Friday, July 27, 2001

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

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

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.

Tolerance commission members take testimony in Juneau
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sara Boesser was 16 when she realized she was a lesbian. It wasn't a path she would have chosen knowing the hostilities she would face, she told the governor's Commission on Tolerance on Thursday at a hearing in Juneau.

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.

Costco plans Anchorage gasoline sales
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Costco plans to sell gasoline at its two Anchorage locations by September, a move that could ignite a local price war.

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.

Oregon woman dies of injuries suffered in June accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Oregon woman died Monday in Fairbanks from injuries suffered in a traffic accident last month.

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.

Searchers located Yakutat air taxi crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rescue workers have located the crash site of a Cessna 185 from Gulf Air Taxi of Yakutat that disappeared Thursday but have been unable to reach the plane.

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.

Four fishermen rescued after boat catches fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four men had to be rescued after the boat they were using to transport fish caught fire and sank in Bristol Bay.

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.

British team to investigate training mission jet crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A British team of investigators was expected to arrive Friday at Eielson Air Force Base to look into why a military jet crashed, killing the pilot.

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

Two face murder and robbery charges in Ketchikan beating death
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Two men face murder and robbery charges in the beating death of another man on Thursday, police said.

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.

Bank of America agrees to pay state $35.6 million
JUNEAU (AP) -- Bank of America will pay the State of Alaska $35.6 million for years of failing to turn over unclaimed money from municipal bond dividends under a settlement announced Thursday, the attorney general's office said.

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

Russian trawler seized in Bering Sea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard said Thursday it had seized a Russian trawler in the Bering Sea for illegally fishing inside U.S. waters off Alaska.

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.

Crewmen rescued after seiner hits ice and sinks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The skipper of a Valdez purse seiner and two crew members were rescued from the frigid waters of Prince William Sound Thursday when the vessel struck a small iceberg and sank.

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.

Yakutat hoax distress call one of several taxing rescuers
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Coast Guard helicopter and at least three civilian crafts scrambled to aid a boat that was sinking off the coast of Yakutat only to find it was a hoax.

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.

Land deal secures public access to Russian River confluence
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Public access to one of Alaska's most popular fishing holes, the Russian River, was secured Thursday with a land deal.

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.

Murkowski continues call for Iraqi oil ban
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski has backed off on an attempt to add a ban on Iraqi oil imports to a bill extending similar bans on Iranian and Libyan oil.

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.

BP acknowledges lag in safety inspections at Prudhoe Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- At least 200 fire detection and suppression systems in the Prudhoe Bay oil field have not been inspected on schedule, and BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. plans to hire 12 additional inspectors to bring its fire systems into compliance.

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.

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.

Accident briefly closes Parks Highway
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Parks Highway near Cantwell was closed for about 30 minutes Thursday afternoon while crews cleaned up after a one-vehicle rollover.

McCaw sells stake in M's
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners confirmed Thursday that John McCaw, who helped assemble a group that bought the team in 1992, has sold his stake in the franchise to VoiceStream Wireless chairman John Stanton.

White Sox deal Baldwin
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Pitcher James Baldwin, on the trading block since signing a one-year contract this winter, was sent from the Chicago White Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday for three minor leaguers.

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.

Twins set for tourney
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team wrapped up its regular season Wednesday with a win and a tie against the South Peninsula Storm in Homer, and with the team on a roll, the Twins' chances in the District II tournament are looking good.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fishing good in most waters
This weekend's fishing might be merely "good." Then again, it could turn out to be some of the best of the season.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.''

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

'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.''

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.

Nascar Schedule
Feb 18 to Nov 18

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

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

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.

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.

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

Major milestones in CPGH's history
1964 -- A community meeting at Soldotna Elementary School expresses a need for a hospital.

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.

Police still baffled by bungled robbery
Times have changed. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid usually rode in, robbed the place, guns at the ready, and left with the loot, smiling all the way down the trail. They had a business plan.

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

Photo feaure: Scouting the competition
Oliver Schwabe of Berlin, Germany, watches dipnet fishers from the bluff in Kenai while waiting to go on his own fishing trip Thursday afternoon.

Hospital celebrates 30 years of growth, service to central peninsula
Central Peninsula General Hospital can do more than remove fish hooks, and this year it is celebrating 30 years of growth and progress.

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.

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.

Expense, user demographics cause reconsideration of regular transport loop
In a major change of direction, the Central Area Rural Transit System Inc. has canceled plans to set up a bus route between Kenai and Soldotna.

Agnes C. Witte
Soldotna resident Agnes C. Witte died Thursday, July 26, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Andrew Benson Reeve
Kenai resident Andrew Benson Reeve died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, in Anchorage. He was 42

Oilers touch up panners for win
Through dark stretches like the 1-8 July road trip in which every loss was by two runs or less, the Peninsula Oilers kept gamely coming back every evening and putting forth full effort only to absorb another torturous loss.

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.

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

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

Soldotna's past, present, future
Welcome to the 41st Soldotna Progress Days. As we enjoy the first Progress Days of the third millennium of the Christian era, it seems appropriate to consider the past 41 years, to examine the current year and to gaze toward the future.

Soldotna marks milestones in its history
We tend to be hooked on the present and focused on the future. But without knowledge of our history, we find ourselves adrift. Here are some of the landmark events for Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula and Soldotna:

Progress Days fun spotlights Soldotna
There's something fishy happening in Soldotna this weekend: the 41st annual Progress Days celebration.

Wildlife refuge bird expert shares birding knowledge, skills
Whether it's bird-watching at your home feeder or traveling to exotic places in search of a rare "life list" bird, birding represents one of life's most fascinating pleasures. Have you ever realized that much of our knowledge about birds is a result of skilled bird capture and banding work?

Riders find trail for every season
'Tis the season of the trail without snow. The gas-powered sn

Full-suspension mountain bikes spring into mainstream
PARK CITY, Utah -- The writing is on the wall for fat-tire fans: hard times for hard tails. A new world is opening up for cross-country mountain bikers, and it is fully suspended.

Record number attempt Mount McKinley this climbing season -- and return safely
Mountaineers Jim Blow, left, and Jim Wilson of Butte, Mont., celebrate their 39-day climbing triumph at the crown of Mount McKinley in this 1997 file photo. The 2001 climbing season now wrapping up on Mount McKinley is already assured of its

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

Around the Peninsula
4H encourages parade participation Central Peninsula Air Fair slated for Saturday Farmer's market open on Saturday Soldotna used book sale slated for Saturday Youth art workshops offered Annual bazaar and barbecue scheduled Blood drive scheduled in Homer Fund-raiser for transplant patient set District ranger presents fact-finding walk

A Presbyterian professor re-energizes the debate over homosexuality and the Bible
Is homosexuality condemned by the Bible?

Man, jailed 12 years for murder, released after priest's disclosure
NEW YORK (AP) -- A man jailed 12 years for murder was freed Tuesday after a priest testified that another man had confessed to the crime long ago.

Food for thought: God's Word leaves a good taste
Ecclesiastics, the third chapter, tells us there is a time and a season for every purpose, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to live and a time to die; a time to get and a time to lose; a time to rend and a time to sew.

Church president tells Mormons to welcome non-Mormons
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Mormon church President Gordon Hinckley said followers celebrating their pioneer past should not ignore their duty to befriend non-Mormons.

Refugees reveal little-known religious and ethnic tensions in Vietnam's Central Highlands
SEN MONOROM, Cambodia (AP) -- The Rev. Y-Lei Buon Krong gripped his Bible, thought of God and blanked his mind out to the shouting voices of his interrogators.

Judge orders township to reopen hearings on a synagogue plan for former convent
ABINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered a suburban community to reopen zoning hearings on a synagogue's request to move into a building formerly used as a Roman Catholic convent.

Man sentenced to 22 months for threatening archbishop, social agency; blames medication
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A man was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in prison for threatening to kill Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and members of a Roman Catholic social services agency.

Muslim prison guard sues over lack of prayer breaks
GRAFTON, Ohio (AP) -- A Muslim prison guard is suing the state, claiming his bosses violated his rights by barring him from praying and wearing a skullcap at work.

Suicide of Roman Catholic priest in Iowa draws attention to pressures of job
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The workload of Roman Catholic priests has drawn greater attention in Iowa since the suicide of the Rev. Mark Swanson.

Bishop Myers of Peoria named head of Newark archdiocese
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The Vatican has chosen Bishop John J. Myers of Peoria, Ill., to succeed Archbishop Theodore McCarrick as head of the Archdiocese of Newark.

Religion Briefs
Flea market planned SolFirst to present 'Jabez' drama Special guest featured Church of God plans revival Annual fellowship meeting slated Vacation Bible school scheduled Bible school planned

Ashcroft defends religious beliefs during church service in California
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) -- U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft stood at one of the nation's better known pulpits to defend his religious beliefs, saying he imposes his faith on no one.

Armstrong maintains Tour de France lead
MONTLUCON, France -- Belgium's Serge Baguet won the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday, while Lance Armstrong maintained a five-minute overall lead and remained on track for his third straight championship.

Sports Briefs
Kenai Central runners start practice Monday Kenai Central football slates equipment pickup All-American Volleyball Camp comes to Kenai Skyview gridders to meet SaturdaySports Car Club, Legends come to Soldtna

Lewis, McLardy share first-round lead at John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill -- Rookie Andrew McLardy hadn't experienced much success during his first six months on the PGA Tour. There was no reason to expect him to challenge for the lead anytime soon.

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.

Memory of cancer never fades
MONTLUCON, France -- Relaxing in the garden of a chateau while son Luke and wife Kristin played nearby, soon-to-be triple Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong seemed to have it all.

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.

Competitors roll across finish line in Fairbanks to Anchorage race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alejandro Albor was first to cross the finish line Thursday in the Midnight Sun Ultra Challenge wheelchair race after powering his handcycle 267 miles across Alaska.

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

Decision looms for Deion
Three words printed in capital letters on his contract -- ''MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL'' -- have painted Deion Sanders into a corner.

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

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