Friday, June 14, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Rep. Young among conferees on energy bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rep. Don Young has secured one of 44 House seats on a conference committee appointed to work out differences with the Senate over energy legislation.

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.

Report finds DFYS falls short of federal standards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An analysis by the Division of Family and Youth Services finds that nearly a quarter of Alaska children who suffered abuse or neglect between 1998 and 2000 were hurt again within six months.

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.

Bering sea crab quotas sparks controversy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A recommendation this week by federal regulators to divide the Bering Sea commercial crab fisheries into privately held quotas has sparked controversy rippling all the way to the East Coast.

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.

Mat-Su borough school system gets interim superintendent
PALMER (AP) -- The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District has an interim superintendent.

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.

State lifts Ketchikan's special education sanctions
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The state Department of Education and Early Development lifted sanctions against the Ketchikan School District last week.

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.

Energy panel approves pipeline safety bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House committee approved a landmark pipeline safety bill Thursday, but a fight between two powerful committee chairmen could delay the measure's trip to the House floor.

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.

Regulatory commission testifies before Senate committee
Officials with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska defended their agency's performance in Senate hearings Thursday.

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.

Haines customs station will double its staff
HAINES (AP) -- Staffing at the Dalton Cache border station 40 miles northwest of Haines will double with the addition of six permanent full-time positions in October.

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.

Glenn Highway and ferry route named scenic byways
JUNEAU (AP) -- The federal government has recognized the Alaska Marine Highway and the Glenn Highway as National Scenic Byways.

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

State will likely foot bill for much of redistricting battle
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state could spend more than $3 million on legal costs associated with redrawing Alaska's election district lines.

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.

Alaska wildfire crews head south to help with Denver wildfire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Four Alaska-based fire crews and several support workers were headed south Friday to help fight a 99,000-acre wildfire burning near Denver.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Indians slip past Orioles
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ricky Gutierrez pulled a muscle while scoring on rookie Chris Magruder's triple in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles in Thursday's only scheduled AL game.

Twins split with Wasilla
The American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins split a doubleheader with the Wasilla Road Warriors Wednesday in Wasilla. The Twins picked up the win in the first game, 12-7, before absorbing a 6-3 defeat in the second game.

New York waits for Clemens to enter batter's box vs. Mets
NEW YORK -- The Subway Series has turned into a Big Apple circus.

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.

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

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.

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.

Companies readying to provide advice to retirement savers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Millions of Americans have retirement savings accounts, but they're often confused about how to make the most of them. That's been especially true during the down stock market of the past two years.

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.

Boomer wanderlust, airline concerns push RV growth
NEW YORK (AP) -- For years, Lou Holtmann meant to take a vacation with his children and grandchildren, but the scheduling ''never worked out.'' After Sept. 11, he decided it was time, and so he bought five recreational vehicles for road trips this summer.

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.

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

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.

Biologists use paint to study trout
LOGAN, Utah -- With a red slash at the throat, the cutthroat trout destined for Strawberry Reservoir wouldn't seem to need much more color. But then, would a dab of chartreuse really hurt?

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.

King fishing still on
In spite of recent restrictions placed on area king salmon sport fishing, anglers -- both guided and unguided -- can still try to land a lunker at a number of popular fishing holes this weekend.

Upper Kenai River red-y and waiting
Here's a ray of sunshine in what has otherwise been a cloudy week for sportfishing on the Kenai Peninsula: While the runs of king salmon on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers have been protected by emergency order, the early run of red salmon has arrived at the Russian River en masse.

Peninsula stream sport fishing regs at a glance
Here are some of the highlights of current regulations pertaining to king salmon fishing on area streams:

Teaching your own little sprouts how to garden may provide best harvest of all
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- Back off, a bit, from your usual seasonal quest for prize tomatoes, sweating over bounteous berries or training ''twiners.'' Turn instead toward teaching your own little sprouts how to garden. The effort could become by far your most important harvest this year.

Study: Track records often broken more by chance than systematic improvements in sports
When top athletes spring off their starting blocks, their success at breaking records depends more on chance than on systematic improvements in their sport, a new study suggests.

Biotech company developing genetic test to tailor drug treatment
It's a frustrating reality of modern medicine -- doctors know the drugs they prescribe don't work for all their patients. Given the diversity of our genes, no single drug will be effective in every human.

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.

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.

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

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.

'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.

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

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

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

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

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

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.

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

Group seeks commitment to economic progress
In a state where the economy is dependent upon a slowly declining natural resource, where else can Alaskans look to find economic sustainability?

Top Kopp: New police chief takes over
Not only is Kenai getting years of law enforcement experience and knowledge in its new police chief, it is getting a lifelong Kenai resident who knows the history of the community.

Volunteer group changing the world 1 family at a time
Ira Schauer always wanted to live in Alaska.

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.

Soldotna beautification, mill rate resolutions also pass at weekly meeting
The Soldotna City Council skated through its monthly meeting Wednesday, passing several unanimous resolutions designed to improve the city's quality of life while keeping property taxes the same as last year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jettie Jean Van Sinderen
Former Kasilof resident Jettie Jean Van Sinderen died Monday, June 10, 2002, at her Bellingham, Wash., home after a long battle with muscular dystrophy. She was 76.

Oilers' bats frozen solid
Oscar Serrato's debut with the Peninsula Oilers was a good one as the pitcher jumped into the Oilers rotation Thursday and settled into a pitchers' duel with the Bears of California.

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.

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.

Name that tune -- the Kenai Peninsula's songbirds are back for the summer
A central theme each June to our Refuge Notebook series is an article about the spring arrival of birds to the Kenai Peninsula

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

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
Library sale planned PenDOG garage sale set for Saturday AARP offers defensive driving class Vendors sought for Trash and Treasure sale Quilting fair to be held Swim team seeking members

Guatemala may give the Catholic church a military TV station
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Aides to President Alfonso Portillo say the military's television station is likely to be transferred to the Roman Catholic Church.

Evangelical Lutherans work to boost Jewish-Christian relations
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is trying to boost Jewish-Christian relations with a new booklet, ''Talking Points,'' meant to facilitate discussion between Lutherans and Jews.

Shrine about to open along I-80 in Nebraska
GRETNA, Neb. (AP) -- Interstate 80 travelers soon will be offered a spiritual rest stop between Omaha and Lincoln.

Religion Briefs
Garage sale today Bible school slated Soldotna chapel will do whats right Church night planned at ballfield Spiritual poems sought

Sex-change Methodist minister placed on leave as complaint is considered
BALTIMORE (AP) -- A United Methodist minister who had a sex change operation will be put on a temporary leave of absence while the church reviews an internal complaint against her.

Suffering monk about to be made a saint by suffering pope
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A mystic monk who won adulation from rank-and-file Roman Catholics but scorn from the Vatican during his lifetime will be made a saint Sunday by Pope John Paul II, a longtime admirer who once sought the priest out as his confessor.

Former KKK leader becomes minister with mission to fight racism
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Ku Klux Klan leader Johnny Lee Clary patted his white sheet as he waited in the radio station for his debate opponent, a civil rights activist.

United Church of Christ joins boycott of Cincinnati
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland-based United Church of Christ has joined an economic boycott against another Ohio city: Cincinnati. The boycott campaign resulted from the fatal police shooting last year of an unarmed black man that provoked days of rioting.

Mormon university settles dispute with professor
PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Brigham Young University agreed to settle a federal lawsuit filed by business professor B. Michael Pritchett, who said the school tried to force him out of his tenured post and blacklisted him.

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

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
Two injured by explosion at Jacobs FieldNickerson signs with Packers

Bowman retires after leading Detroit to its third Stanley Cup in six years
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings and coach Scotty Bowman won the Stanley Cup they were supposed to win, then came the surprise -- Bowman upstaged his players by skating off into retirement.

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.

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.

A fourth title would be dynastic for Los Angeles
Let the Los Angeles Lakers be forewarned: No team has pulled off a four-peat in nearly four decades. If Red Auerbach ever gets in touch with Phil Jackson, he can tell him all about it.

Woods leads Open at tough Bethpage Black
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Bethpage Black is no longer the most frightening thing about this U.S. Open.

Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey make next round at World Cup
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Like favorites France and Argentina before it, Italy couldn't win a critical game. Unlike them, it survived the first round of the World Cup.

Aiding injured baby birds may not be appropriate action
Many of our readers have probably started to see baby birds fluttering around the house and back yard by now. It's also the time of the year when the refuge receives calls from the public about injured or abandoned baby birds and nestlings.

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