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Saturday, August 30, 2003

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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