Saturday, July 13, 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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

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?

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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