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Tuesday, June 12, 2001

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.

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

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.

Villagers search for missing Ruby girl
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The search for a 16-year-old Ruby girl who apparently drowned in the Kobuk River after a boating accident June 5 has been growing as more volunteers journey from neighboring villages to comb the river near Shungnak.

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.

Fairbanks man sentenced to 15 years on manslaughter conviction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks convicted of manslaughter was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison.

Snowmachine groups offer to drop Denali lawsuit
KODIAK (AP) -- Snowmachiners want to drop a lawsuit that sought to ensure access to Denali National Park, according to two groups that filed the suit.

Anchorage schools ban harassment based on sexual orientation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School Board on Monday unanimously approved a new policy that bans harassment of students and employees over their sexual orientation.

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.

Teachers society donates kids' in-flight reading material
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Children who don't like the magazine selection offered by Alaska Airlines may soon have another choice.

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.

Husband charged in stabbing of wife
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been charged with first-degree domestic violence assault after stabbing his wife with a 6-inch hunting knife, Anchorage police said Tuesday.

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.

Copper River reds catch could double this season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Commercial fishermen on the Copper River could double their catch of red salmon this summer, but the catch likely will be about average, a state fishery management biologist said.

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.

Ohio man drowns in Charley River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Ohio man drowned Friday on the Charley River.

Alaska Air National Guard to take over monitoring airspace
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has taken the first steps toward having the Alaska Air National Guard monitor Alaska's airspace for the next four years.

Stevens, Byrd sponsor bill to reduce greenhouse gases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A week after holding a hearing in Fairbanks about global climate change, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens joined with another senior senator to sponsor a bill designed to push research on weather and ways to reduce ''greenhouse'' gases.

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.

June 5: The Anchorage Daily News urges a compromise for snowmobiling in Denali:
One of Alaska's most needlessly stubborn land-use conflicts is over whether snowmobiling should be permitted in the old part of Denali National Park and Preserve. It shouldn't.

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.

June 7: The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner urges residents living out of fire protection areas to take precautions:
Approximately 9,000 residents of the Fairbanks North Star Borough lack household fire protection. The situation leaves these residents dangerously exposed, and it isn't likely to change for most any time soon.

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.

June 9: The Anchorage Daily News chastises Mayor George Wuerch for banning a gay pride exhibit at the city's Loussac Library:
Now that the mayor has stepped deeper into censorship and abuse of power by reaffirming his decision to ban the gay pride exhibit at Loussac Library, let'

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.

June 5: The Ketchikan Daily News falls square behind an Alcan route for a natural gas line:
Why not natural gas?

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.

Crude drips, bubbles up at capped wellhead
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A capped wellhead leaked a small amount of crude oil onto the ground near Cape Simpson in the North Slope Borough but federal land managers say most of the oil bubbled up naturally.

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

Republicans cry foul over redistricting plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- Republicans say a new redistricting plan appears to pit 20 GOP incumbents against each other and is clearly intended to hurt their party.

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.

Environmental groups ask judge to reinstate logging ban
JUNEAU (AP) -- Environmental groups seeking wilderness protections for the Tongass National Forest have asked a federal judge to reinstate a ban on logging and road-building, pending an appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Teachers become students for science education project
THE TANANA RIVER (AP) -- In the middle of a main channel, Sam Demientieff shuts down the engine of his riverboat and the 10 passengers lean toward the khaki-colored water.

Police looking for suspects in beating death of woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are investigating the beating death of a woman.

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.

Tennessee tops Georgia in slugfest
OMAHA, Neb. -- Chris Burke hit a go-ahead inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning as Tennessee outslugged and outlasted Georgia 19-12 in a College World Series elimination game Monday.

Blue Jays bop Braves
TORONTO -- Homer Bush, Shannon Stewart and Alex Gonzalez drove in runs in the sixth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays capitalized on three straight Atlanta errors and beat the Braves 9-4 on Monday night.

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.

Daytona Beach judge upholds law passed by Florida Legislature
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A judge upheld a new Florida law on Monday that was crafted to seal autopsy photos of racing legend Dale Earnhardt, rejecting arguments that it unfairly prevented access to public information.

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.

How to help Hike For Hope 2001
Track the progress of former Nikiski resident Ray Ford as he and his companions walk 4,400 miles from Key West, Fla., to Cape Gaspe, Quebec, Canada, via their World Wide Web site at www.hikeforhope2001.org.

City passes spending measure; $13 million to be spent in Kenai
The nearly empty city council chambers at Kenai City Hall Wednesday night did not go unnoticed by Mayor John Williams.

Redistricting rearranges peninsula
Kenai and Soldotna share one House district, and Nikiski and Sterling share another under plans adopted by the Alaska Redistrict-ing Board.

Road work tries drivers' patience
This summer, for many Kenai Peninsula drivers, there is just no getting around major road construction.

Former Nikiski man hiking for charity along East Coast
"Anywhere is within walking distance if you have the time."

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.

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.

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.

Irving Lee Diamond
Kenai resident Irving Lee Diamond died at his home on Wednesday, June 6, 2001. He was 61.

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.

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.

Twins hoist white flag vs. Oilers
Usually, the exhibition game between the Peninsula Oilers and the American Legion Post 20 Twins is played as the first game of the year for the Oilers.

Alaska Highway route best way to get state's natural gas to market
Why not natural gas?

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

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

Pork project will benefit Alaska
For the past 12 years I have been researching the idea of building a pig meat industry in Alaska. I thank you for the opportunity to provide the public with information about this project, which has been named the Alaska Pork Project.

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.

Applause
KCHS choir's 30-year reunion celebration makes new memories Mother's Day tradition a big hit

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.

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.

Hero of the week
Craig Ralston

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'

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

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Classic to be discussed at chamber meeting Meeting for small business owners planned Relay for Life meeting today Benefit planned for Saturday First aid, CPR class slated Sterling VBS starts Monday Annual run planned Free entertainment planned FAS training to be provided Changes planned for Coghill Lake cabin Donations are requested Interest sought for Head Start programElderhostel to be held in Homer

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

Births
Jennifer Kay and Steven Constantine

Community news
Youth summit planned

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

Senior Menus
Menus for the next week for Senior Centers on the Peninsula

Over-50 brigade plays an ever-growing role in the Peace Corps
NEW YORK (AP) -- When Lillian Carter, mother of a president-to-be, joined the Peace Corps in 1966 at age 68, she was an aberration. The Peace Corps of that era was a youthful enterprise; only 1 percent of its volunteers were over 50.

Colorado retiree teaches English, struggles with Armenian language
MARTUNI, Armenia (AP) -- Most men Peter Yurich's age in this lakeside Armenian town spend days lined up on a rickety bench outside the post office, expounding on politics and miserly pensions.

62-year-old Wyoming nurse starts rural Malawi's first hospice program
MALOMO, Malawi (AP) -- Before she came to this impoverished African country as a Peace Corps volunteer, Mary Jane Lucas would throw away a kettle of soup if a bug landed in it.

80-year-old New Yorker brightens lives of disabled, abandoned children in Bolivia
COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (AP) -- A blind girl at a center for disabled children approaches the older woman from the United States. The girl wants to learn an American dance.

Senior Briefs
What is happening at thevarious Senior Centers on the Peninsula

Bourque plans to ring Stanley Cup to Boston
DENVER (AP) -- The red-and-gray beard, as much a part of Ray Bourque's playoff run as his black ''Mission 16W'' cap, is gone. The exhilaration of winning his first Stanley Cup is not.

Philadelphia falls behind 2-1 for third straight series
PHILADELPHIA -- For the third time in a month, the Philadelphia 76ers find themselves trailing 2-1 in a playoff series. Anybody want to write 'em off as dead again?

All eyes on Tiger
TULSA, Okla. -- The longest hole in U.S. Open history didn't faze David Duval.

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