Sunday, July 16, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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 teen-agers and injuring two other occupants of the car, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Camping waste raises stink in Moose Pass
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- State authorities should do something about unregulated camping along Upper Trail Lake, as far as residents of Moose Pass are concerned.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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.

Aurora Gas to invest $12 million to reopen gas field
KENAI (AP) -- A small Alaska company plans to invest up to $12 million to reopen a gas field at Nikolai Creek in western Cook Inlet beginning this fall.

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.

NOAA, Tyonek reach agreement on beluga harvest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Native village of Tyonek will be allowed to harvest one Cook Inlet beluga whale this year under an agreement with federal marine mammal regulators.

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.

Canadian cyclist restarts Alaska-to-Argentina trip
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Knowles visits hard-hit fishing communities
ANIAK (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles says he expects to know by Monday whether the salmon runs in the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers will be designated a disaster.

Federal consultant touts trans-Canada gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pipeline running offshore and then through Canada is the best way to get North Slope natural gas to market, according to a Texas-based consultant working for the federal Department of Energy.

Stevens gets $30 million for UAF supercomputer upgrade
The Arctic Region Supercomputing Center will receive $30 million in upgrade money in the next federal fiscal year, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens said Saturday.

Man charged with trying to kill ex-borough official

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.

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.

Researchers learning about Kenai Fjords bear population
SEWARD (AP) -- Researchers doing the first-ever bear study in Kenai Fjords National Park say that they've learned that even after a long winter of hibernation, most bruins there wised up quickly to the dangers of a food-baited trap.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Visitors center features lynx, scrimshawCenter features sales gallery, walking toursCrohn's and colitis group to meetProgress Days vendor spaces still availableSafety classes for baby sitters availableFish and Game holds hunter ed classesFootball camp starts this week

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.

Secret treasures
The new highway sign south of Soldotna announces that Kasilof is 12 miles away. Detailed maps of the Kenai Peninsula put the name about where the south end of Kalifornsky Beach Road meets the Sterling Highway.

King Fischer Fisheries LLC calls action routine, says business as usual Monday
King Fischer Fisheries LLC, the latest incarnation of Triton Fisheries Inc., closed temporarily on Thursday and will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, a company official said.

16 injured on fjords tour
Sixteen passengers were injured Tuesday when their Kenai Fjords Tours boat struck a rock on in Resurrection Bay.

Fishery no free-for-all
Personal-use dipnet fisheries are well under way on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.

Photo feature: Play ball
Kenai baseball players stand at attention for the playing of the National Anthem during the opening ceremony of the Alaska District 1 Little League Baseball Tournament Saturday morning at the Kenai Little League Field. The tournament continues through Wednesday.

Prices still low, but commercial catch plentiful Thursday
The seas were rough, but the fishing was good for Cook Inlet's commercial fishers on Thursday.

Dipnetters reaping big bounty
Dipnet fishers from all over Southcentral Alaska have converged on the central Kenai Peninsula to harvest the bounty of the sea. And the fish are cooperating.

Woods, Grimm to marry today
Serena Dawn Woods of Kenai and William (Bodie) Webster Grimm of Caldwell, Idaho, have announced their plans to marry in a 3 p.m. ceremony today, July 16, at the Christ Lutheran Church.

Merrick, Jedlicka marry
Natalie Merrick and George Jedlicka were married June 3 at the Revery Homestead. Paul Packard of Soldotna officiated.

Christenson, Milliman to wed in Anchorage
Shannon April Chris-tenson and Eli Milliman have announced their plans to marry Saturday, July 22 at the Anchorage Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple.

Reeves celebrate 50th anniversary
Wayne and Virginia Reeve of North Kenai celebrated their 50th wedding anni-versary Friday, July 14. They renewed their vows at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. Their children and oldest granddaughter hosted a dinner at the American Legion Post No. 20 following the ceremony.

Ledahl, Gregory plan August ceremony
Robbi Ledahl and Troy Gregory of Las Cruces, N.M., have announce their plans to marry at 6 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the home of Roger and Pam Gunlikson in Grenora, N.D.

Boys and Girls Club tourney draws 30 teams to set record
At least 120 folks skipped out of work a little early Friday afternoon -- but hey, it was for a great cause.

Soldotna Big League moves to championship game
The Soldotna Big League softball team defeated Abbott-O-Rabbit 6-5 Saturday in Anchorage to advance to the title game of the Tournament of Champions.

Twins rain on parade of T-Birds
Generally speaking, the weather on a rainy day is another challenge to overcome. For the American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team, it became somewhat of an ally Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Augdahl strikes out 14 Kenai hitters to control title game from mound
The ball may be bigger, the pitches may come underhand and the mound may be flat, but the best way to win a fast-pitch softball game is identical to the best way to win a baseball game -- pitching and defense.

Lewis knocks out Botha, thinks of Tyson
LONDON -- Francois Botha was the lumbering target in front of Lennox Lewis. Mike Tyson, though, was on his mind.

Sports Briefs
Davis Cup: Australia moves into finalThree rowers test positive for banned drugsNavratilova inducted into hall of fameTorres wins 50 free

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