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Thursday, August 9, 2001

Government, private funds combine for emergency equipment upgrades
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than 140 communities in Alaska are in line for new lifesaving equipment thanks to $6.4 million in government and private grants.

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

National Weather Service to get seven new weather buoys
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A $1.7 million congressional appropriation, arranged by U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, is paying for seven new weather buoys for the National Weather Service in Alaska.

Police seek man in attempted kidnapping
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 13-year-old boy fended off an apparent kidnapping attempt Wednesday night in east Anchorage.

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

Man puts car through trailer of ex-fiance's new boyfriend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man upset with his ex-fiance used a front-end loader to drop a car onto her current boyfriend's trailer.

Fairbanks legislator wants state control of Chena Pump Wayside
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For almost 100 years the site now known as the Chena Pump Wayside has furnished access to the Tanana River.

Juneau to pay $30,000 fine for EPA violations
JUNEAU (AP) -- The city has agreed to pay $30,000 and make drainage improvements to settle a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency complaint about a raw sewage leak, a city official said.

Appeals court hears arguments in Greenpeace lawsuit against Northstar
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the oil spill response plans for BP's Northstar oil project in the Beaufort Sea.

Seafood workers vote to decertify union
SITKA (AP) -- Just one month after ratifying a union contract with Sitka Sound Seafoods, workers there voted overwhelmingly to leave the union.

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.

Rescuers searching for Sitka humpback whale snagged in netting
SITKA (AP) -- National Marine Fisheries Service officials have searched in vain for three days for a humpback whale reported to be tangled in a net in Sitka Sound, the agency said.

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.

Law enforcement to get meth lab training
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than 50 law enforcement officers from around the state will participate in a nine-day training session on how to deal will methamphetamine laboratories.

Stevens threatens filibuster if Senate omits ANWR from energy bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Opponents of development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge say they will filibuster a Senate energy bill if it contains a provision to allow oil exploration on the refuge. Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens said Wednesday two can play the filibuster game.

New redistricting plan prompts Republican candidates to move
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two Republican state lawmakers faced with the prospect of running against like-minded incumbents in the primary under a new redistricting map, have taken up residence in other districts.

Hoonah teens win permission to follow Native tradition
JUNEAU (AP) -- Like the hit movie ''Pay it Forward,'' students Kevin Skeek and Johan Hinchman were challenged by their teacher to take up a project that would bring about change in the world.

Ride organizers try to avoid conflicts with first day of school
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska AIDS Vaccine Ride will begin earlier in the morning this year to avoid a conflict with motorists on the road because of the first day of school, organizers said.

Two survive plane crash near Manokotak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people walked away uninjured from a light plane crash Monday near Manokotak in southwest Alaska, the Coast Guard said.

Fishing vessel hit charted rock in Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fishing vessel that ran aground and sank in Prince William Sound hit a rock identified on nautical charts, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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.

Director of Mat-Su College resigns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Stephen G. Sylvester, the director of the Matanuska-Susitna College, resigned after University of Alaska officials received complaints about his management style and personal behavior.

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.

Five teen-agers arrested in connection with vandalism spree
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police arrested five teen-agers accused of going on a vandalism spree that involved bashing at least 50 cars with baseball bats and setting fire to two.

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.

Seward's annual Silver Salmon Derby set
FAULT POINT, Alaska (AP) -- Fresh from the heat of a scorching Midwest summer, 11-year-old Eric Bloebaum shivered in the rainy dampness of the chilly Alaska gulf and was happy.

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.

State flags lowered in memory of musher Jerry Louden
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State flags will be lowered Thursday in memory of musher Jerry Louden, a state worker who was killed on the Richardson Highway last week.

Teens vandalize more than 60 cars in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police arrested five teenagers suspected of vandalizing more than 60 cars and trucks early Wednesday.

Earthquake occurs near Amchitka
AMCHITKA (AP) -- An earthquake occurred Thursday morning near Amchitka in the Aleutian Islands.

Indians hasten Twins' free fall
MINNEAPOLIS -- Juan Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking, two-run double as the Cleveland Indians broke loose in the 10th inning to beat Minnesota 8-2 Wednesday night for a one-game lead over the Twins in the AL Central.

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.

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

Cubs make life rocky for Rockies
CHICAGO -- Jason Bere pitched seven shutout innings to extend his scoreless streak to 17 2-3 as the Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Wednesday.

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.

Business Highlights
The business week in review

Expansion? Contraction? The consumer will let us know
NEW YORK (AP) -- The popular economic hope, shared by Washington, Wall Street, manufacturers, retailers and many academics, is that the consumer will pull the rest of the economy to higher ground.

Lessons from going ''cold turkey'' on credit cards
NEW YORK (AP) -- A southern Pennsylvania community named Cashtown lived up to its name last week.

Back to nature, with money -- boomers favor ecotourism, significant vacations
CHICAGO (AP) -- Ah, summer vacation. A resort hotel, lazy days at a beach or pool, maybe an amusement park.

Throwing in the towel
NEW YORK (AP) -- The phrasing varies but the message is the same: The big dreams of a stock market comeback as momentous as its collapse are faded and jaded now. Forget them. Get real.

Stevens stands tough on ANWR
ANCHORAGE -- Opponents of development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge say they will filibuster a Senate energy bill if it contains a provision to allow oil exploration on the refuge. Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens said Wednesday two can play the filibuster game.

Gas line options outlined
Various plans for North Slope natural gas were the topic at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday.

TV News Anchor comes home to tape Hobo Jim documentary
Soldotna High School graduate Curtis Smith, KTUU Channel 2 TV News anchor, was on the Peninsula as the salmon were running to tape a s

Getting 'wired' at the Chat Room Cyber Caf now open in Soldotna
Coffee, Tea, or E? As in Internet e-mail, is now available at Jenn Stubblefield's all new Chat Room Cyber Caf in the Business Plaza in Soldotna, off the Sterling Highway. "We wanted to bring some of the outside world into Soldotna and create a different

Canning Kenai reds, Texas style
Roland and Willie Mae Kennedy are retired from Alaska and now live in Jewitt Texas. Like the mighty Kenai River Sockeye Salmon, Roland and Willie Mae now return every summer with traveling companions James and Jolene Moore, from Livingston Texas.

Community-wide effort breaks the Million Dollar mark in the 8th Kenai River Classic
The Eighth Annual Kenai River Classic invitational fishing tournament will go down in the year 2001 record books for being the first

Let the questions begin...
With municipal elections only two months away, voters on the Kenai Peninsula are becoming aware of an important vote that will be taking place the first Tuesday of October. The issue is whether or not to continue with pl

Glacier Mushing thrills visitors and local residents alike
It's been called a triple adventure, "The Ultimate Mushing Experience," by CNN news, yet, three years ago Godwin Glacier Dog Sled Tours was only an idea of dog musher Lorraine Temple. Today Temple's idea offers visitors an exotic combination of a helicopter flight to the 3,400 ft level of the Godwin Glacier, and a summer dog sled ride across ancient ice overlooking Resurrection Bay. "We have 100 huskies up there and it's been phenomenally exciting. The dogs really are the key players, and we actually helicopter them up by sling," said Temple. The business had to receive special use permits for the unique tour from the U.S. Forest Service, which closely regulates the operation. "We operate under a flight pattern that assures we do not impose on the natural surroundings, our footprint is very small on the glacier, and we pack out every speck of dog waste by helicopter," added Temple, who earned her degree in environmental studies.

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.

'American Pie 2' raunchy but fun
''American Pie 2'' isn't so much a second slice as it is a reheated piece of the original. It tastes just as good, though if you've tried it before, you know what it's like.

Kasilof woman turns beach finds into art
A walk on a beach can be fun, but generally not profitable.

'Princess' shows sappy can work
A cynical reviewer might say there's an ugly message in ''The Princess Diaries'' -- that all awkward teens need do to find contentment is get a makeover and wait for a hitherto unknown royal grandmother to come lay a crown on their heads.

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Art Briefs
Morrissey to sing in Moose Pass, SeldoviaOne-woman show to play at Moose PassCenter presents art workshopsPeninsula museums receive grantsRetreat planned for storytellersSoldotna museum open for summerFree poetry contest offered

Kasilof woman turns beach finds into art
A walk on a beach can be fun, but generally not profitable. Liz Chase of Kasilof, however, has found a way to make some money and a name for herself by combing Cook Inlet beaches for maritime treasures.

Art Briefs
Morrissey to sing in Moose Pass, Seldovia One-woman show to play at Moose Pass Center presents art workshops Peninsula museums receive grants Retreat planned for storytellers Soldotna museum open for summer Free poetry contest offered

Global Crossing at the Glen
Where: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International's 11-turn, 2.45-mile road course

Official hopes to get back in touch with fans
Jim Hunter knows stock car racing wasn't built with speed or fancy race tracks or a billion-dollar television contract. It was built by people with original ideas and a burning passion to go really fast, then make left-hand turns.

Nascar Schedule
Feb. 18th to Nov. 18th

The Heat Is On
ATLANTA -- Bobby Allison once locked three newspaper reporters in his passenger car and drove them around Birmingham on a hot July afternoon. After just five minutes, the heat inside his Buick seemed stifling, especially because the windows were rolled up. Ten minutes into the drive, everyone was drenched in sweat. Five minutes after that, everyone teetered on nausea.

Money leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $4,850,466 2. Dale Jarrett 3,172,526 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,965,232

Points standings
1. Jeff Gordon 3,027 2. Dale Jarrett 2,867 3. Ricky Rudd 2,848

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.

Women's center shows TLC goes a long way
The Transitional Living Center provides lessons and hope within its walls. This hope builds more positive community members in Kenai and Soldotna.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Fresh fruit
Brook Carver picks raspberries in his family's yard alongside Kobuk Street in Soldotna Tuesday morning. Berries, both domestic and wild, are ripening quickly with the recent sunny days.

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.

Assembly size at heart of debate
Give voters a choice was the clear message sent to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Tuesday night.

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.

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.

Winston Elmer 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.

Eugene E. Bybee
Former Soldotna resident Eugene E. Bybee died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001, at his home on Twin Lakes Boulevard in Leesburg, Fla. He was 55.

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
Rules make it impossible for state biologists to do their job correctly

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

Applause
Many contribute to fun-filled time at Soldotna Creek ParkSeveral lend Cooper Landing's 'Sexy Seniors' helping handArea restaurants support Nikiski Debate TeamJunior Softball season scores home run for great experienceGolfers show their generosity in tourney for HeadStart program

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.

What others say
Vietnam, Gulf War vets deserve better benefitsCan it really be? MTV marks 20th anniversary

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?"

Worth gushing over
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming (AP) -- As two-way radios crackled, Californian David Leeking took notes and intently watched the steaming vents of Fan and Mortar geysers.

Project to track pelicans continues late researcher's work
CORRELL, Minn. (AP) -- The banders met at 5 a.m. to a picturesque scene of scooped-mouthed birds flying over a cool Marsh Lake as the sun slowly inched above the horizon.

Outdoor adventure used to teach faith
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- Roped securely into her climbing gear, 14-year-old Amanda Youngman made steady progress up the rock face of Ely's Peak.

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

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
Speaker scheduled at MS luncheon Guided nature walk planned Low-cost spay/neuter clinic slatedNew allergy group to meetScalzi to speak at public meetingBlood drive in progress

Ravens lose running back Lewis to torn ligament in knee
WESTMINSTER, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis tore a ligament in his left knee during practice Wednesday and is likely lost for the season.

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

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

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.

Jones breezes to win in 200 heat
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Two days after failing to win a third straight 100 title, Marion Jones began her quest for her first at 200 meters by winning her heat at the World Championships on Wednesday night.

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

Leman cards ace on No. 8
Congratulations to Dan Leman of Ninilchik on his hole in one! Monday, playing the 150-yard eighth hole, Dan attained this spectacular accomplishment. Some of us dream about accomplishing this while for Dan it is a reality! For interested trivia buffs, Dan was playing a Dunlop ball and using Wilson irons.

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.

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