Sunday, April 21, 2002

Jury finds two men innocent of murder in Saxman man's death
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan Superior Court found two men innocent of murder in the death of a man who was struck, fell and hit his head.

Sitka fisherman hauls up giant squid
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As Sitka fisherman Kevin Kambak hauled in black cod from the deep ocean southwest of Yakutat last weekend, he was startled to find a hooked halibut rising with a big, brown thing snarled on its back.

Huhndorf plans return to CIRI
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Roy Huhndorf, one of Alaska's most prominent Native leaders, has launched a campaign to return to Cook Inlet Region Inc.

Outdoor recreation liability bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill shielding outdoor recreation businesses from some liability for accidents passed the House on Friday.

Food bank nets bounty of salmon
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks Community Food Bank is swimming in fish.

Man indicted in Sutton killing
PALMER (AP) -- A man accused of killing a Palmer-area woman early this month while burglarizing her home was indicted Thursday on murder, burglary and theft charges.

Four injured in Cook Inlet platform fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four people were injured Saturday when a fire broke out on an oil platform in Cook Inlet, Alaska State Troopers said.

Bill would let schools more easily survey students
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House approved a bill Friday that eases restrictions on schools trying to survey students about drug use, sexual activity, exercise habits and other private issues.

Anchorage man convicted in federal opium smuggling case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was convicted in federal court Friday of trying to smuggle 57 pounds of opium to Anchorage from Los Angeles, a federal prosecutor.

Carnival Corp. agrees to $18 million fine for illegal dumping
MIAMI (AP) -- Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise ship operator, pleaded guilty Friday to federal ocean pollution charges and agreed to pay $18 million in fines and restitution. The discharges didn't involve Alaska waters.

House Republicans refuse to support budget package
JUNEAU (AP) -- House Republicans are refusing to support a budget plan that could have bridged Alaska's $1 billion revenue gap.

Modest bump in state unemployment rate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Unemployment in Alaska rose to 7.4 percent in March, state labor officials said Friday, up from 7.2 percent in March of last year.

Bill targets get-rich-quick scams
JUNEAU (AP) -- Get-rich-quick scams might be harder to pull off in Alaska under a bill that passed the House on Friday.

Public defender pleads no contest to misdemeanors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An assistant public defender has pleaded no contest in a case that brought down the chief prosecutor of Alaska.

Reds finally find a way to knock on Wood
CHICAGO -- Juan Encarnacion drove in four runs as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 Saturday, their first victory over Kerry Wood in eight tries.

Blue Jays top Yankees to put end to four-game skid
NEW YORK -- Eric Hinske hit his first career home run in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays survived a stunning collapse to beat the New York Yankees 5-4 Saturday.

Japanese 'Earth Simulator' supercomputer beats U.S. computer as world's fastest
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A new Japanese supercomputer has taken the title of world's fastest away from an American computer, zipping along nearly five times faster than its closest competitor.

Carnival Corp. agrees to $18 million fine for illegal dumping
MIAMI (AP) -- Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise ship operator, pleaded guilty Friday to federal ocean pollution charges and agreed to pay $18 million in fines and restitution. The discharges didn't involve Alaska waters.

Fakery persists as China moves into world trade pantheon
CHENGDE, China -- With four floors of merchandise and 200 vendors, the cavernous Chengde Shopping City has it all. There's Snoopy bedding straight from Peanuts -- ''the Woreld-Famous Comic Strip.'' There are Swoosh-festooned duffels straight from the ''Nikey'' factory.

HEA seeks funds to prevent future power loss
Dead spruce along an eight-mile stretch between China Poot and Sadie Cove are considered a threat to Homer Electric Association's power lines serving communities on the south side of Kachemak Bay. The utility cooperative is seeking funds to log those trees.

Modest bump in state unemployment rate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Unemployment in Alaska rose to 7.4 percent in March, state labor officials said Friday, up from 7.2 percent in March of last year.

Huhndorf plans return to CIRI
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Roy Huhndorf, one of Alaska's most prominent Native leaders, has launched a campaign to return to Cook Inlet Region Inc.

Sitka fisherman hauls up giant squid
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As Sitka fisherman Kevin Kambak hauled in black cod from the deep ocean southwest of Yakutat last weekend, he was startled to find a hooked halibut rising with a big, brown thing snarled on its back.

Outdoor recreation liability bill passes
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill shielding outdoor recreation businesses from some liability for accidents passed the House on Friday.

Republicans refuse to support budget package
JUNEAU -- House Republicans are refusing to support a budget plan that could have bridged Alaska's $1 billion revenue gap.

Gordon struggles as high-profile divorce unfolds
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeff Gordon headed for driver introductions before a recent race, fighting his way through a throng of fans. Alone.

Kenai police chief to step down in May
There will be a change in leadership at the Kenai Police Department come the end of May, when Dan Morris resigns as chief.

Council supports plans for facility
The Kenai City Council voiced its support for the concept of constructing a 36-bed residential psychiatric treatment facility for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed adolescents.

Anchor Point looks at possible harbor
Launching a boat from the beach at Anchor Point can be a dangerous activity, especially when the wind picks up.

Platform catches fire; 4 injured
A fire on Unocal's King Salmon oil and gas platform resulted in injuries to four workers Saturday afternoon.

Family reunion brings opportunity to experience post 9-11 travel
Leaving Kenai was the first step in surprising my mom for her 70th birthday, and I can't tell just how big of a step that was.

President's Middle East balancing act
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is engaged in a careful balancing act as he seeks a U.S. role in the Mideast that does not alienate conservative activists in his party or the moderate Arab states he is courting for his war on terror.

Season is reminder of the importance of responsible choice
The lengthening days and rising temperatures mark the changing of the seasons on the Kenai Peninsula. Soon, the snow geese will return, the lifeless grays and browns of winter will be replaced by vibrant, regenerative greens, and before we know it, salmon will be running again.

My Best Friend
Frank Bush of Kasilof says his black Labrador retriever's name is "JJDDDDS," although he doesn't say what it stands for. Frank did say JJ likes to take over his chair when he's not using it to read the Clarion, though.

McSheehy, Ingels to wed in Homer
Robin McSheehy and Richard Ingels have announced their intentions to wed on Friday, May 31, 2002, in Homer. The couple plans to hold a "celebration of love" reception following the ceremony.

Catfish creations catapult country cafe to culinary celebrity
INDIANOLA, Miss. -- Silver-haired ladies gather in a storeroom at The Crown on weekdays to chat and play cards, while local businessmen feast on their favorite catfish dishes.

Protesters for diverse causes join forces for day of demonstrations
WASHINGTON -- Marching with puppets and placards and armed with many messages, tens of thousands of protesters joined forces on a warm spring Saturday to demonstrate peacefully against everything from U.S. policy in the Mideast to globalization and corporate greed.

Soldotna man well known for getting things started
Who'll get us started? That's a question constantly on the lips of Soldotna auctioneer Norm Blakeley. Since 1979, Blakeley has been honing his unique auctioneering skills, not only to grow a thriving business, but to help just about anyone who needs him.

Dog behavior: Good or bad?
"Rover, get down!" screeched the distraught owner as the 70-pound lab jumped on her in an overabundance of energy. She turned to me, anxiety showing in every line of her face, as her 8-month-old puppy swept around her, tangling them both up in the six-foot length of the cotton leash.

Around the Peninsula
Dump truck route meeting scheduledKDLL planning board meetingBakery to host Homer chamber mixerHomer car wash plannedSears Elementary Carnival scheduledMediation center planning free seminarMS conference to be held May 14Potluck, bingo night plannedRed Cross to hold disaster trainingSmall farms mini-series concludes

A look into the past: Ninilchik 1960
Ninilchik was founded in 1847 as a subsistence agricultural retirement community for families of the Russian American Company.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Kenai Peninsula Facts
Interesting facts about the Kenai Peninsula

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bird heads to Seattle as UConn players scatter
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Four seniors on Connecticut's undefeated national championship team took one final bow.

Track season starts off slow
The snow and ice blanketing the peninsula's high school tracks has been receding at a glacial pace, but athletes already have visions of warmer days, fast times and long throws dancing in their heads.

Mayweather wins WBC title
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. got the title he wanted, but not the impressive win he needed.

Amen, Glaze sign scholarship deals
Kenai Central senior Katherine Amen and Nikiski senior Sally Glaze both accepted athletic scholarships to colleges in the past week.

Sports Briefs
Knights shut down SeahawksTeam owner critical but stable after plane crashWallace wins NBA Defensive Player of YearRedskins sign Pro Bowl linebacker TrotterGooden leaves Kansas for NBA

In little surprise, Detroit elects to select quarterback Harrington
NEW YORK -- The NFL draft was definitely for big guys -- with one or two little surprises. The question of where Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington would go was answered early Saturday when, minutes after he was told Detroit wouldn't take him, the Lions changed their mind and did with the third pick.

Leonard leads at Harbour Town
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Making up for years of frustration at Harbour Town, Justin Leonard shot a 5-under 66 Saturday to break the WorldCom Classic's 54-hole scoring record.

Nets lose homecourt edge to Indiana poise
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In less than 2 1/2 hours, the Indiana Pacers took away what the New Jersey Nets spent 5 1/2 months building.

Coyotes even series with favored Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Before the game, Phoenix coach Bob Francis challenged Shane Doan to step up. Before the third period, Francis did the same to Daniel Briere.

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