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Wednesday, August 2, 2000

Tongass culverts a barrier to fish passage
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two-thirds of the culverts that let salmon streams cross roads in the Tongass National Forest may be inadequate for fish passage, according to a study released Monday by state and federal agencies.

Ketchikan lawyer appointed to Superior Court
JUNEAU (AP) -- Trevor Stephens, a Ketchikan attorney, has been appointed a Superior Court judge.

State taking another step to crack down on delinquent student loans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials with the state's student loan program plan to take another step beginning next month to crack down on some 37,500 borrowers who are late or who simply aren't making their payments.

Golden Valley Electric begins preliminary work on Intertie
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Golden Valley Electric Association has begun preliminary work for construction of a major power line across the Tanana Flats.

Endangered Species Act extended to protect short-tailed albatross
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday extended protection for the endangered short-tailed albatross to include its habitat within the United States.

Anchorage wages continue strong; average pay tops nation's
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage workers earned about $3 more per hour than the national average, according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Utility to start building intertie in advance of state ruling
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Golden Valley Electric Association planned to begin construction of its Northern Intertie route Tuesday, two weeks before the state was scheduled to issue a final ruling on the project.

Alaska delegates at GOP convention quiz lawmakers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- While many delegates to the Republican National Convention use breakfast gatherings to socialize, Alaskans are taking advantage of an opportunity to quiz members of their congressional delegation.

Biologists predict better Kodiak deer season
KODIAK (AP) -- Wildlife biologists are predicting that the Kodiak Archipelago deer season will be more successful this year compared to last when there was a substantial die-off.

Yukon Quest loses Sorel sponsorship, company in receivership
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race has lost its biggest sponsor because Canadian bootmaker Sorel has gone into receivership, a race spokesman said Tuesday.

Former State Rep. Joe McGill, who represented Bristol Bay from 1965 to 1976, is dead at age 76.
McGill died Sunday night at his home following a lengthy illness.

Fairbanks man pleads no contest to homicide
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man pleaded no contest Tuesday to second-degree murder for the death of an elderly man in his care.

Tuberculosis rate increases
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new s

Anchorage and Kenai school districts getting federal money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal money is headed toward the Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula school districts to help make middle schools safer.

Alaskaland attraction closed pending lead paint investigation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One of Alaskaland's attractions has been closed pending the outcome of a lead paint investigation.

FNA makes list of top 100 private employers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the first time, the Fairbanks Native Association has made the state's top 100 list of Alaska private employers.

Outdoors couple favor Bush stand on drilling
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Roy Burkhart grew up around the Pittsburgh steel mills and recalls hard times when the steel industry soured.

Two bear cubs captured, mother missing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two brown bear cubs whose mother has disappeared were captured near Willow Creek, but a third escaped by scampering up a tree, according to a state biologist.

Ahtna Inc. buys research vessel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of Alaska's regional Native corporations is hoping to advance the cause of science while at the same time profit from the state's extensive coastline and wealth of sea creatures.

Russian trawler seized inside U.S. economic zone waters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Russian trawler was seized Tuesday in the Bering Sea for fishing inside U.S. economic zone waters, the Coast Guard said.

Research suggests pesticides interfere with salmon survival mechanisms
SEATTLE (AP) -- Low levels of pesticides can keep salmon from smelling properly, blocking their ability to detect predators, catch prey and return to their native streams, new research suggests.

Governor sends disaster aid to Kake
JUNEAU (AP) -- Saying the loss of Kake's aging wooden dam was an imminent threat, Gov. Tony Knowles authorized state officials Monday to spend $407,000 in disaster money on a temporary replacement of the town's water supply.

Two Hoonah loggers die in accident
HOONAH (AP) -- A tree used as a makeshift hoist toppled Monday, killing two Hoonah loggers, authorities said.

Fairbanks Republican mounts write-in bid against unopposed Democrat
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An aide to Republican Sen. Pete Kelly is mounting a write-in campaign against Democrat Joe Hayes, another legislative aide who had been unopposed in the race to succeed retiring Democrat Tom Brice in the House.

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
Photography exhibit to open FridaySterling Community Club holds Fun DayWhitewater competition set for Sixmile CreekKenai Elks to hold second annual soccer shoot

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
Superintendent to speak at chamber todayChamber to hold beautification judgingVisitors center to feature silk, tool makingWatershed forum to hold historical tourMayor's Cup golf scramble to be held SaturdayKPC opens phone registration

Labonte threw out the first pitch and is the current Winston Cup points leader.
NASCAR Winston Cup car driver Bobby Labonte drives his No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac along the warning track as Minnesota Twins Corey Koskie, right, watches Monday at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Labonte threw out the first pitch and is the current Winston Cup points leader.

Labonte threw out the first pitch and is the current Winston Cup points leader.
NASCAR Winston Cup car driver Bobby Labonte drives his No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac along the warning track as Minnesota Twins Corey Koskie, right, watches Monday at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Labonte threw out the first pitch and is the current Winston Cup points leader.

Photo feature: Mirror reflection
Michael Drees is reflected in a window at Petro Express in Kenai as he walks along North Willow Street with his wife Melanie last week. The couple are visiting from Germany.

Station manager joins staff on public radio
There's a new face at the central Kenai Peninsula's public radio station.

Photo feature:Dip-free zone
Zach Thompson has the parking lot at the mouth of the Kenai River to himself now that the annual run of dipnet fishers has ended for the Kenai.

Agrium optimistic proposed sale will ease FTC concerns
Agrium Inc. officials are waiting to hear whether the proposed sale of Oregon and Washington facilities will ease Federal Trade Commis-sion concerns with their proposed purchase of Unocal's agricultural products business.

Parents want playground cleaned up
Like restless spirits rising from the grave, a 20-year-old fuel spill has come back to haunt residents of the village of Nanwalek.

Driftnetters, gillnetters set to close books on worst fishing year since 1975
Two scheduled openings remain for upper Cook Inlet drift gillnet skippers, but many are already giving up on a disastrous season.

Safeway job perfect for responsible teen
Helping the elderly and those who have purchased more than an armful of groceries is Cody Michael's job as courtesy clerk at Safeway.

Kenai surplus includes 358 Beanie Babies
An auction next week by the city of Kenai should produce some interesting juxtapositions.

Kenai gets new warning signs
Motorists driving through downtown Kenai may notice new warning signs as they approach the intersection of North Willow and Main Street Loop.

Moore sharp in Expos win
MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run homer and Trey Moore pitched five shutout innings in his first appearance in more than two years as the Montreal Expos snapped a seven-game skid with a 4-0 win Tuesday night over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Lindros snubs Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- After being stripped of his captaincy and getting ostracized from the team, Eric Lindros had enough of the Philadelphia Flyers.

East bests Twins at Legion tourney
The Post 20 Twins rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but their comeback bid fell short as East took a 10-7 win in the opening round of the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament Monday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Patriots shoot down 49ers
CANTON, Ohio -- Dennis Miller was there, Steve Young was not. Welcome to a new season of ''Monday Night Football.''

Twins advance with drubbing of Tri-Cities
The American Legion Post 20 Twins advanced in the losers bracket of the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage with a rousing 15-10 victory over Fairbanks Tri-Cities.

Lancaster gasses Williams at drags
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Miller shows promise, 'MNF' rating doesn't
When ABC decided to put an irreverent comedian on ''Monday Night Football,'' the thinking was it would freshen a stale show and improve ratings that have been slipping for five seasons.

Labonte threw out the first pitch and is the current Winston Cup points leader.
NASCAR Winston Cup car driver Bobby Labonte drives his No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac along the warning track as Minnesota Twins Corey Koskie, right, watches Monday at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Labonte threw out the first pitch and is the current Winston Cup points leader.

Oilers pull all-nighters at Wood Bat
The Peninsula Oilers finshed off the Anchorage Bucs Wood Bat Invitational Saturday and Sunday, pulling a pair of all-nighters.

Two bear cubs captured, mother missing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two brown bear cubs whose mother has disappeared were captured near Willow Creek, but a third escaped by scampering up a tree, according to a state biologist.

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