Tuesday, September 2, 2003

Anchorage man dies in motorcycle crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man died after losing control of his motorcycle, Anchorage police said Sunday.

Governor wants feds to recognize Alaska trails
FAIRBANKS (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski wants the federal government to recognize some Alaska trails as public rights of way.

Boy dies after fall from Kodiak cliff
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 6-year-old boy died after he fell from a cliff near Kodiak, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

Tundra Joe escapes from university station
FAIRBANKS (AP) Tundra Joe, the 5-year-old bull reindeer that went on the lam from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Agriculture and Forestry Experimental Station, has been sighted but not captured.

Plant to continue pumping warm water into Chena River
FAIRBANKS (AP) Federal environmental regulators say a Fairbanks power plant can continue to pump warm water into the Chena River.

Borough official arrested on drunken driving charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) The presiding officer of the Fairbanks North Star Borough is charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a sobriety test.

Minto man drowns in slough
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Minto man drowned after he lost control of his boat and fell into a slough of the Tolovana River, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

Despite setbacks, AT&T Alascom fights over rural rates
FAIRBANKS (AP) A federal regulatory official has rejected arguments by long-distance telephone provider AT&T Alascom to justify a rate formula change the company says would lower fees for rural customers.

Shuttle launches create Arctic clouds
ANCHORAGE (AP) A benign and previously unknown aspect of shuttle flights links the space vehicles with the Arctic.

Inflatable golf dome towers over Anchorage neighbors
ANCHORAGE (AP) An inflatable dome as tall as a six-story building has sprung up in South Anchorage, much to the dismay of its neighbors.

Unalaska plays host to legislators
UNALASKA (AP) Unalaska will host what could become the city's largest legislative fly-in ever.

National Democratic Party sends specialists to Juneau
ANCHORAGE (AP) National Democratic campaign specialists are in Juneau to launch the groundwork for what is expected to be the state's hottest U.S. Senate battle in decades.

Fatigue can't stop hot Bonds
PHOENIX Hours after being released from the hospital, Barry Bonds hit a two-run, bases-loaded single in the ninth inning to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

Clear skies for 11th Industry Appreciation Day
For the eleventh year in a row Mother Nature shined on Industry Appreciation Day and the organizing committee couldn't have been happier to see the sunny summer weather return after a week of wind, rain and chilly temperatures on the Kenai Peninsula.

New Fitness Place plans grand opening
Moving the Fitness Place to it's new location next to the King Salmon Restaurant in Soldotna has been a major undertaking for new owner Melissa May, but this week all the work will be rewarded when May, her staff and members celebrate their grand opening.

Following in his father's footsteps
At the turn of the last century following in your father's footsteps was commonplace in most societies. However, the cultural and social changes over the last hundred years changed what was once commonplace into something exceptional and cause for celebration.

Food Bank offers game processing classes
It' hunting season in Alaska, a time when thousands of men and women head into the woods to fulfill the ancient thrill of stalking wild game. However, as any successful hunter will agree, once the game is on the ground, the trill is over and the work begins.

Just for the Hecht of it
Paul Hecht has touched a lot of lives, young and old on the Kenai Peninsula. Whether behind an umpires mask or volunteering for youth or senior citizen activities, Paul has a knack for helping people feel like they are at a party.

NOW PLAYING: Jeepers Creepers 2
Let me just say at the outset, that Jeepers Creepers 2 was on the low end of the list of films I would have preferred to review this weekend. I mean, c'mon. Have we gone sequel crazy or what?

Kenai Central's defense dominates Kodiak
It was smooth sailing to Kodiak, it was smooth sailing in Kodiak, and it was smooth sailing home from Kodiak for the Kenai Central football team.

Borough gets grant to develop plan for disasters
Severe storms, floods, wildfires, eruptions and earthquakes are all part of life in Southcentral Alaska, but the Kenai Peninsula Borough currently lacks a comprehensive plan for easing the impact of such disasters.

Picnic-goers pay tribute to unions
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a time for working men and women to celebrate the fruits of their labor.

Borough's 911 system focus of new study
The same consultants who recommended a revamp of the Anchorage 911 system in the wake of the shooting a year ago of a retired public safety commissioner and his wife are now evaluating emergency communication systems throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

North Korea must not be allowed to continue nuke weapons program
North Korea's pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability threatens the peace and security of not only the Korean peninsula but also the whole of Northeast Asia. The meeting in Beijing is the first historic opportunity for all countries with direct interest in the issues, and with influence in their resolution, to be represented.

For true believers in smaller government, states' fiscal woes have silver lining
It looked like the stands at a high school football game. Fans clad in red, hooting for their side. Hundreds of opponents waving banners, chanting, cheering and booing.

Multitude of reasons for high gas prices, but are any of them good?
There probably is some truth in published reports saying the massive power failures of Aug. 14 caused refinery outages, which in turn were a factor in the spike in gasoline prices.

Around the Peninsula
Food bank sponsors butchering classesSoldotna chamber meeting todayKenai chamber meeting setNPC chamber meetings start upResidents sought for CPHC boardHomer to offer youth basketball, life-saving coursesSocial Security rep to visit peninsulaKCHS to raffle off quiltPotters needed to spin their wheels

Ask a Firefighter
Every day, Americans experience the horror of fire. But most people don't understand fire. Only when we know the true nature of fire can we prepare our families and ourselves. Each year more than 4,000 Americans die in fires. An additional 25,000 are injured and some $3.5 million in property is damaged. Most of this could be prevented.

Peninsula People
Nikiski student earns Eagle Scout rankPeninsula man plays with Team USASterling woman earns degree

Community Events
Library plans September eventsChallenger center to sponsor space exhibit

Births
Darcy and Klay McCaughey Shelly Gradwell and Jerry Brenneman Maggie Barbour and Mike Jensen

Aging bikers keep on riding
TIVERTON, R.I. Benjamin ''Ben'' Lewis hops on his '89 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide motorcycle, and in the blink of an eye, swings the nearly half-ton machine off its kickstand and upright as if he were a gymnast mounting a balance beam.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Applewhite wins title in playoff
Kenai's Billy Applewhite birdied the first hole of a three-man playoff to win the Donald Morgan Championship Sunday at the Kenai Golf Course.

Team USA moves toward redemption
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Something strange happened on the medal stand: The Americans abandoned it just as their national anthem was played.

Aussie takes control at Deutsche tourney
NORTON, Mass. He swings like Tiger Woods. He worships Greg Norman.

Best of times, worst of times for U.S. track
SAINT-DENIS, France The head of U.S. track and field could not resist a literary cliche in summing up the performance on and off the track of the American team at the World Championships.

Photo feature: Play time
James Libert and Nathan Byrd shoot hoops in Kenai last weekend.

Sports Briefs
August winners named in Jackpot DerbyHomer's Borgman fourth at worlds

Nikiski swan couple gives birth to 7 chicks
A pair of bird watchers in Nikiski were delighted to find that the trumpeter swans that return to their back yard lake year after year to nest successfully hatched seven chicks this year.

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