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Thursday, July 20, 2000

Alaska Airlines jet grounded in Petersburg after engine problem
PETERSBURG (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines jet was grounded in Petersburg Monday evening after passengers saw a blue fireball spit from the engine prior to takeoff.

90-year-old gives Haines clinic $100,000
HAINES -- A 90-year-old Haines woman has donated $100,000 to the town's medical clinic.

State loans another $2.5 million to Anchorage seafood plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has loaned a massive new seafood plant $2.5 million to keep it going while the company scrambles to find new investors.

Contractor to pinpoint railroad's trouble spots
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The contractor that investigates Alaska Railroad derailments will conduct a computer-based safety study this fall to pinpoint trouble spots on hundreds of miles of aging track.

Jury convicts man in Delta Junction murder
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks jury on Tuesday convicted a man of first-degree murder for killing a Delta Junction bar owner last year.

Murkowski faces Republican opposition to conservation bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski's fellow Republicans on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday denounced a sweeping conservation measure that would share federal offshore oil revenues with states.

Youth arrested in shooting ordered held pending charges
SEATTLE (AP) -- A 13-year-old arrested in a school shooting incident that set off a panicked evacuation of classmates was ordered held Wednesday until charges are filed.

Adak fish processor gets investment
ADAK (AP) -- A Seattle seafood company has bought into a fledgling processing company on Adak Island and has formed a new company to operate it.

Researchers study black bear behavior inside Kenai Fjords National Park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Along most of the outer coast of the Kenai Peninsula, in Kenai Fjords National Park, mountains and cliffs plunge straight down into the green waters of the Gulf of Alaska.

Derailment spill put at 578 gallons
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad derailment near the Parks Highway in Wasilla July 12 spilled 578 gallons of gasoline, state environmental officials said.

Kenai processor acting as buyer after bankruptcy filing
KENAI (AP) -- A Cook Inlet fish processor filed for federal bankruptcy protection this week, but the company is staying involved in this year's salmon fishery. Chris Fischer, president of King Fischer Fisheries LLC, said his company will act as a fish buyer for another processor.

Wasilla woman found dead at marijuana growing operation
WASILLA (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a woman found at the site of a commercial marijuana growing operation in Wasilla.

Minto man dies of injuries
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Minto man died of head injuries after he was found unconscious in downtown Fairbanks early Saturday morning.

Pipeline backers say Fairbanks needs gas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Backers of a proposed gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay through Canada said Wednesday they realize they must get some gas to Fairbanks to get political support from Alaskans for their project.

High-tech training grants announced in visa program
Workers in nine states, including Alaska, will be trained for careers in high-tech fields under grants announced Wednesday by Labor Secretary Alexis Herman.

Tiny chub crowds out the trout in Cascade fishing hotspot
DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. (AP) -- This lake high in the Cascades was for decades regarded as one of the West's trout hotspots, where anglers by the thousands flocked to find plenty of fat fish.

Doctor suspended for allowing teen to treat patient
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Medical Board has voted unanimously to suspend the license of an Anchorage physician for allegedly allowing a teenager to treat a boating accident victim at Wrangell General hospital.

Driver faces manslaughter charges in Portage fatalities
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man who is accused of killing two boys in Portage while drunk driving faces manslaughter and and other charges.

Contractor to study railroad safety
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The contractor that investigates Alaska Railroad derailments will conduct a computer-based safety study this fall to pinpoint trouble spots on hundreds of miles of aging track.

Chugach wins Air Force contract
ALBUQUERQUE, Ariz. (AP) -- A subsidiary of Chugach Alaska Corp. has won a contract worth up to $186 million from the Air Force.

Anchorage man charged with murder in DWI case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man accused of running over a bicyclist on the sidewalk was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of second-degree murder.

Anchorage mayor forms drunk driving task force
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch has formed a task force to address drunken driving.

Suspect in 11-year-old Alaska murder held in Carolina killing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man suspected of killing his girlfriend here eleven years ago has been charged with murdering his wife in South Carolina this summer. Both women were shot once in the mouth.

Bomb threat clears Wasilla Wal-Mart
WASILLA (AP) -- The Wasilla Wal-Mart store was evacuated early Wednesday morning after someone called in a bomb threat there, Wasilla police said.

Traditional Native competition this week in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Athletes and dancers from the Eskimo, Haida, Tlingit, Tsimshian, Aleut and Athabaskan cultures converge on Fairbanks this week to participate in the four-day World Eskimo Indian Olympics.

Fearless bear worries officials
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State wildlife and park officials are afraid that an unusually bold black bear that taunted a backpacker could turn dangerous.

State tightens subsistence fishing rules on Yukon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Fish and Game on Tuesday announced subsistence fishing restrictions on the Yukon River because of extremely poor king and chum salmon returns.

Fluke find reunites Juneau families
JUNEAU (AP) -- Call it a bizzare twist of fate that brought 11-year-old James Lown to Faye Bain's lost purse.

Fisherman dies of apparent heart attack in Inlet
KODIAK (AP) -- The skipper of a driftnet boat died Monday after an apparent heart attack aboard his fishing boat in Cook Inlet, according to the Coast Guard.

Year racking up as most deadly for Interior road deaths
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The most treacherous months are still ahead, but 2000 is already an especially deadly year for motorists tackling Interior roadways.

House panel recommends contempt charges against watchdog group
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Don Young was one of the stars of a shouting match that errupted Wednesday after a House panel recommended that contempt of Congress charges be brought against a government watchdog group, three of its officials and an Interior Department worker.

Fairbanks teen sentenced for killing taxi driver
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks teen was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for the brutal slaying of a Fairbanks taxi driver two years ago.

Apple introduces faster computers, improved mouse
NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple Computer on Wednesday introduced faster, more compact and lower-priced machines and a new oval-shaped mouse to replace the company's much-maligned round mouse. Apple also announced a new palette of hues for its popular candy-colored iMac computers.

Diamond industry OKs steps to stop rebels' gem-for-guns trading
ANTWERP, Belgium -- The international diamond industry sought to put the sparkle back into its image Wednesday, adopting strict new measures to stop rebel groups who trade gems for guns to fight some of Africa's most vicious civil wars.

Business Briefs
Wells Fargo completes NBA purchaseEra adds third Dash 8Robinson's Mini-Mart wins Tesoro recognitionKasilof business growsNorthrim earnings riseH.C. Price promotes Homer manDevelopment center offers help for fishersCrowley promotes twoHigh-tech training grants announced

Seafood plant gets new loan from state
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has loaned a massive new seafood plant $2.5 million to keep it going while the company scrambles to find new investors.

Fred Meyer builds new gas station
Fred Meyer hopes to open a new gas station at its Soldotna store in late August, company officials said.

Around the Peninsula
Moto-cross races to be held at Soldotna airportSoldotna library sponsors used book saleFish studies, Russian creme featured in programsWatershed Forum walk looks at fisheriesFree physicals offered for Homer athletesFree physicals offered for Homer athletesHomer Class of 1980 plans reunionKenai, Nikiski class reunion slated

Around the Peninsula
Senator to speak before Kenai ChamberDAV plan meeting ThursdayRealtors to hold monthly meetingPoynor plans book signingDrag races to be held at Soldotna airportGospel quartet to sing in NikiskiSaturday walking tour canceledGrief group leaders neededFunny River Festival schedule announcedKenai, Nikiski class reunion slatedWatershed Forum walk features fisheries managementSchool Daze Luncheon presented by Christian Women's ClubSchool Daze Luncheon presented by Christian Women's ClubKenai Peninsula offers cruiseSenators Stevens' and Murkowski's mobile office to visit peninsulaInfant massage instructor certification training offered

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Art Brief
Poynor to sign books at visitors centerFunny River Festival kicks off next weekendConcert on the Lawn planned July 29, 30

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentFilmsUpcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Colorful life
What do teachers do in the summer when there's no school?

Petty takes over son Adam's car
CONCORD, N.C. -- Still mourning the death of his son, Kyle Petty said Tuesday he will honor him by permanently taking over Adam's race car -- a move that signifies a major restructuring at Petty Enterprises.

Tree removal could benefit future forests
Many small trees near the Kenai Spur Highway look healthy because they receive plenty of air and sunlight. However, the taller trees behind and those lurking deep in the forests are not as healthy as the overall picture seems.

Skipper airlifted from inlet vessel dies
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew airlifted a fishing vessel skipper from his vessel seven miles east of Kalgin Island in Cook Inlet on Monday, about 25 miles west of Kenai.

Wanted: Fish processors need workers
Want a job? If so, Kenai Peninsula fish processors want you.

E. coli outbreak hits peninsula
An outbreak of the bacteriological infection E. coli on the Kenai Peninsula has public health authorities scrambling to find a connection between the people affected, so the spread of the disease can be stopped.

City land slow to move in soft market
You wouldn't call it a land rush. Not at all.

Teen takes to baby-sitting
Jeanette Copeland is starting early in the world of work. The 14-year-old is spending the summer at her first job, helping to take care of the babies and toddlers at Nikiski Day Care. She has had the job for a little more than two weeks and enjoys it so far.

Borough to help with slash disposal, Firewise
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has received close to 250 calls from residents seeking help with disposal of slash from beetle-killed trees or making neighborhoods more resistant to wildfire.

Enough to go around?
Whether earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund should be used to subsidize state government will certainly be a topic of debate in this year's legislative races.

Cold snap
Jason Kornfield bundles up against Tuesday's cold wind as he mows grass alongside the Kenai Spur Highway for the city of Kenai.

Chasing history, Woods relives some
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- The day before Tiger Woods set out to make history in the British Open, he decided to relive some.

Voters need to register by Sunday
With the primary election coming up Aug. 22, the state Division of Elections reminds new voters they need to be registered by Sunday if they want to vote.

Safe Sitter classes offered
Teens interested in baby-sitting or day care as a job are encouraged to attend the Safe Sitter classes offered by Central Peninsula General Hospital. The class, for ages 11 to 13, instructs youngsters in how to be safe baby-sitters and includes infant CPR.

Photo feature: Sign of the times
Sign of the times Fireweed blooms march up their stalks on their journey toward autumn as a motorist heads north on the Kenai Spur Highway Wednesday afternoon.

What is E. coli? How do you prevent it?
An outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 has struck the central Kenai Peninsula. Five cases have been confirmed; another five are suspected. The symptoms of infection by this bacteria include:

Forester hired for mitigation, logging projects
The borough recently hired Terry Nininger as Kenai Peninsula Borough forester.

Norman Glen Frostad
Lifelong Kenai resident Norman Glen Frostad died Thursday, July 18, 2000, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage after a lengthy illness.

High-tech gadgets changing the way many people camp
SPRING GROVE, Ill. (AP) --So much for getting away from it all.

Armstrong struggles in mountains
MORZINE, France -- It was a rare sight: Lance Armstrong struggling through the mountains, unable to summon an extra burst of energy to stay with his rivals on a climb.

White Sox stay hot with win over Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- Brook Fordyce broke out of a 1-for-18 slump with three hits, including a homer, to back the solid pitching of rookie left-hander Mark Buehrle as the Chicago White Sox won their fifth straight game, 3-2 over Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Twins take a pair
The American Legion Post 20 Twins took both ends of a doubleheader Wednesday at Wasilla, beating the Road Warriors 12-0 in game one and 4-0 in game two.

Oilers burned in Hawaii sun
The Peninsula Oilers came up just a little short in Alaska Baseball League action Monday, surrendering a run in the bottom of the eighth to lose 4-3 to the Hawaii Island Movers at Rainbow Stadium in Honolulu.

Pitcher shuts out Phillies into eighth in New York debut
NEW YORK -- Denny Neagle took a shutout into the eighth inning in his New York debut as the Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Sports Briefs
Cuban baseball player flees again to U.S.Sullivan, Hunter suspended for brawlTagliabue says Ray Lewis has suffered enough

High stakes in skins game
Some folks like to put a little wager on their golf games -- you know, just to make it interesting.

Oilers earn win against Movers
The Peninsula Oilers returned to their winning ways Wednesday, downing the Hawaii Island Movers 6-1 at Rainbow Stadium in Honolulu.

Researchers study black bear behavior inside Kenai Fjords National Park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Along most of the outer coast of the Kenai Peninsula, in Kenai Fjords National Park, mountains and cliffs plunge straight down into the green waters of the Gulf of Alaska.

Fearless bear worries officials
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State wildlife and park officials are afraid that an unusually bold black bear that taunted a backpacker could turn dangerous.

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