Saturday, July 27, 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LaVern 'Butch' Anderson
Longtime Kenai resident LaVern "Butch" Anderson died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Providence 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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

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

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'

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.

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.''

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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