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Wednesday, August 8, 2001

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.

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.

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

Security increased at Denali National Park
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- Security is being increased following the attack on a woman inside Denali National Park.

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

Grizzly bear seen scampering around Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A young grizzly bear has been seen careening around some Anchorage neighborhoods, popping up on streets and city parks.

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.

UA embarking on several studies on diversifying Alaska's economy
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The University of Alaska is embarking on several research studies to advise lawmakers on a more diversified state economy.

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.

Fairbanks school board approves one-year contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks school board has approved a one-year contract for schools Superintendent Jim Holt.

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.

Park Service says nine cruise ships could be kept from Glacier Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service announced Tuesday that nine cruise ships will be prevented from entering Glacier Bay National Park in Southeast Alaska this summer.

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.

Fishermen play key role in Prince William Sound spill response
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 35,000-gallon diesel leak in Prince William Sound is testing a key response component set up after the Exxon Valdez oil spill -- the use of commercial fishermen.

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.

Murkowski delays announcement on run for governor to focus on ANWR vote
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski said Tuesday he is putting off a decision on whether he will run for governor in order to focus on efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Maddux establishes record for most walkless innings
Maddux establishes record for most walkless innings

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 booted from state tourney
The Post 20 Peninsula Twins were eliminated from the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament Tuesday in Anchorage due to a 6-3 loss to Juneau.

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.

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.

Indians move into first-place tie
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rookie C.C. Sabathia and Cleveland beat Minnesota 7-2 Tuesday to forge a tie for first place in the AL Central.

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

Holistic approach winning battles with disabilities
There may be hope for people suffering the effects of everything from learning disabilities to cerebral palsy to Alzheimer's disease. This hope comes in the form of the Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopment and Learning Efficiency.

Senator delays decision on governor bid
ANCHORAGE -- Sen. Frank Murkowski said Tuesday he is putting off a decision on whether he will run for governor in order to focus on efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

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:

Fishers crucial to spill response
ANCHORAGE -- A 35,000-gallon diesel leak in Prince William Sound is testing a key response component set up after the Exxon Valdez oil spill -- the use of commercial fishermen.

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.

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.

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.

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

Cell phone users up ante for law breakers
Soldotna Police Department Sgt. Robb Quelland estimated that at least 90 percent of the complaints Soldotna police receive about dangerous and erratic drivers now come via cellular telephones.

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.

Murkowskis donate 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.

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.

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.

Sockeye season drawing to close
The Kenai River finally made its escapement of sockeye salmon over the weekend, though it took a closure of sportfishing and setnetting and restrictions on driftnetters to achieve.

Winston Bingham
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Winston Elmer Bingham died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001, of natural causes at Willamette Valley Hospital in McMinnville, Ore. He was 85.

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

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.

Gas line should run to Valdez
Over the years in Juneau, I have repeatedly asked this administration and each of the owners and potential producers of North Slope Gas,"When can we expect to see a pipeline, and will Alaska receive a fair share of the profits derived from our gas?"

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."

Letters to the Editor
Comedy of errors proves to be anything but funnyStaircase which helps recycling effort disappears; return sought

Applause
Many contribute to another successful Progress Days

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.

House vote recognizes importance of ANWR
Alaskans can take heart from (last) Wednesday's vote in support of Arctic drilling by the U.S. House; a majority of the members serving in this nation's most representative elected body clearly recognize that the oil lodged within the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is an asset it would be foolish to lock away.

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.

Photo Feature: Fiddling around
Violinist Daniel Kim and other members of the DeVere Quartet (not pictured) perform at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural

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.

Around the Peninsula
Nurses offer back-to-school shot clinicsRegistration begins at area schoolsGuided tour through exhibit plannedCARTS meeting to be heldRegistration scheduled for basketball teamsSeminar for health-care professionals scheduled

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

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

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.

Salt Lake hosts IOC leader Rogge
SALT LAKE CITY -- IOC president Jacques Rogge plopped onto a twin-sized bed at a college dormitory Tuesday and placed his hands on his lap. His eyes darted around the sparsely decorated room.

Szabo kicks past 1,500 field
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Gabriela Szabo didn't have to worry about Olga Yegorova on Tuesday night.

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.

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

Sports Briefs
Rahman signs for rematch with LewisRockets re-sign TaylorSampras advances, Becker loses in doubles returnA longer, stronger Augusta National

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.

Colts can't beat Indiana's stifling heat
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Indianapolis Colts just can't escape the heat.

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.''

Kenai Golf Report
I hear the mowers, I hear the weed whackers as they hone and trim the Kenai Golf Course for August golfing. There are many golfing events coming up soon and the course is looking green and the greens are taking shape.

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