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Wednesday, August 1, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Federal grants will pay for Alaska remote mapping
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A satellite will focus its high-tech eyeball on the Tanana Valley and other areas of Alaska in the coming months.

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.

Army proposes ban of airboats, off-road vehicles in Tanana Flats
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Army is proposing to ban airboats, four-wheelers and other off-road vehicles in the Tanana Flats south of Fairbanks beginning next year.

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.

Searchers recover body of missing man in the Kobuk River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers on Tuesday located the body of a western Alaska man missing for more than two weeks.

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.

Four rescued after plane crash near Eagle River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four people were rescued by the Alaska Air National Guard on Tuesday night after their plane crashed near the Eagle River Nature Center.

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.

Biologists close Kenai River to sockeye salmon fishing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Department of Fish and Game biologists are closing the Kenai River to red salmon fishing Thursday out of concern that the sockeye run may fall short of spawning goals.

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.

Police officer shoots tire to stop suspected drunk driver
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage police officer shot a suspected drunken driver's tire Tuesday morning as the driver drove down a street with the officer hanging out the window, police said.

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.

Man breaks neck in logging accident on Dall Island
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Port Angeles, Wash., man broke his neck in a logging accident on Dall Island but was released from a Seattle hospital Monday without any paralysis.

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.

Abandoned building used by homeless catches fire
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fire damaged an abandoned building used by homeless people as a shelter, fire officials said. But no one was injured in the blaze.

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.

Kinross Gold off New York Stock Exchange and on American Stock Exchange
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Kinross Gold Corp. will not appeal a decision by the board of directors of the New York Stock Exchange to delist the Toronto-based company that owns Fairbanks Gold Mining.

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.

Group says poll shows support for moving legislative session
JUNEAU (AP) -- A statewide poll commissioned by a group opposed to moving the legislative session to Matanuska-Susitna Borough showed those surveyed favor the move, a committee member said.

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.''

$3 million award in child sex ring civil trial
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A jury on Tuesday found the city of Wenatchee and Douglas County negligent in their treatment of several people targeted in the mid-90's Wenatchee child sex rings investigations.

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.

Trivia columnist Boyd can't stay retired
SEATTLE (AP) -- Fact: A beloved, nationally syndicated newspaper trivia columnist will have trouble staying retired.

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.

Labor board sets up union election for Nikiski plant
KENAI (AP) -- The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a union election on Friday for workers building the BP gas-to-liquids pilot plant in Nikiski.

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.

Workers say layoffs at Nikiski project prompted by union sentiments
KENAI (AP) -- 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Baseball teams make flurry of deadline deals
Pedro Astacio, Ugueth Urbina and a bevy of bullpen arms changed teams Tuesday, with pitching at a premium as contenders scrambled to beat baseball's trade deadline.

Post 20 falls in District II title game
The Fairbanks Tri-Cities 49ers defeated the American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins 13-5 Tuesday in the championship game of the Alaska American Legion Baseball District II Tournament.

McGwire leaves singles scene behind
ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire hit his 572nd career home run and Dustin Hermanson (9-8) allowed no earned runs in seven innings as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 Tuesday night.

Rangers hammer Yankees
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro and Ivan Rodriguez homered as the Texas Rangers ended the New York Yankees' eight-game winning streak, 6-2 Tuesday night.

Sockeye sport fishing to be closed
Hopefully your freezer has enough sockeye salmon in it already. The Kenai River dipnet season closed as of 12:01 a.m. today, and effective at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, sport fishing for reds on most of the river is over for the year.

NOW PLAYING: Planet of the Apes
You've got to give it to Tim Burton; his stuff looks great. Batman was a comic book come to life; Mars Attacks captured the fifties impression of an alien invasion in vibrant color. Unfortunately, the rest of the film can't always live up to the look. Batman and Edward Scissorhands are near masterpieces all around; Mars Attacks was nearly incoherent. Much to my chagrin, Planet of the Apes is much more Mars than Batman.

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.

EMTs face access hurdles
Seeing four-wheelers tearing down the beach with young drivers at the wheel wasn't an unusual sight for David Marquis of Kenai. But a medical emergency changed that quickly.

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.

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.

President renews call for drilling in ANWR wildlife refuge
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, the day before the House begins considering key parts of his energy plan, renewed his call for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

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

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.

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

Knowles tries last-minute lobbying for 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oilers sputter at plate
The 2001 Bucs Gillette Wood Bat Invitational may be named for an offensive instrument, but you'd never know it from watching the Oilers games thus far in the tournament.

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.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Prescribed burn started during critical time for forest creaturesChristian inmate at Wildwood seeks support of other believers

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."

What others say : Road Technology could save lives, Missile shield test success
Technology could help reduce highway deathsTest's success proves missile shield's viability

Applause
Many contribute to success of 20-year class reunionSeldovia Arts Council sings praises for festival's successCook Inlet Keeper says thanks to community volunteers

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

Weather hampers crash rescue efforts
JUNEAU -- Low clouds kept a recovery crew and crash investigators from ascending to the site of a single-engine plane that went down near a peak on the Davidson Glacier, killing all six aboard.

Around the peninsula
Meeting for SoHi volleyball players scheduledKenai chamber meeting to be held todayImmunization clinics plannedVisitor center features area performerFree pressure gauge testing offeredDoctor of Tibetan medicine to visit peninsulaDelegates mobile office to arrive on the peninsulaBooth space remains available

Progress Days parade winners announced
Another Soldotna Progress Days has come and gone, but winners around the Kenai Peninsula are here to stay. The following are the winners of the 2001 Progress Days parade and car show.

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

Administration officials pitch missile defense
WASHINGTON -- Pentagon lawyers have determined that some elements of the administration's plan for developing missile defenses may conflict with a key arms control treaty by 2002, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.

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

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

Senior Briefs
Activities available at peninsula senior centers

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.

Sports Briefs
Kenai Central starts swimming Aug. 13Skyview volleyball starts Monday

Kenai Golf Report
I do enjoy friends and relatives visiting during the summer. I truly enjoy sharing this incredible state with them. Those who play golf have a wonderful time since I am directly across the street from the beautiful Kenai Golf Course.

Vikings' Stringer rushed to hospital after workout in heat, humidity
MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Korey Stringer was hospitalized Tuesday after workouts conducted in extreme heat.

Grizzly sow, cubs show up at Skyview football practice
Skyview Panthers football team, practicing what's known as the "bear crawl" drill got more than the usual demonstration Monday when a real bear appeared by the field.

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