Sunday, May 20, 2001

Delta Junction decides against taking surplus post property
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The city of Delta Junction is saying thanks but no thanks to free surplus military property from Fort Greely, which is slated to be mothballed July 13.

Galena man receives mixed verdict in second assault trial
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Galena man on trial on charges of first-and second-degree sexual assault was acquitted of the first charge Friday in Superior Court.

Man dies in crash near Willow
WASILLA (AP) -- An 18-year-old Fairbanks man was killed Friday when his vehicle clipped a truck towing a mobile home just south of Willow, according to Alaska State Troopers. His passenger was injured.

Alaska student is winner in handwriting contest
KENNY LAKE (AP) -- A second-grade student at Sapa Christian Center won a national contest for good handwriting.

Anchorage woman escapes after carjacking
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman abducted by three people in a downtown parking garage during a carjacking Friday evening jumped out of her sport utility vehicle as her captors drove through a residential area.

Soldotna students get to go salmon fishing
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Some of Soldotna Middle School's best students were rewarded Sunday with a day of king salmon fishing on the Kenai.

Two climbers airlifted from McKinley
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- Two climbers suffering from unrelated problems were airlifted from Mount McKinley Thursday night for medical treatment, according to the National Park Service. Both men were kept overnight at an Anchorage hospital and released Friday.

Dogs and their owners enjoy herding clinic
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In a big field off Chena Hot Springs Road, dogs sprawl at their masters' feet, eyes focused intently on sheep running in the distance.

Woman detained after cab driver stabbing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A cab driver was stabbed during a robbery attempt Friday afternoon and fellow cabbies chased down and collared a woman believed responsible.

Oil companies getting enthusiastic about gas
BROOKS RANGE (AP) -- John Moran loves the North Slope.

Former mayor named federal rural development director
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former state Administration Department commissioner and Fairbanks North Star Borough mayor has been named Alaska director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development office.

Federal regulators cracking down on canneries
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal regulators are cracking down on canneries by imposing a slew of hefty fines.

Three fishermen rescued after boat overturns
KODIAK (AP) -- Three Homer fishermen are safe after their boat overturned Tuesday near the mouth of the Copper River and they had to swim to shore. The Coast Guard rescued them Wednesday.

Motorcycle dealer loans bikes to Fairbanks, North Pole police
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With plenty of joking about hogs and pigs, police in Fairbanks and North Pole on Friday took possession of three new Harley-Davidson motorcycles for the summer riding season.

Knowles signs ban on ''over-the-top'' pipeline route
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed a bill this week that bans construction of a gas pipeline along a northern route to Canada, but he wasn't entirely happy with the measure.

Young makes move to boost Coast Guard budget
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Don Young's Transportation Committee has given the U.S. Coast Guard a massive budget increase that could allow more fishing law enforcement work in Alaska.

Man's arm crushed in construction accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A construction worker at Chena Hot Springs Resort suffered a crushed arm Thursday when a gravel truck bed fell on it at the resort.

School acknowledges mistake after students shown explicit police video
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An explicit police training video titled ''Rape of a Male Cop'' was mistakenly shown to a West High School English class by a rape crisis center staff member, according to school and center officials.

Chinese visa rule suspended
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Immigration and Naturalization Service has suspended a rule requiring Chinese airline passengers to have visas if they stop in Anchorage on flights between Canada and China.

State, conservation groups design tourism business labeling program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- To advertise its backpacking and rafting trips in the Brooks Range, Arctic Treks, a Fairbanks company, has relied on its Web page and word-of-mouth, both low-budget ways of finding high-dollar clients.

Scientists look to track halibut with pop-up tags
SEWARD (AP) -- Ten tagged halibut in Resurrection Bay probably aren't aware of their notoriety, but scientists are hoping the flatfish will give them some idea of where they're going and what they're up to.

Willis named publisher of Kodiak Daily Mirror
KODIAK (AP) -- The daughter of the former owners of the Kodiak Daily Mirror has been named its new publisher.

Around the Peninsula
Last day to register for Teen Art InstituteHospital service board to meet Meeting held to promote awarenessLiteracy Institute Parent meeting slatedClubhouse closes WednesdayChamber to discuss permanent fundKenai River board to meet Summer clubs plannedVolunteer host positions open

Community Calendar
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Inventor at large
Necessity, or a stiff neck, can be the mother of invention.

Cross Timbers attempts to keep oil out of Cook Inlet
Cross Timbers Oil Company began construction this weekend of a temporary system to collect oil and contaminated produced water that spewed from an eroded outfall pipe in Nikiski, according to company spokesperson Bruce Pozzi, of Bruce Pozzi Public Relations in Anchorage.

Kenai Alternative School says goodbye to 23 graduates
The walls of the Boys and Girls Club gym were decorated Friday in yellow and blue flowers, peace signs, lava lamp drawings and smiling faces.

Governor's group pays visit to Kenai
Central peninsula residents spoke almost as one about efforts to bringing North Slope natural gas to market at a Thursday evening hearing in Kenai before the governor's Alaska Highway Natural Gas Policy Council.

Cynthia L. Cobb
Kenai resident Cynthia L. Cobb died Friday, May 18, 2001, at the Providence Medical Center in Anchorage of heart failure. She was 40.

Don't overlook CARTS as factor in peninsula's economic development
There's been a lot of talk about economic development on the Kenai Peninsula of late.

Michelle Gere and Jonathan David Harnum
Michelle Gere and Jonathan David Harnum, both of Anchorage, have announced their plans to marry Sunday, May 27, 2001, at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.

Camille Towner and Owen Ala
Towner, Ala exchange vows in Salt Lake City

Rebecca Anderson and Miles Hansen
Anderson, Hansen wed in Utah ceremony

Angela Coburn and Erik Massey
Coburn, Massey marry in San Diego

My Best Friends
Tehya Naylor isn't stingy at all, especially when it comes to her graham crackers.

Colony, Kodiak take titles
In Alaska, nothing sparks trepidation and respect more than the bear. That's why the animal is such an appropriate mascot for the Kodiak boys track and field team.

Lessons on leadership from a winner
When he laughs, Bill Russell cackles. It is a deep, infectious laugh that snaps his head back and rattles around the room, a laugh molded from a lifetime of being the best at what he did.

Nothing to cheer about
Sorry to burst your bubble, folks, but there's nothing to cheer about.

New Jersey shuts out Pittsburgh for second consecutive game
PITTSBURGH -- Zero -- the Pittsburgh Penguins' goal total for their two home playoff games against New Jersey. It's also probably the chance they have of coming back against the Devils.

Tiger in the hunt at Deutsche Bank-SAP Open
HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Tiger Woods shot a 9-under-par 63 Saturday to move within a stroke of the leader Eduardo Romero of Argentina in the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open.

Point Given takes Preakness Stakes
BALTIMORE -- The Point Given that everybody expected in the Kentucky Derby finally showed up in the Preakness -- big time.

Survivors
The Kenai Central High School boys and girls soccer teams have started a tradition.

Drums, horns celebrate home runs in Cuban baseball
SANTIAGO, Cuba -- It's a tense moment in Cuba's version of the World Series: a scoreless tie in the seventh inning, a brilliant but tiring starter, a runner on first, a .330 hitter at the plate. And you can't hear yourself think.

L.A. guard scores 45 points in series opener with Spurs, earns Shaq's admiration
SAN ANTONIO -- Shaquille O'Neal has been convinced. Kobe Bryant is the best.

Speed merchants wheel, deal for 500
INDIANAPOLIS -- The wheeling and dealing began in earnest Saturday as teams and drivers searched for speed on the eve of the final day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.

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