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Monday, May 27, 2002

State announces opening for Chitina dipnetting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fishermen will get their first chance to dipnet for salmon in the Copper River at Chitina on June 7, the Department of Fish and Game has announced.

Volcanic ash poses threat to airplanes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For five long minutes on Dec. 15, 1989, the 231 passengers and crew aboard KLM flight 867 didn't know if they would live or die.

Kasilof man sinks his teeth into new fish dogs
KASILOF (AP) -- Coming soon to a ballpark near you: dogfish dogs?

Wasilla woman dies in accident with splitter
WASILLA (AP) -- A 73-year-old Wasilla woman died Saturday on her family homestead when her glove apparently got caught in a log-splitting machine, Alaska State Troopers reported.

Supreme Court upholds redistricting plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday swiftly rejected the final challenges to the redistricting plan for the Alaska Legislature, issuing a unanimous order affirming the map just hours after oral arguments.

Fire near Chena Hot Springs threatens road.
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Firefighters were battling Saturday to keep a fire north of Chena Hot Springs Road from crossing that road into a stand of white spruce, according to the Division of Forestry.

Warnings as fires burn near Kalskag, McGrath, Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Southcentral fire officials called a press conference Thursday to make sure Anchorage-area campers don't celebrate the holiday with a major wildfire.

Anchorage man drowns in lake near Houston
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man drowned early Saturday in Prator Lake near Houston, Alaska State Troopers reported.

Scientists head for spring rendezvous with walruses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scientists are hoping to find a few carcasses during their trek this week to Round Island off Alaska's coast, where walruses spend the summer eating, belching and male bonding.

Pair plead innocent to damaging 180 vehicles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men accused of vandalizing 180 vehicles across Anchorage in February pleaded innocent to criminal mischief charges Friday.

Blaze roars near Chena Hot Springs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Some residents near the end of Chena Hot Springs Road were evacuated after a wildfire there blossomed to about 3,000 acres, fire authorities reported Friday, as dozens of firefighters worked to contain the spreading flames. One cabin was destroyed.

Fairbanks pollen counts set record
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Interior has had some gorgeous spring weather this year, but Fairbanksans who suffer from allergies probably haven't been enjoying it.

Congressman says Alaska whale hunts will continue despite ban
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Eskimo subsistence hunters who depend on bowhead whales will not be stopped by the International Whaling Commission's decision to ban the hunts, according to Alaska's only congressman.

Rookie firefighters get quick initiation to rigors of job
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Ken Schnekenburger was finding out fast that fighting forest fires was not as easy as he thought it would be.

Knowles plans interim members of major boards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has no intention of allowing the state Board of Fisheries to finish out the year with only four of seven seats filled, his spokesman said Thursday.

Leaky Fort Greely barrels not weapon material
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says 24 leaky World War II-era barrels unearthed at Fort Greely last month apparently contained nothing more exotic than weathered sulfuric acid, not a chemical warfare agent.

Alyeska lands U.S. championships
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The next wave of American ski champions will be crowned on the slopes of Mount Alyeska.

Appeals court throws out cocaine conviction over illegal search
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Court of Appeals has overturned a 1999 cocaine conviction of a Fairbanks man, ruling that the police conducted an illegal search when they checked a FedEx package addressed to Sam W. McGee with a device that can detect minute traces of drugs

Bonds outdone by Schumpert's three-run shot
DENVER -- Barry Bonds hit his 584th home run to pass Mark McGwire for fifth place on the career list, but Terry Shumpert's three-run shot lifted the Colorado Rockies over the San Francisco Giants 6-3 Saturday.

Yankees get one back from Red Sox
BOSTON -- Ramiro Mendoza relieved a struggling David Wells and retired 10 of 11 batters to help the New York Yankees hold off the Boston Red Sox 3-2 Saturday.

Gordon looks to end drought at Coca-Cola 600
CONCORD, N.C. -- Huddled in the back of the No. 24 hauler, the braintrust of Jeff Gordon's race team pored over pages and pages of notes Saturday looking for directions to victory lane.

Father, son turn cemetery cleanup into family affair
When a job needs to be done, some people may ignore it, figure it's not their responsibility and leave it for someone else to do. Other people take it upon themselves to do the work, no matter how arduous, without being asked, compensated or praised for doing it. They do it simply because it needs to be done. Frank Getty and his son, Greg, of Kenai, are two of those people.

Council OKs city budget
"I want to thank the council for all the hard work you've done in getting this budget together. Now it gets to be administered, which is also a huge task," said Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey Wednesday night, following the unanimous passage of the city's fiscal year 2002-03 budget by the city council.

Army Corps of Engineers rep brings message to Kenai chamber
It's better to know the rules in advance than to break them and pay the penalty.

Danny Robert Dally Sr.
Danny Robert Dally Sr. of Filer, Idaho, died Thursday, May 23, 2002, at Bannock Regional Hospital in Pocatello, Idaho, following a sudden illness. He was 58.

Alta Mae "Georgia" Baker McConnell Bruce
Alta Mae "Georgia" Bruce, a resident of Kenai and Seward, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002, in Oshkosh, Wis. She was 70.

John F. McFarland
Funny River resident John F. McFarland died Friday, May 24, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital of natural causes after a relentless struggle with Alzheimer's. He was 90.

John Edward Pierson
John Edward Pierson, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Thursday, May 23, 2002, surrounded by his family. He was 77.

Oilers complete coaching staff
The Peninsula Oilers have completed their coaching staff with the signing of University of Cincinnati assistant coach Kyle DiEduardo as the team's pitching coach.

Murkowski pays tribute to veterans
Editor's Note: The following letter was written to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10046 in Soldotna and submitted for publication in honor of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day time to honor community's unsung heroes
According to the Encyclopedia Americana, "The custom of placing flowers on the graves of war dead began on May 5, 1866, in Waterloo, New York, and Waterloo has been recognized by Congress as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. After World War I, the day was set aside to honor the dead of all American wars, and the custom has been extended to pay homage to deceased relatives and friends, both military and civilian."

Holiday weekend, first and foremost, about remembering
In Flanders fields, the poppies blow

It's easy to miss present pleasures when we want to know what lies ahead
In a few weeks, I mark the unceremonious passing of a significant decade of my life. With this next, impending birthday, I will transition from my 20s, an era I had always associated with carefree good times and non-stop fun.

Pressure canner dial gauge testing available
It's time to tune up your pressure canner for the canning season. To assure home canned food is safely processed it is essential to check pressure canner dial gauges annually for accuracy. It is important to have the gauge checked just in case it was bumped during storage or in the canning process. Moisture also can be a problem for dial gauges.

A look into the past: Tethered moose
Here, a bridled moose is tethered to a barn near the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai. The photo was taken sometime between 1903 and 1906 that is part of the Cordelia Noble Collection in

My Best Friend
Gage Owen Dewitt of Kenai cuddles up to his pal Kuma. Sadly, Kuma was hit by a car in March.

Shore tours on Alaska's Inside Passage allow closer perspective
JUNEAU -- Minutes after leaving the dock in Auke Bay, the Cape Aialik's engines slowed. The captain maneuvered the 70-foot catamaran closer to the rock-strewn shore.

Soldotna couple keeps patriotism alive and well on Kenai Peninsula
Memorial Day, for many on the Kenai Peninsula, is the start of the summer season. It is a day to think about tourists, fishing and the end of school.

USOC president resigns
DENVER (AP) -- U.S. Olympic Committee president Sandra Baldwin didn't wait long to resign after admitting that she lied about her academic credentials.

For U.S., 2002 bound to be better than 1998
SEOUL, South Korea -- They can't finish any lower this time. Going into the 1998 World Cup, some players on the U.S. soccer team doubted they could advance to the second round for the second straight time. They were right, but they didn't just flop, they finished last in the 32-nation field, whining about their coach and playing terribly.

Mariners fall short against Mustangs
The Homer High School girls soccer team was nine minutes away from overtime against Chugiak in Friday's fourth-place semifinal match at the Alaska School Activities Association State Soccer Championships at Wasilla.

Peninsula teams out of tourney
Decked out in an Ozzy Osbourne headband and an "Ozzy Rules" T-shirt, Colony boys soccer coach Jeremy Johnson looks like the type of guy who's used to seeing beauty come out of madness.

Quartet of peninsula athletes make off with state track and field titles
The results for Soldotna senior Janna Schaafsma and Nikiski senior Josh Reilly were the same. The styles couldn't have been more different.

State tourney win eludes Kardinals
The Kenai Central boys soccer team still hasn't found a win at the state soccer tournament, but the Kardinals are getting warmer.

Agassi looks strong as ever; Capriati eyes repeat at 2002 French Open
PARIS -- ''Conventional'' probably isn't the first word you would choose to describe Andre Agassi.

Avalanche level series with Red Wings
DENVER -- After squandering seven leads against Detroit, the Colorado Avalanche were finally able to build on one.

Tway takes Memorial lead
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Tiger Woods was nowhere to be found the last time Bob Tway won the Memorial Tournament. That appears to be the case this year, too.

Celtics stage miracle vs. Nets
BOSTON -- When the final buzzer sounded and the miracle was complete, the Boston Celtics celebrated like it was the end of Game 7 instead of Game 3.

Lakers fall flat in Game 3
LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal didn't accuse anyone of flopping in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals -- a good thing since it was the Los Angeles Lakers' big man and his teammates who fell flat.

Mathis on verge of becoming World Cup star
SEOUL, South Korea -- Clint Mathis dropped to the ground last June 5 and screamed: ''I've torn my ACL!''

Scientists head for spring rendezvous with walruses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scientists are hoping to find a few carcasses during their trek this week to Round Island off Alaska's coast, where walruses spend the summer eating, belching and male bonding.

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