Monday, June 10, 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.

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.

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.

Fisherman charged with boating under the influence of alcohol
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A fisherman was charged with boating under the influence after a confrontation with a Coast Guard crew responding to a fire on his boat, the Coast Guard said.

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.

Kenai River early king run fishing closed due to weak run
KENAI (AP) -- The early run of king salmon on the Kenai River is so weak that the state Department of Fish and Game is closing the river to sport fishing for kings.

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

Taylor holding Anchorage hearings on regulatory commission
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings this week in Anchorage on reauthorizing the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

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.

Compromise offered on boat launch access
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Deep Creek saltwater boat launch is so popular on peak fishing weekends that trucks towing boats are backed up onto the Sterling Highway, blocking traffic in both directions.

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

Public assistant head steps down after 7 years
JUNEAU (AP) -- Jim Nordlund, who served for seven years as director of the state's welfare division, is quitting, the governor's office said Monday.

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

Vermont man, Colorado woman win Wolverine Mountain Run
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Outsiders out-climbed the best of Alaska in Sunday's inaugural Wolverine Mountain Run.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska sends trade delegation to South Korea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A delegation of Alaska business leaders and state officials has traveled to South Korea on a six-day trade mission.

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.

June 4, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on redistricting
Exactly what the next Alaska Legislature will look like won't be clear until November. But between the redistricting that has shaken up a variety of seats across the state and the results of the filing deadline earlier this month, know that it will be quite different than the current body, at least in terms of its makeup for the next session.

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.

June 3, 2002 The Petersburg Pilot on success of graduates, failure of legislature
Congratulations to the Petersburg High School class of 2002. You got the job done on time, and left your school in better shape than you found it. Most importantly, you brought home the bacon, all $154,000 worth.

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.

June 7, 2002 The Peninsula Clarion on the need for a state fiscal 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.

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.

June 5, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News on proposed electoral system changes
An initiative on the August primary ballot could streamline elections in Alaska, except for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor. It deserves study.

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.

June 6, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. says whale hunts cannot be stopped
We should have known that things weren't going right with this year's whaling season.

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.

Vermont man, Colorado woman win Wolverine Mountain Run
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Outsiders out-climbed the best of Alaska in Sunday's inaugural Wolverine Mountain Run.

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.

More than two weeks after it began, McGrath fire tamed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than two weeks after it began, the McGrath fire that scorched more than 90,000 acres has been tamed.

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.

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

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.

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.

Record number of women participate in the Run for Women
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A record number of women and girls participated in the Run for Women held in Anchorage to fight breast cancer.

Twins give up double losses to Service
The American Legion Post 20 Twins lost two close games to Service Sunday in Anchorage. The Cougars won the first game 4-3, and took the second contest 5-4 in extra innings.

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

Rocket fires missle at Bonds; cruises past Giants in Bronx
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens didn't give Barry Bonds anything to swing at. Instead, the Yankees ace hit him -- just as he hinted -- and left San Francisco Giants manager Dusty Baker questioning Clemens' courage.

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.

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.

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.

NOW PLAYING: Bad Company
There's no doubt about it, the CIA is certainly hot right now. From the hit shows Alias, The Agency, and 24, to last week's #1 movie, The Sum of All Fears, Hollywood has embraced America's favorite spy shop. However, their latest effort, Bad Company, may show that things are starting to wear a little thin.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Board launches search for hospital CEO
Central Peninsula General Hospital will begin searching for a new chief executive officer, as time for its current interim administrator wanes.

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.

New appeal filed over timber bid
Legal wrangling over the Kenai Peninsula Borough's intention to rebid the 1,026.8-acre Stariski Timber Sale continued last week when the company originally awarded the logging contract back in April filed an appeal of that decision.

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.

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.

More calls, but fewer troopers
Summer means longer days during which Alaskans make the most of their short reprieve from the cold.

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 brimming with homegrown help
The Kenai Peninsula always has embraced the concept of buying local, and the Peninsula Oilers are no exception when it comes to stocking their roster for Alaska Baseball League competition.

Bose, Oilers clip Pilots' wings
After dropping their first two games of the Oilers Hardball Tournament Saturday, the Peninsula Oilers were able to Marshall the troops Sunday to beat the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 6-4 Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park for their first victory of the season.

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.

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?

Letters to the Editor
Former guide now understands frustrations of peninsula anglers

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.

Satellite merger could close digital divide in rural Alaska
I've seen a lot of sights over the years on our family ranch, but I never expect to see a cable company crew stringing wire across miles of grazing land to provide us with cable TV and the option for broadband digital services.

FBI director deserves credit for fast action to reinvent his agency
Give FBI a chance to reinvent itself, insist on balance of toughness, rights.

Communist era feared by NATO
WASHINGTON -- The potential for NATO's military secrets spilling into enemy hands has haunted the alliance off and on for decades.

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.

Peninsula People
Area students graduate from college with honorsArea students named to deans' listsSoldotna youth awarded scholarshipNikiski youth named to participate in pageantSoldotna teen to represent Alaska in competitionHomer youth gains internship at Sen. Stevens offices

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

Pint-sized canine saves owner from drowning by alerting friend
NEW WESTMINSTER, Brit-ish Columbia (AP) -- Keith Thorp says his pint-sized dog's determination to get help saved him from drowning in the Fraser River.

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.

Survival: Battling the burns, enduring the whispers (part 2 of 3)
PHOENIX -- It was after sunrise when the three surgeons emerged from the operating room in the Arizona Burn Center. Even they were horrified at what they had left behind.

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.

Community Events
Summer conservation project open to teensAARP offers defensive drivingSeaLife Center rescues abandoned sea lion pupPolice, troopers graduate from academyLaw enforcement torch run results announcedHomer Community School offers summer courses

Former Kenai resident joins foreign service
Joel Kopp has called many places home, from Kenai and Valdez to Seattle and Washington, D.C. In December, he will add Monterrey, Mexico, to the list.

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.

Around the Peninsula
'Science Mondays' to feature water quality studiesSummer recreation program seeking childrenKid's camp applications dueSpace mission simulations offeredYouth golf clinic plannedNorth Kenai chamber to meet ThursdayGrouches sought by Cook Inlet LionsHospital service area board meeting slatedHawaiian luau planned

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

The accident no one would want to survive (part 1 of 3)
PHOENIX -- He had been a cop only a few months when he was called to his first major fire. An apartment was engulfed, and a bystander shouted that someone could be inside. Another officer ran to the back of the building while Jason Schechterle stood at the front, alone, facing the flames, feeling the heat.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Nets can't find answer for O'Neal and Bryant
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Just when it looked as if Jason Kidd might make the NBA Finals competitive, the budding dynasty known as the Los Angeles Lakers -- no, it wasn't just Shaq -- moved within one victory of their third straight championship.

Mike Tyson: From baddest to saddest
In the span of just half an hour, Mike Tyson went from being the baddest man on the planet to one of the saddest. Doubt it? Try and remember the last time you saw a man beaten so badly for only $54.95.

Costa takes French Open for first major title
PARIS -- Albert Costa can be excused for an unpolished victory speech. He's a bit out of practice.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo feature: Keeping watch
A pair of bald eagles screech at another eagle flying near their perch on the bluff above Cook Inlet in Ninilchik last week.

Photo feature: What a pair
An area moose investigates a colorful plywood cutout at Tootie and Michael Keeney's Kenai home off

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