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Thursday, June 29, 2000

Man rescued from fishing boat after amputating fingers
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a Bering Sea fishing vessel after he amputated three fingers in an accident on board the ship.

University of Alaska Fairbanks to get $100,000 gift
KODIAK (AP) -- The wife of the late Kodiak crab fishery pioneer Lowell Wakefield will present $100,000 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Ulmer still pondering primary change
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer plans to announce the fate of Alaska's blanket primary system on Thursday.

Kenai man, woman plead innocent in sexual assault
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai couple pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges related to the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.

Lights! Camera! Action! due in Sitka this summer
SITKA (AP) -- Sitka residents will have plenty of chances to make their television debuts this summer.

Court ruling may kill Tulsequah Chief Mine
JUNEAU (AP) -- Plans for a British Columbia mine, 40 miles northeast of Juneau, were dealt a potentially fatal blow Wednesday when a provincial court ruled in favor of an Indian tribe's claim that the province was wrong to certify the $100 million project.

Two men captured after Anchorage bank robbery, chase
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men were arrested Tuesday after allegedly robbing a credit union and leading police on a wild, gun-shooting chase through a South Anchorage shopping area.

New Alaska National Parks director named
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona will soon become the regional director of Alaska's national parks, National Park Service officials announced this week.

Spill drill highlights personnel problems
NIKISKI (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation found problems with the way Tesoro and Cook Inlet Spill Prevention Response Inc. handled an unannounced oil spill drill.

Medical survey seeks Amchitka atomic test site crews
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A systematic medical survey of people who worked on Amchitka Island, the site of three underground nuclear explosions, begins next week after years of dispute and deliberation.

Pentagon panel head says missile shield technology workable
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of a Pentagon-appointed panel of experts told Congress on Wednesday that he has no reservations about the soundness of the technology behind the current plan for a limited national missile defense.

FAA to launch airline maintenance checks, OKs Alaska so far
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal inspectors will launch special maintenance audits of the nation's largest airlines over the next four months, the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday.

Goldbelt exec gets university finance job
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An executive with the Juneau Native corporation has been named vice president for finance of the University of Alaska.

Alaska Airlines-
Recent events at Alaska Airlines:

Researchers: Fish farming takes a toll on oceans
Commercial fish farms have long been touted as a way to boost the global seafood harvest while taking the pressure off Earth's overtaxed oceans. But it hasn't worked out that way, researchers say.

Recruiters find it tough to fill teaching slots
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska school districts are having trouble recruiting the teachers they need, a fact that was reflected during a three-day job fair at the University of Alaska Fairbanks this week.

Marijuana growing operation discovered in western Interior
McGrath (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers discovered a major marijuana growing operation on the Kuskokwim River.

Orphan calf finds new home at Anchorage Zoo
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It took a makeshift lasso, a wheelbarrow, pillowcase and an hour of chasing, but Mike Gardner finally caught the moose calf.

Boy missing at Chena Lakes Recreation Area
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Between 200 and 300 searchers combed the Chena Lakes Recreational Area Tuesday but failed to find an 11-year-old Ruby boy who walked away from a family picnic.

Snowmobiling study by UA students makes case for groomed trail system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With a groomed trail system, snowmachine activities could be an economic boost to Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, bringing about $35.5 million a year to the area each year, according to a recent study.

Russian River ''sanctuary'' opens to sockeye salmon sport fishing
KENAI (AP) -- Beginning Tuesday at noon, the Russian River ''sanctuary'' area was open to sockeye salmon sport fishing.

Senator to Alaska: Enough talk about 'Stevens money'
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Enough with the ''Stevens money'' already. Ditto all that ''Stevens effect'' hogwash.

Nearly 150 firefighters battle Clear blaze
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Nearly 150 firefighters were battling a blaze Tuesday that has scorched 2,500 acres, a fire official said.

Kodiak resident pleads no contest to theft from Pen Air
KODIAK (AP) -- Former Kodiak resident Linda Resoff has pleaded no contest to second-degree theft for allegedly stealing nearly $30,000 from Pen Air while working for the commuter airline.

Body of Ruby boy found in Chena Lake
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The body of a boy from the village of Ruby was found early Wednesday in Chena Lake near Fairbanks.

Light earthquake felt in Homer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake was felt in Homer late Wednesday morning.

Murkowski proposes gas tax break
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, has introduced a bill to give motorists a break on gasoline taxes.

Judge weighs arguments over closure of snow-crab fishery
SEATTLE (AP) -- Attorneys for Bering Sea snow-crab fishermen argued Wednesday that the federal government was ''arbitrary and capricious'' in letting stand Alaska's decision to shut down this year's crab season after just one week.

Marine Highway changes ferry schedule for seafood hauls
PETERSBURG (AP) -- The state ferry Kennicott will add three stops in Petersburg and Wrangell this summer to help move fresh fish to market.

Barrow birds getting Web attention
BARROW (AP) -- In the spring and summer, more than 200 bird species migrate to the Barrow area, but keeping track of them can be difficult with a limited road system and lots of wet tundra.

Lawmakers vote to sue over university lands veto
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislative Council voted unanimously Wednesday to sue Gov. Tony Knowles for refusing to implement a bill granting the University of Alaska 250,000 acres of state land.

Thief takes off with unusual grizzly bear pelt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The thief, or thieves as it may be, could have cleaned Al Barrette out.

Tire store builds in Soldotna, hotel may follow
A new $2.5 million Johnson's Tire Service Inc. store should open by fall next to Arby's on the Sterling Highway in Soldotna. A 63-room hotel may be in the works nearby.

Business Briefs
First National rates first for financial securityKorean buyers wild about Alaska seafoodRural village gets loan for new homesGilman, Navarre, Salo appointed to advisory boardCIRI Foundation names new president/CEOCIRI invests in Las Vegas HotelHomer Chamber raffle to give away new carsNew Sears store to open in Kenai MallCrowley Marine receives environmental awardNHL star to appear at SBS grand opening

Around the Peninsula
Kasilof River closes to gillnetsMartian to speak at Nikiski chamber lunchVisitors center spotlights Native artistBurns planned in peninsula mountainsBreast cancer mobile unit visits NinilchikSoHi plans swimming lessonsDiscount offered on computer classesFine Arts Center to hold workshop

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.

Around the Peninsula
State chamber's 'summer seminar' begins todayTeen Action Team meets todayBird walk scheduled for todayFine Arts Center to hold workshopPublic radio board meets tonightCounseling board meets todayHomestead museum open Tuesday through SaturdayFishing group to meet SaturdayFireworks banned in borough

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.

Colorado man bags 305-pound halibut
For years, Colorado's Jerry Arguello has had to endure ribbing from the avid outdoorsmen on his wife's side of the family regarding his fishing skill and experience.

Board closes subsistence fishing loophole
The Federal Subsistence Board has closed a worrisome loophole that might have allowed Kenai Peninsula fishers to gillnet rainbow trout under the pretext of fishing for whitefish.

Commercial nets haul in 20K reds
Monday's first commercial fishing opening netted just about what the Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicted -- 20,103 red salmon.

Kenai River Classic gearing up
Expect more corporate executives, more U.S. senators, more entertainment and more money raised at next week's Kenai River Classic.

Loomis enjoys victory for now
n Where: Daytona International Speedway (Daytona Beach, Fla.)

Schedule
2000 Nascar race schedule

MONEY LEADERS
2000 Nascar money leaders at present

points standings
2000 Nascar point standings at present

Jarrett says he's still in contention
When Dale Jarrett arrived at Daytona International Speedway a year ago for the Pepsi 400 the unofficial start to the second half of the stock car season he already had two race victories and the points lead.

Free HIV tests offered today
Since 1982, 240 of the 449 AIDS cases in Alaska have led to death.

Colorado man bags 305-pound halibut
For years, Colorado's Jerry Arguello has had to endure ribbing from the avid outdoorsmen on his wife's side of the family regarding his fishing skill and experience.

Photo feature: Berry nice
Nagoonberry blossoms near the Kenai River probably appreciated Tuesday's rain more than anglers fishing nearby.

Kenai River Classic gearing up
Expect more corporate executives, more U.S. senators, more entertainment and more money raised at next week's Kenai River Classic.

Forcenergy installs new inlet platform
The first offshore oil and gas platform installed in Cook Inlet since 1986 settled into place near West Foreland on the outgoing tide early Wednesday.

Board closes subsistence fishing loophole
The Federal Subsistence Board has closed a worrisome loophole that might have allowed Kenai Peninsula fishers to gillnet rainbow trout under the pretext of fishing for whitefish.

Newest boom market takes its place in annual celebration
This year's annual Industry Appreciation Day will have a new twist.

Soldotna council to debate future of equestrian site
For decades, horseback riders have used Soldotna city land along Kalifornsky Beach Road. But now that the Soldotna Equestrian Association is getting serious about developing recreation facilities on the site, the city may say "neigh."

Trial dates set in rape, kidnapping incidents
A Kenai couple entered not guilty pleas to sexual assault charges Wednesday.

New program coming to Boys and Girls Club
Area teens will have a new program at the Boys and Girls Club in Kenai, starting in September.

Rose Marie Roeske
Soldotna resident Rose Marie "Rorie" Roeske died Monday, June 26, 2000, at her home in Soldotna, after a long battle with systemic lupus. She was 46.

Orphan calf finds new home at Anchorage Zoo
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It took a makeshift lasso, a wheelbarrow, pillowcase and an hour of chasing, but Mike Gardner finally caught the moose calf.

Time passes slowly at Bethel fish camp
BETHEL (AP) -- Time at fish camp passes not by the hour but by the task: the length of a downriver drift, the tending of a smokehouse fire, the meticulous strikes of an uluaq slicing a king salmon into narrow strips for drying.

This trail you won't hike, you'll paddle
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- In most of South Carolina, hitting a trail involves hiking boots or a mountain bike. But work is under way in Horry County to build a trail along the Waccamaw River that people can paddle.

Canada: Nature-lovers -- not hunters -- flock to wilderness
ARMSTRONG, Ontario (AP) -- No moose heads or bear rugs adorn the WildWaters Bed and Breakfast on the edge of the northern Ontario wilderness.

Sampras notches Pyrrhic victory at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Pete Sampras limped from Centre Court to a hospital, his left ankle, heel and Achilles' tendon bright red and swollen, his quest for a seventh Wimbledon title in doubt.

John Rocker story
MONTREAL -- John Rocker's anger has been on simmer since he returned from the minor leagues two weeks ago, but it's still there, bubbling just below the surface.

Twins drop title game at Fairbanks tourney
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team advanced to Wednesday's championship game of a tournament in Fairbanks, a rematch against Ganco of Gresham, Ore., but fell just short, dropping the title game 10-3.

Kenai Peninsula Online - Sports 06/28/00
Danny Garcia's decision not to join Team USA this season continued to pay big benefits for the Peninsula Oilers Tuesday in Fairbanks.

Tears and trades at 2000 NBA draft
MINNEAPOLIS -- Tears from No. 1, a hug and a pat from No. 3, a harvest for the Los Angeles Clippers and a salary dump for the Orlando Magic.

For U.S. women, it's better to be lucky and good
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The game was a tie. So why did it seem like a victory for the United States?

Birch Ridge Report
Golf season is in full swing, but I managed to find some time to sit down with Pat Cowan a couple of days ago and talk about some of the things that have happened at the course this year.

Oilers strike it rich against Goldpanners
Danny Garcia's decision not to join Team USA this season continued to pay big benefits for the Peninsula Oilers Tuesday in Fairbanks.

Agassi slips by in first round
WIMBLEDON, England -- Andre Agassi's eyes narrowed in a look of incredulity and annoyance as the threat of a second straight quick exit from a Grand Slam tournament stared him in the face.

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