Tuesday, July 10, 2001

Delta Junction go to polls in recall effort
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Voters in Delta Junction will go the polls Tuesday to decide whether two city council members should be recalled.

State trooper saves baby from river
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state trooper saved the life of a baby after the car she was riding in went through a guard rail and plunged into the Chena River.

Imaginarium wins $475,000 science education grant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Imaginarium in Anchorage has won a $475,000 grant for science education programs.

Fairbanks men sentenced on drug, gun charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two men charged with collaborating on a 200-plant marijuana grow were each sentenced to a year in prison Monday in Superior Court.

Earthquake rattles Sitka
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A magnitude 4.7 earthquake was felt by residents of Sitka early Monday morning.

July 6 Voice of the Times on firefighting efforts around the state
Alaskans should be thankful for the noble effort being made by more than 1,000 mostly young men and women who are battling blazes across the state.

Rescuers workers find missing Juneau hiker
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Army National Guard volunteers helped rescue one of their own Monday.

Senate spending bill increases money for Fort Wainwright hospital
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Federal dollars to build a new hospital at Fort Wainwright would be bumped up to $215 million under an amendment placed on a spending bill Monday.

Group to help Native students do better in public schools
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Native group will spend up to $2 million annually in Anchorage public schools to help Native students who either are struggling or have dropped out of school.

Driver in Anchorage fatal crash had criminal history
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 19-year-old driver who crashed into an Anchorage Police Department patrol car Monday had a history of vehicle thefts and attempts to elude police.

Over 300 people attend Rural Providers conference
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- More than 300 people from around Alaska attended the 2001 Rural Providers Conference to focus attention on traditional Native values and the prevention of substance abuse.

Survival tests nothing new for lost Juneau hiker
JUNEAU (AP) -- Joshua Shrader survived the past two days lost on a Juneau mountain, nursing injuries suffered in a bad fall. But it will not go down as his most harrowing experience. He's cheated death twice before.

Three teens, police officer killed in early morning accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage police officer and three teen-agers were killed Monday in a head-on collision after a driver suspected of being drunk refused to stop for police.

July 6 Anchorage Daily News on replacing state Sen. Drue Pearce
Four quality names went to Gov. Tony Knowles Monday after Republican Party members from South Anchorage met to consider a replacement for resigned Sen. Drue Pearce.

Tour operator appeals ban on eagle baiting in preserve
HAINES -- A Haines tour operator is appealing a state order banning the baiting of eagles for observation purposes within the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

July 6 Peninsula Clarion on damage caused by free-roaming dogs
The excuses run as rampant as the dogs:

Coast Guard to try to locate Arctic Rose using sonar
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard panel investigating the sinking of the Arctic Rose will try to get a look at the vessel next week with the aid of sonar and a remotely operated camera. But Coast Guard officials said Monday they have no plans to recover the vessel or anything on it.

July 8 Anchorage Daily News on developing the Copper Center area
To drive the Richardson Highway near Copper Center on a sunny day is to know one of the great scenic vistas in

Filmmakers strive to capture spirit of Inupiat whaling culture
BARROW (AP) -- The day was warm and clear. A group of four Inupiat whalers paddled their skin boat along the remaining shore ice followed by an aluminum boat full of filmmakers with a motion picture camera grinding.

Army identifies victim of motorcycle accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Army on Monday identified a Fort Wainwright soldier who died early Saturday morning shortly after a motorcycle crash.

Kenai fire raises questions about controlled burns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Forest Service is battling to preserve the public's faith in controlled burns after losing control of its 1,100-acre prescribed burn on the north shore of Kenai Lake.

Governor orders flags lowered to honor Rabinowitz
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered Alaska flags lowered to half-staff Tuesday in memory of retired Supreme Court Justice Jay Rabinowitz. The former justice died June 16 at age 74.

False Pass fishery hopes for better July
UNALASKA (AP) -- The False Pass commercial fishing fleet is hoping that July will bring higher salmon prices.

EPA administrator promises Alaskans a receptive ear
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Environmental Protection Agency chief Christie Todd Whitman told an Anchorage audience Monday that environmental protection does not mean locking up resources.

Motorcycle accident kills Fort Wainwright soldier
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A soldier from Fort Wainwright died early Saturday morning after he crashed into a guardrail while riding an off-road motorcycle in Fairbanks, Alaska State Troopers said.

U.S. House prepares for ANWR hearing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge returns to the congressional stage Wednesday with a House committee hearing that will feature proponents and opponents of oil drilling.

Tsunami watchers live to warn of big waves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alec Medbery waded through knee-high fireweed and dandelions to a granite outcropping overlooking Palmer and rattled his keys. He opened one door in a concrete wall under the big rock, then two others. Finally, he snapped on the light bulb in a damp government-gray room. An orange cylinder sat in the center of the room.

Former state clerk charged with theft
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former clerk for the state Division of Motor Vehicles in Palmer is accused of exploiting a glitch in the agency's computer system to steal more than $10,000 in fees from customers reinstating suspended driver's licenses.

Ketchikan man sentenced for 1999 murder
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan judge sentenced Matthew Cook Jr. to 99 years in prison for the stabbing death of Harold James Trout.

Burst flowline spills about 200 gallons of crude oil in Prudhoe Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An estimated 200 gallons of crude oil spurt out of a ruptured flowline from a Prudhoe Bay well over the weekend.

Gonzalez takes Home Run Derby
SEATTLE -- Hey Barry, Luis Gonzalez is baseball's home run king, at least for this week.

Safeco Field has forever changed baseball in Seattle
SEATTLE -- When Gaylord Perry thinks back on his pitching days in the Kingdome, the Hall of Famer remembers being surrounded by the stadium's depressing gray cement walls.

From the start, All-Star game full of slights, snubs
SEATTLE -- Way before Bobby Valentine vs. Cliff Floyd, or Joe Torre vs. the world, the All-Star game already had a history of slights, snubs and squabbles.

Braves thump Red Sox
BOSTON -- Tom Glavine tossed seven shutout innings and Brian Jordan was 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Boston Red Sox 8-0 Sunday.

Salmon 101- An intro to basic fish education
If you don't know the difference between an alevin and an elver, read on. Following is a primer of salmon basics.

Fish traps
More than 40 years have passed since fish traps dotted Cook Inlet's shoreline, but Mike Steik's memories of that fishery are strong and his stories full of color.

Tagged fish landed in halibut derby
Two tagged halibut were landed by Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby ticket-holders this week, and each fish netted the lucky angler $500.

Junior's win: Too good to be true?
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Conspiracy theorists, start your engines. Actually, they've been ready since the celebration ended Saturday night at Daytona and Dale Earnhardt Jr. left with his victory in the Pepsi 400

Vandalism slows Spur Highway improvements
The frustration of summer road construction affects more than traffic. Midnight marauders are causing delays in construction and costing the public and a contractor dollars and time on the north Kenai Spur Highway project.

Aldrin still looking for space
When Buzz Aldrin joined fellow Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong in taking that "one giant leap for mankind" during the first moon walk in 1969, he had no idea just how far-ranging that giant step would be.

Red light
Despite requests from city officials and citizens alike, the state is refusing to consider traffic lights and crosswalks on Kobuk and Birch streets in Soldotna for at least 14 years.

Fish traps figured in statehood debate
After fish traps migrated to the territory of Alaska from the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800s, their efficiency was both praised and criticized. Opposition also arose over the ownership of traps by nonresident corporations and federal control over the fishery.

Kenai's Ross 'pardoned' after kangaroo court 'trial'
Kenai City Manager Rick Ross thought he was going to a work session when he walked in to the city council chambers Thursday night. But when he saw the wanted posters and the cake, he knew something was up.

Strange clouds prompt calls
A strange cloud was sighted twice near Soldotna Sunday evening.

Salmon 101
An intro to basic fish education

Ramona Cason
Sterling resident Ramona Cason died Sunday, July 8, 2001, at her daughter's home in Sterling of lung cancer. She was 72.

Oilers split double dip with Team USA
The Peninsula Oilers needed a strong performance Sunday afternoon against visiting Team USA, if for no other reason than to give the squad a shot of confidence as it prepares for a make-or-break Alaska Baseball League road trip this week.

Letters to the Editor
Legislature needs to rewrite laws regarding anonymous complaints

President Bush's plan gives all children better chance to succeed in school
With overwhelming bipartisan Senate passage of President Bush's education plan (91-8), the nation has taken a significant step toward the day when every child has the opportunity to receive a high quality education. All Alaskans should hail this significant achievement.

Alaskans should pay attention to warnings of Fiscal Policy Caucus
Kudos to the state lawmakers who are

Reshaping the Pentagon
WASHINGTON -- A distracted Lyndon Johnson once started to board the wrong helicopter. ''Mr. President, this is your helicopter over here,'' a Marine told him. ''Son,'' Johnson replied, ''they're all my helicopters.'' But as President Bush has no doubt learned, a commander-in-chief's authority is anything but absolute. It comes with lots of strings attached.

Those fighting state's wildfires routinely face danger, deserve thanks
Alaskans should be thankful for the noble effort being made by more than 1,000 mostly young men and women who are battling blazes across the state.

Funny River dinner puts firm foundation under building plans

Around the Peninsula
EDD director to speak at Soldotna chamberWomen's business round table plannedWalk For Life scheduled for SundaySwim lessons at SoHi pool start MondayRed Cross to offer class on SaturdayMeeting for vision impaired set for MondayHospital service area board meeting canceledChamber accepting nominationsElder hostel program plannedTicket sale begins

Peninsula People
Area students receive honors>Teen travels to forumSoldotna woman receives awardKenai man chosen to lead ElksCPGH announces employee certificationBoy Scouts recognize contributionsPlay day turns out winners

Garden of the week
George Rhodes' Third Avenue residence has been named the weekly winner of the Kenai Beautification Committee's summerlong Garden of the Week program.

Gail Aiken and Dave Claborn Vassiliki and Mark Powell Jennifer (Camp) Schindell and her husband, Scott Chris and Angela Miller

Community News
Floats recognized in paradeBears on cameraAlaska SeaLife Center news

Around the Peninsula
Emergency order closes salmon fishingBiologist to speak about bearsHistory to be explored at chamberProfessor to discuss plans, birdsDog show set for weekendBenefit held to raise moneyFootball camps to be offeredChristmas in July plannedElder hostel program planned

Taxes, quiet lifestyle attract retirees to fast-growing county in Tennessee
CROSSVILLE, Tenn. -- Their Florida vacation stalled by an early snow in this sleepy mountain town atop the Cumberland Plateau, Douglas and Beverly Price settled in for the weekend.

Senior Briefs
Activites at Senior Centers throughout the Peninsula

Senior Menus
Menus for Senior Centers throughout the Peninsula

Sports Briefs
Lamoreaux, Martin take Rubberlegs Duathlon Tagged fish landed in halibut derby All American Volleyball Camp comes to Homer

Hoch prevails at Western Open
LEMONT, Ill. -- Scott Hoch made a 1 1/2-foot putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Western Open by one stroke, setting a tournament record with a 21-under 267 total.

Jones unbeaten in 100
NICE, France -- Marion Jones broke swiftly and won the 100-meter dash at the Nikaia Grand Prix on Monday though a swirling wind kept her from posting a fast time.

Darling paces Rockers to win
HOUSTON -- Helen Darling scored a career-high 18 points as the Cleveland Rockers beat Houston 63-53 in WNBA action on Sunday to end the Comets' seven-game home winning streak.

Armstrong maintains third place
BOULOGNE SUR MER, France -- Lance Armstrong huddled close to other riders Sunday and finished 49th in the first stage of the Tour de France, a leg that Germany's Erik Zabel won in a mass sprint.

Armstrong drops to 11th place in Tour de France
ANTWERP, Belgium -- Lance Armstrong finished in 80th place in the second stage of the Tour de France on Monday and again had to fend off questions about drugs and cycling.

Venus defends championship
WIMBLEDON, England -- The pose was familiar and demure: Against a backdrop of Wimbledon green, Venus Williams grinned and held the huge championship dish aloft, her left knee bent in an elegant curtsy for the cheering crowd.

Goran conquers Wimbledon -- finally
WIMBLEDON, England -- Goran Ivanisevic began to cry, his fragile psyche frayed by three hours of harrowing tennis and a decade of frustration at Wimbledon.

Bear spotted in Soldotna neighborhood
A brown bear took a stroll through a Soldotna residential neighborhood Sunday afternoon, scaring area residents and rummaging through garbage cans.

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