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Friday, September 5, 2003

Mother makes canned whale care package for soldier son
ANCHORAGE (AP) Stuck in the dusty Iraqi desert, soldier Jared Wallace wrote to his mother about the suffocating 110-degree heat and asked for a care package.

Man hurt in gas line fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man injured in a natural gas main explosion and fire has been released from the hospital.

Anchorage man faces sentence for tampering charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man acquitted of a notorious Anchorage murder has agreed to accept a 6 1/2 year prisoner term for his conviction on a tampering with evidence charge.

Senators named to energy bill conference committee
WASHINGTON (AP) The 13 U.S. senators named to a conference committee on the national energy bill include six Democrats but none who have threatened a filibuster if the final bill includes a provision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

One person arrested, one sought in attempted drowning
KOBUK (AP) A woman was in jail Wednesday and a man was being sought in an attempted drowning of a 31-year-old man whose face was held down in a puddle, Alaska State Troopers said.

Crew nets wandering reindeer
FAIRBANKS (AP) The University of Alaska's wandering reindeer is back.

State trooper involved in collision
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Alaska State Trooper who was trying to catch a speeding driver was involved in a collision earlier this week near Mile 60 of the Seward Highway.

Concessionaires snap up new space at Anchorage airport
ANCHORAGE (AP) A new concourse under construction at Anchorage's international airport will nearly double the space for restaurants and shops, and airport officials say they expect to have most of it filled by the time it opens.

Military awards contracts to Alaska refineries
FAIRBANKS (AP) Owners of two North Pole oil refineries have won roughly $90 million in contracts to provide jet fuel to Alaska's military, according to the Department of Defense.

Vandal's stray bullet hits house
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska State Troopers are looking for the shooter who fired at a roadside sign in the Turnagain Arm community of Indian and sent a round into a nearby house.

Many view, few pay after Anchorage posts deadbeat list
ANCHORAGE (AP) More than 37,000 hits were logged over the holiday weekend on the city's delinquent debt Web site after its launch was announced Friday, the mayor's office said.

D.A. seeks delay in Big Lake chapel shooting trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Palmer District Attorney's office has requested a delay in the trial of a Big Lake pastor charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of two men attempting to burglarize his church.

Wickersham Wall is adventurous judge's legacy
FAIRBANKS (AP) In the first copy of the first newspaper to be published in Fairbanks, there was a short notice of another original undertaking.

ConocoPhillips takes delivery on double hull tanker
ANCHORAGE (AP) ConocoPhillips has taken delivery on its newest double-hulled tanker, the Polar Discovery.

Oil exploration license offered in Bristol Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Division of Oil and Gas has received two expressions of interest in its oil exploration license offering in the Bristol Bay region.

Fairbanks assembly keeps Solie as presiding officer
FAIRBANKS (AP) Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Rick Solie will continue to preside over assembly meetings while he fights charges of driving under the influence.

ANWR decision figures to come late in energy bill discussion
WASHINGTON (AP) The chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee wants a national energy bill to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Sitka will let Greenpeace ship dock
SITKA (AP) The Greenpeace ship Esperanza will be granted dock space when it arrives in Sitka on Saturday. City Administrator Hugh Bevan said the ship will be treated like any other transient vessel.

Stevens defends Boeing lease-purchase deal
WASHINGTON (AP) Sen. Ted Stevens, the author of a plan to have the Air Force lease 100 Boeing 767s to use as aerial tankers, defended the $17 billion arrangement against accusations that it is a sweetheart deal for Boeing.

Men accused of writing hot checks for Hummers
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two men accused of writing more than $250,000 in bad checks to pay for two Hummers and a PT Cruiser were arrested in Anchorage.

Fairbanks assembly considers fate of presiding officer
FAIRBANKS (AP) Some Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly members are calling for the resignation of Rick Solie as the governing body's top official after Solie's arrest early Saturday on a charge of driving under the influence.

Democrats refile initiative to sidestep rejection
JUNEAU (AP) Democrat lawmakers backing a pair of initiatives to lower campaign contribution limits and change the way U.S. Senate vacancies are filled refiled their petitions on Thursday.

Feds approve state's plan to fix child protection services
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska's two-year plan to improve its child protection services was approved by regulators with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, state officials said Tuesday.

Ketchikan borough's annexation push angers some
KETCHIKAN (AP) The Ketchikan Gateway Borough's push to annex thousands of acres of Southeast Alaska land has riled residents of two targeted communities.

Two injured after driving into wire
BETHEL (AP) Two residents of Napaskiak were injured on a four-wheeler after they drove into a wire that had been strung across a boardwalk.

Anchorage man sentenced for tampering charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man acquitted of a notorious Anchorage murder was sentenced Thursday to a 6 1/2 year prison term for his conviction on a tampering with evidence charge.

Seals and whirlpools: The majesty of Southeast's Stephens Passage
STEPHENS PASSAGE (AP) The scenery was ethereal. The clouds steel gray, blue and white had slung themselves low over the tops of the mountains, settled comfortably but immovably, as though hiding a grand celestial secret. The water, a deep blue on this stretch of Stephens Passage, was dotted with icebergs that bounced in the Adventure Bound's wake.

Nome men rescued after being lost for five days
NOME (AP) Two men lost for five days in the wilderness where their all-terrain vehicle broke down, 90 miles north of Nome, were found in good condition, Alaska State Troopers said.

North Slope: No place for cowboys behind the wheel
PRUDHOE BAY (AP) The North Slope oil patch is a Far North high lonesome, with its broad tundra plains, dusty roads and work camps scattered like frontier towns along the horizon.

Sitka bear zoo facing numerous hurdles, critics
JUNEAU (AP) Hunting guide Les Kinnear's plan to turn a disused Sitka pulp mill into a zoo for problem brown bears has plenty of detractors.

Two districts interested in state correspondence school
JUNEAU (AP) Two school districts Juneau and Yukon-Koyukuk have expressed an interest in taking over Alyeska Central School, the state's 64-year-old correspondence school.

Anchorage man faces sentence for tampering charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) A man acquitted of a notorious Anchorage murder has agreed to accept a 6 1/2 year prison term for his conviction on a tampering with evidence charge.

Three dead in airplane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three people have died in a plane crash about 50 miles southwest of Glennallen.

Date set for permanent fund dividend announcement
JUNEAU (AP) The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. will announce the amount of the 2003 fund dividends Sept. 24 at its annual meeting.

Law enforcement split over home pot enforcement
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska law enforcement agencies are split in their reaction to a state Court of Appeals decision last week that adult Alaskans have the right to possess a modest amount of marijuana in their homes for personal use.

Parent charged with harassing soccer player
ANCHORAGE (AP) A former Division of Agriculture chief and soccer dad has been charged with harassment and misdemeanor assault after he allegedly tackled, then pulled the shorts and underwear off an 11-year-boy at a soccer practice in Palmer in June.

Cubs keep gaining ground in NL Central
CHICAGO Tony Womack singled in the go-ahead run and the Chicago Cubs ended a spirited five-game series by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 Thursday despite Sammy Sosa's ejection.

Business Briefs
4-H champion pig, lamb to be soldHEA's Eckert named to energy policy task forceEstate planning seminar to be offered

NorthStar planning to drill second gas well in 2004
NorthStar Energy Group Inc. plans to drill another well in early 2004 in its North Fork gas field in the southern Kenai Peninsula.

Investors shy away from energy stocks
NEW YORK (AP) Ask investors what they are looking for in stocks, and they are sure to point to strong earnings, pricing power and healthy dividends. Then ask what they're buying, and they are likely to tell a very different story.

Study finds a wired boomer population fond of traditional methods, including printed pages
NEW YORK (AP) Andrew Krcik gets much of his news online. Yet he still gets The Economist magazine each week and buys a newspaper each day ''just to flip through.''

XTO eyes Cook Inlet for coal-bed methane
XTO Energy Inc. hopes to tap a new source of natural gas from its two operating platforms in Cook Inlet coal-bed gas from thick coal seams that underlie much of the inlet.

Court halts new FCC ownership regulations
PHILADELPHIA An appeals court Wednesday blocked the implementation of new federal rules that would allow a single company to own newspapers and broadcast outlets in the same city.

Pool of independent colleges launches tuition savings program
NEW YORK (AP) Parents have a new way to save for their children's college educations, especially if they want them to attend some of the nation's top private colleges and universities.

Forget Big Brother; worry about corporate America
SEATTLE George Orwell had it wrong.

Joy of fishing greatest when shared
It is my hobby, my passion and my obsession; but my wife is entirely another matter.

Relocating? Who says you can't take some of your favorite plants with you?
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) You're on the road again, traveling to where career calls you or moving into that long-sought dream house. Whatever your reason for relocating, it's a stressful exercise for you and very definitely for your fragile plants.

Taking a young person hunting requires planning and patience
Almost all children are observant, inquisitive and love to have fun, and hunting can bring out these traits while providing a great opportunity for adults to bond with youngsters.

Hunters asked to take a youngster along
Ask any seasoned hunter how they first got into the sport, and most are likely to tell a tale about how their dad, uncle, grandfather, or some other older person, gave them their start.

Photo history highlights arctic aviation
The high Arctic combines haunting beauty with a brutal climate that devours men and machines. Like the intrepid seamen who preceded them, aviators have braved almost unimaginable hardships to explore its secrets. But unlike sailors, aviators can travel farther, faster and bring back incredible birds eye vistas to armchair travelers.

Art Briefs
Community chorus looking for membersSymphony holding auditionsSong of the Year deadline nearsGuitar class offeredMuseum seeks artworkClay show open for entryArtists in Schools solicits interest

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

California girl finds home in bluegrass
SAN FRANCISCO Gillian Welch thrives on stripping music down to its barest necessities.

People get soup, chance to help community during artful dinner
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's seventh annual Soup Supper and Auction on Friday will have a wider variety of items for patrons to bid on than ever before and an increased need for the money generated by those purchases.

Fill the Boot 2003 effort raises $16,100 for MDA
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local citizens of the Kenai-Soldotna area for their great generosity during the recent Muscular Dystrophy "Fill the Boot" fund-raising effort.

Reader thanks King family for sharing story of smoking
Thank you for publishing the article on the King family Aug. 24. I would like to thank Edward and Lorraine King for sharing what they are going through. I lost my husband of 32 years to lung cancer almost 12 years ago. He was only 59 and did not get to see his beautiful granddaughter graduate and get accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy. He never saw his fantastic baby grandson, and I lost the best friend I had ever had.

Community support for blood, stem cell drive overwhelming
Wow! What an outpouring of community support we had for Sue Stein and Tommy Ellison at the blood and stem cell drive Aug. 12-13.

Literacy project turns into lessons about global community, generosity
"When children have the opportunity to read, especially in English, they have the greatest tool for self-advancement. We have no idea whether any of these children will grow up to be a great scientist who will cure AIDS or a great leader of the nation. But we do know that without books, it will be impossible.

Story about twin sons warms proud mom's heart
As the proud mother of Bill and Bob Mabrey, I loved the article on them and can attest to the veracity of it.

Christians should not have more rights than those of other religions
Hazel Schofield, yes, displays of Christianity have been erased from the public. This is only being respectful to non-Christians.

Newsmaker: Brendan Gaughan
Brendan Gaughan leads the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with four wins, but he's eight points out of first place in the drivers' standings. The Las Vegas native talked about why the truck series title is so close and the Winston Cup Series race is such a blowout, as well as his future plans.

Points Leaders
1. Matt Kenseth 3,7182. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,3293. Kevin Harvick 3,303

This week's race: Rock and Roll 400
Where and When

Retirement thoughts on minds of veterans
RICHMOND, Va. At 46, Terry Labonte answered as many questions last week about retirement as he did about winning the Southern 500 to break a four-year long losing streak.

Race Schedule
February 16 to November 16, 2003

Nemechek won't return to race team
RICHMOND, Va. The reward Joe Nemechek has received for all three of his NASCAR Winston Cup Series victories is a pink slip.

Money Leaders
1. Jimmie Johnson $4,164,9552. Kurt Busch 4,066,5403. Kevin Harvick 3,746,376

Project GRAD kicks off in Kenai
Project GRAD USA has officially arrived on the Kenai Peninsula.

Council passes code amendment ordinance over public objection
The Kenai City Council took another step toward reopening the Kenai Recreation Center during its meeting Wednesday, over the objection that it is moving too fast.

Paraplegic climber summits Mount Fuji
ATOP MOUNT FUJI, Japan A former Soldotna resident who lost the use of his legs in a car accident as a teenager reached the peak of Mount Fuji on Wednesday, the first successful climb of its kind.

Salmon project request falls short
The Cook Inlet Salmon Branding Project will get $192,000 of the $635,000 the borough received in federal dollars aimed at revitalizing Alaska's fisheries, thanks to an ordinance passed Tuesday night by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Blood bank urges involvement
After covering the dining tables with copies of a dozen handouts on topics from the most-common blood type to how much blood is used by gunshot victims, a representative of the Blood Bank of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Center challenged members of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to organize blood drives at their own businesses.

Photo feature: Row your boat
Eric Jania fishes for rainbow and Dolly Varden trout at the outflow of the Kenai River at Kenai Lake as Nigel Fox works the driftboat. Jania said the fishing was good. "We've had three hookups in the last half hour," he said.

Assembly lives up to promised budget increase of $525,000
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly made good on its part of an education budget increase Tuesday, adding more than $525,000 to the FY 2004 schools budget.

Child do-gooder: All in a day's work
The grandfather of the 6-year-old boy who spotted three men adrift in Cook Inlet says his grandson doesn't feel like a hero after helping to save the men's lives.

Gravel pit application sent back
A Board of Adjustment has sent an Anchor Point gravel pit application back to the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Joseph Arthur Kurtz
Joseph Arthur Kurtz died Friday, Aug. 29, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center of natural causes. He was 93.

Pamela Kay Sawle-Self
Ninilchik resident Pamela Kay Sawle-Self died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at her home in Ninilchik of cancer. She was 48.

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.

Stevens, Knowles would form great team for Alaska in D.C.
Some politicians quoted in the press recently have raised concerns that the power of Sen. Ted Stevens might somehow be diminished if former Gov. Tony Knowles is elected to the U.S. Senate.

Task of bringing peace, stability to Iraqi people won't be done quickly What others say
It is difficult for Americans to understand the motivations of the people in Iraq who attacked the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad and killed at least 20 men and women working to help restore the economic and social life of the country.

EPA report downplaying Sept. 11 health hazards deserves full response
In a national epidemic, there's the CDC. If there's a devastating flood or fire, FEMA takes over. But after New York City's air was contaminated Sept. 11, 2001

Destruction of chemical weapons deadly business
When the issue is deadly toxins, there's no room for error. That's why American taxpayers are spending billions of dollars to destroy chemical weapons in Anniston and why officials there insisted that millions of dollars be spent on emergency response gear.

New trail opens in Seldovia
The wait is over

Snare some hair from that there bear DNA testing provides bear researchers with valuable insights
When brown bear researchers Steve Lewis and LaVern Beier checked the 200 bear traps they set on Northeast Chichagof Island this summer, they discovered they had 97 successful captures. But they didn't wrangle a single bruin.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan to be revised Refuge Notebook
It has been said in a variety of ways that an organization without a plan has no road map, and without a road map that the arrival at a particular desired destination is left to mere chance.

Around the Peninsula
Soroptimists to meetBlood drive plannedBasketball league deadline nearsGirl Scouts plan garage sale fund-raiserPools offer new fall schedules

Around the Peninsula
Senior service board to meet Paper-making class postponed Progressive dinner planned FAS awareness day planned Kenai pool begins new schedule Homer Public health begins winter schedule KPC plans meeting, seeks council reps Soldotna seniors to hold fund-raiser Art guild accepting work for harvest fund-raiser Indoor air quality research needs volunteers

Celebration, blood drive set for Sept. 11
The mayors of Soldotna and Kenai will hold the Mayors Salute to Community Service and Twin Cities Blood Drive.

Church Briefs
This Hope' to perform in concert Radio celebrity to speak here Women to share Swaziland experience

As the world awaits Mel Gibson's crucifixion epic, another Jesus film raises the Jewish issue
TORONTO (AP) Mel Gibson take note: There's another new film about the life of Jesus that also depicts Jews' involvement in the events leading to the Crucifixion. But this one has several Jewish producers and has attracted much less controversy.

Pope condemns violence in Mideast, Africa
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) Pope John Paul II decried hatred and violence in the Middle East and Africa, and prayed for pardon and reconciliation among peoples.

At 97, Haight becomes oldest Mormon church leader
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) David B. Haight became the oldest Mormon apostle or prophet in the church's history when he turned 97 on Monday.

Film on Catholic nuns' Magdalene laundries reveals cruel corner of Ireland's past
DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) When Mary Norris went to see ''The Magdalene Sisters,'' a film dramatizing life inside the forced-labor laundries that Roman Catholic nuns once ran in Ireland, she saw her reflection and couldn't stop crying.

Idaho's Ten Commandments monuments provoke few complaints
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) Idaho has Ten Commandments monuments in public areas throughout the state, but none has provoked a controversy like the recent one in Alabama, a civil liberties attorney said.

Final Mass celebrated at steelworkers' church
DUNDALK, Md. (AP) The local Roman Catholic church that served steelworkers for 47 years has celebrated its final Mass.

New chief of church council says he will bring an African perspective
GENEVA (AP) The Rev. Samuel Kobia of Kenya said his experience facing challenges in Africa will help him lead the World Council of Churches when he becomes its secretary general in January.

African church leader wants to avoid sole focus on gay issues
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) The new head of the All Africa Conference of Churches said debate over gay clergy should not distract the continent's Christians from addressing other critical concerns.

Familiarity adds intrigue to Week 5 matchups
The matchups on the sideline may be just as interesting as the matchups on the field in tonight's football matchups on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Roddick reaches Open quarterfinals in day's only full match
NEW YORK When Andy Roddick and Xavier Malisse walked out Wednesday night for their rain-delayed U.S. Open match, they wiped the soles of their shoes on a white towel placed near the entrance to the court.

Rains interrupted by shower of tennis
NEW YORK At 2:43 p.m., the announcements began over the loudspeakers in the lounges and locker rooms of Arthur Ashe Stadium.

New rules, same approach for netters
The more things change, the more they stay the same.

'Clearly, we're the overdogs right about now'
Ignorance of the rules is no defense, but it's the only one U.S. sprinter Kelli White has.

Birch Ridge Report: 'Fore!' Or rather, 'Duck!'
I'm going duck hunting. Oh, don't get your feathers ruffled; I will be nowhere near a golf course, so no need to worry about anything straying your way.

Redskins' Hall defeats former team
LANDOVER, Md. The JetSkins let their feelings be known when the grudge game was finally over and they had won.

D.C. ready for some football
LANDOVER, Md. Britney. JetSkins. Prime time in the nation's capital.

Titans seek revenge on Raiders for title game loss
In two games last season, the Oakland Raiders scored 93 points on the proud Tennessee defense, 52 in the regular season and 41 in the AFC championship game.

Jets-'Skins: A grudge match between teams that rarely play
The New York Jets and Washington Redskins have met only seven times. Yet their season-opener Thursday night has all the makings of a grudge match.

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