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Saturday, June 8, 2002

Cope Thunder military exercise begins
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The largest military exercise in the Pacific began this week at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

NTSB: State trooper plane ran out of fuel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska Fish and Wildlife Protection Trooper apparently ran out of gas before his plane crashed a year ago.

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.

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.

Fairbanks airport holds emergency drill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks International Airport emergency response crews held a mock air crash on the runway of the airport Thursday to test their ability to deal with a large-scale disaster at the airport.

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.

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

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.

State wins tax case against doctor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Revenue has won a tax case against a medical corporation owned by a doctor licensed in Alaska.

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

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.

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.

UAF appoints dean to School of Agriculture
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Carol E. Lewis, a long-time professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has been appointed dean of the School of Agriculture and Land Resources Management, UAF officials said.

Pope chooses new bishop for Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Pope John Paul II has chosen a parish priest from South Dakota to be bishop in Fairbanks, the Vatican said Friday.

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.

Murkowski bill would let snowmachines in part of old Denali park
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski has introduced legislation in the Senate to allow snowmachines in part of the original Denali National Park.

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.

Bill extends notice on mobile home evictions
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed a bill Thursday that would require landowners to give more notice in some cases before evicting tenants from mobile home parks.

Fish processor fine for harassment of observer
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Seattle-based fish processor has been fined for its employees' harassment of a federal fisheries observer.

Helicopter ignites wildfire near Galena
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Firefighters were trying to put out a wildfire near Galena Friday that was sparked by the exhaust of a helicopter, Alaska fire officials said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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'

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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