Sunday, August 17, 2003

Correction: Recovered body
KOTZEBUE (AP) In an Aug. 13 story about the drownings of two men, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Wayne Jones was related to Ronnie Jones. The two men were not related.

Alaskan who visited Florida diagnosed with West Nile virus
ANCHORAGE (AP) A possible case of West Nile virus has been detected in an Alaskan who apparently picked up the disease in Florida.

AG: cruise ship initiative should be rejected
JUNEAU (AP) Attorney General Gregg Renkes is recommending that a wide-sweeping voter initiative to impose taxes and stringent regulations on cruise ships in Alaska waters should be rejected.

Three people die in fiery crash on Seward Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three people died after their car hydroplaned across the Seward Highway in rainy conditions and slammed into an incoming motorhome, Alaska State Troopers said Saturday.

Man survives bear attack in Hyder
KETCHIKAN (AP) A man walked away from a brown bear attack near Hyder this week after a hiking companion hit the animal in the head with rocks.

Juneau cab driver stabbed in face
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau cab driver was stabbed in the face by a passenger early Saturday morning, police said.

Correction: Municipal Budgets story
JUNEAU (AP) In an Aug. 14 story about rising municipal insurance costs, The Associated Press reported erroneously that municipal insurance constitutes the majority of some communities' budgets and that it is 94 percent of the budget of Manokotak and one-third of the annual budget for Tenakee Springs. These figures referred to state aid.

Anchorage fast food worker killed in robbery attempt
ANCHORAGE (AP) A worker at an Anchorage fast food restaurant was shot and killed Saturday in an early morning robbery attempt, police said.

Report says base toxins not a health risk
FAIRBANKS (AP) A federal agency has concluded that residents near Fort Wainwright have not had enough exposure to toxins to cause health problems, despite widespread contamination at the base.

Weather Service issues flood warning for Yentna River
ANCHORAGE (AP) The National Weather Service issued a flood warning Saturday for the Yentna River and its tributaries.

Couple indicted in child starvation case
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Fort Richardson couple, accused of nearly starving their 4-year-old daughter to death, have been indicted on three counts each of felony assault, the Anchorage district attorney's office said Friday.

Mat-Su voters may decide dock plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents will likely vote on an $11.5 million dock expansion at Point MacKenzie.

Cruise passengers report gastrointestinal illness
KETCHIKAN (AP) A gastrointestinal virus has infected about two dozen passengers on a Holland America Cruise Lines ship that docked Thursday in Ketchikan.

Former North Pole supervisor charged
FAIRBANKS (AP) A former North Pole utilities supervisor is accused of allowing a city employee to help him build his new house on city time and failing to pay for six months worth of city water and sewer services.

Court says public has right to see city internal papers
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that the Homer city council erred when it refused to turn over internal documents to local residents who opposed the city's efforts to annex new territory.

Adak chosen for missile defense system radar
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Adak, in the western end of the Aleutian Islands, was chosen for a $900 million radar system as part of the national missile defense system, military officials said Friday.

Seattle falls as Martinez again masters Mariners
SEATTLE Pedro Martinez extended his dominance of the Seattle Mariners, pitching three-hit ball for seven innings to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 5-1 victory Saturday.

Miller settles down to pitch Houston past Cincinnati
CINCINNATI Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer and Wade Miller pitched one-hit ball for six innings as the Houston Astros snapped a four-game skid Saturday with a 5-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

North Pole barrels through Panthers
That which does not kill you will only make you stronger or at least the Skyview Panthers football squad is hoping so.

Kenai upsets Lathrop
Patience paid off big for the Kenai Kardinals Saturday as they hung around Fairbanks just long enough to leave town with a 16-14 nonconference victory over the Lathrop Malemutes.

Several candidates running unopposed
The race for Kenai City Council seats is crowded, but that's the exception for the Oct. 7 municipal election.

Prevention, luck prevent major blazes
Despite a recent flare-up, the Kenai Peninsula seems to have escaped the summer fire season without getting badly burned.

Internet worm proves to be more irritating than damaging at KPC
While uploading important information onto the Internet Monday morning, Karen Dorcas saw a small box appear on her computer screen that told her she had 60 seconds before her terminal would shut down and the clock was ticking.

Foul weather doesn't spoil state fair fun
The Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik was a bustling metropolis of people this weekend, all eager to see, taste and experience all the small fair had to offer.

Police connect vehicle thefts, armed robberies
Three Wednesday morning vehicle thefts in Kenai involve suspects in two Wednesday night armed robberies in Soldotna, police said Friday.

Outage illuminates why it's important to prepare for worst
''Be sure you don't make an inconvenience into a tragedy.'' New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, upon asking the city's more than 8 million people to be calm, go home, open windows and drink water after Thursday's massive blackout.

Momentum against Patriot Act grows
WASHINGTON The Sept. 11 attacks convinced Congress that the federal government needed enhanced legal and investigative powers to pursue terrorists.

Ode to fastest season ever
Did you miss it? It's faster than a tourist will stop traffic upon seeing a moose, faster than the curses come out of the mouths of the locals driving behind that tourist and faster than any publicity-hungry wacko in California will sign up to run for governor.

Program keeps summertime from being hunger time for many kids
RAYMOND, Wash. Kids start trickling into the small city park about 11 a.m. Most walk up, holding younger siblings by the hand or pushing strollers. Others arrive on bikes, some with training wheels.

Baring it all: Bald has become beautiful
That moment of discovery, that lightbulb-atop-the-head revelation, shines at a different time for every man.

Around the Peninsula
Residents needed to apply for CPHC boardSoldotna chamber to discuss tourismSocial Security rep to visit peninsulaSpace still available for butchering classesFree minority enterprise workshop scheduledRedoubt back-to-school open house plannedFood bank to hold raffle fund-raiserHost families needed for international students

O'Brien, Harris wed in June
Tara Colleen O'Brien and Jamie T. Harris of Nikiski were married at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 7 at the North Star United Methodist Church in Nikiski.

Authors strive to describe life and times of Alaska's first guide
"Andrew used to go hunting all by himself at times. ... He'd tie a piece of bacon to a rope, and knot the other end of the rope around his leg. ... Pretty soon an old Brownie would come along sniffing around for something to eat. He'd find the bacon and take a bite. ... Andrew would pull the rope toward him, and the bear would follow the bacon. When the bear got up close, Andrew would shoot it. ... He got some mighty big bears that way!"

Tyson, Young have beach wedding
Rebekah JoLynn Tyson and Airman Jason Michael Young of Kenai were married at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 10, 2003 at the Kenaitze Beach Site on Cannery Road.

My best friend
Jeb likes to show off her fetching skills for her owner, Kevin Gerke of Kenai.

Dogs that eat grass may be in for trouble
Many dog owners observe a rather unusual, yet common, behavior from their canine companions chewing and eating grass.

Police break up crowd
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic Police sprayed a chemical substance Saturday night, dispersing thousands of fans waiting outside the already-packed volleyball arena before the Pan American Games gold medal game between Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

College football preview: Changes run rampant
College football was living high in January: A thrilling championship game with no controversy about its participants capped a season full of excitement.

Seward ninth, Kenai 10th at Bartlett Relays
The Chugiak Mustangs topped the field at the Bartlett Relays Saturday in Anchorage. The Mustangs took the co-ed relay format in 1 hour, 34 seconds while Seward finished ninth in 1:03:23 and Kenai was 10th in 1:04:16.

Tough defense makes Oklahoma No. 1 in AP preseason poll
It's not hard to figure out why Oklahoma is the preseason No. 1 team in The Associated Press college football poll.

Sports Briefs
Smith suspended for violating drug policyCoach told players to lie about DennehyHatch out with torn ACLPirates trade Simon in another deal with Cubs

Best cross country season in school history isn't enough
They're ready to get serious. With the Nikiski Class Races and the Bartlett Relays in the books, the Kenai Peninsula's high school cross country running teams now look to next week's Skyview Invitational, the first big test of the season.

Vick breaks fibula
ATLANTA Atlanta star Michael Vick fractured his right fibula Saturday night in a 13-10 exhibition loss to Baltimore, and Falcons owner Arthur Blank said the quarterback will be sidelined at least six weeks.

Pair of unknowns lead PGA Championship
ROCHESTER, N.Y. The PGA Championship is known as ''Glory's Last Shot,'' and that's what it was Saturday for Tiger Woods.

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