Monday, July 24, 2000

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.

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.

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

Fort Yukon looks toward lawsuit to block military debris disposal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fort Yukon residents are considering filing a lawsuit in efforts to stop the military from burying asbestos-contaminated debris near the village.

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.

Study: Dead salmon carcasses vital to building healthy rivers
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new study says the carcasses of dead salmon appear to hold the key toward producing healthy young fish stocks.

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.''

Stevens measure would fund dispatch center for Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal spending bill contains $1 million for a centralized dispatch center for emergency services in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

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.

Anchorage man wins Crow Pass Crossing, despite bear encounter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man claimed victory in the Crow Pass Crossing backcountry race Saturday, despite an encounter with a bear.

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.

Denali air cleanest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The air at Denali National Park and Preserve is ranked the cleanest in the nation based on the results of a federal air quality monitoring program.

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.

Three problem bears killed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State wildlife biologists had to kill three problem black bears in Anchorage last week.

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.

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.

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.

BP works to develop cleanup contingency plan for Beaufort Sea
ABOARD THE ARCTIC ENDEAVOR (AP) -- In the calm, ice-choked waters of the Beaufort Sea, about nine miles north of Prudhoe Bay, BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. faces a tremendous challenge: how to mop up a potential oil spill in an environment where ice floes make hash of conventional cleanup techniques and equipment.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Emergency order closes fishing todaySlide presentation plannedChamber luncheon slated

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.

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.

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.

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.

points standings
Points standings so far this season

Petty finds way to cope, continue
CONCORD, N.C. -- Anyone who doubted the resilience of Petty Enterprises, and of Kyle Petty in particular, needs look no further than Tuesday's announcements by the team at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Sunday's race
What: Pennsylvania 500

Drivers' crews would suffer most
One of the wiser veterans of the NASCAR garage looked around the compound at Daytona a couple of weeks ago.

Aug. 5: Brickyard 400, Indianapolis.

Money leaders so far

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.

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.

Tax cap proposal at a glance
Alaska voters will decide in the Nov. 7 general election if the proposed tax cap initiative, listed as state ballot measure No. 4, will become law.

House candidates talk politics at Sterling forum
Soldotna, Sterling, Funny River, Seward, Cooper Landing, Moose Pass and Hope will have a new voice in the Alaska House of Representatives next year.

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.)

New ordinance simplifies local-option zoning
The Mackey Lakes zoning proposal is one of three since the Kenai Peninsula Borough's local-option zoning ordinance was amended in May.

Mackey Lakes residents debate zoning proposal
It does not take much to imagine what Mackey Lakes could be in 20 years, said a resident trying to zone the area for single-family residential use.

Canneries offer hectic schedules, fat checks
Fish guts lack glamour. But they are the ticket to big money for Kenai Peninsula teen-agers willing to endure the demands of fish processing work.

CIRCAC board president honored
Hubert "Glen" Glenzer, president of the board of directors for the Cook Inlet Regional Citi-zens Advisory Council, has been honored for his work with oil spill prevention and response.

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.

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

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.

July 19: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on proposed Conservation and Reinvestment Act:
The political landscape of this election year is quaking under the stampede of hunters, environmental activists, historic preservation advocates and public lands and wildlife managers rushing to embrace Rep. Don Young's proposed Conservation and Reinvestment Act.

July 19: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on writing smarter drunken driving laws:
As the carnage continues to mount from drunken drivers on Alaska's highways, it is understandable that folks sometimes focus on punishment and lose sight of the objective -- to keep drunks from getting behind the wheel.

July 19: Juneau Empire on getting young people to vote:
One of the great things about a democracy, especially ours, is that everyone gets a voice at the ballot box. Your financial status, marriage status and even your race don't matter. When you go inside that box, your vote counts as much as the person next to you.

July 22: Anchorage Daily News on a national missile defense system:
Defense Secretary William Cohen said he'll be making his recommendation about whether to pursue a missile defense shield for the United States sometime in the middle of August.

Peninsula people
Soldotna man graduates basic trainingLegion names woman of the year

Natasha (Ala) and Marc JohnsonHeather Brunetti and Paul Sutherland

Alaska SeaLife Center News
Fund-raiser planned Animal committee visits center

Community news
SPCA mobile clinic expands servicesBearCam offers live show

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.

Oilers hit title trifecta
Way back at the end of June, after joining the team late and playing his first six games with the Oilers, Peninsula second baseman Danny Garcia said the 2000 Oilers were better than the 1999 edition.

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 move to title game
The American Legion Post 20 Twins clinched a berth in the American Legion state tournament Sunday by defeating Wasilla 11-1 in the District II tournament at Arco Fields in Fairbanks.

Till death do they putt
Birch Ridge -- a more fitting name for Soldotna's golf course would be Buxton Ridge.

Tiger tames Old Course, records
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Five hundred years of legend and lore hardly prepared golf's hallowed home for Tiger Woods.

Armstrong cruises to Tour win
PARIS -- Lance Armstrong raised a glass of champagne even before he crossed the finish line -- celebrating a Tour de France win that was even sweeter this time around.

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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