Saturday, June 1, 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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:

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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