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Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Money flows into Republican lieutenant governor race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A crowd of prominent Republican hopefuls for lieutenant governor has turned the race into a high-spending battle.

Aug. 10, 2002 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner marks sad end to Grizzly 001's life
Valiant attempts by state biologists to reform one of Alaska's most famous and photographed bears ended this week.

Aug. 8, 2002 Anchorage Daily News offers way to help state recruit more teachers
Alaska is finding it harder and harder to recruit people who will take on the challenges of teaching in public schools. Alaska used to top national rankings for teacher pay, but no longer. That salary slippage has thinned the ranks of recruits from the Lower 48.

Ahmaogak favors citizen oversight of pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- North Slope Borough Mayor George Ahmaogak Sr. has joined those calling for a citizens advisory committee to oversee the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

New equipment to cut mine's cyanide use
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- New equipment at the Fort Knox gold mine is expected to cut cyanide use by 25 percent and enhance gold recovery.

Poor chum run closes Yukon to subsistence fishing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Subsistence fishermen in Interior and Western Alaska are once again facing the prospect of empty fish racks after state and federal biologists announced Monday that subsistence fishing in the entire Yukon River drainage will be closed due to a poor chum salmon run.

Alaska fire departments in line for federal grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Alaska fire departments will split more than $400,000 in federal grants to enhance basic services, Sen. Ted Stevens said Monday.

Anchorage explusion rate climbs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More Anchorage students were expelled and suspended during the 2001-02 school year than in the year before, but that doesn't necessarily mean kids were misbehaving in greater numbers. They were just caught more often.

Home health workers holding largest union vote in state history
EVERETT (AP) -- They take care of people who can't care for themselves. But many home health-care workers say the state hasn't taken good care of them.

Unalaska-Dutch Harbor tops nation's fishing ports
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the 13th consecutive year, the Unalaska-Dutch Harbor port has topped the nation with the highest volume of fish landings, officials announced Tuesday.

Police say note shows no sign of Godfrey shooting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Anchorage police have acknowledged they found a note written by Karen Brand before she fatally shot retired Commissioner of Public Safety Glenn Godfrey, critically injured his wife and then killed herself.

Shell expands in Anchorage, converting Texaco stations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Shell Oil Products plans to convert up to 21 Texaco stations in the Anchorage area to the Shell brand as part of a national re-branding effort.

Soldotna eyes ban on smoking in restaurants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The city of Soldotna is considering a ban on cigarette smoking within its restaurants, following the lead of Anchorage, Juneau and Barrow.

State proposes ending Gold Creek oil spill cleanup
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State environmental officials have determined that it would be better to let Mother Nature clean up an estimated 100,000 gallons of spilled jet fuel north of Talkeetna.

Gov. Knowles signs Regulatory Commission reauthorization
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has signed into law a bill that extends the Regulatory Commission of Alaska through next June.

This summer one of worst fire seasons on record
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- This summer will likely rank as one of the worst fire seasons on record in terms of acres burned, Alaska fire officials said.

Stevens recommends consolidation of relocated villages
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens says it is likely to cost as much as $1 billion to relocate 10 coastal Alaska villages threatened by erosion and that's more money than he's likely to get from the federal government.

Representative Masek misses day in court
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Rep. Bev Masek, whose absences during the legislative session and from the campaign trail raised questions, has missed a court hearing in her divorce case.

Aug. 7, 2002 Anchorage Daily News on continued operation of the oil pipeline
Well, is the trans-Alaska oil pipeline a marvel of engineering with a sterling track record or a disaster waiting to happen?

Power outage leaves cruise sip adrift
JUNEAU (AP) -- A power outage left a Holland America cruise ship temporarily adrift in Lynn Canal on Monday.

Two men indicted in $1 million Juneau blaze
JUNEAU (AP) -- A grand jury has indicted two men on arson charges in connection with a $1 million fire that destroyed a Juneau Self Storage building in June.

Two teens arrested in connection with school vandalism
JUNEAU (AP) -- Police nabbed two teenagers suspected of causing roughly $20,000 in vandalism to the Dzantiki Heeni Middle School and stealing more than $500 in cash.

July 5, 2002 Voice of the Times blasts federal timber policies
The huge forest fires that raged in July in western states and in Alaska finally have put a national spotlight on the big Washington, D.C., environmental lobbies, revealing policies that have cost millions and millions of dollars and wasted millions of acres of prime timberland.

Chicken expert takes aim at fish plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- If Jeffrey Hester can do with fish what his former company did with chicken, the floundering Alaska Seafood International Co. might finally take flight.

Soldotna teen killed in Sterling Highway crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 17-year-old Soldotna boy was killed in a head-on collision on the Sterling Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

Sierra Club likes Anchorage rail depot project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Sierra Club has good things to say about the $28 million rail depot under construction at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Asphalt producers see summer demand rise
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The production of petroleum asphalt at Alaska refineries is up sharply this summer to keep pace with road construction and maintenance projects.

Knowles appoints panel to make child welfare recommendations
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles pre-empted a federal audit of the state's child welfare system on Monday by creating a panel of his own to make recommendations to the next governor.

Leaving the hammer on the bargaining table
It was the right thing to do. Whether the baseball players passed up setting a strike date for the right reasons is something different altogether.

Major league baseball players likely to set strike date at today's meeting
NEW YORK -- All the drama in baseball this season hasn't been confined to the field.

Many issues open for discussion in baseball labor dispute
Issues in baseball's labor dispute:

Citing progress in negotiations, major league players decline to set strike date
CHICAGO -- Citing progress and sensing an agreement could be close, baseball players sprang a surprise Monday and backed off setting a strike date.

Angels thump Tigers; Blue Jays win
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Scott Spiezio and Garret Anderson hit consecutive homers in the fifth inning, and Kevin Appier pitched three-hit ball into the seventh as the Anaheim Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 7-0 Monday night.

Now playing: XXX
There is a tangible feeling of excitement surrounding XXX that has nothing to do with the myriad motorcycle jumps, car chases, or snowboard antics. It buzzes around the edges of the screen and coats the air in the theater.

Stewart drives to victory at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Tony Stewart doesn't think Sunday's victory at Watkins Glen International will help cure his emotional problem.

Robbers hit diner on K-Beach
"I really thought they were going to shoot me," said Eva Thompson, after robbers entered the K-Beach Diner on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai demanding money Saturday night.

New Chugach plan emphasizes conservation, recreational uses paves way for improvements
For the first time in 18 years, the United States Forest Service has issued a revised Land and Resource Management Plan for the Chugach National Forest.

District's claim has merit, says agency
The Alaska Labor Relations Agency has found merit in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's claim of unfair labor practices by the Kenai Peninsula Education Association, but resolution to the situation is likely still months away.

Experiencing Alaska
Dena'ina native Ashley Krawl, right, a youth intern at the K'Beq Interpretive Site near Cooper Landing, describes traditional plant use to visiting members of the Akita delegation from Japan, including Yaushi Shinde, left, Akita city event planner.

Borough considers tax break for seniors
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is considering an ordinance that would exempt senior citizens from paying sales taxes on the homes, apartments and rooms they rent as primary dwellings.

Photo feature: Trail blazing
Mike Gatling of Moore's Landscaping applies erosion control mats to a freshly seeded hill alongside the Unity Trail extension under construction alongside the Kenai Spur Highway last week. People are using the path even though it has not been paved yet.

Bid now goes to ArcTech
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has decided a bid submitted March 20 by a Kenai logging firm to cut 1,027 acres of beetle-killed timber near Ninilchik was legal and the company should win the right to cut the trees.

Summer sees increase in shoplifting incidents
Unless a big-name celebrity is involved, such as the recent Winona Ryder case, shoplifting often goes on with little media attention.

Juel Richard 'Dick' Nielsen
Former Alaskan Juel Richard "Dick" Nielsen died of age-related causes Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at his home in Florence, Ore. He was 86.

Why is government forcing switch to digital televisions?
There is nothing, the federal government obviously believes, that is not within its purview as nanny for the nation.

Trying to avoid father's footsteps When it comes to economy, younger Bush wants to miss obstacles that tripped dad
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is intent on avoiding the economic policy pitfalls that tripped up his father. Today's economic forum in Texas is part of that effort, intended to show him engaged with the nation's problems even as he vacations.

Election season: Is this your time to change world?
If you want to make a difference in this place you call home, opportunity is knocking.

Teen-agers say continuing conflict robs kids of their childhood innocence
The violence between Israelis and Palestinians -- bombings, assassinations, incursions -- makes peace in the Middle East seem elusive at best.

Environmental lobby to blame for wildfires
The huge forest fires that raged in July

Political, financial, scientific woes hamper field seen as vital to treating diseases
SAN FRANCISCO -- A year after President Bush restricted federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research to a select number of existing cell lines, leading scientists say the field is hampered by political, financial and scientific chaos.

Garbage bear's death reminds humans they must clean up their act
Valiant attempts by state biologists to reform one of Alaska's most famou and photographed bears ended (last) week.

Garden of the Week
The city of Kenai Parks and Recreation Department presented the Kenai Senior Center with this week's Kenai Beautification Garden of the Week award.

Community News
Blood bank needs donors Boys and Girls Club seeks flag football players Skyview swim and dive team starts practice Seafair Safety Rodeo set for Homer Nikiski High class of 1993 plans reunion

Births
Misty McQueen and Marcquis Pulliam of Anchorage announce the birth of their daughter, RaShae Khirsi Pulliam, at 2:33 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2002. She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 21 inches.

Harley riders raise funds for charity
The patented roar of Harley Davidson motorcycles filled the Sterling Highway July 27 as more than 140 bikes rolled from Anchorage to Soldotna in the second annual "Live Ride."

Hero of the week
On Aug. 6, while on vacation in Kenai, I lost my mauve-colored coin purse at a local market.

Ask a Trooper
Question: I recently heard talk between some co-workers that an acquaintance was arrested for drunk driving and is now facing possible felony charges. I recall reading about some changes in the law this year. What are they?

Peninsula People
Area student earns Rowan scholarship

Around the Peninsula
Borough taxes to be discussed at meeting SSA representatives to visit peninsula Food bank to hold hunting classes CARTS advisory board to meet DAV to meet Red Cross to hold classes Donations needed

Around the Peninsula
Peninsula wildlife to be analyzed in KVCC program Tryouts for NHS volleyball team to be held Peninsula Grace Preschool to hold registration Salvation Army to help prepare for school year Borough sales tax subcommittee to meet General registration for KPC set for Aug. 22-23

Scouting out skills
Rob and Marlene Meyer of Sterling hosted Cub Scout Day camp at their home Aug. 1 and 2. About 40 boys and 20 adult v

Union files suit against school district
The Kenai Peninsula Education Association filed a lawsuit Monday against the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District in the latest of a series of actions relating to an alleged e-mail security breach last April.

Menus
Menus at senior centers around the peninsula

Senior Briefs
Events at senior centers around the peninsula

Athens faces questions with two years until Olympic Games
ATHENS, Greece -- A recent political cartoon showed images of lanky Olympic runners on an ancient urn. Trailing behind -- sweating and struggling to keep up -- was the stubby figure of Greek Premier Costas Simitis.

New helmets tackle safety
CHICAGO -- The NFL's top football helmet manufacturer is looking to turn more heads, especially on campuses around the country, with a new model it claims could reduce the risk of concussions.

Priestley expected to fully recover from crash
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Actor Jason Priestley faces weeks of healing and rehabilitation but is expected to fully recover from head and spinal injuries sustained in a high-speed crash during practice for an auto race.

Rule No.1: Stay healthy
The first rule of NFL training camps is to stay healthy. Already, several teams have broken it.

Woods hangs on at Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Tiger Woods has won the PGA Championship two ways: by playing the previous week and by practicing and resting.

Anderson wins Kenai Chrysler Open
The final round of the Kenai Chrysler Open was a showcase of the swift and the brave Sunday at the Kenai Golf Course as Saturday's professional leader had to run to keep ahead of a closing competitor, and the two top amateurs faced off for a duel that would leave only one standing.

Photo feature: Coming into view
Jimmy Libert watches a bull caribou from across the Kenai Spur Highway near Kenai Central High School last week. The animals have been visible frequently alongside the highway and Bridge Access Road recently.

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