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Friday, August 29, 2003

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.

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

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 man indicted in cruise ship assault case
JUNEAU (AP) A Washington state man has been indicted on sexual abuse charges involving a 15-year-old boy aboard a cruise ship.

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.

California man charged with flight crew interference
ANCHORAGE (AP) A California man has been charged with interfering with a flight crew aboard a commercial jet flying from Seattle to Anchorage.

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.

Extreme tides strand dozens of belugas in Turnagain Arm
ANCHORAGE (AP) Dozens of beluga whales were stranded temporarily on the mud flats of Turnagain Arm when they got caught in extreme low tides, federal fisheries officials said Friday.

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.

Man enters no contest plea to rape charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks man has pleaded no contest to a charge of first-degree sexual assault in the rape of a 17-year-old girl.

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.

Man dies in collision on Sterling Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man was killed when his car collided with a motor home on Sterling Highway at Cooper Landing, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

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.

Initiative sponsors appeal Leman ruling
JUNEAU (AP) Backers of a rejected initiative that would make it more difficult to impose taxes in Alaska appealed their case to Anchorage Superior Court on Thursday.

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.

Third man charged in restaurant murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) Police have arrested the man they believe pulled the trigger in a robbery and murder at the drive-in window of a Taco Bell restaurant.

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.

Woman accused of biting, soliciting assault
KETCHIKAN (AP) A woman who was in jail, accused of sending a co-worker to the hospital with a bite wound, is facing a new charge of trying to hire someone from jail to assault the same man.

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.

Utility whistleblower case headed for trial
KETCHIKAN (AP) A former Ketchikan utility employee who claims he was retaliated against for reporting a fuel spill and asbestos contamination will get his day in court next month.

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.

Alaska primary ballot ends up in court
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska's closed primary ballot system violates the constitutional rights of voters, candidates and political parties by restricting their right to associate, a lawyer said Thursday.

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

Ask Alaska owner blames accounting ignorance
ANCHORAGE (AP) The owner of a failed Anchorage-based tourism business said a poor accounting system is to blame for her predicament.

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

Library panel says yes to porn filters with adult choice
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks North Star Borough library advisory commission says pornography filters should be installed on borough library computers, but adults should have the option of shutting them off.

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.

Construction spending falls after three strong years
KENAI (AP) Construction spending in Alaska is down 8.2 percent from last year, the head of the state's largest contractors' organization said.

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.

Brewers take 10th straight
CINCINNATI Bill Hall's two-run homer in the 10th inning sent the Milwaukee Brewers to their 10th straight victory Thursday, 4-3 over the Cincinnati Reds.

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.

Boomers join motorycle clubs for nice guys
LAKE HOPATCONG, N.J. (AP) Wayne Merrifield has had two very different periods in his motorcyle riding career: Phase I as a wild kid in his 20s, and Phase II as a responsible adult.

Pay stub contains useful information for consumers
NEW YORK (AP) The next time you get your paycheck, don't just throw away the pay stub or bury it in a drawer. Take a few minutes to study the numbers.

From competitions to counseling, corporations encourage fat employees to lose weight
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) U.S. corporations are trying a range of programs to help overweight employees slim down. These programs claim an average weight loss of 6 to 12 pounds, plus benefits such as lower cholesterol levels.

Accountants questioned for questioning accounting
NEW YORK (AP) Here's something you haven't heard much of: accountants getting fired for just doing their job.

Technical factors are force in bond market rout
NEW YORK (AP) Deciphering the bond market's rout this summer takes some looking well beyond just the latest prospects for the economy.

With silvers slow to show, anglers finding other fish
Candice Rysdyk of Soldotna had a thrill this week when she landed a 17-pound, 30 1/2-inch rainbow trout while fishing with her family on the Kenai River.

Soldotna hunter enjoys first goat hunt
There's an old adage that states nothing good is ever easy, and perhaps nothing embodies that more than goat hunting.

Equine partner leads Seward hunter to trophy bull
There's something to be said for good old-fashioned horse sense especially when it leads you to a huge bull moose with a 62-inch rack.

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

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.

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.

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.''

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):

There's got to be better way to equip kids with school supplies
I recently set out to purchase school supplies for my children to attend school this year. I know that the schools are having a hard time this year with budget cuts and poor test scores, but there has got to be a better way.

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.

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.

Many contribute to successful summer at Soldotna club
The Boys and Girls Club of Soldotna just finished our first summer session at Redoubt Elementary, and the program would not have been as successful if so many had not volunteered their time and expertise.

Rivalries heat up in Week 4 of prep football
Two of the Kenai Peninsula's biggest football rivalries will play out today as Skyview takes on Soldotna and Nikiski takes on Seward.

Past under cover
An archaeology project got under way earlier this week in Old Town Kenai to try to uncover some of the city's buried past. Several archaeologists joined forces and employed cutting edge technology in an effort to locate the foundation of what was Fort Kenay.

Photo feature: On the green
Ron Fullinck makes another lap around his yard with a mower Thursday afternoon during a break in this week's rain.

Lawsuit planned against Unocal
A Homer-based nonprofit environmental group has alleged that Unocal Corp. failed to notify the Environmental Protection Agency of hundreds of violations of the Clean Water Act committed during operations in Cook Inlet between 1998 and 2002.

Soldotna resurrects plans for cemetery
After hearing from several members of the city's former Cemetery Task Force, the Soldotna City Council has resurrected plans to locate a proposed Soldotna cemetery at a site on West Redoubt Avenue.

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.

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.

Starkweather charged with assault of inmate
A man charged with the attempted murder of a Soldotna woman in February 2002, was arraigned on a misdemeanor charge Thursday after he allegedly assaulted a fellow inmate at Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

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.

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

Junior Clarence Lee
Kenai resident Junior Clarence Lee died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003, at his home in Kenai. He was 78.

Martha Mae Reedy
Longtime Soldotna resident Martha Mae Reedy died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at her home surrounded by family, friends and loved ones after an extended illness. She was 87.

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

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.

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. ...

Fatal accidents sober reminder to drive with care Editorial
Six deaths in six days on a stretch of the Seward Highway familiar to all Kenai Peninsula residents should be all the reminder Alaskans need to drive safely.

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.

Ecologist studies drying of peninsula's lakes
I have claimed in this column over the last several years that the Kenai Peninsula is drying out.

Park Service notifies only winners of Denali 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 even though all applicants sent self-addressed, stamped envelopes to get word.

Paralyzed kayakers tackle two-month trip
JUNEAU 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.

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
KPRL to hold final circle, motocross races Kenai Eagles plan dinner fund-raiser A.B.A.T.E. to hold motorcycle run Cowboy fun shoot scheduled Learn how to recognize a fungi Welcome back barbecue set for KPC SoHi to hold open house Open house planned for dental clinic Girl scouts plan garage sale fund-rasier Progressive dinner planned

Church Briefs
Vinnie Cioffi to perform Sunday Back-to-school barbecue planned Womens Bible study offered Ninilchik student earns scholarship Holy Spirit study begins Thursday This Hope to perform in concert

Christian comedian challenges believers with anger, sarcasm
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) Stalking the stage like a hyperactive child, spouting caustic jokes about airplane travel and bad drivers, Brad Stine starts out looking and sounding like a hundred other comedians.

Episcopal leader defends church's approval of openly gay bishop
NEW YORK (AP) The head of the Episcopal Church is defending the denomination's decision to confirm its first openly gay bishop in a letter to U.S. clergy and his fellow Anglican leaders around the world.

Indiana workshop examines Catholic church's relationship with homosexuals
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Vatican's July 31 condemnation of legalized same-sex marriage and the Episcopal Church's approval of its first openly gay bishop resonated at a small Roman Catholic workshop on liberalizing the church's approach toward homosexuals.

Separate conventions show divide between immigrant, American-black Muslims
On Labor Day weekend, more than 50,000 American Muslims are expected in Chicago for an annual gathering.

Nebraska court upholds dismissal of Lord's Prayer lawsuit
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) A federal appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit against a Nebraska public school district and a school board member who led students in reciting the Lord's Prayer at the 2000 high school graduation.

Swing whenever you can
Roberto Clemente was one of baseball's all-time greats. The day he swung his bat for his 3,000th hit, he almost didn't play.

India's leather industry fears Hindu-inspired proposal to ban cow slaughter
CALCUTTA, India (AP) India's leather industry is worried about the ruling party's effort to ban the slaughter of cows nationwide. The cow is sacred to most of India's Hindus, who make up 85 percent of the population.

Islamic leader sentenced in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AP) A leader of a banned Islamic group that advocates a Muslim state in Central Asia was sentenced to 11 years in prison Thursday, Tajikistan's Supreme Court said.

White lightning
SAINT-DENIS, France Kelli White has spent the World Championships downplaying comparisons to Marion Jones. She can't avoid them now.

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

Capriati keeps rolling by dominating Sucha
NEW YORK All of 27, Jennifer Capriati counts as a veteran on the WTA Tour, a member of the old guard fending off the kids.

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.

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.

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

Lions lose Stewart to shoulder injury
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. What every NFL coach fears most in the last exhibition game happened to Steve Mariucci and the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.

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.

U.S. stays undefeated
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Daniel Santiago's hook shot was bouncing softly around the rim when Elton Brand reached up and knocked it off. It would have been goaltending in the NBA, but not under international rules.

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.

Miami scores blowout against Louisiana Tech
SHREVEPORT, La. Antrel Rolle returned an interception and a punt for touchdowns and Frank Gore ran for 118 yards as No. 3 Miami had an easy go of it in its opener, beating Louisiana Tech 48-9 Thursday night.

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