Friday, June 8, 2001

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.

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

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.

Cruise ship cancels two trips for repairs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Operators of the cruise ship Infinity canceled two June cruises to Alaska ports after metal shards showed up in the ship's oil filter.

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.

Ceremonies marks retirement of Alaska Air Guard commander
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Air National Guard bid farewell to its commander Thursday in a retirement ceremony at Kulis Air National Guard Base and a dinner celebration at the Sheraton hotel.

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

Community quotas come under fish council review
KODIAK (AP) -- It's time for federal managers to do a thorough review of Alaska's Community Development Quota program.

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.

U.S. Senate passes Murkowski legislation for teen suicide grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Senate passed legislation Thursday by Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski to release $175 million in grants to fight teen suicide.

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.

Taylor goads governor on Katie John appeal
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Robin Taylor questioned Thursday whether it would be grounds for impeachment if Gov. Tony Knowles doesn't appeal the Katie John subsistence case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.

Alaska Highway reopens in Canada
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Highway was reopened Thursday, two days after a section was closed near Watson Lake in Canada following a culvert collapse.

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.

Cruise ship bill clears Senate Transportation
JUNEAU (AP) -- A revised cruise ship pollution bill cleared its first Senate committee Thursday afternoon.

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.

Bowhead census counts more than 3,000 whales
BARROW (AP) -- A census of bowhead whales in the waters off the North Slope has counted more than 3,152 whales as of May 30th.

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.

Anchorage mayor refuses gay exhibit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mayor George Wuerch refused to grant permission Thursday to have a gay pride exhibit reinstalled at Anchorage's main library.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stewart keys Blue Jays victory
TORONTO -- Shannon Stewart hit a go-ahead, two-run single in a three-run eighth inning Thursday to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-7.

No better place to be for eight CWS teams
OMAHA, Neb. -- For the eight teams in the College World Series, Omaha is a college baseball paradise.

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.

Oilers open with Hardball Tournament
The Peninsula Oilers open their season today at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, and new head coach Brian Green will be using some creative management techniques.

No. 32 can't save Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 32nd homer as the San Francisco Giants lost 10-7 Thursday to the San Diego Padres, who stopped an eight-game losing streak.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Community Calendar
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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

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
Exit Glacier campground to closeSummer recreation program planned Hawaiian luau plannedBenefit scheduled June 17Public invited to hospital board meetingClass reunion plannedPermits needed for development near streams

Kenai River Festival on tap for this weekend
Rain or shine, the annual Kenai River Festival will be held this weekend at the park strip in Kenai .

Fishing options improving
In The Eagles' "Hotel California" album, there's a line that goes, "This could be heaven, or this could be hell." For king salmon fishing, those are the possibilities for this weekend. Halibut-wise, things definitely are looking heavenly.

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.

Melting snows open route to Gilpatrick summit
Looking east, it was winter, with snowy peaks all around.

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

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.

Art Briefs
Theater conference plannedNew artists sought

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.

Money leaders
Money leaders in the Winston Cup series.

Point leaders
Point leaders in the Winston Cup series

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!''

Schedule
Nascar Winston Cup series schedule

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

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.

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.

Board targets money problems
Kenai Peninsula public schools are doing well, but real problems need to be addressed.

Photo feature: Lining up
Dan Miles of the Department of Transportation keeps his eyes on the road Thursday while painting lines on Knight Drive and other streets in Soldotna.

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.

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.

NFL stars team up with residents for annual celebrity basketball tilt
Celebrity basketball is coming back to the central peninsula for the fourth year in a row. Five National Football League players will take on the community's best Saturday night at the Kenai Central High School gym at 7:30 p.m.

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.

Homeowners, students urge mayor, members to retain preservation status
The nine-member Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly got an earful at its Tuesday meeting.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Kenai River Festival designed to be fun-filled learning opportunity for community
HEAD:Kenai River Festival designed to be fun-filled learning opportunity for community

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.

Applause
Celebrity basketball game to raise funds for new trooper K-9 unitSkyview music program sings praises of many supporters

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.

Festival reminds us of river's importance
What words and images do you associate with the Kenai River?

USA Weekend to be added to Clarion Sunday package
There's the proverbial good news-bad news with Sunday's issue of the Peninsula Clarion.

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

Outdoors briefs
Education on bears offered Muzzle-loader class offeredTour historic KasilofDenali Park on the Web

Years bring many changes to Kenai National Wildlife Refuge<
When I was tasked to write an article for the Refuge Notebook series, I had something specific in mind. Like things normally happen, something comes up to change the "best laid plans of mice and men." Fortunately, you learn to go with the flow and the many changes it brings. This article was originally going to be about some of the refuge staff that has been around for many years, but it too has changed.

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.

ICLU sues to prevent future Build Indiana grants to religious groups
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit accusing state officials of giving gambling proceeds to religious groups in violation of the constitutional separation of church and state.

Internet opens door to unorganized religion
WASHINGTON -- From her home in Del City, Okla., Johnna Ray clicks to an Internet site and opens a church door to the world.

ACLU appeals ruling allowing Mormon restrictions on speech in Salt Lake City park
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union is appealing a judge's ruling that the Mormon Church may restrict speech in a downtown private park that formerly was a public street.

Hometown celebrates Kansas man who is a candidate for sainthood
PILSEN, Kan. (AP) -- A priest from Kansas who died while ministering to soldiers in a Korean prisoner of war camp -- and who is now a candidate for sainthood -- has been memorialized with a life-sized statue.

A question about horses and marriage
"When the horse you are riding dies, dismount."

Bishops of three faiths sign agreement on cooperation
NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio (AP) -- The bishops of three denominations have signed a cooperative agreement for church members in northeast Ohio.

Mormons celebrate 200th anniversary of Brigham Young's birth
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Brigham Young, the man who took the Mormon church to Utah and made it thrive, was remembered by church members on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Community unites against anti-Semitic letters
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- More than a dozen religious leaders and city officials rallied with community members to show their support for nine Jewish families who have recently received anti-Semitic hate mail.

Short prayer at heart of best seller
''The Prayer of Jabez'' takes root in a single Bible verse, 1 Chronicles 4:10. The text:

Ban on gay clergy may take center stage at Presbyterian meeting
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A disagreement simmering within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) over a ban on ordination of homosexuals may boil over in the next week.

Religion Briefs
Visiting evangelist featured in revivalSpeaker to discuss intimacy with God

Denied chance to build church, pastor sues
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A Christian pastor has sued Volusia County claiming his religious freedom was violated when a county board barred him from building a church near a community where many spiritualists live.

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.

No. 32 can't save Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 32nd homer as the San Francisco Giants lost 10-7 Thursday to the San Diego Padres, who stopped an eight-game losing streak.

U.S. draws with Ecuador
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Brad Friedel made a diving save in the closing minutes as the United States played Ecuador to a scoreless tie Thursday in an exhibition game.

New for Lakers: A loss
LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal got a kick out of the way a foreign journalist pronounced the word ''Goliath,'' playfully mocking the man by repeating the mispronunciation

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

Colorado win forces Game 7 to decide Stanley Cup
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It's one game for the cup -- and one game to define Ray Bourque's career.

No better place to be for eight CWS teams
OMAHA, Neb. -- For the eight teams in the College World Series, Omaha is a college baseball paradise.

Oilers open with Hardball Tournament
The Peninsula Oilers open their season today at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, and new head coach Brian Green will be using some creative management techniques.

Stewart keys Blue Jays victory
TORONTO -- Shannon Stewart hit a go-ahead, two-run single in a three-run eighth inning Thursday to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-7.

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.

Little guy, big heart
Leave it to the little guy to shrink one of the biggest playoff upsets in NBA history to a sound bite -- and an inspirational one at that.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peninsula skaters get taste of next level
Hockey players on the Kenai Peninsula got a little taste of the big time Thursday when University of Wisconsin coach Jeff Sauer and Chicago Blackhawks alumni Phil Russell, Billy Gardner and Cliff Koroll shared some of their knowledge and experience at a clinic at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Capriati beats Hingis for her first berth in French final
PARIS -- A triumphant Jennifer Capriati pumped her fist, bowed to the crowd and blew a kiss to her family. Then, as steady rain began to fall, she grabbed her tennis bag and jogged off the court, her radiant grin a welcome contrast to the gloomy weather.

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