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Tuesday, June 4, 2002

French oil company top bidder in NPR-A lease sale
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The big French oil company TotalFinaElf SA dominated bidding Monday in a sale of oil and gas leases for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska that netted $63.8 million. The money will be split 50-50 between Alaska and the federal government.

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.

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.

Dot Lake man arrested on sex abuse charges
MENTASTA LAKE (AP) -- A man from the village of Dot Lake has been arrested on charges of sexual abuse of a minor.

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.

Fire's cause remains a mystery
JUNEAU (AP) -- Investigators may never why fire broke out in a storage building here Sunday, torching millions of dollars in property and forcing firefighters to dodge exploding bullets.

Juneau fire destroys millions in property
JUNEAU (AP) -- A fire fueled by propane and rounds of ammunition blazed through a self-storage warehouse Sunday, causing more than a million dollars in damage and destroying belongings of about 150 renters.

Independent-travel woes hurt Native corp.'s income
JUNEAU (AP) -- Goldbelt Inc. reported a loss of $4.4 million last year, due in part to a weak independent travel market.

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

Anchorage restaurateur convicted of murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage restaurateur was convicted of killing another Anchorage man and wounding his son in a 2000 shooting in Macedonia.

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.

Nebraska man killed in Sterling Highway crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Nebraska man was killed Tuesday in an accident on the Sterling Highway at Cooper Landing.

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.

Six Interior residents charged with welfare fraud
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Six Interior residents were indicted last week on charges they lied about their income to the state Department of Public Assistance in order to illegally receive food stamps and other public assistance money.

Wet conditions slow most wildfires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Just two new wildfires were reported Sunday and two more Monday as rain in Alaska's Interior slowed burning.

Sewage main backup floods Anchorage apartment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sewage fouled five apartments in an Anchorage neighborhood Sunday when grease plugged an 8-inch main pipe nearby, authorities said.

Troopers identify body of man who disappeared in March 2001
BETHEL (AP) -- The remains of an Akiachak man who disappeared more than a year ago have been identified, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Missing Norton Sound boaters found
NOME (AP) -- Three boaters reported missing in Norton Sound Sunday evening were found alive and in good condition late Monday.

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

Seward man convicted of threatening judges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Seward man has been convicted of three counts of threatening a federal judge.

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.

Knowles to expand special session to include veterans bill
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles will expand a June 24 special session of the Legislature to include a request for $2.6 million more in funding for a veterans initiative, he said Monday.

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.

Searchers seek three in boat on Norton Sound
NOME (AP) -- Searchers Monday were looking for two men and a woman missing on a boat trip in Norton Sound.

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.

Nenana man sentenced to 99 years for killing trapper
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Nenana man was sentenced to 99 years in prison Monday for killing a Nenana trapper last year.

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.

Fire damages landmark Talkeetna building
TALKEETNA (AP) -- A fire damaged a landmark building in Talkeetna early Sunday morning.

State finds $1 million in budget for Delta Junction debt
JUNEAU (AP) -- In a lean budget year, lawmakers still managed to find $1 million to pay the costs of an out-of-court settlement for the city of Delta Junction.

Ground broken for Kenai youth detention facility
KENAI (AP) -- State and local officials broke ground last week for a new $5 million Kenai Peninsula Youth Detention Facility.

Blue Jays notch win under new manager
TORONTO -- Jose Cruz Jr. homered twice as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-1 Monday night for their first win under new manager Carlos Tosca.

Twins split doubleheader with West
The American Legion Post 20 Twins took one of two games Sunday against West Anchorage. The Eagles won the first game 12-9, but rebounded to win the second game 17-15 with a fifth-inning comeback.

Milwaukee rallies for win against Chicago
MILWAUKEE -- Paul Bako and Lenny Harris hit back-to-back homers to start a five-run seventh inning as the Milwaukee Brewers overcame Sammy Sosa's 20th home run and rallied past the Chicago Cubs 7-6 Monday night.

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.

Author reveals canoe trail secrets
copies of the popular book at KNWR Canoe Safety Days, # (3), (4), (5), Dan Quick, author of Kenai Canoe Trails, demonstrates his personal canoe at Headquarters Lake during the KNWR Canoe Safety Day.)

Goodwill Ambassador inspires Peninsula
The Kenai Peninsula received a visit last week from someone who left the community a better place than it was when he arrived.

Record attendance at local Memorial Day Service
No one needed to be reminded that Memorial Day was more than the first three-day weekend of the summer this year. The attack of September 11th took care of that. This year all across America people wanted to do something more than fire up the barbeque and have a family outing, they wanted to honor those who for over 200 years have paid the ultimate price to secure this nations freedoms.

The big one that got away on purpose
Introducing kids to sport fishing as well as the rewards of catch and release fishing were the goals of the Kenai River Professional Guides Association when they took Caring For The Kenai semi-finalists for a free fishing day a few weeks ago.

New Salmon product gets rave reviews from public in Juneau & here
Fred West, owner of the Tustumena Smokehouse in Kasilof, has perfected a technique for processing Pink, Chum, and Red salmon into a tasty pepperoni, polish sausage, bratwurst, or breakfast sausage. West's new product has captured the interest of local and state officials interested in revitalizing Alaska's troubled fishing industry.

Knowles to expand special session to include veterans bill
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles will expand a June 24 special session of the Legislature to include a request for $2.6 million more in funding for a veterans initiative, he said Monday.

Assembly members plan second trip to D.C.
Three members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will fly to Washington, D.C., Wednesday to meet with Alaska's congressional delegation and the borough's capital lobbyist and discuss the borough's federal wish list.

Sterling family makes Oregon man's first Alaska trip 'shear' fun
"Bleeteeteeteeteeteeteeteeteet!" This shrill, sustained protest accompanied the dull, but equally high-pitched whine of high-powered clippers Thursday morning. This was no typical visit to the barber shop.

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.

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.

Fighter planes testing over peninsula
Residents of north Kenai and Nikiski will get a taste of life on an Air Force base over the next two weeks.

Last-minute candidate filers make deadline
The deadline for filing to run for state and national office came and went Saturday as last-minute filers made real contests out of some races, while other candidates emerged unchallenged.

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.

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.

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.

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

Joyce H. Janota
Former Soldotna resident Joyce H. Janota died Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at Alaska Regional Medical Center after a short battle with cancer. She was 71.

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.

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

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.

Good news for Alaska's fishers: Seafood labeling could take effect soon
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.

Applause
Father, son could use some help putting Kenai cemetery in orderSoldotna Elementary School says thanks for support throughout year

Letters to the Editor
Kasilof River crowded with guides; bank anglers give up in frustrationPrescription drug benefit needed now in MedicareBiased questions compromise integrity of Kenai River survey

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?

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.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Free immunizations availableSCI monthly meeting plannedChamber meeting scheduledScavenger hunt rescheduledPublic meeting slatedCMCD course offeredHomesteader village open for summer

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

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

Around the District
Sixth-grade teacher Anne Pfitzner has been selected as one of three national winners of an Einstein Fellowship in Washington, D.C.Tony and Wayne Aitkin were presented awards for perfect junior high and high school attendence at Nikisk Middle-Senior High School's awards night.

Peterson reviews accomplishments of 2001-02 school year
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent, Donna Peterson, has assembled the following list of noteworthy points in review of the 2001-02 district school year.

Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the fourth quarter at Kenai Middle School, Nikiski Middle-Senior High School, or for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average for the spring semester at Kenai Peninsula College

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Cell phone program keeps seniors connected
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Hertha Gross knew there had to be a use for the old cell phones people toss out when they move on to newer models.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

One year after Bourque, will Hasek finally get his Stanley Cup?
DETROIT -- This Stanley Cup story line worked so well last year, it may be worth repeating.

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

Reyna, Mathis hurting heading into U.S. opener
SEOUL, South Korea -- The United States has been aching for four years to show the world it's no longer a last-place team. Now, on the eve of its World Cup opener, the United States is just plain aching.

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.

Italy, Brazil open with group wins
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- The big boys are asserting themselves early in the World Cup.

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.

Message received
One guy can do only so much. The same thought that provided some consolation for Mike Bibby probably sent shivers down Jason Kidd's spine. The New Jersey guard was at home Sunday night, all the way on the other side of the country, when the Los Angeles Lakers took out Bibby's Sacramento Kings in the battle of California. But the message came through his TV set loud and clear:

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.

Agassi comes back from brink to reach quarterfinals
PARIS -- Andre Agassi was in a rut: His rhythm was off, his much younger opponent couldn't miss, his deficit was growing.

Sports Briefs
Twins split doubleheader with WestPeninsula riders fare well at snowmachine event

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

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