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Friday, August 22, 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.

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.

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.

Two Douglas men face meth charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two Douglas men are accused of trying to deal methamphetamine and conspiring to distribute the drug.

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.

Coffee cart buyer faces bank theft charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man used money he stole from a bank to buy a coffee cart for the atrium of the Anchorage Daily News, federal authorities said.

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.

Fairbanks councilwoman sues over proposed sales tax
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks city councilwoman has filed a lawsuit alleging that a petition to put a proposed sales tax before voters is illegal.

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

Fortymile harvest quota cut after low calf count
FAIRBANKS (AP) The harvest quota for the Fortymile Caribou herd has been reduced following a poor calf crop this spring.

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.

Woman attacked in fifth Anchorage trail assault of summer
ANCHORAGE (AP) A woman was attacked by a man on a bicycle as she jogged on Anchorage's coastal trail, police said.

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.

UAF research vessel rescues boater
SEWARD (AP) A University of Alaska Fairbanks research boat picked up a distressed recreational boater Tuesday night near Seward.

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.

Gap remains between Alaska Native test scores and other students
ANCHORAGE (AP) A gap remains between Native students and the rest of the Alaska school population when it comes to passing standard tests in math, reading and writing, according to results released by the state Department of Education.

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.

Nikiski man indicted on weapons, methamphetamine charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Nikiski man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on methamphetamine and weapons charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Anchorage.

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.

Activist ship again can't find moorage
JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau company has denied Greenpeace dock space when it arrives here later this week, the environmental group said.

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.

ATV injury rates up overall, down for some groups
FAIRBANKS (AP) Injury rates for all-terrain vehicle riders jumped 51 percent between 1997 and 2001, according to data released Wednesday by consumer and environmental groups. At the same time, injury rates fell among young children and older teens.

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.

Cruise ship initiative sponsors back on the attack
JUNEAU (AP) Sponsors of a sweeping initiative to impose taxes and more strict regulations on the cruise ship industry are again awaiting a determination by the state to move forward.

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.

ACS misses deadlines in $92 million state contract
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska Communications Systems Inc. has run into snags with its $92 million, five-year contract to overhaul the state's telecommunications network, the company recently told federal regulators.

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.

Anchorage man charged with pointing gun at officers
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage police arrested a man after he reportedly pulled a gun on officers who tried to serve him with court papers.

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.

Brothers indicted in weapons case
ANCHORAGE (AP) A federal grand jury has indicted two brothers on charges of lying in order to buy handguns from an Anchorage firearms dealer, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

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.

Employer offers $10,000 reward in Taco Bell slaying
ANCHORAGE (AP) The owner of Taco Bell restaurants in Anchorage is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest for the slaying of one of his employees.

Three dead in Seward Highway crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three people died and five others injured in a crash on the Seward Highway, less than a week after another collision in the area killed three people, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

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.

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.

No Pedro, no problem as Sox top Athletics
BOSTON It was probably a good thing that Casey Fossum got just six hours' notice that he would be pitching in place of Pedro Martinez on Thursday night.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Roe, roe, roe your bait
The sunny days of summer are growing shorter, the vibrant pink fireweed blossoms are nearly at their tips and the shorelines of many peninsula rivers are littered with salmon carcasses. However, despite the misconception of many a fleeing tourist fishing season isn't over yet.

How to tie an egg loop
1. Start with about 24-36 inches of leader. This knot usually takes 8-10 inches of line when tying, so cut accordingly for the desired leader length.

Photo feature: Short on silver
Chuck Phillips relaxes on the bank of the Kenai River while fishing for silver salmon at Cunningham Park on Thursday afternoon. "It's been pretty slow," he said.

Couple completes cross country quest
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A husband-and-wife hiking team reached the Pacific Ocean after a 5,058 mile cross-country trek, becoming the first to backpack the entire official route of the transcontinental American Discovery Trail, according to the organization that helped establish the trail.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

State should investigate reasons for high gasoline prices
Everyone who buys gasoline should decide which of the two following statements is true: 1) The gasoline we buy travels through a pipeline in Arizona. 2) Williams, Tesoro and fuel distributors are using the pipeline problems in Arizona to gouge us even more on gasoline prices.

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.

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.

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.

Nikiski football faces important home opener against ACS
With two games in the books, the Kenai Peninsula's high school football teams will be looking for continued improvement as each game becomes more and more important.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 3,432

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.

Ordinance open to public scrutiny
The Kenai City Council has initiated the first step of its three-part plan to reopen the Kenai Recreation Center and is asking for the public's input before moving on to the next step.

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

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.

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.

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.

Homer man, 2 others killed in crash
A Homer woman remained in serious condition at an Anchorage hospital Thursday after being injured in a crash that left three people dead and five injured Wednesday night.

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.

Business, pleasure to mix Saturday
Who said you can't mix business and pleasure?

ASAP revived immediately
Scofflaws who may have been shirking their court-ordered duty to attend alcohol or drug counseling sessions since state budget cuts ended a state-funded defendant-monitoring program on the Kenai Peninsula will be back on the hook Sept. 2.

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.

Cook Inlet proves industry, wilderness can co-exist, thrive
When you experience something every day, it's easy to take it for granted.

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.

Bush approval rating hits new low with Californians
SACRAMENTO, Calif. President Bush's approval rating in California has inched downward to a new post-Sept. 11 low, according to a Field Poll released Thursday.

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

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.

Washington homeowner angry at river users
ORIENT, Wash. (AP) People who float the Kettle River in the summer are coming into conflict with landowners like Harold Honeycutt, who uses firearms to keep what he calls trespassers off his land.

Outdoor Briefs
Fortymile caribou quota reduced

Veterans to hunt moose from wheelchairs
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.

Veteran game warden brings lots of experience to the Kenai Refuge
Descending through the dark clouds that had obscured any visual stimulation since we departed Oakland, I caught my first glimpse of this great land as the plane descended to Anchorage: The Chugach Mountains, Turnagain Arm, and to the south a place that I had read about in Outdoor Life, Field and Stream and countless other hunting and fishing magazines the Kenai Peninsula.

Around the Peninsula
Medical fund-raiser plannedPioneers gather in KenaiCooperative Extension final nutritional class setKCHS plans Freshmen NightArea schools plan open houses TuesdayKRSMA in need of board membersSchool supply donations sought

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

Church Briefs
Native fellowship meets tonightWinter warm-up under wayWomen's Bible study offeredFriendship closet open

Families reunite to worship on tiny island
EWELL, Md. On an island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay that's unreachable by car, nothing takes away from the praying.

Morality's slippery slope: It's time to get back to basics
Nobody likes to hear someone say to them, "I told you so."

U.S. hoops whips Dominican Republic
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico The United States had such an easy time against the Dominican Republic, it was even able to eclipse 110 points for the first time in two years.

NCAA hit by crime wave
NCAA President Myles Brand surveyed the college landscape after eight months on the job and said Thursday, ''metaphorically speaking, it's almost as if there is a crime wave out there.''

St. Pierre rallies Pittsburgh past Cowboys
PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers haven't had a winless exhibition season in 38 years. Brian St. Pierre, a quarterback not guaranteed of making the team, may have prevented another.

Sports Briefs
Neuheisel sues Washington, NCAASaugus, Mass., makes U.S. championship gameChargers DT arrested in Alabama

Drew to take over as coach at Baylor
WACO, Texas (AP) Scott Drew is leaving Valparaiso to take over the challenge of repairing a Baylor basketball program torn apart by the death of a player, the shame-filled resignation of coach Dave Bliss, a string of transfers and potentially strong NCAA violations.

Gymnast Hamm makes history
ANAHEIM, Calif. The last time Paul Hamm was in this spot, he walked away bloody, beaten and crestfallen. This time, he won the world championship.

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

Battle for Titans' middle linebacker position heats up
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Brad Kassell, signed more than a year ago as a long snapper, will start at middle linebacker Saturday night against Cincinnati in a bid to win the job left vacant when Randall Godfrey was released.

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.

Curtis grabs lead at NEC Invitational
AKRON, Ohio British Open champion Ben Curtis has a chance to make history again, this time as the only guy to start a golf tournament as a bachelor and win it as a husband.

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

Judge rejects media request in Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. (AP) A judge on Thursday rejected the media's request to see detailed court records in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case, agreeing to unseal only the arrest warrant.

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.

Sampras to retire Monday
NEW YORK Pete Sampras will return to a tennis court one last time to say goodbye.

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.

Sprint Car Invite to be held under lights
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Circle Track Division will hold racing under the lights at Twin Cities Raceway for the first time tonight.

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