Wednesday, August 16, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Schaible donates $1.1 million to University of Alaska Museum expansion
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Former state attorney general Grace Berg Schaible is donating $1.1 million for the University of Alaska Museum expansion on the Fairbanks campus.

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.

Alaska Pacific's stock soars
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Juneau-based Alaska Pacific Bancshare Inc.'s stock climbed 21 percent this past week, closing Tuesday at an all-time high of $12.25 a share.

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.

Knowles to start marketing Alaska natural gas for domestic use
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is inviting governors from the midwestern states to meet with him in Columbus, Ohio, next month for discussions about the possibility of bringing Alaska natural gas to the region.

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.

Weather Service issues fire warnings for Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island are facing a wildfire alert as unusually windy and dry conditions persist well into August, which is supposed to be the rainy season for much of Alaska.

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's Gore chairman faces tough sledding
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As tall orders go, Willie Anderson faces a doozy -- getting Alaskans to vote for Al Gore for president.

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.

Administrative Commissioner Bob Poe stepping down
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Administration Commissioner Bob Poe is stepping down to take a job as head of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority.

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.

Coast Guard seizes Chinese fishing vessel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard seized a Chinese fishing vessel after it was spotted illegally fishing in U.S. waters, federal officials said.

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.

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.

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.

Power outages blamed on blustery, stormy weather
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- What utility officials say was one of the worst power outages here in 20 years came with two sequels.

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

NTSB blames crash on unprepared pilot
JUNEAU (AP) -- The first of three helicopters crashed on Herbert Glacier last September because the pilot was unprepared to fly in poor weather, according to a final report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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.

Southeast fisherman concerned about possible hatchery reductions
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fishermen in Southeast Alaska are concerned the state will reduce hatchery production in an effort to boost wild chum stocks in western Alaska.

Platform passes without ANWR protest, but fight not over
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Alaska delegates didn't carry through on their threat Tuesday to vote against the Democratic platform to protest a plank against development in the Arctic National Refuge and the Tongass National Forest.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber hosts District E candidates forumChallenger center offers teacher training classesAlliance to hold chapter meeting on ThursdayKenai Watershed Forum plans nature walkDisabled American Veterans to hold meetingChristian women's club plans 'School Daze Luncheon'Senators' mobile office to visit peninsulaSchool district to hold in-service meeting

Community Calendar
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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

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

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.

Hal Smalley, Democrat
Even though he has been a public servant for 13 years, Democratic Rep. Hal Smalley is ready and willing to serve at least two more years.

Hal Smalley, Democrat
Even though he has been a public servant for 13 years, Democratic Rep. Hal Smalley is ready and willing to serve at least two more years.

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.

Linda Kay Reynolds, Republican
Linda Kay Reynolds is running for House District 9 because she could not find anyone else she could trust to do the job.

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.

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.

Mike Chenault, Republican
Mike Chenault feels his business background will serve him well if he is elected to represent House District 9, which encompasses Nikiski, Kenai and much of Kalifornsky Beach Road.

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

James R. Price, Republican Moderate
Breaking the grip of special interests is the goal of District 9 Republican Moderate candidate James Price of Nikiski.

Soldotna chamber audience quizzes hopefuls for District 9
Candidates vying for the Alaska House seat representing Kenai and Nikiski faced questions from down the road a piece as they participated in a forum presented by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.

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.

Diversity of District 9 seen in its candidates
Alaska House District 9 teems with diversity, yet is a microcosm of the state as a whole. To successfully represent the 14,954 residents of Nikiski, Kenai and portions of Kalifornsky Beach Road in Juneau, a legislator must understand that.

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.

Photo feature: Windy walk
Wind angles waves ashore on the beach in Kenai while walkers enjoy the warm weather Tuesday afternoon.

Phased leasing upheld by court
An Alaska Supreme Court review of a controversial Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale has upheld the state's phased, sequential review of leasing, exploration and development.

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.

Staying on top of gas markets
Cook Inlet could be forgotten if industry opts for a pipeline to market North Slope natural gas to the Midwest, a former Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor said Tuesday.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Mets conquer Rockies in double dip
NEW YORK -- Todd Helton went 4-for-8 with three doubles and a homer to inch closer to .400, but Todd Zeile's tiebreaking homer in eighth inning helped the New York Mets sweep a doubleheader from the Colorado Rockies, 7-5 and 4-3 Tuesday night.

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.

Cleveland routs Orlando to advance in WNBA playoffs
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Rockers picked a great time to play their best game.

Kinder, gentler Hall still fastest at trials
INDIANAPOLIS -- It's a kinder, gentler Gary Hall Jr. who will challenge Alexander Popov at the Sydney Olympics.

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.

Packers struggling to stay on the field
Usually by mid-August, NFL teams can't wait to get the regular season started. The Green Bay Packers wouldn't mind if time stood still for a while.

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