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Friday, July 14, 2000

State solicits bids for Sitka shuttle ferry
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state began seeking bids Wednesday for a fast ferry to run between Juneau and Sitka, a vessel designed to free the ferry system's schedule from the ''tyranny of the tides.''

Housing agencies recognized by HUD
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Four organizations in Alaska are among the finalists for the ''Best of the Best'' awards from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Alaska to receive grant to continue helping Sakhalin
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska will receive nearly $750,000 in federal money to help Sakhalin make the transition to a free market economy, Gov. Tony Knowles said Wednesday.

Court of Appeals reverses probation conditions for sex offender
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Court of Appeals has reversed a probation condition ordered for a Klawock man convicted of sexually abusing his step-granddaughter.

Bristol Bay skipper drowns after falling overboard
KODIAK (AP) -- The skipper of a Bristol Bay fishing boat has drowned after falling off his vessel, state troopers said Thursday.

Stevens works toward compromise on measure limiting EPA-military fines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens is working toward a deal with other senators that would limit the amount of fines the Environmental Protection Agency can impose for environmental violations on military bases.

Anchorage, Fairbanks airports to begin charging fee
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two of Alaska's largest airports will begin collecting a fee that will generate millions of dollars.

Weather helps crews battling Alaska wildfires
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rain and cool, humid weather were combining to dampen some of the wildfire danger around Alaska's Interior, but crews were remaining busy.

Semi-closed Republican primary would cost $400,000
JUNEAU (AP) -- Saying a Republican-only primary would cost the state $400,000, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer reluctantly agreed to order such an election, but called on GOP leaders Thursday to withdraw their demand for a separate ballot.

Cruise ship shows off waste systems
JUNEAU (AP) -- Cruise ships visiting the capital city this week opened their doors to anyone interested in learning more about how the giant vessels handle wastewater, garbage and smokestack exhaust.

Judge denies injunction to block changes to primary voting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state Superior Court judge refused to issue an injunction Wednesday against the state's plan to restrict primary voting.

Alaska Natives plead for help in face of salmon collapse
BETHEL (AP) -- Fisherman Frank Charles says if he's forced to, he'll beg the state for help feeding his family.

Stevens urges federal government to release fuel funds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is urging the Clinton administration to immediately release $30 million in federal aid to western Alaska villages to allow residents to buy heating fuel before winter sets in.

Summer nutrition program misses most eligible kids
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska has the lowest rate -- less than 3 percent -- of participation of poor children who get free or discounted lunches during summer.

Troopers investigate attempted kidnapping in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 13-year-old girl was grabbed by a man on a mountain bike on the North Tongass Highway in Ketchikan Monday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers said.

Murkowski proposes building new energy center in Fairbanks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski wants the federal government to create a $1 million center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to study new energy technology.

Troopers investigate death near bear observatory
WRANGELL (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a Wrangell guide near a bear-viewing area, Wrangell Police said.

Knowles orders independent probe of railroad safety
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Thursday ordered a safety investigation of the Alaska Railroad following this week's derailment and fuel spill, the third such incident in seven months.

Permanent Fund Dividend could reach $1,950
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Despite a rocky year in the stock and bond markets, Alaska's Permanent Fund dividend check is likely to grow this year.

State tackles flooded roads in Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dropping water levels have allowed the state Department of Transportation to reopen one lane of the Richardson Highway near a washout at Onemile Creek south of Delta Junction.

Tour operator gets jail time for labor violations
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau businessman has become the first person ever sentenced to jail in Alaska for violating state wage and hour laws, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development said.

State tackles flooded roads in Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dropping water levels allowed the state Department of Transportation to reopen both lanes of the Richardson Highway Thursday near a washout at Onemile Creek south of Delta Junction.

Vehicle accident kills two in Portage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pickup truck veered into oncoming traffic and struck a sedan in Portage on Wednesday, killing two boys and injuring two other occupants of the car, Alaska State Troopers said.

Organizers: Kenai River Classic raises some $700,000
KENAI (AP) -- Last week's Kenai River Classic was the largest ever, and raised approximately $700,000 -- much of which will go toward habitat improvement and protection, organizers say.

State forgoes endangered species designation for Cook Inlet belugas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet beluga whales won't be designated as an endangered species under Alaska's endangered species statute because the marine mammals are not threatened with extinction, Fish and Game Commissioner Frank Rue said Thursday.

Stevens seeks money for salmon-starved villagers to buy fuel oil
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens is urging the Clinton administration to immediately release $30 million in federal aid to western Alaska villages. The money would allow residents to buy heating fuel before cold weather sets in.

Alaska to administer federal grant for Sakhalin
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska will receive nearly $750,000 in federal money to help the Russian republic of Sakhalin move toward a free market economy.

BP Amoco official to take over at Alyeska Pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A BP Amoco executive working in the Caribbean is the new president of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., the pipeline consortium announced Thursday.

Southeast geoduck fishermen look at hiking their assessments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Southeast Alaska geoduck (pronounced GOO'-ey-duck) fishermen may vote this summer on boosting their taxes.

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

Information Age patents: Legitimate business tool or stifler of innovation?
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Priceline.com has dibs on a name-your-price online shopping method. Amazon.com claims exclusive rights to a one-click checkout system. CyberGold has a patent on using incentives to reward consumers for paying attention to Internet ads.

GOP, environmentalists in agreement
WASHINGTON -- As Senate Republicans prepare to try to stop President Clinton's plan to place 43 million acres of federal forests off limits to development, environmentalists Tuesday reminded Clinton that they don't like the plan either.

Business Briefs
Injury prevention programs meet OSHA standardsPhillips declares quarterly dividendAAA Soldotna holds open houseWomen's Roundtable meets todayCouncil considers cod fishery effects on sea lionsConsortium reaches out to rural Alaskans

Phillips benefiting 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.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Paving project closes Sport Lake RoadNature hike visits Hidden Creek TrailMothers, daughters do lunchWalk to raise awareness of birth defects

Around the Peninsula
Grand Worthy President to visit KenaiPaving project closes Sport Lake Road Family band holds concerts in SoldotnaKenai Parks and Recreation to hold tournamentKenai Golf Course tournament slated Young Marines to hold boot campCaptain Cook program features wolves Community council to clean up NikiskiKenai Historic District board meeting canceledSoldotna chamber accepting parade entries

Just dippin'
Sun Cha Yoo of Anchorage is the center of attention as she cleans a red salmn onthe suth shre of the Kenai River Wednesday night during the annual dipnet fishery.

Terrestrials -- real and artificial -- lure trout like no other bugs
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Steak is finally being served at trout restaurants across the Northwest.

Kenai River Classic hooks more than $700,000
Last week's Kenai River Classic was the biggest ever, according to Kenai River Sportfishing Association Executive Director Brett Huber.

Big numbers for late run kings
Anglers fishing for late-run king salmon in the lower part of the Kenai River are reporting catches of fairly large fish, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is taking that as an indicator of a pretty good run.

Challenge of catching carp lures hunter to water
RICHMOND, Minn.

NFL legend brings cable TV show to peninsula
It's nice work if you can get it -- at least that's what Larry Csonka says.

Knowing which bones to pick
FAIRBANKS -- Watching Tyler Dahlstron cut up halibut after halibut, you would never guess he is just 15 years old.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsUpcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Art Briefs
Dena'ina plant lore, history walk todayPoynor to sign books at visitors centerFamily band to perform shows in SoldotnaBook sale to benefit Soldotna seniors

Potters plan raku workshop
Area potters will be getting fired up with a d

Drivers, fans continue to face race-related deaths
George Turbyfell was a weekend warrior at one of the many Saturday-night short tracks across the country.

IRL's Cheever takes quest to Atlanta
Eddie Cheever Jr. waves to the fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the opening day of qualifications for the Indy 500 on May 20.<

Schedule
Schedule for Nascar 2000

Money Leaders
Nascar current money leaders

Points standings
Nascar points standing so far

Between the lines
Meagan Pribbenow descends from the roof at Kenai Central High School Thursday afternoon.

Census wraps up count
The Kenai Peninsula count is in its final days.

Soldotna council OKs increase
Tom Boedeker is doing a good job for Soldotna, according to the city council.

Photo feature: Tricky ride
Sam Larsen rides the rails in the scorching sun Tuesday afternoon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Support group hopes to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
A three-mile walk being held on Saturday will do more than provide exercise and fresh air.

Owners negotiating for another big retailer, executive tells chamber of commerce
Despite nearly a decade of decline, owners of the Kenai Mall are optimistic that things will be picking up in the building that once was the center of town.

Campers' waste raising stink
State officials say they lack the staff. Federal officials say they lack the authority. But during a public meeting Tuesday, a dozen Moose Pass residents said it is time to address unregulated camping on state land fronting Upper Trail Lake.

Alexandria "Sandra" Irene Kelly Wells
Ninilchik elder Alexandria "Sandra" Irene Kelly Wells died in Aberdeen, Wash., on Sunday, July 9, 2000. She was 95.

Outdoor Briefs
Homer halibut derby updateRefuge plans nature hike

Alaska garden pests come in many varieties
They are lurking in the gardens, feasting on delectable plants which otherwise would be headed for the dinner table. They are the common pests that invade gardens, but, fortunately, the havoc they wreak is preventable.

Evangelist completes 50-day, 50-state preaching tour
PLEASANT GARDEN, N.C. (AP) -- A thousand people clapped and prayed as evangelist Alex McFarland completed a 50-day preaching tour to all 50 states with a sermon at his home Baptist church.

Lutheran teens help build a house during national rally
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Hundreds of Lutheran teen-agers helped Habitat for Humanity build a house for a needy family in East St. Louis, Ill., spruced up 22 city parks and visited dozens of homes for seniors, homeless shelters and day care centers.

Religion Briefs
Mothers, daughters plan luncheon todayUpper Room Ministries to hold revival todayGospel quartet to visit SoldotnaReligious poems sought from Kenai-area poets

Ecclesiastical charges filed against Chicago's Methodist bishop
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) -- A lawyer and conservative lay member of the United Methodist Church, John Juergensmeyer, has filed ecclesiastical charges against Chicago Bishop C. Joseph Sprague.

Would state funds for biblical theme park aid tourism or religion?
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) -- In a bowl-shaped meadow with pine trees and a lake that will serve as the Sea of Galilee, a nonprofit group hopes to set the stage for nightly performances of the Passion play, re-enacting the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ.

Christian group aims to bring races together
RIDGELAND, Miss. -- Once the choir finished the hymn, the pastor eased behind the pulpit to point out visitors at Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Sacred Harp, tradition born in church, attracts new following
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) -- For more than a century, Sacred Harp singing was one of the most popular forms of music in churches throughout the rural South.

Survey indicates many Muslims are undecided in presidential race
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations says a non-random survey of Muslim activists shows a fourth are undecided or dissatisfied with candidates in the presidential race.

Adventists report adding a million members in a year, elect leaders
TORONTO (AP) -- The rapidly growing Seventh-day Adventist Church added 1,090,848 new members in 1999, an increase of nearly 11 percent, and now has a following of more than 11 million, said a report to the faith's international meeting.

Greek court lifts ban on book on Christ dubbed 'blasphemous'
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- A book banned after the Greek Orthodox Church condemned it as ''blasphemous'' is back on sale.

High schoolers study theology at 26 campuses
ATLANTA (AP) -- Summertime theology study by high school students, an idea originated at Emory University in 1993, has expanded by this year to 26 universities and seminaries from Massachusetts to California.

Internal Revenue Service issues warning against churches in politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An election-year advisory from the Internal Revenue Service warns tax-exempt churches and other charities that tax policy forbids campaign activity.

Armstrong commands Tour after stellar climb
MONT VENTOUX, France -- On the bare, unbending mountain that has seen so much cycling history, Lance Armstrong zipped through the wind Thursday and put an iron grip on a second straight title in the Tour de France.

Kenai gets rare chance to host District 1 South Pool action
Kenai Little League will host the Alaska District 1 South Pool All-Star Tournament Saturday through Wednesday.

Peninsula routs Glacier Pilots 15-0 before taking off for seven games vs. Movers
With Thursday's 15-0 thrashing of the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, the Peninsula Oilers are poised to put some distance -- both figuratively and literally -- between themselves and the rest of the Alaska Baseball League.

Sports Briefs
Low takes over Rangers, Messier back with teamMcEnroe turns to himself for semifinalAbdur-Rahim selected for spot on Olympic team

Kenai in second at District 1 round robin
Heading into the final day of round-robin play, Kenai is in second place at the Alaska District 1 Senior Softball Tournament at the Soldotna Little League Fields.

Oilers snap Anchorage's four-game winning streak
One might think that the highlights of the Peninsula Oilers' 9-2 win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots might revolve around Tim McCabe's three-run homer or Jeremy Reed's first-inning triple.

Sports Briefs
Nunaka Valley tops Soldotna Big LeagueWilliamson, Perry share GMO lead

Greene set to become blur in 100
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Maurice Greene was admittedly nervous, like a boxer before his first title fight.

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