Sunday, July 22, 2001

State investigates complaints about Valdez hospital
VALDEZ (AP) -- State and federal investigators are looking into complaints of unprofeessional conduct at the Valdez hospital.

Judge preserves Huna Totem trust
JUNEAU (AP) -- Huna Totem Corp. did not intentionally mislead shareholders and does not have to dissolve its trust to pay those who wish to opt out, a Superior Court Judge ruled Friday.

Delta Junction man faces additional sex abuse charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 19-year-old Delta Junction man accused of sexually abusing five boys has been indicted on charges of molesting two other boys in the Delta Junction area.

Educators concerned about ethnic gap on exit exam
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State educators are concerned about the huge gap in scores between different ethnic groups taking the high school exit exam.

State adds extra North Slope oil and gas lease sales to upcoming schedule
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is adding extra North Slope foothills area-wide oil and gas lease sales to its upcoming leasing schedule.

Prince William Sound whale had high levels of poisons
An Alaska AP Member Exchange

Tug boats help tanker avoid collision with fishing boat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tug boats stopped an oil tanker on a collision course with a fishing boat and its outstretched net in Valdez Narrows earlier this month.

Teen-ager crushed by parade truck
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A teen-ager died during the Golden Days Parade when he was crushed by a semi-truck pulling a float.

Supreme Court rules attorney's drug addiction could be work-related
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former assistant district attorney who alleged that job stress led her to prescription drug addiction was improperly denied a workers compensation claim, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Boy, 15, dies under wheels of parade float
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- A 15-year-old boy died beneath the wheels of a parade float carrying country line dancers on Saturday after he tried to climb on board, authorities said.

Boat of fisherman killed in accident is looted
CORDOVA (AP) -- A Cordova fishing group is offering a reward for information about who may have looted the boat of a fisherman killed in an accident last month.

Truck overturns, spilling zinc concentrate near Red Dog Mine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A truck pulling trailers loaded with zinc concentrate on the Red Dog Mine haul road spilled about 10 tons of the material Friday.

Searchers find overdue trooper on disabled boat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska State Trooper made it safely back to Juneau Friday after spending the night near Taku Harbor in a disabled trooper boat.

Salcha couple arrested in drug bust
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Salcha couple is under arrest, following a drug raid at their home.

Murkowski says gas owners seek federal aid to speed gas pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski said North Slope oil companies have given him a wish list of federal legislation that would help construction of a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

Dillingham businesses feel pinch of poor salmon season
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The poor commercial salmon fishing season is sending ripples through the local economy.

Torre enters contract talks
NEW YORK (AP) -- Winning four World Series titles in five seasons as the New York Yankees' manager hasn't been enough to get Joe Torre a contract extension.

Post 20 takes two from Service legion
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team posted a sweep of Service Saturday in Anchorage.

It's the summer of sequels. Dr. Dolittle II, American Pie II, Scary Movie II, and the monster of them all, Jurassic Park III. Sequels, as a general rule, do little better than half the box office of the original. The Lost World (Jurassic Park II), however, is one of the top grossing films of all time, so you can pretty much expect that part III, good or bad, is going to make a lot of people rich.

Health center opens at new site Monday
The new Kenai Public Health Center, opening Monday behind Country Foods, is spacious, modern and a welcome ray of sunshine for its staff and clients.

Soldotna's Solomon shares wit, wisdom for all to see
Words to live by -- and drive by.

Road work rolling along
One of the most beautiful sights of an Alaska summer -- to a resident -- is new blacktop.

Coast Guard to try again to see sunken boat
ANCHORAGE -- The Coast Guard board investigating the sinking of the Arctic Rose will try again to view the sunken vessel with the aid of a remotely operated video camera sometime next month.

Drivers note: Work, visitors mean delays
For those planning to make their way through Soldotna streets, time and patience may be their best hope during the Sterling Highway Soldotna Urban Project Phase I.

Man behind sayings lists favorites
Finding inspiring, thought-provoking and humorous sayings every week for more than 20 years is no small assignment.

Skyview grad summits Colorado peak on bike
Despite losing the use of his legs, Keegan Reilly has not lost the inner strength that pulled him through tragedy five years ago and last Wednesday helped him summit Mount Elbert, Colorado's highest peak.

Galen W. Albertson
Longtime Seward resident Galen W. Albertson died from complications following heart surgery on Monday, June 11, 2001, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 66.

Sky rains drops, AIA rains losses on Oilers
Oilers second baseman Willie Castillo makes a throw to first baseman Luke Simmons for the final out in the seventh inning of Friday's first game against Athletes in Action.

Putting words in Bushs mouth
WASHINGTON It is a man of faith and nerves who dares phrases like an angel still rides in the whirlwind to glide from presidential lips that more often speak a vocabulary all their own: subliminable, Hispanically, electrifly, proculation.

Fishing for answers to ensure peninsula's character stays intact
The more one learns about Cook Inlet fisheries, the more, it seems, there is to learn. An answer here leads to a whole new set of questions over there.

Reflections on growing older
I feel old today.

Add ingredients to home-preserved fish
Quite a few questions have arisen this past week regarding added ingredients such as salt in preserving fish. I would like to clarify a few things about salt as an ingredient in preserving fish at home.

Carlson, Frasure to be married in Idaho
Stacy Marie Carlson and Thomas Jay Frasure, both of Pocatello, Idaho, will be married at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2001, at the Jordan River Latter-day Saints Temple in West Jordan, Utah.

Besse, Jackson plan wedding
Heidi Ann Besse and Dennis Lynn Jackson Jr., both of Anchorage, have announced their plans to wed Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at 3 p.m. at the Kenai New Life Assembly of God. Pastor Steve Brown will officiate.

Twister chasers
OKLAHOMA CITY -- When severe weather threatens, experienced storm trackers head out to look for signs of tornadoes and report their findings to the National Weather Service and television stations.

My Best Friend
Dave and Jane Stein of Soldotna said when their golden retriever Karmel isn't busy being the family pet, he helps out the Clarion by delivering their paper. Good dog!

Ties that bind
While many area teens share a dream of life beyond the Kenai Peninsula, sometimes a dose of "big city" life is enough to bring them home.

Clark, Navarre wed in late June
Rachel Clark and Mike Navarre were married at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2001, at the Tropicana Island Chapel in Las Vegas.

Around the Peninsula
Keeper to show appreciation at Splash BashWard to speak at Kenai chamber this weekWRCC board to meetBlood drive to be held in KenaiBirding walk held along Kenai RiverDiscussion, book signing planned in KenaiRed Cross to offer classesUsed book sale slateHistorical societies looking for various itemsChildren's movement class plannedClass reunion slatedImmunizations held in Homer

Mosley cracks Stone
LAS VEGAS -- Having quickly finished off another obscure challenger, Shane Mosley called for a big-money rematch against Oscar De La Hoya.

Picking apart fellow golfers, slice by slice
Robbie Smithwick's strategy for winning the 28th annual Peninsula Amateur Golf Championship has more to do with Canadian bacon, pepperoni and pineapple than it does chips, drives and putts.

Lazier stays hot on IRL tour
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. -- Buddy Lazier isn't giving up his Indy Racing League championship without a fight.

Smithwick mounts pizza strategy at Pen Am
Robbie Smithwick's strategy for winning the 28th annual Peninsula Amateur Golf Championship has more to do with Canadian bacon, pepperoni and pineapple than it does chips, drives and putts.

Like Hanks in 'Castaway,' Tiger talks to ball
Tiger Woods left another tournament after yet another tough round without saying a word to reporters. Then again, maybe he was just hoarse after spending most of Saturday afternoon at the British Open yelling at his golf ball.

Sports Briefs
Steelers reach an agreement with HamptonPanthers sign Morgan, Weinke

Yellow pose from Texas
Lance Armstrong waves on the podium as he takes the overall leader's yellow jersey after winning the 13th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Foix and Saint-Lary-Soulan, southern France, Saturday.

Money, love lure Webber to Kings
Chris Webber smiles during a news conference Saturday in Sacramento, Calif.

Mosley cracks Stone
LAS VEGAS -- Having quickly finished off another obscure challenger, Shane Mosley called for a big-money rematch against Oscar De La Hoya.

Well-rounded NFL teams go way of XFL
When the Indianapolis Colts open training camp Thursday, they will be desperately trying to upgrade a defense that could allow Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James, Marvin Harrison and their explosive offense to carry them past the first round of the playoffs.

Five shots separate top 25 at British Open
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Colin Montgomerie nearly split open the seat of his pants. Tiger Woods fell apart at the seams.

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