Monday, September 8, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Wainwright man killed by North Slope police officer
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 19-year-old Wainwright man was shot and killed by a North Slope Borough police officer.

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.

Lobbyists turn in midyear reports, many for last time
ANCHORAGE (AP) More than 200 lobbyists were paid a total of more than $8 million to influence state lawmakers last legislative session, according to new state reports.

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.

Autopsy scheduled on remains found along Turnagain Arm
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state medical examiner planned an autopsy Monday on human remains found by duck hunters along Turnagain Arm.

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.

Man charged with injuring federal land with rubbish
ANCHORAGE (AP) An elderly man has been charged with strewing junk cars, 55-gallon drums and other refuse across nine acres of federal property.

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.

Lake Dorothy hydro project moving forward
JUNEAU (AP) Developers of a proposed hydroelectric plant near here have agreed to pay $70,000 to the state for about 3,000 nonnative brook trout that could be affected by the project.

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.

Boy injured after moose steps on leg
HAINES (AP) A 6-year-old boy suffered two broken bones in his leg after being trampled by a moose near his home.

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.

Three injured after boat strikes breakwater
JUNEAU (AP) Three people were injured when their boat smashed into a concrete floating breakwater at the entrance of Auke Bay Harbor.

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.

Small ruling could spark big subsistence fight
ANCHORAGE (AP) A minor flaw in state hunting regulations could lead to a major upheaval in the ongoing dispute over subsistence.

Historic preservation group at odds with Army
ANCHORAGE (AP) Site Summit operated for 20 years above Arctic Valley Road with an around-the-clock crew and a mission to blast Soviet bombers from the sky.

Fairbanks family impacted by unusually wet summer
FAIRBANKS (AP) Linda Granger was able to hold off the floodwaters of the Chena River for only so long.

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.

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.

Yankees salvage split with Boston
NEW YORK (AP) David Wells took a shutout into the eighth inning, and Bernie Williams broke a scoreless tie in the seventh with his first home run since mid-August, leading New York over the Red Sox 3-1 Sunday in a thrilling finale to a three-game series between the AL East rivals.

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.

NOW PLAYING: The Medallion
Going to see a Jackie Chan movie used to be a guilty pleasure. They were cheap chop-socky thrills with bad dubbing and worse story lines. But you didn't go to them for a quality movie e

Sterling seniors net successful salmon and sweeps events
Congratulations to the 22 winners of the Sterling Senior Center's recent "Sweeps" drawing and dinner during the month of August. These 22 winners shared in the drawing give away of $15,000.

Subdivision plans not taking into account river or area residents
At the May 12 Planning Commission meeting, held in Soldotna, numerous River Quest Subdivision re-plat (KPB2003-28) concerns were raised by the public and the crowd.

Many contribute to the success of United Way's Seward Kick-off
United Way's 2003 Seward Kick-off event was a huge success. Thanks to Kenai Fjords Tours for the Fox Island Cruise and to many Kenai, Soldotna and Seward businesses that donated auction items, this event earned more than $13,600.

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.

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.

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.

CEO hits road to inform voters of hospital expansion benefits
In a little more than a month, a Kenai Peninsula Borough ballot will offer voters the chance to choose or decline a bond referendum that would pay to expand Central Peninsula General Hospi-tal.

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.

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.

FAS awareness day planned today
Frontier Community Services will host several activities marking the International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day on Tuesday.

Photo feature: On the mark
Pete Butler and Yvonne Snow celebrate a successful throw during a game of yard darts on the park strip alongside Main Street Loop in Kenai during a picnic for Wildwood Correctional Facility employees Saturday.

NASA to touch down on Kenai Peninsula
NASA will bring outer space into Kenai this week as its traveling space transportation exhibit, Starship 2040, visits the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

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

District faces more money woes
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is getting ready to tackle yet another financial challenge.

Planned public appearances
David Gilbreath, CEO for Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc., the nonprofit organization that runs the Kenai Peninsula Borough-owned hospital, will be circulating the central Kenai Peninsula to answer questions about the hospital expansion bond referendum that will appear on the Oct. 7 borough ballot.

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

More money needed to ensure success in Iraq What others say
After this week's pessimistic economic forecast, it may seem like a poor time to propose a spending increase by the federal government.

U.S. needs to bring outside help to Iraq What others say
It's encouraging that the Bush administration now indicates it's amenable to some sort of international peacekeeping force in Iraq under United Nations sponsorship.

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?

Volatile mix of interests will make it hard for U.S. to find consensus
WASHINGTON Underlying the U.S. request for U.N. help in Iraq is a difficult acknowledgment by the Bush administration that America cannot always go it alone on the world stage.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Education group to meet today Kenai chamber meeting planned Benefit garage sale planned in Kasilof Twin Cities celebration, blood drive planned Dog classes starting at PenDOG Homer to offer life-saving courses KCHS to hold quilt raffle

Idea for Sitka bear zoo draws number of critics, concerns
JUNEAU Hunting guide Les Kinnear's plan to turn a disused Sitka pulp mill into a zoo for problem brown bears has plenty of detractors.

Community News
Homer conversations walk on

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.

America and Ron Dukowitz of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Jake Ronald Dukowitz, at 8:36 a.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

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.

Peninsula People
Kenai grad earns nursing degree Skyview buddies become Marines Nikiski grad earns psych degree Nikiski student makes honor society

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.

Kickin' it
Members of the Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club U-12 girls team, the River Hawks, smile after their second-place finish at the state championship tournament, the Zane Cup, on Aug. 1 to 3.

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?''

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Mineshaft cruises to victory in Woodward

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.

Rockin' Roddick wins first major
NEW YORK Three points from his first Grand Slam title, Andy Roddick stepped to the baseline, crouched, sprang up like a jack-in-the-box and smacked the ball.

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.

Botelho, Harvey keep cool to take combined tourney
Eldon Harvey and Rita Botelho can brag they're tops among central peninsula golfers after winning their respective divisions Sunday at the 2003 Combined Kenai-Soldotna Associations Golf Tournament.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Lambeau unlucky for 'Pack
Kris Brown gave the Houston Texans a big kick Sunday.

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