Saturday, August 31, 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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