Tuesday, August 22, 2000

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.

BP works to clean up spills at Prudhoe Bay facility
PRUDHOE BAY (AP) -- BP was working to clean up a crude oil spill and a related chemical spill that occurred early Monday at an oil processing center.

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.

ACS gets approval to change names of subsidiaries
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications Systems has received state regulatory approval to change the names of its subsidiaries that operate within Alaska.

Holland America agrees to union for Westmark Fairbanks workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Holland America Cruise Line has agreed to the wishes of its 132 workers at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center to unionize.

Boise man wins Juneau salmon derby
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Boise, Idaho man caught a 36.9-pound king salmon to claim Juneau's 54th annual Golden North Salmon Derby.

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.

Hundreds of riders to pedal for AIDS research
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The six-day Alaska AIDS Vaccine Ride from Fairbanks to Anchorage got underway Monday with hundreds of riders pedaling to raise money for research.

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.

Koliganek woman dies in fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Koliganek woman died in a fire early Monday morning, Alaska State Troopers said.

Appeals panel grants former White Pass president a new trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal appeals court says the former president of the White Pass and Yukon Railroad is entitled to a new trial on charges that he lied and covered up a 1994 oil spill near Skagway.

Only one statewide office on ballot in Alaska primary
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska voters will go to the polls Tuesday for a primary election with only one statewide office on the ballot, and even with that one there's little doubt about the outcome.

Tourist numbers reported down around Kenai Peninsula this season
KENAI (AP) -- This summer's tourist season on the Kenai Peninsula isn't over yet, but people within the industry say it doesn't appear to be measuring up to last year.

Former Juneau mayor wants his old job back
JUNEAU (AP) -- The former mayor of Juneau wants his old job back.

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.

Concerns raised again over escape of farm-raised salmon
JUNEAU (AP) -- The escape of thousands of farm-raised Atlantic salmon in British Columbia has once again raised concerns in Alaska about mixing non-native species with wild salmon.

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.

Concerns raised again over escape of farm-raised salmon
JUNEAU (AP) -- The escape of thousands of farm-raised Atlantic salmon in British Columbia has once again raised concerns in Alaska about mixing non-native species with wild salmon.

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

Army court martial panel finds soldier guilty in boy's death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A military court-martial panel on Monday found Army Sgt. Scott Buber guilty of unpremeditated murder in his stepson's death.

Center has three new fisheries faculty positions
KODIAK (AP) -- The Fishery Industrial Technology Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has three new faculty positions.

Murkowski weighs in on natural gas pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Another political heavyweight has added his influence in trying to get a natural gas pipeline built in Alaska.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Tax cap initiative topic of chamber lunch Coho regulation clarified Small business seminar offeredKPC to offer new classesSchool district changes program application

'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.

Where to go to vote
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. A list of Kenai Peninsula polling places follows:

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.

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

$11,700 proposal for Inlet Woods land turned down
The Kenai City Council turned down a proposed $11,700 land sale, sending the message that the city's land will not be sold at fire sale prices despite the slow real estate market.

Pink fishery could be considered today
The Board of Fisheries could consider today whether to give upper Cook Inlet commercial fishers the chance to harvest a bumper run of pink salmon.

Morris adds Eagle River paper to Alaska holdings
Morris Communications Corp. has purchased the Alaska Star newspaper in Eagle River.

Photo feature: Bag of fun
Amanda Biggs zigs while Daniel Alsdorf zags during a footbag game in the parking lot of the boardwalk on Bridge Access Road last weekend.

Council OKs local buying preference ordinance
The Kenai City Council passed an ordinance giving local businesses an edge in the competitive bidding process.

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.

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.

Sarah Christensen, Sandy Dye
Obituaries

Eric Robert Larson
Bountiful, Utah, resident Eric Robert Larson was found dead by his father and brother on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, following a tragic accident in Egegik. The exact time and circumstances of death are not known. He was 24.

Laura Ruth Shirnberg
Former Anchorage resident Laura Ruth Shirnberg died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, in Arlington, Texas. She was 70.

Sarah Marie Christensen
Cooper Landing resident Sarah Marie Christensen, infant daughter of Phillip and Yvonne (Hornung) Christensen, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 1 month and 25 days old.

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.

Community Events
Nonprofits receive check Immunization broadcast offered

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

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

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

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

School starts Wednesday
Kids, kiss summer goodbye.

Series rolls on
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Jay Ponciano pitched a two-hitter, and Dustin Corl hit a two-run homer as Vancouver, Wash., beat Bellaire, Texas, 5-0 in the Little League World Series on Monday night.

Should boys play softball?
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Now that an Arizona team with five boys has won a Little League Softball World Series title, expect changes to be made before the 2001 tournament.

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.

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.

New York gains WNBA finals
NEW YORK -- The New York Liberty made this first-half knockout stick.

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

Sports Briefs
Nelson dominates ACTA racingChristie to miss Olympics after IAAF bans himPGA final round overnight ratings best ever

Edmonds snaps slump as Cardinals cruise
ST. LOUIS -- Jim Edmonds broke out of a 2-for-27 slump with a three-run homer and Garrett Stephenson won his third straight decision, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 Monday night.

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.

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