Wednesday, June 14, 2000

EPA exempts wood products industry from runoff rule
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a blow to conservationists, the Environmental Protection Agency said it will exempt loggers, tree farmers and other forestry operations from a pending rule aimed at reducing water pollution on private land.

Woman convicted in murder case; husband also to be tried
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A jury has convicted Michele Porterfield of first-degree murder and arson in the death of a Delta Junction businessman.

Man stabbed at beach party
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak man has been charged with assault and attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a man six times during a beach party, police said.

State to poison perch in Kenai Peninsula lake
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Yellow perch look cute. They're small and lack the fangs of northern pike. But, like pike, perch are invasive predators. And they're scaring the tar out of state fisheries biologists.

Continental Airlines expands Houston hub with service to Anchorage
HOUSTON (AP) -- Continental Airlines will inaugurate two new routes Wednesday from this Texas city, one to Anchorage and the other to Oakland.

Females find home on the shooting range
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lori Monson was as excited as a kid at Christmas. The shotgun she brought to Grouse Ridge Shooting Grounds was the gift she got from her husband Dec. 25. But Monson hadn't had a chance to use it.

Alaska Cruises floating dock gets initial go-ahead
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- An Alaska Cruises floating dock in Misty Fiords National Monument has received the initial go-ahead.

Mild winter helps Kodiak Island deer population rebound
KODIAK (AP) -- Results of deer winter mortality studies conducted this spring bode well for the success of hunters on Kodiak Island this season.

Stavenjord wants new trial; accuses attorneys of incompetence
PALMER (AP) -- A man sentenced to 198 years in prison for the shooting death of a Big Lake couple is back in court, arguing for a new trial.

Mine developer acknowledges funding problems
JUNEAU (AP) -- The president of the company that wants to reopen the Tulsequah Chief multi-metal mine in British Columbia acknowledges he is having trouble raising money for the $100 million project.

Wolves becoming bolder as humans become more tolerant
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Conditioned to become fearful and elusive by ranchers and bounty hunters a century ago, wolves once again are becoming the ''bold and curious'' animals noted in the journals of western settlers, a top wolf biologist says.

Kodiak officials fret over Steller's eider proposal
KODIAK (AP) -- Under a sweeping proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kodiak Island's coastline would be targeted as critical habitat for the Steller's eider. If successful, the plan could have dire consequences for the community, local officials say.

Climber rescued, treated and released at Anchorage hospital.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE (AP) -- A Russian climber injured after reaching the summit of Mount McKinley was treated and released at an Anchorage hospital early Tuesday.

Damaged ferry departs Juneau
JUNEAU -- The damaged state ferry Columbia left Wednesday for repairs.

Salmon restrictions prompt legal battle
JUNEAU (AP) -- As king salmon fishing cutbacks in Southeast Alaska take hold, charter boat operators continue who cater mostly to out-of-state tourists continue their challenge this week to restrictions that hit them harder than commercial fishermen or local sport anglers.

Card pick could decide who gets Haines beer, wine license
HAINES (AP) -- The winner of a new beer and wine license in Haines may be decided by the luck of the draw.

Alaska Air president says carrier to remain independent
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Bill Ayer said Monday that, while major players in the airline industry are involved in merger talks, Alaska is committed to remaining independent.

Haines strays face firing squad
HAINES (AP) -- The departure of Haines' only veterinarian means the city's animal control officer will go back to euthanizing unclaimed dogs the old-fashioned way -- with a bullet.

State battles new tuberculosis outbreaks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Public health officials are battling a tuberculosis outbreak in Southwest Alaska that they're calling the largest in six years. Authorities in Anchorage also are fighting what they say is a contained outbreak of the disease.

Construction Accident,200 Man dies from injury in fall
JUNEAU (AP) -- A contractor who fell from the roof of a hotel under construction in March has died.

Alaskans meet with Canadians about proposed Tulsequah Chief Mine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has sent a delegation to Vancouver, British Columbia, to meet this week with Canadians about the proposed Tulsequah Chief Mine.

Ferry seeks replacement for lost anchor
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state ferry Matanuska lost one of its two anchors 10 days ago in Peril Strait and is seeking a replacement.

Work begins on new Army Hospital at Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Work has begun on the new Bassett Army Community Hospital here, a five-year project that eventually will mean a 258,000 square-foot facility with 22 medical-surgical beds and 10 maternity beds.

Barge collides with cargo ship near Seattle; no injuries
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A fish-processing barge collided with a cargo ship near Seattle over the weekend and had to be towed to shallow water to keep it from sinking.

Valdez police investigate grave robbery
VALDEZ (AP) -- Valdez police are trying to determine who dug up the grave of a pioneer buried at the Old Valdez cemetery.

Human-moose encounters up; people advised to back off
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bikers are beginning to run into some unexpected hazards as they make their way around Alaska.

Court of Appeals takes Microsoft appeal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Acting at its first opportunity, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reached out Tuesday and agreed to hear Microsoft's appeal of a sweeping breakup order imposed on it for antitrust violations.

Texas company suggests another gas line project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Texas company hoping to build a natural gas pipeline from the Arctic has laid out its vision for a $5 billion project to move Canadian and Alaska gas to markets in the Lower 48.

Fawns would have been better off left alone
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The fawns would have been better left alone.

Crude prices drop slightly, but still above $32 a barrel
NEW YORK (AP) -- Crude oil prices dropped slightly Wednesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange after reaching their highest levels in three months on speculation that OPEC would not increase oil production.

Animal activists take on amusement industry
WASHINGTON (AP) -- What's a circus without an elephant?

Alaska Weather Summary,
Clouds covered the southern half of Alaska Tuesday and increased as the day wore on in the Interior, causing temperatures to rise and afternoon thunderstorms

Slope crude above $30
JUNEAU -- High petroleum prices have been a pleasant surprise for state officials who estimate how much money the state will earn next year.

Alaska Weather for June 13
Partly cloudy with a chance of afternoon showers. Highs in the lower 60s. Light winds. Chance of precipitation 30 percent. Wednesday night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows near 40. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.

McKinley Rescue
DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE (AP) -- A Russian climber injured after reaching the summit of Mount McKinley was treated and released at an Anchorage hospital early Tuesday.

Fire knocks Columbia out for the summer
JUNEAU (AP) -- A fire once described as minor has knocked the state ferry Columbia out of service for the rest of the summer, the Alaska Marine Highway announced Tuesday.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber lunch to host MartianFlag disposal offeredADEC to discuss cleanup actionsMeeting planned, new officers namedFarmer's market plannedSummer interpretive programs continueHeritage Land Trust raft trip slatedDrop planned to honor dadRun for the sun scheduled

Community Calendar
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Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Torgerson, Davis to speak at Soldotna chamberSmalley to speak at North Peninsula chamberSummer Program 2000 to beginSoccer referee clinic offeredWomen's club meets FridayBlood drive plannedNinilchik library to hold saleAnnual barbecue slatedHigh school reunion planned

Salmon restrictions prompt legal battle
JUNEAU (AP) -- As king salmon fishing cutbacks in Southeast Alaska take hold, charter boat operators continue who cater mostly to out-of-state tourists continue their challenge this week to restrictions that hit them harder than commercial fishermen or local sport anglers.

Trophy fish can be kept
The Kenai River is now a trophy fishery for king salmon. Beginning at 12:01 this morning, restrictions were put in place that requires catch and release for all kings smaller than 52 inches in length. Any fish 52 inches or longer may be kept.

State to poison perch in Kenai Peninsula lake
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Yellow perch look cute. They're small and lack the fangs of northern pike. But, like pike, perch are invasive predators. And they're scaring the tar out of state fisheries biologists.

Nikiski under consideration for demo plant
At last week's Kenai City Council meeting, Mayor John Williams made cryptic comments about British Petroleum building their gas-to-liquids processing plant in Nikiski.

Torgerson: Quiz candidates on budget plans
State Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, had a piece of advice for the voting public this fall.

Contractor withdraws application for permit
The contractor whose plan to build a warehouse in a rural residential neighborhood in Kenai has changed his mind.

Celebrating Stars, Stripes
The Stars and Stripes began flying over Soldotna this week, just in time for Flag Day today.

Photo feature: Spot check
Lizzie Crane reflects her work as she claens windows at Freedom Reality in Kenai last week.

Proposed business upsets neighbors
The possibility of a construction business next

Gore recognizes local conservation efforts
A Kenai group that employs area youths to restore fish and wildlife habitat drew commendations Friday from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Vice President Al Gore.

Virginia 'Marlene' Supko
Anchorage resident Virginia "Marlene" Supko died Friday, June 9, 2000, after a lengthy illness. She was 67.

Rev. Raymond Ernst
The Rev. Raymond Ernst died Monday, June 12, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 83.

Females find home on the shooting range
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lori Monson was as excited as a kid at Christmas. The shotgun she brought to Grouse Ridge Shooting Grounds was the gift she got from her husband Dec. 25. But Monson hadn't had a chance to use it.

Nuns' retreat in remote valley draws reflective visitors
VIRGINIA DALE, Colo. (AP) -- A small wooden sign heralds the turnoff to the Abbey of St. Walburga in northern Colorado, blending into the property's sagebrush hills and dusty road.

Southern Baptist Convention elects new president
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday elected as its president one of the youngest members of the new generation of conservative leaders.

Religion news in brief
Missionary group's leaders may stand trial for smuggling youthsIndian state orders security for Christian schoolsProfessors' group expresses concern on new Catholic college rulesMethodists get advance look at new hymnal supplementMuslims plan training for lobbyists

Oilers win again playing crazy eighths
It's uncanny. The Peninsula Oilers managed to wrest yet another victory from the jaws of defeat, this time rallying for four runs in the eighth inning and getting a game-winning RBI single from Chad Sterbens in the ninth to down Athletes in Action 8-7 Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Twins take one, lose one vs. Lynx
The American Legion Post 20 Twins split a pair of games with Dimond Sunday in Anchorage.

Trophy fish can be kept
The Kenai River is now a trophy fishery for king salmon. Beginning at 12:01 this morning, restrictions were put in place that requires catch and release for all kings smaller than 52 inches in length. Any fish 52 inches or longer may be kept.

Team Alaska spikers take national title
Staff report

Young uses head, opts for retirement
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Steve Young returned to the locker room where he had so often suited up his battered body in San Francisco red and gold.

Sports Briefs
Solstice Grand Prix Saturday and SundayFive-kilometer run/walk Saturday in Old Town KenaiRotary Midnight Scramble at Birch Ridge The barbecue is included in the $62 entry fee.Messier left unprotected for expansion draftOdd doubleheader for Mets, YanksErving makes plea for info on missing sonSampras rallies to victoryJanikowski acquitted on bribery charges

Soldotna Big League softball sweeps East
The Soldotna Big League softball team, a group of 16- to 18-year-olds from Soldotna, Kenai and Homer, swept host East Sunday by scores of 12-3 and 24-23.

Smith, Holtz urge ban on college sports gambling
WASHINGTON -- Kentucky basketball coach Tubby Smith and South Carolina football coach Lou Holtz urged Congress to end legal betting on amateur sports, saying it has helped create a world where point spreads matter as much as wins and losses.

Rice's steaming has Pacers gaining confidence
INDIANAPOLIS -- All remained not so perfect Tuesday in Lakerland, while the Pacers were starting sentences with phrases like ''When we win Game 4 ....''

Chicago's Thomas puts hurt on Indians
By The Associated Press

Boston makes Yankees pay
NEW YORK -- Jason Varitek homered into the upper deck off Orlando Hernandez and the Boston bullpen shut down the New York Yankees on one hit for 6 2-3 innings, giving the Red Sox a 5-3 victory Tuesday night.

Fawns would have been better off left alone
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The fawns would have been better left alone.

Kodiak officials fret over Steller's eider proposal
KODIAK (AP) -- Under a sweeping proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kodiak Island's coastline would be targeted as critical habitat for the Steller's eider. If successful, the plan could have dire consequences for the community, local officials say.

Wolves becoming bolder as humans become more tolerant
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Conditioned to become fearful and elusive by ranchers and bounty hunters a century ago, wolves once again are becoming the ''bold and curious'' animals noted in the journals of western settlers, a top wolf biologist says.

Human-moose encounters up; people advised to back off
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bikers are beginning to run into some unexpected hazards as they make their way around Alaska.

Mild winter helps Kodiak Island deer population rebound
KODIAK (AP) -- Results of deer winter mortality studies conducted this spring bode well for the success of hunters on Kodiak Island this season.

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