Monday, August 6, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Student-operated radio station to begin broadcasting early 2002
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Delta High School's new student-operated radio station should be broadcasting by early 2002.

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.

Undergraduate teaching degree program approved for UA
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new undergraduate degree program was approved for the University of Alaska that educators hope will boost the number of Alaska-trained elementary school teachers, particularly in rural areas.

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.

Efforts underway to restore Aleutian Canada geese to Russia
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Efforts are underway to reintroduce the once endangered Aleutian Canada goose -- already a success story -- to Russia.

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.

Union promise tucked into energy bill helped secure passage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rep. Don Young tucked a promise into the energy bill that secured the support of organized labor and helped the bill pass in the House last week.

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.

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.

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.

Valdez, Army Corps of Engineers mull plans for second small boat harbor
VALDEZ (AP) -- Valdez city officials are considering two possible sites for a second small boat harbor.

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.

Eagle River residents mull secession from Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Old feelings of unfair treatment have revived the idea that Eagle River should secede from Anchorage.

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.

Juneau considers smoking ban
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau Assembly committee will take public testimony Monday on a proposed ordinance designed to limit smoking in public places.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Twins drop opener at state
Usually, what comes around goes around. In the case of the American Legion Post 33 Chugiak Mustangs, what comes around goes not around, but through, legs.

Giants get back on track by whipping Philly
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rich Aurilia went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer and five RBIs, and Livan Hernandez got three hits while pitching 6 2-3 innings as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 Sunday for their 10th victory in 11 games.

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.

Angels come back to edge Yankees
NEW YORK -- The Anaheim Angels rallied for two runs to tie the game in the sixth inning after Ted Lilly hit Scott Spiezio and broke the tie on Bengie Molina's two-out double in the eighth to beat the New York Yankees 4-3 Sunday.

Pirates great sheds tears of joy for Hall of Fame induction speech
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Yes, there really is crying in baseball -- Bill Mazeroski broke down during his Hall of Fame induction, and some of baseball's greats cried along with him.

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.

Gordon becomes first three-time winner of NASCAR event at Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS -- Early Sunday afternoon, the last thing on Jeff Gordon's mind was winning the Brickyard 400.

Businessman with recycling plant proposal is no-show at meeting
Concerned Cohoe residents got little satisfaction out of a community meeting Friday to discuss a controversial proposal for a fish waste recycling plant.

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.

Electric utility powers up for 21st century
The Homer Electric Association is branching out.

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.

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.

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.

Both sides stay busy in prison campaign
With the future of Alaska's first private prison to be determined by Kenai Peninsula Borough voters in October, it is guaranteed that proponents and opponents will be busy.

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.

Assembly numbers, space top Tuesday agenda
Pick a subject -- almost any subject -- and you'll find it on the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly's Tuesday agenda.

Council won't loosen bond requirements for developer
The city council of Kenai, concerned two new developments might be stalled and go unbuilt, is requiring performance bonds from the developers, but that's not sitting well with one of them.

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

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.

Letters to the Editor
Anglers should be allowed to keep fish, no matter how they are caught Legislators would do well to resolve 'local hire' issue Group opposed to private prison looking for help with its cause

Development vs. environment
TALINGCHAN, Thailand -- From the sandy coast of this sun-kissed fishing village, Heme Ja-U gazes grimly at the azure waters.

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.

Social Security outlook not as bad as some say
President Bush's commission on Social Security reform has a long way to go if it hopes to forge a national consensus on how to keep the system solve

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.

Congress needs to define purpose of new farm bill
Both houses of Congress are plowing ahead on a new farm bill, stirring up one of the most complex issues in American life. ...

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

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.

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.

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.

Peninsula People
Area graduates make deans lists Kenai woman competes

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.

Ask a Trooper
Question: How fast am I allowed to go when I am passing someone on the highway?

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

Community news
Veteran Website now available Homer community school events Host families needed

Garden of the week
Helen and John Groenveld's home off Angler Drive in Kenai has been named the weekly winner in the Kenai Beautification Committee's summer-long Garden of the Week program.

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.

Summer program proves successful
The After the Bell summer program will come to a close Thursday after two fun-filled sessions.

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.

Billy and Jae Thomas

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

Immunizations needed soon
As the school year approaches with seemingly increasing speed, schools and medical personnel suspect a high number of children may be unable to attend the first day of school.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Emergency order issued for upper inlet Science presentation planned CARTS to hold meeting First aid, CPR classes to be held Nutritional seminars slated Social security visits scheduled Boys and Girls Club to close temporarily Free booth space available Picnic held in lieu of meeting Beautification nominations accepted through Friday

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.

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.

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

Greene dashes to third straight 100-meter title
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Maurice Greene has been the world's fastest human for the past four years -- and he left no doubt about it Sunday night.

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.

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.

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.

South Korean golfer takes British Open
SUNNINGDALE, England -- Se Ri Pak charged past Karrie Webb on Sunday in the Women's British Open for her third major title.

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.

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.

Breaking for lunch
A young brown bear picks over the remains of a moose carcass near the entrance to Skyview High School last week.

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