Saturday, July 7, 2001

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Applause
Central peninsula rolls out red carpet for visiting volunteers

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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