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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

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.

Anchorage port seeks military strategic designation
ANCHORAGE (AP) U.S. military officials are considering adding the Port of Anchorage to a list of strategic ports of departure, a move that could make it easier to get federal funding for a planned $227 million redevelopment project.

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 gets large run of chum salmon
FAIRBANKS (AP) An unexpected, late surge of fall chum salmon in the Yukon River has transformed what appeared to be yet another dismal fall chum run into the best return in years.

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.

Stevens: Knik Arm bridge and railroad expansion top priorities
ANCHORAGE (AP) Sen. Ted Stevens said funding for a Knik Arm crossing and an expansion of the Alaska Railroad are among his top transportation projects for the state.

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.

Anchorage Assembly approves new sign rules
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Anchorage Assembly, after years of debate, has approved new sign rules in an effort to enhance the natural beauty of the city.

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.

Leman turns down cruise ship initiative
JUNEAU (AP) A proposed ballot initiative to impose taxes and stringent regulations on cruise ships traveling in Alaska waters was rejected Tuesday by Lt. Gov. Loren Leman.

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.

Couple pleads innocent in child abuse case
ANCHORAGE A Fort Richardson couple accused of nearly starving their 4-year-old daughter to death pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of first- and third-degree assault.

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

Fairbanks borough fights to keep alcohol tax on ballot
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks North Star Borough asked a Superior Court judge Monday to reject a liquor industry association's attempt to keep an alcohol tax question off the Oct. 7 ballot.

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.

Ketchikan borough rejects cruise ship tax
KETCHIKAN (AP) The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday backed away from a plan to ask voters to impose a $5 head tax on cruise ship passengers.

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.

Murkowski files written Roadless comments
JUNEAU (AP) A Forest Service roadless rule effectively locking up portions of the Tongass and Chugach national forests from major timber development is ''unlawful and unwise'' and should end, Gov. Frank Murkowski said.

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.

Yenta lodges deal with flooding
ANCHORAGE (AP) A week of rain caused the Yentna River and some of its tributaries to flood, depositing debris and silt on the lawns of several exclusive fishing lodges but causing more inconvenience than damage.

Fairbanks mayor salvages sister city trip to Italy
FAIRBANKS (AP) Mayor Steve Thompson has apparently avoided a minor international incident by agreeing to visit a sister city in Italy next month.

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.

Big inning leads to big Cardinals victory
ST. LOUIS Scott Rolen hit a go-ahead, three-run double and a two-run single in a 10-run eighth inning to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-5 Tuesday night.

A's win, take wild-card lead over Red Sox
BOSTON The Oakland Athletics took the lead in the AL wild-card race on Tuesday night. Whether they can hold onto it may depend on how badly their top pitcher is hurt.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Businesses, residents support Bridges children's events
Bridges Community Resource Network sends thanks to Studio 2B (Girl Scouts), Arby's, McDonald's, Dairy Queen, Wells Fargo and to the board members for contributing their coins for a very successful children's event at the Soldotna Progress Days and Soldotna Day.

Musician appreciates opportunity to share love with community
Making music, whether in a concert hall or a living room, is an intimate experience. On Aug. 8 and 9, I was fortunate enough to perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra and my new friend Mark Robinson conducting.

Spencer appeals NASCAR suspension, fine
Jimmy Spencer filed an appeal Tuesday with NASCAR, hoping to overturn the suspension and fine levied against him for a post-race altercation with Kurt Busch at Michigan International Speedway.

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.

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.

Initial school plans get OK
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education approved Monday night an educational specifications plan for a new middle school in Seward.

Leaving broken homes behind
After 11 months of renting an apartment, a tenant leaves a three-bedroom townhome in the middle of the night. The next day, the apartment manager walks in to find the abandoned unit in shambles.

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.

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.

Courthouse to install detectors at entrance
Visitors to the Kenai courthouse will be greeted by a rather ominous sign of the times beginning this fall.

Peninsula moose season opens
Moose hunting season opened today for resident and nonresident rifle hunters, but this season's unusual weather patterns may adversely affect some riverine hunting locations.

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.

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.

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.

Hotshot candidates risk burnout
Some campaigns peak too soon. We'll soon know whether this summer's two hottest names in politics, Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, are bright new stars or just streaking meteors about to fizzle.

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.

Bear baiting ban plan marks bad approach to game management
Fairbanks biologist and hunter Wayne Heimer is ready to go to court to stop so-called wildlife advocates' latest attempt to impose their ways and beliefs upon us all.

Majority favors law against gay marriage
WASHINGTON More than half of Americans favor a law barring gay marriage and are opposed to allowing civil unions that could provide gay couples with the same benefits as marriage, an Associated Press poll found.

Around the Peninsula
Boys and Girls Club to begin winter scheduleKCC offers women's Bible studyMountain View to hold open houseOpen house slated at Sterling ElementaryVendor space still available for Seafair rodeoSoroptimists plan benefit for cancer fundImmunizations offered in HomerSterling Head Start begins registration

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

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Hakim out for preseason with knee surgery
ALLEN PARK, Mich. Wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim will miss the remainder of the preseason after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

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.

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.

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.

Surprising snapshot at the majors
The young lady in the gallery at Oak Hill might not realize this until she gets her film back, but she has quite a memento from the PGA Championship.

Challenging Oakmont hasn't tripped up Kuehne
OAKMONT, Pa. He is an anomaly in a sport increasingly motivated by the drive for the PGA dollar, a world-class golfer who plays for championships and not cash.

Patriots obtain DT Washington from Bears for draft pick
BOSTON The Chicago Bears traded veteran nose tackle Ted Washington to the New England Patriots on Tuesday for a fourth-round pick in the 2004 NFL draft.

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.

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