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Wednesday, July 18, 2001

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.

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

Safety board blames fatal crash on pilot's decision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the August crash of a small plane that killed three people returning to a remote lodge on the Alaska Peninsula was caused by the pilot's decision to fly into a mountain pass in marginal weather.

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.

Man dies after being pinned by equipment
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man died Tuesday afternoon in an accident that occurred while he was working on a landscaping project.

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.

Fire kills 3-year-old Fairbanks boy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 3-year-old boy died in a fire that burned through the second story of an apartment complex west of Fairbanks on Tuesday night.

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.

Family, friends recall crash victim who had a passion for travel
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The doctor who piloted a floatplane that crashed about 50 miles south of Bettles on Sunday was known as a safe pilot who would take friends on short sightseeing trips to nearby lakes.

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.

Crowley Marine announces tank farm in Bethel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crowley Marine Services will enter the Bethel fuel market next year after completing agreements with Bethel Native Corp. for construction of a bulk-fuel tank farm.

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.

Investigators confirm finding wreckage thought of Arctic Rose
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Coast Guard investigators confirmed Wednesday that they have located the sunken fishing vessel Arctic Rose, which went down in the Bering Sea on April 2 with 15 people on board.

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

House committee approves ANWR drilling bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling cleared its first congressional committee Tuesday, but the measure's future is far from certain.

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.

Oil companies provide overview of natural gas pipeline project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Alaska and BP Exploration (Alaska) want some important economic issues concerning the North Slope natural gas pipeline project settled before the next legislative session.

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.

Chums dismal, but Yukon kings are bright spot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A dismal summer chum salmon subsistence run on the Yukon may prove a record low, but chinook harvests are better than anticipated, a federal fisheries biologist said Wednesday.

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.

Sen. Lieberman to visit Alaska to learn about climate change
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman will come to Alaska to learn more about the effects of global climate change.

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

Creek classroom teaches what paddlers need to know
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- On a tiny beach along Campbell Creek near t

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.

Woodchucks among us: They really do live in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Todays Alaska wildlife quiz: There are woodchucks in Alaska, true or false?

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.

Man pleads innocent in sex case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 19-year-old Delta Junction man has pleaded innocent to charges he sexually assaulted several young boys.

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.

Several cities challenge new redistricting map
JUNEAU (AP) -- A redistricting plan that would pit 20 incumbent Republican legislators against each other and change the representation of cities and boroughs across the state is headed for the courtroom.

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.

Biologists close chum fishing on Yukon ahead of the fish
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has decided not to open fall chum salmon fishing in the Lower Yukon River and its drainages, and it's likely the rest of the river will be closed as well before the fish arrive.

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.

Shareholder suit seek to dissolve Huna Totem trust
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau Superior Court judge will decide whether shareholders of Huna Totem Corp. should be allowed to opt out of a $42 million trust. Shares in the trust are worth $350 each, so shareholders with the typical 100 shares would get $35,000 if they could cash out.

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.

Energy expert warns Alaskans to adopt Canada-friendly attitude
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Prices should remain high enough in the near future to bring Alaska natural gas to market, but the project could be derailed unless Alaskans do a better job of negotiating a pipeline route with Canada, an energy consultant said Tuesday.

Investigators near site of Arctic Rose
ABOARD THE OCEAN EXPLORER (AP) -- Approaching the scene of the nation's worst commercial fishing disaster in 50 years, three Coast Guard investigators planned to each drop a wreath into the Bering Sea where 15 fishers perished when the Arctic Rose sank April 2.

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.

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.

Cubs rally to beat Royals; Mariners, White Sox notch wins in Interleague play
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs found their offense just in time Tuesday, rallying for five runs in the seventh inning to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-4.

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.

Juneau defeats Twins in rematch
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team dropped its rematch with Juneau, losing 9-1 Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

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

Board cuts affect user groups
Both commercial and recreational fishers have seen a host of changes since Tony Knowles became governor in 1994.

Against the current
It seems impossible anymore to talk to an upper Cook Inlet commercial fisher without hearing how Gov. Tony Knowles and his Board of Fisheries appointments have destroyed the industry.

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.

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.

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

Nikiski woman is united with her sister for the first time in Alaska
Five years ago Robyn Sullens went to the Internet in search of her biological parents, "It was like putting pieces of a puzzle together, but when I was successful and found my biological mother, she told me she had a daughter, so until then I never knew I had a sister," said Sullens.

WWII veterans take a deserved flight into the past
For the second consecutive year Independence Day on the Kenai Peninsula was celebrated with a slice of living history. The return of

Space Engineer applauds Challenger Center
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska recently marked its first year of missions with a visit from a man who had left his footsteps on the moon, Buzz Aldrin.

Outdoors
During a recent conversation with visitors from Wisconsin I was told, "I want to catch a Rainbow Trout." So I took my guest to a little Lake on the Skilak loop. I don't want to tell you my little hot spot for small Rainbows for fear you will have all your relatives and visitors fishing in my quiet little spot making it too noisy for this grumpy ol' fishermen.

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.

United Way targets new fund-raising goal
The 2001 fund-raising goal for the Kenai Peninsula United Way, under campaign chair Bruce Passe, is an ambitious $650,000.

Joint pipeline effort needed
ANCHORAGE -- Prices should remain high enough in the near future to bring Alaska natural gas to market, but the project could be derailed unless Alaskans do a better job of negotiating a pipeline route with Canada, an energy consultant said Tuesday.

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

Organ donation: life after death
Today is the one-year anniversary of her husband's passing, but Gertrude Frostad finds solace in knowing that through the donation of his corneas, his death helped others live.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Oilers grounded by Glacier Pilots
The Peninsula Oilers lost 6-4 to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots Tuesday in an Alaska Baseball League game at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

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

Applause
Dedicated volunteers make Kenai Poetry Slam successfulGolf tourney raises funds

Letters
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 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.

Letters to the Editor
Times may have changed, but does it get any better than this?

What others say
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.

Spending tax rebate checks
WASHINGTON -- Back-to-school books are competing with blackjack tables. Credit-card debts are crying out, too, as Americans decide what to do with their income tax rebates.

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.

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

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 Briefs
Activities available to seniors on the Peninsula

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

Dragila vaults to record
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Michael Johnson and Stacy Dragila set records at the DN Galan meet Tuesday, under different emotional circumstances.

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.

Bomar takes Wells Fargo skins game
In many ways, the fate of $2,000 came down to two pieces of wood -- one placed by nature, the other stacked by man -- Tuesday at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Sports Briefs
Junior Golf Championship slated for Birch RidgeKenai Little League fares well at tourneys

Armstrong moving on up
L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France -- Lance Armstrong took a commanding step toward a third straight Tour de France title, bluffing his rivals Tuesday to win a grueling climb in the French Alps.

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.

Kenai Golf Report
The course is greening up and the new seed on the greens is beginning to show up in the grid-like pattern the slit seeding leaves.

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.

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.

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