Friday, May 18, 2001

Anchorage police step up seat belt enforcement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Police Department is warning drivers that they better buckle up or risk being ticketed.

Murkowski says he's going to start on energy bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration's energy task force report recommends lease sales in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge beginning in 2004.

Copper River salmon fishery opens
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Copper River salmon fishery began Thursday, with more than 500 boats vying for the first salmon of the season.

Copper River salmon is high-priced treat in Lower 48
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Salmon whisked from the Copper River flats to Seattle was selling for anywhere from $12.99 to $19.99 at Seattle supermarkets hours after the fishery opened Thursday.

Overcrowding prompts restriction of popular private Kasilof River ramp
KENAI (AP) -- It's May and the fishing season is just starting but the battle lines are already being drawn on the Kasilof River.

Seafood plant to ramp up for operations in July
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Seafood International could be producing packaged fish products by early July, the company's new chief executive said this week.

Kenai Assembly wants feasibility study of private prison
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is considering hiring an independent contractor to do a feasibility study of the impacts of a proposed private prison.

Board of Game to take up wolf control, protection proposals
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state Board of Game will hold a special, two-day meeting in Fairbanks to discuss wolf control and wolf protection issues.

DDT found in Ship Creek
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Trace amounts of the pesticide DDT have been found in Ship Creek in Anchorage, but scientists say it's not enough to cause concern for humans or wildlife.

Suit filed over ACS calling plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage lawyer has filed a class-action lawsuit against Alaska Communicatins Systems, alleging the Anchorage-based telecommunications company violated the terms of its Infinite Minutes interstate long-distance calling plan.

No relocation for bears this year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The stakes for Ketchikan's garbage eaters are higher than ever this spring.

Drug agents seize 21 pounds of cocaine at Anchorage airport this year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Drug agents have intercepted more than 21 pounds of cocaine smuggled through the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport so far this year, Alaska State Troopers said.

Native group targets sport fishing, hunting groups for boycott
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group seeking to advance civil rights of Alaska Natives through economic measures has targeted two sport fishing and hunting organizations -- and anyone associated with them -- for boycotts.

Armed Forces Eco-Challenge coming to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Eco-Challenge, billed as the world's most grueling expedition race, is coming to Alaska.

Man charged with assault in stabbing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested for allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old girl, police said Wednesday.

Phillips, BP announced discovery of new Kuparuk satellite field
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Alaska Inc. and BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. have announced the discovery of a new oil field west of the Kuparuk field.

Bush energy plans looks to long-term more than short-term fixes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush outlined an ambitious recipe Thursday for increasing the nation's supply of energy including drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and rejuvenating nuclear power.

Communities, companies appeal pipeline valuation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three Alaska communities and six oil industry companies are disputing the tax value of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline before the state's Assessment Review Board.

Southeast Alaska ferries serve New York City commuters
JUNEAU (AP) -- When the owners of NY Waterway were in the market for new ferries to serve New York City commuters, they went to Allen Marine in Sitka.

Restored Grumman Albatross carries memories to Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- When a Grumman Albatross flew into town Wednesday night and landed in Ward Cove, it brought a little Ketchikan aviation history with it.

Ferry plan set back but not dead, DOT says
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Department of Transportation is not giving up on a new ferry concept for Southeast Alaska, despite setbacks in the recently concluded legislative session.

Shrews -- or are they mice? -- raid Anchorage homes in big numbers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Shrews are at the bottom of Anchorage's latest wildlife debate.

Low tides prove fruitful for hardy Clam Gulch clammers
CLAM GULCH (AP) -- Shovel in hand, blue wagon in tow, Kim Sterling prowled the edge of the Cook Inlet surf on Tuesday.

Six Wasilla High School students get top scores on PSAT
WASILLA (AP) -- Seventeen-year-old Will Elliott isn't sure what he wants to be -- maybe a rock star. He's already scored a big hit.

Former Salvation Army captain pleads no contest to sex-abuse charge
KENAI (AP) -- A former Salvation Army captain has pleaded no contest to sexual abuse of a minor.

Two Anchorage residents appointed to Board of Game
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage residents were appointed to the Board of Game Thursday.

Light quake rattles Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake rattled Fairbanks Wednesday afternoon.

Federal grand jury returns indictment against Michigan twins
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Identical twin sisters accused of disrupting an international United Airlines flight April 19 have been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Knowles signs minimum wage initiative petition
JUNEAU (AP) -- Saying the Legislature has failed to act on the issue, Gov. Tony Knowles signed a petition Wednesday in support of a ballot initiative to raise Alaska's minimum wage.

Court system seeking new Superior Court judges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill expected to be signed into law will create two new Superior Court vacancies and the Alaska Judicial Council is taking applications for the jobs.

Murkowski wins committee approval for historic route
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski won approval Wednesday in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for legislation to honor a route used by Native traders, gold seekers and pioneers.

Three teens arrested after vehicle disturbance with police
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police arrested three Homer teen-agers Thursday after two of them allegedly assaulted a police officer in Anchorage.

Wildlife managers count Kodiak brown bears by air
KODIAK (AP) -- State and Federal wildlife managers will do an aerial count of brown bears this week at the southern end of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.

Fairbanks suspect who tried to hang self dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man who tried to hang himself in the Fairbanks Correctional Center shortly after his arrest last week on an attempted sexual assault charge has died.

Federal grand jury indicts hearing aid dealer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a Juneau hearing aid dealer on fraud and money laundering charges.

Anchorage processor seeks value-added seafood products
An Alaska food scientist is gearing up to start a pilot project this summer to produce value-added Alaska seafood products. The goal is to wow overseas markets and increase economic returns for Alaska fishers and processors.

Doesn't anyone remember?
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you have a decent memory, you will experience the sensation of reliving events, including such diverse public drives as conserving energy, saving for retirement and simplifying taxes.

Business Highlights,
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Dow industrials closed above 11,000 for the first time in eight months, soaring more than 340 points Wednesday on hopes that lower interest rates will revitalize economic growth.

Business Briefs
Oil states recognize Alpine projectUnocal bids in North Slope Foothills saleNorth Pacific council to meet in KodiakRegal Alaskan changes its nameInformation technology conference is freeHomer chamber mixer is across Kachemak BayCross Timbers Oil changes name to XTO Energy

Two-hull tankers in service
ANCHORAGE -- The Cape Lookout Shoals, one of a new class of double-hulled tankers, has been steaming through the waters of Cook Inlet on a regular basis since last May.

Finance 101: Boomers must plan, save for retirement, kids' college bills
NEW YORK (AP) -- Saving for retirement and her children's college education is so huge and daunting that Sharron Luttrell doesn't have a clue how to begin.

Biweekly payments aren't the only way to speed up repayment of mortgage
NEW YORK (AP) -- A number of banks and mortgage finance companies are offering customers the option of switching from monthly to biweekly payments on their home loans, which speeds up repayment and greatly reduces the interest cost.

Kids' salons make their mark
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Flailing arms, wriggling bodies and lots of tears are enough to discourage any parent from giving a child a much-needed haircut.

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 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
Seniors to hold garage saleBlood drive held in HomerSPCA van to spend weekend in SterlingCities prepare for cleanup day4-H tree sale slatedRummage sale to raise funds for football teamFirst race activities held through weekendWorkshop offered for those with new ideasCampgrounds closed for tree removalKCHS choir reunion planned for JuneMuseum looking for summer volunteersSkyview football players looking for projects

Guides team up to take middle school students fishing
Students from Soldotna Middle School will be broadening their horizons Sunday when their classroom will be expanded to encompass the great outdoors -- or at least a stretch of the Kenai River.

Saltwater best bet for weekend salmon
Weather permitting, most of the action this weekend will probably be in the Deep Creek marine fishery. If this isn't to your liking, you might want to stay home and gird your loins for next Friday night, the annual midnight king salmon opener and bacchanal at Deep Creek and the Ninilchik and Anchor rivers.

Hydrangeas: big, beautiful and kaleidoscopic
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Some hydrangeas beguile us with color changes that keep us guessing. Others awe us by climbing 60 feet and more to consort with squirrels and orioles in the trees.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events, Films

Art Briefs
Shakespeare play opens todayArts festival opens this weekendMusical Frankenstein auditions plannedDrama camp coming to the peninsulaGala concert rehearsal scheduledTheatre conference planned

Soldotna artist dabs in oils in spare time
Melinda Hershberger looked around the open space at Kaladi Brothers where her vibrant oil paintings are hung. She pointed out her favorites and those she believes need work, but her talent is prevalent in every one.

Crews confront dangers in pits
CONCORD, N.C. -- This is the first time in 16 years that Lee McCall's job description doesn't include jumping in front of speeding traffic during a pit stop.

Points standings
Winston Cup point standings

Money leaders
Winston Cup money leaders

The winston
Where: Lowe's Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile quad-oval with 24-degree banking in the turns, a 1,952-foot front stretch and 1,360-foot back stretch in Concord, N.C.

The Winston encourages competition
CONCORD, N.C. -- The Winston all-star race is everything that's good about stock car racing because it has nothing to do with a points system and the big picture.

Sustainability label boosts sales
ANCHORAGE -- A new label identifying Alaska salmon products as coming from a sustainable fishery is going over very well in Europe, reports Barbara Belknap, executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Fishers share ideas for setting their product apart from others
It's been done for 15 years in Cordova and going on five years in Western Alaska, now fishers in Cook Inlet are considering creating a brand name for their salmon to help set them apart from the crowd.

Remembering fallen comrades
Police officers from Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, Seward, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Fish and Wildlife Protection and Alaska State Troopers stand at attention as the VFW Post 10046 color guard presents the flag during the Police Memorial Day ceremony in front of the Soldotna Police Department Tuesday. This week is National Law Enforcement Memorial Week.

Borough assembly chooses Brown's replacement
With five applicants to chose from and a requirement that the winner be given five votes, it took 16 ballots for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to select a new assembly member Tuesday evening.

Better than the school bus
Central Emergency Services Senior Capt. Mike McConahy helps Luke Burow down from Ladder One after giving him and his brother Luke a ride home from Redoubt Elementary School Wednesday.

Redistricting board conducts hearing
Common threads or lines that separate? It all depends on how the redistricting plans being considered by Alaska's five-member Redistric-ting Board are viewed.

Photo feature: Fishy field trip
Students from Karen Bronga's sixth grade class at Bayshore Elementary School from Anchorage, raise their hands to answer a question posed by Ricky Gease, manager of exhibits and education at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center (standing at center), during a field trip to see "2001 A Fish Odyssey" now on display at the center. About 1,000 students will see the show this month, Gease said, with about five groups passing through each day.

Unknown amount of crude oil spilled
A corroded outfall pipe is being blamed for the release of thousands of gallons of produced water mixed with an unknown amount of crude oil from the Cross Timbers Oil Company's on-shore facility in Nikiski on Wednesday afternoon.

Commencement ceremony combines humor, inspiration
There was something in the air Wednesday night in the Kenai Central High School Auditorium. Cameras were clicking, bulbs were flashing, videotapes were rolling.

Forestry lifts burn permit suspension
As of Wednesday, the burning permit suspension for small permitted piles only has been lifted in the Kenai-Kodiak area of Alaska State Forestry.

Elizabeth "Liz" Bolstridge
Sterling resident Elizabeth "Liz" Bolstridge died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital after a brave battle with cancer. She was 73.

Jonathan David Wackler
Soldotna resident Jonathan David Wackler died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 44.

Maria Lee Thibodeau
Kenai resident Maria Lee Thibodeau died Sunday, May 13, 2001, in an automobile accident in Las Vegas, N. M.

Charles 'Charlie' Parker
A funeral service for Charles 'Charlie' Parker will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Church of the Nazarene. A viewing will begin at 1 p.m.

Edwin Hanke
Edwin "Ed" Hanke died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at his home in Lucerne, Calif. He was 77.

Darris Allen 'Al' Cress Sr.
Longtime Nikiski resident Darris Allen "Al" Cress Sr. died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at his home.

Charles 'Charlie' Parker
Soldotna resident Charles "Charlie" Parker died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Liz Bolstridge
Sterling resident Liz Bolstridge died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 73.

XFL's targeted audience found better things to do
They may be part of a demographic that advertisers salivate over. But statisticians see them as potential rioters and vandals. Insurance actuaries view them as speed demons. Hollywood targets them for movies like ''Dude, Where's My Car?''

Letters to the Editor
Brand, slogan suggestions for inlet's commercial catch

Freeh picks good time to step down from FBI
In the wake of Timothy McVeigh's suddenly delayed execution, the obvious question is, how

It's starting to look a lot like summer on peninsula
The Kenai Peninsula is looking a lot less cluttered these days as residents pitch in and clean up.

Delaying special session right thing to do, as is passing anti-pollution bill
Gov. Tony Knowles did the right thing by delaying the start of a special legislative session to accommodate a Senate committee chair.

Strawberry social raises funds for special athletes, seniors

Because U.S. has not abandoned its ideals, American dream thrives
The debate over education. Concern about the state of the economy. Discussion of the respective roles of government and religio

Spring in nonelection year means its giving season for political donors
WASHINGTON -- It's spring and a nonelection year, and that means it's the giving season for political donors.

Married couples live longer, stay healthier, make more money than singles
A U.S. Airways contest invites children to write an essay about their father or "father figure" for Father's Day. The divorced

Many contribute to goal of Habitat for HumanityFund-raiser puts students one step closer to GeorgiaStore's community spirit helps school project happen

Cost of vandalism on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge borne by all hat happened to my campground
This is the time of year when the acts of a very few visitors to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge come into sharper focus for me. Perhaps the spring weather makes my aging eyes a little sharper, or maybe it's just because I am outside more. Who knows?

Morel madness on rise
DEARY, Idaho -- Lori Carris crept through the forest, knife in hand, searching the ground for her tiny prey.

Using technology to train the brain
BOULDER, Colo. -- On the frigid south flank of Alaska's Mount McKinley, Boulder climber Mark Twight was hunkered down in a wind-rattled tent, preparing for one of the toughest climbs of his career.

Methodists pray for Bush, Cheney but criticize missile defense plan
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The bishops of the United Methodist Church offered special prayers for two of their best-known members, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, but issued a resolution opposing their national missile defense system.

Arizona city sued for religious discrimination
PHOENIX (AP) -- The American Center for Law and Justice has sued the city of Scottsdale, charging that it violated a woman's rights by stopping her from displaying religious material at city-owned community centers.

Cardinals on display at Vatican meeting
VATICAN CITY -- Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradia-ga, one of the rising stars of the Roman Catholic church, is bringing a fresh face and fresh ideas from Honduras.

World Evangelical body changes its name, explores Catholic relations
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The World Evangelical Fellowship, representing national Protestant organizations with 160 million members, has decided to rename itself the World Evangelical Alliance.

South Carolina Baptist church could face ouster if it forsakes immersion
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- The 2,800-member First Baptist Church is considering accepting new members without baptism by immersion, which could mean ouster from the local Baptist association.

Egyptian Christian wife disputes husband's conversion to Islam
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Hanna Kamal Morgan, a church deacon living in Fayoum, told his wife last year he was going out to buy food. Instead, he went to Cairo and converted to Islam.

From pillars of salt to burning bush, author walks the Bible
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ever wonder how manna from heaven tasted, where Noah's ark landed, or whether a pillar of salt still stands to mark the fate of Lot's wife?

Australia's Anglican leader urges acceptance of gay relationships
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- The new head of the Anglican Church of Australia has said Christians should treat same-sex relationships as ''committed friendships,'' but stopped just short of openly condoning gay marriages.

Catholics looking for diocese's Web site find porn instead
CLEVELAND (AP) -- People searching for the Web site of Cleveland's Roman Catholic diocese are instead being linked to hard-core pornography.

Questions remain about Pius XII's role in World War II, scholars say
NEW YORK (AP) -- A panel of Catholic and Jewish scholars say questions remain -- at least 47 of them -- about Pope Pius XII's role in World War II, despite Vatican publication of 11 volumes of wartime documents.

Russian Orthodox patriarch opposes papal visit
MOSCOW (AP) -- The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has said that Pope John Paul II should not visit Russia until the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches resolve festering disputes over church properties and Catholic missionary activity.

Religion Briefs
Gospel legend to perform concertsChorus to tour stateArea resident raises funds for causeChoir members wanted for musical

In memory of Frank McIlheragey
It is hard to write about someone who has passed on, who you thought you knew quite well only to find out you did not know them at all.

Stars, Knights lead race for region crown
Every time the sun goes down, the stars and nights battle for supremacy. It's pretty much the same story every year in the race for the Region III track and field girls team crown, only in this case nights is spelled with a "K".

Just like in 'The Sopranos'
Mayor Richard J. Daley, the legendary political boss of Chicago, once answered charges about steering millions in city business to one of his sons this way: ''How are you supposed to be able to do favors for other people's kids,'' Daley said, ''if you can't do any for your own?''

Cream of region ready for the top
Eight boys and eight girls high school soccer teams from Region III have made the first cut of the season -- qualifying for the region tournament by finishing among the top eight teams during the regular season.

Working out kinks at the links
Oh, my goodness! Here we are again looking at the golfing season ahead of us. What a wonderful time of the year for Alaskans! We have all those warm weather activities we enjoy and wait all winter long to get back to.

Ninilchik heads to Susitna Valley for track regions
Believe it or not, the road to the state track meet for Kenai Peninsula schools Ninilchik and Seldovia goes through Talkeetna.

Devils beat Penguins with their own game
PITTSBURGH -- Lots of odd-man rushes, plenty of breakaways and scoring chances. This is exactly how the Pittsburgh Penguins envisioned the Eastern Conference finals -- only not with the New Jersey Devils generating all the offense.

Late-night Blues scene a hit
ST. LOUIS -- Getting to Patrick Roy gave the St. Louis Blues new life in the Western Conference finals.

Milwaukee forces Game 7 vs. Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Down 15 points and on the brink of elimination, the Milwaukee Bucks never panicked. Instead, they turned to their ''Big Three,'' and forced a seventh game.

Iverson destroys Raptors
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson stared directly into Vince Carter's eyes, seemingly toying with him. He faked to his left, then to the right, continued to dribble, shuffled back and nailed a 3-pointer over Carter's outstretched arm.

Sports Briefs
Silver Salmon take four spots at meetNorth Road Panthers wrestle tough

Wildlife managers count Kodiak brown bears by air
KODIAK (AP) -- State and Federal wildlife managers will do an aerial count of brown bears this week at the southern end of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.

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