Saturday, July 28, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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:

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.

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?

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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