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Monday, August 25, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Anchorage police seek help in search for Taco Bell killer
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage police are urging anyone with information about a recent slaying of a Taco Bell worker to come forward.

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.

Fish processor fire forces evacuation of crew
ANCHORAGE (AP) A generator fire early Monday forced the evacuation of 146 crew members of a fish processor in Prince William Sound, the Coast Guard said.

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.

Researchers enlist elders in Beluga study
ANCHORAGE (AP) Federal researchers working with Tlingit elders have concluded that beluga whales spotted near Yakutat are likely permanent residents 600 miles from the nearest confirmed population.

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.

Alaska exemptions prompt union protest
FAIRBANKS (AP) A bill seeking to block privatization of two air traffic control towers in Alaska has given the National Air Traffic Controllers Association ammunition in its campaign to have the bill rewritten.

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.

Group seeks salvage rights to shipwrecked steamer
ANCHORAGE (AP) A group of Alaska divers filed papers in federal court seeking salvage rights to the SS Aleutian, a steamer shipwrecked off Kodiak in 1929.

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.''

Group gathers to boost effort for dog park
FAIRBANKS (AP) About 10 people gathered on a soggy strip of spruce bog over the weekend to discuss efforts to put a dog park on 20 acres of public land in Fairbanks.

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.

Koyukuk coalition loses moose appeal
FAIRBANKS (AP) Villages along the Koyukuk River have lost an appeal claiming that the state Board of Game allows too many permits for non-subsistence moose hunting in the area.

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.

Legal review could keep question off ballot
ANCHORAGE (AP) Backers of an initiative to tighten Alaska's limits on campaign contributions and lobbyists say a lengthy legal review could keep the question off next year's ballot.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Borough spending big to bring plumbing to villages
FAIRBANKS (AP) The North Slope Borough is spending more than $300,000 per building to bring modern plumbing to the village of Kaktovik in northeast Alaska.

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.

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.

Oakland bashes its way to wild card lead (tie)
TORONTO Ramon Hernandez and Miguel Tejada each hit grand slams the first time the Athletics have connected for two in their 103-year history, and Oakland routed Toronto.

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."

Commercial fishing report misses bigger picture
I read Marcus Garner's story Aug.14, titled "Fishers: Too many got past nets."

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.

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.

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.

NASCAR's newest villain wins race, loses more respect
BRISTOL, Tenn. Kurt Busch hardly looked like a kid interested in celebrating. Beaten and broken, his head hung low and he had a weary look on his face, not even another win at Bristol could lift his spirits.

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.

Troopers to beef up highway patrols
In response to two crashes on the Seward Highway over the past week, Alaska State Troopers have added additional patrols to the highway, according to trooper spokesperson Greg Wilkinson.

Man causing school lockdown pleads guilty on 1 of 31 charges
A man accused in a 31-count domestic-violence case involving a security lockdown of Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School last year agreed to a guilty plea on one assault charge 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.

Marathon Road getting crowded with hunters
Moose season is off to a bang. Pardon the pun, but the conditions are a little too crowded for some hunters at one of the popular hunting areas in Kenai.

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.

Grants through borough helping CIRCAC
Over the past two years, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has funneled $460,000 in grants toward Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council projects, including environmental monitoring and shoreline mapping meant to build a broad database for future protection and spill response efforts.

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.

State gains on pike control
A new Alaska Department of Fish and Game netting project designed to control northern pike on the Kenai Peninsula already has resulted in the death of more than 500 of the unwanted fish.

Soldotna man wounded in shooting
A Soldotna man remains in critical condition at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage after being shot at a gathering in Soldotna on Friday night.

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.

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.

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.

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

Into each generation a little darkness falls
And so, it seems, into each generation, a massive power failure must fall.

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.

This superpower fueled by electricity system in need of more power
The electricity blackout in the Northeast provides strong indication the world's greatest superpower is powered by an electrical system that needs serious attention. It might not be deserving of the ''Third World'' status given it by New Mexico's governor, but on the heels of the worst blackout in U.S. history, to view this power shut down as just an anomaly is equally irresponsible. ...

Arnold's family's Nazi past brought to forefront
VIENNA, Austria It's just a tiny typewritten line tucked away in an immense archive, but it sheds further light on the Nazi past of Arnold Schwarzenegger's father.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Peninsula People
Kenai man joins Navy, stationed in San DiegoArea students named to dean's listSkyview grads join Marine CorpsKenai woman graduates from collegeKenai students graduate from SOU

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.

Photo feature: Don't try this at home
Soldotna Police Officer Duane Kant, left, laughs after responding to a report of a man shrink-wrapped to a flag pole Friday afternoon. Tom Shimmin, right, was the victim of a friendly prank, committed by co-workers who were celebrating his last day at work. Shimmin, a recent Soldotna High School graduate, is preparing to leave for college.

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.

12-year-old begins medical school
CHICAGO Sho Yano's mother hands him his lunch for school in a brown paper bag a turkey sandwich and cookies included.

Around the Peninsula
Food bank to hold raffle fund-raiserHost families neededFree developmental screening offeredWRCC to hold board meetingFinal motocross race scheduledFinal week for beautification nominationsKCHS to raffle off quiltDonations for stem cell testing sought

State fair competition results announced
The following are the results of several competitions at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair, held in Ninilchik earlier this month.

Births
Andrea Marie and Rocky Dean Stiers

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.

Summer Landscaping
Mary Jo and Jim Lange's home in the Inlet Woods Subdivision was chosen as this week's Kenai Garden of the Week, sponsored by the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department. The home boasts gardens and lush turf flanking the porch. To nominate a Garden of the Week, call 283-3692.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Photo feature: Here we go again!
Sophomores Adrienne Marey and Marlana McCown look for their lockers after registering for classes at Soldotna High School last week. Classes start Wednesday.

Vinny and the Jets
NEW YORK Jets coach Herman Edwards welcomed Vinny Testaverde into his office Sunday morning for a long chat.

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.

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.

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.

Buckeye returns
COLUMBUS, Ohio Maurice Clarett was part of the Ohio State football team once again Sunday but the Buckeyes still don't know when their star running back will be eligible to play in a game.

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.

Clarke escapes Woods to claim NEC title
AKRON, Ohio Put Darren Clarke in the final pairing of a World Golf Championship, and nobody can stop him least of all, Tiger Woods.

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.

Sports Briefs
Washington, Hamm take home WUSA titleJapan wins third Little League title in five yearsNowitzki injures ankle against France

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

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

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