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Monday, August 7, 2000

Controversial Cooper Landing project sparks more concern
KENAI -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough's proposed Cooper Landing development is stuck in controversy again, delayed this week by disagreements on timing between the borough mayor and assembly members.

Driver in fatal crash had high blood-alcohol level
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The driver blamed for a July car crash on Chena Hot Springs Road that killed him and five other people had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, Alaska State Troopers said Saturday.

Railroad cleared in creek bed bulldozing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad has been cleared of any wrongdoing when it bulldozed a creek bed near Moose Pass last month.

Greenpeace activists board barge with BP drilling equipment on board
BARROW, Alaska (AP) -- Activists from the environmental group Greenpeace boarded a barge containing oil drilling equipment early Monday as it was en route to BP Amoco's Northstar project in the Arctic Ocean.

Sorel bankruptcy sends shivers through Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- If you're thinking about buying a new pair of Sorels you'd better step on it.

State to end payments for school bus safety monitors, cameras
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state will be ending its payments for school bus safety monitors and video cameras after this school year.

Search under way for missing Egegik fisherman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers have found the skiff of a missing Egegik fisherman but no sign of the 24-year-old man himself.

Program drives more demand for dentists
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some Alaska kids who can now afford dental checkups thanks to a new state program are having trouble finding a dentist because many dentists don't accept Medicaid.

Swedes try to circle globe in open boat
JUNEAU (AP) -- In a boat the size of a family car, two Swedes motored away from Juneau early Friday to continue their around-the-world voyage.

Accused pleads no contest in folk festival embezzlement
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former Juneau Assembly candidate accused of embezzling money from the Alaska Folk Festival pleaded no contest to charges of theft and falsifying business records.

Kodiak gets state approval to run harbor utilities
KODIAK (AP) -- State regulators have approved a request by the City of Kodiak to become a public utility operating its own electrical distribution system at the local boat harbors.

Low enrollment threatens Haines-area school
HAINES (AP) -- Unless two more students enroll before Labor Day, Mosquito Lake School will fall below the state's minimum school size and could close its doors for good.

University program promotes wellness
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new program sponsored by the University of Alaska and the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium seeks to save lives by promoting wellness rather than treating illness.

Kodiak gets state approval to run harbor utilities
KODIAK (AP) -- State regulators have approved a request by the City of Kodiak to become a public utility operating its own electrical distribution system at the local boat harbors.

Fish and Game says man legally shot Russian River Bear
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wrapping up their investigation, state and federal agencies have concluded that a man legally shot a black bear on the Russian River over the weekend.

Snowmachining groups file lawsuit to open Denali
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two snowmachining groups have filed a federal lawsuit aimed at opening 2 million acres of Denali National Park and Preserve to riders.

Elderly tourist dies while on Southeast hike
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 73-year-old tourist died Friday while on a hike in Southeast Alaska.

Driver charged after hitting four vehicles on Seward Highway
MOOSE PASS (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been charged with reckless driving and four counts of assault after he ran into four vehicles on the Seward Highway on Friday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Russian trawler charged with illegal fishing in U.S. waters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Attorney's office in Anchorage said Friday it has decided to prosecute a case involving a Russian trawler that was seized earlier this week for fishing inside U.S. economic zone waters.

Lake and Pen Borough seeks fishery disaster status
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The Lake and Peninsula Borough wants the Knowles administration to include Kvichak River villages in this summer's fishery disaster after low sockeye returns.

Up to 80,000 gallons of jet fuel leaks from pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An abandoned underground pipeline may have leaked up to 80,000 gallons of jet fuel in an Anchorage neighborhood, according to state environmental officials.

Up to 80,000 gallons of jet fuel leaks from pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An abandoned underground pipeline may have leaked up to 80,000 gallons of jet fuel in an Anchorage neighborhood, according to state environmental officials.

Troopers warned accused driver about effects of painkillers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man driving under the influence of painkillers crashed into another vehicle on the Parks Highway late last month, injuring a Lower 48 couple on vacation, Alaska State Troopers said.

North Pole could see third refinery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- North Pole may get a third refinery. Arctic Energy is proposing construction of an oil refinery adjacent to the Williams Alaska Petroleum refinery.

State health officials warn of vaccine shortage
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- State health officials are warning of the likelihood of a flu vaccine shortage this winter and are urging that shots be given only to those at high risk of complications from the flu.

Fairbanks bishop dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Fairbanks died of an apparent heart attack Sunday, minutes before he was to celebrate a confirmation mass in the western Alaska village of Emmonak.

Southeast groups get funds for repatriation of artifacts
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two Southeast Native groups have received a total of $88,000 from the National Park Service for repatriation of artifacts currently held by museums.

Gov. Knowles unveils jobs program
NENANA (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles unveiled a jobs program Saturday designed to employ youths in areas hit hard by the western Alaska fisheries disaster.

Tired hikers call in rescue by cellphone
JUNEAU (AP) -- Trapped on a steep, slick mountainside in the gathering dark, two tired hikers from the Lower 48 fell back on an all-purpose safety tool -- the cellular phone -- to trigger what turned out to be a tricky helicopter rescue.

Troopers warned accused driver about effects of painkillers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man driving under the influence of painkillers crashed into another vehicle on the Parks Highway late last month, injuring a Lower 48 couple on vacation, Alaska State Troopers said.

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Around the Peninsula
Kenai Middle School announces registrationSoldotna chamber holds candidates forumVisitors center features pottery, archaeologyBack-to-school shots available in Ninilchik, HomerBreast feeding group to hold meeting

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Emergency order issuedSafety classes for baby-sitters availableKenai Public Health Center offers immunizationsProfessional women invited to meetingDoctors' offices relocated

Cuningham Park is good find for fishers
The squishy sound of mud, the whiz and plunk of a cast line, gentle lapping of waves, snippets of casual conversation and the inevitable shout of "fish on" are familiar sounds on the Kenai Peninsula.

On a wing and a prayer
An important era of the 20th century is rapidly passing out of living memory.

Bagley proposal would subdivide Point Possession
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly ran out of time Tuesday before it could address the administration's proposal to subdivide 860 acres near Point Possession for eventual sale.

Road power decision on hold
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly postponed action Tuesday on a proposal to seek road powers that could facilitate extension of the Kenai Spur Highway to subdivisions north of Nikiski.

Birds continue to plague airport runway in Kenai
A scene reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's movie, "The Birds," has been taking place all summer at Kenai Municipal Airport.

Our Lady of the Angels honors Sister Joyce Ross for 50 years of service
After 50 years in a profession, most people get a gold watch, retirement p

Photo feature: Dizzy days
Hillary Smith spins circles on the merry-go-round during Sterling Days Saturday afternoon. The festival featured a fun run, food, games for the kids and entertainment from Abundant Life Assembly of God's F-5 band.

Ron Krigbaum
Kenai resident Ron Krigbaum died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 33.

August 6: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on an Alaska-Canada rail link:
A proposal to build a rail link between Canada and Alaska, as approved by a Senate committee last week, is not new. The idea has been around a long time -- for decades, in fact. But the plans have gone nowhere.

August 3: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on sled dog race sponsors:
Face it, those big checks from Outside sponsors are the bane of the sled dog racing circuit.

August 2: Juneau Empire on Kake water supply problems:
Here in Southeast, we are surrounded and deluged with water. It's all around us and it seems to fall on us all the time. It's something we just take for granted.

August 3: Anchorage Daily News on collecting delinquent student loans:
With computer glitches solved, the Alaska student loan program will now report delinquent borrowers to credit bureaus. Already, the program can garnishee wages and say ''I'll take that'' when the state cuts a Permanent Fund dividend check for a deadbeat.

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Murre chick still thrivingSalmon Derby offer$1,000 drawing for fishers Children's activity timeAlaska SeaLife Invitational

Peninsula People
Homer High grad enlists in ArmyKenai student participates in language programDelegates to Boys' and Girls' Nation visit StevensStudents name Peninsula Winter Games' mascotHeus named to dean's list

Truesdell, Avenier to wed
Mary Truesdell and Frederic Dominique Alain Avenier announce that they will be married Aug. 12 in Grenoble, France.

Community News
Soldotna summer beautification awards announcedSPCA announcementsHomer Community Schools summer additions

Post 20 Juniors lose first game
The Post 20 Twins Junior Varsity dropped its first game 3-2 to Service in the Alaska State American Legion Tournament Sunday afternoon at Mulcahey Stadium in Anchorage.

NFL's top QBs: Young guns or heirs apparent?
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Peyton Manning was asked if the retirements of John Elway, Dan Marino and Steve Young make him one of the NFL's top QBs or just one of the top young ones.

Venus wins third straight title
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Venus Williams beat Monica Seles 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-3 Sunday at the Acura Classic for her third straight tournament title and 15 match victory in a row.

Oilers get hot, stay hot at NBC
The Peninsula Oilers won their first two games at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan.

Political golf balls at Mayors tourney
Former Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Don Gilman and his team stormed the competition at the first Mayors Cup golf tournament Saturday at Birch Ridge in Soldotna.

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