Wednesday, June 13, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Two who served on ill-fated Arctic Rose share concerns
SEATTLE (AP) -- Two men who served on the ill-fated Arctic Rose -- and couldn't wait to get off it -- shared their stories with a Coast Guard panel investigating the fishing boat's sudden deadly sinking in the Bering Sea.

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

Early reports show good salmon runs in Kodiak creeks
KODIAK (AP) -- Early reports indicate the Buskin River is having an outstanding escapement, and it is not the only one.

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.

Body of missing tourist found in the Talachulitna River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a tourist from France was pulled from the Talachulitna River on Tuesday.

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'

DNA study aims to trace relatives of ancient man
JUNEAU (AP) -- Southeast Alaska Natives are donating drops of blood this week to help unravel the mystery of a man who died more than 500 years ago on the ice of British Columbia.

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.

Summit being held in Nome to strengthen Alaskan-Chukotka ties
JUNEAU (AP) -- A two-day summit will be held this week in Nome to strengthen ties between Alaskans and Chukotkans.

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.

TB tests ordered for Sitka Coast Guard members
SITKA (AP) -- A higher-than-average number of positive tests for tuberculosis at the Coast Guard Air Station in Sitka has prompted the commanding officer to order TB skin tests for all members of the Coast Guard there.

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.

Leslie Kerr to manage Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
KODIAK (AP) -- Leslie Kerr, the refuge manager of Selawik National Wildlife Refuge, has been named the new manager of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.

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

Session-move initiative petition approved
JUNEAU (AP) -- Backers of a proposed ballot measure to move the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough can start gathering signatures. Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer has approved the initiative application.

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.

Alaska tops nation with highest TB rate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska bucked a nationwide trend, posting a big increase in the rate of tuberculosis last year. Health officials say the rise was due largely to two separate outbreaks.

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

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.

Incumbents returned to Sealaska board
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sealaska shareholders returned four incumbents to the company's board of directors at an annual meeting Saturday in Craig.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Cal State-Fullerton eliminates Tulane
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Freshman Darric Merrell scattered six hits over eight innings, and David Bacani homered twice and drove in five runs to lead Cal State-Fullerton to an 11-2 victory over Tulane in a College World Series elimination game Tuesday.

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.

Braves' Perez shuts down Blue Jays
TORONTO -- Odalis Perez shut out Toronto on five hits in eight-plus innings, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Blue Jays 3-0 Tuesday night.

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.

Tuberculosis rate in Alaska tops in nation
ANCHORAGE -- Alaska bucked a nationwide trend, posting a big increase in the rate of tuberculosis last year. Health officials say the rise was due largely to two separate outbreaks.

Released for one-day assessment April 3, inmate has yet to report back to Wildwood
Promise to be somewhere at a certain time and you better be there. Don't show up and people get concerned. And if that "somewhere" is jail, even more people get involved.

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.

Photo feature: Head over heels
Patrick Hamman, center, flips while jumping on a trampoline Tuesday afternoon in Kenai with his friends Cameron Borchgrevink, left, and Sean Reamann.

Latest census numbers sketch portrait of area households and lifestyles
The U.S. Census Bureau has released more information about the Kenai Peninsula from its 2000 national head count.

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

Ceremony slated to dispose of flags
Bring them your tired, your torn, your faded bundles.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Oilers win opener in extra innings
Normally, when a manager calls for a staff game from the pitcher's mound, he's looking to get an inning or so out of several pitchers on his pitching staff.

Letters to the Editor
Youth Restoration Corps work to restore habitat

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.

Patients' rights bill gets boost from Republican
WASHINGTON -- Patients' bill of rights legislation gained momentum Tuesday with a key House Republican on the verge of endorsing a Democrat-backed bill.

Cruise ship bill could earn global praise
The passage Saturday by the Alaska Legislature of a bill to regulate the discharge of cruise ship waste is either a "huge step" toward protecting the environment or a "wimpy response" to a problem.

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

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

Wasting much, wanting much
In the middle of dueling comments last week between President Bush and House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt about whether the new tax cut is a boon to the economy (Bush), or a sop to the rich that will return us to deficit spending, huge debt and the end of civil society (Gephardt) came the baritone voice of Republican Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee.

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

Around the Peninsula
Small businesses topic of chamber meeting Rocket academy planned Space education offered for teachers Barbecue fund-raiser slated Races planned for weekend Benefit scheduled for Sunday Soldotna, Kenai class reunion planned Interest sought for Head Start program Elderhostel to be held in Homer

Honor Roll
The following students have been named to the fourth-quarter honor roll at Kenai Middle School.

Library opens 24-hour Internet reference desk
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Public Library has opened a 24-hour reference desk that allows people in a nine-county region to chat with a reference librarian via the Internet.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Course's grass greens up
The course is looking greener and golfing is great at the Kenai Golf Course.

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

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?

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.

Sports Briefs
Kenai drivers fare well in Fairbanks Foldager sets Run for the River record Wheaties searches for everyday champs Earnhardt widow: Releasing photos would cause pain

Iverson ignores pressure
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson playfully revved the engine, sped around the court on a utility cart, stopped near an entrance tunnel and greeted the Los Angeles Lakers upon their arrival for practice.

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