Sunday, June 9, 2002

Study shows Kenai River wetlands shrinking
KENAI (AP) -- A new federal 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.

Senate approves bypass mail revisions
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has approved changes to Alaska's bypass mail system.

Knowles signs bill aimed at two court cases
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law Friday a bill that would undo a unanimous Alaska Supreme Court decision on permitting requirements for oil drilling wastes in Cook Inlet.

Fairbanks gets a new bishop
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Monsignor Donald Kettler has been named the next Catholic bishop of Fairbanks.

Native nutritionist shares knowledge of tundra edibles
BETHEL (AP) -- With a green scarf tied at her chin and rubber boots on her feet, Mary Gregory stands on a hillside of tundra, holding a handful of dark moss so her students can identify survival food.

SeaLife Center gets sea lion pup
SEWARD (AP) -- The Alaska SeaLife Center is keeping close watch on its latest guest, a sea lion pup that was abandoned by her mother.

State denies permit for Kenai Fjords oyster farm
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has denied an application for a floating oyster farm in the Kenai Fjords.

Vandals twice cut long distance fiber optic cable
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Vandals have twice cut a fiber optics cable that provides long distance telephone service to some Fairbanksans, costing the company that maintains the cable more than $100,000.

Renovated ferry returned to service two years after fire
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state ferry Columbia is back in business, nearly two years after it was sidelined by a switchboard fire.

Borough rejects call for noise, sign laws
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough Clerk's office has determined that proposed laws to get rid of tall signs and loud noise are unconstitutional, or could be, as written.

Knowles administration takes swing at stealth PAC's issue ad
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Knowles administration on Friday lashed out against soft money television ads from a Republican-friendly trade group that accuse the Democrat governor of piloting the state's economy into the ground.

Scientists drill Alaska's depths for clues to climate research
CHITINA (AP) -- Seeking clues into Alaska's climate change since prehistoric times and how it might relate to recent global warming, an international scientific team spent the past month drilling deep into ancient ice high in the St. Elias Mountains.

Dueling polls: Latest tally shows opposition to legislative move
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A poll by a longtime player in the running battle over moving the Legislature concludes that voters overwhelmingly oppose the move.

Woman found dead in car in Anchorage mall lot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 39-year-old woman who had been living in her car was found dead inside the vehicle in the parking lot of an Anchorage shopping mall.

DA drops assault charges in Juneau stabbing case
JUNEAU (AP) -- Felony assault charges have been dismissed against a man accused of stabbing a friend during an argument over who was the ''real'' Alaskan.

Motorcyclist killed in Anchorage after hitting curb
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A motorcyclist died after he lost control of his motorcycle on an Anchorage street, police said.

Legislature move: Poll results
Here are the questions about moving the Legislature asked in two recent polls, both conducted in May:

Three Alaska communities get federal funds for drug courts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Alaska Native communities will receive federal funds to help them set up drug courts.

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.

Police officer suffers heart attack following suspect chase
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 55-year-old Anchorage police officer is recuperating in an Anchorage hospital following a heart attack he suffered shortly after chasing a suspect.

Warm springs dispute heats up
SITKA (AP) -- Baranof Warm Springs has been tepid lately, but it's starting to heat up again.

Arizona, Schilling hand Boston's Martinez his first loss of season
BOSTON -- Baseball's winningest pitcher had his way with baseball's winningest team.

Post 20 Twins plan to use experience in 2002
Trying to manage spring training around Alaska's sometimes uncooperative weather is tough enough a task. Couple that with the fact that you can't get onto your home field until late June, and putting together a good American Legion baseball team becomes a next to impossible task.

Golden Bears take two from Post 20
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team lost a pair of games to Bartlett in Anchorage Saturday.

Native nutritionist shares knowledge of tundra edibles
BETHEL (AP) -- With a green scarf tied at her chin and rubber boots on her feet, Mary Gregory stands on a hillside of tundra, holding a handful of dark moss so her students can identify survival food.

Living organ donors hit record high
WASHINGTON -- Organ donations from the living reached a record high last year, outnumbering donors who are dead for the first time. With waiting lists growing, more than 6,400 people gave away a kidney or a piece of their liver.

Caesarean births rapidly on the rise
WASHINGTON -- Almost one in four women who gave birth last year had a Caesarean section, the highest rate in 13 years -- an increase fueled by repeat operations and also women who schedule C-sections for convenience.

Senate approves bypass mail revisions
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has approved changes to Alaska's bypass mail system.

Knowles signs bill aimed at two court cases
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law Friday a bill that would undo a unanimous Alaska Supreme Court decision on permitting requirements for oil drilling wastes in Cook Inlet.

Ward tastes victory
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Jeff Ward overtook Al Unser Jr. just inches from the line Saturday night to win the Boomtown 500 in another incredible finish at Texas Motor Speedway.

State trooper K-9s making a difference
The Soldotna E Detachment post of the Alaska State Troopers welcomed two new officers to its roster in April. One has floppy ears and looks a little like a Muppet and the other shares his name with an area street. These may sound like unusual traits for peace officers, but these two are invaluable new tools to the detachment's public-safety and crime-fighting arsenal.

Cooper Landing highway options still under review
A meeting originally planned for Monday to continue the process of selecting an alternative route for the Sterling Highway through Cooper Landing -- Mileposts 45 through 60 -- has been postponed.

Cuts not entirely painless
After the Kenai City Council directed the city's administration to cut the fiscal year 2002-2003 estimated budget deficit roughly in half over the coming year, the administration looked for areas to cut that would impact the general public the least.

Fire claims Kenai home, shop
A fire at a remote home in Kenai caused the Spur Highway to be closed for almost two hours Friday evening.

City council takes other action
In other business in its June 5 meeting, the Kenai City Council:

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

Oilers drop first two in tournament
In their first game of year, time ran out on the Peninsula Oilers Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. Playing their first game in the Oilers Hardball Tournament, the Oilers were trailing 5-4 to the Oceanside, Calif., Waves when time expired after six innings.

Winning combination: Arctic Winter Games and Kenai Peninsula
Talk about dreaming big and thinking outside the box. The effort to bring the Arctic Winter Games to the Kenai Peninsula certainly is that -- and more. It's also an idea that makes perfect sense.

What was known before Sept. 11?
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's long-held assertion that it lacked the evidence to avert the terror attacks is giving way to a crucial question: What did the government know before Sept. 11?

Hairy tales of wedded bliss
A couple of months have passed, but I still have a clear image in my head of that look on his face.

Healow, Machado to marry in Anchorage
Julia Healow and Dennis Machado, both of Anchorage, have announced their plans to marry at St. Patrick's Parish in Anchorage Saturday, July 20, 2002.

Door opens for animal law attorneys
SEATTLE (AP) -- If it hadn't been for lawyer Adam Karp, Cheryl Shute's 3-year-old dog might have been put to death.

A look into the past: Building the second Soldotna bridge
This 1965 photo by William Allen looks north toward what is downtown Soldotna from the south bank of the Kenai River. The first Soldotna Bridge has been moved off its original foundation and set up as a temporary bridge while the new bridge is being built.

My Best Friend
Tom Johnson of Kenai of Kenai says his dog Kasi is quite a big help around the house.

Photo feature: Celebrating the Kenai River
At right, Bo Reilly gets an insider's view of a giant salmon on display at the Kenai River Festival Saturday.

Waugaman, Brewer wed on glacier
Kelli Lynne Waugaman and Douglas Brewer, both of Nikiski, were joined in marriage at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2002. The couple flew across Cook Inlet to a glacier where they exchanged their vows. The Rev. Stuart Churchill officiated.

Around the Peninsula
People warned to beware of bearsEnvironment camp applications soughtCommunity schools application deadline extendedCIRCAC seeks volunteer for public seat

Combination of circle track, motocross draws big crowd at Twin City Raceway
Together is better. That was the overriding message Friday night in a Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions event at Twin Cities Raceway.

Daniel opens lead at LPGA Championship
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Beth Daniel showed the youngsters how to get it done Saturday in the LPGA Championship, and was one round away from becoming the oldest woman to win a major title.

Red Wings twist 'Canes in third overtime
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Igor Larionov became the oldest player to score a goal in a Stanley Cup finals game. By the time he got his second goal, he felt a lot older -- and a lot better about this series.

War Emblem denied
NEW YORK -- The start was the end of War Emblem's run for a Triple Crown, a stumble out of the gate that nearly dropped the black colt to his knees.

Sports Briefs
Griffey out of lineup with bad hamstringEncarnacion struck in head by thrown ballRamirez to be with Red Sox MondayEx-NBA star Williams pleads innocent

Serena tops Venus for French title
PARIS -- The French Open was hers, no more shots to chase or winners to produce. Still, Serena Williams didn't want to look her opponent in the eye.

Lewis befuddles, floors Tyson
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Lennox Lewis showed the bully who was boss.

Croatia registers upset of Italy
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Another soccer power is in trouble at the World Cup.

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