Tuesday, July 11, 2000

Alaska officer designated as top cop
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An officer with the Alaska Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection has been designated one of the nation's top cops.

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.

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.

Folk festival's ex-treasurer admits embezzling
JUNEAU (AP) -- The former treasurer of the Alaska Folk Festival admitted embezzling thousands of dollars from the festival, according to court documents.

Weather helps stem Alaska wildfires
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Widely-scattered rain, clouds and higher humidity are putting a damper on wildfires burning in Alaska's Interior, a fire official said Monday.

Alaska-Juneau mine closes after cleanup
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska-Juneau mine has been closed after years of environmental cleanup prompted by an unsuccessful bid to reopen the historic dig, the Department of Environmental Conservation announced Tuesday.

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.

AHFC loan delinquency rate falls
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is reporting that its home loan delinquency rate was 3.93 percent in May, down from 4.2 percent in April and 4.08 percent in May of last year.

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.

First National Bank reports increased profits
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- First National Bank, Alaska's second-largest bank, posted second-quarter profits of $7.2 million, up 4 percent from the same three months of last year.

Body of Tuntutuliak man laid to rest
BETHEL (AP) -- The body of a Tuntutuliak man swept away in the Kuskokwim River last week has been laid to rest.

Last teen sentenced for beating death in Wasilla
PALMER (AP) -- The last of three teen-agers convicted for brutally beating a Wasilla man to death has been sentenced to 72 years in prison.

Man given 20 years for killing Fairbanks cab driver
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One of three men convicted of killing a local taxi driver was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.

Scientists: Melting impacting walruses, bears in coastal Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A shrinking polar icecap could force major changes in the seasonal habits and health of walruses and polar bears off Alaska's north coast and already may be stressing some animals by forcing them to look farther for food, scientists say.

Moratorium lifted on BLM smokejumpers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Smokejumpers for the Bureau of Land Management are back in business now that a moratorium has been lifted on the agency's smokejumping program.

Seven-year-old girl drives boat for help, but in vain
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 7-year-old girl who saw her father and grandfather fall from their boat and disappear beneath the waters of a lake near Glennallen managed to drive the boat to shore, walk a half-mile across wet, brushy shoreline and summon help, the Alaska State Troopers say.

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.

Magnitude 6.5 quake rocks Kodiak Island; minor damage reported
PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- A magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked Kodiak Island on Monday evening, causing minor damage at a Coast Guard station on the island, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said.

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.

Elmendorf fireman injured in rush hour accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fireman was severely injured Monday when he lost control of the sport utility vehicle he was driving and it flipped.

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

Data-collecting instrument arrives damaged
VALDEZ (AP) -- An instrument used to check the condition of the 800-mile Trans-Alaska pipeline arrived at its destination damaged, Alyeska officials said Monday.

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.

World's longest wheelchair race to be shorter this year
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The world's longest wheelchair race will begin in Fairbanks and end in Anchorage, but will be shorter this year.

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.

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

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
Chamber luncheon features Dena'ina Dig 2000Martin, Lien to speak at Kenai chamberGolf tournament to benefit Boys and Girls ClubFamily members to team up for golf tourneySummer special offered on computer classesLetters seek bank account numbers

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.

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.

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.

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

Temblor jiggles Kenai Peninsula
An earthquake rattled Southcentral Alaska Monday evening, but no damage was reported.

Photo feature: Reeling 'em in
Ty Kelly and Chris Palm paddle their way across Arc Lake near Skyview High School in pursuit of trout and pike last weekend. They said they were having success with both species of fish.

Kenai council OKs sale of sliver of land
The Kenai City Council breezed through its agenda last week with little controversy or debate.

Phillips donates $1 million to Conservancy
Phillips-Alaska recently helped the Nature Conservancy in furthering the development of community and educational efforts around the state.

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.

Forcenergy to merge with Forest Oil
It is too early to tell how Forcenergy Inc.'s proposed merger with a Denver firm will affect its Alaska development plans, managers said Monday.

Ex-member visits council
The Kenai City Council had a visit from a former council member at its meeting Wednesday night.

Robert M. Humphrey
Kenai resident Robert M. "Bob" Humphrey died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at the Providence Medical Center in Seward. He was 68.

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.

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.

Community Events
Homer Community School Alaska SeaLife Center News

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

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

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.

Williams sisters finish fabulous Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- The Williams sisters are racking up major titles and promising many more to come.

Armstrong takes overall lead
LOURDES-HAUTACAM, France -- This was where Lance Armstrong wanted to be, in the mountains and in striking distance of the lead in the Tour de France.

Twins manage split vs. West
The American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins split a series at West in Anchorage Sunday to move their overall record to 20-17.

Sports Briefs
AIT thumps OilersTeam wins Red Cross tourney with 9-underAnchorage teams take Firecracker InvitationalFirst day results of District I tourneyDuncan reportedly to remain with Spurs

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.

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.

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