Sunday, May 19, 2002

Tesoro complete California refinery purchase
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) -- Tesoro Petroleum Corp., which owns a refinery in Nikiski, Friday completed its billion-dollar acquisition of a refinery and 70 gas stations in California.

Republicans finding realities of budget vote difficult to stomach
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Republicans who have enjoyed a session relatively free of demands from the minority Democrats are finding that the price of fiscal responsibility is high.

Fisheries board delays imposing Kenai catch-and-release rule
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Board of Fisheries has voted to delay imposing a controversial Kenai River catch-and-release rule.

DC-6 gets new skin, new nose, new job
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A middle-age makeover, complete with a nose job, is giving a lift to an aging workhorse with a new role.

Masked gunmen rob woman at her Cooper Landing home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three men have been arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery in Cooper Landing, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

Man dies after jumping into cold lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 25-year-old Anchorage man drowned Saturday after jumping into a cold lake in a South Anchorage park.

Report finds Pioneers' Home was remiss
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state report found the Pioneers' Home in Sitka was remiss in caring for a woman who choked to death, probably on a piece of fruit.

Man accused of trying to murder ex-wife
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man accused of choking his ex-wife into unconsciousness twice in succession is being held without bond on a charge of attempted murder.

Prices high, kings scarce in Copper River salmon opening
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fishermen received hefty prices for their fish as the celebrated Copper River salmon fishery opened Thursday.

House and Senate position for deal to end special session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers worked Saturday to position a school construction bond bill and other measures so they act quickly if a deal is struck to end the Legislature's special session.

Optimism guarded as special subsistence session starts
JUNEAU (AP) -- As lawmakers began their sixth try at solving the state's subsistence conflict in a special session Friday, optimism was not high, but some held out hope for a solution.

Unalaska looks toward busy cruise season
UNALASKA (AP) -- Unalaska is looking forward to a busy cruise season, according to tourism officials.

Mackenzie gas producers award preliminary pipeline contract
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Natural gas producers in Canada's Mackenzie Delta have awarded a contract for preliminary engineering work for a proposed pipeline to bring their rich natural gas deposits to southern markets.

Bethel hotel reopens after remodeling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The old Kuskokwim Inn has gone through an extensive remodeling and re-opened as the 39-room Long House Bethel Inn Hotel.

Fishing group backs Murkowski for governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's top commercial fishing association is backing Republican Frank Murkowski for governor.

Crews repair flood-damaged train tracks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Railroad crews repaired flood-damaged tracks early Friday morning in time to bring a trainload of passengers to Fairbanks.

Bonds knocks two taters
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds homered twice to move within one of Mark McGwire for fifth place all-time, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 10-5 victory over the Florida Marlins on Saturday.

Martinez stops Seattle
BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez improved to 10-0 in his career against the Seattle Mariners, striking out nine in eight innings to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 4-1 victory Saturday.

Texas angler wins Week 2 Seward tourney prize
Troy Parish of Trinity, Texas, caught a 109-pound, 4-ounce halibut, coming closest to the target weight of 109 pounds to win the $500 prize for Week 2 of the Seward Jackpot Halibut Tournament.

Link suggested between tea, survival from heart attack
DALLAS (AP) -- Heavy tea drinking could reduce the risk of dying after a heart attack, a study suggests.

Film opens to small crowds
Three days ago, in a galaxy not so far, far away, under-capacity crowds of moviegoers attended the opening of the latest "Star Wars" installment, "Episode II -- Attack of the Clones."

House and Senate position for deal to end special session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers worked Saturday to position a school construction bond bill and other measures so they act quickly if a deal is struck to end the Legislature's special session.

Lawmakers take small victories
State lawmakers continued struggling through extra innings of the 22nd Legislature this week searching for agreement over state spending packages, school bond measures, subsistence and other issues.

Republicans finding realities of budget vote difficult to stomach
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Republicans who have enjoyed a session relatively free of demands from the minority Democrats are finding that the price of fiscal responsibility is high.

Newman survives it all to win The Winston
CONCORD, N.C. -- Ryan Newman led a contingent of young drivers -- who are becoming a major force in NASCAR -- across the finish line to win the all-star race.

Tourism industry holding its breath
Nine months after terrorist attacks struck a blow to the travel industry, tourism is trying to crawl back from a near demise. The concern for safe travel may turn out to be a boon to Alaska, and in particular, the Kenai Peninsula travel market, however, despite a snail's-pace start in the booking season.

Board delays imposition of controversial early-run regulations
Kenai River king salmon catch-and-release restrictions will almost certainly be delayed one year, following a special meeting of the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

John Douglas Schreiber
Former Sterling resident John Douglas Schreiber died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at his residence in Thomaston, Ga., after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 51.

Reporter shares inside scoop Despite deadlines, boring reports, long meetings, job matters to community
"Parting," as the bard said, "is such sweet sorrow." I find it difficult to believe that, after nearly six years, this is my last week at the Peninsula Clarion. Next month I am off to Fairbanks and life's next big adventure.

Ask the Mayor
Question: What is the Central Emergency Service Area? How big is it?

Medicare would be healthier with prescription drug benefit
As Congress works overtime to meet its self-imposed Memorial Day deadline for introducing competing plans to address the need for a prescription drug benefit in Medicare, I was reminded that it was nearly six decades ago, in 1945, when President Harry S. Truman first spoke of a national crisis in health care. He said, "Millions of our citizens do not now have a full

Clean communities responsibility of all
Now, doesn't that look better? All last week central Kenai Peninsula residents pitched in to give their communities their annual spring cleaning. They picked up, raked up, bundled up and threw away the trash that's been hidden by the snow for the past several months.

Graduates take life lessons with them
It's hard not to sound trite as members of the graduating class of 2002 finish one chapter of their lives and embark on a new one.

Past grabs interest, heart of geologist
Dick Reger sees Alaska's scenery from a unique viewpoint. Reger, who grew up in Soldotna during the homestead era, is a geologist with a long and distinguished scientific career. Now retired, he has returned to his boyhood haunts and devoted himself to studying the Kenai Peninsula.

My Best Friend
Will that be takeout? Katie-Kat loves to make her owner, Sharon Nusunginya of Soldotna, smile. Sometimes all it takes is a paper bag.

Around the Peninsula
Open burning suspendedGarage sale plannedDeadline extended for festival registrationLibrary to hold special exercise story timeSBDC to host government contracting workshopSenior center plans monthly meetingBlood bank to be closed this weekContaminated sites discussion plannedAgrium conducting training exercisesFire department plans barbecue

Program for kids later lowered pregnancy risk
SEATTLE -- One good way to prevent teen pregnancy may have nothing to do with sex.

A look into the past: Soldotna 1959
Soldotna was just over 10 years old in this 1959 photograph. The name derives from the Dena'ina, Ts'eldatnu which means "trickling creek" and was the name for Soldotna Creek.

Sure sign of spring: Rhubarb ready to go
Look around the Kenai Peninsula and you'll notice some people harvesting rhubarb. Spring must be here!

KCHS graduation ceremony mixes serious, humorous
"No matter where we are now, we all have to find our own way," Kenai Central High School senior Dane Myers told his fellow graduates Thursday night.

Valedictorian 3rd in family with top honors
Laura Rhyner had some big shoes to fill on her way to becoming one of Kenai Central High School's six valedictorians.

McCarty leads Wings past Avs
DETROIT -- On a team bursting at the seams with stars, a gritty grinder stole the show.

Lakers silence loud Kings crowd
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The pregame noise at Arco Arena was measured at more than 112 decibels -- about the same level as a jet engine. The Sacramento Kings think it was the loudest crowd in sports history.

Sports Briefs
2001 winner leads 2002 Homer derbyTexas angler wins Week 2 Seward tourney prizeLegislature approves Twins stadium bill

Bosick takes four events at region meet
Racing was never so much fun. This was Ninilchik distance runner Katie Moerlein's assessment of the Region II Track and Field Championships following her team's performance.

Colony, SoHi advance to title game
Friday night's Region III soccer tournament semifinal between Kenai Central and Soldotna at Skyview High School had some of everything -- great goals, brilliant saves, beautiful passing and stellar defense.

Soldotna downs Knights for region championship
Johnny Mills was the Soldotna High School boys soccer team's Johnny on the spot in the Region III Soccer Championships.

Colony defeats Mariners
The Homer High School girls soccer team gave Colony a run for its money Saturday in the title match of the Region III Soccer Championships, but the Knights proved too strong, scoring three times in the second half to notch a 4-1 victory.

Kards topple Panthers in OT
The Kenai Central High School boys soccer team, perhaps feeling a bit nostalgic as the school year comes to a close, certainly got the most they could out the the Region III Soccer Championships.

War Emblem wins Preakness, eyes Triple Crown
BALTIMORE -- War Emblem is versatile after all, and his victory in the Preakness Stakes has trainer Bob Baffert back in the Triple Crown chase.

Schaafsma, Cvetkovski lead SoHi girls to region crown
The Soldotna girls won their seventh Region III track title in 10 years Saturday at Palmer High School.

Golfer shoots 4-under par to head up pack at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Nick Price shot a 4-under-par 66 Saturday to take a five-stroke advantage over three players after the third round of the Colonial.

Bloodied Ward outpoints Gatti in 10-round boxing slugfest
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- Micky Ward, blood streaming down his face for most of the fight, won a majority decision over Arturo Gatti in a 10-round junior lightweight bout Saturday night.

Palmer registers upset of Kenai in shootout
The Palmer girls soccer team upset Kenai 4-3 in the opening round of the Region III Soccer Championships Friday.

Homer knock off Moose for state berth
The Homer girls soccer team picked the perfect day to play its best soccer of the year.

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