Monday, May 28, 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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 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.

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.

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