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Thursday, May 31, 2001

Recall election certified, but barely
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- By a narrow 4-3 margin, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has certified last week's recall of five Ketchikan School Board members.

Barge leaks fuel near Nikiski
KENAI (AP) -- A barge taking on diesel fuel in North Kenai had to unload its cargo Tuesday morning after a sheen was spotted near the vessel, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

State suspends burn permits for Kenai Peninsula
KENAI (AP) -- The Alaska Division of Forestry is suspending burn permits throughout the Kenai Peninsula because warm, dry weather is boosting the danger of wildfires.

Anchorage speller knocked out of competition by ''tocsin''
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Anchorage speller Jean Falconer was knocked out of competition in the national spelling bee Thursday by the word ''tocsin.''

Murkowski says ANWR fight not yet over
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski soon will relinquish his role as head of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and hand the reigns to a senator opposed to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Organic salmon label suffers setback
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Efforts to have Alaska wild salmon certified as organic suffered a setback Wednesday when a federal study panel ruled against the idea.

State stocks local lakes and ponds with thousands of rainbows
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Ballaine Lake came to life within a matter of minutes on a recent afternoon.

College director on leave, pending investigation
WASILLA (AP) -- The director of the Matanuska-Susitna College has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into complaints about his management style and personal behavior, university officials said Wednesday.

Two climbers fall from Mount Hunter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two international climbers were airlifted off Mount Hunter Tuesday after they fell about 700 feet down the 14,573-foot peak, according to the National Park Service.

CIRI reports record earnings, despite losses in tourism business
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet Region Inc. posted record earnings for the year 2000.

Angoon students stir interest in Tlingit language
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three Angoon teens who researched Native language immersion programs for a school project have sparked an interest in forming a Tlingit program at the local school.

Seal pup gets help from SeaLife Center
KENAI(AP) -- Oil terminal workers rescued a starving female seal pup Tuesday on a beach south of Drift River.

Girl bitten by family's wolf-husky hybrid
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 5-year-old girl was bitten by her family dog, a husky-wolf hybrid, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Fairbanks speller out, Anchorage speller hangs on
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Fairbanks speller was knocked out in the first round of the national spelling bee in Washington D.C., while an Anchorage speller remained in the game.

Big chum run of hatchery fish helped Southeast economy
JUNEAU (AP) -- Douglas Island Pink and Chum hatchery pumped nearly $40 million into the Southeast economy in 2000, according to a study commissioned by the private, nonprofit fish hatchery in Juneau.

Coast Guard pinpoints emergency transmission to retail store
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Coast Guard officials spent an hour trying to pinpoint the source of an emergency locator signal Tuesday before tracking it down to a store at Harris Harbor near downtown Juneau.

Charter boat operators target fish year-round in Resurrection Bay
CALLISTO HEAD (AP) -- From high above wave-pounded cliffs, mountain goats watched as Joseph Baker leaned back into the fishing rod to battle with a king salmon deep in the clear, cold water of the North Pacific Ocean.

Rule will keep people 100 yards away from humpback whales
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- People will have to stay at least 100 yards away from humpback whales under a federal rule designed to keep the animals from being harassed but close enough for good whale-watching, officials said Wednesday.

Alaskan researchers find increase shrubbery in Arctic
Scientists in the Alaskan Arctic have discovered that shrubs are growing larger and spreading across previously barren territory in the tundra. The findings add to the scientific consensus that the region is gradually getting warmer.

NTSB: All parties share blame in airport near-miss
JUNEAU (AP) -- Federal investigators say a communication breakdown is to blame for a near collision two years ago between an Alaska Airlines jet carrying 58 people and a snowplow at the Juneau Airport.

Governor signs Kenai private prison bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a bill allowing the state to lease private prison space on the Kenai Peninsula.

Fairbanks man who founded recovery camp wins national honors
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who founded a substance abuse recovery camp has been honored with a national community health leadership award.

Knowles appoints two new regents
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former Anchorage Assembly member and mayoral candidate Mark Begich has been appointed to the governing board for the state's universities, along with longtime Native leader Marlene Johnson.

Police wound, arrest shooting suspect
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An armed woman in a Midtown home was wounded by crisis team snipers Tuesday morning after she allegedly leveled a handgun at police officers.

Rafters rescued from Campbell Creek
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man and five children were rescued early Tuesday from a gravel bar in an Anchorage creek, authorities said.

Koyukuk recovering from flood after ice jam breaks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Spirits soared Tuesday in Koyukuk as Yukon River levels slowly receded, giving the Athabascan village 290 air miles from Fairbanks a welcome respite after nearly a week of flooding.

Avalanche clogs Juneau stream
JUNEAU (AP) -- An avalanche on Mount Roberts behind downtown Juneau clogged Gold Creek Monday, forcing the local electric utility to turn off its creek-powered generators.

Bowhead Habitat, CORRECTIVE,141
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In an article on the National Marine Fisheries Service's consideration of a possible critical habitat designation for the bowhead whale in the Beaufort Sea, The Associated Press incorrectly defined critical habitat.

Shipyard workers consider union
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Workers at Alaska Ship and Dry Dock could be unionized soon. Piledrivers and Divers Local 2520 is looking to schedule a vote in August on whether to form a union at the Ketchikan shipyard.

Wastewater superintendent to resign
JUNEAU (AP) -- The city's wastewater utility superintendent plans to resign in the wake of pollution violations at a city treatment plant, according to local officials.

Whiteout stymies Mount Rainier climber rescue
PARADISE, Wash. (AP) -- A team of rangers reached four stranded climbers and hiked with them to Mount Rainier's summit Tuesday, but a sudden whiteout kept a helicopter from plucking them off the mountaintop.

Census figures reflect planned closure of Fort Greely
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Census Bureau numbers reflect the impending demise of Fort Greely near Delta Junction.

Sen. Stevens hosts session on Arctic warming
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A group of some of the most influential Arctic scientists and federal administrators gathered in Fairbanks yesterday to talk about the need for more research into warming of the Arctic.

Procrastination only puts off need to organize estate, write will
NEW YORK (AP) -- Most Americans procrastinate when it comes to putting their estates in order and writing wills.

A recovery awaits consumer demand, but will it be there?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Measurements of consumer sentiment recovered in May after having fallen sharply in April, but there's more to the story than that, and it could mean trouble for an economy assumed to be on a certain recovery course.

Good (retirement) things come to those who wait
NEW YORK (AP) -- The tax cut package approved by Congress last weekend contains a half-dozen provisions that will make it easier for Americans to save for retirement.

Business Briefs
NMFS to develop essential fish habitat proposalsLynden plans customer appreciation barbecueHomer chamber plans mixerPipeline company wins safety recognitionKnowles honors VECO

Economy slows but resort towns still seek foreign workers
BRANSON, Mo. -- Even with dips in the economy and a long string of layoffs, resorts and restaurants across the country are desperate for workers to fill seasonal jobs for relatively low wages.

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.

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 information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Food service holds sale Visitors center to host archaeology programVolcano, glacier talk plannedRegister a team for the Relay for LifeVolunteer for National Trails DayWorkshop for business owners plannedSummer clubs scheduledSoldotna museum open for summerKenai River boaters cautioned

Around the Peninsula
WRCC to hold meeting TOTE to be discussed at chamber meetingDeadline for Kenai River raft trip nearsDeadline extended for summer programTrees for sale in HomerMeditation seminar offeredVisitors center switches to summer hoursSummer swimming lessons offeredWorkshop for business owners plannedSummer clubs scheduledSoldotna museum open for summerSampling devices being collected

Powell sworn in as new Assemblyman for Nikiski
It took 16 ballots for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to finally select a replacement for veteran Assemblymen Jack Brown.

Jack Brown was recently named honorary Sheriff of Nikiski
After serving the Nikiski community for some 14 years, Jack Brown has left his responsibilities as Assemblymen for seat 3, and has been named the unofficial Honorary Sheriff of Nikiski.

State of Alaska will always be wild at heart
(NAPSA)-Back in 1867, the United States bought from Russia the area that we recognize today as Alaska, the 49th state. At that time, the purchase of this distant land was widely

Outdoors
There are always unpredictable things that happen whenever you are dealing with being in the outdoors. Things that just seem to happen for no apparent reason except to make your outing just a little more miserable.

Charter boat operators target fish year-round in Resurrection Bay
CALLISTO HEAD (AP) -- From high above wave-pounded cliffs, mountain goats watched as Joseph Baker leaned back into the fishing rod to battle with a king salmon deep in the clear, cold water of the North Pacific Ocean.

State stocks local lakes and ponds with thousands of rainbows
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Ballaine Lake came to life within a matter of minutes on a recent afternoon.

197-pounder leads Homer Halibut Derby
A 197-pound halibut landed by Lavana Contrades of Kauai, Hawaii, on May 21 is the top fish caught in May in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

State closes English Bay area to sockeye fishing
All waters of the English Bay River drainage and Port Graham Subdistrict will close to sport fishing for sockeye salmon beginning Friday at 12:01 a.m. and remain closed until further notice, according to a notice from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Films

Art Briefs
Reunion concert planned SaturdayKenai Fine Arts Center accepting artwork Drama camp coming to the peninsulaRehearsal planned for Sunday

Registration for arts alliance
There are two ways to register for the Alaska Alliance for Arts Education Summer Academy, "Integrate the Arts With Integrity," hosted at Kenai Peninsula College:

KPC to host art academy, Youth Fine Arts Insitute
For people big and small, June is the month of arts education on the Kenai Peninsula. Week-long classes for teachers and other interested adults will be in session from Monday to June 8.

Youth schedule
n June 11 to 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for prekindergarten to kindergarten children. Prekindergarten students must have completed pre-school and be entering or leaving kindergarten.

Puppy love
NASCAR driver Kenny Schrader and country music recording artist Deana Carter will kick off two pet-benefit initiatives supported by Pedigree Food for Dogs on Saturday at the Speed Street event in Charlotte, N.C.

Schedule
Winston Cup series schedule

MBNA Platinum 400
Where: Dover Downs International Speedway's 1-mile oval with 24-degree bank ing and 1,076-foot straightaways in Dover, Del.

Points standings
Point standings for the Winston Cup series

Tony Stewart just loves to race
CONCORD, N.C. -- From the moment he climbed out of his second race car in one day Sunday, Tony Stewart was interested mostly in retribution.

June stretch is critical in points race
The Winston Cup Series has been to Hollywood.

Money leaders
Winston Cup series money leaders

Holiday weekend buoys hopes for season
The Memorial Day holiday didn't disappoint local entrepreneurs, as Alaska residents and visitors from outside flocked to the peninsula.

Believers follow God's will across country
Twelve present-day disciples from Wilmington, N.C., took advantage of an opportunity to see Alaska and do some of God's work while they visited.

Photo feature: Fashion - conscious
A robin finds a color-coordinated pole to rest on while feeding recently in a meadow in Kenai.

Kenai Peninsula burn permits suspended
Warm, dry weather has boosted the danger of wildfires, so the Alaska Division of Forestry has suspended burn permits throughout the Kenai Peninsula until further notice.

Seal pup gets help from SeaLife Center
The big, dark eyes make seal pups appealing creatures. But nature is not sentimental, and life can be short and cruel for the baby animals coming into the world this time of year.

Snow forecast in Kenai
The balmy days of summer may have already begun on the peninsula, but there is Snow on the horizon. Linda Snow, that is. The current city manager of Petersburg will be offered the job of Kenai city manager today.

Wildfires flare up
Five wildland fires in the Kenai Peninsula Borough accounted for nearly half the 11 wildland fires in the state Tuesday.

Senator Stevens makes unannounced visit to Kenai
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, right, made an unannounced visit to Kenai Tuesday evening to tour the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska with NASA chief Dan Golden, left.

Unions target GTL plant
Union organizers say they have enough signatures for a vote on whether to unionize Austin Industrial crafts workers building BP's experimental gas-to-liquids plant in Nikiski.

Borough certifies petition from prison-free group
Alaska's first private prison was the focus of decisions made on the state and local level Tuesday.

Daniel Ray Little
Kenai resident Daniel Ray Little died Friday, May 25, 2001, in an industrial accident at the Marathon Gas Field on Kalifornsky Beach Road. He was 38.

Robert J. Guenther
Former Kenai resident Robert J. Guenther died Sunday, May 27, 2001, in Anchorage. He was 61.

Letters to the Editor
Large hog operations will spoil peninsula's pristine environmentBorough's property tax assessment methods raise many questions

New initiative offers school choice
President Bush's education bill will pass Congress, but apparently without the voucher provision the president wanted so parents might give their children the best education available, regardless of financial circumstances. Help is on the way, though, but not from government.

Verdicts in bombings of embassies justified
Diplomatic sensitivities and legal barriers make it difficult for the American government to prosecute terrorist attacks against United States citizens and installations abroad.

Applause
Kids' soccer program possible only with community supportContributions help give KCHS seniors fun-filled night to remember'Take a Student Fishing Day' big hit with students, parents

Hot news in Juneau gets chilly reception outside political circles
Almost without notice, comparatively speaking, this year's session of the Alaska Legislature came and went in silence.

Crimes of ecoterrorism blighting the Northwest
They don't like people. They hate learning. And their crimes are blighting the Northwest.

Iran remains unique in world affairs
WASHINGTON -- Four years after the election of Mohammad Khatami as Iran's president, that country remains the only one that refuses to have political discussions with the United States.

Applause
Law enforcement officers show their commitment to young peopleBike rodeo means safer summer for bikers, inline skatersSuccess of track-field meet depends heavily on volunteersTwo women help inspire others in TOPS group in SterlingMoose Lodge's good works in community recognized

At this climbing school, gender makes no difference
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Sherpas, as almost everyone knows, are those hardy, high-altitude porters who help Westerners climb Himalayan peaks.

Tracking the drums of the ruffed grouse
TWO HARBORS, Minn. (AP) -- The sound begins as a single muffled whump somewhere off in the woods. You feel it as much as you hear it.

Moving up
Grey Wilson, age 4, and 21 of his classmates rceive diplomas and carnations from Pamela Phipps during the Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start's graduation ceremony Friday at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

Around the District
School's outSingers invite community to reunion concertSchool board meets MondayChallenger offers science camps

Starring in News Bowl competition
The Quest team from North Star Elementary School poses with its trophy after placing first in the West Region of the sixth-grade division in tis year's News Bowl 2001 contest.

Summer tutoring sessions for students available
After the Bell and the Boys and Girls Club is offering tutoring for students in grades one through 12 who need assistance in reading, math or study skills over the summer.

School news around the district
News from area schools

Summer school opportunities abound for teachers who want to learn
Summer offers educators the chance to play student for a while and brush up their professional skills in the process. This year, the Kenai Peninsula will have a wide array of course offerings.

Honor Roll
The following students have been named to the second-semester honor roll at Kenai Central High School.

Lakers use down time to wax Phil-isophical on basketball
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Phil's Philosophy is working to perfection after undergoing some heavy scrutiny over the winter.

Sports briefs
Winners crowned at Hershey track meet

Johns Hopkins study shows pro sports mascots take a beating
BALTIMORE -- Take it from the folks inside those huge, fuzzy heads and big, floppy feet: Prancing around at ball games in furry costumes is not only hot work, it's dangerous.

Devils start playing like Devils again
DENVER -- Scott Stevens was spitting mad, Ken Daneyko was dripping blood. The New Jersey Devils have that look in their eyes again -- the one that says they won't be pushed around, even by the Colorado Avalanche.

Philadelphia stops Milwaukee in Game 5
PHILADELPHIA -- Playing on a fractured ankle and suiting up against his wife's wishes, Eric Snow became the latest hobbled hero for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Court says disabled golfer can use cart
WASHINGTON -- Disabled golfer Casey Martin may use a cart to ride in tournaments, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, saying federal law requires a leveling of the playing field for the handicapped, even in pro sports.

Chang on other end of French Open drama
PARIS -- Watching teen-ager Andy Roddick writhe in pain from cramps during a five-set match at the French Open, Michael Chang had an eerie feeling of history repeating itself.

Sampras survives upset bid
PARIS -- As Pete Sampras walked off the court Tuesday at the French Open, he smiled wearily and jabbed the air with his fist. It was a modest celebration befitting a modest victory.

New year, plenty of challenges
Like many a year, this year's golf season is no different than last. We start off with challenges and much work: getting the course back in shape, getting reacquainted with our clubs which hibernated the winter, perfecting our swing, and working on the ever important putt.

Sosa drives in four runs as Cubs take ninth straight contest
CINCINNATI -- Sammy Sosa drove in four runs and Rondell White hit a three-run homer Tuesday night as the Chicago Cubs won their ninth in a row, 10-5 over the Cincinnati Reds.

Greens still look brown
Kenai Golf Course has the regulars back golfing. The crew has been busy begging the grass to grow and green up. The fairways are extremely thirsty and in need of a downpour.

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