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Saturday, June 9, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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