Friday, June 29, 2001

Petersburg man injured blowing up culvert
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Petersburg man was injured Tuesday night when he and four buddies set off explosives on an abandoned logging road.

Man dies after driving into crane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man reported to have been driving erratically died Tuesday evening when his car jumped a median and crashed head-on into a crane.

Governor signs bills aimed at curbing identity theft
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rep. John Coghill's dual proposals to curb the use of Social Security numbers for identification are now law.

Man who eluded police was destined for psychiatric commitment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A six-hour manhunt for a Wasilla man that closed a highway north of Anchorage began after Alaska State Troopers attempted to serve a psychiatric commitment order sought by the man's wife.

Eielson airman drowns in base lake
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Eielson Air Force Base serviceman drowned Wednesday morning after trying to swim across Polaris Lake on base.

State says non-grocers now allowed to vie for two former Alaska Marketplace stores
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has cleared the way for non-grocers to move into two now empty former Alaska Marketplace locations in the Dimond Center and at Northern Lights Boulevard and Minnesota Drive now that certain conditions have been met.

About 500 gallons of diesel spill in Juneau harbor
JUNEAU ((AP) -- Spill response workers were trying to clean up about a 500-gallon diesel spill Thursday morning in Tee Harbor, about 20 miles from downtown Juneau.

Kenai Lake firefighters battle wind-whipped blaze
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Firefighters battling the Kenai Lake Fire got help from the weather overnight as gusty winds subsided.

Oil company cutbacks force layoffs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scores of workers are facing layoffs as Alaska's big oil companies cut spending at Prudhoe Bay in the second half of the year.

Eielson drowning victim identified
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Eielson Air Force Base serviceman who drowned in Polaris Lake Wednesday morning has been identified as Airman First Class Nathanial A. Malli of Crofton, Md.

Eielson airmen use survival skills in river rescue
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Capt. Jon Boulet and three friends from Eielson Air Force Base loaded up their gear and slid their canoes into Tangle Lakes, they were expecting to cruise a few rapids, catch some fish, enjoy the wilderness and exit the Delta River with three fun days and 31 river miles behind them.

Minnesota congresswoman who opposes opening ANWR to visit the region
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Minnesota congresswoman will spend her Fourth of July congressional break in Alaska.

Sitka man drowns off Kruzof Island
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Sitka man was found drowned Tuesday near the southern point of Kruzof Island west of Sitka.

Errant bruin wanders into Anchorage neighborhood
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police shot a young black bear Thursday evening after chasing it around an East Anchorage neighborhood near an elementary school.

Businessman disputes connection to airline accused of fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Businessman Neil Bergt disputed on Wednesday the Justice Department's assertion that he is an owner and operator of Alaska Central Express, a cargo airline he helped found in 1996 that is being accused of illegally keeping $365,000 in Postal Service overpayments.

Troopers investigate report of sexual assault on cruise
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 23-year-old Royal Caribbean cruise line employee reported she was sexually assaulted by two male co-workers as the cruise ship Infinity traveled through Chatham Strait earlier this week.

Massage parlor owner faces federal indictment
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The owner of a massage parlor and a check cashing company has been indicted by a federal grand jury on more than 100 felony counts, including charges of running a prostitution ring, loan-sharking and distributing crack and cocaine.

Woman allegedly tried to wreck car for insurance money
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak woman caught allegedly trying to destroy her own car earlier this spring has been charged with faking the loss and filing a false insurance claim.

Fire official stands by decision on prescribed burn near Kenai Lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal fire official who ordered the prescribed burn that became a wildfire near Kenai Lake says he stands behind the decision.

Knowles signs cruise ship bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Calling it a ''worldwide model'' for cruise ship legislation, Gov. Tony Knowles on Friday signed a bill to regulate wastewater discharges from the giant international vessels traveling in Alaska.

Alaskan wildfires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While firefighters battled uncertain conditions at the Kenai Lake fire, cooler temperatures and higher humidity were helping to slow the spread of two big wildfires in the Interior.

Court ruling threatens Native wireless deal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A ruling by a federal appeals court has turned the future of a telecommunications investment by three Alaska Native corporations fuzzy.

Troopers identify Bristol Bay deckhand who drowned last week
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have released the name of a deckhand who fell from the fishing vessel Blue Falcon and drowned in Bristol Bay last week.

Kenai Lake firefighters battle wind-whipped blaze
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Kenai Lake Fire continued to burn out of control Thursday, whipped up by dry, windy conditions that hindered efforts to contain it.

Cargo loader naps, wakes up over Pacific
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A United Parcel Service cargo loader who snatched a quick nap during a work break at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Tuesday took an unscheduled trip to Asia.

Road rumor hurting Seward-area businesses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Reports that a wildfire burning at Kenai Lake might force the closure of the Seward Highway have caused an untold number of visitors to cancel trips to Seward, even though the road has remained open.

Canadian, U.S. Navy ships visiting capital
JUNEAU (AP) -- Crews from a U.S. Navy oiler and two Canadian Coastal Defense vessels plan to take part in Fourth of July festivities in Juneau.

Subsistence board rescinds rural designation for Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board voted Thursday to reverse its decision designating all of the Kenai Peninsula as rural for purposes of subsistence hunting and fishing.

Anchorage police identify man found Monday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man found dead Monday morning in a field behind a gas station was identified by police Wednesday as Roger Johnson, 46.

Mistrial declared in retrial of former White Pass executive
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A mistrial was declared Thursday in the retrial of a former executive with the White Pass and Yukon Railroad after the jury announced that it was deadlocked.

Ketchikan school board postpones action on proposed drug-testing policy
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan School Board has postponed taking action on a proposed drug-testing policy for student athletes.

About 500 gallons of diesel spill in Juneau harbor
JUNEAU (AP) -- Spill response workers were trying to mop up about a 500-gallon diesel fuel spill Thursday afternoon in Tee Harbor, about 20 miles from downtown Juneau.

Suit filed to stop rumored merger of compressed gas firms
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's two main suppliers of compressed gases are being sued for conspiring to form a monopoly, even though neither supplier has announced they're merging.

Troopers close Glenn Highway during manhunt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man with a violent past was shot and taken into custody Thursday morning after a manhunt that closed a portion of the Glenn Highway for more than six hours.

Troopers close Glenn Highway during manhunt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man with a violent past was shot and taken into custody Thursday morning after a manhunt that closed a portion of the Glenn Highway for more than six hours.

Braves take seventh straight since trading Rocker
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves won their seventh in a row since trading John Rocker, beating the New York Mets 6-2 Thursday night when Javy Lopez hit a grand slam in the 10th inning off Armando Benitez.

Atlanta takes over first place in NL East
PHILADELPHIA -- Chipper Jones drove in three runs, and Odalis Perez allowed two earned runs as the Atlanta Braves moved into first place in the NL East with a 10-4 victory over the slumping Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

Martinez leads Yankees past Cleveland
NEW YORK -- Tino Martinez went 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs to give some rare run support to Mike Mussina as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 15-5 on Wednesday.

Sweet-swinging Gwynn to retire from baseball at end of season
SAN DIEGO -- Tony Gwynn had to take a deep breath while confirming the worst-kept secret in baseball. Then, as he has so many times, he came through in the clutch.

Minus Wells, White Sox still top Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- After David Wells left with a strained back, Sean Lowe and three other relievers finished a six-hitter to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Thursday.

Twins end road trip with split vs. 49ers
The American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins finished up a week-long road trip Tuesday by splitting a doubleheader with the Tri-Cities 49ers of Fairbanks.

Home ownership and prices are up -- but equity is down
NEW YORK (AP) -- A fundamental change has occurred in the housing market over the past few years, and it is likely to play an increasing role in changing people's lifestyles.

Boomers ponder many career, retirement options
NEW YORK (AP) -- After 15 years as a corporate executive, Jennifer Gold Bennett wants a new challenge. Maybe she could run a golf club. Or, as an art collector, open her own shop.

Business Briefs
Office has relocated Health center closed for the Fourth Americans say Canadian wood flooding country

Register a domain name, get swamped with marketing material
NEW YORK (AP) -- Every time John Levine registers a new Internet address, he can count on somebody calling, mailing or faxing him a sales pitch for Web site hosting, high-speed access or the like.

Biggest thrift buying Dime Bancorp for $5.2 billion, giving it foothold in Northeast
NEW YORK (AP) -- Washington Mutual Inc. is buying Dime Bancorp Inc. for $5.2 billion in cash and stock, giving the nation's largest thrift a foothold in the Northeast.

Economy could feel pinch as consumers struggle with debt
NEW YORK (AP) -- The bills are coming due for the shopping spree of the 1990s, and Americans are having trouble paying up.

Entrepreneurs bid business farewell
Have no fear, the jalapeno cheese isn't going anywhere.

Consumer confidence rises in June amid optimistic economic outlook, Conference Board says
NEW YORK (AP) -- Consumer confidence rose in June for the second consecutive month, as Americans' outlook toward the nation's struggling economy continued to brighten.

NBA no more
John Snyder of Kenai points out to another customer behind him that the new ATM at the Wells Fargo branch in Kenai uses touch-screen technology. The former National Bank of Alaska officially became Wells Fargo earlier this month, after being purchased a year ago.

Nasdaq Stock Market cuts 10 percent of its work force because of fewer IPOs
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Nasdaq Stock Market said Wednesday it is cutting 137 jobs, or roughly 10 percent of its work force, because of a steep drop-off in its initial public offering business.

Online bill paying: Out with the stamps and envelopes, in with the computer
NEW YORK (AP) -- More than five years ago, David Camp gave up the rituals of bill paying -- the writing of checks, the buying of stamps, and the licking and mailing of envelopes -- and turned to his computer.

Fish of the Week
The bite was on for the Wood family of Soldotna on Fathers Day.

Monster fish landed for the lead
David Gapp of Andover, Minn., took the lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby Monday with a 322.2-pound fish.

Salt water best this weekend
With a forest fire lapping at the shores of Kenai Lake and snowmelt swelling the K

Enjoy andromedas in deer country
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- It might not be love at first sight, but andromeda grows on you. And thanks to its deer resistance, this love is here to stay.

Farmers pitch crops as promoting good health
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Bothered by arthritis or headaches? Worried about cancer? America's cherry growers think their crop is just what you need.

"Life Woven with Song" By Nora Marks Dauenhauer University of Arizona Press
There is a wealth of emotion and description in this small book (135 pages) of poetry, prose and plays. Flipping through to the poetry section I was caught up in the life of author Nora Marks Dauenhauer as a child learning at her grandfather's knee -- "A Poem for Jim Nagataak'w (Jakwteen)," "My Grandfather, Blind and Nearly Deaf" and "Grandpa Jakwteen in Eclipse."

Book bites
'Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History' 'Frida: A Novel' 'Special Agent: My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI'

Future shock: A.I. delivers (Movie review)
What a novelty: A big-budget movie by the biggest-name director that disturbs, provokes, vexes, subverts and prompts introspection for days afterward.

On the wild side
Postcards and greeting cards often present messages of cheer to loved ones throughout the world. With an artistic flair, one area resident has created unique, Alaska cards that add a rustic touch to the messages that await inside.

Art Briefs
Soldotna museum open for summer Seward gallery plans special July exhibit Soldotna library sponsors contest Musicians sought for festival Alutiiq exhibition launches national tour

Jack Lemmon, stylish, versatile actor known for 'Odd Couple,' 'The Apartment,' dead at 76
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jack Lemmon, the two-time Oscar winner whose acting talents ranged from adroit comedies ''The Apartment'' and ''Some Like It Hot'' to the dramatic intensity of ''Days of Wine and Roses'' and ''Tuesdays with Morrie,'' has died. He was 76.

What's Happening
Best Bet, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events, Films

Points standings
Nascar Winston Cup point standings

Racers get rare break in schedule
ATLANTA -- All racer Jerry Nadeau wants to do on his solitary free weekend between now and Thanksgiving is a lot of nothing.

Winston Cup series schedule

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Midseason (Nearly) Report
ATLANTA -- The NASCAR Win ston Cup Series is only 16 races deep into a 36-race journey that doesn't end until just before Thanks giving.

Money leaders
Winston Cup series money leaders

Evacuation advisory issued
A prescribed burn started by federal foresters June 15 and reclassified as a wildlands fire on Monday night, now is closing in on the Seward Highway and threatening to force the evacuation of area residents.

Global Village volunteers make Kenai Habitat home a reality
Twenty men and women will catch planes Saturday and say farewell to the hard work and good times they had in Alaska. But many admit their plans to come back to the Kenai Peninsula are already in the works.

Kenai Lake area sees flooding
Snowmelt flooding is affecting the upper Kenai River basin. The National Weather Service issued a statement Wednesday afternoon warning of high water in the Cooper Landing and Kenai Lake area.

Fire crews aim to protect Sterling Highway
Airplanes dropping fire retardants at midday Friday seemed to be keeping a 700-acre wildfire near the western edge of the Kenai Mountains from reaching the Sterling Highway.

Borough scrambles to keep up with blaze
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley summed up the immediate lesson from the Kenai Lake Fire in two words: "No fireworks."

Waters rise, ice dam holds
The Kenai River and its upper tributaries will continue rising through the weekend. When it will peak remains uncertain.

Law enforcement less enthused; officers urge caution, offer tips for staying safe
A bear next to Bridge Access Road in Kenai Wednesday morning about 9 a.m. gave wildlife watchers a thrill and snarled traffic.

Former Soldotna Fish and Wildlife trooper remembered
A state Fish and Wildlife Protection officer, who had served in Soldotna, died when his single-engine Piper Cub went down near Lake Iliamna Monday night, Alaska State Troopers said.

Wildfire still burning
The Kenai Lake Fire continued to burn late Thursday evening, raising concerns for residents and campers in the Crown Point and Lawing area.

Lots of sun, leftover snow generate flood concerns
Even as summer on the Kenai Peninsula reaches its prime, the ghosts of last winter's snows are coming back to haunt the Kenai River.

4-2 vote disappoints Kenaitze tribe, which is considering appeal to court
ANCHORAGE -- Kenaitze Indian Tribe members were visibly upset Thursday when the Federal Subsistence Board voted 4-2 to rescind a decision that the entire Kenai Peninsula is rural and eligible for federal subsistence.

Funeral, memorial fund set for Trooper Jim Moen
The funeral for Trooper Jim Moen will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Fort Richardson in the Bryant Field Hangar in Anchorage.

Oilers drop fourth straight ballgame
The Peninsula Oilers lost their fourth straight game, falling 13-12 in 10 innings to Athletes in Action Wednesday night in Fairbanks.

Peninsula one game out of first in Alaska Baseball League
The Peninsula Oilers snapped a four-game losing streak Thursday, defeating Athletes in Action Alaska 15-3 in Alaska Baseball League action at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Letters to the Editor
Didn't Los Alamos blaze teach anything about controlled burns? Redistricting Board's plan 'fair' only to Democrats in Alaska

Peninsula should be ready for worst as it enters holiday week
Wildfire. Flooding. What's next?

Subsistence board should delay decision until review completed
Wait. That's our advice to the Federal Subsistence Board meeting in Anchorage today to reconsider a ruling that the entire Kenai Peninsula is rural and all residents are eligible for subsistence hunting and fishing on federal lands.

Letters to the Editor
Community needs to get tough on those who bicycle dangerously Jet Skis on small lakes pose danger to wildlife, humans Little League teaches how game played is as important as winning Flowers at senior center in Sterling target of thieves

Many thanks to everyone who made fun run such a community success Effort transforms weeded lot into fertile garden site, potato patch

Outdoor Briefs
Monster fish landed for the lead Campground closures announced Muzzle-loader class offered Denali National Park is on the web

Baby birds -- knowing when to help, when to stay away
Many of our readers have probably started to see baby birds fluttering around the house and back yard by now. Some of the luckier few have also glimpsed a newborn moose calf or two, or have seen baby snowshoe hares scurrying around.

Onboard ranger encourages different way of seeing
RESURRECTION BAY -- A bird-filled sky above, snow-capped mountains all around and frozen rivers of ice filling valleys. It's hard to know where to point a camera.

By foot, hoof or wheel, Red Canyon is an overlooked gem
PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) -- The crowds and hype of Moab got you down?

Around the Peninsula
Burn ban in effect Panel salmon discussion planned Class reunion scheduled Youth art workshop to be held Annual membership meeting scheduled Russian influence to be discussedRaces planned for weekend Poetry slam slated for July Golf tournament to be held Meeting planned for adult leaders Low cost spay and neuter clinic scheduled

Around the Peninsula
Geological talk planned Chamber meeting to be held today Handbell ensemble to perform Kenai council meeting rescheduled Football officials meeting planned Writing contest planned Walk For Life to be held Christmas in July planned

Committee dives into legislation on aid to charities
WASHINGTON -- Republi-cans on the House Judiciary Committee fended off a Democratic effort Thursday to force religious charities that get government money to hire people of all religions.

Episcopal bishop sues to force out Accokeek rector
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) -- Jane Holmes Dixon, the acting Episcopal bishop of Washington, has asked a federal judge to remove the conservative Rev. Samuel Edwards as rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Accokeek.

Something to live for: Invite God in
Discipline for many is an unpleasant word. We associate it with things unpleasant in many ways. Usually that association is based upon some form of correction, and we don't care very much for correction, even when it is justified or needed.

Methodists refer gay pastors case to Judicial Council
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- United Methodists in the Pacific Northwest have asked the denomination's Judicial Council to rule on what they say are two contradictory passages in church law on appointing gay pastors.

Black Catholics to address problem of urban schools
ATLANTA (AP) -- Black Roman Catholics in metro Atlanta have planned a symposium this fall to address dwindling support for urban parochial schools as the church expands into the suburbs.

Head of national evangelical group quits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the Rev. Kevin Mannoia, resigned abruptly at a meeting with the group's executive committee.

Christian theme park must pay property tax, says appraiser
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A county tax official has denied a request for a property tax exemption from operators of a Christian theme park, who said they deserved the break as a religious and educational institution.

Reform Jews to recommend return to traditional practices for converts
When Ellis Island wasn't a museum and Jewish immigrants aspired to be as American as baseball, Reform rabbis changed their way of worship to fit in with their Christian neighbors.

Religion Briefs
God and Country Rally scheduled Sunday Spiritual poems sought

Ex-Krishna pleads guilty to abuse
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) -- A former Hare Krishna devotee has admitted to sexually abusing two girls and a woman at the New Vrindaban Hare Krishna community in the late 1980s.

Alabama group's tiny Bibles used for evangelism in former Soviet bloc
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Paul Lemons' ministry started out small -- tiny, to be exact.

Popularity of prayer labyrinths surging
MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (AP) -- Her steps are slow and deliberate, but Pat Chase has no fear of getting lost on the twisting path in front of her.

Head of national evangelical group quits following meeting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the Rev. Kevin Mannoia, resigned abruptly at a meeting with the group's executive committee.

Active older adults are playing around, and not just on the golf course
PHOENIX (AP) -- It was the kind of disclosure that made modest people blush and left others shaking their heads: Senior citizens in Sun City West were getting busted for having sex in public.

Sampras survives serious scare
WIMBLEDON, England -- The future of American tennis arrived on Centre Court at Wimbledon, and the reign of Pete Sampras nearly became part of the past.

Hewitt escapes without a Dent
WIMBLEDON, England -- Taylor Dent eagerly moved forward for the easy forehand putaway, took a big swing -- as always -- and sliced his shot into the sixth row of seats opposite the chair umpire.

Sports Briefs
Hutchison qualfies for World Wrestling tourney NBA relocation committee OKs Grizzlies' move Lakers' Fisher breaks foot, prompting trade IRL drivers get first crack at crowded RIR Pens give Jagr's agent permission to negotiate

Wizards take high schooler; Bulls deal Brand
NEW YORK -- Jerry Krause stole the spotlight from Michael Jordan at the NBA draft on Wednesday, dealing his best player -- Elton Brand -- to the Clippers for unproven 18-year-old center Tyson Chandler.

Phoenix trades Kidd to Nets for Marbury
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns are sending first-team all-NBA point guard Jason Kidd to the New Jersey Nets for All-Star point guard Stephon Marbury.

Sun shines on Best/Rotary Scramble
The smarter and better-looking person of this team is away on business and left the hack to write the column. Let's all hope my writing skills are better than my golf game or else, well let's just wait and see.

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