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Tuesday, August 7, 2001

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.

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.

Galena man dies in boat fire
GALENA (AP) -- A 71-year-old Galena man died after his boat burst into flames late Sunday night on the Koyukuk River, Alaska State Troopers said.

Murkowskis donates funds raised for breast cancer detection, treatment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Breast cancer detection and treatment efforts in Anchorage and Fairbanks got a boost Tuesday with an $80,000 donation raised by Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski and his wife, Nancy.

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.

Committee approves smoking ordinance in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new ordinance to snuff out smoking in public places such as restaurants, offices, stores and hospitals and limit smoking outside some buildings was approved by a city assembly committee.

Aug. 3, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner praises House ANWR vote
Alaskans can take heart from Wednesday's vote in support of Arctic drillin

Troopers say Kipnuk girl was accidentally shot by her stepbrother
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers released more details Tuesday on the accidental shooting of a 3-year-old girl in the village of Kipnuk.

Toddler dies in shotgun accident
BETHEL (AP) -- A three-year-old Kipnuk girl died Monday in an accidental shooting, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Woman attacked in Denali National Park
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- A man attacked a woman during an attempted robbery inside Denali National Park, Alaska State Troopers said.

Firefighters rescue boy stuck in mud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage firefighters rescued a 12-year-old boy who got stuck while fishing in the mud at Ship Creek.

Undercount could cost Alaska more than $100 million
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska could lose more than $100 million dollars over a 10-year period because of an undercount on the latest U.S. Census, according to the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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.

Hacker replaces Fairbanks school district's home page
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A hacker replaced the Fairbanks school district's home page on the Web with red expletives written on a black screen.

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.

Republican majority approves Ben Stevens to fill Pearce's seat
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Republican majority in the state Senate has approved the appointment of Ben Stevens to fill the seat vacated by former Sen. Drue Pearce.

Change of venue sought for suspect in Coast Guard officer shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The attorney for a man charged with murdering a Coast Guard officer on St. Paul Island asked Monday that his client be tried in St. Paul instead of Anchorage.

Park Service says nine cruise ships could be kept from Glacier Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge's order means it's likely that nine cruise ships carrying approximately 13,500 passengers won't be allowed to enter Glacier Bay National Park in Southeast Alaska this summer, a Parks Service spokesman said.

Woman raped in Anchorage park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman was raped in an Anchorage park Sunday morning, according to police.

Spill cleanup underway in Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A cleanup was underway Tuesday in the largest oil spill in Prince William Sound since the Exxon Valdez more than 12 years ago.

Senate approves Murkowski bill allowing Hoonah land exchange
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a bill by Sen. Frank Murkowski that would allow Huna Totem Corp. to exchange 1,999 acres of land for more economically-viable land.

Alaska Airlines consolidates aircraft maintenance in Oakland
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) -- Alaska Airlines is consolidating its heavy aircraft maintenance operations in Oakland, Calif., and moving about 130 jobs south.

Fairbanks firefighters reach contract agreement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The city of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks Fire Fighters Association have reached a tentative contract agreement after more than four years of negotiations.

Change of venue sought for suspect in Coast Guard officer shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The attorney for a man charged with murdering a Coast Guard officer on St. Paul Island asked Monday that his client be tried in St. Paul instead of Anchorage.

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.

Around the State
Firefighters rescue boy stuck in mudEfforts under way to restore geese to RussiaPlans for second small boat harbor considered

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.

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

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.

July 27, 2001 The Ketchikan Daily News urges support for the state's struggling commercial fishing industry
Anyone working in the commercial fishing industry can tell you that Alaska's share of the world salmon market isn't want it once was.

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.

Aug. 3, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News urges pushing on to the Senate with ANWR
Rep. Don Young shouted in triumph Wednesday when the U.S. House of Representatives approved oil drilling in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Aug. 2, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. on Gov. Knowles' words to Katie John
Gov. Tony Knowles has reportedly made a new promise in the Katie John case.

Petition drive filed for gas pipeline to Valdez
JUNEAU (AP) -- They don't have the money or the gas, but a grass-roots group has begun a drive to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez.

Anaheim's Pote flaunts potential by shutting down Yanks
NEW YORK -- Emergency starter Lou Pote limited New York to four hits over five innings Monday, helping the Anaheim Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees.

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.

Post 20 whips Wasilla
The Post 20 Peninsula Twins stayed alive in the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament in Anchorage Monday with a 19-4 drubbing of Wasilla.

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.

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.

Brewers bottle up Marlins
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Everett Stull, on the disabled list all season, allowed one hit over six shutout innings and also had two hits Monday to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Florida Marlins 6-2 in the annual Hall of Fame exhibition game.

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.

Russian River sockeyes plentiful
Sport fishers will find plenty of Russian River sockeye salmon, despite the poor return to the Kenai River.

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.

Union charges intimidation before vote, ponders appeal
In the aftermath of Friday's unionization election at the BP gas-to-liquid job site in Nikiski, union organizers are considering an appeal of its 51-40 defeat. Company officials meanwhile are happy the vote turned down the union and have set their sights on finishing the job.

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.

Source of sheen remains mystery
The source of a sheen seen for a week near Unocal's Baker Platform remains a mystery, a state official said Monday.

New peninsula DOT superintendent chosen
The Kenai Peninsula has a new boss for pothole patching and snow plowing.

Petition filed for Valdez pipeline
JUNEAU -- They don't have the money or the gas, but a grass-roots group has begun a drive to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez.

HIV/AIDS facts paint tragic picture
According to information proviStaff report. Pallotta TeamWorks Aids Vaccine Rides organizers have provided the following statistics regarding HIV/AIDS:

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.

Mini-fire stations to aid people in remote locations
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.

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.

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

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.

Mideast on verge of another war
On a recent visit to Washington, Uzi Landau, Israel's minister for public security, predicted to me that another war would soon come to his country unless it "continues to show resolve and unity."

Democrats, Republicans seek compromise from each other
WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Republicans alike say reaching a final agreement on big issues like patients' rights and energy policy will require compromise -- by the other side, that is.

Letters to the Editor
State scientists being held hostage by social-engineering mandate

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

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. ...

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

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

Commercial fishing woes need state's full attention
Anyone working in the commercial fishing industry can tell you that Alaska's share of the world salmon market isn't what it once was.

Photo feature: Autumn edibles
A Leccinium insigne mushroom sheds a raindrop in the forest near Sterling last weekend. The edible mushroom joins many other fall delicacies including other mushrooms and berries that are starting to come into season.

Peninsula People
Area graduates make deans lists Kenai woman competes

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

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.

Births
Billy and Jae Thomas

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

Around the Peninsula
Prison tops chamber discussionDial gauge testing offeredBeautification nominations due FridayTibetan Medicine workshop plannedImmunizations held in HomerPicnic held in lieu of meetingRide for MS plannedSPCA virgil date changedIndustry Appreciation Day planned

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

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.

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

Women to ride for AIDS vaccine
Nikiski resident Margo Chilson and her longtime friend Kim Kenyon of New York are not just bothered about the AIDS epidemic around the world, they are trying to do something about it.

Guinness to determine if Michigan woman is world's oldest
COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) -- Researchers at the Guinness Book of Records are trying to determine if a Michigan woman is the world's oldest living person.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for local seniors

Senior Briefs
Activities available for peninsula seniors

Sports Briefs
Glacier Pontiac takes Dealership ShootoutGemmell named first-team All-AmericanOhio man leads August Halibut DerbySeldovia man races to second in PalmerKenai's Dexheimer takes State AmMcBride, Goldstein triumph Sterling raceHall of Fame revamps voting

Stars don't come out as Rams dust Dolphins
CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Marc Bulger tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Robinson early in the fourth quarter and the St. Louis Rams beat the Miami Dolphins 17-10 Monday night in the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame game.

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.

Vikings' Stringer remembered as generous
WARREN, Ohio -- With large pots of white calla lilies flanking his open black coffin, Korey Stringer was remembered Monday as a fun-loving, generous man who ''never forgot anyone.''

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.

U.S. star beaten in 100, Dragila wins pole vault
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Marion Jones flies out of the blocks with such speed and force that a race is usually hers from start to finish. On Monday night, a Ukrainian sprinter never let her pull away.

Bigger isn't necessarily better for NFL players
The NFL gospel that bigger is better can be proved any given Sunday. What Bob Goldman wonders is how many Sundays the guarantee is good for.

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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