Tuesday, August 26, 2003

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.

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.

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.

State officials eye Fairbanks for new hatchery site
FAIRBANKS (AP) State officials are looking at Fairbanks as a possible site of a new sport-fish hatchery because of the expected closure of two hatcheries in Anchorage.

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.

Defendant in Kmart heist accused of beating customer
JUNEAU (AP) A former security chief at the Juneau Kmart, who is accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from his employer, is being sued by a customer who contends the chief and another worker beat him outside the now-closed store.

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.

Dioxin tests planned in Chilkat Valley pipeline corridor
HAINES (AP) The Army Corps of Engineers plans to test for the carcinogen dioxin next month along a pipeline corridor that once carried fuel from Haines to Fairbanks.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Athletics move into tie for first
TORONTO Miguel Tejada homered and had three hits as the Oakland Athletics tied Seattle for the AL West lead by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6 Monday night.

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.

Wind, rain doesn't dampen 4-H Auction Bidders' spirits
Rain and wind didn't hamper one of the largest 4-H Junior Livestock Auction turnouts in recent years. Perhaps it was the inviting 4-H tent that sheltered bidders from the elements that drew people in and made the auction such a success, but realistically the cause for the success was the community and local business involvement.

Ninilchik Fair shines without the sun
The weather may not have been as enticing as some of the summer days of 2003, but there was no shortage of fun and activities at this year's State Fair in Ninilchik.

Jobs picking up at Boys & Girls clubs
For several years the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula and ALPAR have teamed up to create summer jobs for local youth.

New College of Education gathers at Alaska's Challenger Center
Mary Snyder is Dean of the new College of Education at UAA, and recently she brought over 50 faculty and staff to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai for a unique experience in working together, "Our new college of education has only been organized for about a year, and this is the first time they've had a permanent Dean, and the first time we've really worked together. That means a lot of challenges ahead of us, so I thought this would be a good experience for us to get to know each other better and learn more about how we can work together," said Snyder, who moved to Alaska just seven weeks ago.

Free Burgers for good grades at Suzie's Cafe
With school starting this week local businesswoman Suzie Nelson wants to encourage students who choose to put forth the effort to make good grades with a free Suzie burger at Suzie's Cafe in Sterling.

The Cabin Restaurant's first anniversary
The Cabin Restaurant located at Timber Wolf Lodge celebrated their first year anniversary with Mr. Dave Carey, Soldotna Mayor, and Mr. Tom Boedecker, City Manager of Soldotna, along with a host of locals enjoying the hospitality of Mike & Michelle Beals.

Photo feature: Hooked
Dick Davis of Bakersfield, Calif., fights a silver salmon on the bank of the Kenai River at Cunningham Park earlier this month. Fishing continues to be slow.

NOW PLAYING: Freaky Friday / Freddy vs. Jason
Tops at the box office this weekend were a horror fan's trifecta: Freddy Krueger, the clawed, sweater-wearing wisecracker from Nightmare on Elm Street, versus Jason

Way Junior Ranger program funded raises many questions
The Community Rivers and Planning Coalition's pet Junior Ranger project conducted at the Anchor River parks this past summer season has been touted by its supporters as a huge success. Indeed, it provided employment for one of CRPC board member's children and has been praised by many for "keeping the money at home."

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

Visitors would be willing to pay more for Alaska fishing experience
I do wish all the best to Daniel Bigley on his way to recovery. I have spent some nights on the Russian River, including the night of the accident. I was fishing next to Bigley before he went back up with his friends. For me, I was too scared to walk back up and stayed on the river bench and made a fire.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Enstar moves closer to Homer service
Enstar Natural Gas Company took another step closer to supplying residents in Homer with natural gas when the company filed a rate proposal with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska earlier this month.

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 shares secret with peninsula youth
In 1964, 26-year-old Billy Mills traveled to Tokyo to compete in the Olympic Games.

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.

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.

Joint fish commission threatened
WASHINGTON The Pacific Salmon Commission, which manages fishing of endangered salmon in the United States and Canada, is running out of money and could close by the end of the year.

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. ...

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

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.

United States becoming as controlled, bureaucratic as former U.S.S.R.
I have to juggle two different aspects of my life. First is the world of the Legislature and its bizarre goings-on as I represent Wasilla. Then there's my beautiful and talented violinist wife from Russia. The two are worlds apart as I recall my visit this month to the former Soviet state.

Murkowski shows he wants to protect state's environment
Alaska's governor is environmentally conscious.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Boys and Girls Club to begin winter scheduleHealth-care group plans luncheonVendor space still available for SeafairSoldotna After the Bell to operate in 5 schoolsLifesaving courses, youth basketball offeredSocial Security rep to visit peninsula

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

Andrea Marie and Rocky Dean Stiers

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.

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.

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.

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.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Program honors Missouri centenarians
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. It's an exclusive club where members pay no dues. There's no meeting hall, not even a secret handshake. The only requirement for membership is longevity.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

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

U.S. pulls up lame at worlds
SAINT-DENIS, France Tim Montgomery was too slow. Maurice Greene was too lame.

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.

Sports Briefs
Area runners complete Lost LakeHomer halibut derby leaders unchangedMotocross holds final city raceFather: Clarett suspended for six gamesClippers won't match offer, so Odom goes to MiamiSabres sign DruryYzerman agrees to return for 21st seasonPenske hires Hornish; de Ferran to retire

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

Davenport, Clijsters win easily
NEW YORK The opening day of a Grand Slam tournament is a carnival of tennis, with more than 100 top men and women playing all across the grounds.

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.

America thrashes Canada
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Canada didn't just surrender a lead. Their coach surrendered when they still had the lead.

Colts' Manning all business in preseason victory over Broncos
DENVER Preseason or not, Peyton Manning wasn't holding anything back.

Sampras makes retirement official
NEW YORK Pete Sampras carried his 9-month-old son instead of a racket bag as he took one last walk off center court to one last standing ovation.

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