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Tuesday, July 25, 2000

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.

Canadians stop at Unalaska on re-creation of Northwest Passage trip
UNALASKA (AP) -- Two Canadian vessels re-creating a historic voyage through the Northwest Passage tied up at this busy mid-Aleutians' port over the weekend.

Nome man dies when vehicle falls down embankment
NOME (AP) -- A Nome man was killed over the weekend when his car went off a 300-foot cliff on Anvil Mountain, state troopers said.

Fairbanks City Council votes against consolidation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks City Council has approved a resolution against consolidating the borough and city governments.

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.

Murkowski wins committee vote on controversial conservation bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski was successful Tuesday in gaining passage of a controversial measure that would reallocate federal offshore oil drilling revenues into parks and conservation.

Kuskokwim coho salmon run appears strong
BETHEL (AP) -- After enduring this year's extremely poor chum and king salmon runs, Kuskokwim River fishermen could be getting some good news on silver salmon.

NTSB says 'go-around' could have prevented 1997 FedEx crash
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The pilot of a Federal Express cargo jet flying from Anchorage to Newark, N.J., in 1997 miscalculated the length of his landing runway, then missed a chance to abort a hard landing before the jet cartwheeled in flames, federal investigators say.

Anchorage company recalls ground beef
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorge meat processing company has voluntarily recalled about 800 pounds of ground beef that may be contamined with E. coli.

Juneau decides how to spend cruise passenger head tax
JUNEAU (AP) -- The capital city plans to spend more than $3 million generated by its new cruise passenger head tax on projects ranging from design of a visitors center to trail maintenance to crossing guards for the downtown tourist district.

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.

Minnesota man pleads guilty to federal wildlife violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Minnesota man was sentenced this week to two years probation and ordered to pay a large fine after pleading guilty to a 1995 federal wildlife violation.

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

Bush introduces Cheney as running mate
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. George W. Bush introduced his running mate Dick Cheney to a cheering crowd of supporters Tuesday, calling the former defense secretary a ''valuable partner'' who will help lead Republicans to the White House.

Fish Creek dipnet fishery closed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Fish and Game will close a popular dipnet fishery in the Matanuska Valley for several days this week, and perhaps longer.

$6.75 million in disaster aid for Western Alaska released
JUNEAU (AP) -- The federal government is releasing $6.75 million in disaster aid for people in Western Alaska affected by this summer's dismal run of chum and king salmon, according to state and federal officials.

Kuskokwim coho salmon run appears strong
BETHEL (AP) -- After enduring this year's extremely poor chum and king salmon runs, Kuskokwim River fishermen could be getting some good news on silver salmon.

Engineering company indicted for avalanche death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Bellingham, Wash., engineering company and its president were indicted on manslaughter charges Tuesday for the death of a worker killed in an avalanche near Cordova last year.

Hoonah man lands 86-pound king
JUNEAU (AP) -- An 86-pound king salmon landed by a Hoonah man last week was one of the largest kings ever caught by a sport fisherman in Southeast Alaska.

Heavy rain drenches Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Heavy rain this week had Ketchikan residents sloshing through foot-deep flood waters and erecting temporary dams to keep their houses dry.

Teens take to fish processing work
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.

Railroad worker killed in accident on White Pass and Yukon
HAINES (AP) -- A Skagway man killed at the White Pass and Yukon Route railway yard was crushed under a locomotive, police said.

Miners ace, fielding errors shut down Oilers
Peninsula Oilers head coach Gary Adcock was hoping for a little more Monday night against the Mat-Su Miners.

New Kenai ordinance restricts livestock within city limits
KENAI (AP) -- Keeping livestock within the Kenai city limits will be sharply limited under a new ordinance based primarily on property size.

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.

Critics of proposed telephone utility sale form group
PALMER (AP) -- Two former candidates for the Matanuska Telephone Association board are leading a group to fight the proposed sale of the local telecommunications cooperative to Alaska Communications Systems.

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.

Medical officials say worst of outbreak appears over
KENAI (AP) -- The E. coli outbreak reported last week around the Kenai Peninsula may have peaked, medical officials say. No additional cases have been reported officially since Friday.

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.

Trial verdict makes him more determined than ever
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A wildlife biologist who has been a thorn in the side of Alaska trappers and state wolf control specialists for years says he's more determined than ever to continue his research.

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.

Railroad worker killed in accident on White Pass and Yukon
HAINES (AP) -- A Skagway man was killed Monday in an accident at the White Pass and Yukon Route railway, railroad officials said.

Post 20 stumped by Wasilla
The American Legion Post 20 Twins dropped their first game of the District II tournament Monday in Fairbanks, suffering a 4-1 loss to the Road Warriors of Wasilla in the championship round of the competition.

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
Fire forces doctor's practice to moveSummer beautification judging plannedGrant money available for recreational trailsTheatre to hold weekend youth workshopLose weight with TOPSSoldotna church to hold Bible schoolDog agility fun match plannedCaution advised when making donations

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
Emergency order closes fishing todaySlide presentation plannedChamber luncheon slated

Around the Peninsula
Fire forces doctor's practice to moveSummer beautification judging plannedGrant money available for recreational trailsTheatre to hold weekend youth workshopLose weight with TOPSSoldotna church to hold Bible schoolDog agility fun match plannedCaution advised when making donations

points standings
Points standings so far this season

Sunday's race
What: Pennsylvania 500

Schedule
Aug. 5: Brickyard 400, Indianapolis.

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.

MONEY LEADERS
Money leaders so far

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Mr. Blue Sky
A pilot enjoys clear sky last weekend while doing touch-and-go landings at Soldotna Municipal Airport.

Peninsula E. coli outbreak wanes
Medical officials reported Monday that the E. coli outbreak reported last week may have peaked.

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.

New law restricts livestock in Kenai
There's a new law on the books of the city of Kenai. It restricts the keeping of livestock from most subdivisions within the city limits.

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.

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.

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.

Teens launch careers on the beach
Summer on the beach can be fun and hard work, all at the same time.

Filing periods begin soon for municipal offices
Those who wish to file for Kenai Peninsula Borough public offices can pick up filing packets beginning today from the borough clerk's office in Soldotna.

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 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 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

Community news
SPCA mobile clinic expands servicesBearCam offers live show

Births
Natasha (Ala) and Marc JohnsonHeather Brunetti and Paul Sutherland

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

Rodeo highlight
Stephani Batchelder and her horse Boomer angle hard around an obstacle in the barrel races at the Progress Days 2000 rodeo Saturday afternoon.

Progress Days parade winners announced
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners from the 40th annual Soldotna Progress Days Parade, which was Saturday.

Jones set to shoot for five
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Five gold medals in one Olympic Games?

Sports Briefs
Woods draws a huge TV audienceEverett drops appeal of 10-game suspensionDe Bruijn sets record in 100-meter butterflyArea teams fare well in Kenai softball

Rangers lose Rodriguez, then lose game to Angels
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers lost star catcher Ivan Rodriguez for the rest of the season because of a broken right thumb, then blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning and fell in the 12th, 6-5 to the Anaheim Angels on Monday night.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Woods draws a huge TV audienceEverett drops appeal of 10-game suspensionDe Bruijn sets record in 100-meter butterflyArea teams fare well in Kenai softball

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

Ostrander, Huft rule Tsalteshi
Teri Ostrander of Soldotna successfully defended her 15-kilometer title at the Tsalteshi Challenge Sunday at the Tsalteshi Trail behind Skyview High School.

Post 20 stumped by Wasilla
The American Legion Post 20 Twins dropped their first game of the District II tournament Monday in Fairbanks, suffering a 4-1 loss to the Road Warriors of Wasilla in the championship round of the competition.

Miners ace, fielding errors shut down Oilers
Peninsula Oilers head coach Gary Adcock was hoping for a little more Monday night against the Mat-Su Miners.

Oilers bask in sunlight, good fortune
Want to know why the Oilers are having such a good season this year? Do what people have been doing for ages when looking for answers. Look to the sky.

Ostrander, Huft rule Tsalteshi
Teri Ostrander of Soldotna successfully defended her 15-kilometer title at the Tsalteshi Challenge Sunday at the Tsalteshi Trail behind Skyview High School.

Jones set to shoot for five
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Five gold medals in one Olympic Games?

Miners ace, fielding errors shut down Oilers
Peninsula Oilers head coach Gary Adcock was hoping for a little more Monday night against the Mat-Su Miners.

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

Rangers lose Rodriguez, then lose game to Angels
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers lost star catcher Ivan Rodriguez for the rest of the season because of a broken right thumb, then blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning and fell in the 12th, 6-5 to the Anaheim Angels on Monday night.

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.

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