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Friday, July 6, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Southcentral hay farmers optimistic over harvest
WASILLA (AP) -- After two years of dismal hay harvests, horse owners and livestock ranchers may be in luck.

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.

Anchorage police release identity of officer who shot fugitive
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police Thursday identified the officer who shot a man in the woods near Eklutna last week.

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

Man convicted in drunk driving death that spurred remembrance
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 40-year-old Anchorage man has pleaded no contest to second-degree homicide and driving while intoxicated in the death of 20-year-old student a year ago.

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.

New lodge may spark Richardson Highway tourism
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Princess Tours plans to route several thousand people up the Richardson Highway next summer, a place where tourism giants now have virtually no presence.

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.

Ketchikan councilman drops horse ban proposal
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Horses can breathe easier in Ketchikan now that City Council member Steve Williams has backed down from his campaign to ban horse-drawn vehicles from city streets and the downtown dock.

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.

Ketchikan shipyard workers to vote on union
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Employees of Alaska Ship and Drydock in Ketchikan are scheduled to vote July 26 on whether to have a union represent them.

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.

Coleman products have been illuminating the wilderness for a century
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Many an American has hit the road for a camping trip with a Coleman lantern and stove packed in with the sleeping bags and marshmallows.

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.

Favorite Kenai river angling spots to reopen with platforms, boardwalks
KENAI (AP) -- After six years of closure, two public fishing areas on the north side of the Kenai River are reopening just in time for anglers to take advantage of them this season.

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.

Doyon president's condition worsens
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Doyon Ltd. President Rosemarie Maher's condition has worsened from serious to critical, a spokeswoman for Fairbanks Memorial Hospital said Thursday.

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.

Historian to join fishermen in Kenai River Classic
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Stephen Ambrose, the historian and best-selling author, will participate in this year's Kenai River Classic, a fishing fund-raiser.

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.

Loose dogs accused of killing spree
KENAI (AP) -- State officials are cracking down on destructive dogs in the Kenai Peninsula.

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

Knowles vetoes two bills, signs 30
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles vetoed a bill Thursday that would have let a private firm build a railroad to the eastern edge of Denali National Park.

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.

Woman killed in Seward Highway crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman was killed and several people were injured Thursday in two crashes on Alaska's highways, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

PenAir deals winning bid for Adak flights
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Peninsula Airways has been chosen to provide regular flight service between Anchorage and Adak.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nenana boarding home attracting high-schoolers from around Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Enrollment applications are already coming in for the new Nenana Student Living Center, even though construction of the 96-person boarding home isn't expected to be completed until early August.

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.

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.

All-Star nepotism
NEW YORK -- Here's another reason to hate New York: Joe Torre picked seven Yankees for the AL All-Star team.

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.

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

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

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

Unique Kenai River in spotlight
Smoke and high water have not deterred dignitaries and celebrities from the eighth annual Kenai River Classic. The invitational salmon tournament, which began Thursday night, has attracted a record number of participants this year.

Kenai River getting better
Timing is everything. Last week, forest fires were the peninsula and the Kenai River was on the brink of a flood. By Thursday, the fires were contained and the river was clearing and dropping, just in time for the start of the annual Kenai River Classic.

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.

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

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

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

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

Earnhardt tragedy still fresh for drivers at Daytona
Workers tow a jet engine behind a pickup truck to dry the track Thursday at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for practice for the Pepsi 400 NASCAR race.

Schedule
Schedule for Winston Cup series

Points standings
Winston Cup series points standing

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

Money leaders
Money leaders in the Nascar Winston Cup series.

Soldotna woman critically injured in fatal wreck on Seward Highway
A head-on collision has resulted in one death and one person in critical condition.

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.

EPA opens criminal probe of Nikiski oil leak
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.

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.

Photo feature: Where's the beef?
A bread stick on the sidewalk fails to appease Rachel Wells' dog Guinness as he waits for her to come out of a restaurant in Seward Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters hitting the road
In a parade of cars and buses flowing west on the Seward Highway toward Anchorage, firefighters left the dwindling Kenai Lake and Mystery Hills fires Wednesday evening and throughout the day Thursday.

Recent rainfall aids in lifting of burn ban
Due to substantial rainfall on the Kenai Peninsula, officials have lifted the burn ban on open fires on federal, state and private lands.

Fire bombers drop fertilizer, clay, rust
Fire retardant dropped by fixed-wing water bombers is more than just water, and it's not used to put out fires.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Oilers finish trip with loss
The Peninsula Oilers finished off their eight-game road trip with a 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Alaska Goldpanners at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks Tuesday.

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

Applause
Central peninsula rolls out red carpet for visiting volunteers

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

No good excuse to let dogs roam wherever they will
The excuses run as rampant as the dogs

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.

Shaped by ancient fire and ice, waterway twists to age-old tune
Everyone on the central Kenai Peninsula knows the Kenai River and where it goes. But few know where it came from and how it got the way it is.

Caution advised for Kenai River boaters
The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation advises all boaters on the Kenai River to take extra safety precautions during this time of high water. Unusually swift currents and cold waters can make boating more challenging and dangerous than normal.

Wildflower extravaganza just warming up
HOMER -- Summertime in Alaska is an explosion of growth, a time for expending energy, for getting up early and staying up late, taking advantage of the long hours of daylight to fish, frolic and even work.

Counting heads on the Killey
Mark Twain, comparing water in the west with the Mississippi River, didn't consider anything you could jump over or wade across a river. The Killey River in many parts of the world would be called a creek, except at high water, like now.

Hard-to-find hummingbirds make presence know in Alaska
I am often asked, "What is the smallest bird in Alaska?" That's easy, the rufous hummingbird. Your typical rufous hummingbird is less than 4 inches long and weighs 3.25 grams, only slightly heavier than a penny.

Around the Peninsula
Fire-training class scheduled Meeting to quit smoking plannedPeninsula mayors face off on drag strip SaturdayAdult leaders neededSpruce beetles to be discussedTalk on brown bears to be heldCARTS meeting slatedGolf tournaments plannedSwimming lessons scheduledOffice relocation on scheduleTickets on saleDepartment needs assistance with tagged fish

Church Briefs
Special guest featured Nature to be Bible school theme Soldotna chapel plans Vacation Bible school Spiritual poems sought

Merger among Mennonites approved
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After nearly two decades of negotiation, the nation's two largest Mennonite denominations overwhelmingly approved a merger Thursday that creates the 125,000-member Mennonite Church USA.

Theologians see conservation as directive from God
Everyone knows the basics: don't kill, don't steal, don't commit adultery. Now, in this year of rolling blackouts and spiking gasoline prices, some think it may also be a sin to drive an SUV.

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

Callaway leaves legacy of friendship, innovation, marketing genius
Annika Sorenstam cried when she was told Thursday morning that Ely Callaway had died of cancer. Stephen Ames stared wide-eyed in disbelief when he heard the news. Others simply marveled at the legacy the golf club pioneer left behind.

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.

Armstrong hopes for clean Tour de France
PARIS -- Lance Armstrong knows this year's Tour de France will be tough. He just hopes it will be clean, too.

Capriati bows out gracefully
WIMBLEDON, England -- Discussing the end of her Grand Slam winning streak, Jennifer Capriati shrugged, smiled and summed it up: ''Oh, well.''

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.

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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