Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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.

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

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.

Alaska Natives help Smithsonian identify artifacts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a Smithsonian warehouse in suburban Maryland last week, five Inupiat Eskimos from Unalakleet puzzled over boxes of ivory charms and figurines that have been in the museum's collection since the mid-1800s.

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.

Travel agency to offer flights to Russian Far East
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A local travel agency and an air charter business have teamed up to offer flights to the Russian Far East.

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.

Anchorage man acquitted of murder in Macedonia
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Macedonian court has acquitted an Anchorage restaurateur of all charges associated with the shooting death of another Anchorage resident in Macedonia last fall.

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.

Groups seek class on Alaska cultures
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A coalition of Anchorage groups, spurred by the January paint ball attack on Alaska Natives, proposed Monday that the Anchorage School District add a required high school course to teach students about Alaska cultures and history.

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.

Police investigate Anchorage vandalism
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police are investigating a weekend vandalism spree that caused at least $100,000 in damage at three South Anchorage businesses.

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.

Head of Alaska Air National Guard retires
JUNEAU (AP) -- The commander of the Alaska Air National Guard is retiring.

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.

Ferry repair work behind schedule
JUNEAU (AP) -- Repairs to the state ferry Columbia are taking longer than expected, forcing the Alaska Marine Highway System to rearrange its schedule and use other vessels to fill in until the ship's expected return to service sometime after July 4.

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.

Ballot effort against Kenai prison
KENAI (AP) -- A newly formed group on the Kenai Peninsula is trying to block a private prison proposal with an initiative it hopes to put on the October ballot.

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.

Victim in paintball attack files lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of the Alaska Natives targeted in a paintball attack in January is suing the three young men accused of doing the shooting, and the parents of one of the youths because their car, paintball gun, and video camera were used in the attacks on several Natives, KTUU-TV in Anchorage reported.

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.

Oil spotted on Cook Inlet near Nikiski
NIKISKI (AP) -- Concentrations of thick, heavy oil have been sighted floating in Cook Inlet near Nikiski, and authorities are cleaning up the oil and trying to determine its source, according to the Coast Guard and state officials.

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.

Knowles kicks off IOGCC meeting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles told members of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission that the time is right to develop Alaska's natural gas resources and build a gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

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.

Second Korean climber rescued from McKinley
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- A South Korean climber was airlifted off Mount McKinley and relayed to an Anchorage hospital Monday after seeking aid at a medical tent high on Mount McKinley, according to the National Park Service.

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.

Supreme Court ruling appears to have little impact in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A U.S. Supreme Court ruling against distribution of medical marijuana is unlikely to have much impact on the 191 Alaskans who have registered to use the drug as medicine.

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.

Knowles changes date of special session on cruise ships
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles said Monday he will change the date of a special session on cruise ship legislation to June 7 to accommodate a committee chairman who kept the bill in his committee during the regular session.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Alliance to meetChamber to hold luncheonT-200 group to hold last meeting until fallEDD to hold meetingCouncil to meet ThursdayTree forum plannedLions Gun Show coming upRegistration under way for swim lessonsTeacher workshop planned for JuneMuseum looking for summer volunteersSkyview football players looking for projectsHost families soughtVolunteer host positions open

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.

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
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

Alaska Christian College set to open in the fall
According to Keith Hamilton, President of the new Alaska Christian College, kids are presently enrolling from all over the State of Alaska.

Focus on energy and Alaska's investment climate
Alaska's investment climate may be warmer than the weather, according to BP's Director of Public Affairs, Paul Laird.

Yes we have had a few nice days of spring since we last visited here in this column even if it always seems like I end up doing all the talking!

Annual Rotary rose sale puts a bloom on scholarship fund.
The annual Rotary Rose Sale has become a spring tradition on the Peninsula.

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.

Mystery slicks appear near OSK
State and federal officials are investigating the source of two mysterious oil slicks that appeared Friday and Monday off the OSK dock in Nikiski.

Board to hear comments on proposed House, Senate districts
The Alaska Redistricting Board may get an earful from Kenai Peninsula residents on four plans for redrawing state House and Senate districts.

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.

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.

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

Group forms to ban prisons
Believing the majority of Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will agree, the newly formed Citizens for a Private Prison Free Peninsula officially stated its intent to put the issue on the October ballot.

After busy weekend, burn suspension in effect
Dry weather and a busy weekend for firefighters has prompted the state Division of Forestry to suspend all burning permits on the Kenai Peninsula until further notice.

Program through borough helps with spring cleaning on peninsula
Area residents are taking full advantage of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's invitation to drop off junk and abandoned vehicles that may have been cluttering yards or causing various domestic arguments.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Curly Ashfield scholarship fund provides enriching experiences

Letters to the Editor
Since God created all of us, He must love us all equallyASMI makes available materials to help market Alaska seafood

Jefferson prophetic with concern judiciary 'most dangerous' part of government
Even before President Bush nominated his first group of judges to the federal bench, liberal politicians began tossing rhetorical grenades. They spoke of the nominees

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.

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.

Tax reform should center on fairness, what's really needed
... President Bush started off like gangbusters with his proposed $1.6 trillion, phased-in income tax cut and a tax rebate for every American taxpaying household.

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

Pope's visit to mosque more than church politics
Pope John Paul II seems driven to preach conversion of heart, spirituality, simplicity and charity to a world besotted with power, fame, wealth and self-gratification.

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

Many play important behind-scenes role in Nikiski dance performanceGroup says thanks for support shown to commercial fishing

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Memory improving among older Americans
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Aging baby boomers often complain of having forgetful ''senior moments,'' but new evidence suggests the memories of older Americans may have improved during the last decade.

This weeks menus at the peninsula senior centers.

Senior Briefs
News of Senior activities throughout the Kenai Peninsula.

Hulien is 'Dawgged in pursuit of excellence
As far as Nikiski senior Inger Hulien is concerned, anything worth doing is worth doing right.

Sports Briefs
Harris takes Spring Migration RunNikiski girls down Grace Sampras exits again in first roundMinnesota women's basketball coach firedSupreme Court rules against GarveyMarino fails to qualify for U.S. Open

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.

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.

Turek laments 'lucky' goals as Avs take 2-0 lead in series
DENVER -- On one end of the ice, Patrick Roy is making critical saves. On the other end, Roman Turek is simply becoming a critic.

Win over Mavs sets up series between last two NBA champs
SAN ANTONIO -- Despite all the barbs the Los Angeles Lakers have thrown, the San Antonio Spurs haven't fought back.

King to unify title without two heavyweights
NEW YORK -- Evander Holyfield and WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz will fight in China in August, with WBC and IBF champion Hasim Rahman on the undercard.

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

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.

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