Friday, August 9, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Accused pipeline shooter sentenced in unrelated case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The man convicted of shooting a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline has been sentenced for an unrelated conviction stemming from a break in at a Fairbanks U-Haul business last September.

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.

No drugs, alcohol found in woman who killed Godfrey
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Investigators said Karen Brand apparently did not have drugs or alcohol in her body at the time she shot former Public Safety Commissioner, Glenn Godfrey, and his wife, Patti.

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.

State eyes $7.5 million for rural Internet grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state will distribute $7.5 million in grants to rural communities lacking online services, Gov. Tony Knowles said Thursday.

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.

Town asks for state relief in lieu of disaster
JUNEAU (AP) -- Yakutat residents are asking for state help to stave off what could be an economic disaster caused by the advance of the Hubbard Glacier.

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.

Corpse set ablaze near Girdwood; three in custody
GIRDWOOD (AP) -- The burned body of a young woman was found along a dirt road near a popular trail north of Girdwood early Thursday and Alaska State Troopers and Anchorage police were investigating the woman's death as a homicide.

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.

Fish and Game staff euthanize well-known grizzly
DEADHORSE (AP) -- A well-known grizzly bear was killed in Deadhorse after she repeatedly entered buildings looking for food.

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.

Boaters rescued off Admiralty Island
JUNEAU (AP) -- Seven people were rescued from Admiralty Island after their boats encountered harsh weather and mechanical problems Thursday, the Coast Guard said.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cubs slugger homers twice, Bonds whiffs
SAN FRANCISCO -- There was a long home run at Pacific Bell Park, but Barry Bonds didn't hit it.

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.

Rivera excels in return
NEW YORK -- Alfonso Soriano, Raul Mondesi and Robin Ventura homered to account for all the Yankees' runs, and Mariano Rivera returned from the disabled list Thursday to close out New York's 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.

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.

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

Boomer marketing still testing new ground in youth-worshiping Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- Gray haired or balding, the men show signs of age. But there's no doubt they're young at heart: They're exchanging e-mail on cell phones about their rock band's upcoming concert.

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

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.

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.

Volatile market prompts fresh look at risk tolerance
NEW YORK (AP) -- The traditional definition of risk tolerance is ''an investor's ability to handle declines in the value of his or her investments.''

Kentucky Fried Chicken marks 50th anniversary of first franchise
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Pete Harman was building a successful burger business in Utah when a white-haired, goateed acquaintance from Kentucky showed up unexpectedly and offered to cook a fried chicken dinner.

Murkowski, Ross trade barbs at candidates forum
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski and Anchorage attorney Wayne Anthony Ross acted more like old bantering buddies Thursday than serious rivals in the Republican race for governor.

Incumbents miss chance to woo voters at 2 forums
Campaigns for the Alaska House and the U.S. Senate brought candidates in each of those races to public forums in the central Kenai Peninsula this week, but in each, the incumbent was unable to attend, leaving voters with no chance to engage them with questions.

Scalz, Seaton differ on legislative move
HOMER -- It was business as usual for Paul Seaton and Drew Scalzi Wednesday as they restated some of their stances on issues facing the state during a luncheon sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and the Kachemak Bay Board of Realtors.

Reds make way for silvers, pinks
Although this year's sockeye run is coming to a close, Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports there are still a few reds to be had.

Friday fish prizes
Matthew Tomanga, 12 of California Katelyn Cowie, 11

Pet gardens can provide personal stash of catnip
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- A pet garden can be the cat's meow, provided you research your selections well and don't serve up too much of a good thing.

Hunters, backcountry travelers shouldn't travel without certain items
Packing for the great outdoors adventure? With the fall hunting season just around the corner, it's good to know what to bring in the event of any unforeseen troubles.

Hunting one of many ways to enjoy National Wildlife Refuge System
Hunting is an American tradition filled with much history and lore. Recent surveys estimated that 6 percent of the U.S. population age 16 or older, over 13 million people, went hunting in 2001, averaging 17.5 days afield each, and accounting for approximately $20 billion in total expenditures on travel, equipment, licenses, etc

Hunter education required for kids
Beginning Aug. 1, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game required a hunter education course for all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1986.

Don't know if a moose is legal? Then don't shoot
Legal or illegal? This issue appears at the outset to be a reasonably cut-and-dry question.

Refuge Hunting Briefs
Rules for using aircraft to hunt Refuge waterfowl and small-game hunting

Brown bear hunt may be canceled
When the hunting season on the Kenai Peninsula opens for moose on Aug. 20, hunters should expect things to be fairly similar to the way they've been for the past few years.

Mystery Creek Access Road opens Friday
Robin L. West, Refuge Manager of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, announced the seasonal opening of the Mystery Creek Access Road and a portion of the Alaska Pipeline Company

Don't become another statistic
Ready? Aim ... WAITAMINUTE!!!!!

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.

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.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

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.

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.

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

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

Points standings
Point standings so far.

Money leaders

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

In the spotlight - Mike Skinner

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.

Race schedule
Nascar season racing schedule

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

Anglers caught in sting face first day in court
Four out-of-state residents arrested for numerous fishing violations in July after a four-day undercover operation by state and federal authorities pleaded not guilty in Kenai Superior Court arraignment hearings Thursday.

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.

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.

Kenai to help residents with appeals
In planning and zoning matters, the city of Kenai, like other municipalities, offers its residents an avenue to appeal decisions made regarding their homes, property and neighborhoods. Residents have been taking advantage of that avenue more frequently of late.

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.

Run for Women raises money for good cause
The Kenai Women's Re-source and Crisis Center will sponsor the 15th Annual Kenai Peninsula Run For Women at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kenai Green Strip.

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.

Navarre won't run for mayor
Tim Navarre announced Thursday he will withdraw from the race for borough mayor and file instead to run for re-election to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly from the new Assembly District 2, the Kenai district.

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.

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

Letters to the Editor
Graffiti vandals show ignorance with their mindless stunts Permanent fund wisely invested; bridge proposal losing proposition Is Tongass give-away indication of what Gov. Murkowski would do?

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

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

Bush needs stronger case for war with Iraq
The Bush administration seems intent on war with Iraq, but it hasn't made its case to the American people. A stronger justification will be needed before Americans commit troops in the Persian Gulf region again.

Nikiski community day provides relaxing, fun day for families Generosity of business appreciated by program

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

More corporate reforms still may be necessary
With this bit of regulatory fine-tuning, we can again let the economy be the economy.

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

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

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.''

Outdoor Briefs
Mushroom workshop postponed Fish and Game seeking coho tags Pennsylvania angler takes Seward derby McDowell wins July in Homer derby

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
Extended immunization hours to be offered Storyteller to talk about Kenai women Spotters needed for tournament Dinner planned in Sterling Positions open on advisory board Pictures sought by Soldotna chamber Donations sought to support drowned boy Exxon Valdez oil spill workers sought

In heart of Bible Belt, Russian Orthodox church far from ordinary
BROOKSIDE, Ala. (AP) -- The Rev. Benedict Tallant seems like a typical Alabama preacher with his GMC pickup truck and slow drawl, yet the three-armed cross and onion-shaped copper dome on his little brick church stand out in the Bible Belt.

National Council of Churches reports end of financial woes
NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Council of Churches announced that, due in part to cutbacks in staff and programs, it has recovered from its financial problems following a decade of deficit spending.

United Methodists, Episcopalians begin dialogue
NASHVILLE (AP) -- The United Methodist Church and the Episcopal Church in the United States have begun their first interreligious dialogue.

Awhisper changed her life forever
Mary Ann Bird had a cleft palate and early childhood was torture.

Sociologist finds link between churchgoing and parenting
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Fathers who regularly attend church are more likely to be home for dinner and spend time with their children, a University of Virginia sociologist found.

Seattle's acceptance of gay pastors clashes with Methodist church law
SEATTLE (AP) -- There is nothing ambiguous about the United Methodist Church law that forbids the appointment of ''self-avowed, practicing homosexuals'' as pastors.

Court rules that Muslim women cannot wear headscarves in ID photos
MOSCOW (AP) -- A court in the Russian region of Tatarstan has ruled against three Muslim women who demanded the right to wear religious headscarves for official identification photos, a news agency reported.

Religion Briefs
Church to offer space camp Ministry offers 'Direct Line 2 God' Author Sandi Querin to speak in Soldotna

Mayor apologizes for preacher arrests
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP)-- Mayor John DeStefano Jr. has apologized for the arrests of two ministers who were charged for holding a loud church service after neighbors complained about the noise.

New episodes are planned for Davey and Goliath
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Davey and Goliath, the stop-action animated stars of Sunday morning TV in the 1960s who recently reappeared in a soda commercial, are getting their TV show again.

Tips for those heading to college for first time
Following are some quick tips to make packing and traveling a little less hectic for students going off to college in the next few weeks.

Students pack up to pursue studies
The time has come. Walls, shelves and beds are being stripped of their identifying marks. The posters, knickknacks, trophies, framed pictures and bed spreads -- the very things that make a room a home -- have been removed, evaluated for their sentimental or usable value and packed.

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.

Owners have no power
All that's left to negotiate are the terms of surrender. The owners have no sticks left, just carrots.

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.

Sports Briefs
Skyview volleyball starts Monday Schwikert cruises into first in preliminaries Harding sentenced to 10 days in jail Players, owners agree to minimum salary Delay aside, Switzer happy to enter Hall

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

Ramsey is hazed on his first day in camp
Taped to a goal post from his ankles to his forearms, Patrick Ramsey had little wiggle room as he fielded questions about his first Washington Redskins training camp practice.

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.

Woods two strokes in back of Jones at Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Smiles outnumbered sighs, unlike the last time Tiger Woods played a competitive round with good friend Mark O'Meara.

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.

Jets stop mistake-prone Steelers
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers, beginning the preseason the same way they ended last season, felt fortunate that it wasn't a game that counted. The New York Jets only wish it did.

Significant golf, auto racing, running, prep football events jam calendar
Whether it's prep football, auto racing, running or golf, area sports fans should have no problems finding things to do this weekend.

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