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Saturday, July 22, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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:

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

'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.''

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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