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Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Man and dog rescued after stranded overnight on river
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With only a personal flotation device and a red floating seat cushion to lie on, his dog for companionship, fuel for a fire and a watch to keep track of the 16 hours as they drifted by, Phillip Harris spent Sunday night stranded on a Tanana River logjam.

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.

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.

Huge returns, weak prices, mark 2001 Southeast salmon season
JUNEAU (AP) -- Most salmon species are returning to Southeast Alaska in force this season, but prices are down and fishermen are disappointed by a low catch of chum salmon, which are currently in demand in Japan.

Coast Guard rescues Canadian fisherman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard rescued a Canadian fisherman Tuesday after his vessel grounded and broke apart 35 miles southeast of Ketchikan.

Jury finds woman innocent of manslaughter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A jury found a woman innocent of manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend in Unalaska.

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.

Moderate earthquake shakes King Salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A moderate earthquake shook King Salmon Wednesday.

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.

Langdon special to air on ESPN networks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A special on basketball standout Trajan Langdon will air Wednesday and Thursday on ESPN networks.

Drug enforcement officers seize marijuana plants outside Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 30-year-old man faces federal marijuana and weapons charges after a drug bust at his Fairbanks area home.

Prosecutors pursue two counterfeiting operations
WASILLA (AP) -- A Mat-Su family and two Anchorage residents have been charged with making and passing counterfeit money.

Fairbanks school district grapples with substitute worker shortage
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- There's a labor shortage in Fairbanks -- at least for people willing to work part-time for the school district.

INS cites cruise ships for work done by foreign nationals
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Immigration and Naturalization Service is citing cruise ships for allowing foreign nationals to handle cargo at the port in Seward.

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.

Man gets prison term for his part in nude dancing scheme
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who escorted a troupe of Russian dancers to Anchorage to perform in a local strip club received a stiff sentence from a federal judge.

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.

Fairbanks area voters reject merger proposal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Nearly 9,000 residents, or about 79 percent of voters, have rejected a proposal to consolidate the governments of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks North Star Borough

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.

Bear committee goes back to work to tackle urban bear problem
JUNEAU (AP) -- Mayor Sally Smith issued an order Tuesday to resurrect an Urban Bear Committee. The change came as community members expressed worry about children chasing bears in the Lemon Creek area.

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.

Good Samaritans rescue three from sinking vessel
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three fishermen are safe after Good Samaritans pulled them from a sinking vessel about 50 miles southeast of Yakutat on Monday night.

Man in custody in Eagle River ax attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police arrested a 19-year-old man suspected of killing a man and injuring a woman Tuesday morning in a hatchet attack in Eagle River.

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.

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.

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.

50th Anniversary Fair biggest ever for 4-H Auction
It might not have been that perfect sunny weekend that draws thousands to Ninilchik for the biggest little fair in the country, but the weather didn't dampen the spirits of fairgoers. More buyers paid higher prices at the annual 4-H Junior Livestock auction then ever before.

Week proclaimed to honor Fire Fighters
Recognizing that fighting fires is one of the most hazardous professions in our community, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley last week officially proclaimed the week of August 25th-31st as Central Emergency Services Fire Fighter Appreciation Week.

New Event Center is planned for Soldotna
Civic leaders and business people have been talking about a facility that would draw conventions as well as serve events within the Central Peninsula community for decades.

Kenai Chamber has new Executive Director
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce has a reputation for attracting some of the community's finest individuals to the position of executive director. With the resignation of Amy Anderson who replaced Laura Measles, the Chamber Board of directors has selected another vivacious woman to fill the important position.

Searching for more good men and women
Geographically, Rotary District 5010 is the largest in the world, comprising the Yukon Territory of Canada, Alaska, and all of Russia east of the Ural Mountai

Attention: Duck Hunters...
According to Roxanne Sinz, manager of Public Affairs for Unocal Alaska, a drilling rig is being moved to the Ivan River pad, on the Susistna Flats, between August 24th and September 7th. The standing derrick is a

Outdoors
My cousin Tim Von Haden kept this diary of our mt. goat and black bear hunt. I was going to add to it however Tim pretty much says it

Student scores improve
Standardized test scores for Kenai Peninsula public school students are up, but still show room for improvement.

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.

Photo feature: Looking for lunch
Caribou browse near Kenai Municipal Airport against a backdrop of the Kenai Mountains recently.

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.

Poppy Woods controversy heats up
The hopeful attitude of Poppy Woods Subdivision homeowners was all but extinguished by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Plat Committee's decision regarding development of neighboring Zephyr Hills Estates on Monday. However, developer Clint Hall said he's still seeking solutions that will leave everyone smiling.

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).

Marketing specialist eyes development of value-added salmon products
Value-added salmon products have been the rallying point for commercial fishers in Alaska ever since farmed salmon started taking over the fresh market worldwide. Many ideas have been floated, though few have been successful, or even seen through to fruition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ketchikan woman challenges reporting in Washington Post
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.

Congress, White House need to get busy fixing flaws in election system
Editor's Note: The League of Women Voters periodically submits articles describing its positions on relevant topics and rationale for taking them. The League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.

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?

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

Applause
WRCC says thanks for donations which enable them to help clients

Letters to the Editor
Some neighborhood traits worth far more than money

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.

Money most needed gift during disaster
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some Americans must think hurricane victims need high heels or that people facing famine due to drought might appreciate a parka.

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

Around the Peninsula
55 Alive class plannedHomer Public Health Center closed MondaySafari Club InternationalRC&D monthly meeting scheduledBasketball league holding registrationsWestern dinner tickets on saleArt auction to be heldSocial Security representative to visitFarmers market openFree pressure canner dial gauge testingSeasonal opening of Mystery Creek Access Road

Agencies to offer loan help to commercial fishers
Staff from the Alaska Division of Investments, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Alaska Business Development Center will be on the Kenai Peninsula doing outreach work with local commercial fishers Sept. 10-13.

School menus
August 29th - Sept 4th

District school news
News from schools around the district

Around the district
Schools close for Labor DayParent, student signatures neededBattle of the Books list availablePeninsula students score in contestMath lessons available online

Entering seniors have new outlook on high school
We all recognize the signs of going back to school. But for those students who are returning only one last time, the shorter days and colder weather are not such disheartening things.

How many students use special services?
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District provides special education services of some sort to about 15 percent of its students. A listing of the students, sorted both by ethnicity and by disability, is reported annually to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for area seniors

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 Menus
What's on the menu for area seniors

Sampras considers himself 'strong favorite' at Open
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pete Sampras began his 13th U.S. Open in the uncustomary role of sentimental favorite and aging underdog.

NFL to use replacement referees
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL is about to learn what happens when its oft-criticized officials are not on the field.

Kenai Golf Report
The greens are being plugged and sanded once again, as they are each year about this time. The crew has been working very hard until dark, and even after, to get the course ready for this weekend's Donald R. Morgan Kenai Golf Association Championship.

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.

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.

Skyview opens by tipping SoHi
The Skyview High School volleyball team opened up its season with a big win Tuesday, defeating cross-town rival Soldotna in four games in a Region III/4A match at Skyview.

Rays snap eight-game losing streak against Seattle
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Paul Wilson threw seven impressive innings and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays handed Seattle an improbable 6-0 defeat Tuesday night, ending their eight-game losing streak against the Mariners.

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.

For now, Region III remains a mystery
With all of Region III/4A present, this weekend's high school volleyball jamboree in Homer should help dispel some of the rumors about who has what as teams prepare for the upcoming season.

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.

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

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