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Wednesday, July 5, 2000

Dandelion warriors work to rid Denali park of non-native weeds
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- On a cloudy June morning, Wendy Mahovlic scrambles up a south-facing hillside in the Savage River Valley, surveys the ground and spies the long, deep-toothed leaves of taraxacum -- the common dandelion.

Isolated Hyder a hot spot for bear viewing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The small Southeast town of Hyder becomes a showcase for the food chain this time of year.

Knowles reelected chair of oil and gas commission
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles will serve a second term as chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

Defending champions conquer Mount Marathon again
SEWARD, Alaska (AP) -- Hundreds of runners celebrated July Fourth the hard way Tuesday by scrambling up and down the rocky slopes of Mount Marathon in the 73rd running of the race.

Police say 11-year-old girl sexually assaulted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 11-year-old girl was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a man who pulled her into his pickup truck, Anchorage police said.

Capt. Joel Hard named new director of Fish and Wildlife Protection
JUNEAU (AP) -- Capt. Joel Hard has been named the director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection.

Parents of learning disabled students worry about exit exams
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Parents of children with learning disabilities are concerned that high school exit exams will keep their children from getting diplomas.

Eagles on the mend, but recovery far from complete
LORTON, Va. (AP) -- Joe Witt pointed excitedly as a bald eagle swooped out of the trees and looped over Mount Vernon, the Potomac River estate of George Washington.

Bear management report urges special zones for viewing, hunting
JUNEAU (AP) -- Tourists looking for brown bears on Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof islands would have to change their expectations about up-close wildlife experiences under a policy recommended by an advisory group.

Unruly passenger forces flight to return to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Continental Airlines flight was forced to return to Anchorage Tuesday when a passenger hurled a can of beer at a flight attendant and bit one of the crew.

Unalakleet man killed in plane crash
MARSHALL (AP) -- A Unalakleet man was killed in a plane crash late Friday night, Alaska State Troopers said.

Physician allegedly allowed teen-ager to provide ER treatment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A physician could have her license suspended for allegedly allowing a teen-ager to provide emergency room treatment.

Pickup hits, kills bicyclist
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man with six previous drunken driving convictions was driving drunk when he struck and killed a college student riding her bicycle on the sidewalk along Minnesota Drive late Monday, Anchorage police said.

Around the Peninsula
Siren test to sound off ThursdayWalk features geology of Kenai RiverNew fishing access opensVisitors center features Kalifornsky writingsTournament will help chip away at cancerHistorical society to hold board meetingTour of historic cabin plannedCar wash will benefit Little Lost AngelsRecreation center to celebrate anniversary

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.

Environmentalists appeal Steens Mountain project
FRENCHGLEN, Ore. (AP) -- An environmental group is asking land use officials to halt construction of a controversial career school in a remote area on Steens Mountain.

Borough settles Kenai Area Plan appeal
There will be no changes to the management plan for state-owned lands in the Kenai Peninsula Borough under a settlement agreement filed Friday in Alaska Superior Court.

Veteran collapses at rally
Excitement and joy radiated from those attending the ninth annual God and Country Rally Sunday. But cheers quickly were replaced by concern as a World War II veteran collapsed while addressing the crowd.

Couple's belongings stolen on way to Soldotna
Just married, incorporating their honeymoon with the move to Alaska, a young couple was in the process of making a new life for themselves. But a night's stop in an Edmonton hotel in Alberta, Canada, tried to test the waters of the new marriage for Beau and Tamara Hodges.

Chamber time capsule opened
A time capsule buried in 1976 by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce gave onlookers a blast from the past when it was dug up and opened Tuesday after 24 years.

A grand Fourth of July
The sun and a crowd of hundreds welcomed the Fourth of July Parade down Willow Street in Kenai on Tuesday afternoon.

Robert Lawrence Borgen III
Nikiski resident Robert Lawrence Borgen III died Friday, June 30, 2000, due to injuries sustained from an automobile-bicycle accident in Kenai. He was 15.

Warren Roy Staats
A celebration of the life of Warren Roy Staats, 16, will be held at the Aurora Heights Assembly of God Church on McGahan Street in Nikiski at 2 p.m. Thursday. Pastor Rufus Tallent will officiate.

John R. Walsh
Longtime Alaskan John R. Walsh died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 80.

June 27: Anchorage Daily News on exit exams:
Alaska education chief Rick Cross is right when he says there's no need to panic over Alaska sophomores' high failure rate in writing and math in the first high school graduation qualifying exam.

July 2: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on university land grant:
We won't dispute that Gov. Tony Knowles has shown consistency in his opposition to expanding the University of Alaska's land grant.

June 28: Voice of the Times on Alaska's blanket primary:
Kiss the open primary goodbye. No matter how you try to juggle the system, the U.S. Supreme Court has put the kibosh on letting just any voter step into the polling place and help nominate the candidates who will represent political parties in the next general election.

June 28: Juneau Empire on oil prices and budget discipline
The fluctuating world oil price situation is wreaking havoc down South on pump prices, yet at the same time boosting Alaska's revenue to unprecedented levels.

Twins split double dip
The American Legion Post 20 Twins earned a split Monday in their doubleheader against the Wenatchee, Wash., Packers at the Soldotna Little League Fields.

Black gold in Kenai
The Peninsula Oilers followed up Monday's one-run loss to the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks with a pair of wins Tuesday, taking the first game of the doubleheader 2-1 in extra innings and then winning game two 3-0 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Elhard snaps Seward title drought in junior race
SEWARD -- Jake Elhard scored one for Seward Tuesday.

Home is where the hardware is
SEWARD -- Nina Kemppel wasn't concerned Tuesday with winning a record fifth straight Mount Marathon or tying the record for most titles won with six.

Precosky collects thoughts, defends title
SEWARD -- For Anchorage's Brad Precosky, defending the Mount Marathon title in the men's race Tuesday was all about getting away.

Bear management report urges special zones for viewing, hunting
JUNEAU (AP) -- Tourists looking for brown bears on Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof islands would have to change their expectations about up-close wildlife experiences under a policy recommended by an advisory group.

Isolated Hyder a hot spot for bear viewing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The small Southeast town of Hyder becomes a showcase for the food chain this time of year.

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