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Sunday, May 27, 2001

Kenai businesses give mixed reports on early bookings
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula businesses are giving mixed reports on early bookings for the summer tourist season.

Man missing and presumed drowned in Chena River boating mishap
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man is missing and presumed drowned after falling overboard while boating on the Chena River.

Two people receive treatment for suspected shellfish poisoning
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two people who collected clams near Juneau have been treated for suspected paralytic shellfish poisoning, state officials said Friday.

Bystander files suit in Fairbanks massage parlor shooting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A bystander hit by a bullet in a self-defense shooting at a massage parlor has filed suit against the business, its managers, and the estate of a man killed in the same incident.

Many students still struggling with high school exam
JUNEAU (AP) -- Education officials say the latest results from the state high school graduation exam confirm what they already knew: Students and schools need more time before the test is used to deny a diploma.

Worker dies in industrial accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kenai man died Friday night after he was hit by equipment on a drilling rig.

Court says legal aliens entitled to permanent fund dividends
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Immigrant Alaskans who are in the United States legally may be entitled to an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend if they plan to remain here indefinitely and meet all the other requirements for the annual payout.

Water still rising in Koyukuk
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An ice jam on the Yukon River has caused flooding that covers 95 percent of the runway at Koyukuk and emergency services workers are monitoring the rising waters.

VECO named Alaska Exporter of the Year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- VECO has been named Alaska's Exporter of the Year for the year 2000.

Freighter stuck in ice declines assistance
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Representatives of a Korean freezer cargo ship stuck in ice in the Bering Sea requested U.S. Coast Guard assistance Friday morning, but crew members on board declined help after rescue aircraft arrived on the scene.

Former Ruby pastor sentenced for fleeing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Ruby pastor was sentenced to a year and a half in jail for attempting to evade prosecution by moving to Canada.

Senate shift may mean less momentum for missile defense
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- While the state readies for the proposed National Missile Defense System, leading skeptics of the missile shield are primed to take over influential positions in Congress.

Remains being prepared for Nulato repatriation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- As Larry Esmailka held a piece of white satin, Shirley Stickman cut it to fit inside a tiny, wooden casket.

Legislators held back on gas pipeline incentives
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles kicked off this year's legislative session seeking $4 million to get a jump on permitting a proposed North Slope gas pipeline project and seeking authority to negotiate a tax deal to help get the project off the ground.

First Condor flight lands in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first Condor Flugdienst flight from Germany landed in Fairbanks where excited relatives waited to hug family members.

Mine owners sue former employees
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Owners of a Cantwell-area gold mine have sued two ex-employees, charging them with embezzling thousands of dollars of gold and equipment from the mine during the summer 2000 mining season.

NOAA research vessel begins third leg of science voyage
KODIAK (AP) -- The largest ship in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's oceangoing research fleet stopped in Kodiak last week to change research crews for the third and final leg of its voyage.

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
LIO closed Monday Social Security to be discussed at chamber meeting WRCC to hold meeting Raft down the Kenai RiverWeight restrictions liftedBrain walk planned for June 9 Library sponsors summer reading programKenai Fine Arts Center is accepting artworkRegister a team for the Relay for LifeMeditation seminar offeredEnvironmental workshop for teachers offered Workshop for small-business owners scheduled Watch for sampling devices when out boating

Diggin' it!
In the land where salmon is king and halibut break the scales, there are razor clams. These long-necked beauties have dug their way into the hearts and up to the tables of locals and left an impression on those who visit the shores of Cook Inlet.

Holiday marked in Kenai
This weekend heralds the traditional beginning of summer -- a three-day break from the work week during which family and friends gather together.

Ninilchik pancake breakfast brings in faithful patrons while raising funds for ambulance association
NINILCHIK -- There's fish in the inlet, salmon in the river and clams on the beach. And for all those empty tummies and rain-dampened spirits, there's also hot breakfast.

Man dead after gas field accident
A gas field worker died Friday evening after being struck in the head by equipment on a drilling rig.

All geared up for summer
Siobhano O-Keefe of Anchorage, at right, tries unsuccessfully to catch a king salmon on the Kasilof River near the Sterling Highway bridge Saturday morning.

Dental crisis looms
Low-income families face a crisis in getting dental care, warned dentists and others Tuesday at a meeting on community dental health.

Working dogs strut stuff at herding clinic
FAIRBANKS -- In a big field off Chena Hot Springs Road, dogs sprawl at their masters' feet, eyes focused intently on sheep running in the distance. Waiting their turn to round up the animals, the dogs seem to plead, ''Let me work too. I want a turn at that.''

Memorial Day, and all it stands for, should never be taken lightly
Three unrelated events of last week provide a powerful message as the United States prepares to honor its war dead on Monday.

Letters to the Editor
Board policy protects predators at the expense of ecosystem Alaska fishers should tell president what's wrong with farm-raised fish One-third of one's labor should be sufficient to feed government

Cleaning up the neighborhood
Now that the snow's gone, we're left to confront our trashy habits. The shoulders of our roads reveal the litter accumulated over the winter months

Naomi L. Spady and Brandon R. Fulp
Spady, Fulp to wed in June

Denny, Morgan exchange vows in Anchorage
Denny, Morgan exchange vows in Anchorage

Elsa Dye and Clifford Anthony Morgan
Dye, Morgan marry in Utah

My Best Friend
Ethel Riley of Soldotna said her daughter's black Labrador retriever Gretel has no problem filling her husband's side of the bed when he's not around. In fact, you might say Gretel is living the life of Riley!

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 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."

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

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.

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.

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Kenai Peninsula Facts
Trivia and other important information

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. For a back-country ride, pick a trail in Chugach National Forest:

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.

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.

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
There's no end to the activities that await you on the peninsula

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Right on track
PALMER -- After winning no more than two events at the state track and field meet in the last three years, Kenai Peninsula athletes broke through for six state titles Friday and Saturday at Palmer High School.

Kenai girls come up short in state fourth-place game
ANCHORAGE -- In under two months, the Kenai Central girls went from a side that defeated Region III doormat Houston by one goal to a unit that gave Colony all it could handle in the fourth-place game at the state soccer tournament Saturday at Dimond High School.

Kenai boys ousted by Colony
ANCHORAGE -- It took the Colony boys soccer team a long time to get Kenai Central's number this year, but when the Knights finally got it Friday they didn't hesitate to dial it again and again and again.

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