Friday, May 31, 2002

Fire burns Anchorage warehouse, household goods
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage warehouse burned Thursday morning in what firefighters described as a two-alarm fire.

Cooler weather slows spread of Alaska wildfires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cooler temperatures and higher humidity were slowing the spread of Alaska's wildfires Wednesday.

Alaskans eliminated in national spelling bee
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Irene Park of Anchorage made it to Round Two of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, but the dreaded written test knocked her out of the competition.

GAO report rips spending by division of FAA in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Alaska division of the Federal Aviation Administration bought expensive computer monitors and a security system that didn't work while repeatedly asking branch offices to find more ways to spend money, according to a government report.

Fran Ulmer officially becomes a candidate for governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fran Ulmer became an official candidate for governor Wednesday by turning in her paperwork and writing a $100 check at the Division of Elections office.

Anchorage man dies in Spenard shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage man killed in a shooting Thursday morning in Spenard has been identified.

Man missing after walking into Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man disappeared into Cook Inlet on Wednesday evening near Anchorage's small boat harbor and authorities assumed he drowned.

Department of Transportation to cut 70 positions
JUNEAU (AP) -- About 70 state transportation jobs will be lost and maintenance on some rural roads and airstrips will be curtailed, state officials said Friday.

Massage therapist sentenced for inappropriate touching
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Fairbanks massage therapist has been sentenced to five years in prison for inappropriately touching four clients.

Sprinkler system could have helped in Anchorage warehouse fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fire damage at a Ship Creek warehouse could have been diminished if a sprinkler system had been in place, according to an Anchorage fire investigator.

Lancaster won't run for House seat again
KENAI (AP) -- Rep. Ken Lancaster, a Republican from Soldotna who was a key member of the so-called Fiscal Policy Caucus, will not seek re-election.

Nine rejected firefighter applicants sue Anchorage municipality
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nine applicants rejected by the Anchorage Fire Department have filed suit, claiming they were improperly denied jobs because the municipality used a psychological screener who posed invasive questions that had nothing to do with firefighter qualifications.

Anchorage man dies in Spenard shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed in a shooting Thursday morning at an apartment in Spenard.

Governor declares a disaster emergency for flood-damaged areas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a disaster declaration for parts of the Interior and western Alaska damaged by spring break-up flooding.

Driver dies, children injured in Anchorage car crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A mother died and her two children were injured when a car smashed into a utility pole Wednesday night on a busy Anchorage street.

Wind-fed Livengood fire forces closure of the Elliott Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A wind-fed fire near Livengood jumped the Elliott Highway on Thursday afternoon, forcing the closure of the road between the village and Minto.

Destroyed Kodiak missile blew itself up
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Army missile that exploded shortly after launch from Kodiak in November blew itself up ''inadvertently'' while a safety command was being transferred from the ground to a circling airplane, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

EPA: Cook Inlet leads state in pollutants
KENAI (AP) -- Cook Inlet leads the state in manufacturing-related toxic discharges, with more than 1.67 million pounds of toxic pollutants released into the air, land and water in and around the inlet in 2000, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Fluor Alaska plans forums for contractors
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The company awarded the contract for missile defense work in Alaska will conduct forums for contractors interested in doing work on the project.

Anchorage subsistence meeting canceled
JUNEAU (AP) -- A meeting aimed at looking for solutions to the state's subsistence conflict was canceled after the Alaska Federation of Natives decided not to attend.

Driver dies, children injured in Anchorage car crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One person died and two children were injured when a car smashed into a utility pole Wednesday night on a busy Anchorage street.

House budget leader Eldon Mulder will not seek re-election
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Eldon Mulder, the influential co-chairman of the House Finance Committee and one of the most powerful lawmakers in Alaska, will not seek re-election.

Poll says 54 percent back legislative move
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new poll shows a majority of Alaskans favor a ballot initiative to move legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough or to Anchorage.

Independent committee expected to look at veneer mill dealings
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor Jack Shay plans to go along with the Borough Assembly on an investigation of the borough's dealings with bankrupt Gateway Forest Products, which built a veneer mill in Ketchikan only to run out of money just as production began.

Knowles signs coastal zone bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a bill that removes a citizen's right to ask for a state review of coastal zone program decisions.

Mulder will not seek re-election
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Eldon Mulder, the influential co-chairman of the House Finance Committee, will not seek re-election, he said Thursday.

Doyon subsidiary signs contract to build missile defense camp
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Doyon Universal Services has signed a multi-million-dollar agreement to build a 364-person camp in Delta Junction to house National Missile Defense construction workers.

Wind-fed Livengood fire forces closure of the Elliott Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A wind-fed fire near Livengood jumped the Elliott Highway on Thursday afternoon, forcing a five-hour closure of the road to the villages of Minto and Manley Hot Springs.

Rookie belts homer as Seattle tops Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Chris Snelling hit his first major league home run to back Freddy Garcia and help the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-2 Wednesday night.

Cleveland slugs its way past Detroit
CLEVELAND -- Ellis Burks and Jim Thome each homered twice and drove in four runs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 11-7 Thursday.

Dodgers top Brewers to complete sweep
LOS ANGELES -- Alex Cora broke open a tie game with his first home run in 97 games, and Brian Jordan also homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a 4-3 victory Wednesday.

Sequels, movie spin-offs lead new video game themes
LOS ANGELES -- Sequels and movie adaptations -- that's what the coming year promises from the video game industry.

Reverse 911 comes to mobile
DENVER -- Unsuspecting victims are the worst kind. Better they should have full knowledge of what hits 'em before it hits.

Pipeline companies want halt
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.

Love and Money: Engaged couples should do some financial planning
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's spring, when thoughts turn to love and marriage -- but not necessarily to money.

Student loan rate about to drop to historic low of 4.06 percent on July 1
The cost of federal student loans is about to fall for most borrowers from already historic lows, the U.S. Education Department said.

'Gaining face' -- Male boomers confront baldness
CHICAGO (AP) -- Male baby boomers are still trying to get to the roots of an issue that bugged Julius Caesar, the ancient Egyptians and before that probably cavemen gaping at their shiny-pated reflections in prehistoric ponds.

Business Briefs
Seward harbormaster receives certificationAgrium shares Exporter of the Year award

As saltwater king fishing picks up, good halibut tides also make inlet attractive
This weekend might be a good time for area anglers to do a little two-for-one shopping on Cook Inlet.

Plant poaching is becoming a growth industry on nation's public lands
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Ah, spring. Time to wander over to the park and gather some wildflowers to help spruce up the yard.

Gardening-Plant Poaching
If you are cleared to collect plants from their natural settings on public lands, here are some tips:

Federal program hopes to create rubber-producing sunflowers
DENVER (AP) -- Imagine a field of bright yellow sunflowers basking in warm summer sun, leaves thick and deep green, and brimming with enough natural rubber to fashion a set of high-performance tires.

Apothecary Shops thrives on service
PHOENIX (AP) -- At first glance, John Musil's job seems more difficult than selling furnaces in Phoenix in July.

Researchers developing promising antidote to combat deadly anthrax toxin
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An experimental anthrax antidote has protected rats injected with the bacterium's deadly toxin, researchers found.

Pier One raising curtain on season
Pier One Theatre opens its doors soon, and this year's plays and productions mirror those in contemporary theaters around the nation, organizers say.

Art Briefs
Spiritual poems soughtChildren needed for patriotic musicalHomer Summer Adventure Program offeredWork accepted for sales galleryPratt Museum seeking volunteersDrama summer camp announced

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

New park features works by famous sculptors
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Set among trees, streams, waterfalls, hills and meadows, two dozen works by some of the greatest sculptors of the past century have a new, natural home in the outdoors of western Michigan.

Hollywood's films for adults are faring well
LOS ANGELES -- Brains are accompanying brawn on the big screen this summer.

'Dos Tierras'
Eliz Olivella may be a familiar name to many in the Homer area, but after five years in Mexico, her art may look less familiar. Olivella, a former Seldovia potter, and her partner Jorge Pablo of Oaxaca, Mexico, are exhibiting their works at the Fireweed Gallery this month. The couple's work ranges from Olivella's sensual sculpture works of clay to Pablo's precise pottery and clay tile pieces.

Amy Grant is back with two new albums
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Looking back at the hundreds of church services she attended as a child, Christian music star Amy Grant can't recall one sermon. It's the music that got to her.

Saturday deadline for filing for office
The Nov. 5 general election isn't for another five months, but incumbent state lawmakers and those that would challenge them have only until 5 p.m. Saturday to file to run for office.

Knowles signs coastal zone bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a bill that removes a citizen's right to ask for a state review of coastal zone program decisions.

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin $2,797,7082. Ward Burton 2,472,1903. Ryan Newman 1,965,810

Race Schedule
Feb. 17 to Nov. 17 2002.

In the Spotlight: Todd Bodine
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Points Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 1,7752. Matt Kenseth 1,6883. Mark Martin 1,632

This Week's Race: MBNA Platinum 400
Where and when

Crews to make switch
CONCORD, N.C. -- Richard Childress couldn't swap the drivers in his race team, so he swapped everything else.

Trio injects power into Roush Racing
CONCORD, N.C. -- It would have been easy for Roush Rac ing to lose its way when an airplane Jack Roush was flying plunged into a south Alabama pond April 19. But a team that seemingly fell from grace on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series a year ago, responded in ways its boss not only would appreciate, but also demands.

Corps of engineers holds open house for new office
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants you to know a regulatory field office now exists on the Kenai Peninsula. To that end, the office did a little recruiting last week, when it held an open house May 24 in Kenai.

School bargainers ready to talk cash
After months of working through the finer points of their contracts, area teachers and support staff workers are ready to starting talking money with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Program lets Civil Air Patrol cadets soar toward goals
The Civil Air Patrol gave its cadets their wings this week at the Soldotna Municipal Airport.

Despite snags, school talks to continue today
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will return to the bargaining table with teacher and support staff unions today, but the darker side of the negotiation process still is casting a shadow on the proceedings.

Celebrating life
Six and a half months ago Sharon Backhause was planning for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and looking forward to her two son's visits home from college.

Suspension lifted on burning permits
As of Wednesday morning, the Kenai-Kodiak areas of Alaska State Forestry had lifted the burning permit suspension only for piles 10 feet by 10 feet or less.

Judge won't reduce bail in Soldotna assault case
A Kenai Superior Court judge last week declined to reduce the bail for a Soldotna man charged with the attempted murder and sexual assault of a Soldotna woman.

EPA: Inlet leads state in pollutants
More than 1.67 million pounds of toxic pollutants were released into the air, land and water in and around Cook Inlet in 2000, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's latest Toxics Release Inventory made public last week.

Murkowski urges help for youths
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski believes the key to sustained economic growth is keeping Alaska's young people at home.

Report of shooting turns out to be false
A prank phone call caused area law enforcement agents to respond in a very serious manner Wednesday.

Finding waste solutions no easy task
Waste not, want not. But where do Kenai Peninsula Borough residents want human waste to go once it is removed from their homes?

Warren C. Reese
Soldotna resident Warren C. Reese, Sgt. U. S. Air Force, retired, died Sunday, May 26, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 81.

Joyce H. Janota
Former Soldotna resident Joyce H. Janota died, Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at Alaska Regional Medical Center after a short battle with cancer. She was 71.

Conflict cancels 2002 Oilers Gusher
The 2002 Oilers Gusher, a popular annual fund-raising event for the Peninsula Oilers Baseball Club, has been canceled due to a conflict with the Alaska National Guard. The event was scheduled to be held Saturday evening at the Kenai National Guard armory.

Letters to the Editor
Republican Senate deserves praise for stopping income tax, fund raid

SoHi parents of say thanks for after-graduation party support

Bush's trips provides him valuable new perspective
President Bush's trip to Europe has been one of those largely predictable events where national leaders reassure the world of their undying friendship, speak broadly about past wars and events, and vow to work together for the good of humanity.

Business as usual in INS bureaucracy cannot be tolerated
... Two new reports, from the independent inspectors general of the Social Security Administration and the Justice Department, provide fresh ammunition to INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) critics in Congress who say the agency is so hopelessly beyond reform that it must be abolished.

Letters to the Editor
We know pigs don't fly; is it true they don't stink?

Prank shooting call puts others at risk
Anyone listening to the police scanner about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday would have received something of a fright.

Boys and Girls Clubs appreciate support received from United Way Moose lodge congratulates this years scholarship winners Sterling Elementary PTA says thanks for community help Volunteers help make end-of-year barbecue at K-Beach big success Kenai visitors bureau appreciates support for Science on Kenai

Refuge helps explorers by putting on canoe day
The 1.3 million acre Kenai National Wildlife Refuge offers a host of summer fun, as long as you're willing to work at it. Due to a ban on motorized use within the park, there are only two ways to explore most of the refuge: foot power or paddle power.

Satellites spy on sandhill cranes as bird-study technology increases
This spring, while conducting the annual snow goose count at the Kenai Flats, I spotted a sandhill crane with a yellow colored band on its left leg that read A05. On the right leg just above the knee joint was a band that contained a small transmitter and antenna.

Trips go better with tips
There are roughly 106 miles of canoe trails within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, linking over 70 lakes. The trail system offers canoeists and campers a wide variety of trip opportunities, from single day trips to week-long camping expeditions.

Pet of the Week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring a 1-year-old neutered male Labrador retriever mix this week. Call the shelter at 262-3969 or visit them on Kobuk Street for more information.

Around the Peninsula
CIRCAC board meeting planned Summer program to begin Walk planned for brain injury awareness Registration set for summer reading Blood drive slated Bike safety day planned Fishing equipment needed Open house scheduled Fundraiser to be held Soldotna Historical Society board meeting slated

Around the Peninsula
Murkowski to speak at chamber lunchRelay for Life scheduledCook Inlet RCAC meeting to be heldCenter's summer program to beginKDLL board to meetSpaghetti benefit scheduledHistorical society to meetBike safety program for children offeredRod and reel contributions neededAuto dealership to sponsor photo ID program

Seminary in New York opens major Eastern Orthodox library
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) -- After an 11-year building campaign, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary dedicated a new library in May to house its 120,000 documents and artifacts on Eastern Christianity.

Polish court orders newspaper to apologize and pay fine over insult to Pope John Paul
WARSAW, Poland (AP)-- A Warsaw court Monday ordered the ex-communist daily Trybuna to print an apology and pay a fine for a 1997 article calling Polish-born Pope John Paul II a ''coarse vicar'' whose speech was ''slovenly and mumbling.''

Want to be unique? Try life without complaints
Skyline. Fuller Lakes. Resurrection. Just a few of the trails I hope to be on this summer. Who can complain when on a mountain trail, surrounded by the diversity of the wilderness?

Marking Buddha's birthday, Singapore prime minister stresses tolerance
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Religious tolerance remains critical for Singapore's diverse ethnic groups after the Sept. 11 attacks, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said at a celebration of Vesak Day, the Buddha's birthday.

Demand higher, but access more difficult for airport chapels after attacks
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Hans Holthausen stepped into the amber light and quiet of the chapel at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, taking a moment for peaceful reflection before flying back home to Munich, Germany.

Clown's wife leads on-the-road Bible study for circus performers
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- As part of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus troupe, Jenny Nock has no regular church to attend. So for the past year she has run non-denominational Bible studies each Friday for clowns, trapeze artists, animal handlers and concession workers.

Civil liberties union challenges Louisiana abstinence program
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Louisiana's abstinence education program uses taxpayer money to promote religion by teaching that sex outside marriage is sinful, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a federal lawsuit.

Muslims and Buddhists join Christians in Tennessee anti-lottery effort
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Muslims and Buddhists are joining Southern Baptists and other Christians in a campaign to persuade Tennessee voters to reject a state lottery.

Church Briefs
Hymn sing planned Baptist Bible school starts Monday Sports clinic, Bible school slated Bible school planned in Nikiski Kenai church set to go 'buggy' Kasilof church to hold Bible school Soldotna chapel will 'do what's right' Muslims, Buddhists, Christians unite to fight lottery

World Orthodox leader calls on Turkey to reopen seminary
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians wants to reopen an Orthodox theological school that was closed in 1971 when Turkey put religious education under state control.

Jewish, Catholic passions sparked by proposal to canonize queen of Inquisition
TOLEDO, Spain (AP) -- After the expulsion of Spain's Jews in 1492, the granite tombstones in the courtyard of the old Samuel ha-Levi synagogue were stolen to pave roads.

Churches plan family fun during summer
Central Kenai Peninsula churches have a variety of special youth and family activities planned for the summer. A sample of those follows:

France's Vieira to take on nation of birth in World Cup
SEOUL, South Korea -- Patrick Vieira, the French midfielder many see as a future leader of ''Les Bleus,'' is opening the World Cup against his native Senegal.

Kidd's family might not attend Game 6
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Jason Kidd's family might not attend Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals in Boston because of security concerns.

NCAA high jump goes to Griffith
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Perhaps no UCLA athlete has had Bruin bloodlines as pure as those of the new NCAA women's high jump champion, Darnesha Griffith.

Sports Briefs
Twins set to open season Peninsula teams make state Georgia Tech, Clemson share NCAA lead Langham leads Kemper Open Pudge plays for first time in six weeks British Masters

Lakers could face final game of their season
LOS ANGELES -- A day after being animated and outgoing, Kobe Bryant was a man of few words Thursday.

Nets put Celts on brink
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Through some strange combination of reverse psychology and masochism, the New Jersey Nets have turned their Game 3 meltdown into a positive.

Capriati wins a comedy of errors
PARIS -- Her serve a mess, her groundstrokes unhinged, Jennifer Capriati did what she's done as well as any tennis player the past 1 1/2 years -- find a way to win.

Red Wings force Game 7
DENVER -- Brendan Shanahan said he didn't sleep well after missing an open net in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

Avalanche, Red Wings set to put it all on line
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche admitted feeling both anxious and excited about their Game 7 showdown in the Western Conference finals.

Birch Ridge Report: School's out in time for golf
School is out and things are starting to happen around the golf course. All the greens are open and not only looking good but putting true -- if you stroke it right.

Sports Briefs
Sun comes out at Roland Garros, stars shineGovernment asks for dismissal of lawsuitLSU's Davis wins NCAA long jumpFrank Thomas all for steroid testing

Photo feature: Stilted youth
A cow moose and one of her two calves take a break from browsing near Marathon Road in Kenai Thursday afternoon. This year's crop of young animals is out and about.

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