Thursday, June 13, 2002

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.

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

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.

Portrait of Rep. Young unveiled
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Supporters of Alaska Congressman Don Young held a Capitol Hill ceremony Wednesday to witness the unveiling of the official portrait marking Young's chairmanship of the House Transportation Committee.

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.

DNR approves expansion of True North mine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources has approved the expansion of the True North gold mine north of Fairbanks.

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.

Anchorage Assembly creates new tolerance committee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Assembly has mandated that a new city panel be established to battle intolerance and discrimination in Anchorage.

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.

Former Wasilla football star dies
WASILLA (AP) -- A former Alaska football Player of the Year died Tuesday and Alaska State Troopers said the cause appears to be excessive alcohol consumption.

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.

Coast Guard responds to sinking fishing vessel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard helped rescue three fishermen that abandoned their sinking boat Thursday afternoon near Unalaska Island.

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

Vandals strike fish camps along the Kuskokwim River
BETHEL (AP) -- A rash of vandalism of fish camps along the Kuskokwim River and thefts from boats anchored along Brown Slough have struck Bethel in recent weeks.

Businesses say Kenai River king salmon closure will hurt
KENAI (AP) -- Rick Giannini of Liverpool, N.Y., traveled to the Kenai Peninsula with friends to celebrate their 50th birthdays by catching Kenai River kings.

Troopers say audio tape of Kaltag shooting backs up trooper's account
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers say an audio tape of the shooting that left a Kaltag man dead backs up a trooper's account of the incident.

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.

Snowmobiler cited for unlicensed child wins case
ANCHORAGE (AP) --An Anchorage man cited by the U.S. Forest Service for interfering with an officer during an argument over allowing his children to ride snowmobiles has been found not guilty by a U.S. magistrate.

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.

Drug agents seize 906 marijuana plants in Kasilof
KASILOF (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers, local police and federal agents served six search warrants in the Kasilof area Tuesday, leading to the seizure of 906 marijuana plants and the arrest of one suspect.

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.

Oregon company expresses interest in operating Ketchikan Shipyard
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- While Alaska Ship and Drydock pushes for an extension to operate the Ketchikan Shipyard, an Oregon-based company is exploring the possibility of taking over the facility if the contract is not renewed.

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.

APOC receives complaint against issue ads
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's campaign watchdog agency is considering whether to investigate if GOP gubernatorial candidate Frank Murkowski is linked to issue ads aimed at his opponent.

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.

Exxon Mobil seeks reduction in $5 billion punitive damage award
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. filed a motion Wednesday in federal court seeking to reduce a $5 billion punitive damage award from the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill.

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.

Nordlund named Ulmer's statewide campaign coordinator
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Anchorage legislator will work as statewide coordinator for Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer's bid for governor.

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.

Head of science, technology foundation announces resignation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The head of the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation has submitted his resignation.

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.

Cargo ship captain pleads guilty to obstructing investigation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The captain of a cargo vessel pleaded guilty Wednesday to obstructing a Coast Guard investigation into illegal discharges of oily waste from the ship in February.

Army says Fort Wainwright soldier likely died of natural causes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Army said a 26-year-old Fort Wainwright soldier who was found dead Monday likely died of natural causes.

Arizona's Kim faces demons, finishes off Yankees
NEW YORK -- Byung-Hyun Kim pitching at Yankee Stadium for the first time since his World Series meltdowns last year, got six outs to preserve the Arizona Diamondbacks' 9-5 victory over New York on Wednesday.

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

Bouncing back
A Trajan Langdon bobblehead doll, sporting a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform and holding a book with the title "Alaska," is shown in a photo. Langdon played for Anchorage's East High School and went on to a stellar career at Duke University before being drafted by the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.

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.

Management council sets Bering Sea crab quotas
UNALASKA, (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.

Beware Canadian scams
Better Business Bureaus in Canada report that American consumers are being targeted by several scams operating out of Canada.

Business Briefs
Chugach to hold public meetingsFishing charter winners announcedHEA meeting slated

FCC orders ACS 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.

Osprey gets waste discharge permit
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a permit for Forest Oil Company to discharge drilling waste from its Osprey platform into Cook Inlet. The permit, which goes into effect July 1, will allow the company to discharge deck drainage and other waste into Cook Inlet.

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.

Kasilof kings also off limits
This is a corrected and revised version of the article which originally ran today The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order significantly limiting king salmon fishing on the Kasilof River. As of 12:01 a.m. Friday, anglers may only keep hatchery-raised kings on the Kasilof.

Kasilof kings also off limits
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order significantly limiting king salmon fishing on the Kasilof River. As of 12:01 a.m. Friday, anglers may only keep hatchery-raised kings on the Kasilof.

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

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.

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.

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.

UAF music department moves for renovations
FAIRBANKS -- Fifty pianos, several vanloads of musical instruments, and a lot of sensitive sound equipment have been hauled and squeezed into temporary quarters as the music department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks gets a face-lift.

Area artist launches career designing quilts
Quilting is more than a basis for Soldotna entrepreneur Letitia Hutchings' business, it's a metaphor for her life.

'The Bourne Identity' a good fit for Damon
You're thinking to yourself: another week, another spy thriller. And after ''The Sum of All Fears'' and ''Bad Company,'' that's totally justified.

Quilting on the Kenai
For the eighth annual Quilting on the Kenai show, the theme is come one, come all, whether you're a quilter or not.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Art Briefs
Summer program under waySeldovia festival offers workshopsWriters' conference scheduledPratt Museum needs volunteersKenai Peninsula poets soughtConcert vendor space available

NASCAR truck drivers endure grueling schedule
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- The sunglasses, mustache and cowboy hat makes it difficult for most people to tell a difference between Michael Butcher and his boss, Richard Petty.

This Week's Race: Sirius Satellite Radio 400
Where and when

Points Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 2,0642. Jimmie Johnson 1,9283. Jeff Gordon 1,899

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin $3,021,2642. Ward Burton 2,643,6263. Sterling Marlin 2,127,175

In the Spotlight: Tony Eury Sr.
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

Switch to soft walls still being debated
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- The soft walls at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway received a passing grade from the Indy Racing League and the scientists in charge of deflecting the energy of a crash away from the drivers.

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

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.

1 arrested, others charged in Kasilof area drug bust
A Kasilof man was arrested and seven others charged in a drug bust by several law enforcement agencies in the Kasilof area Tuesday.

Ceremony will properly dispose of old flags
The American Legion George H. Plumley Memorial Post No. 20 in Kenai will hold a ceremony to dispose of old or unserviceable flags at 6 p.m. Friday.

New CES chief hopes to continue tradition of service to community
Community members can continue to expect a high level of quality from Central Emergency Services, even with badges changing hands, said Jeff Tucker.

Senator tells Kenai chamber diversified economy needed
"We don't really have a budget deficit. We have a spending problem," Republican Sen. Jerry Ward told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

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.

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.

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.

Knowles, critics disagree about bill's effects
Gov. Tony Knowles signed a bill Friday effectively reversing a decision by the Alaska Supreme Court that the state had failed to live up to the tenets of its own environmental statutes and policies when it OK'd a Forest Oil Corp. drilling operation in Cook Inlet in 1999.

Oilers notch first win of regular season
The Peninsula Oilers picked up their first win of the regular season Wednesday, handing the Bears of California a 6-4 defeat at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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.

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.

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?"

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

Letters to the Editor
When fishing goes sour, there's still plenty of things to see, doAnchor Point harbor would be boost to peninsula's economyAre conservative students dealt with more harshly than rebels?

Hopeful developments in agency cooperation, prevention of attacks
Monday's announcement of the arrest of an American citizen allegedly plotting with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network to explode a ''dirty'' radioactive device in the United States came at an opportune time for the nation's intelligence community.

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.

Crime Stoppers alert
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers Inc. is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of indictment of the persons responsible for a theft and an act of vandalism.

Around the Peninsula
HEA meeting slatedChamber to discuss resource conservationHealth center meeting plannedHealthy Communities, Healthy People to meetYouth golf clinic scheduledSwim lessons to beginSSA reps to visit peninsulaSolstice run scheduledWillow walk to be offeredVolunteers needed at Kenai chamberUCIDA meeting scheduled

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

Lakers sweep Nets for NBA crown
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The dynasty was far too tough for the self-proclaimed team of destiny.

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

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.

Argentina continues exit of soccer powers
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- For soccer fans expecting a France-Argentina final, tune in four years down the road. Maybe it will happen then, but in this World Cup, both soccer powers couldn't get past the first round.

Birch Ridge Report: Course set for June Scramble
Saturday Birch Ridge will be hosting the annual June Scramble. Rumors circulating around Southcentral Alaska golf courses say there are two "tough" teams assembled to take away the crown from last year's champions from Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Sports Briefs
Two injured by explosion at Jacobs FieldNickerson signs with Packers

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.

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.

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