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Friday, July 12, 2002

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.

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.

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.

GAO says report not intended
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The General Accounting Office says its recent report on North Slope oil leasing was not intended as an indictment of the existing federal and state permitting process, as claimed this week by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass.

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

Bankruptcy judge puts Aces in Chapter 7
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal bankruptcy judge has decided that any sale of the Anchorage Aces should be done by a bankruptcy trustee.

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.

Knowles signs veterans advisory council bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law on Friday a bill that casts the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council into state law.

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.

End of road for Manuel
CLEVELAND -- Charlie Manuel wanted to remain manager of the Cleveland Indians so badly that it cost him the job he loved.

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.

Woman suffers bites, scratches in bear attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Oregon woman escaped with bite and claw wounds Wednesday after a mauling by a black bear that stalked her for more than an hour along a trail in Southeast Alaska.

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.

Election poll workers in line for raise
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state's 2,500 election poll workers will get an increase in pay this year.

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.

Kenai youth hurt in car accident
KENAI (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have released the name of a 16-year-old Kenai boy seriously injured in a traffic accident near Cooper Landing.

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.

Construction to begin on state fast ferry
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state's transportation commissioner will travel to Connecticut next week to take part in ceremonies kicking off construction of the Alaska Marine Highway's first fast ferry, the Fairweather.

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.

Native corporation files suit over 2001 wildfire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Nenana Native corporation has filed a $27 million lawsuit against Golden Valley Electric Association and its subcontractors for damages caused by the 2001 Fish Creek Fire.

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.

Seven legislative candidates exit August primary
JUNEAU (AP) -- Several legislative candidates left the primary this week, but enough will hang around to make a lot of noise before voters go to the polls on Aug. 27.

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.

Alaska Committee plans anti-move ads
JUNEAU (AP) -- Concerned that many Alaskans are not aware of the upcoming ballot measure to move the Legislature, the Alaska Committee has hired a Washington, D.C., public relations firm to run radio ads across the state.

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.

Palmer escapee caught near Canadian border
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. customs officials at the Alaska Highway Port Alcan station on Tuesday arrested a man trying to walk into Canada who had escaped from the Palmer Correctional Center the day before.

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.

Feds reverse Kuskokwim subsistence decision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board on Thursday reversed a decision it made in late June that reduced sportfishing time on the lower Kuskokwim River, saying it had not adequately justified its earlier decision.

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.

Environmental groups sue DEC over spill protection
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Four environmental organizations have sued the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, alleging permits are being illegally granted to the oil industry based on inadequate assumptions about oil spills.

Floatplane crashes while landing in Juneau harbor
JUNEAU (AP) -- A floatplane on its way to pick up tourists for sightseeing tours crashed while landing in Juneau harbor on Friday.

Fairbanks man changes plea in murder charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his ex-wife last year.

Retooling Marlins trade two stars
Cliff Floyd is going back to Montreal, the Cincinnati Reds are adding pitching for a wild card run and the Florida Marlins are retooling yet again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Homeowners should review insurance policies annually
NEW YORK (AP) -- Floods in Texas. Wildfires in Arizona. Tornadoes in Maryland and Kentucky.

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

Many baby boomers, their children finding farming a tough row to hoe
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Like many baby boomer farmers, Tim Forkner has found the work so frustrating that he asks himself how much more he can take.

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.

Lt. gov. candidates discuss job parameters
The campaign for lieutenant governor continued Wednesday on the Kenai Peninsula as candidates spoke before a Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon crowd offering their visions for the state's future.

No fish tales, just a story about the $10,000 that got away
King salmon on the Kenai River. Reds on the Kenai and the Kasilof. Halibut on Cook Inlet. Dolly Varden on the Anchor River and rainbow trout on the upper Kenai and Russian. What more could an angler ask for?

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.

Fish lover's passion hooked by electronic medium
Teegarden is a Boise artist who traded a canvas for a monitor and a paint brush for a mouse to create vivid images of his favorite subject, fish.

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 shelter hikers in backcountry
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The perfect hike would include -- what? Spectacular scenery? A sunny day? A light backpack? An open trail? A few nonthreatening critters? A loaf of bread, a book of verse, a flask of wine and -- Ptarmigan Creek Trail?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Heros unable to save life of young boy in boat capsizing
A 14-year-old Soldotna boy died Friday and three people survived after the fishing boat they were in capsized in the rough waters of Cook Inlet Thursday evening.

Teacher promoted to district HR post
Personnel shifts within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are raising some questions about the future of ongoing contract negotiations. But both union leadership and district sources insist the changes will not impact bargaining.

Burn ban still in effect for west side of peninsula
Although the Alaska Division of Forestry had lifted its ban on permitted burning on the Kenai Peninsula for one day this week, the burning permit suspension went back into effect Thursday.

3 plucked from inlet
Three people were plucked from the rough waters of Cook Inlet Thursday night after a fourth person swam to shore for help after the commercial fishing boat they were in capsized.

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.

Benonia Trent Long - Obituary
Kenai resident Benonia Trent Long died Sunday, July 7, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 61.

Team moves on without Green
Probably the last thing we expected coach Brian Green to say to us in our post-game huddle following Monday's come-from-behind win over the Anchorage Bucs was that the game he had just managed was his last as an Oiler.

Peninsula shuts down Fairbanks
The Peninsula Oilers got another win under their belts Thursday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, defeating the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 3-1 in Alaska Baseball League competition.

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.

Applause
Nikiski Senior Center does it again grand prize parade winner MS bike tour raises $5,000 to help MS patients in Alaska Quilting on Kenai show big success

Stories from around world put priorities in new perspective
Most people are familiar with the old motto of the New York Times: "All the news that's fit to print."

Letters to the Editor
Clarion editorial resorts to historical Ward bashing

Letters to the Editor
Kenai River being politicized by equivalent of carpetbaggers First Amendment leaves decision on religion in hands of states Why is it now OK to slaughter fish that were protected in June?

And the lupine, and the dwarf dogwood, and the columbine ...
Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. -- Ferris Bueller

Outdoor Briefs
Michigan native claims July lead in Homer derby $500 prize goes to weekly Seward winner Scientists seek help with killer whale count Geologist to lead tour through last ice age

Biologists begin to explore hidden corner of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Many Peninsula residents know the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge as the hunting and fishing grounds of the central and northern Kenai Peninsula. Only diehard map devotees know that there is a separate block of Refuge land south of Kachemak Bay.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Dog show, trials slated for weekend Red Cross offering weekly clas Kenai Eagles to host dinner Cultural center to feature geologist SPCA board meeting scheduled Final swim sessions start Monday Concerts planned in Anchorage CPGH to offer baby-sitting course

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

Protestant denominations seek new leaders to build diversity
CLEVELAND -- After a steady drop in membership over the years, leaders of seven predominantly white Protestant denominations -- from liberal to conservative -- have joined forces to try to reverse the trend.

Apaches, Greek Orthodox clash over Arizona monastery plan
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Plans for a Greek Orthodox monastery have met with resistance from Apache Indians who say it will mar the gateway to a sacred area where the Chiricahua Apaches once found refuge.

Religious groups may operate Tulsa recreation centers
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Religious organizations could be operating four of Tulsa's municipal recreation centers by the end of the summer.

Families sue California school district over study of Islam
BYRON, Calif. (AP) -- A debate in California about teaching Islam to public school children has led to a lawsuit, in which parents claim the classes violate the constitutional separation of church and state.

Thousands flock to Amish country for Christian plays
STRASBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Thousands of people are flocking to Amish country, but not to shop the outlet malls or sample the quiet life.

Minister blinded in attack says he had to forgive teenager who nearly killed him
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Rev. Johannes Christian is writing a book about forgiveness -- it's a topic that he's familiar with.

Buddhists cleanse 'cursed' Rappahannock River in Virginia
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Local Buddhists held a ceremony to bless the Rappahannock River, where more than 60 people have drowned since 1972.

Bishops face challenges implementing tough policy on clerical sex abuse
A month after their historic meeting on sex abuse, some of America's Roman Catholic bishops have been struggling to implement their sweeping new policy to keep priests who molest children away from parishioners.

Religion Briefs
Kenai Aglow to meet Monday Sterling church plans VBS Russian-American Festival slated

Childlike quality disappears with age
I attended a dinner recently in which there were a number of people who had never been together before. Two of the couples brought their young daughters, both about 4 or 5 years old. There was an instant rapport between them. Their eyes were wide with delight when they saw each other. Something about both of them being the same size and age brought them together like dear friends.

Lay workers at Texas Roman Catholic churches unionize
SAN JUAN, Texas (AP) -- Lay workers at four Roman Catholic parishes who were worried about pensions and other benefits have joined unions -- a rare move for church employees of any denomination, labor groups say.

Estonia's Kirsipuu wins fifth stage of Tour; two hospitalized after frightening crash
ROUEN, France -- On a day when two riders were hospitalized after a crash, Lance Armstrong played it safe and remained in third place in the Tour de France.

Hot Irwin takes lead at tourney
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Hale Irwin set nine-hole and first-round records Thursday in taking a two-shot lead in the Senior Players Championship.

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

Sixers' Iverson to be charged with assault in gun case
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson will be charged with assault and other offenses for forcing his way into an apartment with a gun and threatening two men while looking for his wife, authorities said Thursday.

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.

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.

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