Friday, July 20, 2001

State ferry Columbia returning to service
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state ferry Columbia is returning to service on Sunday, two days before all of the ferries will be back on their published summer schedules, state officials said.

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.

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.

Federal bill would block northern natural gas pipeline route
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A U.S. House committee has approved language that would block federal permits for any natural gas pipeline that runs from Prudhoe Bay directly east into Canada.

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.

North Slope Inupiat speak out against pipeline through Beaufort
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- North Slope Inupiat Eskimos called on Alaska's big oil companies Thursday to abandon the idea of building a natural gas pipeline from the Prudhoe Bay oil field through the Beaufort Sea to Canada.

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.

Pilot decision cited for 2000 plane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board determined the plane crash last summer that killed a well-known pilot and three park rangers was caused by the pilot's decision to fly into bad weather. The plane broke up in mid-air.

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.

Helicopters shuttle stranded tram passengers
JUNEAU (AP) -- About 60 cruise ship passengers had to be flown off Mount Roberts in helicopters Thursday after electrical problems shut down the tramway that runs from the docks up 1,800 feet to the ridge.

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

GCI projects second quarter profit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- General Communication Inc. expects a profit of $200,000 on $85.5 million in revenue when it reports its second-quarter earnings Aug. 8, the company said Thursday.

Governor spends time with Native woman at center of subsistence case
JUNEAU (AP) -- Katie John's life revolves around a fish wheel that sits along the Copper River.

Tanacross plans forest thinning to diminish wildfire threat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Workers in Tanacross will thin stands of black spruce that pose a wildfire threat on about 52 acres around the village.

Suspect in paintball attack reaches plea agreement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of three young men charged in a paintball attack on Alaska Natives has reached a plea agreement in which he will admit videotaping the shootings, prosecutors said Thursday.

Cook Inlet processors swamped with fish
KENAI (AP) -- The fishing for Cook Inlet sockeye salmon has been hot this week and area processors have been scrambling to handle the catch despite a labor shortage.

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.

Knowles calls for subsistence summit
ANCHORAGE -- Gov. Tony Knowles will hold a subsistence leadership summit in Anchorage next month in an effort to build public support for a resolution to the long-running subsistence dilemma.

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

State adds child porn charges to man arrested in drug case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man charged with running a methamphetamine lab in downtown Fairbanks in May was indicted Wednesday on 21 counts of child pornography.

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

Juneau to pick up legal tab in wastewater case
JUNEAU (AP) -- The city of Juneau is picking up the legal costs for the former city wastewater utility superintendent who pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act for fixing water samples.

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.

Ohio church group stranded on Southeast Alaska mountain
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rescuers used a helicopter Thursday to pluck 23 Ohio hikers from a Southeast Alaska mountain after the hikers got stuck in thick fog on a glacier, the Coast Guard said.

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.

Environmental advocate Stan Stephens to return to RCAC
VALDEZ (AP) -- Longtime environmental activist Stan Stephens will be returning to the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council board.

BP Alaska president Campbell to retire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Richard Campbell, president of BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., has announced his retirement. Campbell will step down at the end of September.

Knowles seeks to delay subsistence appeal; calls subsistence summit
ANCHORAGE -- Gov. Tony Knowles will hold a subsistence leadership summit in Anchorage next month in an effort to build public support for a resolution to the long-running subsistence dilemma.

Freight train derailment postpones two Orioles games
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles postponed Thursday's day-night doubleheader against the Texas Rangers because of a train derailment near Camden Yards.

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.

Angels increase pain for terrible Tampa Bay
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Anaheim's Jarrod Washburn pitched through a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning to win his seventh straight decision, 2-1 Thursday over the punchless Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

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.

Johnson punches out 16 in rare relief stint
SAN DIEGO -- Randy Johnson struck out 16, a major league record for a reliever, and came within four outs of combining with Curt Schilling on a no-hitter as Arizona beat San Diego 3-0 Thursday in the completion of their suspended game.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Rough waters lie ahead for Kenai River
For two decades, people have worked to preserve, study and rehabilitate the Kenai River to protect its salmon runs while the area's human population has soared.

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.

Fishers face uncertain future
The future of Cook Inlet salmon boils down to two basic questions. How many will there be, and who is going to get them?

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

Reflections on why fish industry in midst of 'Changing Tides'
As we close out the "Changing Tides" series in today's Peninsula Clarion, we thought it would be appropriate to highlight the words of some of those who helped provide perspective to our stories.

Habitat key to resource renewal salmon
In the 1980s, as the state gorged on oil money and the Kenai Peninsula population boomed, more and more people discovered the Kenai River and the Cook Inlet salmon fishery. At the time, people with foresight began worrying about the habitat's future.

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.

Great fishing abounds
Take your pick. Fishing in both fresh water and salt water promises to be smoking hot this weekend, and there's no end in sight.

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

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?

Nascar schedule
Feb 18th through Nov 18th

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

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.

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.

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

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

Senator joins lawsuit against new election districts
Several lawsuits challenging the new election district boundaries developed by the Alaska Redistricting Board have been filed.

Governor pays visit to Katie John, discusses subsistence, court case
Katie John, of Mentasta, is shown in this file photo. John's life revolves around a fishing wheel that sits along the Copper River. The 85-year-old Native woman depends on that wheel to help feed her 16 biological and adopted children and contribute to the subsistence life of the more than 100 at the village of Mentasta. She spent several hours with Gov. Tony Knowles at her village on Sunday.

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.

Photo Feature
Sun illuminates Carter Lake in the Kenai Mountains and attempts to clear the surrounding terrain of snow earlier this month.

Chief justice to attend Kenai judges' forum
Anyone with questions about the Alaska Court System can find the answers at a "Meet Your Judges Forum" this Monday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Merit Inn in Kenai.

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.

Processors scramble to handle catch
Hot fishing for Cook Inlet sockeye salmon this week is burning up area processors, who are scrambling to handle the catch despite a labor shortage.

Senator joins lawsuit against new election districts
Several lawsuits challenging the new election district boundaries developed by the Alaska Redistricting Board have been filed.

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.

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Marc Odell Zerbe
Marc Odell Zerbe died Sunday, July 15, 2001, in Nixa, Mo. He was 50.

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.

Hats, not errors or untimely hitting, cause Oilers' demise
I'm blaming it on the hats. Through Wednesday, the Peninsula Oilers baseball team had played in 17 one-run ballgames, but managed to come away with a win in just three of those games.

Community's generosity helps peninsula family in time of needCoaches' work appreciated

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.

Letters to the Editor
One battle won, but real fighting on prison issue has just begun

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

Some places still lack spill defense
In the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez spill 12 years ago, we saw communities and the fishing industry banding together to protect their shores by building log booms by hand. Skimmers, manufactured boom and the other equipment necessary to protect local resources from a regional spill simply wasn't available where it was needed.

New boat launched
Ideas usually start with a goal. And one area outdoorsmen and entrepreneur has just launched his.

Outdoor Briefs
Wilderness survival class plannedMuzzle-loader class offeredDenali National Park is on the web

Did Kenai Peninsula beetle-killed forests burn in the past?
We have a lot of beetle-killed spruce forest on the Kenai Peninsula, and we have had two scary fires in these forests in recent years. The 1996 Crooked Creek fire northeast of Ninilchik spread quite rapidly with a strong wind and

Around the Peninsula
Legislators set to appear at luncheon todayApplications due todayNative American tools to be discussedChristmas in July celebration scheduledAll-you-can-eat breakfast plannedCraft show to be heldHistorical Society board meeting slatedServing safe food class plannedBlood drive to be heldFlea market scheduledFund-raiser planned for heart transplant patientPet photos wanted

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

New book catalogs 60 Amish, Mennonite and other Anabaptist groups
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Horses and buggies clip-clopping along rural blacktops in some Amish communities are just quaint memories for other Amish and Mennonite groups, a new book says.

Federal lawsuits accuse Navy of religious discrimination
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -- The Rev. Robert Adair says he was forced out of the Navy because of his religion.

Born again: Pastor's pitch on rock radio saves dying Atlanta church
ATLANTA (AP) -- Along Ponce de Leon Avenue, where fast-food signs stand out like neon exclamation points, Grace United Methodist Church is easy to miss -- camouflaged in plain red brick, its stained-glass windows obscured by protective film.

Religion Briefs
Church to feature speakers, VBSVacation Bible school plannedBible school plannedSpecial guest featuredSpiritual poems sought

Charges filed against Washington bishop in widening Episcopal Church dispute
LANHAM, Md. (AP) -- Leaders of a suburban Episcopal parish have filed charges in church court accusing acting Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon of Washington, D.C., of violating canon law by trying to block them from hiring a conservative priest.

House OKs Bush's plan to expand role of religious charities
WASHINGTON -- In a victory for President Bush, the Republican-controlled House approved legislation Thursday expanding the role of religious charities in federal social programs. Opponents complained vociferously the bill would pre-empt state and local anti-discrimination laws.

Besides writing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson radically rewrote the Bible
It must have been a peculiar sight: The author of the Declaration of Independence, seated in his Monticello mansion, cutting the Bible into pieces.

Supporters of Iran's chief Muslim dissident demand an end to house arrest
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A group of 554 clerics has demanded release of Iran's most prominent dissident, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who has been under house arrest in Qom since 1997.

Spiritual abundance available for all
Alaska's abundance is awesome. The geographical features and square miles of lakes, rivers, mountains and coastal waters support a large number of animals, fish, birds and the ubiquitous mosquitoes -- all quite numerous.

Two Protestant denominations want study of reparations for U.S. slavery
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) approved a resolution Monday supporting a federal commission to study reparations for slavery.

Sri Lanka to exhibit tooth relic of the Buddha
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's holiest place of Buddhist worship plans to exhibit what most Buddhists believe is a tooth relic of the founder of their religion, said the custodian of the Temple of the Tooth.

Wisconsin man walks 20 blocks to church on his knees to express thanks
RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- In a tradition borrowed from his native Mexico, Alejandro Mendoza walked 20 blocks to church on his knees, carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary, to thank God for a life of sobriety.

Milwaukee archbishop sees side benefit in cathedral renovation struggle
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Roman Catholic archbishop of Milwaukee sees one benefit from a continuing struggle against his plan to renovate the downtown Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

Raptors want Olajuwon across Canadian border
Hakeem Olajuwon will not finish his career with the Houston Rockets if the Toronto Raptors can entice him into relocating to Canada. Derek Anderson might not be playing for the San Antonio Spurs next season unless they make him a better offer.

Unlikely hero
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- The loudest cheers in the first round of the British Open came after Tiger Woods had already left the course.

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.

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.

2002 Army-Navy game moved from Philadelphia to Meadowlands
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The Army-Navy football game in 2002 has been moved from Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia to Giants Stadium because of a shortage of hotel rooms.

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.

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.

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

Elusive mammal at home in Interior
FAIRBANKS -- Today's Alaska wildlife quiz: There are woodchucks in Alaska, true or false?

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