Saturday, July 1, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Community Calendar
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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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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