Monday, June 11, 2001

Mud forces the closure of two roads
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mud has forced state transportation officials to close a gravel road leading to two campgrounds in the White Mountains National Recreation Area off the Steese Highway.

Pearce to leave Senate seat for position in D.C.
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Drue Pearce, R-Anchorage, announced Saturday she is leaving the Senate to take a job in Washington, D.C.

Head of oil advisory group cleared of wrongdoing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The head of an advisory oil group accused of misusing funds has been cleared of wrongdoing, according to the board of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council.

Sterling Highway plans stir e-mail campaign
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Transportation wants public comment on moving the Sterling Highway through Cooper Landing but is getting more than it asked for.

Air Force oversees return of remains to Aleut Corp.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Human remains taken from Shemya Island during World War II were returned to the Aleut Corp. by the Air Force last month and reburied.

Man in hospital after ATV wreck
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 41-year-old man suffered severe internal injuries after wrecking an all-terrain vehicle near Saltery Cove on Kodiak Island Saturday evening, according to the Coast Guard.

Whale freed of 100 pounds of entangled fishing gear
SEWARD (AP) -- Several agencies joined together to free a juvenile humpback whale in Resurrection Bay of 100 pounds of entangled fishing gear.

Pollen count helps dose Fairbanks allergy patients
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Susan Harry spends up to two hours inside so that people with allergies will know if they can spend time outside.

Fish Council begins process to stabilize crab fisheries
KODIAK (AP) -- The North Pacific Fishery Management Council tabled until Saturday further discussion on management measures to protect Steller sea lions, and turned its attention to another major issue: rationalization of Bering Sea crab fisheries.

Biologists track, study urban moose habits
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Moose No. 6 wasn't cooperating.

Barrow expects increase in summer tourists
BARROW (AP) -- Following a busy winter season, Barrow tour operators say they anticipate one of the best summer seasons as more and more people discover the nation's northernmost town.

Coast Guard rescues swamped boaters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three people were safely airlifted from a beach near the mouth of Resurrection Bay on Sunday afternoon after their 22-foot boat swamped in the surf off Fox Island, according to the Coast Guard.

Alaska tax refunds worth approximately $96 million
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The tax cut bill signed into law by President Bush Thursday will send some $96 million to Alaska.

Northwest airliner diverts to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Northwest Airlines 747 jet on a trans-Pacific flight with 349 passengers diverted to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Saturday evening after the pilot noticed a glitch in one of its four engines, according to airline officials.

Campers find bones that could be that of missing soldier
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of campers found the remains of a body that could be that of a Fort Richardson soldier who disappeared while ice fishing 15 years ago.

Police investigate death after fight in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A St. Paul Island woman died after she was involved in what police describe as an altercation in north Anchorage on Sunday.

Newtok looks for new home as erosion threatens village
NEWTOK (AP) -- When Betty Ann Tom looks out her kitchen window she sees a wide river where there used to be only land.

Capital punishment opponents hold vigil
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage group opposed to the death penalty held a vigil Monday for victims of the Oklahoma City bombing -- including bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Cruise legislation passes Senate
JUNEAU (AP) -- A cruise ship pollution bill passed the Senate Friday night, but a $10 head tax did not.

Musher Doug Swingley tallies most world cup distance miles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Montana musher and four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Doug Swingley has racked up the most Long-Distance World Cup points this year.

Ketchikan councilman wants to end horse-drawn vehicles because of mess
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan City Council member Steve Williams wants to ban horse-drawn vehicles from city streets and the downtown dock.

Coast Guard hearings into sinking get under way in Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) -- Two months after 15 men died in the sudden sinking of the fishing vessel Arctic Rose in the Bering Sea, the Coast Guard has scheduled two weeks of hearings here trying to determine why it happened.

Justice Department will not prosecute police officer in shooting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The federal Department of Justice has ruled there is not enough evidence to prosecute a Fairbanks police officer who shot to death a 22-year-old motorist at the end of a police chase.

Wrangell city manager turns down raise
JUNEAU (AP) -- Wrangell City Manager Bob Prunella has decided to turn down a $20,000 pay raise.

Chemical plant plans stir concern in Mat-Su Borough
WASILLA (AP) -- A proposal to locate a chemical plant in a populated area has alarmed Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials.

Fairbanks borough wants to put restrictions on outhouses
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough is trying to outlaw outhouses in neighborhoods that already have sewer and water hookups.

Court upholds box office manager's theft conviction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's highest court has upheld the conviction of a former University of Alaska Fairbanks employee convicted of skimming cash from theater bank deposits.

Moe Ayagalria returns to the simple task of cutting hair
BETHEL (AP) -- After an almost 40-year hiatus, Moses Ayagalria, owner of Hair Cuts, Etc., has returned to the simple work that intrigued him when he was a boy.

North Pole woman charged with abusing children
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole woman was arrested on multiple assault charges for allegedly physically abusing at least three of four children in her care.

Bush administration considering overturning new mining rules
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Bush administration is considering overturning a last-minute Clinton administration rule setting new mining regulations, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Daal, Phillies take advantage of tiring Martinez
BOSTON -- Omar Daal outdueled Pedro Martinez, and Marlon Anderson hit just the fourth homer off Boston's ace this season as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Red Sox 5-2 Saturday.

Pirates come from seven runs down to defeat Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Giles singled to open a seven-run eighth inning and capped the rally with a two-run triple, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Minnesota Twins 11-8 Sunday.

Miami tops Tennessee
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Danny Matienzo hit a pair of homers and drove in six runs as Miami beat Tennessee 21-13 Saturday night in a record-setting game that completed the first round of the College World Series.

Red Sox concerned about star's condition
BOSTON (AP) -- As Pedro Martinez walked in from the bullpen before Saturday's game, fans behind Boston's dugout rose and gave the Red Sox star an ovation. Little did they know that Martinez and pitching coach Joe Kerrigan, walking beside him, had little to cheer about.

Twins go 1-3 on weekend trip to Anchorage
The American Legion Post 20 Twins picked up one win in four tries on a weekend trip to Anchorage as their overall record moved to 2-6.

TLC helps rhubarb go a long way
It's always a good feeling when the rhubarb is ready for harvesting. We will get to enjoy fresh rhubarb from now through at least the end of July.

Gordon whips Kmart 400 field
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Jeff Gordon survived two restarts and a tense battle with Ricky Rudd over the final two laps Sunday to give Hendrick Motorsports its 100th victory.

Sharp overwhelms field for second straight Casino Magic 500
FORT WORTH, Texas -- This ending wasn't as close, but Scott Sharp's second straight Casino Magic 500 victory was just as exciting.

More studies planned on PCBs in Kenai Lake
A utility company investigation has detected traces of PCBs in sockeye salmon, lake trout and sediments from Kenai Lake.

Water Tips
The National Safe Kids Campaign recommends the following to protect children in the water:

Life-saving moments
Alaska leads the nation in water-related fatalities, according to data provided by the statewide Kids Don't Float campaign.

Some question how property values are reached
Katherine Brooks' hours of preparation paid off when she appealed her assessed property values before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Equalization.

Citizen comments help create new foundation for future of peninsula
Protecting the quality of life, adding year-round jobs and improving post-secondary education are among the goals common to communities throughout the Kenai Peninsula, says a draft economic development strategy.

Several amendments get attention before $50.8 million budget passes
Some got more, some got less and some were told to wait during the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's budget deliberations on Tuesday.

Kenai River Festival
Dylan Hendricks watches his mother Katie adjust his sister Kiana's salmon hat for a photo while sister Kealey warms up her smile during the Kenai River Festival on the park strip in Kenai Saturday afternoon.

Several amendments get attention before $50.8 million budget passes
Some got more, some got less and some were told to wait during the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's budget deliberations on Tuesday.

Former big leaguer Boze shows he knows pitching
In addition to giving the Oilers pitching staff a valuable seven innings of rest Sunday in the semifinals of the Oilers 2001 Hardball Tournament, Marshall Boze also managed to give the Oilers coaching staff a good portion of the afternoon off as well.

Oilers' Lopez slings two-hitter
The saying dictates that if you talk the talk, you'd better walk the walk.

Bucs walk off on Peninsula
The Anchorage Bucs haven't had much success as the visiting team when they face the Peninsula Oilers at Coral Seymour Memorial Park -- their win last July broke a three-year losing streak in Kenai.

Oilers roll to 2001 Hardball Tournament title
It took the Peninsula Oilers five innings to enact the 10-run rule and defeat the Mat-Su Miners, 12-2, in the Oilers 2001 Hardball Tournament championship game.

Applause
Community council appreciates north peninsula cleanup efforts K-Beach PTA says thanks for help with end-of-school celebration

Environmentalists earn name as big spenders
Move over big business, big labor, big tobacco and big trial lawyers. Here comes big environment.

Applause
Basketball camp successful

Heres how to keep fund permanent
The Board of Trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. is seeking your support for our proposal to constitutionally inflation-proof the fund by limiting annual payouts to 5 percent of the funds value.

With 22 million people dead, AIDS is worst epidemic of modern times
Twenty years ago, five gay men in Los Angeles were reported to have a rare form of pneumonia.

Perception among some European leaders is United States wants to go it alone
WASHINGTON -- President Bush came into office promising a ''humble'' foreign policy, yet his administration has managed to irritate friend and foe alike.

Letters to the Editor
All Alaskans should benefit more from wealth of permanent fund

Cell phone helps track free spirits movements
I can see it now. I answer my cell phone as I drive past Kmart. A recorded message announces the blue-light special on paper towels.

Smooth transition expected as Kenai prepares for Snow
Change can be stormy, but as the city of Kenai prepares to transition to a new city manager it looks like nothing but smooth sailing ahead.

Moose attracter
Debbie Sonberg of Kenai photographed this moose calf and mother in her yard last week.

Klimpke, Spurgeon exchange vows in April
The bride is the daughter of John and Brenda Klimpke of Nikiski.

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Pack of pups Murres find a new home More bird news Rehab news

Hughes, Yeager marry Memorial weekend
January Hughes and Dylan Yeager, both of Kansas City, were married Saturday, May 26, 2001, at the Kenai Senior Center. Ray C. Freeborn, grandfather of the bride, officiated.

Around the Peninsula
Summer recreation program planned Road closure planned Free workshop for teachers to be held Kenai classic to be discussed at chamber meeting Guided tours to be held weekly Meeting for small business owners planned Small businesses to be topic of chamber meeting Monthly meeting planned Self-help meeting planned Class to be offered for teachers Low-cost clinic for pets to be held Barbecue fund-raiser to be held Annual golf tournament slated for Saturday Office has relocated

Around the Peninsula
Land trust plans Kasilof tour Challenger Center offers Rocket Academy Relay for Life meeting is Tuesday Progress Days spaces available Star of the North Church plans Bible school Nikiski '91 reunion planned Soldotna chamber plans 'Pop Drop'

Hero of the week
Craig Ralston

Peninsula People
Area students receive degrees Students named to dean's list KPC names top students

My Best Friend
Twelve-year-old Kay Lytle of Kasilof probably didn't have this in mind when she built a playhouse igloo last winter. However, her dog Jazzy thought it was a perfect spot to hang out.

Ask a Trooper
Question: I was driving today when a private vehicle with a flashing blue light came up behind me, honked its horn, then sped off past me.

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

Births
Jennifer Kay and Steven Constantine

Bonner, Cutting wed in Massachusetts
Tiffany Mary Bonner and Sean Eugene Cutting were married Saturday, March 17, 2001 at St. Paul's Church in Hingham, Mass. Deacon Timothy Lawless officiated.

Community news
Youth summit planned

Saltz, Colvault to marry Saturday
Sabrina Saltz and Tad Colvault have announced their plans to marry Saturday, June 16, 2001, at 4 p.m. at the Church of God in Soldotna.

Mona Painter keeps tabs on life in Cooper Landing
Sparkling purple pumpkins are piled high on every available surface in Mona Painter's sewing room. When the project is complete, there will be 40 plump pumpkins ready for their place as centerpieces for a family friend's wedding.

Sports Briefs
New leader in Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby Birch Ridge junior golf clinic set for Monday Homer summer running club starting up Twins drop a pair of games to Bartlett Laila Ali edges Jacqui Frazier-Lyde

Daly storms back with 8-under 63
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- John Daly is back -- again.

Lakers don't expect love in brotherly Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- The NBA Finals have moved a long way from Los Angeles to a city where fans are obnoxious, not pretentious, a city where it's considered appropriate to boo your own grandmother if she forgets to call you on your birthday.

Sir Raymond, behold Lord Stanley's Cup
DENVER -- Now that the Stanley Cup finally is his after 22 seasons and four decades of chasing it, the question is: Will Ray Bourque ever let go?

Point Given cruises at Belmont
NEW YORK -- Point Given was a dud in the Kentucky Derby but dynamite in the Belmont Stakes, winning a bittersweet victory for jockey Gary Stevens and trainer Bob Baffert.

Comeback Capriati takes marathon French final
PARIS (AP) -- Jennifer Capriati jogged to the corner of the stadium where her family stood cheering, climbed onto a ledge and leaned over the railing to give her brother and father an emotional hug.

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