Monday, July 22, 2002

Sen. Stevens seeks millions for state projects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens emerged from a long day Thursday in the Appropriations Committee room with spending bills that contain millions for Alaska projects and programs.

Supreme Court sides with man in Alyeska appeal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court says Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. owes a Fairbanks businessman $4.8 million.

Handmade aluminum boat to set sail
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A descendant of the sailboats that once dominated Bristol Bay has resurfaced in grand fashion in the boatyard at Peter Pan Seafoods.

Slumping dollar helps Alaska exporters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The sinking dollar is lifting the fortunes of Alaska exporters.

Alaska Newspapers to publish new weekly
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Newspapers Inc. is launching a new weekly publication on Thursday.

Coast Guard rescues boaters in skinking skiff
SEWARD (AP) -- Three boaters in Resurrection Bay required Coast Guard assistance Sunday afternoon after their 16-foot skiff took on water and began to sink, the Coast Guard said.

Yentna fire flares up
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A wildfire near Yentna Station, 50 miles northwest of Anchorage, exploded on Wednesday, growing from about 150 acres to more than 1,000 acres in two hours after a thunderstorm blew into the area, state forestry officials said.

Wildfire threatens Elliott Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A wildfire is threatening the Elliott Highway in Alaska's Interior and the Alaska Fire Service was asking that travelers stay off the highway.

Harbor waste prove deadly for Seward sea gulls
SEWARD (AP) -- The Alaska SeaLife Center rehabilitation department was abuzz with the sound of hair dryers -- and the smell of damp feathers.

Alaska unemployment rises in June
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rose in June.

Fisherman found dead in Chena River
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Divers pulled a fisherman's body out of the Upper Chena River after kayakers saw him submerged in 10 feet of water, Alaska State Troopers said.

Williams expects large second quarter loss
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Shares of Williams Cos. plunged Monday after the credit-crunched energy company said it expects a large second quarter loss and would slash its stock dividend by 95 percent to save cash.

Police say kids might have clues to girl's murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police are asking parents in the neighborhood where a 13-year-old girl was found murdered to question their children about the night of the homicide and pass on any information they learn, even if it doesn't seem significant.

Hundreds mourn slain Anchorage girl
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than 500 mourners packed Anchorage Grace Church to remember Delaney Zutz, 13, who was found murdered last week in woods near her South Anchorage home.

White House wants to replace gasline tax credit plan
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Bush administration wants to replace a proposed tax credit for Alaska natural gas sales with some other type of incentive that doesn't set a gas price floor, Sen. Frank Murkowski said Thursday after a meeting at the White House.

Forest chief on four-day tour of Alaska
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth is in Southeast Alaska this week meeting with agency officials, timber representatives and environmentalists.

Body on Kuskokwim identified as Bethel boy
BETHEL (AP) -- A decomposed body found on the bank of the Kuskokwim River has been identified as a missing 17-year-old Bethel boy.

July 22, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News says we should lower our dividend expectations
Nobody is crying in their beer about the announcement that this year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend will be $1,550, about $300 less than last year. The dividend still represents an unparalleled privilege for Alaska citizens. Most of us are just grateful.

Fishery Observer Harassment Correction
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Associated Press on July 18 erroneously reported which fishing company owned a Bering Sea trawler on which a man last August was accused of sexually harassing a National Marine Fisheries Service fisheries observer. The trawler, the Dona Martita, is owned by Nina Fisheries of Seattle.

Teen reels in 87-pound king salmon
KENAI (AP) -- Patrick York of Anchorage hooked a huge salmon while fishing on the Kenai River over the weekend.

DMV offices compete to sign up organ donors
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Top staff members in two Division of Motor Vehicles offices are competing to see which office can recruit the most Alaskans to join the state's organ donor registry this month.

July 18, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. believes dual management of fishery works
Perhaps state and federal management of the fisheries is a good thing.

Kodiak protests federal crab fishery plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Kodiak City Council has officially condemned a federal plan to divide the Bering Sea commercial crab fisheries into individual fishing and processing shares.

July 16, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News says Rep. Young went too far offering land to Native vets
From 1906 to 1971, individual Alaska Natives could apply for title to certain federal land they had used and occupied. During the Vietnam War, perhaps as m

Man dies in rollover on Glenn Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Eagle River man died Saturday in a rollover accident on the Glenn Highway.

July 16, 2002 The Voice of the Times tells military training area opponents to 'stand down'
Military forces based in Alaska need to be able to use the training areas assigned to them.

Court approves sale terms for Anchorage Aces
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bankruptcy court judge has cleared the way for the sale of the bankrupt Anchorage Aces to a group of businessmen.

Firefighter trainees learn at military-style camp
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The recruits stood in formation and snapped to attention when the command was given.

North Pole man indicted in shooting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man has been indicted by a grand jury on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl at his home last week.

Archive looks to expand in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Archives and Records Administration wants a new, bigger home in Anchorage.

Army to contract for some work at Alaska bases
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Army plans to contract out some of the work done by the public works departments at Fort Richardson and Fort Wainwright to a private, Seattle-based company.

State orders destruction of bear-watching camp
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An exclusive bear-viewing lodge on Kamishak Bay on the western shore of Cook Inlet has been closed and the state wants it burned down before winter.

Toddler accidentally shoots father
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was hospitalized after he was accidentally shot by his 3-year-old son, police said Friday.

North pole man pleads innocent to murder
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man has pleaded innocent to a charge of first-degree murder.

Light earthquake strikes in Andreanof Islands
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake struck in the Andreanof Islands Friday morning.

July 18, 2002 The Juneau Empire says new party ballot system places new responsibility on voters
''No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the 'worst' form of government, except all those others that have been tried from time to time.'' -- Winston Churchill

Woodland caribou threatened
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's only woodland caribou herd is on the brink of extinction and there isn't much biologists can do to save it because the herd resides in a national park and preserve.

Lower Kalskag man dies after falling overboard
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man from the village of Lower Kalskag in southwest Alaska died in a fatal boating accident on the Kuskokwim River.

Tourism association selects new president
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Travel Industry Association has a new president and chief operation officer.

Small communities prepare for big windfall
JUNEAU (AP) -- Elfin Cove is so small that the community council makes sure to hold meetings in the summer, when it can easily muster a quorum of seven.

Grizzlies fight near Chena River dam
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Doug Edwards normally spends his time counting salmon, not grizzly bears. On Thursday, Edwards got a chance to do both.

Shishmaref residents vote to move village
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of the island village of Shishmaref have voted overwhelmingly to relocate their community to escape the violent storms that have eroded huge chunks of shoreline.

Violent storm socks Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When the rain started pouring during a rush-hour squall Thursday, Debbie O'Leary hurried home to close the windows on her mobile home. Once there, a 100-foot white spruce and five other trees nearly closed in on her.

Shishmaref residents vote to move village
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of the island village of Shishmaref have voted overwhelmingly to relocate their community to escape the violent storms that have eroded huge chunks of shoreline.

Villagers hospitalized after eating tainted whale
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five people from the Southwest Alaska village of Kwigillingok were hospitalized in Anchorage and Bethel after eating possibly tainted whale blubber.

Pepper spray discharge causes airport evacuation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The main concourse at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was evacuated briefly Sunday after a security guard's can of pepper spray accidentally discharged.

Fairbanks woman sentenced for bad checks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 20-year-old woman has been sentenced to nine months in prison for her role in writing more than $32,000 in bad checks to Fairbanks-area businesses.

Lightning sparks dozens of fires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Parts of Alaska were pounded with lightning strikes that set off dozens of new wildfires.

Yankees survive Red Sox rally
NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi led off the bottom of the ninth inning with an excuse-me single, right fielder Trot Nixon's error let the tying run score and Jorge Posada drew a bases-loaded walk Sunday that gave the New York Yankees a 9-8 win over the Red Sox.

Twins bounce back for victory after squandering lead
The church of baseball was open Sunday afternoon at Coral Seymour Memorial Park one last time for regular season play. The lesson for the day: redemption.

Service takes no Twins prisoners
In the opening battle scene of the 2000 movie "Gladiator," one Roman centurion told his general of their enemy, "a people should know when they are conquered."

Finley wins debut in National League
PITTSBURGH -- Chuck Finley won his NL debut by getting the offensive support he seldom got in Cleveland, with Albert Pujols homering and driving in four runs in St. Louis' 8-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Weekend catch nears record of king salmon
Les Anderson's 97-pound-plus king salmon that put Soldotna on the map 17 years ago was nearly knocked off its pedestal Saturday.

Photo feature: Long, winding trek
Hikers are dwarfed by their surroundings as they make their way south through Resurrection Pass on the Resurrection Pass Trail between Hope and Cooper Landing earlier this month.

NOW PLAYING: K19: The Widowmaker
What is it about submarines that make them the perfect vehicle for action dramas? You wouldn't really think that a small, cramped boat with an area that basically amounts to one long hallway could have inspired so many high octane summer thrill-rides, but the evidence is there. Hunt for Red October, Crimson Tide, U-571, and now, K19.

Burton overcomes poor conditions in New England 300
LOUDON, N.H. -- For the first time since the Daytona 500, nothing went wrong for Ward Burton.

Photo feature: Making waves
Water breaks over the bow of a commercial driftnet fishing boat as it enters the Kenai River following Saturday's opening on Cook Inlet.

Kids avoid injury in bike accidents Drivers, bicyclists need to obey safety rules, watch out for one another to avoid collisions
It's a warm summer day. You're driving along a city street watching your speed and other motorists when suddenly, "Bam!"

Council hears zoning plight
An ongoing dispute between neighbors reached a point that required the attention of the Kenai City Council Wednesday night.

Policies aim to protect public dollars
Tumbling stock prices, allegations of corporate fraud and the increasingly unpredictable world of international relations have many investors squirming and looking for safe havens from the storm.

Grants help protect watersheds
Three area groups have received more than $200,000 in grants through t

Chenault looks for new cooperation between legislators, next governor
Republican Rep. Mike Chenault is used to serving a large area of the peninsula, so he doesn't mind that his district just got a little bigger.

Fish dumping stops, but bears still linger
While the dumping of fish carcasses appears to have stopped, brown bears continue to frequent a North Dogwood Road neighborhood in Kenai.

District 33 candidates talk money
Fiscal responsibility, government accountability and a diversified economy are the keys to success in Alaska, two Republicans told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.

Alfred Ray Adamson
Kenai resident Alfred Ray Adamson died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 65.

Obituaries - Matthew D. Nelson
Bethel resident Matthew D. Nelson drowned Wednesday, May 22, 2002, in Bethel. He was 17.

Obituaries - Rochelle M. Friendshuh
Soldotna resident Rochelle M. Friendshuh died Sunday, July 21, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 62.

Edward S. Challans
Edward S. Challans died Tuesday, July 9, 2002, due to injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident in Lewistown, Mont. He was 26.

Edward LeRoy French Jr.
Former Kenai resident Edward LeRoy French Jr. died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, in Thornton, Colo. He was 61.

Christopher Michael Galuska
Ninilchik resident Christopher Michael Galuska died Sunday, May 29, 2002, in Anchorage. He was age 29.

Oilers drop close one to Panners
The Peninsula Oilers suffered their fifth straight loss Saturday, dropping their series opener 5-4 to the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks in Alaska Baseball League play at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Panners trip up Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers took one on the chin at the end of what had been a tit-for-tat game against the Alaska Goldpanners in Fairbanks Sunday. The Panners won 6-3.

Corporate responsibility key to restoring some confidence in economy
The rush of corporate scandals looks like a prairie flood covering the landscape. Congress and President Bush have begun to wade into the scandals but they better start swimming harder.

Is it time for state to stop conducting primary elections?
The Aug. 27 primary offers a catalyst for Alaskans to debate: Is it time for the state to quit paying for primary elections and let the various parties decide who will appear on the general election ballot?

Letters to the Editor
New primary system constitutional, fair; it deprives no one of choice

Getting rid of refrigerator odors takes more than box of baking soda
Somewhere, in the depths of my refrigerator, the undead soul of a rotten chicken breast lurks.

No rave reviews for Bush's economic team
WASHINGTON -- At a time of economic uncertainty and stock market distress, President Bush's economic team seems to get little respect -- on Wall Street, Main Street or Capitol Hill.

Way question is answered could shape changes in domestic security plans
WASHINGTON -- Can a terrorist act alone?

Around the Peninsula
Drift gillnetting closes Boot camp planned for weight loss Red Cross to offer classes Board of Forestry to meet Barbecue planned for late July Girls' basketball camp planned CPGH plans Safe Sitter classes

Heroes of the week
This is long overdue, but I would like to thank the many people who are the reason I am still alive.

Community News
Make 'Way'

My Best Friend
Coyote, a 3-year-old sato, or Puerto Rico street dog, models her Easter bonnet for owner Anne Preston of Kenai.

Around the Peninsula
Senate candidate forum plannedNancy Murkowski to speak at luncheonFootball referee association to meetClass of 1967 to reuniteWRCC planning radiothon fund-raiser

Yards of the Week
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce presented Savica Dalkovski this week's Yard of the Week award. The Dalkovski home, pictured at left, is at 304 W. Sunrise, j

Anchor Point musician finds her own beat
Piano wasn't her first choice. At 7 years old, it was JulieAnn Smith's only choice.

Community Events
Kenai Fire Department to offer car seat checks Registration open for Homer Half Marathon KCHS class of 1972 plans reunion WRCC plans Run for Women Fetal Alcohol Syndrome workshop planned

Elizabeta and Darko Dimitrobski of Soldotna

Peninsula People
Area student names to dean's list

Churches reach out with community day
"Six years ago, I came here from California. I had been drunk and strung out for many years. I met a woman who kept trying to get me to go to church and to tell me about Jesus, but I wanted no part of that," recalled Frank Wolaver of Nikiski.

Technology lets students tap into classrooms from home
Most school days, sisters Kaitie and Bethany Fogal show up for their first class around 9 a.m., still in their pajamas, sometimes nursing a bowl of Froot Loops.

Bookin' it: nonfiction offers facts and fun
The emphasis is on the first of the Three Rs -- reading -- as the school year begins:

Horn hooks Pen Am title
Nick Horn recovered from a shaky start Sunday to put together a round of 77, clinching his first Peninsula Amateur Golf Tournament championship at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Forrest tops Mosley to retain WBC title
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- WBC welterweight champion Vernon Forrest won a unanimous 12-round decision Saturday night over Shane Mosley, beating him for the second time in six months.

Gillaspie takes Pied Piper magic to Sitka
In my five years here at the Clarion sports department, I've come to know numerous coaches and administrators pretty well.

Tiger turns up on the Weather Channel, not leader board
Bareheaded against a driving rain, barely able to see the line of his putt, Tiger Woods blinked.

Open anything but easy for Els
GULLANE, Scotland -- Relief washed over Ernie Els as he cradled the silver claret jug after winning the British Open in a battle that could have ruined him.

Answer lets others provide answers
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- Allen Iverson let his supporters do all the talking. Making his first public appearance since his arrest Tuesday, the Philadelphia 76ers' star signed autographs and mingled with fans, but didn't speak to reporters at his annual children's charity event Saturday night.

Stock car racers visited by caribou
With just eight cars showing up for Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Circle Track Division racing Friday at Twin Cities Raceway, drivers were pretty unanimous in wanting more competition.

Els takes two-stroke lead at British Open
GULLANE, Scotland -- Tiger Woods clenched his teeth on the short walk to the fifth tee, feeling the sharp sting of a cold rain that blew sideways into his face. The real pain came later.

Barron wins first race in his 11th career start
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Alex Barron outran Gil de Ferran over the final two laps following a restart, winning the Firestone Indy 200 Saturday night at the Nashville Superspeedway by 0.42 seconds for his first IRL victory.

Horn leads field at Peninsula Amateur by seven strokes
Nick Horn's 7-over round of 77 might not have been up to his usual standards, but coupled with his 72 in Friday's opening round, Horn still has a seven-stroke lead heading into today's final round of the Peninsula Amateur Golf Tournament at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Still pushing
MONT VENTOUX, France -- As he closes in on a fourth straight Tour de France title, Lance Armstrong is hearing a familiar but unwelcome chant from fans lining the route.

Sports Briefs
Sen. Phillips donates $10,000 to Team Alaska FundPop Warner officials clinic scheduledKenai Peninsula Football Officials to meet July 29Sports physicals available at Homer High TuesdayHomer High looking to fill coaching vacanciesPeninsula grapplers fare well on national stageDavenport, Seles win first two Fed Cup matches

Els: 'You can only take so much'
Some guys never recover. On the short walk between the 16th green and the 17th tee at Muirfield on Sunday, Ernie Els asked himself whether he was one of them. The sharp sting of a double-bogey 5 had just dropped him from the lead at the British Open into a pack of also-rans.

Bucks' Robinson arrested
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) -- Milwaukee Bucks star Glenn Robinson was arrested early Saturday and charged with domestic battery, assault and illegal possession of a firearm.

Leadership no sweat for Armstrong
BEZIERS, France -- Only the hot weather made Lance Armstrong sweat during the 13th stage of the Tour de France.

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