Saturday, September 1, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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

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.

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.''

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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