Friday, June 1, 2001

Bears blamed for island wildfire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Smokey the Bear may have evil cousins on Afognak Island.

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

Governor declares disaster declaration for Koyukuk, Nulato
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles issued a disaster declaration Thursday for the communities of Nulato and Koyukuk, which have been hurt by recent Yukon River flooding.

Debt of wholesale company threatens small village corporations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nine small Native corporations in Western Alaska could face financial jeopardy stemming from a troubled investment in WAVE Wholesale Co., a grocery and transportation business that is reorganizing under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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.

Knowles, Chretien talk about gasline project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles said Thursday that he and Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien have agreed to try to speed development of a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the Lower 48.

Elmendorf personnel on their way home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The first of several groups of personnel deployed overseas from Elmendorf Air Force Base are expected home Friday.

Former Juneau man pilots Zero in hit movie
JUNEAU (AP) -- In the climactic bombing scene of the movie Pearl Harbor, audiences see Japanese planes swoop across the American base, diving toward the water, strafing ships.

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.

Stevens: Squabbles endanger crab buyout
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A $100 million buyout of Bering Sea crab boats could be in jeopardy unless the fractious crab industry can reach agreement on how to divide the harvest, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said.

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.

Fairbanks men asphyxiated in tent with stove
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Fairbanks man were found dead Thursday in a tent at Circle Hot Springs, apparently asphyxiated.

Polar bear hunter says he shot in self-defense
ANCHORAGE -- A non-Native hunter who shot a polar bear near Point Hope last month said he did so in self-defense.

Former PTA president charged with theft
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The former president of the Mountain View Elementary School PTA has been charged with stealing nearly $5,000 from association.

Boy Scouts to take over Seward waterfront
SEWARD (AP) -- Seward's waterfront campground will take on a different look next week as recreation vehicles give way to hundreds of Boy Scout tents.

Wasilla pilot escapes after crash, fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla pilot escaped injury Thursday after her small airplane crashed and burned at the Anderson Lake Airstrip in Wasilla.

Snowmachining groups seek dismissal of lawsuit to open Denali
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two snowmobile groups are trying a new tactic to help snowmachiners regain access to a coveted section of Denali National Park and Preserve.

CIRI shareholders find multitude of ways to spend unprecedented windfall
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Sharing a $408 million windfall was an unexpected luxury for Robert Singyke.

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.''

Delta Farm tour canceled as precaution against foot and mouth disease
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Another Interior farm is skipping its summer tour this year as a precaution against foot and mouth disease.

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.

Man sentenced to six years for Fairbanks cemetery vandalism
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The last of three men convicted of vandalizing the Birch Hill Cemetery and burglarizing homes last fall was sentenced to six years in prison.

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.

Phillips drops offshore well in Beaufort Sea
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Phillips Alaska Inc. is dropping its plans to drill an exploratory well in the Beaufort Sea.

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.

Wasilla girl dies after morning accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 14-year-old girl died from injuries she received in a traffic collision in Wasilla Friday morning.

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.

Grass-roots effort may dust-bust Bethel
BETHEL (AP) -- Bethel residents are exploring ways to clear the air during the long, grimy summer days, when strong winds drop dust on everything from street signs to children.

Winning derby fish weighs 40.6 pounds
JUNEAU (AP) -- The winner of this year's Spring King Salmon Derby in Juneau didn't think he'd caught a particularly big fish. He had to be persuaded by his son to actually weigh it.

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.

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.

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

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.

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
Visitors center to host archaeology programDragster shootout slatedBuy a treeSafari Club to meetVolunteer meeting plannedGeology walk plannedHC/HP meeting slatedSPCA to visit SterlingWRCC in need of yard work

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.

Good fishing ahead
Since last week, halibut fishing and king salmon fishing have improved in almost every location.

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.

How anglers can assist
To aid in the Kenai River Residence Species Investigation study and become a rainbow trout pen pal:

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 to do about those pests that ruin a gardener's hard work
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Beginner gardeners soon learn that other creatures besides themselves enjoy flowers and vegetables. You are working for the furry and feathery kingdom as well as yourself when you sow seeds and plant plants.

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

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.

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

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.

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:

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

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.

Winston Cup series schedule

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.

Points standings
Point standings for the Winston Cup series

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.

Money leaders
Winston Cup series money leaders

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

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.

KCHS reunion concert slated for Saturday
The Kenai Central High School choir reunion concert will be Saturday at 8 p.m. in the KCHS auditorium.

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.

Photo feature: Like this
Coach Nick Baker has Daniel Gustkey, 11, demonstrate how to "swim tall" during a swim camp held at Kenai Central High School this week.

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.

Permanent fund amendment favored
An Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. spokesperson campaigned in Kenai last week for a constitutional amendment to allow the Legislature to spend up to 5 percent of the fund each year.

Chenault briefs Nikiski chamber
District 9 Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, checked in with his hometown chamber of commerce Thursday afternoon, briefing members on his rookie season in the Capitol.

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.

VA clinic slated for fall opening
A new central Kenai Peninsula clinic slated to open in September could spare hundreds of veterans the drive to Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Anchorage.

Proposals fill legislative plate
A proposal the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. favors to inflation-proof the fund is not the only one on the table.

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.

Sue Reiter
Former Soldotna and Kasilof resident Sue Reiter died of cancer Saturday, May 19, 2001, in her home in San Carlos, San Diego, Calif. She was 50.

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

Energy policy must take into account competing interests
It's up to Congress now. President Bush's energy plan is on the table, and 20 of his 105 proposals will require legislation. If this p

Letters to the Editor
There's honor in every profession, when job is performed honorably

Riots in Britain reveal racism's global scope
It is perhaps ironic that as planning moves into top gear for the World Conference Against Racism, which takes place in Durban (at) the end of August, there should be race riots in England.

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.

'Take a Kid Fishing Day' makes memories for young anglerCemetery cleanup appreciatedVisiting author helps young writers

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.

Trying to solve problem of systemic racial bias winning argument for private prison
While the prison bill was moving through the Legislature, some newspaper columnists wrote that Alaska Native interest in the Kenai prison is a ruse by "profiteers" wanting to make money on human suffering.

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

Outdoor briefs
Seasonal snowmachine closure in effectJoin Homer resident for bird walkVolunteer for National Trails DayTour Toby Tyler's gardenOutdoor Club to meetTour historic KasilofDenali National Park is on the webRailroad reminds people to stay off the tracks

Years of knowledge, experience go out wildlife refuge doors
Though often a quiet scholar, supervisory biologist Ted Bailey has had a profound impact on the wildlife and people of the Kenai Peninsula. He will be retiring after almost 24 years of service to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. His career has spanned the globe with its greatest accomplishments here in Alaska.

Radio tags give rainbows an 'address'
The basic curriculum for catching fish goes like this: 1) find fish; 2) catch fish. What seems so simple can som

U.S. Orthodox church head takes medical leave
SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) -- The Orthodox Church in America, one of the nation's two major Orthodox denominations, said its leader, Metropolitan Theodosius, has been granted a total medical leave for four months.

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.

Religion Briefs
Summer camp kicks-off SaturdayVacation Bible school slatedVisiting evangelist featured in revivalSpeaker to discuss intimacy with GodChoir members wanted for musical

Contradictory directives cited on Milwaukee cathedral renovation
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- As workers pull the pews from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Roman Catholic church officials and critics have presented contradictory Vatican directives in a dispute over the renovations.

Program offers refuge to teens
For more than a year and a half, Donald Smyth has been an integral part of "latenight," an aspect of the Winning A Victorious Eternity (WAVE) program, sponsored by the Soldotna Church of God.

''Left Behind'' co-author and wife give Falwell's university $4.5 million
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- The Rev. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the Christian ''Left Behind'' novels, and wife Beverly have donated $4.5 million to the Rev. Jerry Falwell's Liberty University.

Former gang member chooses God's path
As a young boy growing up on the streets of Miami, Donald Smyth turned to gang members for support.

Church expects a fourth of Greeks will back ID card protest
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's Orthodox Church said it expects that by June 26 more than 3 million people will have signed its petition asking the government to reverse its decision to stop recording religion on state identity cards.

Evidence-gathering for Mother Teresa's canonization near completion
CALCUTTA, India (AP) -- A two-year inquiry into the miracles needed to declare Mother Teresa a saint will be completed by Aug. 15, Calcutta's Roman Catholic Archbishop Henry D'Souza announced.

Talmud display honors Army, Holocaust survivors
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- When World War II ended, the U.S. Army printed copies of the Talmud, a sacred collection of Jewish law and tradition, for Jews who were living in displaced persons camps in Europe.

Church of England dioceses criticize proposed divorce policy
LONDON (AP) -- Nineteen of the 44 dioceses in the Church of England have objected to a proposal to standardize the policy for divorced persons remarrying in church, the independent Church Times reported.

Church of England considers changes in how politicians choose bishops
LONDON (AP) -- Appointing bishops in the Church of England has long been a process shrouded in secrecy, with the final choice in the hands of politicians. But now there's a chance some small windows could open on the old and complex procedure.

Fallen TV evangelist Jim Bakker plans Florida camp for inner-city youths
LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- Fallen TV evangelist Jim Bakker hopes to open a camp next year for inner-city youth in the rural Florida Panhandle where he now lives.

Bucks' tongues are still wagging
If there's such a thing as telling the truth too often, George Karl pleads guilty. Maybe that's why if his Milwaukee Bucks go down, he wants it to happen with their tongues still wagging.

Giambi too hot for Tamba Bay to handle
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason Giambi hit two homers and drove in four runs to lead Oakland to a 10-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Oilers Corner - 2001 season just around corner
With the 2001 Oilers season only days away, the team is still facing some uncertainty as to their final roster.

Losers? Not in this book
Loser. Stop for a second and imagine the hurt and shame at being called that. The word carries more barbs than a typical brush with devil's club.

Colorado defenseman notches game-winning goal
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It was the biggest goal of Ray Bourque's career except for one: the goal of winning the Stanley Cup. Now, it's so close he can almost touch it -- almost.

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.

Soldotna's Cristiano leaves behind impressive legacy on and off track
Years from now, when people look back in the history books and run across the name of recent Soldotna High School graduate Lissa Cristiano, they'll find these accomplishments.

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.

Outside coach shares inside tips at Peninsula Piranhas swim camp
Motivation, hard work, proper nutrition and a positive mental focus are key lessons Olympic swimming coach Nick Baker has brought to swimmers during a week-long swi m camp at Kenai Central High School.

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.

Astros stay on winning track vs. Padres
SAN DIEGO -- Shane Reynolds hit the first homer by a Houston pitcher in more than a year and Vinny Castilla went 4-for-4 as the Astros beat San Diego 8-4 Thursday.

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.

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.

Sports briefs
Winners crowned at Hershey track meet

Tangled whale freed in Resurrection Bay
SEWARD -- A juvenile humpback whale, tangled in fishing gear in Resurrection Bay, was freed Wednesday afternoon by Alaska SeaLife Center staff with support from the U.S. Coast Guard, National Marine Fisheries Service and a Seward fisher.

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