Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Continental jet makes emergency landing in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Continental Airlines flight from Anchorage to Seattle made an emergency landing in Ketchikan early Saturday morning after experiencing electrical problems.

Elk farming thriving in Alaska
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- Scott Miller's steps quickened as he led a group of visitors to the pen holding the best things on his farm. At the far end stood three bull elk, their bodies well-fleshed, the crowns of their antlers pointing skyward.

Alaska, Russian forces to conduct joint search-and-rescue exercise
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Members of the Alaska Command of the U.S. Air Force, Alaska Air National Guard, Alaska Army National Guard, Canadian air forces and Russian air forces will conduct joint exercises in Russia this week, Defense Department officials said

Windy, stormy weather blamed for power outages
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Windy, stormy weather is being blamed for three power outages in as many days, including one Tuesday that left 15,000 customers without electricity, said a spokeswoman for Municipal Light & Power.

Knowles swoops in, out of convention
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When Alaska's Democrats cast their 19 votes to nominate a presidential candidate later this week, the most prominent member of their party won't be there.

Court-martial gets underway for Wainwright soldier
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The court-martial has begun for a Fort Wainwright soldier accused of beating his 4-year-old stepson to death.

Alaska Natives remember Bishop who loved Bush Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Bent into herself with grief, the Native woman stood before the open coffin, her body speaking a sorrow beyond words. Her muffled sobs penetrated the peacefulness of the sanctuary where Bishop Michael J. Kaniecki lay in state.

Two outages in two nights; storms blamed for both
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- What utility officials say was one of the worst power outages here in 20 years came with a sequel.

Judge Souter to step down; Applications being accepted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage Superior Court Judge Milton Souter is stepping down.

State Oil and Gas Division stepping down
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The director of the state Division of Oil and Gas is stepping down in October.

Alaska Democratic Convention delegates party, hobnob
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- One of Vice President Al Gore's daughters was the star attraction as Alaska's delegation hobnobbed with fellow Democrats from Oregon and Washington state at a reception paid for by BP-Amoco and Microsoft.

Agency urged to provide more aid to struggling seafood plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state lending agency is being urged by lawmakers and members of the Alaska business community to provide $15 million more in financing to keep a struggling seafood plant running here.

Body of missing fisherman found
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The body of a fisherman who disappeared in the Egegik River Aug. 2 was found Saturday night, Alaska State Troopers said.

State says tax cap lawsuit was filed too late
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The lieutenant governor's office says a lawsuit filed last month to remove the property tax-cap initiative from the November ballot was brought too late and should be dismissed.

Continental jet makes emergency landing in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Continental Airlines flight from Anchorage to Seattle made an emergency landing in Ketchikan early Saturday morning after experiencing electrical problems.

Feds won't appeal Seattle judge's groundfish decision
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Justice won't be appealing a court decision that banned, at least temporarily, most of the groundfish harvests along the western Gulf of Alaska and the Aleutians.

Carlos Boozer visits Juneau before starting sophomore season at Duke
JUNEAU (AP) -- Carlos Boozer sauntered down Front Street, ducked under a low-hanging sign with his 6-foot-9 inch frame, and mused about life as a big-time college basketball player at Duke University.

UA to hold its annual land sale beginning this week
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska will begin its annual land sale this week, offering parcels ranging from less than an acre to 260 acres.

Hiker rescued near Ptarmigan Lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A tourist hiking near Ptarmigan Lake on the Kenai Peninsula had to be rescued Saturday after she broke her ankle, Alaska State Troopers said.

Fewer teens giving birth in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The number of teen-agers giving birth last year was slightly below the nation's all-time low, state officials say.

Deformed frogs found in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
KENAI (AP) -- Alaska has joined a nationwide study of abnormal amphibians now that 26 deformed wood frogs were found in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Kasilof man dies in collission with motor home
KENAI (AP) -- A Kasilof man died in an accident on the Sterling Highway when his motorcycle collided with a motor home, Alaska State Troopers said.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber to hold District 9 candidates forumAssembly to hold hearing on public transportationCrohns and colitis support group to meetSoroptimist to hold garage saleSalvation Army plans back-to-school giveawaySoldotna council meets to ratify appointmentAHFC announces home buyers seminar

community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Parents symposium slated North peninsula council to hold meetingRedoubt Elementary announces registrationChamber to hold District 9 candidates forumAlaska Tree Farm Committee to sell seedlingsPeninsula state fair slated for weekendPractice begins for Soldotna High swimmers

Community Calendar
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Grace Merkes, Republican
After decades of involvement with Kenai Peninsula affairs, Grace Merkes said she is ready to tackle statewide problems as the District 8 representative in Juneau.

Larry Smith, Republican
Lifelong Alaskan Larry Smith says he is a dedicated Republican who will make a difference for the residents of House District 8.

Drew Scalzi, Republican
Drew Scalzi said he knew Alaska was home the day he arrived from Outside.

Charlie Parker, Republican
Charlie Parker considers himself a "muckraker" and is proud of it. He says right out that he does not expect to win the race for the House District 8 seat because he is too controversial.

Dale Wunderlich, Republican
Happy Valley resident Dale Wunderlich considers himself a conservative, one who believes less government is better government and that government is too much in control of citizens' lives today.

Carolyn Reynolds, Republican
Sincerity, sisterhood and concern about dividend checks are the forces behind Carolyn Reynolds' first foray into running for office.

Doug Ruzicka, Republican
Two issues pushed Anchor Point resident Doug Ruzicka to seek public office, he said. The move to tap the Alaska Permanent Fund to pay for government was one -- he definitely is opposed.

Ken Lancaster, Republican
Ken Lancaster has been the mayor of Soldotna since 1993, and now he wants to be representative for House District 8.

Pete Sprague, Democrat
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Pete Sprague wants to go to Juneau as representative for House District 8, the lone Democratic candidate in the race.

Amy Bollenbach
Amy Bollenbach says she believes Democrats can win back control of Alaska's Legislature over the next two elections and she intends to be part of that trend in November.

Six hopefuls crowd District 8 field
Editor's Note: Today, the Peninsula Clarion continues a series of stories about the Kenai Peninsula's legislative races: House District 8 is featured today; House District 9 on Wednesday; and Senate District E on Thursday. House District 7 was highlighted Monday. Each day's coverage will include an overview of the race, profiles of the candidates, Clarion questions posed to the candidates and their written answers, as well as guest columns the candidates were invited to write. The primary election will be Aug. 22.

Municipal ballots draw few candidates
With the deadline for candidates to file for municipal elections only a day away, few have applied for the seats that are open. Elections will be held Oct. 3 for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, school board and area city councils.

GOP Senate hopeful addresses chamber
Republican District E Senate candidate Brad Brown told the North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Thursday that if he is elected, his agenda will be public safety.

Tight primary race in District 7
HOMER -- Candidates have been hard at it -- shaking hands, knocking on doors and attending public functions in an effort to sell their messages to a largely impassive audience busy with summer activities.

Me, my shadow, my fish
Leonard Malmquist reels in a pink salmon at the Kenai River Flats State Recreation Area alongside Bridge Access Road Sunday afternoon.

Dos and don'ts of hunting on wildlife refuge
Hunting season on the peninsula is often heralded by sportsmen checking equipment, reliving tales of past seasons, planning routes and the like.

Man dies when motorcycle, motorhome collide Sunday
A 45-year-old Kasilof man was killed in a Sunday morning accident near Mile 44 of the Sterling Highway.

Abundant fireweed blossoms put to use in flavorful jellies, honey
Dominating roadsides and loosing allergy-inducing pollen, fireweed is sometimes thought of as a pest. But with a little time, some boiling water, sugar and other common ingredients, these blooms can be put to a useful, inexpensive and delicious use.

What to do with all that fireweed
Recipes courtesy of the Alaska Outdoor Journal Web site.

Lease sale bids to be opened on Wednesday
Officials already had withdrawn critical beluga whale tracts from this week's Cook Inlet oil and gas sale, but a recent court decision puts their sale on more indefinite hold.

Archaeology camp achieves landmark
Kids dig archaeology. For the fourth year, the Kenaitze Indian Tribe has sponsored a working archaeology camp at the Russian River for students. The group completed the summer's work Friday on ancient house sites inhabited by the tribe's ancestors and shipped the first collection of artifacts to the Pratt Museum in Homer.

Sales tax change re-examined
For decades, only the first $500 of any purchase has been subject to sales taxes in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Danny Neal Hansen
Kasilof resident Danny Neal Hansen died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, as a result of a motorcycle accident near Cooper Landing. He was 45.

Jacey B. Eddy
Kenai resident Jacey B. Eddy died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 1.

August 13: Anchorage Daily News on full disclosure for local lobbyists:
Most of us don't spend our Tuesday nights glued to what's going on at the Assembly meeting. Most of us don't spend our days trying to persuade one city official or another to see things our way, to get a permit approved or denied.

August 13: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on selling the Alaska Railroad:
At one time, the idea was that the state would take over the Alaska Railroad from the federal government and then get it in shape for a sale to a private operator.

August 9: Juneau Empire on voting for a road or fast ferry service:
We applaud the Juneau Assembly for agreeing to allow residents to express a prefere

August 10: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on shrinking gas pipeline costs:
Price tags mentioned by gas pipeline promoters of late are enough to stun Alaskans who've tracked such projects through the years.

Alaska SeaLife Center News
Salmon Derby ticket holders welcomeFirst pinks turned in

Community News
Kenai winners named Naval ship reunionHost families neededCollege offers classes

Births
Suzanne and Keith Crowder, Tracy and Greg LiterMandy Hall and Steven CampanellaStacey and Keith Hilbish

Stiff shoulder sacks Pedro
BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez left after four innings with stiffness in his right shoulder, but Rico Brogna hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the ninth inning Monday night to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-3.

Thompson smokes field at swim trials
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jenny Thompson clinched the title of fastest American woman -- and headed on to Sydney.

Last Lions Club event of season washed out by showers
Bad luck with the weather struck the Lions Club Drag Strip at the Soldotna airport again. Plagued by late summer rain, Sunday's big event was not the first to be washed out.

Garcia repeats as NBC All-American
Second baseman Danny Garcia of the Peninsula Oilers was named to the National Baseball Congress World Series All-American team as the tournament concluded Saturday. It is the second straight year Garcia made the team at second base.

Titans get revenge on St. Louis
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans took their Super Bowl rematch seriously even if the St. Louis Rams didn't.

Devils' Boozer visits Juneau before sophomore season
JUNEAU (AP) -- Carlos Boozer sauntered down Front Street, ducked under a low-hanging sign with his 6-foot-9 inch frame, and mused about life as a big-time college basketball player at Duke University.

Rally lifts Devil Rays over Chi-Sox
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- John Flaherty hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth-inning to lead the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

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