Monday, July 30, 2001

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.

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.

Troopers seek man who smashed cars, fired shots
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla underage drinking party ended with shots fired early Saturday morning.

Teamsters launch radio ads supporting oil exploration in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Teamsters will start airing radio ads this week in favor of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The campaign aligns the union with the Bush administration and sets it apart from much of organized labor.

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.

Alaskan arrested during Hells Angels gathering in Missouri
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- An unidentified Alaska man was one of three bikers arrested during a visit of the Hells Angels to this Ozarks Mountain tourist town.

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.

July 27, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News counters mayor's redistricting challenge:
The Anchorage Assembly did the best it could Tuesday night to distance the city from the redistricting lawsuit Mayor George Wuerch unilaterally decided to join. Once the mayor dragged the city into the court fight, it was nigh impossible for the Assembly, acting on its own, to pull the city out. To deflect criticism, the mayor had already said he'll use no more city resources on the lawsuit. Passing a resolution to that effect, as the Assembly did, turns the mayor's unenforceable promise into official city policy.

Infant dies in accident outside Homer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 9-month-old girl died Sunday in a single-car accident near Homer on East End Road, the road that runs parallel to Kachemak Bay east of the city.

July 26, 2001 - The Voice Of The Times chastises missile defense system critics
ALL THE anti-defense crows said it couldn't be done. Preposterous, they said. A waste of taxpayer dollars. You'll never be able to hit a speeding bullet with a bullet.

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.

July 25, 2001 The Ketchikan Daily News praises return of Harriman Native artifacts:
The return of Native artifacts to Saxman is a welcome event on this island as well as throughout Alaska.

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.

July 21, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner urges playing gas pipeline hard ball:
Some will argue that politicians shouldn't get involved in the selection of a route for a natural gas pipeline. Leave such technical details to engineers and other professionals, critics may suggest.

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.

Lack of rain, thin snowpack causes water woes for Kodiak village
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The mention of Kodiak usually conjures up rainy weather. But on the southern tip of the island, months of low rainfall and a poor winter snowpack have left the village of Akhiok so dry that only murky brown water and sand fleas come from faucets.

High water closes road to Northway
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Chisana River crested Sunday after it flooded the nine-mile road to Northway in several places, stranding about 200 residents, the National Weather Service reported.

Police charge 23-year-old with murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police continued to search Sunday for a man wanted in connection with the murder of a man outside an Eagle River home over the weekend.

Nome troopers seize alcohol destined for Savoonga
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers seized nine 750-milliliter bottles of whisky from the luggage of a juvenile set to leave from Nome to Savoonga on Friday.

Gillam estate auction held in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dennis Boyce spent $3,100 on the skeletal remains of a 1947 Aeronica Chief two-seater airplane at the estate auction of former city leader Harold Gillam.

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.

Minor earthquake occurs near Cantwell
CANTWELL (AP) -- A minor earthquake occurred Sunday near Cantwell, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center in Fairbanks.

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.

Chenega, Arctic Slope preparing for $2 billion contract
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chenega Corp. and Arctic Slope Regional Corp. are preparing to take over a $2 billion sole-source contract -- the largest government contract ever awarded to an Alaska Native corporation.

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.

Stevens again bringing big money to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens hasn't lost his touch.

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

Group tours aging oil and gas facilities in Kenai refuge
KENAI (AP) -- A group toured the Swanson River Oil Field in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to learn more about oil and gas extraction in wilderness areas.

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.

High-altitude plane to be used to spy on beetles
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The U2, a high-altitude spy plane made famous when one was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, will conduct reconnaissance over Nikiski late this summer.

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.

Canadian crews recover body of Alaska pilot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Canadian search and rescue crew has recovered the body of an Alaska pilot killed when his plane crashed on a glacier in Kluane National Park, Canadian authorities said Sunday.

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

Justice awards $751,000 grant to prevent violence against women
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska will receive $751,000 for programs aimed at reducing violence against women under a federal grant announced Monday by the Justice Department.

Juneau police identify man hurt in fall
JUNEAU (AP) -- The man critically injured in a fall from an apartment building last week has been identified by Juneau police as Gerald Robert Blake, 52.

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.

Piazza party pushes Mets past Phillies
NEW YORK -- Mike Piazza homered with one out in the ninth inning Sunday, lifting New York to a 6-5 victory over Philadelphia and the Mets' third straight win against the Phillies.

Twins win at District II tournament
The American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins defeated Wasilla 16-1 Sunday in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule at the Alaska American Legion Baseball District II Tournament in Wasilla.

Garciaparra returns, slugs Sox to victory
BOSTON -- Nomar Garciaparra made an impressive 2001 debut with a homer and a decisive two-run single, giving the Boston Red Sox a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox in his first game of the season.

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.

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

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.

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.

Church leaders strive to better community
The pastors of the Nikiski churches have a plan for the area. The Church of Nikiski would encompass six Nikiski churches as a nonprofit organization developed to help improve the community.

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.

Seymour Park gets a face lift
Since Coral Seymour Memorial Park opened as Oilers Park in 1976, the Peninsula Oilers have enjoyed a home-field advantage in Alaska Baseball League play.

Chenega, Arctic Slope prepare for $2 billion contract
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chenega Corp. and Arctic Slope Regional Corp. are preparing to take over a $2 billion sole-source contract -- the largest government contract ever awarded to an Alaska Native corporation.

Horn to step down from council
In a letter to his colleagues, Steve Horn said he would not seek re-election to the Soldotna City Council in October.

Author finds niche telling garden tales
When Anchorage author Carol Sturgulewski told Kenai Peninsula writers and gardeners this week that "it can be done," she knew what she was talking about.

Drift, setnet fishing closed on east side
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order that closes commercial driftnet salmon fishing in the Central District of upper Cook Inlet, except west of line from Shell Platform C to the Kalgin Buoy on the Anchor Point line. The Chinitna Bay Subdistrict remains closed.

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.

Stevens bringing big money to state
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens hasn't lost his touch.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Bucs shut out Oilers in tournament opener
The Anchorage Bucs defeated the Peninsula Oilers 2-0 Sunday in Peninsula's first game in the 2001 Bucs Gillette Wood Bat Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

The Nikiski Senior Citizens had fun with building this year's float: Fish Tails or Fishy Tales? We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who contributed to the success of this float, which won first place in the organization category, and, for the second year in a row, won grand prize overall.

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

Bush's tax relief effort a lot better than nothing
Democrats called the modest tax cut huge, gigantic and gargantuan. Yet they scoff at the rebate checks Americans are receiving, saying they are tiny, minuscule and insignificant.

Letters to the Editor
Too many lawless visitors ruin fishing for peninsula residentsInflux of Anchorage anglers means more litter on landscapeProduction of stem cells amounts to murder of unborn children

U.S.-Europe tensions grow
WASHINGTON -- As the U.S.-European rift widens, from missile defense and nuclear testing to land mines and global warming, some European leaders and U.S. Democrats suggest President Bush is drawing America into a new era of isolationism.

Usrey, Boze to exchange vows in 2002
Amber Alena Usrey of Oregon and Brandon Deshane Boze of Soldotna have announced their plans to marry July 20, 2002.

Colucci, Bell to marry in Anchorage
Christine Colucci and Shannon Bell, both of Anchorage, will be married at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, 2001, in Anchorage. Dana Stabenow will officiate.

At the top
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, chapter No. 129 in Kenai, is proud to have three generations of women its chapter.

Patricia Claypool-West and James West of SterlingKimberly J. and Jason L. Foster

Around the Peninsula
Hands-on science program offeredLast summer swim lessons scheduledBlood drives scheduledFestival planned in Funny RiverSoccer shoot plannedVolleyball camp slatedDevelopmental classes slatedSPCA to hold vigilBooth space available

Fimpels celebrate 45 years together
Jean and Hal Fimpel celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with friends and family at the Eureka Lodge July 13.

Ask a Trooper
Question: Is there a difference between robbery and burglary?

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.

Breeds of bugs baffle experts
JUNEAU -- Is your lettuce lifeless? If so, it could be yet another victim of our mild winter, which produced a bumper crop of bugs, according to Juneau Extension Agent Jim Douglas.

Schoendaller, Wohlers plan winter ceremony
Megan Joy Catherine Schoendaller of Anchorage and Jonathan Michael Wohlers of Kenai have announced their plans to marry Dec. 29, 2001, at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Anchorage. Father Scott Medlock will officiate.

Peninsula People
Soldotna residents receive honorsSoldotna teen gets involvedKenai man recognized through firmResident honored for serviceBusiness proves what dogs can doAlaska SeaLife Center news

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.

Garden of the week
Hubert and Dee Nelson's home on Inlet Woods Subdivision has been named the weekly winner in the Kenai Beautification Committee's summer-long Garden of the Week program

Is cycling's dominant athlete clean? He'd better be
He has outraced cancer for almost five years and the rest of the world for the past three. But there is one opponent Lance Armstrong may never beat.

Labonte edges field at Pennsylvania 500
LONG POND, Pa. -- Bobby Labonte passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. with a little more than two laps remaining Sunday to win the Pennsylvania 500 for his first victory of the season.

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

Aussies, with Thorpe, Hackett, dominate world championships
FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) -- A year later and an ocean away, Australia finally passed the United States at the world swimming championships.

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.

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

Armstrong takes third straight Tour
PARIS -- Lucky for Lance Armstrong that he was wearing the brilliant yellow jersey of the Tour de France leader. Otherwise, he would have been lost from view as the sea of colorfully clad riders crossed the finish line on the Champs-Elysees.

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.

Gossett takes Deere Classic by one stroke
SILVIS, Ill. -- David Gossett earned a spot on the PGA Tour on Sunday, closing with a 5-under-par 66 for a one-stroke victory over Briny Baird in the John Deere Classic.

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

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

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