Friday, August 10, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Woman drowns in Togiak River
Dillingham (AP) -- A Togiak woman drowned Thursday after she jumped into the Togiak River to prove she was a good swimmer, Alaska State Troopers report.

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.

Son of former legislator dies in plane crash
WASILLA (AP) -- The son of a former Alaska legislative leader died Thursday in a plane crash near Tyonek, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Police cancel search after questions raised about kidnap attempt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police have canceled a search for a suspected kidnapper after doubts that a crime occurred.

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.

Yakutat tribe protests cruise ship visits to Hubbard Glacier
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Natives in Yakutat are opposing a decision by cruise lines to send more ships to the Hubbard Glacier this month in response to a cutback of visits at Glacier Bay National Park.

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.

Construction projects will inconvenience some schools this fall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Most schools in Anchorage won't be inconvenienced by construction projects when the fall semester begins, but some will, officials say.

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.

Alaska selects new state medical examiner
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dr. James Dibdin has been selected to become Alaska's new state medical examiner.

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

New university antenna to provide better images of Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A new antenna will soon be installed on the roof of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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.

Large number of bears being killed in human encounters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- So far this summer, 18 bears have been killed in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley area in encounters with humans.

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.

Around the State
UA tuition waived for Guard membersJuneau to pay $30,000 fine for EPA violationsEarthquake occurs near AmchitkaBoy in critical condition after being hit by carLaw enforcement to get meth lab training

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.

Delta to discontinue Fairbanks service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Delta Air Lines announced Thursday it will discontinue its Fairbanks service, beginning Nov. 1.

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.

UA tuition waived for Guard members for second year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the second consecutive year, eligible members of the Alaska Army and Air National Guard can get University of Alaska tuition waivers, the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs announced Thursday.

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.

Rescuers searching for Sitka humpback whale snagged in netting
JUNEAU (AP) -- A three-day search of Sitka Sound failed to turn up a humpback whale that had reportedly become entangled in a heavy net, marine fisheries officials said.

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.

Boy in critical condition after being hit by car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 12-year-old boy was in critical condition Thursday after being struck by an SUV while riding his bicycle.

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.

Juneau group says capital city has alienated many
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's capital city needs to mend fences with its Southeast neighbors if it wants their support in keeping the Legislature here, said the head of a group fighting a proposed move.

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.

NASA techs to monitor rocket launch from Kodiak
CORDOVA (AP) -- Spacemen have landed at the Cordova's ''Mudhole Smith'' airport, but don't be alarmed. They aren't aliens and they have given assurances that they come in peace.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Planting project to discourage geese
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Replanted shoreline along a popular city park will help discourage Canada geese and attract more kinds of fish and birds, federal wildlife officials say.

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.

A's move past Boston for wild card lead
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Barry Zito pitched a four-hitter and the Oakland Athletics won their eighth straight game, beating Boston 6-0 Thursday to move past the Red Sox for the AL wild card lead.

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.

Bombs away for NL sluggers
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa hit three home runs but was pulled before getting another at-bat, and Mike Hampton tied the NL record for pitchers with his seventh homer as the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 14-5 Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Business Highlights
The business week in review

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Silver fishing shines
So far, this year's silver salmon fishing has been an angler's dream, and the best may be yet to come.

Homer area offers hiking opportunities for all
HOMER -- Exploring Homer and its surrounding expanses by foot is possibly the most rewarding and interactive way to experience the beauty of this part of Alaska.

Caribou, sheep seasons set to begin
Today heralds the beginning of the hunting season for several different animals on the Kenai Peninsula.

Hunters inside city limits need to know regulations
Moose hunting season begins today for bow and arrow hunters in parts of Game Management Units 15a and 15b-west. Crossbows are prohibited.

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

'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.

'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.

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

Are NASCAR vehicles safe?
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The NASCAR investigation of Dale Earnhardt's fatal wreck has found that cars aren't safe enough in crashes, but it does not blame a broken seat belt for the death of the racing great, the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday.

Nascar Schedule
Feb. 18th to Nov. 18th

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Photo feature: Feeling the squeeze
Shelby Gray takes her dad's finger for comfort Wednesday as she receives a vaccine for school from Pat Morrison at the Kenai Public Health Nursing Offices in Kenai.

Soldotna traffic flow raising concerns
The city of Soldotna got a look at the final draft of its new master plan for roads and trails in and around the city.

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.

Youth camp restoring old forests
Four youths from a tree-planting summer camp near Ninilchik contributed Wednesday to reforesting the right of way for a natural gas pipeline installed last winter on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Council hears prison pitch
Meeting the opposition head on, Mike Gilliland, spokesperson for Cornell Corrections Inc., took the hot seat before the Soldotna City Council Wednesday evening.

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 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.

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

Abuse accepted, expected in violent music, programs
The latest signpost on our road to cultural (and possibly literal) hell comes from a survey which found that one in five high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.

Letters to the Editor
High seas trawler fleet to blame for destruction of Alaska's fisheriesBorough should delay prison feasibility study until after voteAlaska should be farming fish instead of killing its wild runs

End of summer tempts us all to play, work too hard
The fireweed is blooming. The silvers are running. The hours of daylight are waning.

Wanted: Candidates to serve community
If you want to make a difference in this place you call home, the doors are open for you now.

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

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

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.

Kenai Lake offers solitary sailing
It is a rare thing, as tourists crowd the Kenai Peninsula, to sail without another boat in sight. But that was the situation for most of the day as we cruised the turquoise waters of Kenai Lake, red sails gleaming in the summer sun.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
KCHS high school reunions plannedDeadline for beautification nominations duePressure gauge testing offeredSummer art workshops come to an endSoldotna pool closed for maintenanceFirst aid classes plannedFarmer's Market scheduledRegistration begins at area schoolsFinal day to turn in dipnet permit nearsIndustry Appreciation Day planned

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

Religion Briefs
Clothing ministry to openBible studies series, workshop scheduled

Brooklyn's tree gets snubbed in pampered places, but is still hardy as ever
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) -- The tree that grew in Brooklyn is the ailanthus, in case you forgot the name, as I often do, remembering only the novel's Brooklyn connection. It also swings in nomenclature from ''tree of heaven'' to ''stinkweed.''

Church, school dedication planned Sunday
Sunday, the congregation of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church will dedicate both a new church and new school. The dedication service will be at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

In reversal of history, African priests preach in Portugal
FRAGOSELA, Portugal (AP) -- The Rev. Joao Bento is the Roman Catholic leader of a small, conservative community of farmers and factory workers -- a place where priests are so scarce that several parishes had to share one until he arrived.

Churches plan Jesus campaign to counter play with gay figure
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- A group of churches will present a series of sermons on Jesus in response to a college play production that features a gay, Christ-like figure.

Web site is musicians' tribute to Billy Graham
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Singers and songwriters have joined others in the entertainment industry to launch a Web site tribute to Billy Graham.

California university hires former Buddhist monk to expand Tibetan studies program
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- A gay rights advocate and former Buddhist monk who has questioned the Dalai Lama's opposition to homosexuality has been hired to expand the Tibetan studies program at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Massachusetts leaders gear up to oppose casino
BOSTON (AP) -- Religious leaders are vowing to fight casino gambling following reports last month that the an Indian tribe is planning to build a casino in southeastern Massachusetts.

World Council of Churches expresses concern about Palestinian Christians
GENEVA (AP) -- A fellowship of churches in more than 100 countries is exploring ways to protect Palestinian Christians and ease Mideast violence.

Questions raised about C.S. Lewis works published posthumously
LONDON (AP) -- Renowned Christian scholar and best-selling author C.S. Lewis died in 1963, but bitter arguments about his literary legacy continue today.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
Furyk, Henninger share lead at Buick OpenKuerten beats Ivanisevic in 41 minutes

Prep football teams set for kickoff
It's rare, but every once in awhile the mysterious cycle of athletes gives a school of some 300 kids the players to compete with a school of over 2,000 on the football field.

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.

Injuries pile up in NFL camps
A day after Baltimore lost star running back Jamal Lewis for the season with a knee injury, the injuries in NFL camps continued to pile up.

Johnson avenges hurdles loss in Olympics
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Motivated by his failure to win a medal at last year's Olympics, Allen Johnson reclaimed his place atop the 110-meter hurdlers Thursday night, winning his third title at the World Championships.

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