Wednesday, July 12, 2000

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.

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.

Jet, plane have close call
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines jet reported it came dangerously close to a small plane Tuesday while approaching Anchorage International Airport.

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.

Alaska grocers get into gasoline sales
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaskans will soon be able to top off their gas tanks when they go grocery shopping.

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.

Phillips benefits from high oil prices
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With oil prices high, Phillips Petroleum Co. plans to accelerate repayment of its heavy debt load, chief executive Jim Mulva said Tuesday.

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.

Subsistence fishing on Kuskokwim restricted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- So few salmon have returned to the Kuskokwim River drainage this summer, that the federal subsistence board has limited subsistence fishing for kings on the Kuskokwim.

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.

Judge sets conditions of release for doctor awaiting trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A local doctor awaiting trial on charges of theft, drug dealing and fraud can be released from jail if he posts $100,000 in cash bail and conforms to about a dozen other restrictions to keep him from fleeing.

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.

Knowles dedicates addition to McLaughlin Youth Center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles dedicated an addition to the McLaughlin Youth Center in Anchorage Tuesday.

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.

Anchorage man charged with murder in shooting death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man shot at a party Sunday morning died Monday and the suspect has been charged with murder.

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.

Aurora Gas to invest $12 million to reopen gas field
KENAI (AP) -- A small Alaska company plans to invest up to $12 million to reopen a gas field at Nikolai Creek in western Cook Inlet beginning this fall.

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.

Rock quarry holding promise for Metlakatla community
METLAKATLA (AP) -- A rock quarry on Annette Island is holding economic promise for the Metlakatla indian community, hit hard by the closure of a sawmill last fall.

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.

Emergency regs adopted for Kuskokwim River king salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board has adopted emergency regulations because of very small king salmon returns to the Kuskokwim River drainage.

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.

Opponents of tax cap initiative launch information campaign
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Opponents of a statewide ballot initiative that would cap property taxes have launched a drive to fight the proposal.

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.

Man who committed suicide suspect in two murders
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who committed suicide as state troopers closed in was a suspect in two murders, authorities said Tuesday.

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.

State shutting salmon sport fishery in Kvichak drainage
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A lack of fish is prompting the state Division of Sport Fish to close the red salmon fishery in all waters of the Kvichak River and Lake Iliamna.

Assembly sends flightseeing limit to voters
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Assembly has refused to approve a citizen-proposed measure limiting sightseeing flights over the capital city, clearing the way for an October vote on the initiative.

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.

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Around the Peninsula
Fisheries open in Kasilof sectionSoldotna council meets tonightLetters seek bank account numbersWalk to highlight Dena'ina plant lore, historyBook sale to benefit Soldotna senior citizens Poynor to sign books at visitors centerFamily band brings musical shows to SoldotnaCommunity council to hold cleanup dayHeritage Land Trust to hold scenic walk

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

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.

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.

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

New principals selected
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced the hiring of two new principals and two assistant principals at Monday's school board meeting.

Lunch on the fly
A great horned owl chick struggles to keep it's footing and the lunch that its parent just delivered as the adult bird takes off to hunt again near Beaver Loop in Kenai earlier this week.

Anchorage firm to reopen Nikolai Creek gas field
A small Anchorage company plans to invest up to $12 million to reopen a dormant gas field at Nikolai Creek in western Cook Inlet.

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.

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

Billboard gets tossed off bluff
An act of vandalism took a political turn earlier this week when someone tossed a campaign sign over the bluff the Kenai.

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

State, borough give schools a hand
Recent developments have meant good news -- and money -- for Kenai Peninsula schools.

Grace (Johansen) Cole
Lifelong Kenai resident, Grace (Johansen) Cole died from a long term illness Saturday, July 8, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 84.

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

Jeter powers AL win
ATLANTA -- The Midsummer Classic looked a lot like the Fall Classic.

Simmons' homer keys victory over Japanese squad
During the autograph session that traditionally follows Oilers home games, Luke Simmons was asked by a young fan to sign a ball right on the sweet spot.

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

Ballgames expose cultural differences
Whether it's played in the Dominican Republic, America or Japan, baseball is baseball, right?

Klamath Falls, Twins play to twin-bill split
The American Legion Post 20 Twins split their doubleheader Monday with a visiting Legion team from Klamath Falls, Ore.

Armstrong still wearing yellow
REVEL, France -- Lance Armstrong slipped into a fresh yellow Tour de France jersey Tuesday after finishing well back in the 11th stage without giving up ground to his main rivals.

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.

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

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