Saturday, July 15, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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