Monday, August 27, 2001

North Pole man sentenced for molesting three daughters
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man has been sentenced to four years in prison after admitting he molested his three daughters over a period of three years.

Man with handgun robs Anchorage credit union
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man armed with a handgun robbed a branch of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union on Friday and got away with an unknown amount of cash.

Federal judge rejects Lake Clark land claim
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Monday that the government was correct in refusing to give 50 miles of coastline within Lake Clark National Park to five Native villages as a land claims settlement.

Anchorage woman dies after traffic accident near Whitehorse
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP) -- A 72-year-old Anchorage woman died after a traffic accident south of Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory.

Assembly opposes military airboat limits
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has sided with hunters

Cooper Lake generator fails
KENAI (AP) -- One of two newly rebuilt generators at Chugach Electric Association's Cooper Lake hydroelectric project has been shut down after a metal cooling fin broke and damaged the copper windings on the generator.

Coast Guard encounters more problems at site of sunken fishing vessel
SEATTLE (AP) -- A second Coast Guard attempt to videotape the sunken fishing vessel Arctic Rose at the bottom of the Bering Sea has run into problems -- snarled lines and bad weather that drove investigators back to Dutch Harbor on Saturday.

Contractor begins missile prep work at Fort Greely
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A contractor for the Army began clearing land at Fort Greely Monday for an anti-ballistic missile site.

Critics say racism panel left little time for victims
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Discrimination victims at a federal hearing on racism in Alaska criticized the U.S. Civil Rights Commission for letting invited panelists testify for hours but doling out only minutes to the general public.

Bridge renamed after former state senator
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former state senator from Kodiak is being honored by having a bridge named after him.

Nenana gets first boarding students
NENANA(AP) -- Students arriving at the new Nenana Student Living Center aren't all that concerned about which classes they'll take when school starts next week.

Anchorage man dies in motorcycle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a truck, police said.

Governor declares western Alaska fishing industry a ''disaster,'' to seek federal aid
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles declared western Alaska's commercial fishing sector an economic disaster on Friday, a step toward seeking federal aid for the beleaguered industry.

Music lover launches low-key concert promotion business
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Mike Morgan, in shorts and bare feet, hung out in a corner of a Soldotna restaurant Friday, picking his guitar and belting out the blues while customers sat down to $20 seafood dinners.

Peninsula shellfish operators compete for business
KENAI (AP) -- 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.

City assemblywoman seeks more oversight for condominiums
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage city assemblywoman Anna Fairclough is seeking a change in city law to provide more oversight of condominium construction.

Holy Cross residents worry about glow-in-the-dark salmon
HOLY CROSS (AP) -- Ivan Demientieff was the first person in the Yukon River village of Holy Cross to see glow-in-the-dark salmon hanging in a smokehouse.

Bird center moving to bigger nest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The nonprofit Alaska Bird Observatory is moving to a bigger nest.

State considers relaxing rules for obtaining water rights
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has a backlog of more than 600 applications for water rights and wants to relax its rules for issuing them.

Kenai woman sentenced for role in rape of girl, 13
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai woman was sentenced to six years in prison, with two and a half years suspended, for her role in the rape of a 13-year-old girl last year.

Fairbanks suicide hot line to be restored
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Interior suicide prevention hot line discontinued in June will be restored.

Second trip to view Arctic Rose yields more clues
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard team investigating the sinking of the Arctic Rose gathered more clues from a remote-controlled camera during a second expedition to the Bering Sea site where the vessel went down.

Man pleads in Ruby sex assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has pleaded no contest to attempted sexual assault in a December 2000 incident in Ruby.

Coast Guard searches for vessel headed from Midway Island to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard is searching for a sailboat with three people on board reported overdue on a trip from Midway Island to Alaska.

Tender capsizes near Sitka; crew rescued
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two crewmen were pulled from the water Friday by another fishing boat after their 80-foot fishing tender capsized south of Sitka, the Coast Guard reported.

Four rescued after skipper dies, grounding boat near Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- Four people were rescued from a commercial fishing boat near Juneau Saturday night after the master of the vessel lost consciousness and ran the boat aground, the Coast Guard said.

Survey crew to arrive at Fort Greely for missile prep work
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A survey crew was at Fort Greely Friday to prepare for construction of an anti-ballistic missile system there.

Iron Dog organizers consider moving start, finish
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Organizers of the Iron Dog Snowmachine Race are considering changing the location of the start and finish of the 2,000-mile race.

Knowles gives $90,000 for radio tower damaged by plane crash
JUNEAU (AP) -- A radio station in Kotzebue will receive $90,000 in emergency aid to replace its tower and antenna under an administrative order issued Friday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Quake shakes Alaska Peninsula
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook the Alaska Peninsula Saturday night, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

Wasilla man drowns in Tatondan Lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man drowned Saturday morning in Tatondan Lake, Alaska State Troopers said.

Mechanical problems delay jet bound for China
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A China Eastern jet remained on the ground in Anchorage for nearly 24 hours after it landed in Anchorage with mechanical problems.

Sosa joins exclusive tater club
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa hit his 50th and 51st homers and powered his way into another exclusive club Sunday.

Kenai's Orphans take state softball title
After the death of his brother, Donnie, last week, Wade Morgan wasn't planning on managing the Orphans of Kenai in the Alaska State Women's Division E Tournament Saturday and Sunday at the Kenai ballfields.

Tokyo takes Little League World Series
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Tokyo Kitasuna rallied for two runs its last at-bat for the second straight game and beat Apopka, Fla., 2-1 Sunday night to win the Little League World Series.

Diamondbacks edge Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- Steve Finley streaked home to score the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning on a disputed play that led to Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa's ejection, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Phillies 4-3 Saturday.

Indians snap Seattle's win streak
SEATTLE -- Kenny Lofton hit a two-out, two-run single off Arthur Rhodes in the ninth inning that led the Cleveland Indians over the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Sunday.

NOW PLAYING: American Outlaws
American Outlaws should be titled Young Guns Redux. It's got the same fresh-to-Hollywood faces grafted onto the same gritty old west outlaws. It's got the same galloping guitar background music, an

Kards KO Ketchikan
The Kenai Central High School football team opened its Northern Lights Conference schedule with a 72-0 win over the visiting Ketchikan Kings Saturday at Ed Hollier Field in Kenai.

Roberts' TD run lifts Mariners
The Seward Seahawks dropped another close game Saturday, this time to the Homer Mariners.

Bulldogs ring up 47-0 win over Stars
Soldotna High School football coach Rob Dimick admitted that watching the Nikiski Bulldogs in action would be fun -- if only he were just a spectator, and not the coach on the visiting team's sideline Friday night.

Stewart gets first victory at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Tony Stewart can finally cross winning at Bristol Motor Speedway off his to-do list.

Fuel decision fuels Unser Jr.'s triumph
MADISON, Ill. -- Al Unser Jr. listened to car owner Rick Galles and came away with a victory in the Indy Racing League's inaugural Gateway Indy 250.

Alternate site chosen as AT&T final location
Those driving past Skyview High School these days might wonder why a driveway is being built next to the school property.

Chamber hears plans for CPGH
The future is nothing if not exciting for Central Peninsula General Hospital. In its master plan, there are several scenarios for growth and possible partial relocation of services on the table.

Oil companies looking south for prospects
Cook Inlet oil companies have applied to form two exploration units near Ninilchik and Anchor Point.

Remembering animals
Participants gather around the Rev. Richard Tero Saturday evening in Soldotna as he leads a prayer for animals at a memorial organized by Michele DeMilta of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Cooper Lake Hydroelectric Project crippled
Chugach Electric Association restarted the rebuilt turbines at its Cooper Lake Hydroelectric Project this spring.

Compromise may settle dust over subdivision
Two weeks after residents of Poppy Woods Subdivision and local developer Clint Hall appeared at cross-purposes before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Plat Commit-tee, a compromise may be just around the corner.

Coming soon: Safety manual plus kinder, gentler schools
WASHINGTON -- At Columbine High School this fall, teachers can look forward to emergency response drills and crisis management guides. In a few weeks, a ''threat assessment manual'' prepared by the Secret Service arrives.

Peninsula industries get pat on back
True to its eight-year history, Industry Appreciation Day was blessed with dazzling August sunshine. And crowds. And food. And more booths than past events could boast.

Corps of Engineers to open peninsula office
Due to increased demand for wetland permitting, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced plans to open a permanent regulatory field office in the central Kenai Peninsula, though no location has been identified yet.

Rape accomplice gets 6-year prison sentence
A Kenai woman was sentenced to six years in prison -- with two and a half years suspended -- for her role in the June 13, 2000, rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Company's contribution shows its commitment to young peopleHead football coach Kenai Central High School

What others say
Change of scenery good for those covering BushIt's not government's job to encourage marriage

Treasury secretary ruffles many feathers, but not Bush's
WASHINGTON -- If the on-message Bush White House had an etiquette manual for Cabinet members, ''openly speaking your mind'' would surely not be among its recommendations. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill may take heart that there is no such book of behavior.

Letters to the Editor
10 people's voices do count; they'll speak even louder come Oct. 2Most important right protected by constitution is that of equality

Letters to the Editor
Alaskans should take back their constitutional rights

People, not location, key issue in ensuring government is 'good'
Supporters of moving the legislative sessions from Juneau to the Matanuska-Susistna Borough are misguided in their efforts.

New chapter for daughter fills mother with nostalgia for good ol' days
Tonight I will feel older than I did this morning. My little-girl-who-turned-into-a-young-woman is boarding a plane to go to college Outside.

Moderate spankings cause no lasting harm
SAN FRANCISCO -- Occasional, mild spankings of young children are OK and do not cause any lasting harm that carries into adolescence, according to a study released Friday.

Motown museum proposed
DETROIT (AP) -- Developers have submitted to the city plans for a $28 million Motown music museum.

Davis, Bross marry at Exit Glacier
Heather L. Davis of Soldotna and Kevin R. Bross of Oklahoma City, Okla., were married in a private ceremony on Sunday, July 29, 2001, at Exit Glacier in Seward.

Ask a Trooper
With school once again upon us, I thought I would cover some of the traffic rules regarding school buses. The most common complaint we get regarding buses is cars passing when the red lights are flashing on the bus.

Minnesota museum to host Vikings exhibit in St. Paul
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Vikings are returning to Minnesota, 1,000 years after they first sailed across the North Atlantic in open boats and became the first Europeans in North America.

Community News
CPR/first aid classes offered in HomerGenealogy seminar coming upNinilchik fair winners announcedState Fair Horse Show winners announced

Russell, Hagedorn wed at Soldotna home
Ginni Russell and Joel Hagedorn were married Saturday, June 23, 2001, in an outside afternoon ceremony at the Soldotna residence of James and Kim Senn. The Rev. Michael Staton officiated.

Peninsula People
Area students graduate, travelSoldotna woman celebrates 103rd birthday

Soldotna pilot decides to build his own airplane from scratch
You have to wonder how Dudley Abbott can stand to wait.

Rebecca and Matt VanHooseAmerica and Ron DukowitzShannon Brown and James Clark

Berry resources are worth picking
This time of year the Extension Office receives many calls asking where to pick berries. Like many Alaskans, our staff has devoted a lot of personal recreational hours locating our ow

Garden of the Week
John and Jenny Reynoldson's home at 1518 Toyon Way has been named the weekly winner in the Kenai Beautification Committee's summer-long Garden of the Week program. The home is blanketed with beautiful Sitka roses, poppies, lilies, irises and bleeding hearts. Two large mountain ash trees create a stunning entry into the driveway.

Around the Peninsula
55 Alive class plannedLocal artists featured in upcoming fund-raiserDinner, auction tickets on saleDiscount prescriptions availableVolunteer coast walk scheduledSafe sitter classes offered

My Best Friend
When the sun is out, Bill and Jackie Moore of Soldotna know where they'll find their 8-year-old Rottweiler Bailey: She's on the deck catching some rays. Bailey is a natural when it comes to posing, the Moores said.

Around the Peninsula
Interpretive Program slated todayDalby to speak at chamber luncheonSoup supper, auction tickets on saleAllergy Network meeting plannedConservation district meeting scheduledConservation directory availableGay, lesbian group forms chapterMonitoring committee meeting setBlood donations neededSafe sitter classes offered

Furyk stays one step ahead of Tiger at NEC Invitational
AKRON, Ohio -- Just when it looked like Tiger Woods might leave him behind, Jim Furyk recovered with four birdies on his final five holes Saturday for a 4-under 66 that maintained his two-stroke lead over Woods in the NEC Invitational.

Sports Briefs
Tagliabue says officials must give ground in talksMaier's condition improving

Woods ends winless summer at NEC Invitational
AKRON, Ohio -- Tiger Woods ended his winless summer with a birdie Sunday on the seventh playoff hole to defeat Jim Furyk in the NEC Invitational.

SoHi boys take Skyview Invite
Immediately after crossing the finish line for a dominating win at the Skyview Invitational Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails, Kris Smith thought she heard her worst fears about the race realized.

Badgers best Cavaliers in Eddie Robinson Classic
MADISON, Wis. -- Jim Sorgi threw two touchdown passes after replacing the injured Brooks Bollinger to lead No. 22 Wisconsin to a 26-17 win over Virginia on Saturday in the Eddie Robinson Classic.

Homer hosts, wins swimming tri-meet
Kenai Central, Skyview and Homer high schools got an early start to the swimming season with a tri-meet at Homer Saturday.

Georgia Tech tops Syracuse
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- A run at the national title is still a long way off for No. 10 Georgia Tech -- but don't count out the Yellow Jackets just yet.

Nikiski netters rebound to sweep Seahawks
The Nikiski volleyball team bounced back from a Tuesday defeat at Homer to down host Seward 16-14, 15-9 and 15-8 Friday.

Monarchs king Sparks
LOS ANGELES -- The Sacramento Monarchs finally figured out a way to beat the Los Angeles Sparks at, of all places, Staples Center, where no opponent had succeeded this season.

Strange days indeed: Expect another interesting NFL season
The Baltimore Ravens are confident -- arrogant, even -- about their chances of repeating as Super Bowl champions. The New York Giants chuckle at skeptics who write off their NFC title as a fluke, awaiting a chance to prove them wrong.

Pittsburgh warms new stadium with preseason victory over Detroit
PITTSBURGH -- The Detroit Lions didn't score until there were 25 seconds left as the Pittsburgh Steelers opened their new stadium by getting strong play from quarterbacks Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox in a 20-7 victory Saturday.

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