Friday, August 17, 2001

Chena Hot Springs Resort settles case out of court
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The criminal case against Chena Hot Springs Resort has been settled in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Task force meeting to discuss gas pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A task force is meeting in Fairbanks to consider issues surrounding the building of a proposed natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

Asphalt company employee dies after hitting power line
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An employee of an asphalt paving company was killed when the four-wheeler he was riding hit a power line, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

Governor's panel calls for constitutional amendment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After two days of heartfelt, emotional discussion, Gov. Tony Knowles' subsistence summit Thursday called on the state's legislature to put a constitutional amendment before all Alaska voters guaranteeing a rural priority on subsistence.

Two pioneering conservationists honored
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two pioneering conservationists were honored Wednesday by the Alaska Conservation Foundation.

Search under way for missing Mekoryuk fisherman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of the village of Mekoryuk were searching Thursday for a missing 36-year-old commercial fisherman.

Fishing interests tell panel Alaska should serve as model
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska fishing interests testifying before the Pew Oceans Commission cautioned Wednesday against any broad-brush solutions to restore and protect the nation's fisheries.

World War II veterans receive high school diplomas
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Though pomp and circumstance played at Wednesday morning's graduation ceremony, there were no caps or gowns.

Alaska Guardsmen win international parachute competition
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five members of the Alaska Army National Guard are the winners of an international parachute competition.

Massive reconstruction project under way at pipeline terminal
VALDEZ (AP) -- A massive reconstruction effort is under way at the trans-Alaska oil pipeline terminal in Valdez.

Flight diverted because of agitated passenger
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A flight from Los Angeles to China was diverted to Anchorage after a passenger stripped to his underwear, threatened passengers and the flight crew, and attempted to open one of the jet's doors, authorities said.

Convicted sex offender gets two extra years for porn offense
JUNEAU (AP) -- A convicted child molester got an extra two years in prison for viewing Internet pornography.

Holland America to open Denali hotel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Holland America plans to open a 300-room hotel at the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve, according to a company official.

BP Plans fuel cell project at Nikiski gas-to-liquids facility
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP plans to install a state-of-the-art power generation system at its gas-to-liquids test facility in Nikiski.

Ex-skipper of Exxon Valdez completes community service in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The former skipper of the tanker Exxon Valdez has completed his community service work in Alaska as part of his sentence for the 1989 oil spill in Prince William Sound.

Anchorage police release name of man who died after street fight
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police Thursday identified the man who died after a street beating as Larry K. Brown.

Increase in bears brings Juneau committee out of hibernation
JUNEAU (AP) -- A growing number of bear reports has prompted Mayor Sally Smith to bring back an urban bear committee to grapple with the problem.

Anchorage police release name of man who died after street fight
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police Thursday identified the man who died after a street beating as Larry K. Brown.

Subsistence divide emerges in first day of subsistence summit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Paul John and Rob Holt lead very different lives, but ones that are equally intertwined with the Alaskan wild.

Natives and urban representatives clash over a subsistence co-management system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Offering words given to her by her adoptive Tlingit Indian family, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer urged a panel seeking a fix to the state's subsistence dilemma to work as a team and row the canoe together.

Man found guilty of raping 13-year-old girl
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai man has been convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl.

Consumer prices rise in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage residents paid more for items ranging from groceries to housing in the first half of this year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Prosecutor recommends jail, community service in paintball attacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage District Attorney's office has recommended a man who videotaped his brother and another boy shooting paint balls at Alaska Natives should receive some jail time and perform 1,500 hours of community service.

Light earthquake occurs near Ruby
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A light earthquake occurred Thursday morning near Ruby in Alaska's Interior.

Symphony orchestra director files suit against association
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The musical director and conductor of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra has filed a civil suit against the association that runs the symphony.

Fairbanks man sentenced to two years in prison
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who was charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl was sentenced to two years in prison.

Forest Service worker dies after being struck by tree in logging camp
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A U.S. Forest Service worker died after being struck by a tree in a logging camp near Ketchikan, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

State says fishing vessel not properly registered in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fishing boat that sank in Prince William Sound and spilled more than 35,000 gallons of diesel fuel was not properly registered with the state and did not carry enough insurance to cover cleanup costs, a state official says.

Man dies from injuries received in Anchorage fight
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man died early Wednesday morning after an argument between a group of homeless people turned violent, Anchorage police said.

Indians upend Twins in AL Central race
CLEVELAND -- Kenny Lofton hit a three-run homer and Cleveland's defense bailed out Chuck Finley for five innings Wednesday night as the Indians increased their lead in the AL Central with an 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Yankees trounce Devil Rays; Athletics, Red Sox win
NEW YORK -- Paul O'Neill hit a grand slam and David Justice added a three-run homer as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 12-5 Thursday.

Bonds does it again, and again, to lead Giants past Marlins
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds homered twice to pass Willie Mays for the Giants season home run record, increasing his major league-leading total to 53 as he led San Francisco over the Florida Marlins 5-3 Thursday.

Cubs best Astros to extend NL Central lead
HOUSTON -- Jon Lieber pitched a three-hitter and Joe Girardi drove in three runs as the Chicago Cubs defeated Houston 5-1 Wednesday night and extended their NL Central lead to 1 1/2 games over the second-place Astros.

Business Briefs
Popular home loan program returnsSeafair rodeo promotes marine safetyFoothills appoints executive vice presidentConstruction law is conference topicFirm distributes oil spill cleanup productsTobacco settlement builds Alaska schoolsAward to help first-time home buyers

Reliability of anti-missile system questioned
WASHINGTON -- The head of the Pentagon's missile defense programs said Wednesday he is not fully confident in the ''basic functionality'' of the anti-missile system that successfully intercepted a mock warhead in space last month.

Is worst over?
WASHINGTON -- The nearly yearlong deterioration in industrial production slowed in July, raising hopes that the worst may have passed for the battered manufacturing sector

Task force to discuss pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A task force is meeting in Fairbanks to consider issues surrounding the building of a proposed natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

Silver salmon fishing heating up
No matter where you go this weekend, go prepared for silver salmon. These feisty acrobats seem to be everywhere, and their runs are peaking.

Fish of the week
Matt Walton of Soldotna stands with the 305-pound halibut he caught Monday while fishing 15 miles out of Anchor Point.

Stares and fish aplenty
JUNEAU -- When Darin Fagerstrom wants to catch a fish, he hops on his bike. Seated between the seacycle's plastic pontoons, Fagerstrom pedals quietly through kelp beds. A rod holder attached to the seat holds his pole, trolling for kings.

Brooklyn's tree gets snubbed in pampered places, but is still hardy as ever
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) -- The tree that grew in Brooklyn is the ailanthus, in case you forgot the name, as I often do, remembering only the novel's Brooklyn connection. It also swings in nomenclature from ''tree of heaven'' to ''stinkweed.''

Researchers say surgery dangerous for very sick emphysema patients, halt parts of a study
BOSTON (AP) -- An increasingly common operation for emphysema that involves cutting away part of the lungs is dangerous -- and even deadly -- for many patients in advanced stages of the disease, researchers say.

Is that moose legal? Study, practice critical to hunting by the rules
Legal or illegal? This issue appears at the outset to be a reasonably cut-and-dry question. However, even the most experienced hunters will know any explanation leaves something to be desired when push comes to shove and the decision to fire needs to be made.

Archery season offers more hope for hunters
SANDY, Utah (AP) -- The first full-contact sport of fall is about to begin. Shop professional Roger Hutcheon loves his fellow archers, but he look

Lack of moose and complex rules will likely make for poor season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sometimes now, moose hunter Larry Engel wonders whether it's worth it -- the getting up early, the tromping out into rainy fall weather, the analysis that must be done when finally, luckily, a moose is spotted.

Outlook for season Moose harvest expected to be good; same not true for goats, Dall sheep
When hunters go afield on the Kenai Peninsula this fall, what can they expect to find?

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Rascal Flatts finds success
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- They call their music edgy, funky and fresh. ''There's a twist to our music and I think that at the time we came out that's what people wanted,'' said Gary LeVox, lead singer of the trio Rascal Flatts.

Sterling artist creates colorful works with glass
While most people don't see beauty in a piece of broken glass, Jana Coffey sees possibilities.

Art Briefs
Retreat planned for storytellersOral histories now availableSeldovia concert plannedSoldotna museum open for summer

Pepsi 400
When and Where

Money leaders
1. Jeff Gordon $5,023,870 2. Dale Jarrett 3,255,490 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,035,020

Race Schedule
Feb. 18 to Nov. 18

Gordon's Surge
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Atlanta Motor Speedway feels a lot better about its future position in NASCAR's racing lineup.

Points standings
1. Jeff Gordon 3207 2. Ricky Rudd 3013 3. Dale Jarrett 2942

Schrader never a body at rest
When Ann and Ken Schrader got married 17 years ago, the honeymoon -- if you can call it that -- was over in less than a day.

Gordon awaiting fire explanation
CONCORD, N.C. -- Nobody would blame Robby Gordon for pointing fingers over his latest racing disappointment. After all, it seems like someone should pay for his chance at victory going up in flames.

Crash report should effect major change
ATLANTA -- The findings of the investigation into Dale Earnhardt's death are certain to include a mountain of paperwork and even more guesswork.

DOT's way to be High way
The new Department of Transportation and Public Facilities superintendent for the Kenai Peninsula held a question-and-answer session with members of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon Wednesday.

Teachers focus on renewed purpose
Teachers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District officially returned to work Wednesday -- exactly one week before students.

Photo feature: Strictly business
Workers from Alaska RoadBuilders did not take time to stop and smell the flowers as they put a final layer of asphalt on the Kenai Spur Highway in front of Leif Hansen Memorial Park Wednesday afternoon.

Ninilchik fair celebrates half a century
It's fair time. And with 50 years of momentum, this year's Ninilchik Peninsula State Fair promises to be the biggest and best since it opened its doors in Ninilchik in 1951.

BP to install $6.5 million fuel cell in Nikiski
BP has announced plans to test more than its process for converting natural gas to synthetic crude oil at the experimental plant under construction in Nikiski.

Candidates line up for election
Wednesday was the deadline to file for most races in the Oct. 2 Kenai Peninsula Borough and city election.

Church marks 100 years
NINILCHIK -- In honor of its unique place in the heart of the community and its picturesque location on the hill overlooking the village, Ninilchik's Transfigura-tion of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church is commemorating its 100th anniversary this weekend.

Richard Lowell "Dick" Rumfelt
Soldotna resident Richard Lowell "Dick" Rumfelt died Monday, Aug. 13, 2001, at his home. He was 69.

Charles Joseph Varano
Nikiski resident Charles "Charlie" Joseph Varano died at his home on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001. He was 69.

Faith Anne Clark
Faith Anne (Bailey) Clark died Sunday, July 1, 2001, in Show Low, Ariz. She was 62.

New events center perfect opportunity for team approach
Soldotna officials are on the right track with a proposed meeting and events center.

What others say
Cloning, stem cell research in dire need of serious regulationSpin over tax 'rebate' misleading to public

British politcal scandals tops
LONDON -- America may be the world's lone superpower, but the British are way ahead of us when it comes to scandal. The Chandra Levy-Gary Condit obsession wouldn't even make the cut for a real English scandal, in a country that once had King Henry VIII and his six wives, only one of whom survived him.

Tlingit artifact repatriation: A time for healing
An historic event was celebrated in Ketchikan July 23 with the return of the clan treasures, the at.oow, of the Saanya Kwaan people. It was a time of healing and rejoicing; a time of forgiveness and peace. For me, especially as a member of the Tolerance Commission and the Alaska Historical Commission, it was a time to remember.

Governor should appeal Katie John decision or risk impeachment
Gov. Tony Knowles must appeal the "Katie John" case or Alaska will lose its opportunity to manage Alaska's fisheries under Alaska Law.

Letters to the Editor
Personal responsibility should never be an afterthought

Letters to the Editor
Governor should take responsibility for defending state's sovereignty

Antlers, horns and their place in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Biologists, wildlife watchers, and hunters have always been fascinated with the antlers or horns that various wild animals possess. At this time of year, when many folks are out looking for a "spike-fork/fifty" moose, it seems like a good time to discuss this topic.

Outfitters try to make the outdoors easier for the disabled
EMIGRANT (AP) -- Fishing didn't stop for John Sjolund just because he lost the use of his legs.

Around the Peninsula
Clinic canceledBlood donations neededBook signing scheduledSummer program endingVictim information service updatedBooth space availableArt show scheduledSoup supper planned

Around the peninsula
Gun shoot slated Peninsula independent blind picnic set Farmers' market open DOT requests input Brown bear films offered Prison ballot initiative to be discussed Old-timer's reunion planned Senior fund-raiser slated Free screening for babies, toddlers Conservation directory available

Homer hoping to stay healthy
The good news is the Homer football team returns three quarterbacks this year with varsity experience.

A number of key absences curb Seahawks' enthusiasm
As the start of practice neared at the end of summer, Seward coach Dan Bohrnsen must have felt like an out-of-luck commercial fisher. He wasn't getting nearly the number of returns he expected.

Could this be Skyview's year?
In the Northern Lights Conference, just as in any other society, tradition isn't to be scoffed at or taken lightly.

Great Land coaches tab Nikiski as favorite
Hit a person in just the right spot on the knee, and their leg will straighten. Drip water in an eye, and it'll blink. Ask a Great Land Conference coach who the 2001 champion will be, and they'll say Nikiski.

Ballooning rosters good for scaring bears, but what about Kards, 'Dawgs, Mariners?
When fourth-year Skyview football coach Wade Marcuson charged onto the field with 65 players on the first day of practice, up from just 22 players in his first year, many a forest ranger would have been proud.

Will six seniors be enough for Soldotna?
Seniors equal success. Soldotna coach Rob Dimick knows this much. The big question the fifth-year coach has to answer as the Stars roll out the footballs for their 2001 campaign is exactly how many seniors it takes to be successful.

Bulldogs stacked for another state title run
Talk to Nikiski coach Scott Anderson about strategy for upcoming games or seasons for a few years, and what you'll hear will sound like a scratched CD.

Young Kenai Central squad could start nine underclassmen on defense
'Defensively, it's going to be a rebuilding process. But if you're going to go through growing pains, you might as well do it with young kids.'

Judge rules that town need not allow ritual boundary for Jews
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A Bergen County town can remove a ritual enclosure erected by Orthodox Jews because parts of the boundary were erected on public property, a federal judge has ruled.

Golden ceremony at Hindu temple calls for extra security
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) -- It was a golden moment for a Hindu sect dedicating its first temple in the United States.

Evangelical Lutheran Church the latest of many Protestant denominations to debate homosexuality
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians and now Lutherans. Mainline Protestant churches seem to be taking turns examining their stance on homosexuality, with the results being protests, civil disobedience and split congregations.

Mormon actress' lawsuit over cussing script dismissed
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A judge has dismissed a claim by a University of Utah theater student that the school violated her Mormon beliefs by forcing her to read from a script that contained profanity.

Religion Briefs
Christian school to hold open house New bishop visits Kenai Church celebrates 100-year anniversary Testimonies planned SolFirst to host missionaries to Russia Youth rally planned Youth group qualifies at national festival Bible studies series, workshop scheduled Two churches coordinate Bible studies

One major U.S. Lutheran body tells another it's no longer 'orthodox'
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod representative told an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America assembly Monday that it is no longer considered ''an orthodox Lutheran church body.''

Senior nuns return to their community to pray, mentor younger colleagues
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- They minister to the sick, pray for the sinners and teach in schools and churches around the world.

Grace Christian Ministries sells church, land
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Grace Christian Ministries will sell one of its suburban campuses for $950,000 in order to repay creditors and investors who lost money in a phony investment plan.

Small church struggles against eviction -- by another church
NEW YORK (AP) -- As real estate prices escalated in Manhattan, it seemed hardly unusual to hear that a neighborhood church was being evicted.

Study: Born-again Christians as likely to divorce as nonbelievers
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) -- Born-again Christians are as likely as nonbelievers to get divorced, according to a report by the Barna Research Group.

Season exemplifies creations by God
At any time of the year, but especially during the summer, it is amazing to see the vast variety of God's creation.

Patriots suspend Glenn for season
SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- His teammates wished Terry Glenn well Wednesday after the wide receiver was suspended for the season by the New England Patriots. They also expressed relief the issue was resolved.

SoHi boys, Kenai girls build on past success
For many runners around the state, the cross country season started July 28, or several days after, as runners trickled in from summer jobs or vacations.

No hot tubs for Olympic village
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An IOC panel of athletes rejected organizers' plan for hot tubs at the Olympic Village at Salt Lake City because it could encourage late-night parties.

Player's death raises questions
CHICAGO -- Rashidi Wheeler lay on his side, struggling to catch his breath, telling his Northwestern teammates he was dying.

Mickelson still looking to escape 'best player never to ...' tag
DULUTH, Ga. -- Phil Mickelson is in exclusive company, just not the kind he prefers.

QBs produce for Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kerry Collins, Jason Garrett and Jesse Palmer threw touchdown passes and the New York Giants beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-5 Thursday night, snapping a seven-game preseason losing streak.

Schuller out chasing rainbow's end
Every club pro dreams of leaving the cash register and whimpering members behind for one week, grabbing his own sticks and setting off to find out where the rainbow ends.

Back for seconds
Kickoff for the Kenai Central High School football team's game against Anchorage Christian Schools Saturday has been moved up to 4:30 p.m. at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Wildlife officials propose plan to monitor falcons
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The peregrine falcon has been hailed as one of the Endangered Species Act's success stories. Now, federal wildlife officials want to make sure the bird populations continue to thrive.

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