Sunday, August 12, 2001

Fairbanks borough officials nix employment tax proposal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has rejected a proposal to put an employment tax before voters.

Selawik teen dies after allegedly huffing gas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 13-year-old girl died early Friday in Selawik after reportedly huffing gas, Alaska State Troopers said.

Business, labor leaders to attend subsistence summit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has invited labor and business leaders to his subsistence summit this coming week, joining the Native leaders, hunters, fishermen and legislators who have been trying to solve the knotty problem for more than a decade.

Fairbanks hospital joins cancer studies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Memorial Hospital will begin participating next month in national studies on cancer treatment and prevention.

Federal government buying $16 million worth of salmon
JUNEAU (AP) -- The federal government will buy $16 million worth of canned pink salmon from Alaska for the nation's food assistance programs, Gov. Tony Knowles announced Friday, up from $5 million last year.

Bush's choice to head Fish and Wildlife Service lost job in Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's nominee to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was fired from the Pennsylvania Game Commission in 1995 amid allegations of payroll fraud.

Seward businesses face worker shortage
SEWARD (AP) -- Seward businesses are struggling to fill a worker void, especially as college students head back to school.

Archaeologist unearths rare Native artifact in Unalaska
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Museum of the Aleutians summer archaeological dig took an exciting turn last week when a visiting archaeologist unearthed what is believed to be the first effigy of its kind ever found in the Aleutians.

Deaf athletes find a haven in Anchorage softball
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The slow-pitch softball loops toward the plate and Randy Danes hits a line drive that clears the shortstop's outstretched arm and sinks.

Palmer man killed in Glenn Highway wreck
PALMER (AP) -- A Palmer man died in a weekend rollover accident on the Glenn Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

Joint U.S.-Canada border post dedicated
LITTLE GOLD CREEK, Yukon (AP) -- A joint border post manned by both American and Canadian agents was dedicated this week where Alaska's Taylor Highway meets the Yukon's Top of the World Highway. It cost $2.3 million.

Fairbanks fairgoers bring in lots of donations for food bank
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- More than 45,000 pounds of food was donated to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank when fair officials offered free admission for people who brought cans of food Thursday.

Dillingham officials declare economic disaster in city
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Following this year's commercial fishery failure, the Dillingham City Council has declared 2001 an economic disaster in the city.

Two rescued after 14 hours on Tanana log jam
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two stranded canoeists who spent a cold, wet night on a logjam in the Tanana River were rescued by other boaters out for a pleasant afternoon ride.

Suspected meth lab in salon basement raided
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A suspected methamphetamine lab in the basement apartment of a hair salon has been raided by state drug enforcement agents, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Man indicted on 2 first-degree murder charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been indicted in the killing of his ex-wife and her roommate three years ago.

Diver killed in pond near Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A professional diver from Craig died after he apparently got trapped in the outflow pipe from a power station pond south of Ketchikan, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Hoffa says union support for oil drilling in Alaska not hurting relationship with Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Teamsters president James Hoffa says his union's support of President Bush's plan to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is not creating a rift with Democrats.

M's threaten marks held by '06 Cubs, '98 Yanks
SEATTLE -- Lou Piniella will look you in the face and say the Seattle Mariners don't care about how many games they win.

Cone's win streak stopped by Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Cal Ripken and the Baltimore Orioles ended David Cone's seven-game winning streak Saturday, using a solid pitching performance by rookie Josh Towers to beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2.

50 dingers and counting
CHICAGO -- Barry Bonds hit his career-high 50th homer, reaching the mark faster than any player ever, and pitcher Livan Hernandez went 4-for-4 Saturday as the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 9-4.

Pipeline samples could identify source of leak
The source of a sheen in the area of Unocal's Baker Platform on Cook Inlet is still a mystery, but agency and industry officials hope sample results expected late this week will solve it.

Photo feature: Limbering up
Runners stretch out together before the start of Saturday's Kenai Peninsula Run For Women.

Shortage of candidates opens opportunities
Civic-minded folks have plenty of opportunities to become involved, thanks to the upcoming Oct. 2 election. And plenty of reasons, say candidates.

Educators' conference focuses on teamwork
Reforming schools to reflect new, higher standards will be hard work but is possible and worthwhile, according to Kenai Peninsula educators who attended a statewide conference in Soldotna.

Choice too important to be offered only at whim of politicians
In the end, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly did the right thing by approving a ballot question that will give voters the choice of a nine- or 13-member assembly.

Visitors' dream vacation conflicts with grand plans of hostess
I don't know how you handle company, but when Debi, my good friend from Oregon, said she, her husband and their two kids were coming to visit, I instantly went into travel agent mode.

Bush finds balance in stem cell debate
WASHINGTON -- It was a balancing act as precarious as any in politics. On one side stood patients with horrible diseases and scientists who might cure them. On the other side: Longtime supporters, who warned of political and moral fallout, who said this research amounts to killing one baby to save another.

Nikiski couple has plenty of tales to tell of early days on peninsula
In his 80 years, Stan Thompson said, he has never done anything he was prepared for or knew how to do. But despite himself, he has carved out quite a niche in the Kenai Peninsula's history.

Men spend 17 hours clinging to cooler before being rescued
OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) -- Four men spent 17 hours in Lake Ontario clinging to an empty beer cooler after 5-foot waves capsized and sank their fishing boat.

Freezing fish is popular method
Freezing is the method most people prefer for preserving fresh fish and other seafood products. Precautions must be taken to guard against flavor and textural changes that can take place during frozen storage.

Around the Peninsula
Sport fishing on Kenai to be discussedTibetan medicine to be demonstratedImmunization clinics plannedMonthly meeting scheduledRotary club invites new membersCPGH service board plans to meetPFLAG meeting scheduledOld-timer's reunion to be heldFree developmental screening offeredCoastal walks scheduledPalm-Handspring classes slatedInterviews for alternative school planned

High school sweethearts wed in Arizona
Gina Cuseo of Kasilof and Scott Smith of Soldotna were married Sunday, April 22, 2001, in the garden at the Satisfied Frog Chapel in Cavecreek, Ariz. Pastor Donald Doe officiated.

Pachyderm still attracts visitors
MARGATE, N.J. -- Driving through the city of Margate, it's hard not to notice a large elephant's rump jutting toward Atlantic Avenue.

McNair, Haeg marry at Nikiski lake
Megan McNair and Greg Haeg were married Monday, June 23, 2001, on the shores of Beck Lake at the Ernst cabin in Nikiski. Father Luke Steiner of St. John's Abbey in College-ville, Minn., officiated.

My Best Friend
Lucas Casebeer gives Belle a hug - a common occurrence at the home of Don and Linda Groleske of North Kenai, Lucas' grandparents

Cleveland notches rare victory, downs Green Bay
CLEVELAND -- One game, and Butch Davis already has the Cleveland Browns playing and feeling like winners.

Can Woods restore order?
DULUTH, Ga. -- The only question going into the PGA Championship last year was not who was going to win, but by how much.

Bulldogs hold lead against Anchorage power Chugiak into final minute
There's a saying Nikiski coach Scott Anderson continually falls back on that goes something like, "The goal isn't the end of the road, it's the road along the way."

Sooners crave national crown
No less than four books on Oklahoma's championship will be out as the new season begins in two weeks.

The Seldovia connection
After living in Seldovia at the same time in the extreme early stages of their lives, 1997 Soldotna High School graduate Annie Dougherty and 2001 Skyview graduate Erika Edwards have always shared a bond of sorts.

Moose flatten Cats
Palmer High School caught Skyview a little off guard Saturday. And a little off tackle. And a little bit more over center.

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