Wednesday, June 7, 2000

Jet diverted to Los Angeles after problem with pressurization
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines jet on a flight from San Diego to Portland had to land in Los Angeles Monday evening because of problems with its pressurization and air conditioning systems, an airline spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Braves select Alaskan in fourth round of amateur baseball draft
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage player was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the amateur draft -- the highest an Alaskan ever has been chosen.

Murkowski pushes for Alaska EPA region
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski revived an old issue Tuesday and told a Senate committee that Alaska needs its own federal Environmental Protection Agency region.

Fish processor's business booms after news article
CORDOVA (AP) -- A small Cordova fish processor has received a pleasant lesson about the power of the press.

Legal trash disposal drops in Haines
HAINES (AP) -- The volume of garbage handled by the Haines garbage utility has dropped 20 percent, an average of one ton per day, since collection and disposal rates doubled last June.

Ketchikan man charged with stealing drugs from hospital
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 31-year-old man was charged this week with breaking into a drug storage room at Ketchikan General Hospital and stealing prescription drugs.

Lease sale terms intended to protect shorebirds
KENAI (AP) -- Prime shorebird habitat in western Cook Inlet will be off-limits to drilling rigs under terms of the state's coming Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale.

State names acting Fairbanks airport manager
JUNEAU (AP) -- The assistant manager at the Fairbanks International Airport will serve as acting manager starting July 1.

Kay Cashman appointed publisher of the Kodiak Daily Mirror
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Kay Cashman, editor-in-chief and co-publisher of Petroleum News and Business News Alaska newspapers, has been appointed publisher of the Kodiak Daily Mirror.

Fairbanks hotel announces expansion
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Representatives of Westmark Hotel and Convention Center will demolish the oldest section of the hotel and build an eight-story tower in its place.

Juneau teen dies in traffic accident
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 17-year-old Juneau driver died Monday after a one-car rollover south of downtown Juneau.

Weather puts a damper on wildfires, but not lightning strikes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rain and lower temperatures cooled off several large Alaska wildfires Thursday, one day after about 2,000 lightning strikes peppered the Interior and started at least nine new fires.

Doyon unveils $10 million building
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Doyon Ltd. has unveiled a $10 million office building that replaces offices it outgrew.

Murkowski seeking $16 million for veterans wings at Pioneers' Homes
JUNEAU (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski is proposing up to $16 million for the state to allow veterans to stay in Alaska Pioneers' Homes.

Work begins on Ketchikan Wal-Mart
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Construction has begun on a new Wal-Mart store in this Southeast Alaska city.

Two plead guilty in murder-for-hire case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage residents pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that they plotted to kill federal officials and a witness scheduled to testify against them.

Bush program eases certification for teachers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Teacher aides in rural Alaska will be getting some help toward becoming teachers under new rules approved by the state Board of Education last week.

Cost overruns trim plans for Fairbanks vocational school
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks vocational school expansion project will be smaller than planned.

Passengers depart stricken ferry
JUNEAU (AP) -- All 434 passengers were transferred off the state ferry Columbia after an engine fire left the vessel dead in the water Tuesday.

Famed Iditarod musher pleads guilty to elk poaching
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Four-time Iditarod sled dog race winner Doug Swingley pleaded guilty in Justice Court on Thursday to possessing an unlawfully killed spike elk.

Gateway Borough mayor back in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor Jack Shay is back in Ketchikan after undergoing heart surgery in Seattle.

Senate counterterrorism spending bill includes money for Washington state ports, borders
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's largest ports, including Seattle and Tacoma, present a tempting target for terrorists, and stronger measures are needed to secure the shipping berths, Sen. Patty Murray says.

Charter fishermen sue to block king salmon cutbacks
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A group of fishing charter operators has sued to block the state from enforcing new king salmon restrictions in Southeast Alaska.

More and more anglers elbow their way into key Alaska fishing spots
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As once-wild Southcentral Alaska approaches its ever-more-populated future, combat fishing has become a way of life.

Governor appoints two transportation regional directors
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two managers within the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities have been named regional directors.

Road to Whittier opens
BEAR VALLEY, Alaska (AP) -- A tunnel linking the Prince William Sound port of Whittier to the Alaska road system opened Wednesday despite protests, high winds and pelting rain.

Fire leaves ferry Columbia dead in water
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fire in the engine room of the Alaska ferry Columbia left the boat dead in the water Tuesday in Chatham Strait about 30 miles southwest of Juneau.

Fires destroy two Juneau mobile homes
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two mobile homes were gutted in separate fires Tuesday.

Juneau jacks up fine for junking cars
JUNEAU (AP) -- Abandon your junker in Juneau and it'll cost you $295 -- and that's just for starters.

Stricken ferry arrives in Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- The stricken state ferry Columbia was towed into Juneau on Wednesday morning, less than a day after an engine room fire forced the evacuation of its passengers.

Anchorage School Board reinstates certain sports but hikes fees
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- High school gymnastics, hockey and swimming are back in the Anchorage School District, but they'll come with a stiffer price tag.

Fire subdued on Prince of Wales Island
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A brush fire that started over the weekend near Sandy Point on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska's Southeast charred about eight acres before it was brought under control by U.S. Forest Service crews.

Biologists fear salmon slump will continue
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are bracing for another year of poor salmon returns on the Yukon and Tanana rivers.

Fire damages South Anchorage apartment building
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fire that raced through a 30-unit apartment complex on the city's South side displaced more than 60 tenants, but no one was reported injured.

Kodiak Republican misses deadline for Senate race
KODIAK (AP) -- Kodiak Republican Frank Peterson Sr. missed a deadline to run for the state Senate against GOP Rep. Alan Austerman.

Cruise ship dock expansion completed at Skagway
SKAGWAY (AP) -- A $3 million project expanding the cruise ship dock has been completed at this historic Gold Rush community.

Subsistence loophole could threaten trout on Peninsula
KENAI (AP) -- Local officials want the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge closed to subsistence fishing out of concerns that some fishermen may use a loophole in subsistence rules to gillnet rainbow trout.

Early run of king salmon slow to enter Kenai River
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The early run of king salmon has been slow to enter the Kenai River. That's just the reverse of what happened a year ago, when so many early run kings were in the river that the state relaxed its sportfishing rules.

Suspected arson fire damages Pilot Point trading post
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A suspected arson fire in the Bristol Bay village of Pilot Point heavily damaged the general store and threatened a nearby propane storage tank and fuel pump before villagers were able to put it out.

Boomers boasting hobbies, exploring new interests
At the end of the work day, what Rosemary Forrest wants most is to sink her hands into cool, soothing clay and create her next masterpiece.

Graduates saddled with debt should look at holding down expenses, refinancing loans
NEW YORK (AP) -- Diplomas in hand, this year's college graduates now must face the real-world test of paying off the student loans and credit card debt they accumulated in school.

Around the Peninsula
Advisory committee meets on ThursdayK-Beach blood drive SaturdayDonations still accepted for weekend book salePrimitive tool and fire-making demonstration setKCHS reunion plannedHealthy Communities meeting plannedPCI Skills Center offers computer classesCamp for free at senior center

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
Chamber features community foundation speakerMS group to meet ThursdayMS group to meet ThursdayBehind bars for a good causeAnnual Masonic golf tournament this weekendCity recreation program begins MondayBoys and Girls Club summer program starts MondayFlag disposal on June 14HIV testing offered

Juneau streams see big king returns
JUNEAU, Alaska -- A strong run of Taku River king salmon this spring and an early return of hatchery fish are contributing to the best fishing Juneau anglers have seen in years.

Early run of king salmon slow to enter Kenai River
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The early run of king salmon has been slow to enter the Kenai River. That's just the reverse of what happened a year ago, when so many early run kings were in the river that the state relaxed its sportfishing rules.

Early run king numbers low
Fishing for early run king salmon on the Kenai River has been slow, and while biologists at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are keeping an eye on their sonar counts, the low harvest numbers may actually be good news in terms of meeting escapement goals.

Subsistence loophole could threaten trout on Peninsula
KENAI (AP) -- Local officials want the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge closed to subsistence fishing out of concerns that some fishermen may use a loophole in subsistence rules to gillnet rainbow trout.

Biologists fear salmon slump will continue
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are bracing for another year of poor salmon returns on the Yukon and Tanana rivers.

Bear hunt successful
Melinda Webster shot this 6 1/2 foot black bear while hunting across the west side of cook Inlet in Kouktolik Bay May 20.

What the people said ... regarding Kenai Budget
The following are comments made by Kenai residents at the city council meeting Wednesday night regarding the Kenai budget.

Borough OKs funds for septic at Nikiski pool
The septic system at the popular North Peninsula Recreation Service Area pool in Nikiski is in imminent danger of failure.

Cuts change atmosphere
Sears Elementary School veteran secretary Karen Mahurin is leaving the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on a bittersweet note.

Former teacher enters race
There will be a Democrat in the race for House District 7 after all. Homer resident Amy Bollenbach filed for the seat just before the deadline on June 1.

Budget: More than numbers
The out-of-focus picture that is the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District budget is a little clearer, thanks to the approval of legislative funding for schools.

School board vote opposes administration's recommendation
Nikiski parents won out in their bid to get school board support for rearranging their schools.

Photo Feature: Stickin' to it
Kurt Hensel throws a stick into the Kenai River for his dog Zach during a walk in Soldotna last weekend.

It's a dirty job
Brian Hanke stirs up a little bit of dust as he mows the lawn in front of his home on the Kenai Spur Highway Tuesday afternoon.

Fewer funds hurt libraries
Don't judge a book by its cover. And don't think your school library is healthy just because books line the shelves, students crowd the tables and the person behind the counter is smiling.

Change can help blood bank
The last thing one wants is to be turned away when the notion strikes to give blood, but this was the case for at least five donors last week.

Industrial plants unveil hot line
The industrial plants of Nikiski contribute to the economy, but they can make their neighbors nervous.

Study shows wetland loss in lower Kenai
A new study indicates the wetlands that support the Kenai River system are drying up -- but at a much slower rate than other developed areas of the state and the Lower 48.

Festival spawns bevy of activities
Kenai will be awash in activity this weekend as the Kenai River Festival, the annual celebration of the Kenai Peninsula's most famous waterway, returns for its 12th year.

Officials want Kenai National Wildlife Refuge closed to subsistence fishing
Local officials want to close the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to subsistence fishing out of fear that some fishers may use a loophole in subsistence rules to gillnet rainbow trout.

District adds, realigns staff
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District racked up a principal accomplishment at Monday's school board meeting. It hired two principals, two principal-teachers, one assistant principal and rescinded one principal's retirement.

Disability advocates give exit exam low marks
Making all Alaska high school students pass a standard test to win a diploma levels the playing field for everyone. Or does it?

Former trooper files for Ward's seat
While there was a rash of people signing up just before the filing deadline for the Senate seat held by Jerry Ward, one candidate threw his hat into the ring in December.

Mill rate won't change
In a surprising turn of events, the Kenai City Council came within one vote of passing a 1 mill increase in the fiscal year 2002-03 budget, then turned around and voted overwhelmingly not to increase the 3.5 mill rate at all.

Nicholas John Poppin
Nicholas John Poppin died June 3, 2000, at his home in Kilauea, Hawaii. He was 65.

Brian Peck
Soldotna area resident Brian Peck died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at his home. He was 62

Jacquelyn 'Jackie' Dunk
Soldotna resident Jacquelyn "Jackie" Dunk died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. She was 70.

Danielle Rae Carpenter
Lifelong Alaska resident Danielle Rae Carpenter died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at her home in Anchorage. She was 29.

Clarence 'Bud' E. Laws
Sterling resident Clarence "Bud" E. Laws died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at his home in Sterling after a long battle with cancer. He was 61.

Oilers set to host Hardball tourney
Brian Green just couldn't wait to return to Alaska and resume his duties as head coach of the Peninsula Oilers baseball team.

Lawmakers don't have to give up on financial plan
Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna, has proposed a novel solution for the Legislature's lack of action on a long-range fiscal plan for the state: Bring lawmakers back to work.

Letters to the editor
National missile defense system not only expensive, its bad idea Catch-and-release fishing perverts anglings purpose food for table No easy solution to fish on beach, but surely theres a better way

Catch-and-release about money
Advocates of catch-and-release fishing like to ignore that catch-and-release fishing kills fish.

Refuge campfires -- if you choose to light one, be ready to put it out
Campfires, especially those that are left unattended or abandoned, continue to plague Peninsula firefighters in 2002. In fact, campfires are still the number one cause of wildfires on the Peninsula and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Outdoor Briefs
Homer's Brann recognized with TRAAK award Chugach National Forest hosts Kids' Fishing Days

Spraker calls it quits
Saturday, Ted Spraker and his wife Elaina drove through Cooper Landing with former

More than 50 caribou killed by December 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.

Around the Peninsula
SoHi graduate to perform Meetings postponed Lions to hold races Training offered by Homer chamber CPR, first aid class scheduled Youth golf clinic planned Public information meeting slated Environment camp applications sought Community schools application deadline extended CIRCAC seeks volunteer for public seat

Widower, father of eight, becomes Catholic priest at age 63
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- At 63, Philip Brockmyre has become the oldest man ever ordained a priest in the local Roman Catholic diocese.

President says Romania can't force restitution of Catholic churches
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- President Ion Iliescu said Monday the state cannot force restitution of Eastern Rite Catholic churches seized by the communist regime and given to Romania's Orthodox Church.

Religion Briefs
Children still being accepted for choir Sports clinic, Bible school slated Bible school planned in Nikiski Kenai church set to go 'buggy' Kasilof church to hold Bible school Soldotna chapel will 'do what's right'

West Virginia students recite Lord's Prayer at graduation despite judge's ruling
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union will ask the Kanawha County school board to officially abolish a policy allowing student-led prayers, after a federal judge declared it invalid.

No clones here; you're an original
I propped my eyelids open with toothpicks at 11 p.m. It would not be long before daughter number one would be bringing in her critique of "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones."

Unitarian church sold, will become a comedy club called ''God, That's Funny''
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) -- To some parishioners, the sale of the local Unitarian Universalist Church to become a comedy club is no laughing matter.

Evangelism conference features Towns, Wingfield
Several central Kenai Peninsula churches have come together to host an evangelism conference featuring Dr. Elmer Towns and Steve Wingfield.

Episcopal insurance company no longer requires sex abuse awareness training
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Episcopal Church's insurance company, considered a leader in increasing awareness of sexual misconduct, has quietly eliminated a training mandate for clients, the denominational newspaper reports.

Congregation of nuns uses Internet, TV ads to attract potential sisters
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) -- Life is short. Eternity isn't.

A woman is elected to succeed world Anglicanism's first woman bishop
WENHAM, Mass. (AP) -- The Rev. Gayle Elizabeth Harris was elected suffragan bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts to succeed the retiring Barbara Harris, the pioneering first woman bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Scientist says Mexico's famous Virgin image isn't miraculous
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Two months before Pope John Paul II is scheduled to canonize Mexico's beloved Juan Diego, a San Antonio microbiologist-pediatrician said the image of the Virgin Mary on his cloak is not miraculous.

Controversy over faith statement may spread to missionaries at Baptist meeting
Aftershocks from past gatherings of the Southern Baptist Convention -- where splits opened between conservatives and moderates -- will likely reverberate next week in St. Louis when the denomination holds its annual meeting.

Wisconsin pastor fined for taunting woman during nudity protest
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A minister who has led protests against the Mazomanie nude beach on the Wisconsin River has been fined $1,000 for taunting a woman in a parking lot near the beach last year.

Judge finds Amish guilty; rejects arguments against triangles
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A judge fined 20 members of an Amish sect Thursday for refusing to put bright orange reflective triangles on their horse-drawn buggies, saying public safety overrides any religious objections.

Pacers need to contain O'Neal
LOS ANGELES -- A thick layer of gray smog hung over the Staples Center on an otherwise gorgeous Tuesday, a haze to match the foggy dilemma that faced the Indiana Pacers on the eve of the NBA Finals: How to stop Shaq?

Williams sisters gain finals of French Open
PARIS -- A Williams is No. 1, a Williams is No. 2, and the French Open final is Williams vs. Williams.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions to host motocross clinic Anchorage angler wins Seward halibut prize Twins spared through 2003 in lawsuit settlement Delegates approve Canadian judging reform Trottier hired as Rangers new coach

Cabrera dinger sinks Yanks
MONTREAL -- Orlando Cabrera hit a three-run homer one pitch after being knocked down by David Cone, and the Montreal Expos beat the New York Yankees 6-4 Monday night for their season-high sixth straight win.

Peninsula Oilers selected on Day 1 of the 2000 Major League Draft
Round Overall Pick Player, Pos. Selected By School Hometown Years with Oilers

No sympathy from the Devils
DALLAS -- The kids from New Jersey are one victory away from giving the old man the going-away gift he wanted: the Stanley Cup.

Williams' four-RBI night paces Yankees
MONTREAL -- Bernie Williams homered and drove in four runs, and emergency starter Jason Grimsley pitched five strong innings to lead the New York Yankees to an 8-1 win over Montreal on Tuesday night, ending the Expos' season-high six-game winning streak.

Controlled burn
Diving for the finish line with no concern for cuts and scrapes. Playing soccer and football despite cramping calf muscles. Scouring the basketball floor for loose balls.

Would belt for Tyson be good or bad thing?
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- His life is a soap opera played out on a world stage. Hated by many, loved by others, Mike Tyson answers to everything from convicted rapist to savage biter.

Smooth-swinging Gonzalez is No. 1 pick in 2000 Major League draft
NEW YORK -- Once the Florida Marlins took a look at Adrian Gonzalez's smooth left-handed swing, their minds were made up.

Detroit tempers Hurricanes to even Stanley Cup series at 1-1
DETROIT -- For a pivotal 13-second burst, the Detroit Red Wings rediscovered the game that only elite teams can play. What must worry Carolina is they proved they can play the Hurricanes' game, too.

Twins steamroll Road Warriors
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team took both ends of a doubleheader Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Stars still have plenty of fight left
DALLAS -- The New Jersey Devils put themselves in this enviable position by doing something no NHL team had done before.

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