Friday, July 26, 2002

Fish causes vessel to flood
KODIAK (AP) -- A fish that got caught in a pump aboard a fishing vessel created a dangerous situation Thursday near Kodiak, according to the Coast Guard in Juneau.

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.

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.

Mother, daughter donate hair for sick children
KODIAK (AP) -- Bracing herself in the salon chair, 10-year-old Calista Pruitt shrieked, ''Oh my god, my hair!'' and in one quick snip 10 inches of her chestnut locks were off.

Stevens backs measure to keep Coast Guard traditional role
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senator Ted Stevens won approval of a measure Thursday aimed at protecting traditional functions of the Coast Guard after it's transferred into a new Department of Homeland Security.

Pipeline to be shutdown this weekend
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The trans-Alaska oil pipeline will be shut down this weekend for replacement of a valve and routine maintenance work.

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.

Flyfishing expert dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A well-known Alaska flyfishing expert has died.

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.

Former Anchorage cop won't face sex charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Prosecutors have dropped all felony charges against a former Anchorage police officer accused of having sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl.

Prospective buyers review Williams Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Assets of Williams Alaska Petroleum will be getting a close look from potential buyers within the week, the company confirms.

ACS plans job cuts after disappointing 2nd qtr.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications Systems says it posted disappointing second quarter earnings and plans a restructuring that will include cutting up to 90 jobs.

Defense spending bill includes money for bridge study
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Defense Department spending bill includes $1.5 million for a study on building a bridge over the Tanana River, according to Sen. Ted Stevens' office.

Stevens backs measure to keep Coast Guard traditional role
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens won approval of a measure Thursday aimed at protecting traditional functions of the Coast Guard after it's transferred into a new Department of Homeland Security.

Dyea residents return to flood-damaged homes
JUNEAU (AP) -- Before he knew it, Dyea resident George D'Amico said he was standing in thigh-deep flood waters early Tuesday.

Student test scores up, but Native learning gap continues
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska students in third, sixth and eighth grades showed improved scores overall on latest round of state-required benchmark tests in reading, writing and math taken in March.

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.

Young sidesteps Traficant expulsion
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Congressman Don Young was one of nine members of Congress to cast a neutral vote Wednesday on the ouster of Representative James Traficant from Congress.

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.

Troopers investigate shipboard stabbing
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers will investigate the stabbing Tuesday morning of a crewman aboard the cruise ship The Radiance of the Sea.

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.

Juneau man sentenced for assaulting family member
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former custodian for the Juneau School District pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree sexual assault.

Chairman sets schedule for Alaska energy issues
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The last week of September will be showdown time over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and incentives for an Alaska natural gas pipeline, according to a congressional committee schedule announced Thursday.

Wayne Anthony Ross would prefer woman on ticket
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wayne Anthony Ross said he'd like to see voters pair him with a woman in the race for governor in the general election.

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.

Post 20 set to host District II Tournament
The American Legion Post 20 Twins will qualify for state no matter what happens in the District II Tournament starting Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Astros rookie Saarloos shuts down Pittsburgh
HOUSTON -- Rookie Kirk Saarloos pitched the Astros' first complete game of the season and Jeff Bagwell drove in five runs as Houston beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 Thursday.

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.

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.

Angels nip Athletics as AL West heats up
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Garret Anderson hit a two-out single in the eighth inning to drive in the go-ahead run Thursday as the Anaheim Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

BP official: Regulatory, fiscal movement needed to maintain interest
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP) -- The three major companies pursuing an Alaska Highway pipeline could lose interest in the project if they do not see movement toward their goal in the next year or two, according to a top-ranking BP official.

Wayne Anthony Ross would prefer woman on ticket
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wayne Anthony Ross said he'd like to see voters pair him with a woman in the race for governor in the general election.

Candidates call for fiscal responsibility
Calling for more fiscal responsibility, development of the state's resource wealth and a general change in the direction of government, five candidates vying for the Senate District Q seat spoke before a packed room at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday.

Lieutenant governor candidates speak out
PALMER (AP) -- Candidates in the crowded field for lieutenant governor are working to stand out from the pack.

Hope offers peaceful fishing away from the salmon-mad crowds
RESURRECTION CREEK, Alaska -- 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.

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.

Angler lands 67 1/2-pound king on trout gear
Here's a whopper. Imagine spending more than 12 hours straight out on a drift boat fishing for reds and kings. With light-weight line, throw-away gear. And after snaggin' nothing but fellow fishers' lines for the better part of the day and night, something finally bites. Something big.

Combat fishing on the Russian River hasn't always been so civil
A shot broke the silence of a clear, warm day on the banks of Russian River, and a 30-40 rifle bullet sliced through Bill's right forearm, cut hair off Barney's neck, and slammed into a log in a fishing cabin. Otto had pulled the trigger, and he thought he had good reason to do so.

Collapsible poles make for smooth, easy hiking
PACIFICA, Calif. -- Working out is hard enough without being mocked. Pacifica's Jayah Paley and Bob Haxo, though, are used to it. The self-described adventure buddies get teased when they hit Bay Area hiking trails because, in addition to backpacks and water, they carry hiking poles.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

This Week's Race: Pennsylvania 500
Where and when

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.''

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

Ram and moose tough
Freddie Pollard returns to his pickup truck after running an errand in Kenai Thursday. "I shot that moose about 20 years ago," he said. "I finally found a place to put it." Most people try to keep the ungulates off their bumper.

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."

Soldotna smoking ban hangs in air
If Wednesday evening's meeting is any indication, the Soldotna City Council faces some tough decisions in the coming months.

Progress Days to take over Soldotna
Progress Days has become a staple in many a Soldotna resident's summer. It is a weekend full of not only activities for the entire family, but an excuse to get outside, slow down from the mayhem of an Alaska summer and see old friends.

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

Helen Erlwein
Longtime Alaska pioneer Helen Irene Erlwein died Sunday, July 21, 2002, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage of congestive heart failure. She was 81.

Robin Walters
Kenai resident Robin Walters died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at her home in Kenai. She was 42.

Elliott Noel Reid Sr.
Elliott Noel Reid Sr. died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at his Kenai home. He was 54.

LaVern 'Butch' Anderson
Longtime Kenai resident LaVern "Butch" Anderson died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Providence 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 take doubleheader from AIA
The Peninsula Oilers took both ends of a doubleheader Thursday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks to complete a four-game sweep of Athletes in Action in Alaska Baseball League action.

Saying goodbye to Oilers country
It is hard to believe that this is the last installment of my "From the Dugout" column, because it seems like just yesterday I was part of a team assigned to transform Coral Seymour Memorial Park into a playable field for the 2002 season.

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

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.

Progress Days events honor spirit of Alaska, those who exemplify it
Kenai Peninsula residents and visitors alike will have a chance to reconnect with the spirit of Alaska during this weekend's Progress Days events in Soldotna.

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.

Primary registration deadline nears
Alaska has made many positive changes to its election system over the last eight years. The only one I don't support will make its debut in the Aug. 27 primary -- that's the closed primary law requiring six separate party ballots, one for each of the recognized parties.

Many contribute to rally's success

At A Glance: Who to Call at City of Soldotna
Soldotna's early residents depended on each other; today's residents frequently call on city employees when they have a problem. Here's how to reach the folks that keep Soldotna ticking:

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.

Western wilderness tourism in a summer slump
HELENA, Mont. -- In most years, visitors flock to Jack Rich's ranch for a piece of Rocky Mountain paradise: horseback rides, hiking trips and fishing expeditions in scenic northwestern Montana.

Outdoor Briefs
Fisher's big catch comes without ticket

Homer offers stellar mountain biking
When you think of outdoors activities in Homer, certain options, like fishing and beach combing, jump to mind. But mountain biking? Sure.

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
Outage affects Kenai residentsMurkowski to speak at luncheonMotorcycle rodeo scheduledSplash Bash to be heldKenai Eagles cancels dinnersHomer garden tour scheduledSeniors to hold trash and treasure sale

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

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.

Church plans anniversary celebration
Two founding members of St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church in Kenai will return Sunday for a special celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the church.

Lessons to grow on: Gardens play prominent roles in Bible
How is your garden doing? My raspberries are stunted and not spreading like raspberry plants normally do. While other people may have green thumbs, I think our household is not talented in the plant-growing department. My wife says plants scream when they come to our house, knowing their fate is not good.

Religion Briefs
Native fellowship to meet todayAAJC flea market plannedChurches plan Nikiski Community DayChurch activities coincide with Progress DaysSoldotna Nazarene to host vacation bible campChurch to offer space campPrayer ministry offers 'Direct Line 2 God'

Pope launches World Youth Day festivities
TORONTO -- Pope John Paul II urged young Catholic pilgrims Thursday to reject the ''lure of sin'' and told them that the Sept. 11 attacks showed the ''tragic face of human malice.''

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

Armstrong nears fourth title in a row
CLUSES, France -- Lance Armstrong rode an unremarkable final mountain stage in the Tour de France on Thursday and finished far behind the winner.

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.

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 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.

Heinen tops field at Classic
SILVIS, Ill. -- Mike Heinen, trying to regain full PGA Tour membership, shot an 8-under-par 63 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Funk in the John Deere Classic.

Sports Briefs
Physicals for SoHi athletes to be given SaturdaySkyview football players to meet SaturdayBeeson to visit Pro Football Hall of FameCoast to Coast baseball tryouts set for Aug. 17Nikiski football to begin practice Monday

Teams try to sign picks before camp
NFL teams spent Thursday trying to sign their top draft picks, thwarted in many instances by a ''slotting'' system that annually sets the pay checks of high-priced rookies.

Dog lot attracts 3 bears
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.

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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