Sunday, July 1, 2001

Interior spending bill includes money for Alaska projects
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal spending bill includes $2.25 million to plan and start building the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center in Fairbanks.

Former bus driver, scout volunteer charged with child porn possession
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Anchorage school bus driver and volunteer for the Boy Scouts was arrested by Anchorage police Friday and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

Missing National Guard trainee returns to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 19-year-old Alaska National Guard trainee who was missing for months in Illinois returned to Alaska Friday.

Flags lowered for trooper; funeral set
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Flags will be lowered to half-staff and funeral services held Monday for Fish and Wildlife Protection Trooper James A. Moen of McGrath.

Quake reported in Interior
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake shook part of the Interior early Saturday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

Firefighters get a break from the weather
ANCHORAGE -- Rain helped crews battling a wildfire near Tok while cooler temperatures, higher humidity and diminishing winds helped firefighters get the upper hand on fires near Nenana and Kenai Lake Saturday.

Some ships still appear to be putting out too much smoke
JUNEAU (AP) -- Cruise ships visiting the capital city are investing in new technology to reduce smoke emissions, but preliminary tests show some appear to still be struggling to meet state air standards.

Fort Wainwright soldier indicted on kidnapping, sex abuse charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright soldier has been indicted on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual abuse.

Search continues for missing Cordova Kayakers
CORDOVA (AP) -- The search for two kayakers missing near Cordova continued Saturday.

Missing tourist found dead in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a German tourist reported missing in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve was found near the bottom of a 300-foot cliff Friday.

Transportation secretary to visit Alaska
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta will visit Alaska next week.

Williams powers Yankees past D-Rays
NEW YORK -- Bernie Williams hit a pair of two-run homers and Tino Martinez also connected Saturday as the New York Yankees rallied from four runs down to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-4.

Giants rally to beat Cards; Bonds rests wrist
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz drove in two runs with an eighth-inning single as the San Francisco Giants rallied to win in Barry Bonds' absence, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 Saturday.

Twins sweep West, complete climb back to .500
One of the hardest skills to learn is patience, but the American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team is quickly learning that virtue.

Yankees get closer Wohlers from Reds
NEW YORK -- Five years after helping the New York Yankees win the World Series, Mark Wohlers has a chance to try to do it again.

Lazier wins inaugural IRL race at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. -- Buddy Lazier took the lead when his two chief challengers took each other out with 37 laps to go Saturday night and went on to win the SunTrust Indy Challenge, an IRL race that looked a whole lot like NASCAR.

Petition seeks attention to 'burning' concerns
Kenai Peninsula residents aren't just blowing smoke when it comes to the Kenai Lake wildfire.

Friday night accident
Emergency responders work on clearing a three-vehicle accident from the Sterling Highway at Tern Lake, near the intersection of the Seward Highway on Friday night.

Kenai Lake blaze nearly under control
Smoke didn't hang in the air above the Kenai Lake Fire. It was the air.

Crown Point residents concerned about fallout
Keeping a worried eye on their homes and businesses were residents of the Moose Pass, Crown Point and Lawing communities.

Fire officials offer tips for homeowners
With fires wreaking havoc in nearby woods, now may be the perfect time to fire-proof surrounding areas, just in case.

Officials still advising caution
The rising of the Kenai River and its upper tributaries has slowed due to a change in weather, said Ben Balk of the National Weather Service's Alaska River Forecast Center on Saturday.

Protection of Sterling Highway becomes high priority for firefighters
Airplanes dropping fire retardant have slowed the Mystery Hills Fire's southerly movement toward the Sterling

James A. Moen
Eagle River and McGrath resident James A. Moen, died in the line of duty Monday, June 25, 2001, near Iliamna in an airplane crash. He was 49.

Oilers tied up after 13
The Peninsula Oilers were locked in an extra-innings battle with the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks that was suspended due to darkness at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks Saturday.

Responsibility falls on consumers when privacy is an issue
You've probably received at least one "privacy notice" in the mail, more likely you've been i

Applause
Skyview says thanks

Weaving the fabric of our lives
The Kenai Peninsula is, for me, a blanket in which is woven a sense of belonging. Sometimes, it's a layer that adds warmth in the midst of a seemingly cold and hostile world. Other times, it's a glittering piece of fabric that I proudly share with others.

Privacy notices get scant attention from consumers
WASHINGTON -- Many Americans greeted the billion-plus ''privacy notices'' in the mail recently with a hook shot into the trash can. Now that big yawn may become a collective ''oops.''

Spinks, Strausbaugh plan July wedding
The future bride is the daughter of Liana Spinks of Soldotna and the niece of Loni Thirlwell of Kasilof. She is a 1999 graduate of Skyview High School and employed at Enstar Natural Gas.

Allergy group forming to help area residents
I always try to count my blessings for the good health I've been granted. Recently my eyes have been opened to the challenges of families and individuals dealing with food allergies.

Around the Peninsula
All ground fires prohibited City requests water conservation Volunteer meeting slated Celebrate the Fourth in Homer Tribe to hold celebration City council meeting rescheduled No chamber meeting planned Holiday closes health center Writing contest planned

My Best Friend
Hugh Edwards' 9-year-old sheltie Nikki certainly knows how to get around. Mr. Edwards and Nikki live in Soldotna.

Breakfield, Polchies plan upcoming wedding
Natalee Breakfield and Jared Polchies, both of Soldotna, have announced their plans to wed at 3 p.m. July 21, 2001, at the College Heights Bap-tist Church. Donald Smyth will officiate.

Black belt teaches Soldotna girl much more than karate
For her 12th birthday, Samantha Hutchinson of Soldotna had a sleepover with her closest girlfriends. They watched "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken," did their hair, painted their nails and tested their makeup techniques.

Eastlick, Bankston married in May
Lori Eastlick and Pvt. 1st Class Darrell Thomas Bankston were wed May 12, 2001, in Anchorage.

Nicklaus makes move at Senior Open
PEABODY, Mass. -- Jack Nicklaus had an eagle and two birdies over the last five holes and was the leader in the clubhouse in the third round of the U.S. Senior Open when thunder and lightning forced the last 14 golfers from the course on Saturday.

Detroit acquires Hasek
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Dominik Hasek was traded by the Buffalo Sabres to the Detroit Red Wings late Saturday night for left wing Vyacheslav Kozlov, a 2002 first-round draft choice and future considerations.

Erratic Venus good enough for round of 16
WIMBLEDON, England -- As she waited for each serve, Venus Williams crouched at the baseline and swayed from side to side, as if being tugged in two directions.

Family puts three generations in Mount Marathon
Ninilchik is a fairly small town, and talk, especially when you're a bartender at the Inlet View Lodge, gets around there quickly.

Armstrong eyes third win
PARIS -- Two years ago, Lance Armstrong breathed new life into the drug-stained Tour de France, inspiring millions with a victory that marked his triumph over cancer.

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