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Thursday, August 1, 2002

Body found in Cook Inlet identified as missing man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police say a body found in Cook Inlet near the Port of Anchorage has been identified as a man who missing since May.

Doyon awarded Denali Park contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Native regional corporation Doyon Ltd. has been awarded a contract to provide bus, retail and food services in Denali National Park and Preserve.

Fairbanks man sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his girlfriend last year.

Gubernatorial candidate Ulmer outlines economic plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- If elected governor, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer said Wednesday, she would lead Alaska into a new age of prosperity by pushing for a natural gas pipeline, revamping the fishing industry, supporting the state university system and expanding airport businesses.

Teen held in assault of child
WASILLA (AP) -- A 13-year-old boy has been arrested by Wasilla police and charged with sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl.

BLM keeps comment period for pipeline renewal at 45 days
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management said the public comment period for renewal of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline permits will remain at 45 days.

Ketchikan troopers find methamphetamine lab
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers responding to a burglary complaint Monday discovered a methamphetamine manufacturing lab at a Ketchikan home.

Anchorage honored as All-American City
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage was one of 10 ''All American'' cities honored in the nation's capital during a ceremony Wednesday.

Bear kills threaten Kenai hunt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Fish and Game is expected to close the Kenai Peninsula's fall brown bear hunt, due to an unusually high number of killings of bears in defense shootings and traffic accidents.

Company offers reward for clues in Zutz murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A local publishing firm said Wednesday that it is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who has information that leads to an arrest in the killing of 13-year-old Delaney Zutz.

Ex-Anchorage cop gets six month sentence
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Anchorage police officer, convicted of trying to convince his underage girlfriend to lie about sex, has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Trial delayed in teen accused of killing infant
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The trial of a Ketchikan teen accused of killing an infant has been delayed until early December.

Religious faith at odds over primary ballot
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's new closed primary system, which requires voters to chose a ballot from one of six political parties, has members of the Baha'i faith in a quandary.

Boy drowns in Kobuk River at Ambler
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 12-year-old Ambler boy drowned in the Kobuk River on Wednesday night.

Fairbanks fugitive reaches plea agreement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Fairbanks man accused of living as a fugitive in Canada since he was convicted of mail fraud in 1976 pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court.

Fairbanks man charged with robbery, vehicle theft
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was arrested shortly after a clerk at a gas station was robbed Wednesday night.

Woman killed in Fairbanks fire identified
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fire officials have released the name of a Fairbanks woman killed Monday in an early morning house fire.

Fairbanks police say shooting of soldier justified
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Police Chief James Welch says a preliminary police investigation indicates one of his officers was justified in fatally shooting a Fort Wainwright soldier, after a high-speed chase early Saturday.

Man sentenced to two years for child porn conviction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Talkeetna man has been sentenced to two years in prison on a child pornography charge.

State to investigate Norwegian Cruise Line
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska attorney general's office will investigate whether the Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd. committed any illegal activity in Alaska waters.

Door left open at ice museum melts sculptures
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The staff at the Fairbanks Ice Museum is being extra careful coming and going these days.

Anchorage man indicted on charges of bankruptcy fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted an Anchorage man and charged him with bankruptcy fraud.

Eaglets moved, nest stays after Juneau landslide
JUNEAU (AP) -- An eagle's nest in a tree weakened by a landslide will stay even though the eaglets hatched there have been moved and the tree remains a potential hazard to drivers.

Virus forces cruise ship cancellation
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Holland America Line has canceled a seven-day Alaska cruise by its ship Ryndam, which had been scheduled to start the voyage Thursday, because of a virus that has sickened more than 400 people over the last two trips.

Fairbanks woman dies in house fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An elderly woman died early Monday morning in a house fire in the Hamilton Acres subdivision.

NOAA cancels bids on Lena Point facility
JUNEAU (AP) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put on hold its plans to build a fisheries research center at Lena Point in Juneau, a spokeswoman said.

Umphenour appointed to seafood board
JUNEAU (AP) -- Virgil Umphenour has been appointed to the board of directors for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Gov. Tony Knowles announced on Tuesday. Umphenour's term will end July 2005.

Gubernatorial candidate Ulmer outlines economic plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- If elected governor, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer said Wednesday, she would lead Alaska into a new age of prosperity by pushing for a natural gas pipeline, revamping the fishing industry, supporting the state university system and expanding airport businesses.

Neighbors, agencies question antennas in Ninilchik
KENAI (AP) -- High-frequency radio antennas under construction near Ninilchik have neighbors concerned that the transmissions could be hazardous.

Skagway continues cleanup of Dyea flooding
JUNEAU (AP) -- Skagway city officials assessing damage from a landslide and flood that forced the evacuation of nearby Dyea plan to ask for state assistance.

Ninth Circuit Court sides with EPA on Red Dog air permit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An appeals court ruled Tuesday that a federal agency did not overstep its bounds when requiring the Red Dog Mine north of Kotzebue to use more expensive anti-pollution technology.

Canadian man gets two years for smuggling drugs
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Canadian pilot was sentenced to two years in prison by a Ketchikan judge for attempting to smuggle 42 pounds of marijuana into the country via a small floatplane.

Tennessee man offered Ketchikan borough manager job
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted Monday to hire a Jackson, Tenn. man as borough manager.

Four arrested after jumping off Douglas Bridge
JUNEAU (AP) -- Four men were charged with disorderly conduct after jumping off the Douglas Bridge early this morning.

Body of Dillingham fisherman recovered
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a Dillingham man missing since July 17 has been recovered.

South American penguin found in Alaska waters
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Southeast Alaska fisherman came up with a novel item in his net earlier this month -- a Humboldt penguin.

Usibelli inks new pact for military coal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Department of Defense will buy more than $100 million worth of coal from Usibelli Coal Mine during the next five years.

Firefighters extinguish fires at field and school
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau firefighters extinguished several small fires set at a football field and middle school early Wednesday, the aparent work of vandals.

Were Twins wrong? Yes. Cheaters? No.
First, a clarification. There are two sides to every story, and sometimes what's said isn't what's heard.

Yanks stay hot by stomping Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Bernie Williams and Jason Giambi hit two-run homers, helping David Wells overcome a rocky start as the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 Tuesday night for their 10th win 13 games.

Expos trade Floyd to Boston
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Cliff Floyd was traded for the second time in three weeks, with the Montreal Expos sending the power-hitting outfielder to Boston on Tuesday night for minor league pitchers Seung Jun Song and Sun Woo Kim.

Padres work overtime to top Cubs
CHICAGO -- Mark Kotsay and Phil Nevin hit 11th-inning home runs off Kyle Farnsworth (3-3) -- Nevin's second of the game -- to lead the San Diego Padres over the Chicago Cubs 8-6 Wednesday.

St. Louis defeats Marlins in Rolen's first game as a Cardinal
MIAMI -- Andy Benes won for the first time in almost a year, Edgar Renteria homered twice and Scott Rolen hit an RBI triple in his St. Louis debut as the Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins 5-0 Tuesday night.

Baltimore pitcher wins six straight decisions in one month
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rodrigo Lopez became the first Baltimore pitcher in 23 years to win six straight decisions in a single month as the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 12-2 Wednesday night.

Twins top 49ers for District II title
All season, the Kenai American Legion Post 20 Twins have had to figure out how to deal with setbacks.

Deli hopes to start 'slow-food movement'
Coming soon for the discerning home chef and the discriminating fast-paced taste buds: organic gourmet foods and ingredients.

Kmart cuts late hours
TROY, Mich. (AP)-- Kmart Corp. has reduced hours at seven of its 110 supercenters, including those in Alaska. The move ends 24-hour operations at the stores.

Business Briefs
Era adds online bookingUnemployment rate rises in JuneGCI debuts new e-mail filtering systemFishing charter winner announced

City candidates make decisions on running
Five elected officials from the cities of Kenai and Soldotna, including Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey, will see their terms expire this year.

Thursday marks opening of official election season
Seated incumbents and the hopefuls who may wish to boot them out can start lining up to run in the Oct. 1 municipal election starting Thursday.

Idaho man catches 89-plus-pound king
After an intense, 25-minute battle, a mammoth-sized king salmon was wrested from the Kenai River Wednesday morning. The near record-breaker weighed in at 89 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 57 inches, with a girth of 34 inches.

Art Briefs
Summer Strings Festival coming upAnchorage symphony to hold auditionsWriting classes offered through UAAActors sought for UAA play

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

New books for children offer slice of Alaska
Michael Bania, author and illustrator of "Kumak's House -- A Tale of the Far North," will share the process of creating a children's book from 6 to 8 p.m.

Rolling down the river
For an example of community spirit, creativity, athleticism and boating skills this weekend, look no further than Sterling's Moose River, where the 23rd annual Moose River Raft and Canoe Races will take place.

This week's race: Brickyard 400
Where and when

Waltrip to drive Dodge
Three-time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip will make his second Craftsman Truck Series start of the season Friday night at Indian apolis Race way Park.

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin 3,583,0572. Ward Burton 3,339,5163. Sterling Marlin 2,789,345

Points Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 2,7792. Mark Martin 2,6733. Jimmie Johnson 2,635

Youth movements have always been part of NASCAR
ATLANTA -- They stormed onto the NASCAR circuit like wild horses, untamed and unafraid. They drove stock cars without regard to status and tradition. They were defiant and daring, most too young to know any better.

In the spotlight: Elliott Sadler
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17

Peninsula youth make impact at rally
There's more to Homer Electric Association than counting kilowatts, conducting board meetings and mailing out bills. This is what selected Kenai Peninsula students have learned every summer since 1995, and what three learned earlier this month through participation in the Alaska Rural Electric Cooperatives Association Youth Rally.

Fund-raising effort started to fix hazards
One person can make a difference. Proof may lie in Per Osmar's efforts to get the Clam Gulch Beach Road repaired to improve the safety of those traversing the 2,200-foot-long road between the beach and the Sterling Highway.

Troopers get lead in horse shooting
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of felony suspects in a horse shooting in Kenai.

Proposed coastal trail: Boon to city or risk to Kenai River?
If the city of Kenai gets its way, it could boast a multi-purpose coastal trail as one of its most scenic and impressive recreational attractions.

Property owners willing to pay price for views of inlet
There are certain inherent risks that come with being a homeowner. Leaky roofs, fires, burst pipes, insect and rodent infestations, flooded basements and settling foundations are potential problems all homeowners face.

CPGH to outsource some collections
Hate being on the receiving end of anonymous second-party bill collectors calling the house? Central Peninsula General Hospital clients behind on their bills can expect contact of kind since the board of directors approved resolutions to outsource accounts receivable collections functions.

Borough's 1st road district sees results
It's a much smoother drive through the neighborhood these days, says K-B Subdivision resident Kevin Austin, now that his road has been paved.

Oilers finish season
The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Mat-Su Miners 4-1 Wednesday at the Anchorage Bucs Wood Bat Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage, but were later eliminated from the tournament.

Peninsula loses lead against AIA
Because they are at the Anchorage Bucs Wood Bat Invitational, the Oilers are playing shorter games than normal. Unfortunately for Peninsula, though, the games last longer than three innings.

Candidates should 'invest in good will' while campaigning
It has been a relatively quiet primary election campaign -- so far, at least -- and for that, most people probably are grateful. In years past, this has been a season for raucous and occasionally mean-spirited name-calling among candidates.

Corporate fraud legislation much better than nothing
Corporate executives who deceive and defraud investors are now more likely to find themselves behind bars. ...

Letters to the Editor
Better ways to reinforce bluff than with boulders from inlet

Applause
Generosity of peninsula residents will help students in Point Hope

Economy identified as Bush's Achilles' heel
WASHINGTON -- Potential Democratic candidates for president may have been reluctant to criticize President Bush's war against terrorism, but they've shown no such hesitation to criticize his efforts on the economy.

Middle-income people get help with long-term health care expenses
Health problems can be of particular concern to middle-income Americans, those people who aren't poor enough to qualify for government help and aren't rich enough to pay for the necessary care or have inclusive coverage from health-care plans.

Economy needs boost from top
From "outside the beltway," here is the inside story on Republicans' quiet efforts to get the White House moving in a strong, secure position on its domestic agenda, particularly, the economy.

Is economy up or down? Experts: Gap between statistics, volatility of stock market will close
WASHINGTON -- To Alan Greenspan and other economists, the recovery is on track. But for investors bruised by the recent slide in stock prices, the wheels seem to have come off.

Around the Peninsula
KNWR to be discussed at chamber meetingRacing lions to competeBlood drive plannedKPC to hold garage saleCommunity council to meetExtended immunization hours to be offered

Around the Peninsula
Emergency order opens gillnet fisheryRepresentative forum planned at chamberDeadline extended for summer campSterling artist to be featured in programWRCC to hold board meetingProgress Days winner's announced

Religious faith at odds over primary ballot
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's new closed primary system, which requires voters to chose a ballot from one of six political parties, has members of the Baha'i faith in a quandary.

Birch Ridge Report: Seniors get assist from organizers
The 11th Annual Birch Ridge Golf Association's Grainge Memorial Senior Golf Tournament was played last Thursday and Friday. While results were printed in the Sunday Peninsula Clarion, the one item missing was the thank you to the two individuals who stepped in at the last minute to organize the event.

Sports Briefs
Schutzenhofer, Griffin named All-ABLRumsas doesn't meet with French investigatorsVenus begins bid for third Acura title

Trading deadline prompts tinkering
Pitchers Bobby Howry, Steve Reed and John Thomson moved Wednesday as playoff contenders tinkered with their rosters before the non-waiver trading deadline.

Alleged Russian mobster charged with fixing Olympic events
NEW YORK -- A reputed Russian crime boss was arrested Wednesday on charges he fixed two figure skating events at the Salt Lake City Games by arranging a vote-swapping deal, yet another bizarre twist in a scandal that has tainted the sport.

Testaverde injury gives Jets a scare
The New York Jets got a scare Tuesday when quarterback Vinny Testaverde banged his right thumb on a teammate's helmet and had to leave morning practice.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions hold motocross city raceJohnnie takes Trophy event at Alaska RacewayLeslie first female pro to dunk in gameClemens headed for another rehab startPlayers, owners still divided on most key issues

Chiefs' Tait has 17 stitches after scuffling in scrimmage
Offensive tackle John Tait will miss two weeks of the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp after a fight with a rookie teammate left him with cuts that needed 17 stitches to close.

Kenai Golf Report: Progress Days weekend busy, but not too busy for golf
What a weekend! It started out with a downpour. However, the Progress Days Parade was spared and the rest of the day was absolutely beautiful. Went to the rodeo and ran into some old friends that my favorite horse and I competed with in rodeos of the past. It was wonderful to visit with some of them I hadn't seen in over 10 years. Traded my saddle and tack in for a set of golf clubs nearly 15 years ago and have been hanging around on the fairways and greens ever since.

Iverson ruling seen as fair, but courtroom antics cause a stir
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson's fame fueled a bizarre legal drama in which courtroom staff sought autographs and local celebrities filled the jury box.

Eaglets moved, nest stays after Juneau landslide
JUNEAU (AP) -- An eagle's nest in a tree weakened by a landslide will stay even though the eaglets hatched there have been moved and the tree remains a potential hazard to drivers.

South American penguin found in Alaska waters
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Southeast Alaska fisherman came up with a novel item in his net earlier this month -- a Humboldt penguin.

South American penguin found in Alaska waters
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Southeast Alaska fisherman came up with a novel item in his net earlier this month -- a Humboldt penguin.

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