Friday, August 30, 2002

Earthquake occurs near Dutch Harbor
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An earthquake occurred Thursday near Dutch Harbor.

State education board considers new exit exam scores
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- If the State Board of Education adopts new passing scores for Alaska's High School Graduation Qualifying Exam more sophomores will pass.

State denies appeal to expansion of True North mine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Residents living near the True North gold mine, north of Fairbanks, have lost another round in their effort to fight the expansion of the mine.

NMFS rejects habitat protections for bowhead stocks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Marine Fisheries Service has rejected a petition to set aside critical habitat for the Western Arctic stock of bowhead whales.

State's first closed primary prompts several complaints, low turnout
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Poor voter turnout and widespread complaints about the state's closed balloting system will likely provide the final punctuation to Tuesday's primary.

Teen sentenced in Fairbanks theater robbery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The teen-ager charged with serving as a lookout for three other young men who tied up employees at Regal Cinemas theater and stole cash has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Cruise ship discharge larger than previously thought
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Holland America cruise ship discharged much more partially treated wastewater than previously thought, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Federal regulators clear $15.1 billion merger of Phillips Petroleum Co. and Conoco Inc.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The $15.1 billion merger of Phillips Petroleum Co. and Conoco Inc. received federal approval Friday, clearing the way for completion of a deal that would create the third-largest U.S. oil and gas company.

New chief to take over Alaskan Command
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The military is changing commanders for the Alaskan Air Command headquartered at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Troopers identify second man killed in Kodiak crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have identified the second person killed in a plane crash Tuesday 30 miles west of Kodiak.

Ulmer says abortion will be key in governor's race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democratic candidate for governor Fran Ulmer says abortion will be a distinguishing campaign issue between her and Republican Sen. Frank Murkowski.

Three Yakutat men plead guilty to hunting violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Yakutat men pleaded guilty to one charge each of illegally hunting and killing a moose out of season in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Ulmer presents her vision for health care
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer has laid out her plan for health care.

Gas stations to require prepayment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some Alaska gas station owners will soon require customers to pay up before they fill their tanks.

Second person identified in Kodiak crash
KODIAK (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have identified the second person killed in a plane crash Tuesday 30 miles west of Kodiak.

State opens lower Yukon to subsistence fishing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Fish and Game has reopened the lower Yukon River to subsistence fishing, after a late burst of chum salmon returned to the river.

Several Democrat leaders back Murkowski's bid for governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Former Democrat Gov. Bill Sheffield and several other Democrats say Republican Frank Murkowski should be the state's next governor.

State calls on Nabors to mediate labor dispute
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Labor Commissioner Ed Flanagan is urging Alaska's dominant oil well drilling contractor to agree to mediation in a long-running contract standoff with its unionized workers.

Dalton Highway to be closed for repairs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Dalton Highway, from Mile 111 to Mile 144, will be closed for several days during the next month as construction crews work on the road and repair bridges damaged by flooding.

Helicopter crashes in wilderness area east of Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Two people are dead after a helicopter crashed into a lake 30 miles east of Ketchikan, Alaska State Troopers said.

Man survives being swept down waterfall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fisheries technician was swept down a 25 foot-waterfall and left clinging to a rock for 2 1/2 hours as torrents of water swept past him before he was finally rescued.

Man killed in vehicle accident in Allakaket
ALLAKAKET (AP) -- A man was killed Wednesday in a single-vehicle accident in the Interior village of Allakaket, Alaska State Troopers said.

Cruise ships better about waste
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The cruise-ship industry has done a good job of curbing its air pollution, but needs to do more to improve wastewater discharges, according to a report from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Fairbanks man pleads no contest to lesser charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man whose trial on charges that he raped a live-in babysitter ended in a hung jury has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Leman victorious in tight race for No. 2 governor spot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With nearly all votes counted, Loren Leman has won the Republican Party's nomination for lieutenant governor.

Lawsuit alleges former CAPA employees cheated clients
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A lawsuit has been filed that alleges former employees of a private agency for people who can't manage their own affairs cheated clients out of money.

Dipnetting for salmon allowed on Yukon, Koyukuk
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the first time ever, residents along the Yukon and Koyukuk Rivers in District Four will be allowed to use a dipnet to fish for salmon, according to state fisheries officials.

Anchorage man charged with identity theft
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted an Anchorage man on charges that he stole the identities of prisoners and dead people in order to collect tax refunds.

Greens, Republican Moderates sue over primary
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Claiming their rights to association were violated, two minor political parties filed suit Thursday seeking a change in Alaska's closed primary election system.

Hours run down for baseball to avoid strike
NEW YORK -- Baseball negotiators traded proposals and crunched numbers into early Friday morning, inching toward a possible labor deal while the nation awaited word on whether players would strike later in the day.

Oswalt wins seventh straight start for Astros
HOUSTON -- Roy Oswalt won his seventh start in a row, giving up four hits and pitching into the eighth inning as the Houston Astros beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 Wednesday night.

Angels' victory overshadowed by prospect of strike
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- In the majors' final game before the strike deadline, fans threw foul balls back onto the field and urged players not to walk out as the Anaheim Angels beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-1 Thursday night.

Zito, Athletics mow down Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Barry Zito retired his first 16 batters as the Oakland Athletics won their 15th straight, 7-1 over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Selig arrives in New York as negotiators search for labor deal solutions
NEW YORK -- As baseball moved within two days of another work stoppage, commissioner Bud Selig arrived at major league offices and negotiators worked late into the night to try to avert a strike.

Homer man wins hunting trip
Norell Moore of Homer is presented a free moose hunting trip and at Tuesday's Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon by Mike Sweeney and Tim Pope.

Business Briefs
Carlile expands to TexasUnemployment rates decline in JulyNew real estate agent announced

Merger not to blame
Hewlett Packard Company chief executive Carly Fiorina, left, holds up the stock exchange sign "HPQ" as she brushes off HP president Michael Capellas, holding the HP logo, in Cupertino, Calif., May 7. In the first financial results since closing its merger with Compaq Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. said third-quarter sales fell short of expectations though the integration of the companies remains on track.

Corporate reports must be filed earlier
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a season of corporate scandal, federal regulators unanimously adopted rules Tuesday that require companies to file financial reports earlier and force chief executives to take responsibility for their accuracy.

Russia's second largest oil company considers buying Williams refineries
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's second-largest oil producer OAO Yukos said it's considering purchasing two oil refineries in North Pole and Memphis, Tenn., from Williams Cos.

Show tries to lure nonfishing crowd
BRAINERD, Minn. -- First there was ''Survivor,'' then came ''Big Brother,'' ''Real World'' and ''The Amazing Race.'' Are TV viewers ready for ''Battlefish?'' Chris Hermans hopes they are.

Onward and upward
A silver salmon leaps up the lower falls at the Elmendorf Fish Hatchery on Ship Creek in Anchorage Wednesday. Ship creek silver salmon are the product of an Alaska Department of Fish and Game hatchery program which released 250,000 silvers this year.

Dipnetting for salmon allowed on Yukon, Koyukuk
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the first time ever, residents along the Yukon and Koyukuk Rivers in District Four will be allowed to use a dipnet to fish for salmon, according to state fisheries officials.

For many anglers, autumn is the fairest season of all
The fireweed blossoms have just about reached the ends of their stalks, but for many anglers on the Kenai Peninsula, the fishing season is just getting under way.

State opens lower Yukon to subsistence fishing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Fish and Game has reopened the lower Yukon River to subsistence fishing, after a late burst of chum salmon returned to the river.

New leader in August Homer derby standings
A new leader has emerged in the August standings of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

Photo feature: Wild water
Bench Creek cascades over a cliff alongside Johnson Pass Trail recently. The creek parallels much of the 23-mile trail, which is popular with hikers and mountain bike riders. It ambles through the Chugach Mountains and is accessible at Mile 64 of the Seward Highway near Turnagain Pass and Mile 32.5 of the Seward Highway near Trail Lake.

Summer art shows emphasize women
WASHINGTON -- Women's achievements, their place in society and the way their beauty has been idealized are getting special attention from capital museums this summer.

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Illusionist tries underwater stunt in Times Square tank
NEW YORK -- Shackled and submerged in a phone-booth-sized tank of water in Times Square, Criss Angel meditated to pass the time -- and probably to calm his nerves.

Visiting conservator gives list of dos, don'ts in caring for antiques
Museums aren't the only places historic artifacts are found, and it shouldn't be just in museums that these objects are well cared for.

Lions invade Kenai
After blowing out Service's junior varsity squad last week, the Kenai Central High School football team is expecting a stiffer challenge this week when it takes the field against Anchorage Christian Schools Saturday at 1 p.m.

Rookie driver apologetic after incident at Bristol Motor Speedway
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Jimmie Johnson stood on the apron of the Bristol race track, angrily waiting for Robby Gordon to drive by.

Akhiok villagers to get $100,000 windfall today
ANCHORAGE -- In a tiny storm-battered fishing village on Kodiak Island, the Native residents are about to get rich.

Murkowski says cooperation key to improved care
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, now the lone Republican candidate for governor, unveiled his vision for the future of health care in Alaska at the annual meeting of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association in Soldotna Thursday.

Photo feature: Signs of change
Ming Mannausau, owner of Asphalt Marking Service, and employee Tamera Bonebrake wrap up work on lane markings on Binkley Street Wednesday afternoon. The previously four-lane road has been changed to two lanes with a center turn lane to help with traffic flow.

Race for Kenai council winds up
Now that the primary election is over, is it time for candidates in municipal elections to get their campaigns under way.

Researchers find 1941 Japanese mini sub at Pearl Harbor
HONOLULU -- Researchers said Wednesday they found a Japanese midget submarine sunk more than an hour before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Ulmer says state must address nursing shortage
As Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer officially began her campaign as the Democrats' choice for governor, she stopped in Soldotna Wednesday to tell Alaska health care professionals what she plans to do to help meet challenges facing their industry.

Peninsula firefighters 'fill the boot' for MDA
Central Emergency Services will collect donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association today and Saturday. In addition between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. today and Saturday, CES will welcome the 2002 MDA Alaska Goodwill Ambassador, Adam Freestone, at Soldotna's Station One.

Peninsula turnout slightly better than rest of state
About one in four registered voters on the Kenai Peninsula cast ballots in Tuesday's primary election -- a slightly higher percentage than statewide, according to the Alaska Division of Elections.

Just in case: State prepares for visit from virus
In the unlikely event that West Nile Virus reaches Alaska, state health officials met with representatives from other state and federal agencies in Anchorage Tuesday to gather information and establish future protocols.

Health care reform needed
Tomorrow's roads must begin being paved today. This was the message Charles Roadman, president and chief executive officer of the American Health Care Association, delivered to Soldotna Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday regarding health care reform.

Tourists spend $1.4 billion in Alaska in 2001
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tourists spent $1.4 billion in Alaska, or about $1,166 each, during the 2001 season, according to a study by the state Department of Community and Economic Development. It said about 1.2 million people came to Alaska during the year.

Second airline slow to reach Kenai airport
Like a one-horse town, there's only one way out of Kenai for those looking to fly to Anchorage. Era Aviation is the sole commercial passenger airline service connecting the Kenai Municipal Airport to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and the rest of the world.

After 29 years with borough, Loraine Cruse to leave post
After 29 years with the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Loraine Cruse still surprises people.

Gaming rule changes could hurt small groups
Proposed gaming regulation changes intended to help smaller charitable organizations could make raising funds tougher on those same groups.

Primary brings complaints, low turnout
ANCHORAGE -- Poor voter turnout and widespread complaints about the state's closed balloting system will likely provide the final punctuation to Tuesday's primary.

Linnea M. Sibayan
Homer resident Linnea M. Boerum Sibayan died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002, at Fern Ridge TLC in Homer. She was 91.

Labor Day weekend: time for one more fling with summer
The fireweed is blooming. The silvers are running. School is in session. The hours of daylight are waning. Where did summer go?

Per Osmar makes it easier for those traveling Clam Gulch Beach Road

Letters to the Editor
Catch-and-release fishing will protect kings, provide jobsPrimary changes discourage this eligible voter from casting voteSubsistence issue really about all Alaskans' equal right to surviveAll Alaskans should unite to protect rare white bear

Some good news finally comes from Enron scandal
Former Enron executive Michael Kopper's confession that he reeled in millions of dollars in a shell game was significant in that he became the first corporate official to admit wrongdoing in the vast, complicated scandal.

Arresting 'deadbeat dads' does not help them pay child support
Federal agents arrested dozens of ''deadbeat dads'' last week in a national crackdown on the thousands of divorced and separated parents who shirk their obligation to pay child support. That's a welcome step against an age-old problem. But what about the ''dead broke'' dads?

Letters to the Editor
Story of how unfair layoffs affect families should be told

Cow parsnip, water hemlock can cause adverse reactions
An absence of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac in Alaska does not mean people are out of the woods when it comes to poisonous plants.

Blown down trees reveal secrets of the forest -- past and future
I have spent the last several weeks looking at blown-over trees in logged forests of the central and southern parts of the Peninsula. The loggers left small live white spruce trees, as well as birch trees of all sizes, to provide seeds for a new generation of forest after the great beetle-kill of the 1990s. The downed birch trees were mostly alive prior to their fall, but the bark beetles had nailed many of the spruce trees after their larger brethren had been logged off.

Around the Peninsula
Racing Lions to host motocross raceDog agility trial planned for weekendSwim team to hold tryoutsKenai Chamber holds candidate forumTwo speakers planned for chamber luncheonBoys and Girls Club farming basketball leagueKDLL to hold meeting

Around the Peninsula
North Peninsula chamber meets todayBlood Bank of Alaska to hold blood driveDonations of art to be collectedUnited Way to have annual Kenai Fjords cruiseCultural Center returning to winter hoursFinal visit for spay and neuter clinic setBorough announces opening of satellite officeNikiski flea market has booth space available

Religion Briefs
Local mothers take part in prayer rally'Mind of Christ' classes offeredNative outreach fellowship to meetSept. 11 memorial service slatedBible study groups plannedMinistry offers 'Direct Line 2 God'Writers sought for faith anthology

God encourages us to be winners
"It's not if you win or lose, but how you play the game!" I'm sure we have all heard these words and probably even said them ourselves.

Jews, Southern Baptists, Catholics at odds
Jewish leaders are assailing the Southern Baptist Convention -- and the Roman Catholics are to blame.

Sports Briefs
New leader in August Homer derby standingsState moto-cross coming to Twin City Raceway

German wins after sleeveless jersey deemed unacceptable
NEW YORK -- Little was ordinary about the start of the U.S. Open for third-seeded Tommy Haas, from being ordered to change out of a sleeveless shirt to three straight double faults in the fifth set.

ASAA begins rally scoring experiment
Is the side-out on its way out? This season, the Alaska School Activities Association is requiring schools to play at least two matches using rally scoring at the varsity, junior varsity and C-team levels.

SoHi netters hope to use experience as ally
A bit of dime-store knowledge circulating on the Internet recently had it that good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

Sparks stifle Liberty, near WNBA crown
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Los Angeles Sparks are one win away from their second straight WNBA championship.

Capriati stumped when asked about Title IX
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ask Jennifer Capriati about Title IX, and she'd rather talk about tennis.

Morgan leads LPGA event
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Wales' Becky Morgan, winless in two seasons on the LPGA Tour, shot a career-best 9-under 63 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the State Farm Classic.

Anna's latest bust
It's getting tougher and tougher to justify the Anna fix. Nobody wants to watch tennis with his hands covering his eyes. But if you care about the game even a little, she keeps cutting down on the options.

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