Tuesday, August 14, 2001

Tesoro plans to dig up an acre to clean up spill
KENAI (AP) -- Tesoro Petroleum Corp. likely will excavate about an acre of c

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.

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.

Environmental group seeks added protection for Alaska sea otters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An environmental group filed a petition Tuesday to get increased federal protections for Alaska's dwindling number of sea otters.

NIOSH begins survey of pilots, air services
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is asking commercial pilots and air taxi operators for information that could help prevent fatal plane crashes.

Homer woman rescued after fall during hike
HOMER (AP) -- A Homer woman was recovering Tuesday after getting stuck on a ledge for five hours during a hike near Kachemak Bay, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Man pleads no contest in landlord attack
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man who allegedly attacked his landlord with a wrench and a gun will serve time in prison.

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.

Fishing vessel sinks further, continues to leak fuel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Windy Bay, the fishing vessel that sank in Prince William Sound and spilled almost 35,000 gallons of diesel fuel, is continuing to leak, the Coast Guard says.

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.

White supremacy group distributes fliers in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A white supremacy group has plastered east Anchorage with two fliers, one which warns parents not to let their children date minorities, police said.

Hovercraft carries mail, passengers around Bethel
BETHEL (AP) -- Inside the lower cabin of what looks like a very strange tugboat, dozens of cases of pop sit next to shrink-wrapped orders from Wal-Mart and Kmart. In front of the cargo, eight passengers sit in three rows of worn airline-style seats.

Fall chum season on the Yukon looks good
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The fall chum salmon season on the Yukon River is shaping up to be the best in half a decade.

Oregon aircraft maintenance company says it was blindsided by lawsuit
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Officials at Evergreen International Aviation said Monday they were blindsid

August 9: Alaska Newspapers Inc. on the subsistence summit
In convening a leadership summit to help resolve the subsistence dilemma, Gov. Tony Knowles has set three lofty goals. One already seems destined for failure.

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.

August 12: Anchorage Daily News on the subsistence summit
The toughest assignment in Alaska politics this week belongs to Judge Thom

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.

August 10, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on efforts to train teachers for rural Alaska
Alaska's track record of retaining teachers in our rural villages is not good. In fact, in some small villages the turnover rates of teachers trained at Outside universities can be as high as 100 percent.

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.

August 5, Peninsula Clarion on safe oil development operations in ANWR
Opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration and development won a key vote in Congress last week, but the battle over ANWR is far from over.

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.

One dead, one injured in plane crash near Kotzebue
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage pilot was killed Monday and his son was critically injured when their plane crashed after striking a radio tower in Kotzebue.

Subsistence summit to begin in Anchorage
JUNEAU (AP) -- A panel of about 40 people will have two days to reach a conclusion about a subsistence issue that has mired state lawmakers for more than a decade.

Family files wrongful death lawsuit against hit-and-run driver
JUNEAU (AP) -- The family of a Juneau biologist killed in a hit-and-run crash are suing the man now serving a prison term for the crime.

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.

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.

Twins fail to find Rays of hope
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Nick Bierbrodt pitched seven scoreless innings as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays completed a four-game sweep over the Minnesota Twins with a 5-1 victory Monday.

A's earning A's for their plays
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason Giambi still wore his dusty uniform as he stepped over the remote-control cars on the clubhouse floor and stood below the glossy photos of pro wrestlers that decorate his locker.

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

Astros bomb Cubs
HOUSTON -- The leap from second place to first place in the NL Central isn't getting the Houston Astros too excited.

McGwire cares not for singles, doubles
Cardinals slugger's last 11 hits have all sailed over outfield fence

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.

One dead, 2 hurt in separate car-bus crashes in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman was in critical condition following an accident involving a city bus, police said.

Two dead, 2 injured in Seattle incident
SEATTLE (AP) -- Two people, including a toddler, were fatally shot Monday night in a south Seattle apartment and police shot and critically wounded a gunman.

Hickey to leave KPBSD for job in Colorado
Patrick Hickey, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's assistant superintendent for business, has tendered his resignation.

No magic bullet expected from summit
JUNEAU -- A panel of about 40 people will have two days to reach a conclusion about a subsistence issue that has mired state lawmakers for more than a decade.

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.

Photo feature: Bloomin' busy

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.

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

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.

Filing deadline nears; seats attract few takers
Several candidates are virtually guaranteed seats on city councils the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and the borough school board unless opponents file by the Wednesday deadlines.

Summer busy, but initial count of visitors down
Despite mile-long traffic jams into Soldotna on some days, giving the impression there were more tourists than ever, visitor counts have been down there and in Kenai.

Charles "Charlie" Varano
Nikiski resident Charles "Charlie" Varano died in his home on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001.

Sharon Rosalie Quandt Hanke
Kenai resident Sharon Rosalie Quandt Hanke died at her home Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, due to a lifelong heart condition. She was 57.

Nader's back, hoping to heal Green rift
WASHINGTON -- Ralph Nader is back with a new organization, some new goals and the same dogged determination to make the Democratic Party squirm whenever it drifts toward the center.

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

University training for real world jobs
Alaska's track record of retaining teachers in our rural villages is not good. In fact, in some small villages the turnover rates of teachers trained at Outside universities can be as high as 100 percent.

Is peace possible in Northern Ireland?
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Like an American labor dispute in which the Taft-Hartley Act has been invoked, Northern Ireland has begun a six-week "cooling off" period following the suspension and then reinstatement by the British government of its Catholic-Protestant "unity" assembly.

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.

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?

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.

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?

Around the Peninsula
Registration begins at area schoolsNurses offer back-to-school shot clinicsHomer immunization clinic cancelledUnscheduled board meeting plannedSew Saturday slatedNew regional DOT superintendent to speakChamber meeting scheduled todayDigital art presentation scheduledTibetan medicine consultations offeredSpay/neuter clinic slatedDipnet permits dueCongressional staff travel to peninsula

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

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

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

Senior Briefs
Activities available for our area Seniors

Senior Menus
Tasty meals being offered for our local seniors

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.

Redskins already have quarterback problems
WASHINGTON -- With both Jeff George and Todd Husak injured, the Washington Redskins are doing some emergency quarterback shopping.

Sports Briefs
Boston ace moves closer to returnKentucky gives Morriss four-year extension

Turf troubles cancel game
PHILADELPHIA -- New turf. Same old Vet.

Dolphins stop Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Mike Quinn's 43-yard touchdown pass to Robert Baker on the final play of the game gave the Miami Dolphins a 17-14 preseason victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.

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.

Family, friends mourn NU's Wheeler
POMONA, Calif. (AP) -- Rashidi Wheeler was remembered Monday as a gifted, humble and perpetually smiling athlete who was always there for people who needed help.

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.

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

Anchorage Aces hire former NHL coach
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Aces hockey team has hired a former NHL coach and player to lead the team, the Aces announced Monday.

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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