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Thursday, June 7, 2001

Home Depot plans construction this month in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Home Depot officials expect to start construction later this month on a Fairbanks store.

Eagle River men chased, held at gunpoint after theft
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two 21-year-old Eagle River men were shot at, chased down, and held at gunpoint Wednesday by a man state troopers say was the victim of a theft from a vehicle.

Quake shakes Interior
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Pipeline workers at Alyeska's Pump Station No. 5 were among the Interior residents who felt a magnitude 4.4 earthquake at 10:28 p.m. Wednesday.

Teens sentenced for severe beating
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three of four teen-agers who beat a 14-year-old boy into a coma at an Anchorage park last summer were sentenced Wednesday to five-year prison terms.

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.

Coast Guard, Russian search coordinators meet
JUNEAU (AP) -- U.S. Coast Guard members are meeting with their Russian counterparts this week in Alaska to share information on the agencies' roles and discuss ways to better coordinate search and rescue operations.

Wasilla man charged with arson, criminal mischief
WASILLA (AP) -- A Wasilla man was charged with arson Wednesday after shouting about plans to kill cats, throwing rocks at homes, tipping over garbage cans and then setting a home on fire.

Legislators to take up cruise ship bill -- and maybe a tax
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fifty-seven out-of-town legislators will join about 5,700 cruise ship passengers in the capital city Thursday as the Legislature convenes in a special session to consider cruise ship legislation.

Job vacancy could cause Interior mammogram delays
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Women in the Interior face delays in having mammograms this summer because the Breast Cancer Detection Center is temporarily without a technologist, the person who performs mammograms.

Ketchikan utility fined for asbestos violations
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan Public Utilities has been fined by the state for asbestos violations at the Beaver Falls Power Plant.

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.

Alaska senator recalls role in publicizes Pentagon Papers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At the Anchorage airport, a crowd waving signs cheered for him. On the Kenai Peninsula, a man spit on him.

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.

Gay pride exhibit taken down after mayor objects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The removal of a gay pride exhibit from the city's main library after the mayor objected is unconstitutional, the executive director of the Alaska Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday.

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.

Girl missing and feared drowned on Kobuk River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A girl from the Interior village of Ruby was missing and feared drowned after a boating accident on the Kobuk River Tuesday night.

Anchorage mayor reconsiders decision on gay exhibit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A day after he decided against a gay pride exhibit at the city library, Mayor George Wuerch said Wednesday he is rethinking his directive and will personally inspect the display materials before making a final call.

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.

Fairbanks couple escape injury after intruders invade, rob home
FAIRBANKS -- Intruders invaded a home west of Fairbanks early Wednesday morning, assaulted and restrained a married couple, then stole items before leaving the home ransacked, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Acting Ketchikan chief hired
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan's acting police chief is now the real thing.

Suit filed in death of Fairbanks warehouse worker
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The father of a warehouse worker killed in 1999 when a bundle of steel pipe fell on him has filed suit against the pipe company and several transportation firms.

CIRI shareholders elect board members
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five board members of Cook Inlet Region Inc. were reelected June 2 at the company's board meeting in Puyallup, Wash.

Twins who allegedly disrupted flight are back home
BUCKLEY, Mich. (AP) -- Identical twin sisters accused of disrupting an airline flight by their unruly behavior are back home, but they aren't talking publicly about what happened.

Coast Guard, Russian search coordinators meet
JUNEAU (AP) -- U.S. Coast Guard members are meeting with their Russian counterparts this week in Alaska to share information on the agencies' roles and discuss ways to better coordinate search and rescue operations.

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.

Most cruise ships skirting sampling program this year
JUNEAU (AP) -- More than half of the cruise ships traveling in Southeast this summer are opting out of a voluntary and soon-to-be mandatory wastewater sampling program and are dumping sink water and treated sewage outside of Alaska waters, federal officials said Tuesday.

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.

Alaska records slow growth for much of '90s
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska ranked a dismal 49th in a new set of federal numbers showing growth in gross state product during an eight-year period of the last decade.

Koyukuk man changes plea in shootings
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Koyukuk man pleaded no contest to two counts of murder Tuesday in Fairbanks Superior Court.

University sells land to conservation organization
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska has received a $1.5 million check from conservation interests for 835 acres of wilderness land in Southeast Alaska.

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.

Bentz, Juneau's professional baseball prospect, spends draft day fishing
Tuesday was an important day in the life of Juneau's Chad Bentz, but he didn't stick around home to hear the good news.

Life has expensive lessons for new college grads
NEW YORK (AP) -- After Kari Molvar graduated from Brown University a year ago, one of the first things she learned about life after school was that it carries a big price tag.

Coping with getting older? How cool!
''It's hip to be square'' -- Huey Lewis And The News.

Business Briefs
Phillips plans to trade low-sulfur credits BP Exploration and employees donate to United WayVisitors bureau expands Web siteSeminar covers new programs to finance businessesAlaska USA approved to serve the Kenai PeninsulaForest Oil announces South African find

Alaska growth slow in '90s
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska ranked a dismal 49th in a new set of federal numbers showing growth in gross state product during an eight-year period of the last decade.

Families are businesses today
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sometimes the future seems way off for American families, too far into all those tomorrows to get terribly worried about, too distant to make seriously detailed plans.

Tourism sweetens Cuba's cash flow as sugar fields give way to resorts
GUARDALAVACA, Cuba (AP) -- Steel skeletons of more hotels are rising along a coastal strip of northeastern Cuba, flanked by white sands on one side and sugar cane on the other.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Some areas lift burn ban for small piles.North peninsula chamber meeting todayPublic invited to KDLL meetingLearn about geology of Kenai RiverNative drummers to performBlood drive plannedWalk for brain awarenessReading program is expanded

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.

Love blooms in special 'Secret Garden' for children
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Secret Garden at the Staten Island Botanical Gardens is based on a children's classic about discovery and renewal. But the story behind the hedge-maze garden is a true tale of love and loss.

Community organic farm uprooted by high costs of California real estate
WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- On a steep south-facing slope in Woodside, one of the last working farms on the east side of San Mateo County's coastal range is about to pull up stakes.

Hiking has special training needs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A jog on a treadmill is insufficient preparation for a hike in the hills, and this might come as a shock to those who count on gym workouts to get them ready for a vacation outdoors, experts say.

Art Briefs
Theater conference plannedNew artists sought

Authors offer fact, new fiction
Two new books by Homer-area authors hit the shelves in May, offering readers a chance to dive into fiction inspired by myth as well as the history of Homer's original pioneers.

On the Same Frequency
Writers often get their material from personal life experiences. In the case of Nikiski teacher Joe Rizzo, his play is not only based on his own college experiences, but the cast is made up of his former students.

Central peninsula gets first dibs on arts program
The Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts gave area children the first shot at its new drama program.

Now Playing - Swordfish
John Travoltas career is all about his hairstyles. Fifties greaser curls and seventies bouffant signaled early success, while the mid-eighties and nineties boring yuppie cut spelled career disaster. The long and greasy locks from Pulp Fiction brought him back into the limelight, and his career was on a major upswing until . . . Battlefield Earth. He got crazy, went for dreadlocks, and it all came crashing down. Now, in Swordfish, he has returned to his Pulp Fiction stylist and added, lest the audiences get confused, a weird little chin-line beard. Maybe its the beard thats messing things up.

Familiar voice: Musician returns to teach lessons
Now that former peninsula resident Joyce Sikorski has finished her masters degree and had two years full of performing and composing, she is returning home to hold a week-long session of private vocal lessons next week.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events, Films

kmart 400
Where: Michigan International Speedway's 2-mile oval with 18-degree banking, 2,242-foot backstretch and 3,600-foot frontstretch in Brooklyn, Mich.

Single-engine rule is a good one
It seems like NASCAR cannot do anything right these days.

Money leaders
Money leaders in the Winston Cup series.

NBC tries to follow Fox's lead
ATLANTA -- Two television networks will be covering Sunday's Kmart 400. Two sets of announcers will watch the same race and, most likely, will tell the story from two points of view.

Schedule
Nascar Winston Cup series schedule

Gordon back in race for Winston Cup lead
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- When Jeff Gordon won for the first time this year, he climbed out of the car, turned to his crew and emphatically shouted, ''We're back!''

Point leaders
Point leaders in the Winston Cup series

Photo feature: Planting with a purpose
Ruthie Sadler and Melinda Haring of Peak Oilfield Services visit while planting vegetables at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Wednesday afternoon during a community service event organized by BP Exploration Alaska. Volunteers from several companies worked on projects at the facility.

Annual cancer walk proves to be profitable
More than 50 teams walked the track at Skyview High School last weekend to raise funds for a life-threatening disease.

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.

Mayor talks up Kenai
Kenai Mayor John Williams gave his annual state of the city address before the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon crowd Wednesday, outlining the fiscal year 2002 budget which goes into effect July 1.

97-year-old does her share
While area residents circled the Skyview High School track last weekend with steadfast pace, the efforts of one Kenai senior citizen did not go unnoticed.

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.

Legislators summarize recent session
The Kenai Peninsula delegation brought home tens of millions of dollars in capital projects, local legislators told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

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

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

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

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.

Sen. Torgerson to head new pipeline committee
Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, said he will chair a new joint legislative committee to promote construction of a pipeline to bring North Slope natural gas to market.

Dallas G. Walker
Homer resident Dallas G. Walker died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 44.

Dallas Walker; Tammy R. Moore
Obituaries

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.

Home schooling scores more points in national spelling bee
The winner of this year's Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee is Sean Conley, a 13-year-old educated at home until he went to private school this past year, just as last year's winner was also home-schooled.

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.

Applause
Collecting aluminum cans offers valuable lessons in stewardshipGenerosity of community ensures memorable learning experiences

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

Letters to the Editor
Some details behind importance of receiving college education One measure of society is how it treats its animals

GOP adjusts to new, reduced role
WASHINGTON -- The Senate's switch in power has changed priorities from tax and budget cuts to patients' rights and a minimum wage increase. For some Republicans, it's a rude awakening.

Cell-phone ban not best way to make roads safer
When a driver is distracted by his use of a cell phone and fatally plows into another car, it's a tragedy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Game 1 goes to Philadelphia
LOS ANGELES -- For those who thought the Philadelphia 76ers didn't have a chance, Allen Iverson had an answer that will change a lot of minds.

With Game 6 win, New Jersey would retain Stanley Cup, Colorado would force Game 7
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils are one victory, one more game when all goes right, from doing something special.

Bentz, Juneau's professional baseball prospect, spends draft day fishing
Tuesday was an important day in the life of Juneau's Chad Bentz, but he didn't stick around home to hear the good news.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions burn rubber at Soldotna airportBritton, Derk fare well at Alaska RacewaySources: Bowman will stay with Red Wings

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.

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

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.

Grosjean defeats Agassi in French
PARIS -- Former President Clinton showed up at the French Open to root for Andre Agassi, stayed for most of three sets and saw him win three games.

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.

Way to go, Joe
This past Monday, Joe Blanchard was playing golf with his son Jacob and two local Birch Ridge residents, Duke Mattison and Dave Keating. Joe hits a horrendous drive on hole No. 4, the 495-yard par 5.

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.

Cubs get good Wood in victory over Cardinals
CHICAGO -- Kerry Wood took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and Sammy Sosa homered to lead Chicago over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Wednesday, the Cubs' 14th win in 15 games.

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

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