Friday, June 30, 2000

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.

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.

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.

ISP worker charged with child sexual abuse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A worker for a local Internet service provider has been indicted on charges of sexual abusing two 15-year-old girls he met in an on-line chat room.

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.

Southeast crab season proceeds without more restrictions
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Southeast Alaska's Dungeness crab fishery will not be closed early, state fisheries officials announced this week.

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

ASTF invests $1 million in new projects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Fairbanks-area projects are sharing about $1 million in grants from the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation, according to the state agency.

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.

Alaska pleased with FAA inspection results, say plan already in effect
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) -- Executives at Alaska Airlines, relieved that federal regulators did not shut down the company's aircraft maintenance operations, said they are committed to becoming ''number one'' in safety and compliance with federal regulations.

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.

New commander for Coast Guard cutter
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard's oldest cutter gets a new commander Friday.

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.

Anchorage man sentenced for bank robberies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison for robbing two Anchorage banks last year.

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.

Homes in Valdez avalanche are set to be moved
VALDEZ (AP) -- A dozen homes in an avalanche-prone section of Valdez will be relocated by this fall if all goes according to plan.

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.

Cooler weather aids Interior firefighters
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- More than 300 firefighters battling an Interior blaze got a bit of a break Thursday as cooler temperatures and some rain slowed a fire near Anderson that has already scorched 2,600 acres.

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

Ulmer: Semi-closed Republican primary would cost $400,000
JUNEAU (AP) -- Saying a Republican-only primary would cost the state $400,000, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer reluctantly agreed to order such an election, but called on GOP leaders Thursday to withdraw their demand for a separate ballot.

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

Study shows Aleutian otters in steep decline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal researchers said Thursday that the Aleutian Island sea otter population has dropped 70 percent this decade, largely because of predation by killer whales.

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.

New platform arrives in Cook Inlet
KENAI (AP) -- The first offshore oil and gas platform installed in Cook Inlet since 1986 settled into place on the outgoing tide early Wednesday. The Osprey platform, owned by Forcenergy Inc., is preparing to drill for oil and gas in 45 feet of water near West Foreland, across the inlet from Nikiski.

Alaska Airlines-
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Kenai seeing sharp rise in demand for water
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai is seeing a dramatic upswing in water demand, which together with dry conditions is taxing the ability of the city's water system to maintain an adequate supply.

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.

Cleanup crew stumbles onto dangerous Cold War relic
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An environmental cleanup crew working on the Seward Peninsula made a surprising discovery this week -- a decades-old container that apparently holds mustard gas.

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.

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.

Masek fined $360 for financial disclosure violations
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Public Offices Commission has fined state Rep. Bev Masek $360 for filing an incomplete financial disclosure report.

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

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Tsalteshi Duathlon on SaturdayCraft sale at Tustumena LodgeLearn to identify mushroomsSetnet fishers invited to annual meetingUCIDA celebrates 20 yearsBear safety to be taught in the woodsNinilchik Fair Association plans barbecueUnited Way golf tournament at Kenai Golf CourseFree genealogy tips at Kenai Community LibraryGrade-schoolers invited to Summer Camp 2000Challenger Center to launch, T-minus: 7 days

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.

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.

Put reds, razor clams on the menu
Anglers are flocking to the Russian River and its confluence with the Kenai River in numbers that rival the run of sockeye salmon hitting the area.

points standings
2000 Nascar point standings at present

2000 Nascar money leaders at present

2000 Nascar race schedule

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.

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

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.

Demand is taxing Kenai water supply
It may have rained a little Thursday, but the demand on the city of Kenai's water supply continues at an alarming rate.

Soldotna council OKs new addition
It's official. Starting Saturday, the city of Soldotna will have a parks and recreation department.

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

Airport rate hike causing concern
Proposed rate hikes for commercial lot leases at the Soldotna airport are having trouble getting off the ground.

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

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.

Firmin Joseph "Joe" Glaves
Soldotna resident Firmin Joseph "Joe" Glaves died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, from heart failure at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 65.

Dave Worman
Long time Kenai resident Dave Worman died June 25, 2000, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage as the result of a river rafting accident. He was 40.

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.

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.

Following the road less traveled
One of the nice things about living close to the end of the road is that you don't have to go too far to get off the beaten path.

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.

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.

Religion Briefs
Marge Hayes to speak at Kenai churchKids called to care at Bible schoolUpper Room Ministries to host speaker Charter for religious cooperation signed

Priest makes waves with unconventional style
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- With the Rev. Thomas J. Quinlan, a 71-year-old chain smoker who has a voice like sandpaper, parishioners never know what to expect.

Legislature approves bill regulating sale of food under Islamic law
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey is poised to become the first state in the nation to enact a law regulating the sale of food prepared under Muslim dietary laws.

Peninsula residents to attend Anchorage conference
An estimated 350 to 400 Kenai Peninsula residents are expected to attend this weekend's district convention of Jehovah's Witnesses being held in Anchorage.

Southern Baptist split? Texas moderates consider leaving
DALLAS (AP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's largest state unit may sever ties with the denomination -- a move that would dramatically drain membership and financial support.

Christian group aims to bring races together
RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) -- Once the choir finished the hymn, the pastor eased behind the pulpit to point out visitors at Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Representatives worldwide sign charter for religious cooperation
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Worshippers wearing a rainbow of saris, robes and yarmulkes filed into a hall at Carnegie Mellon University, clapping and singing in praise of the world's religions.

Spontaneous religious revival shows no signs of ending
MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) -- A spontaneous religious revival in western Kentucky is in its eighth week and is prompting some comparisons to Pentecostal revivals in Toronto and Pensacola, Fla., which started in the mid-1990s and are still going.

Dokic's father escorted from grounds by police
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Alexandra Stevenson and Jelena Dokic, teens who blithely made brilliant Wimbledon debuts a year ago, are embroiled in uglier issues this year.

Twins nip Gresham
The American Legion Post 20 Twins finally found a way to defeat Ganco of Gresham, Ore., Thursday in Fairbanks.

Sports Briefs
Area soccer club competes in FairbanksSource: Guthridge to step down at North CarolinaA tearful Wendel Clark retires from hockeyMale athletes lose Supreme Court appeal

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.

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.

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.

Peninsula takes sixth game in a row
Danny Garcia and Brad Carlson sparked the offense for the Peninsula Oilers Wednesday as each connected on a solo home run to hand the Mat-Su Miners a 9-5 loss at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

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.

Rocker isn't thrown off by New York
NEW YORK -- New York Mets fans had been waiting for this moment long before opening day. They even began calling for John Rocker while he was merely sitting in the bullpen.

Study shows Aleutian otters in steep decline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal researchers said Thursday that the Aleutian Island sea otter population has dropped 70 percent this decade, largely because of predation by killer whales.

Bear awareness always in season
Camping in bear country -- just about every square inch of Alaska -- can be an adventure, but it doesn't have to be a dangerous one as long as campers use some common sense.

Caribou census yields steady herd numbers
The Kenai Lowlands caribou herd is about the same size as last year, but apparently feeling less sociable.

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