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Thursday, July 11, 2002

Alaska West Cruises drops Valdez from schedule
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska division of Cruise West has dropped Valdez from its schedule of port calls beginning next year.

North Pole man charged with murder in girl's death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl.

Fairbanks men convicted of counterfeiting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal judge has issued prison sentences for three Fairbanks men convicted of counterfeiting -- including one subsequently elected to the University of Alaska Fairbanks student senate.

Alaska Air flight makes emergency landing in Barrow
BARROW (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines flight from Barrow to Anchorage had to make an emergency landing Wednesday night just after takeoff when one of the engines failed.

Puppy spends more than three days trapped in chute
JUNEAU (AP) -- Trecie, an 8-month-old malamute puppy, is back home after spending more than three days trapped in a chute deep in the city's only open-pit mine.

Kodiak researcher happy with crab voyage
KODIAK (AP) -- A National Marine Fisheries Service crab research scientist said time recently spent on the research vessel Atlantis was a dream come true.

Ketchikan police investigating hazing allegations
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Police are investigating the alleged hazing of several middle school students during the Fourth of July celebration here.

Researchers forecast outlook for Alaska gas
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An upcoming North American gas study will offer four scenarios under which Alaska natural gas might be developed, according to state Sen. John Torgerson.

Kotzebue elders dine on seized king crab
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kotzebue elders received a bounty of fresh king crab after Alaska State Troopers the haul from a subsistence fisherman last week.

Chitina dipnetting slow
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fourth of July weekend, normally a popular time for dipnetting for salmon in the Copper River at Chitina, was a disappointment for fishermen this year.

Federal agencies being asked to help tribal colleges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- President Bush has signed an order asking federal agencies to provide more help to tribal colleges, including those in Alaska.

Man sentenced for toilet paper assault on baby
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who pleaded no contest to a charge he recklessly injured his 7-month-old daughter by stuffing toilet paper down her throat was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday in Superior Court.

State court hears Exxon case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a trial under way in Anchorage Superior Court, a Seward official disputed claims by a former colleague that workers didn't underestimate the time spent helping in the cleanup of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Anchorage businessman makes offer for Aces hockey team
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new offer to buy the bankrupt Anchorage Aces would keep the team in Anchorage.

Kenai judge rules against fishing groups
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court judge in Kenai has ruled against two fishing groups seeking a temporary restraining order concerning Kasilof River fishing regulations.

House panel approves fish processor quotas
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. House Resources Committee has approved language that would allow fish processing companies to obtain a set share of the annual harvest in the North Pacific but nowhere else in U.S. waters.

Korean ambassador visits Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Korean ambassador to the United States is in Alaska this week for speeches and meetings with Alaska business and government officials.

Hensley named presiding judge of 3rd Judicial District
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Superior Court Judge Dan Hensley has been named to the post of presiding judge of the Third Judicial District, which includes Anchorage.

Archie the coyote pup is really a she
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Keepers at the Alaska Zoo made a surprising discovery about a new coyote pup they believed to be a male. They discovered Archie is actually a she.

Lewanski named superintendent of Chugach State Park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chugach State Park will have a new superintendent Oct. 1.

Citizens help keep three parks open
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It took a little citizen action to keep three state park sites open that were slated to be closed this summer.

AIDEA considering purchase of Gateway to avert foreclosure
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A financially troubled veneer plant here may find new life under new and very different management.

Salcha disaster recovery center opens
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A disaster recovery center opened Tuesday in Salcha to help residents affected by this spring's flooding.

Park Service identifies Minnesota woman killed in crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service has identified the Minnesota woman killed July 4 in a small plane crash near Mount McKinley.

Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce faces big bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce is facing a big bill for liability insurance to cover six days of Golden Days events.

Juneau attorneys, judge say DWI changes are not well known
JUNEAU (AP) -- Tough new laws aimed at curbing drinking and driving are in effect but many in the legal community say the public remains unaware of the changes.

North Pole man charged with murder in girl's death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl.

Kodiak researcher happy with crab voyage
KODIAK (AP) -- A National Marine Fisheries Service crab research scientist said time recently spent on the research vessel Atlantis was a dream come true.

State proposes plan to stop invasive species
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released a plan that outlines an aggressive program to prevent future introductions invasive species.

AIDA considering purchase of Gateway to avert foreclosure
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A financially troubled veneer plant here may find new life under new and very different management.

Researchers forecast outlook for Alaska gas
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An upcoming North American gas study will offer four scenarios under which Alaska natural gas might be developed, according to state Sen. John Torgerson.

Haines developer denied motorized vehicles on mountain
HAINES (AP) -- A developer hoping to take tourists on gas-powered vehicles up a trail to the Mount Ripinsky summit will not have the bird's eye view he hoped.

Tough call for Selig
As easy as it is to blame Bud Selig for baseball's latest fiasco, this one wasn't his fault.

TV ratings plummet
NEW YORK (AP) -- There wasn't a winner in the All-Star game but there was a loser: the sport's television rating.

Baseball names All-Star MVP after Williams
MILWAUKEE -- For the second time in three years, baseball's All-Stars paid tribute to Ted Williams -- although this time it was a much more understated ceremony than the poignant one at Fenway Park three years ago.

Baseball saves health of players, further loses respect in fans' eyes
MILWAUKEE -- In Bud's backyard, even the All-Star game ended with fans booing baseball.

Fiasco latest headache for baseball
MILWAUKEE -- John DeClue took 9-year-old son Kyle to Miller Park to see his very first All-Star game. The boy ended up getting an up-close look at why baseball is in trouble.

All-stars shine in Little League closers
"Baseball is summer," said Kenai Little League president Carletta Gemmell. "You've got to go out there and play ball."

Judge to decide on Williams' remains
INVERNESS, Fla. (AP) -- A judge will be asked to settle the fight over the remains of Ted Williams, whose children are arguing about whether to freeze or cremate the body of the baseball great, a lawyer said.

Oil services shop opens in Kenai
The oil and gas industry provides significant opportunity for business and jobs on the central Kenai Peninsula. Now, a consortium of Anchorage-based companies catering to the petroleum industry has set up shop in Kenai.

Bush names corporate crime fighter
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's choice as the nation's top corporate crime fighter, Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, has spent much of his career as a private attorney defending clients from allegations of fraud and white collar crime.

Business Briefs
Alaska's unemployment rate declines in MayNew hospital board secretary-treasurer electedFishing charter winner announcedSmall businesses change location in SoldotnaNew restaurant opens on Exit Glacier RoadChukchi Sea crab fishery begins to pick up

Chitina dipnetting slow
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fourth of July weekend, normally a popular time for dipnetting for salmon in the Copper River at Chitina, was a disappointment for fishermen this year.

More than a trickle
Water cascades over the rocks at Juneau Creek Falls alongside the Resurrection Pass Trail last weekend. The falls are about 4.5 miles from the trailhead on the Sterling Highway near Mile 53.

Group works to build huts to shelter hikers in Alaska's backcountry
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The perfect hike would include -- what?

Hunters angered by Fish & Game certificate to out-of-state store
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) -- An effort by the Department of Fish and Game to lure previously licensed hunters and anglers back to Idaho's fields and streams has backfired for the agency.

Points Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 2,3682. Mark Martin 2,2913. Jimmie Johnson 2,254

Success has Rudd in limbo
JOLIET, Ill. -- Elliott Sadler was supposed to be the first domino in a chain reaction of job changes. But even Sadler has to wait for Ricky Rudd to make the first move.

U.S. armed forces search for soldiers in grandstands
JOLIET, Ill. -- The armed forces have surrounded stock car racing, and their assault has come by air, ground and sea.

In the Spotlight: Jimmy Spencer
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

This Week's Race: Tropicana 400
Where and When

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin $3,319,3932. Ward Burton 2,929,0013. Sterling Marlin 2,460,849

Glick picked for Popp vacancy
It took three secret ballots, but the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly agreed to name former assembly member Betty Glick to serve as the Assembly District 1 representative until the October municipal election.

Fishing groups' request for restraining order against Fish and Game denied
Kenai Superior Court Judge Harold Brown has denied a request by two area commercial fishing groups seeking a temporary restraining order against the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Money will help prevent forest fires
Efforts to battle forest fires before they erupt in the wide expanse of dead spruce forest got a boost when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to accept a $1 million congressional appropriation aimed at mitigating fire hazards.

Roberts steps out of race
HOMER -- Competition for Homer's seat in the Alaska Legislature just got a little thinner, as candidate Pete Roberts announced Monday he is withdrawing from the House District 35 race.

Council OKs new 'school zone'
The Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission and Kenai City Council have approved the creation of a new education zone to cut back the headaches and red tape some area schools face under their current zoning designations.

Lt. gov. candidates promise resource development
A trio of Republicans vying for the job of lieutenant governor are making campaign swings around the Kenai Peninsula this week and spoke Tuesday at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Kenai teen hurt in car crash
A Kenai youth was seriously injured Monday morning when the vehicle he was driving ran off the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing and struck a tree.

Puppy spends 3 days trapped
JUNEAU (AP) -- Trecie, an 8-month-old malamute puppy, is back home after spending more than three days trapped in a chute deep in the city's only open-pit mine.

Troopers identify victim in Monday highway accident
Alaska State Troopers Wednesday released the name of a 16-year-old Kenai youth seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident near Cooper Landing.

CARTS director to take new road
The developer and executive director of the Central Area Rural Transit System Inc. has resigned to accept a North Slope Borough position in Barrow.

Little League flagpole gets special attention
When the flagpole at the Kenai Little League fields on Spruce Street needed a new paint job this summer, Mark Epperheimer, Little League coach for the past dozen years, stepped up to the plate.

Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska Newspaper

Oilers manager resigns in midseason
Brian Green announced Tuesday that he will be resigning immediately as the manager of the Peninsula Oilers because of commitments resulting from a new job with the University of Hawaii.

Why is FBI reluctant to call airport shooting what it is: terrorist act?
There's something that looks, walks and quacks like a duck in the wake of the July 4 shooting at Los Angeles International Airport that left two innocent people and the gunman dead. Yet the FBI, which is investigating the crime, not only appears mystified by the clues, its agents are beginning to resemble ostriches.

Applause
Sun shines on KDLL's first-ever art, music solstice celebrationFriends of Kenai library appreciate community's support of fund-raiserNew uniforms for KCHS track-field athletes make big differenceCommunity run, picnic wonderful tribute, favorite summer eventNeighbors appreciate improvements to sign

Corporate reforms too important to be exploited by politicians
The president proposed to double the maximum prison term for mail fraud and wire fraud statutes often used in cases of corporate wrongdoing to 10 years. He also wants to strengthen laws that criminalize document shredding and other forms of obstruction of justice.

Letters to the Editor
Clarion editorial resorts to historical Ward bashing

Letters to the Editor
Kenai Peninsula communities should take no pride in 'Classic'9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling an embarrassment to United StatesOthers paid terrible price to give reporter freedom to be disrespectful

Around the Peninsula
HCHP to hold monthly meetingTesoro to be discussed at chamber meetingFirst aid and CPR class offeredWeeding party plannedWomen's Aglow meeting to be heldKenai Peninsula glacial historyWRCC in need of volunteers

Around the Peninsula
CARTS partners to meet todayArt restoration featured in programLieutenant governor candidates to speakSenior center plans eventsProgress Days applications available at chamberTeacher's institute plannedWRCC has clothing availableWRCC in need of volunteers

Soldotna teen finds place in competition
Katie Lockwood was never the little girl twirling in front of the mirror dreaming of how she would one day be a beauty pageant queen.

Prosecutors review evidence against 76ers' Iverson
PHILADELPHIA -- Prosecutors won't decide until Thursday at the earliest whether to charge Allen Iverson with storming into a home with a gun and threatening two men while looking for his wife.

Police to recommend charges against Iverson
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police plan to recommend that prosecutors issue a warrant for the arrest of NBA All-Star Allen Iverson for allegedly barging into an apartment and threatening two men while armed.

Armstrong's team finishes second in time trial
CHATEAU-THIERRY, France -- The Spaniards sped to victory and a blown tire stalled the rival Danes, ensuring a second-place finish Wednesday for Lance Armstrong's team in a Tour de France time trial.

Sports Briefs
Twins play late with ArizonaBulls sign top pick Jay WilliamsWizards sign first-round draft pickEvans says he'll return for Big Ten openerSoriano on DL, Seattle recalls Mark Watson

Birch Ridge Report: Seniors enjoy nice weather
Fifteen senior golfers turned out on a bright and clear Monday morning to compete in their weekly "match." Once again, the games played were low net, close

Kenai Golf Report: Showers welcome at night
The greens are tee-rrific! They are getting better each day. The fairways are extremely thirsty and if anyone can do anything about getting some rain -- just at night -- it will be greatly appreciated.

Armstrong biding his time until mountains
REIMS, France -- Lance Armstrong returned to the site of his first Tour de France success Tuesday, content this time to ride easy through the heart of champagne country and a hub of American sentiment.

Sports Briefs
Wells Fargo Skins Game to be held MondayTwins fall to ArizonaAaron honored with Medal of FreedomAugusta chairman critical of pressure

Photo feature: Velvet touch
A bull moose feeds his still-growing antlers near Kalifornsky Beach Road last weekend.

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