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Saturday, May 26, 2001

Inlet spill came from Cross Timbers, Coast Guard says
NIKISKI (AP) -- A Coast Guard lab in Connecticut has determined that oil found floating in Cook Inlet earlier this month came from facilities of the Cross Timbers Operating Co.

Investigators want look at Arctic Rose
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard officer heading the investigation into the deadly sinking of the commercial fishing boat Arctic Rose says he has considered options for getting a glimpse of the doomed boat now resting on the bottom of the Bering Sea.

Natural gas policy council meets in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Williams Gas Pipeline Co. is looking into whether petrochemicals could boost the financial attractiveness of building a natural gas pipeline from Alaska's North Slope.

Governor signs assistant adjutant general bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill creating a new position to aid in establishing and operating space and missile defense programs in Alaska was signed into law Thursday.

Yakutat man missing, feared drowned
YAKUTAT (AP) -- The Coast Guard Thursday suspended the agency's search for a Yakutat man missing and feared drowned.

VECO named Alaska exporter of the year for 2000
JUNEAU (AP) -- An Alaska company that employs 4,500 people, including 2,000 in foreign countries, is Alaska's Exporter of the Year for 2000.

Man to serve 3 years for break-in, assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Yukon man has been sentenced to three years in prison for a pair of break-ins and assaults.

Herring bait shortage plagues frustrates fishermen
JUNEAU (AP) -- A shortage of herring is frustrating Southeast sport fishermen, who rely on the bait to target salmon.

Knowles signs service area bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has signed into law a bill that would prevent local governments from changing the boundaries of road and fire service areas without a vote of the people within them.

Fish and Wildlife Service investigates polar bear hunter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking into a possible case of illegal polar bear hunting near Point Hope earlier this month.

Ketchikan recall vote points to removal of school board members
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Preliminary results from a vote Thursday indicate four of the five Ketchikan School Board members named in a recall petition have been removed from office.

BLM, Division of Emergency Services, offer evacuation rides in Koyukuk
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 30 to 50 people were taking part in a voluntary evacuation of Koyukuk on Friday after flood waters from an ice jam on the Yukon River covered about three-fourths of the community's runway.

Stevens expresses few regrets over loss of chairmanship
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens mourned the loss of his ''beautiful office'' in the Capitol on Thursday but expressed few other regrets over surrendering the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Murkowski thinks natural gas line could boost railroad line
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski, long a promoter of a rail line from Alaska to Canada, thinks a natural gas line to the Lower 48 could make both more economically feasible.

Conference looks at preventing injuries
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Safety advocates from 19 countries were in Anchorage this week to discuss research and programs to promote injury prevention and community wellness.

State board puts pipeline value at $3.017 billion
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The State Assessment Review Board has ruled that the trans-Alaska pipeline system is worth $3.017 billion, almost $1 billion more than what its owners argued the 800-mile pipeline system is worth.

Chartered yacht hits rock in Chatham Strait
JUNEAU (AP) -- No one was injured when a chartered yacht apparently hit a rock and began taking on water early Thursday morning in Chatham Strait.

Station owner defies FCC order to shut down repeaters
KENAI (AP) -- The Federal Communications Commission last week ordered seven radio station repeaters off the air across the Kenai Peninsula and on Kodiak Island. But station owner Dave Becker of Peninsula Communications Inc. in Homer has continued to broadcast.

Intertie appeal settled
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Parties involved in an appeal of the state permits for a Healy-Fairbanks power line have reached a settlement.

Around the Peninsula
Equine dentist to offer seminarCandlelight dinner to benefit gardenMissions garage sale planned in KasilofLions Gun Show coming upDinner, auction to benefit childClass held to discuss weedsSummer clubs plannedRiver festival plannedChamber to present July 4th activities Membership meeting planned

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.

Fish of the week
Joseph and Tempest Miller from Soldotna pose with a 48-pound king salmon caught Tuesday at Eagle Rock on the Kenai River.

Halibut, clams and kings
The biggest crowds in Alaska this weekend will congregate on the lower Kenai Peninsula. The action will center on the clam beaches, the halibut and king salmon in the marine fishery and the midnight king salmon opener on the Ninilchik River.

Road work no problem
Even road builders get a long weekend. While miles and miles of roads on the Kenai Peninsula are under reconstruction this summer, most work will cease come this afternoon to accommodate the expected flood of Memorial Day weekend visitors.

Coast Guard Auxiliary offering boat checks
It's that time of year when eyes light up at the thought of catching monstrous Cook Inlet halibut or salmon. Memorial Day weekend marks the official beginning of the season and a steady line of boat-towing vehicles on the Seward Highway is heading toward favorite launch sites.

New Nikiski grad eyes life outside peninsula
Ella Olsen has lived in Alaska since she was 2. But in a week she will get on a plane and head out for the wider world.

Summer tourism outlook tough to call
The only safe time to predict the strength of summer tourism is after the season, said the owner of North Country Charters in Homer.

Kenai rural analysis names 3 options
The Federal Subsistence Board has postponed considering proposals for subsistence moose hunts and salmon fisheries open to all rural Kenai Peninsula residents until it reconsiders whether the entire peninsula is rural.

Walter Emerick
Longtime Soldotna resident Walter Emerick died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at his residence in Soldotna of natural causes while working in his garden. He was 76.

Mary Agnes Mahan
Soldotna resident Mary Agnes Mahan died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at her home off Mackey Lake Road. She was 82.

Playing it safe can make summer fun even more enjoyable
School's out. A long three-day weekend beckons. Moose and caribou have begun calving. Fishing for kings in Ninilchik River, Anchor River and Deep Creek opens this weekend. Road construction is under way. Traffic congestion grows a little more each day.

Unity Trail connecting Kenai, Soldotna should be completed as proposed
It was early in the morning when I decided to try crossing the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge on foot. I wanted to walk the highway to it over the Kenai River flats. At 6:30 a.m., my breath vaporized into the starchy morning sunlight.

Letters to the Editor
Don't people know importance of Memorial Day observances?

Photographer aims to keep the 'wild' in wildlife
Wildlife is the subject. Understanding wildlife is the message.

Tips for nonintrusive wildlife photography
During a year, John Toppenberg estimates he takes 2,000 wildlife photographs.

Preserving the peninsula's pristine views
Keeping the Alaska terrain beautiful is simple. The Kenai Peninsula has many sites to dump trash, recycle products and RV dumping stations. Please, use them.

Cook Inlet's west side tells another sotry
If going remote is the goal, try the west side of Cook Inlet. A 30-minute flight or a short boat ride leads to a wilderness area nestled at the base of two active volcanoes -- Iliamna and Redoubt. Bear, fish, fowl and a backdrop of spectacular scenery await those ready to escape.

Senior centers offer activities for visitors
Traveling senior citizens are welcome to stop by one of the seven senior centers on the Kenai Peninsula for lunch or a visit.

Kenai Peninsula Facts
n Size of the Kenai Peninsula in square miles: 25,600, of that only 15,600 is land.

Kenai harbors historic beginnings
Salmon fishing, oil exploration and tourism all coexist within the confines of the city of Kenai, population 6,942. It is the peninsula's historic, industrial and transportation hub.

Scenery, spit spark allure of visitors to Homer
Visitors crest the hill at the south end of the Sterling Highway and say, "Wow."

Peninsula's small towns offer rustic charms
For a glimpse of old-time Alaska, check out the colorful little towns on the Kenai Peninsula.

Seward offers sea, mountains, Alaskana
Seward, only three hours from Anchorage, is a picturesque town of 2,830 at the head of Resurrection Bay.

Soldotna: Crossroads of peninsula
A river runs through it -- Soldotna, that is.

Russian Orthodox churches draw crowds
Providing a link to the past, capturing the attention of innumerable artists and serving the needs of the faithful are the Kenai Peninsula's Russian Orthodox churches.

Following creed makes fishing enjoyable
Besides fishing according to the regulations, responsible anglers have a personal code of ethics, an "angler's creed."

Kenai River: Heart of peninsula
If the central Kenai Peninsula is the heart of the peninsula, the gray-green Kenai River is its lifeblood.

Saltwater: Fine fishing for those with sea legs
If the smell of the sea, the cry of gulls and the thought of big fish gets your heart pumping, consider saltwater fishing.

Tips for beginners: Wait, watch, learn
The following tips should take some of the frustration out of catching that first sal-mon.

Low clammng tides make pickings easier
The best time to go clamming is on the extreme low tides that occur regularly on the east side of Cook Inlet.

Ask questions when taking a charter
If you're shopping for a fishing charter on the Kenai Peninsula, it's a buyer's market. The charter industry has boomed in recent years. The competition has kept rates low and the quality of service high. Boats are safer, faster and more comfortable. Never have the choices been so varied and numerous. With so many, it pays to shop and ask questions.

Big fish abound: Here lurk leviathans
Some humongous fish roam Kenai Peninsula waters, and "the big one got away" stories suggest that the biggest ones are yet to be caught.

Peninsula's west side ideal for clamming
The west coast of the Kenai Peninsula is ground-zero for clammers in the summer. While the king clam, the razor, can be taken year-round, most people prefer the relative comfort of summertime clamming.

Ask questions when taking a charter
If you're shopping for a fishing charter on the Kenai Peninsula, it's a buyer's market. The charter industry has boomed in recent years. The competition has kept rates low and the quality of service high. Boats are safer, faster and more comfortable. Never have the choices been so varied and numerous. With so many, it pays to shop and ask questions.

Big fish abound: Here lurk leviathans
Some humongous fish roam Kenai Peninsula waters, and "the big one got away" stories suggest that the biggest ones are yet to be caught.

Kenai River: The heart of the peninsula
If the central Kenai Peninsula is the heart of the peninsula, the gray-green Kenai River is its lifeblood.

Tips for beginners: Wait, watch, learn
The following tips should take some of the frustration out of catching that first salmon.

Saltwater: Fine fishing for those with sea legs
If the smell of the sea, the cry of gulls and the thought of big fish gets your heart pumping, consider saltwater fishing.

Following creed makes fishing enjoyable
Besides fishing according to the regulations, responsible anglers have a personal code of ethics, an "angler's creed."

Peninsula's west side ideal for clamming
The west coast of the Kenai Peninsula is ground-zero for clammers in the summer. While the king clam, the razor, can be taken year-round, most people prefer the relative comfort of summertime clamming.

Kenai River: The heart of the peninsula
If the central Kenai Peninsula is the heart of the peninsula, the gray-green Kenai River is its lifeblood.

Take a walk on the wild(life) side
The Kenai Peninsula is home to enough wildlife to make everyone smile, from the most ardent photographer to the carload of people casually cruising the peninsula's highways and byways, enjoying whatever comes along.

Peninsula's small towns offer rustic charms
For a glimpse of old-time Alaska, check out the colorful little towns on the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai Peninsula Facts
Trivia and other important information

Senior centers offer activities for visitors
Traveling senior citizens are welcome to stop by one of the seven senior centers on the Kenai Peninsula for lunch or a visit.

Scenery, spit spark allure of visitors to Homer
Visitors crest the hill at the south end of the Sterling Highway and say, "Wow."

Preserving the peninsula's pristine views
Keeping the Alaska terrain beautiful is simple. The Kenai Peninsula has many sites to dump trash, recycle products and RV dumping stations. Please, use them.

Kenai harbors historic beginnings
Salmon fishing, oil exploration and tourism all coexist within the confines of the city of Kenai, population 6,942. It is the peninsula's historic, industrial and transportation hub.

Cook Inlet's west side tells another story
If going remote is the goal, try the west side of Cook Inlet. A 30-minute flight or a short boat ride leads to a wilderness area nestled at the base of two active volcanoes -- Iliamna and Redoubt. Bear, fish, fowl and a backdrop of spectacular scenery await those ready to escape.

Soldotna: Crossroads of the peninsula
A river runs through it -- Soldotna, that is. Bisected by the glacier-fed waters of the majestic Kenai River, Soldotna is the crossroads of the Kenai Peninsula. A right turn as you enter downtown will lead you to the historic city of Kenai; drive through Soldotna, and you're soon on your way to the scenic south peninsula.

Peninsula's small towns offer rustic charms
For a glimpse of old-time Alaska, check out the colorful little towns on the Kenai Peninsula.

Seward offers sea, mountains, Alaskana
Seward, only three hours from Anchorage, is a picturesque town of 2,830 at the head of Resurrection Bay.

Russian Orthodox churches draw crowds
Providing a link to the past, capturing the attention of innumerable artists and serving the needs of the faithful are the Kenai Peninsula's Russian Orthodox churches.

Campsites plentiful on peninsula
For camping enthusiasts, the Kenai Peninsula is a virtual playground from Seward to Homer.

Peninsula Oilers swing into summer
There's a diamond carved into the rough of the Kenai Peninsula -- it's called Coral Seymour Memorial Park, and it's home to the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League.

Volcanoes: Danger lurks across the inlet
Cook Inlet's volcanoes look serene and majestic, but beneath their icy mantles burn hearts of fire. Although they are quiet now, they could erupt at any time.

Slide on in to North Kenai rec area
A short drive off the Kenai Spur Highway at Mile 23.4 is where you'll find the North Peninsula Recreation Area. The indoor pool and surrounding trails are off the beaten path and a wonderful stop for those on their way to the Captain Cook State Recreation Area.

Fun, adventure wait at the end of the road
One of the nice things about being close to the end of the road is you don't have to go too far to get off the beaten path.

Kenai refuge is heart of western peninsula
It hardly matters whether you are after fish, hiking, berries or caribou. You will find them all on the 1.9-million-acre Kenai National Wild-life Refuge, which reaches from Turnagain Arm to Sol-dotna, Skilak and Tustumena lakes and the mountains south of Kachemak Bay.

View from a different seat: Pedal the peninsula
Kenai Peninsula bicycling ranges from mountain trails to rural roads with striking views. For a back-country ride, pick a trail in Chugach National Forest:

All peninsula paths lead to scenery
Kenai Peninsula hikes range from a quiet stroll on the beach to the arduous climb to a mountain top, from the wheelchair accessible Russian Lakes Trail to the wilderness of Kenai Fjords National Park.

Take a walk on the wild(life) side
The Kenai Peninsula is home to enough wildlife to make everyone smile, from the most ardent photographer to the carload of people casually cruising the peninsula's highways and byways, enjoying whatever comes along.

After fishing, take a long drive -- down peninsula fairways
After fishing for silvers and kings on the Kenai River, Alaska's long summer days still afford plenty of light for hunting birdies and eagles on the golf course.

Activities keep visitors busy year-round
There's no end to the activities that await you on the peninsula

Race drivers make tracks on 2 courses
Opportunities for motor sports enthusiasts continue to grow on the central Kenai Peninsula on two different tracks.

Fun, adventure wait at the end of the road
One of the nice things about being close to the end of the road is you don't have to go too far to get off the beaten path.

Activities keep visitors busy year-round
This is a list of all kinds of activities throughout the peninsula throughout the year.

Volcanoes: Danger lurks across the inlet
Cook Inlet's volcanoes look serene and majestic, but beneath their icy mantles burn hearts of fire. Although they are quiet now, they could erupt at any time.

Kenai refuge is heart of western peninsula
It hardly matters whether you are after fish, hiking, berries or caribou. You will find them all on the 1.9-million-acre Kenai National Wild-life Refuge, which reaches from Turnagain Arm to Sol-dotna, Skilak and Tustumena lakes and the mountains south of Kachemak Bay

After fishing, take a long drive -- down peninsula fairways
After fishing for silvers and kings on the Kenai River, Alaska's long summer days still afford plenty of light for hunting birdies and eagles on the golf course.

Take a walk on the wild(life) side
The Kenai Peninsula is home to enough wildlife to make everyone smile, from the most ardent photographer to the carload of people casually cruising the peninsula's highways and byways, enjoying whatever comes along.

View from a different seat: Pedal the peninsula
Kenai Peninsula bicycling ranges from mountain trails to rural roads with striking views.

Slide on in to North Kenai rec area
A short drive off the Kenai Spur Highway at Mile 23.4 is where you'll find the North Peninsula Recreation Area. The indoor pool and surrounding trails are off the beaten path and a wonderful stop for those on their way to the Captain Cook State Recreation Area.

All peninsula paths lead to scenery
Kenai Peninsula hikes range from a quiet stroll on the beach to the arduous climb to a mountain top, from the wheelchair accessible Russian Lakes Trail to the wilderness of Kenai Fjords National Park.

Campsites plentiful on peninsula
For camping enthusiasts, the Kenai Peninsula is a virtual playground from Seward to Homer.

Race drivers make tracks on 2 courses
Opportunities for motor sports enthusiasts continue to grow on the central Kenai Peninsula on two different tracks.

Peninsula Oilers swing into summer
There's a diamond carved into the rough of the Kenai Peninsula -- it's called Coral Seymour Memorial Park, and it's home to the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League.

Syria's top Muslim attacks the West after Assad's Jewish remarks
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's government-appointed Muslim leader, Sheik Ahmad Kiftaro, has defended President Bashar Assad's remarks on Jews during Pope John Paul II's visit, calling Western criticisms ''an echo of the Zionist hatred of the Arabs.''

Federal appeals court affirms graduation prayer decision
ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal appeals court has again ruled that public school students in a Florida county may choose a class member to give a prayer or personal message at high school graduations.

Alaskans represent world unity on Mount Carmel
On Tuesday, 19 Alaskans joined some 4,500 people from more than 200 countries and territories at the foot of Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. The representation includes a wide ethnic and indigenous selection, including a number of youths.

Buddhist monk vows to fight Vietnam travel ban
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- A dissident Vietnamese Buddhist monk vows to defy travel restrictions next month despite government threats, according to his outlawed religious body.

Conservative Pennsylvania parish quits Episcopal Church
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A conservative parish has left the Episcopal Church over its tolerance of same-sex unions and ordination of women and gays.

Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox to honor Armenians' 1,700th anniversary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Council of Churches and National Conference of Catholic Bishops will sponsor an unusual joint prayer service on Wednesday to mark the 1,700th anniversary of Armenian Christianity.

Appointment of new Venezuelan cardinal sends message to government
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Church and President Hugo Chavez each fight for Venezuela's poor. But they have clashed in the process, and don't expect the church to back down from its confrontations with the leftist leader.

Church approves health aid for domestic partners
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The 831,000-member Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has become one of the first mainline Protestant denominations to authorize medical coverage for domestic partners of unmarried employees.

Religion Briefs
Area resident raises funds for causeChoir members wanted for musicalSoldotna Day Aglow sponsors day for womenVisiting evangelist to be featured in Soldotna revival

University caters to Mormon students on East Coast
BUENA VISTA, Va. (AP) -- Most people could probably list all the Mormon schools they know on one finger: Brigham Young University. But a small institution in Virginia hopes to change that.

Leaders from multiple faiths join to criticize U.S. energy plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thirty-nine Protestant, Orthodox and Jewish leaders attacked U.S. policies that rely on fossil fuels and nuclear power, an implicit criticism of President Bush's energy plan.

No smoking in Victory Lane
Until now, it was easy to choose sides any time anybody in sports battled Big Tobacco.

Athletes ready for live competition
The only thing a lot of Alaska's elite track and field athletes have to compete against all year is a stopwatch or a measuring tape.

Allen has answer for Iverson in Bucks win
PHILADELPHIA -- Ray Allen was masterful. Allen Iverson was miserable.

East nets match-winner with fluky goal to advance past Kenai girls
ANCHORAGE -- Unfortunately for the Kenai Central girls, in soccer the proof is in the put-in.

Kards trumped in first round. Kenai boys give up two early goals in opener with Dimond
ANCHORAGE -- The Kenai Central boys soccer team had the same exact problem that the game balls did Thursday -- they started the game out a little flat.

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