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Tuesday, June 5, 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to hold luncheonWorkshops for small-business owners scheduledMagazine seeking men for video shootVolunteer meeting plannedSafari Club to meetSessions planned for adult guardianshipsSoldotna museum open for summerKenai summer rec program under wayBrain walk planned for SaturdayEnvironmental workshop for teachers offered

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
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

Halibut Derby May winners announced
Five anglers took home some cash for their angling effort, taking the prizes for the month of May in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

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.

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

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.

Students face new tests
Students better enjoy their summer vacation while they can, because the grown-ups are plotting more work for them starting next fall.

Snow accepts Kenai manager's job
There wasn't much haggling when Kenai City Manager Rick Ross offered his job to incoming manager Linda Snow on Thurs-day.

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.

Native corporations could owe taxes
Native corporations could owe as much as $550,000 in property taxes on land logged last year, a Kenai Peninsula Borough official said.

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.

Photo feature: Sunshine, sand and surf
Dan Del Missier gazes at Cook Inlet during an outing to the beach last weekend.

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

Nick Grienoff Elxnit
Former Seldovia resident Nick Grienoff Elxnit died at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage on Saturday, May 26, 2001. He was 97.

Judge's order means Alaskans can return to logging in Tongass
The chance to go back to work.

Jeffords' switch to independent recalls other historic moves in Congress
WASHINGTON -- A quiet Vermonter with no taste for theatrics adds his name this week to a short list of Americans whose singular actions challenged the prevailing political currents. For some, it had an unhappy result.

'Land for peace' not working in Mideast, but eviction might
The suicide bombing outside a Tel Aviv night club last Friday night, which killed 19 and injured scores of other mostly young people, is the latest in a continuing strategy to exterminate Israel and eliminate every Jew from the area.

Letters to the Editor
Kenai, Soldotna don't mix

Applause
Safety focus of rodeo

Community news
Host families sought for exchange studentsLibrary offers Internet classes

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

Habitat for Humanity builds first homes for seniors
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Except for a common garden planted between them, the two newest homes in Easton Meadow subdivision resemble their modest, single-story neighbors.

Senior Briefs
Schedule of events at Senior Centers throughout the Peninsula

Alabama getting older as baby boomers approach senior years
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The radio listening audience in Alabama has gotten old along with disc jockey Joe Cook.

Senior Menus
Menus at the Senior Centers throughout the Peninsula

Devils force Avs into slide
DENVER -- Sorry, Ray Bourque, but the New Jersey Devils seem to have a Mission 16W, too -- and it could end at Exit 16W of the New Jersey Turnpike on Thursday night.

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.

Sports Briefs
Halibut Derby May winners announcedBP Classic brings hockey clinic to areaRun for the River set for SaturdayAlaska Sprint Tour rolls through Capitol SpeedwayMoore to stay with LionsSuzuki leads AL outfielders in fan votingAHL adds six teams from folding IHL Nicklaus has lowest 36-hole total in qualifying

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.

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.

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.

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.

Giants slugger off to best homer start ever
SAN FRANCISCO -- Shawn Estes would almost have felt cheated if Barry Bonds didn't homer for him.

What will Andrews' legacy be?
The state cross country running championship is a perfect event to some up the good things about the career of John Andrews. Time will tell if it's also the perfect event to epitomize the bad thing about Andrews' career.

Agassi shuts up crowd, shuts down Squillari
PARIS -- Andre Agassi's day was already off to an annoying start when several young spectators shrieked throughout a rally he lost with a missed backhand.

Well-rested Lakers prep for 76ers
LOS ANGELES -- For the first time in a long time, the Los Angeles Lakers showed up at practice Monday and had something to focus on -- the Philadelphia 76ers.

Walsh: Rice to catch passes for Oakland
LOS ALTOS, Calif. (AP) -- Jerry Rice could be headed across the Bay.

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