Wednesday, August 23, 2000

One killed, two hurt in Near Island fall
KODIAK (AP) -- A person was killed and two others seriously injured after falling off a cliff on Near Island late Monday, according to Kodiak city police.

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

U.S. Rep. Don Young wins in a walk, to meet Greene, others in November
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Paralegal Clifford Greene, a Democrat who never has been elected to political office, is faced with a huge challenge come November -- defeating Don Young in the general election.

Surprise snow falls on AIDS riders
PAXSON (AP) -- Bicyclists taking part in a charity ride across Alaska sent out a mayday Tuesday after running into mixed rain and snow on the Richardson Highway.

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.

Voter turnout light in state primary
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fewer registered voters went to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in Alaska's primary election.

Photographers see eye to eye with each other and their wildlife subjects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dorothy Keeler doesn't see the wolf walking toward her. The photo shows her sitting cross-legged beside a gravel road in Denali National Park. She is in profile, gazing off into the wooded distance; the wolf stands just feet away, gazing at her.

Army court martial panel sentences convicted soldier
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright soldier was sentenced Tuesday to 33 years in prison for murdering his 4-year-old stepson last year.

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.

Taylor survives tough challenge in Senate primary
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wrangell Sen. Robin Taylor easily fended off a tough challenge in the Republican primary while three Democrats battled for an open seat at the other end of the state.

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

Sanders ousted by well-financed challenger
JUNEAU (AP) -- Anchorage Rep. Jerry Sanders won't be headed back to the Capitol in January after a well-financed primary challenger ousted him in the Republican primary.

Subsistence fishing being halted on Yukon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The entire Yukon River drainage in Alaska is being closed to subsistence salmon fishing.

Alaska Airlines returns to Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Alaska Airlines is returning to Tucson after seven years, partly because of the area's growing technology industry.

Knowles, Murkowski weigh in on natural gas pipeline Eds: Minor edits
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles says he's convinced that a pipeline to send natural gas to the Lower 48 is in the wings, and he's planning legislation and administrative steps to clear the way for such a project. His remarks came on the heels of similar statements from Sen. Frank Murkowski.

U.S. Rep. Don Young wins in a walk, to meet Greene, others in November
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Paralegal Clifford Greene, a Democrat who never has been elected to political office, is faced with a huge challenge come November -- defeating Don Young in the general election.

Fish Board refuses to reopen Cook Inlet for salmon
KENAI (AP) -- The state Board of Fisheries has unanimously rejected a plea to allow commercial fishing for pink and chum salmon in Cook Inlet following this year's dismal sockeye run. The decision came at an emergency teleconference meeting Tuesday.

Alaska's Asia exports on the rise again
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's exports have recovered from the Asian financial crisis, but the state remains vulnerable to globalization, Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott says.

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.

Malaspina will be shifted to the Bellingham-Skagway run
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state ferry Malaspina will be shifted to the Bellingham-Skagway route after it ends service in Northern Lynn Canal on Sept. 10, Alaska Marine Highway Operations Manager Capt. Norm Edwards says.

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.

Gas supplies down; prices up. May make Alaska pipeline feasible
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A minor shift upward in domestic demand for natural gas has caused a major increase in prices and the four-month-old trend could continue, industry observers say.

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.

Alaska among states settling with Publishers Clearing House
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska consumers will be seeing less confusing sweepstakes claims from Publishers Clearing House under the terms of a multistate settlement.

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.

Anti-spill gear boosted in Southeast
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Another pair of oil spill response barges, paid for by the North West CruiseShip Association, has arrived in Southeast Alaska and will be moored at Ketchikan.

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.

AHFC issues bonds for veterans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. has issued $70 million in bonds to provide low-interest mortgages to up to 400 veterans in Alaska.

Nature Conservancy buys acreage near Homer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A leading conservation organization announced Tuesday that it has purchased 320 acres of key wildlife habitat in the Homer area.

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.

Morris adds Eagle River paper to Alaska holdings
KENAI (AP) -- Morris Communications Corp. of Georgia has purchased the Alaska Star newspaper in Eagle River from founder and longtime owner Lee Jordan.

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.

Tips to keep wild game tasty
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Follow the rule of three ''Cs'' when it comes to caring for your game meat and you'll have tastier meals through the winter.

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.

Man dies in Unalaska of apparent alcohol overdose
UNALASKA (AP) -- A dockworker from Haines is dead after apparently consuming too much alcohol in Dutch Harbor, according to local police.

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.

Primary sends unclear message about general election
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's new two-ballot primary system sent confusing messages about what to expect in November.

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.

Cellular phones are OK for safety; not hunting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Cellular phones have become one more piece of mandatory gear for many hunters these days, right there alongside the skinning knife and meat packing board.

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.

Voter turnout light in state primary
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fewer registered voters went to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in Alaska's primary election.

Community Calendar
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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

Around the Peninsula
Publisher to speak at Kenai chamber lunch Pickle Hill Board of Directors to meetNorth peninsula chamber to hold meeting Peninsula Safe Kids plans car seat check-upVisitors center features Native claims discussionRecreation area program features volcanoesTickets still available for United Way cruiseBeta Sigma Phi to hold celebration'Once Upon The Kenai' manuscripts available

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.

Experience rules the day in Senate District E race
A meager turnout in the Senate District E primary put Republican incumbent Sen. Jerry Ward, Democrat Mike Szymanski and the Green Party's William D. Bartee on the November ballot.

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

Election results
Results of the Primary Election

Scalzi cruises in Homer
A Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member easily outdistanced two opponents in the race for the Republican nomination in House District 7.

Chenault takes District 9. He will face Smalley in November
In the only contested race in House District 9, Mike Chenault of Nikiski defeated Linda Reynolds of Kalifornsky Beach Road in the closed Republican primary. But there are no hard feelings from the vanquished.

Lancaster, Sprague to square off next
The voters winnowed the five House District 8 Republican candidates down to one, picking Soldotna Mayor Ken Lancaster to carry the party banner in the Nov. 7 general election.

Tips to keep wild game tasty
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Follow the rule of three ''Cs'' when it comes to caring for your game meat and you'll have tastier meals through the winter.

Cellular phones are OK for safety; not hunting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Cellular phones have become one more piece of mandatory gear for many hunters these days, right there alongside the skinning knife and meat packing board.

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

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

$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.

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.

Petition for emergency pink salmon opening rejected by Board of Fish
Commercial fishers were irate Tuesday after the Board of Fisheries unanimously rejected a plea to allow commercial fishing for pink and chum salmon following this year's dismal sockeye run.

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.

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

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.

Campers looking for comfort change outdoor retailing
DENVER (AP) -- The view from the Pinnacle is sweeping: A panorama of campsite espresso makers, solar-heated outdoor showers and nylon chairs complete with cup holders and recliner-style footrests.

Around the District
District changes take-home calendarLunch application more than just applicationSuperintendent offers report on the districtSuperintendent, school board get high marksInternet service offers school fundsChallenger center offers fall workshopsPoll: Most parents confident in safetyKalifornsky Beach ElementaryNikiski ElementarySears Elementary

Getting warmed up Summer programs offer way to get ready for school
For many students, summer means time off from school. But for an increasing number of Kenai Peninsula youngsters, summer programs offer a mix of recreation and learning.

School starts Wednesday
Kids, kiss summer goodbye.

Sports Briefs
Elton McGahan wraps up 410 classAlaska Sprint Tour Final Series Point StandingsKenai-Nikiski starting time moved upTyson fined, not banned, by British Boxing BoardU.S. women hoopsters tame Canada UAA chooses Georgian as new athletic director

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.

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.

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

Old grand slam record discarded
CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. was doubled up for the final out after right fielder Dante Bichette's error let in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as the Phillies defeated the Reds 5-4.

Nike admits Woods doesn't use balls that he promotes
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tiger Woods endorses ''Nike Tour Accuracy'' golf balls in TV and magazine ads, but he really plays with custom-made balls unavailable to everyday duffers, Nike acknowledged Tuesday after being sued in federal court.

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.

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

Photographers see eye to eye with each other and their wildlife subjects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dorothy Keeler doesn't see the wolf walking toward her. The photo shows her sitting cross-legged beside a gravel road in Denali National Park. She is in profile, gazing off into the wooded distance; the wolf stands just feet away, gazing at her.

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