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Sunday, June 2, 2002

Stevens makes it official, he's running again
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ted Stevens has been an Alaska senator for 34 years. He isn't tired of the job yet.

Fisherman turned entrepreneur hopes Salmon Express catches on
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- At a time in life when many people count the months until retirement, Les Burtner, 57, is starting over.

Fish permit broker pleads guilty to theft
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fish permit broker in Homer has pleaded guilty to first-degree theft.

Minor earthquake occurs near Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A minor earthquake occurred near Anchorage early Sunday morning.

Alaska Supreme Court reinstates Bristol Bay price-fixing lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has reinstated a class action lawsuit by Bristol Bay salmon fishermen who accuse processors and buyers of conspiring to fix prices in the world's largest salmon fishery.

Anchorage police make arrest in deadly shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police arrested a man and charged him with the fatal shooting of another man in the Spenard neighborhood of Anchorage.

Palmer jury convicts mother of killing her son in arson fire
PALMER (AP) -- A jury on Friday found Suzette Welton guilty of murder and arson in a Wasilla house fire that killed her 14-year-old son, Samuel.

Man pleads no contest to shooting at neighbor's cabin
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Homer man pleaded no contest to strafing his neighbor's cabin with buckshot and shotgun slugs.

Rep. Young proposing Alaska Natives control park and refuge jobs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rep. Don Young is proposing that control over some federal jobs in Alaska's parks and refuges be transferred to as many as 12 Alaska Native tribes.

Mine worker at Healy faces uncertain future
HEALY (AP) -- Unemployed truck driver Joe Juhl isn't certain what his future holds.

Research project begun to examine boater behavior
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A research project began Saturday to examine boater behavior on the Kenai River.

Roy Huhndorf returned to CIRI board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Shareholders have returned former chief executive Roy Huhndorf to the board of Cook Inlet Region Inc.

Murkowski files to run for governor
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski filed his paperwork Friday to run for governor in the 2002 election.

Special unit folds because of manpower shortage in police department
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A special unit established to handle low-level neighborhood crime has been folded because of a manpower shortage in the Anchorage Police Department.

UAF music department moves for renovations
FAIRBANKS -- Fifty pianos, several vanloads of musical instruments, and a lot of sensitive sound equipment have been hauled and squeezed into temporary quarters as the music department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks gets a face-lift.

Legislative candidates throw hat in ring as deadline ends
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Pete Kelly, a conservative Republican from Fairbanks and co-chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, will not seek reelection, he said Saturday.

Air tankers called out again to help fight McGrath fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Air tankers continued Saturday to dump retardant on a fire near McGrath that has grown to 88,000 acres and come to within six miles of the Interior town.

Chief engineer pleads guilty to polluting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A chief engineer of a tramper has pleaded guilty in federal court to two crimes related to discharging oily waste into the ocean.

Astros don't heed Prior commitment
CHICAGO -- The Houston Astros handed Mark Prior his first major league loss, roughing up the heralded rookie for three early home runs and beating the Chicago Cubs 7-3 Saturday.

Yankees' Wilson opens up rout of Boston
NEW YORK -- Enrique Wilson, a late addition to the starting lineup for injured Alfonso Soriano, hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the sixth inning to lead the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox 10-2 Saturday.

Seymour Park gets reseated, reseeded for baseball season
The first thing fans will notice when they settle in for the June 8 opener at Coral Seymour Memorial Park will likely be the seating -- safe, sturdy and wider aluminum benches have replaced the wood planks on the bleachers along the baselines.

Fisherman turned entrepreneur hopes Salmon Express catches on
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- At a time in life when many people count the months until retirement, Les Burtner, 57, is starting over.

Last-minute catch wins May derby prize
Ruth Armstrong of Eagle River checked in to Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby headquarters at 5:30 p.m. Friday to register her 306.4-pound catch, taking over first place in the overall derby standings as well as nabbing the $1,000 prize for the biggest fish for the month of May.

Study finds tea may strengthen bones
CHICAGO -- Longtime tea-drinking may strengthen bones, researchers in Taiwan have found.

Exercise may lower risk of cancer death
WASHINGTON -- Physically fit people are less likely to die of cancer, including cancers related to smoking, even if they smoke, a study finds.

NOW PLAYING: The Sum of All Fears
For those of you out there who are devoted Tom Clancy fans (and there must be quite a few of you; the man sells a zillion copies of every book), his latest novel to film translation is going to leave you baffled. In the novel, The Sum of All Fears, our hero, Jack Ryan, is Deputy Director of the CIA and at the height of his career (though in a later novel he does become President.)

Candidate List
As of 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the following people had filed for national and state offices. Candidates marked with an asterisk beside their name had filed, but had not yet been certified by the Division of Elections by the Clarion's deadline.

Raise taxes? Cut services? Kenai council wants to hear from public
It is now or never for Kenai residents wanting to have a say in the city's budget and tax rate for the next fiscal year.

School bargainers broach mediation
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District contract negotiations ended in a standstill Friday after six hours of discussion on how to proceed with compensation package bargaining.

River study under way
The Kenai River Recreation Impact Monitoring Project, a long-awaited and controversial study to determine what impact recreational users have on the lower Kenai River, has finally been launched.

James E. Mosier
Former Soldotna resident James E. Mosier of Manistique, Mich., died Thursday, May 30, 2002, in Ottawa, Ill. He was 43.

Charlie David Weeks Jr.
Soldotna resident Charlie David Weeks Jr., died Thursday, May 30, 2002, in Dutch Harbor. He was 49.

Guest Column
Citizens get involved to keep Soldotna safeGood work makes holiday weekend enjoyable one

New FBI leeway leaves some uneasy, but others say there's nothing to fear
WASHINGTON -- Who's keeping tabs on your Internet chat? Who's in the next pew or on the next prayer rug? Who's got their eye on you at the library?

Following proper rules of insect etiquette can help avoid unsightly maneuvers
The following is a public service announcement of such vital importance it could very well save lives this summer.

City of Kenai wants residents to have say in budget talks
The city of Kenai has the opportunity to do what the state of Alaska so far has been unable to accomplish: reduce spending (and, therefore, services) in such a way that no one notices, raise revenues in such a way that no one minds or some combination of the two.

My Best Friend
Jocko is "all ears" when he thinks he might get a chance to go for a ride, according to his owner, Skip Dove of Soldotna. Jocko also likes to pose for the camera.

A look into the past: Eroding Kenai River
This Kenai photo was taken in 1962 by Dick Mommsen in front of the Kenai Bible Chapel and Hermansen-Miller house, which are hidden in the trees on the left. The Kenai River is on the right. The river is eroding the bluff in this location, and today the

Jackson, Boyer plan June ceremony
Melissa Jackson and Shawn Boyer are engaged to be married June 22, 2002, in Neosho, Mo.

Administrator Steffy leaves campus legacy
An era ends at Kenai Peninsula College this month when Ginger Steffy steps down as the college director. She has held the post for 15 years, capping a career of 31 years with the school.

Main, Kensinger to wed this month
Crystal Dawn Main of Kenai and William McCawley Tandy Kensinger of Nikiski have announced their plans to wed June 29, 2002, at 3 p.m. at the Soldotna Church of God. Pastor Alan Humphries will officiate and Pisa Faumui will open the ceremony with prayer.

Around the Peninsula
Plots still available in Community GardensExit Glacier meeting plannedSafari Club meeting plannedUCIDA meeting scheduledKenai River Festival this weekendLibrary seeks book donationsWRCC looking for radiothon volunteers

Photo feature: Honoring victims, survivors, while raising funds
At top, walkers in the 24-hour Relay for Life make their way around the track at Skyview High School Friday night. The event raises funds for the American Cancer Society. Above, partici

'Gaining face' -- Male boomers confront baldness
CHICAGO -- 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.

Warrior defeats Rahman
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Evander Holyfield is still every bit a warrior at age 39. He's also back in the heavyweight picture, with a little help from his hard head.

Agassi gains fourth round
PARIS -- Legs churning, his white shirt flecked with clay, Andre Agassi grunted as he stretched to whip a forehand across his body on the 33rd stroke of a pivotal point that seemed destined to last until the sun set.

Williams blazes to fourth NCAA 100-meter crown
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- One of the sport's smallest performers left a big mark on NCAA track and field Saturday night.

Duo has qualities of champs
What makes a champion tick? Why, with Super Bowl rings on their fingers and millions in the bank, did Steve Young and Troy Aikman still pursue football despite multiple concussions? Why couldn't Michael Jordan leave well enough alone?

Sports Briefs
Last-minute catch wins May derby prizeHershey meet draws 250 participantsMariners drop state tourney gamesKenseth loses No. 1 start because of blown engine

Lakers-Kings epic set for ending
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- After two weeks of bad burgers, buzzer-beaters and brilliant basketball, the epic Western Conference finals will be decided in one game Sunday in front of the NBA's loudest fans.

Golden Gophers take NCAA crown
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio -- In a season of extraordinary lows and highs, the Minnesota golf program -- targeted for elimination just two months earlier -- won its first national championship.

Germany, Denmark win; Ireland ties Cameroon
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Germany's World Cup team played down its chances, warned against underestimating the opposition, and then trounced Saudi Arabia 8-0.

Wings close in on goal
DETROIT -- Twelve down, four to go. That was the Detroit Red Wings' mindset after they eliminated Colorado to advance to the Stanley Cup finals, where they will need four victories over Carolina to reach their ultimate goal.

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