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Wednesday, June 6, 2001

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.

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.

Former commissioner Holdsworth dies at 90
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phil R. Holdsworth, former commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, died June 3 at the Anchorage Pioneers' home. He was 90 years old.

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

Bold wolves close Denali park campgrounds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service has temporarily closed one campground inside Denali National Park and Preserve and banned tent camping in a second after reports that wolves were stealing shoes or pots and pans.

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.

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

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.

Gateway Forest Products given grace period on loan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has given Gateway Forest Products Inc. -- technically in default on two major loans -- an 18-day grace period, shorter than the company had requested.

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 player chosen in baseball draft
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau's Chad Bentz, a left-handed sophomore pitcher at California State College at Long Beach, was chosen Tuesday by the Montreal Expos in the seventh round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft for Major League Baseball. Bentz was the 203rd pick overall.

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.

Alaska Highway collapse leaves motorists stranded
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- The Alaska Highway has been closed about 30 miles south of Watson Lake in Canada after a culvert collapsed, leaving a 100-foot gap in the roadway. Highway officials hope to have a temporary span in place in a couple of days.

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.

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.

Mobius on the A's list
Last year, Chris Mabeus sat through three days of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft, waiting for a phone call that never came.

Around the Peninsula
Training session plannedBudget topic of chamber meetingChamber to meetArt on the Kenai highlightedOutdoor club to meetRiver festival plannedFly tying workshop to be heldYoung Explorers learn emergency skillsBook fair slated

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.

Local woman wins at quilt competition
Gwen Woodard of Kenai Fabric Center has again earned a First Place Award at the International Husqvarna/Viking Convention in Orlando, Florida Her winning entry entitled "Fractured Saturday's" is a lap size quilt sporting various cartoon characters displayed on televisions.

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.

School district may face redistricting
The official name is the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

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.

Council to hear halibut proposals
Alaska Board of Fisheries Chair Dan Coffey is expected to recommend tighter limits for federal subsistence halibut fishers in Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound to federal managers in Kodiak today.

Kid-buffed shine
Creative Play & Preschools children converged en masse to wash the Kenai fire chief's car.

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

Photo feature:
Helen Aye and her mother Polly Carroll help beautify Soldotna by planting flowers at the corner of Kobuk Street and Corral Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Multiple calls keep CES crews moving
Monday was a busy evening for Central Emergency Services. Almost simultaneously they were called to a house fire on on the edge of Soldotna and two medic calls, one on Kalifornsky Beach Road and one at Solid Rock Bible Camp.

SoHi wrestling team working hard for the money
Soldotna High School wrestlers are putting their muscles to work on and off the mats.

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.

Dallas Walker; Tammy R. Moore
Obituaries

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.

'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

Letters to the Editor
Most Alaskans favor downsizing government to tinkering with fundIf drivers were more careful, there might be less road kill

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.

Legislators slated to debate, decide cruise ship anti-pollution measure
On Thursday the Legisla-ture returns to Juneau at the request of the governor to consider cruise ship discharge legislation. We took this issue seriously during the regular legislative session, have been working on it during the past month, and will direct our full attention to it during the time we are in Juneau.

Applause
Safety focus of rodeo

State should appeal 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.

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

Special session starts Thursday
The Alaska Legislature convenes in special session Thursday for one purpose -- to require the $11 billion-a-year international cruise ship industry to meet the same standards of clean water and air we require of every other industry operating in our state.

Float-tubing makes for a real love-hate relationship
HENRY'S LAKE, Idaho (AP) -- I hate float-tubing.

Mountain goats provide peak entertainment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The first mountain goat I ever saw just about collided with me. We met at a blind turn of trail, neither aware the other was coming. Black hoofs matched the shiny darkness of curious eyes that stared from a goateed face.

Bullheads are a brisk business
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) -- Some people might consider it a nightmare to be waist-deep in slippery, splashing bullheads. Dave Reed considers it a boatload of paradise.

Fish and Fowl at Pelican Lake
VERNAL, Utah (AP) -- Most anglers would rather hit their finger with a hammer than divulge a hot spot. Typically, you have to pry their mouths open with an oyster knife.

Honor Roll
The following students have been named to the fourth-quarter honor roll at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School, Ninilchik, Skyview, SoHi

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

Senior Menus
Menus at the 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.

Mobius on the A's list
Last year, Chris Mabeus sat through three days of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft, waiting for a phone call that never came.

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.

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.

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

Capriati calms nerves, returns to semifinals
PARIS -- Serving one point from an elusive victory, Jennifer Capriati stared at the clay, trying to calm her nerves in the tense silence. She bounced the ball five times, then managed to put it in play.

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

Hard fairways lead to extra-long drives
The golfers are enjoying their golfing at Kenai Golf Course. Some terrific scores have been carded the last couple of weeks. Scores in the range of 74 to 82 already have been recorded by several golfers this season.

Peninsula Oilers in the Major League Baseball Draft
Round, Pick, Player, Team, Pos., School, Oilers

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.

Kenai rider sets sights on national team
When Jennifer Carter chose Leaps and Bounds as the name for the horse she would be riding in three-day equestrian competitions, she had no idea just how fitting that moniker would be.

Twins make Mauer first pick in draft
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins made one of their biggest fans a major part of their future.

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.

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.

Peninsula Oilers in the Major League Baseball Draft
Round, Pick, Player, Team, Pos., School, Oilers

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