Thursday, August 2, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Census figures show Alaska No. 2 for state employees
JUNEAU (AP) -- About 4.2 percent of Alaska's residents were employed by the state in March 2000, making the last frontier nearly first in government workers, Census figures show.

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.

Fish processors and local residents square off on new waste rules
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Pat Jirschele's beach-front home is often filled with the putrid smell of dead fish, waste from the five local fish processing plants.

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.

Inhalant abuse suspected in village death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was found dead outside his home in Quinhagak early Monday morning after it appears he was inhaling propane gas, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

School board votes in favor of random drug testing of athletes
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan School Board has voted in favor of random drug testing of student athletes.

$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.

Burgess nominated as permanent U.S. attorney for Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The acting U.S. attorney for Alaska, Tim Burgess, will be nominated for the permanent position by President George W. Bush, according to a press release issued by the White House.

Leak discovered in Tesoro pipe on Kenai Peninsula
KODIAK (AP) -- An undetermined amount of oil leaked from an underground Tesoro Alaska Co. pipe in a recreation area on the Kenai Peninsula, state environmental officials said Wednesday.

Three survive Anchorage plane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the second night in a row, people walked away from a small-plane crash in Anchorage.

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.

Man injured trying to stop fleeing shoplifter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who tried to halt a shoplifter Wednesday afternoon was run down by the man's getaway vehicle.

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.

Police say teen who hit Anchorage officer was driving drunk
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Toxicology results released by police Wednesday show the 19-year-old man who crashed head-on into an Anchorage police officer last month had a blood-alcohol content of .091.

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.

Young credits unions for keeping drilling provisions in energy bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A lobbying push from labor unions helped turn back an amendment that would have blocked oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, members of Congress said late Wednesday night.

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.

Helicopter runs into mechanical problems at crash site
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Army National Guard helicopter that ferried searchers and investigators to the wreckage of a sightseeing plane broke down at the crash site Wednesday, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Former employee charged with embezzlement reaches plea agreement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Fairbanks auto parts store employee charged with embezzling thousands of dollars reached a plea agreement in Superior Court.

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.

Brown bear visits Soldotna high football team
KENAI (AP) -- Football players had just finished practicing the ''bear crawl'' at Skyview High School in Soldotna when they got a glimpse of the real thing.

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

Sundown finally comes to northernmost city
BARROW (AP) -- Barrow will experience an inescapable sign of approaching winter Thursday when the first sunset in almost three months takes place.

Roll call of members to Gov. Tony Knowles Subsistence Leadership Summit
Here's a list of the panelists who will serve on Gov. Tony Knowles Subsistence Leadership Summit when it meets in Anchorage on Aug. 15-16.

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.

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.

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 ties Killebrew on home run list
ST LOUIS -- Mark McGwire tied Harmon Killebrew for fifth place on the career home run list with No. 573 and the St. Louis Cardinals ended Greg Maddux's 10-game winning streak, beating the Atlanta Braves 4-0 Wednesday night.

Yanks get Sterling effort, top Texas
NEW YORK -- The Yankees made sure Sterling Hitchcock (1-0) won in his return to New York, hitting a season-high five homers in the first three innings and holding on to beat the Texas Rangers 9-7 Wednesday night.

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.

Tourism numbers down nationwide
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tourism growth in Orlando, the nation's most popular travel destination, has slowed to a trickle. The theme park haven is not alone.

Investors lack knowledge on basic issues
WASHINGTON -- Most investors mistakenly think the government will cover them against fraud by their broker and lack basic knowledge of how investing works, according to a survey by the industry insurance fund that protects investors if their brokerage firm goes bankrupt.

Basic rules of tipping should always be observed
Q. Before taking my summer vacation, I'd appreciate a primer on tipping -- the cab driver, doorman, porter and waiter. What are the proper amounts?

Business Briefs
Alexander elected chairman of Alaska USA boardGift shop moves to bigger locationApria Health care awarded accreditationHomer resort completes phase one of additionPhillips announces management actionPhillips increases quarterly dividend by 6 percent

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.

July winners announced at Homer derby
Thomas Barkman of Anchorage took first place in July in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby for the 322.8-pound fish he landed on July 1. Barkman also continues to lead the overall derby.

Art Briefs
Performances planned in Moose PassMorrissey to sing in SeldoviaCenter presents art workshopsRetreat planned for storytellersSoldotna museum open for summer

Musicians descend on Homer
Every year, the more than 40 active musicians in the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra travel hundreds of miles driven by a simple love for melody, harmony and rhythm.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExibitsEntertainmentDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Ansel Adams comes alive
SAN FRANCISCO -- The first comprehensive exhibition of Ansel Adams' work since his death in 1984 reinforces his status as America's foremost nature photographer and secures a place for his work on museum walls.

'Jurassic Park III': All chomp, no plot
We know all too well what to expect from dinosaurs these days. One whiff of humans and the chomping begins.

Nashville Sound: VH1 mastermind tackles country
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Enthusiastic young fans crowded into the Country Music Hall of Fame to cheer on Brad Paisley as one of the first ''CMT Most Wanted Live'' shows aired. Slightly apart from the crowd, John Sykes watched, chatting with nervous Country Music Television employees who sidled up to introduce themselves to the new boss from New York.

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.

Brickyard 400
n Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 212-mile oval with 9-degree banking in the turns, 660-foot short-shoots and 3,300-foot straightaways at Speedway, Ind.

Sponsorship dollars are getting scarce
ATLANTA -- Andy Petree doesn't have to look at the business section of the newspaper to know times are tough.

Points standings
1. Jeff Gordon 2,847 2. Ricky Rudd 2,802 3. Dale Jarrett 2,740

Money leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $4,422,014 2. Dale Jarrett 3,018,939 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,803,399

Great Expectations
SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- Spectacular doughnuts and clouds of white tire smoke have become a trademark of young Kevin Harvick.

Nascar Schedule
Feb. 18th to Nov. 18th.

Ways to spend $300 on the Kenai Peninsula
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Economic Development District has put out a list of 100 ways to spend your tax rebate without leaving the area. The district originally had a list of almost 300, but narrowed it down out of necessity.

Mac users unaffected by Code Red
Macintosh computers aren't immune to invasion by viruses, according to Bob Jones, systems manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's MIS Department. But their popularity -- or lack of it -- helps minimize the risk.

Vandalism, neglect curb bike project
In October 1999, Jason Redmond predicted nobody would want to vandalize a single-speed bicycle left for public use. How wrong he was.

Computer virus pays visit to peninsula
Say words like "virus" or "worm" and Internet users -- from novices to experts -- break out in a sweat.

Sundown finally comes to northernmost city
BARROW (AP) -- Barrow will experience an inescapable sign of approaching winter Thursday when the first sunset in almost three months takes place.

Tax rebates present unique opportunities
Anyone looking for a way to spend their tax rebate check needs to look no further than the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District. The EDD has a few suggestions -- 100 of them, to be exact.

Subsistence Summit Panel: At A Glance
Here's a list of the panelists who will serve on Gov. Tony Knowles Subsistence Leadership Summit when it meets in Anchorage on Aug. 15-16.

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.

'Code Red' worm takes hold on almost 150,000 computers
WASHINGTON -- The viruslike ''Code Red'' worm infected computers around the world Wednesday, although the outbreak wasn't as severe as predicted.

House OKs ANWR drilling
WASHINGTON -- The House voted late Wednesday to allow oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, rejecting claims that development would devastate ''a cathedral of nature'' in need of protection.

Knowles names participants to subsistence summit panel
JUNEAU -- Gov. Tony Knowles named more than three dozen business, political, religious and Native leaders to a panel that will seek a long-term solution to the state's subsistence dilemma.

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.

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.

Leaky pipeline gets quick fix
Cleanup workers managed Wednesday afternoon to plug a leak from the underground pipeline that carries refined fuels from the Tesoro Alaska refinery in Nikiski to Anchorage.

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.

Oilers end 2001 season with victory over Miners
A two-run home run by Luke Simmons and a dominant pitching performance by Juan Serrato were all the Peninsula Oilers needed to defeat the Mat-Su Miners 2-1 Wednesday at the 2001 Gillette Bucs Wood Bat Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Applause
Progress Days events help centerKids' games prove to be fun for all

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

Why pay for ex-presidents?
Something good might come from Bill Clinton's "homecoming" to Harlem if it focuses our attention on what taxpayers pay to subsidize all of our former presidents.

What others say
Pentagon should not get more until it proves it can handle what it already hasCompassion needed in justice for juveniles

Letters to the Editor
Austin employees will have opportunity to vote unionKenai Peninsula Central Labor Council traditional jail cell not only placeSockeye closures ignore intent of increased escapement to Kenai

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

Full-suspension mountain bikes spring into the mainstream
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- The writing is on the wall for fat-tire fans: hard times for hard tails. A new world is opening up for cross-county mountain bikers, and it is fully suspended.

Despite drought, Rogue's not too low for water rafting
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- A spring full of doom and gloom news stories about the current drought has left some people with serious misconceptions about the forecast for fun in Southern Oregon's summer whitewater season.

Monster trucks give tall tours of national park
DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska (AP) -- Silty-gray water from the West Fork of the Chulitna River topped the tires and started sneaking into the cab of the truck. This would not have been a big deal, except it took a five-step ladder to get into this truck.

Gourmet recipes fast, easy for camping trips
DENVER (AP) -- Campers, the days of freeze-dried macaroni and cheese are over. Advanced cooking tools, lighter, more compact equipment and easy-to-use recipes are making it possible to add gourmet flair to camping.

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.

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.

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
Blood donations neededVolleyball camp plannedDrag races slatedCampfire program scheduledNeurological classes to be heldYouth art workshops plannedSocial security visits scheduled

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

Carter agrees to six-year deal with Raptors
TORONTO -- Vince Carter, deciding there was no sense leaving a city where he is so comfortable, agreed on Wednesday to a six-year contract extension worth approximately $94 million.

Sports Briefs
July winners announced at Homer derbySoldotnas Johnnie finishes second in Palmer

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.

Heat deaths common in U.S.
Dying from the heat is an all-too-common occurrence in the summer despite advances in technology and physical conditioning, medical authorities say.

Vikings' Stringer dies from heatstroke
MANKATO, Minn. -- Korey Stringer was determined to prove himself, especially after he needed to be carted off the field on the first day of practice because of exhaustion in the sweltering heat.

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

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.

Birch Ridge Report
A special thanks to Jo Briscoe for writing the Birch Ridge Report last week and to all of you who have kept us in your thoughts the past few weeks.

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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