Saturday, August 23, 2003

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Outdoor Briefs
Fortymile caribou quota reduced

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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

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.

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.

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