Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Military surplus sales go online
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Do you need 77 pairs of bunny boots in assorted sizes? Or perhaps some church altar hangings or brass ecclesiastical candlesticks?

European group, helicopter rescue unconscious McKinley climber
TALKEETNA (AP) -- A Massachusetts solo climber was rescued Monday on Mount McKinley after European climbers found him unconscious at the 19,500-foot level.

New budget expected to cut down on road maintenance
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaskans are facing a bumpy ride under the new state road budget that transportation officials say is short on funds needed for maintenance.

Fairbanks man charged in methamphetamine lab seizure
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man on probation for manufacturing methamphetamine was arrested last week after drug agents found him in possession of 1,530 tablets of Sudafed, a cold remedy, and other materials used for manufacturing the illegal drug.

May 23, 2002 The Peninsula Clarion questions what this year's legislature accomplished
The Legislature adjourned Tuesday. Finally. A week later than the scheduled 121-day session.

Engineer pleads guilty in ship pollution case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chief engineer of the Sohoh, a Panamanian-flagged freight vessel, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to three felony charges connected to dumping waste oil in U.S. waters.

New director picked for Alaska BLM
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 25-year Bureau of Land Management veteran who once worked as an intern for Alaska Rep. Don Young has been named the new director of the BLM in Alaska.

Anchorage reindeer dies at 17
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage tourist attraction was buried Saturday at a pet cemetery.

Lodge near Chena Hot Springs survives wind-fueled fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Angel Creek Lodge was still standing Monday, despite clobbering winds Sunday night that pushed an uncontained wildfire within 500 yards of the structure on Chena Hot Springs Road.

Autopsy indicates Anchorage man died of an accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A homeless man found dead Sunday morning died accidentally, police said Tuesday.

May 24, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner characterizes the legislative session as going out with a whimper
The legislative session that finally -- yet without much resolution -- came to a close this week should go down as one of the most ineffective in recent memory. This was a Legislature that came into session with a whole laundry list of important issues to tackle. Every opportunity existed for strong leadership to emerge and steer Alaska in a direction that would address the economic realities of today and tomorrow.

Homer teen injured when pickup runs over him during beach party
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 17-year-old Homer boy was injured when he was run over by a pickup truck during a large weekend beach party near Anchor Point, Alaska State Troopers said.

May 23, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. says Senate was derelict in its duty
The Senate's inability to deal with the affairs of state is reprehensible.

Legislature puts off school labels until 2004
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State education officials have been given a two-year delay in establishing a labeling system meant to grade Alaska public schools.

Ketchikan shipyard to seek ship lift funds
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The federal Economic Development Administration has given the go-ahead for a grant application that could supply $5 million for a $10 million ship lift in Ketchikan.

Mounties say suspect in Alaskan's murder now in jail in Denver
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Royal Canadian Mounted Police have finished investigating the homicide of a 74-year-old Anchorage man found at a rest stop near Prince George, British Columbia, in September.

Fairbanks teachers approve contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Teachers have approved a proposed three-year contract with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, the union for the teachers says.

Grand jury indicts 17-year-old in babys death
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A teen accused of murdering an infant in Ketchikan last month now faces three charges.

Sitka prankster among seven World War II veterans honored
SITKA (AP) -- Celebrated Sitka prankster Oliver ''Porky'' Bickar, who once ignited an April Fool's Day ''eruption'' in the cone of Sitka's dormant volcano, has a serious side.

Spring means out with the old moose calves and in with the new
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Any day now, if it hasn't happened already, moose cows across Alaska who have pampered, provided for and protected calves for the past 12 months will suddenly do an about face and kick their kids out of the house -- sometimes literally.

Normandy veterans honored on Memorial Day
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lt. Donald Cook landed on the ravaged beaches of Normandy in 1944 with an eerie assignment: the 24-year-old was replacing another Lt. Cook, killed the day before, on D-Day.

Pipeline companies ask for halt in gas line permitting process
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of pipeline builders has asked the state to stop the permitting process for a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48, saying they cannot move ahead until producers of Alaska's vast gas reserves commit to the estimated $20 billion project.

Earthquake recorded south of Sand Point
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- No damage was reported in an earthquake that shook the ocean floor 119 miles southwest of Sand Point in the Aleutian Islands on Friday night.

Thieves stage successful ATM theft in Wasilla
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The string of ATM thefts north of Anchorage continued Saturday night when thieves stole more than $16,000 from a machine inside a Wasilla liquor store and the store's cash registers.

May 24, 2002 The Voice of the Times blasts legislators' idea of secret subsistence meetings
We note with dismay the news that special interests with a stake in the outcome of the subsistence debate are meeting next week in Anchorage -- behind closed doors.

Judge dismisses suits filed against Tanana Chiefs Conference
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior Court judge has dismissed lawsuits filed against the Tanana Chiefs Conference by two former management employees who said the organization mistreated them.

Alcohol tax meets some criticism
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While a major tax package faltered in the recent legislative session, Alaska lawmakers did approve what amounts to a dime-a-drink alcohol tax that's expected to bring in $20 million a year.

Gunman steals cash from Carrs grocery in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A gunman made off with an undisclosed amount of money Tuesday night from a grocery store in south Anchorage.

May 23, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News says this legislative session will long rank as one of the worst
The death throes of the 22nd Alaska Legislature made it pretty clear: This was the least effective session in a generation. One hundred-twenty days of regulation and seven days of overtime produced precious little legislative accomplishment.

Wildfires growing despite efforts by hundreds of firefighters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fueled by black spruce and fanned by hot windy weather, wildfires continued to devour thousands of acres across Alaska Tuesday.

Telemedicine expands health care in rural Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first image shows a boy with a cut on his cheek. The second image make it clear this is no ordinary cut.

Jurors hear closing arguments in Welton murder trail
PALMER (AP) -- In closing arguments Tuesday in the murder trial of Suzette Welton, the defense urged jurors to avoid another tragedy and find the defendant innocent of setting a house fire that killed her 14-year-old son.

Alaska National Guard youth program cited as nation's best
FORT RICHARDSON (AP) -- The Alaska National Guard's youth program has been recognized as the best in the nation for job skills.

District attorney's office clears Sitka police
SITKA (AP) -- An investigation of the Sitka Police Department has found no criminal misconduct, despite allegations earlier this year that the department broke the law dozens of times.

Police say Anchorage man may have been murdered
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man's body was found Sunday morning near an East Anchorage restaurant, and the case is being investigated as a homicide because of a head injury the man suffered, according to Anchorage police.

Senate moves up new seafood labeling requirement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rules requiring seafood to be labeled by country of origin would go into effect faster than previously agreed under legislation approved by the U.S. Senate last week.

Two die in plane crash southeast of McGrath
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men died when their small plane crashed after taking off from a private airstrip southeast of McGrath, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking public comment on eider plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking for public comments on a draft recovery plan for the Alaska-breeding population of the Steller's eider.

Lodge owners turn threatened structure into fire refugee center
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Angel Creek Lodge turned into a refugee camp of people unwilling to idly stand by Saturday while a fire threatened to destroy their cabins near the end of Chena Hot Springs Road.

Permanent Fund picks new partner for D.C.-area mall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. plans to take on a new partner in a shopping center it owns in McLean, Va., the corporation said.

Stevens urges military history tourism
UNALASKA (AP) -- During World War II, the severe wet and windy Aleutian weather was the real enemy of thousands of troops stationed on the island chain. For U.S. aviators, the airport weather station in Unalaska was the first line of defense as a source of weather forecasts.

Coast Guard Auxiliary assists beached boat
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard Auxiliary in Whittier helped tow a 20-foot pleasure boat to safety from Esther Passage Monday.

Wasilla students learn by building
WASILLA (AP) -- The half dozen workers perched high on the roof of the home could nearly pass for a regular construction crew.

Fairbanksan makes a name for himself in Washington
FAIRBANKS -- For a guy who lived the first few years of his life without a name, Andrew Lundquist has more than made up for it.

Plane flips taking off from McKinley base camp
TALKEETNA (AP) -- A small airplane that flipped while taking off from a Mount McKinley base camp may be removed as early as Tuesday.

Body of missing Ruby girl recovered
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The body of a 16-year-old Ruby girl missing for nearly a year has been recovered near the Kobuk River.

Knowles honors Alaska exporters of the year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kenai fertilizer plant and an Anchorage manufacturer have been recognized by Gov. Tony Knowles as exporters of the year.

Troopers crack down on Alaskans ignoring seat belt law
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A campaign to enforce Alaska's seat belt law resulted in 520 citations issued over the holiday weekend by Alaska State Troopers.

Injured Canadian flown off Mount McKinley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A second climber was recovering Tuesday after he was airlifted off Mount McKinley, park officials said.

Clement, Cubs shut down Pirates
PITTSBURGH -- Matt Clement took a no-hitter into the seventh before Brian Giles singled, then settled for a two-hitter in his first career complete game to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 Tuesday night.

Devil Rays thump Mariners
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ryan Rupe pitched his first career complete game, and John Flaherty hit his second career grand slam Tuesday night as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Barn doors showing up in Homer derby
The top three fish in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby standings are each better than 200 pounds, an aberration for the month of May.

Small schools' class valedictorians
Stacia Pfaffe Jason Jones Anastasia Gordeev Domna Reutov Lindsey Wolford

3 seniors graduate from Cook Inlet Academy
Three students graduated from Cook Inlet Academy, a small Christian school in Soldotna, on May 19.

Homer High honors 4 valedictorians
Timothy A. Byrne Jami Janelle Epley Sadie Polen Travis Kiefer

Nikiski High honors 78 seniors
A few unconventional surprises -- including a marriage proposal -- made the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School commencement ceremony May 21 a night the 78 graduates are sure to remember.

Skyview students turn tassels in sports center
Skyview High School, the Kenai Peninsula's largest, super-sized its graduation May 20 by moving to larger digs at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Nikiski High honors 7 valedictorians
Todd Brigham Zachary Hall Aaron Sanders Makenzie Dixon Jorgensen Jennifer Miller Aurora Zinck Evangeline Pattison

Nine young women earn top honors at Skyview
Desirae Dix Christine Hayes Kathryn Lockwood Michelle Minnette Smith Shari Isaak Summer Engler Jinnie Hanson Roxane Kotzin Laura Tarbox

Kenai Masonic Lodge No. 11 honors outstanding youth from area schools
Allen Russell Koerber Remington West Whitney Rysdyk Siri Larson Tasha Thompson Jamie Fredrickson Allie Schoessler Mara Mohler Paige Blackburn Jordan Love Sabrina Jo Johns Michelle Gruber Heidi Skjold Jacque Uwekoolani Evgeny L. "Evy" Olson

SoHi seniors reach for stars
Mae Hughes stands in Soldotna High School's entrance next to a mural listing this year's graduating class while waiting for the commencement ceremony to begin. Her granddaughter Amber-Marie Udelhoven was among the graduates.

Mason lodge master salutes outstanding students
Kenai Masonic Lodge No. 11 hosted the 35th annual Masonic School Awards Banquet April 18 in recognition of the outstanding students selected by each school in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Small schools send graduates into world
Connections IDEA Nanwalek School Nikolaevsk School Susan B. English School Tubughna Voznesenka

102 KCHS seniors earn high school diplomas
Kenai Central High's familiar red, white and black color scheme was displayed proudly May 16 by the 102 young men and women who received diplomas from the peninsula's oldest high school.

Graduation 2002
This graduation special section is intended to highlight the academic accomplishments of students on the Kenai Peninsula. Included are graduation lists from area high schools and colleges, as well as brief profiles of the schools' valedictorians.

11 students finish school at Homer Flex
Eleven students graduated from Homer Flex High School May 18.

KPC honors graduates, retiring college director
Kenai Peninsula College celebrated its commencement April 30 at Kenai Central High School.

Homer High honors 94 graduating seniors
Ninety-four high school seniors stepped into the future May 20 as they graduated from Homer High.

KPC graduates nurses
Kenai Peninsula College, in cooperation with Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, graduated its first class of 10 licensed practical nurses this spring.

18 students finish 8-month Bible program
On May 5, the Kenai Peninsula's newest post-secondary school, Alaska Christian College, celebrated its first graduation.

Kenai Alternative students finish high school despite life's obstacles
Webster's New World Dictionary describes "alternative" as something representing or appealing to unconventional or nontraditional interests.

SoHi valedictorians
David Newby Ben Histand Janna Schaafsma

KCHS class has 6 valedictorians
Katherine Amen Jamie Montgomery Caitlin Nelson J.D. Pault Laura Rhyner Brian Gabriel

Telemedicine expands health care in rural Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first image shows a boy with a cut on his cheek. The second image make it clear this is no ordinary cut.

Al Pacino is the one actor I can think of who is not fighting desperately against old age. He's embracing it. There's no Botox for Al, no sir. Every line, every wrinkle, every gray hair is just another tool in the master's box. The worse he looks, the better he gets, and, thirty years ago, as smooth-faced Michael Corleone he was already pretty good. In his latest endeavor, Insomnia, Pacino uses his worn down demeanor to maximum effect and rescues what could have been a rather typical throw-away thriller.

Senate moves up new seafood labeling requirement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rules requiring seafood to be labeled by country of origin would go into effect faster than previously agreed under legislation approved by the U.S. Senate last week.

Martin shares Coca-Cola 600 triumph with 8-year-old son
CONCORD, N.C. -- It was so long between victories for Mark Martin that his young son forgot Dad could still win races.

Martin crew chief fined $50,000
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The crew chief for Mark Martin was fined $50,000 by NASCAR on Tuesday because Martin's winning car in the Coca-Cola 600 did not pass post-race inspection.

Better ways to deal with contaminated sites under review
Dealing with contaminated sites is a complicated, often confusing process.

At A Glance: Capital Projects for the Peninsula
Despite the political chaos and inaction marking the end of the legislative session, lawmakers approved more than $1.28 billion for capital projects in fiscal year 2003 beginning July 1.

Holiday weekend ushers in summer disaster-free
For a holiday traditionally known for its cook-out revelers and road warriors, this year's Memorial Day weekend proved busy but without serious incident for Kenai Peninsula law enforcement officers.

Coast Guard Auxiliary assists beached boat
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard Auxiliary in Whittier helped tow a 20-foot pleasure boat to safety from Esther Passage Monday.

Memorial Day takes on new significance after Sept. 11 attacks
Memorial Day is more than a three-day weekend that heralds the beginning of summer for those Kenai Peninsula residents who turned out in force Monday to honor the men and women of the armed forces who paid the price of freedom with their lives.

KPC improvements included in bond package
Among the projects included in a $236 million bond package expected to go to Alaska voters this fall are two that would enhance education at the University of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula College campuses at Soldotna and Homer.

Three peninsula veterans receive Normandy medal
Three area veterans received a special honor Memorial Day for their participation in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, in World War II.

Motivational speaker plans series of talks
Motivational speaker Craig MacFarlane will visit the Kenai Peninsula today through Thursday.

District rehires 25 laid-off teachers
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District filled 25 teaching positions last week thanks to confirmation of federal grant money. Almost all the hires were teachers who had received pink slips in April.

Session review: not two thumbs up
Kenai Peninsula lawmakers are back home this week following a chaotic conclusion to the 22nd Alaska State Legislature, claiming a few small victories, lamenting many more defeats and preparing to take some heat for what many of their constituents perceive as a legislative session full of missed opportunities.

Lancaster won't run for House seat again
Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election to the Alaska House of Representatives.

Partisanship prevents Legislature's work from being completed
The legislative session that finally -- yet without much resolution -- came to a close ... should go down as one of the most ineffective in recent memory. This was a Legislature that came into session with a whole laundry list of important issues to tackle. Every opportunity existed for strong leadership to emerge and steer Alaska in a direction that would address the economic realities of today and tomorrow.

Letters to the Editor
Ninilchik beaches should not be dumping ground for fish carcasses

Common sense loses
Good principles don't always translate into good policy, as a recent incident in San Francisco illustrates.

Volunteers help meet run smoothly

State should only fund necessities
Perhaps Anchorage resident Richard Benner Jr. said it best, "For ten straight years, the Alaska Legislature has spent more than it has taken in and has had to rely on the Constitutional Budget Reserve to make up the difference. That's lunacy!"

Status quo not healthy for humans, fish
The events of the last few weeks concerning the Board of Fisheries appointments have caused our Kenai Peninsula a great amount of stress. It is time that the citizens of the Kenai Peninsula come together and develop new ways of trying to resolve our concerns over salmon allocation and management.

GOPs' best kept secret may be low-key Hastert
There is little doubt that, for Republicans, the single most influential member of Congress in modern times was former Speaker Newt Gingrich. While Gingrich's hard-charging style and various brushes with controversy

Rumsfeld wages Capitol Hill battle over outdated arms
Donald Rumsfeld is hot under the collar -- and it will take more than a visit to his Taos-area summer home to cool him off.

Support of community, PTA make Sears staff feel appreciatedSterling family celebration enhanced by contributionsThanks for highway cleanup help

How to keep those rolling waves from ruining a boating excursion
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Want a quick cure for seasickness?

Photo feature: Playin' around
Mark Forbes of Anchorage tosses a plastic disc to his son Jared during a family outing on the beach in Kenai Saturday afternoon.

Into Hell's Canyon ... Enter a world of scenic solitude
LOWER HELL'S CANYON, Idaho (AP) -- Rocky walls that form almost vertical cliffs hem in the tumbling waters of Snake River in the deep canyon below.

Photo feature: Reliving cowboy days
Phil Nash coaches Danielle Glaves in the proper handling of an original 1897 Winchester 12-gauge pump shotgun Saturday during a "Cowboy Fun Shoot" at the Snowshoe Gun Club near Beaver Loop and the Kenai Spur Highway.

Photo feature: Rosy outlook for readers
Carolyn Cannava, principal at Soldotna Elementary School, dressed up in pink, complete with feather boa and tinted hair, serves ice cream to students in Dena Pettijohn's fifth-grade class. The students won a schoolwide reading contest by polishing off 2,154 books. The principal said she was 'tickled pink' and gave them the ice cream party May 14.

Speaker: P-R-I-D-E spells success 'How we deal with struggles and challenges will determine how successful we become.'
Craig MacFarlane has amassed an amazing list of accomplishments in his life, including being an Olympic wrestler, a water ski jumper and a singer, that are made even more incredible by the fact that he is blind.

Around the Peninsula
McFarlane to speak at Kenai ChamberBlood Bank to reopenMeeting for patriotic musical plannedRelay for Life scheduledCook Inlet RCAC meeting to be heldCenter's summer program to beginOpen house plannedBike safety program for children offeredRod and reel contributions needed

Photo feature: Heroes at home
Soldotna Little League players shake hands with area law enforcement and emergency

Community News
Sears to sell Macintosh computersUnocal grants awards for cleanupSchool district to sell excess foodHomer Community School offers summer courses

Around the Peninsula
Shotgun training offeredFood bank seeks vegetable donationsBoys and Girls Club needs van

Sharon Anne and Lonnie Ray DenneySarah and Thomas CarverSarah and Dana Miller

Peninsula People
Soldotna woman graduates from BYUArea woman earns master'sSterling man completes brokerage examsKenai resident earns scholarship to WesternArea students awarded Army award

U.S. general honors Kenai youth with coin
Civil Air Patrol 1st Lt. Naythen Hansen represented the Kenai Composite Squadron at the National Aerospace Conference in Washington, D.C., April 5 to 10.

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu this week for area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Hurricanes bound for Stanley Cup finals
TORONTO -- When the crowd fell silent, Martin Gelinas knew he had scored the biggest goal of his career, sending the Carolina Hurricanes to their first Stanley Cup finals.

Castroneves' Indy win upheld
INDIANAPOLIS -- The victory still stands. The debate is far from over. Helio Castroneves' win in the Indianapolis 500 was upheld Monday by Indy Racing League officials who rejected a protest lodged by the team of runner-up Paul Tracy.

Upsets, near-upsets, delays at wet French Open
PARIS -- On a day of drizzles that halted Jennifer Capriati's start to her title defense and postponed more than 30 other first-round matches, Aniko Kapros brought some sparkle to the French Open.

Nets strike right back
BOSTON -- Jason Kidd ran over to the fans sitting across from the New Jersey bench and held up two fingers on each hand.

Lakers-Kings tied at 2
LOS ANGELES -- There's a new Mr. Clutch in town. Robert Horry is nowhere near the scorer Jerry West once was. But in the closing seconds, even with teammates like Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, he is indeed the man.

French flop redux: Sampras loses in first round in Paris
PARIS -- Muttering, slouching, slamming his racket to the ground and smacking a ball into the stands, Pete Sampras was in typical French Open form Monday.

Kenai Golf Report: Spring is running its course
Kenai Golf Course is coming along and shaping up. A little shower or two would certainly help the fairways fill in.

Kings one up on Lakers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Mike Bibby spent three long years in Vancouver waiting for the spotlight -- for a chance to make a dramatic shot in a big playoff game.

Overtime unkind to Detroit
DETROIT -- Peter Forsberg once again showed why he may be the best hockey player in the world.

Kenai's Edwards keeps pushing herself forward
Kenai Central High School senior Michelle Edwards received her diploma on May 16, but her graduation from the high school ranks came Saturday when she toed the line for the girls 400 meters at the Alaska School Activities Association Track and Field Championships.

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