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Wednesday, July 26, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Manokotak man drowns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man from the southwest Alaska village of Manokotak drowned Monday evening.

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.

Anchorage woman charged with manslaughter, DWI
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman was charged Tuesday with manslaughter and driving while intoxicated for a downtown vehicle crash last March that left a woman dead.

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.

Russian River serves up fish, bears and history
COOPER LANDING (AP) -- About 11:30 on a clear July evening, Joe Naughton cast a brown caddis fly toward a fat rainbow trout prowling the headwaters of the Russian River.

$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.

Cook Inlet beluga found shot to death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A baby Cook Inlet beluga whale found Sunday at Point Campbell had been shot twice, officials with the National Marine Fisheries Service 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.

State's pest-free potatoes draw Chinese
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Tobacco leaves, bonsai trees and fragrant pears top the agenda this week as trade officials from the U.S. and China meet in Fairbanks to discuss opening borders for more agricultural products.

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.

Hatchery fish boost Juneau-area chum harvest
JUNEAU (AP) -- A thriving hatchery program is boosting the chum salmon harvest in the Juneau area to record levels.

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.

Early radar work would not violate treaty, administration lawyers say
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Administration lawyers agree that President Clinton could approve the first steps toward building a national missile defense without violating a 1972 arms control treaty, Defense Secretary William Cohen said Wednesday.

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.

Upper inlet fishery still looks poor
KENAI -- Dismal returns of Kenai River sockeyes spelled uncertainty for Thursday's commercial fishery in upper Cook Inlet, state biologists said.

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.

Who's Who in the owl world
BARROW (AP) -- The Inupiat always have referred to the area around here as Ukpeagvik, the place where owls gather.

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.

Iron Dog teams announced
BIG LAKE (AP) -- America's ''Big Four'' snowmobile manufacturers have set their teams for the 2001 Iron Dog, and most of the big names are in the running.

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.

State approves Tanana Flats route for power line to Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state on Tuesday put its stamp of approval on a controversial route across the Tanana Flats for a new high-voltage power line to Fairbanks.

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.

Haber: 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.

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.

Murkowski pushing for higher pilot retirement age
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski on Tuesday gave a push to his proposed legislation to raise the mandatory retirement age for commercial pilots.

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.

Supreme Court upholds ruling on blanket primary
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the state's emergency rules issued for next month's primary election.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
PCI offers computer workshopsVisitors center features volcanoes, hand-dyed silkSoldotna church to hold Bible schoolSterling holds fourth annual "Run For Your Life"Defensive driving courses offeredNew drop box available at DMV

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.

Fishery future remains in doubt
Thursday's commercial fishery in upper Cook Inlet is up in the air as state biologists consider dismal returns of Kenai River sockeyes.

Accessibility on a roll
Cut the cake, blow out the candles and unwrap the presents -- the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 10 years old today.

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

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.

Back to work?
Less than a week after six businesses lost their offices and equipment, the cloud of disbelief has turned into a flurry of getting back to business.

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.

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

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

Teen chooses fishy business for first job
For most teens, a first job comes after filling out applications and going to an interview. August Lindow of Kenai is different.

Bradley M. Kiffmeyer
Bradley Mark Kiffmeyer, of Soldotna, died Monday, June 26, 2000, in St. Cloud, Minn. He was 45.

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.

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.

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

Post 20 Twins drub Wasilla for District II title
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team proved it was the top team in District II Tuesday, defeating the Wasilla Road Warriors 10-0 at Arco Fields in Fairbanks.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

Panthers retooled for 2000 season
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Eric Davis' smile was gaping. As he looked around Carolina's practice field Tuesday and saw all the new faces, the cornerback could envision a very good season.

Oilers just Min'ing their own business
The Mat-Su Miners are up against the wall going into tonight's regular season finale against the Peninsula Oilers, after dropping a 2-1 decision to them Tuesday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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