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Saturday, April 20, 2002

Knowles signs spill bill defining best technology
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed a bill Wednesday that environmentalists claim rolls back a court decision about what ''best available technology'' means in regulating how oil companies clean up spills.

Season's first bruin spotted near Kincaid Park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage's first bear of the season is awake and ambling through neighborhoods near Kincaid Park, prompting daily calls to the state Department Fish and Game to report its whereabouts.

State-owned gas line plan advances
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill calling for possible state ownership of a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope is moving through the Legislature.

Jury convicts accused pipeline shooter of burglary
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Daniel Carson Lewis, facing charges he shot a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, is already making regular trips to court on separate, unrelated cases.

Wasilla woman arrested after troopers find evidence of meth lab
PALMER (AP) -- A Wasilla woman was arrested after materials used to manufacture methamphetamine were found in two cars and a shed behind her home, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

Bill plugs loophole in hunting law
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A bill that seeks to stop nonresidents from hunting big game in Alaska without a guide is headed to the governor's desk.

Fairbanks geese of the season arrive in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first geese of the season arrived in Fairbanks on Thursday and received a rude welcome.

Senate restores food inspectors program eliminated under House plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate budget leaders, reacting to a loud public outcry against eliminating the state's food inspectors, have reversed the proposed cut.

Sen. Stevens proposes allowing Alaska Natives to drill in refuge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens says he will introduce an amendment to allow the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. to drill for oil on its 92,000 acres of land within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

ANWR Drilling proponents celebrate, opponents regroup
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Opponents of oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge prepared for a celebration at a downtown bar Thursday after the Senate soundly defeated proposals to open the refuge.

State fills watchdog position for elderly
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has hired Ronald Cowan as the state's new long-term care ombudsman.

Shooter arrested in Palmer gun mishap
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating a shooting at a Palmer home that injured a 47-year-old man.

Man accused of molesting children in Alaska
EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (AP)-- A 74-year-old East Hampton man is facing allegations that he sexually assaulted two children in Alaska.

Bill allowing deduction in seafood workers' pay passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House narrowly approved a bill Thursday that would let remote seafood plants deduct room and board from workers' pay -- even if that means the pay falls below the minimum wage.

U.S. boomers not alone; some affinity with boomers overseas
CHICAGO (AP) -- Boomers of the world, unite.

There are many ways to profit from those tax refunds
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Internal Revenue Service says some 93 million Americans -- roughly seven out of every 10 tax filers -- are getting a refund on their federal income taxes this year, and that refund will average $1,954.

Some plant heirlooms loom larger than others
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Even among heirlooms, some loom above the rest. Take plants and flowers as an example.

Even without weight loss, exercise drives down blood pressure, studies show
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fifty-four studies' combined data put the weight of evidence behind the benefit of aerobic exercise to control blood pressure.

U.S. food supply is getting safer, figures suggest
ATLANTA (AP) -- Food poisoning from dangerous bacteria like E. coli and salmonella has dropped dramatically in the United States in just six years, suggesting that stepped-up measures to make the food supply safer are taking hold, the government said Thursday.

Husband of Alzheimer's patient who disappeared at Dallas airport sues airline
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- The husband of a 70-year-old Alzheimer's patient who vanished while changing planes at a Texas airport in December has sued American Airlines for $10 million.

Sterling hunter finds nook for trophy bear
The bear is back. In October 2000, Sterling Resident Lee Riley shot an 800-pound, 9-foot-6-inch bear along the Kenai River near Skilak Lake. Last week, Riley's prize was returned to him in trophy form after nearly a year and-a-half with a taxidermist.

New owner takes over Soldotna auto dealership
Kenai Chrysler owner Bob Favretto closed a big deal Wednesday, as his purchase of Seekins Ford in Soldotna was finalized. The move means Favretto now owns car dealerships in both Kenai and Soldotna.

Photo feature: Gimme five
Lee Riley's hand is dwarfed by the paw of a 9-foot-6-inch brown bear he shot in October 2000. He received a mount of the bear earlier this week.

Negotiating teams mull alternative
Paying for health care coverage is one of the primary points of debate in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District contract negotiations. But who should bare the load of this expense for district employees?

Advisory committee angles for hook and release of KRSA director
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to send a letter to state legislators and the governor opposing the nomination of an area fishing guide to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Platform fires injues 4
A fire on Unocal's King Salmon oil and gas platform resulted in injuries to four workers Saturday afternoon. Four people were transported to Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Eleanor June Smith
Longtime Nikiski resident Eleanor June Smith died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 80.

Prevention education program DAREs area kids to just say 'no'
Tuesday night in Soldotna, 280 fifth- and sixth-graders from five elementary schools reached the milestone of graduation from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education progr

Peninsula residents should send would-be hog farmers packing
In the continuing saga of how really friendly and good a neighbor the mega-hog industry can be, here is another example of a major "Oops!" from Waste News, April 1, 200

State, borough need to examine potential hazards of pork project
It's time for all Alaskans to take a hard look at the "pork" issue. It seems strange to me that we could develop an industry that would pay to import it's raw material -- grain -- raise the hogs in a challenging, non-efficient climate, pay to ship the pork overseas and still make a profit. I believe the only way this would be possible would be to bypass the many regulations being placed on the industry in the Lower 48 or overseas.

Genetic research reveals unique characteristics of Kenai lynx population
Senior author Michael K. Schwartz from the University of Montana reported the results of the first genetic study comparing lynx populations in North America in recent issue of the distinguished international science journal Nature. An Anchorage Daily News article on this research also appeared in the Science section on Feb. 10.

Park Service setting up Denali base camps
ANCHORAGE -- The climbing season has begun on North America's highest peak. The National Park Service began setting up its base camps on Mount McKinley this week and a few climbers are already making their way to the summit, said South District Ranger Daryl Miller.

Anchor Point rider fastest up the hill
Brok Shafer of Anchor Point, riding in the modified class, notched the fastest time up Odyssey Mountain in Thompson Pass to claim the title of "King of the Mountain" at the Valdez Mountain Man Hill Climb snowmachine competition April 5 and 6.

Outdoor Briefs
Forest Service closes Twentymile River valley Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby tags 101 fish

Righting the wrongs
Editor's note: This is the third part in a three-part series about what recent events portend for the future of anglers, fishing guides and others for whom the Kenai River is key to their welfare.

Around the Peninsula
Homer Elks holding blood drive Bike show planned Potluck and bingo night planned Small farms mini-series concludes Red Cross to hold disaster training Bryan to present seminar WRCC offering crisis intervention training Library to host storytelling evening

Russian Orthodox churches are big draws
The Russian Orthodox Church has a long history in Alaska, evidenced by the historic buildings left behind and the active congregations that sprouted from those early roots.

Kenai harbors historic start of peninsula life
The city of Kenai represents a cooperative amalgamation of salmon fishing, oil exploration and tourism. Within the city limits live 6,942 people who share the peninsula's hub for transportation, industry and history.

Soldotna: River city is crossroads to peninsula
If "X" marks the spot, then "Y" points to an assortment of spots for all kinds of play. In this case, the "Y" is the intersection of the Sterling and the Kenai Spur highways, in the center of the city of Soldotna.

Activities keep visitors busy year-round
Just because it's not summer doesn't mean you can't have fun. Here's a list of activities that keep the Kenai Peninsula active all year long.

Inlet's west side offers wilderness adventure
Over on the western shores of Cook Inlet, a largely untouched wilderness paradise awaits the traveler with a sense of adventure.

Preserving the peninsula's pristine views
Residents and visitors enjoy the natural beauty of Alaska's environment. Keeping the state clean for years to come takes the cooperation of both. The Kenai Peninsula has many trash, recycling and RV dumping sites.

Homer: A bit of paradise on the peninsula
Seen from the air, one soon grasps the fact there is no place like it on Earth. Once on the ground, that assessment is only confirmed. Nestled along the toe of a steep ridge falling to the north shore of Kachemak Bay, the city of Homer and its surroundings have become the stuff of near legend, blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty, ocean air currents that bring relatively easy winters and comfortably mild summers, and an active, involved and artistic population.

Old-time Alaska still lingers in small towns
The colorful and distinctive little towns on the Kenai Peninsula offer visitors quirky views of Alaska.

Seward offers gateway to Alaska's charms
Picturesque Seward, named for the secretary of state who engineered the U.S. purchase of Alaska from Russia, is a town of about 3,000 at the head of Resurrection Bay on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula. A popular visitor destination, it lies 95 highway miles from Soldotna and 125 miles from Anchorage.

Kenai Peninsula Facts
Interesting facts about the Kenai Peninsula

Senior centers offer activities for visitors
Traveling senior citizens are welcome to stop by one of the seven senior centers on the Kenai Peninsula for lunch or a visit.

Clam Tide Tables for Ninilchik 2002
Extreme low tides, or "minus" tides, offer the best clamming on the east side of Cook Inlet.

Come and get it! Dig into clamming
It can be said that visitors haven't really experienced Alaska until they've dug into a sandy beach and extracted a supper of delectable clams.

Anglers vie to land lunkers in derbies
When Alaskans think of derbies, we don't mean the ponies at Churchill Downs or those Akron, Ohio, soapboxes. No, there is only one thing that comes to mind when someone says derby: fishing!

The Kenai Peninsula: Fishing central
The Kenai Peninsula's salmon streams are sometimes crowded, and for good reason. You can drive right to many of the good fishing spots and have a good chance of catching a salmon.

River fishing for salmon made easy
New to salmon fishing in streams? Following are tips that will help put fish in the cooler.

Finding the right fishing guide for you
Finding a fishing guide who will give you an enjoyable trip is mainly a matter of asking questions.

Find a lake, leave the masses behind
Looking for solitude? Try lake fishing. Lakes of all shapes and sizes dot the Kenai Peninsula, and many of them contain fish. People flock to streams when salmon start running, but lakes get little attention.

Big fish, big fight: Reelin' in a keeper
On April 18, 1997, Brandon O'Neill, his father, Ray, and his friend Joe Johnson were trolling near Homer, off Bluff Point, in Ray's 20-foot skiff. They had caught two 15-pound king salmon.

Take a walk on Kenai's wild side
Wildlife abounds in the Kenai Peninsula, in enough varieties to keep even the most avid observer happily occupied.

Peninsula Oilers swing through summer
Coral Seymour Memorial Park, the home of the Alaska Baseball League's Peninsula Oilers, opens June 8 with the Oilers Hardball Preseason Tournament, giving fans a chance to check out some of the country's top collegiate ballplayers.

Captain Cook offers a little of everything
Captain Cook State Recreation Area has it all. From boating and swimming to beach combing and wildlife viewing, this little-known park at the end of the Kenai Spur Highway offers a perfect opportunity to get out into the Alaska wilderness without venturing too far from the amenities of town.

Peninsula has plenty for kids, too
Keeping children entertained during the long days of summer isn't always easy. Many area organizations offer programs and activities to keep children learning and playing through the summer months.

Refuge is a wilderness playground
Whether you're looking for an Alaska fishing adventure, a quiet nature stroll or a remote camping getaway, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has more than enough room to accommodate your needs.

Camping: Fun in the midnight sun
Pack the family into the car and don't forget the graham crackers and marshmallows -- it's time to go camping.

Volcanoes: The fire beneath the ice
The beautiful mountains west of the Kenai Peninsula include some of the world's most active volcanoes and could rumble to life any day now.

North recreation area a short drive to big fun
The North Peninsula Recreation Area at Mile 23.4 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski is a wonderful stop for those on their way to the Captain Cook State Recreation Area. It provides a variety of services for residents and tourists, no matter what season.

Drivers take to the track to compete in various races
The auto racing scene on the Kenai Peninsula gives tourists and residents a chance to watch somebody else race around for a while during the harried and hectic Alaska summer.

Hiking trails harbor scenic treasures
Hiking the Kenai Peninsula can be one of the most rewarding ways to experience the scenic wonders the area has. Hikers can enjoy a stroll through historic Kenai or dip their toes in the Pacific Ocean while walking along the beach.

Bike trails offer chance to pedal peninsula
Bicycling opportunities on the Kenai Peninsula range from quiet mountain trails to busy city streets to rural roads with ocean views.

Visitors can enjoy another form of driving
The central Kenai Peninsula boasts a pair of golf courses. The Birch Ridge Golf Course and driving range is on the Sterling Highway east of Soldotna and offers a full range of amenities, including rental cottages, on its nine-hole layout.

Power of education is a shining light
"Nothing -- and I mean nothing -- is more important to the families i

Catholic church law gives abusive priests more protection than their victims, some specialists complain
Canon law is an obscure field, even for most Roman Catholics. Yet a look at this body of church rules helps explain how American bishops have handled priests who prey on underage youths.

Florida congregation appeals test case on movement backed by 418,000 Presbyterians
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Florida Presbyterian congregation that was told last month to rescind its endorsement of the conservative ''Confessing Church Movement'' plans to appeal, Presbyterian News Service reported.

Catholic church law gives abusive priests more protection than victims
Canon law is an obscure field, even for most Roman Catholics. Yet a look at this body of church rules helps explain how American bishops have handled priests who prey on underage youths.

Nebraska Supreme Court says ministry assets must be divided in divorce
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Cars, real estate and other property bought by an Omaha pastor in the name of his ministry must be included in his ex-wife's divorce settlement, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled.

Religion Briefs
Kids carnival planned today Fellowship to meet Clothing ministry closed in April

Evangelism or eyesore? Alabama man turns his yard into a Christian shrine
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- American flags, cozy homes and freshly blooming flowers dot the rural landscape along County Road 86. But it's the crosses -- hundreds of them -- that draw a steady stream of the curious to the otherwise tranquil neighborhood.

Catholic defeats in NY, Massachusetts statehouses blamed on sex abuse scandal By JOEL STASHENKO
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Church has been dealt recent setbacks in two statehouses that both friends and foes attribute to the church's preoccupation with the clergy sex abuse scandal.

Canonization of first Indian saint draws questions in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II's plan to name Roman Catholicism's first Indian saint has opened divisions in this complex mosaic of a country where Indian and European traditions remain half-reconciled.

Philadelphia evangelicals plan a ''supermarket of ministries''
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An evangelical Christian group plans to buy a long-vacant hospital in the Chinatown area of this city and turn it into a church and ''supermarket of ministries.''

Teacher feared retirement would be a rocking chair, but she's found otherwise
SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. (AP) -- Maurice Musholt was 51 and teaching when her husband coaxed her to retire.

Can anybody beat the Lakers in this year's NBA playoffs?
Let's sum up the NBA playoffs with a five-word question: Can anybody beat the Lakers?

Track season under way
Break up the snow and break out the 2002 track and field season on the Kenai Peninsula.

Habs open with win
BOSTON -- Donald Audette scored three goals and Saku Koivu, sidelined most of the season by cancer, assisted on two of them as the Montreal Canadiens returned to the playoffs with a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

Plenty of linemen in 2002 NFL draft
NEW YORK -- Expect an emphasis on bulk in the NFL draft. There are six coveted tackles who have a ton of talent and a total weight of 1,963 pounds.

Who wants to be a millionaire? Not him
The NFL people keep calling back. They aren't used to being told no. They've never heard a kid say on the eve of the draft that he doesn't want to be a millionaire. They give Rich Williams until the close of business Sunday to come around.

Kenai bruins on the prowl
With springtime breakup, comes another season residents on the Kenai Peninsula should be aware of. Wake up.

Be bear aware
Warmer weather in Alaska and more sunlight means people will begin spending more time outdoors. Enjoying Alaska's wilderness, however, means coexisting with Alaska's wildlife. And that includes brown and black bears.

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