Tuesday, June 11, 2002

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

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.

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.

Alaska Railroad targeted for $20 million in federal grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal government has freed up $20 million for track upgrades this year along the Alaska Railroad.

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.

Hoop pro Trajan Langdon returns to inspire Alaskans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A rumor swept through Unalakleet last summer that nearly caused the village to shut down.

Alaska Railroad seeks federal aid for flood damage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad is seeking $430,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover track damage and lost passenger revenue from Susitna River flooding last month.

Jet fuel tax sparks opposition
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Air Carriers Association said it will sue the Fairbanks North Star Borough if voters approve a 2-cent-per-gallon fuel transfer tax June 25.

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.

AIGC looking into bringing natural gas to Southeast communities
PETERSBURG (AP) -- A plan to bring natural gas to over a dozen Southeast Alaska communities faces several hurdles, including finding about $80 million to fund the project.

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.

First Walk to Whittier
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Pedestrians will be able to walk to the Prince William Sound community of Whittier Saturday in the first annual Walk to Whittier.

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.

Woman accused of doctoring pull tabs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman stole thousands of dollars from pull-tab operations in the Norton Sound villages of Stebbins and St. Michael, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Light quake shakes Southcentral
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska Monday night, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

Glenn Godfrey leaving post as Public Safety commissioner
JUNEAU (AP) -- Glenn Godfrey, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety for the past two years, is retiring.

Fort Wainwright soldier found dead
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A soldier at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks was found dead in his barracks Monday.

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.

Alaska to offer lower interest on student loans
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska student loan program is offering new lower-interest loan programs for students who attend school in state or live in Alaska after they graduate.

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.

Plea agreements reached in shooting of Stebbins mayor
NOME (AP) -- Prosecutors have reached plea agreements with two men and a juvenile charged in the November shooting of the mayor of Stebbins.

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

Trooper shoots and kills Kaltag man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kaltag man was shot and killed Monday by an Alaska State Trooper responding to a report of domestic violence.

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.

Traditional rattle seized, returned to Southeast
SITKA (AP) -- After 200 years and an extraordinary journey, a piece of Alaska Native heritage came home over the weekend.

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.

Investigation finds that fire that destroyed hotel was intentional
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fire that destroyed a hotel under construction in downtown Anchorage was intentionally caused by one or more people trespassing in the building, the Anchorage Fire Department said Monday.

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.

Alaska to offer lower interest on student loans
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Student Loan program is offering new lower-interest loan programs for students who attend school in state or live in Alaska after they graduate.

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.

Complaint says Ward doesn't live in Nikiski trailer
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Kenai resident alleges that incumbent Sen. Jerry Ward does not live in the trailer in Nikiski that he claims as his new home.

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.

Kodiak fishing group seeks fishing halt until price set
KODIAK (AP) -- The United Salmon Association is asking every salmon fisherman on the island to refrain from fishing until a price agreement is reached with processors.

Juneau residents getting tickets under 'garbage bear' law
JUNEAU (AP) -- About 100 people have been ticketed since February for violating a new law designed to keep trash from attracting bears to residential areas.

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.

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.

"Chicks with Sticks" learn the art of fly fishing
Fly fishing is a perfect sport for women and it's exploding across the nation according to Pudge Kleinkauf, a registered fly fishing guide and president of the Women's Flyfishing Assoc.

Soldotna "Ididawalker" wants to do it again
Many a man, woman, sled dog, and snow machine driver, have done the thousand mile Ididarod Trail to Nome, but only one man has walked the Ididarod alone, pushing a sled.

Kenai Rotary presents KPC Scholarships
Kenai Rotary Club President, Barry Eldridge, congratulated and on behalf of the Kenai Club awarded Anne McCabe and Andrew Horazdobsky $1,500 scholarships.

Rain doesn't dampen local effort to cure cancer
The midnight sun may not have been shining on the 4th annual Relay For Life at Skyview High School, but the eyes of those who gathered to remember lost loved ones and survivors of cancer couldn't have been brighter.

Hooked on Kenai volunteers meet you at Airport
With the hope of reeling in visitors to local business establishments and organizations, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce "Hooked on Kenai" adventure is now in full swing.

Hooligans returning in large numbers
A walk along the beach near the mouth of the Kenai River at low tide will reveal thousands of little dead silver fish. Is there reason to worry?

Kenai closed to king fishing
As of today, fishing is no longer king on the Kenai River. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced an emergency order Monday closing the Kenai River to all sportfishing, including catch-and-release, for kings of all sizes. The order took effect at 12:01 this morning.

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.

Ninilchik tribe works to bury past differences
Five years ago, controversy nearly destroyed the Ninilchik Traditional Council.

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

Housing records taking steps in right direction
What a difference a few years make. Tribal members, funding agencies and critics found plenty to question at the Ninilchik Traditional Council just a few years ago. But this year, the tribe is in good graces with agencies such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Mystery, controversy cloud Ninilchik tribe's past
The Ninilchik Traditional Council was established in 1973 to serve as a tribal government and provide social services to Alaska Natives and American Indians within its area of jurisdiction, which stretches from the Kasilof River to Kachemak Bay. The bulk of its $1.3 million annual budget comes from federal grants and contracts.

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.

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.

Ward's Nikiski residence challenged, Complaint: Senator doesn't live in trailer
JUNEAU -- A Kenai resident alleges that incumbent Sen. Jerry Ward does not live in the trailer in Nikiski that he claims as his new home.

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 2002 Hardball Tournament results
Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, Kenai

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.

KRSA provides much needed service to Soldotna Visitor CenterFinancial support contributes to well-being of Seward seniorsSuccessful spring carnival helps support end-of-year field trips

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.

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.

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

Whaling commission decision deserves immediate reversal
We should have known that things weren't going right with this year's whaling season.

Letters to the Editor
Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center benefit, not burden, to communityLong-range financial plan already developed; state should use itDo cemetery vandals realize hurt they cause to living loved ones?Alaska losing its true legislative leaders because of lack of vision

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

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

Mobster John Gotti, 'Dapper Don,' dies behind bars at 61
NEW YORK -- John Gotti, who swaggered, schemed and murdered his way to the pinnacle of organized crime in America only to be toppled by secret FBI tapes and a turncoat mobster's testimony, died at a prison hospital Monday. He was 61.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber meeting slatedPublic informational meeting plannedAnnual barbecue scheduledChildren identification providedChildren's fishing program plannedKHLT to raft down Kenai RiverKPFA meeting plannedFestival to be held for solsticeDevelopmental screening offeredApplications available for paradeVendors needed for Progress DaysScience program to be held for teachersHospital not associated with book

Healing: Learning to see beyond the burns (part 3 of 3)
PHOENIX -- Without hesitating, Jason Schechterle raised his hands to his face. Through a slit the size of a pinhole in his scabbed left eye, he could see for the first time the damage the fire had done.

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.

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

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.

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

Nothing could be finer than a win at Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Detroit Red Wings were convinced a year ago that all they needed to reclaim the Stanley Cup was the goalie who could never seem to win it.

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.

A rarity: Lakers poised for NBA Finals sweep
Magic Johnson is right: Shaq and Kobe's Los Angeles Lakers aren't the equal of his teams, Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls, and Larry Bird's Boston Celtics.

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.

Tie with South Korea keeps U.S. in hunt
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- After escaping the most challenging setting possible, the U.S. team is closing in on an extended stay at the World Cup.

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.

Bethpage won't be a pushover
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Some U.S. Golf Association officials hinted at record scoring in the U.S. Open, to be played for the first time on a truly public course with relatively flat greens.

Sports Briefs
Knight takes Run for the RiverBaseball investigating Clemens plunking Bonds

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

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.

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