York and Africa traveled to Kodiak last week for the Orthodox Church's veneration of St. Herman, the father of Orthodoxy in America.

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

Metlakatla opens bottled water plant
KETCHIKAN (AP) The Metlakatla Indian Community has started a water-bottling plant that managers hope eventually will employ two shifts of eight to 10 people.

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

More roe stripping authorized in Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE (AP) State fisheries officials have authorized a special roe harvest for pink salmon returning to a second Prince William Sound hatchery.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Alaska's Amber Alert system almost ready
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state's Amber Alert system should be up and running by the first of the year, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Astros edge Cubs
CHICAGO Wade Miller outpitched Kerry Wood and Jeff Kent hit a two-run double Monday night as the Houston Astros beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1.

Yankees, Royals set doubles mark
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Mike DiFelice hit three doubles as Kansas City and the New York Yankees combined to set an American League record with 19 two-base hits in the Royals' 12-9 victory Monday night.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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?

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.

Dates to know
Students first day

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Kids Day celebrated in Kenai
The first Sunday in August is National Kids Day. This year the day was celebrated with a wide variety of activities, games, food, prizes, projects and fun. The celebration was held on the front lawn of the Boys & Girls Club. The celebration was open to all community children and families.

Gifford's retirement party a day to remember
Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Gifford spent her final day on the job last Friday and took an extended lunch break to attend her official retirement party at the Soldotna Sports Center

Hundreds experience earthy production of Shakespeare's Hamlet
It was an experience in theatre that would have pleased Shakespeare himself. The Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre's outdoor production of Hamlet last week drew hundreds of Alaskan families to the Diamond M Ranch on K-Beach Rd.

Secretary of Interior Norton visits Ninilchik to celebrate conservation
Thousands of people traveled to the hamlet of Ninilchik last week to celebrate the centennial of the National Wildlife Refuge System started by President Theodore Roosevelt.

New general surgeon comes to town
The Central Peninsula has attracted a new physician to the area. Dr. Regina Chennault is a general surgeon who recently moved to the Kenai from Gunnison, Colorado.

Project Grad to start in rural Peninsula communities
By most definitions the Kenai Peninsula is a rural community, yet our Borough is made of many separate rural communities within this vast rural community, a fact that has presented many challenges over the years to the Kenai Peninsula School District.

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.

Now Playing: Seabiscuit
During a particularly telling moment in this week's Seabiscuit, grizzled old horse trainer Chris Cooper stops a man from shooting his newly lame horse by telling him, "You don't throw away a whole life just because it's banged up a little."

Loss of longevity bonus checks means loss of business locally
Did you know that there were 1,084 persons receiving the longevity bonus in Homer, Kenai and Soldotna. This translates to $2,601,600 that will not be spent on the Kenai Peninsula in the next year.

Now is time to get involved; elect leaders who are honest
Secret deals, legislation by caucus, by party, is more important than all the people who elected them. In reality, laws are made in back rooms, not in front of the public.

Soldotna seniors say thanks for support of fund-raisers
Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank all of the wonderful volunteers in making our Summer Bazaar and Endowment Barbecue fund-raisers such a huge success.

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.

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

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.

Unocal, borough sale put on hold
A land deal to sell six acres of borough land near Beluga to Union Oil of California, which the petroleum giant wants for a new drilling-waste pit, has been put on hold for at least 90 days.

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.

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.

Parties agree on terms; Unity Trail to come full circle
The wait is finally over. The Unity Trail will be completed along the Kenai Spur Highway between Kenai and Soldotna.

4-wheeler, cigarettes spark fires
Though rain began to fall Monday after several weeks of hot, dry weather, the Alaska Division of Forestry has announced a burn ban on the Kenai Peninsula remains in effect until further notice.

Kenai hires new economic director
Like kids and plants, economies need a little nourishing to grow, as well.

Mary Louise Campbell
Longtime Kenai resident Mary Louise Campbell died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at her home in Kenai of cervical cancer. She was 49.

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.

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.

Finding right buyer for Williams' holdings important for all Alaska
News that a sale of the Williams Cos. refinery in North Pole might be making progress is good to hear, especially for the employees who have been in limbo since the company announced in June of last year that it was selling all of its Alaska holdings.

Wildlife needs more protection, not less
The article that appeared in Alaska Magazine in August of 1985 was right on. "They, Alaska's game wardens, should be put on an endangered species list," it said. Why? Because they are going if not already gone.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Season's greetings?
Fireweed blooms color the roadside near the Kenai Spur Highway last weekend. The flowers are an accurate forecaster of autumn's approach, which arrives shortly after the blooms reach the top.

Around the Peninsula
Blood-stem cell drive held todayRacing Lions to hold circle track racesSterling Head Start begins registrationKWF invites residents to learn about loon habitatSocial Security rep to visit peninsulaTeam building training course plannedPower wheelchairs availableUnited Way plans cruise to Fox Island

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.

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:

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

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.

Births
Krista and Jonathon Monta-oCrystal and Chris Hodo

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Elderly in Spanish city live days at home supported by bullfighting tickets
PAMPLONA, Spain On a hot summer evening during the city's San Fermin festival, Jose Goni sipped wine from a leather pouch and looked down from the stands at Pamplona's bullring at the ageless spectacle of bullfighting.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

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.

U.S. must adjust to international rules
NEW YORK Tracy McGrady, a newcomer to international basketball, was given a pop quiz: How do you call a timeout?

Is Iverson the answer for America?
A league with an image problem lets the poster boy for selfishness take charge of its campaign to win back respectability.

Eagles look ready for Super Bowl run
NEW ORLEANS The Philadelphia Eagles looked like a team ready to shake off the disappointment of losing in the 2002 NFC Championship game and challenge for a third straight NFC East title, beating the New Orleans Saints 27-17 Monday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

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.

Brooks dies in auto accident
MINNEAPOLIS Herb Brooks, who coached the U.S. hockey team to the ''Miracle on Ice'' victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, died Monday in a car accident. He was 66.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Negotiations stall as Leftwich loses practice timeDolphins' Dixon has surgery, Moore out for seasonThree horses destroyed after spill at Del MarClarett meets with Ohio State AD, NCAA

Team USA gets bronze in handball
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic Swimming medals are expected from Americans. Team handball medals are not.

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

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