Friday, July 13, 2001

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.

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.

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

Spending bill amendment maintains Glacier Bay cruise ship numbers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An amendment to the Interior Department appropriations bill passed Thursday by the Senate would nullify a federal appeals court decision reducing the number of cruise ships allowed to sail into Glacier Bay National Park.

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.

Health consortium named in lawsuit
SITKA (AP) -- The Southeast Alaska Native Health Consortium has been added as a defendant in a sexual harassment lawsuit against a consortium executive, according to court records.

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.

Minto teen gets 20 years for murder of Nenana man
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Prosecutors say he didn't pull the trigger, but Darin Nathaniel's involvement in the January killing of Nenana resident John ''Mackie'' Burk was enough to earn a 20-year prison sentence for second-degree murder.

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.

DHL adds Anchorage flights
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- DHL Worldwide Express will add new international cargo routes through Anchorage, using the city as a pivot point between Asia and its U.S hub in the Midwest.

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.

Governor orders flags lowered for slain Anchorage police officer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state flags lowered to half-staff Friday in memory of Anchorage Police Officer Justin T. Wollam.

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

Teens sentenced in Wendy's restaurant killing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two teen-agers were sentenced Thursday for the shooting death of a Wendy's restaurant manager last year.

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.

Man accused of buying alcohol for teens before fatal crash with officer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 30-year-old man was arrested Thursday for allegedly buying alcohol for teen-agers involved in Monday's fatal traffic collision with Anchorage police officer Justin T. Wollam, Anchorage police said.

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.

Arctic Rose investigators wrap up Anchorage hearings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard panel investigating 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.

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.

Language added to assist removal of dead trees in Chugach
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Language was added to the Interior Appropriations Bill to give the U.S. Forest Service more tools to remove dead trees from the Chugach National Forest, Sen. Ted Stevens' office said Thursday.

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.

Interior pest makes a debut in peninsula
KENAI (AP) -- Larch sawflies, Interior insects that feed on a type of ornamental tree, have officially been reported on the Kenai Peninsula for the first time.

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.

Body of man who drowned in Long Lake recovered
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a Sutton man who drowned in Long Lake last Saturday has been found, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

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.

Troopers recover body of hiker killed in Wrangell St. Elias
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a German tourist who died in a fall in Wrangell St. Elias National Park has been recovered, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rare plants stolen from Alaska State Fair
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Whoever stole plants from the Alaska State Fair in Palmer knew exactly what to take.

Twins off mark vs. Tri-Cities 49'ers
Baseball may not be an exact science, but there certainly isn't much wiggle room when you're talking about the difference between a double down the line and a ground out to first -- a game of inches, so to speak.

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.

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.

Marlins pound Yankees in Interleague play
MIAMI -- Luis Castillo, Mike Lowell and Kevin Millar drove in two runs apiece, and A.J. Burnett pitched six solid innings, as the Florida Marlins pounded Mike Mussina and the New York Yankees 9-3 Thursday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Scofflaws reportedly abundant in fishery
The personal-use dipnet fisheries at the mouths of the Kenai and Kasilof rivers are intended to put red salmon on Alaskans' tables only. But that's not always the case.

Dipnetting spawns fishing frenzy
Dipnetters really, really love sockeye salmon. Any hour of the day or night through most of July they can be found standing chest-deep in the icy Kenai or Kasilof river, a cold rain on their shoulders, just for the opportunity to fill their freezer with the red fish.

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.

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.

Anglers should watch Kenai River
If you're after poundage, head for the saltwater this weekend. But watch the Kenai River, where tens of thousands of sockeye salmon could enter any day, turning the central peninsula into Salmon Central.

New public river access timely for reds
More public Kenai River fishing access is available just in time for the second run of sockeye salmon.

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.

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.

Nascar Schedule
Feb 18th through Nov 18th

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

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.

Money leaders
Current Nascar Earnings

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.

Fire causes estimated $35,000 in damages
Buckets Sports Grill in Soldotna found need for a pail or so of fire retardant when a kitchen fire started about 10:20 a.m. Thursday.

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.

Dog show begins today
Anchorage may have its Fur Rondy, but Soldotna is gearing up for its own "fur fest" this weekend.

Kenai River Classic reels in big bucks
The eighth annual Kenai River Classic was a success in both the record number of participants and the high dollar amount raised.

Fish processors court workers
The peak of the commercial salmon season lies ahead, and processors are still hunting for more workers.

Arthur Paul Lariviere
Kenai resident Arthur Paul Lariviere died Wednesday, July 11, 2001, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 53.

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

Oilers drop another extra-inning game
The Peninsula Oilers dropped another tight ballgame Thursday, losing in 2-1 in 10 innings to the Mat-Su Miners at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer in Alaska Baseball League play.

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.

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

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

Civics task force aims to rekindle citizen participation
For years, there's been lots of hand-wringing over low voter turnout and lack of citizen participation in government and other community affairs.

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

Former Kenai National Moose Range manager retiring
With two radio stations, no fast food establishments, no stoplights, and soon after the "glaciers had retreated from the Kenai lowlands," Jim Frates arrived

Photo feature: In bloom
Dwarf fireweed soaks up the evening sun along the Kenai River in the Funny River area.

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
Tanner crab harvest reducedPoetry slam slated for tonight in KenaiFarmer's market opensAlaska tales to be shared SatrudayBenefit to be held for Skyview graduateDeadline for writing contest is SaturdayHealth center relocation on scheduleClass to teach safe food handlingSoldotna chamber seeks beautifcation nominations

Bill Bright's 'Four Spiritual Laws'
Bill Bright's ''Four Spiritual Laws,'' which he says ''govern your relationship with God'' just as physical laws govern the universe.

Teens reach fund-raising goal for trip
In the small congregation of Star of the North Lutheran, four high school youth have had their hopes become reality.

Oh 'Danny Boy,' the pipes, the organ pipes, aren't playing
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- ''Danny Boy'' is a staple of Irish-American home life, sung to children in lullaby tones and boomed as a raucous send-off at wakes.

Islamic meeting focuses on human rights, politics
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Islamic Circle of North America focused on the plight of Muslims in war-torn countries and political activism in the United States during its annual convention.

Efforts in motion to prepare for Texas Tech museum exhibition of 31 medieval frescoes
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- The arrival of 31 medieval frescoes from the Vatican may still be a year away, but residents and officials are already working overtime to ensure a piece of Italy glistens in West Texas.

Roman Catholic bishop groups merge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the United States Catholic Conference have completed their merger and will now be known as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Jains seek adherence to ancient faith in modern times
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- They avoid eating potatoes, carrots and onions because uprooting them would harm the plant, or damage the micro-organisms living in the soil around it.

Mom sues school, saying teasing caused Wiccan daughter's suicide
LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- A mother whose 12-year-old Wiccan daughter hanged herself from her bunk bed has sued the local school district, claiming administrators ignored teasing that preceded the girl's suicide.

Two men built tiny churches to welcome wandering souls
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gene Meade is so intent on spreading the Gospel, he built a one-room church in front of his house in Easton on -- where else? -- Church Street.

Idaho Christian Coalition disbands
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho Christian Coalition is disbanding after more than a decade of advocacy work, urging its followers to instead support the Idaho Chooses Life Alliance.

Religion Briefs
Gospel singer schedules appearance at SolFirstNature to be Bible school themeCommunity Bible school slated in NinilchikPrayer video to be shown in KenaiVacation Bible school plannedSpecial guest featured

Federal lawsuits accuse Navy of religious discrimination
COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Rev. Robert Adair says he was forced out of the Navy because of his religion.

Sports Briefs
Boozer to join Williams, graduate earlyTennis stars Agassi, Graf expecting baby

BCS tweaks formula for choosing teams for its national title game
The Bowl Championship Series has revised its formula for selecting teams to play in its designated title game, changes that would have added up to Miami -- not Florida State -- against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl last season.

Martin quickest around new oval
JOLIET, Ill. -- Rookie Casey Atwood was in his element Thursday when practice began for the inaugural Tropicana 400.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Alaska Sprint Tour rolls into Kenai

Armstrong's teammates fall in Tour de France stage five time trial
BAR-LE-DUC, France -- Two of Lance Armstrong's teammates tumbled Thursday on a slippery stretch of a highway known as the ''Sacred Route,'' hurting his chances for a third Tour de France title.

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.

Sports Views
For an outfit that never used to have a problem with its own members taking graft, the International Olympic Committee sure seems conflicted about whether to cut China in.

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.

Veeck apologizes for 1979 Disco Demolition fiasco
MIAMI (AP) -- More than two decades after baseball's biggest marketing blunder, promoter Mike Veeck apologized Thursday night for the infamous Disco Demolition Night at Chicago's Comiskey Park.

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.

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