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Friday, August 2, 2002

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.

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.

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

Boise angler lands 89.25-pound Kenai king salmon
KENAI (AP) -- Fred Houtman of wasn't having much luck fishing for king salmon this year on the Kenai River, but his luck turned with the tide on the last day of the 2002 season.

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.

North Pole man sentenced for child molestation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former church-school worker was sentenced to 32 years in prison for molesting several children in North Pole.

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.

U.S. Health Secretary Thompson visits Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson was headed to Fairbanks Friday, the first stop on a four-day swing through the state.

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.

Marrs wins new contract with CIRI
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Carl Marrs will continue to manage Anchorage-based Cook Inlet Region Inc., Alaska's most profitable Native corporation.

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.

Bush approves aid package for fishing industry
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Bush administration has agreed to an aid package worth tens of millions of dollars for Alaska fishermen and fishing communities hard hit by low prices and bad runs.

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.

Barrow to have first sunset in almost three months
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 5,000 residents of Barrow in northernnmost Alaska will see their first sunset in almost three months on Friday.

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.

State warns of counterfeit state checks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Businesses should be on the lookout for counterfeit state checks, the Department of Revenue announced Thursday.

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.

Defense bill would boost money for Alaska air war training
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two air war training areas northeast and southwest of Eielson Air Force Base could get a major boost under a Defense Department spending bill.

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 motorcycle crash
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau woman was killed on Wednesday after she lost control of her motorcycle and struck a guardrail.

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.

Man will serve year in jail for evidence tampering
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man who was accused of stabbing a friend during an argument over who was the ''real'' Alaskan was sentenced to one year in jail for a related conviction.

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.

Kodiak man faces various federal charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A taxi cab business owner in Kodiak has been arraigned in federal court on charges of failing to file income tax returns.

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.

Clam Gulch man collects donations for road repair
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula man has started collecting money to fix a road used by fishermen off the Sterling Highway.

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.

Killer whale count is underway
KODIAK (AP) -- Killer whales were counted over three days last month as part of a study to better understand the relationship between the whales and Steller sea lions.

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.

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.

Senate approves Adak land transfer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Senate has approved the transfer of the Adak naval base to the Aleut Corp.

Guerrero hits game-winning homer
MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero hit his second game-ending homer against Arizona this series, connecting with one out in the ninth inning off Curt Schilling to give Montreal the 2-1 victory.

Twins pitcher fans 11 in picking up fourth career shutout
MINNEAPOLIS -- Eric Milton pitched his fourth career shutout and Michael Cuddyer hit his first career grand slam as the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 6-0 Thursday night.

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.

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 sport low numbers, high hopes
When things get extremely tough on a journey, it's best to take it one step at a time instead of gazing lustily, and foolishly, at the goal far ahead.

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

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.

Can't save? Experts suggest you 'think small'
NEW YORK (AP) -- While some people are worried about what the stock market's volatility is doing to their savings, many others are worried because they aren't saving at all.

Retiring abroad a tantalizing dream for boomers
CHICAGO (AP) -- Betsy and John Braden figured they'd achieved the great American retirement when they settled down next to a golf course and stopped working full-time by their mid-50s.

E-retailers offer discounts and free shipping despite the effect on profits
NEW YORK (AP) -- They're back, those offers of free shipping and deep discounts that wooed shoppers to the Web during the dot-com boom.

Eagle River angler tops July Homer Derby results
Clayton McDowell of Eagle River took first place in the July monthly standings of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby with a 347-pound fish caught Sunday while fishing with Homer Ocean Charters.

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.

Chinook season ends big
The king salmon fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula closed Wednesday, but anglers reported catches of some big fish over the past week.

Study suggests fewer calories may mean longer life
WASHINGTON -- For the first time, researchers have found evidence suggesting people may live longer by eating fewer calories each day, a dietary restriction that already has shown in experiments to extend the lives of laboratory animals by up to 40 percent.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17

Small-town pleasures give heart to Funny River's summer festival
Funny River residents and others from far and wide are invited to spend a weekend at the annual Funny River Festival scheduled to begin at 7 tonight and run through 5 p.m. Sunday.

New gas reserves in inlet sought
Marathon Oil Company has submitted an application to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources that seeks to open approximately 13,289 acres of land beneath Cook Inlet to drilling for natural gas.

Education key to stopping abuse
Domestic violence is a sinister killer. It destroys families from the inside out. Like a contagious disease, it often is carried from parents to children, perpetuating the pain from generation to generation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Glenn Kipp
Glenn Kipp died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at his home in Kenai. He was 78.

Christine V. Wetzig
Christine V. Wetzig died Monday, July 29, 2002, at the Lebanon Community Hospital in Lebanon, Ore. She was 83.

Obituaries - Leon Kermit Butler Jr.
Kasilof resident Leon Kermit Butler Jr. died Monday, July 22, 2002, in the Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad, N.M. He was 62.

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.

Alaskans show can-do spirit when it comes to road improvements
If you've ever thought Alaska's "can-do" frontier spirit was on the decline, some Kenai Peninsula residents offer plenty of proof to the contrary.

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
Choice for lieutenant governor could determine governors race Permanent fund money should be invested in Alaska projects Clarion disappoints subscribers with lack of Little League coverage Gubernatorial candidates should be asked about Board of Game picks

Kids Day reminds parents to spend time with children
It's hard to believe, but in less than three weeks school begins again on the Kenai Peninsula. Where did the summer go?

Applause
Community support gives Skyview seniors great after-graduation party Day of Caring project brings summer to Sewards seniors

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.

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

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.

Fireweed a good parent, but a poor competitor for sunlight with the big boys
The fireweed blossoms are moving inexorably up the stem, more or less hitting the halfway point this week, and reminding us that fall is not far away.

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
Forestry suspends burn permits Basket-making techniques to be demonstrated Racing lions to compete Picnic for KPBA members Tour of historic cabin offered Family potluck to be held Exxon Valdez oil spill workers sought WRCC radiothon planned

Pope ends journey by reaching out to Native Americans
MEXICO CITY -- Greeting his followers in the Zapotec language, Pope John Paul II ended an 11-day pilgrimage on Thursday by reaching out to Indians, who have been steadily deserting the Roman Catholic church, and urging the faithful to treat Native Americans with greater respect.

Rift in Lutheran denomination widens over post-Sept. 11 prayer service
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Twelve days after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, the Rev. David Benke, a Lutheran minister, joined with clergy from other faiths in a New York City prayer service for the victims.

Religion Briefs
Russian-American Festival slated Church to offer space camp Ministry offers 'Direct Line 2 God' Author Sandi Querin to speak in Soldotna Writers sought for faith anthology

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America announces membership loss, budget cuts
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America announced a drop of 26,042 baptized members to 5,099,877 as of Dec. 31, partly due to ''roll cleaning'' and the disbanding of 37 congregations.

Rev. Eugene H. Peterson paraphrases the Bible in everyday language
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- In the Rev. Eugene H. Peterson's retelling of the Bible, when Jesus raises a young girl from the dead, he first has to work his way through neighbors bringing casseroles to the grieving family's home.

Hawaii church heads to court in federal land use case
HONOLULU (AP) -- A church is asking a federal judge to let members continue worshipping on agriculturally zoned property while its religious liberty lawsuit against Maui County is pending.

Pain opportunity for God to be God
Joni Ereckson Tada must live her entire life as a quadriplegic. Her condition is the result of injuries incurred when, as a teen-ager, she dived into a pool of water and struck the bottom. She is confined to a wheelchair, must have others care for her daily needs, paints with a brush held between her teeth and, despite all that, has a glowing testimony of joy in her life.

United Methodists attack Bush administration on abortion-related United Nations cutoff
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The social issues agency of the United Methodist Church has strongly criticized the Bush administration's decision last week to withhold $34 million from the United Nations Population Fund.

Women, under Vatican excommunication threat for calling themselves priests, ask more time
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Seven women under threat of excommunication by the Vatican if they don't repent for calling themselves priests have asked for more time and dialogue with a top cardinal.

Survey of Jewish college freshmen shows the inroads of intermarriage
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A survey of students entering college shows 92.6 percent of those with two Jewish parents identify as Jews but there's a notable drop-off if the parents are intermarried.

World Anglican panel cannot agree on homosexual morality after three-year talks
LONDON (AP) -- An international panel of Anglican bishops that included the next archbishop of Canterbury reported it is unable to reach agreement on issues related to homosexuality after three years of discussions.

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.

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.

Sopranos' take to ice
Just what figure skating needed: another cheap thrill.

Lewis receives $19 million bonus
Ray Lewis agreed to a five-year contract extension Thursday that includes a $19 million signing bonus and keeps the All-Pro linebacker with the Ravens through 2008.

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.

Scandal could involve six judges
VENICE, Italy -- As many as six Olympic figure skating judges might have been contacted by a reputed Russian mobster charged with fixing two events at the Salt Lake City Games, Italian police said.

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

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.

Interaction studied at Wolverine Creek
Interest in bear viewing has increased dramatically over the past few years, and with more people visiting prime brown bear habitat, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is making an effort to ensure the bruins aren't adversely affected by all the traffic.

Bear viewing big business, growing concern for Alaska
More than a dozen brown bears casually grazed the sedge flat within a quarter of a mile of bear viewing guide and pilot Gary Porter's group.

Photo feature: Caribou boo-boo
A bull caribou browses in a field alongside the Kenai Spur Highway on the edge of Soldotna earlier this week. His uneven antlers suggest a mishap earlier this summer.

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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