Sunday, August 4, 2002

Knowles appoints prescription drug task force
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has created a task force to study the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs in Alaska.

Denali Park seeks volunteer seed collectors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Denali National Park and Preserve officials are recruiting volunteers to collect seeds of wild plants that can be used to revegetate disturbed areas.

Rep. Masek lies low
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Rep. Beverly Masek has virtually vanished from the campaign less than a month before a key primary election.

State Senate candidate uninjured in plane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Fairbanks man running for state Senate and his passenger escaped injury Thursday after their small plane crashed near Beaver Creek 45 miles east of Fairbanks.

Head of state lending agency takes new job
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The executive director of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is stepping down to work for a Native regional corporation.

Counterfeit state check ring nets nearly $27,000
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three more counterfeit state checks have surfaced in the Anchorage area, raising the total take of a phony check scheme to nearly $27,000, the state Department of Revenue said Friday.

New program treats Anchorage's street alcoholics
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new project in Anchorage seeks to break the cycle of addiction for chronic street alcoholics.

Kenai's plans on hold for protecting city bluff
KENAI (AP) -- From atop the Kenai bluff, onlookers can watch fishing boats work the Kenai River, see beluga whales feeding on fish and gaze at snowcapped volcanoes.

Former state public safety commissioner killed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Retired Alaska Commissioner of Public Safety Glenn Godfrey was shot and killed inside his Eagle River home early Saturday by a woman who then used the weapon to kill herself.

Anchorage man arrested in niece's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police arrested a man on murder charges Friday in the death of his 15-year-old niece, whose body was found in a back bedroom of her grandparents' home.

Man raising funds to repair road
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who built a gravel road to Clam Gulch more than five decades ago is trying to raise enough money to repair it.

Lost cruise ship passenger found in good condition
JUNEAU (AP) -- A cruise ship passenger was rescued early Friday after becoming lost on Mount Roberts behind downtown Juneau.

North Pole man charge with abusing minors
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man was jailed at Fairbanks Correctional Center on $250,000 bail after he was arrested on abuse charges.

Selawik teen charged in sexual assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Selawik boy was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl.

Angels looking to avoid swoon
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Angels proved they can win in June and July. Now comes the tough part, doing it in August and September, when the team is famous for its late-season swoons.

Mariners' Martinez ties major league record by hitting three sacrifice flies
SEATTLE -- Edgar Martinez tied a major league record with three sacrifice flies, and the Seattle Mariners won their sixth straight game by beating Cleveland 12-4 Saturday, handing the Indians lost their fourth in a row.

Post 20 drops opener
The Post 20 Twins dropped an 8-5 decision to the Chugiak Post 33 Mustangs Saturday in the opening round of the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament.

Braves stay hot in showdown with Cardinals
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones hit a pair of two-run homers, Jason Marquis pitched six strong innings as the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 Saturday for their fifth straight victory.

District 35 candidates agree on income tax
HOMER -- Despite the stuffy temperature in the packed Homer City Council chambers during Thursday night's debate, the candidates involved managed to keep their cool -- at least until the end.

Chenault, Price tackle fiscal gap
The two candidates for the newly created House District 34 found common ground on the capital move issue -- both support a move -- but took different approaches to such issues as closing the fiscal gap and legalizing marijuana.

Proposed ordinance targets borough assembly members
Assembly member Betty Glick of Kenai and three others are expected to introduce an ordinance at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting that would prohibit departing assembly members from accepting borough government jobs within one year of leaving office.

Study: Travelers no more likely to get a cold when on planes
CHICAGO -- Passengers who fly aboard planes that re-circulate cabin air are no more likely to catch colds than travelers on aircraft that pump in fresh air, a study suggests.

Sizzling Stewart takes Brickyard pole
INDIANAPOLIS -- The way Tony Stewart likes to handle pressure is to get in his race car and drive -- fast.

Fun in the sun
When a few Alaska neighbors get together on a sunny day along the banks of the Kenai River, you can be sure they'll have a good time.

Lightning ignites 2 fires on southern end of peninsula
The Circle Lake fire, reported to Homer fire dispatchers Wednesday, was contained and controlled as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry.

Glenn J. Kipp
Kenai resident Glenn J. Kipp died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at his home after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was 78.

There's still magic in baseball
So there I was the other day in front of the tube, colorfully expressing my displeasure with Lou Pinella over his incomprehensible decision to leave a starting pitcher on the mound even after his obvious lack of control had put the Mariners behind early -- again.

Golf tourney benefits United Way Fun run proves to be great success

Kenai bluff project: Can Mother Nature really be controlled?
Can you fight Mother Nature and win?

Ballot Measure 1 offers hope for broken system
Preferential voting (also known as instant run-off voting or IRV) is on the ballot because the system is most definitely, obviously broken. Witness the dismal voter turnouts. The field of candidates is low, with many races uncontested. Voter apathy is at an all-time high. Instead of spending money on fancy voter advertising programs, maybe those involved should talk to the reluctant voters they are trying to woo.

Sweet idea: Food factories make travel fun
WATERBURY, Vt. -- It's an idyllic midsummer day in Vermont's Green Mountains -- sun shining high in the New England sky, wildflowers rocking gently in a valley breeze, birds sweetening the air with chirps and songs.

Fuller, Thorpe wed in Idaho
Ashley L. Fuller and Coleby Thorpe, both of Boise, Idaho, were married Thursday, June 27, 2002, in an evening ceremony at Lake Harbor in Boise.

Lounsbury, Fucci married in private ceremony
Zara Lounsbury and Neil Fucci, both of Nikiski, were wed in a private ceremony Thursday, July 18, 2002, with their families in attendance.

My Best Friend
Bear keeps tabs on Delores and John Lindemans' grandson during a visit to their farm in Ninilchik.

Soldotna woman's career sparked at CES
Lesley Quelland's eyes welled with tears as she remembered a call she, as a paramedic, responded to earlier this summer.

Bell, Bedlion wed in Arizona
Kathy Bell and Bill Bedlion, both of Flagstaff, Ariz., were married in an outdoor ceremony at the Elks Lodge in Flagstaff on Saturday, June 8, 2002.

Around the Peninsula
Family potluck to be held Community council to meet RC&D to hold monthly meeting Chamber to host senate candidate forum United Way planning annual cruise Volunteers sought for fund-raiser Tickets available from Kenai chamber

Favorite family recipes can change
I'd like to address two of the many interesting food preservation questions we received this week in the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service Office. These questions are regarding "old" family favorite recipes. Both of these questions arise each summer about this time.

MLS eliminates one-sixth of All-Star game just so it can stage halftime show
WASHINGTON -- Well, they got the halftime show in.

Former Bills quarterback, Allen, Casper, Hampton, Stallworth enter Hall of Fame
CANTON, Ohio -- Jim Kelly never walked off a football field holding his son's hand. He never got to play catch with Hunter or take him camping or fishing.

IOC: more changes to results possible
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- IOC president Jacques Rogge said changing the figure skating medals from the Salt Lake City Olympics ''is definitely not impossible'' if the U.S. case against a reputed Russian mobster proves he fixed the judging.

'O-No' Lucas gives fans a rollicking time
Kenai's Sean "O-No" Lucas lived up to his nickname Friday night in a Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Circle Track Division event at Twin Cities Raceway.

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