Thursday, June 22, 2000

Bodies of crash victims to be recovered Wednesday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As friends and family members struggled with their grief, the bodies of a pilot and three mountaineering rangers were being recovered Wednesday from the site of a plane crash near Mount McKinley.

Estimate of Seward Highway spill reduced
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The estimate of the size of the fuel spill on the Seward Highway Monday has been reduced by half.

Former Gov. Hammond flips airplane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Former Gov. Jay Hammond crashed on landing at his Lake Clark home airstrip Tuesday evening, causing substantial damage to the craft but none to himself.

Federal regulators approve purchase of NBA
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal regulators have approved Wells Fargo & Co.'s $1 billion purchase of National Bank of Alaska.

Collapsing gas pocket caused pipeline shift
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. said Tuesday the collapse of a gas pocket caused the trans-Alaska pipeline to shift nearly 21 inches.

Federal regulators say cruise ships apparently violated pollution rules
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Smoke spewing from the stacks of four cruise ships at the Juneau dock earlier this month appeared to be in violation of federal and state air pollution limits, a federal regulator who conducted the surprise inspections said Wednesday.

State seeks ways to keep teachers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Faced with a national teacher shortage and aggressive recruiting by other states, Alaska education officials are considering incentives ranging from health club memberships to forgiveness of state student loans to attract and keep teachers in Alaska.

High gas prices squeeze tourists
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska tourists are gritting their teeth and emptying their wallets to fill their gas tanks.

Major private investor of seafood factory backs out
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The major foreign backer of a $125 million seafood factory in Anchorage wants out of the project, forcing Alaska Seafood International to scramble to find new investors.

Alaska's gas prices lower than in Midwest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Something unusual has happened to the price of gasoline in Alaska.

Four-wheeler on bike path collides with bicyclists
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A teen-ager driving a four-wheeler on a bike path hit two bicyclists, seriously injuring a woman whose leg got caught in the wheel of the all-terrain vehicle.

Sailing trophy returns to Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- The trophy for winning the Around Admiralty Island sailing race is returning to Juneau.

Father of burn victim denied flight
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Airlines workers refused to bump passengers off a full flight so a father could follow his badly burned toddler to a Seattle hospital earlier this month. The girl died before he reached her side.

Boozer family joing Duke star in North Carolina
JUNEAU (AP) -- The family of Duke basketball star Carlos Boozer is moving from Juneau to North Carolina to help protect him from pressure to leave college for the NBA.

Kenai man charged with raping girl
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A Kenai man has been accused of raping a 13-year-old girl on the hood of his car while his girlfriend held the victim's wrists.

The reds are in; Russian River fills with fish and anglers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Opening day on Alaska's most popular salmon stream dawned with room enough for a fly angler to stretch out a long backcast, but nobody expected the tranquility to last.

Fairbanks teen sentenced to 30 years in prison for crime spree
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks teen who shot a woman at random and set fire to an apartment building was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday.

Second of three new response tugs arrives in Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crowley Marine Services has delivered the second of three escort tugboats to Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. in Valdez, the companies announced this week.

Four-wheeler on bike path collides with bicyclists
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A teen-ager driving a four-wheeler on a bike path hit two bicyclists, seriously injuring a woman whose leg got caught in the wheel of the all-terrain vehicle.

Human remains found near Klawock
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers said human remains found Tuesday in a remote area near Thorne Bay had probably been there for quite some time.

Alaska slips in annual report on children's welfare
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's ranking slipped this year in an annual report that evaluates the welfare of children in the United States.

Bodies of crash victims recovered Wednesday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As friends and family members struggled with their grief, the bodies of a pilot and three mountaineering rangers were recovered Wednesday from the site of a plane crash near Mount McKinley.

Man who killed reporter could be sentenced to 99 years no parole
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who killed an Eagle River reporter in 1998 is scheduled to become the first Alaskan sentenced under a law that requires 99 years in prison with no parole for people convicted of a second murder.

New management may run Washington state pipeline from Oklahoma
SEATTLE (AP) -- A fuel pipeline that ruptured, causing a fatal firestorm in Bellingham last year, may be operated from a control center in Oklahoma, newly chosen managers say.

Group of campers tackles armed camper
KENAI (AP) -- A group of campers tackled a man who waved a gun around after complaining about heavy metal music blaring from a car stereo, Alaska State Troopers said.

Researchers identify potential tuberculosis drug
An experimental drug shows promise in fighting tuberculosis at a time when TB is becoming increasingly resistant to existing antibiotics, especially in poor countries, researchers said Wednesday.

Activists recruit cruise ship passengers for forest comments
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The tourists stare at the green and blue postcards -- and at the person offering them -- as they might stare at a Martian offering food from his home planet.

Air Force chief says missile defense needed despite cost
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The easing of tensions with North Korea does not diminish the need for a U.S. missile defense system, which should remain a priority ''over and above'' other military needs, the Air Force chief of staff said Wednesday.

Chitina dipnetting fishery reduced
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An emergency order was issued reducing the Chitina dipnetting fishery because fewer fish than expected are passing the Miles Lake sonar, a state biologist said Wednesday.

Kenai airport guns after pesky gulls
KENAI (AP) -- Sea gulls are risking their lives if they visit the Kenai Municipal Airport these days.

Anchorage snuffs out smoking in restaurants and other public places
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lighting up in most public places will soon be a no-no in Anchorage.

Bill would fund railroad expansion study
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A proposal to connect Alaska's railroad system to Canada and the Lower 48 could be getting more scrutiny.

Mood shifts can drive you crazy
NEW YORK (AP) -- Watch out for economic and investment mood shifts and treat them with the disrespect they deserve.

Business Briefs
ACS to acquire Internet Alaska Inc.Calling card con exposedUFA appoints new officersBUY ALASKA wins national awardBank contributes to special campCIRI names new president/CEOAlaska Railroad issues 1999 reportEra Aviation announces promotionsWells Fargo touts ARMsAlaskan Brewing honored againBank board declares dividendKeyBank receives high rating

Federal bill would fund railroad expansion study
FAIRBANKS -- A proposal to connect Alaska's railroad system to Canada and the Lower 48 could be getting more scrutiny.

Burpee & Co. branches out
WARMINSTER, Pa. -- Connie Natal once had a huge vegetable garden with broccoli, lettuce, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, even a tomato that weighed almost three pounds.

VECO recognized for excellence
"Engineering News-Record" ranked Alaska-based VECO Corporation as 50th in the country for engineering and design, with more than $168 million in 1999 engineering revenues.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Geologist to share perspective on Kenai RiverForth of July registration deadline is Friday WRCC in need of volunteersRussian influence topic of campground talkBridges to hold garage sale Saturday

Around the Peninsula
Free pressure canner dial gauge testingImmunization clinic canceledComputer basic skills class offeredKDLL monthly board meetingEmergency Planning Committee to meetGuided walking tours of Old Town Kenai availableKenai Peninsula Run For Women to be held

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Chitina dipnetting fishery reduced
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An emergency order was issued reducing the Chitina dipnetting fishery because fewer fish than expected are passing the Miles Lake sonar, a state biologist said Wednesday.

The reds are in; Russian River fills with fish and anglers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Opening day on Alaska's most popular salmon stream dawned with room enough for a fly angler to stretch out a long backcast, but nobody expected the tranquility to last.

Art Brief
Registration deadline nearing for play

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Upon this rock ...
The sweet smell of new lumber and the sound of pounding nails fills the air around the Grace Lutheran Church off Ciechanski Road.

Gulls just 'plane' pesky
Any gunshots heard in the vicinity of the Kenai Municipal Airport Tuesday night most likely were city employees thinning the resident sea gull population.

New information management system approved by assembly
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly spent nearly a million dollars on Central Peninsula General Hospital at its regular meeting Tuesday night in Soldotna.

Photo feature: Peak performance
Nukote Thermal Systems worker Brad Reynolds talks to Dan Piatt of Alaska Nitrogen Products Wednesday afternoon during a project to put new roofs on the Nikiski plant's ammonia tanks.

Kenai to overhaul zoning codes
In its ongoing effort to streamline the municipal code, the city of Kenai will address changes to most of the planning and zoning laws at tonight's city council meeting.

Vintage airplanes flying into Kenai for stopover at airport
Two World War II vintage heavy bombers will spend the better part of three days at the Kenai Municipal Airport this weekend.

Walking tours provide stroll through history
Walking through Old Town Kenai can be fun, but with a knowledgeable guide, the walk also can be an eye-opening experience.

Annual grouch contest names newest winner
Bob Summers has a right to be grouchy.

Steve Zawistowski
Homer resident Steve Zawistowski died in his sleep Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at the South Peninsula Hospital. He was 92.

June 15: Anchorage Daily News on tuberculosis in Alaska:
The tuberculosis bacterium is like the bad guy in a gangster movie. ''You ain't seen the last of me,'' he snarls when hauled off to prison.

June 13: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on polar air routes and Anchorage:
It's now official. Canada and Russia have opened their skies to a new polar air route for long-haul, non-stop flights between major U.S. cities and key destinations in Asia.

June 18: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on an Alaska-Canada gas pipeline:
Arctic Resources Co., a Houston-based outfit, is courting investors for its proposal to deliver North Slope gas to market via an undersea pipeline to the Mackenzie River Delta in Canada.

Game wardens train German shepherds to help sniff out poachers
FOREST LAKE, Minn. (AP) -- As conservation officer Brad Johnson prepares for his presentation, he offers an apology for his partner's sudden lack of attention.

Design rapidly changing kayaking
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- For centuries, Eskimos have paddled Arctic waterways to hunt and fish in kayaks, a type of canoe built from skins stretched over a frame.

McKinley expedition thwarted by bad weather at 17,200 feet
Three weeks after setting out for the summit of North America's highest peak, a Kenai firefighter and his climbing team have called it quits.

New foursome emerges to take 23rd annual June Scramble
The 23rd annual June Scramble was held last Saturday and a new team emerged as champions. After several years of domination by the "Dream Team" and the "Chenault/Weaver Team," the team of Pat Cowan, Jenifer Cowan, Curtis Smith and Matt Waller shot a 10-under-par score of 60 to win the A Division.

Oilers set to begin defense of ABL crown
The Alaska Baseball League schedule gets under way tonight, and after going 9-2 in their preseason games, the Peninsula Oilers ought to match up well with the rest of the league.

Stock cars put on show at Twin City Raceway
A-Stock, B-Stock, a Late Model car and four Sand Drag trucks put on a show during Alaska Circle Track Association competition Saturday at Twin City Raceway.

Pilots triumph on late inning comeback
The Anchorage Glacier Pilots stole a page from the Peninsula Oilers playbook Wednesday evening at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage, coming from behind in the final inning to defeat the Oilers 5-4 in the Alaska Baseball League opener for both teams.

Twins calm Storm
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team humbled the South Peninsula Storm Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Raptors name Wilkens coach
TORONTO -- Lenny Wilkens never stopped smiling Wednesday as he ticked off the reasons why, at 62, the winningest coach in NBA history was coming to a Canadian franchise that recently seemed in disarray.

Golfers Davis, Sprague record holes in one at Kenai Golf Course
The Kenai Golf Course has been humbled once again by a couple of golfers who recorded hole-in-one shots.

Wood holds up, but Rocker falls apart
ATLANTA -- Kerry Wood had one of his best outings and John Rocker had one of his worst.

Champions look for another star
LOS ANGELES -- Magic Johnson believes the Los Angeles Lakers may be one star short of a dynasty.

Yankees, Pettitte outduel Martinez
BOSTON -- The Yankees can do it with pitching and defense, too.

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