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Sunday, June 3, 2001

Kenai picks new city manager
KENAI (AP) -- Linda Snow, city manager of Petersburg, will likely be the new manager in Kenai.

Troopers identify suffocation victims
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have identified the two Fairbanks men apparently asphyxiated by burning charcoal inside a tent.

Another national accounting firm departs Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- National accounting firm Deloitte & Touche left the state Friday, following a trend of large accounting firms pulling out of Alaska.

Calista appeals HUD ruling on housing plan
BETHEL (AP) -- The Calista Corp. is appealing a ruling by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development turning down its plan to start its own housing authority.

Bankruptcy judge allows Ketchikan veneer mill to pay workers
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A bankruptcy judge has agreed to allow

Interior's first intertribal powwow planned for July
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Don ''Standing Bear'' Forest knew he would have to get permission from the Athabaskan community to hold an intertribal powwow on their turf.

Fishery management council gathers in Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- The North Pacific Fishery Management Council meets this week in Kodiak, drawing hundreds interested in the decisions to be made over some of the world's largest fisheries.

Number of families without fire service is growing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The number of families in the Fairbanks North Star Borough living in areas without fire protection is growing.

Copper River fishermen await higher prices
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Copper River fishermen are enjoying much higher red salmon catches than expected, yet most of the fleet was tied to the dock Friday in a strike against the packing companies.

Salmon outlook poor for the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- People up and down the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers are getting ready to go fishing for king salmon, but the outlook is poor for the region.

Cruise companies prepare for expected pollution bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Deep in the bowels of the Statendam -- many floors below the dining room and dance floor, the beauty salon and the spa -- wastewater from sinks, showers and toilets runs through a maze of pipes and treatment tanks.

Iditarod front runner wants time away from the trail
KASILOF (AP) -- Veteran Iditarod Trail Sled Race musher Paul Gebhardt has sold most of his dogs to two other top contenders and says he's bowing out for a while to spend more time with his family.

Kmart plans full groceries at four Alaska stores
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Grocery shoppers in the state's three biggest cities will have another option as Kmart Corp. this month begins adding full-line grocery departments at four of its five Alaska stores.

Unalaska residents feel earthquake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A magniture 4.7 earthquake 50 miles southeast of Dutch Harbor was felt by residents of Unalaska on Saturday morning.

Drug teams investigate meth labs in three communities
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal and state drug investigators arrested three Wasilla residents Thursday on charges of operating methamphetamine laboratories. More arrests may be forthcoming.

Union targets Nikiski GTL plant
KENAI (AP) -- Organizers say they have enough signatures for a vote on whether workers building BP's experimental gas-to-liquids plant in Nikiski will be represented by unions.

Around the Peninsula
Seasonal snowmachine closure in effect NPCC to hold meeting Men sought for video shootAdult guardianship training sessions slated Blood drive held in Sterling Brain walk planned for June 9 Annual Pop Drop balls for sale Quilting extravaganza plannedKenai River boaters cautioned Kenai to sponsor a summer rec program

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Copper River fishermen await higher prices
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Copper River fishermen are enjoying much higher red salmon catches than expected, yet most of the fleet was tied to the dock Friday in a strike against the packing companies.

NOW PLAYING : Pearl Harbor
Director Michael Bay has a real flair for the dramatic. And the over-dramatic, and the way over the top, blow your mind melodramatic.

Weigh station more than just another roadside attraction
Anyone who drives the Sterling Highway across the Kenai Peninsula has seen the signs in Sterling for the state's weigh station. For car drivers, it may seem little more than a minor landmark or a reason to change lanes.

Troopers, police agree that helmets, common sense best bet for bikers to keep out of harm's way
Bicycles consist of many breeds. They can be jumping dirt machines, highway speeders or bike-path plodders. Whether on the highway, on a mountain trail or in the street, they have one thing in common: they are traffic.

Photo feature: Taking a break
Sheila Best rests with her son Dalton Saturday afternoon during the Relay for Life at Skyview High School.

Gebhardt decides to take time off from sled dogs
Veteran Iditarod Trail Sled Race musher Paul Gebhardt has sold most of his dogs to two other top contenders and says he's bowing out for a while to spend more time with his family.

Lobbyist brings home prison vote
Hedging its bet, the Kenai Peninsula Borough put all its legislative eggs in one basket and, thanks to lobbyist Mark Higgins, struck what could be gold.

Vote at Peak not even close
The vote was overwhelmingly against unionizing Peak Oilfield Service Co. when the ballots were counted Thursday.

Home found for VA clinic
A new clinic for Kenai Peninsula veterans will be located in the Benco Building at 11355 Frontage Road in Kenai, between Paradisos and KeyBank.

Letters to the Editor
Wrong questions won't yield right answers

Applause
Groups make a difference in students' lives Community support helps green up peninsula

Even president not immune from having to weather learning curve
WASHINGTON -- A senator's defection. Public relations missteps. Foreign policy surprises. Five months in office, President Bush has suffered a series of setbacks knocking him off his confident stride.

Aging opens one's eyes to different opportunities
Talk about a painful reminder. I spent all winter working with my dog Bailey getting ready for the summer agility-trial season.

Kenai-Soldotna district a redistricting idea whose time has come
Pop quiz: Do you know what legislative dis-trict you live in? Do you know who represents you in the Alaska Senate and the Alaska House of Representatives? Do the words "reapportionment" and "redistricting" mean anything to you?

Kathleen M. Ryan and Scott T. Smith
Ryan, Smith to marry in Michigan

My Best Friends
Kathleen Frame of Soldotna calls this her "wheelbarrow of love" shot.

Susan Hett and William Robert Richard-son Jr.
Hett, Richardson plan June wedding

Athletic director moves on to director of special events at ASAA
Pat Cunningham, the track and field coach at Colony High School, saw a tell-all sign at the Region III track meet this year at Skyview High School that the career of John Andrews, Skyview's activities and athletics director, was about to come to an end.

Devils even series with Avalanche
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- So Patrick Roy isn't perfect after all -- and the New Jersey Devils still have a grip on the Stanley Cup, just when they seemed ready to hand it over to the Colorado Avalanche.

Sports Briefs
Tennessee, USC win track team titles Gilliam leads Florida to national title Brack, Castroneves in front row after qualifyingRiggs wins Dover truck raceSpencer wins wet Dover crashfest

Post 20 hopes to rebuild early, contend at state
The American Legion Post 20 baseball team that took the field for the first time Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park has a few familiar faces on it, but the Twins will be working in a few new mitts as they begin their season.

Capriati on pace for another title
PARIS -- A raw wind rattled stadium flag poles and sent clouds of red clay swirling across center court Saturday at the French Open, where fans wore overcoats and frowns. In dreary tennis weather, Jennifer Capriati was glad to be done by noon.

Area basketball camp stresses fundamentals
Soldotna High School boys basketball coach Ron Becker has been zealous in his preaching on the fundamentals of basketball.

East, Twins split
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team opened up its season Saturday with a 10-3 loss to the visiting squad from East Anchorage, but the Twins still found plenty of positives from their performance at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

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