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Sunday, July 29, 2001

Canadian crews work to recover body of Alaska pilot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Canadian search and rescue crew worked Saturday to recover the body of a pilot killed when his plane crashed on a glacier in Kluane National Park, while the two mountaineers who survived the crash were recovering from their injuries at an Anchorage hospital.

Bodies of missing kayakers found near Cordova
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The bodies of two Cordova kayakers, who disappeared June 28, have been found.

Recall issued for shellfish test kits
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new kit designed to test for paralytic shellfish poisoning is being recalled after the first batch of the kits experienced problems, said an official with the state science and technology foundation.

Anchorage hunter sentenced for illegal hunt
BETHEL (AP) -- An Anchorage hunter was sentenced July 23 for illegally killing two caribou on the same day he was airborne during a 1996 hunt, Alaska State Troopers said.

Defense Department budget would boost Elmendorf staffing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Defense Department Budget proposed for fiscal year 2002 would boost staffing at Elmendorf Air Force Base, according to officials at Elmendorf.

Child Support computer upgrade will delay some payments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's Child Support Enforcement Division is installing a new computer system and the change is expected to delay some payments.

Strong earthquake rattles Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- No damage or injuries were reported after a strong earthquake hit Alaska.

Alyeska Pipeline lease renewal work begins
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The companies that own the trans-Alaska oil pipeline are facing a task they never expected when the pipeline was built: renewal of the 30-year lease to operate the line on state and federal lands.

Two saved from burning fishing boat
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two fishermen were rescued Friday morning by another fishing vessel when their boat caught fire, the Coast Guard reported.

School denies allegations of former headmaster
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An attorney for an Anchorage Catholic school says that the academy honestly assessed the outgoing headmaster's skills for a routine job reference and did not provide false information to undo his future.

New tanker violated air rules in first Valdez visit
VALDEZ (AP) -- The Phillips tanker Polar Endeavour poured out more smoke than state rules allow when it made its maiden voyage into Valdez on July 11, but state officials are giving the company some time to fine-tune operations on the brand-new ship.

Young garbage bears at Deadhorse euthanized
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two yearling grizzly bears that had become habituated to humans and drawn to garbage at the North Slope oil field outpost of Deadhorse were euthanized this week.

Stevens not concerned about missile defense construction funding fight
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens says he won't fight Democratic attempts to stop military construction money from being spent on missile defense work at Fort Greely this summer.

North Pole gets bridges to protect fish habitat
NORTH POLE (AP) -- Three bridges housed at a Park & Sell lot on Badger Road have sparked the curiosity of passersby, with several inquiries as to whether the bridges are for sale.

State Supreme Court rules Alaska must pay for some abortions
JUNEAU (AP)-- The state Legislature may not require health officials to deny funding for abortions for poor women whose health may be at risk, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled on Friday.

Post 20 stops Wasilla
The American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins opened up the Alaska American Legion Baseball District II Tournament by defeating the Wasilla Road Warriors 10-4 Saturday in Wasilla.

Castilla belts three homers as Pirates, Astros split doubleheader
PITTSBURGH -- Brian Giles' grand slam capped a seven-run ninth inning that gave Pittsburgh a 9-8 win in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Saturday, but the Houston Astros rebounded to win the nightcap 12-3 behind Jeff Bagwell's three RBIs.

Ichibob craves possess Mariners fans
SEATTLE -- Even Lou Piniella wanted his Ichiro Suzuki bobblehead doll.

Clemens cruises past Blue Jays for 15th victory
TORONTO -- Rogers Clemens won his 11th straight decision to become the majors' first 15-game winner, leading the New York Yankees to their seventh consecutive win, 12-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Private prison proponents polling public on issue, players
While the Kenai Peninsula Borough struggles to get a private-prison feasibility study off the ground (See related story, this page.), a newly formed ballot group is hurrying to take the public's prison pulse.

Prison feasibility study faces delay
Hopes of gathering some hard data about the proposed 800- to 1,000-bed medium-security private prison hit a major snag last week.

Photo Feature: Celebration
Spectators look down Binkley Street to see approaching floats during the Progress Days parade Saturday morning in Soldotna.

Major milestones in the history of the Swanson River Oil Field
The Swanson River Oil Field was Alaska's first producing oil field and, many believe, contributed to Alaska becoming a state. Swanson River remains the only oil field in the state located within a national wildlife refuge.

Swanson River field examined
Up Swanson River Road, deep in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and away from the public eye is the Swanson River Oil Field, one of Alaska's most historic industrial sites -- and maybe one of its most controversial.

Deal secures 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.

Agnes Witte
Soldotna resident Agnes Witte died July 26, 2001, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 82.

Elsie May Handley
Longtime Sterling resident Elsie May Handley died Sunday, July 15, 2001, in Homer. She was 88.

Marden M. Hunt
Homer resident Marden M. Hunt died July 15, 2001, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 75.

Oilers conclude ABL season with sweep of Goldpanners
Perhaps the Peninsula Oilers, with their three-game sweep of the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks in the final series of the regular season, were able to exorcise a few of the demons that have haunted them this season.

Visitors, newcomers can be as valuable as longtime residents
Alaskans are on that proverbial slippery slope when it comes to their attitudes about nonresidents.

My Best Friend
Babe, a 5-year-old long-haired calico keeps owner Lorrie Carter of Kenai. "Babe keeps me moving, even when I don't feel like it, she said.

Physician's move to the north gives central peninsula a shot in the arm
In the heady days following the end of World War II, a young man in South Dakota decided to pursue his dreams. A veteran of the Marine Corps and the Pacific Theater, he was working as a welder.

Katzenmoyer leaves Patriots camp because of neck worries
By The Associated Press

Gossett mows down field at John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. -- David Gossett, the 1999 U.S. Amateur champion trying to secure a spot on the PGA Tour, shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to maintain the lead in the John Deere Classic.

Jones scores easy win over Gonzalez
LOS ANGELES -- Roy Jones Jr. gave previously unbeaten Julio Gonzalez a thorough boxing lesson Saturday night.

Donovan scores four in MLS All-Star game
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Landon Donovan gave an All-Star performance worthy of the United States' greatest young soccer hope.

Thorpe takes sixth gold of swim championships
FUKUOKA, Japan -- Ian Thorpe savored his sixth gold medal of the World Swimming Championships Saturday, while the United States team was embarrassed by another disqualification.

Sports Briefs
Nikiski High School cross country starts MondayHomer's Borgman stars at rowing championshipsMcGriff traded to Cubs, after allNo more football for Prime TimeWoman alleges Tyson sexually assaulted herTwins get reliever Todd Jones from Tigers

Golfers give kids a head start in life
Score one for the kids.

Armstrong 99 miles away from third straight Tour crown
PARIS -- It started with a defiant look and ended with a handshake.

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