Wednesday, June 12, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Coast Guard looking into cruise ships' near miss
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a reported near miss by two cruise ships entering Juneau harbor Sunday morning.

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.

Mother sentenced for endangering son
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 41-year-old woman was sentenced to a year in prison Tuesday for failing to help her infant son when the baby's father took him off a ventilator.

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.

Pipeline critic calls for citizens oversight panel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A trans-Alaska oil pipeline critic is calling for a public oversight panel similar to the Regional Citizens Advisory Councils set up after the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

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.

Internal memo says Alyeska seeks to cut maintenance costs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Owners of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline last month asked their operating company to try to complete maintenance work this year while spending only 90 percent of the money budgeted, according to an internal letter obtained by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

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.

Agreement allows Natives two whales this summer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Cook Inlet beluga whales can be killed this summer in separate subsistence hunts under an agreement between the Cook Inlet Marine Mammal Council and the federal government.

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.

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.

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.

ACS ordered to repay $1 million overcharges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications Systems Inc. overcharged competing phone companies for access to its phone lines and must repay about $1 million, according to a recent order from the Federal Communications Commission.

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.

Bush advisers don't like gas line measures in energy bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- White House advisers oppose a provision in the energy bill that mandates an Alaska route for a North Slope natural gas pipeline.

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.

Army identifies soldier who died at Fort Wainwright
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A soldier found dead Monday at Fort Wainwright has been identified by the Army.

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

Spill reported southeast of Dillingham
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 1,000 gallons of heating oil was spilled Tuesday at Portage Creek, a village of about 36 people 29 miles southeast of Dillingham on the Nushagak River.

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.

Man enters plea in infant assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man charged with injuring his 7-week-old daughter and assaulting his girlfriend will serve up to eight years in prison.

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.

Management council establishes Bering Sea crab quotas
UNALASKA, Alaska (AP) -- The North Pacific Fishery Management Council late Monday approved a plan to restructure the Bering Sea crab industry with a quota-based system aimed at improving safety and management. The vote was 11-0.

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.

Judge won't allow new timber sales in roadless areas of Tongass
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge on Tuesday halted new timber sales in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest until the U.S. Forest Service finishes work on a court-ordered environmental impact 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.

Little new state money approved for anti-terrorism initiatives
JUNEAU (AP) -- In January, Gov. Tony Knowles asked lawmakers for almost $47 million in state funds for homeland security, but he ended the legislative session in May with just a fraction of that.

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.

Child drowns in Kotlik
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kotlik toddler was found drowned Monday.

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

Troopers release details in fatal Kaltag shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kaltag man was shot and killed after he pointed a loaded shotgun at an Alaska State Trooper, investigators said Tuesday.

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.

Braves top Minnesota; Glavine wins 11th game
MINNEAPOLIS -- Tom Glavine and the Atlanta Braves got something different at the Metrodome -- a victory.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

Kenai closure brings wave of mixed opinions
Rick Giannini of Liverpool, N. Y., traveled to the Kenai Peninsula with friends to celebrate their respective 50th birthdays by catching Kenai River kings.

Palmer angler leads Homer derby June standings
David Baumann of Palmer has recorded the biggest fish this month in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

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.

Catch-and-release regulations would not have kept river open
The new Kenai River catch-and-release rules imposed, then delayed, by the Alaska Board of Fisheries likely would not have changed the Department of Fish and Game's Monday decision to close the river to king salmon fishing.

Fish Tales: Stewart brothers, 81 and 73, try to redeem the maligned pikeminnow
RANGELEY, Colo. (AP) -- Eighty-one-year-old Dale Stewart felt a familiar shiver run up his neck as he hooked a 5-pound Colorado pikeminnow in the White River near here.

Studies show lead tackle is killing loons
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- Open most any tackle box and you're likely to find lead sinkers and jigs, basic gear used by many anglers.

Flaming Gorge fish feasting on kokanee
DUTCH JOHN, Utah (AP) -- As the kokanee go, so goes Flaming Gorge. That's the way things are right now.

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.

Popp to resign from assembly
Two-term Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Bill Popp announced Tuesday he has accepted a job with the borough administration to promote a natural gas spur pipeline to Cook Inlet and will resign his seat on the assembly effective July 11.

Assembly sets regs for large feed lots
If meat producers are to locate large-scale animal feed lots and processing plants in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, they'll have to adhere to new land-use restrictions adopted last week by the borough assembly.

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

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.

Peninsula reps attend meeting
Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, and Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, are in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, this week for the 2002 Global Petroleum Show, as well as a meeting today of the International Alaska Highway Pipeline Committee.

Cohoe time capsule found
In the early 1900s, Hans Peter Jensen was one of the first people to settle in Cohoe, a small community along the banks of the Kasilof River. The Perletti family just moved into their new home there this summer. Last week, the newcomers met the homesteader when a time capsule buried by Jensen was discovered in the Perlettis' yard.

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.

Oilers drop regular season opener
The Peninsula Oilers baseball team opened their regular season against the Bears of California Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, and a good hot dog was had by all.

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

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

Latest legislative move measure would repeal right to know total cost
One recent poll suggests we can hang a "For rent" sign on the Capitol because 54 percent of the Alaskans contacted think moving legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough or Anchorage is the thing to do.

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

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

Scenario of 'dirty bomb' proves to be all too real
After my May 22 column stating that U.S. officials had immediate concerns about a potential "dirty bomb" being assembled somewhere in the United States, I received the usual response -- "Are you crazy?"

Blood bank's peninsula center appreciates community supportHistorical society inspired by variety of guest speakers

Newfangled boat is a catamaran, kayak all in one
NEAR GLACIER ISLAND, GROWLER BAY, Alaska (AP) -- The small watercraft looks like what you might get if a sea kayak and tiny catamaran collided.

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

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Education to be topic at chamber meetingCARTS meeting slatedWacky Wednesday program to be heldHobo Jim to be featured in KenaiLibrary sale plannedPenDOG garage sale set for SaturdayVendors sought for Trash and Treasure saleAARP offers defensive drivingQuilting fair to be heldSwim team seeking members

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

Lakers have broom ready for New Jersey
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Shaquille O'Neal remembers the night Houston fans banged brooms against his team bus following the last sweep in the NBA Finals. Seven years later, O'Neal considers it one of the four lowest moments of his life.

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

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.

Sports Briefs
Palmer angler leads Homer derby June standingsCanada fisher takes weekly Seward prizeLewis-Tyson fight sets record for pay-per-viewRed Wings' Fischer suspended for Game 5

Defending champs eliminated from World Cup in first round
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- France no longer rules the soccer universe. Put it down near the bottom with Saudi Arabia, Slovenia and China, all eliminated in the first round of the World Cup.

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.

Kenai Golf Report: Condition of course improves
The rain has settled the dust and greened up the fairways and edges around the Kenai Golf Course. Things are shaping up and the course is playing well. One of the seasoned golfers fired a round of 74, taking 37 strokes on the front nine and 37 strokes on the back nine, a few days ago.

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.

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.

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