Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Phillips to sell its share of Cook Inlet Pipeline Co.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Forest Oil Corp., Phillips Petroleum Co. and Union Oil Co. of California have notified the Regulatory Commission of Alaska that Phillips is selling its 20 percent stock ownership in the Cook Inlet Pipeline Co.

Oil execs warn against industry tax hikes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska oil industry executives are urging Alaska politicians to look elsewhere for solutions to the state's fiscal gap.

Grasshoppers scouring fields in Matanuska Valley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gardeners and farmers along the Matanuska River in Palmer say the biggest plague of grasshoppers in more than half a century is scouring their fields.

NTSB: Pilot killed in crash on unapproved drug
JUNEAU (AP) -- The pilot of a sightseeing plane that crashed near Haines last year, killing all aboard, was taking an anti-anxiety drug that should have disqualified him from flying, a report by the National Transportation Safety Board said.

Voters complaining about snafu in new primary system
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's new primary election system has created a dilemma for Ronnie Rosenberg.

Police follow leads in Fairbanks homicide
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police investigating a weekend homicide are looking for a man seen with dried blood on his clothing Monday morning.

Bodies recovered from plane wreckage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Recovery crews have retrieved the bodies of four men killed in a plane crash in southwestern Alaska, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Phillips to seek permits for gas line if energy bill passes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The president of Phillips Alaska Inc. said the company is prepared to begin the permitting process for a North Slope natural gas line if an energy bill passes Congress with two critical components.

Man found beaten to death in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 33-year-old man found dead underneath the Steese Highway Bridge early Sunday morning was beaten to death, Fairbanks police said.

Borough swoops in and buys mill during auction
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan Gateway Borough officials sealed a last-minute deal to buy a defunct veneer mill bringing an abrupt end to an auction that was already underway.

Interior lawmakers look for way to keep Steese open
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Interior lawmakers from both sides of the aisle said Monday the Steese Highway will stay open this winter. They're not sure how, but they said they'd find the money.

Murkowski, Ulmer ready to debate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski said Senate business will keep him in Washington, D.C., for most of the fall campaign for governor and he asked that his likely Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, help him make the most of his limited time in Alaska.

Body found in Port of Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A body was found in the Port of Anchorage but was so badly decomposed authorities were having a hard time determining a positive identity, police said Tuesday.

Family says body found is that of missing 13-year-old
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The family of 13-year-old Delaney Zutz said they believe a body found in the woods near their South Anchorage home is their daughter, but Anchorage police would not confirm the identification.

State GOP vies to enlist outside the party to settle primary fights
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Republican Party of Alaska wants you. Provided, of course, that you are like them.

Coastal program issues grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska coastal communities and nonprofit organizations were awarded $3 million in grants through the federally funded and state-managed Coastal Impact Assistance Program.

Alaska to receive federal funds to help offenders
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska will receive $2 million of federal money to help rehabilitate prisoners.

New airport plan spares park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The latest, scaled-down plans for a $2.2 billion expansion at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport feature a new north-south runway but no controversial incursion into Kincaid Park.

Body found near missing Anchorage girl's home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a young girl was found in South Anchorage on Monday, just blocks from the home of missing teen-ager Delaney Zutz, Anchorage police said.

UAA receives $110,000 from Commerce Department
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the University of Alaska Anchorage a $100,000 grant.

Orphan cub destined for Denver Zoo is euthanized
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An orphaned Alaska grizzly bear cub that was headed for the Denver Zoo was euthanized Monday after a veterinarian discovered it had a broken and badly infected rear leg.

Alaska priest correction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a July 15 story about the removal of the Rev. Timothy Crowley from the ministry, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Archdiocese of Anchorage, erroneously reported the age of the boy abused by the priest in Michigan. The boy was 11, not 15, the diocese said.

Foothill refuses AIDEA offer to purchase veneer mill
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- An auction to sell assets of a veneer plant was still on schedule Monday despite efforts by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority's to buy the business.

Russian airport poses threat to Fairbanks commercial flights
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Air France cargo executives were given the red carpet treatment June 22 by folks in Fairbanks celebrating the Paris-based airline's 10-year anniversary of operations in town.

Anadarko plans three wells on North Slope next winter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anadarko Petroleum plans to drill three wells on the North Slope this winter -- two gas hydrate wells and one conventional oil or gas well.

Kile autopsy confirms blocked coronary arteries
CHICAGO -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile died from a blockage of the arteries supplying the heart, and there was no evidence that drugs contributed to his death, Cook County's coroner said Tuesday.

Expos' former minority partners sue Selig, Loria
NEW YORK -- Baseball's contraction plan sparked another lawsuit Tuesday, with former minority partners of the Expos accusing commissioner Bud Selig with mail fraud and wire fraud.

Idaho squad defeats Twins
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team dropped a 15-5 decision to the Rangers from Meridian, Idaho, Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Paychecks handed out on schedule by Detroit Tigers
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are always happy to see Bill Brown on the 15th of the month because it's payday and he delivers their checks.

Grace lifts Johnson, Diamondbacks
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark Grace hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning Tuesday to lead Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks over the San Francisco Giants 5-3.

Ledee, Rolen, Burrell rally Phillies past Montreal
MONTREAL -- Ricky Ledee, Pat Burrell and Scott Rolen homered in an eight-run ninth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the Montreal Expos 11-8 Monday night.

Indians down White Sox for second straight win
CLEVELAND -- Rookie Jason Phillips got his first major league victory, taking a shutout into the eighth inning Monday night to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Red Sox snap losing streak
DETROIT -- Manny Ramirez had a career-high five hits, including a go-ahead double in a five-run eighth capped by Trot Nixon's grand slam, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 9-4 Tuesday to stop a four-game losing streak.

Riding the Beaches of Cook Inlet
Visitors may certainly see Alaska from trains, and boats and planes etc, but perhaps one of the most exhilarating means of experiencing the Great Land is on horseback.

Veteran public servant returns
Pledging to do her homework and address the issues as they come up, veteran Assemblyperson Betty Glick was selected by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in a 6 to 2 vote to fill the seat vacated by Bill Popp.

The Cabin is now open for business
Mike and Michelle Beals, owners of the Timber Wolf Lodge announce the opening of The Cabin Restaurant in Soldotna. Timber Wolf Lodge has been open for the past four years operating year round.

Alaska's Junior Miss takes 3rd Runner-up at America's Junior Miss competition
For the first time in the more than 40 years that Alaska has been participating in the Junior Miss Scholarship program, an Alaskan Junior Miss, Soldotna's own Katie Lockwood, was named the 3rd Runner-Up at the National Junior Miss scholarship competition in Mobile Alabama.

Working with logs becomes art form for Sterling Resident
Alaskan grown and crafted tables that fit the image of the biggest state in the Union are being produced by local log artist William Meyer, in Sterling.

It's Poetry Slam Two!!!
The Kenai Writer's Group and Alaska Poetry League of Anchorage will sponser a Poetry Slam again this year. Last year's Kenai Slam was received with such success that the Poetry League's competetive Slam team is eager to return and perform on the Peninsula.

Kenai River Classic continues to net dividends for the River
The great fishing, sunny weather, warm community hospitality, and scores of committed volunteers would have made the 9th Annual Kenai River Classic worth a million bucks, even if it didn't raise that many dollars, but it did.

Day on Cook Inlet has its ups, downs
At 3:15 Thursday morning, with the dusky sky laying over a calm Cook Inlet, John McCombs and his oldest daughter, 15-year-old Maureen, steam from the Ninilchik harbor to begin what will be 12 hours of hunting salmon.

LPN program being added to curriculum at AVTEC
Students in Southcentral Alaska soon will have a new opportunity to pursue careers in health care. The Alaska Vocational Technical Center will add a licensed practical nursing program to its curriculum beginning next month.

Voters' options limited by new law
Choices will be distinctly limited for voters going to the polls for the Aug. 27 primary election. Not because of any lack of candidates, but in the ways they'll be selected.

Fish and Game asks patience with net test
Fishing on the Kenai River is getting rather crowded this time of year, even for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. That's why the department is asking for help from sportfishing anglers to clear a bit of space out on the water this month.

Beckmann named new CARTS head
The executive assistant of the Central Area Rural Transit System Inc. has been promoted to executive director, the CARTS board of directors announced.

Tourism surviving setbacks
In spite of some negative indicators early in the season, tourism on the Kenai Peninsula has not suffered as badly from the Sept. 11 attacks or setbacks in the sportfishing industry as expected.

Kenai Wild fish branding program sets sail in Cook Inlet
The drive to invigorate the Cook Inlet salmon industry is on. After all the marketing and money invested, the opening of the commercial fishing season in the inlet last month meant time for action.

Funds will aid peninsula programs
Twenty-two Alaska coastal communities and nonprofit organizations, including some on the Kenai Peninsula, are to receive $3 million in federal funds designed to protect salmon streams, fund educational programs and accomplish other environmental enhancements.

Water well on tap for Sterling
No contamination from the Sterling Zip Mart gasoline leak has ever been detected in wells at Sterling Elementary School. Nevertheless, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the Kenai Peninsula Borough have agreed to share the cost of installing a new well to provide water to the school.

Ronnie Wayne Boyd
Cooper Landing resident Ronnie Wayne Boyd died Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 46.

Frances Flossie 'Honey' Lindley
Sterling resident Frances Flossie "Honey" Lindley died Friday, July 12, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna of cancer. She was 50.

Vera Howarth
Soldotna resident Vera Howarth died Sunday, July 14, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 93.

Frances Flossie 'Honey' Lindley
Sterling resident Frances Flossie "Honey" Lindley died Friday, July 12, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna of cancer. She was 50.

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

Oilers can't get to Pilots
Not even a rare triple play could turn the luck of the Peninsula Oilers.

Oilers knocked around by Pilots
The Peninsula Oilers were knocked around in their own yard Monday, dropping an Alaska Baseball League game 7-2 to the league-leading Anchorage Glacier Pilots at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Applause
Parent of Oilers' player appreciates Clarion columns by Chris Graziano

Mr. President, be assured there's crisis to confront on nation's economy A letter to the president: Part II
Dear President Bush, When I first wrote about my concern for your continued success in office -- even going so far as to suggest that you might want to shed the "Bush Blue" tie and the exquisitely tailored suits -- I had no idea how bad the rest of last week would turn out for you. (Editor's note: The first part of Towery's letter was printed in Tuesday's Peninsula Clarion.)

House Bill 504 wrong way to fix what's ailing state's seafood industry
Gov. Tony Knowles did the right thing when he vetoed a bill that would have allowed seafood processing plants to dock workers for room and board.

A letter to the president: Part I
Every once in a while, columnists will write a piece that mirrors a letter to whomever is president. Of course, most of these columnists are syndicated out of Washington, D.C., or New York, and they know their missives will likely make the president's list of commentaries to either read or at least review in brief.

Alaskans' voices should be heard in discussion on pipeline lease renewal
That federal and state land managers proposed to give the trans-Alaska oil pipeline another 30-year lease on life on Friday (July 5) came as little surprise to most onlookers.

Is 'pit bull' right watchdog for SEC?
WASHINGTON -- The government's securities watchdog catches a high-flying company reporting losses as gains. Investors are devastated, but the CEO refuses to admit wrongdoing and hires the best securities lawyer in the business -- known to friends and rivals as a ''pit bull'' -- and gets off with a fine.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to hold luncheon todayKDLL board meeting scheduled for tonightSenior center plans garage saleBlood Bank hosting community blood driveKaladi brothers to feature artist of the monthRed Cross continues to offer weekly classesChess tournament to be held in KenaiKenai Skate Park changes locationProgress Days' parade applications still available

Around the Peninsula
Burning permit suspension liftedKenai chamber luncheon todayLearning center program continues todayVisitors center presenting photographerHabitat for Humanity to share experiencesTheater performance begins tonightBlood bank cancels driveCooper Landing to sponsor pancake feedBoot camps to be offeredGirls' basketball camp plannedDEC warns of PSP danger in crabs

Alaska priest stripped of duties for past abuse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage priest who once abused a 15-year-old boy in Michigan has been stripped of his authority to be a minister.

Aging homeowners stay put, seek to remodel places they call home
DENVER (AP) -- Alan and Julie Stewart converted their kitchen cabinets into drawers to hold pots and pans. They widened the doorways and eliminated all stairs in the house.

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Bomar cleans up at Birch Ridge
Billy Bomar played junior golf with James Contreras. Bomar also was on the same college golf team as Contreras. And now the two both teach golf at the Anchorage Golf Course.

Sports Briefs
Former All-Star DiSarcina retires

Kenai Golf Report: Grass on this side of fence keeps getting greener
From one week to the next, the greens are noticeably improving and putting so much better than the week before. The greens, with all the TLC they have gotten this year, are thriving.

Leslie paces West to victory
WASHINGTON -- Another win in the WNBA All-Star game for the Western Conference, another MVP trophy for Lisa Leslie.

Sports Briefs
Titans' Matthews retires after 19 yearsRed Wings choose Lewis to follow Bowman232.4-pounder leads July Homer derby standings

Armstrong second in stage, moves up to second overall
LORIENT, France -- Lance Armstrong jumped six spots to second overall in the Tour de France with a runner-up finish Monday in an individual time trial.

The truth hurts
Nothing is wrong with admitting the obvious. Tiger Woods is tough to beat. Ernie Els is considered one of his top challengers, a big man with a graceful swing and two U.S. Open titles. He has beaten Woods three times and lost twice as often when both of them were in the hunt.

Tiger doesn't own Muirfield golf course -- yet
GULLANE, Scotland -- Tiger Woods already met his match at the British Open.

Iverson showcases arrogance
Allen Iverson didn't break any laws partying all night. He just showed that he can act as arrogantly and audaciously as he wants and get away with it.

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