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Monday, May 14, 2001

Good ice conditions spell successful spring whaling season
POINT HOPE (AP) -- Lined up along a thick rope, 30 men recently hauled up a dead bowhead whale, the first trapped in sea ice that was landed by this Northwest Alaska community in about a decade.

Rush for first Copper River salmon approaches
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For years, two upscale Seattle grocery stores battled to see which could fly in the first succulent Copper River salmon of the season.

Gas prospects draw bids in Cook Inlet lease sale
KENAI -- Oil companies bid more than $1.2 million for 30 tracts in the state's annual Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale. The companies apparently are focusing on natural gas prospects.

Industry leaders cast their predictions while gearing up for summer season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tour operators and industry officials, gearing up for this summer's visitors starting this month, expect a challenging season.

Volunteers control geese the old-fashioned way -- raid the nests
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Eighty-year-old Buck Delkettie leans over and carefully plucks the still-warm white goose eggs from the nest lined in gray goose down.

Northern Reflections to shutter stores for poor profit performance
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Operators of women's clothing retailer Northern Reflections are closing all U.S. locations including five Alaska stores. The move covers closure of the Northern Group stores including a line of men's clothing locations for a total of 323 U.S. stores.

New special session date urged
JUNEAU (AP) -- Concerned about an appearance of heartlessness, supporters of a cruise ship pollution bill want Gov. Tony Knowles to reschedule a special session on the measure because a key opponent of the bill will be with his wife who may be undergoing heart surgery.

More stores cater to booming Hispanic population
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Business was great when Edgar Contreras started selling Latin music three years ago. Lately, however, he said it's been OK.

Williams' neighbors want fuel tanks moved before proposed expansion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Williams Alaska Petroleum wants to expand its Anchorage fuel terminal, but some residents of a nearby neighborhood oppose the plan unless the company relocates storage tanks.

Man shot dead off Seward Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was shot in the head and died Sunday night off the road at Mile 107 of the Seward Highway, said Alaska State Troopers.

Agencies hold fire preparedness tests in Anchorage, Kenai
KASILOF (AP) -- Fire experts are warning that no response will be adequate if a wind-blown fire occurs in the Kenai Peninsula's spruce bark beetle country.

APD officers attend ethics classes to nip problems in the bud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A rush to employ more police officers in a distant city leads to the hiring of a drug user. In the same department, the street crimes unit is known for abducting people, binding them with duct tape and throwing them off a bridge.

NHL teams to play exhibition game
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues will face off in a pair of exhibition game in Anchorage in September.

Sick climber leaves McKinley, heads home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Mount McKinley climber who suffered acute mountain sickness so badly that he was unable to walk last week made it safely off the mountain and caught a red-eye flight home to South Korea on Sunday, the National Park Service said.

UAF scientists get fellowships
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists have been named 2001 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows. The fellowships are designed to help scientists become better communicators of scientific information.

Shooting victim on Seward Highway identified
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers Monday released the name of an Anchorage man shot to death Sunday night near the Seward Highway.

Coast Guard responds to sinking of boat near Cold Bay
KODIAK (AP) -- Four fishermen escaped from their sinking boat Friday morning about 20 miles southwest of Cold Bay, the Coast Guard reports.

Professor takes on snow mold to make grass greener
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Interior golfers are waiting to see if a new product developed by a local college professor can slay the dreaded snow mold that has often kept players on temporary greens for much of the summer here.

Volunteers control geese the old-fashioned way -- raid the nests
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Eighty-year-old Buck Zelkettie leans over and carefully plucks the still-warm white goose eggs from the nest lined in gray goose down.

The Anchorage Daily News on end-of-the-legislative session dueling press conferences:
Just how weird is this?

Suspect in critical condition after hanging attempt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man accused of attempted rape was in critical condition Saturday after trying to hang himself Thursday at Fairbanks Correctional Center.

The Nome Nugget on the first signs of spring, Nome-style:
The first signs of spring run true to form in many places. In San Juan Capistrano it's the return of the swallows; in Hinkley, Ohio, it's the return of the buzzards. But in Nome, well, we have the return of the green stuff on Steadman.

Agencies hold fire preparedness tests in Anchorage, Kenai
KASILOF (AP) -- Fire experts are warning that no response will be adequate if a wind-blown fire occurs in the Kenai Peninsula's spruce bark beetle country.

The Juneau Empire on inflation-proofing the Alaska Permanent Fund:
The trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund are proposing a constitutional change for the purpose of protecting the fund against inflation.

Hundreds of bills await legislators next session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers passed 103 bills this year, but about 400 more are still sitting in committees waiting for the Legislature to return in January.

Alaska Newspapers Inc. calling for a rural subsistence priority:
The federal courts have ruled, again. Katie John has won, again. It's time for the Legislature to accept reality and create a rural subsistence priority.

Jury finds man guilty in convenience check scheme
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury found a man guilty of bank fraud and conspiracy for a scheme involving blank checks that come with credit card solicitations.

Rescuers ready to lift climber with altitude sickness from McKinley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rescuers were waiting for better weather Friday afternoon before lifting a climber with high-altitude sickness from Mount McKinley.

State to re-open food safety office in Dutch Harbor
DUTCH HARBOR (AP) -- The state's food safety office should re-open in Dutch Harbor by July 1.

UAF scientists get fellowships
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists have been named 2001 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows. The fellowships are designed to help scientists become better communicators of scientific information.

Rescuers ready to lift climber with altitude sickness from McKinley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rescuers were waiting for better weather Friday afternoon before lifting a climber with high-altitude sickness from Mount McKinley.

New special session date urged
JUNEAU (AP) -- Concerned about an appearance of heartlessness, supporters of a cruise ship pollution bill want Gov. Tony Knowles to reschedule a special session on the measure because a key opponent of the bill will be with his wife who may be undergoing heart surgery.

Hundreds of bills await legislators next session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers passed 103 bills this year, but about 400 more are still sitting in committees waiting for the Legislature to return in January.

Company eyes Alaska's North Slope for Internet data storage center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A newly formed company hopes to tap what Alaska's North Slope has in abundance -- isolation, cold temperatures and natural gas -- to create a huge Internet data storage center.

Company eyes Alaska's North Slope for Internet data storage center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A newly formed company hopes to tap what Alaska's North Slope has in abundance -- isolation, cold temperatures and natural gas -- to create a huge Internet data storage center.

Coast Guard responds to sinking of boat near Cold Bay
KODIAK (AP) -- Four fishermen escaped from their sinking boat Friday morning about 20 miles southwest of Cold Bay, the Coast Guard reports.

Man convicted in bank fraud case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 26-year-old Anchorage man was convicted Friday of bank fraud and conspiracy for forging stolen credit card convenience checks, depositing them in several accounts, then withdrawing the money, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Man convicted in bank fraud case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 26-year-old Anchorage man was convicted Friday of bank fraud and conspiracy for forging stolen credit card convenience checks, depositing them in several accounts, then withdrawing the money, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Elderly woman survives fall from second-story window
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 94-year woman survived a fall from a second-story window at the Anchorage Pioneers' Home.

Gas prospects draw bids in Cook Inlet lease sale
KENAI -- Oil companies bid more than $1.2 million for 30 tracts in the state's annual Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale. The companies apparently are focusing on natural gas prospects.

Couple sues railroad for fuel spill damages
WASILLA (AP) -- A Gold Creek couple is suing the Alaska Railroad for alleged damages related to a 1999 fuel spill near their home.

Elderly woman survives fall from second-story window
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 94-year woman survived a fall from a second-story window at the Anchorage Pioneers' Home.

Climber decides to descend McKinley after altitude condition improves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Mount McKinley climber with high-altitude sickness had improved enough Saturday to begin descending from the mountain, the National Park Service said.

Couple sues railroad for fuel spill damages
WASILLA (AP) -- A Gold Creek couple is suing the Alaska Railroad for alleged damages related to a 1999 fuel spill near their home.

Condor expected to land in Fairbanks on schedule
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lufthansa's striking pilots aren't expected to keep Condor Flugdienst from its inaugural flight to Fairbanks on May 24, a company official said.

Good ice conditions spell successful spring whaling season
POINT HOPE (AP) -- Lined up along a thick rope, 30 men recently hauled up a dead bowhead whale, the first trapped in sea ice that was landed by this Northwest Alaska community in about a decade.

Two Shageluk boys found dead in slough
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two boys from Shageluk were found dead Saturday in a slough at the edge of the Western Alaska village, Alaska State Troopers said.

Chena River State Recreation Area to get makeover
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 250,000-acre state recreation area is getting a makeover thanks to a half million dollar federal grant.

Chena River State Recreation Area to get makeover
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 250,000-acre state recreation area is getting a makeover thanks to a half million dollar federal grant.

UAF museum reaches five-year fund-raising goal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum is on the verge of realizing a five-year dream.

UAF museum reaches five-year fund-raising goal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum is on the verge of realizing a five-year dream.

Around the Peninsula
Musical group to perform in SoldotnaPioneers meet todayPDK holds banquet Ideas sought on branding Cook Inlet salmonKMS seeks votes on school mascotSoftball association to meetAARP meeting slatedCommunity dental health meeting setTree forum plannedLions Gun Show coming upVolunteer host positions openRegistration under way for swim lessonsMuseum looking for summer volunteersHost families sought

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Breakfast served to honor mom Service board to meet Aurora Gas official to speak at Alliance meetingChamber to meet for lunchMonitoring program topic of lunchBorough mayor to talk about reapportionmentPublic meeting on gasline project set for ThursdaySPCA van to visit Nikiski 4-H tree sale slatedCities prepare for cleanup day KCHS choir reunion planned for JuneBrain walk planned for June 9Chamber to present July 4th activities

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

NOW PLAYING: A Knight's Tale
Going to the movies can be such an eye-opener. When I studied British Literature in high school and college, I never realized all the stuff that the professors were leaving out.

Dog Days in Kenai
Bill Godek works the line between people and pets.

Ganassi qualifies four for Indy
INDIANAPOLIS -- Chip Ganassi has an enviable predicament, trying to find enough people to crew four cars in the Indianapolis 500.

Resident, council urging state to install traffic lights on Sterling Highway at Kobuk, Birch
Everyone wants to be able to walk through their city safely. But not everyone agrees Soldotna is safe for pedestrian traffic.

Meetings open doors to feedback
"Full" describes the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's Tuesday committee schedule and hearing agenda. And public participation is part of the picture.

Borough cleanup
Alan Holt, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley and Craig Chapman hoist an abandoned tire into the back of a flatbed truck alongside Oxford Road during borough employee cleanup day Friday.

Photo feature: Follow the leader
A flock of geese flies in formation high above Clam Gulch last week.

Soldotna skateboarders eager to get park rolling
The Soldotna City Council may be poised to help its community's youth execute some phat nollie kickflips, mad stalefishgrabs and extreme 50-50 grinds in the near future.

Brown: 'Great year to go out on'
Closing the door on 14 years of service on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, Jack Brown of Nikiski has 7 hours and 59 minutes to shift gears

Richman resigns CPGH exec position
The Central Peninsula General Hospital administrator instrumental in designing the hospital's portion of the new Kenai Health Center resigned Friday to pursue new opportunities.

Thursday exercise puts spotlight on teamwork tion
Firefighters went door-to-door asking residents to evacuate, while an air tanker dropped water on the fire to buy time.

Members reject removal of utility's debt ceiling
Homer Electric Association members passed one measure meant to allow the cooperative to move quickly on opportunities to diversify, but rejected another.

Fallen officers to be honored
Law enforcers from across the Kenai Peninsula will gather Tuesday in Soldotna for National Police Officers' Memorial Day.

Lessons learned likely to be lasting
The simulated wildfire may be out, but the value of Thursday's exercise still burns bright.

Legislation hands out mixed messages for school funding
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is puzzling over the fine print in the 22nd Alaska Legislature's final education package, trying to figure out the implications for peninsula school children.

Sophia Marie Moon
Former Kenai resident Sophia Marie Moon died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at her home in Anchorage. She was 58.

Alaskans should be asking lots of questions about gasline plan
The governor's unfortunately named Alaska Highway Natural Gas Policy Council will hold a public meeting Thursday evening at the Kenai Merit Inn. In classic cart-before-the horse fashion, Gov. Tony Knowles is asking Alaskans to weigh in on a world-scale North Slope gas project without providing any background information or the time to assimilate it.

Letters to the Editor
Legislators elected to do business of people, including private prison

Regular seat belt worn by small children can be dangerous; transition needed
Some of the best parents are putting their children at risk -- and they don't even know it.

Not exactly bipartisanship
WASHINGTON -- While President Bush was able to pick off enough moderate Democrats to win approval of a budget that advances his tax cut and spending-restraint agenda, most Democrats are not ready to compromise.

Applause
Curly Ashfield scholarship fund provides enriching experiences

Letters to the Editor
What's up with land deal?

Letters to the Editor
Fair solution to fish wars

The good, bad and ugly of the 22nd Legislature
The statistics tell part of the story:

Pedestrians, bicyclists, safety forgotten in highway upgrade
Pedestrians and bicyclists are clear losers in the design of the upgrade to the Sterling Highway in Soldotna.

California energy crisis is the fuel of GOP fears
Wouldn't it be ironic if gas prices hit $3 or $3.50 a gallon this summer and drivers credited President George W. Bush with their sudden conservation-mindedness? What's m

Ask a Trooper
Question: Is it possible for me to get arrested for DWI on my four-wheeler?

Chad Hegwer and Sarah Thoms
Thoms, Hegwer plan wedding at Soldotna church

Community news
Club to present awards Homer gears up for soccer seasonAnchorage class to reunite in JulyVets high school diploma OK'dMDA seeking volunteersWalk generates funds, awarenessNew brands introduced for group

New wheels
Thanks to the combined efforts of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Central Emergency Services, Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce and Ninilchik Emergency Services, volunteer responders are smiling about the community's new ambulance.

Community people
Soldotna student wins poetry contestKenai student helps team winFormer resident helping make Orlando greatIditarod art contest winners named

Alaska SeaLife Center news
New baby at the center Turn in that tagged halibut Dive safety officer wins award Springtime in bird land

Births
Steve and Karyn Brueckner Shanette and Shane Wik Lori and Gordon Goode

Cassandra and Joe Zerbe
Joe Zerbe and Cassandra Yates of Tempe, Arizona, were married Feb. 17, 2001 in Payson, Ariz.

Hero of the week
I believe your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.

My Best Friend
Bettina Brown of Kenai said her cat D.C. isn't really all that vain. D.C. just likes to sit in the sink.

Bryant helps KO Sacramento
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant emerged triumphant from a hectic weekend that was more than most 22-year-olds could handle.

Skyview girls draw with Kenai
The Skyview High School girls soccer team stymied Kenai Friday afternoon, playing to a scoreless draw in a Region III match at Kenai.

Study: Young kickers can use headball
WASHINGTON -- A new review of research finds it's safe for youngsters to head the ball during soccer games. But parents, coaches and scientists aren't quite sure what to make of it.

Blues can't bring Avs down in series opener
Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy, center, is congratulated by teammates Shjon Podein, left, and Dave Reid after a 4-1 win over the Blues Saturday.

Kenai Middle sweeps borough track meet
The Kenai Middle School boys and girls swept the Kenai Peninsula Borough Middle School Track and Field Tournament Friday and Saturday at Skyview High School.

Skyview girls defeat Mariners
The Soldotna High School boys soccer team defeated Grace Christian 6-0 Friday in a Region III match at Soldotna.

Damron survives Tiger charge
IRVING, Texas -- First came the comeback bid from Tiger Woods, then a gutsy challenge by hometown favorite Scott Verplank. Robert Damron withstood it all Sunday to win the Byron Nelson Classic on the fourth playoff hole for his first PGA Tour victory.

Stars shine at Borough meet
Like Saturday's ever-present, brilliant sunshine, both the Stars and the Kenai Peninsula Borough's track and field athletes did a lot of shining at Skyview High School.

Dallas beats San Antonio to stay alive
By JAIME ARON

Kardinals shut down Soldotna
Saturday's match between the Kenai Central and Soldotna high school boys soccer teams showcased just how far the sport has come in four years of varsity play here on the peninsula.

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