Saturday, August 4, 2001

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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