Sunday, July 2, 2000

Teen-ager raped by stranger in Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- A teen-ager was grabbed from behind and pulled into some bushes were she was raped, authorities said.

Fishing boat sinks, crew spends two hours in water
KODIAK (AP) -- Crewman Ben Schulman managed to pull on his survival suit before the 32-foot F/V Jeanne Marie sank, but Capt. Russell Lowman went over the side holding his suit.

Citizens group campaigns against wildlife initiative
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Public Interest Research Group is starting a door-to-door campaign against a ballot measure that would prevent voters from deciding wildlife issues.

Historic boat goes on display at Valdez museum
VALDEZ (AP) -- A 61-year-old fishing boat that survived the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and later scooped up oil from the Exxon Valdez spill is taking on a new role as a museum piece.

Weeds overgrow historic Clay Street Cemetery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Weeds have so overgrown the Clay Street Cemetery and its unmarked graves that it's impossible to tell whether one grave contains the body of Mary Pedro.

Alaska projects get funding in military construction bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The nation's military construction plan is coming together, and it includes money for a variety of Alaska projects.

Researchers to try and control grasshopper population
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Most tourists to the Delta Junction area are encouraged to stay as long as they want, but these visitors are getting the cold shoulder.

Interior firefighters having trouble with bears
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- As if battling a large Interior fire wasn't enough to do, firefighters working near Clear Air Station are also contending with nuisance bears.

Juneau man found dead in motel room
JUNEAU (AP) -- Police are investigating the death of a man found Thursday at his home in a motel room.

Federal bill includes $5 million for Sealife Center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The cash-strapped Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward may be getting more time to get its financial affairs in order through a $5 million allocation in an emergency spending bill approved by Congress on Friday.

Soldotna to have parks and recs department
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Beginning Saturday, Soldotna will have a parks and recreation department.

Railroad prepares to dig trench to keep fuel from river
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad is preparing to dig a trench between the site of a 120,000 gallon jet fuel spill and the Susitna River now that fuel has been found in test wells closer to the river, officials said Friday.

State board sets marks for high school exit exams
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state school board Friday endorsed passing marks for the exam Alaska students will have to pass to get a high school diploma beginning 2002.

Knowles signs budget, vetoes money for Juneau road
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed the state's budget bills into law Friday, claiming the Legislature had approved three-quarters of the added money he sought for children's programs and education.

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Around the Peninsula
God and Country Rally tonightFire danger high on Kenai Peninsula

Digging history
Journey through time unfolds near Soldotna

Dena'ina Dig 2000 lets folks get their hands dirty
For those who want to experience an archaeological dig from ground level, the Dena'ina Dig 2000 provides that opportunity. The archaeology camp and retreat for women will be held Aug. 13-18 on a 20-acre village site southwest of Soldotna.

State seeks feedback
It's been more than a week since the state released recommended cut-off scores for passing the new Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam.

Vehicle-bicycle collision leads to fatality
A collision between a vehicle and a bicycle early Friday morning claimed the life of a Nikiski youth and left a second in critical condition.

Despite results, educators upbeat about exit exam scores
Eyebrows went up around the state when Education Commis-sioner Rick Cross announced June 23 that only one third of sophomores taking the first Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam passed the mathematics section.

Enthusiasm builds for line to Lower 48
A pipeline to the Lower 48 likely will be the first project to bring North Slope natural gas to market, a top Phillips Alaska Inc. executive said Friday.

Photo feature: Viking farewell
Friends and family of Ernie Poole gather around a hand-made replica of a Viking boat containing his ashes and memorabilia during a remembrance on the beach in Kenai Friday evening. After a brief service, the boat was set adrift where archers ignited it with flaming arrows. Poole died in March following a brief battle with cancer. His wife, Patricia, said he often talked about wanting to be sent out to sea in a burning boat in Viking fashion after watching the movie "Rocket Gibralter" so she promised him she would honor his wishes.

LNG project also facing hurdles
Phillips Alaska Inc., Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd., Marubeni Corp. and BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. are members of an industry consortium exploring the feasibility of a pipeline to bring North Slope gas to Nikiski or Valdez.

Robert Lawrence Borgen III
Nikiski resident Robert Lawrence Borgen III died Friday, June 30, 2000, in Kenai after injuries sustained from a bicycle/automobile accident. He was 15.

Northcutt, Hatfield to marry July 20
Kimberly North-cutt of Soldotna and Dustin Hatfield, airman first class, of Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachu-setts, will be married July 20 in a 7 p.m. ceremony at Liberty Baptist Church.

Ospina, Todd plan Cooper Landing wedding
Maria Ximena Ospina Vesga of Cali, Colombia, and Trevor S. Todd of Soldotna have announced their plans to marry in a 1 p.m. ceremony Saturday at the Cooper Landing Community Center.

Ward, Cook to wed at Princess Lodge
Starr M. Ward of Kenai and Stephen D. Cook of Nikiski will be married July 27 in a 3:30 p.m. ceremony at the Kenai Princess Lodge in Cooper Landing.

First-year event makes competitors endure a run, bike and run on rugged trails
The first-ever Tsalteshi Duathlon proved to be a success with its run-bike-run format -- enough so that it will become an annual event, though it may have to be renamed the Rubber Legs Challenge.

Driving on a wing and a prayer
The Alaska Sprint Tour rolled into the Twin City Raceway Friday, living up to its billing as "the wildest dirt show under the midnight sun" with plenty of wheel-to-wheel racing on the three-eighths mile oval.

Oilers look to build on 6-2 road trip
When Peninsula Oilers second baseman Danny Garcia arrived in Anchorage on June 23 at about 11 a.m., his mind could have been on a lot of things.

Devilishly good time
For the past year, Scott Gomez of the New Jersey Devils has had his mind focused on one thing -- putting the puck in the net.

Electric fence new weapon against hungry bears
Every summer for the last seven or eight years, brown bears have been irresistibly drawn to Hjalmar Olson's yard by the rich scents of drying salmon. They've ripped through the chicken wire surrounding the fish rack and torn through the plywood smokehouse to plunder the salmon.

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