Thursday, July 6, 2000

State says fuel from spill found in Susitna River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Jet fuel from a train derailment north of Talkeetna last December has reached the Susitna River, a state environmental official said Wednesday.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rep. Young sponsors hunting bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- If the federal government closes one area to hunting, it should open another, says Rep. Don Young, who has introduced a bill to make that the law.

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.

Kodiak man killed by bulldozer
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak man was killed when he was run over by a bulldozer, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Bristol Bay salmon returns hit or miss
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Commercial salmon fishing in Bristol Bay this summer is either excellent, average or awful depending upon which river system fishermen choose.

World War Two veteran dies after collapsing during speech
KENAI (AP) -- A World War Two veteran died after he collapsed while addressing a crowd at a weekend patriotic rally in Soldotna.

Stankavich named new president, CEO of APRN
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Paul Stankavich has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the Alaska Public Radio Network.

FAA requires further environmental study for Juneau airport
JUNEAU (AP) -- Projects that would expand the Juneau International Airport into adjacent wetlands cannot proceed without a full-blown environmental impact statement, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday.

Anchorage man challenges two-ballot primary election
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage activist has filed for a temporary injunction to block the state from issuing two ballots for the August primary election.

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.

Private consultants largely echo recent FAA audit of Alaska Airlines
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines needs more personnel to improve safety monitoring, internal communication, maintenance and flight operations, according to consultants hired by the regional carrier.

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.

Rafters rescued from Chulitna River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six rafters who were trapped by fallen trees in the Chulitna River in Denali State Park were rescued Wednesday, National Park Service officials said.

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.

Body of missing Shageluk woman found
BETHEL (AP) -- Searchers on Wednesday recovered the body a Shageluk woman who had been missing for almost a week, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Talkeetna woman dies in motorcycle crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Talkeetna woman died when she crashed her motorcycle near Chena Hot Springs, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

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.

Alaskans appointed to North Pacific fisheries council
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Alaskans have been appointed to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Troopers release names of two weekend crash victims
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers on Wednesday released the names of two of the six people who were killed in the weekend car crash near Fairbanks.

Williams Alaska buys stake in trans-Alaska oil pipeline
TULKA, Okla. (AP) -- Williams Alaska Petroleum has completed its purchase of a 3.1 percent stake in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline from Mobile Alaska Pipeline Co.

After 6 months, Dallas man still sequestered in town house, living off Internet
DALLAS -- DotComGuy has passed the halfway mark without losing it.

Identity theft is increasing problem, so guard your personal data
NEW YORK (AP) -- California attorney Mari J. Frank vividly remembers the telephone call she received four years ago that turned her life upside down.

Business Briefs
Soldotna Progress Days are comingOil and gas proposals under studySoldotna chamber speakers announcedProcess proposed for renewing pipeline leasesCOMTECH 2001 set for FebruaryTesoro buys gas stationsAlaska USA receives top rating

Audit says IRS owes taxpayers $25 million in excess payments
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of taxpayers overpaid $25 million in income taxes that should have been credited to their accounts or refunded by the Internal Revenue Service, according to an independent audit that cites computer problems as the main culprit.

On The Money
Here's how to get in touch with the national credit bureaus to get a copy or your credit report or notify of identity theft. Note that there's generally a fee of $8 or so for each credit report requested.

Saudi Arabian announcement sparks early-week crude futures selloff
Crude oil prices plummeted 7 percent Wednesday after Saudi Arabia signaled it may soon begin producing an additional half-million barrels a day to cut short a relentless rise in oil prices that could threaten world economic growth.

Manufacturing still vital
NEW YORK (AP) -- According to some popular accounts, manufacturing in America is on the decline, a relic of the old industrial era that's now replaced by the information and service economy.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Dena'ina Heritage Day program rescheduledHomer students lead forest tours at Pratt MuseumBreast cancer mobile unit comes to KenaiLose weight at the Nikiski PoolMeeting held to discuss bark beetle mitigationMothers, daughters do lunch at Old Town Restaurant

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.

Bristol Bay run props inlet prices
A lower-than-projected sockeye salmon return in Bristol Bay is bolstering Cook Inlet fish prices.

Nikiski girl aims for completion of title at Soldotna dog show
Kira Nickel slips her hand through the leather strap and sits on the edge of her porch.

Harry's coming! River City Books celebrates Harry Potter's latest adventure
The popular storybook character Harry Potter will be the star of a party at River City Books in Soldotna, held to celebrate the release of his newest adventure, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," on Saturday.

Male-dominated world makes room for cowgirl poet
MANTECA, Calif. -- Perhaps the horse's gait sets her rhythm. From a walking clip-clop, clip-clop to the dull pounding of galloping hooves, Loretta Lagomar-sino's poetry flows out of her with the same measure and balance.

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What takes place at the dog show?
The Kenai Kennel Club Dog Show that will be held this weekend at Skyview High School is actually three shows.

Burton holds off big names for Pepsi 400 win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- All the big names were bearing down on Jeff Burton at the close of the Pepsi 400 on Saturday night.

Points standings
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Money leaders
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New Hampshire 300
There's been a curious glow coming from the south side of Atlanta lately. Lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the middle of summer mean one of two things the groundskeepers forgot to turn them off before they went home or the Indy Racing League is back in town.

Season's first half settles little
ATLANTA -- For Bobby Labonte, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season is half-full. For Jeff Gordon, it's half-empty.

Nascar racing schedule

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.

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.

Report recommends delaying high school exit exams
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The state should delay a new high school exit exam because students aren't ready and neither is the test, an independent report said.

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.

Photo feature: Up and away
With a cloud bank and Resurrection Bay nearly 3,000 feet below them, women competing in Tuesday's Mount Marathon race approach the summit.

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.

Fore! Red Cross set to tee off annual golfing fund-raiser
People rarely think about disasters until they are a threat, but the American Red Cross is always ready to provide relief to victims of various emergencies.

Program brings outer space to cyberspace
With the stroke of a pen last Thursday, Kenai Mayor John Williams signed an agreement that will bring Challenger Learning Center of Alaska programs to the state's most remote schools via the Internet.

Swanson River paddlers, Sterling youth spot smoldering campfires
Residents of Nikiski have good reason to be thankful for a group of canoeists who traveled along the Swanson River last week. They prevented what may have been a disastrous wildfire.

Sen. Stevens to give keynote address at Friday grand opening ceremony
Kenai is counting down the final minutes to the official "launch ceremony" Friday for the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Researchers disagree on Bigfoot reports
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- Two researchers looking into reports of curious tracks on the Lower Hoh Indian Reservation have come to different conclusions about whether they might have been caused by Bigfoot.

Weekly campfire programs
List of Captain Cook Campground programs.

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.

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.

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.

Stage set for Episcopalians' debate on homosexuality
DENVER (AP) -- The national convention for America's 2.4 million Episcopalians opened Wednesday with a divisive issue potentially on the table: whether individual dioceses can decide to ordain gays and bless homosexual relationships.

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.

Colorado board backs use of 'In God we trust' in schools
DENVER (AP) -- In a meeting that began with a prayer, the Colorado Board of Education voted Thursday to urge public schools to post the motto ''In God we trust'' on their walls.

Episcopal church mulls alliance with Lutherans
DENVER (AP) -- Episcopal Church members are considering an alliance with the country's largest Lutheran denomination, a move leaders said would be a big step forward for Christians.

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.

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.

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.

Post 20 proves to be a little too hospitable to baseball squad from Idaho
Spectators at Coral Seymour Memorial Park were seeing double Wednesday afternoon.

Minsk mystery man advances
WIMBLEDON, England -- Ladies and gentlemen, the Wimbledon men's semifinalists: Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Patrick Rafter and -- Vladimir Voltchkov?

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.

Injured Martinez left off AL All-Star roster at request of Red Sox
NEW YORK -- Pedro Martinez is dominating the All-Star game, and he won't even be pitching it.

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.

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.

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.

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