Thursday, August 8, 2002

Court nixes state ballot language on Legislature move
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state must rewrite the ballot language for an initiative that proposes to move legislative sessions out of Juneau, the Alaska Supreme Court has ruled.

Cancer rate grows among Alaska Natives
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fifty years ago, almost half the death certificates for Alaska Natives listed tuberculosis as the killer and cancer was rare.

Exxon Valdez trustees revise injured species list
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council has determined that orcas in Prince William Sound should be considered ''recovering,'' not ''recovered'' from the effects of the 1989 oil spill.

Anchorage airport activity seen as way to creat jobs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. has outlined a plan to strengthen local businesses and create new jobs by boosting activity at the city's international airport.

Environmental groups protest gas expansion in Kenai Refuge
KENAI (AP) -- A proposal by Unocal and its partners Marathon Oil Company and Cook Inlet Region Inc. to expand natural gas production at the Swanson River Field in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has drawn a challenge from a coalition of conservation groups.

Elim man faces multiple charges
NOME (AP) -- An Elim man was charged with multiple offenses Monday after starting a fire and pointing a gun at people, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Anchorage looks at water safety
Anchorage (AP) -- The Sunday drowning of a young boy at Jewel Lake has prompted Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch to launch a review of water safety in lakes and swimming pools throughout the city.

Anchorage man nets 25 years for robberies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 20-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 25 years in federal prison for his role in at least two robberies last year at the Spenard Motel.

Abandoned wells could cost millions to fix
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state says the U.S. government has not properly maintained abandoned wells left from federal exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska decades ago. Officials on each side say the problem could cost millions to fix.

Two people survive head-on collision on bridge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people escaped serious injury Wednesday after their vehicles met head-on at the Willow Creek Bridge on the Parks Highway.

Railroad considers adding passenger cars
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ridership on the Alaska Railroad is up slightly from last summer, prompting corporation officials to consider adding more passenger cars to its fleet.

Police say car in fatal accident did not have defective brakes
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Brakes on a car in which two teenage girls died Tuesday were in good working order, Ketchikan police said Wednesday.

Ketchikan borough assembly fires clerk
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted 5-1 Monday night to fire its borough clerk.

Money from tribal group will help Whittier reopen clinic
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Whittier will reopen its medical clinic with the help of a tribal health organization.

State cuts may threaten federal airport funding
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's failure to maintain several rural runways could threaten federal funding for all of Alaska's airports, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Fires quiet, but air advisory remains
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Cooler temperatures and scattered showers helped slow the spread of several Interior fires Tuesday, but smoke continued to blanket much of the Fairbanks area.

Japan may block U.S. moves on Alaska Eskimo whaling
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's top whaling official indicated Wednesday that Tokyo would block U.S. attempts to reinstate a five-year whale hunting season for Alaska Eskimos.

Court nixes state ballot language on Legislature move
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state must rewrite the ballot language for an initiative that proposes to move legislative sessions out of Juneau, the Alaska Supreme Court has ruled.

Godfrey shot with gun registered to him
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Anchorage police have determined that Karen Brand used a gun registered to former Public Safety Commissioner Glenn Godfrey when she fatally shot him, critically injured his wife, then killed herself.

Two teenage girls die in Ketchikan traffic accident
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A violent collision between a compact car and a pickup truck Tuesday afternoon killed two teenage girls and injured four other teens and a young man.

Sports Briefs
Kenai volleyball practice starts Monday Pennsylvania angler takes Seward derby McDowell wins July in Homer derby Suspect will fight extradition to the United States Stewart fined $10,000 for punching photographer Doubleday accuses baseball of phantom losses Evans walks, expected to be released Wednesday

Rescuers keep Juneau boy from drowning
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rescuers saved a 12-year-old boy after he nearly drowned Monday night off Douglas Island's Sandy Beach.

Borough votes to back $5 million bond
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly agreed to back $5 million in bonds for the Alaska Ship and Drydock.

Alaska receives $8.1 million in rural grant money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal government has promised nearly $8.2 million in grant money for rural economic development.

Ellis reappointed to Western states panel
JUNEAU (AP) -- State Sen. Johnny Ellis was reappointed to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education on Tuesday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Murkowski unveils gubernatorial public safety plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski laid out an ambitious plan Wednesday to overhaul Alaska's public safety system if he is elected governor.

Two fishermen rescued after boat burns off Oregon coast
NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Two men, including one from Ketchikan, were rescued by the Coast Guard after their boat caught fire Tuesday off the Oregon coast.

Juneau cruise ship grounded after illness
JUNEAU (AP) -- Glacier Bay Cruiseline kept one of its small cruise ships, the Wilderness Discoverer, in port this week after 18 passengers and crew on a previous voyage came down with flu-like symptoms.

Upper Cook Inlet commercial fishery winds down
KENAI (AP) -- Commercial salmon setnetting and driftnetting ended this week for the east side of upper Cook Inlet and some fishermen and state regulators said the catch outperformed the past two years.

Oswalt leads Astros past Marlins
HOUSTON -- Roy Oswalt pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and Jeff Bagwell homered and doubled, leading the Houston Astros past the Florida Marlins 7-2 Wednesday night.

Players agree to test for steroids
NEW YORK -- Baseball players ended decades of opposition to mandatory drug testing Wednesday by agreeing to be checked for illegal steroids starting next year.

Athletics edge Red Sox
BOSTON -- Terrence Long reached over the right-center field wall into the Boston bullpen to rob Manny Ramirez of a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to preserve the Oakland Athletics' 3-2 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night.

Bonds moves one homer from 600
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' 599th homer wasn't even the most exciting part of a wild victory for the San Francisco Giants.

Texas can't handle Tigers' hot Sparks
DETROIT -- Steve Sparks struck out eight in his third complete game of the season, and Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer as the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 Tuesday night.

Business Briefs
Wells Fargo promotes 3 Soldotna employees Aug. 15 tax deadline nears for extension filers Fishing charter winner announced

Direct retail helps salmon fishers
Finding fish on the side of the road is no ordinary occurrence. So two Kenai Peninsula businesses have managed to capitalize on an oddity that is setting them apart from much of the fish trade in the area.

Beware bogus pageantry
At malls and hotels across the country, kids and young adults take the stage, smi

Homer to get Alaska USA
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has acquired property in Homer for construction of a full-service credit union branch office. The facility also will include an Alaska USA Mortgage Company office.

Japan may block U.S. moves on Alaska Eskimo whaling fleet
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's top whaling official indicated Wednesday that Tokyo would block U.S. attempts to reinstate a five-year whale hunting season for Alaska Eskimos.

Aspirin reduces pancreatic cancer
WASHINGTON -- Aspirin, already widely used by people hoping to ward off a heart attack, may also be helpful in preventing pancreatic cancer.

Suburban low birth weight rate rises
WASHINGTON -- More and more low-birthweight babies are being born across the country, and the rate is growing even faster in the suburbs than in the cities.

Failed HIV drug could help treat hepatitis B
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A failed HIV therapy should be sold instead to treat the liver-destroying hepatitis B virus, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration ruled Tuesday.

New cigarette vending machines check age
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A tobacco company is trying to reinvent the fading cigarette vending machine with a model designed to prevent illegal purchases by those under 18.

Auditors: Health insurance programs skirting the law
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Health and Human Services

Most moose hunters will be dining on something else after the hunt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Come the end of the hunting season in September, most Alaska moose hunters will have one thing in common.

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At the movies: 'Austin Powers in Goldmember'
''Austin Powers in Goldmember'' is the ''Wayne's World 2'' of the spy-spoof franchise, another humdrum Mike Myers sequel that has no reason to exist, that phones it in, that's a faint shadow of its predecessors.

Art Briefs
Poetry deadline Friday Watercolor class offered UAA tickets on sale

Summer workshops expose kids to art
Ordinarily, kids messing with ink and paint would be a parent's nightmare, but in this case it's constructive and educational, not to mention entertaining.

Orchestra hits high note with festival
At no time during the year is the music of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra more audible than during the orchestra's Summer String Festival.

Soldotna concert planned
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra brings its Summer Strings Festival up the road to the central peninsula this week.

Sibling Rivalry
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. -- The windows at most of the buildings that used to make up the Elliott family race shops are covered. The parking lot, once teeming with the out-of-state license tags of vacationers and race fans, is empty.

WHERE: 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

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In the spotlight - Mike Skinner

Troubled drivers get help
ATLANTA -- Tony Stewart and Al Unser Jr. are taking steps toward silencing their demons.

Race schedule
Nascar season racing schedule

Points standings
Point standings so far.

Commercial season winding down
There's gear to be stowed. Nets to be mended. Holds to be cleaned out. Hulls to be stripped and repainted. Skiffs to be put away. Engines to be overhauled. Boats to be pulled and dry-docked. Catches to be tallied. Money to be paid out.

New Jersey man fulfills cool quest
Where better to experience a noteworthy Blizzard than Soldotna, Alaska?

Photo feature: Making the cut
Wayne Cowan mows the lawn in front of Skyview High School Tuesday afternoon. When he's not working as a maintenance worker for the borough, he's working as a custodian at the school. "You might say this is my home turf here," he said.

Assembly OKs road standards ordinance
By a margin of just one vote, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly adopted controversial new road standards for borough subdivisions that will make it more expensive for developers to subdivide and prospective property owners to buy land.

Borough seeks way to pay for update
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will be asked Oct. 1 to approve $12 million in general obligation bonds to pay for planning, design, construction and equipping new solid waste facilities at the Central Peninsula Baling Facility.

Fish board to revisit issues at meeting
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will revisit two controversial Kenai Peninsula fishing issues during its 2002-03 meeting cycle, which begins in October.

After 10 years, Soldotna church gets its steeple
"Now it looks like a church," said a bystander watching as a 30-foot steeple was raised by a crane to the top of the College Heights Baptist Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna Tuesday.

Neighbor's heads-up reaction saves house
An observant teen, fast action by her mother and a quick response from Central Emergency Services contributed to saving a house that caught fire in a Soldotna neighborhood Tuesday morning.

Peggy Lee Taylor
Anchor Point resident Peggy Lee Taylor died Friday, July 26, 2002, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She was 36.

Karla Ethelyn Gleason
Kenai resident Karla Ethelyn Gleason died Monday, Aug. 5, 2002, at her home. She was 62.

Democratic gubernatorial primary serves as prelude to 2004 presidential battle
HEAD:Democratic gubernatorial primary serves as prelude to 2004 presidential battle

Letters to the Editor
Clarion story did not do Kenai Crewsers justice

Party choices may muddy vote on legislative move
Since this will be the first election under Alaska's new primary system in which political parties will restrict who can vote for their candidates, many voters had to make hard choices in registering for the Aug. 27 primary. The deadline for registering was July 28

South African Muppet will teach kids to stay healthy
In a statement of the painfully obvious a few weeks ago, six memb

School vouchers stir nationwide debate
WASHINGTON -- Like many Americans, Steve Klug likes the idea of provid

Eateries not to blame for poor eating habits
Read the label, fatty.

Tent blood drive a success

Former aluminum worker makes career in canines
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- Butch and Beverly Higgins are living their dream, scary as it is.

Local diving group plans artificial wreck for exploring
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A group of local divers is cleaning up a derelict 40-foot sailboat they plan to sink off the Auke Village Recreation Area in what they call an ''aquatic enhancement project.''

Broken leg leads to six-day ordeal for mountain camper
POWELL, Wyo. (AP) -- At times, Charles Overfield wasn't sure he would ever make it out.

Going out on a rope: Lone Peak cirque challenging for even the experts
OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Raichle Farrelly and Travis Corkrum left Farrelly's Toyota pickup before

Around the Peninsula
Mushroom workshop postponed EDD to be discussed at chamber MS support group to hold meeting CPGH to hold special board meeting Fish fry to be held Internet class scheduled Final Safe Sitter class offered SSA representatives to visit peninsula Boyd Shaffer Nature Trail to be dedicated

Around the Peninsula
Burn permit suspension lifted Senator forum to be held at Kenai chamber Extended immunization hours to be offered Nikiski volleyball tryouts planned Caregiver meetings scheduled Mushroom workshop postponed

Pet of the week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring a mature female yellow Labrador retriever for $12. License and rabies vaccine are included. Visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969 for more information.

District OKs new school in Seward
Seward is on its way to getting a new middle school, thanks to a support initiative approved Monday night by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education.

National skating federations ask for ethics panel
With the sport reeling from accusations of an Olympic fix, the U.S. Figure Skating Association is calling for an independent ethics commission. Now.

Redford gets hole in one
The fourth hole in one has been recorded at Birch Ridge Golf Course this summer.

Ramsey signs, but too late for chance to start
Quarterback Patrick Ramsey, the Redskins' first-round draft pick, finally signed with Washington on Wednesday after a 16-day holdout.

Sixers get Van Horn, MacCulloch in exchange for 7-foot-2 defensive center
PHILADELPHIA -- Once again, a team is hoping Dikembe Mutombo can help it win an NBA title.

Sports Briefs
Kenai volleyball practice starts Monday Pennsylvania angler takes Seward derby McDowell wins July in Homer derby Suspect will fight extradition to the United States Stewart fined $10,000 for punching photographer Doubleday accuses baseball of phantom losses Evans walks, expected to be released Wednesday

Spurrier acting superior
Steve Spurrier says he coaches the same way -- whether the opponent is Central Michigan or the San Francisco 49ers.

Former NHL All-Star, coach makes successful transition to polo
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Larry Robinson had a Hall of Fame career as an NHL defenseman. He's still keeping the other guys from scoring -- only now he does it on horseback instead of on skates.

American golfers barred from thin-faced drivers
In a surprising reversal Tuesday, golf's two governing bodies scrapped plans to allow recreational players in the United States to use so-called hot drivers, designed to hit the ball farther.

USGA makes strike in equipment battle
Nobody ever made a federal case out of hitting the golf ball too far. Except for the USGA. Good thing somebody did.

Lakers fans mourn announcer's death
LOS ANGELES -- A paper plate holding a hot dog and mustard was left on Chick Hearn's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, along with a handwritten message: ''To Chick, From Mark. Thanks for all the laughs. Miss you.''

Chrysler Open set to roll
The Kenai Golf Course will host the Kenai Chrysler Open with the pro-am starting Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m. Amateur golfers will have a chance to play with the professional golfers. Most of the professional golfers who play in the Kenai Chrysler Open are teaching club professionals or mini-tour players.

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