Monday, September 1, 2003

Extreme tides strand dozens of belugas in Turnagain Arm
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two dead beluga whales washed ashore Friday after dozens of the animals were temporarily stranded on the mud flats of Turnagain Arm when they got caught in extreme low tides.

Troopers plan extra patrols for holiday weekend
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska State Troopers plan to be out in force this weekend as Alaskans take to road for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Supreme Court clears Huna Totem board
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska's highest court issued a ruling Friday clearing Huna Totem Corp.'s board of directors of wrongdoing in the setting up and control of a $35 million trust.

Prince of Wales Island timber sale given the OK
ANCHORAGE (AP) Despite heavy opposition from environmentalists, the Forest Service decided to allow a timber sale on Prince of Wales Island to go forward.

Halibut prices high, but some worry about market's future
KODIAK (AP) Halibut prices have been unusually high this year, but some in the industry worry the bottom could suddenly fall out of the market.

Senior environmental adviser visits Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) Industry officials told President Bush's senior adviser on the environment they want less red tape in the federal permitting process and more sensible regulation.

Man who drove into house gets 470 days in jail
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man who rammed his pickup truck into a house in Anchorage earlier this year was sentenced Thursday to 470 days in jail.

Four belugas found dead after being stranded
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two more beluga whales have been found dead bringing the total to four after dozens of the white whales were temporarily stranded on the mud flats of Turnagain Arm, officials said Saturday.

Court of Appeals considering pot case
JUNEAU (AP) A state appellate court has affirmed the right of Alaskans to possess a small amount of marijuana in their home in a ruling handed down Friday.

Pettitte outlasts Martinez as Yanks extend AL East lead
BOSTON Andy Pettitte outlasted Pedro Martinez, surviving early trouble to earn his 17th victory Saturday as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 10-7 and extended their lead in the AL East to 4 1/2 games.

Bonds homers in return, Giants floor Arizona
PHOENIX Barry Bonds homered off Randy Johnson in his return to the San Francisco lineup, leading Jerome Williams and the Giants past the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 Saturday.

Over (at) the Rainbow
Band members can fake a great many things. They can fake a chord here and there, fake a few words in a song or fake that they are excited to be playing at a particular venue when no one there will give them the time of day. But there are other things that can't be faked, like a genuine love of playing music.

Mabrey Brothers share music skills
A trip to hear the Mabrey Brothers band perform at the Rainbow Bar in Kenai can result in some confusion among first-timers in the crowd.

Rivalry runaway continues
Make it 13-1. Soldotna continued its football dominance in its 14-year series with crosstown rival Skyview Friday, pounding the Panthers 50-0 in a Northern Lights Conference tilt at Justin Maile Field.

Bulldogs shut out rival Seahawks
On a beautiful Friday evening for football temperatures in the 50s with a steady breeze and drizzle through the second half Nikiski defeated peninsula rival Seward 33-0 in a Great Land Conference game at Nikiski.

Would you like some fries or a drink with that tree?
A 16-year-old male from Kenai was charged with reckless driving after he drove his pickup truck into a tree and sign adjacent to the McDonald's drive-through window Saturday.

Environmental groups praise water monitors
Cook Inlet Keeper, which runs a citizen-based water-quality monitoring program on the lower Kenai Peninsula, is feeling the financial pinch of last month's decision by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to shift federal funding previously aimed at monitoring to cleanup efforts on polluted state waterways.

Chance gets lots of help in rescuing Kenai men from inlet
Clinging to an anchor buoy adrift in Cook Inlet Aug. 23, Kenai's Armin Schmidt figured he had about 15 minutes left to live.

Chance gets lots of help in rescuing Kenai men from inlet
Clinging to an anchor buoy adrift in Cook Inlet on Aug. 23, Kenai's Armin Schmidt figured he had about 15 minutes left to live.

Jessie Marie Mettille
Soldotna resident Jessie Marie Mettille died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003, surrounded by her family at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 84.

Robbie R. Renfrow
Longtime Sterling resident Robbie R. Renfrow died Friday, Aug. 29, 2003, surrounded by her family at her home in Sterling. She was 70.

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 of congestive heart failure. He was 84.

Jobless would like to mark Labor Day with finding work
"Work keeps us from three great evils, boredom, vice, and poverty," Voltaire wrote in 1759.

Forget notions about being on open sea, commercial fishing not for queasy
For anyone who has ever entertained the romantic notion that they could be a commercial fisher, I'm here to say that it's not for everybody.

Concern grows over deficit, U.S. military casualties in Iraq, rising postwar costs
WASHINGTON A cheerful President Bush stood in the Rose Garden five weeks ago and boasted that Iraq was growing more peaceful, al-Qaida was being dismantled and ''pretty good progress'' was under way toward peace in the Middle East.

Photo feature: Chipping in for a good cause
Keri Stout, right, a volunteer firefighter with Central Emergency Services, accepts a donation for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Saturday during the annual CES Fill the Boot fund-raiser. Fire officials said the drive has been very successful this weekend.

Medley, Graham wed in Kenai
Mercy Medley and Eric Graham (Serrano) of Kenai were married Sunday, July 20, 2003, at Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai. Rick Mollard officiated the ceremony.

Around the Peninsula
Mushroom workshop set for todayKennel club hosting agility trial todayDonations for stem cell testing sought'Welcome back' barbecue set for KPCSoHi to hold open houseOpen house planned for dental clinicRaffle tickets still available for Hawaii trip

Parents wise up, curtail kids' online time
Stephen Pearson saw his children's grades slip. His older daughter was falling asleep in school, after staying up until the wee hours chatting with friends online.

Banning Internet catching on as punishment
Nine-year-old Megan Beatty promised to clean her room, but her mom checked and still ''couldn't see the floor.''

Kornelis, Wyman marry in Texas
Katherine Lee Kornelis and Michael Paul Wyman were married Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, in an early evening ceremony at Sunset Ridge Church in San Antonio, Texas.

Restraining dogs just makes good sense
For a dog owner, there isn't much better than finding a place where their pet can run free. However, the places where a dog can safely play and exercise unrestrained are few and far between.

My Best Friend
Mike Merrick of Soldotna takes a hike at Skilak Lake in July with his boer goats 2-year-old Adaline, with the pack, 6-month-old Eggs, with the horns, and 1-year-old Velvet.

Swimmers wake up to brand-new year
High school swimming teams from Kenai Central, Soldotna and Seward got a chance to get their feet wet Saturday as Skyview High School hosted a meet to kick off the season.

Anderson takes Seward Invitational
Whitney Anderson won girls race in the Seward Cross Country Invitational Saturday, finishing in 18 minutes, 22 seconds, on her 5-kilometer homer course, leading the Seahawks to a second-place finish.

Gold medalist must outrun drug charge
SAINT-DENIS, France Kelli White provided some of the rare highlights for an underachieving U.S. team at the World Championships until she flunked a drug test, putting her two sprint gold medals at risk and depriving a favored American relay team of its anchor.

DQs shake up Morgan tourney
It doesn't always pay to practice.

Wacky day at U.S. Open features Dent upset
NEW YORK Forget for a moment that Taylor Dent faced a match point against No. 15-seeded Fernando Gonzalez. Or that Dent had to overcome two significant trends in his career: never having won a five-set match or reached the fourth round at a major.

No. 1 Oklahoma dusts North Texas in opener
NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma's defense was every bit as good as promised. That's a mild surprise, considering the lofty expectations of the No. 1 Sooners.

Sports Briefs
Homer football tops SitkaNikiski netters top Su ValleyClarett suspended for not being forthcomingFormer Notre Dame player guilty of sexual batteryWalk-on is first woman to score in Division I game

Team USA qualifies for Athens
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) The United States qualified for the Olympics without throwing any punches, getting hit by too much debris or blowing a huge lead but just barely in all three cases.

Scott leads Deutsche Bank Championship
NORTON, Mass. Adam Scott played his final 10 holes at the Deutsche Bank Championship in 8-under par Saturday, topping it off with a 15-foot birdie putt for a 9-under 62 and a two-stroke lead over Vijay Singh.

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