Friday, July 28, 2000

Child safe after thief ditches car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A teenager who stole a car at a South Anchorage gas pump Wednesday night ditched it a quarter-mile up the road after realizing there was a toddler in the back seat.

UA museum grant for repatriation consultation with Nunivak Island elders
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska Museum has won a $18,765 grant from the National Park Service to be used for repatriation consultation with elders from the village of Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island.

Firefighters head south as Alaska season winds down
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With the wildfire season in Alaska damping down, firefighters in the state are being dispatched to help fight blazes in the Lower 48.

Tourism traffic reported mixed around Kenai Peninsula
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The summer tourist season appears stronger than ever at Soldotna although several other Kenai Peninsula communities may not be seeing that trend.

Breached dam leaves Kake without drinking water
KAKE (AP) -- A breach in an aging wooden dam this week left Kake without water for drinking or the town's seafood processing operation.

Fish Board cites budget for reducing number of winter meetings
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The state Board of Fisheries has cut back its schedule of winter meetings to meet sharp budget cuts.

Researchers study wakes to battle Kenai erosion
KENAI (AP) -- Researchers are stirring the quiet waters of Johnson Lake near Kasilof with fishing boats this week as part of a wake study by the Army Corps of Engineers that's intended to help fight erosion on the Kenai River.

Ballast water pipe at Valdez terminal closed for repairs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An inspection of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s marine terminal ballast water piping system in Valdez has turned up problems with a 42-inch pipe at Berth Three.

Glacial outburst sends rush of water down Taku River
JUNEAU (AP) -- A rush of water released by a Canadian glacier pushed the Taku River's flow to more than double it's normal level, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Wednesday.

Kake restores water temporarily after dam break
KAKE (AP) -- Workers in Kake have jury rigged a way to temporarily replenish their water supply, but the makeshift system won't replace the town's breached dam.

Six months after crash, remains of nine still unidentified
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) -- Six months after Alaska Airlines Flight 261 plunged into the Pacific Ocean killing all 88 aboard, the remains of nine victims still haven't been identified.

Inlet silver run looks healthy
KENAI (AP) -- The Cook Inlet red salmon run has been a bust, but this may be a bumper year for silvers.

UAF doctor loses fight to keep job
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A popular doctor has lost the fight to keep her job at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Searchers look for New Stuyahok elder
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers and teams from the village of New Stuyahok have searched for two days for missing elder Charlie T. Chocknock Sr., troopers say.

Sanctions recommended for Ketchikan schools
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Citing lack of progress, a consultant has recommended that the state extend sanctions against the Ketchikan School District through the coming school year.

Group gathers petition signatures targeting wolf control
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An animal rights group says it turned in more than 38,000 signatures to the state Division of Elections Friday to place a referendum on the ballot that would repeal land-and-shoot wolf hunting.

Alaska groups win national humanities grants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three Alaska Native organizations have won money from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Washington, D.C.-based group said Thursday.

Tuberculosis victims are returned home for burial after half-century
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Neil John and Hazel Williams have been together for a half-century, although they presumably never met.

Knowles announces process to restrict jet skis in critical habitats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Following a state park order Wednesday to close part of Kachemak Bay to jet skis, Gov. Tony Knowles announced procedures that could restrict the personal watercraft in other areas considered critical habitat.

China moves closer to buying Alaska potatoes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A team of Chinese scientists will be headed here later this summer to study Alaska seed and table potatoes.

Restored plane honors memory of late military chief McCloud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Robert Nesmith never expected to see his fighter plane again after he crash-landed it on Attu Island during World War II, when he was 20 years old.

Group gathers petition signatures targeting wolf control
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An animal rights group says it will be turning in more than 37,000 signatures to the state Division of Elections to place a referendum on the ballot that would repeal land-and-shoot wolf hunting.

Phillips profits grow
Higher oil and natural gas prices coupled with production from new Alaska properties helped boost second quarter earnings almost sevenfold for Phillips Petroleum, helping the company easily surpass Wall Street's expectations.

Crash near Wasilla kills one
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A head-on collision near Wasilla Thursday afternoon killed a 46-year-old Talkeetna man, according to Alaska State Troopers, and injured the driver of the other vehicle.

Chinese crewman crushed by door on cruise ship
JUNEAU (AP) -- A cruise ship crewman crushed to death by a hydraulic door was apparently moving laundry bags through the door when he became caught, investigators said Thursday.

Judge gives state 90 days to start paying for abortions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court judge on Thursday told the state to start paying for abortions for poor women within 90 days.

Alaska Air cuts growth plans to meet safety and maintenance requirements
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines has postponed plans to increase service this fall, largely because of costly measures to meet Federal Aviation Administration safety concerns.

State wants railroad to dig up contaminated soil
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State environmental officials reached an agreement with the Alaska Railroad that doesn't require workers to dig up and remove contaminated soil at the site of last winter's huge jet fuel spill at Gold Creek, the railroad said Thursday.

Measure would create panel to study railroad expansion
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Senate committee approved legislation Wednesday to create a U.S.-Canada Commission to study a railroad connection between Canada and Alaska.

Chinese crewman crushed by door on cruise ship
JUNEAU (AP) -- A cruise ship crewman crushed to death by a hydraulic door was apparently moving laundry bags through the door when he became caught, investigators said Thursday.

State wants railroad to dig up contaminated soil
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State environmental officials want the Alaska Railroad to dig up and remove soil in areas most heavily contaminated by last winter's jet fuel spill at Gold Creek.

Wheelchair race wraps up in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ziv Bar-Shira of Israel maintained his slender lead over defending champ Carlos Moleda on Thursday to win the handcycling division of the 16th Midnight Sun Ultra Challenge.

Man found dead in circling boat
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man found unconscious in a circling boat died Wednesday.

Tough season for Cook Inlet fishermen
KENAI (AP) -- Cook Inlet commercial fishermen are tightening their belts as a dismal sockeye season draws to a close. Biologists closed much of the inlet for Thursday's scheduled fishing period.

Former Saxman mayor dies.
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Forrest DeWitt Jr., a longtime mayor and city council member of Saxman, died Tuesday. He was 56.

Chinese crewman crushed by door on cruise ship
JUNEAU (AP) -- A massive hydraulic door crushed a crewman to death aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Sky early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Knowles creates program to boost Guard presence in Bush
BETHEL (AP) -- The Alaska National Guard is taking steps to get more enlistment from the state's rural communities.

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.

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.

Three arrested in Kodiak drug bust
KODIAK (AP) -- Three Kodiak men have been arrested after a drug bust by the Kodiak Police Department.

Health code problems shut restaurant briefly
State officials said the King Salmon Restaurant in Soldotna closed voluntarily for one day last month after failing a June 14 Department of Environmental Conservation inspection.

Business Briefs
Chugach Electric Association receives $1 millionCross Timbers reports second-quarter resultsLand's End Resort hires Fairbanks chefBohai Bay wells strike oilFNBA appoints new director to its boardHomer chamber plans mixerAlaska students study oil industryAHFC picks underwritersFederal grants train high-tech workers

Many pass up chance to hold retirement savings
NEW YORK -- If you're changing jobs this summer and you've got several thousand dollars in your 401(k) retirement account, here's a brief quiz for you.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Veterans hold town meeting on medical careGardening program to be presented SaturdaySchools superintendent to speak in SoldotnaSoldotna chamber begin beautification judgingArts center holds sales gallery, walking toursNorth Peninsula council schedules meeting

Around the Peninsula
UCIDA to hold board meetingSoldotna Elks Lodge announces Iowa Farm DaysDog agility fun match plannedSiren tests to be conducted Aug. 3Soldotna historical tour to be presentedWRCC in need of volunteers for foot race

Time's limited for kings
Anglers who have made catching a king salmon into their own personal chase for a white whale this summer have one more weekend to land themselves a chinook.

10-year-old girl reels in 75-pound king salmon
In a competition reminiscent of David and Goliath, a 65-pound, 10-year-old girl caught a 75-pound king salmon near Beaver Creek Hole in the Kenai River around 6:30 Tuesday morning.

Bumper coho run hits inlet
The Cook Inlet sockeye run has been a bust, but this may be a bumper year for cohos.

Sunday Concert on the Lawn boogies into 21st year
KBBI Homer Public Radio presents its 20th Sunday Concert on the Lawn Saturday and Sunday at KBBI's old studio site, the meadow lot off Main Street behind the Homer Cleaning Center in downtown Homer.

Funny River Festival kicks off FridayDog agility fun match planned Wednesday

Nikiski bachelor spotlighted in magazine
I didn't feel that I deserved the opportunity that I was given. It should have been given to someone else. But I had the time of my life.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsUpcoming EventsEntertainmentDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Money leaders on the Nascar circuit.

Jarrett's consistency pays off
LONG POND, Pa. -- It's a long season, and fortunes can change as fast as you can snap a valve spring. But Dale Jarrett, a laboring dark horse through the season's first half, looms suddenly as a contender.

points standings
Poin standings so far for Nascar drivers.

Sunday's race
Next race: CarQuest Auto Parts 250 (Race 21 of 32 for NASCAR Busch Series)

Nascar race schedule

Common templates should go
We'd love to wave a hand, and with that wave, make the subject of ''common templates'' subject, concept and intent go away for good.

Making waves
The quiet waters of Johnson Lake, near Kasilof, are being shaken and stirred by boats this week.

Funny River 'Paving the Way' for annual festival
The annual Funny River Festival kicks off today and will run through Sunday with games, events, food, prizes and entertainment.

Lack of reds beaches fishing fleet
Cook Inlet drift boats and east side setnetters will be on the beach today to shore up flagging sockeye salmon escapement to the Kenai River.

Photo feature: How does your garden grow?
Mary Jane Smith tames the weeds growing near the broccoli she is raising in Kenai's community gardens near the airport on Main Street Loop.

Schools facing challenge
These are turbulent times for the peninsula public schools, said Donna Peterson, superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Easy riders return from Montana
They're back, and they didn't get in trouble.

Central peninsula nonprofits ease burden of disabled
Dropping by church, making an impromptu visit to a friend's house or running to the store to pick up a few things were not items that appeared on Barbara Halverson's to-do list two years ago.

Soldotna sees surge in visitors
The seasonal tourist run on Soldotna seems stronger than ever, but other peninsula communities are not sharing the influx.

Gear to vie for Alaska-tested designation
Alaska Magazine has introduced a new marketing program to field test outdoor products and equipment for performance in Alaska's winter conditions.

Outdoor Briefs
Homer halibut derby update Iron Dog teams announced

Campus Crusade for Christ chooses new leader after 50 years
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Preacher and author Steve Douglass has been named president of Campus Crusade for Christ, one of the world's largest evangelical organizations.

Groups sue over practice of religion-based job-training program
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Two civil rights groups have sued to recover state money given to a church-based job-training program and questioned state contracts that use religion-based programs to help people get off welfare.

Hebrew Academy hopes free tuition will lure top students
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- A group working to create the nation's first boarding high school for students from the Orthodox, Reform, and Conservative branches of Judaism plans to offer free tuition during the school's founding years.

Indians want state to give them confiscated hallucinogen
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Leaders of the Native American Church have asked state investigators to hand over 3,500 peyote buttons seized during an investigation.

Vatican closes its books on Fatima mystery
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- It was kept under wraps by four popes, tantalized millions of people and raised fears of doomsday scenarios.

Mormon church evacuates missionaries from Fiji
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Mormon church has pulled missionaries out of Fiji due to continuing unrest there, church officials announced.

Ex-preacher's rise makes religion a political topic in Canada
TORONTO (AP) -- He's a telegenic leader on the rise whose religious faith has raised a blunt question: Will his deeply held convictions influence his political agenda?

Religion Briefs
Higginbotham to speak at focus workshopSoldotna church to hold Bible schoolGrace Lutheran Bible classes plannedSterling bible school starts MondayReligious poems sought from Kenai-area poets

Cone melts in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- David Cone lost his career-worst eighth straight decision, pitching five poor innings Thursday night as the Minnesota Twins beat the New York Yankees 9-3.

Mets take advantage of Expos errors
NEW YORK -- Mike Hampton pitched a seven-hitter and Jay Payton scored on his own two-run double Thursday as the New York Mets beat the Montreal Expos 4-3 Thursday to complete a sloppy doubleheader sweep.

Oilers nipped at Wood Bat Invite
The Peninsula Oilers took one on the chin in their opening game of the Anchorage Bucs Wood Bat Invitational, dropping a 1-0 decision to the host team Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Flutie out with groin injury
Buffalo Bills quarterback Doug Flutie will be out until at least September after suffering a severe groin injury when he slipped in practice Thursday.

League to showcase stadium built just for soccer
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Major League Soccer is using this year's All-Star game to showcase not only its premier players but its model stage for the sport.

Sports Briefs
Soccer tourney kicks off in SoldotnaKCHS cross country takes off MondayVolleyball tournament, camp in Homer The tournament fee is $10 per pair.Tennis clinic in HomerRun for Women needs volunteersSouth Africa to appeal World Cup vote

Civic pride takes a ride on the two-lane blacktop
The rivalry between Kenai and Soldotna will heat up Sunday as the mayors of the sister cities go door-to-door down the drag strip at the Soldotna airport.

Canary still singing for Mat-Su Miners
There wasn't much to appreciate during fan appreciation night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park Wednesday, as the Peninsula Oilers closed the 2000 regular season with a 6-0 loss to the Mat-Su Miners.

Peninsula squad ready for Wood Bat Invitational
Players from the Peninsula Oilers and other Alaska Baseball League teams will get a chance to show off in front of pro scouts this weekend as they gather in Anchorage for the annual Wood Bat Invitational tournament.

Wolf killed at Moose Research Center
A wolf that got inside a moose pen at the Moose Research Center near Soldotna was trapped and killed Monday.

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