Thursday, July 26, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Stock market drop start to take told on Alaska dividend checks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the first time since stocks began to slide 16 months ago, Alaskans will feel the battered market in dividend checks.

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.

Rain, warm temperatures continue to cause Interior road problems
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rain and warming temperatures continue to affect roads in eastern Interior Alaska.

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.

Pro-environment Republicans speak out against ANWR drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pro-environment House Republicans brought out a pair of hallowed party names Wednesday to attack a provision of an energy bill that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

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.

Virus hits Alaska computers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A new computer virus has begun striking computers in Alaska and sending private documents to anyone found in the computer's address book.

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.

California woman sentenced to five years on cocaine charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A California woman who pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle more than a kilogram of cocaine into Fairbanks was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison.

Senate committee begins hearings on missile defense system

UAA names new provost
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor E. Lee Gorsuch has named James P. Chapman as provost.

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

Methamphetamine production material lands Palmer man in jail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was arrested in connection with discovery of a methamphetamine lab in Palmer on Tuesday, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Float plane lands ''wheels up'' at Juneau Airport
JUNEAU (AP) -- A floatplane skidded to a stop on the concrete runway at Juneau Airport after landing with its wheels up, federal authorities said Thursday.

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.

With BC-AK--Ultra Challenge-Finish
Here are the results from the Midnight Sun Ultra Challenge Race

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.

Developer proceeding with water park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Developers of Alaska's first indoor water park have secured permits for its foundation.

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.

Red Dog mine manager leaves for Minnesota
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The manager of the Red Dog mine in northwest Alaska has left the state for a new job in Minnesota.

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.

Pilot killed in British Air Force jet crash during training mission
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- A British military jet crashed on a training mission out of Eielson Air Force Base Wednesday, killing the pilot, officials said.

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.

Senate begins hearings on missile defense system
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden opened hearings Tuesday into national security threats and how to respond to them, and he led off by questioning the wisdom of building a system to stop enemy missiles when the military has described them as the least likely threat.

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.

St. Paul man charged in shooting of Coast Guard officer on island
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 25-year-old man accused of fatally shooting the new Coast Guard commander on St. Paul Island believed his estranged wife was romantically involved with the officer, according to charging documents released Wednesday.

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.

Northstar modules sail from Anchorage destined for North Slope
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three barges carrying modules for the Northstar oil field left the port of Anchorage Wednesday destined for the North Slope, officials with BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. said.

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.

Disabled athletes compete in 267-mile wheelchair race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Michel Bond isn't above trash-talking to try and psyche out the competition in the longest, hardest wheelchair race in the world.

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.

Number of same-sex and unmarried partners in Alaska climbs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The number of Alaskans who reported living with a same-sex partner climbed sharply during the past decade, though such partnerships still appear to represent a very small proportion of Alaska households.

Unocal announces two new Cook Inlet oil strikes
KENAI (AP) -- Unocal announced two new Cook Inlet strikes, including one well that is yielding the highest production rate of any well in inlet history, company officials said.

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.

Yankees move winning streak to four
NEW YORK -- Scott Brosius broke an 0-for-14 skid with a two-out, tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning to lead the New York Yankees to their fourth straight win, 4-2 over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Galarraga goes 3-for-5 to boost Giants to victory over Rockies
DENVER -- Andres Galarraga, making his San Francisco debut, went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, and the Giants beat Colorado 9-3 Wednesday to stop a four-game losing streak.

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.

Market rally buoys hopes
NEW YORK -- Wall Street rallied Wednesday, sending the Dow Jones industrials up more than 160 points in a stronger-than-expected rebound from the earnings-driven selling that pummeled the market earlier this week.

AOL Time Warner could propose takeover of Amazon, but under certain rules
SEATTLE (AP) -- AOL Time Warner would be allowed to propose a takeover bid for -- as long as it did so quietly -- under the terms of a $100 million investment AOL made in Amazon Monday.

Microsoft plans 21 percent increase in R&D spending
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. will spend $5.3 billion on research and development over the next year, a 21 percent increase, chairman Bill Gates said.

Two markets, two contrasting results
NEW YORK (AP) -- Among investments, there is probably no greater performance contrast over the past year than that between housing and stocks.

Whole generation losing interest in blue-collar jobs
BEND, Ore. -- At 5 feet, 10 inches tall and on the skinny side, Sayer Singleton is one of the manufacturing industry's worst nightmares.

Something's been lost sight of; maybe it's the investor-consumer
NEW YORK (AP) -- A consulting firm recently reported that a large percentage of companies it surveyed continued to give managers performance bonuses despite the company's poor performance.

Housing boom continues despite economic woes
WASHINGTON -- Even though Americans bought fewer previously occupied homes in June, sales were at near record levels, suggesting that this main pillar of the economy remains sturdy.

Smoke-free shore power makes debut
JUNEAU -- 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.

Tax rebates can help jump-start savings plan
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ask most people what they're going to do with their federal tax rebate checks, and they'll talk about spending -- for back-to-school supplies, a new DVD player, a late summer vacation.

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.

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.

Barkman tops July halibut derby
As of Monday, Anchorage's Thomas Barkman continued to lead the July standings in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Barkman landed a 322.8-pound fish on July 1 and also is the overall derby leader.

Neil Diamond gets jitters as live special approaches
SAN FRANCISCO -- Neil Diamond has the jitters. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is stepping into new territory with his performance Saturday at 9 p.m. EDT on ''A&E's Live By Request.''

Anchorage author to discuss 'Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul' in area
Think "comfort foods" and the strong aroma of chicken soup's curative ingredients floods the imagination.

Boys and Girls Club to hold read-in
The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula will hold a read-in Friday in Kenai from 1 to 3:30 p.m., where a generous block of time will be set aside for club members to relax with a good book.

Photo Feature: A gallery of her own
Gallery owner Marty Hapeman shows off the room in her ArtWorks Gallery dedicated to original works by local artists.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Library show highlights golden age of caricatures
NEW YORK -- Babe Ruth, all barrel chest and furrowed brow. Mae West vamping as Diamond Lil. Josephine Baker. Fiorello La Guardia. The Algonquin Round Table gang.

Composer Danny Elfman is settling the score with 'Planet of the Apes'
MALIBU, Calif. -- When work is stressful and he thinks about ending it all, composer Danny Elfman hangs himself in his studio.

'Planet of the Apes,' Burton combo falls short of hopes
Give an infinite number of chimpanzees an infinite number of film crews, and odds are none will make a movie that looks as cool as Tim Burton's ''Planet of the Apes.''

Art Briefs
Center presents art workshopsRetreat planned for storytellersSoldotna museum open for summerMusicians sought for festival

Points standings
1. Dale Jarrett 2,695 2. Jeff Gordon 2,695 3. Ricky Rudd 2,667

Drivers found romance in speedy fashion
As race drivers, Brett Bodine, John Andretti and Buckshot Jones have to make decisions in a split second. At 180 mph, there's no time for second-guessing.

Nascar Schedule
Feb 18 to Nov 18

Pennsylvania 500
n Where: Pocono Raceway's 212-mile, triangle-shaped raceway with 14-degree banking in the first turn, 8-degree banking in the second turn, 6-degree banking in the third turn and 3,740-foot main straightaway in Long Pond, Pa.

Money leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $4,325,020 2. Dale Jarrett 2,943,910 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,683,480

Love in the Fast Lane
ATLANTA -- The emotion boiled inside Lynda Petty for months as she watched her husband, Richard, make his final rounds as a stock car driver. And when he crossed the finish line for the 1,177th and final time that autumn afternoon in 1992, the woman who had seen her husband live through countless broken bones and horrific crashes cried uncontrollably.

Woman arraigned for murder, arson
The trial of a young woman accused of killing her mother in a house fire is slated to begin the first week of October.

Photo Feature: Taking care of business
Firefighters from the Kenai Fire Department evacuate residents of the Kenai Senior Center during a large drill Wednesday morning.

Proposal prompts Cohoe concerns
The rumors hit the proverbial fan in Cohoe this week.

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.

Senator touts spending cap to chamber
Reining in governmental spending was the theme of Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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.

McArthur River Field supplying highest production rate in area's history
Unocal announced two new strikes off its King Salmon Platform in Cook Inlet Wednesday.

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

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

Oilers finally pull out a close game
The Peninsula Oilers snapped a 14-game losing streak in games decided by two runs or less, defeating the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 7-5 Wednesday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

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

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.

Alaska still in search of subsistence solution
We're hopeful a subsistence summit called by Gov. Tony Knowles for next month will lead to the end of one of Alaska's longest-simmering political and c

Lions' drag racing events provide fun-filled time for entire familyFourth of July events reinforce what a great community Kenai is

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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

Around the Peninsula
Birding walk planned for Kenai RiverFestivities scheduled at senior centerRegistration to be accepted for CPR classHealth clinics planned in HomerSwimming session to be heldBooth space available

Birch Ridge Report
Editor's note: With Steve Horn and Lisa Parker out of town, this report is being submitted by substitute reporter Jo Briscoe. Hopefully, next week both will be back to pick up the reigns of the Birch Ridge report.

Moss signs contract extension
Regardless of how you crunch the numbers, Randy Moss is now one of the NFL's highest paid players.

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

Kenai Golf Report
Thanks for the rain. Everything is green and lush again and I am almost certain the forest fire danger is low. We greatly appreciate it. However, at anytime you may shut it off and let us bask in the warm, dry sun again we enjoyed in June.

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.

Sports Briefs
Barkman tops July halibut derbyAll American Volleyball Camp comes to HomerVoigt wins 16th stage of Tour de FranceAthletics deal for Dye

Armstrong keeps command of Tour

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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