Monday, June 3, 2002

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.

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.

State agency awards clean water grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Grants of nearly $1 million for clean water projects have been awarded across the state by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

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.

ASMI director resigns
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute will be looking for a new executive director.

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.

Barrow lands fifth whale of the season
BARROW (AP) -- Barrow whalers landed their fifth whale of the spring whaling season last week.

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.

Three men arrested on assault charges
WASILLA (AP) -- Three men were arrested Sunday on charges of assault, burglary and conspiracy to kidnap, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Chena Hot Springs Resort reopens as wildfire subsides
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Chena Hot Springs Resort reopened Monday after being closed for 10 days by a wildfire that charred 22,000 acres and came to within a few miles of the resort.

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.

May 29, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News on legislation that died this session
The Legislature has taken a lot of well-deserved abuse for failing to do anything this session on its two biggest challenges: stabilizing state finances and subsistence. Another failure -- the steadfast refusal to even consider a set of Gov. Tony Knowles' nominees to important state boards -- was breathtakingly arrogant. In some other cases, though, the Legislature's failure to act was good news.

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.

May 29, 2002 The Valdez Star bids farewell to Carnival Cruise Line ships
Carnival Cruise Line's decision to cease port calls at Valdez may have been made with the best intention of its passengers at heart, but it is indicative of a larger shift in how and why tourists spend their dollars. The cruise ship industry has been hard hit as of late. As an industry, it finds itself the subject of watchful eyes by environmentalists, government agencies and a skeptical public.

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.

May 30, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News on public school ratings
The Alaska Legislature made a good call when it allowed another two years to develop a system for rating the state's public schools. It would have been impossible to produce a meaningful and fair ranking system in time to meet this year's deadline.

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

June 2, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner applauds seafood labeling law
Sen. Frank Murkowski already had success in securing language in the federal farm bill that within two years would require that seafood products be labeled with their country of origin and whether the fish was caught in the wild or farm raised. In the meantime, such labeling would be voluntary.

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.

Melting snow reveals more than 50 caribou killed by avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Shattered antlers and hoofs poke out of the melting snow at the base of a steep, treeles slope in the western Kenai Mountains.

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.

Weather helps quiet Alaska wildfires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Firefighters got a break Sunday when rain and nearly nonexistent winds helped quiet several large fires in Alaska.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Henderson leads Boston past Yankees, crashes into wall
NEW YORK -- Rickey Henderson homered and scored twice before being carted off to a hospital after crashing into a wall, leading Frank Castillo and the Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees 7-1 Sunday.

Philidelphia hitting leaves Expos bullpen exposed
PHILADELPHIA -- Starting pitcher Robert Person drove in seven runs with a grand slam and a three-run homer to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to an 18-3 rout of the Montreal Expos on Sunday.

Twins split double-header with West High Eagles
The Kenai American Legion Twins took one of two games Sunday against West High School in Anchorage. The Eagles won the first game 12-9, and the Twins stole victory from defeat in the second game with a fifth-inning comeback to win 17-15.

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.

Photo feature: Hunting for support
U.S. Congressman Don Young meets with, from left to right, Safari Club International Director-at-Large J.Y. Jones of Dublin, Ga., board member Bev Fronterhouse of Fairbanks, Michael Hamrick of Soldotna, and regional directors Ronald Maddox of Anchorage and Robert Keicher of Cheektowaga, N.Y., to discuss the key role legal hunting plays in wildlife conservation efforts in Alaska and around the globe.

Principal heads further north
After 18 years educating on the Kenai Peninsula, Sue Liebner is heading to the Bush.

Ground broke for youth detention center in Kenai
After 25 years of pleading, planning and praying, Eric Weatherby finally realized the fruits of his labors Friday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Kenai Peninsula Youth Detention Facility.

Employees take advantage of district's offer to retire early
Their individual paths have been long, short, rocky and smooth. They have had good memories, trying times, personal triumphs and heart-wrenching moments. Regardless of their individual experiences, 36 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees have one thing in common: They all said goodbye to the district this month.

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.

K-Beach Elementary teacher plans permanent vacation
Trena Richardson missed the last day of school with her students at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School in Soldotna.

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.

Kenai council plans to use city, grant funds to clean up south side of river
City of Kenai administrators think area fishers will take the good with the bad when it comes to the changes that will be implemented during the personal-use fishery on the south side of the Kenai River.

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.

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

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

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

Letters to the Editor
ARG's philosophy has nothing to do with responsible governmentIncreased funding for education ignores some important issues

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.

Title IX law mandates what is was originally designed to prevent
It was disappointing to see the Bush administration arguing in court against restoring the Title IX law to its original intent.

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?

No lack of support for president
WASHINGTON -- Occasional grumbling by some prominent conservatives about President Bush sometimes overshadows his extremely solid support among stalwart Republicans and conservatives around the country.

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

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

Ask a Trooper
Question: Over Memorial Day weekend, a friend of mine was driving as a group of us went clamming by Ninilchik. He was pulled over by a trooper even though he didn't think he had done anything wrong. The trooper explained to him he was stopped because of a defective taillight, but then he got a ticket because his wife was not wearing a seat belt. He did not get a ticket for the taillight. What's the logic there?

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.

Photo feature: Above and beyond
Seward Elementary sixth-graders Lauren Astor, Denali Foldager and Pattie Reimer display their awards for the Northern Lights Writing Contest sponsored by the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenblet, Md. All three are students in Mrs. Haddeland's class.

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

Photo feature: On the right path
Christa McGahan, 4, gets help from her 12-year-old brother, Sean, during a bike safety rodeo staged by the Peninsula Moose Lodge and the Kenai Police Department Saturday afternoon at the lodge on the Kenai Spur Highway.

Community News
Skyview class of 1992 seeks members for reunionMrs. Alaska applications availableWolf eel, seal pups join SeaLife Center displayHost families needed for exchange studentsSummer camp deadlines extendedHeritage Center offers summer day camps

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

Around the Peninsula
Internet class to be heldHomer Chamber mixer scheduledBlood drive planned at mallTraining offered by Homer ChamberNuclear defense education tour plannedGolf classic in need of donationsSummer construction delays reportedDonations needed by SPCAHomesteader village open for summer

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.

Peninsula People
Soldotna woman graduates with business degreeKenai woman earns bachelor's degreeKenai man finishes math degreeAnchor Point student wins tourism scholarshipYouths receive Phillips Alaska scholarshipsArea recruits finish Air Force basic training

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.

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

'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.

Lakers survive Kings in overtime
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Shaq and Kobe had the big numbers -- as might be expected considering they're perhaps the NBA's two best players.

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?

Agoos finally ready to play
SEOUL, South Korea -- Brad Friedel yelled down the hall to Jeff Agoos.

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.

Canas sends Hewitt packing
PARIS -- Top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt, never the same after losing a 91-minute second set in a 15-13 tiebreaker, was knocked out of the French Open by Guillermo Canas on Sunday.

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.

Spain ends Cup opening slump; England can't get past Swedes
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Spain finally figured out how to start a World Cup with a victory. England still doesn't know how to beat Sweden anywhere.

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.

Sports Briefs
Twins split double-header with West High EaglesEWU nose tackle shot at party

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

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