Friday, August 31, 2001

Judge raises bail for man charged in ax murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A judge increased the bail for a man charged with hacking a man to death with an ax and seriously injuring his girlfriend after entering an Eagle River home early Tuesday.

BBNC shows profit decline for year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bristol Bay Native Corp. earned a $796,000 profit during its fiscal year ended March 31, compared to $11.2 million profit last year, the company said.

Environmentalists seek additional damages for Exxon Valdez spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Exxon Mobil will deposit $70 million into an Alaska Department of Revenue account this week, the last annual payment of its $900 million damage settlement with the state and federal governments from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Police say S-U-V driver had been drinking
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The driver of a sport utility vehicle had been drinking before he was involved in an accident in which a motorcyclist was killed, according to Anchorage police.

Club drug ecstasy showing up in the military
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The club drug ecstasy is becoming more of a problem in the military, an official said.

BP executive talks about natural gas pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) --Oil companies evaluating whether a natural gas pipeline should be built from the North Slope to the Lower 48 have not yet found a project that pencils out, a BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. executive said this week.

Manokotak man charged with two counts of murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Manokotak man has been charged with killing a teen-age girl and another village man last winter.

Ex-Ex-Tanana Valley Clinic doctor sentenced in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Ex-Tanana Valley Clinic doctor Stephen Grandstaff, who was convicted of trading prescription drugs for sexual favors, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison.

Travel agents asked to close doors in response to airline move
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Travel agents in Alaska and elsewhere were asked to close their doors for two hours Thursday in reaction to cuts in commissions paid by some major airlines.

North Pole man lands 322-pound halibut
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Larry Davis of North Pole knew he had a big halibut on the end of his line.

Russian immigrant sentenced in nude dancing scheme
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge sentenced a Russian immigrant to 18 months in prison in a case in which Russian dancers performed nude at an Anchorage club.

Mishap intrudes on dream sheep hunt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first thing Kevin Ewing wanted to do was cry. The Delta Junction man had just broken his ankle -- and leg -- trying to hop across some boulders in a glacial stream with a backpack full of sheep meat. He was out in the boonies with his 13-year-old son, there was bear sign everywhere, it was 5 p.m. and they were still two miles from camp.

Dangerous ice arches force cancellation of nature walks
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Kenai Fjords National Park has canceled nature walks at Exit Glacier near Seward to keep visitors away from potentially deadly ice caves and arches.

Governor proposes federal legislation for gasline project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is proposing what he calls national interest legislation to make development of an Alaska natural gas pipeline economical.

Seward inmates carve 30-foot totem
SEWARD (AP) -- Inmates at Spring Creek Correctional Center have finished carving a totem pole that represents all Natives.

Investigation centers on Juneau bear killed by bow
JUNEAU (AP) -- Officials are investigating the death of a black bear killed by an arrow in a trailer park where bear complaints had been on the rise.

Oregon to handle Alaska poison control calls
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Oregon Poison Center will handle calls from Alaska beginning in September.

Expos edge Braves
ATLANTA -- Orlando Cabrera capped a three-run fourth inning with a go-ahead sacrifice fly as the Montreal Expos beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 Thursday night.

Indians' Sabathia befuddles Boston
CLEVELAND -- Rookie C.C. Sabathia matched a season-high with 11 strikeouts and Juan Gonzalez and Ellis Burks hit consecutive homers Wednesday night, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Alomar powers Indians to sweep of Red Sox
CLEVELAND -- Roberto Alomar hit a two-run homer and threw out a runner at third Thursday night, helping Bartolo Colon and the Cleveland Indians complete a three-game sweep with a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Little League investigation picks up steam
MOCA, Dominican Republic -- A public records expert trekked to this remote farming town Wednesday to determine once and for all whether star Little League pitcher Danny Almonte is 12 or 14.

Economic growth slowest in 8 years
WASHINGTON -- The nation's economy inched ahead in the spring at the slowest pace in eight years. Still, the fact that there was any growth at all fueled hope that the economy may be ready to begin climbing again -- without tipping into recession.

Business Briefs
Forest Service seeks comments on roadless ruleForest Oil buys back sharesHomer Seafair is MondayPhillips Alaska names vice presidentHomer chamber plans mixerTesoro earnings riseState inspects restaurants and food services

Stock markets decline on government's lackluster economic report
NEW YORK -- Investors sent stocks tumbling Wednesday for a third straight session on a government report showing the economy eked out only a slim gain in the second quarter, its weakest performance in eight years.

Fishing season not over
This is the last fishing report of the season, but don't put away your rods and waders. Some of the year's best fishing is yet to come.

14-mile gravel and dirt path quickly leaves Talkeetna behind
TALKEETNA (AP) -- Some Alaskans call any place off the road system the Bush. But when people in Talkeetna told me you could reach the Bush by a path called the Chase Trail, I was dubious.

Dangerous ice puts end to nature walks at Exit Glacier
Kenai Fjords National Park has canceled nature walks at Exit Glacier near Seward to keep visitors away from potentially deadly ice caves and arches.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentFuture EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

'Rush Hour 2' has plenty of gas
In the closing-credits blooper reel for ''Rush Hour 2,'' Chris Tucker wisecracks that a freshly dead bad guy won't be back for the next sequel.

Hollywood's fall includes Harry, hobbits, Ali
LOS ANGELES -- Autumn falls. The leaves turn. And one of Hollywood's more forgettable summers of quality-bereft action fare gives way to the season of style and sophistication.

KPC gallery wheels into new season
The current exhibit at the Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery is one of those pieces that reminds us of the harsher side of life.

Art Briefs
Seldovia concert plannedPoetry slam coming upArt show scheduledSoldotna museum open for summer

Panthers, Mariners set for rare Thursday tilt
A weekend off is never a bad thing, especially during moose season, so tonight at 7 p.m. Homer and Skyview will continue a tradition of playing their annual game on Thursday, and not the Friday and Saturday that is commonly used for high school football in Alaska.

Cats down Homer
The Skyview High School football team took advantage of a Homer mistake early, then hung on to defeat the Mariners 13-7 Thursday in a Northern Lights Conference game at Homer.

Labonte looking to regain luck at Southern 500
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- If ever a race proved Bobby Labonte was in for a special season a year ago, the Southern 500 was it.

Photo feature: Another brick in the walk
Don Moffis and Evan Perkins of J.D. Contractors Inc. use a metal roller Wednesday afternoon to press a pattern into wet concrete bordering the Kenai Spur Highway near Forest Drive.

Kenai-Kachemak pipeline gets new partner
Marathon Oil Co. has joined a consortium studying the feasibility of building a natural gas pipeline from the Kenai gas fields to Homer.

Area broadcaster remains defiant
The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a $140,000 fine against a peninsula broadcaster over violations it claims have been ongoing for years.

Flood warning keeping area on alert
Rain is falling and the rivers are rising: It's that time of year in the upper Kenai River basin. This year, the added suspense is the pending rupture of the Snow River Glacier Dammed Lake.

Rain leads to warning of floods
Wednesday the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Kenai River in the areas of Kenai Lake, Cooper Landing and Kenai Keys.

Borough settles lawsuit
A Voznesenka man has reached a $1.5 million settlement in a lawsuit stemming from paralysis suffered after he drove his 4-wheeler into a cable stretched across a road near the East End Road village.

Travel agents asked to protest airline decision
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Travel agents in Alaska and elsewhere were asked to close their doors for two hours Thursday in reaction to cuts in commissions paid by some major airlines.

Firefighters to 'shake their booties' for MDA
Motorists should be on the lookout for firefighters and emergency medical technicians at the "Y" in Soldotna Friday and Saturday. They won't be there for an emergency in the car-crash or house-burning sense, but rather in the stopping a crippling disease sense.

Voting deadline looms
Attention, citizens of a free democracy: The deadline to register to vote in the municipal election is fast approaching.

Betty Mae Hybarger Augustson
Anchorage resident Betty Mae Hybarger Augustson died Monday, Aug. 20, 2001, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 78.

Charles Dow Raymond
Kasilof resident Charles Dow Raymond died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2001, at the family homestead. He was 87.

Residents in low-lying areas should stay alert
If you live in low-lying areas of the Kenai River watershed, you need to be alert to the dangers of flooding over the next few days.

Legislators do their part to ensure all Alaskans are well protected
As Alaskans plan camping trips and cookouts for the upcoming Labor Day weekend,

Letters to the Editor
Governor did right thing by ending Katie John appealsBiologist should do more research before commenting on glowing fish

New challenges face Alaska after subsistence settled
If there ever was an issue in which all sides appear to be right, subsistence is the one.

What others say
Condit has only himself to blame for his troublesInterview did nothing to help Condit clear air in Levy case

Voodoo economics, part II
Democrats think theyve found the key to countering President Bushs popular tax cut. Its their old standby, the Social Security scare. The Congressional Budget Office says the government will need $9 billion from Social Security taxes in order to balance the current federal budget and that more will be needed to offset future tax cuts. Democrats blame President Bush for putting grannies everywhere in jeopardy.

Producers should stop over-the-top plans
If you live in low-lying areas of the Kenai River watershed, you need to be alert to the dangers of flooding over the next few days.

Surf's up for industry catering to women
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Straddling a longboard, Kim Kennis scanned the incoming waves, searching for one packing enough height and force.

New staffer, new programs in refuge environmental education
Entering into autumn, we are fortunate to harvest the bounty of the great outdoors -- fish, game and wild berries. Students head back for a new school year ready to reap the rewards of learning new skills and meeting exciting challenges.

Kayak builder, instructor takes hobby to next level
"... Perhaps we relate to the kayak on an even deeper level -- it represents a means of man becoming at one with the rhythms of the sea; and as a means of transportation, it represents a singular image of freedom."

Ban on personal watercraft unpopular idea
BULLFROG, Utah (AP) -- They can be annoying, even a nuisance on busy days, but not so much that personal watercraft should be banished from Lake Powell.

No Y chromosomes with women-only outdoor adventures
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- No makeup, no macho. No men. This isn't your husband's, brother's or boyfriend's outdoors.

Lots to do while waiting for winter activities
Fishing in the summer, snowmachining in the winter. Kenai Peninsula residents know their hobbies, even in the fall.

Around the Peninsula
Mushroom mavens meet'Fill-the-Boot' campaign set for today, SaturdayFarmers' market will be open SaturdayLabor Day picnic slated for MondayCoastwalk event planned for September

Around the Peninsula
Peter Kalifornsky's stories topic of programBed-and-breakfast group to meet Sept. 8Mystery Creek Acces Road open through Oct. 21Coastwalk event planned for September

Religion Briefs
Clothing ministry open SaturdayRadio broadcaster to speak at Kenai churchChurches coordinate Bible studiesExtended Bible study offeredTeacher affirmation service plannedCrusade scheduled at Kalifonsky centerBible workshop offered

'The Simpsons': D'oh and the Deity Series skewers religious foibles but still appreciated by many believers
How God appeared in a dream: ''Perfect teeth. Nice smell. A class act all the way.''

Workshop designed to help churches find answers
Church secretaries, pastors, or other staff may have a clear image come to mind when thinking of a single mom asking for gas money, the couple with the new baby who needs rent money, the young man who wants a motel voucher, or the call for money or food.

Sparks take Game 1 of WNBA Finals
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With his Los Angeles Sparks trailing Charlotte by double digits, Michael Cooper didn't bother with any inspirational speeches or waste his time talking about the NBA championships he won.

Ivanisevic continues charmed existence
NEW YORK (AP) -- Goran Ivanisevic was about to serve on match point when a voice from the stands broke the silence at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

State Motocross Series finale at Soldotna airport this weekend
The State Motocross Race Series will stage its last races of the season Saturday and Sunday at the Soldotna Municipal Airport track, hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions.

Agassi rallies to beat Chilean at U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- Andre Agassi anxiously waited through two sets for a sign of mortality from his relentless opponent, and it finally came when Nicolas Massu double-faulted on set point.

'OK, we got some out of a tavern'
Some lessons are tougher to remember than others. The last time the NFL was fo

Peninsula swimmers ready to start season
Soldotna coach Sohail Marey isn't feeling nervous anymore, and that doesn't bode well for the rest of Region III's swimming and diving teams.

Birch Ridge Report
You can tell the summer season is almost over, even though some of us are trying to recall if we got to see much of it. Telltale indicators include:

Sports Briefs
Johnnie takes Trophy classLewis says he'll retire if he loses to Rahman againRed Sox place Garciaparra on 15-day DL

Miami could be walking into Nittany Lions' den
An unwritten rule in college football these past few decades goes something like this: Give Joe Paterno more than a few weeks to prepare for an opponent and ... fill in the score in Penn State's favor.

Goodwill Games lose star to injury
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- For more than two years, sprinter Maurice Greene has been the advertising face of the Goodwill Games in Australia, shown on billboards and in television commercials ready to burst from the starting blocks.

Steelers defense dominates Bills
PITTSBURGH -- Troy Edwards scored on an 78-yard punt return and Pittsburgh's defense was dominating for the second straight game on an otherwise uneventful night -- the replacement officials were hardly noticed -- as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Buffalo Bills 20-0 Thursday.

Season starts quietly for replacement officials
A slip of the tongue, a slip on the field, a whack in the face. Plus ''Sweet Home Alabama'' on the PA system in Pittsburgh to salute an Alabama-dominated crew of replacement officials.

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