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Monday, July 10, 2000

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.

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.

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.

BC-AK--Woman Officer, CORRECTIVE,
BETHEL (AP) -- In a story about a Bethel policewoman, the Associated Press erroneously reported that Jessi Nicholson was the city's first female officer.

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.

State rejects residency challenge; Szymanski to appear on ballot
KENAI (AP) -- The state Division of Elections has ruled that Senate candidate Mike Szymanski of Anchorage can appear on the Aug. 22 primary election ballot, despite a challenge to his residency.

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.

Books can provide some quality time at fish camp
BETHEL (AP) -- Classes may be suspended for the summer, but that doesn't mean learning has to end.

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.

Forest Oil buys Forcenergy for $614.4 million
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Forest Oil Corp. of Denver has purchased Forcenergy, the Miami-based company that holds oil leases in Cook Inlet.

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.

Emergency order restricts driftnets to ''corridor''
KENAI (AP) -- The state has issued an emergency order closing most of Cook Inlet to commercial driftnet salmon fishing.

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.

Carpenter ant buildup hammering central peninsula
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- First spruce bark beetles and now carpenter ants.

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.

Remains of tuberculosis victims heading home
The remains of dozens of Alaska Natives who died from tuberculosis in at a Sitka hospital decades ago are being returned to their home villages this summer.

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.

Administration, senators ponder failed missile test
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Clinton administration officials said Sunday they expect the president will decide whether to go ahead with the next phase of a national missile defense system and not leave it up to his successor.

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.

Glacier Bay fishermen wonder, worry about future
JUNEAU (AP) -- What's the price for a lost lifestyle, wonders Richard Lundahl. He has commercial fished in Glacier Bay for more than 30 years, but was pushed out of his most productive sites by recent closures.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Lions drag racing postponedScience program to feature alien speciesNorth Peninsula Community Council to meetDEC to hold meetingSchool board meets todaySummer camp scheduledFamily members teaming up to play golfLetters seek bank account numbers

Dipnet fishery opens today on Kenai River
Spending the day submerged waist deep in the water has been a tradition since the personal-use dipnet fishery was established at the mouth of the Kenai River in 1981.

Order restricts driftnet fishing
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order that closes most of Cook Inlet to commercial driftnet salmon fishing.

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

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.

Stewart wins one for Irwin
LOUDON, N.H. -- Tony Stewart believes his sometimes-difficult rivalry with Kenny Irwin was one of the reasons for their rise in the NASCAR ranks.

Petty also had fatal accident at New Hampshire speedway
LOUDON, N.H. -- The point of impact on the wall was already painted over the day after Kenny Irwin's car hit it nearly head-on going 150 mph.

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.

Mosquitoes: What's the buzz?
Whiiiiiinnnne. Whap! They're here. They're there. The mosquitoes seem to be everywhere right now.

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.

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.

Senate candidate gets OK to appear on primary ballot
The Alaska Division of Elections has ruled that Senate hopeful Mike Szymanski of Anchorage will appear on the Aug. 22 primary election ballot, despite a challenge to his residency.

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.

July 10: Voice of the (Anchorage) Times on a national missile defense:
From all indications, the proposal to place an anti-missile defense facility in Alaska is on hold -- delayed until after the new president takes office in January.

July 5: Anchorage Daily News on the state's exit exam
Education commissioner Rick Cross said Monday that the state's high school exit exam is both a work in progress and, for now, a more telling test of Alaska's adults than its students.

July 10: Anchorage Daily News on air rage:
Alaskans do a lot of commercial flying. Most of us can tell stories about delays, lost luggage, getting bumped, flights being canceled or the Christmas trip that went to hell and took our sense of humor with it.

July 5: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the University of Alaska land grant
Most residents and property owners of Section 33 parcels in this corner of the Interior are, in a sense, trespassers.

Peninsula People
Soldotna student wins scholarship awardPeninsula students receive degreesKenai student wins scholarship Soldotna student added to honors boardFormer Kenai resident building bridgesArea students named to dean's listKenai student attends leadership forum

Births
Jodi Mae and Matthew Dale Lyndell, of Sterling, announce the birth of their son, Logan Patrick Lyndell

Community Events
Homer Community School Alaska SeaLife Center News

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

Anchorage takes first game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park since 1997
It took them four hours, 12 innings, five pitchers and numerous tense moments, but the Anchorage Bucs finally won a game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

List of injured All-Stars keeps growing
ATLANTA -- The best place to find baseball's top All-Stars this week is the trainer's room.

Green giant
WIMBLEDON, England -- Rarely emotional, Pete Sampras stood on Centre Court with his eyes glistening from tears as he scanned the stands in search of his mother and father.

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

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.

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