Saturday, July 14, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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