Friday, August 16, 2002

Man gets four years for kicking uncle to death
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Haines man received four years in prison for kicking his uncle and causing his death.

Salmon branding program helps establish learning curve
KENAI (AP) -- In its first year, the Cook Inlet Salmon Branding program helped establish a learning curve for program officials.

Glacier dam breeeched, water races out of Russell Lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The dam formed by the advancing Hubbard Glacier near Yakutat sprang a giant leak Wednesday, releasing a torrent of water and ice from 70-square-mile Russell Lake.

State jobless rate shows modest jump in July
JUNEAU (AP) -- Unemployment in Alaska rose to 5.7 percent in July, up from 5.3 percent for the same time last year, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

Alaska Native groups get policing funds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six Alaska Native organizations have been awarded more than $600,000 in federal grants to hire police officers, train the officers and buy crime-fighting equipment.

Annual farm tour boosts Alaska Grown products
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles said he made a phone call that could catapult lettuce from Alaska's fields into stores.

Brig. Gen. John M. Brown to lead Alaska command
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Brig. Gen. John M. Brown took over command of the Alaska Army during a ceremony Thursday at Fort Richardson.

Anchorage police took 48 minutes to reach Godfrey home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police have disclosed that it took 48 minutes to find the home of former Public Safety Commissioner Glenn Godfrey the night Godfrey was fatally shot.

Former UAA hockey coach files lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dean Talafous, the fired University of Alaska Anchorage hockey coach, has filed a civil suit against the university.

Fire, explosion injure Prudhoe Bay worker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An oil field worker was hospitalized with injuries after a powerful explosion and fire early Friday morning at a Prudhoe Bay oil well.

Loggers offered extensions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Forest Service is offering loggers in Southeast Alaska three-year extensions to existing timber contracts to give companies time to ride out one of the worst timber markets in recent times.

Cruise companies urged to do more thorough cleaning
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State and federal epidemiologists are urging cruise-ship companies to aggressively sanitize and disinfect their vessels to prevent viruses from spreading among passengers.

Hunter shoots unusual white deer
JUNEAU (AP) -- A hunter from Hoonah shot and killed a rare Sitka black-tailed deer.

Phillips, state reach settlement in royalty dispute
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Alaska Inc. has agreed to pay about $6 million to the state to settle an oil royalty dispute.

Group proposes initiative to protect permanent fund
JUNEAU (AP) -- Voters would have to approve using earnings from the Alaska Permanent Fund for state government under a proposed initiative sponsored by Alaskans for Efficient Government.

AVCP names new president
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Association of Village Council Presidents has a new president.

U.S. Post Offices cutting back on hours
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In a nationwide cost-cutting effort, the U.S. Postal Service is cutting back on hours post offices will be open, including those in Alaska.

Oil-dumping freighter captain sentenced to jail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The captain of a freighter who helped cover up evidence of oil dumping from his ship was sentenced to three months in jail and two years of supervised release.

Gardeners on alert for first frost
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Jane Kucera wrestled against the wind trying to secure a giant sheet of Visqueen over her prized patch of tomato plants Tuesday afternoon at the Fairbanks Community Garden, she realized she was probably fighting a losing battle.

One person dies in Gambell house fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An elderly woman died in a house fire in Gambell, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

Troopers shoot aggressive bear in Girdwood
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers shot and killed a brown bear in Girdwood after it repeatedly charged residents and efforts to chase the bear off failed.

Nurses reject contract, OK strike
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Regional Hospital nurses voted overwhelmingly to rejected a proposed contract and to authorize a strike.

Citizen panel idea gaining momentum
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The idea of forming a citizen panel to oversee the trans-Alaska oil pipeline is gaining momentum.

Republicans charge Democrats with spending violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chairman of the Republican Party of Alaska filed a formal complaint Thursday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, charging state Democrats with sloppy accounting and improperly sending party money to candidates.

Phillips Alaska to lose 60 jobs in Conoco merger
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co.'s merger with Conoco Inc. will mean the loss of 60 jobs at Phillips Alaska Inc.

Rookie hurler strikes out 12 in Cubs win
CHICAGO -- Rookie Mark Prior struck out 12 in six innings -- including seven in a row -- and Sammy Sosa hit his 41st homer as the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 6-4 Thursday and avoided a four-game sweep.

Another Little League team from New York under scrutiny
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- A team from New York captures the imagination of its community, then conquers the opposition on its way to the Little League World Series. But allegations swirl about ineligible players.

Mondesi, Williams sink Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Raul Mondesi hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning and Bernie Williams went 5-for-5 as the New York Yankees rallied for a 7-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.

Baseball negotiations run into speed bump
NEW YORK -- Baseball's labor talks hit a snag when the sides delved deeper into the key economic issues, leaving the union's executive board on track to set a strike date Friday.

Business Briefs
Realtors association to hold annual meeting KPEDD seeks strategic committee members Agrium Kenai plant announces new hires Fishers business counseling offered Trend Alaska conference to be held Shell rebrands 21 Anchorage Texaco stations

Boeing hurts
SEATTLE (AP) -- Even as Boeing's largest customer retrenches and U.S. airlines continue to struggle, the company's commercial jet division says its already-halved production plans have not changed and that overseas markets are offering glimmers of hope.

Husky Lumber will soon begin churning out lumber from area timber, dead or alive
Alaska's lumber industry has seen better days. And timber, one of the state's most bountiful natural resources, is being plagued on the Kenai Peninsula by spruce bark beetles.

Slumping economy, market make it harder for baby boomers to foot kids' college bills
NEW YORK (AP) -- Working for a company that helps students get ready for college, Harriet Brand figured she would be prepared for the day when her two daughters headed to campus, even when it came to paying hefty tuition bills.

Reliance on price-earnings ratios called into question as best stock-picking gauge
NEW YORK (AP) -- An investor just doesn't know what to believe anymore.

Some companies restate finances as deadline falls
SEATTLE (AP) -- Even as Boeing's largest customer retrenches and U.S. airlines continue to struggle, the company's commercial jet division says its already-halved production plans have not changed and that overseas markets are offering glimmers of hope.

With market down, it's important to make sure your investments are diversified
NEW YORK (AP) -- Financial advisers have been urging their clients for years to Diversify! Diversify! Diversify!

District 33 candidates outline goals for chamber audience
House District 33 primary election candidates faced off Tuesday in Soldotna fielding questions on everything from the budget crisis and taxes to tourism and how to invest the Alaska Permanent Fund.

In Soldotna, 4 file for 3 seats; in Kenai, 5 seek to fill 2 posts
Most of the interest in city elections in Kenai and Soldotna this year comes from incumbents.

2 run for borough mayor
The race for mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough apparently will come down to a choice between incumbent Mayor Dale Bagley and Ken Lancaster, currently a member of the Alaska House of Representatives.

Big silvers showing in Seward
Yes, it really is that good.

All the gizmos in the world don't guarantee a fish at the Gorge
MANILA, Utah (AP) -- Flaming Gorge is 400 feet deep in some places. There are kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout, catfish, smallmouth bass, perch, carp ...

Homer banks on ball control, defensive grit
When the Homer High School football team was eliminated from last year's playoff picture despite a 6-2 record, Terry Fraley and the other Mariners coaches didn't waste much time before getting back to work.

Kards must shoulder expectations this year
Last year, the Kenai Central football team caused surprises. This year, the Kardinals will have to look out for them.

2001 top dogs Nikiski, Seward undergo major changes
Before the 2001 small-schools football season, no change was expected at the very top of the pecking order. Before the 2002 season, change is the order of the day.

Skyview Varsity Roster

2002 Schedule
2002 prep football schedule

Panthers look to build on last year's lessons
A visit to the office of coach Wade Marcuson during the first week of practice revealed boxes of hats with the Superman logo on the front colored in Skyview's signature purple, white and black.

Despite head coaching change, Bulldogs do manage to keep most of brain trust intact
It'd be easy to believe the Nikiski football team is in for the most spectacular post-title dismantlement since the Florida Marlins.

Soldotna Varsity Roster

Seahawks lose 17 off state runner-up team from last year
From all initial appearances, the Seward High School Seahawks, last year's Great Land Conference runners-up, could have to deal with a reversal of fortune this season, as 17 members of the 2001 squad have graduated.

Kenai Varsity Roster
No. Player Year Ht. Wt. Position

Stars ready to deal with life after Cason
Last year, the Soldotna football coaching staff told anyone and everyone that the team would go as far as Cason Simpson could carry it.

Nikiski Varsity Roster

Fish and Game to offer hunter education class
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will offer a basic hunter education certification class Monday.

Patience, luck bring trophy animals into Soldotna hunter's line of fire
"Annie, Get Your Guns" is a Broadway musical about a rambunc

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Painters learn tips from watercolor artist
"Art has no right or wrong. In art, you really can't make mistakes, there are many ways to do it."

Now playing: XXX
There is a tangible feeling of excitement surrounding XXX that has nothing to do with the myriad motorcycle jumps, car chases, or snowboard antics.

Ninilchik State Fair under way Friday
The "Biggest Little Fair in Alaska" gears up this weekend at the fair grounds in Ninilchik. Fair hours are Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Popular character returns
Three words for all those Kate Shugak fans sitting on the edge of their chairs, eager to see what scrape this feisty Aleut detective gets herself into next: She is back.

Next generation waits its turn
Tony Stewart took the checkered flag Sunday during the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International Raceway. It was Stewart's third win of the season. He has posted victories in Atlanta and Richmond, Va.

In the spotlight

Points standings
1. Sterling Marlin 2,944

Money leaders

race schedule
Date Race Winner

Labonte looking to turn season around
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Bobby Labonte has gotten over the shock of performing poorly. Now, he'd just like to get back to the front.

Finances trouble sponsors
The NASCAR Winston Cup Series is learning what the rest of the country already knows: Corporate America is in trouble.

This week

It's all about kids
How far can a little money go? If it's given to the Boys and Girls Club, the answer is, a long way.

Binkley to go to 2 lanes
Binkley Street is getting a makeover.

Trash needs cash
It's time to take out the cash.

Portraits speak of values
The Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start in Kenai has a new way to teach Kenaitze children about traditional values -- and a new tradition of its own.

Assault report results in multiple charges; 5 enter 'not guildty' pleas
Five defendants in an assault case in Kenai pleaded not guilty in Superior Court Wednesday to charges ranging from robbery and burglary to coercion and evidence tampering.

Soldotna's wastewater improvements on hold
Soldotna needs to have a clear picture of where funding will come from for a new water clarifier at the city's wastewater treatment plant -- before starting work on the project.

Boys and Girls Club director hopes to build on community partnerships
Tina Herford, the new executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Kenai, loves her job.

Kenai Peninsula marks summer's end with fair
The Kenai Peninsula State Fair is far more than canned green beans and livestock.

Glenn Godfrey Sr.
Lifetime Alaska resident Glenn Godfrey Sr. died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, in his Eagle River residence. He was 53.

Don't worry, be happy, follow president's lead and take summer break ... Say what you will about our president, he knows the value of a good vacation. Right now, he's probably easing back in an overstuffed armchair at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, and wondering if he can fit in a nap before tee time.
Good work, Mr. President.

Bush's decision: To attack Iraq -- or not?
WASHINGTON -- Harry Truman and the atomic bomb. John F. Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis. George W. Bush and Iraq.

Letters to the Editor
Voting is powerful tool for one person to make big difference

Letters to the Editor
Classmate remembers Nick Allen as hard-working student-athlete No reason any child in Alaska should go without dental care Primary, ballot measure confusing, but Alaskans still should go vote People should get permission of property owner to post South peninsula needs change in representation in Juneau Ballot Measure 1 makes voting more complicated than it has to be Alaskans should elect those people who will guard their freedoms

All of airline industry's troubles not caused by Sept. 11 attacks
Troubles in the airline industry are partly attributable to the Sept. 11 attacks, and federal loa

Assembly should not back down on rules for subdivision roads
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly should uphold its vote on new road standards for borough subdivisions, adopted at its last meeting by a margin of just one vote.

Slumping outdoor market blamed on lazy people
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Some salesmen peddling outdoor gear at a trade show here say it's hard to sell their wares to lazy couch potatoes, more inclined to watch a movie that scale a mountain or paddle a kayak.

Blooms of summer ...and hints of autumn
Violets fill cracks in the sidewalk at the Kenai post office Thursday afternoon. The blooms are escapees from a nearby flower box.

A family of four make their way along the Appalachian Trail
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- At 6 and 8, Sage and Autumn Pratt of Twin Falls, Idaho, are like lots of kids their age.

Collectors discover world-class fossil hunting in Southcentral Alaska
SUTTON, Alaska (AP) -- Bea Allen had been kicking over rocks with the toe of her boot for about five minutes when she found it.

Trade show offers high-tech solutions to the curses of simple camping trips
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- There's nothing like the smell of a wet dog inside your tent to put a damper on the wilderness experience. And boy, wouldn't a hot shower be nice on a long camping trip.

Supreme Challenge: Snowbird to Provo -- in 400 grueling miles
SNOWBIRD, Utah (AP) -- Sometime during the evening hours of Aug. 16, 30 teams will be brought together and given a map, a compass and a heartfelt ''good luck'' -- and they'll need it -- and then sent off to bed to dream of jagged rocks, ice-cold water, sheer cliffs and unseen rabbit holes.

Binoculars open up new worlds, 150,000 stars can be seen with a simple pair
OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- It doesn't take a giant telescope and years of study to find your way through the maze of stars above.

Kids from the city spend a month learning about the outdoors
AUGUSTA (AP) -- The tents are arranged neatly, close together, almost huddling in the shade of tall pines. As the teenagers troop in from a work session on trails that lead to a basin above it, the camp begins to come alive.

Student Conservation Association volunteer discovers history of wilderness cabin
Preserving the past just gained a new level of importance for me as summer volunteer at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. I have been working on the backcountry trail crew, and I have been able to see and experience some of the best wilderness that the refuge has to offer. My wilderness appreciation just got a further boost after a weekend of remodeling the public-use cabin on Emma Lake.

Campus trail to be named for naturalist
The campus nature trail at Kenai Peninsula College, located on college drive in Soldotna, will be named in honor of retired instructor and naturalist Boyd Shaffer Saturday.

Around the Peninsula
Food Bank to hold hunting classes Blood Drive planned for state fair Visitor's center interpretive program offered Shrimp fettuccine dinner scheduled KCHS class holds reunion Business professional facility opening KCHS hosts freshmen, principal's nights KPC holds registration and barbecue Last SPCA clinic of the season planned

Around the Peninsula
Realtors to hold elections College to dedicate nature trail NAMI to hold meeting Blood drive to be held at Ninilchik fair Schools to have open house Caregiver meetings scheduled Boys and Girls Club switches modes Farmers' market continues Saturday Outdoor club meets at new time WRCC offers aid, volunteer opportunities Primary election coming up Toastmasters meeting scheduled

Retirees travel country to help congregations build
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) -- A 7,900-square-foot addition to the Risen Christ Lutheran Church will be a work of faith.

Canterbury archbishop-designate describes views on sexuality
LONDON (AP) -- The newly nominated archbishop of Canterbury, in his first letter to colleagues in the Anglican Communion, sought to calm traditionalists upset about his views on homosexuality.

Harvard taps acting dean to lead Divinity School
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- William A. Graham, a scholar of Islam and more general religious history, was named dean of the Harvard Divinity School.

Islamic prayers and cold baths offer hope for Indonesian drug addicts
CIBEUREUM, Indonesia (AP) -- Shivering in the early morning mist, recovering heroin addict Slamet prepares to start another day of Islamic prayer and meditation.

American Jewish Committee issues synagogue survey
NEW YORK (AP) -- The first survey of U.S. Jewish congregations in 65 years has found 3,727 synagogues across the country.

Church reform group looks to reinvigorate Catholic parishes
BOSTON -- David Zizik thought he had a good idea to help the Roman Catholic Church, so much so that he has pressed ahead with it in the face of resistance from Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law.

Church reform group looks to reinvigorate Catholic parishes through laity
BOSTON (AP) -- David Zizik thought he had a good idea to help the Roman Catholic Church, so much so that he has pressed ahead with it in the face of resistance from Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law.

Religion Briefs
Ministry offers Direct Line 2 God Writers sought for faith anthology Retirees travel country to help congregations build

Living the good life of adventure
The doughnut shop door closed behind as I walked out with my health food in hand. Suddenly my eyes were captured by a beauty. It was red, looked fast, and had the word "Tiger" written across the tank.

Casino bingo hurting charity games that benefit churches
BOSTON (AP) -- Charitable bingo games at churches and community centers are suffering because of the popularity of casinos, one of which features a bingo game with payouts of up to $250,000.

Questions about insurance could sideline Nash
RICHMOND, British Columbia -- Steve Nash is caught in the middle of a fight between Mark Cuban and Russ Granik, the details of which could only be appreciated fully by Lloyds of London.

Woods 3 strokes behind after 3-hour storm delay
CHASKA, Minn. -- Tiger Woods' opening tee shot in the PGA Championship went according to plan, a piercing 2-iron in the middle of the fairway.

X Games VIII kicks off today in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- To stage the first X Games in 1995, ESPN sweated out a 4-3 vote from the city council of idyllic Newport, R.I.

On Tap
Peninsula High School Sports this weekend

Seniors keep swingin'
A bunch of seniors, 11 in all, showed up in the rain Monday to play a one-person scramble -- each person hit two balls and played the best of the two -- in this week's Senior League event.

Hockey referees needed for the upcoming season
Anyone interested in becoming certified to referee youth hockey games this season must attend a referee seminar.

Priestley, injured in race car crash, was no Sunday driver
In an episode of ''Beverly Hills 90210,'' the gang is challenged to a street race and is all set to participate, when Jason Priestley's character arrives on the scene, explains the dangers and puts a stop to it.

Carr in driver's seat for Texans
HOUSTON -- David Carr threw his first passes to his father, Rodger, inside their California home. The broken furniture was proof the tosses weren't all completed.

Sports Briefs
Kardinals tweak football schedule Former UAA hockey coach files lawsuit

Forecasting by fours
Formidable foursomes for 2002:

'Over his dead body'
t's hard to think of golfers as tough guys. They play in collared shirts the color of citrus fruits. Someone else handles the heavy lifting. The closest thing to occupational hazards are mosquito bites and sunburn.

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