Thursday, July 25, 2002

Hubbard Glacier closes off Russell Fiord
JUNEAU (AP) -- The advancing Hubbard Glacier near Yakutat has now closed off Russell Fiord and made the 39-mile long body of water a lake, federal forest officials said Tuesday.

Alaska asks committee for gas pipeline help
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has pleaded Alaska's case for helping a natural gas pipeline to the U.S. House and Senate members serving on a conference committee deciding the fate of a national energy bill.

WorldCom scandal hurts GCI
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- General Communication Inc. expects to write off $10 million to $20 million as bad debt because of WorldCom Inc.'s bankruptcy filing.

Nine-year-old boy scrambles Anchorage airport security
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 9-year-old boy slipped past a security checkpoint at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, scrambling airport security and delaying travelers.

Retiring Coast Guard commander to head ASMI
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A search committee for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has chosen a retiring Coast Guard commander to be the institute's new executive director.

New Phillips tanker enters Alaska waters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co.'s second new double-hulled tanker, the Polar Resolution, sailed into the Port of Valdez this week and loaded its first cargo of Alaska North Slope crude oil.

Knowles names five to Board of Game
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles named five people to the state Board of Game on Tuesday, filing spots left vacant when the Legislature rejected a slew of earlier appointments.

Legislative move backers lose court fight
JUNEAU (AP) -- A group seeking to move the Legislature to Southcentral Alaska lost a minor court battle this week.

Iditarod competitor diagnosed with cancer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Iditarod musher DeeDee Jonrowe was diagnosed with cancer and will undergo surgery Monday at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

DEC approves soil remediation plant for Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- The Department of Environmental Conservation has approved an application for a soil remediation plant on Kodiak Island despite opposition from residents.

Exxon Mobil seeks permit for Point Thomson pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. has applied with the state for permits to build a 22-mile pipeline to carry natural gas liquids out of the Point Thomson field on the North Slope.

Deadline for voter registration change Sunday
JUNEAU (AP) -- The deadline for Alaskans to register to vote or change their party affiliation in time for the Aug. 27 primary is Sunday.

Teen killed in Anchorage collision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 17-year-old boy was killed Tuesday when a woman driving a van failed to obey a stop sign, Anchorage police said.

Residents allowed back to Dyea after flood
JUNEAU (AP) -- Residents of a small community near Skagway have been allowed back to their homes after a landslide caused flooding that forced their evacuation.

House supports protecting access to Kenai River fishing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to protect public access to a world-class fishing spot on the Kenai River.

Legislative move backers lose court fight
JUNEAU (AP) -- A group seeking to move the Legislature to Southcentral Alaska lost a minor court battle this week.

More PFD lawyers to be hired
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The board of trustees for the Alaska Permanent Fund is planning to hire more lawyers because of the WorldCom scandal.

State boosts bag limits for Kenai River salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has increased the daily bag limit for salmon on the Kenai River.

Four rescued from life raft after fishing boat fire
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard rescued four people Tuesday from a life raft after their boat caught fire and an explosion occurred in Shelikof Strait.

Anchorage company wins military cleanup contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Anchorage company has been awarded a $9.6 million contract to clean up an old military site on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea.

Bears turn up noses at moose meat for dog food
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska wildlife biologists are puzzled by the culinary tastes of three grizzly bears that appear to be favoring dog food over moose meat.

Reds wrap up busy day by topping Pirates
CINCINNATI -- Austin Kearns drove in four runs and Reggie Taylor had his first career pinch-hit homer as the Cincinnati Reds finished their day of wheeling and dealing by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 Tuesday night.

Twins notch District II victory vs. 49ers
American Legion Post 20 Twins pitcher Bud Baun got away with a walk on the wild side Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Reds offense rallies, gets Moehler victory
CINCINNATI -- Todd Walker hit a grand slam and Brandon Larson had a three-run homer Wednesday as the Cincinnati Reds rallied behind their newest pitcher for an 10-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Kenai Little League falls in title game
The Kenai Little League Senior Boys All-Star team lost to Juneau 15-2 in five innings Tuesday in Petersburg in the championship game of the Alaska State Senior Little League Tournament.

Garciaparra homers three times in game
BOSTON -- Nomar Garciaparra found a unique way to celebrate his 29th birthday: with three home runs in one game.

Twins wash up Sox; win ninth in 11 tries
CHICAGO -- David Ortiz hit a three-run homer and Torii Hunter had three hits as the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 8-1 Wednesday for their ninth win in 11 games.

Anadarko plans wells on Slope
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anadarko Petroleum plans to drill three wells on the North Slope this winter -- two gas hydrate wells and one conventional oil or gas well.

Congress finalizes business scandal bill
WASHINGTON -- Key lawmakers reached agreement Wednesday on legislation to crack down on corporate fraud and stiffen penalties for wrongdoers, and officials said the measure could be on President Bush's desk within days.

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

Williams predicting large second quarter loss
TULSA, Okla. -- Williams Co. said Monday it expects a large second-quarter loss because of a slump in its energy trading division and would slash its stock dividend by 95 percent to save cash.

Business Briefs
Peck named travel association presidentPhillips' new tanker enters Alaska watersFishing charter winner announced

Strong red run results in larger bag limit, more hours to dipnet
Due to a strong return of sockeye salmon to the Kenai River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued two emergency fishing orders designed to increase both the personal use and sport sockeye harvest.

House supports protecting access to Kenai River fishing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to protect public access to a world-class fishing spot on the Kenai River.

Peaceful stream yields plenty of space, salmon and youthful exuberance
RESURRECTION CREEK, Alaska (AP) -- Beneath the Hope Highway bridge, where the shade softens the light that falls on the tumbling waters, 11-year-old Curtis Moore can plainly see his quarry.

Photo feature: Pest control
A scarecrow keeps watch over the garden as volunteer Randy Woodward mows the grass at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Tuesday afternoon. A mix of rain and sunshine has left the agency's garden in good shape this summer.

Bowhunter writes from experience
BOSIE, Idaho (AP) -- Dwight Schuh may be Idaho's most famous bowhunter, but he would be the last person to admit it.

Father and son's success at clay shooting fuels addiction
NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) -- It wasn't that long ago, 10 years or so, when, about this time in summer, Dave Loberg would begin to think of hunting camps he would visit in fall. Alaska, Canada, out west, he traveled widely, sometimes for caribou, sometimes elk, sometimes for bears, both black and grizzly.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

A show about neighbors testing their design flair on neighbors
BEDFORD, N.Y -- She's not a movie star or a musician. Yet Genevieve Gorder stands surrounded by six teen-age girls, each thrusting bits of paper toward her to sign.

Art Briefs
Summer interpretive program under wayChess tournament planned on peninsulaSummer Strings Festival coming upAnchorage symphony to hold auditions

CBS keeping Letterman promise
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- CBS says it's delivering on the promises it made to keep David Letterman with the network, heavily promoting his ''Late Show'' and scheduling what it hopes will be stronger lead-ins to the program.

Kenai chamber lures people in with program
There's something fishy going on in Kenai businesses this summer. Fish drinking coffee, fish reading books, fish visiting outer space -- all in the name of community pride and local business promotion in an effort to get visitors and residents alike hooked on Kenai.

Gas mileage can make or break a driver
You can win a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race while crossing the finish line on your roof. Ask Ken Schrader.

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin $3,504,7592. Ward Burton 3,256,6513. Jeff Gordon 2,660,692

Points Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 2,6042. Mark Martin 2,5493. Jimmie Johnson 2,512

In the spotlight: Kevin Harvick
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Schrader looks past bad start
Ken Schrader knows it's useless to dwell on the worst start of his Winston Cup career. ''I can't figure it out, but I can't drive myself crazy over it, either,'' Schrader said. ''Things are going to happen. We're just hoping that it stops happening to us on a regular basis.''

This Week's Race: Pennsylvania 500
Where and when

HEA offer for Seward utility still on the table
Homer Electric Association's most recent offer to purchase the Seward electrical utility remains on the table after nearly four months.

Alaska fish get market boost Outside
Good news for Alaska's seafood industry. A movement to promote the sale of sustainable fish, fish harvested in a way that does not jeopardize the survival of the species or the integrity of the ecosystem, identified Alaska wild salmon and halibut among the top choices of fish consumers should be purchasing.

On way to goal, Boy Scouts give Nikiski ice rink needed facelift
Sitting on bleachers at the Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink, downing can after can of Mountain Dew and scarfing down pieces of pizza loaded with Parmesan cheese, five boys kid one another threatening that they each better watch out because it's "go-time."

Study shows salmon gaining in popularity
A recent seafood study shows salmon is gaining popularity in the United States. Americans ate a record two pounds per person in 2000, and farmed salmon is quickly becoming the major source. Among the findings of the study:

City manager shows where money goes
The business people who generate commerce for the city of Soldotna got to hear where that money goes Tuesday afternoon, as Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedeker spoke before the Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

Birch trees, cars under attack
Yuck. What's that sticky stuff all over your car ... birch sap? Not quite. Right now, in many neighborhoods on the Kenai Peninsula, birch aphids are infesting birch trees.

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

Phyllis M. Harford
Former Kenai resident, Phyllis M. Harford of Redfield, S.D., died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield. She was 83.

Butch Lavern Anderson
Kenai resident Butch Lavern Anderson died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 76.

Oilers blast AIA
The Peninsula Oilers defeated Athletes in Action 12-1 Wednesday night in Alaska Baseball League play in Fairbanks.

Oilers stop skid
The Peninsula Oilers snapped a seven-game losing streak in the Alaska Baseball League by defeating Athletes in Action 10-6 Tuesday in Fairbanks.

Letters to the Editor
No one will be prosecuted for loss of retirement fundsKRSA's detractors ask valid questions; they deserve answersKRSA could learn something from its 'uninformed' neighbors

So far, ideas to rebuild Ground Zero lack vision
Six of one, a half-dozen of another. That sums up the six designs submitted for rebuilding the World Trade Center site. ... Most strikingly, not one of them elicits any kind of emotional response.

Bush's approval ratings drop
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's approval rating has slipped to the mid-60s amid growing nervousness about the economy.

Many contribute to rally's success

Operation TIPS wrong way to make nation more secure place
It was a bad idea from the start. And thanks to the U.S. Postal Service official rejection of Operation TIPS, the Homeland Security Official program will hopefully get some much-needed revamping.

Bush Ratings: At A Glance
Some new polls have shown that President Bush's job approval ratings have dipped into the mid 60s after almost a year at levels between 70 percent and 90 percent after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Congress fails to show leadership by refusing to make any sacrifice
George Washington might be disgusted if he could see government today.

Big media doesn't reflect U.S.
Has anyone noticed that for all their claims of wanting to represent the opinion of "average Americans" in the content of their programming, the national TV news and talk channels seem to be moving in the opposite direction?

Nature classes introduce children to fishing, ecosystems
ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) -- On a crescent-shaped sliver of beach along Lake Estes, 14 children stare intently at their fishing lines. The waiting game doesn't bother Alexis Frisbie, despite the clouds of bugs and oppressive morning heat.

Around the Peninsula
CPGH board to hold meeting4-H alumni invited to walk in paradeChess tournament planned on peninsulaHomer garden tour scheduledBlood drive to be held

Challenger Learning Center offers taste of space to residents, visitors
"Get ready to go to space." About 15 space travelers line up at the door to the space station, don their space jackets and march down a dark, twisting hallway. They step through the air-lock chamber and come out the other side -- in space. They take their places at the various terminals in the station and get to work.

Around the Peninsula
Sockeye bag limit increasedSenate Q candidates to speak at chamberCPGH board to hold meetingMurkowski to speak at luncheonSplash Bash to be held5-K run plannedMotorcycle rodeo scheduledPhysicals available for athletes4-H alumni invited to walk in paradeChess tournament planned on peninsula

Being an astronaut appeals to all ages
The simulated space missions at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska may not offer the excitement of stomach-churning virtual motion like Disneyland's Star Wars space ride. But then, visitors to Disneyland don't get to fly the Millennium Falcon.

Creek celebrated in style
Summertime in Alaska means being outdoors, playing and having fun. That's the idea behind the Soldotna Creek Celebration, a free picnic sponsored by the city of Soldotna and the Kenai Watershed Forum, to be held July 28.

Community prepares to parade for progress
In its 42nd year, the annual Progress Days Parade will once again promenade through the streets of Soldotna.

Spirit of Alaska
42nd annual Soldotna Progress Days July 26, 27, 28, 2002.

City personifies interdependence
Welcome to the 42nd annual Soldotna Progress Days.

Landasters to take throne
For one-half of a couple that should be accustomed to being in the public's eye, Mavis Blazy-Lancaster didn't appear particularly excited to be this Progress Days' honorary queen.

Bird's-eye view of Soldotna offered
Anyone interested in seeing Soldotna from a bird's perspective can go on a 15-minute flightseeing trip with Natron Air.

Top Cover wants to rock your world all weekend long
In times of war or peace, their duty is simple -- to spread love of rock and roll and their country through music.

Map shop maven to lead Progress Days Parade
Dwarfed by the vast expanse of Fred Meyer on the east side of the Sterling Highway, Katherine Parker's Map Shop was a land mark well before Soldotna even dreamed of recruiting the national chain.

Museum holds history's key
Nestled by the ball fields, back in one of the few remaining wooded areas of Soldotna, lies the Soldotna Historical Society and Museum.

Soldotna brings spirit of Alaska to celebration
Fifty-three years ago, the city of Soldotna, now a fishing and tourist hub for the Kenai Peninsula, was only small community of 21 people.

A roping, wrangling, riding weekend planned
Rodeo enthusiasts and novices alike will find entertainment at the "Peninsula Cowboy Roundup" rodeo planned as part of this year's Progress Day's festivities.

Inner spirit examined by Soldotna artist
Alaska is a state that gets into its residents' blood. Its spirit becomes one with theirs.

2002 Progress Days Schedule

Kids can jump, rattle and roll in civic celebration
Community celebrations aren't just for politicians and flag-waving dignitaries -- kids need ways to participate also.

Soldotna is River City U.S.A
If Soldotna is the heart of the peninsula, the Kenai River is the lifeblood that keeps that heart beating.

Car show features the peninsula's finest, fastest and fanciest
Returning to this year's Soldotna Progress Days is a community favorite event, the second annual Automobile Show, sponsor

Run returns to Tsalteshi Trails for Progress Days festivities
Progress Days revelers get a chance to make progress toward their physical fitness goals Saturday evening, when a 5-kilometer "fun run" is held at Tsalteshi Trails at Skyview High School. The race begins at 6 p.m., with registration beginning at 5 p.m.

Commemorative Stamp available at post office
A special 2002 Soldotna Progress Days cancellation stamp is available.

Meet the chief
Central Emergency Services has been going through a lot of changes in the past few months. So, this Progress Days CES has decided to open its doors to the community and share first hand some of the additions residents have helped fund.

Armstrong stretches Tour lead again
LA PLAGNE, France -- Even as Lance Armstrong closes in on his fourth straight victory in the Tour de France, he couldn't help remembering his worst performance.

Steelers solidify defense
The defense that topped the NFL last season got another multimillionaire Wednesday when defensive end Aaron Smith signed a five-year, $25-million contract extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sports Briefs
Soccer shoot slated for SaturdayOct. 11 conference set in Expos' suitLeiter agrees to $18 million, two-year extensionRivera's shoulder still bothersome

Kenai Golf Report: Fairways get rain they need
Once again the rain was a blessing for the fairways. The crew hustled out on the course and applied the fertilizer just in time to utilize the ground moisture. Kenai Golf Course is getting positive comments from local golfers as well as visiting golfers.

Birch Ridge Report: Seniors tee off for crown
The 11th Annual Birch Ridge Golf Association's Grainge Memorial Senior Golf Tournament starts today and continues through Friday. The event includes six flights for the men (50-59 Men's Flight and Master Flight for 60 and older) and three women's flights.

Armstrong guards every second of Tour lead
LES DEUX-ALPES, France -- For Lance Armstrong, every second counts in the three-week Tour de France.

Sports Briefs
Boys and Girls Club tourney set for FridaySenior tourney slated for Thursday, FridayKCHS cross country starts MondayPowell takes Week 12 of Seward derbyFisher's big catch comes without ticketCarsner second at Alaska RacewayHarrington signs with Lions

Conner's newest yacht sinks off Long Beach
SAN DIEGO -- Dennis Conner's newest America's Cup yacht sank Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean about a mile off Long Beach, just before it was to pick up a group of sponsors for an afternoon sail.

Bears turn up noses at moose meat for dog food
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska wildlife biologists are puzzled by the culinary tastes of three grizzly bears that appear to be favoring dog food over moose meat.

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