Thursday, July 12, 2001

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.

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

Phillips Alaska's first double-hulled tanker arrives in Valdez
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Polar Endeavour, the first double-hulled tanker built for Phillips Alaska Inc., arrived Wednesday at the port of Valdez to take on a load of crude oil.

Arctic Rose investigators wrap up Anchorage hearings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard panel investigating the the sinking of the Arctic Rose wrapped up four days of hearings in Anchorage Thursday and will likely reconvene in Seattle in August to take more testimony.

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.

Sister pleads guilty to assaulting flight attendant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of the twin sisters accused of getting drunk and causing a disruption that forced a United Airlines plane bound for China to be diverted to Anchorage pleaded guilty Thursday.

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.

Union hotel contract benefits Fairbanks seasonal employees
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Employees and management of the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel signed a new union contract Wednesday that extends benefits to the recently unionized employees and to returning seasonal workers.

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.

Drilling opponents question ANWR water use
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Opponents of oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are trying to throw cold water, figuratively speaking, on the pro-drilling forces.

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.

Families, friends express shock over traffic deaths of Anchorage teens
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- His last night, just hours before he crashed a Chevrolet Blazer into a police cruiser and died, things couldn't have been more normal for Bobby Esper.

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.

Engine stall, lack of license cited in plane crash
JUNEAU (AP) -- A pilot who flew his small plane into a hangar at the Juneau Airport last year probably crashed because he stalled the aircraft by mistake on takeoff, according to a final report by federal investigators.

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.

Army will change units at Forts Wainwright, Richardson
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Army will turn the 172nd Infantry Brigade at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks and Fort Richardson in Anchorage into one of its new fast-moving, well-armed combat units, according to Sen. Ted Stevens.

Senate votes to bar drilling in national monuments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Democratic-led Senate voted Wednesday to bar coal mining and oil and gas drilling inside federally protected national monuments in the West, dealing a fresh blow to President Bush's energy production plans.

Kenai Peninsula Borough OKs public vote on private prison
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula residents will get the last word in the private prison debate.

Arctic Rose investigators hear from Coast Guard searchers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A noisy computer printer at the Coast Guard Command Center in Juneau spat out information about the Arctic Rose just two minutes after a transmission from the vessel's emergency beacon was picked up by a satellite.

Mat-Su assembly votes not to sue over redistricting plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Matanuska-Susitna Borough will not file a lawsuit challenging the state's redistricting plan, at least for now.

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.

Wheelchair hunt is a challenge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Dirk Johnson approached Alaska hunting guide Les Cobb at a trade show in Utah two years ago and inquired about a bear hunt, Cobb didn't know what to say.

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.

Tough conditions challenge fishing guides
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Flood waters from the region's unusual pattern of snowmelt finally forced fishing guide Dennis Randa off the upper Kenai River a week ago.

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.

Fairbanks man dies in jump from motel balcony
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man died after jumping off a motel's third-floor balcony early Wednesday morning.

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.

Minor earthquake near Kodiak
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A minor earthquake was detected Wednesday morning near Kodiak Island, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center.

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

Woman gets nearly three years for lying in bankruptcy case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman who started a hydroponic greenhouse business in Ketchikan with a $150,000 state loan has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for lying under oath after the business went into bankruptcy.

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

Troopers identify victim in Tyonek shotgun accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The victim in Tuesday's accidental shooting in Tyonek has been identified by Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Delta Junction rejects recall effort
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An attempt to recall Delta Junction Mayor Roy Gilbertson and Councilwoman Susan Kemp over the private prison issue failed Tuesday.

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.

Knowles vetoes campaign finance bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles vetoed two campaign finance bills Wednesday. One would have allowed so-called ''soft money'' contributions to political parties, and another would have placed new spending limits on groups such as Alaska Conservation Voters.

West Buttress route opened Mount McKinley to popularity
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Flood waters from the region's unusual pattern of snowmelt finally forced fishing guide Dennis Randa off the upper Kenai River a week ago.

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

Baseball needs to trust the game
It came as no surprise the most entertaining moment of the All-Star game involved a sawed-off bat sailing down a baseline. What was surprising is that it had nothing to do with Roger Clemens facing Mike Piazza yet again.

Restart your engines
SEATTLE -- Cal Ripken's victory lap at Safeco Field gave baseball a great reason to smile. Now, it's time to get serious.

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.

Bush energy plan suffers setback
WASHINGTON -- The Democratic-led Senate voted Wednesday to bar coal mining and oil and gas drilling inside federally protected national monuments in the West, dealing a fresh blow to President Bush's energy production plans.

Business Highlights
Highlights from several nationally traded companies

Pine box coffin makes retro return
POWELL, Wyo. -- Coffins of the West are not a thing of the past.

When it comes to checking and credit, many couples going for his and hers, not ours
NEW YORK (AP) -- It used to be that couples followed their walk down the aisle with a saunter to the bank, where they opened their first joint account and, perhaps, merged their credit cards.

Sluggards, not a new breed of investor
NEW YORK (AP) -- Having boosted the stock market to an astonishing 26.3 percent annual return from 1996 to 1999, investors during the great bull market were viewed as a new, daredevil breed.

An educated consumer is a cautious one
NEW YORK (AP) -- One after another, analysts chant the same old liturgy that the economy will rise again when consumers resume spending in their enthusiastic, old-fashioned way.

Caregiving can take emotional, financial toll
NEW YORK (AP) -- When Marilyn Raschka's parents hit their late 80s, it became increasingly apparent they were having trouble coping in their Hartford, Wis., home.

Internet bellwether Yahoo! edges past Wall Street forecast
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Internet giant Yahoo! Inc. reported a $48.5 million second-quarter loss Wednesday, bad news that was slightly better than Wall Street had expected.

Rebate checks coming soon could feed spending -- and, perhaps, a little saving or debt repayment
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thanks to the publicity that accompanied enactment of President Bush's $1.35 trillion tax cut package, most Americans know they're going to get a tax rebate check this summer.

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

Midyear report on consumer behavior: Apprehensive, distrustful
NEW YORK (AP) -- This is a midyear report card with only one entry, that being the overall conduct of consumers. They can't seem to shake the evaporation of their big dreams. They are apprehensive, distrustful.

Russian River fishery reflects area changes
As the 21st century begins, one of the most popular sport fisheries in the world is the confluence of the Kenai and Russian rivers on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Guides initiate rise of sport fishing
In 1970, Bob Chenier and his 14-foot Smoker Craft created a wake that signaled the beginning of Cook Inlet's saltwater charter fishing. Chenier had seen king salmon jumping off the shore near Happy Valley while he was commercially fishing for halibut.

Other species tempt upper Kenai anglers
Russian River sockeye salmon are not the only option for anglers in the upper Kenai River drainage.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Dogs to invade Skyview this weekend
The Kenai Kennel Club's 70th, 71st and 72nd dog shows and obedience trials will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Skyview High School south of Soldotna.

Looking good!
Angela Spellecacy moved to Kenai on Memorial Day weekend, and since, she has acquired a new job, a pet and a new hobby.

NASCAR makes debut in city of sports loyalists
Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., will open this weekend to the NASCAR Busch and Winston Cup Series.

Nascar Schedule
Feb 18th through Nov 18th

Money leaders
Current Nascar Earnings

Tropicana 400
Where: Chicagoland Speedway's 112-mile tri-oval with 18-degree banking in the corners, a 1,700-foot backstretch and a 2,400-foot frontstretch in Joliet, Ill.

Stewart's rant was justified but childish
JOLIET, Ill. -- Tony Stewart's tirade at the end of Saturday's Pepsi 400 provided even more evidence of two alarming trends: First is Stewart's penchant to juvenile outbursts. Second is NASCAR's ability to provide consistent rule in stock car racing.

Nascar point standings
1. Jeff Gordon 2,4032. Dale Jarrett 2,3553. Ricky Rudd 2,327....

New pest bugging homeowners
The aliens have landed. In this case, they are larch sawflies -- winged insects from the Interior that feed on a type of ornamental tree. Tuesday, the pests were officially reported on the Kenai Peninsula for the first time.

Unanimously approved plan to put question on ballot ends initiative drive
Take it to the people was the clear message at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

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

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

Florence G. Day
Longtime Alaska resident Florence Genevieve Day died Saturday, July 7, 2001, at her Anchorage home of emphysema. She was 77.

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

Oilers lose to Miners in extra innings
The Peninsula Oilers saw a three-run lead disappear in the ninth inning, then lost 4-3 to the Mat-Su Miners in 11 innings in an Alaska Baseball League game at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer Wednesday.

Letters to the Editor
More of the story on sockeye enhancement at Bear CreekJet Skis should be banned on Alaska's small lakes

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.

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?

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.

Applause
Supporters once again turn golf classic into success storyQuilt show gets better every year

What others say
True welfare reform will take more timeTechnology infringes on individual liberties

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

Around the Peninsula
Activities planned at libraryMonthly meeting slatedNature walk to be heldAllergy support group to meetHomer's history to be discussedWomen's business round table plannedWalk for Life scheduledSwimming lessons set to beginCraft fair plannedClass reunion slated

Art Briefs
Outdoor concert planned in KasilofSoldotna museum open for summerSeward gallery plans special exhibitSoldotna library sponsors contest

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

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
Alaska Sprint Tour rolls into Kenai

NHL, ESPN-ABC take another crack at TV interest
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL and its broadcast partners are taking another shot at drawing viewers, retooling the TV lineup for next season so fans know when to find hockey.

Birch Ridge Report
There were only a few Kenai Peninsula golfers who ventured to Anchorage for the Alaska Junior Golf Association tournament at Anchorage Golf Course Monday.

Armstrong stays in seventh place
The U.S. Postal Service team, led by Christian Vandevelde of Boulder, Co., left, rides ahead of the pack during the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Huy, Belgium, and Verdun, eastern France, Wednesday.

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

Report blasts U.S. track for doping procedures
WASHINGTON -- An American track and field athlete who tested positive for steroids was allowed to compete in the Sydney Olympics after U.S. officials failed to follow proper procedures, according to a report released Wednesday.

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.

Capitals acquire Jagr from Penguins
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL and its broadcast partners are taking another shot at drawing viewers, retooling the TV lineup for next season so fans know when to find hockey.

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.

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

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