Sunday, July 9, 2000

Railroad says no fuel from spill in Susitna River
ANCHORAGE -- Water samples taken this week from the Susitna River showed no sign of fuel contamination from a train derailment north of Talkeetna last December, the Alaska Railroad announced Friday.

Missile intercept test fails to connect; blow to defense program. Eds: ADDS Alaska impact to story moving on national lines.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. missile interceptor launched in a burst of flame Saturday from a Pacific island missed its intended target -- a dummy warhead gliding through space, the Pentagon said.

Justice Department refuses to sanction state law barring census sampling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Justice Department has refused to approve provisions of state law barring use of sampling to adjust census figures when new legislative districts are drawn -- at least until detailed census figures are available.

First National Bank reports higher earnings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- First National Bank, the state's second-largest bank, earned slightly more in the second quarter compared to the same period in 1999, the company said Friday.

Liquor-store manager suggests booze sale ban for convicts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage-based chain of liquor stores says buying alcohol is a privilege that should be taken away from people who commit crimes after excessive drinking.

3-year-old killed in Anchorage vehicle rollover
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 3-year-old girl was killed Friday in a vehicle rollover in Eagle River, Anchorage police said Saturday.

Longtime Bush pilot honored for 1954 rescue
TALKEETNA (AP) -- Nearly half a century after he helped rescue six airmen from a deadly plane crash on a mountain ridge, Talkeetna Bush pilot Cliff Hudson got a formal ''thank you'' from the Air Force.

Cleanup of diesel fuel spill making progress
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The cleanup of about 300 gallons of diesel fuel in a Thursday tanker accident spilled north of Paxson is making progress, according to the company that owns the tanker.

Backers of election run-off plan say they've got enough names
JUNEAU (AP) -- Backers of ''instant run-off'' voting say they have more than enough signatures to put the idea on a statewide ballot in 2002.

Mild earthquake felt strongly in Anchorage
PALMER (AP) -- A mild earthquake late Friday was occurred in the Anchorage area, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said.

Bethel hires first woman police officer
BETHEL (AP) -- With a crisp blue uniform, shiny gold badge and black leather utility belt, Jessi Nicholson is making history in Bethel.

Pipeline pig snags piece of valve
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A piece of a valve from the trans-Alaska oil pipeline has been carried down the pipeline by a ''pig'' sent through the line, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. said.

Contaminated soil found at military hospital site
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- About 15,000 cubic yards of diesel-contaminated soil has been excavated at the Fort Wainwright site where a new hospital is being built, state and federal officials say.

Knowles considers emergency declaration on poor Yukon River salmon runs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- This year's salmon run on the lower Yukon River has been so poor Gov. Tony Knowles may declare it an emergency. That could mean asking the federal government for disaster aid.

Spruce beetle plague moving into Seward area
SEWARD (AP) -- The spruce bark beetle has left a trail of destruction across most of the Kenai Peninsula, but so far its impact in the Seward area has been limited.

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.

Going for the Gold
The Gold Prospectors Associa-tion of America claims are open only to GPAA members, but the U.S. Forest Service has reserved parts of Chugach National Forest for recreational mining by the public.

Going for the Gold
This is the make-or-break moment.

Ant infestation: What to do, how to avoid it
The best way to prevent carpenter ants from entering your home is to eliminate the damp wood they prefer to nest in.

Discharge proposal upsets environmental, Native groups
Environmental and Native groups are challenging proposed terms of a new permit to govern discharges to Cook Inlet from the Tesoro Alaska Petroleum Co. refinery in Nikiski.

Carpenter ants showing up in greater, peskier numbers
Officials knew they had a problem late last month when carpenter ants turned up in the Soldotna Sports Center.

Dignitaries turn out for Friday's official grand opening ceremony
The sky is no longer the limit, was the message Friday at the official launch ceremony for the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

Eva Marie Niedens
Longtime Soldotna resident Eva Marie Niedens died Friday, July 7, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 75.

DeSmidt, Taylor married in Hawaii
Anne DeSmidt and Jonathan Taylor were married March 19 in an oceanside ceremony in Haleiwa, Hawaii.

Twins get revenge on Bears
The American Legion Post 20 Twins paid Bartlett back Saturday for a sweep the Golden Bears had on the Twins earlier this season.

Oilers keep rolling
Sometimes, it's with pitching and defense. Other nights, it's the offense that gets the job done.

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