Tuesday, May 22, 2001

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.

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.

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

Board approves wolf control, protection measures
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game approved an increase in a buffer zone to protect wolves that stray from Denali National Park and Preserve.

Census shows Alaska becoming more like the rest of U.S.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The latest census figures confirm what Alaska women already know.

Stevens says erosion may force villages to move
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Large sums of money might be needed to deal with rising water and erosion at several Arctic villages, including the possibility of moving the villages inland, U.S. Sen. Ted. Stevens said Monday.

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.

Stebbins gets $1 million grant to help diversify economy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal Economic Development Administration is issuing a $1 million grant to the local Native association in the village of Stebbins.

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.

Man pleads not guilty to murder in DWI death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man charged with murder, manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in connection with a vehicle accident that killed a 16-year-old girl pleaded innocent Monday in Anchorage Superior Court.

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.

Rain, cool temperatures dampen start of Interior fire season
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Interior is seeing a slow start to the fire season, due to cool temperatures and rain.

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

Spill empties 5,000-gallon tank at Aleknagik
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A spill at a marina in Aleknagik has emptied a storage tank filled with an estimate 5,000 gallons of gasoline, according to state environmental officials.

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.

Michigan twins plead innocent to airplane charges
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Aspiring twin models from Michigan have pleaded innocent to federal charges of disrupting a flight headed for Shanghai.

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.

Anchorage boy shot in neck, another boy arrested
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 12-year-old boy was shot in the neck Sunday night and a 13-year-old boy was being held in the shooting, Anchorage police said. An an adult was also arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in the case.

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.

Phillips hopes for second Alpine in NPR-A
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co. has struck oil on five of six wells drilled in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, and geologists believe the wells have hit three separate accumulations of oil and gas.

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.

Cross Timbers works on pipe problem
KENAI (AP) -- Cross Timbers Oil Co. this weekend completed a temporary system to collect oil and contaminated produced water that was leaking from an eroded outfall pipe in Nikiski.

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.

Report finds Alaska's children faring better With BC-Children's Health
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's children are faring better than many kids living in other states, according to a report on the health of America's children.

Snowmobile ban being reconsidered in Western parks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is weighing a proposal from snowmobile manufacturers that could eventually result in lifting the ban on snowmobiling at several Western national parks.

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.

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
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

Aurora Gas finds niche in Cook Inlet
Ever since oil and gas was discovered in the Cook Inlet, it has taken the financial might of a major corporation to develop and profit in Alaska's oil and gas industry, but today Alaska seems to be offering opportunities for new and smaller independent companies.

Each year in Alaska we have a large number of injuries by people snagging themselves or others with

The mother of all potholes makes Mother's Day surprise
A beautiful spring day in May made for a perfect Mother's Day last week.

Special Olmpics benefit from Strawberry Social
Thanks to those strawberry loving seniors in Soldotna, some $2,200 was raised to help send Central Peninsula Special Olympic athletes to the Alaska Summer Games in Anchorage.

Local Voice of Democracy winners Sweep State honors
It's a long way to the top, for students who enter the VFW Voice of Democracy (VOD) and Youth Essay scholarship programs.

Movie review

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.

Bill could bring bucks
A bill before Congress could net communities from Cooper Land-ing to Girdwood up to $1 million per year to preserve and interpret historical routes used by Natives, prospectors and pioneers.

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

Modest star promotes constructive involvement
Tonight, one of Soldotna High School's movers and shakers will be moving on.

Small CIA class filled with big dreams
Family, friends and fellow students gathered Sunday afternoon for the commencement ceremony at Cook Inlet Academy in the CIA Memorial Gymnasium.

Ninilchik seniors bring high school to a close
Applause and the whoops and hollers of families and friends provided a thunderous background Sunday afternoon as Ninilchik High School's graduating seniors brought their high school years to a close.

Cross Timbers continues cleanup
A temporary outfall line and oil recovery system were installed over the weekend in Nikiski at the site of a Cross Timbers produced- water spill which was contaminated with an unknown amount of crude oil.

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

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.

Brief interruption: Photo Feature
A sandhill crane looks into the setting sun for danger before lowering its head to continue feeding on shoots in a soggy clearing near the Kenai Spur Highway last week.

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

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

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.

Walter J. Covich
Longtime Alaska resident Walter J. Covich died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 83.

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

Charles 'Charlie' Lincoln Parker
Soldotna resident Charles 'Charlie' Lincoln Parker died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Harold Jackson
Soldotna resident Harold Jackson died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 71.

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.

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

Alaska ranks dead last among 50 states in its per capita 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.

Legislators address critical issues
There were many issues addressed during the 2001 legislative session. Education, public safety, the permanent fund dividend program, medical care, senior citizen care and funding for many important programs were only a few.

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

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

Community news
Various peninsula organizations receive donationsNominations sought for farm family

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.

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

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.

Senior Menus
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Senior Briefs
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Spelling it out
Dolly Ditlow, 92, thinks about the word she must spell recently, as Newaygo Medical Care Facility activities assistant Charlie Thomas, foreground, puts the word into a sentence for her.

Lakers put Spurs in giant hole
SAN ANTONIO -- Seventeen-and-oh my! Can anybody beat these guys?

Rice: A staple item for any sports team
Spending a few minutes talking with Chris Rice is easy -- the Skyview senior is more than happy to chat with anybody about anything at any time.

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.

Sakic's overtime goal pushes Avalanche past St. Louis
DENVER -- Wearing the black "16W" cap that represents his career-long mission, Ray Bourque playfully put teammate Joe Sakic in a headlock that signified gratitude as much as relief.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions hold first points race Jury rejects Oakland Raiders' lawsuit against NFL Report: Laviolette to become next Islanders coach

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.

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.

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