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Thursday, August 10, 2000

New company to run Alaska's big arenas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new company will be managing Alaska's big arenas.

Knowles calls for end to interception of Western Alaska chum salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles upped the ante Wednesday in an already bitter fishing dispute by calling for an end to the interception of Western Alaska chum salmon by Alaska Peninsula fishermen.

Organic backers resist labeling for fish
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A leading natural foods supermarket chain and a trade group have come out against certifying wild fish, including Alaska salmon, as ''organic.

Sixmile Creek offers whitewater thrills -- and chills
SIXMILE CREEK (AP) -- Driven back once again by a chest-high wall of water, Tod Williams' thoughts were on the awe-inspiring power of gravity-driven water.

Defamation lawsuit filed by former North Pole mayor dismissed
NORTH POLE (AP) -- A state Superior Court judge has dismissed the last remaining counts in a lawsuit filed by former mayor Tim Peters.

BP gets restraining order to keep Greenpeace away from Northstar
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A federal judge has issued a restraining order barring Greenpeace activists from interfering with activities at the Northstar oil field in the Beaufort Sea.

Valdez methamphetamine lab shut down
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Valdez methamphetamine lab was shut down Thursday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Leak found in ballast water pipe
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Workers at the Valdez pipeline terminal have found a leak in a ballast water pipe, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. said Wednesday.

Quarter century later, case grinds on
SEATTLE (AP) -- A civil rights lawsuit filed by minority workers in Alaska salmon canneries back in 1974 has returned to court for yet another appeal.

Kenai Natives begin logging near Sterling
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Natives Association Inc. is planning to log more than 4,000 acres of spruce trees near Sterling. Much of the area is infested with spruce bark beetles.

Alaska MD-80 makes emergency landing after reporting stabilizer problems
SEATTLE (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines MD-80 was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing here Thursday morning after the pilot reported problems with the plane's horizontal stabilizer in flight.

ATV crash kills Egegik man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 18-year-old man died after he crashed his all-terrain vehicle in the Bristol Bay village of Egegik, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

Chinese nuclear buildup seen if U.S. develops missile defense
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new U.S. intelligence report predicts China would accelerate its nuclear arms buildup if the United States erected a national defense against long-range missiles.

Katmai visitor drowns in canoe accident; wife missing
(Anchorage-AP) -- A Japanese man drowned and his wife was missing Wednesday after a canoeing accident in Naknek Lake at Katmai National Park and Preserve, according to the National Park Service.

ACS posts second-quarter loss
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. has reported a second-quarter loss.

Post office completes nation's largest fuel cell project in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service and Chugach Electric officially ushered in a new fuel cell system Wednesday at the mail processing center at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Geese headed south
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Canada geese have begun the flight south from their summer nesting grounds in Western Alaska, with several hundred of the birds touching down in Fairbanks in the past week.

Public safety commissioner quits
JUNEAU (AP) -- Commissioner of Public Safety Ron Otte announced his resignation Wednesday, saying he wanted to be closer to his family in Anchorage.

Fairbanks man killed in RV rollover in Thompson Pass
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 18-year-old Fairbanks man died early Tuesday after an RV went off the road in Thompson Pass and overturned, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Drunk driving suspect ask for plea change hearing
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula man charged with murder in the April 19 drunken-driving deaths of two prominent Juneau residents has asked for a change of plea hearing.

Small quake shakes Palmer area
PALMER (AP) -- A minor earthquake shook the Palmer area Tuesday morning, but there were no reports of damage or injuries, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

Polaris recalls ATVs with faulty throttles
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Minnesota company is recalling about 13,600 all-terrain vehicles because the throttles can stick, causing the driver to lose control and crash, resulting in severe injury or death.

Juneau Empire publisher leaving
JUNEAU (AP) -- John Winters, the publisher of the Juneau Empire, has been named general manager of the Grand Island (Neb.) Independent.

State looks into alleged discharge from cruise ship
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state office of special prosecutions is looking into an alleged cruise ship dumping incident near Haines in May.

Organic backers resist labeling for Alaska salmon, other seafood
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A leading natural foods supermarket chain and a trade group have come out against certifying wild fish, including Alaska salmon, as ''organic.

Business Briefs
Homer Electric Association plans to return $1 million in capital credits to its members.Tesoro feels market swingsTesoro christens its Wal-Mart stationsFNBA declares dividendTOTE ships draw spill-prevention awardCandidates to speak at North Peninsula chamberGas-to-liquids plant is topicOrange Blossom Janitorial has new ownerEra announces promotionsNBA promotes LinsonGCI plans cable theft crackdown

High-tech car Web radio set to debut
CHICAGO -- The traditional AM/FM car radio may be going the way of the Victrola and the eight-track player.

Quarterly profits more than double
LONDON (AP) -- BP Amoco PLC posted a 164 percent jump in its second-quarter profit Tuesday, thanks to higher oil and gas prices, better refining margins and continued cost savings.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Public health nurse to visit south peninsulaSoldotna City Council to meet tonightAmerican Red Cross offers classesSeaLife Center to close early on FridaySoldotna Historical Society to hold board meetingKachemak Heritage Land Trust to hold tours

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
PCI offers computer workshopsSkyview announces registration changesCenter programs feature Katmai, stained glassVolunteers needed for state fair booth

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainment Upcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Soldotna library collection goes beyond books
Libraries are known for collecting books -- and fines. However, the Soldotna Public Library goes a step further.

Kids teach adults 'How to Eat Like a Child' Boys and Girls Club presents play
In an era where wholesome and fun activities for the whole family are sometimes hard to come by, you'll find a great opportunity the entire family will enjoy in the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula presentation of the musical review, "How to Eat Like a Child (and Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-up)."

Women's place in sport secured
ATLANTA -- When the guards at her father's racetrack denied Patti Wheeler access to the garage area 23 years ago, she merely got her father's keys and unlocked another gate.

Schedule
Nascar 2000 schedule

MONEY LEADERS
Nascar money leaders so far.

points standings
Points standings so far this year.

Sabates' sale could lead team to wins
Now that Felix Sabates is nothing more than window dressing on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, his race teams might have a better chance to win.

Sunday's race
Sunday's Race at Global Crossing at the Glen

Fair exhibit to simulate real earthquake
Have you ever wanted to feel an earthquake without actually being in one? Wile E. Coyote, on the "Roadrunner" cartoon, ate a bottle of Earthquake Pills to get that effect, but there is an easier and safer way. You can visit the Earthquake Cottage, at the Alaska State Fair in Ninilchik Aug. 18 and 19.

Answers sought for warranty questions
Area Ford owners may be taking an extra interest in their wheels, after Bridgestone/Firestone announced the voluntary recall of some of its tires due to reports of faulty tread separation.

Full slate of District 8 hopefuls addresses Soldotna chamber
Candidates vying for the District 8 seat in the state House of Representatives took their messages to the Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.

Upgrades, repairs to schools lagging
This summer has been no vacation for Kenai Peninsula Borough maintenance workers working on school repairs.

District 9 contenders showcased at Kenai chamber lunch
The four candidates running for House District 9 faced off in a forum at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday afternoon.

Kenai Natives begin logging
Beetles have infested enough of the trees on land Kenai Natives Association Inc. owns near Robinson Loop that managers think all of the spruce will die within five years.

K-Beach project expected to be completed by September; Redoubt-Forest later
Motorists who have endured traffic delays and detours all summer can rejoice, as the light is at the end of the road.

Photo feature: Show time
Virginia Shook's dog Baby watches the action Tuesday morning as she waits for her chance in the limelight during the Kenai Senior Center's Pet Parade. About a dozen dogs and one unhappy cat showed up for the opportunity to show off.

Mad Moose cleared by DEC inspection after E. coli scare
State health officials say the Sterling restaurant implicated in recent E. coli outbreak has corrected sanitation problems and reopened.

Photo feature: Taking flight
Judith Smith prepares to launch a new kite into the breeze blowing across the beach at the mouth of the Kenai River during a family outing Wednesday afternoon.

Drunk driving suspect ask for plea change hearing
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula man charged with murder in the April 19 drunken-driving deaths of two prominent Juneau residents has asked for a change of plea hearing.

'Noodling,' a way of fishing, gains filmmaker's fascination
PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (AP) -- Brad Beesley spends his spare time in rural Oklahoma prowling out-of-the-way bars and bait shops for fishermen bragging of their exploits.

First-aid kits critical to safe outdoor fun
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) -- When the bugs bite, a knife slips or an ankle turns, a prepared outdoorsman not only knows what to do, but also has the gear on hand to deal with it.

Sixmile Creek offers whitewater thrills -- and chills
SIXMILE CREEK (AP) -- Driven back once again by a chest-high wall of water, Tod Williams' thoughts were on the awe-inspiring power of gravity-driven water.

Volunteers check lakes in long-term monitoring effort
WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) -- Gerald Askevold dips a paddle, slipping his canoe across the quiet lake, and he wonders what's lurking beneath him in the cool, green depths.

Chicago pounds Seattle
CHICAGO -- Frank Thomas led an offensive explosion, homering in his first two at-bats Wednesday night to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 19-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Tournaments set to give golfers a season-ending evaluation
What a time for golfing! I think we are having some terrific days for golfing and getting ready for the upcoming tournaments that will test our skills and see how we have improved over the season.

Sports Briefs
Volleyball practice starts soon at SoHiDiving practice to start for Kenai High SchoolSandeno, Keller claim Olympic swim berths Pacers sign Miller

Peninsula's 11-1 victory makes it one of six teams left standing in Wichita tourney
The Peninsula Oilers dominated the El Dorado (Kan.) Broncos Tuesday in an elimination game at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., notching an 11-1 victory that was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Hot-hitting Oilers set to take on Larks
The Peninsula Oilers will continue their quest for a fourth National Baseball Congress World Series crown today when they face off with the Hays (Kan.) Larks at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kan.

Post 20 JV stopped by Service
The Post 20 Twins Junior Varsity came up one game short of winning the Alaska State American Legion Tournament at Kosinski Fields in Anchorage Tuesday.

Lowell clouts three-run dinger as Florida takes two of three at St. Louis
ST. LOUIS -- Mike Lowell's three-run home run capped a four-run eighth inning as the Florida Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 Wednesday.

Justice is delivered
NEW YORK -- Bernie Williams and David Justice homered on the first two pitches from Jason Isringhausen in the bottom of the ninth, giving the New York Yankees a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

Sports Briefs
Visser returns to CBS Snyder declined comment.Dolls cause bomb scare at Skins training camp

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