Sunday, August 24, 2003

Alaska gets $51 million in federal transportation funds
ANCHORAGE (AP) The U.S. Department of Transportation is rewarding $51 million in federal funds for Alaska projects.

Witnesses help nab McDonald's robbery
ANCHORAGE (AP) Witnesses with cell phones helped Anchorage police catch five people who reportedly robbed a McDonald's restaurant at gunpoint Thursday night.

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.

Goodnews Bay alcohol shipment intercepted
BETHEL (AP) The village public safety officer for Goodnews Bay intercepted an illegal shipment of alcohol, according to Alaska State Troopers in Bethel.

Control tower and air station get top honors
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Merrill Field control tower in Anchorage and the Kotzebue Flight Service Station received top honors Friday for being mistake-free in 2002.

Thousands of anglers to compete in salmon derby
JUNEAU (AP) More than 2,500 people are expected to compete this weekend in the 57th Golden North Salmon Derby.

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.

Fairbanks sales tax proponents get more signatures
FAIRBANKS (AP) Sponsors of a petition to get a city sales tax measure included in the October election have turned in their final batch of signatures.

Troopers identify Israeli men killed in car crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) The two Israeli men killed in a car crash on the Seward Highway were in Alaska on a vacation, a rabbi who spoke to their families said Friday.

Army requests Fort Richardson fence proposals
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Army is requesting proposals regarding building a 34-mile fence aimed at keeping people off Fort Richardson during training.

Murkowski: Progress on Ketchikan veneer mill
JUNEAU (AP) State officials have identified adequate timber supply and sufficient funding to encourage an Oregon lumber company to operate the defunct veneer mill in Ketchikan, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Friday.

Lower Yukon school district makes changes
ANCHORAGE (AP) Every school district in the United States had its shortcomings aired this summer under the new No Child Left Behind Act, but few fared as poorly as the Lower Yukon's in western Alaska. All 11 of its schools failed to make ''adequate yearly progress.''

Energy department funds tundra study
ANCHORAGE (AP) The U.S. Department of Energy is funding a study that could result in a longer Alaska oil exploration season.

Sen. Ted Stevens says Iraq needs more money, sooner
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) The U.S. administrator for Iraq needs more money before the end of the year to finance rebuilding efforts there, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens said Saturday.

Search continues for overdue Ketchikan flyers
KETCHIKAN (AP) Searchers continue to scour the Canadian coastline for a missing blue-and-red striped Ercoupe plane with two Ketchikan residents on board.

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.

Mat-Su voters to decide on dock extension bond
PALMER (AP) Voters will be asked to decide whether $10 million in bonds should be issued for a dock extension at the port at Point MacKenzie.

Bobby Bonds dies of lung cancer, brian tumor at age 57
SAN FRANCISCO Bobby Bonds, one of the first major leaguers to blend home-run power with base-stealing speed and the father of one of baseball's greatest sluggers, died Saturday. He was 57.

Without star, Giants win fifth straight game
SAN FRANCISCO Neifi Perez doubled home Yorvit Torrealba with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the San Francisco Giants won their fifth straight with a patchwork lineup, beating the Florida Marlins 3-2 Saturday.

Red Sox thump slumping Seattle
BOSTON Kevin Millar hit a game-winning double off the glove of leaping center fielder Mike Cameron with two outs in the 10th inning, sending the Boston Red Sox over the Seattle Mariners 7-6 Saturday.

Parents must be held accountable for children's school performance
After reading the article "Schools split in state standards" (Aug. 21), I am not surprised by the test results, and the overall grades the schools received. However, the article title should have read, "Parents split in state standards."

Lathrop air attack drops Stars to 0-3
Lathrop quarterback Brock Graziadei threw four touchdown passes to lead the Malemutes past SoHi Friday night in Soldotna by a score of 33-20.

Chappell, Kenai pass their way past Colony
The Kenai Kardinals showed they can take to the air Saturday, using three Cole Chappell touchdown passes to fly past the Colony Knights 27-6 Saturday at Ed Hollier field in Kenai.

'Little' Bulldogs rip ACS
Chalk one up for the little guys and the laws of physics.

Busch bumps his way to Bristol win
BRISTOL, Tenn. Kurt Busch avoided any post-race punches, but was in the middle of the usual bumping and banging in yet another win at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Boughton sentenced in animal cruelty case
The woman charged with animal cruelty for keeping dozens of underfed, ungroomed dogs in Sterling received a suspended sentence of a year in jail, a $5,000 fine and was placed on five years probation in Kenai District Court on Friday.

Annual appreciation day fills folks with info, food
Anyone who went home hungry after Saturday's Industry Appreciation Day did something wrong, especially since the price was just right for food free.

Olympic runner makes date to inspire area kids
The Kenaitze Indian Tribe will host Billy Mills on Monday at Kenai Central High School, where he will speak to youth from all over the Kenai Peninsula and beyond about how dreams can come true when you believe in yourself.

Black legislators get a look at Alaska resources
Hoping to better understand Alaska's complex mix of natural resources extraction and natural beauty, members of one of the country's largest legislative groups visited the Kenai Peninsula on Thursday.

Arctic Winter Games names initial sponsors
Substantial announcements about the 2006 Arctic Winter Games have been promised for several weeks now and were finally revealed at Industry Appreciation Day in Kenai on Saturday.

David Newton Henry
Soldotna resident David Newton Henry died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at his home in Soldotna with family and friends present after a short battle with cancer. He was 67.

Mabel Galley
Soldotna area resident Mabel Galley died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 80.

Donald Joseph Clift
Former Alaska resident Donald Joseph Clift died Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, of heart failure at the Merit Care Hospital in Fargo, N.D. He was 69.

Moose, other motorists will benefit from increased use of headlights
Oh for a moose with headlights! Just when I think I haven't another word to say, that old soap box jumps up and bumps me on the shins and I'm off and running.

Low scores can be a new opportunity
As educators across the state ponder the implications of 282 out of 488 schools in Alaska failing to meet standards required under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, parents and other community members would do well to consider what kind of grade they would give themselves for being involved in the education system.

Medley, Graham wed in Kenai
Mercy Medley and Eric Graham (Serrano) of Kenai were married Sunday, July 20, 2003, at Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai. Rick Mollard officiated.

Special summer camp reunites brothers, sisters split apart by foster care
GYPSUM, Colo. A little boy with dark circles under his eyes steps off the bus alone, slouching into his first day of summer camp in a faded Harry Potter T-shirt.

Family comes to grips with father's terminal battle against lung cancer
Edward and Lorraine King stand in the waiting room at Peninsula Internal Medicine.

Sells celebrate 50th
Phern and Lee Sells celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Friday, July 25, 2003, in Soldotna.

Kids get 'treemendous' answers from local 'elf'
MINNEAPOLIS Four-year-old Shira Rabkin wanted to ask just the right questions, so she thought long and hard.

Around the Peninsula
Stevens to speak at Soldotna chamberCenter to offer entrepreneurship classRedoubt open house plannedKennel club offering dog classesFood bank to hold raffle fund-raiser

Reynolds, Kepler marry in July
Tasha Ann Reynolds and Jason Howard Kepler of Denver were married Saturday, July 26, 2003, in San Juan Cove in Tutka Bay across Kachemak Bay. Christopher Banas officiated.

Pork rinds, vegetables or pudding? Which should a dieter choose?
I thought I had the whole nutrition angle figured out. While those around me shamelessly ruined their bodies with steak and bacon, I was eating chicken and fish.

Wine caves vault to popularity as cool hangouts
CALISTOGA, Calif. In a chill, dark hollow of rough-hewn rock, flickering candles cast shadows over the old cave walls and across the faces of the dozen or so people standing in silence.

Stick to your ribs
TOPEKA, Kan. Summer, for many, is synonymous with grilling. Grilling, in turn, translates into ribs.

U.S. cheese consumption high as more restaurants use it
WASHINGTON Shredded cheddar or Parmesan adds zest to salads. Soft, gooey mozzarella is a must for pizza. Burgers are blanketed with melting slices of American, Swiss or Monterey Jack.

My best friend
Milo the cat helps celebrate Katie Higginbotham's graduation from Kenai Central High School earlier this year.

Tips to make a home more cat friendly:
Buy or make an adventurous scratching post with perches to climb, holes to explore and catnap-perfect sleeping lofts. A scratching post will give cats an outlet for their instinctual scratching behavior, so they don't need to turn to furniture and carpets.

Designing kitty style
MILWAUKEE In a new twist to the home renovation craze, six people across the country have won $10,000 room makeovers, with one claws: Think like a cat.

Duncan sits out, U.S. still cruises
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Tim Duncan decided not to play against his homeland, and the American Olympic qualifying team did not need him Saturday in a 113-55 victory over the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Sports Briefs
Americans continue raking in the goldBelarusian wins shot put at world meetNo. 7 Kansas St. trashes California

Clarke grabs lead at NEC Invitational
AKRON, Ohio Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke hit one ball that ricocheted across the fairway and played another hole down the wrong fairway. When his wild ride was over, he wound up with the lead Saturday in the NEC Invitational.

Carter named Cowboys starting quarterback; Staley ends holdout
IRVING, Texas Quincy Carter was named the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday after two consistent and turnover-free preseason starts.

Jets' Pennington dislocates, fractures left wrist
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Jets quarterback Chad Pennington dislocated and fractured his left wrist and is out indefinitely.

Smith, Cherry score Skyview Invite crowns
Juliane Smith of Service and Jesse Cherry of Chugiak each pulled away toward the end of their races, taking the individual girls and boys titles, respectively, at the 14th annual Skyview Invitational cross country meet Saturday at Skyview High School.

Racers light up night
When area racing fans talk about the awesome lights show Friday night, they're not talking about the aurora borealis that whimsically lashed and fluttered its way across the autumn sky.

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