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Sunday, September 7, 2003

Juneau company building new fish plant
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska Glacier Seafoods Co. plans to build a new plant at Auke Bay this winter because its current facility is ''bursting at the seams,'' company president and founder Mike Erickson said.

D.A. seeks delay in Big Lake chapel shooting trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) The trial of a Big Lake pastor charged in the deaths of two men who were attempting to burglarize his church has been delayed at the request of the Palmer district attorney's office.

Haines ordered to reformulate teacher layoff plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Superior Court judge has ordered the Haines School Board to rework a teacher layoff plan that resulted in three tenured teachers losing their jobs.

Work begins on Thorne Arm timber sale
KETCHIKAN (AP) Work has begun in the woods near Revillagigedo Island's Thorne Arm in what is the area's largest timber sale in three years.

Bear destroys steel door escaping from arctic entryway
JUNEAU (AP) A large male bear caught in an arctic entryway to a trailer home on Friday managed to escape by clawing his way through the bottom of a steel exterior door, bending the bottom inward and walking into the nearby woods.

California man pleads guilty in air assault case
ANCHORAGE (AP) A California man pleaded guilty to an assault charge after a drunken outburst on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Anchorage.

St. Paul man sentenced in Coast Guard killing
ANCHORAGE (AP) A St. Paul man who first pistol-whipped the commander of a Coast Guard station and then shot him several times after he fell face-down in a ditch was sentenced to 99 years in prison on Friday.

Very old fish trap found in the lower Chilkoot River
HAINES (AP) While walking along the lower Chilkoot River just over a year ago, a Lutak resident noticed a pattern in some wooden stakes embedded on the bank.

Efforts end to find crash wreckage, women's remains
ANCHORAGE (AP) Efforts have ended to recover the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into the Arctic Ocean near Barrow three weeks ago with two women aboard.

Legal problems mount for owner of Ask Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) Legal problems are mounting for an Anchorage tour operator whose company filed for bankruptcy last month.

Sox batter Yanks, move within 1 1/2 games of first
NEW YORK Kevin Millar and Nomar Garciaparra homered off Roger Clemens as the Boston Red Sox battered the New York Yankees for the second straight day, breezing 11-0 Saturday behind Tim Wakefield for its fifth straight win.

Cardinals overcome three-run deficit to topple Cincinnati
ST. LOUIS Woody Williams won for the first time since July 26 as the St. Louis Cardinals overcame an early three-run deficit and beat the Cincinnati Reds 13-6 Saturday.

Simon gets cheers for free sausage
MILWAUKEE Randall Simon returned to the field at Miller Park with a gift free sausages and turned fans' boos to cheers.

After sluggish start, Kenai tops SkyHi
Sure, the Kenai Central High School football team entered Friday's Northern Lights Conference game at Skyview with a 3-1 record, coming off a lopsided victory against Kodiak.

Stars stifle Nikiski for second straight shutout
It was a beautiful night for football, but it wasn't beautiful football.

Seward sinks Valdez
Coty Beck did it all for Seward Saturday, running for one touchdown, passing for another and kicking two extra points in the Seahawks' 32-8 sinking of the Valdez Buccaneers in Seward.

Newman controls Chevy 400
RICHMOND, Va. Ryan Newman dominated a late long run and then held on through three restarts the last with four laps to go to win Saturday night Richmond International Raceway.

Dental clinic provides kids' care parents can sink their teeth into
For the most part, very little is different.

Marijuana ruling puts police on hold
Law enforcement authorities on the Kenai Peninsula are in a holding pattern right now with regard to a recent appellate court ruling involving the state's marijuana possession law.

FAS day spreads prevention awareness
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a devastating disorder that leaves a child mentally and physically impaired for their entire lives.

Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula gets warm reception for the most part
Seven rural villages on the Kenai Peninsula welcomed Project GRAD USA to their schools last week with community gatherings. But while the ceremony was similar at each of the sites, the school reform program will face different challenges in each of the communities.

Stephen John 'Steve' Habermann
Stephen John "Steve" Habermann died early Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, in Anchorage. He was 60.

Closed primaries mean voters will participate less
Does Alaska's closed primary system violate the constitutional rights of voters, candidates and political parties by restricting their right to associate?

Iraq evokes ugly memories
I doubt I'm the only one haunted by memories watching the nightly news report the deaths of another two or three young Americans killed or maimed in the streets of Iraq.

Politics getting more polarized
WASHINGTON President Bush promised during the 2000 election that he would change the tone of politics in Washington. Yet seldom have American politics been so polarized and uncivil as today, not just in the capital but across the country.

Fall offers night views
Mars, Uranus and Neptune are the planets to watch this month, appearing in the south to southeast in the late evening. I described how to view Mars' motion across Aquarius and how to find Uranus in last month's column and will add about Neptune next month.

Pate, Nightingale marry in August
Margaret Jeanne Pate and Joseph Nightingale of Kenai were married at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at North Star United Methodist Church in Nikiski. The Revs. John Herny and Kenneth Pate officiated the ceremony.

Nabinger, Thiessen announce engagement
Cristina Marie Nabinger of Sterling and Kevin Lawrence Thiessen of Canada have announced their plans to marry on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003.

Cleaners find trash, treasures in pockets
AMARILLO, Texas Veteran laundry operators warn that anything left in pockets could fuel snickers for years.

Turkington, Bishop have July wedding
Ashlie Turkington and Nate Bishop were married at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2003, at the Hollywood Schoolhouse in Woodin-ville, Wash. The Rev. Monica Myers officiated the ceremony.

On the hunt: search for ET
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. For the tiny cadre of scientists probing the cosmos for signs of alien life, the most difficult question isn't always, ''Are we alone?''

Soldotna speed fan makes Mustang his cherry chariot
Perhaps it's the slight little smile that always seems to be on his face, or his gleaming eyes that appear to be guarding a little secret.

Around the Peninsula
Historical society to focus on cemetery recordsSwim team to hold tryoutsPFLAG schedules meetingBenefit garage sell planned in KasilofHealthy Communities meeting setFunny river to celebrate new fire stationBowlers needed for mix singles leagueKennel club classes set to startOktoberfest planned

My best friend
Collin Dexter, 2 1/2 years old, and Amaya Dexter, 2 1/2 months old, the children of Nick and Trish Dexter of Kenai, hang out with Daisy, a 1 1/2-year-old pug this summer. Collin got Daisy for his first birthday. Now Daisy is definitely a part of the whole family.

Pet hoarding: Misunderstood disease
Companion animal hoarding is an ongoing problem in every state, and Alaska is no exception. We've all heard the horrific stories.

SoHi girls corral Homer Invite title
The Soldotna High School girls swimming and diving team edged out Colony, and the Soldotna boys finished second to Kodiak at the Homer Invitational Friday and Saturday at Homer.

Sports Briefs
Mineshaft cruises to victory in Woodward

No. 1 Oklahoma pulls out victory at Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Jason White threw two long touchdown passes and No. 1 Oklahoma used a key fake punt to beat Alabama 20-13 Saturday night.

Kardinals come back to blow past Skyview
The Kenai Central High School volleyball team built some confidence Saturday, while the host Skyview Panthers settled for building character.

Cabrera, Botelho lead combined tournament
Dan Cabrera, a 14-handicapper playing in the men's second flight, fired a stellar opening round of 82 at Birch Ridge Golf Course to take a one shot lead over Billy Applewhite and Bill Burtram in the 2003 Combined Kenai-Soldotna Club Tournament Saturday.

Henin-Hardenne tops Clijsters for Open title
NEW YORK In the wee hours of Saturday morning, a dehydrated Justine Henin-Hardenne was sitting on a table in the trainer's room at the U.S. Open, getting intravenous fluids before heading to her hotel to sleep.

Goldstein takes first for Soldotna
Soldotna junior Ari Goldstein beat out 108 runners from 15 schools to win the 2003 Palmer Invitational 4A girls cross country running race Saturday.

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