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Monday, May 21, 2001

Chinese visa rule suspended
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Immigration and Naturalization Service has suspended a rule requiring Chinese airline passengers to have visas if they stop in Anchorage on flights between Canada and China.

Galena man receives mixed verdict in second assault trial
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Galena man on trial on charges of first-and second-degree sexual assault was acquitted of the first charge Friday in Superior Court.

Motorcycle dealer loans bikes to Fairbanks, North Pole police
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With plenty of joking about hogs and pigs, police in Fairbanks and North Pole on Friday took possession of three new Harley-Davidson motorcycles for the summer riding season.

Board of Game considers wolf control, protection proposals
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Frank Rue urged the Alaska Board of Game to adopt a series of proposals that could lead to the killing of wolves in the McGrath area.

Knowles signs ban on ''over-the-top'' pipeline route
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed a bill this week that bans construction of a gas pipeline along a northern route to Canada, but he wasn't entirely happy with the measure.

Federal regulators cracking down on canneries
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal regulators are cracking down on canneries by imposing a slew of hefty fines.

Oil companies getting enthusiastic about gas
BROOKS RANGE (AP) -- John Moran loves the North Slope.

Search underway for missing Pilot Station man
BETHEL (AP) -- A search continued Monday for a Pilot Station man who failed to meet some friends for a hunting trip, Alaska State Troopers said.

State, conservation groups design tourism business labeling program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- To advertise its backpacking and rafting trips in the Brooks Range, Arctic Treks, a Fairbanks company, has relied on its Web page and word-of-mouth, both low-budget ways of finding high-dollar clients.

Japanese adventurer missing in Arctic
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese adventurer on a six-year solo trek from the North Pole to Japan via Alaska has been missing for four days in the Arctic, his support group said Monday.

Three fishermen rescued after boat overturns
KODIAK (AP) -- Three Homer fishermen are safe after their boat overturned Tuesday near the mouth of the Copper River and they had to swim to shore. The Coast Guard rescued them Wednesday.

Colorado climber suffering from frostbite evacuated from Mount McKinley
TALKEETNA (AP) -- A climber was evacuated from Mount McKinley Sunday after suffering frostbite to one of his feet.

Man's arm crushed in construction accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A construction worker at Chena Hot Springs Resort suffered a crushed arm Thursday when a gravel truck bed fell on it at the resort.

May 18: Peninsula Clarion praises Gov. Knowles on delaying special session date
Gov. Tony Knowles did the right thing by delaying the start of a special legislative session to accommodate a Senate committee chair.

Willis named publisher of Kodiak Daily Mirror
KODIAK (AP) -- The daughter of the former owners of the Kodiak Daily Mirror has been named its new publisher.

May 17: Anchorage Daily News on the political aversion to recognizing rights of gays, lesbians
It's no surprise that local politicians aren't rushing to the head of the gay pride parad

Federal regulators cracking down on canneries
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal regulators are cracking down on canneries by imposing a slew of hefty fines.

May 16: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Alaska's relative low tax burden
It is a sorry fact of life that government is taking bigger and bigger bites out of the paychecks of most working Americans.

School acknowledges mistake after students shown explicit police video
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An explicit police training video titled ''Rape of a Male Cop'' was mistakenly shown to a West High School English class by a rape crisis center staff member, according to school and center officials.

Mother faces assault charges after DWI accident injures son
WASILLA (AP) -- A Wasilla woman is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and assault after a motor vehicle accident Sunday night that injured her son.

Scientists look to track halibut with pop-up tags
SEWARD (AP) -- Ten tagged halibut in Resurrection Bay probably aren't aware of their notoriety, but scientists are hoping the flatfish will give them some idea of where they're going and what they're up to.

Passengers injured in cruise ship turn
SEATTLE (AP) -- Autopilot failure caused the jarring turn of a cruise ship that sent plates and glassware crashing and injured more than 70 people, the Coast Guard said.

Former mayor named federal rural development director
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former state Administration Department commissioner and Fairbanks North Star Borough mayor has been named Alaska director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development office.

Anchorage woman escapes after carjacking
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police have identified a woman abducted by three people in a downtown parking garage during a carjacking Friday.

Delta Junction decides against taking surplus post property
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The city of Delta Junction is saying thanks but no thanks to free surplus military property from Fort Greely, which is slated to be mothballed July 13.

May 11: Ketchikan Daily News applauding a U.S. District judge's roadless ban
Good news comes from the Idaho courtroom of U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge, who on May 10 blocked the federal ban on roadbuilding in nearly 60 million acres of national forests.

Two climbers airlifted from McKinley
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- Two climbers suffering from unrelated problems were airlifted from Mount McKinley Thursday night for medical treatment, according to the National Park Service. Both men were kept overnight at an Anchorage hospital and released Friday.

Ten grants awarded to help protect Alaska's coastal areas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than $113,000 in grants has been awarded to 10 Southcentral Alaska wildlife and watershed conservation projects, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Man dies in crash near Willow
WASILLA (AP) -- An 18-year-old Fairbanks man was killed Friday when his vehicle clipped a truck towing a mobile home just south of Willow, according to Alaska State Troopers. His passenger was injured.

Alaska student is winner in handwriting contest
KENNY LAKE (AP) -- A second-grade student at Sapa Christian Center won a national contest for good handwriting.

Woman detained after cab driver stabbing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A cab driver was stabbed during a robbery attempt Friday afternoon and fellow cabbies chased down and collared a woman believed responsible.

Soldotna students get to go salmon fishing
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Some of Soldotna Middle School's best students were rewarded Sunday with a day of king salmon fishing on the Kenai.

Anchorage woman escapes after carjacking
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman abducted by three people in a downtown parking garage during a carjacking Friday evening jumped out of her sport utility vehicle as her captors drove through a residential area.

Dogs and their owners enjoy herding clinic
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In a big field off Chena Hot Springs Road, dogs sprawl at their masters' feet, eyes focused intently on sheep running in the distance.

Young makes move to boost Coast Guard budget
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Don Young's Transportation Committee has given the U.S. Coast Guard a massive budget increase that could allow more fishing law enforcement work in Alaska.

Around the Peninsula
Workshop offered for those with new ideas Training session plannedHomeChoice seminar slatedMuseum looking for summer volunteersRelay for Life quickly approachingMeditation program offered Brain walk planned for June 9Library sponsors summer reading programHelp for parents with questions

Around the Peninsula
Last day to register for Teen Art InstituteHospital service board to meet Meeting held to promote awarenessLiteracy Institute Parent meeting slatedClubhouse closes WednesdayChamber to discuss permanent fundKenai River board to meet Summer clubs plannedVolunteer 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.

NOW PLAYING: Shrek
Movie review

Inventor at large
Necessity, or a stiff neck, can be the mother of invention.

Backup car brings win to Gordon
CONCORD, N.C. -- After wrecking his car moments after The Winston began, Jeff Gordon thought his race was over. But this was an all-star event, after all, and anything goes.

Photo feature: Spring cleaning
Rebekah and Stefan Krogseng toss trash they collected during Saturday's community cleanup into a receptacle at the Nikiski transfer site as mom Ann pulls another bag from the family's truck. The event was sponsored by the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce and Unocal.

Manager finalists on agenda
The Kenai City Council will interview the two finalists to replace City Manager Rick Ross this week.

Kenai council debates issue
The Kenai City Council got a little hog shy at its Wednesday meeting.

Governor's group pays visit to Kenai
Central peninsula residents spoke almost as one about efforts to bringing North Slope natural gas to market at a Thursday evening hearing in Kenai before the governor's Alaska Highway Natural Gas Policy Council.

Soldotna woman crowned Mrs. Alaska 2001
Three Soldotna women received crowns, flowers and honors at the Mrs. Alaska pageant held May 12 in Anchorage.

Cross Timbers attempts to keep oil out of Cook Inlet
Cross Timbers Oil Company began construction this weekend of a temporary system to collect oil and contaminated produced water that spewed from an eroded outfall pipe in Nikiski, according to company spokesperson Bruce Pozzi, of Bruce Pozzi Public Relations in Anchorage.

Kenai Alternative School says goodbye to 23 graduates
The walls of the Boys and Girls Club gym were decorated Friday in yellow and blue flowers, peace signs, lava lamp drawings and smiling faces.

Project takes aim at dental health
"It was awful," Teri Langston said, recalling the ordeal of her little boy's dental problems.

Wilbur William Geary
Kenai resident Wilbur William Geary died at his home on Friday, May 18, 2001. He was 74.

Cynthia L. Cobb
Kenai resident Cynthia L. Cobb died Friday, May 18, 2001, at the Providence Medical Center in Anchorage of heart failure. She was 40.

Cynthia L. Cobb
Kenai resident Cynthia L. Cobb died Friday, May 18, 2001, at the Providence Medical Center in Anchorage of heart failure. She was 40.

Clinton the Globetrotter
WASHINGTON -- Former President Clinton hasn't allowed being out of office to interfere with his devotion to foreign affairs.

Don't overlook CARTS as factor in peninsula's economic development
There's been a lot of talk about economic development on the Kenai Peninsula of late.

Scattershot Bush energy plan mixes good, not so good
President Bush's energy plan is a compendi-um of just about every energy

Population growth draws attention of politicians
WASHINGTON -- The dramatic growth of the Hispanic population in the United States has riveted the attention of the political establishment.

Camille Towner and Owen Ala
Towner, Ala exchange vows in Salt Lake City

Angela Coburn and Erik Massey
Coburn, Massey marry in San Diego

New bus
Central Peninsula Counseling Services and Banner Health Systems have teamed up to provide transportation for clients of the Forget-Me-Not Adult Day Care Program and the residents of Heritage Place Nursing Facility.

Kenai couple chosen to lead Eagles
Tucked away in a safe place is Michael Merlo's grandfather's Eagle dues receipt that dates back to 1907 from Eagle Aerie no. 442 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Michael keeps the tattered memento with him to remind him of his ties with the fraternal organization.

Community people
Area women honored Soldotna resident earns academic recognitionHomer man chosen as internSeward student takes part in UAF programKenai man honored for many efforts

My Best Friends
Tehya Naylor isn't stingy at all, especially when it comes to her graham crackers.

Community news
Various peninsula organizations receive donationsNominations sought for farm family

Michelle Gere and Jonathan David Harnum
Michelle Gere and Jonathan David Harnum, both of Anchorage, have announced their plans to marry Sunday, May 27, 2001, at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.

Ask a Trooper
Question: I see in most of your columns that you refer to a specific statute with abbreviations.

Rebecca Anderson and Miles Hansen
Anderson, Hansen wed in Utah ceremony

L.A. guard scores 45 points in series opener with Spurs, earns Shaq's admiration
SAN ANTONIO -- Shaquille O'Neal has been convinced. Kobe Bryant is the best.

Nothing to cheer about
Sorry to burst your bubble, folks, but there's nothing to cheer about.

Colony, Kodiak take titles
In Alaska, nothing sparks trepidation and respect more than the bear. That's why the animal is such an appropriate mascot for the Kodiak boys track and field team.

Speed merchants wheel, deal for 500
INDIANAPOLIS -- The wheeling and dealing began in earnest Saturday as teams and drivers searched for speed on the eve of the final day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.

Big test, correct Answer
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson passed his biggest test, not by scoring 50 points again but by passing the ball and trusting his teammates.

Point Given takes Preakness Stakes
BALTIMORE -- The Point Given that everybody expected in the Kentucky Derby finally showed up in the Preakness -- big time.

New Jersey shuts out Pittsburgh for second consecutive game
PITTSBURGH -- Zero -- the Pittsburgh Penguins' goal total for their two home playoff games against New Jersey. It's also probably the chance they have of coming back against the Devils.

Woods pulls off 10-stroke comeback
HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Tiger Woods won the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open by four strokes Sunday, using a dramatic 13th hole eagle to shake off Michael Campbell and complete a comeback from a 10-stroke deficit.

Survivors
The Kenai Central High School boys and girls soccer teams have started a tradition.

Sports Briefs
Bosick takes three sprint eventsDokic beats Mauresmo to win Italian Open

Atlanta goes yard five times to whittle Giants down to size
ATLANTA -- Barry Bonds homered twice, becoming the 23rd player to hit five in two games, but the Atlanta Braves hit five of their own Sunday to beat the San Francisco Giants 11-6 Sunday.

Tiger in the hunt at Deutsche Bank-SAP Open
HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Tiger Woods shot a 9-under-par 63 Saturday to move within a stroke of the leader Eduardo Romero of Argentina in the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open.

Drums, horns celebrate home runs in Cuban baseball
SANTIAGO, Cuba -- It's a tense moment in Cuba's version of the World Series: a scoreless tie in the seventh inning, a brilliant but tiring starter, a runner on first, a .330 hitter at the plate. And you can't hear yourself think.

Lessons on leadership from a winner
When he laughs, Bill Russell cackles. It is a deep, infectious laugh that snaps his head back and rattles around the room, a laugh molded from a lifetime of being the best at what he did.

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