Monday, July 31, 2000

U.S. Senate approves cruise ship pollution measure
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has approved a measure to limit disposal of cruise ship wastewater in Alaska's Inside Passage.

Lawsuit challenges tax cap initiative
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group led by Nome Mayor Leo Rasmussen and including AFL-CIO state leader Mano Frey filed a lawsuit Friday to remove the property tax cap initiative from the November ballot.

Seward homesteader losing fowl to attack ravens
An AP Alaska Member Exchange

Coast Guard helicopter crew medevacs Hoonah man
SITKA (AP) -- A helicopter crew from the Coast Guard's Air Station Sitka transported a Hoonah man with heart attack symptoms to Sitka over the weekend.

Random cruise ship checks show higher-than-expected bacteria levels
JUNEAU (AP) -- The first random checks of cruise ship wastewater in Southeast revealed higher levels of bacteria than state environmental officials expected.

Alaskaland attraction closed while authorities look for lead paint
(Fairbanks-AP) -- One of the best-known tourist attractions in Fairbanks has been closed -- at least temporarily -- while borough officials look for the presence of lead in the paint.

Fairbanks man charged with attempted murder
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been charged with attempted murder and several other felonies after he allegedly went on a drive-by shooting spree and led police on a high-speed chase.

Alaska delegation chairman to nominate second Bush
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A dozen years ago, the chairman of the Alaska delegation rose from the floor of the Republican National Convention to nominate George Bush for president.

Alaska's oilpatch preparing to replace aging workers
An AP Alaska Member Exchange

State files suit over Homer cleanup
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state of Alaska has filed a lawsuit against a Utah couple and their company for failing to clean up gasoline contamination in Homer, state environmental officials said Monday.

White Pass & Yukon railroad to resume Carcross service
CARCROSS, YUKON TERRITORY (AP) -- The White Pass & Yukon Route railroad brought gold to this small village Saturday.

Alaska delegation chairman to nominate second Bush
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A dozen years ago, the chairman of the Alaska delegation rose from the floor of the Republican National Convention to nominate George Bush for president.

Murkowski says GOP platform includes pro-ANWR plank
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The committee writing the 2000 Republican Party platform has included wording that backs oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski said Friday.

Study recommends photo surveillance to stop red-light runners
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A national insurance institute study says Alaska is 13th in the nation for the rate of traffic deaths caused by drivers who run red lights.

State judge rules against VPSO plaintiffs in lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage judge has ruled against the plaintiffs on their request for an injunction as part of their lawsuit over rural police protection.

Subsistence fishermen net more than expected
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Mike Meador and Wes Parks expected to find a truckload of sockeye salmon when they checked their subsistence net on the beach at the Bristol Bay village of Kanakanak earlier this month.

CIRI could reap windfall in proposed telecom takeover
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bid by German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom to buy an American wireless phone company could bring a billion-dollar windfall to Cook Inlet Region Inc.

Alaska Republicans attend party convention
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska delegates to the Republican National Convention say they will be watching out for the state's interests at the gathering in Philadelphia this week.

Alaska's oilpatch preparing to replace aging workers
An AP Alaska Member Exchange

UAS hopes to train Natives as teachers with $2.4 million federal grant
JUNEAU (AP) -- The University of Alaska Southeast hopes a $2.4 million federal grant will translate into as many as 80 new Alaska Native teachers.

Missing fisherman found dead near Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- A 17-year-old fishing boat crewman died after attending a beach birthday party at Larsen Bay, west of Kodiak.

Minto man killed in Elliott Highway rollover accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man from the village of Minto was killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident on the Elliott Highway early Sunday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Body of missing Stevens Village man found
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fish and Wildlife Protection officers traveling on the Chena River found the body of Walter Stevens, 50, floating in the water near the Pump House restaurant Saturday afternoon.

EPA cites Bethel for hazardous waste violations
BETHEL (AP) -- The city of Bethel has been cited for more than a dozen violations of federal rules aimed at preventing oil pollution.

Around the Peninsula
Driftnetters restricted to west side of inletTobacco Control Alliance offers help for smokersKenai chamber lunch to feature candidatesDog agility fun match slated for WednesdayProgram on invasive marine species plannedAdvance tickets available for State Fair

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
Soldotna Senior Center hosts candidates forumKenai library to close for computer upgradeSterling holds annual 'Run For Your Life'Chapel announces vacation Bible schoolWRCC in need of volunteers for foot raceFine Arts Center holds sales gallery, walking toursSoldotna IRS office to reopen in new location

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.

Totem Tracers get thrills from finding forgotten ancestors
Bruce Stinsman is excited about discovering a distant ancestor he didn't know he had.

Corporate giant looking ahead to larger role in state's oil patch
The recent acquisition of Arco Alaska Inc. by Phillips Petroleum Co. means some changes for Cook Inlet, said Steve Arbelovsky, Phillips' new Cook Inlet operations manager.

Candidate declared fit to run in primary
The Alaska Division of Elections has reconfirmed the legal candidacy of Senate District E hopeful Mike Szymanski. However, the Republican Party of Alaska has asked for an expedited hearing challenging Szymanski's eligibility.

Teens gain nursing experience
The residents of Heritage Place may be elderly, but they appreciate youthful energy in those who help care for them.

Photo feature: Putting the 'fun' in Funny River
Della Denato taunts participants in the wet sponge throw during the Funny River Festival Saturday morning at the Funny River Community Center. The celebration's theme is "Paving the Way" in honor of Funny River Road's new blacktop. Events continue today and feature a pancake breakfast from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. and a pioneer potluck picnic and salmon bake beginning at 4 p.m.

Burner provides clean disposal of slash
Anyone who drove along the North Road in January or February will remember the burning piles of slash beside the highway that cast a smoky pall over the area for several weeks.

Government action
In order to earn a diploma from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, students are required to take one semester of government class. The course details the U.S. Constitution, explains local and presidential elections and describes the inner workings of Congress.

E. coli alert wanes
The Kenai Peninsula's E. coli outbreak sent another person to the hospital last week, but officials believe the worst is over.

Concerns raised over health care accessibility
For many peninsula veterans, the strings attached to obtaining their promised medical care from the Veterans Administration is a pill they find too hard to swallow. However, a town meeting held Saturday may provide the spoonful of sugar it takes to make that medicine go down.

Redoubt upgrade could start this week
The days are numbered for the dust, washboard and potholes that bedevil drivers on Soldotna's East Redoubt Avenue.

July 30: Juneau Empire on cruise ship dumping legislation:
A bill now before the U.S. House would prohibit dumping of untreated sewage in the Inside Passage. The measure, first introduced last month by Sen. Frank Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, passed the Senate last week.

July 16: Peninsula Clarion on aligning with political parties:
Alaskans should consider whether it's time to ditch the political party system that governs state politics.

July 27: Anchorage Daily News on Alaska Railroad and fuel spills:
It's easy to imagine why railroad workers developed the habit of using cheater wires to hold open safety valves when draining fuel from locomotives. Routine maintenance becomes routine; the wires allowed workers to do other maintenance while fuel drained so they could change a filter.

July 31: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on national park restrictions:
No one should be surprised that America's national parks are becoming more and more nature preserves where the general public is not invited and not welcome.

Peninsula People
Students named to deans' listsPageant winners crownedArea teen recognized

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Murre chick still thrivingCommon Murre project updateCrafty kids wanted Invitational held in August

New program designed to assist in healing after death of child
The thought of losing a child is so horrifying that no parent ever really thinks it will happen to them. Losing two is simply unimaginable.

Births
Jennifer and Jeremy GibersonRenee and Daniel Eason

Garden of the week
This week's Garden of the Week is Bill and Lois Nelson goes to 209 Susieana Drive in Kenai. To nominate a garden, pick up a form at the Kenai Parks and Recreation office in Kenai or call 283-3855.

Donohue, Wahl Deanna Donohue and Tim Wahl
Donohue, Wahl announce engagement Deanna Donohue and Tim Wahl, both of Knoxville, Iowa, have announced their plans to marry in May 2001 in Soldotna.

Fun's the goal at KPSC tourney
Score one for fun.

Trammell homer helps Mets extend streak to six with win over Cardinals
NEW YORK -- Bubba Trammell homered in his first at-bat for New York, just like Mike Bordick did a day earlier, and Bobby J. Jones pitched a four-hitter as the New York Mets stretched their winning streak to six by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 Sunday.

Twins cruise into state tournament
The Post 20 Twins baseball team begins play in the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament today in Anchorage, squaring off with East in a 10 a.m. game at Mulcahy Stadium.

Can't rain on this parade
A steady drizzle may have forced the cancellation of actual drag racing at the Soldotna Municipal Airport Saturday, but it did not stop die-hard drivers and fans from showing up anyway.

Can Miller quarterback Monday Night Football to higher ratings?
CANTON, Ohio -- The most-watched rookie won't be on the field at Monday night's Pro Football Hall of Fame game.

Teeing off for a good cause
It started raining early on Saturday morning but organizers said it was going to take a lot more than a little precipitation to cancel the 11th annual Mike Navarre Charity Golf Classic.

Silver Salmon sparkle at meet
The Soldotna Silver Salmon swim team took 10 swimmers to the 2000 Speedo AK Swimming Long Course Championship. The Silver Salmon broke personal records and placed high in several categories.

Oilers play waiting game
The Peninsula Oilers scratched out their first win of the Anchorage Bucs Wood Bat Invitational tournament Friday, downing the Anch-orage Glacier Pilots 3-2 in a seven-inning game at Mulcahy Stadium in Anch-orage.

Birch Ridge Golf Course ripe for peninsula seniors
Horse racing is the sport of kings and golf is the game of retired gentlemen.

Anchorage Bucs Wood Bat Invitational
Anchorage Bucs Wood Bat Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium, Anchorage

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