Wednesday, July 11, 2001

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.

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

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.

Cordova to battle redistricting plan in court
JUNEAU (AP) -- The city of Cordova plans to sue over the new state redistricting plan, which pairs Cordova with communities in a Southeast Alaska House election district.

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.

Helicopter picks up Ohio family stranded by snow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A family of four was rescued by a National Park Service helicopter Monday after being snowed in on the Nabesna Glacier over the weekend.

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.

Teen-ager charged with sexual abuse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Delta Junction teen-ager has been charged with sexually abusing six boys, including a 10-year-old at a church camp about two weeks ago.

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.

Asbestos burned in Fairbanks debris fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Asbestos was present in a large debris fire set in Fairbanks last week, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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.

Department of Law turns down marijuana initiative
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Department of Law has disapproved a ballot initiative that would have asked voters to decriminalize marijuana.

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.

North Pole man charged after threats to wife
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers arrested a North Pole man Monday on kidnapping and assault charges.

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.

Interior redistricting board member urges suit against plan
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough should join a court battle against the state's revamped legislative districts, according to the lone Interior member of the panel that approved the new boundaries.

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.

Evergreen wins air contract to Adak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Evergreen International Airlines this week won a government contract to provide essential air service to Adak.

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.

Anchorage police plan internal review following fatal crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are conducting an internal review in the aftermath of a Monday crash that killed a police officer and three teen-agers to see if any policies or training methods merit revision, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

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

Arctic Rose investigators hear about weather conditions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Arctic Rose sank in a storm that a National Weather Service forecaster described as ''moderately strong'' for the Bering Sea, and he said freezing spray was not likely a factor.

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.

Child dies in Tyonek shotgun accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A six-year-old Anchorage boy is dead after a shooting accident in the village of Tyonek, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

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

Former Arco executive urges state to unify on gas pipeline plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former senior Arco executive is urging state officials to come together on development plans for a gas pipeline before negotiating with Alaska's big oil companies.

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

Judge sets date for reinstallation of gay pride exhibit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A judge has set a date for when the city must reinstall a gay pride exhibit at Anchorage's main library.

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.

Public defender hit with two more charges
KENAI (AP) -- Public defender Wally Tetlow, with a busload of sympathetic criminal defense attorneys watching, was arraigned in Kenai this week on an assault charge stemming from a single-vehicle crash that injured his passenger, and had two more charges added the same day.

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.

Knowles signs VPSO, transportation bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- Village public safety officers working in rural Alaska are getting a raise.

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.

Animal control votes to euthanize dog that attacked boy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Control Commission has voted in favor of euthanizing a dog that attacked a boy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Quiet Ripken breaks out big All-Star stick
SEATTLE -- On the night when all of baseball gathered to thank Cal Ripken for the memories, the reluctant hero provided yet one more thrill.

Baseball rolls out red carpet for Ripken, Gwynn
SEATTLE -- Cal Ripken stole this All-Star night away from the sport's best players.

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.

Rise and fall of inlet gillnetting
There was a time, not long ago, when commercial gillnet fishing ruled Cook Inlet. There was no oil, no commercial logging and no professional sport fishing guide industry. Times are not as good today for the commercial fisher. The cost of catching fish is up, and the price offered for them is down.

Aspen Hotel breaks ground in Soldotna
Construction is now underway for Soldotna's new 63 room Aspen Hotel, and is expected to be open for business by next spring.

Rain waits for the 4th of July Parade
It use to be said that Alaska had but two seasons, winter and the 4th of July, but this year is proving that proverb an exception with rainy weather waiting just long enough for the annual 4th of July fes

Carriage rides delight horse lovers
Like other world class tourist destinations, the Kenai Peninsula now offers horse and nostalgia lovers the joy and peace of riding in a first class horse drawn limousine.

Fiscal Gap still a looming concern
Although Alaska's future and economic opportunity appears brighter than ever, the looming long term fiscal gap of the State may be short changing Alaska's future, according to Keybank District President Michael Burns.

Local author creates "Magnetic" children's books in cyberspace
It all began with a dream Sharon Hackleman had a year ago when she was studying about universal laws of attractions.

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.

Dipnetters migrate to Kenai, Kasilof
Each year, there is a direct proportion of migrating fish to people on the Kenai River, and the people migration is approaching its peak as the second sockeye run comes into the river.

Commercial fishers feeling the squeeze
Kenai driftnetter Bob Merchant remembers the peak of the Cook Inlet sockeye fishery.

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

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.

Schools chief tapped by state
Gov. Tony Knowles has appointed Donna Peterson to the state's Professional Teaching Practices Commission.

Center, entrepreneurs hone marketing skills
Summer can mean an increase in sales for Kenai Peninsula businesses. When better to evaluate marketing strategies?

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

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.

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.

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

H. Wayne Hull
The Rev. H. Wayne Hull died Monday, April 23, 2001, at his home in Winfield, Kan.

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.

Funny River dinner puts firm foundation under building plans

Considering nation's energy options
The League of Women Voters is political, but nonpartisan. No individual candidates are supported. The League encourages the education and active participation of citizens, but, as one member sighed, "We study an issue to death before arriving at a position." Once consensus has finally been reached on a position, all levels of the League from local to national can take action.

Fish, game enforcement officers appreciated for diligent effortsPeninsula communities make work of firefighters easier

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

Letters to the Editor
Hatchery operation benefits only commercial fisheriesElected officials should set good safety example - even in paradesWhat should be done with dog that attacks, injures child?

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.

Religious groups also guaranteed protection from discrimination
The separation between church and state is one of the most important principles of our government. The very first Anglo settlers in the New World came here to escape religious persecution in Europe. So our founders were very attuned to creating a country in which people would be able to worship the religion of their choosing and not feel intimidated by the government.

Around the Peninsula
Artist featured at visitors centerCARTS meeting slatedChamber meets todayFree gauge testing offeredDay camp plannedGolf tournament slatedElder hostel program plannedTicket sale begins

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

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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.

Kenai Golf Report
The Kenai Golf Course is enjoying the long awaited rain. I see some greening up of areas thought to be dead.

Zabel wins Tour's third stage
SERAING, Belgium -- Erik Zabel passed Lance Armstrong in the closing sprint to win the third stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday, leaving the Texan with a 10th-place finish.

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

Sports Briefs
Oilers rained out in AnchorageAlaska Baseball League StandingsArgentina says no to Copa AmericaDreifort undergoes Tommy John surgery

On the Fringe - PGA Tour midterm progress report: Tiger has some competition -- maybe
Nothing is ever the way it seems with Tiger Woods. Twice this year, he has chastised the media for exaggerating performances good and bad. It took only two tournaments at the start of the season for someone to mention the word ''slump.'' After three straight victories, including the Masters for a clean sweep of the majors, he was deemed unbeatable.

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.

Beijing talks sweet in bid for Olympics
MOSCOW -- Chinese officials are saying all the right things leading up to the vote for the host city of the 2008 Summer Games.

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.

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.

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