Monday, August 21, 2000

Rep. Don Young's re-election looks like a slam-dunk
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democrats can see the writing on the wall this year: Republican Congressman Don Young's re-election looks like a slam-dunk.

Fairbanks paying nearly $500,000 to settle police chase suit
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The city has agreed to pay nearly $500,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit over a 1996 fatal car crash that occurred during a police chase.

Anchorage teen sentenced to 47 years in prison
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage teen-ager was sentenced Friday to 47 years in prison for murdering his best friend two years ago.

Army court martial panel deliberating charges in boy's death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A military court-martial panel deliberating the fate of Army Sgt. Scott Buber must decide whether his stepson's death was a tragic accident or the act of an abusive father under a lot of stress.

State: 15 cruise ship pollution violations since mid-July
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cruise ships visiting Juneau emitted illegal quantities of smoke on 15 occasions in the past month, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Soldotna angler wins Seward Silver Salmon Derby
SEWARD (AP) -- Bill Bixby caught the largest fish on the first day of the Seward Silver Salmon Derby. It remained the largest when the 45th annual derby ended at noon Sunday.

Martha Stewart bringing production team to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Martha Stewart, the maven of good living, is bringing her production team to the Yukon and Southeast Alaska, where she will fish, hike and make sourdough waffles with starter that came over the Chilkoot Trail 100 years ago.

Young: Chances slim this year for pending university lands bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Legislation that would give as much as 500,000 acres of federal land to the University of Alaska has only a slim chance of passage this year, according to U.S. Rep. Don Young, but he and others say they aren't giving up on the idea.

Gwich'in to hold porcupine caribou celebration
ARCTIC VILLAGE (AP) -- The Gwich'in Nation is holding a ceremony to celebrate the return of the elders from the porcupine caribou's calving grounds.

Two decades later, ANILCA still gets mixed reviews
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It was, in effect, the biggest zoning decision in U.S. history.

Hyder students don't have to cross into Canada
JUNEAU (AP) -- For the first time in nearly six decades, students in the far Southeast community of Hyder will not have to cross into a foreign country to go to school.

Anchorage police arrest six boys in wave of vandalism
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six boys accused of a wave of window-smashing incidents over five nights have been arrested, according to Anchorage police.

In House primaries, empty seats draw crowds
JUNEAU (AP) -- In primary races for the state House, empty seats are drawing the crowds.

Commercial fishermen want shot at Cook Inlet pinks
KENAI (AP) -- Commercial fishermen in Cook Inlet have asked the Board of Fisheries to reopen fishing for a bumper run of pink salmon. The request comes after a disastrous year for fishermen trying to net red salmon in the inlet.

Six Senate seats in play in primary
JUNEAU (AP) -- From Ketchikan to Anchorage to Barrow, six seats in the Senate will be in play when voters go to the primary polls on Tuesday.

Chena, workers deny falsifying chlorine records
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Chena Hot Springs Resort and two of its workers have pleaded innocent to criminal charges that they falsified business records and didn't keep chlorine levels up to standard in some of the resort's hot tubs.

Stevens favors gas pipeline route through Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens is opposed to routing a natural gas export pipeline along the Arctic coast into Canada, instead favoring a route through Fairbanks and south along the Alaska Highway to the Lower 48.

Akiak school condition riles parents
BETHEL (AP) -- Part of the village school in Akiak has been condemned as presenting a danger to its 120 students, according to the regional school district.

Juneau spruce attacked by destructive aphids
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some spruce trees in the Juneau area are being attacked by the worst infestation of spruce needle aphids to be seen in recent years.

Fairbanks woman sentenced in attempted murder case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A woman convicted of trying to murder the father of her child last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Two earthquakes felt in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A light earthquake occurred in southcentral Alaska on Saturday, hours after another quake was felt in the Denali National Park area.

State sets quota for Bristol Bay crab fishery
KODIAK (AP) -- The fall Bristol Bay red king crab fishery will have a harvest quota of 8.3 million pounds, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Kodiak announced Friday.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the peninsula
Shuttle service offered to fairHomer public health nurses offer school shotsHomer Community School to hold swing dance lessons

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Show entries available at Pratt MuseumSoldotna chamber hosts tax cap initiative forumTotem Tracers to hold meetingVolunteers needed for Industry Appreciation DayHomer Community School to hold dance lessons

Primary election: Where to go to vote
The polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. statewide. Kenai Peninsula polling places are listed below.

'Normal' voter turnout predicted
With all the excitement of the upcoming primary election Tuesday, the thought of a busy primary election day is inevitable. However, the number of people who vote, some believe, will vary.

Voters will get 2 ballot choices
The issue of which candidate is the best will not be the only pressing decision Tuesday. What ballot to choose may top the list.

Civil Air Patrol offers teens a chance to soar
To cast off the shackles of gravity and soar like a bird: Modern flight can make the ancient dream a reality, but where does a young Alaskan start?

Stewart-Gordon feud gains steam
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- If the squeaky clean NASCAR circuit needed a little feud to spice things up, it has one.

Small earthquake rattles peninsula
The earth shook under the feet of residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Saturday morning.

Knowles faulted for fishery fiasco
A crowd of Cook Inlet commercial fishers Friday blamed Gov. Tony Knowles and his Board of Fisheries appointments for bringing their industry to the brink of extinction.

Big buildup
Miriam Freas, right, watches her mother Carol and daughter Emma play on the beach in Kenai as a storm front builds on the central peninsula behind them.

Tourist season falls short of last year
This year's tourist season on the Kenai Peninsula isn't over yet, but so far it hasn't quite measured up to last year.

Malformed frogs found on Kenai
A number of wood frogs near the Swanson River oil fields were found to have severe malformations of limbs and eyes after a summer-long study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is not known if these deformities are naturally caused or the result of pollution. No link has been made to oil field operations.

Officials describe possible aid for disaster-affected fishers
The head of Gov. Tony Knowles' disaster cabinet said there are many avenues for aid following this year's dismal returns of Cook Inlet sockeye salmon.

Clydesdales make first state showing
An inquisitive group gathered near the white Anheuser-Busch tent Friday evening to watch the first appearance of the majestic Budweiser Clydesdales at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair.

Pinks next for fleet?
Commercial fishers reeling from the sockeye salmon disaster have petitioned the Board of Fisheries to reopen fishing Monday for a bumper run of pink salmon.

Joseph S. "Little Joe" Carlough Jr.
Kenai resident Joseph S. "Little Joe" Carlough Jr. died Thursday, August 17, 2000, from injuries received in a car accident at mile 150.3 of the Sterling Highway. He was 42.

Donna M. Estes
Sterling resident Donna M. Estes died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage from heart failure. She was 57.

Sarah Christensen, Sandy Dye

Brad L. Hoy
Kenai resident Brad L. Hoy died Thursday, August 17, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 43.

August 17: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Southeast Alaska fish hatcheries:
Hatchery operators in Southeast Alaska are predictably howling at the mere suggestion from Gov. Tony Knowles that they too may need to scale back production in the wake of yet another year marked by disastrously low Yukon salmon returns.

August 16: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on anti-missile technology:
Early demonstrations of the missile defense technology that Sen. Ted Stevens and high-ranking military officials hope to base at Fort Greeley simply don't inspire much confidence.

August 20: Anchorage Daily News on mayor's firearms registration policy:
Mayor George Weurch is in the process of wasting a whole lot of people's time -- Assembly members, bureaucrats, citizens.

Joint effort creates better community trail
The East End Trails have undergone a make over.

Alaska SeaLife Center news
New fledglings in diving bird habitatNew additionsHarbor seal release planned

Peninsula People
Student receives degree Kenai student named to dean's list

Lisa Walters and Latell Coleman Andrew and Sarah SeagravesJennifer Showalter and Scott Walluk

Community Events
Nonprofits receive check Immunization broadcast offered

Garden of the week
This Week's recipient of the Kenai Beautification Garden of the week is the residence of Sheryl Padilla.

Woods survives dogfight with May to take PGA Championship
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A fight to the finish only brought out the best in Tiger Woods.

Bulldogs domesticate Wolves
The Nikiski High School football team penned up the Sitka Wolves Saturday, taking a 35-0 victory in a Great Land Conference game at Nikiski.

Miller left off Sydney squad
BOSTON -- Amid the shrieks of glee and the tears of joy, Amy Chow and Dominique Dawes searched the room until they finally locked eyes. They didn't need to say anything. The teammates knew exactly what the other was thinking.

Service subdues Soldotna
The Soldotna High School football team got a chance to see how it stacked up against one of the top teams in the state Saturday when the Stars took on Service at Anchorage Football Stadium, losing 28-6.

Better safe than sorry for Hennessy
Jim Hennessy, one stroke behind after Saturday's first round, played safety golf Sunday and won the Kenai Chrysler Open by four strokes.

Grimes takes lead at Chrysler Open
A hard, dry and fast Kenai Golf Course kept the pros on their toes during the first day of play in the Kenai Chrysler Open golf tournament.

Comets sweep Los Angeles
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Being the WNBA's best team in the regular season, including three victories over Houston, didn't get the Los Angeles Sparks where they wanted to go.

SoHi boys make strong statement
The Soldotna boys cross country team took little time establishing its intent to defend the Class 4A state cross country crown Friday at the season-opening Nikiski Class Races.

Panthers paw past Seward
Skyview coach Wade Marcuson felt like a silver-thirsty angler who just landed a pink salmon Friday after his team's 27-0 nonconference thrashing of Seward at Skyview High School.

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