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Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Juneau voters to decide cigarette tax increase
JUNEAU (AP) Juneau voters will decide in the Oct. 7 municipal election if they want to raise city taxes on tobacco.

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.

Valve failure causes chlorine leak at King Cove plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) A valve failure is to blame for a chlorine gas leak that caused an evacuation at a seafood processing plant in King Cove, state environmental officials said.

Rep. Carl Morgan joins national college advisory board
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska state Rep. Carl Morgan Jr. of Aniak has been appointed to a national tribal college advisory board.

Troopers find overdue caribou hunters in good condition
GLENNALLEN (AP) Two overdue hunters from Chugiak were found in good condition Tuesday after they set off a flare to attract the attention of searchers.

Boy killed in southwest Alaska village
BETHEL (AP) A 10-year-old southwest Alaska boy died after he retrieved a handgun and it discharged.

Anchorage man faces drug, gun charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man accused of pointing a gun at an Anchorage police officer has been indicted on federal drug and gun charges.

Man robs Anchorage credit union
ANCHORAGE (AP) The same robber may have held up a branch of the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union for the second time this month, the FBI said Wednesday.

Auditors laud Fairbanks diocese efforts
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks Catholic Diocese has drawn high marks from a team of auditors conducting a national review to see if dioceses are complying with the church's new policies on sexual abuse.

Washington hunter fined for game violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Washington hunter was ordered to pay nearly $24,000 in fines and other penalties following his conviction on state game violations.

Army shows off new training facilities for Stryker Brigade
ANCHORAGE (AP) There's a new 1,800-square-foot house going up at Fort Richardson, but the Army doesn't expect any permanent tenants.

Anchorage tour company owes $800,000 to creditors
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage-based tour company that abruptly closed last month owes nearly $800,000 to creditors, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Ketchikan borough mayor arrested on DUI charge
KETCHIKAN (AP) Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor Mike Salazar was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

New Juneau clinic opens for homeless
JUNEAU (AP) Juneau's homeless population now has its own clinic, offering medical and dental care.

Auditors laud Fairbanks diocese efforts
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks Catholic Diocese has drawn high marks from a team of auditors conducting a national review to see if dioceses are complying with the church's new policies on sexual abuse.

Search yields no clue of bodies in air crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) Searchers have found no sign of two people on board a small plane that crashed in the Arctic Ocean Aug. 17.

More than 25,000 join ACS lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) More than 25,000 people have been named part of a class-action lawsuit against Alaska Communications Systems that contends the Anchorage-based company violated terms of an interstate long-distance calling plan.

Greenpeace receives cool reception in Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) The Greenpeace ship Esperanza, anchored peacefully here in Gastineau Channel, has managed to stir up many in Southeast Alaska who still remember the heyday of the timber industry.

Fairbanks tax proposal headed for October ballot
FAIRBANKS (AP) Sponsors of a proposed city sales tax initiative have collected enough signatures to place the measure on the Oct. 7 municipal ballot.

Cheney hosting fund-raiser for Lisa Murkowski
ANCHORAGE (AP) Vice president Dick Cheney will have a $1,000-a-plate fund-raiser next week in Texas for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

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.

Man found guilty of wildlife charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Aniak jury has found a man guilty of illegal guiding and four other fish and wildlife charges.

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.

Foster care official has brush with law
ANCHORAGE (AP) A state official who oversees the selection of foster parents was arrested earlier this year when police responded to a domestic violence call.

Man outraged by damage done by border agents
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Wasilla man contends U.S. border agents are responsible for thousands of dollars of damage done to his trailer and a disassembled log home after he was stopped for a search at the Alaska-Canada border.

Thomas, White Sox rip Clemens, Yankees
NEW YORK Frank Thomas hit a mammoth grand slam against Roger Clemens, and the Chicago had six homers in a 13-2 victory Tuesday night over the New York Yankees.

Brewers win eighth straight game
CINCINNATI Doug Davis pitched a four-hitter, and the Milwaukee Brewers won their eighth straight game by defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 Tuesday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 3,5922. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,2413. Kevin Harvick 3,128

Labor Day weekend in Darlington won't be the same
DARLINGTON, S.C. Hamburger steaks and hand-cut fries will still be served at the Raceway Grill next year, but everyone around here admits it won't be the same.

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $4,052,3802. Kurt Busch 3,974,4003. Kevin Harvick 3,597,310

Newsmaker: Bill Elliott
Retirement and the ever-changing landscape of stock-car racing are big issues with Bill Elliott. But like everything else, he plans to deal with both on his own terms. The 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion talked about how racing has changed and what's ahead for him.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Schedule gets few changes for 2004
DARLINGTON, S.C. NASCAR officials say they're still working on next year's racing schedule. If they need any help, all they have to do is check with each of the individual speedways.

This Week's Race: Southern 500
Where and When

Kenai gets approval to upgrade equipment
Though making use of an ambulance is not usually something to look forward to, if someone does find themself in need of a quick trip to the hospital from Kenai in the future, they may enjoy a ride in style in a shiny new vehicle.

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.

Kennel club finds new home
The Kenai Kennel Club finally has a doghouse of its own, or more specifically a 60- by 80-foot building to call its own.

Legislators: Taxes not on table right now
Taxes may be a hot topic in the Alaska House next session, but don't look for much support from the Senate, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, told a Homer Chamber of Commerce luncheon crowd Tuesday in Homer.

Boedeker: State needs to look at options
Saying there is no magic solution, Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedeker told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday the state must consider all the options to solve its budgetary woes.

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

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.

Mildred Effie 'Mickey' Shangin
Beaumont, Texas, and former Alaska resident Mildred Effie "Mickey" Shangin died Saturday, July 26, 2003, with her partner of 17 years, J.J. Mitchell, by her side at the University of Texas Hospital in Galveston, Texas. She was 48.

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.

Civil rights movement in trouble
A recent national survey of more than 1,000 adults asked Americans how they felt various groups in society were treated. Respondents were asked how satisfied they were with the treatment of, among other groups, African Americans. About 66 percent said they were very or somewhat satisfied with the treatment of blacks.

New research may find information that could boost oil-gas industry
With the Murkowski administration hoping to attract greater oil and gas development to the North Slope, a big question remains.

NASA still in need of repairs
WASHINGTON Lessons learned from the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger were ''undone over time'' by NASA managers long before the disintegration of its sister spacecraft Columbia in a fiery return to Earth in February.

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

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber to meetKenai Public Health offers immunizationsVolunteers needed for health groupCPGH board schedules meetingFinal state motocross race setHospital service area board plans meetingSoroptimists plan benefit for cancer fundHEA seeking board members

Around the District
Members sought for district committeeSoldotna After the Bell to operate programs

Study ranks University of Colorado No. 1 party school; Brigham Young called 'stone-cold sober'
BOULDER, Colo. The University of Colorado topped the list of party schools in the nation, while Brigham Young University was ''stone-cold sober,'' according to the Princeton Review's latest survey.

Even young babies learn by observation
WASHINGTON When a toy falls behind the chair has it vanished forever? The answer is no, of course, and a new study indicates babies can figure that out at a few months of age simply by watching.

Photo feature: Making ends meet
Jesse Kloote and Amy Arestad try to attract business for a Skyview High School volleyball team fund-raiser last week in Soldotna. Budget cuts have left extra-curricular programs scrambling to raise money. Other changes are under way as well as students return to school today.

Poll: Most Americans for higher teacher pay, against vouchers
WASHINGTON Most Americans think teachers aren't paid enough, and support for school voucher programs is in decline, said a survey released last week.

Photo feature: Unconventional student
A caribou stands at the entrance of Mountain View Elementary School earlier this month. Students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District head back to classes today. The caribou is not registered to attend.

Students, teachers head back to class amid district changes
Area schools have been quiet this summer, but that all changes today.

District School News
News from schools around the district

Registration for fall semester scheduled for this week
Kenai Peninsula College will be busy Thursday and Friday with fall semester walk-in registration from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Online registration currently is available and can be accessed at the KPC Web site at www.kpc.alaska.edu.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu 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 Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Kenai Golf Report: Repair all ball marks
The greens are recovering very well from the recent and very important plugging and sanding that is so necessary for greens maintenance. The rain and watering have worked the sand into the greens and they are putting well.

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

Team USA gets its vengeance
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Argentina couldn't do it again, not with Jermaine O'Neal taking a huge first step on the road to redemption.

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

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

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.

U.S. track team suffers more woes
SAINT-DENIS, France Where have all the American runners gone?

Sports Briefs
Mulder still hoping to return for playoffsClarett won't even dress for openerOakland Raiders win partial court victory

Chang joins Sampras on sidelines of tennis
NEW YORK If Andre Agassi is feeling a little lonely out there, with contemporaries Pete Sampras and Michael Chang leaving tennis, youngster Andy Roddick would be more than happy to make a date for the U.S. Open final.

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

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.

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