Thursday, July 19, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Anchorage mayor sues redistricting board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mayor George Wuerch sued the Alaska Redistricting Board on Wednesday on behalf of the municipality of Anchorage, with the help of Republican Party officials and without the agreement of the Anchorage Assembly.

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

Governor's tolerance commission takes testimony on racism, prejudice
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A panel appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles to learn how racism and prejudice victimize Alaskans got a candid and sometimes graphic earful Wednesday evening.

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.

Arctic Rose investigators headed back to Unalaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard team investigating the sinking of the Arctic Rose was headed back to Unalaska Thursday after a disappointing setback.

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.

Strong quake felt in Kodiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A strong earthquake centered 90 miles south of Kodiak was felt on the island Thursday morning.

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.

BP official says northern gas line route is probably cheaper
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A proposed natural gas pipeline from the North Slope through the Beaufort Sea would likely be cheaper to build and cost less to operate than a pipeline that follows the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, a BP executive said Wednesday.

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.

Missile defense office announces Fort Greely work
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Pentagon's missile defense office has told Congress that the military plans to issue a contract for up to $9 million of construction work at Fort Greely. The work could proceed within 30 days.

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.

Coast Guard gets glimpse of Arctic Rose before remote camera is lost
ABOARD THE OCE

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.

Two workers jolted in explosive Prudhoe Bay fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Prudhoe Bay workers escaped serious injury when an oil rig caught fire as it was being moved.

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

Regulators respond to reports of heavy metals buildup at Red Dog Mine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A recent study of a heavy metals buildup along the Red Dog mine haul road in Northwest Alaska has regulators trying to learn how bad the contamination is, what the risks are and whether a cleanup is warranted.

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.

Prudhoe Bay worker dies
BARROW (AP) -- North Slope Borough police are investigating the death of a worker at Prudhoe Bay.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Two charged with vandalizing Fairbanks library
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two men were charged with vandalizing and ransacking the main Fairbanks library early Wednesday, causing at least $5,000 damage.

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.

Bagwell hits for cycle; Bonds rips Nos. 41, 42
HOUSTON -- Jeff Bagwell hit for the cycle, homering and doubling in an eight-run fifth inning as the Houston Astros outslugged St. Louis 17-11 Wednesday night in the highest-scoring game at Enron Field.

Tigers, Yankees split doubleheader
DETROIT -- Roger Cedeno couldn't quite win the opener with his legs, but he homered twice and drove in six runs in the second game to give the Detroit Tigers a split of a day-night doubleheader with a 12-4 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

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.

Planning ahead can save you money at vacation time
NEW YORK (AP) -- The average American family expects to spend $3,155 on its summer vacation this year, according to a survey by consumer counseling group Myvesta.org.

Fashion shift -- Boomers frustrate rather than drive the apparel trade
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fall fashions are starting to appear in stores and boutiques, but Baby Boomers who once were clotheshorses probably won't be running to buy. Comfortable in middle age, these women just don't have that old hankering for the latest styles.

The future is now
NEW YORK (AP) -- The change has been momentous, but it arrived so subtly that even those involved haven't stopped to think about how it has changed their financial perspective.

Economic prospectors spot a few bright specks of paydirt
NEW YORK (AP) -- Along with the tailings and other debris of the recent stock market debacle, some bright specks of pay dirt are filtering into the news of late. Not many, but enough to excite prospectors.

Chill factor: Corporate America rolling its shirt sleeves back down
NEW YORK -- On Wall Street and points west, much of corporate America is again buttoning the top button and leaving the khakis at home.

Business Briefs
KPAR welcomes new membersNew tanker makes first runAlaska bank records increaseTesoro receives an awardAlaska Airlines honored by readersGRS drill deemed successfulCIRI board members electedCrowley Marine announces tank farm in BethelShareholders seek to dissolve Huna Totem trust

House panel OKs 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.

Federal appeals court says Napster song-swapping service can go back online
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Now that it says it can block all but a tiny fraction of unauthorized song-swapping, Napster Inc. can resume its operations on the Internet, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Index of leading indicators higher for third straight month, but economy still fragile
NEW YORK (AP) -- A key gauge of future U.S. economic activity inched higher for the third straight month in June, though it indicates the overall economy remains fragile.

Tesoro, BP reach $677 million deal
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) -- Tesoro Petroleum Corp. said Tuesday it has agreed to buy two oil refineries and 45 service stations in Utah and North Dakota from BP PLC for $677 million.

Unknowns: Salmon questions scientists are asking
Scientists connected with Cook Inlet salmon productivity have identified several gaps in knowledge they want to see addressed:

Lakes, rivers vital to fishery
At the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office on Kalifornsky Beach Road near Soldotna, a team of fisheries biologists works to balance today's demand for salmon catches with tomorrow's sustainable yields.

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

Climate cycles point to change
Every fisher on Cook Inlet knows that tides influence the ways salmon move.

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.

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

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.

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.

Commercial harvest up; prices down; outlook hazy
The peak of the Cook Inlet sockeye salmon run seems to be here. Thirty-thousand of the red fish entered the Kenai River on Sunday and Monday, 40,000 Tuesday and another 40,000 or more were expected Wednesday, according to state figures.

Art Briefs
Discussion, book signing planned in KenaiRetreat planned for storytellersSoldotna museum open for summerSeward gallery plans special exhibitMusicians sought for festival

When Words Collide
The sun was shining, the fish were running and a bunch of Alaskans opted to spend a Friday evening listening to poetry? In Kenai?

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentIn the FutuerDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

It's a Tough Job
It used to be easy for Ray Evernham: Turn a wrench, change a shock and turn Jeff Gordon loose.

Points standings
1. Jeff Gordon 2,5152. Dale Jarrett 2,5153. Ricky Rudd 2,497

Money leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $4,177,5952. Dale Jarrett 2,705,8853. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,605,003

New England 300
Where: New Hampshire International Speedway's 1.058-mile oval with 12-degree banking in the corners and 1,500-foot straightaways in Loudon, N.H.

Nascar schedule
Feb 18th through Nov 18th

Long schedule has little room for expansion
Television can't get enough of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Race fans can't get enough, either. And racetracks across the country are lobbying for their share of the future.

Body of Nondalton teen recovered from nearby lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a teen from the village of Nondalton was recovered from a lake near the village, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

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.

Private prison pitched to chamber
Cornell comes to Kenai. Two spokespersons for the company selected by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to promote and plan the state's first private prison were on hand at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's noon luncheon on Wednesday to give a presentation about the company and answer questions from the public.

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Walter Eklund Dotomain
Lifelong Alaskan Walter Eklund Dotomain died Monday, July 16, 2001, of complications from a heart attack at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He was 60.

Hazel A. Vanderbrink
Homer resident Hazel A. Durham Vanderbrink died Monday, July 16, 2001, at her home. She was 77.

Patricia Isabelle Parker
Longtime Anchorage resident Patricia Parker died Tuesday, July 17, 2001, at her home. She was 71.

Oilers end road trip with loss to Pilots
The Peninsula Oilers played their last Alaska Baseball League road game of the year Wednesday, and for the sake of their sanity, it's probably a good thing.

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.

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

Letters to the Editor
State should compensate Soldotna businesses who must remove signs

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.

What others say
Urging Medicare recipients to use drug discount cards to save money on prescriptions could buy President George W. Bush some time on the politically volatile issue of high-cost medication. It may even save seniors a little money. What it won't do is eliminate the need for a real -- and really costly -- Medicare prescription-drug benefit.

Applause
Dedicated volunteers make Kenai Poetry Slam successfulGolf tourney raises funds

Around the Peninsula
Bagley to speak at Nikiski chamber todaySlikok Creek to be discussedWilderness survival class plannedFarmer's market set for SaturdayPublic can meet, question judges at Monday forumProgress Days participation still soughtCommunity celebration scheduledOne set of 'Safe Sitter' classes remains

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

Up in the air
LONG GROVE, Ill. -- Michael Jordan, smoking a cigar, joking with the crowd and looking fit and trim, has a timetable for deciding whether he'll return to the NBA.

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

A devil of a climb
CHAMROUSSE, France -- Lance Armstrong hunched over the handlebars, lowered his head and gritted his teeth as he powered up the steep mountain climb from Grenoble to Chamrousse.

Sports Briefs
Summer Biathlon returns to AnchorageJohnnie on the spot at Alaska Raceway parkNorman withdraws, citing death of friend

Birch Ridge Report
The sun was shining brightly and it was a beautiful day for those family members playing in the Family Affair Tournament on Saturday.

Webber still a King
After a delayed start, the NBA free agent market opened Wednesday with Chris Webber deciding to stay with the Sacramento Kings.

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.

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.

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