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Thursday, August 28, 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.

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.

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.

Conference to close money-draining convention center
FAIRBANKS (AP) The 4-year-old Chena River Convention Center is shutting down, unable to survive Fairbanks' competitive market for meeting space, operators said.

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.

Governor addresses methane drilling concerns
ANCHORAGE (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski veered from an expected speech before the Palmer Chamber of Commerce to address growing concerns about exploratory drilling for natural gas in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.

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.

Park service notifies only winners of road lottery
FAIRBANKS (AP) The National Park Service says it can't afford to notify more than 14,000 losers of its annual Denali Road Lottery this year.

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.

Pigs to test tanks as possible future site for bears
SITKA (AP) Sitka is better known for fishing than farming, but a local group has started raising pigs.

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.

Two charged in Taco Bell killing
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two men were formally charged Wednesday in the killing of a fast-food restaurant employee who was working the drive-through window when he was shot.

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.

Natural Gas Authority asks state for $3 million
JUNEAU (AP) The Alaska Natural Gas Authority is asking the Murkowski administration for $3 million to pursue supplying gas to a Mexican project.

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.

UA makes ''last, best'' offer to one faculty union
ANCHORAGE (AP) The University of Alaska has made its ''last, best'' offer to one of its faculty unions, according to the UA vice president for faculty and staff relations.

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.

Cruise passenger charged in sexual assault
JUNEAU (AP) A Washington man is facing charges of first-degree sexual assault and first-degree sexual abuse of minor involving a 15-year-old passenger on a cruise ship, Alaska State Troopers said.

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

Former attorney general plans mayoral run
JUNEAU (AP) Former Alaska Attorney General Bruce Botelho plans to run for mayor of Juneau in October, he said Wednesday.

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.

Three charged in Taco Bell killing
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three men have been charged in the killing of a fast-food restaurant employee who was working the drive-through window when he was shot, police said Thursday.

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.

Fairbanks robbery suspect arrested still wearing mask
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Fairbanks man was in custody Thursday following his arrest on a bank robbery charge.

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.

Fairbanks robbery suspect arrested still wearing mask
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Fairbanks man was in custody Thursday following his arrest on a bank robbery charge.

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.

Russian Village man drowns in Yukon River
ANCHORAGE (AP) Rescuers have recovered the body of a Russian Mission man who drowned in the Yukon River, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Appeals court overturns molestation conviction
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Alaska Court of Appeals has overturned the molestation conviction of a Fairbanks man.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Bold bear forces closure of Glacier Bay campground
JUNEAU (AP) A 12-mile stretch along Glacier Bay's east shoreline has been closed to overnight camping after a group of kayakers encountered an aggressive brown bear, National Park Service officials said Thursday.

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.

White Sox shell Yankees
NEW YORK Roberto Alomar and Frank Thomas homered in a seven-run fourth inning as the Chicago White Sox routed David Wells and the New York Yankees 11-2 Wednesday night.

Expos close in on wild-card lead
MONTREAL Pinch-hitter Joe Vitiello singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Montreal Expos beat Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 Wednesday night to close within a game of the NL wild-card lead.

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.

Artists know where grass is greener
CHICAGO British artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey know where the grass is greener, and fences don't have anything to do with it.

Hollywood gears up for fall releases
LOS ANGELES (AP) Highlights of Hollywood's fall film lineup (release times may change, and some films play in limited release):

UAF professor's quirky tales deserve an 'A'
"The Ecumenical Cruise and Other Three-Legged Chicken Philosophy Tales" is a pleasant surprise. The cover, author Walter Benesch's credentials as a University of Alaska Fairbanks philosophy professor and his previous book (a text on comparative philosophy) led this reader to expect something, well, a bit more didactic.

Theater ends season on high note
Mention that David Webster is putting on another cabaret at Pier One Theatre in Homer and many longtime Homerites get a tad misty-eyed for days gone by.

Art Briefs
Future of Pratt Museum to be discussedCommunity chorus looking for membersArt classes offeredSymphony holding auditionsGuitar class offeredMuseum seeks artworkClay show open for entry

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

'Cabaret' to close in November
NEW YORK The party is almost over at ''Cabaret.''

Nikiski Future Problem Solvers thank businesses for support
The Nikiski Future Problem Solvers are getting ready for another year. We hope we will do as well this year as we did last year, but first we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the businesses that helped us get to the international competition.

Ten Commandments provide Western civilization's foundation
I am very angry at those who are trying to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building in Alabama.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

This Week's Race: Southern 500
Where and When

Les Anderson, king salmon world record holder, dies at age 84
Les Anderson, the man known to many for making Soldotna famous when he caught the world-record king salmon in 1985, died Tuesday. He was 84.

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.

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.

Natural Gas Authority wants $3 million for Mexico project
JUNEAU (AP) The Alaska Natural Gas Authority is asking the Murkowski administration for $3 million to pursue supplying gas to a Mexican project.

Construction figures drop after 3 years
The head of the state's largest contractor's organization told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that spending on Alaska construction projects has dropped significantly from last 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.

East End makeover set to get under way
Motorists may have to put up with periodic traffic disruptions on parts of East End Road over the next 18 months or so, but the end result will be a rebuilt, wider and more drivable artery leading to and from downtown Homer.

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.

Ellen Ruth Parker
Anchor Point resident Ellen Ruth Parker died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at her home. She was 85.

Lester S. Anderson
Longtime Soldotna resident Lester S. Anderson died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at his home in Soldotna. He was 84.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Iraqi situation likely to grow worse without more troops
The Bush administration is under growing pressure to increase the number of troops in Iraq amid an upsurge in deadly terrorist attacks and general lawlessness.

Bush needs U.N. to give more aid in post-war Iraq
Having forced the war in Iraq without support of some of his strongest foreign allies, President George W. Bush now finds himself in need of help from those very same people. Secretary of State Colin Powell recently met with United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan to try to win support for a resolution calling on member states to give more help to Iraq. But Secretary Annan has made it clear that the Security Council is unlikely to back additional troops in Iraq without United States' concessions to share decision-making and responsibility with the U.N. ...

World watches outcome of talks; failure means 'no city in the world safe'
WASHINGTON Last fall, the North Koreans took James Kelly aside and admitted to him they had a nuclear program.

Around the Peninsula
Final state motocross race setSoldotna hosts presentation, blood driveSoroptimists to meetApplications available for basketball leagueSchool supply donations soughtBoard members needed for KRSMA

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

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.

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.

District School News
News from schools around the district

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.

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.

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.

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

Davenport winning and feeling good
NEW YORK Lindsay Davenport is replacing thoughts of retirement with hope for a U.S. Open title.

Team USA slow to put away Mexico in Olympic qualifying
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Strange things happen at international basketball tournaments, and there were plenty of them including Mexico being within five points of the U.S. team in the second half on a wacky Wednesday at the Tournament of the Americas.

Longtime South Carolina high school coach on verge of 500 wins
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. John McKissick is on the brink of going where no other football coach has ever gone to 500 victories.

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.

Birch Ridge Report: All mixed up at Birch Ridge
Bassackwards is in the dictionary (and you thought I was just being polite). It's a spoonerism look that up named after an English clergyman who slipped now and then in his homilies.

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

Thomas ousted by Bird as Pacers coach
INDIANAPOLIS Larry Bird insisted he took his new job with an open mind about the future of coach Isiah Thomas.

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.

Patriots finish preseason undefeated
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots completed an unbeaten preseason, rallying to beat the Chicago Bears 38-23 Wednesday.

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

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