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Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Navy declares downton Adak ready for transfer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Downtown Adak, once the heart of a distant military base, is ready for discharge to a new civilian life, Navy officials say.

Another climber injured in Denali Pass on Mount McKinley
TALKEETNA (AP) -- A German climber who suffered broken ribs in a fall on Mount McKinley on Friday night was airlifted off the mountain Saturday.

Halcro decides not to run again
JUNEAU (AP) -- Anchorage Republican Rep. Andrew Halcro says he won't seek re-election in the fall.

House and governor increasingly frustrated with Senate
JUNEAU (AP) -- Hardline Senate Republicans intent on dismantling a utility regulatory agency created by Gov. Tony Knowles face a deadline Tuesday.

May 17, 2002 The Ketchikan Daily News applauds draft of new Tongass policy
Can it be? Could balanced, multiple-use land management be returning to the Tongass National Forest? Possibly, if the draft recommendation announced last week by the U.S Forest Service becomes policy.

Police arrest two men on rape charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage men were arrested over the weekend in separate incidents on suspicion of raping women they had met at downtown bars.

Democrats endorse Ulmer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Delegates to the Alaska Democratic Party endorsed Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer for governor before adjourning their statewide convention Sunday.

Alaska sees unseasonably warm weather
It's been 90 years since the temperature reached 74 degrees on May 20 in Fairbanks, but the record didn't have a chance Monday.

Governor declares Safe Boating Week
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has declared May 18-31 as Safe Boating Week.

Anchorage man stabbed after stopping assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who intervened when he saw a woman being beaten was stabbed Sunday.

Prosecutor quits after plagiarism revealed
PALMER (AP) -- An assistant district attorney here has resigned after a school authorities in Vermont discovered she had plagiarized an article three years ago.

Chickaloon woman mauled by dog
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Rottweiler mauled an Anchorage woman in Chickaloon on Sunday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers said.

Lawmakers may break before taking up subsistence
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers may take a break from Juneau for a while before taking action on a subsistence constitutional amendment.

Psychologist says Wasilla fire victim was depressed, possibly suicidal
PALMER (AP) -- Anchorage psychologist Susan LaGrande told jurors Monday that Samuel Welton was depressed and may have been suicidal.

Trooper follows father as Fairbanks detachment commander
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Greg Tanner found out last month he was named the new Fairbanks-area commander for the Alaska State Troopers, he asked his father for his captain's bars.

Fairbanks man changes plea in methamphetamine case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man charged with running a methamphetamine lab reached a plea agreement Monday requiring him to serve five years.

May 17, 2002 The Voice of the Times reiterates support for Alaska history education
Some Alaskans have been in a dither about whether the history of this state -- and the territorial days that preceded statehood -- should be taught in our schools.

Lawmakers work for resolution to Knowles bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers worked to avoid a third special session on Monday by taking up two issues that Gov. Tony Knowles has demanded be addressed before leaving town.

Democrats endorse Ulmer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Delegates to the Alaska Democratic Party endorsed Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer for governor before adjourning their statewide convention Sunday.

Alaska law enforcement agencies get grants for bulletproof vests
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than a dozen law enforcement agencies in Alaska will share more than $56,000 in federal grants to buy bulletproof vests, Sen. Ted Stevens said Monday.

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

Private prison, gas line bills re-emerge
JUNEAU (AP) -- A private prison bill and a railroad bond bill re-emerged Monday in a special session of the Legislature after having died when the regular session ended last week.

May 15, 2002 The Voice of the Times lauds Bush administration view on Second Amendment
The enduring and absurd notion that the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution recognizes only a collective right to gun ownership finally is being laid to rest by the Bush administration.

Chickaloon merchants say highway relocation bad for business
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With downtown consisting of a gas station, general store, lodge and a post office, Chickaloon is the quintessential blink-and-you-miss-it community.

Anaktuvuk Pass wants to honor Norwegian explorer with peak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For more than 50 years, the Nunamuit people of Anaktuvuk Pass have referred to one of the peaks overlooking their village as Ingstad Mountain. Now they want it official.

UAA plans to buy space at Anchorage mall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska Anchorage plans to buy a 90,000-square-foot section of the University Center Shopping Mall for needed classroom space, UAA officials announced Monday.

Girls detail alleged abuse by couple
JUNEAU (AP) -- For 10 years, two young sisters thought no one would believe them if they said they were placed in homemade stocks and forced to act out sexual fantasies of a Sitka couple, the girls testified in Juneau Superior Court last week.

Man dies in Juneau motorcycle crash
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau carpenter David McRae, 37, died over the weekend after his motorcycle skidded off the Glacier Highway, Juneau police said.

Lawmakers reach compromise with Democrats, Knowles calls special session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Legislative leaders on Sunday reached a compromise on several rural issues that stood in the way of approving a fiscal 2003 budget.

Man dies in fall from ladder
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man died Sunday after he fell from a ladder while painting.

Wasilla man dies in shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man was shot and killed Saturday night in the parking lot of Gorilla Fireworks on the Parks Highway west of Wasilla.

Fire damages buses in cargo ship's belly at Anchorage port
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four buses were damaged and 35 cars were covered with soot when a fire broke out in the belly of a cargo ship at the Port of Anchorage.

Anchorage officials wonder what to do about doo
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Municipal officials are considering everything they can to get dog owners to clean up after their pets -- even putting peanut butter on the piles they leave behind.

Benzene contamination found in Sterling water well near spill site
STERLING (AP) -- Benzene contamination has been found in the drinking water well of a Sterling auto shop located near the site of a major gasoline leak discovered late last year.

May 18, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News calls for subsistence special session to be held sans caucuses
The Special Session On Subsistence -- and whatever other unfinished business is still out there -- presents an opportunity for the Alaska Legislature to reform, at least briefly, one of its worst habits. Subsistence law and policy is now one of the longest-running and most painful disputes in Alaska. One way to improve the climate would be to hold this debate right out in the sunlight.

Alaska glaciers shrinking faster over past decade
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's glaciers have shrunk by an average total of about 50 cubic kilometers each year since the 1950s. But in the last decade, the rate of shrinkage has doubled, a team of scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has found.

Tourism outlook still unclear
Alaska-bound cruise ships are now bringing their streams of visitors north, but that doesn't mean tourist businesses on the road system are humming. Whether this will be a down season or a decent one for Alaska's land tourism isn't yet clear.

Hot, dry weather brings early spate of fires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Firefighters are swinging into gear across Alaska as hot, dry weather has brought the arrival of wildfires about a month earlier than last year.

Steroid rumors irk Bonds
Now that he's settling into retirement, Jose Canseco is threatening to write a book that will blow the lid off steroid and supplement use in baseball.

Rocket shuts down Minnesota scoring
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens struck out 13 and earned his 287th career win, pitching the New York Yankees past the Minnesota Twins 3-0 Sunday.

Cubs end nine-game slide
MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Cubs snapped a nine-game losing streak Sunday, getting a sacrifice fly from Corey Patterson in the 11th inning to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4.

A typical Lowe-hit total outing vs. White Sox
BOSTON -- Derek Lowe allowed two hits in eight innings just 23 days after pitching a no-hitter, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Chicago White Sox 9-0 Monday night.

Kasilof man sinks his teeth into new product line
Coming soon to a ballpark near you: dogfish dogs? Fred West, owner of Tustumena Smokehouse, has perfected a technique for making polish sausage, bratwurst, pepperoni and breakfast sausage entirely from pink, chum (or "dog") and sockeye salmon. And judging from the reaction he's been getting from customers, the product is bound to be a hit.

Unocal springs for clean up
A creative partnership with Teri Hoffman's 5th & 6th grade students at Sterling Elementary School has been a double win for the community. Ms. Hoffman was already thinking spring last fall when she approached Unocal Alaska with an idea to fund a class field trip to Otter Cove Science Center across Kachemak Bay.

Painting ceiling tiles raise money for Relay For Life
The 4th Annual Peninsula Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society is coming May 31st at Skyview High School. As the event has grown, so have the creative ways of raising funds to help in the fight against cancer.

Challenger Institute for Teachers gets lift off with 5 K from 3M Foundation
The first annual Summer Institute for Teachers at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska got a $5,000 boost last week from 3M Alaska. Paul Sander, Business Development Manager for 3M Alaska, presented a large check for $5,000 to the Center's executive director Steve Horn at last weeks Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Habitat for Humanity celebrates 10th Anniversary with 10th house
Ten houses in ten years was cause for the Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity (CPHH) supporters to throw a party at O'Neill Hall in Soldotna.

Soldotna Lion's Club selects Citizens of the Year
Last year the Soldotna Lions Club created a special Citizen of the Year award to recognize an outstanding individual in the community. This year the Lions wanted to recognize a man and a woman with their special award so they doubled the new tradition.

NOW PLAYING: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
It's been twenty five years since the original Star Wars was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, and the world's first mainstream cult classic was born. Most films with the kind of manic popularity that this series exhibits have a relatively small following, but Star Wars devotees number in the millions, if not billions.

Private prison, gas line bills re-emerge
JUNEAU (AP) -- A private prison bill and a railroad bond bill re-emerged Monday in a special session of the Legislature after having died when the regular session ended last week.

House and governor increasingly frustrated with Senate
JUNEAU (AP) -- Hardline Senate Republicans intent on dismantling a utility regulatory agency created by Gov. Tony Knowles face a deadline Tuesday.

Lawmakers work for resolution to Knowles bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers worked to avoid a third special session on Monday by taking up two issues that Gov. Tony Knowles has demanded be addressed before leaving town.

Lawmakers may break before taking up subsistence
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers may take a break from Juneau for a while before taking action on a subsistence constitutional amendment.

Lawmakers reach compromise with Democrats, Knowles calls special session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Legislative leaders on Sunday reached a compromise on several rural issues that stood in the way of approving a fiscal 2003 budget.

Treatment center discussed
More than 350 Alaska children are receiving mental health treatment out of state at any given time -- including five to 15 from the Kenai Peninsula. But that soon may change if Central Peninsula Counseling Services finds community support for a private residential treatment center in Kenai.

Two peninsula crimes remain unsolved
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers Inc. is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest or indictment of those responsible for the murder of Gerald "Sib" Sibley.

Real, potential problems concern Cohoe residents
Irresponsible parents, uncontrolled kids and longer daylight hours are contributing to a host of problems along Kenai Peninsula beaches, according to Kasilof residents and the Alaska State Troopers.

Benzene turns up in Sterling well water
Recent tests have found benzene contamination in the drinking water well of an auto shop a quarter mile from the Sterling Zip Mart, a closed convenience store gas station and site of a major gasoline spill discovered late last year.

Five weekend blazes keep firefighters busy
Crews are containing several small fires on the southern Kenai Peninsula, and the state has suspended all burn permits in the Kenai-Kodiak area due to extreme fire danger in parts of the area.

Congregation returns to flooded-out church
After five months of being homeless due to a flooded basement, the congregation of the Soldotna Church of God moved back into its building Sunday.

Fire risks still high
Despite suspending burn permits Saturday because of the recent warm, dry and windy weather, state and local firefighters battled six wildfires over the weekend that were caused when people lit slash, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.

Jon O. Billings
Nikiski resident Jon O. Billings died Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 60.

Mildred Martin
Longtime Soldotna resident Mildred Martin died at her home Sunday, May 19, 2002. She was 74.

Mildred Inez (Moeller) Martin
Soldotna resident Mildred Inez (Moeller) Martin died Sunday, May 19, 2002, at her home. She was 74.

Margaret 'Maggie' (Steik) Rucker
Anchor Point resident Margaret "Maggie" (Steik) Rucker died Thursday, May 16, 2002, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer after a long bout with cancer.

Public access vs. public safety
While state leaders pushed to restrict public access to government records after Sept. 11, many of the open government laws passed since the attacks have turned out to be compromises with free-speech advocates.

Mission impossible: Zeroing in on every bit of credible defense data
Each day, hundreds of satellites zipping around the globe collect millions of pieces of data that are relayed to Langley, Va.

Second Amendment myths laid to rest by Bush administration
The enduring and absurd notion that the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution recognizes only a collective right to gun ownership finally is being laid to rest by the Bush administration.

Applause
Musical event a success

Letters to the Editor
Measurements misused

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Museum target of spring cleaningStudents host dinner for vetsMarine training great successSoccer wall helps hone skillsCollaborative effort results in robotics class at SoHi

Around the Peninsula
GTL plant, elections, golf to be discussedTourism tops chamber luncheon agendaGovernment workshop plannedClean Water Act presentation slatedFestival booth deadline extendedSoldotna library to sponsor child health dayParks on North Peninsula chamber agendaForum to discuss contamination, managementNames sought to honor military deadLions seek community grouch

Ask a Trooper
Question: Occasionally if I am preparing to turn right onto a side road and have cars behind me, I will slide over to the shoulder before turning (providing it's empty of course) allowing the vehicles behind me to continue without having to come to a complete stop.

Births
Chance Montoya and John VargoSharon Anne and Lonnie Ray DenneyRachel Ann and Jeff BabittMichelle and Jeremy DavisAnn and Mark Restad

Photo feature: Ready to run
Lt. Chuck Kopp holds a torch high near the start of Saturday's Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The 5-kilometer event is a fund-raiser for the training and competition of nearly 1,000 Alaska special athletes.

Photo feature: Ready to race
Cindi and Bruce Hudson show off their motocross bike on Saturday at the annual Fred Meyer Safety Fair. Bruce, who is 5 years old, will begin racing this year.

Around the Peninsula
FAS committee to meet in SoldotnaChamber to focus on tourism TuesdayAlliance plans luncheonFree yoga classes offered ThursdayAgrium conducting training exercisesHomer chamber plans mixerFire department plans barbecueMemorial Day ceremony plannedNinilchik ambulance association to host breakfastMediation center to host training sessionsWatershed Forum plans Run for the RiverMasonic golf tournament needs playersPlots still available in community garden

Photo feature: Horsin' around
Roulette Bars, presented by Amber Cabana of Cabana Paint Horses, canters past on Sunday. The Kenai Peninsula's finest studs were shown at the Soldotna Equestrian Association's first peninsulawide Stallion Parade.

Peninsula People
Area student named to college honor rollFormer Soldotna student graduates from UPSArea students graduate from Montana StateNikiski woman earns engineering degreeSkyview student wins Kenai Performers scholarshipKenai woman earns internshipNikiski youth wins Elks scholarship

Community News
Nikiski Lions seek community grouchBoys and Girls Club offers guitar, dance classesUSS Sperry crew seeks shipmates for reunionSoHi class of 1992 plans 10-year reunionHomer Community School offers summer courses

Steps toward future link grad Brieanna Leman to past
Footsteps measuring a lifetime of accomplishments carried Ninilchik High School senior Brieanna Leman onto the stage Sunday afternoon. Within seconds, her hard-earned diploma securely in hand, Leman's high school days were behind her and the future lay ahead.

Grad bounces back from adversity
Exceptional students are often regarded as such for their scholarship or for their service. But what is the catch-all adjective for students who overcome exceptional circumstances to do what so many students take for granted? For Kenai Alternative High School graduate Joel Milette, that descriptive word would be resilient, according to the school secretary, Phyllis Halstead.

Ninilchik students set course to follow dreams
Awash in a sea of blue and gold caps and gowns, speakers at Ninilchik High School's Sunday graduation ceremony took their cue from the class motto, "If you can dream it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it."

Laughter, cheers, tears mark Alternative School ceremony
They didn't have a keynote speaker. They didn't have their valedictorian or salutatorian deliver addresses to the class. They just had fun.

Field filled at Indy, Luyendyk clocks fastest time
INDIANAPOLIS -- Arie Luyendyk led a surprising speed show Sunday that filled a record-setting field for the Indianapolis 500 before rain cut short the last day of qualifying.

Athletics help Lewis make the grade
One of the most compelling arguments for keeping extracurricular activities intact occurred Monday when Skyview's Tony Lewis accepted his diploma.

Colorado stifles Red Wings
DETROIT -- Chris Drury and Patrick Roy did it again. Drury scored his 10th career game-winning goal in the playoffs at 2:17 of overtime Monday night as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 to even the Western Conference finals.

Hurricanes blow away Leafs, tie series
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Niclas Wallin scored 13:42 into overtime Sunday as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in Game 2 to tie the Eastern Conference final.

Montgomerie leads Deutsche after three rounds, edges Woods
HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Tiger Woods shot an 8-under-par 64 Sunday to move within one stroke of leader Colin Montgomerie after three rounds of the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open.

Nets net Game 1 win
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- They ran at every opportunity, scored without much difficulty and never once trailed.

Houston Rockets win NBA draft lottery
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The Houston Rockets took a big man from abroad the last time they had the No. 1 pick. Now they'll have another opportunity.

Smarts and money bring new Crown contender
The history of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown is a testament to the improbable journey.

Lakers can't stomach Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Whether it was food poisoning, fouls or simply bad shooting, the Los Angeles Lakers couldn't summon their customary fourth-quarter magic.

Netherlands blanks U.S. World Cup men's texam
FOXBORO, Mass. -- For 88 minutes, the United States looked like a world-class team. In the other two, the Americans showed the shaky defense that could lead to a quick World Cup exit.

Sports Briefs
Woods wins as Monty self-destructsRamirez due for another X-rayNASCAR opens new training schoolHewitt, Capriati are top seeds at French Open

Price wins Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Nick Price no longer has to doubt himself. He can still win on the PGA Tour, and he can do it in a big way.

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