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Monday, August 20, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Aug. 2, 2001 The Nome Nugget questions traffic crackdown on its main drag
Look under the dust on Front Street. There is a new double yellow line. The state Department of Transportation had their striping machine revved up Friday morning. We all know what a double yellow line means, don't we? No passing and above all, no U turns.

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.

Aug. 18, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News urges on the work of the Pew Oceans Commission
Even Alaskans who make a living on the sea and know it well understand that we don't know it well enough. Mysteries confront us: What caused the crash of king crab stocks? Is the decline of the Steller sea lion a consequence of overfishing or part of a natural cycle? Or do both forces play a part?

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.

Aug. 18, 2001 The Voice of the Times on Middle East tensions
Despite all efforts to find peace in the Middle East, every day brings more convincing signs that war -- real, all-out, no-holds-barred war -- is breaking out between Palestine and Israel.

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.

Aug. 16, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner finds some good news for families
Sometimes it seems like the only news about today's young people is bad news. Violence, drugs, delinquency and the general breakdown of the American family are familiar themes.

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.

Arctic Science center in the works
BARROW (AP) -- Plans are in the works to replace Barrow's aging Arctic Research Facility with a new state-of-the-art science center.

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.

Boy becomes among youngest winner of Golden North Salmon Derby
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 12-year-old boy became among the youngest to win the Golden North Salmon Derby in its 55-year history after landing a 33.9 pound king salmon, tournament officials said.

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

Reality-based television show planned for Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- A production company is in Alaska this week to audition for bachelors to appear in a new reality-based television show set in the Last Frontier.

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.

City rejects ballot plan to adopt seasonal sales tax
SKAGWAY (AP) -- A ballot proposition to institute a seasonal sales tax during the summer tourism months was rejected by the Skagway City Council.

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.

Roving replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial visits Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles and other dignitaries attended the opening ceremony Monday for a half-scale roving replica of the Vietnam Veterans memorial wall.

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.

Anchorage man wins derby with 18.7-pound silver
SEWARD (AP) -- An Anchorage man won this year's Seward Silver Salmon Derby by hooking and netting a spectacular 18.7-pound silver salmon.

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.

Thousands of children still need shots to attend school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage School District educators and health officials are warning parents to get their children immunized if they want them to start school with their classmates Sept. 4.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Cameron's eight RBIs help Mariners crush Yanks
NEW YORK -- Mike Cameron homered twice and tied Alvin Davis' team record with eight RBIs as the Seattle Mariners finished off their showdown with the New York Yankees with a 10-2 victory Sunday.

McGwire's 3-for-3 performance pushes Cardinals past Phillies
ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire, dropped to sixth in the batting order for the first time since 1994, went 3-for-3 with four RBIs Sunday as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-0 for their 11th straight victory.

Anchorage man wins derby with 18.7-pound silver
SEWARD (AP) -- An Anchorage man won this year's Seward Silver Salmon Derby by hooking and netting a spectacular 18.7-pound silver salmon.

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.

NOW PLAYING: The Others
There will no doubt be quite a few people who go to the movies and see The Others on the marquee and think, "Now, which one was that?" or "Wasn't that on NBC last season?" Indeed, many people have never heard of this movie because it has

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.

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.

Marlin gets Dodge a victory in Pepsi 400
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Sterling Marlin has been the best Dodge driver all season, so it was only fitting he gave the automaker it's first Winston Cup victory in 24 years.

Soldotna collision totals vehicles
A two-car accident Sunday morning in Soldotna backed up highway traffic for an hour and sent at least two to the hospital.

Challenger Center may host DEW Line exhibit
At a fund-raiser in Anchorage for Sen. Ted Stevens last week, a new idea was hatched for another project at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai.

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.

Group for families of gays to start meeting
For those unfamiliar with it, the acronym PFLAG might bring to mind images of football or Fourth of July parades. People who have encountered PFLAG might think of support instead.

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.

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.

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.

True grit reaps rewards for student
We all like to think of ourselves as dedicated and determined. However, when we need an example, Nikiski High School graduate Travis Anderson is a good one to find.

KPC opens new doors
As school children and teachers head back to class this week, it also is time for area college students to get ready for school.

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

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

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.

What others say
Is catching drug criminals worth cost of innocent lives?Sen. Clinton still has much to prove

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.

Exxon Valdez oil spill spawned 1990 act creating citizen advisory councils
Earlier this summer, the 900-foot-long tanker Polar Endeavor made its maiden voyage to Valdez. What was important about the $200 million double-hulled ship's arrival at the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System terminal was that it was just one more promise fulfilled from my 1990 legislation that toughened oil tanker safety procedures in Alaska and across the country.

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.

Corporate farms among recipients of bailout package
WASHINGTON -- When President Bush signed into a law a $5.5 billion farm bailout package, he said it was for ''farm families'' that ''represent the best of America.'' He probably did not have the Montana state government in mind, but it is one of the biggest recipients of the money.

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.

Garden of the Week
Chris and Mary Copple's home located in Inlet Woods Subdivision has been named the weekly winner in the Kenai Beautification Committee's summer-long Garden of the Week program.

Community News
CPR/First Aid classes offered in HomerGeneology seminar coming upAlaska Sealife Center News

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.

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.

Births
Mabel and Gene CrandellBrenna and Daniel TalbotJonathan Q and Evensong Promise Goins

Peninsula People
Area students receive honors, attend conferencesPeninsula Scouts visit nation's capital, VirginiaSoldotna graduate receives Fulbright FellowshipCES firefighters to receive proclamationNinilchik woman receives recognitionArea residents enlist in army

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.

Ask a Trooper
Question: I know I don't have to report it if I put my car in the ditch in a snowstorm, and I know that I have to report it if I am in an accident and someone is seriously hurt, but where do you draw the line? When am I required to report an accident?

Around the Peninsula
Back-to-school immunizations offeredOrientation set at Nikiski highRegistration for KMSPrison advocate speaks to RotarySpay-neuter clinic offeredBear program slated for todayComputer class scheduled

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.

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.

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.

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.

Toms takes PGA Championship
DULUTH, Ga. -- Phil Mickelson had seen it before. He knew what was coming.

Bomar bags Kenai Open
Soldotna's Tony Azzara showed he is a pretty good golfer by taking the Alaska State Junior Amateur this year.

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.

Sports Briefs
49ers slip past RaidersRafter takes RCA Championship finalsHernandez to return to rotation Tuesday

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.

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