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Wednesday, August 13, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Kotzebue man drowns at mining site
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 52-year-old Kotzebue man drowned at a mining site in Candle, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

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.

Environmental groups sue to block Katalla drilling
ANCHORAGE (AP) Environmental groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service to block oil drilling planned at the historic Katalla oil field near Cordova.

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.

St. Michael voters go to polls for alcohol status
ANCHORAGE (AP) Voters in St. Michael went to the polls Wednesday to decide whether to overturn the ban on alcohol it adopted 17 years ago.

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.

Businessman seeks retrial due to publicity of case
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage businessman wants a retrial, more than a year after he was convicted in federal court of bank and wire fraud.

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.

Appeals court affirms soft money limits on political parties
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska can limit donations to political parties by individuals and corporations, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

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

Fairbanks poll shows lawmakers' stance on special session
JUNEAU (AP) Nearly half of the Legislature favored a special session to override Gov. Frank Murkowski's veto of the senior citizen Longevity Bonus program, according to a survey by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

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.

Dillingham voters to decide smoking ban
DILLINGHAM Voters in Dillingham will be deciding whether to ban smoking in public places.

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

Conference held on Bush's faith-based initiative
ANCHORAGE (AP) Social service providers and religious groups attended a conference Tuesday to discuss President Bush's faith-based initiative and how it might work in Alaska.

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.

Fairbanks voters may choose between taxes
FAIRBANKS (AP) Voters in Fairbanks may be choosing between a sales tax and increased property taxes in the fall.

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.

Murkowski signs bill making timber primary forest use
FAIRBANKS (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski has signed into law a bill that will change the primary use of all state forests from ''multi-use'' to ''timber.''

Talkeetna man arrested on rape charge
TALKEETNA (AP) A Talkeetna man was arrested on sexual assault and burglary charges after a woman reported being raped early Monday morning at a Talkeetna lodge.

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.

Cards start fast, swamp Pirates
PITTSBURGH Albert Pujols and Tino Martinez hit three-run homers before Pittsburgh retired a batter, and the St. Louis Cardinals rode the six-run first inning to a 10-6 victory over the Pirates on Tuesday night.

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.

A's take over wild card lead
OAKLAND, Calif. Barry Zito finally got a little good fortune, and the Oakland Athletics finally pushed ahead of Boston in the AL wild card race.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

American way means right to disagree
For some reason this subject of Mr. Webster just won't seem to go away. Enough already! This statement, that if you were against the war, you are against our troops: That is an absurdity!

Inlet fish go 'Wild' for 2nd season
Cook Inlet Salmon Branding Inc. escaped the sophomore jinx in superior fashion, increasing its reach and its production significantly over first-year numbers.

Election filings coming in slow
So far, at least, the Oct. 7 municipal election isn't drawing much attention.

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.

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

Wildland fire extends boundaries near Skilak
A wildland fire that has been burning slowly for two months under the watchful eye of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge officials found a small ridge that took it down to Skilak Lake on Monday, pushing smoky air into Sterling, Soldotna and other central Kenai Peninsula communities.

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.

Seeing red: Stem cell testing goes better than anticipated
Tuesday's blood and stem cell testing drive in Soldotna was a tremendous success, as area residents arrived at Christ Lutheran Church en masse to see if they could help save a life.

Rain lifts burn ban
The Alaska Division of Forestry announced Tuesday that the burn ban for the western Kenai Peninsula has been lifted.

Report provides plan for future of workforce training
Coming soon to an economy near you: The Kenai Peninsula World Class Workforce Development Coalition.

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.

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.

Judd Earl Carrier
Kenai resident Judd Earl Carrier died Monday, June 11, 2003, at his home. He was 71.

Democrats offer Bush little threat
I see little chance for a Democrat to defeat George W. Bush next year. Certainly not if one of the candidates doesn't soon break out of the pack of no-names and at least win the dubious honor of being the Democrats' 2004 nominee.

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.

Roadless rule comment period ends Thursday
In 1999, the Clinton administration released a plan to review all roadless areas of more than 5,000 acres on federal lands for possible permanent protection. At that time Sen. Ted Stevens received a call from the White House assuring him that the Tongass would be excluded from the roadless areas review.

Longevity Bonus smart policy and a debt owed
Eighteen thousand Alaskans over the age of 71 receive the Longevity Bonus, a way Alaska honors and repays contributions seniors made building today's state, and one that traces its origins to 1915.

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

Around the Peninsula
Yupik grass baskets showcasedCARTS advisory meeting set for todayKenai chamber meeting todayPressure canner dial gauge testing slatedStevens, Seaton to speak at Homer chamberNominations for beautification awards acceptedVendors, competitors sought for Seafair rodeoDog classes slated at PenDOGSoroptimists plan benefit for cancer fundPrescription drugs information available

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

The Next Level: Carreon to play at Southwestern Oregon
Carlos Carreon, a 2002 graduate of Kenai Central, will play soccer at Southwestern Oregon College in Coos Bay, Ore.

Kenai Golf Report: Chrysler Open a success
The Kenai Golf Course once again offered Kenai some awesome golf while hosting the fifth annual Kenai Chrysler Open. There were 30-plus pros that took on the Kenai Golf Course, many playing for their fifth time while others were new to the tournament. The weather was simply unbelievable and the excitement was felt for four days over the entire golf course.

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

Sprinter tests positive for ephedrine
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic The United States lost two gold medals at the Pan American Games on Tuesday after sprinter Mickey Grimes failed a doping test.

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

In golf, as in life, Daly keeps driving too hard
Sweat soaked his royal blue shirt and the back of his pants down to his knees as John Daly waited 20 minutes for the tee to clear Tuesday at Oak Hill.

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.

Brooks remembered as great innovator
MINNEAPOLIS Playing hockey for Herb Brooks usually brought a bounty of rewards, even though few of his protges realized that right away.

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.

Sports Briefs
Kenai's Carsner Jr. wins drag raceDavis still leads Silver Salmon DerbyMcGahee agrees to contract with BillsSource: Jaguars, Leftwich agree to termsPistons sign Richard HamiltonClarett academic information sent to NCAAMariners activate Sasaki

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.

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