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Saturday, August 5, 2000

Man beaten aboard sailboat
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Ketchikan man suffered multiple injuries from a beating aboard a sailboat, the Coast Guard said.

Welfare payments drop by $10.4 million
JUNEAU (AP) -- Welfare payments to Alaskans decreased by $10.4 million to $63.9 million in the last fiscal year as welfare reform laws continued to move people off public assistance, according to a report prepared by the Department of Health and Social Services.

Copper Center teen killed in rollover accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Copper Center teen died early Thursday after an early morning vehicle accident.

APOC considering fining tax cap group
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's campaign watchdog agency is considering fining the pro-tax-cap initiative group $50 a day for registration irregularities.

Kake girl burned by water boiled after dam breaks
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 3-year-old Kake girl was badly burned by water that had been boiled for purification after the community's aging dam broke.

CIRI stops elders payments pending outcome of lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet Region Inc. has suspended paying extra dividends to some elders because the program is targeted in a lawsuit filed by shareholders.

Alaska Airlines grounds 18 jets for inspections
SEATTLE (AP) -- The grounding of as many as 18 Alaska Airlines planes for inspection of a part that has been implicated in a fatal crash last January should be short-lived, company officials say.

New double-hull tanker begins Alaska service for Tesoro
NIKISKI (AP) -- A new double-hull tanker has begun working the Alaska trade, servicing three refineries owned and operated by Tesoro Petroleum Corp.

Indian radio show gathers nation in 'talking circle'
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Harlan McKosato sits at his computer hammering out his radio talk show script. It's one hour before ''Native America Calling'' and his energetic voice greet the nation.

Seat belt enforcement to be stepped up around Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Authorities say they intend to step up their enforcement of seat belt use around Alaska.

Troopers arrest paralegal sought in handgun theft
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An ex-convict paralegal sought by Alaska State Troopers for taking off from a Kenai Peninsula campground with a gun was arrested Thursday morning.

Alaska Airlines completes 16 MD-80 tail inspections
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines had completed 16 of an expected 17 inspections of MD-80 aircraft by midday Friday, one day after announcing that a tool used to measure stresses on the jets' tail sections might have given the wrong readings.

Dillingham man dies after being pushed during argument
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A Dillingham man died following an argument, but police in the Bristol Bay city said they don't believe the case was a homicide.

Alaskans warm to Bush; praise keynote speech
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- George W. Bush validated his presidential credentials in a keynote speech that exuded sincerity and vision, Alaska delegations to the Republican National Convention say.

Cordova youth wins national championship
CORDOVA (AP) -- He's only 12 years old, but Chris Platt says he worked hard to gain national prominence in youth wrestling.

More Alaska fire crews headed to Lower 48
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Another five emergency crews from Alaska are heading for the Lower 48 to take their turn battling wildfires. The crews will join the more than 350 Alaskans who already are helping out.

Last of three new response tugs arrives in Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crowley Marine Services has delivered the last of three escort tugboats to Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. in Valdez, the companies announced this week.

Around the Peninsula
Sister honored for 50 years of service'Once Upon the Kenai' reprints nearly sold outCaptain Cook Rec Area program features salmon PCI offers computer workshops

Community Calendar
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Kings out, cohos in
The king salmon fishery on the Kenai River closed Monday, but not before yielding one more day of great fishing.

Kenai sockeye fishery to shut down
Anglers who have not yet filled their freezers with sockeye salmon are running out of chances.

Brickyard 400
Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Speedway, Ind.)

Waltrip enjoys job security despite winless streak
INDIANAPOLIS -- Another winless season, another vote of confidence. And so it goes for driver Michael Waltrip.

points standings
Point standing so far in the Nascar season.

Stock car drivers get piece of Indy history
INDIANAPOLIS -- The driver who wins Saturday's Brickyard 400 at the Indian apolis Motor Speedway will earn the same number of points in the series standings as the driver who wins at Dover, Del., or Loudon, N.H., or Martinsville, Va.

MONEY LEADERS
Nascar 2000 money leaders.

Schedule
Schedule for Nascaar 2000 season.

Photo feature: Colorful ride
Zach Thompson passes through a field of fireweed as he rides his bike up a trail on the bluff in Kenai recently.

Council approves water shortage solution
The Kenai City Council moved another step closer to preventing city water shortages at its Wednesday night meeting.

District 8 legislative candidates take center stage at forums
District 8 voters got a look at their candidates in two different forums held this week.

Land sale sparks concern
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley held a hand over his face as Nikiski residents slammed the Cooper Landing land sale he had worked so hard to develop.

Hazel "Ruth" Hursh
Kenai resident, Hazel "Ruth" Hursh died Wednesday, August 2, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna of complications from a stroke. She was 80.

Outdoor Briefs
Homer halibut derby updateTravel plan can save livesValley cow moose hunt delayedMaking the most of your shotgun this fall

Disabilities act provides access to outdoors for all
Most residents of the Last Frontier can take the scenery, wildlife and abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities for granted. But for Alaskans with disabilities, experiencing the great outdoors used to be much more difficult than it is today.

Slikok Creek nature walk reveals best, worst of area flora
Editor's note: This story ran in last week's Clarion Outdoors section. Because it incorrectly identified the leader of the walk, we are running it again correctly.

Churches offering sex education
GROSSE POINTE, Mich. (AP) -- The Rev. John Corrado has no trouble explaining why Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church teaches sex education.

Religious summit aims at peace, despite infighting
NEW YORK (AP) -- Though the Dalai Lama's exclusion from the upcoming Millennium World Peace Summit at the United Nations brought unwelcome headlines, organizers hope the gathering of 1,000 religious leaders will highlight a new global effort for peace.

Women flock to evangelist's conference
ATLANTA (AP) -- Bishop T.D. Jakes' brand of spiritual healing is too big for even the Georgia Dome, where more than 80,000 women from around the world came to get closer to God.

Amish torn on whether computers are a bane or a boon
LEWISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Moses B. Smucker got into the computer business by accident.

Christian pastor stabbed to death in southern India
HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- Tensions were simmering after attackers stabbed a Christian pastor to death in a southern state where religious rioting has intensified over the past two months.

For churches, unity builds economic clout
BALTIMORE (AP) -- In Baltimore, a growing number of black churches are asking members to open accounts in area banks that have pledged to invest in the city's black community.

Volleyball practice set to go at Skyview
Practice sessions for the Skyview High School volleyball team are scheduled to start Monday, with the first session slated for 9 a.m. at Skyview High School.

Former Philadelphia hurler thriving with Arizona Diamondbacks
PHOENIX -- Curt Schilling has wasted no time in reminding everyone he is one of baseball best big-game pitchers. It's just that he hasn't had many big games for the last seven years or so.

Gonzalez torches Atlanta's pitching
PHOENIX -- Luis Gonzalez drove in five runs in his second two-homer game in four days and the Arizona Diamondbacks ended Andy Ashby's five-game winning streak with an 8-4 victory Thursday night over the Atlanta Braves.

Young golfers play big at Birch Ridge
"Everyone better watch those little guys," a spectator said at the second annual Birch Ridge Golf Association Junior Tournament. "They're going to be good."

Bere, Indians beat out Devil Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jason Bere pitched another strong game for Cleveland, giving up four hits in eight innings as the Indians beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-1 Thursday night.

More than digits for 2000 Oilers
Baseball is a numbers game, but there are times when the numbers don't do it justice.

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