Saturday, May 27, 2000

Pitkas Point residents file lawsuit against school district
BETHEL (AP) -- Residents of the village of Pitkas Point have filed a lawsuit against the Lower Yukon School District following a fuel spill last month that contaminated the village's water supply.

Valley man convicted on federal laundering charges in drug case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal jury has convicted a Wasilla man of 49 counts of money laundering in what authorities called one of the Mat-Su Valley's most sophisticated indoor marijuana grow operations.

Kenai not planning any tax increases
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai residents won't see any increase in city sales or property taxes in the coming fiscal year, the city mayor said.

Head of Fairbanks Native Association steps down abruptly
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Wes Underwood, the executive director of Fairbanks Native Association, has left the position just over a year after he was hired.

Seized driftnetter leaves Adak port for Unalaska
UNALASKA (AP) -- A Honduran-flagged fishing vessel accused of illegal driftnetting south of the western Aleutians departed the port of Adak for Unalaska Thursday.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber to honor guardAnchor Point sale onNinilchik hosts flea marketMarine barbecue canceledVFW holds Memorial Day ceremonyAnchor Point center welcomes campers Kenai book club to meet TuesdayAVTEC to hold symposium on June 3

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.

Clamming: Dirty work brings rewards
Almost all the razor clams dug in Alaska for personal use come from the 50 miles of Cook Inlet beach between Kasilof and the Anchor River. In recent years, clam diggers have harvested more than 1 million clams annually.

Saltwater: Fishing the briny deep
Saltwater fishing trips combine spectacular scenery with a variety of target species and most often involve a full day of traveling and fishing in open water.

For trout, arctic char, Dolly Varden
This is the recipe I've used over the years for trout, arctic char and Dolly Varden while on fishing trips in the Wood-Tikchik Lake system in Bristol Bay. It works just as well with salmon. Reduce the quantity of ingredients if you use it for the trout (or catch more trout), increase for a bigger fish.

Good recipes begin at water's edge
Catching a salmon, trout or halibut is a thrill -- second only to how good it tastes and how much fun it is to talk about.

Lake fishing offers quiet escape
n There are hundreds of lakes on the Kenai Peninsula. Some, like Jean, Long and Johnson lakes, easily are reached by road. Others only can be reached by hiking, canoe or floatplane.

Derbies add suspense to fishing experience
Simply hooking the big one brings a healthy rush of adrenaline.

Invest time in selecting the right guide
Finding the right fishing guide takes more than luck. Narrow your search by asking questions like these:

Catch and release gives fish a chance
In order to assure future fishing opportunities, all anglers should know and practice sound catch and release techniques.

Kenai River connects peninsula
n Biologists are concerned that development and erosion caused by anglers could lead to declining salmon runs.

Pointers help in salmon search
You don't need to take a college course to learn how to fish for salmon, but you should at least become familiar with the following pointers before you head out to the river.

Pan-fried trout tasty river tradition
EUGENE, Ore. -- McKenzie River guides say the tastiest rainbow trout you'll ever eat are pan-fried over a campfire and served for lunch daily during trout season on the banks of the McKenzie River.

Anglers on marks, set, ready to go when midnight comes
In other parts of the country, midnight madness generally refers to the first day college basketball teams can practice -- programs generally start with an open session to whet the appetite of their hoops-crazed fans.

Photo feature: Salmon galore
Hans Bilben, of Catch Alaska Saltwater Charters, cleans a client's halibut following a successful trip in Cook Inlet off Anchor Point earlier this week.

Officials eye high-volume summer
Though it's still early in the year, experts are predicting a strong tourism season on the Kenai Peninsula. And even though there have been a trickle of mo-tor homes al-ready, the summer crush is ex-pected to be-gin over this long Memo-rial Day weekend.

Access issue dogs CPGH
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley said he is not yet ready to end the contract with the nonprofit corporation that runs the borough-owned hospital in Soldotna.

Ninilchik grads look to future
The motto chosen by Ninilchik School's Class of 2000 focused on the students' transition from familiar to unfamiliar at Sunday's graduation ceremony.

Elementary students now D.A.R.E. aware
Pomp and circumstance wasn't exactly the mood at K-Beach Elementary School's first Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduation ceremonies on Wednesday.

Parks department to begin operation
With little fuss and no discussion, the Soldotna City Council passed the $5.3 million fiscal year 2001 budget at its regular meeting Wednesday night.

Seraphim Ukatish
Nanwalek resident Seraphim "Kulickeq" Timothy Ukatish died Friday, May 12, 2000, at his home in Nanwalek. He was 54.

Critics call ban 'crazy'
WASHINGTON -- Congres-sional critics of a National Park Service plan to ban snowmobile use in most parks blasted the agency Thursday, calling the ban an unjustified move to please environmentalists by further restricting federal land use.

Russian churches are visual treat
The Kenai Peninsula's Russian churches are living testaments of Alaska's rich and colorful past.

Kenai shines as historical center
For thousands of years, people have flocked to the mouth of the Kenai River to harvest the bounty of the sea. Later, people came to harvest the bounty under the ground.

Land, water, art meet in Seward
Seward, a bustling community at the head of Resurrection Bay, serves as district headquarters for Chugach National Forest, gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park and home for a fleet of commercial fishing, recreational and tour boats.

Peninsula's small towns offer diversity
Outside its hub communities, the Kenai Peninsula offers visitors a quirky variety of friendly small town experiences.

Mileage between Peninsula towns
Mileage between primary Peninsula towns.

Information-Assistance
Visitor centers and chambers of commerce have brochures, pamphlets and books on lodging, restaurants, shopping and outdoor activities.

Homer: Where Alaskans go
Great scenery, mild weather and a reputation for creativity have given Homer the dual nicknames of "Alaska's Shangri-La" and "the cosmic hamlet by the sea." The seaside town of about 4,200 is 225 highway miles south of Anchorage.

Keeping it clean
There is no place more beautiful than the Kenai Peninsula. But nothing ruins the scene like stepping from your RV into a pool of trash.

Soldotna: Fishing and fun
While visitors may go to Soldotna for the shopping or fishing opportunities, there is far more to do than just cruise the river and stores.

After the highway, drive the fairways
After a long day of fishing or sightseeing, the Kenai Peninsula offer duffers the chance to stretch their legs on the fairways in Kenai and Soldotna.

Kids can't complain 'there's nothing to do' on Kenai Peninsula
Don't believe your children when they tell you there's nothing to do in the summer here on the Kenai Peninsula. There are many opportunities for children and teens to get out and burn off energy -- indoors and out.

Camping ranges from crowds to quiet
The Kenai Peninsula offers many options for campers from Homer to Seward. Visitors can choose RV parking on the Cook Inlet bluffs, overnight cabins, kayak trips and wilderness backpacking.

Peninsula oilers schedule
The Peninsula Oilers home games are played at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Use caution with campfires
The leading causes of forest fires on the Kenai Peninsula are campfires left unattended and debris burns that get out of hand.

Oilers keep visitors in the swing of things
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. The Oilers

Peninsula hiking trails offer great views
Pick a half-mile stroll to the face of Exit Glacier, a 38-mile trek from Cooper Landing to Hope, or a 2-mile cardiac stress test to the summit of Skyline Trail.

Peninsula events for 2000
Here is a list of the major events on the peninsula for 2000 starting in May and going through December

On the run ...
Salmon won't be the only thing running on the Kenai Peninsula this summer. Residents and visitors also have a number of chances to try their luck at fun runs.

Bikers got it made -- dirt and paved
The Kenai Peninsula offers a wide variety of bicycling, from paved roads to backcountry trails, from easy to difficult. All offer great vistas.

Man who went to jail, gets arrested
A letter I received from a New Hampshire man said he was in

Reactions vary to image on wall
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- When an outer wall at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church is wet, a 15-foot, Christ-like image mysteriously appears.

Religion Briefs
Glazier to speak at Christian centerKenai Aglow plans June 12 meeting

'Religion capital' blessed with tourists
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- As the headquarters of some 80 religious organizations, Colorado Springs is attracting an increasing numbers of visitors who spend millions of dollars to attend spiritual conferences and seminars.

Kenai boys take Chugiak deep into overtime before dropping 3-2 decision
Hey, even Rocky Balboa lost the first time he faced Apollo Creed -- he just wanted to go the distance.

Peninsula looks to snap drought
The Kenai Peninsula will be looking to snap a string of two years without a running title at the Alaska School Activities Association Track and Field Championships today and Saturday at Palmer High School.

ASAA STATE SOCCER TOURNAMENT
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at Skyview High School

Oilers Corner
Oilers Corner

Showing they belong
It was one small loss to Service, one giant step forward for soccer on the Kenai Peninsula.

Avalanche tie series with Stars
DENVER -- Frustrated by outshooting the Dallas Stars 110-56 in the previous three games but having won only once, the Colorado Ava-lanche were desperate for a break.

Pacers pound Knicks
INDIANAPOLIS -- Another unexpected confluence of Patrick Ewing, an injury and a Game 2 in Indiana left the Pacers holding a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

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