Monday, September 3, 2001

Marathon Oil joins group planning Kenai Peninsula gas line
KENAI (AP) -- Marathon Oil Co. has joined a consortium studying construction of a natural gas pipeline from the Kenai gas fields to Homer.

Kenai Peninsula broadcaster fights FCC over remote transmitters
KENAI (AP) -- The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a $140,000 fine against a Kenai Peninsula broadcaster over violations it alleges have been going on for years.

DWI limit lowered to .08
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska drivers be warned. With the long Labor Day weekend on hand, it will take fewer drinks for a driver to be considered legally drunk.

Troopers uncover plan for helicopter escape from Seward prison
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers took elaborate steps last week to stop a possible plan to hijack a tourist helicopter for use in the escape of a convicted murder from the state prison in Seward, Alaska State Troopers said Saturday.

Woman agrees to plea deal on cocaine charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks woman faces a four-year prison term after she entered a plea to drug charges.

Dinosaur print found on Alaska Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A footprint left by one of the large duckbilled, plant-eating dinosaurs that roamed the globe 70 million years ago was discovered on the Alaska Peninsula this summer, dramatically extending the known range of the prehistoric creature in Alaska.

Fairbanks man sentenced to 10 months on drug charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who pleaded no contest to arranging for the sale of cocaine to an undercover officer was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Youth wins giant cabbage contest
PALMER (AP) -- An 8-year-old third-grader is king of the cabbages this year at the Alaska State Fair.

Supreme Court gives tribal courts greater role in child custody cases
JUNEAU (AP) -- Tribal courts were given more leeway in resolving domestic matters that involve Native children under two rulings handed down by the state Supreme Court on Friday.

Proposed city code change addresses deer bow hunting in Petersburg
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Petersburg officials are tackling a potential problem prompted by a recent state hunting regulation change: Bow hunting of the plentiful deer that roam this Southeast town.

Man sentenced to six months for videotaping paintball attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who videotaped his brother and another boy shooting paintballs at Alaska Natives was sentenced Friday to six months in jail, a $6,000 fine and 300 hours of community service.

Soldotna pilot builds his own airplane, from scratch
KENAI (AP) -- You have to wonder how Dudley Abbott can stand to wait.

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.

Louisiana senator says she will back ANWR drilling
FAIRBANKS -- A key member of the Senate committee considering drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has announced she will support pro-development forces.

FCC returns disputed wireless licenses to bankrupt NextWave
NEW YORK (AP) -- Under court order, the Federal Communications Commission on Friday returned valuable wireless licenses to NextWave Telecom Inc., a bankrupt company fighting to retain control of its coveted spectrum.

Fairbanks borough turns over euthanizing animals to veterinarian
FAIRBANKS -- Fairbanks North Star Borough officials have decided to limit the hours when animals are euthanized at the animal shelter and have transferred the function to a contract veterinarian.

Developer facing MacKay Tower deadline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The developer trying to renovate a derelict 14-story tower has until Oct. 15 to show he has the money to finish the $28 million project, or the city will start taking steps to demolish the building.

Question raised on Shemya radar for missile defense
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An environmental group that filed a lawsuit against the Pentagon over its new missile defense plan alleges the military has dropped all thought of building a powerful radar on Shemya Island in the Aleutians.

Russians plan to seize vessel after Coast Guard chase
JUNEAU (AP) -- Russian authorities say they'll seize a fishing vessel and file criminal charges against the master after it was spotted fishing in the U.S. zone and refused orders to halt, the Coast Guard reported.

Minor earthquake occurs near Skwentna
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A minor earthquake occurred Friday near the Interior town of Skwentna.

Cubs hands Braves another loss
ATLANTA -- Sammy Sosa hit his 53rd homer, a 471-foot shot that was the longest ever at Turner Field, and the Chicago Cubs beat Atlanta 5-3 Saturday to give the Braves their third straight defeat.

Special teams push Kenai past Seward
The Kenai Central High School football defeated Seward Friday at Ed Hollier Field in Kenai, keeping its perfect record intact.

Bulldogs knock off Service
As good as it is, even the Nikiski High School football team could be considered an underdog from time to time.

Father fights bureaucracy nightmare to reclaim daughter
Like other fathers, Vern Smith's face softened as he looked at the wallet-sized picture of his daughter. His voice lost the coarseness of an oil field roustabout when he spoke.

Out-of-state foster children present challenge
Of the 133 Alaska children in out-of-state foster care, approximately half are with family members, according to Richie Sonner, foster care program coordinator for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Grandparents' intervention also slowed by red tape
When Lee and Rosemary Smith, of Louisville, Ky., learned of their baby granddaughter's plight in Alaska, they started fighting, with Rosemary leading the charge.

Flood danger passes, ice dam still unbroken
Last week's rainfall and subsequent flood warnings in the Kenai River basin drew nervous eyes to the high waters but passed without setting off any major alarms. However, hydrologists say there may still be cause for concern.

New rules could mean harsh penalties
Many drunken drivers and minors consuming alcohol will be subject to much harsher penalties under two bills recently signed by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Photo feature: Chilly dip
Morgan Banks makes a splash as she enters the water on the beach at Cook Inlet Saturday afternoon. She and several young relatives frolicked in the 57-degree water before retreating to a collection of towels.

University to explore Cook Inlet fishery issues
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton has committed to a long-term study of Alaska salmon issues, despite the furor from commercial fishers who fear a study favoring sport fishers.

Neoma Bryant Coulter
Nikiski resident Neoma Bryant Coulter died Wednesday, August 29, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna of a heart attack. She was 92.

Two sides of working American
WASHINGTON Labor Secretary Elaine Chao says Americas work force this Labor Day weekend is stronger, safer and more skilled than ever. Organized labor offers a strikingly different picture: unhappy workers who distrust their employers.

Polls: Americans often sympathize with union position
WASHINGTON Americans have grown more sympathetic to unions over the past couple of years in labor-business disputes, but the public is divided on whether the unions should have more power, according to an Associated Press poll.

U.S. workers fuel engines of economy in changing world
It is said we can be certain of two things: death and taxes. A third item needs to be added to that list: change.

The Red Baron and the Flying Gator
Goggles. Headphones. Gloves, sweatshirts and jackets. Crackers. Film. All these items would accompany the Red Baron and Flying Gator, who were about to take off on a serious mission. They'd been carefully chosen to work together. Although within the same family group, and familiar with other team projects, this was their first attempt to work in tandem in the air.

My Best Friend
Buddy, the 1-year-old Jack Russell terrier, munches on a "steak" and a rawhide when he's not chasing Frisbees or playing soccer. He belongs to Samantha Bryant of Kenai.

Baker, Romig marry on grandparents' 50th anniversary
Samantha L. Baker and Joseph H. Romig of Kenai were married Sunday, June 24, 2001, at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenai. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Thomas Schmidt.

Study shows parents fret over binge drinking; colleges say they should
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The bars line each side of Louisiana State University's campus, offering free shots and other drink specials. So many choices, but Rebekah Monson knows the secret -- drink fast and move on.

Salvaging jellied products: Is it too late?
The honor of being the most frequently asked question last week goes to: "My jelly didn't gel, is there a way to save it?"

Vacationing couple wed in Kenai
Bobbie Gresko of Horsham, Pa., and Rob Miller of Vineland, N.J., were married at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2001, amid the flowers and gazebo at Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai. The ceremony was officiated by Kathy Mumma of Kenai, sister of the groom.

Sparks take home first WNBA championship
LOS ANGELES -- Reeking of champagne, Lisa Leslie, DeLisha Milton and Nicky McCrimmon rapped out a rhyme as Mwadi Mabika pounded out a beat against the wall in celebration of the Los Angeles Sparks' WNBA championship.

U.S. soccer loses to Honduras
WASHINGTON (AP) -- RFK Stadium looked like it had been taken over by a Central American country.

Faulkner, Hankins take Mariner Triathlon
Katie Faulkner won the women's race and Richy Hankins took the men's race in the Mariner Iron Only Triathlon Saturday in Homer.

SoHi boys take Seward Invite
The Soldotna High School boys cross country, led by Kyle McBride, team captured the team title Saturday at the Seward Invitational, beating out Palmer and Juneau-Douglas for the top spot.

Stars swimmers cruise past Kenai, Skyview
The Soldotna High School boys and girls swimming teams performed well Friday, each taking the team title in a tri-meet with Kenai Central and Skyview.

Almonte's perfect game erased
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Danny Almonte, the Little League pitcher who wowed fans with his 70 mph fastball, was too old to compete in the

Matarrese, Botelho top leader board in Kenai
At the Donald R. Morgan Kenai Golf Association Club Championship, it was the "Donald R. Morgan" part, and not the "Club Championship" part, that mattered most to first-round leader Mark Matarrese.

A sampling of 31 flavors NFL has to offer
Keys to the season for the 31 NFL teams, in predicted overall order of finish:

Book packed with high school football records
As the high school football season opens across America, every running back is chasing Ken Hall. Every quarterback is aiming for J.R. House. Every coach has his eyes set on John McKissick. Every team is chasing Concord De La Salle.

Replacement weekend goes smoothly across NFL
NEW YORK -- A slate of NFL exhibitions with replacement officials went off with no major problems. Starting next week, though, the games are for real, mistakes will be magnified, and coaches and players will get a lot angrier about bad calls.

Sorenstam at home at State Farm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Annika Sorenstam posted her third consecutive round in the 60s on Saturday and stretched her lead to five strokes after three rounds of the LPGA State Farm Classic.

Virginia Tech gets costly victory vs. UConn
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech found a replacement for Michael Vick. The ninth-ranked Hokies might need to find one for running back Lee Suggs.

Sampras rounding into form
NEW YORK -- Pete Sampras wasn't perfect: He double-faulted, blew two easy volleys and dumped an overhead into the net.

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