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Thursday, June 8, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Governor Knowles plans Hawaii trip
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles was scheduled to travel to Honolulu on Thursday for the summer meeting of the Western Governor's Association.

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.

Former senator appointed deputy administration commissioner
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former Sen. Jim Duncan was appointed deputy commissioner of the state Department of Administration on Thursday.

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.

Poor ice makes for hard work for Barrow whalers
BARROW (AP) -- Poor ice conditions have cost Barrow whalers a successful spring whaling season, but one crew landed a female that was an estimated 62 feet long.

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.

Team of U.S. Army climbers declares McKinley victory
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A team of U.S. Army mountain climbers has declared victory over Mount McKinley.

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.

National Park Service to issue new rules for snowmachines in Denali
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service is once again taking steps to ban snowmachines from the core of Denali National Park.

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.

Burn permit suspension lifted some areas
The Burn Permit suspension has been lifted by the Alaska State Forestry for small piles only in the areas south of the south fork of the Anchor River, including the Fox River Drainage and the Kenai and Kodiak area.

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

Torgerson, Davis are chamber speakers
June speakers at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce are Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, and Re

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.

Judge denies temporary restraining order for fish limits in Southeast
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Superior Court judge here has refused to issue an order that would have blocked new king salmon harvest limits for charter operators in Alaska's Southeast.

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

Borough to help residents dispose of slash from beetle-killed trees
KENAI (AP) -- Help appears on the way for residents of the Kenai Peninsula who are struggling to dispose of mountains of slash from beetle-killed trees.

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.

Murkowski to fill in for Bush at major energy forum
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski appears to be assuming the role of energy adviser to Texas Gov. George Bush, and will deliver a speech next week in Washington on behalf of the Republican presidential contender.

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

Coast Guard helicopter crew wins Distinguished Flying Cross
SITKA (AP) -- A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka has been given the nation's highest peacetime aviation award for rescuing three fishermen from the Gulf of Alaska last year.

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.

Coast Guard considering providing public access to Spruce Cape
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard is working with the Natives of Kodiak to provide the public access to Spruce Cape.

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.

Knowles signs spill response bill, 16 others
JUNEAU (AP) -- A watered-down version of a bill designed to bring cruise ships and other large vessels under the state's oil spill response system was signed into law Wednesday.

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

Knowles allows attorney general changes to become law
JUNEAU (AP) -- Dismissing the measure as largely symbolic, Gov. Tony Knowles let a bill requiring the attorney general to uphold the state and federal constitutions become law without his signature.

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.

Whale carcass buried for later retrieval
KODIAK (AP) -- A gray whale that beached itself on Pasagashak Beach late last month has found a not-so-final resting place in the ground near the beach.

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.

Corps of Engineers considers granting airport wetlands permit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering granting Anchorage International Airport a permit to fill about 240 acres of wetlands over the next 10 years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Passengers from stricken ferry leave Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- Passengers from the crippled state ferry Columbia left for southern destinations Wednesday after Alaska Marine Highway officials shuffled ships and schedules to replace the largest vessel in the fleet.

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.

Alaska salmon gets label designation
It may not be sexy, but the label is accurate.

Business Briefs
Torgerson, Davis are chamber speakersPop Drop is comingMicrosoft certification classes offeredSterling Senior Center plans Friday marketsSoldotna Senior Center plans salePhillips names Alaska executivesProgress Days are July 21 to 23North Slope, missile defense are chamber topicsTechnology program benefits residents

Alaska magazine joins public TV production
Alaska magazine and Alaska One, the Alaska public television network, will co-produce a 52-program television series a

Worker productivity rate makes small gain
WASHINGTON -- A key measure of worker productivity posted its smallest increase in nine months, rising at a 2.4 percent rate in the first quarter of the year, the government reported Tuesday.

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

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.

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
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.

Smelt fishing isn't what it used to be on Great Lakes streams
MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) -- As the runs of sleek, silvery smelt have dwindled from a gush to a tiny trickle, so have the crowds of eager dippers.

Judge denies temporary restraining order for fish limits in Southeast
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Superior Court judge here has refused to issue an order that would have blocked new king salmon harvest limits for charter operators in Alaska's Southeast.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Commission Contest plannedBoys and Girls Club plans musical revivalSeldovia Fourth celebrates millennium

Musician returns to hold voice workshops
After nine months of study and performance in the

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Chippers to help beleaguered residents
Help is on the way for Kenai Peninsula residents struggling to dispose of mountains of slash from beetle-killed trees.

Beetle money to benefit neighborhoods, utilities
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved spending $1.2 million Tuesday to remove beetle-killed trees that could carry wildfire through subdivisions or fall into power lines and public facilities.

School board sets goals
Guiding 10,000 students, 1,000 employees and 39 schools would be impossible without a sense of direction.

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

Doris Welton Howard Clark
Doris Welton Howard Clark died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Juneau guide retrenches to manage business; enjoy more time with family
JUNEAU (AP) -- Ken Leghorn may be one of America's best guides, but he's too busy running Alaska Discovery Tours and being a father to his 3-year-old daughter to lead more than one trip a year.

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.

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

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

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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'

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 set to square off against Oilers
For one night each season, Coral Seymour Memorial Park becomes a field of dreams for members of the American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team.

Shaq diesel crumples Pacers
LOS ANGELES -- Livin' large and livin' easy.

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
KPSC takes part in Anchorage tournamentRocker tells radio station he may quit baseballOlympic flame begins its journey Down Under Peris-Kneebone won her gold medal in Atlanta in field hockey.

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

Happy campers
After about three failed attempts, former professional baseball player Ben Boulware finally gets the full attention of 65 6- to 16-year-olds squirming in the bleachers at the Soldotna Little League ball fields.

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.

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.


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