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Tuesday, July 31, 2001

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.

Native group boycotts march, will hold its own
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Economic Boycott Committee, a group formed to advance civil rights following the paintball attacks on Alaska Natives, is pulling its support for the ''We The People March.''

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.

Newspaper files lawsuit for access to police dispatch tapes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Daily News has filed a lawsuit seeking a copy of the tape-recorded police radio communications leading up to the collision that killed a police officer July 9.

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.

Juneau fire destroys contents of abandoned building used by homeless
JUNEAU (AP) -- A fire in Juneau destroyed the contents of an abandoned building used by the homeless, fire officials said Tuesday.

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.

Suspect in Coast Guard officer shooting in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man charged with murdering a Coast Guard officer on St. Paul Island was in custody in Anchorage.

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.

Recovery efforts of Haines plane crash hampered by weather
JUNEAU (AP) -- Efforts to reach the site of a flightseeing plane that crashed carrying six people near Haines was hampered by weather early Tuesday, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Man found shot to death behind Anchorage apartment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was shot multiple times and killed and his body left in a car parked behind an apartment building, Anchorage police said Monday.

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.

Murder suspect tells friends he shot man in self-defense
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 23-year-old man charged in an Eagle River homicide Saturday told friends he shot the man when he saw him reaching for a gun, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

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

Troopers seek man involved in Parks Highway high-speed chase
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are seeking a driver who led them on a high-speed chase Sunday night along the Parks Highway.

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.

Police seek woman, man spotted with missing Anchorage nurse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police have released a surveillance video showing an Anchorage nurse in a mini-mart just hours before his June 18 disappearance.

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.

Governor tries last-minute lobbying for ANWR drilling
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is lobbying all members of the U.S. House of Representatives as a vote looms on whether to allow drilling in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Skagway considering a sales tax-free for locals
JUNEAU (AP) -- City officials in Skagway are considering a plan to tap into the pocketbooks of migratory tourists to provide a year-round source of revenues for its government.

ANWR vote expected this week in U.S. House
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. House will likely vote this week on the simple question of whether to drill for oil in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

Teen disputes police account of fatal crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A teen-ager who exited 19-year-old Robert Esper's vehicle shortly before he crashed into an Anchorage Police patrol car July 9 disputes the police version of events preceding the fatal crash.

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.

Scientists baffled by dwindling Yukon salmon stocks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Yukon River salmon stocks have been dwindling to dangerous levels in the past decade. But ask the biologists where all the fish have gone, and you get only educated guesses.

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.

Skagway considers seasonal sales tax
JUNEAU -- City officials in Skagway are considering a plan to tap into the pocketbooks of migratory tourists to provide a year-round source of revenues for its government.

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

Six dead in crash of flightseeing plane near Haines
HAINES (AP) -- Six people are dead after a flightseeing plane crashed near Haines, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Police arrest man sought in Anchorage homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man sought in an Eagle River shooting death has been arrested by Anchorage police.

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.

Voters say no to Ketchikan consolidation
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Voters have overwhelmingly rejected consolidating the governments of the city of Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

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.

Hospice receives national award
JUNEAU (AP) -- Hospice and Home Care of Juneau was named one of six organizations nationwide to receive an award from the American Hospital Association.

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.

Man stabbed, woman arrested after argument
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman has been charged with stabbing a man in the chest with a pocket knife.

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.

Williams shows profit in second quarter
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Williams Cos., which owns a refinery in North Pole and sells gasoline across Alaska, beat analysts' expectations Monday even though its net income for the second quarter declined by nearly 4 percent after the spinoff of its telecommunications unit.

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

Man shot to death in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a man was found Monday in a small white car parked near a popular Anchorage park, police said.

Scientists don't know what's happening to Yukon salmon
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Yukon River salmon stocks have been dwindling to dangerous levels in the past decade. But ask the biologists where all the fish have gone, and you get only educated guesses.

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.

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.

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.

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

Man found shot to death in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a man was found Monday in a small white car parked near a popular Anchorage park, police said.

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.

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.

Williams Express company shows profit in second quarter
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Williams Cos., which owns a refinery in North Pole and sells gasoline across Alaska, beat analysts' expectations Monday even though its net income for the second quarter declined by nearly 4 percent after the spinoff of its telecommunications unit.

Union election at gas-to-liquids plant Friday
A union election has been set for Friday by the National Labor Relations Board for workers building the BP gas-to-liquids pilot plant in Nikiski.

Plant lay-offs spark controversy
Matt Churchill of Nikiski thought he had a pretty good temporary job working on the BP gas-to-liquid plant construction before he went back to college. As it turned out, the job was more temporary than he had hoped.

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

Mom saved by 9-year-old
Xavier Allmon of Soldotna likes the same activities as many 9-year-olds -- riding his scooter, playing video games and going to football practice.

Teamsters launch ads supporting ANWR oil exploration
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.

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.

Photo Feature: In full bloom
Miles of fireweed greet motorists driving along the Kenai Spur Highway north of Kenai last weekend. The blooms hint at the approach of autumn.

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.

Infant killed in accident
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.

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

Glacier lake phenomena rare
On the Kenai Peninsula, two lakes -- one above the Snow River and the other adjacent to Skilak Glacier -- fill up and drain every two or three years. Some call the periodic outburst floods by the Icelandic name: jokulhaup.

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.

Glacier dam lake holds flood risk
Attention low-ground, Kenai riverfront property owners: Mother Nature may be plotting mischief.

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.

Pearl (Waller) Birtciel
Former Soldotna resident Pearl (Waller) Birtciel died Thursday, July 12, 2001, in Apache Junction, Ariz., following a heart attack. She was 65.

Glacier Pilots shut out Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers continued to struggle on offense at the 2001 Bucs Gillette Wood Bat Invitational, falling to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 7-0 Monday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

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.

Politicians sending clear message about gas line
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.

Applause
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.

Letters to the Editor
Support for Alaska's commercial fish industry should begin at homeIt's nothing personal, but qualified Alaskans should be put to work firstStevens brings home enough pork; hog project won't benefit peninsula

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.

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

New defense strategies needed
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld seems to long for the good old days when the Soviet Union was our single adversary and defense strategy was more "tidy."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber meeting plannedBook club to meetSiren test slated for ThursdayCelebration to be held in SterlingBeautification nominations still acceptedClass reunion plannedNutritional seminar slatedDonations accepted to help AIDS research

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

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

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?

Around the State
Nome troopers seize alcohol bound for SavoongaHigh water closes road to NorthwayNative group boycotts march, will hold its ownJuneau hospice receives national award

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

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

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

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.

Former base draws retirees
OSCODA, Mich. -- As Ken and Rose Kuhlman relax on their front porch, birds chirp and trees rustle in the cool breeze -- sounds that a decade ago were often lost in the thunder of B-52s overhead.

Senior Briefs
Activities available at peninsula senior centers

Senior Menus
What's on the menu this week for local seniors

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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