Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Plane crash kills four people south of Bettles
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Four people died Sunday after their plane crashed south of Bettles.

Teen-ager missing in boating accident
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy was missing Sunday and feared drowned in a boating accident on Six Mile Lake near Nondalton, Alaska State Troopers said.

Maher buried, potlach celebration held
NORTHWAY (AP) -- A dozen men -- some dressed in white shirts and ties and others in work shirts and jeans -- helped to bury Rosemarie Maher.

Traffic accident fatal to soldier from Nome
FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) -- A soldier from Nome serving at Fort Riley was killed last week in a motor vehicle accident north of the post, the Army announced Tuesday.

Plane crash kills four people south of Bettles
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Four people died Sunday afternoon after their plane crashed south of Bettles.

Rumsfeld says successful missile test one of 20 planned
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday that the successful missile defense test last weekend showed how far the United States has come with anti-missile technology that could be installed in Alaska.

July 15, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on military spending
The news of last Wednesday seems almost laughable now. The front page headline read, ''Hospital funds said key to fort survival.'' But we shouldn't count those funds before they're hospital rooms and beds.

Homer teens enter pleas to theft, assault charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Homer teen pleaded no contest to fourth-degree assault for trying to ram a stolen van into an off-duty police officer in May.

Scientists search for Alaska's elusive octopus
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Just where would a shrewd, boneless predator with keen eyesight, eight arms and 2,240 suckers hole up during low tide?

Atlas Air announces purchase of competitor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Atlas Air has announced it is buying Polar Air Cargo for $84 million, just months after each carrier began laying off pilots and ground workers in Anchorage and other cities because of the slowing U.S. and Asian economies.

Four men charged in home invasion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police charged four people with robbery, burglary and kidnapping for allegedly holding a man and a woman at gunpoint in their Anchorage apartment.

Anchorage murder suspect enters plea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The man accused of murdering longtime Anchorage car salesman Paul Clinton last November entered not guilty pleas Monday in Anchorage Superior Court.

Tutoring, seminars geared to passing standardized teaching test
ANCHORAGE -- The first time Elena Pavilla took the three tests required to be a certified teacher in Alaska, she wasn't worried.

Anchorage police say teen deliberately drove into patrol car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Robert Esper deliberately drove his Chevrolet Blazer into Anchorage Police Officer Justin Wollam's police cruiser, causing a crash that killed four people, police said Monday.

Rural Alaska campuses get new directors
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Rural Alaska has two new directors to head its campuses.

BP orders Prudhoe Bay safety review
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. has begun a wide-ranging review of safety, maintenance and environmental protection at the Prudhoe Bay oil field in response to concerns from workers and questions from Congress that the company is not operating the field safely.

Air Force to replace nuclear generators with diesel-solar hybrids
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Almost a decade after a wildfire raged near the border of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Air Force is planning to remove nuclear-powered generators from Burnt Mountain.

Anchorage exhibit ban extends to Appalachia display
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The city of Anchorage is refusing to display a six-city exhibit about Appalachian culture at its main public library, citing a temporary ban on displays from outside the library.

Borealis Brewery gets out of production business
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The founder and owner of the Borealis Brewery has decided to cut costs and get out of the production business.

Firefighters rescue man, dog from tar pit
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rescuers had to use a little ingenuity to free a man and his dog after they became stuck in a North Pole tar pit Sunday.

Emmonak boy drowns in the Kwiguk River
BETHEL (AP) -- A 5-year-old Emmonak boy drowned in the Kwiguk River, Alaska State Trooper said Sunday.

July 12, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. on Kenai Peninsula designated as nonrural
Alaska villagers say the Bush is a state of mind.

Diane Prier to head Williams' Alaska operation
NORTH POLE (AP) -- Williams has named Diane Prier to head its Alaska petroleum business.

Bush warns against complacency as Cheney promotes energy plan
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- President Bush warned against complacency in the face of falling gas prices Monday, as a hoarse Vice President Dick Cheney headlined a Republican roadshow promoting the national energy strategy he shaped, which includes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Anchorage tarantula looks for ride to meet up with owner
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Mexican red leg tarantula has been in limbo since its owner, on his way to a new job, left the spider at an airline ticket counter.

Union gets delay in Ketchikan shipyard election
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A planned election on whether workers at Alaska Ship and Dry Dock should unionize has been postponed.

Knowles sounds out subsistence compromise
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles spent last week talking with Native and legislative leaders, trying to sell a compromise proposal that would affect the appeal of the Katie John subsistence case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ketchikan man charged in roommate's killing
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 29-year-old Ketchikan man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his roommate.

Woman breaks pelvis in boating accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Chugiak woman suffered a broken pelvis in an airboat accident Saturday.

Mexican captain to face criminal charges in tourist deaths
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The captain of a Mexican tour boat that capsized, killing three Americans, will be charged with involuntary manslaughter, authorities said. One of the victims was an Anchorage woman.

June 16, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News on the state's economy
Alaska's business and political leaders got some

Report finds woman who drowned was legally drunk
JUNEAU (AP) -- A woman who drowned in Juneau in April was legally drunk, according to a toxicology report.

Rumsfeld says successful missile test one of 20 planned
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday that the successful missile defense test last weekend showed how far the United States has come with anti-missile technology that could be installed in Alaska.

Umps file grievance over pitch counts
NEW YORK -- Baseball umpires filed a grievance to keep the commissioner's office from pressuring them to call more strikes and reduce pitches, saying management's move ''threatens the integrity of the game.''

Twins split with Dimond
The American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins split a doubleheader with Dimond at Coral Seymour Memorial Park Sunday to move their record to 18-19 overall.

Griffey back in swing of things for Cincinnati
CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. hit two of Cincinnati's four homers Monday night as the Reds beat the Detroit Tigers 9-1 behind rookie starter Lance Davis.

Twins victorious vs. Juneau squad
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team notched a big district win Monday, defeating the squad from Juneau 7-6 Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

McGriff spurns Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) -- Fred McGriff is staying with Tampa Bay. At least for now.

McGriff bashes Braves, waffles on Cubs
ATLANTA -- Fred McGriff gave a tantalizing glimpse of his power, homering twice and driving in four runs Sunday to lead the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 9-1 rout of the Atlanta Braves.Mets 6, Blue Jays 2Tigers 8, Reds 5Red Sox 8, Expos 5Phillies 9, Yankees 3

Watching salmon numbers
This is the ninth part of a two-week Clarion series on fishing on the Kenai Peninsula.

Myths surround fishery
There are many myths surrounding the commercial salmon fishery in Cook Inlet. Here are a few, debunked by Alaska Department of Fish and Game management biologist Jeff Fox.

Sonar fish counters vital, variable
Major fishery management decisions depend on the counts of fish entering the Cook Inlet rivers -- decisions like commercial openings, sports bag limits, catch-and-release, emergency closures and long-range run forecasts.

Versatile salmon keeps area jammin'
Fish. We catch them and hatch them, we clean them and cook them. We can them and smoke them and give them as gifts. We stuff them and ship them and share them with friends. We paint them and carve them, but that's not the end.

Changing markets buffet industry
The seeds of disaster were already sown when the Cook Inlet sockeye fishery reached its zenith.

Murky economics cloud fishery
What is the economic value of a Cook Inlet or Kenai River salmon or the industry it supports?

A giant red banner bearing a despotic likeness hangs menacingly over a podium at one end of a giant warehouse. Legions of eager troops cheer for the speaker and his message of conquest and glory.

Cheney promotes energy strategy
PHILADELPHIA -- President Bush warned against complacency in the face of falling gas prices Monday, as a hoarse Vice President Dick Cheney headlined a Republican roadshow promoting the national energy strategy he shaped, which includes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Bird watching
Alexander Nagengast, 5, takes a close look at an eagle on display at the Soldotna Visitors Center recently. His family traveled here from Rogers, Minn., to visit friends.

Nonprofit parents' group reaches out to families of disabled
Raising a child is always a tough job. If the child is disabled, the job is doubly difficult.

Soldotna facelift signals sign snag
The Sterling Highway through downtown Soldotna has been praised and panned over the years.

Hilda Lee Miner Flynn
Homer resident Hilda Lee Miner Flynn died Saturday, July 14, 2001, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer. She was 79.

Shelby E. Johnson
Kenai resident Shelby E. Johnson died Friday, July 13, 2001, at his home of cardiac arrest. He was 59.

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

Another tough one
The good news is the Peninsula Oilers have outscored the opposition 19-15 six games into their current nine-game Alaska Baseball League road trip. The bad news is...

Oilers hanging in vs. Glacier Pilots
The Peninsula Oilers were locked in an extra-innings duel with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots as the Clarion went to press Monday.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is now restating its intentions concerning the private prison and how the project has never been "fast tracked." Never mind the fact that if it were not for the efforts of James Price and many others, groundbreaking ceremonies for the private prison would have already occurred.

What others say
Alaska villagers say the Bush is a state of mind.

Shrinking surplus raises concern
WASHINGTON -- Republicans and Democrats are dueling over increasingly scant federal dollars, and for the first time since 1992, the budget's bottom line is widely expected to be leaner than the previous year.

What does Uncle Sam look like?
WASHINGTON -- When it comes to minorities and women, the face of the federal government looks more and more like America. When it comes to promotions, it's a different story.

What others say
New FBI director faces more work than gloryPresident needs Solomon's wisdom on stem-cell issue

Community News
Injured otter keeps rehab busyRussian scientists bring research to centerArt show goes wild in lobby

Cooper Landing gets new vehicles
Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, at far right, poses with members of the Cooper Landing Community Club at its ice cream scooper event on June 28.

Kenai Chamber of Commerce says thanks for event supportBenefit fund helps resident attend development camp

Around the Peninsula
Fisheries extendedChamber to meet todayFlood plain meeting slatedBorough mayor to address chamberFisheries walk slatedClass planned to promote awarenessCrafts bazaar plannedBlood drive slated

Around the Peninsula
Health offices to relocate, immunizations canceledSwim lessons to begin todayIndependent blind to meetBoard meeting canceledChamber to discuss prison projectBoard meeting plannedKeeper to show appreciationChurch flea market slatedDiscussion, book signing planned in KenaiClass reuinion slated

Crime Stoppers alert
The Kenai Peninsula Crime Stoppers Inc. is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects responsible for arson and criminal mischief.

Garden of the week
Veronica's Coffee House, located in Old Town Kenai, has been named the weekly winner in the Kenai Beautification Committee's summer-long garden of the week program

Kenai student helps Montana Tech in international competition
Thomas Strother recently helped Montana Tech bring home trophies and beat out longtime rival Purdue University.

Peninsula People
Area students named to dean's listStudents receive degreesBP awards scholarshipsHomer man accepted for internshipApplications available for leadership instituteForeign teens need host families

Senior Briefs
Activities available to seniors on the Peninsula

Bandleader still gigging on eve of 100th birthday
ST. ALBANS, Vt. -- Turn off Main onto Stebbins Street and listen for the sound of an old swing tune or march emanating from a front parlor. That would be Sterling Weed on alto sax and perhaps a favorite student playing the cornet.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for seniors around the Peninsula

Leslie sets record at WNBA All-Star game
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Just as Los Angeles is dominating the WNBA this season, the Sparks' Lisa Leslie dominated the All-Star game.

Sprint Tour makes stop at Twin City
The Alaska Sprint Tour rolled into Twin City Raceway in Kenai Friday, and several area drivers turned in solid performances on the three-eighths mile dirt track.

Maruyama masters Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE -- Shigeki Maruyama became the first Japanese player to win a PGA Tour event on the mainland, beating Charles Howell III in a playoff Sunday in the Greater Milwaukee Open.Senior Players ChampionshipMichelob Light ClassicScottish OpenWichita Open

Youngster corrals young race
JOLIET, Ill. -- Kevin Harvick, the youngster who replaced superstar Dale Earnhardt after the Intimidator was killed in the Daytona 500, won the inaugural Tropicana 400 on Sunday. TORONTO -- Michael Andretti, shuffled to last place on the first lap of the Molson Indy, took advantage of 11 caution periods to win the race for the seventh time in its 16-year history.Formula One

Armstrong ready for uphill battle
AIX-LES-BAINS, France -- Lance Armstrong arrived at the foot of the Alps, where he began to take command in winning the Tour de France the last two years.

Sports Briefs
Kenai Peninsula Football Officials meeting June 23Tagged fish nets $1,000 in halibut derby

New IOC president breaks with committee image
MOSCOW -- Jacques Rogge wasted no time in showing how different his Olympic presidency will be.

Chancellor still on top
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Van Chancellor doesn't believe his three WNBA All-Star coaching appearances have anything to do with his skill with Xs and Os.

A bad day for a bike ride
Erik Zabel of Germany wins the sprint of the main pack, which fell far behind stage winner Erik Dekker of the Netherlands, in the 8th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Colmar and Pontarlier, eastern France, Sunday.

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