Saturday, July 29, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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