Tuesday, August 28, 2001

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.

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.

Aug. 23, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News supports Native corp. deal with feds
The chronically struggling Calista Corp. has wrapped up a highly favorable deal with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Calista and three Native village corporations in the Bethel region get nearly $40 million in assets for surrendering land rights the government says are worth less than $5 million.

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

Aug. 23, 2001 The Voice Of The Times gives a boost to a Ketchikan booster
A Ketchikan woman has challenged The Washington Post on a recent article the newspaper carried about a pending timber sale on Gravina Island, near Ketchikan.

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

Aug. 20, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner endorses alternative to roadside memorials
Roadsides throughout the Interior are speckled with the makeshift crosses, flowers and mementos of grieving families searching for ways to come to terms with the death of a loved one.

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

Truck accident and fire closes Richardson Highway
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Richardson Highway was closed for about three hours after a truck towing two jet fuel-filled trailers overturned and caught fire.

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.

Stony River man charged with attempted murder
STONY RIVER (AP) -- A Stony River man was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his girlfriend after showing up at the hospital where she was taken, Alaska State Troopers said.

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

Bank robber sentenced to more than three years in prison
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man who pleaded guilty to robbing a Fairbanks bank was sentenced to more than three years in prison.

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.

FedEx outlines Anchorage expansion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An expansion of FedEx's sorting hub at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport will include a new pickup and delivery center and more room to sort international cargo and park aircraft, company officials said.

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.

Conservationists running ANWR radio and print ads
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Conservationists are running radio and print ads in 23 states to criticize U.S. House members who voted to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and praise those who said no.

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.

Far fewer animals on display at state fair
PALMER (AP) -- Visitors to the Alaska State Fair are being kept back from livestock as an extra precaution against an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease similar to the one that has occurred in Britain over the past year.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Little League investigates Bronx ace
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Little League is investigating pitcher Danny Almonte after being shown a document that indicated the ace from the Bronx might be older than allowed.

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.

Sheffield lifts LA past Braves
ATLANTA -- Gary Sheffield hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to rally Los Angeles to a 4-2 victory over Atlanta on Monday.

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

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.

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.

Review of inlet pipelines requested
The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council decided Friday to call for a comprehensive review and risk assessment of Cook Inlet's offshore and onshore pipelines. The action was adopted at a meeting of CIRCAC's Preventative Response and Operations Safety Committee (PROPS).

Trooper accident prompts investigation, public uproar
A pair of Alaska State Troopers responding to a teen brawl early Saturday evening collided and skidded out of control in downtown Soldotna. The accident created an uproar of criticism of, and support for, the troopers on a local radio talk show Monday.

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.

Photo feature: Under watchful eyes
Greg Hanson of Poughkeepsie, New York, watches caribou on the flats alongside Marathon Road in Kenai last weekend. A small group of the animals entertained several carloads of people.

Torgerson invites pipeline talks
Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, has invited top officials from Canada's Northwest Territories and provinces to seek common ground on issues surrounding the delivery of Arctic national gas to southern markets.

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

Governor says even ruling in state's favor wouldn't eliminate fed control
ANCHORAGE -- Gov. Tony Knowles announced Monday he wouldn't appeal the Katie John subsistence case to the U.S. Supreme Court, ending a 10-year legal fight that has pitted Alaska Natives against states-rights advocates.

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.

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.

Local reaction mixed on Katie John decision
Local reaction was mixed on Gov. Tony Knowles' decision Monday to not appeal the Katie John subsistence lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Robert W. 'Bob' Bondurant
A memorial service for longtime Alaska resident Robert W. "Bob" Bondurant will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at his brother Dale's home at 32864 Moonshine Drive in Soldotna.

What's Condit's definition of 'moral'?
Those who are truly good at something -- heart surgery, performance art, writing, athletics -- make it look so easy that other, less talented people sometimes think they can do as well. How else did karaoke catch on?

Compromise needed on roadside memorials
Roadsides throughout ... (Alaska) are speckled with the makeshift crosses, flowers and mementos of grieving families searching for ways to come to terms with the death of a loved one.

Letters to the Editor
Alaskans should take back their constitutional rights

Letters to the Editor
Reader wants to know: Is Alaska going way of rest of country?

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.

WRCC says thanks for donations which enable them to help clients

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.

Around the Peninsula
Safe sitter classes offeredSenior fund-raiserFirst aid, CPR classes to be offeredIndependent Living Center to host open houseTickets available for Boys and Girls Clubs' auction

Rebecca and Matt VanHooseAmerica and Ron DukowitzShannon Brown and James Clark

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.

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

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

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

Seniors find solace in church, support groups, relationships
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The day began like so many others. D. Carl Johnson, ailing with diabetes, had trouble standing in the shower, so his wife, Janice, washed his hair in the sink. Carl combed his hair and came downstairs for breakfast.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for area seniors

Tech booted from Top 10
Georgia Tech won its opener, but not impressively enough to hold its Top 10 spot in The Associated Press poll.

Sports Briefs
State Motocross Series finale comes to SoldotnaIdaho man leads August Jackpot standingsMesa gets two-game suspension

Cowboys rip Raiders
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Dallas rookie Quincy Carter rebounded from an awful first start with an impressive performance rushing and passing as the Cowboys beat the Oakland Raiders 21-6 Monday night, snapping their nine-game exhibition losing streak.

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

Controversy quickly hits U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- A Grand Slam tournament wouldn't be complete without controversy involving the Williams family, and the U.S. Open began Monday amid a debate about whether the sisters enjoy an advantage because they're black.

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.

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.

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.

Sting, Sparks reach WNBA finals
NEW YORK -- Allison Feaster made two late 3-pointers and Charlotte advanced to the WNBA Finals with a 48-44 victory over New York on Monday night.

NFL negotiations with referees stall
DALLAS (AP) -- The first round of negotiations to avert the use of replacement officials for at least the last week of NFL exhibitions ended early Tuesday with the league saying no progress had been made.

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