Friday, August 3, 2001

CIRI declares third quarter dividend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet Region Inc. declared a third quarter dividend Thursday of $8.38 a share.

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.

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.

Coast Guard keeps explosives out of Olympia's port
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Coast Guard has refused a shipper permission to barge 2.3 million pounds of explosives bound for Alaska through the Port of Olympia, forcing the shipment to move through less populous Skagit County.

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.

Palmer youth dies of injuries in truck accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Palmer youth injured in a one-vehicle accident Monday has died.

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.

Coin lover turns in nearly $8,000 worth of pennies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A coin processing company said an Anchorage man broke its record by cashing in 792,141 pennies at its supermarket-based coin-counting machines.

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

Tape describes efforts to stop Blazer that crashed into patrol car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police officers alternated between aggressive efforts to stop Robert Esper and passive actions of following him at a distance while he fled across the city for 33 minutes on July 9, newly released police records indicate.

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.

Alaska Zoo euthanizes elderly tiger
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A matriarch of the Alaska Zoo died Thursday.

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.

Around the State
Recovery crew returns with bodies from Haines crashFormer Fort Knox worker claims sex discriminationMan injured trying to stop fleeing shoplifterThree survive Anchorage plane crashBurgess nominated as U.S. attorney for AlaskaInhalant abuse suspected in village deathSchool board votes in favor of random drug testing

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.

Rep. 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.

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.

ANWR drilling still faces stiff challenge in Senate
WASHINGTON -- Past its first congressional hurdle, President Bush's strategy for fixing the nation's energy problems still faces a difficult road in the Senate, especially over Arctic oil drilling.

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.

Senators promise filibuster if ANWR language reaches floor
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The approval Wednesday night of oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by the U.S. House brought renewed promises of filibusters to stop the proposal in the Senate.

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.

Bethel emergency children's center closes
BETHEL (AP) -- An emergency children's shelter in Bethel has shut its doors because the nonprofit organization that has run it for 10 years can no longer afford to operate it.

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.

Recovery crew return with bodies from Haines crash
JUNEAU (AP) -- An Army National Guard helicopter returned Thursday with the bodies of six people killed this week when their single-engine plane crashed while on a sightseeing tour of the Glacier Bay National Park.

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.

State-by-state list of teen birth rates
The number of girls and women ages 15 to 19 per 1,000 who gave birth in 1991, in 1999, and the percent change between those two years.

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.

Teen birth rates fall across the nation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska had one of the most dramatic drops in teen birth rates, according to state-by-state figures on government birth data being released Friday for 1999.

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.

AHFC reinstates popular first-time home buyer program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A popular state program that subsidizes loans for first-time home buyers will be reinstated Monday, nearly four months after it was put on hold because of diminishing funds.

Young predicts Senate will back ANWR drilling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Don Young on Thursday predicted the Senate will fall sway to the same force that worked on the House in approving drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: union pressure.

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.

Giants rip up Pirates
SAN FRANCISCO -- Kirk Rueter allowed one hit over seven innings and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates for their season-high eighth straight victory.

Twins thump Blue Jays, stop five-game losing streak
TORONTO -- Rick Reed won his first start for Minnesota despite giving up a career high-tying 12 hits, and the Twins stopped a five-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 Thursday.

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.

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

Sport fishing closures in effect
The Kenai River drainage, except for the Russian River fly-fishing-only area, was closed at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Fishing for sockeye salmon is closed for the duration of the season, and there will be no time extensions.

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.

Kenai cohos coming
Fishing for king salmon may be over, but don't put your tackle away. Some of the year's best fishing is yet to come.

Homer Halibut Jackpot Derby winners announced
The Homer Halibut Jackpot Derby has announced its winners for July.

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.

'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.

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

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.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExibitsEntertainmentDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Tesoro hopes to restart pipeline
Managers hope to finalize repairs today to a pipeline that delivers refined fuels from the Tesoro Alaska refinery in Nikiski to Anchorage.

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

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.

Controversial launch may be relocated
Creating a boat ramp on the land the state Legislature designated on the lower Kenai River could pose regulatory problems, according to an official with the Alaska Division of Parks, so it is looking at a different lot to develop.

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.

Meeting brings state educators, issues to Soldotna
The parking lot at Skyview High School will be full again next week, even though school does not begin for three more weeks.

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.

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.

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.

Meeting brings state educators, issues to Soldotna
The parking lot at Skyview High School will be full again next week, even though school does not begin for three more weeks.

Census shows Alaska No. 2 in state workers
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.

'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.

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.

Youth group from Native association builds, launches birch bark canoe
The Kenai Peninsula is ripe with the heritage of it original inhabitants.

Alaska's teen birth rate drops by more than 30 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska had one of the most dramatic drops in teen birth rates, according to state-by-state figures on government birth data being released Friday for 1999.

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.

Mabel M. Bigsby
Soldotna resident Mabel M. Bigsby died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna of natural causes.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Reader bites backSportfishing industry should realize it is its worst enemy

Alaskans get new chance to resolve subsistence debate
Alaska has been granted another chance to resolve its subsistence dilemma, and that means settling the conflict between state and federal law.

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

Industry workers pull together Books only one ingredient for summer reading program

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.

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

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

World's best ideas can't succeed without support
There is a valuable lesson in Jason Redmond's government project for everyone: Great ideas don't sustain themselves.

Is that moose legal?
Legal or Illegal? This issue appears at the outset to be a reasonably cut-and-dry question. However, even the most experienced hunters will know any explanation leaves something to be desired when push comes to shove and the decision to fire needs to be made.

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.

Montana mulls regulation of snowmobiles on water after man's drowning death
HELENA, Mont. -- Gary Hoyt couldn't swim and was afraid of the water. Yet friends apparently persuaded him to climb aboard a snowmobile, open the throttle and drive it across a reservoir on a hot July evening.

How will the peninsula's beetle-killed forests look in 40 years?
My crew and I have just returned from a trip of 40 years into the future.

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.

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.

Outdoor Briefs
Sport fishing closures in effectJackpot winners announcedCampfire program scheduledMuzzle-loader class offeredDenali National Park is on the web

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.

Forecast sunny for moose hunters
For all the anxious hunters of the Kenai Peninsula, this may be the season to fill the freezers.

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
Peninsula heritage presentation plannedFarmer's market to be openFunny River Festival scheduledSoccer shoot to be held SaturdayCommunity day planned in SterlingBoys and Girls club to close temporarilyUnited Way kicks off campaign

Forest Service: Families not helped by speculation
WASHINGTON -- The Forest Service has called any speculation on the circumstances surrounding the July 10 deaths of four wildfire fighters ''a grave disservice'' to the victims' families, survivors and other firefighters.

Tentative agreement reached for predominantly black school joining white athletic league
CHICAGO -- Officials have reached a tentative agreement that could bring an end to the long wrangle over admitting a predominantly black school into a mostly white athletic league.

Popularity of prayer labyrinths surging
MARBLEHEAD, Mass. -- Her steps are slow and deliberate, but Pat Chase has no fear of getting lost on the twisting path in front of her.

Oregon Catholics want removal of 'Antichrist' billboard
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon Roman Catholics are demanding removal of a highway billboard that claims ''The Pope is the Antichrist.''

Religion Briefs
Clothing ministry to openChurch dedication planned Aug. 12

Judge sets new rules for Scientologists and Florida protesters
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A judge has taken steps to try to end public bickering between the Church of Scientology and one of its critics, the Lisa McPherson Trust.

Good Samaritans help those in need
Volunteers from several Nikiski churches are assisting people with everything from cutting the lawn to financial planning. The only condition is that people call to ask for help.

Ad campaign by major Christian publisher provokes lawsuit
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gaylord Entertainment Co., which owns the Grand Ole Opry radio show and other interests, has filed a federal lawsuit against Thomas Nelson Inc., a major Christian book and Bible publisher.

Evangelist combines 'a little bit of Jesus and a little bit of Elvis'
DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) -- Evangelist Leroy Jenkins sings like Elvis and has the king's hairdo.

Three largest U.S. religious denominations criticize stem cell research that destroys human embryos
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United Methodist Church has urged one of its best-known members, President Bush, to maintain a moratorium on government-aided stem cell research using human embryos.

Voucher plan skirts church-state issues
WASHINGTON -- Cabinet secretaries could convert up to $47 billion worth of social spending into vouchers, giving participants in after-school, anti-crime and other programs the chance to shop around for religious or secular services, under legislation approved by the House.

GOP senator wants God returned to witness oaths
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Jeff Sessions wants witnesses before Senate committees to say the oath, the whole oath -- and don't leave out God.

Retrial ordered in Muslim-Christian clashes in Egypt
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt's supreme court overruled a lower court's conviction of only four of 96 defendants accused in deadly Muslim-Christian clashes last year.

Mexican party wants no religious images in government offices
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Angered by an official who hung a crucifix in his office and invited employees to Mass in a government building, Mexico's largest leftist party has filed a complaint with the city and plans to campaign against religious images in government offices.

NYC Roman Catholic priest dismissed after marrying secretary, diocese says
NEW YORK (AP) -- A pastor of a Roman Catholic Church was dismissed after it was learned that he married his secretary, a diocese spokesman said.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions set to rip Saturday, SundayTwins open play at state tourne SaturdayGoldpanners top Glacier PilotsArmstrong surprised, upset by LeMond's commentsTigers sign FlorieYankees activate Justice, disable Brosius

Get ready for the lawsuits
Somebody is going to pay. A good man has been lost and Korey Stringer's family and friends, his teammates and employers, are paying dearly already. But somebody else is going to pay, too, because somebody almost always does when a man making millions is killed on the job in a way all of us should have seen coming.

Jones, Greene still up in air on events
EDMONTON, Alberta -- The World Outdoor Track and Field Championships begin Friday and two of the sport's biggest stars, Marion Jones and Maurice Greene, still are uncertain about all the events in which they will compete.

Vick to see a whole lot of action in NFL debut
ATLANTA -- Michael Vick toyed with college defenses the past two years. Now, it's time to find out how he'll do against NFL competition.

Dream is over in Houston
HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors completed a sign-and-trade agreement Thursday night that sends future Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon to Canada in exchange for first- and second-round draft picks.

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

Vikings practice as state investigates death
MANKATO, Minn. -- Filing past bouquets and balloons left by grieving fans, the Minnesota Vikings returned to practice Thursday with hopes football would provide comfort for a team in mourning.

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.

Women's British Open cut short by showers
SUNNINGDALE, England -- England's Laura Davies shot a 4-under-par 68 on Thursday for a share of the lead in the suspended first round of the Women's British Open.

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.

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.

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.

No can do
The Alaska Zoo's 16-year-old grizzly bear, Jake, attempts to break into a newly designed, bear-proof garbage can July 26 at the zoo in Anchorage. The can was des

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