Friday, July 19, 2002

Two Rivers grizzlies show no fear of people, dogs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A sow grizzly bear and her two curious yearling cubs are still making the rounds in Two Rivers east of Fairbanks and a state wildlife biologist said the cubs will be killed if the three bears don't move on.

Police have no leads on swiped salmon
SITKA (AP) -- Police have no leads on the whereabouts of a giant king salmon stolen Tuesday from a freezer at a fish processing plant.

Southeast men cut crab pots lines from humpback
JUNEAU (AP) -- A caretaker at a Southeast lodge and another man helped free a humpback whale entangled in crab pot lines Saturday.

Drug officers raid wrong house outside North Pole
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Kara Goodale was watching television Tuesday afternoon when she saw men dressed in white suits and gas masks pointing assault rifles through the window of her house near North Pole.

Jury sides with Exxon Mobil in spill compensation suit
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An Anchorage jury on Wednesday rejected claims by six Alaska communities that Exxon Mobil Corp. owned them $12 million in costs associated with the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound.

Former Juneau priest stripped of duties for abuse
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A former Southeast Alaska priest has been stripped of his ministerial duties over sexual improprieties involving a teenage girl at the Haines parish in the late 1980s.

Thieves make off with rare, trophy-sized salmon
SITKA (AP) -- This time, the one that got away was every bit as big as they said it was.

IWC to discuss whaling quota
BARROW (AP) -- The International Whaling Commission will conduct a special meeting this fall to discuss reinstatement of the bowhead quota for Alaska Eskimo whalers, according to the president of the Barrow Whaling Captains Association.

Seafood processor workers injured in crash
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three seafood processing workers from Kake were airlifted to a Juneau hospital after a crash that injured five Tuesday, police said.

Trial set for man accused of harassing fishery observer
UNALASKA (AP) -- A sexual harassment case prosecuted under the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation Act is set for trial in September, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Goodnews Bay girl drowns
GOODNEWS BAY (AP) -- A little girl in the Southwest Alaska village of Goodnews Bay drowned Wednesday night while swimming with friends at the mouth of the Goodnews River.

Seafood processor workers injured in crash
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three seafood processing workers from Kake were airlifted to a Juneau hospital after a crash that injured five Tuesday, police said.

Body of Wainwright man recovered
BARROW (AP) -- A Wainwright man was found dead in a small lake southwest of the North Slope village Tuesday.

Evergreen plans coal test wells near Delta
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Evergreen Resources Alaska Corp. has applied to the state Department of Natural Resources to drill two mineral core wells on shallow gas leases near Delta Junction.

Knowles says Steese Highway will stay open
CIRCLE (AP) -- The Steese Highway will remain open this winter after all.

Kivalina residents say mine pollutes water
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of Kivalina have filed notice that they plan to sue Teck Cominco for $88 million in damages stemming from alleged water-quality violations at the Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska.

Revenue officials predict dividend of about $1,550
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The 2002 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend will be about $1,550, but fund officials say the near $300 decline from checks last year cannot be blamed on the volatile performance of the current stock market.

State warnings of toxins in some crab
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State officials are warning that the guts of crab taken in certain parts of the state could lead to deadly paralytic shellfish poisoning, or PSP.

Borough swoops in and buys mill during auction
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan Gateway Borough officials sealed a last-minute deal Tuesday to buy a defunct veneer mill.

Six air forces gather for joint exercises
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Air forces from six nations are in Alaska this week for joint exercises.

Biologist says fearless grizzly cubs may have to be killed
(Fairbanks-AP) -- State Fish and Game biologists say a pair of grizzly bear cubs may be killed if they don't move out of the Two Rivers area east of Fairbanks.

Ketchikan borough manager candidate withdraws
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The man hired to become the Ketchikan Gateway Borough manager changed his mind and declined the job Tuesday.

Family plans brief ceremony for Coyner
JUNEAU (AP) -- The family of Wes Coyner, a former chief of staff under Gov. Bill Egan who died during a marathon event at the age of 74, plans to spread his ashes along his favorite hiking trail in Juneau.

Juneau search dog featured on greeting card
JUNEAU (AP) -- As a puppy, Briz was rescued by construction workers from the woods near Angoon. As an adult, Briz is repaying the lifesaving favor by serving in search-and-rescue missions.

Crews fight fire near Yentna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State forestry crews were battling a blaze in the wilderness west of Willow that had spread to about 150 acres, officials said.

Family says body found is that of missing 13-year-old
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police said Wednesday that a girl's body found this week is 13-year-old Delaney Zutz, who vanished from her home last week.

Father pleads guilty to assaulting infant
JUNEAU (AP) -- A father accused of destroying his infant son's breathing monitor pleaded guilty Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court to a felony assault charge.

Cardinals send Giants tumbling
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Morris allowed one run in eight innings as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-1 on Thursday.

Giambi, Posada rally Yankees
NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi and Jorge Posada singled in runs in the ninth inning as the New York Yankees rallied past the Detroit Tigers 2-1 Wednesday night.

Sheffield, Maddux lead Braves past Marlins
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux pitched seven shutout innings and Gary Sheffield had three hits, helping the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 10-0 Wednesday night.

Devil Rays pay two players late
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays, said to be having cash-flow problems earlier this year, were more than two weeks late before making nearly $1 million in deferred payments to Steve Trachsel and Gerald Williams, several baseball officials told The Associated Press.

Twins rally, sweep series with Indians
CLEVELAND -- Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer and Luis Rivas drove in the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning as the Minnesota Twins rallied Thursday for an 8-6 win over the Indians.

Post 20 sweeps Dimond
The American Legion Post 20 Twins posted a pair of victories Wednesday, defeating the Dimond Lynx 16-13 and 7-2 in a doubleheader in Anchorage.

Foothill refuses AIDEA's offer
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.

Making Internet kid-safe
If your child is not "online" already, he or she may soon be joining the millions of children who are using the Internet. Whether using the Internet at home or school, the online world offers children experiences that can be educational and rewarding. But, when it comes to their personal information online, who is in charge?

Business Briefs
Soldotna Country Insurance agent namedMerger brings corrosion prevention to KenaiConsumers entitled to refundsFishing charter winner announced

Photo feature: Eyes on the prize
Ninilchik commercial driftnet fisher John McCombs watches as a brailer bag holding about 430 pounds of salmon is hoisted from below deck of his boat, Katydid, last Thursday.

Housing construction down 3.6 percent in June, economy follows
WASHINGTON -- Housing construction, which has helped fuel the sputtering economy, declined in June after a bounce the month before, signaling the sector may be losing steam.

Phillips to sell its ownership in 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.

Weekly Seward derby winner on the Ball
Tom Ball of Albuquerque, N.M., won the weekly $500 prize in the Seward Jackpot Halibut Derby, catching a 91-pound fish to match the target weight exactly while fishing aboard the M/V Emerald Star.

One fish, two fish: Sockeyes, kings running strong
Sockeyes and Dollies and kings, oh my! "That's where our universe is right now," said Alaska Department of Fish and Game area management biologist Mark Gamblin. "We've got two more weeks to weather through. Hopefully, we'll finish up with a bang."

Trophy Fishing
KOLOB RESERVOIR, Utah (AP) -- Kolob Reservoir is a trophy fishing spot and its Gary McKell's duty to make sure the anglers don't ruin it.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

'Sex and the City' returns with a baby aboard
NEW YORK -- Oh, baby! The fabulous four of ''Sex and the City'' are back, but the click-click of their stiletto heels is being challenged by the pitter-patter of little feet.

Chicago park has pictures of Earth
CHICAGO -- In keeping with Millennium Park's ambitious name, the first exhibition at the behind-schedule and over-budget downtown showpiece features nothing less than the whole round and beautiful Earth.

New book expounds beauty of bears
Contrary to one line of thought, beauty is more than skin deep. Especially when it comes to bears. And arguing against that is next to impossible after reading this account of Stephen Stringham's experience "bearenting" three orphan bears.

K-19: The Widowmaker: Dark film offers tribute to unsung heroes
The Cold War submarine adventure ''K-19: The Widowmaker'' is a well-made movie that many people just won't like.

Art Briefs
Summer interpretive program under wayAnchorage symphony to hold auditions

Bringing the world to the peninsula
Alaska may not be the hottest tour destination in the country for famous musical acts, but it does draw a fair number of talented, high-caliber performers from around the world.

'Mikey' Waltrip reaching NASCAR icon status
The biggest names in NASCAR -- Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte -- each drew a roar from the sellout crowd at Chicagoland Speedway, even if the ovations for Gordon and Stewart were mixed liberally with boos.

Dividend amount pegged at $1,550
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The 2002 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend will be about $1,550, but fund officials say the near $300 decline from checks last year cannot be blamed on the volatile performance of the current stock market.

HEA contests Chugach price increase
Rate negotiations between Chugach Electric Association and Homer Electric Association stepped up Tuesday when HEA began procedures to formally oppose a Chugach price increase of retail and wholesale electricity rates.

Torgerson: Companies want gas pipeline risks minimized
In a prologue to what turns out to be the meat of the issue, Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, announced to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Tuesday that Duke Energy had told him it is pulling out of a consortium of gas producing and distributing companies.

KPEA says letter to teachers violates rules of negotiations
The Kenai Peninsula Education Association is filing an unfair labor practices complaint against the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District -- marking yet another snag in ongoing contract negotiations for the district's teachers and support staff.

Torgerson outlines propositions on statewide ballot
In his address to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce this week, Sen. John Torgerson also briefed the audience on the propositions voters will be asked to decide on in the fall.

Challenger center expanding
Scientists may dispute the size of the universe, but there's no question of boundaries at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska -- it's growing.

Daily bag limit for Tanner crabs cut
Due to diminishing Tanner crab numbers in Kachemak Bay, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order reducing the daily bag limit from 20 crabs to 5. No more than two pots may be fished per angler, and no more than two pots are allowed per boat.

Teens' work aims to stop wind erosion of sand dunes
Area teen-agers learned this week that even Mother Nature can use a helping hand or two once in a while.

Nikiski plan gathers interest
An Anchorage-based company hired by the Kenai Peninsula Borough is conducting a Web-based survey of borough residents as part of a feasibility study on a proposed industrial park on the Kenai Spur Highway near Nikiski.

Bank closures aimed at protecting habitat
CAPTION: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has closed approximately 1.5 miles of Kenai River riverbank to fishing, effective today.

Daisies, other undesirable plants crowd out those that belong here
A rose is a rose in William Shakespeare's book, but here on the Kenai Peninsula, a daisy is a weed.

Time capsule raises questions about past
Uncovering a time capsule opens a window to the past, but often that window can be cloudy. Such is the case with a capsule uncovered in Kasilof last month.

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.

Jonathan David Shields
Former Soldotna resident Jonathan David Shields died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at his home in Anchorage. He was 42.

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

Oilers host families provide home away from home
There are many adjustments that are necessary for a player to succeed in the Alaska Baseball League. Even more important than the switch from aluminum to wood bats is the switch from living at home or at school to living in someone else's home, under the care of a host family.

Oilers beaten by Pilots in 12 innings
The Peninsula Oilers were able to shut down the league-leading Anchorage Glacier Pilots through 11 innings Wednesday in Alaska Baseball League play at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Letters to the Editor
Limiting guides, making river drift-only would help save salmon

American Taliban's case raises questions
John Walker Lindh, son of affluence, advantage and privilege, will have 20 years to ponder just why he turned his back on the country that afforded him the best it had to offer. Lindh, dubbed the American Taliban, entered a surprise plea of guilty to charges of aiding the theocrats who once ruled Afghanistan....

'Kenai Wild' salmon something residents should brag about
Imagine a world where the top chefs in five-star restaurants from New York to Paris insist that the only salmon they'll serve is Cook Inlet salmon. Where discriminating connoisseurs reject any other fish than the best, "Kenai Wild," sockeye. Where everywhere you go, Cook Inlet salmon are sought out as delicacies, to be treasured and revered like a fine Bordeaux wine.

Letters to the Editor
Qualifications, not ethnicity, should determine who gets jobLottery for Kenai River guide permits could solve problemAlaskan Independence Party candidates offer voters a choicePicture in Sunday's Clarion disrespectful, insensitiveAnother view: Sunday's photo provides valuable life lessonReporter's column offers thoughtful perspective on what patriotism is

Another athlete's legal woes tarnish hero image
What's the ticket-buying public supposed to think when yet another professional athlete and well-paid corporate spokesman is accused of acting like a lawless heel? And what kind of messages are our children getting when their sports idols repeatedly come across as overpaid, overpampered and overindulgent?

A tribute to Vera Howarth
It is with sadness that I have read on the Clarion's Internet version about the death of Vera Howarth.

Applause
Community helps make annual Kenai River Classic a successHockey player appreciates sponsors' financial support

Applause
Community generosity contributes to success of reading programBake sale helps raise funds for abused, abandoned animals

Loss of vision doesn't deter outdoorsman from exploring
Gilles Couturier, Eldon Cyr and Elmer Pelletier pile out of fishing guide Dennis Randa's van. Joking with one another, they immediately conjure up images of everyone's favorite grandfather -- playfully gruff, full of stories and ready for adventure.

Peninsula offers plenty of accessible activities
Sensory and mobility disabilities are no reason to miss out on the Alaska experience.

Mother Nature may turn Anchorage's most popular wetlands into field covered with vegetation
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- It make take decades, but one day Anchorage's favorite wetlands refuge -- 564-acre Potter Marsh -- could be a grassy field dotted with spruce or birch.

Damming the West
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- To some degree, those who are celebrating -- or mourning -- the 100th birthday of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation can thank -- or blame -- the Japanese.

Around the Peninsula
DEC warns of PSP danger in crabsSenior center garage sale begins todayChamber luncheon slated for todayVeterans meeting scheduled tonightEating disorder group to meet tonightCooper Landing to sponsor pancake feedBoot camps to be offeredGirls' basketball camp plannedNikiski community day celebration plannedClass reunion date setRadiothon scheduled for September

Around the Peninsula
Burning permit suspension liftedNikiski area loses electricity for one hourCurator highlights Heritage DayGarage sale winds down todayHomer chamber mixer scheduled for tonightKiller whale count begins todayPancake feed to be held SaturdayBlood drive canceledEDD to hold flea marketKenai Eagles cancels dinnersBarbecue planned for late JulyRed Cross continues classes

Church finds more than 1 way to help
What is a woman to do? All her life she has been able to see with her eyes, the tasks around her that need to be done. Then set her mind and her body to work at accomplishing those tasks.

Religion Briefs
Clothing ministry to open SaturdayAAJC flea market plannedRussian-American Festival slatedChurch to offer space camp

Religious leaders pin hopes on next generation
A high school senior and part-time cashier at a greeting card store, Jessica Gonzales may be part of the next big thing in religion.

Tiger not all smiles at British Open
GULLANE, Scotland -- Tiger Woods may have a fight on his hands. And not just with the photographers.

Sports Briefs
Weekly Seward derby winner on the Ball

NBA's lowered salary cap will not affect teams much
Don't expect many changes to NBA payrolls despite a decrease in the salary cap for the upcoming season.

Mood somber as mountains draw near
PAU, France -- A child's death overshadowed Lance Armstrong's ride to the foot of the Pyrenees, where he is expected to make his first serious assault on this year's Tour de France.

Gorge Games brings back best in extreme sports
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Hundreds of hardcore athletes from all over the country are back in Hood River for the sixth annual Gorge Games, which has returned strong after losing its title sponsor last year.

Armstrong climbs into Tour's yellow jersey
LA MONGIE, France -- The opening mountain stage in the Tour France went as expected, and now Lance Armstrong is where he expected to be. In first place.

Sports Briefs
College Heights Baptist Church sponsors clinicHorn takes Junior Golf TournamentRacing continues tonight at Twin CitiesRobinson almost quit as Expos managerWizards sign free agent guard Larry HughesReports: Dale Carter suspended by NFLYzerman to have knee surgery in August

Researchers hope to finally answer concussion questions
PITTSBURGH -- The most extensive study ever of concussions in college and high school athletes may soon yield the answers to several perplexing questions coaches and trainers have been asking for decades.

Birch Ridge Report: Golfers succeed on grand stage
It seems there has been one tournament after another as of late -- Alaska State Amateur, Alaska Junior State Amateur, Peninsula Amateur and a myriad of others.

Two Rivers grizzlies show no fear of people, dogs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A sow grizzly bear and her two curious yearling cubs are still making the rounds in Two Rivers east of Fairbanks and a state wildlife biologist said the cubs will be killed if the three bears don't move on.

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