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Wednesday, July 25, 2001

New program ships self-contained fire fighting gear to the Bush
ANCHORAGE -- A new federally funded program from Alaska Village Initiatives is better equipping rural communities to fight fire with foam.

July 18, 2001: The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner urges return of the name 'Denali':
The joke is on us and it's indeed a whopper, the most glaring in-your-face taunt ever hatched in North America. For thousands of years Denali, meaning ''the tall one,'' was the name locals applied to the mountain towering over Interior Alaska.

Stebbins boy survives accidental shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Stebbins boy was shot and wounded Sunday night in an apparent accidental shooting.

Reds return, take us back 1,000 years
KENAI, Alaska (AP) -- Along the long sand beaches behind the grassy dunes at the mouth of the Kenai River, the American melting pot was on full display one night last week.

Fairbanks students score better than average
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Students in Fairbanks performed better on benchmark and exit exams than the state average in most areas and about the same as students who took the tests last year, according to results released last week by the school district.

Man in critical condition after fall from downtown apartment building
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man was airlifted to a Seattle hospital on Wednesday in critical condition after falling 30 feet from a downtown building, Juneau Police said.

Two rescued after boat explodes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bystanders rushed to save two people aboard a 22-foot family fishing vessel that exploded Monday at the Anchorage small boat launch.

Phillips, Andarko announce Alpine satellite oil field
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two oil companies on Wednesday announced the discovery of a satellite oil field near the newly developed Alpine field on the North Slope.

July 20, 2001: The Voice of the Times on Second Amendment rights:
The usual Chicken Littles are all in a dither over U.S. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft's assertion that he ''unequivocally'' believes that the Second Amendment of the Constitution guarantees individuals the right to keep and bear arms.

Authorities investigate shooting death of Coast Guard commanding officer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 25-year-old former St. Paul Island man was charged Tuesday night in the shooting death of the commander of the Coast Guard station on the remote island.

Ketchikan consolidation vote losing
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A proposed consolidation of the City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Gateway Borough governments appears headed for defeat.

UAF student named to postsecondary commission
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles named a University of Alaska Fairbanks student Tuesday to the Alaska Postsecondary Education Commission.

Good Samaritans come to the aid of at least 14
JUNEAU (AP) -- Good Samaritans came to the rescue in two unrelated boating accidents in Southeast waters this weekend, plucking at least 14 people from the ocean, the Coast Guard said Monday.

Teen charged in arson death of mother
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Soldotna teen-ager has been indicted on charges of setting her home on fire and killing her mother in September 1999.

Man pleads no contest in paintball attack on Alaska Natives
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of three young men charged in a paintball attack on Alaska Natives pleaded no contest Monday in District Court to three counts of misdemeanor assault.

Rain soaks eastern Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gardens in the villages of Northway and Tetlin won't need to be watered for a while.

UA president seeks help in retaining Alaska students
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- University of Alaska enrollment should rise again this fall but the state needs to do more to stop student brain drain, UA President Mark Hamilton said Monday.

Three charged with heroin distribution
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three people were charged with heroin distribution Tuesday in what Anchorage police are calling the most significant drug bust this year.

Tlingit artifacts return to Alaska
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan's Native community welcomed lost artifacts home Monday with singing, dancing and the beating of drums.

Coast Guard suspends Bristol Bay search
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard has suspended a search for a Dillingham woman missing from a fishing boat in Bristol Bay.

July 22, 2001: The Peninsula Clarion muses over management of Cook Inlet fisheries:
Fishing for answers to ensure peninsula's character stays intact, thoughts and questions come to mind:

Colony High teacher pleas to abuse charge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Colony High school teacher has pleaded no contest to sexual abuse of a minor, a 17-year-old student.

July 18, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News on inflation-proofing the Permanent Fund:
Next January, the Alaska Legislature will have another chance to pass a constitutional amendment that more securely inflation-proofs the Alaska Permanent Fund. It's a good idea that has yet to gather much momentum in the Legislature or among Alaskans.

Senate committee begins hearings on missile defense system
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S

Economy means bingo edges out strikes and spares
KENAI (AP) -- In November of 1959, Sky Bowl and Cafe opened for business in the heart of Soldotna with six lanes.

UA president seeks help in retaining Alaska students
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- University of Alaska enrollment should rise again this fall but the state needs to do more to stop student brain drain, UA President Mark Hamilton said Monday.

Family members shown video of sunken fishing vessel in which all 15 on board died
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Coast Guard on Monday showed family members the first murky underwater video of the Arctic Rose, a fishing vessel that sank in the Bering Sea and killed all 15 aboard.

Commissioner: Welfare reform working in state
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Welfare reform approved in 1996 has succeeded in Alaska but child care challenges may make the picture less rosy in coming years, the state commissioner of Health and Social Services said Monday.

Pipe corrosion blamed on Prudhoe Bay oil spill
PRUDHOE BAY (AP) -- Crews on Monday worked to clean up hundreds of gallons of crude oil spilled at a BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. facility on the North Slope.

Authorities investigate shooting death of Coast Guard commanding officer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The commanding officer of the Coast Guard's communications station on St. Paul Island was shot to death Tuesday morning, the Coast Guard said.

Dead whale may have died in collision with ship
JUNEAU (AP) -- A female humpback whale found dead in waters near Glacier Bay National Park was likely killed by a collision with an oil tanker or cruise ship, park officials said Monday.

Sister to plead guilty and admit hitting flight crew
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman who along with her identical twin sister was arrested after causing a ruckus aboard a plane has agreed to plead guilty and admit she struck several crew members, according to court documents.

Chief executive of Veco injured in motorcycle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Veco executive Bill Allen was seriously injured and a friend was hurt in a motorcycle accident Sunday near Palmer.

U.S. Supreme Court grants state's request to delay Katie John case
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state attorney general's office was granted a 60-day extension to appeal the Katie John subsistence case to the U.S. Supreme Court, the governor's office said Tuesday.

Fairbanks City Council rejects changes to mayor's power
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks City Council has rejected an attempt to change the makeup of the council and to limit the mayor's participation.

Challenger center in line for $3 million in construction funds
KENAI (AP) -- The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is in line for a $3 million construction boost.

Commissioner says welfare reform has worked in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Welfare reform approved in 1996 has succeeded in Alaska but child care challenges may make the picture less rosy in coming years, the state commissioner of Health and Social Services said Monday.

Princess smoke-free shore power now operating
JUNEAU (AP) -- Princess Tours President Charlie Ball threw a switch aboard the Dawn Princess that lit up light bulbs on a board, ringing in the cruise lines new shore-side power transformer.

Second man arrested for giving alcohol to teens involved in fatal crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A second man was charged Tuesday with providing alcohol to the teens involved in a fatal head-on collision on the Glenn Highway.

Indians take over AL Central lead
CLEVELAND -- Rookie C.C. Sabathia took a shutout into the seventh inning and Juan Gonzalez homered Monday night, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 2-0 win over the Chicago White Sox and into first place in the AL Central.

Cubs edge Astros to earn series split
HOUSTON -- Corey Patterson and Miguel Cairo homered as the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 6-2 Monday night for a split of their four-game series.

Bonds' run at baseball history stalls
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' race against history has become a grind.

Yankees escape against Tigers
NEW YORK -- Catcher Jorge Posada retrieved an errant pitch and threw out Roger Cedeno at the plate for the final out as the New York Yankees held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 Tuesday night.

Sosa, Chicago pound Pirates
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa homered, doubled and drove in five runs, taking over the major league lead with 98 RBIs as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-2 Tuesday night.

Plans underway for 7th Annual Industry Appreciation Day
Seven years ago, Jack Brown and Aaron Goforth decided to start an event to recognize the myriad contribution major industry has brought to the Kenai Peninsula community. Several hundred people in

Clarion Dispatch 07/24/01
People from all over Alaska and the Lower 48 came to the Peninsula last week, and not just to go fishing. Nearly 500 canines, campers, and their owners came from as far away as Missouri for the Kenai Kennel Club's 70th, 71st, and 72nd annual Dog Shows and Obedience Trials held for the second year at Skyview High School.

Outdoors
I have been blessed this summer with a lot of visitors and have had a very enjoyable time with all of them. Each guest brings a little different personality and excitement to our busy summer life. The many everyday things we take for granted here provide great excitement for our out of state visitors.

Beauty in the midst of construction
Gardening is a challenge in Alaska, but it's a challenge that Barbara Jewell and her few volunteers have taken up very effectively at Pioneer Park along the Sterling Highway in Soldotna.

Photo Feature: Going solo
Parked campers reflect in the fishing hole on the Homer Spit while Everett Pierce of Anchorage enjoys a morning of combat-free fishing Tuesday morning. The Department of Fish and Game reports slow fishing at the hole, but good fishing in the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.

Kasilof River escapement close to biological goal; Kenai River numbers still low
The optimism that buoyed the hopes of commercial fishers last week faded faster than the salmon when the run dwindled. But there could be fish on the horizon.

Looking for Giverny in a tub? A word to the wise: Start slowly
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- It's a jump from Claude Monet's lily pond in Giverny to a tub in your back yard, but in water gardening you're wise to start meekly.

Japan faces meltdown in nearly bankrupt universal health insurance system
TOKYO (AP) -- Dr. Katsura Nakakawaji's daily ritual starts at 9:30 a.m. with a visit from a 70-year-old patient.

Sisters bond proves strong despite the years
In an age when scientists can successfully map the human genome, it is indisputable that genetics play a role, if even a minor one, in the way one's life unfolds.

Morning fire destroys residence in Sterling
Early Monday morning, a Sterling house burned beyond saving.

Pointed queries greet judges
A crowd of nearly 90 people raised tough questions during the "Meet Your Judges Forum" Monday in Kenai.

Hope arises for historical buildings
Briny sea air, erosion and vandals have taken their toll on the winter watchman's cabin in Kasilof. However, now that the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation has named the building to its list of the 10 most endangered historic properties in Alaska, perhaps something can be done to restore it to its original state.

Photo feature: A touch of color
Caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place alongside a building in Kenai, a fireweed plant blooms anyway. The flower's fading blooms herald the approach of autumn.

British biker tours world on custom motorcycle
Many dream of seeing the vast reaches of the world within their lifetime. Simon Milward is not only living the dream, but he also aims to raise $100,000 for two medical charities while seeing the world on a motorcycle, and a Kenai man has pitched in to help.

Council ballot starting to fill up
With little more than two months before the municipal elections, the Kenai City Council ballot is filling up.

Funding fuels Challenger aspirations
Staff at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska are in orbit after getting word that major new funding is headed their way.

Historic association helps preserve peninsula's past
Of the 10 buildings named to the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation's list of endangered buildings, three are on the Kenai Peninsula.

Oil company honored for spill prevention
An international oil spill task force has honored Tesoro Alaska Company with its 2001 Legacy Award for Oil Spill Prevention.

Oilers' extra effort fails again
A tough season got even tougher for the Peninsula Oilers Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Policy differences remain, but Bush, Putin reap gains from weekend talks
WASHINGTON -- The arms control deal struck in Italy by President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin gives both countries some breathing space on the divisive issue of a U.S. missile shield, and both leaders a summit success to claim back home.

Second Amendment not 'collective' right, but one for individuals
The usual Chicken Littles are all in a dither over U.S. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft's assertion that he ''unequivocally'' believes that the Second Amendment of the Constitution guarantees individuals the right to keep and bear arms.

'Denali' best name for Alaska's mountain
The joke is on us and it's indeed a whopper, the most glaring in-your-face taunt ever hatched in North America.

Patients' rights: Q & A
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans remained split on the issue of patients' rights Tuesday, with the Bush administration trying to rein in party members who want to expand lawsuits that could be filed against errant health plans.

Local, state governments getting bigger
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More people are working for state and local governments, and they are costing taxpayers more money.

Changing America: More children living in their grandparents' homes
WASHINGTON -- More American children are calling Grandma's house home. In Florida alone, the 2000 Census says, more than 250,000 children live in homes headed by grandparents, up 33 percent from 1990.

Applause
Seniors' barbecue draws lots of support

Reds return, take us back 1,000 years
KENAI, Alaska (AP) -- Along the long sand beaches behind the grassy dunes at the mouth of the Kenai River, the American melting pot was on full display one night last week.

Web site caters to mountain climbers recording their adventures
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) -- Ever since explorer John Wesley Powell stashed a note on a Colorado mountaintop in 1868, climbers have been leaving their names on everything from official summit registers to scraps of cardboard.

Caves offer access to odd world
ROOSEVELT, Utah (AP) -- Floyd Farnsworth is a patient man, but at this moment, the U.S. Forest Service employee is fighting an hour-long battle with a lock at the entrance to Whiterocks Cave.

Kenai police STEP up seat belt enforcement
In conjunction with a national effort, the Kenai Police Department will make intensive efforts through March 31, 2002, to enforce seat belt laws in addition to other moving and safety violations. The department encourages all drivers to buckle their seat belts "every time, all the time, every trip."

Around the Peninsula
Resource planner to speak at Soldotna chamber Music class planned for kids Splash Bash scheduled in Homer Book signing in the worksHomer High grads plan 10-year reunion Soldotna book sale to be held Saturday Blood drive scheduled for Saturday in Homer Assistance needed to plan reunion Beautification nominations still accepted

Around the Peninsula
Senator speaks at chamber lunchWRCC holds board meetingFund-raiser for transplant patient setAirport blood drive plannedExtension service holds free testingStories to be toldSoHi grad offers send-off recitalAnnual bazaar and barbecue scheduledYouth art workshops offeredDevelopmental classes slatedTagged salmon should be turned in

Menus
Lunch menus for the peninsula senior centers.

Senior Briefs
Activities at the different senior centers throughout the peninsula.

Ruby Dee and Billie Allen challenging stereotypes at age 76 with politically edgy play
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ruby Dee and Billie Allen have earned the right to take risks.

Seniors prepare for Progress Days
The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center will offer many different events in conjunction with this weekend's Progress Days celebration.

Team Canada invites Lindros to workouts
TORONTO (AP) -- Eric Lindros, who hasn't played in the NHL since May 2000, said Monday he has been invited to Canada's pre-Olympic camp.

Stronger, faster, leaner Armstrong looks unbeatable
PAU, France -- Stronger, faster, leaner than ever before, Lance Armstrong is turning this year's Tour de France into a Tour de Force.

Armstrong keeps command of Tour
By MICHAEL McDONOUGH

Edwards on PUP list to start training camp
Robert Edwards still isn't ready to play.

Silly game, major victory
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Somewhere along the path toward his first major championship, David Duval realized it was only a game.

Sports Briefs
Deal involving Blazers, Spurs appears imminentAgassi wins topsy-turvy matchRangers trade Galarraga to GiantsSingh is big winner in Canadian SkinsThorpe sets second world recordGarciaparra 0-for-3 in rehabilitation return

With Jeffers still on mend, Panthers camp off to miserable start
This year's training camp is starting like last year's for the Carolina Panthers -- badly.

Ospreys are reintroduced to Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- As locations go, it would be hard to find a better home -- a sweeping view of the Saylorville Reservoir, the Coralville Reservoir, maybe the Cedar River.

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