Thursday, July 5, 2001

Mushers sign up for Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A dozen mushers have signed up to run next year's Yukon Quest from Fairbanks to Whitehorse.

Teen dies in collision on highway in south Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A head-on collision killed a teen-age girl Wednesday night on the Seward Highway about 15 miles south of downtown Anchorage.

Oregon woman injured in accident south of Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Oregon woman remains in critical condition after the truck she was in struck a trailer that jackknifed on a rural highway.

Wasilla man jailed after release from hospital
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Wasilla man who fled from Alaska State Troopers last week in his motor home and was later shot by Anchorage police appeared in court Tuesday and was sent to jail.

Coast Guard, Alaska highway spending rises in House budget
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Don Young's drive to add $300 million to President Bush's Coast Guard budget fizzled last week in the House appropriations process, but the agency remains in line for a substantial increase.

Chain stores stop handgun sales elsewhere, but not in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Handgun sales in Alaska are so profitable that while corporate headquarters of three major chains have either banned the sales of handguns or ammunition for them on a national basis, they've given their Alaska stores carte blanche to sell to faithful customers.

Judge tells library to put gay pride display back up
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered the city to reinstall a gay pride exhibit at its main library.

Doyon president hospitalized
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The president and chief executive officer of Interior Alaska's Native corporation was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Wednesday after experiencing chest pains.

Army explodes tube containing commercial fireworks in Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- Army explosives experts were sent to Kodiak on Tuesday to dispose of a small tube containing commercial fireworks discovered in the parking lot of a sporting goods store.

EPA seizes documents as part of oil leak investigation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a criminal investigation into an oil leak that soiled a Nikiski beach in May and has been linked to oil sheens in Cook Inlet, according to state and federal environmental agencies.

EPA administrator plans visits to rural Alaska
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Christine Todd Whitman, the Environmental Protection Agency's administrator, plans reviews of rural water and sewer needs while in Alaska for the next five days.

Driver dies in Seward Highway head-on collision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The driver of a sedan on the Seward Highway died Thursday after colliding head-on with a pickup truck.

Probe finds oil sheen on North Slope was natural seep
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An oily sheen that appeared on the Colville River on Alaska's North Slope alarmed biologists and triggered an overnight investigation by government and industry.

Drive-by shooter wounds Anchorage man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A drive-by shooter wounded a man attending a barbecue at a south Anchorage apartment complex Wednesday.

Ouzinkie man dies in fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Ouzinkie man died Monday after he was overcome by fumes and smoke while apparently trying to get out of a burning house.

Kemppel, Precosky repeat Mount Marathon wins
SEWARD (AP) -- Three-time Olympian Nina Kemppel won her seventh Mount Marathon race on Wednesday, setting the record for most wins by a woman.

Guard officer settles whistleblower claim
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska Air National Guard officer has collected $55,000 from the state of Alaska to settle a whistleblower case, according to his attorney.

Fort Wainwright man injured on four-wheeler
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright soldier remains in critical condition after hitting a tree on a four-wheeler Tuesday night.

Kodiak fisherman shoots bear in self-defense
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak fisherman beachcombing on the southeast side of the island last week shot a bear that charged him from the water.

Number of fishermen decline at Bristol Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Low prices and a poor red salmon run forecast are keeping scores of commercial fishermen from Bristol Bay this summer.

North Pole man found guilty of growing marijuana
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man accused of running a marijuana growing operation has been found guilty of one count of manufacturing a controlled substance.

Rain aids control of major wildfires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two of Alaska's five major wildfires were declared contained Tuesday night with help from low clouds and rain.

Teen-age boy drowns at Fort Richardson
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 17-year-old boy drowned early Wednesday in a Fort Richardson lake.

Knowles signs bills on drunk driving
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Tuesday signed into law several bills pushed by the Republican majority to toughen drunk driving laws, including one that lowers the legal limit for driving to a blood alcohol content of .08 percent.

State surplus higher than predicted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- High oil prices and booming corporate profits will give the state of Alaska a larger than expected budget surplus, according to a report released by the Revenue Department on Tuesday.

Sen. Stevens says Senate shifting to favor ANWR development
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens says he thinks there are now enough votes in the Senate to win approval for oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but not enough votes to halt a filibuster on the issue.

State alerts agencies to release of sex offender
JUNEAU (AP) -- Prison officials are notifying Juneau schools and law enforcement agencies about the scheduled release Wednesday of Jack Leck II, convicted of child molestation nearly 20 years ago after investigators found photos of nude boys from Anchorage and Fairbanks in his Anchorage home.

Rain aids control of major wildfires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rain continued to dampened wildfire activity across Alaska on Thursday, and three major wildfires were declared contained, including one near the Sterling Highway on the Kenai Peninsula that had more than 400 firefighters at work.

Johnson punches out 13 in Diamondbacks victory
HOUSTON -- Randy Johnson struck out 13 batters in the first five innings, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Houston Astros 3-2 Wednesday.

Twins baseball and apple pie -- a perfect combination
Baseball and apple pie on the Fourth of July -- the only thing that made a good day even better was the American Legion Post 20 Twins' crisp play in their doubleheader Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Athletics take advantage of Angels slump
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Cory Lidle (2-4) pitched five-hit ball over 7 2-3 innings, extending Anaheim's losing streak to a season-high seven as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Angels 2-0 Wednesday.

New hotel set to open in April
In a state covered in evergreens and birch, an Aspen is sprouting in Soldotna.

Stevens: Senate now favors ANWR development
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens says he thinks there are now enough votes in the Senate to win approval for oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but not enough votes to halt a filibuster on the issue.

World Business Briefs

Business briefs
GCI plans high-speed Internet service ACS Wireless opens new teleconferencing service Soldotna chamber speakers announced Unemployment falls in Kenai borough Phillips secures funding for Venezuelan project Phillips expands Texas refinery

What's Happening
Best Bet, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events, Films

Art, friendship themes of play
Three men, best friends for 15 years, find their relationship thrown into tumult when one of them buys a white on white painting for 200,000 francs, in "Art," a play by Yasmina Reza.

Actor who portrays son of mob boss in real trouble after arrest
NEW YORK -- This time, Robert Iler is in real trouble.

Fiction about former first family includes Elvis, Fergie roles
LARCHMONT, N.Y. (AP) -- Imagine this: Bill Clinton is frightened out of Chappaqua by the Headless Horsewoman, then returns years later to find his wife is president and has married Elvis Presley.

Aussie quintet to perform at Seldovia Folk Festival
The first Seldovia Folk Fes-tival is being billed as "like playing for friends around a kitchen table, only a little bigger."

Art Briefs
Soldotna museum open for summer Seward gallery plans special July exhibit Soldotna library sponsors contest Musicians sought for festival

Site of last Elvis concert to be razed
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kay Lipps remembers Elvis Presley's final concert like it was yesterday.

pepsi 400
Where: Daytona International Speedway's 212-mile tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the corners, a 3,400-foot backstretch and a 3,800-foot front stretch located at Daytona Beach, Fla.

Points standings
Winston Cup series points standing

Money leaders
Money leaders in the Nascar Winston Cup series.

Schedule for Winston Cup series

Dodge teams experience difficulties
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- As a car owner, Chip Ganassi never gets tired of winning races. Or championships.

Earnhardt haunts racing's return to Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- There are no monuments to Dale Earnhardt at Daytona International Speedway, only the competitive spirit that will become the driving force of Saturday night's Pepsi 400.

Decked out for the Fourth
This little motorist declares her independence from riding with the folks as she putts along during Kenai's Independence Day parade Wednesday.

Kenai Lake blaze in control
Fires don't stop to commemorate the Fourth of July, and sometimes neither can firefighters.

23 bunnies dead in canine killing spree
Killers are on the loose in some Kenai Peninsula neighborhoods: canine killers.

Woman 'gives back' with fund-raising bike ride
The only bike Annette Pankoski owned was an old Kmart special with a tire rim she tried to straighten by standing on it.

Peninsula World War II veterans fly vintage bombers again
Lee Dotson of Soldotna was not afraid of dying when the Consolidated B-24 Libera

Helen Turnage-Stuck
Kenai resident Helen Mearns Turnage-Stuck died Sunday, July 1, 2001, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage of natural causes. She was 56.

Pauline Elizabeth (Baker) Waters
Former Kenai and Soldotna resident Pauline Elizabeth (Baker) Waters, of Torrington, Wyo., died Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at a Denver hospital.

Mary Lou Moore
Soldotna resident Mary Lou Moore died Friday, June 29, 2001, at the Regional Hospital in Seattle, Wash. She was 67.

Joseph T. Hope
Soldotna resident Joseph T. Hope died Monday, July 2, 2001, at his home. He was 67.

John J. Linnemann
Anchorage resident, John Joseph Linnemann died Saturday, June 30, 2001, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage of complications resulting from an intracranial hemorrhage. He was 75.

Letters to the Editor
Over years, road maintenance has become road destruction 'Family Fun in Midnight Sun' event truly a cooperative effort

45 million acres of state's national park land open to some type of hunting
Most visitors don't associate hunting with our national parks. Just the thought outrages some.

What could be more natural?
What do you think of when you hear the term "organic"? Natural. Safe. Healthy. Of course!

Birch Ridge Report
The weather has been absolutely spectacular. But the recent "raindrops from heaven" are much needed and appreciated!

Winners and still champs
Every year, due to snow and its resulting avalanches and runoff, the punishing and treacherous course runners take up and down 3,022-foot Mount Marathon changes just a little bit.

Kenai Golf Report
The weather is perfect for playing golf. This is certainly one of the warmest summers I can remember in a very long time. I have seen more knees on the golf course this year than any other.

Restless brown, black bears on move now, too
This is the time of year to be alert for bear problems in your own back yard.

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