Monday, August 28, 2000

Nature Conservancy buys land to protect moose route
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- An environmental group has purchased 400 acres near Homer used by moose as a migratory corridor between their summer and winter grazing areas.

Volunteers keep AIDS riders' moveable tent city on go
GLENNALLEN (AP) -- At tent city, some of the hundreds of volunteers on the Alaska AIDS Vaccine Ride awake as early as 3:30 a.m., crawling from a suburb of tents toward their base camp's core.

EPA and companies reach pulp cleanup agreement
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with companies over cleaning up Ward Cove.

FAA tests new navigation technology in Alaska commuter planes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is testing some new navigation aids for pilots in Alaska.

Shively delays state intertie decision while he reviews new data
(Fairbanks-AP) -- Natural Resources Commissioner John Shively is withholding final state approval for the proposed northern intertie while he reviews some new information about the project.

Harbor seal takes up kayaking in Prince William Sound
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Harbor seals are supposed to haul out on beaches, not kayaks.

Giant squid to be preserved for museum display
Melia Knecht found one just off shore in Iliuliuk Bay two weeks ago. She collected the animal's carcass for the Museum of the Aleutians, and UniSea donated freezer space. Then another one turned up on the beach in Adak a few days later.

Democratic candidate for U.S. House gets winning word from mother
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Alaska's Democratic nominee for the U.S. House says he learned that he won last Tuesday's primary after phoning his mother.

City firefighters could soon be headed to the Lower 48
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- City firefighters could soon be headed to the Lower 48 to help battle wildfires.

Valdez permanent fund nearing $71 million
VALDEZ (AP) -- Carried along by a strong bull market in international stocks, the Permanent Fund of the city of Valdez has surged by more than $7 million. The city's rainy day savings account now totals nearly $71 million.

EPA wants Carnival lines fined for ship smoke at Juneau
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal Environmental Protection Agency wants Carnival Cruise Line to pay $55,000 for air pollution violations by the cruise ship Jubilee at Juneau last summer.

Fish and Game concerned about Atlantic salmon threat akpa-oa
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) -- Commercial fishermen in Southeast Alaska have caught more than 20 Atlantic salmon, raising concerns that the farmed salmon will spread disease to wild species.

Some blueberry patches plentiful, others slim-pickings
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One local businessman who buys blueberries is feeling a little blue about his supply of berries.

Dillingham voters to consider sales tax hike
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Dillingham voters will consider a 1 percent increase in the local sales tax in the October municipal election.

Federal board takes action to compensate for salmon losses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board has taken special action to allow subsistence hunters in Western Alaska to hunt moose earlier than usual.

Cruise ship wastewater tests find high bacteria count
JUNEAU (AP) -- An analysis of wastewater dumped from cruise ships in Southeast waters shows violations of federal standards on fecal coliform.

Council to ask voters for permission to sell utility
SEWARD (AP) -- The city council is asking voters for permission to sell one of Seward's longest held assets, the $28 million electric utility.

Kenai Peninsula mayor declares salmon disaster
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley has declared an economic disaster, requesting state and federal aid for commercial fishermen, processors and others hurt by dismal Cook Inlet sockeye salmon returns.

20 years later, ANILCA issues remain open wounds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As former President Jimmy Carter remembers it, two decades ago he was Public Enemy No. 1 for most Alaskans.

Cook Inlet clams studied for pollutants
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Five researchers will spend the next week studying the creatures that live in Cook Inlet's muddy beaches.

Coalition pushes ballot initiative over wildlife management
FAIRBANKS (AP) --A coalition of outdoors groups and Native organizations has launched a campaign to end an initiative battle over wildlife management.

Utah man killed in climbing accident
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Utah man was killed in a weekend climbing accident near Ketchikan.

Tests turn up high bacterial levels in Southeast cruise ships
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Extremely high levels of contamination have been detected in the wastewater of five cruise ships operating in Southeast Alaska, regulators say.

Nikiski fifth at Chugiak Invitational
Volleyball teams looking to have their weaknesses pointed out, and exploited, could have found no better place to be Friday and Saturday than the Chugiak Invitational.

Nuiqsut village corporation forms oil field construction company
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kuukpik Corp., the Native village corporation for Nuiqsut, has formed an oil field maintenance and construction company.

Sea lice doing good job of cleaning whale bones
CORDOVA (AP) -- Sea lice are doing a good job of picking the bones of a young killer whale and getting them ready for the showroom.

Jim Duncan named commissioner of Administration
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former state senator Jim Duncan was named Friday to succeed Bob Poe as head of the Alaska Department of Administration.

Fish and Game concerned about Atlantic salmon threat
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Commercial fishermen in Southeast Alaska have caught more than 20 Atlantic salmon, raising concerns that the farmed salmon will spread disease to wild species.

Wuerch drops specialized weapons ordinance idea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mayor George Wuerch is abandoning his plan to submit an ordinance to set up a citizen panel to review requests for specialized weapons, including machine guns and sawed-off shotguns.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to hold meetingPeterson to speak to Homer chamberVolunteers needed for training programBusiness Opportunities Network session plannedAKC agility match scheduled

Around the Peninsula
Evening of Prayers plannedScience on the Kenai event slatedBook club to hold meetingWild berry meeting plannedRed Cross to offer first aid classes

Community calendar
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State biologist step up attack on Northern pike
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State biologists have stepped up their attack on the trout-killing, salmon-slaying Northern pike.

Fish and Game concerned about Atlantic salmon threat
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Commercial fishermen in Southeast Alaska have caught more than 20 Atlantic salmon, raising concerns that the farmed salmon will spread disease to wild species.

For some families, there's no place like home (school)
Story by Shana Loshbaugh y Photo by M. Scott Moon

Golf vandals redefine 'driving the green'
Kenai Golf Course managers were taking stock of the damage Friday from an early-morning vandalism spree Thursday that damaged more than 10 golf carts and two of the course's greens.

Seward may be forced to sell utility
SEWARD (AP) -- The city council is asking voters for permission to sell one of Seward's longest held assets, the $28 million electric utility. The asset helps to subsidize city services and keeps taxes among the lowest in the state.

Photo feature: On the ball
Chris Henrich and Brittnay Walters play on a commercial fishing buoy Saturday afternoon during Industry Appreciation Days in Kenai. The event featured information and entertainment booths, food, games and music.

Technology gives hearing back to Kasilof boy
'It's like the difference between an old 8-track tape and a CD, as far as sound quality goes. It was real exciting to put them on him and watch his reaction.'

Kali going back to the wild
A orphaned harbor seal pup found on Easter Day is spending her last few days at the Alaska SeaLife Center before finding a new home in Resurrection Bay.

Land sale steps forward
The proposal to sell Kenai Peninsula Borough land near Point Possession finally may move forward, if a recently approved subdivision survives reconsideration.

Photo feature: Running for funds
Lynne Meek and Suzie Kendrick pull Daniel Meek (dressed as a monkey) down Park Avenue in Soldotna at the start of the Soldotna Lions Club's Dollars For Scholars Bed Race last weekend. The event raises funds for the five scholarships the club gives out each spring.

Move could pave way to state, federal aid for afflicted commercial fishers, processors
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley declared a disaster Friday and requested state and federal aid for commercial fishers, processors and others hurt by dismal Cook Inlet sockeye salmon returns.

Cyber schools' rise causing concern
As classes begin this fall, teachers are counting their pupils in some suspense. These days, schools cannot be sure who will actually show up.

Assembly OKs sales, postpones Russian Gap vote
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly recently authorized the sale of several previously offered parcels but put off a vote on whether to offer a new subdivision in Cooper Landing.

John W. Martin Sr.
Longtime Soldotna resident Mr. John W. Martin Sr. died of natural causes Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He was 73.

George Robert Matranga
Vancouver, Wash., resident Mr. George Robert Matranga, formerly of Soldotna, died Tuesday, August 22, 2000, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 68.

John "Scotty" Taylor
Soldotna resident, Mr. John "Scotty" Taylor died Thursday, August 24, 2000, at the Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 68.

August 27: Juneau Empire on Knowles and Carter and ANWR:
The exchange of comments between former President Jimmy Carter and Gov. Tony Knowles was another example of the dark side of politics and society as usual.

August 27: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on tapping Alaska's natural gas:
The prospect that construction may begin within two years on a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope is heartening at a time when Alaska's economy is mostly lukewarm.

August 27: Anchorage Daily News on voter turnout:
Turnout in Tuesday's primary election was in the neighborhood of 18 percent. That's the poorest primary turnout in memory.

August 23: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on gas pipeline economics:
The economics look best, we're told by the industry, for developing North Slope natural gas by means of an Arctic pipeline extending offshore from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the MacKenzie River Delta.

Nature Conservancy buys land to protect moose route
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- An environmental group has purchased 400 acres near Homer used by moose as a migratory corridor between their summer and winter grazing areas.

4-H Club fair results
The following are the winners of the 4-H entries in the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik. The key is as follows:

Fair News
Kenai Peninsula State Fair officials reported that about 11,000 people attended the event in Ninilchik Aug. 18-20. Attendance was up approximately 35 percent over the past year.

Sarah Hemphill and Derrek Howell have announced plans to wed
Howell, Hemphill to marry in Anchorage Sarah Hemphill and Derrek Howell have announced plans to wed Sept. 24 at St. Innocent Orthodox Cathedral in Anchorage. Father Benjerman will officiate.

Nikiski fifth at Chugiak Invitational
Volleyball teams looking to have their weaknesses pointed out, and exploited, could have found no better place to be Friday and Saturday than the Chugiak Invitational.

Seahawks sink Mariners
The Seward Seahawks went on the road to Homer to claim their first victory of the season, topping the Mariners 15-12 in nonconference action.

Time remains still for Tiger
He was a silhouette in the fairway, 168 yards from the green, trying to complete another landslide victory. The swing was unmistakably pure. The result was vintage Woods, the ball dropping from the dark haze and landing 2 feet from the pin.

Stars score a pair through the air
The Soldotna offense works by way of an oxymoron. The Stars lure the opposing defense to sleep by smashing it in the mouth.

Peninsula netters hold up well at Colony
Volleyball teams looking to have their weaknesses pointed out, and exploited, could have found no better place to be Friday and Saturday than the Chugiak Invitational.

Storm badly damages Barrow dredge
BARROW (AP) -- The North Slope Borough's dredge was badly damaged after being battered by gale-force winds and now will have to be sent to Seattle for repairs, ending beach replenishment projects for the year.

Lightning steals Vick's thunder
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Michael Vick was upstaged by Mother Nature.

Kards fight but can't muzzle Bulldogs' bite
Nikiski High School punter Steven Calderwood put his first kick of the night in the coffin corner, leaving the Kenai Kardinals with a first-and-10 from their own one.

Mets up wild-card lead over Arizona
NEW YORK -- Mike Hampton (13-7) showed no ill effects from the cracked rib that sidelined him, pitching eight sharp innings as the New York Mets, despite being robbed by Steve Finley's spectacular catch, beat Arizona 2-1 Sunday.

Soldotna shines at Skyview Invite
Soldotna's Andy Liebner was running in a pack of four of the state's best prep runners Saturday at the Skyview Invitational with just over one kilometer left in the five-kilometer race when the group came to a long, winding uphill.

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