Sunday, July 14, 2002

UAF animal research station to resume public tours
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The public will once again be able to visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks animal research center, which was closed last summer because of the threat of foot-and-mouth disease.

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.

Elections Division certifies Haines merger vote
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Division of Elections has certified the vote consolidating the governments of Haines and the Haines Borough.

Hiker dies in Wrangell Saint Elias mishap
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A hiker died while trying to cross the Chitistone River in Wrangell Saint Elias National Park, National Park Service officials said Saturday.

Federal government interviews Amchitka workers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Don Lowell remembers Amchitka Island rocking like a boat in stormy seas when a 5-million ton nuclear device exploded deep within the Aleutian chain in 1971.

Searchers looking for overdue plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers were looking for an overdue plane Saturday.

Soldotna teen dies in boating accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 14-year-old Soldotna boy died early Friday after a commercial fishing skiff capsized in Cook Inlet.

Eight men sentenced in drug ring case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Eight young men were sentenced in federal court in connection with a drug ring operating in Anchorage.

Federal grant will train Ketchikan shipyard workers
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The University of Alaska Southeast at Ketchikan has been awarded a half-million-dollar federal grant to develop and assess a training and education program at the Ketchikan Shipyard.

Chugach Electric to study wind power
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chugach Electric Association is funding a $15,000 study of the feasibility of generating electricity from the wind in the Portage area.

Solar-power fence keeps brown bears out of smokehouse
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- While the sight of a brown bear in the wild can be awe-inspiring, the sight of a furry thief in your smokehouse filled with drying salmon can be downright discouraging.

Woman injured in Anchorage baseball-bat attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 44-year-old woman was hospitalized with broken facial bones after she was attacked with a baseball bat in Anchorage.

Light earthquake strikes near Talkeetna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake struck near Talkeetna Saturday afternoon and was felt in Palmer and Wasilla.

Sleeping woman beaten, sexually assaulted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman who was sleeping in an abandoned building in Anchorage was beaten and sexually assaulted by an unknown man, police said.

Toronto masters Red Sox again
TORONTO -- Chris Carpenter pitched seven sharp innings, and Eric Hinske went 4-for-4 to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Saturday.

Arizona beats Los Angeles to reclaim first place in West
LOS ANGELES -- David Dellucci and Rod Barajas hit two-run homers as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 Saturday to reclaim first place in the NL West.

Good news: Fewer babies dying, fewer teens having babies
WASHINGTON -- Fewer babies are dying. Fewer teenage girls are having babies. Smoking is dropping among 8th and 10th graders.

Short-term estrogen still valuable treatment, despite findings in study, say experts
BOSTON -- Despite worrisome new findings about long-term use of hormone pills, a year or two on estrogen may still make sense for millions of women hoping to ease hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.

Health: Exercising for the right reasons
NEW YORK -- Dr. Lisa Callahan says too many women exercise for the wrong reason.

Kasilof poet achieves her dream with new book
It isn't often in this day and age that someone truly gets to live their dreams, but Dj Blatchford of Kasilof says she is doing just that. She is thankful for many blessings in her life, including having nine healthy children, living in a log home, and being with her husband, Joel. The latest of her wishes to come to fruition is completing a book of Alaska-inspired poetry, called "Just Like That."

Sauter drives to first Busch career victory
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Johnny Sauter went 112 miles between pit stops Saturday and outran polesitter Todd Bodine following a red-flag restart to win NASCAR Busch series Tropicana Twister 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, his first career victory.

Safety precautions can increase survival odds in cold waters
Being dumped in the frigid waters of Cook Inlet, with its awesome tides, powerful currents and wind-whipped waves, is a survival situation no one would want experience.

Inlet accident takes youth's life; 3 survive
Cook Inlet commercial fisher Ronald Eugene Halsey should be dead. When his 22-foot commercial fishing skiff sank 1 1/2 miles from the Kasilof River at about 6:40 p.m. Thursday, he swam for 2 1/2 hours through eight- to 10-foot seas to shore to get help for his wife and two crew members, left stranded in the 50-degree water when the boat went down.

Fire department saves day for gull, biologist
The Kenai Fire Department responded to a rescue call on the bluff near Peninsula Avenue Tuesday -- for a gull stuck in a tree.

Dumping raises bear concerns
"Someone's been dumping fish carcasses on these roads and bears are feeding on them," state the signs recently posted along a Kenai neighborhood street by a concerned citizen.

Residents can help protect themselves from crime
The Kenai Police Department has seen an increase in demand for its services over the past 10 years, although not an increase in its staff.

Soldotna police attribute decrease in crime to community awareness
A significant decrease in the amount of crime within the city limits of Soldotna can be attributed in part to help the police department is getting from people in the community, according to Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Gifford.

Frances F. Lindley
Lifelong Alaska resident Frances F. Lindley died Friday, July 12, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 49.

Jerre Pacey
Homer resident Jerre Pacey died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at South Peninsula General Hospital. She was 49.

Keith Winfield Bates
Soldotna resident Keith Winfield Bates died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at his home. He was 78.

Jerry Lorenzen
Longtime Alaska resident Jerry Lorenzen died Saturday, June 22, 2002, at his home in Big Lake. He was 63.

Erline Hill
Kenai resident Erline Hill died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 65.

Samuel Joseph Gammon
Soldotna resident Samuel Joseph Gammon died Friday, July 12, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 14.

Oilers leave 14 on base in Friday loss
The Peninsula Oilers missed a golden opportunity Friday night, dropping an Alaska Baseball League contest 8-3 to the visiting Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Peninsula pitcher shuts out Panners
Roger Lincoln called his shot Saturday night. "He told me before the game he was going all nine," said Peninsula Oilers head coach Damian Stambersky after Lincoln pitched a dandy, throwing nine shutout innings to give the Oilers a 1-0 win over the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks in Alaska Baseball League play.

Alaska No. 1 in prescription drug costs
We have just concluded our annual celebration of our nation's hard-won and dearly held freedoms. Now it's time for our nation's elderly to be granted their freedom from the financial ruin or lack of proper medical care that all-too-often accompanies the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs.

There's nothing like tourist-vision to give one new appreciation of home
I hate tourists. And I'm not all that fond of the tourism industry. Don't get me wrong. I understand the importance of visitors to our economy, but I came upon these feelings of disdain honestly.

Assembly members should wait before taking borough job
Let's be clear. We're not suggesting that there's anything illegal, unethical or immoral about assembly members abdicating their seats before their term is completed to take jobs in borough government.

Cat rescued, despite walls closing in
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A cat stuck for weeks inside the wall of a home after getting caught up in a remodeling project has been found and reunited with its owners.

Reemtsma, Allport plan August wedding
Alison Reemtsma and Brian Allport have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, in Beavercreek, Ohio. The future bride's father, Phil Reemtsma, will officiate.

My Best Friend
Lindsey Pabst of Nikiski holds her 1-day-old dachshund, Flirt, that her dog Tipper had. Lindsey, who helped deliver the puppies, is the daughter of Troy and Laura Pabst.

Canning problems create more questions
Question: The bottom of some of my jars are falling out after canning or there is a crack along the bottom of the jar, what can I do to prevent this from happening?

Around the Peninsula
Weeding party scheduled for todayFootball officials group to meet MondayTheater adds performance this weekChamber of commerce hosting forum July 17State legislator to speak ThursdayHomer chamber's July mixer slated for July 19Deadline nears for entries in salmon count classicLibrary looking for used booksBlood donations needed

Crafts to honor 50 years together
Lawrence "Buddy" and Vera Craft of Plain Dealing, La., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Thursday, July 19, 2002, with friends and family.

Cissell, Wortham to hold summer wedding
Amber Cissell and Shawn Wortham, both of Kenai, have announced their plans to marry Aug. 3, 2002, in an afternoon ceremony at the First Baptist Church of Kenai. Pastor Dean Nichols will officiate.

DeVollds celebrate 40 years
Robert and Sheila DeVolld of Kenai celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Monday, July 8, 2002.

Team Dennis Conner sails on -- mostly without Conner
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Dennis Conner's new $5 million sailboat slips out of one of the world's busiest harbors and heads for another day of training, out beyond the freighters and oil derricks that dot the Pacific Ocean.

USOC drug testing comes under fire
DENVER -- Sometime next month, Dr. Wade Exum expects to open boxes of documents that will identify U.S. athletes who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs but were not punished by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Sports Briefs
Football officials group to meet MondayClemens placed on disabled listBobby Bonds still in hospital after surgeryDa Matta da Moralizes, wins another pole

Sluman takes lead at GMO
MILWUAKEE -- Jeff Sluman fired an 8-under-par 63 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Steve Lowery (64) after three rounds at the Greater Milwaukee Open.

Shriver, Wilander take place in Hall of Fame
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- Mats Wilander knew about life at the top in pro tennis, and Pam Shriver was happy to have succeeded while playing with and against some of the game's greats.

16-year-old Cameron McGahan learns sprint cars quickly
We've all heard the story of the dad and son playing basketball on the driveway, the son one day beating the dad, and the dad never wanting to play the son again.

Woods' biggest challenge at British Open could be history
GULLANE, Scotland -- Ernie Els and Vijay Singh couldn't catch him at the Masters. Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia couldn't stop him at the U.S. Open.

Iverson search yields clues, but police don't turn up gun
PHILADELPHIA -- Police found broken glass and smeared blood inside a vehicle frequently driven by Allen Iverson's wife, but an extensive search of the NBA star's home and cars failed to turn up any guns, a police official said.

Crash doesn't derail Armstrong
AVRANCHES, France -- A crash in the seventh stage of the Tour de France left Lance Armstrong and his bid for a fourth straight title unscathed.

Texans set for first training camp
HOUSTON -- Charley Casserly was driving along a Houston freeway during a business trip after the departure of the Oilers after the 1996 season when a thought struck him.

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