Friday, July 21, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Plane crashes near Thorne Bay
THORNE BAY (AP) -- The wreckage of a crashed plane and the body of its pilot were found Thursday near Thorne Bay.

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.

Barrow teammates win golds in Eskimo-Indian Olympics
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Eli Kagak and Corey Katairoak traveled together from Barrow for this weekend's World Eskimo-Indian Olympics and they'll both be returning home with gold medals.

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.

Senator suggests paying those not covered by missile shield
WASHINGTON (AP) -- What it's worth to be under a nuclear missile shield?

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.

Railroad says track problem caused latest derailment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A derailment and gasoline spill last week near Wasilla was caused by track flaws, according to the Alaska Railroad and its consultant.

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.

Sterling cafe thought to be source of E. coli outbreak
KENAI (AP) -- Nine of the 10 people suspected of E. coli infection ate at the same restaurant in Sterling, according to state health authorities.

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.

Jackson State replaces Auburn at Top-of-World tournament
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Jackson State will fill the void left when Auburn University dropped out of the 2000 Top of the World Classic here.

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.

Air Guard rescues Ketchum Air owner and daughter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The owner of Ketchum Air Service and his daughter were injured when their plane crashed near the mouth of the Susitna River.

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.

Ride 'em, Mooseboy. Video captures Alaska man riding moose back
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Ever look at a moose and wonder what it would be like to ride one? A Soldotna man apparently did.

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.

Granite Tors Trail is reopened after wildfire chars some sections
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Granite Tors Trail has been reopened more than a month after a fire burned across some sections and charred more than 1,000 acres of the Chena River State Recreation Area.

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.

Alaska records reveal new details about ill-fated jet
SEATTLE (AP) -- The criminal investigation into the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 is focusing on new details about mechanics' decisions not to replace the part of the plane now suspected as a factor in the crash, The Seattle Times reported Friday

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.

Two rescued from downed plane near Susitna River mouth
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people were rescued Thursday after their plane crashed near the mouth of the Susitna River, according to the Air National Guard.

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.

Judge issues injunction to protect sea lions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge in Seattle on Thursday ordered that trawl fishing be stopped in areas designated as critical habitat for endangered Steller sea lions in western Alaska.

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

Adams takes over as temporary Northwest Arctic Borough mayor
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- Retiring state Sen. Al Adams has been appointed to serve as Northwest Arctic Borough Mayor until the October election. His appointment came last Friday after the former mayor, Chuck Greene, said he was quitting.

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.

Feds try again to sell confiscated fishing vessel
KODIAK -- A forfeited 52-foot longliner is being sold by sealed bid after federal officials got no offers at a public auction a few weeks ago.

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.

Traveling dentists cleans teeth in a boat
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sometimes Fred Bache's dental office rocks gently as he works on a patient's teeth, but he's used to it.

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.

Alaska unemployment dips slightly in June
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate decreased slightly to 6 percent in June, the state Department of Labor announced Thursday.

E. coli outbreak on Kenai Peninsula
KENAI (AP) -- At least five people have

Police release name of North Pole man killed in traffic accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police have identified a man who died Wednesday, shortly after driving across a road and crashing into some trees off the Richardson Highway.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Habitat for Humanity looking for volunteersNature walk scheduled at Captain CookWatershed Forum walk features fish managementHomer Class of 1980 plans reunionKenai, Nikiski class reunion slatedVolleyball tournament planned at KCHSDefensive driving course scheduledHomer cross country practice to beginVolleyball camp plannedVillage teens need host families

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.

Fish on! Second run of sockeyes hits Russian
The second run of sockeye salmon has hit the Russian River, according to Cameron Hawthorne at the Kenai Lake Lodge and Kenai Lake Tackle shop.

Biologist to speak about Kenai River fish studies
Doug Palmer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Kenai Fishery Resource Office will give a slide presentation Monday on population studies of rainbow trout and Dolly Varden char on the upper Kenai River.

Something fishy in the gene pool
A scientific revolution is under way as researchers decipher the genetic code (genome) of the human race. But the tools used in that quest are already providing new insights into the fish of the Kenai Peninsula.

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

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

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

Residency decision results in lawsuit
The Alaska Republican Party has filed a lawsuit in Kenai Superior Court demanding Democratic Senate candidate Mike Szymanski be barred from running in the Democratic primary election in Senate District E. Szymanski is hoping to unseat incumbent Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage.

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.

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:

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.

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.

Officials trace E. coli to Sterling cafe
'We're working very hard to determine exactly what happened to lead to the problem. '

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

Photo feature: Under construction
Cliff Christie and Dan Wurst use a machine to break up asphalt on Redoubt Avenue Thursday afternoon in Kenai.

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.

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.

G and S to build Kenai health center
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly authorized the administration Tuesday to hire G and S Construction to build the new health center in Kenai.

Norman Glen Frostad
Lifelong Alaska resident Norman Glen Frostad died on July 18, 2000, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, after a lengthy illness. He was 64.

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.

Horse ownership not required to enjoy Progress Days rodeo
This year's Progress Days Rodeo will be a fun event for the whole family with events to please everyone.

Progress Days 2000 Schedule of Events
Friday, July 21, Saturday, July 22, Sunday July, 23, 2000

NASCAR's thrills come in pint-size packages
All the circle-track action of stock car auto racing will be at Soldotna's Progress Days including thrills, chills and miniature grills.

Steffys named Progress Days royalty
Who better to serve as royalty for the Progress Days 2000 theme, "Racing into the Future," than two physicists? This year's king and queen are Dennis and Ginger Steffy.

Top Cover U.S. Air Force Band swings into Soldotna
Seven men, one woman. Their duty to their country: to rock the free world.

Soldotna celebrates future during annual Progress Days event
Worldwide, people are celebrating a new century and a new millennium. Soldotna, the Kenai Peninsula's newest city, is no exception.

Special cancellation stamp available
A special 2000 Soldotna Progress Days cancellation stamp is available at the Soldotna Post Office through Thursday.

Community milestones mark past, shape future
As Soldotna and Alaska race into the new century, people are focused on the future. But it is interesting -- and instructive -- to look back at events that helped shape the community:

Progress Days parade travels down Binkley
The 40th annual Soldotna Progress Days parade will follow Binkley Street this year, the same route used the past three years.

Race challenges runners, helps maintain trails
The Tsalteshi Challenge will run into its second year Sunday, as part of Soldotna's Progress Days. The run takes place on the Tsalteshi Trails, located behind Skyview High School.

As community looks toward future, museum preserves pieces of past
Soldotna's history is alive and well -- and open to the public -- at the Soldotna Historical Society's museum. The society has preserved and furnished several historic buildings from the original town site, which may be seen at the museum, near Centennial Park off Kalifornsky Beach Road

Longtime resident named marshal
Jim Fisher said he hopes it wasn't just his good looks and dignified wave that won him the position of grand marshal for Progress Days 2000.

Ejection Seat entices with offer of excitement
If you have not had a chance to sit atop a Saturn V rocket launch, you may be able to get the next best thing during Soldotna Progress Days.

Kids get special treatment
What's a kid with civic pride to do? Progress Days is upon the city of Soldotna, and organizers have worked hard to make sure there's something for everyone.

Contest offers more than chicken feed
Why did the chicken cross the road?

Progress Days celebrates what lies ahead
Today, Soldotna begins celebrating its 40th annual Progress Days. This year the theme for the festival is "Racing into the Future," and the focus is on what the 21st century will bring to Soldotna.

Soldotna seniors serve up big portions of food, fun during weekend festivities
Looking for great food, prizes, a display of antiques and a sale of local crafts? Try the Soldotna Senior Center's celebration of Progress Days, Friday and Saturday.

Soldotna knows importance of room to play
Visitors know Soldotna for its big salmon and big stores. But residents know the city also offers a fine selection of public parks.

From the Mayor
The year 2000. A new century, new opportunity and Progress Days "racing to the future."

Senate candidate joins critics of Nazi, Confederate flag burnings
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Democratic Senate candidate Ed Bernstein joined critics of the Jewish Defense League's burning of Nazi and Confederate flags in Reno, a demonstration against hatred that divided the local civil rights and Jewish community.

Survey reports Protestant clergy favor Bush
PHOENIX (AP) -- A market research firm's survey of 518 U.S. Protestant ministers indicates 50 percent definitely plan to vote for Republican George W. Bush and another 14 percent probably will.

United Methodists elect African-American and women bishops
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Seven of the 13 new bishops elected this month in the predominantly white United Methodist denomination are African-American -- and three are women.

Women missionaries at Mormon Temple Square have new dress code
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Floral prints are out and light blouses with dark skirts are in for the 185 women missionaries who greet visitors at the Mormon church's Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Advocates for Catholic women celebrate Mary Magdalene
CLEVELAND (AP) -- FutureChurch, an organization advocating women in the Roman Catholic priesthood, is among groups organizing prayer services in dozens of U.S. cities Saturday to honor St. Mary Magdalene on her feast day.

'We will pay you $10 to come to church'
BRYAN, Texas (AP) -- Every Sunday morning, the Rev. Rick Sebastian cruises around the missions, cheap motels and housing projects of this southeast Texas town in a big blue bus emblazoned with this plea: ''We will pay you $10 to come to church on our bus.''

Legion of fans enraptured by latest 'Left Behind' book
CHICAGO (AP) -- An assassination. Mass disappearances. A war of Apocalyptic proportions. Takeover by the dreaded Beast.

Religion Briefs
Gospel quartet to perform in areaMissionaries to speak about ministrySolFirst to celebrate Progress Days Vacation Bible school program offeredHigginbotham to speak at focus workshop Religious poems sought from Kenai-area poets

Baptist to head Methodist-affiliated school
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) -- Robert Duffett, a Baptist, has taken the reins at Methodist-affiliated Dakota Wesleyan University.

Peninsula sews up NBC trip
Andrew Perkins returned to the Peninsula Oilers starting rotation and pitched five solid innings in the Oilers 10-5 win over the Island Movers at Rainbow Stadium in Honolulu Thursday.

Commesso wins Tour de France's 18th stage
FREIBURG, Germany (AP) -- Lance Armstrong rolled into Germany's Black Forest on Thursday still the confident king of the Tour de France, even though a gaggle of daredevil sprinters led by a cocksure Italian stole the show.

Pacers hire Thomas to take over for Bird
INDIANAPOLIS -- Isiah Thomas was hired Thursday to coach the Indiana Pacers, and like the man he replaced, he starts his first NBA head coaching job with no bench experience.

Fed indicts two for role in Salt Lake
SALT LAKE CITY -- Two former Utah Olympic officials were indicted Thursday on charges they made $1 million in illicit payments to help lure the 2002 Winter Games to Salt Lake City.

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.

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.

Els hunts for Tiger
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Only a month ago, Ernie Els ran out of accolades for the way Tiger Woods had beaten him again, this time by a record 15 strokes in the U.S. Open.

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.

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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