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Thursday, August 3, 2000

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.

Russia to push forward with oil projects in Russian Far East
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian government has promised to draft regulations aimed at reviving stalled oil projects off the country's Pacific coast, a governor from the region said Wednesday.

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.

State seeks bid to privatize telecommunications system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bids are being accepted from companies that want to take over the state's $26 billion telecommunications program.

Kodiak woman sentenced in Pen Air theft
KODIAK (AP) -- A former Kodiak woman was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in jail in the theft of nearly $30,000 dollars from Pen Air, her former employer.

GCI to crack down on cable thieves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- GCI is giving cable TV thieves a grace period to discontinue use with no questions asked.

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.

Upper Cook Inlet sockeye harvest weak
KENAI (AP) -- Two scheduled openings remain for upper Cook Inlet drift gillnet fishermen, but many are already giving up on what they're calling a disastrous season.

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.

S.S. Nenana reopened
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The S.S. Nenana was being reopened while testing was done to determine the amount of lead in a paint chip found on the boat.

Parents want playground fuel spill cleaned up
KENAI (AP) -- Worried parents in the village of Nanwalek say they want a 20-year-old fuel spill cleaned up from a school playground before the state completes a formal study in October.

Police investigate theft of high school computers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police were investigating the theft of 48 iMac computers from East High School valued at $55,000.

Kake scrambles for water after dam breaks
KAKE (AP) -- A few hundred yards from the hole time and nature tore through this small community's dam, thousands of salmon thrash in the shallows near a hatchery that cannot hold all their valuable eggs for lack of a reliable water supply.

Copper Center teen killed in vehicle accident
COPPER CENTER (AP) -- A Copper Center teen was killed early Thursday in a vehicle rollover accident, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Weak Yukon-Kuskokwim salmon runs hurting more than fishermen
BETHEL (AP) -- The effect of disastrously weak salmon runs in the Yukon-Kuskokwim River Delta and Norton Sound areas is stretching beyond commercial fishermen.

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.

Cruise lines face air pollution fines
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two cruise lines face fines for violating Alaska's clean air laws last summer, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.

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.

Fairbanks AIDS group wants to open methadone clinic
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Interior AIDS Association is seeking state and federal approval to open a methadone clinic at its downtown office.

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.

Few bother with work needed for successful moose hunting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Most Alaska moose hunters heading afield this fall will share one thing in common -- they'll come home empty handed.

Alaska's salmon harvests showing mixed results
JUNEAU (AP) -- The salmon harvest statewide is showing mixed results halfway through the season, according to state officials.

Alaska receives money to repatriate Native artifacts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly $400,000 in grants will be divided among 38 projects in Alaska, many of them to help with the repatriation of Native artifacts.

Eagle River man dies in motorcycle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Eagle River man was killed when his motorcycle slammed into the side of a pickup truck, Anchorage police said.

Paralegal wanted in handgun theft
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- He turned his experience on the other side of the law into a career as a paralegal. Now Ben Latham is wanted by Alaska State Troopers on a felony warrant charging him with theft, tampering with evidence, and being a felon in possession of a gun.

Coast Guard detains Latvian freighter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard has detained a Latvian freighter for numerous safety violations.

Preparation can increase chances of finding moose
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For serious moose hunters, the season starts long before the Sept. 1 opening.

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.

A travel plan can save lives when hunting or fishing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One way to help ensure your safe return from a hunting trip is to complete a Search and Rescue Prevention Travel Plan.

Nation's largest banks charge higher user fees
WASHINGTON (AP)-- Ame-rica's largest banks, which operate in several states, charge significantly more for their services than smaller banks that do business in only one state, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.

Business Briefs
Alaska USA introduces 24-hour loan serviceKenai credit bureau closesSpenard Builders hires millwork managerSoldotna chamber announces August scheduleHarley-Davidson opens new Soldotna store Industry Appreciation Day slated for Aug. 26

Restaurant raises score after DEC reinspection
The King Salmon Restaurant in Soldotna scored 90 percent on a reinspection last week by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Little venture capital finds way to female entrepreneurs
SAN FRANCISCO -- Although she had been steadily building her business since 1994, Nell Cote didn't really feel like a full-fledged entrepreneur until just a few months ago.

Anchorage wages still above average
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.

GM announces plan to improve mileage on truck fleet
PONTIAC, Mich. -- In a direct response to Ford Motor Co.'s claim of being the environmentally friendly automaker, General Motors Corp. said Wednesday it would offer pickups and buses that will burn up to 50 percent less fuel than current models.

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.

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
Boys and Girls Club temporarily moves to armoryPCI offers computer workshops

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

Alaska's salmon harvests showing mixed results
JUNEAU (AP) -- The salmon harvest statewide is showing mixed results halfway through the season, according to state officials.

Things to keep in mind when using your shotgun this fall
When the birds fly this fall, many gunners will miss their first shot, and miss badly.

Few bother with work needed for successful moose hunting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Most Alaska moose hunters heading afield this fall will share one thing in common -- they'll come home empty handed.

Preparation can increase chances of finding moose
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For serious moose hunters, the season starts long before the Sept. 1 opening.

A travel plan can save lives when hunting or fishing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One way to help ensure your safe return from a hunting trip is to complete a Search and Rescue Prevention Travel Plan.

Practice will make you more effective with your shotgun
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Sagebrush crackles underfoot and hoppers dart for cover as you push through an eastern Idaho gully.

Summer Strings Festival schedule of events
Summer Strings Festival schedule.

Briefs
Summer string festival coming Peninsula state fair slated for Aug. 18-20

Strings Festival brings sound of music
Got music? Starting today and continuing through Aug. 13, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra's Summer Strings Festival will make classical music on the peninsula as common an occurrence as finding milk in the dairy aisle.

What's happenng
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainment Upcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage Events Films

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.

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.

Digging history
Wesley Drown, above, talks to people assembled for the first of a two-day opening ceremony for Dena'ina Dig 2000.

Lodge eyes hat party to get into record book
The Guinness Book of World Records immortalizes the bizarre and uncanny. The Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof hopes to be recognized by Guinness for possessing the world's largest unsolicited collection of hats.

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.

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.

Kenai Natives float proposal
Kenai Natives Association Inc. has been looking for ways to use its land. So when the proposal for a privately run prison at Fort Greely stalled, KNA made an offer.

Police cars, computers, furniture among items offered by city of Soldotna
Any garages left a little empty from spring cleaning this year can get filled back up again when the city of Soldotna holds an auction to clean out its own garage.

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

Harold "Hal" Hopkins
Harold "Hal" Hopkins died at Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital Sunday, July 30, 2000, with his family at his side as a granddaughter played his favorite music on the violin. He was 83.

Sotomayor cleared for Olympics
LONDON -- Cuban high jump champion Javier Sotomayor was cleared Wednesday to compete in the Olympics when track and field's ruling body cut his suspension for cocaine use in half.

Post 20 advances to semis
Every baseball player grows up dreaming of a clutch at-bat in the bottom of the ninth inning to win a big game. Well, that dream came true for American Legion Post 20 Twin Aaron Sparks in Wednesday night's 15-14 win over Wasilla at the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

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.

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.

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.

Tigers roar as Angels fall to earth
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Five days after a disastrous outing at Texas, Brian Moehler faced an intimidating lineup of Anaheim hitters without a problem.

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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