Monday, August 18, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Search under way for plane overdue from British Columbia
ANCHORAGE (AP) Officials from the Alaska Coast Guard and Rescue Coordination Center Victoria late Sunday were searching for a plane that was several hours overdue for its scheduled 5 p.m. landing in Ketchikan.

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.

Late summer light impediment to Mars view
FAIRBANKS (AP) Late summer light is limiting the Alaska view of Mars, which is the closest to Earth it has been in 60,000 years.

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.

Disabled veterans to hunt for moose
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Army Corps of Engineers has teamed with a national group to help three Lower 48 wheelchair-bound veterans fulfill a dream: moose hunting in Alaska.

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.

Earthquake rattles area southeast of Nikolski
ANCHORAGE (AP) A moderate earthquake shook the area southeast of Nikolski on Sunday night.

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.

Police seek clues in Taco Bell killing
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage police are continuing to search for a suspect in the early Saturday slaying of an employee at an east side Taco Bell.

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.

State fair betting comes under scrutiny in gambling law review
ANCHORAGE (AP) For decades Alaskans attending the Alaska State Fair have gambled on ''rat'' races, a game of chance in which bettors try to guess which hole a gerbil will run down as he slowly spins on a wheel.

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.

Former commissioner enters race for Juneau mayor
ANCHORAGE (AP) A former commandant of the Coast Guard in Alaska and commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has decided to run for mayor of Juneau.

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.

Two missing in Arctic Ocean plane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two people were missing Sunday after a small plane crashed into Peard Bay on the Arctic Ocean about 10 miles southwest of Barrow.

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.

Rubini turns Stevens financial fortunes around
ANCHORAGE (AP) After years of bad financial investments, Sen. Ted Stevens found one that is doing well. Extremely well.

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.

Yukon River tribal groups hope to return river to pristine state
ANCHORAGE (AP) Growing up in Galena, Peter Captain Sr. used to dip water right from the Yukon River to drink or make coffee or tea.

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.

Fairbanks last Alaska stop in national Catholic audit
FAIRBANKS (AP) Auditors for the National Review Board of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will begin a review of sexual abuse policies within the Fairbanks diocese on Monday.

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.

Inter Island ferry weathering rough financial times
KETCHIKAN (AP) After weathering two financially difficult years, the Inter Island Ferry Authority remains afloat.

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.

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.

A good time had by all playing softball
The Great Alaska Bush Company, a team from Anchorage, defeated H&K Sheetmetal Fabricators Inc., also of Anchorage, by a score of 24-13 for the Alaska Softball Association State Women's Division D Tournament championship Sunday at the Kenai ballfields.

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.

Garcia comes alive as Mariners salvage split with Sox
SEATTLE Streaky Freddy Garcia won his second straight start after dropping six consecutive decisions as the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Sunday.

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.

Arizona's Schilling tops Braves' Maddux
ATLANTA Curt Schilling pitched one-hit ball for eight innings and struck out 12 in a classic duel with Greg Maddux, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Atlanta Braves 2-0 Sunday.

Fishing's slow, but there's still a silver lining
Many anglers would agree that the fishing for silver salmon is off to a slow start, and the pace didn't pick up during the weekend, either. However, some choose to look at the glass as half full instead of half empty.

Summer landscaping award
Chris and Mary Copple's home in the Inlet Woods Subdivision was chosen as this week's Kenai Garden of the Week, sponsored by the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department. The gardens surrounding the country-style house are coupled with large hanging baskets and a well-manicured lawn.

NOW PLAYING: Open Range
Kevin Costner plays stoic better than anyone alive. He's so adept at being serious that you wonder if maybe he's had his smile surgically removed. Not that this seriousness has helped any at the box-office lately. Costner's is a fading star, and I personally think it's because he refuses to lighten up.

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.

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.

Newman's strategy pays off in Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. With the laps winding down and gas a big question mark, Ryan Newman asked permission to go after leader Kurt Busch in Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400.

ACS opens lines of communication
Beginning sometime between now and the end of the month, Kenai Peninsula viewers will be able to choose between satellite and cable television without having to worry about giving up Anchorage stations.

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.

Soldotna police gadgets track speed, sound in area
In an effort to keep up with people who like to live fast and furious, the Soldotna Police Department got some new eyes and ears.

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.

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.

Winter games move forward
It's been a busy summer for the group organizing the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.

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.

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

James Burzinski
Longtime Soldotna resident James Burzinski died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003. He was 74.

Jasper Standley
Longtime Kenai resident Jasper Standley died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 85.

Federal oil reserve holds potential to play key role in long-term policy
President Bush's national energy policy sets forth a long-term strategy aimed at ensuring a reliable supply of affordable energy for America's families, businesses and industries. The policy, as the president has put it, "plans for the future but meets the needs of today," and reflects his view that America can develop its natural resources while protecting the environment.

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.

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.

Overfishing of oceans should be addressed with sensible protection
One area where the environment truly needs assistance is in the overfishing of the oceans.

Community Events
NAMI to host educational meetingMoose leader to speak at enrollmentScottish Games planned in HomerSeafair Safety Rodeo slated in Homer

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!"

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.

Scouts offer training for lives of service
The Boy Scouts of America are looking for a few good young men.

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

Around the Peninsula
KPTMC director to speak at Soldotna chamberButchering classes planned at food bankTeam building training course plannedCenter to offer entrepreneurship classKennel club offering dog classesSoldotna After the Bell to operate in 5 schools

Community News
Library announces upcoming eventsUAA's LitSite Alaska commended by BushApplications available for beautification awards

Talkin' trash
The Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaner and ALPAR Senior-Youth Litter Patrol participants, as well as the Cooper Landing Solid Waste Transfer Site Gate Keepers, will hold their annual dinner Aug. 28 in Soldotna.

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.

Births
Rhonda and James BaisdenMeri and Eric Braun

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.

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.

Peninsula People
Ninilchik woman completes massage schoolArea youth enlist in ArmySoldotna woman graduates from UAA

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.

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.

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.

Johnson to pilot Falcons
ATLANTA The Atlanta Falcons already have a model for surviving without star quarterback Michael Vick, who'll be out at least six weeks with a broken leg.

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.

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.

PGA crowns another new champ
ROCHESTER, N.Y. Not many knew Shaun Micheel until this weekend. No one will forget the shot that won him the PGA Championship.

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.

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.

Micheel's Sunday not easy
He didn't make it easy on himself. Maybe because Shaun Micheel doesn't know any other way.

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.

Sports Briefs
Bliss apologizes for bringing player into schemeU.S. pros beat up on Puerto Rico in exhibition

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

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