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Thursday, August 22, 2002

Air cargo firm announces layoffs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Central Express Inc. has issued more than 40 layoff notices to workers after the Postal Service told the airline this week it no longer will be allowed to carry bypass mail.

Coast Guard, DEC investigate cruise ship discharge
JUNEAU (AP) -- An investigation is being conducted into reports that a Holland America Line cruise ship discharged a brown substance into the water while docked in Juneau.

Leaks hamper pipeline cleanup effort
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An abandoned Cook Inlet pipeline sprung several leaks while it was being pressurized by cleanup crews.

Company officers indicted in waste dumping; Companies plead
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five more people have been indicted by an Anchorage federal grand jury for their roles in an ocean pollution conspiracy involving oil dumping from cargo ships that regularly travel in Alaska.

Earthquake rattles Andreanof Islands region
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A moderate earthquake struck in the Andreanof Islands region Wednesday morning.

Man tries to save rare white black bear from hunters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Pat Costello first saw what he calls the ''Spirit Bear'' last week -- a ghostly blur of white, disappearing into some woods near Juneau.

Fishing permit broker sentenced in scam
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Homer fishing permit broker has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing $335,000 from commercial fishing clients.

Eielson guard unit returns home from desert of Oman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Members of an Alaska Air National Guard unit have returned to Eielson Air Force Base after following a deployment in the desert of Oman.

Officials warn against feeding sea lions
KODIAK (AP) -- Wildlife officials are warning people not to feed Kodiak's Steller sea lions in what they say is a worsening problem.

Masek back in her district with days left in the campaign
JUNEAU (AP) -- After being absent from the campaign trail for most of the summer, Republican Rep. Beverly Masek is trying to make up for lost time.

Temporary Dalton closure puts trucks behind schedule
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The temporary closure of the Dalton Highway has put Carlile Enterprises a week behind schedule to get 20 million pounds of drilling mud to a Beaufort Sea barge in September.

New crisis nursery opens in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new crisis nursery is opening up in Anchorage to replace an emergency residential program run by the Anchorage Center for Families, which folded last month.

Fairbanks police arrest accused sex offender
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A newly hired mental health clinician for a Fairbanks teenage substance abuse treatment program is accused of molesting a boy in his former Idaho town.

Alaska airports to hire more screeners
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Federal officials expect to hire dozens of passenger and luggage screeners at Alaska's largest airports.

Fairbanks celebrates new bishop
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Diocese of Fairbanks on Wednesday began celebrating this week's ordination and installation of Monsignor Donald Kettler as bishop.

Godfrey shooting details emerge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The thunder of a gunshot from somewhere inside her Eagle River home was Patti Godfrey's first inkling of trouble the night her husband died.

Group says ATV use should be curbed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Consumer and environmental groups are urging the licensing of all-terrain vehicle drivers and they say children should be kept off the machines.

Coast Guard saves charter vessel from sinking-
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard cutter Anthony Petit saved a charter boat that was in jeopardy of sinking.

NovaGold moving quickly to capitalize on big find
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- NovaGold, the company that hit it big when it identified 23 million ounces of gold in Southwest Alaska, is progressing quickly to develop the find.

Throng of opponents poised to take on Young and Stevens
JUNEAU (AP) -- Voters in Tuesday's Democratic primary will select from two candidates who are vying to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens in November.

Ulmer presents four-part plan for Alaska education
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Under Fran Ulmer's education plan, school districts would be in line for more money and would have more time to figure out how to spend it.

Coalition wants new studies of pipeline impact
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A coalition of environmental, Native and public interest groups wants new studies done on the environmental impact of the trans-Alaska pipeline.

AEL&P CEO steps down 19-year veteran McLeod to replace Corbus as president
JUNEAU (AP) -- A family dynasty ended Wednesday with Bill Corbus' retirement from the presidency and day-to-day management of Alaska Electric Light and Power, the company his forefathers bought in 1896.

Stevens cautions against locking up state seas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens cautioned against closing large areas of water to the state's oil and fishing industries.

With flagging attendance, would Marlins welcome strike?
MIAMI -- As the grounds crew grooms the infield shortly before the game on a balmy weeknight, the ballpark is so empty the rakes smoothing the dirt can be heard from the upper deck.

Yankees knock down Angels
NEW YORK -- Bernie Williams singled three times, giving him 10 straight multihit games, and Jason Giambi homered and drove in three runs to lead the New York Yankees over the Anaheim Angels 7-5 Tuesday night.

Union head says salaries under attack
NEW YORK -- Union head Donald Fehr made his most pointed criticism of the baseball owners' economic proposals, calling them ''a wholesale attack on the salary structure.''

Angels keep pace in torrid race in AL West
NEW YORK -- Scott Spiezio hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Anaheim Angels matched last year's victory total by beating the New York Yankees 5-1 Wednesday.

Owners try to heat up labor talks
NEW YORK -- Baseball owners presented a new revenue-sharing deal to the union to try to spark talks, calling the offer a significant step toward what players want.

Brewers are all wet against Phillies
MILWAUKEE -- With rain pouring through Miller Park's leaky roof again, Bobby Abreu homered and drove in four runs as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 13-3 Wednesday night.

McLennan House means business
Business class is not just reserved for flying. A new Kenai venture is opening up the possibilities of taking the office on the road. The McLennan House in Kenai will be an executive haven, owners said, giving business travelers a place to stay where they can set up shop all to themselves. Those living on the central Kenai Peninsula who need a place to hold conferences, seminars or small business functions have a place to hold court, as well.

Continental cutting back
HOUSTON (AP) -- Continental Airlines announced Tuesday that it is cutting capacity, grounding airplanes and charging for certain services to low-fare customers in order to combat an industry downturn that persists nearly a year after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Business Briefs
Assistance available for oil workersChamber Web site to get new lookFishing charter winner announced

California fishers haul in big salmon catches, but prices low
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. -- California fishers are bringing home a huge haul of king salmon this season -- but it's been a mixed blessing.

Banks tightening up on lending
WASHINGTON -- In the wake of the accounting scandals that have rocked corporate America, the nation's banks have tightened up on their loan approval procedures, the Federal Reserve reported Monday.

Consumer myths
Consumers lose thousands of dollars each year due to common misperceptions. The Better Business Bureau wants you to know the facts. Here are some popular assumptions:

U.S. deficit decreased in June
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit decreased only slightly in June to $37.2 billion, still the second biggest deficit on record, as an improving economy pushed demand for imports to the highest level in 15 months.

Seaton: Frustration over fisheries bills fuels challenge
Frustrated over fisheries legislation, Homer resident and long-time fisher Paul Seaton decided to challenge Rep. Drew Scalzi in the Republic primary in the race for House District 35.

Scalzi: Challenger misrepresents positions on fisheries
Incumbent Republican Rep. Drew Scalzi knows he's in a fight for the party nod in the House District 35 race, but he stands by the fishery bills he sponsored, the effects of which led his opponent, Paul Seaton, to try and unseat him.

More money: Ulmer presents 4-part plan for education in Alaska
ANCHORAGE -- Under Fran Ulmer's education plan, school districts would be in line for more money and would have more time to figure out how to spend it.

Gubernatorial forums planned in area today
At noon today, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a candidate forum at its weekly luncheon for the governor's race. In order to accommodate the expected crowd, the luncheon will be held at the Diamond Rose in the Alaska Lanes building, instead of Paradisos Restaurant. The event will be catered by Paradisos. The cost is $10.50.

Senate race draws a crowd
Senate District Q candidates faced each other once again Tuesday, this time at a candidate forum before a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon audience.

District 35 race pits Republican vs. Republican
Barring the unlikely election of a write-in candidate in November, the Republican Party primary on Tuesday will determine who goes to Juneau in January to represent House District 35.

Fishing hot as temperatures cool
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- While the fishing season may be cooling off for some anglers as the salmon runs begin to wind down and hunting season approaches, things are just getting hot for fly fishermen and women in Fairbanks. At least that's the way Howie Van Ness at the Alaska Fly Shop sees it.

Photo feature: Casting a spell
Bob Gardner of Colorado casts for a silver salmon at Cunningham Park in Kenai Tuesday afternoon. His brother and father were trying their luck nearby.

278.2-pounder leads Homer derby
A 278.2-pound halibut caught by Paul Lemek of Rockville, Conn., on Aug. 5 while fishing with Grizzly Charters leads the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby August standings.

Whether a 'gluck' or a 'mu-wah,' moose-speak can draw out the bulls
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- I had never heard a moose grunt, but there was no mistaking the sound.

'Antler express' pricey, but will ship Alaska trophies despite Sept. 11 restrictions
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- It's going to cost more, but hunters from the Lower 48 will have their trophies delivered right to their door as a result of tighter shipping restrictions because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Improving hunters' image part of Fish and Wildlife plan
TACOMA (AP) -- Improving the image of hunters and boosting public support for hunting cougars and black bears are among the state Department of Fish and Wildlife's goals in a proposed six-year plan for managing the state's game species.

Photo feature: Fair fun
Jasmine Clock, a 10-year-old from Sterling, laughs at her mother, not shown, while getting her face painted by Ila Treat of Ninilchik last weekend at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair.

Winning everything in Scrabble tourney
SAN DIEGO -- Nigel Richards used obscure words such as genros, awee, and butut to beat his opponent in a tense game of Scrabble. Just don't ask him for the definitions.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Pier One delves into 'life, death and poetry'
Bonita Banks will throw up seven times this week. But that's not what has her worried. It's the other hour and 24 minutes of the next Pier One Theatre drama, "W;T," in which Banks plays a woman with ovarian cancer, that have her anxious.

Painter receives acclaim
Jim Evenson's painting "Mountain Glow" was accepted in the San Diego Watercolor Society XXII International Exhibition 2002.

Art Briefs
Art show soliciting piecesEntries accepted for photography showCash raffle to be heldDonated art needed for Pratt showWriting classes offered through UAA

Bluegrass fest rocks Ninilchik
It may be 15 miles off the beaten path, but on a warm summer weekend, the open grassy fields, remote location and rolling landscape of the Straight Inn in Ninilchik make a great place for a bluegrass festival.

Rudd joins Wood
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Eddie Wood was determined not to get involved in the torturous, unpredictable wrangling of silly season. Instead, he and Ricky Rudd became the lead domino, and now they can sit back and watch everything else unfold in front of them.

This week's race: Sharpie 500
Where and when

Race schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

Money leaders
1. Mark Martin $3,908,0512. Ward Burton 3,647,8063. Tony Stewart 3,232,570

Ganassi driver needs to reverse his fortunes at Bristol
Scott Pruett drove Jimmy Spencer's car Aug. 11 at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Spencer, who was to drive the No. 3 car for Chip Ganassi's team, failed to qualify for the event. Spencer has two top-five finishes this season and is 27th in the standings.

Points standings
1. Sterling Marlin 3,0942. Mark Martin 3,0513. Jimmie Johnson 3,034

In the spotlight: Robert Yates
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Correction
Due to a reporting error, a story in Wednesday's Peninsula Clarion about Kenai Peninsula Borough school board action related to an Association of Alaska School Boards resolution on the Pledge of Allegiance was incorrect.

Recent burglaries connected; stolen goods may be headed to Anchorage
Five burglaries Monday night brought to 25 the total number of central Kenai Peninsula businesses and churches that have been broken into in the past two months.

Unocal meetings look at restructuring
Unocal Oil Corporation is holding meetings this week in Anchorage to determine the future of the company's oil and gas drilling operations in Cook Inlet.

Subdivision road ordinance still faces obstacles
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's new subdivision road standards adopted just two weeks ago are back before the borough assembly.

City tries new technique on old eyesores
Junk cars on blocks parked in driveways, broken down appliances left to rust on lawns, piles of yard waste, garbage and other debris rotting in backyards -- the city of Kenai has been cracking down on these and other code violations this year in an attempt to clean up eyesores and health and safety risks around town.

Hobo Jim fan sets up fund to help him replace guitar
A fan of 28 years has established a fund for Hobo Jim to help him replace an expensive guitar that recently was stolen.

Kenai code takes dim view of abandoned cars, trash
With the city of Kenai stepping up enforcement of municipal code violations this year, Kenai residents who are in violation of code regulations stand a greater chance than ever of being called to task on them.

BP's plan to use pig on pipeline doesn't fly
This pig won't fly. British Petroleum abandoned a plan to use a foam pipeline "pig" to clean out an abandoned undersea Cook Inlet oil pipeline after determining the pipe was too leaky.

Letters to the Editor
Alaskans must take careful look at who is seeking their votesAlaskans' outdoor lifestyle would be best supported by Loren LemanAlaskans encouraged to vote for Leman for lieutenant governor

Letters to the Editor
Vote 'No' on Ballot Measure 1Vote 'Yes' on Ballot Measure 1Phillips has made difference; she's best choice for lieutenant governorAlaska Outdoor Council endorses Taylor, Ward, Krogseng in primaryPrivate prison proposal offers reason to not reelect Sen. WardIs there connection between KNA's financial difficulties and Sen. Ward?Ward's past performance should lead voters to elect someone else

Nation should debate what should be done with Saddam Hussein
It is reassuring that President Bush is listening to the gathering debate, at home and abroad, over whether to wage war against Iraq. As he made plain in comments at his Texas ranch, he is not ignoring the counsel of some elder statesmen of the Republican foreign policy establishment who are urging restraint amid the administration's drumbeat to oust Saddam Hussein from power.

District 35: 2 candidates, 1 party
Drew Scalzi, House District 35 Republican IncumbentPaul Seaton, House District 35 Republican Incumbent

Alaskans have reason to be optimistic
We Alaskans have reason for significant, but guarded optimism. We can be optimistic based upon our resource economy -- oil, gas, minerals, timber, fish, tourism -- all of which may provide opportunities for generations to come. We can be optimistic based upon our strong work ethic, our cultural diversity and our collective can-do spirit; intangibles which will ultimately define Alaska and its people. We most assuredly should be optimistic about the future based upon our financial situation; with $25 billion in the bank, and no individual taxes, we are the envy of the nation.

Senate should not use federal courts as club to beat President Bush
The American Bar Association sent an important message to the U.S. Senate: Stop using the federal courts as a political club for beating President Bush over the head.

Wilderness Classic racers court death in July blizzard
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- At the start, the cold rain came down October-ugly. Only one of the 27 hardy souls gathered for the start of the Alaska Mountain and Wilderness Classic race through Wrangell-St. Elias National Park read the meaning of the snow line creeping down the mountains above and showed the sense to go home.

Around the Peninsula
Meetings target communication between schoolsMonthly care-giver meeting to be heldBlood donations soughtRCAC to hold meetingChamber seeks photos

Pet of the Week, Kenai
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring a female adult German shepherd mix for $88.20. Spay surgery, license and vaccines are included. Visit the shelter on Willow Street or call 283-7353 for more information.

Around the Peninsula
North chamber to host BP speakerCentral Peninsula Health Centers meeting slatedFirst aid, CPR classes plannedInterpretive Programs offeredKPC to hold registration, barbecueArea business owner to speak at workshopToastmasters meeting plannedVision specialist to visit senior center

Photo feature: First day
Mike Halbert gives his daughter Michelle a kiss goodbye after bringing her to Sears Elementary School on the first day of classes Wednesday. Michelle is in the first grade this year.

School district introduces 17 new administrators
As classes start today, students and parents may notice more than a few new faces around the district. There are 17 new in-school administrators in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District -- six moved from within the district, six promoted from district teaching positions and five hired from outside the district.

Around the District
Boys and Girls Clubs offer After the Bell program

First day: Not everyone dreads end of summer
Students throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will pack up their school supplies, don new clothes and head off to the first day of classes this morning.

KPC kicks off new school year
Registration, barbecue plannedLiberal studies degree availableLate registration offered

District School News
News from schools around the district

Got spirit?
Kenai Central High School senior Kylee Vienna leads a group of incoming ninth-graders in a school cheer Monday night in the KCHS gym at the close of Freshman Night. The student council organized the two-hour event to help orient new Kenai Central freshmen to high school. Classes begin today.

Changes greet students
Parents and students can expect a few changes at area schools as classes kick off this morning -- both in structure and attitude.

Beem's title brings celebrity
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Rich Beem is starting to get an idea of how life changes after winning a PGA Championship.

Birch Ridge Report: Seniors escape showers
Fourteen seniors arrived at the course for Senior League in time to beat the rain, which worked out great. The usual games were played with Don McGhee carding a 33 to capture first place in the low net contest and Chiya Bazan only three strokes behind him for second place.

Liberty cures Fever
NEW YORK -- Vickie Johnson scored 19 points to lead the New York Liberty into the Eastern Conference finals with a 75-60 win over the Indiana Fever on Tuesday night.

Texans open up Reliant Stadium
HOUSTON -- Thousands of Houston Texans season-ticket holders attended a Reliant Stadium dress rehearsal Tuesday as the team held its last evening practice of training camp inside its new $449 million home.

Kenai Golf Course: Greens get plugged, sanded
The greens recently were plugged and sanded. Each year about the same time this happens to the greens. It is a very important part of green maintenance. What would the greens be like without such attention?

Yao to face America's best in exhibition
OAKLAND, Calif. -- When the U.S. national team plays China in an exhibition game Thursday night, Yao Ming will get a rude welcome to the United States courtesy of the NBA's leading rebounder.

Sports Briefs
278.2-pounder leads Homer derbyMotocross riders prepare for state eventSerena Williams, Hewitt seeded No. 1Mathieu eliminates Sampras in second roundWilliams, Davenport advance to quarterfinals

Sports Briefs
Homer Mariner Triathlon set for Aug. 31SoHi-Skyview JV game moves to SoHiTeens, legacies advance at U.S. AmateurPitchers dazzle at Little League World SeriesHaas advances after getting good news about father

WNBA official collapses
HOUSTON -- Referee Bill Stokes collapsed during Tuesday night's WNBA playoff game between the Houston Comets and Utah Starzz.

'Noles, 'Huskers chomp at bit
Florida State and Nebraska begin the season in the uncomfortable position of defending their reputations instead of a championship.

Haas makes off with medalist honors
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Bill Haas, son of longtime PGA Tour pro Jay Haas, shot a 68 Tuesday to earn medalist honors at 5-under 135 after two rounds of stroke play in the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills.

Officials warn against feeding sea lions
KODIAK (AP) -- Wildlife officials are warning people not to feed Kodiak's Steller sea lions in what they say is a worsening problem.

Man tries to save rare white black bear from hunters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Pat Costello first saw what he calls the ''Spirit Bear'' last week -- a ghostly blur of white, disappearing into some woods near Juneau.

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