Wednesday, August 14, 2002

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.

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.

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

Anchorage man sentenced to 10 years in toddler's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading no contest in the beating death of a 2-year-old boy.

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.

Alexander named to policy job
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The dean of the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences has been appointed to a newly-created position.

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.

Sterling woman charged with animal cruelty
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Sterling woman has been charged with nine criminal counts of animal cruelty for keeping dozens of underfed, filthy dogs

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.

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.

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.

Patient rapes patient at Alaska Native Medical Center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A patient at the Alaska Native Medical Center raped another patient Sunday night, said Anchorage police.

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.

Third man arrested in Juneau school vandalism
JUNEAU (AP) -- Police have arrested a third man believed to be one of several young people responsible for three break-ins, thefts and vandalism at a middle school

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.

Anchorage man goes on trial for 1998 murders
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The trial of an Anchorage man accused of murdering his ex-wife and her house mate in December 1998 is under way in state court in Anchorage.

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.

Voters to decide on North Pole community center
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Voters in North Pole could decide whether they want a community center in their city.

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.

Intense storm in Southeast injures one, disrupts ships
JUNEAU (AP) -- A storm that blew through Southeast Alaska on Monday that brought high winds was responsible for one injury and caused two cruise ships heading for Skagway to turn back.

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.

Ulmer unveils ''Republicans for Ulmer'' group
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democrat Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer is looking to the Grand Old Party to muster support for her bid as Alaska's next governor.

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 plans to fight Red Dog decision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state will fight a federal appeals ruling that requires the Red Dog mine to use more expensive anti-pollution technology for its power, Gov. Tony Knowles said Tuesday.

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.

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.

Clemens notches win No. 290
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bernie Williams homered, doubled and drove in four runs and Roger Clemens got his 290th career victory as the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 10-5 Tuesday night.

Owners: Deal possible
NEW YORK -- Baseball's top labor lawyer said Tuesday it was possible a bargaining agreement could be reached ''in the next several days'' to avert a threatened walkout by players.

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.

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.

Maddux stymies Bonds, beaten by Kent
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux and the Atlanta Braves held Barry Bonds in check, but they couldn't stop Jeff Kent.

President of Boys & Girls Clubs of America visits Alaska
For the first time since the Kenai Peninsula chartered it's first Boys & Girls Club some 14 years ago, the national President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has come to visit. Last week Roxanne Spillett, President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America was visiting clubs throughout Alaska.

Russian Rotaract delegation visits Peninsula
Rotaract is a Rotary International sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18-30.

Borough hosts Sister City
For the last decade the Kenai Peninsula has been a Sister City with Akita Japan.

Brann receives Governor's TRAAK Award
Dave Brann of Homer is known as the "father" of the Baycrest ski trails.

Blood Bank of Alaska celebrates 40th Anniversary
"Lordy, Lordy, look whose 40!" Goes the over the hill birthday greeting, but it was a celebration of great appreciation last week when the Blood Bank of Alaska turned 40.

Community Orchestra performs mini concerts
Enhancing the sunny days of August on the Kenai Peninsula has been the open air, impromptu concerts springing up at popular places from Kenai to Homer.

KNWR opens to waterfowl and small game hunting
Small game hunting opened in most areas of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) August 10th. According to Bill Ken

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.

Photo feature: This is only a test
The Central Emergency Servi es ladder truck es an annual check-up in Soldotna Tuesday. Underwriters Laboratories inspector Mike Chiburis, right, explains the process to CES engineer Brenda Johnson, who operates the truck wih its 75-foot extension ladder. Included in the inspection are structural soundness of the ladder, loat test, gauge accuaracy and mechanical fitness of the truck.

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.

Chances slim virus will reach state border
No one's sure if the West Nile virus will come to Alaska, but experts at the Centers for Disease Control said they think there's a limited possibility, according to Louisa Castrodale, epidemiologist for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Kenai airport fire facility ready to open
The building is done, the parking lot is paved, the fire trucks have arrived and the ribbon is cut, meaning the new Airport Operations Facility in Kenai is ready to be put to use.

Salmon program making a splash
The end of the commercial fishing season means the close of the first year of the Cook Inlet Salmon Branding program.

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.

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.

Rebecca 'Becky' R. Noble
Rebecca "Becky" R. Noble, formerly of Kenai, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, in Tucson, Ariz., after a short battle with cancer. She was 49.

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.

Enron art collection among company's few real assets
When now-bankrupt Enron Corp. appeared to be on solid financial footing, its amassing of a multimillion-dollar, cutting-edge art collection was lauded as supportive of this community, a move that fit the company's trend-se

Wildfires stoke political tensions
WASHINGTON -- The spate of wildfires this summer is inflaming more than just the Western landscape. Longtime allies are turning into adversaries as the fires stoke tensions between environmentalists and some normally supportive Democrats in Congress.

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.

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.

Judge right to rule secret arrests don't belong in democracy
A federal judge in Washington had no hesitation last week in ordering the Justice Department to reveal the names of almost 1,200 people it jailed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

NFL fans pay big for shoddy service
Two subjects I rarely write about are my own personal experiences and race. This time I'm writing about both. And for those outside of the South, stick around, because this story ultimately touches on issues that affect all regions of the United States.

Around the Peninsula
Borough in-service planned Solid waste topic of chamber lunch Blood bank to attend fair Salvation Army to help prepare for school year Extended immunization hours to be offered Sterling Community Club to meet Superman to speak at Nikiski chamber KCHS class plans reunion Classes available at Homer Community Schools

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

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.

District disputes claims by union
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District responded Tuesday to an unfair labor practices complaint filed against it by the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association.

Menus at senior centers around the peninsula

Senior Briefs
Events at senior centers around the peninsula

Jay Williams to replace Allen with Team USA
Jay Williams of the Chicago Bulls, an alternate on the U.S. national team, is expected to be added to the main roster as a replacement for the injured Ray Allen.

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

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.

Terrell Davis could be contemplating retirement
Terrell Davis, the NFL's premier running back of the late '90s, is so discouraged with the lack of progress on his injured knees that he's contemplating retirement.

Team bans beer bottles, implements other policy changes
BEREA, Ohio -- Instant replay hasn't been fixed, but the Cleveland Browns are making sure that last year's ugly bottle-throwing incident is never repeated.

Open doesn't disappoint
Once again, the Kenai Chrysler Open provided some awesome golf at the Kenai Golf Course.

Big Easy ponders mysteries of beating Tiger on Sunday at a major
CHASKA, Minn. -- Even after winning three majors and overcoming his own insecurities to win a British Open that nearly slipped away, Ernie Els still doesn't have the answer.

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.

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.

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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