Sunday, August 19, 2001

Russian man charged with theft after trying to row to Russia
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Russian man stole a rowboat from Little Diomede Island and attempted to row across the Bering Strait to Russia, Alaska State Troopers said.

Stevens voices concerns about gas line draft
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is concerned about federal legislation proposed by the oil industry to streamline permits for a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

Police use stun gun for first time
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police used one of their Taser guns this week to subdue a suspected drunken driver after a low-speed chase.

Point Hope corporation wins missile defense contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Department of Defense awarded a contract worth nearly $5 million contract Friday to a Point Hope Native corporation to prepare Fort Greely to become a national missile defense test site.

National Park Service investigating death of pregnant humpback
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service is following up on tips from passengers aboard a ship that could have collided with a humpback whale last month.

Akiachak residents vote to ban alcohol
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of Akiachak have voted to ban the sale, importation and possession of alcohol.

Dalton Highway washout traps tractor-trailer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A culvert collapsed at Mile 5 of the Dalton Highway Thursday evening, trapping an 18-wheeler and closing the road, the Department of Transportation said.

State to issue emergency waivers for special education teachers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nine Anchorage teachers forced to teach special education last year will return to their regular classrooms in September.

List of Alaska communities and unemployment rates
A list of Alaska's census areas and their unemployment rates in July, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Fairbanks police seek suspects in latest robberies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A teen-ager walked up to the drive-through window of a Taco Bell on Thursday, used a gun to threaten a clerk, and escaped with an undisclosed sum on the back of a four-wheeler.

Mayors sign petition to move legislative session to the Mat-Su valley
WASILLA (AP) -- Three Matanuska-Susitna area mayors have signed a petition to move the legislative session from Juneau to the valley.

Judge says Mat-Su borough officials met illegally
WASILLA (AP) -- Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials illegally went behind closed doors and withheld important information from the public in deciding to buy a land lease to develop a ski area at Hatcher Pass, a state judge ruled Friday.

More Alaska firefighters headed to the Lower 48
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- More Alaska fire crews are headed to the Lower 48 to help firefighters battling blazes in Washington and Oregon.

Anchorage mayor proposes hike in city fees, fines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- User fees and fines in Anchorage would jump under a proposal advocated by Mayor George Wuerch.

Man riding bicycle finds body in east Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man riding a bicycle found a body in east Anchorage, police said.

Kaltag man dies in shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kaltag man died Friday night at a home in the village.

Fishing boat catches fire
KODIAK (AP) -- A fishing boat caught fire and burned Thursday in Lazy Bay on the south end of Kodiak Island. No one was injured.

Plan calls for killing wolves to help McGrath moose
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wolves could be shot and killed as early as this winter in a state-sponsored predator control program to help moose.

Anchorage police arrest man in beating death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police have made an arrest in the beating death of 53-year-old Larry K. Brown.

Construction boom whittles down university maintenance list
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- University of Alaska Fairbanks Provost Paul Reichardt looks out his office window toward the Fountain of Flags plaza, behind the statue of founder Charles Bunnell, where flower beds and flowing water should be dazzling summer visitors.

Judge backs highway widening near Wasilla
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court judge has backed the state in its effort to widen the Parks Highway to four lanes near Wasilla. An Anchorage civil engineer had argued that the expansion would hurt local businesses and decrease the value of land he owns adjacent to the highway.

Bristol Bay red king crab quota falls again
KODIAK (AP) -- The Bristol Bay red king crab quota is down again this year.

Juneau panel looking for more trails for all-terrain vehicles
JUNEAU (AP) -- Federal forestry officials and state and local governments are looking to walkers, snowmobilers, all-terrain vehicle riders and others to open more trails here to off-road vehicles.

Researchers know exercise improves health, but are less sure of how much
WASHINGTON -- A 300-page summation of decades of research on exercise is bringing scientists face-to-face with how little they know.

Kardinals roll to big victory over ACS
The Kenai Central High School football team got 289 rushing yards and four touchdowns from Cory Janson to defeat Anchorage Christian Schools 54-19 in a non-conference game.

Bulldogs knock off Houston
Here's something that should leave more than a few high school football coaches lying awake at night: After drubbing Great Land Conference opponent Houston 51-7 Saturday, the Nikiski High School football team says it still has room for improvement before the end of this season.

Stars improve, but not enough to outplay West Valley
The Soldotna High School football team took a step forward Friday in its 32-14 loss to West Valley in a nonconference game at Justin Maile Field.

Flasher puts schools on edge
Soldotna High School Principal Sylvia Reynolds said she hopes police can catch a flasher who has appeared repeatedly around Soldotna schools before students start classes Wednesday.

New boat ramp gets city council approval
The Kenai City Council had before it Wednesday a resolution in support of a new boat ramp adjacent to Cunningham Park, but by the end of the night, the council members voted to support the original choice, upstream.

Traffic, rain leave spirits undampened at peninsula state fair
NINILCHIK -- The rain, Sterling Highway traffic and onlookers came to a respectful stop Saturday morning when Grand Marshal Mary Hawkins, 80, rode through Ninilchik in the Kenai Peninsula State Fair parade.

Planned subdivision irks Poppy Woods residents
Finding the middle road between homeowners' concerns and a local developer's plan for a 113-home subdivision has the Kenai Peninsula Borough Plat Committee stalling for time.

Brett Matthew Milos
Nikiski resident Brett Matthew Milos died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, on the job site at White's Crossing near Willow from an accidental electrocution. He was 18.

Beverly A. Gatchell
Soldotna resident Beverly A. Gatchell died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001, at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, Ill. She was 61.

Tammy Lynn Kremer
Anchorage resident Tammy Lynn Kremer died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 21.

Promise of millions nothing more than international scam
It cannot be said too often: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Bush challenged to identify origin of stem cell lines
WASHINGTON -- The world's largest federation of scientists questioned whether there really are 60 embryonic stem cell lines available for federally funded research and challenged the Bush administration to immediately identify them.

Peninsula shellfish operations dig into competitive business
Don't let the quiet inside the Qutekcak Shellfish Hatchery fool you. Most of the activity in the 7,500-square-foot building on the shore of Resurrection Bay takes place beneath the surface and behind the scenes.

Vegetables: The question is to blanch or not blanch
We've received numerous questions this past week regarding blanching vegetables. Blanching is a critical step necessary in preparing vegetables for freezing. To prevent a loss of quality and to preserve the vitamin content of vegetables for freezing, blanch them in boiling water.

Americans say children more spoiled than in past
NEW YORK (AP) -- Most Americans believe children are more spoiled than they used to be, and two-thirds of parents surveyed believe they spoil their own children, according to a poll released Sunday.

Hart, Clamp hold spring wedding
Heather Dawn Hart and Larry Dean Clamp were married Saturday, April 28, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Alaskan Hospitality Lodge on East Redoubt in Soldotna. The Rev. Michael L. Staton officiated.

Davis, Burnett wed at Lake Tahoe
Michelle Davis and Trent Burnett were married Saturday, July 14, 2001, in an outdoor ceremony at Lake Tahoe overlooking Emerald Bay.

Stars improve, but not enough to outplay West Valley
The Soldotna High School football team took a step forward Friday in its 32-14 loss to West Valley in a nonconference game at Justin Maile Field.

Kardinals roll to big victory over ACS
The Kenai Central High School football team got 289 rushing yards and four touchdowns from Cory Janson to defeat Anchorage Christian Schools 54-19 in a non-conference game.

Bulldogs knock off Houston
Here's something that should leave more than a few high school football coaches lying awake at night: After drubbing Great Land Conference opponent Houston 51-7 Saturday, the Nikiski High School football team says it still has room for improvement before the end of this season.

Runnin' in the rain
Using a blistering anchor leg from senior Kyle McBride, Soldotna High School ran to victory Saturday at the Bartlett Relays in Anchorage.

Sports Briefs
Capriati gets past Huber to reach final in TorontoSchalken upsets Agassi to reach Legg Mason FinalRafter reaches fourth consecutive final

Toms uses ace, scoring record to lead PGA Championship
DULUTH, Ga. -- Phil Mickelson has been in this position before. Six times in a major championship, he has gone into the final round within two strokes of the lead, denied by players like Tiger Woods, Payne Stewart and Ben Crenshaw.

Kenai netters open by spiking Seahawks
The Kenai Central High School volleyball team needed five games, but the Kardinals were able to pull out a 3-2 victory over Seward in a nonregion game Saturday at Kenai.

Bomar, Anderson fire 1-over at Kenai
The Kenai Peninsula continued to be pretty good to Anchorage pro Billy Bomar Saturday in the opening round of the third annual Kenai Chrysler Open at the Kenai Golf Course.

Stars take Bartlett Relays
Using a blistering anchor leg from senior Kyle McBride, Soldotna High School ran to victory Saturday at the Bartlett Relays in Anchorage.

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