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Sunday, August 5, 2001

Ketchikan man receives new trial date
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Manuel Ortega will stand trial on Feb. 5 for the death of his roommate.

Fort Yukon man gets year in prison in child sex case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Yukon man charged with soliciting a 10-year-old boy for a sex act has been sentenced to a year in prison.

Problem Grizzly
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A grizzly bear that was losing its fear of humans was killed by a state biologist this week near Cooper Landing after he found the bear's shoulder was riddled with buckshot.

Valdez hospital institutes new rules in response to complaints
VALDEZ (AP) -- Valdez Hospital has adopted new visitation rules after state inspectors investigated complaints that several doctors had their children present during patient exams and operations.

Industry, labor spar over route of gas pipeline
JUNEAU (AP) -- Oil industry executives under pressure from labor and government officials to find an Alaska route to pump natural gas from the North Slope say their compass will ultimately follow the bottom line.

CIRI shareholders will get $838
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- CIRI shareholders with the typical 100 shares will receive an $838 dividend on Sept. 28.

Tracking the mysterious salmon with high-tech tools
TANANA (AP) -- It is like any other wall tent, one of dozens that can be found in fish camps all along this stretch of the Yukon River. Even a close inspection won't reveal much about what's on the other side of those canvas walls.

Mini-fire stations coming to the Bush
BETHEL (AP) -- New fire equipment that can be hooked up to snowmachines or ATVs is being is being sent to villages in western Alaska to see if the mini-fire stations can solve some of the problems of fighting fires in the remote communities.

Energy Bill Includes Promise Alaska Drilling Jobs Will Favor Unions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The energy bill passed by the House includes a promise that jobs created by new drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge will favor organized labor.

Golden Valley names new manager
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Longtime Golden Valley Electric Association employee Steve Haagenson has taken the reins of the Interior's power cooperative.

All seven safe after plane goes down near Denali
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Seven people are safe after their plane crashed on a trip near Denali National Park and Preserve, according to the Alaska Air National Guard.

Arbitrator's ruling cuts pay for UPS ramp workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Airport ramp workers for United Parcel Service, including 35 in Anchorage, are being hit with hefty pay cuts this week after an independent arbitrator ruled against them.

INS detains more than 80 suspected illegal immigrants in Valdez
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than 80 suspected illegal immigrants were apprehended in Valdez this week after federal immigration investigators responded to tips involving three seafood processors there.

Tender sinks near Valdez
VALDEZ (AP) -- Five crewmen were rescued Saturday when their fishing tender went down in Prince William Sound after apparently hitting a reef, the Coast Guard reported. It was the second sinking in the area in the last two weeks.

Ketchikan considering cell phone ban for drivers
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Drivers who use cell phones could face a $50 fine under an ordinance being offered by a city council member here.

Some cruises may have to bypass Glacier Bay due to judge's ruling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Thousands of cruise ship passengers who booked vacations to Glacier Bay National Park this summer may have to bypass the bay or reschedule their trips after a federal judge ordered an immediate rollback in the number of ships visiting the bay.

Jury awards $2.2 million for lawyer's actions
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior court jury has awarded more than $2.2 million to the former owners of the Chatanika Gold Camp, deciding they were misrepresented repeatedly by their longtime lawyer, Art Robson.

Taming of the loons ultimate reward for photographer's patience
STERLING, Alaska (AP) -- John Toppenberg silently inches the Zodiac toward the loon and its chick, veering left to approach them from an angle on the spruce-lined lake.

Kenai heritage area gets Senate approval
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has unanimously approved legislation authored by Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, to create a national heritage area on the Kenai Peninsula.

Twins game postponed
Rain postponed the first game of the American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins at the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament in Anchorage Saturday.

Mariners push record to 80-30
CLEVELAND -- Dan Wilson hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning as Seattle Mariners moved 50 games over .500 by beating Cleveland 8-5.

Braves demolish Brewers behind seven RBIs from Helms
MILWAUKEE -- Wes Helms drove in a career-high seven runs as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 14-2 Saturday.

NOW PLAYING: Legally Blonde
Trying to describe Legally Blonde is kind of like trying to describe one of those friends who needs a disclaimer. "Yeah, he drinks too much and can't hold down a job, but he's a really great guy. You'll love him!" This movie is silly and ridiculous and senseless, but it's a whole lot of fun as well. I almost feel like I'm apologizing for liking it.

DEC maps Tesoro fuel spill
Preliminary borings suggest a spill from the pipeline from the Tesoro Alaska refinery in Nikiski to Anchorage has contaminated about two acres of soil, a state official said.

Photo Features: Clowning around & Everybody loves a parade
Jester Josh Nichols jumps clear of a ride he was spinning for youngsters during Sterling Community Day Saturday morning. TJ Mushovic, 2, watches the Funny River Festival parade pass by from the comfort of an impromptu rain coat Saturday morning.

Filing period opens for municipal election
Candidates are lining up for municipal office as the filing period for October's election opened on Wednesday.

Cook Inlet slick source sought
State officials say an abandoned natural gas pipeline is the likely source of an oil slick spotted Tuesday on Cook Inlet.

Ruling cuts pay for UPS ramp workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Airport ramp workers for United Parcel Service, including 35 in Anchorage, are being hit with hefty pay cuts this week after an independent arbitrator ruled against them.

Workers say 'no' to union
Austin Industrial employees building BP's experimental gas-to-liquids plant in Nikiski voted 51-40 to reject a unionization bid by the Western Alaska Building Trades Council, union officials said.

Lyle Merle Reed
Central Point, Ore., resident Lyle Merle Reed died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, at his home. He was 70.

Two Oilers selected all-league
Luke Simmons and Mark Teahen of the Peninsula Oilers were named to the All-Alaska Baseball League team Saturday in voting conducted by media members throughout the state.

Few women make it to Senate
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 70 years after she astonished her many male rivals by barnstorming Arkansas and winning a full six-year term in the U.S. Senate, Hattie Caraway is finally getting some respect.

Alaska's winter chill sure beats sizzling in summer heat of Lower 48
This summer marks the 20th anniversary of my coming to Alaska.

Alaskans should take lead to ensure safe operations in ANWR
Opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration and development won a key vote in Congress last week, but the battle over ANWR is far from over.

Salmon potpourri: Is it safe to eat?
This has been a hectic salmon canning time, and we have received some good questions. Here are a few of the questions and the responses from the Cooperative Extension Service faculty.

My Best Friend
Brendan O'Brien loves to take Cinnamon for rides in his electric car. Cinnamon is a willing passenger on anything that moves, according to owners Tim and Roberta O'Brien of Nikiski.

Finch, Gourley wed in Sterling
Kimberly D. Finch and Calvin R. Gourley, both of Kenai, were married at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2001, at the home of Steve and Mary Mussman at St. Theresa's Camp in Sterling. Dennis "Bean" Lacey officiated.

Around the Peninsula
Funny River Festival continues todayCo-ed basketball registration slatedTown meeting to be heldCampaign dinner cruises planned

Purcell, Wik plan mid-August nuptials
Ginger Purcell and Kaarlo Wik, both of Kenai, have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at 3 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Center.

A feeling of calm: Ai chi has positive effect
Ai chi is a simple water exercise and relaxation program, practiced by some of the patients of Alaska Aquatic Therapy.

Goggia couple celebrate 50 years together
Kenai residents Ed and Margaret Goggia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today, Aug. 5.

Story Book Land flourishes among today's competition
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- There are no looping roller coasters, no blaring loudspeakers, no long queues of people waiting to get on rides.

Chance of precipitation a safe bet
WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Rain fell right on schedule in this Greene County borough. Showers on July 29 meant it has rained in this borough of 41,000 people on July 29 for 106 of the past 127 years, said Bruce Wermlinger, borough administrator.

Aqua therapy makes big splash in Nikiski
One morning in the winter of 2000, Debra Southwick heard her phone ringing. As she walked quickly through the house to answer it, Southwick fell abruptly to the floor.

Pernice Jr. keeps lead at The International
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Tom Pernice Jr. withstood challenges from some of golf's top players Saturday to maintain his lead after three rounds of The International.

Alt takes Grainge Memorial in playoff
The hit and pray. It's not a shot one would see in a golf video or magazine, but if it's working, it's the most valuable shot in the golfer's arsenal.

6-under takes Clarion tourney
Bob Lashlee, Dave Ramsey, Bruce Steener and Barry Brewer combined to card a 6-under 66 to win the third Peninsula Clarion Support Literacy Golf Tournament Saturday at the Kenai Golf Course.

World Fastest Human delivers
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Maurice Greene is halfway to his third consecutive 100-meter world title and John Godina is halfway to an unprecedented field event double.

Vick impresses in Falcons debut
ATLANTA -- Thousands of fans lined up outside the Georgia Dome to buy tickets for a preseason game. In the past, people came there to get away from the crowds.

Asthma attack kills football player
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The breathing problems that forced Rashidi Wheeler out of a conditioning drill didn't seem to be any different from the 30 other asthma attacks he'd had while playing football the past three years.

Sports Briefs
Seles dismantles Hingis; Williams beats DavenportAustin honors Armstrong with celebrationRafter, Pavel advance to Tennis Masters final

Emotions flow as Buoniconti inducted to Hall
CANTON, Ohio -- Nick Buoniconti waited 25 years to finally receive the crowning achievement of his career -- induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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