Monday, June 4, 2001

114 SoHi stars shine at graduation
The 114 members of the Soldotna High School graduating class of 2001 entered the gymnasium May 22 in waves of two and three dressed in gowns of light and navy blue.

3 Nikiski students share high honors
Bulldogs are tenacious; that theme was central to the speeches delivered at Nikiski Middle Senior High School's graduation exercises May 21.

4 grads recognized as SoHi's valedictorians
Kara MerrillMegan NewbouldLucas PetersenTasha L. Zsoter

Homer Flex High School's Class of 2001
List of graduates.

Skyview grads get final lessons from techer; custodian
Two popular Skyview High School staff members were honored as the commencement speakers at the school's graduation exercises May 17.

9 graduate from Christian school in Homer
Community Christian School's Class of 2001

3 Nikiski students share high honors
Travis Scott Anderson Jessica Arness Seth Tauriainen

Ivanov valedictorian in Nikolaevsk
Efsaya Ivanov

7 valedictorians among Homer High's graduates
Homer High School's Class of 2001 Valedictorians Lindsay Babcock,Matthew Beaumont-Gay, Evangelia "Lia" Sloth, Joy Epley, Erin Pate, Kathleen Reinhart and Madeline Lefton

KPC confers degrees in its 31st graduation
From graduate degrees to GEDs, dozens of Kenai Peninsula College students marked the culmination of their work in commencement exercises April 29 at Kenai Central High School Auditorium.

Wings recognizes 4 graduates
Wings Christian Academy's

15 seniors earn diplomas from Ninilchik High SchoolGretchen R. Garroutte
Like many of their classmates, Ninilchik High School valedictorian Gretchen Garroutte and salutatorian Bridgette Cuffe have been friends since kindergarten.

Seward recognizes 64 grads
Seward High School's Class of 2001

Anderson, Warnick become Hope's first graduates
Joshua Tucker Anderson and Robert William Warnick became the first ever graduates from Hope High School when they

Jones sole Skyview valedictorian
Kimberly Jones

Kenai Alternative honors 25 grads, 2 valedictorians
Twenty-five students were awarded diplomas from Kenai Alternative High School in a ceremony held May 18 at the school.

Dillon earns top spot in Seldovia
Jeremiah Dillon

Small schools have own graduates
Connections (the district's cyber school) Susan B. English School, SeldoviaSpring Creek School, Seward

Fouts recognized as Seward's top grad
Monica Fouts

85 KCHS seniors earn diplomas
The motto for Kenai Central High School's Class of 2001, appropriately, was "Finished, yet just begun."

4 Kenai graduates make grade as valedictorians
Charles "Ross" Baldwin Kjersta LarsonIngrid PaskewitzKT Peters

CIA graduates 6; Minelga earns valedictory honors
Family, friends and fellow students gathered May 20 for the commencement ceremony at Cook Inlet Academy in the CIA Memorial Gymnasium.

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.

Man dies, two hurt in early morning collision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One man died and a man and a woman were critically injured in a traffic accident in east Anchorage on Monday morning.

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.

June 3: The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says let the fund-raisers wash cars
We recently heard from a reader who was upset about the state's failure to enforce the law regarding car wash fund-raisers.

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.

May 25: The Ketchikan Daily News welcomes judge's suspension on roadless decision:
The chance to go back to work.

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.

Juneau man grounds boat 30 feet on shore
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau resident ran his cabin cruiser about 30 feet up onto shore near the North Douglas boat ramp, officials said Monday.

Unalaska police see spike in sexual assaults
UNALASKA (AP) -- Unalaska police have seen a significant increase in the number of sexual assaults reported so far this year.

Colony High School principal returns from leave
WASILLA (AP) -- Colony High School Principal Bill Harlow returned to work Monday after Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District officials concluded an investigation into child abuse reporting procedures at the school.

Fort Yukon man changes plea in murder case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Yukon man pleaded no contest Monday to second degree murder and assault for the December shooting of two people on a snowmachine.

Man dies, two hurt in early morning collision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One man died and a man and a woman were critically injured in a traffic accident in east Anchorage on Monday morning after one driver apparently ran a red light.

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.

Net universities starting to produce graduates
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- At 54, John Hutchins of Anchorage is finally going to law school. He has wanted to do that forever.

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.

Robert Willard dead at age 64
JUNEAU (AP) -- Robert Willard, a longtime Native rights activist and proponent of subsistence rights, died last week in Juneau.

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.

Juneau changes law to make voting easier
JUNEAU (AP) -- It will be easier to vote absentee under a series of changes in the city's election code approved by Juneau Assembly members Monday.

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.

State investigates medical waste incinerator
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's largest medical waste incinerator is the target of a state investigation over allegations that it has been operating illegally for more than three years.

Seward may again be home to bulk fuel tank farm
SEWARD (AP) -- The Yukon Fuel Co. wants to make Seward home to a bulk fuel tank farm again.

Questions raised about taxing Native lands
KENAI (AP) -- Native corporation leaders and loggers are questioning a Kenai Peninsula Borough official's assertion that Native corporations could owe as much as $550,000 in property taxes on land logged last year.

Contractor blames brake manufacturer for fatal Valdez accident
VALDEZ (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s maintenance contractor claims a brake manufacturer was at fault for the Aug. 16 death of an Alyeska worker, denying claims of gross negligence brought in a civil suit by the worker's widow.

Cigarette blamed for Anchorage fatal fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Memorial Day fire that killed a couple in their Anchorage home was caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette, a fire department investigation found.

June 3: The Anchorage Daily News remarks on that city's newest armed services memorial:
Most soldier-at-war statues present a heroic -- sometimes cartoonishly heroic -- pose to a public that, for the most part, knows little of war and its human, very personal, contradictions. Sculptor Joan Bugbee Jackson does s

Shareholders return Goldbelt incumbents
JUNEAU (AP) -- Shareholders have returned three incumbents to the board of the Goldbelt Inc., the city's Native corporation.

May 25: The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner urges appeal of the latest Katie John decision:
It's understandable that the Alaska Native community would rally behind Katie John, the Mentasta elder whose name has become synonymous with this state's long-standing constitutional crisis over who should receive hunting and fishing priority.

Supreme Court hears Bristol Bay price fixing suit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Attorneys for Bristol Bay salmon fishermen asked the Alaska Supreme Court Monday to reinstate a class action lawsuit alleging price fixing by fish buyers and processors.

Twins who disrupted flight head back to Michigan
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Twin sisters who disrupted a plane headed for Shanghai six weeks ago boarded another airliner Sunday night to return home to rural Buckley, Mich.

Cruise line, Coast Guard differ on waste disposal
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Celebrity Cruises vessel has been discharging treated wastewater in port without the Coast Guard's permission. A cruise ship official said the company believed it had that agency's approval.

Moderate quake shakes Interior
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of Fairbanks, North Pole and some Interior villages felt a 5.2-magnitude earthquake this morning.

Workers at oil service company turn down union
KENAI (AP) -- Workers at Peak Oilfield Service Co. overwhelmingly rejected a move for union representation, according to a vote tally by the National Labor Relations Board.

Contractor blames brake manufacturer for fatal Valdez accident
VALDEZ (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s maintenance contractor claims a brake manufacturer was at fault for the Aug. 16 death of an Alyeska worker, denying claims of gross negligence brought in a civil suit by the worker's widow.

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

Six rescued after plane is damaged on takeoff
KODIAK (AP) -- Six people on a single-engine floatplane were rescued by the Coast Guard Sunday evening after a wing was damaged as the plane was taking off from Blying Sound about 25 miles east of Seward.

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

Native rights advocate Robert Willard dies
JUNEAU (AP) -- Robert Willard, a longtime Native rights activist, died late last week in Juneau at age 64.

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.

Chevron and Alyeska hold spill drill in Prince William Sound
VALDEZ (AP) -- A four-day spill drill involving about 150 people is underway in Prince William Sound.

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.

Democrats protest Bush request for ANWR money
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration wants an extra $5 million from Congress to start planning new oil lease sales in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and for analysis of seismic data from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but some House Democrats are protesting.

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.

Damaged depot may not be repaired this summer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Nearly two months after a driver crashed his truck into the middle of the historical Nenana Train Depot, the depot's manager says insurance company negotiations have delayed repairs on the building, hurting tourism in the town.

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

Copper River Delta fishermen return to work
CORDOVA (AP) -- Copper River Delta salmon fishermen were back at work Monday after calling off a price strike.

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.

Eaglets hatched, consumed by mother
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Two eaglets that hatched last week at the Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Raptor Center were eaten by their mother soon after they emerged from their eggs.

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.

Attempt fails to recall Calista board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An attempt failed over the weekend to recall the Calista Native Corp.'s board of directors.

Around the Peninsula
NPCC meets today Summer swimming lessons offeredSummer series starts todayGarden party planned in HomerGeology walk plannedBorough committee to meetRiver festival plannedQuilting extravaganza plannedKenai River boaters cautionedKenai summer rec program under way

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 any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

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

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.

Volunteers to pitch in as community service
A cadre of volunteers from BP and area contractors will spend Wednesda

Gardeners urged to plant extra row
While many are preparing their gardens for an elaborate harvest in late summer, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank asks resident to remember the hungry.

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.

Driver cruises to victory at Dover Downs International Speedway
DOVER, Del. -- Jeff Gordon re-established himself as a force at Dover Downs International Speedway and stopped Tony Stewart's bid for three straight wins on the track with an easy victory Sunday in the MBNA Platinum 400.

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.

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

BOE to hear appeals from land owners
Although the number of appeals from property owners are fewer this year, the issues and the preparation time are equally important.

Community members recall their love for longtime teacher'She is the type of teacher that every
Teachers often are remembered for their lessons and antics, but Kenai Central High School Choir teacher Renee Henderson has touched the lives of students for 30 years, leaving them priceless memories and a song in their heart.

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

Song and celebration KCHS choir teacher recognized for 30 years in music
Masses gathered Saturday night for an evening full of song and celebration in the former Kenai Central High School Auditorium.

Project winners travel to meet President Bush
Who knows what a school project can eventually lead to.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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

Ask a Trooper
Question: I know that when a vehicle is driving less than the speed limit, it has to pull over to let traffic pass if there are five or more vehicles lined up behind it. Does this law also apply to school buses?

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

Rebecca Klimpke and Jesse Spurgeon Annette Belle and Alexander E. Villa

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

Making a pitch
Maya Ala Johnson, a third-grade student at Mountain View Elementary School and a member of the Kenai Clovers 4-H club, recently returned from Juneau, where she met with Gov.

Community news
Host families sought for exchange studentsLibrary offers Internet classes

Alaska SeaLife Center News
Rehab set for June 23 Bye, bye birdie Breeding season at Chiswell Rehab news

Road trip
Twelve home-schooled teens from the Kenai Peninsula celebrated the completion of a year-long civics/government class by traveling to Washington, D.C., April 26 to May 6.

Hero of the week - Marti Shirley
I am writing this to let you and everybody else know that the "teacher of the year" is you. It will be difficult without you in school for the next four years, but you have given me a lot of encouragement to push through.

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

Brewers snap Cubs' winning streak at 12
MILWAUKEE -- Rookie Ben Sheets (6-4) allowed one run in 5 2-3 innings as the Milwaukee Brewers snapped the Chicago Cubs' 12-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Sunday.

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.

Webb wins U.S. Open by big gap
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- The brief hibernation is over for Karrie Webb, who returned to the spotlight Sunday by winning the U.S. Women's Open in a runaway for the second year in a row.

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

Twins swept by Chugiak
Post 20 Peninsula Twins manager Lance Coz could have blamed losing twice to Chugiak Sunday on bad luck, but instead he smartly chose to blame the losses on something the Twins can fix.

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.

Mariners' sizzling start matches 1953 Yankees
SEATTLE -- Seattle won its franchise-record 11th straight game, getting a home run and three RBIs from Bret Boone in an 8-4 victory over the Devil Rays.

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

Finals Answer
PHILADELPHIA -- To chants of ''Beat L.A.,'' Allen Iverson cupped his hand to his ear and danced around the court, skipping like a little kid before jumping into the arms of the coach he finally learned to respect.

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.

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.

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