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Tuesday, September 9, 2003

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.

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

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.

Bush plan to streamline forest rules nears completion
WASHINGTON (AP) Managers of the nation's 155 national forests are getting more leeway to approve logging and other commercial projects with less formal environmental review under a Bush administration plan on track to be in place by the end of the year.

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.

Allstate again writes policies in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) Insurance giant Allstate has started writing new Alaska homeowner policies again, a month after the company stopped.

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.

Alaska export values increase so far in 2003
ANCHORAGE (AP) The value of Alaska's exports rose roughly 13 percent during the first half of this year, signaling a sharp turnaround from the same period in 2002, according to the state Division of Trade and Development.

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.

Armed men break in home, menace children
ANCHORAGE (AP) Two young men apparently looking for a marijuana grow broke into a Wasilla-area home and held three children at gunpoint before being chased off by the children's father, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Preliminary autopsy completed on Turnagain Arm torso
ANCHORAGE (AP) The state medical examiner's office has completed a preliminary autopsy of a torso found on the shore of Turnagain Arm and Anchorage police are investigating the case as a homicide.

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.

Anchorage killer sentenced to 99 years
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man who killed as a teenager was sentenced to 99 years for murdering his lover.

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.

Stevens backs Bush on Iraq spending
WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has endorsed President Bush's request for another $87 billion related to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts but said he expects ''substantial problems getting it through.''

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.

Gas authority appealing to Legislature for money
JUNEAU (AP) The head of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority will ask lawmakers for $3 million to push ahead with work on a state-owned gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas facility.

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.

Wainwright man killed by North Slope police officer
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska State Troopers are investigating the shooting death of a 19-year-old Wainwright man who authorities say pointed a rifle at a North Slope Borough police officer.

Fund cuts may hurt job-retraining group
JUNEAU (AP) A Ketchikan-based organization that helps struggling commercial fishermen obtain training for work in the maritime industry may be in dire straits due to decreased federal funding.

Alaska projects included in Senate spending bills
WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and his band of appropriators completed the final three federal money bills of the season last week, again proposing to send multimillions to Alaska.

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.

Killer B's propel Astros to win over Brewers
MILWAUKEE Roy Oswalt returned from the disabled list and Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman each had three RBIs as the Houston Astros beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 Monday night.

Playing in traffic pays off for MDA
The annual Fill The Boot campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has become a Labor Day tradition at the "Y" in Soldotna, a tradition that has wrought cash dividends for the fight against Muscular Dystrophy.

Aspen Dental Center opens in Kenai
It all started several years ago when a questionnaire went out from Bridges and Healthy Communities Healthy People to identify the greatest health needs of the people of the Kenai Peninsula.

Project Grad signs on the dotted line
The Kenai Peninsula is the first community in Alaska to join a Houston-based school reform program known as Project Grad USA. The partnership with school districts and communities provides graduation incentives and personal support for students, curriculum consistency and staff development.

Workers celebrate Labor Day
Hundreds turned out for the last hurrah for summer and America's labor force at the annual Labor Day free picnic sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council (KPCLC).

First day of classes for KPC features free lunch
Fall semester got off to a flaming start at KPC last week, with the first day of classes coinciding with the annual open house and barbeque at the local UAA campus.

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

Ray Metcalfe proposes sensible fiscal solution for Alaska
After being discredited as "Disco Ray" by the Republican Party and subsequently life-flighted to Washington state with heart problems, Ray Metcalfe continues to be upbeat about the prospects of the fastest growing political party in Alaska, the Republican Moderate Party. He continues to fight for all Alaskans through a lawsuit against the state to uphold the right for cooperating political parties to conduct an open primary. He continues to press forward by educating Alaskans to demand that we receive fair market value for our oil production.

Americans want nation's actions, policies to be example for others
Who wants some freedom fries to go with their crow?

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.

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.

In tight budget times, does Kenai really need new ambulance?
I lived in and around Kenai for several years. I was Badge No. 6 of the volunteer fire-ambulance department when Kenai was very small. We had an ambulance that we would have to stop and reconnect the tie-rod back together to move on.

If development continues as is, Kenai's salmon runs will be gone
A recent letter reminded me of a letter I wrote to this newspaper in the 1980s. I pointed out that if development was allowed to continue unabated along the Kenai River and its tributaries, the Kenai would end up like the nearly sterile Muskingum River in Ohio.

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.

Kenai's Hancock lets his actions do his talking
Calling Kenai Central High School senior T.J. Hancock the strong silent type is probably an understatement.

Too fast, too furious
Stock car racing is an adrenaline and testosterone world, fumes and fury at murderous speeds for hours. It's bumping and brawling, clashes and crashes, and fans love it for that.

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.

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.

Area outages cause some problems, but not serious
Wednesday morning, as a customer at the Kenai branch of the U.S. Post Office waited for a clerk to print out a money order, all the lights in the building went out and the printing stopped.

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.

Mayors to honor community service
On Thursday, Kenai and Soldotna residents will get a chance to give something back to the community, as well as honor those who already have.

Search continues for EDD director
A search is under way for a new executive director for the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District.

Consumers may bear brunt of paying for better grid
COLUMBUS, Ohio Quick! How much of your monthly electric bill pays for firing up your coffee maker?

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.

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

Dialysis patients get glimpse of future
Kenai Peninsula residents needing treatment for kidney disease will have a treat Wednesday when a new program begins that could bring monthly treatment closer to home. Specialists from the Renal Care Group in Anchorage will be at Central Peninsula General Hospital to visit kidney patients who are participating the home dialysis program.

Gas authority appeals for funds
JUNEAU (AP) The head of the Alaska Natural Gas Devel-opment Authority will ask lawmakers for $3 million to push ahead with work on a state-owned gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas facility.

Edward O. King
Soldotna resident Edward O. King died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, at his home in Soldotna. He was 77.

Gerard E. Little Sr.
Kenai resident Gerard E. Little Sr. died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kan.

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.

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.

Selling state's white elephants on eBay could help cut deficit
Give somebody in Juneau a real pat on the back for figuring out that the outmoded state ferry E.L. Bartlett could be sold for a handsome return on eBay, an online auction site popular with those looking for a bargain.

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.

Photo feature: Evening glow
The setting sun illuminates clouds above trees in Chugach National Forest on the eastern coast of the Kenai Peninsula last week.

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

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.

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

Community News
Homer conversations walk on

Births
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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
FAS awareness day plannedImmunizations availableKenai chamber to hear from EvergreenSenior service board to meetColbath to speak at North chamberCIRCAC board to meet FridayHistorical society plans fall flingGenealogy resource presentation scheduledParticipation sought for animal eye clinic

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

90-year-old Massachusetts golf champ has her eye on the ball
GREENFIELD, Mass. ''Concentration,'' says Lois Cronk, is the key to winning golf. And a little practice doesn't hurt.

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

Texans look to build first-ever win streak
HOUSTON The Miami Dolphins, traditionally strong in September, learned an important lesson: Nobody beats the Texans on opening day.

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

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.

Bucs clobber Eagles
PHILADELPHIA The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a taste of the ultimate feeling in sports, and they're hungry for more.

Sparks advance to finals
LOS ANGELES (AP) Lisa Leslie hit a tiebreaking jumper with 9.8 seconds remaining and a pair of free throws with 6 seconds left to send the Los Angeles Sparks to the WNBA Finals with a 66-63 victory Monday night over the Sacramento Monarchs.

Byrd-Oquendo not your typical title fight
Chris Byrd is the IBF heavyweight champion.

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.

Week 1 features surprising losers
Junior Seau was supposed to take the Miami Dolphins to the Super Bowl. The St. Louis Rams were supposed to be the class of the NFC, and New England a prime contender in the AFC.

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