Friday, July 7, 2000

Troopers release names of weekend crash victims
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers Thursday released the names the remaining victims in a Sunday crash near Fairbanks that killed six.

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.

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.

Pentagon set for potentially decisive missile defense test With BC-Missile Defense-Protest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is counting down to a rocket launch Friday night that could change the course of U.S. defense policy and present the next president with one of the most contentious international arms control debates in decades.

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.

Congressional audit pans effectiveness of buybacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Buyback programs for fishing boats don't achieve their aims unless Congress also stops other boats from entering fisheries targeted for reduced competition, a congressional audit has concluded.

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.

Missing Kodiak girl declared dead; mother files lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two years after she disappeared during a camping trip, a Kodiak teenager has been declared dead.

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.

Tanker truck rolls near Paxson, spills 200 gallons of diesel
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A tanker truck overturned near Summit Lake on Thursday and spilled about 200 gallons of diesel fuel, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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.

Eagle River student winds entrepreneur scholarship
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage teen has received a $12,000 scholarship to help her pursue her education and become a future entrepreneur.

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

Appeals court finds error in day care killing trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Court of Appeals says a judge erred in the trial that resulted in the conviction of an Eagle River day care center owner for killing a 10-month-old baby in 1997.

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.

Man gets 99-year sentence for killing best friend
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 26-year-old Fairbanks man has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for killing his best friend

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.

Fairbanks gets smoke from wildfires
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Recurring wildfire smoke over Fairbanks is expected to continue for several days, and state officials have issued a health warning about it.

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

UAF drops course fees
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will have some extra money in their pockets this fall after administrators decided to eliminate course fees of $40 or less.

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.

Fairbanks set to demolish eyesore owned by ex-legislator
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A derelict building owned by former state Rep. Al Vezey of North Pole will be demolished this summer after city officials tried for nearly a decade to get the structure cleaned up. Two men died of exposure there in April after drinking alcohol and passing out.

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.

Troopers release names of weekend crash victims
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers Thursday released the names the remaining victims in a Sunday crash near Fairbanks that killed six.

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.

BP to pay state $25.3 million to settle tax dispute
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Amoco PLC will pay the state about $25.3 million to settle oil-tax issues arising in a recent audit, the state Department of Revenue said Thursday.

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.

Prices hold for Inlet reds
KENAI (AP) -- Prices for Cook Inlet sockeye salmon are holding firm, fishermen say, with production from the huge Bristol Bay run coming in below the numbers in peak years, at least so far.

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.

IHS, Ketchikan natives disagree over treatment costs
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan's Native corporation is contesting an Indian Health Service ruling on the cost of treating the corporation's members at a regional hospital in Sitka.

Ex-fire chief in Ester charged with stealing money
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former fire chief in Ester has pleaded innocent to charges that he embezzled more than $25,000 from the fire department over the last five years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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
Breast cancer mobile unit heading to SoldotnaHomesteader's stories planned at Captain CookBreast-feeding group to meet in Kenai

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
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

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

Dipnets poised for opener
There's a time for spending a day at the Russian River, enjoying the nuance of trying to latch a sockeye onto a fly.

Big kings showing in Kenai
Fishing for king salmon on the Kasilof River has slowed as the early run is tapering off, but the late-run kings are starting to make their way up the Kenai River.

New fishing access dedicated
At 2 p.m. today, Department of Natural Resources Co

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.

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.

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.

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.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainment Upcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage Events Films

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.

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.

Money leaders
Nascar money leaders

Nascar racing schedule

Points standings
Nascar point stanginds

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.

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.

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.

Kenai, Soldotna police, state troopers to promote, facilitate Project HomeSafe on peninsula
A national program to promote firearms safety will arrive in Alaska today, making gun locks available to area residents at no charge.

Shooters win top honors at statewide competition
Two Soldotna shooters won prizes in the senior division of the Alaska Sectional Championship, a practical shooting competition held June 24 and 25 at the Snowshoe Gun Club.

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.

Tender beached north of river
A fishing tender with engine problems which ran aground three days ago is

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.

Landmark work reissued
The books are back.

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.

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.

Pauline K. Sanoski
Kenai resident Pauline Kuczensky Sanoski died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 73.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Religion Briefs
Kenai Women's Aglow to hold picnicKids to star at Kenai Christian Church Methodist church gets new pastorUpper Room Ministries to host speakerMothers, daughters plan luncheon Gospel quartet to visit Soldotna

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

McCabe's offense leads Oilers past Bucs
Oilers third baseman Tim McCabe wasn't sure how many runs it was going to take to beat the Anchorage Bucs Thursday evening in an Alaska League Baseball Game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Sports Briefs
Chip Away golf tournament to benefit SoroptimistDistrict softball tourney comes to SoldotnaCook Inlet Lions postpone drag racesTwins split with Oregon teamFIFA blows chance to make World Cup historyPrice ties course record with 9-underWilliams decides to stay at Kansas

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.

Venus takes Wimbledon family feud
WIMBLEDON, England -- Advantage, big sister.

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

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