Thursday, August 21, 2003

State finalizes plan for Tanana forest parcel
FAIRBANKS (AP) The management plan for a stretch of state forest west of Fairbanks has been completed years after a controversial timber sale proposal brought the area into the spotlight.

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.

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.

Sternwheeler makes debut in Southeast Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) The first sternwheeler to cruise Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage in more than a century made its debut in Juneau this week.

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.

Audit shows Archdiocese on track fighting abuse
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Archdiocese of Anchorage has done a good job of reaching out to victims of sexual abuse but needs to work harder to ensure that youths feel safe in the church, according to preliminary findings of an audit this month.

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.

Explosives found under porch of Fairbanks home
FAIRBANKS (AP) A man clearing out a Fairbanks home he recently purchased found a bag of explosives under the porch, authorities said.

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.

Woman fatally injured in Fairbanks rollover
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks woman died from injuries she suffered when her vehicle rolled over Wednesday morning on Chena Hot Springs Road, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Senior assistance program draws 11,000 applicants
JUNEAU (AP) More senior citizens than expected applied for a new state program for low-income seniors.

Deregulated electricity industry a disappointment in some locations
ANCHORAGE (AP) Energy deregulation so far has failed to deliver the consumer choices and savings on power bills anticipated in many locations, participants in the National Black Caucus of State Legislators energy conference said Wednesday.

More North Slope oil exploration expected this winter
ANCHORAGE (AP) More oil exploration drilling is predicted this winter on the North Slope than last year.

Chignik co-op fishermen say they're better off
ANCHORAGE (AP) Commercial salmon fishermen participating in the Chignik co-op report that they are better off financially, according to a University of Alaska Anchorage research report.

British group kayaks with two paralyzed athletes
JUNEAU (AP) Like any group of kayakers who reach a destination after two months of travel, nine paddlers from Great Britain who arrived in Juneau from Vancouver, British Columbia, one recent evening were happy to have some of life's comforts.

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.

Two found dead in camp on Kobuk River
KOTZEBUE (AP) A couple was found dead Tuesday in a Kobuk River delta cabin, apparently from asphyxiation due to propane gas, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Kivalina youth arrested for misconduct
KOTZEBUE (AP) A suicidal Kivalina youth was arrested on assault charges Sunday night after he punched out a school window, pointed a gun at the school principal and fired shots in the air.

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.

Murkowski turns down Greenpeace invitation
JUNEAU (AP) Members of the environmental group Greenpeace are coming to the capital city Friday, but they're not likely to get an audience with the governor.

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.

Home sought for congressional 'junk'
FAIRBANKS (AP) There's the leg-hold trap he snapped on his fingers. And the oosik a walrus penis bone he waved at a bureaucrat.

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.

Bethel entrepreneurs share culture through T-shirts
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) Few will ever live the Yupik Eskimo experience, so John Chase and Andrei Jacobs are packaging a taste of their Alaska Native culture with a little urban chic thrown in.

Institute works to stave off decline of traditional tongues
JUNEAU (AP) Students in Donna May Roberts' class in Shim-al-gyack, the language of the Tsimshian Indians, point to the ground in unison, walk in place, rub their stomachs, make kissy sounds and generally do whatever she says.

Fortymile caribou quota reduced
JUNEAU (AP) The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and federal biologists have trimmed the quota harvest for the Fortymile Caribou Herd from 1,150 animals to 850.

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.

New York wins seventh straight
NEW YORK Roger Clemens got his 305th win, and Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera homered as New York stretched its winning streak to seven by holding off Kansas City 8-7 Wednesday.

Sanders homers twice in an inning as Pirates roll
ST. LOUIS Reggie Sanders became the first player to homer twice in an inning this season, the second one a grand slam that capped a 10-run fifth, as the Pittsburgh Pirates tied a team record with seven home runs in a 14-0 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

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.

Peninsula unemployment drops in July
July showed a considerable drop in unemployment numbers on the Kenai Peninsula, as the number of jobs and the size of the labor force increased.

Boomers look for ways to spend money after kids grow up
NEW YORK The youngest kid just left for college. Better still, the youngest just finished college.

Desert runs dry; Idle pipeline sends gas prices soaring
PHOENIX An idled gasoline pipeline that is causing fuel shortages throughout Phoenix failed one of two tests needed to reopen it, the owner of the line said Wednesday.

For sale...
HOUSTON The ''For Sale'' sign is going up at Enron Corp.'s headquarters.

FCC to look at stations
WASHINGTON The Federal Communications Commission will begin looking at how television and radio stations can best serve their communities, the agency's chair said Wednesday.

Forgotten Elvis song set for new release
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Elvis Presley fans got a special treat on the 26th anniversary of his death a never-heard-before Elvis song.

Aviation crash makes stirring adventure tale
The Aleutians, haunts of legendary storms, are notoriously hard on planes, ships and human survival. "Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586" brings those hardships vividly to life on the printed page.

Street ball gets a wider audience on TV
NEW YORK It was the type of play that makes jaws drop.

Art Briefs
Future of Pratt Museum to be discussedArt classes offeredMuseum seeks volunteersVendors wanted for safety rodeoSymphony holding auditionsGuitar class offeredMuseum seeks artworkArtists in Schools solicits interest

Musicians on the Move
First step Soldotna, next step, the world.

Office worker by day, creator of spacemen and superheroes by night
LENEXA, Kan. By day, Jai Nitz works in an office. By night, he inhabits a world of spacemen and superheroes, mad scientists and talking monkeys.

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

State agency terrorizes familes with its unfair, harmful policies
The world watched the horrifying events of 9-11-01, as the terrorist from a foreign land invaded our homeland America. Thousands of children were left without fathers or mothers, husbands without wives, wives without husbands; left with the horrifying uncertainty of when and where this might happen again. All of America stood with one voice, as we lined the streets all across America with or lit candles. Holding and waving our, flags of freedom, demanding that these terrorists be named and be brought to justice.

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.

Food Bank dishes out praise to those who help the hungry
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank wishes to thank the Funny River Chamber of Commerce Community Association for its monetary contributions allowing our 12 residents of the Funny River Road area to prepare delicious food products served regularly in our soup kitchen.

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.

Nation moving away from founding values; Christians denied freedoms
The United States of America was founded by Christians who wanted the freedom to worship God without interference from the Government. They established a nation with freedom and justice for all. Because of that, God has blessed this Nation above all.

Spencer first driver in 30 years sent home for fighting
BRISTOL, Tenn. By fining and suspending Jimmy Spencer for bloodying Kurt Busch's nose, NASCAR sent yet another message that it doesn't enforce rules evenly and fairly.

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $3,951,605

NASCAR wants to curb post-race fisticuffs
BRISTOL, Tenn. The first NASCAR race televised live in its entirety ended with brothers Bobby and Donnie Allison fighting Cale Yarborough after the finish.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

IRL driver considers NASCAR
BRISTOL, Tenn. Two-time defending IRL IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish told Panther Racing he won't be back next year. Where he ends up, however, remains a mystery.

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.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 3,432

Newsmaker: Richard Childress
Car owner Richard Childress is on a roll. His drivers have won three of the past four races heading into Saturday night's Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, and all three of his teams were among the top six at last w

This Week's Race: Sharpie 500
WHERE: Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.

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.

Officials urge caution with new concealed weapon allowance
When a new state law goes into effect Sept. 9, Alaskans no longer will need a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but local law enforcement officers and gun safety instructors have some misgivings about the new freedom.

Cooper Landing closer to senior housing
Cooper Landing senior citizens took a step closer to their dream of developing a senior housing project Tuesday night when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly agreed to reclassify 23 acres of land off Russian Gap Road as institutional and residential.

Schools split in state standards
A little more than half of the 41 schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District did not meet adequate yearly progress (AYP) goals as required under the No Child Left Behind Act, the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development announced Wednesday.

Teenager arrested in dual robberies
Police arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with two armed robberies in Soldotna last week.

Caribou crossing
Caribou are being encountered more frequently in the Kenai area as they slowly make their way from their summer range off Marathon Road to their winter range near Brown's Lake.

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.

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.

Aune Marie (Mattson) Kuukari
Kenai resident Aune Marie (Mattson) Kuukari died Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at Nicholson's Assisted Living Center in Kenai as her nephew, James, read and sang to her. She was 93.

U.S. deals with more madness in the Mideast
So on Tuesday we were all reminded of the madness that dwells in the Middle East.

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.

Terror brings renewed chaos to shattered Iraq
If there is any organization in Iraq about which it can be said unequivocally that it is there to help, it is the United Nations. The bombing of its Baghda

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.

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.

America becoming an easy target for militants
If the attack on the U.N. building carries Saddam's signature it could be a calculated warning to the United Nations, a body that has now recognized the Anglo-American occupation and is becoming more involved in it.

Around the Peninsula
Disabled vets to meetKenai Public Health offers immunizationsRefuge hosts nature walksMedical fund-rasier plannedKDLL schedules board meetingResidents invited to open gymDog classes slated at PenDOGHospital service area board meeting set

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

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.

Kenai Golf Report ... But there's still lots of time for golf
Who turned the switch? What a dry, warm season we have had! All of the sudden we had that incredible rain and then the temperature took a dive. Here it is feeling like fall and we were not braced for it just yet. There is still so much golf to be played before the geese fly south. Grab your clubs and head to the Kenai Golf Course for some great fall golf.

Team USA rebounds to beat Brazil
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico The first half was flawed. After that, the U.S. team looked fantastic.

The job wasn't worth saving
Nobody at Baylor told Dave Bliss that framing a dead kid would save his job.

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.

Roddick has tough U.S.Open row to hoe
NEW YORK If Andy Roddick was hoping to ease into the U.S. Open, he won't get that chance.

Birch Ridge Report: Fall coming fast to the peninsula ...
I'm surmising that folks are getting ready for autumn; hence, the small turnout for last week's Wednesday Men's Night.

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.

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.

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