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Sunday, July 23, 2000

Murder suspect held not competent to stand trial
BETHEL (AP) -- A Tuntutuliak man charged with fatally shooting an infant in his care in March 1999 has been ruled incompetent to stand trial for murder, at least for now.

Planners search for answers to highway congestions at Denali
A seasonal city springs up each summer on the Parks Highway at the entrance to Denali National Park and planners are trying to figure out the best way to route traffic through the commercial district that's come to be known as ''Glitter Gulch.''

Canadian cyclist restarts Alaska-to-Argentina trip
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

State loans another $2.5 million to Anchorage seafood plant
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.

Weather helps crews battling Alaska wildfires
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rain and cool, humid weather were combining to dampen some of the wildfire danger around Alaska's Interior, but crews were remaining busy.

Fisherman dies of apparent heart attack in Inlet
KODIAK (AP) -- The skipper of a driftnet boat died Monday after an apparent heart attack aboard his fishing boat in Cook Inlet, according to the Coast Guard.

Fish and Game closing fishing in Tanana River drainage
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game closed the personal-use salmon fishing in the Tanana River on Thursday, and will close sport fishing for king and chum salmon in the Chena and Salcha rivers on Sunday.

State tightens subsistence fishing rules on Yukon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Fish and Game on Tuesday announced subsistence fishing restrictions on the Yukon River because of extremely poor king and chum salmon returns.

Stevens gets $30 million for UAF supercomputer upgrade
The Arctic Region Supercomputing Center will receive $30 million in upgrade money in the next federal fiscal year, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens said Saturday.

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.

Southeast geoduck fishermen look at hiking their assessments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Southeast Alaska geoduck (pronounced GOO'-ey-duck) fishermen may vote this summer on boosting their taxes.

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.

Cruise ship shows off waste systems
JUNEAU (AP) -- Cruise ships visiting the capital city this week opened their doors to anyone interested in learning more about how the giant vessels handle wastewater, garbage and smokestack exhaust.

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.

Senate considering $10 million grant to Craig
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Prince of Wales Island city of Craig had wanted to acquire 4,500 acres in the Tongass National Forest as a way to make some money.

Rowdy airline passenger indicted in federal court
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman who assaulted two members of a Continental Airlines flight crew earlier this month has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

NOAA, Tyonek reach agreement on beluga harvest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Native village of Tyonek will be allowed to harvest one Cook Inlet beluga whale this year under an agreement with federal marine mammal regulators.

Kenai River Classic raises some $700,000
KENAI (AP) -- Last week's Kenai River Classic was the largest ever, and raised approximately $700,000 -- much of which will go toward habitat improvement and protection, organizers say.

Sharon Gagnon elected president of Harvard board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sharon Gagnon of Anchorage has been elected president of the Harvard University Board of Overseers, the panel that directs the nation's oldest university.

Stevens seeks money for salmon-starved villagers to buy fuel oil
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens is urging the Clinton administration to immediately release $30 million in federal aid to western Alaska villages. The money would allow residents to buy heating fuel before cold weather sets in.

Survey indicates Western Arctic caribou numbers down
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The latest aerial survey indicates the Western Arctic caribou herd, the state's largest, is now estimated at 430,000 animals.

Alaska to administer federal grant for Sakhalin
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska will receive nearly $750,000 in federal money to help the Russian republic of Sakhalin move toward a free market economy.

Stevens works toward compromise on measure limiting EPA-military fines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens is working toward a deal with other senators that would limit the amount of fines the Environmental Protection Agency can impose for environmental violations on military bases.

Researchers learning about Kenai Fjords bear population
SEWARD (AP) -- Researchers doing the first-ever bear study in Kenai Fjords National Park say that they've learned that even after a long winter of hibernation, most bruins there wised up quickly to the dangers of a food-baited trap.

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
Defensive driving course scheduledVolleyball camp plannedVillage teens need host familiesHomer Community School holds Friday hikes

Weight control group keeps members in 'TOPS' condition
Each week, groups of men and women gather together to lend encouragement and support to each other. In each individual support group, members converse on happenings in their lives and how food effects those happenings.

Standefer, Johnson marry at Seldovia Bay
Shara Dianne Standefer and J. Seth Johnson were married in a 5 p.m. ceremony Saturday, July 22, in a canopy on the edge of the Seldovia Bay.

Trimmingham, Startz announce marriage
Farrar Lee Trimming-ham and Stephen Startz III were wed in a 2 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, July 22, at the Trimmingham home in Soldotna. The ceremony was officiated by James Skogstad.

Kuiper, Wangaard marry in Colorado
Jessene Angela Kuiper of Sterling and Kjell W. Wangaard of Evergreen, Colo., were married in an afternoon ceremony Feb. 18 at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Louisville, Colo. Pastor Dan Hoeger officiated.

Stetson, Klein to wed
Sarah Stetson and Peter Klein announced their plans to wed in an afternoon ceremony Aug. 6 on Chocorua Chapel Island in Holderness, N.H.

Businesses count their losses, regroup
In the wake of Friday's devastating fire that caused at least $1 million in total damage to the Anchor Plaza, those who worked in the strip mall are making plans to keep going.

Inlet's commercial fishers facing disastrous season
Homer commercial fisher Dino Sutherland saw little choice after Thursday's dismal opening for upper Cook Inlet sockeyes.

Fire destroys Soldotna strip mall
Six Kenai Peninsula businesses are looking for new homes after a fire destroyed the Anchor Plaza strip mall in Soldotna Friday night. (See related story, this page.)

Piece of riverbank closed to prevent erosion
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has closed a 30-foot stretch of riverbank on the Kenai to anglers.

Bertha Lee Crouch Sauls
Bertha Lee Crouch Sauls of Kittrell, N.C., died Sunday, July 16, 2000, in Louisburg Nursing Center following many months of failing health. She was 87.

Mildred E. Pryor
Soldotna area resident Mildred E. Pryor died Friday, July 21, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 74.

Racers get down and dirty
Goldilocks herself couldn't have been happier with the course conditions Saturday at the Alaska State Motocross Series races at the Soldotna Municipal Airport.

Twins win at District II tourney
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team led off the District II tournament with a win Saturday, defeating Tri-Cities of Fairbanks 3-2 at Arco Fields in Fairbanks.

Buxtons lead championship flights at Peninsula Amateur
Carolyn Buxton took up the game of golf seven years ago as a way of spending time with her husband, Paul.

Oilers move closer to ABL title
The Peninsula Oilers wrapped up their seven-game series against the Hawaii Island Movers with a 7-1 win at Rainbow Stadium in Honolulu Friday.

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