Tuesday, August 19, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Jail murderer enters plea
ANCHORAGE (AP) A jail prisoner who choked another inmate to death nearly three years ago has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder.

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.

Vandals hit Juneau docks
JUNEAU (AP) Vandals caused an estimated $10,000 damage to property along downtown docks crossed by thousands of cruise ship tourists.

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.

Angoon murder suspect denied release to parents
JUNEAU (AP) The woman charged with second-degree murder in the Angoon stabbing death of Richard ''Buddy'' George in July will not get out of jail to live with her children, a Juneau judge has ruled.

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

Kotzebue man drowns
KOTZEBUE (AP) The body of a Kotzebue man was recovered Sunday after his boat was found adrift north of the community.

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.

Search continues for small U.S. plane
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) A search continued Monday for a Ketchikan, Alaska, couple whose small, single-engine plane disappeared in bad weather somewhere along British Columbia's rugged northern coast.

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

Report: Alaska fails in several areas of child protection
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska does a poor job of finding permanent placement of children in foster care and there is not enough face-to-face contact between case workers and families, according to a federal review of the state's child protection services.

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.

Victims identified in Seward Highway crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three people who died in a fiery car crash last Friday on the Seward Highway have been identified.

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.

City seeks dismissal of discrimination claim
JUNEAU (AP) The city of Juneau is disputing a woman's claim that she has suffered racial discrimination since a city bus driver told her to get off the bus last year for eating a candy bar.

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.

Iceland president says whale hunt only for research
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) The president of Iceland said Monday it would be wrong to ascribe any motive other than research to the country's first whale hunt in more than a decade.

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.

Murkowski finishes tour of Kuskokwim region
ANCHORAGE (AP) U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski got a firsthand look at the challenges facing one of the state's poorest regions after finishing a tour of the Kuskokwim Delta.

Gas exploration triggers concerns at Sutton
ANCHORAGE (AP) The prospect of natural gas trapped in coal beds in Sutton is fueling dreams of a new energy industry for Southcentral Alaska and triggering a wave of community concern about drinking water safety.

White Sox put Big Hurt on Angels
CHICAGO Frank Thomas's two-run homer in the seventh inning tied it, and his two-run shot in the ninth won it as the Chicago White Sox came from behind to beat the Anaheim Angels 4-2 on Monday night.

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.

Despite salary, Yanks' Matsui living in moderation
New York Yankees slugger Hideki Matsui makes $7 million a year but his life in America doesn't appear too flashy.

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.

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.

BC delegates look at Peninsula's Oil & Gas development
British Columbia has had a moratorium on oil & gas development since 1968 and now that there are efforts to lift the ban in the Province, Canadian officials are looking to the Cook Inlet as a model should the moratorium be removed.

Ellison & Stein Blood/Stem Cell drive huge success
The Blood/Stem Cell drive sponsored by Tommy Ellison and Sue Stein at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna last week in cooperation with the local Blood Bank of Alaska, overwhelmed organizers and supporters.

Aspirations advocates prepare for school to start
As teachers prepare for school to start next week, a group of new site coordinators for the Aspirations Advocate program are preparing to help students have their most successful year ever.

From Colombia with love for 60th Birthday
Maria Valencia and her friend Emilia Zorrilla traveled nearly 10,000 air miles from Bogot, Colombia to visit her sister in Soldotna, Alaska for her 60th birthday.

16 Rotarians reach Paul Harris Fellowship
It can start out with a simple invitation to lunch from a friend, doctor, lawyer, or car dealer, who recognizes that you like to have fun and give back to your community.

Conservation Awards presented at Centennial Celebration
It was a great day for all employees and supporters of the oil & gas industry, members of the Kenai River Sportfishing Assoc. and Friends of the KNWR, as head officials of the government agencies that manage America's Wildlife Refuges singled out these groups for their efforts on behalf of wildlife conservation.

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.

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.

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.

Child tax credit could help now or later
Kiernan Lambert has a new yard to play in. The 19-month-old boy's parents, Ashley and Izaak Lambert, said they are grateful to have a yard at their duplex rental in Kenai after moving from an upstairs Sterling apartment.

Supreme Court rules Homer trail should stay open
The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision giving snowmachiners and others the right to use a trail through the heart of an East End Road resident's land.

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.

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

Candidate steps out of the ring
One of the 12 candidates who filed for a seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education already has left the race.

District changes await new board
As election season approaches, the Kenai Peninsula has an opportunity to make some changes to the board that oversees its schools.

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.

Seldovia seeking kids club
The cost of building a proposed new community center in Seldovia to accommodate youth activities there has proved to be more expensive than originally expected, but the Boys and Girls Club of America has promised enough funding to make up the difference.

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

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.

Jasper Harvey Standley
Kenai resident Jasper Harvey Standley died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a battle with liver cancer. 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.

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

A little preparation can go a long way in preventing fire deaths
In the decade 1989 through 1998, 42 children under the age of 5 died in residential fires in Alaska. They were three times as likely as the rest of the population to die in a residential fire. This state has lost a child under 5 to fire every year since records have been maintained, typically four babies and toddlers die this way each year.

Quick fix to problems that caused nation's worst blackout unlikely
WASHINGTON The nation's worst blackout is prompting demands to upgrade the country's power grid, but regional conflicts and fear about electricity deregulation could prevent quick action on improving an antiquated and fragile transmission system.

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.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber goes 'wild'Racing Lions to get on trackHomer to host highland gamesUnited Way plans cruise to Fox IslandStevens, Seaton to speak at Homer chamberNominations for beautification awards available

Rhonda and James BaisdenMeri and Eric Braun

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

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

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

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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.

Woods deals with major trouble
ROCHESTER, N.Y. Tiger Woods was on the practice green about an hour before his final round in the PGA Championship when he looked over at a large clock.

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

Rams beat up on Buccaneers
ST. LOUIS Beating the Super Bowl champions put a bounce in the St. Louis Rams' step, even if it doesn't count.

Mavericks make first big offseason move
DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks finally made a major offseason move, acquiring Antawn Jamison in a nine-player trade with the Golden State Warriors.

Sports Briefs
Leaders unchanged at Homer Halibut DerbyComplete results posted for Bartlett RelaysHornish to leave Panther Racing at season's endMassachusetts wins pool at LLWSMoore not about to sign off at U.S. AmateurBaylor investigators listen to another tape

Parcells' genius evident in walkout
SAN ANTONIO Maybe the Dallas Cowboys have been too awed by the presence of their two-time Super Bowl champion coach.

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

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.

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