Monday, August 13, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Woman critically injured, teen-ager dies in car-bus accidents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman was in critical condition following an accident involving a city bus, police 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.

Work under way to remove beetle-killed trees
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Loggers are removing trees dying or killed by spruce bark beetles to reduce the hazard of wildfire in one of Anchorage' most vulnerable neighborhoods.

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.

Three injured in Steese Highway rollover
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three people were hospitalized after a sport utility vehicle rolled several times on a muddy stretch of Steese Highway.

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.

DOT cracking down on roadside memorials
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state Department of Transportation is cracking down on roadside memorials put up by the friends and families of those killed on Alaska's highways.

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.

Navy cleans up Adak before transfer to Aleuts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The joke in Adak used to be that it was hazardous to walk around after dark. You might step on something that goes boom.

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.

New owner of Valdez hotel plans reopening next year
VALDEZ (AP) -- The Kodiak investor who purchased the Westmark Hotel in Valdez is making renovations to the facility and expects to have it reopened by next spring or summer.

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.

Float plane averts mid-air collision with humpback whale
JUNEAU (AP) -- If Petersburg pilot Rod Judy had taken off from Keku Islands seconds later than he did last week, he might have collided in mid-air with a humpback whale.

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.

College director got $71,000, promise of silence with resignation
WASILLA (AP) -- In resigning as head of the Matanuska-Susitna college this month, Stephen Sylvester collected about $71,000 and a promise from the state university system.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Homer team takes area tournament
Point West Video, a team from Homer, recovered from a 4-2 deficit in the fourth inning to defeat Gas Light Lounge, a team from Anchorage, 6-4 in the championship game of the Alaska State Coed Division E Tournament at the Kenai ballfields Sunday.

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.

A's tear up Yankees for third day in a row
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason Giambi hit a majestic two-run, two-out homer in the ninth inning to give the Oakland Athletics their 11th straight victory, 4-2 over the New York Yankees on Sunday.

Walkless string ends on intentional pass
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux finally walked a batter Sunday, but that was the least of his concerns.

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.

NOW PLAYING: American Pie 2
The creative geniuses behind American Pie 2 have a singular goal in mind: the all-American pursuit of an easy buck. That is, at least, how it felt to this moviegoer. It is rem

Driver wins Global Crossing, sets record for road-course wins
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- The first time Jeff Gordon saw Watkins Glen International, setting a record here never entered his mind.

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.

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.

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

Survey gives high rating to 3 Rs
Parents' priorities for schools are squarely on academics, according to a community survey the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District released last week.

Bond question may go to vote
The city of Soldotna is not wasting any time acting on two studies made over the last year, and the city council is prepared to vote on putting a $5 million dollar bond question on October's ballot.

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.

Tesoro plots strategy for spill cleanup
It looks like Tesoro will have to excavate about an acre of contaminated soil to clean up a spill from the pipeline that carries refined fuels from its Nikiski refinery to Anchorage.

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.

Common sense should drive election reforms
If former Presidents Carter and Ford can remove raw politics from the election reform debate, why then can't their parties do the same?

Defense shield may depend more on other nations than technology
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush has a dream: space-age technology shielding the United States from missile attack. Most everyone else, from Moscow to Paris, Beijing to Berlin, sees a gilt-edge pipe dream, unnecessary at best, a spur to a new nuclear arms race at worst.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Alaska salmon industry needs help on all fronts

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.

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.

Peninsula People
Students receive scholarships, honorsKenai girl wins modeling contractHomer man completes mountaineering course

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.

Jonathan Q. and Evensong Promise GoinsNicole Van Horne Childers and James S. ChildersLauri and Michael Johnson

The Riverside House held a reunion for past employees on Tuesday.

Community News
Nikiski family to host exchange studentExchange students need host familiesAlaska SeaLife Center news

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.

Garden of the week
Dr. Pete and Karolee Hansen's home at 418 Rogers Road in Kenai has been named the weekly winner in the Kenai Beautification Committee's summer-long Garden of the Week pr

Ask a Trooper
Question: Can two of my children share the middle seat belt if I don't have enough seat belts?

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

Around the Peninsula
Nurses offer back-to-school shot clinicsRegistration under way at area schoolsClub seeks kids to play ballBooth space availableSocial security visits scheduled

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Sports Briefs
Davenport beats Seles for titleNU investigating use of banned supplement

American men sweep relay events
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Even without Maurice Greene, Jon Drummond and Michael Johnson, the U.S. men's relay teams swept the gold medals at the World Championships on Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

Walker Cup control slips for U.S. side
SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- For the first time in the 79-year history of the amateur matches, Great Britain & Ireland successfully defended the Walker Cup.

Vermeil leads Chiefs to shutout of 'Skins
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Trent Green was 6-of-11 for 97 yards and one touchdown as the Kansas City Chiefs romped past Washington 20-0 Sunday night, spoiling Marty Schottenheimer's debut as Redskins coach.

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

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."

Photo feature: Feisty calf
A young moose calf head-butts its sibling while the two browsed in a field near Soldotna late Friday night.

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