Thursday, June 14, 2001

Anchorage Daily News expands web presence
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's largest newspaper wants to expand its Internet presence.

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.

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.

Taxidermist accused of illegally selling wildlife trophies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Palmer taxidermist was arrested Tuesday and accused of illegally selling Alaska big game trophies to undercover state Fish and Wildlife Protection investigators.

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

Sound advisory council president resigns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Longtime Valdez activist Stan Stephens has resigned as president of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council to protest the group's demand for an apology from the Coast Guard.

State worker charged with welfare card fraud
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A state Division of Public Assistance employee was arrested Monday on charges of reissuing welfare debit cards to herself and using them between February and May.

Three plea to illegally bringing Russian dancers to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three of four people accused of coercing Russian dancers into stripping at a local nightclub pleaded guilty Wednesday to bringing two underage dancers to Alaska for nude performances.

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.

Former skipper recalls ''little bitty boat'' in ''big-boat fishery''
SEATTLE (AP) -- When Jim Kelly heard the Arctic Rose had sunk in the Bering Sea with 15 men aboard, his first thought was that the boat had gone down in heavy weather, he told investigators.

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.

False Pass fishermen, processors continue to negotiate
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Processors and fishermen in the False Pass area were still negotiating Wednesday over the price of sockeye salmon.

Two Alaska stores honored for high Carhartt sales
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two longtime Alaska Carhartt retailers won an award Tuesday for selling the most Carhartts per capita in the world.

Interior Secretary Gale Norton heading to Alaska for Sen. Drue Pearce
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton is planning to come to Alaska Saturday to pick up state Sen. Drue Pearce for her new job in Washington, D.C.

Police seek Anchorage mother accused of abducting son
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police are looking for a woman whom they say has abducted her 5-year-old son from his father, who has custody.

Judge denies injunction to keep utility from offering Internet service
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan Superior Court Judge has denied an injunction to keep Ketchikan Public Utilities from continuing to offer Internet service.

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.

Man arrested in connection with Kodiak stabbing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kodiak man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing of a Kodiak police officer earlier this month.

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.

ACLU files lawsuit challenging removal of gay pride exhibit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A lawsuit was filed Wednesday challenging Mayor George Wuerch's removal of a gay pride exhibit from the city library.

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.

North Pole woman enters plea to drug charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole woman arrested after a raid on a methamphetamine laboratory in January has pleaded no contest to one count of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

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.

Valdez police kill near-beer guzzling bear
VALDEZ (AP) -- Valdez police have killed their first bear of the summer season after it raided an area home and guzzled nonalcoholic beer.

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.

Ketchikan woman beats odds and wins king salmon derby
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Kim Vicchy and her dog Molly were about to take a break on the beach at Cone Island Sunday when the winning fish struck her line.

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.

Cruise ships face slew of new rules
JUNEAU (AP) -- Cruise ships, which just a year ago operated under few pollution regulations, now have new federal, state and industry standards to meet in Alaska.

North Pole woman enters plea to drug charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole woman arrested after a raid on a methamphetamine laboratory in January has pleaded no contest to one count of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

White Sox beat Reds, continue hot play
CHICAGO -- Mark Buehrle's scoreless stretch is over, but his winning streak continued after allowing five hits over eight innings Wednesday night as Chicago beat Cincinnati 4-2.

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.

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.

Baby Boomer widows and widowers face new challenges
NEW YORK (AP) -- A week after celebrating her son's wedding, Polly Starnes was overwhelmed with grief when her husband died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack. Her pain was exacerbated by the financial decisions she faced.

Ford cuts North American production 10 percent in 3rd quarter
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. says it will cut its North American production in the third quarter by 10 percent from the same period last year as its sales slow.

Graduates -- and their parents -- can save by refinancing college loans
NEW YORK (AP) -- Just as lower interest rates have sparked a boom in the refinancing of mortgages, they're expected to give a big boost to the refinancing of student loans.

New business opens in Kenai Airport Terminal
New business owner Virginia Kanas pauses outside her shop. books, Hooks and Gifts inside the Kenai Municipal Airport Terminal recently.

New store indulges area sweets lovers
A new store in Soldotna offers a delicious alternative to traditional gift giving.

Business Briefs
Office has relocated Antiques on Wheels to brighten Homer's Fourth New firm rents movies to air travelers BP, Shell find WWII submarine Forest Oil Corp. to offer $200 million in senior notes Williams buys rights to use Unocal patents NBA leads SBA lending Associated General Contractors is moving Home loans up from last year

Can anyone explain this here market?
NEW YORK (AP) -- These are times that test not only the financial courage of investors but the nerves and credibility of financial advisers.

Star-spangled crowd lured by 2001 Classic
Six U.S. senators, three members of President Bush's cabinet, and the presiding officers of the Alaska House and Senate are expected to fish in this year's Kenai River Classic.

Art Briefs
Theater conference planned New artists sought

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events, Films

Teachers unleash seniors' creative talents on canvas
The gentle eyes of 81-year-old Billie Gillilan peer through her glasses as she studies two pictures. Sea lions are the focus of one of the pictures, while a rocky area is the subject of the second.

Winston Cup series 2001 schedule

Points standings
Winston cup series point standings as of 6/13/01

Money leaders
Money leaders in the Winston Cup series.

Pocono 500
When: 1 p.m. Sunday

Winless skid clouds future for Skinner
LONG POND, Pa. -- As soon as his driving duties were finished and Happy Hour was done, Mike Skinner was free to spend last Saturday afternoon as he wished.

Will to win takes priority over injuries
Dale Jarrett, who is nursing a broken rib and torn muscles while getting ready for Sunday's Pocono 500, says taking a day off is not an option.

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.

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

Photo feature: Other way
A cow moose and calf turn around after following a fence at Kenai Municipal Airport long enough to decide they weren't getting anywhere.

Burn permit suspension back in effect today
Strong winds and drying conditions are forecast to return to the Kenai Peninsula today, prompting fire officials to suspend all burn permits effective this morning.

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.

Bannock throws hat in ring
It looks like there will be a race for the office of mayor this year in Kenai.

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.

New election districts may pit incumbent Republicans against each other
Plans the Alaska Redistricting Board approved Saturday could pit Sen. Jerry Ward against Sen. John Torgerson.

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.

Area women honored by first lady
Good deeds do not always go unnoticed.

Two safe after overturning canoe on Bertha Creek
It's springtime in Alaska. The days are warm, but waters are not. Running fast, wild and high, tiny Bertha Creek, which runs along the Seward Highway in Turnagain Pass, flipped a canoe late Sunday and put the occupants in the deep freeze.

House Finance chair pushes $350,000 through committee for boat ramp on lower river
People specializing in the Kenai River, its fisheries and its development are scratching their heads over an item in the fine print of the Alaska Legislature's state budget.

Isaiah J. Florendo
Kenai resident Isaiah James Florendo drowned on Friday, June 8, 2001, while visiting family in Oregon to attend his sister and cousin's graduations. He was 17.

Glenn D. Bragg
Former Kenai resident Glenn D. Bragg died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital in Anchorage. He was 78.

Oilers escape again vs. Victory Dons
It may not have been pretty, but the Peninsula Oilers were happy to pick up another win Wednesday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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.

Remembering Old Glory
Flag Day, which is observed today, is an important day. It is a day when we need to appreciate the great things our flag stands for

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.

Letters to the Editor
Youth Restoration Corps work to restore habitat

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.

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.

Dialogue on how to stop global warming can begin
President Bush was coy on the issue of global warming during his campaign, but eventually his administration was going to have to pick a side on the most fundamental question in the debate. Is the weather getting warmer because of human activity, or isn't it?

Letters to the Editor
Minuses of private prison far outweigh benefits it would bring Peninsula should be protected from too much development

Cameras in courtroom would benefit system
The audio broadcast of the U.S. Supreme Court's ''Battle for Florida'' (Gore vs. Bush hearing) last December was historic, suspenseful and informative.

Volunteers make all difference in Soldotna school's success Business support, volunteer efforts create after-graduation memories

Around the Peninsula
Monthly meeting slated for today Self-help meeting planned Ecological walk to be held today Chamber meeting is today Antique show planned Low-cost clinic for pets to be held Public is invited to take a breakRed cross class planned Hawaiian fund-raiser to be held Tour of historic Kasilof planned

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

Pet of the week
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring a 4-month-old male shepherd husky mix for $88.20 with license, vaccinations and neuter surgery included.

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.

Moose goes nuts at course
Moose on the golf course are not unusual. However, a rampaging moose that attacks flag sticks, thrashes about in the pond, charges the driving range clearing all golfers, and forces women to hide behind trees and defend themselves with their drivers is unusual.

Sports Briefs
Home-schooled athletes shine at meet Run/Walk set for Nikiski on Saturday Running club to tackle Russian River trail Kenai Firefighters Golf Tourney tees off Saturday

O'Neal, LA unstoppable
PHILADELPHIA -- Remember those all-too-powerful Los Angeles Lakers who steamrolled their way through the West? They finally arrived at the NBA Finals.

Woods makes it tough for others to win majors
TULSA, Okla. -- When Nick Faldo was at the top of his game, he met Ben Hogan and asked the four-time champion the secret to winning a U.S. Open.

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.

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

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

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