Friday, June 15, 2001

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

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.

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.

AIDEA rejects veneer plant financing for now
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority's board of directors denied a request for $10 million in financing Thursday by Gateway Forest Products, the company that owns Ketchikan's struggling veneer plant.

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.

School district ponders how to inform parents of threats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School District is considering voice mail and e-mail to keep parents better informed about rumors, threats and actual incidents in schools.

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.

Lightning knocks down Wasilla man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man sorting ceramics for an upcoming garage sale was knocked off his feet by a lightning strike Thursday afternoon.

Fairbanks courthouse to be named for former justice
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Former Alaska Chief Justice Jay Rabinowitz will soon have a higher profile in Fairbanks.

Analysts see patterns in exit exam results
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A passing grade in geometry gives an Anchorage student only a 50-50 chance of passing the state high school math test, considered the hardest of three tests Alaska students must pass to earn diplomas, a recent study shows.

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.

Unemployment continues seasonal decline
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate dropped in May as tourism and construction industries provided more jobs, although some parts of the state did not see that improvement.

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.

Alaska soldiers celebrate Army anniversary without new hats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Soldiers at Fort Richardson and Fort Wainwright were supposed to celebrate the Army's 226th anniversary Thursday with the official donning of a new part of their uniform, the black beret, but the hats did not make it to the state on time.

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.

Homer man dies after truck overturns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Homer man died Thursday night after his pickup truck overturned in a ditch.

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.

Iditarod director tames the kings in Little Susitna
LITTLE SUSITNA RIVER (AP) -- Adrift on this narrow, twisting king salmon stream just down the road from his office, Stan Hooley, executive director of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, is in familiar country.

Kenny Lake man sentenced for sexual abuse conviction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Kenny Lake man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday after pleading no contest to a charge of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Fairbanks borough bans urban outhouses
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Outhouses in urban neighborhoods have been banned by the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

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.

Crash victim families ask judge to deny appeal
SEATTLE (AP) -- Relatives of crash victims on Alaska Airlines Flight 261 have asked a federal judge to reject a Boeing Co. appeal of a pretrial ruling, saying it could delay a resolution of the case by months or years.

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.

Troopers continue search for second Kodiak stabbing suspect
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers continued to look for a second suspect Thursday in the stabbing of Kodiak police officer Terry Ash.

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.

Quakes shake Aleutians
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three earthquakes occurred in the Aleutians Thursday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

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.

Hikers attacked by brown bear in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two hikers were recovering Thursday from a brown bear attack in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

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.

Fishery panel member seeks to rescind halibut charter quota vote
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kevin Duffy, Gov. Tony Knowles' point man on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, said he plans to ask for a vote to rescind a controversial April decision to award individual catch shares to halibut charter boats.

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.

Tanana Chiefs Conference breaks ground on tribal hall
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Tanana Chiefs Conference has broken ground for a $1.06 million tribal hall that will be used for potlatches, meetings, social gatherings and cultural exchanges.

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.

Federal program funds help growth in rural Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- New money from an old federal program is helping remote rural communities in Alaska pay for public facilities.

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.

Coast Guard honors three rescuers
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three local Coast Guardsmen were honored for helping save a woman's life last year near Soldotna.

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.

Juneau Big Brothers-Big Sisters receives national award
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau affiliate of Big Brothers-Big Sisters has won a national award.

Fairbanks man indicted on murder charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man with a history of assaulting his girlfriend was indicted Wednesday on a charge that he beat her to death two months ago.

Poll respondents favor Anchorage mayor's library decision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An opinion poll suggests that most Anchorage residents support Mayor George Wuerch's decision last week not to allow a gay pride exhibit at Loussac Library.

'Canes rally in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. -- There was no panic when Miami fell behind Tennessee early. Instead, there was resolve.

Bonds notches No. 34 as Giants complete interleague sweep of Angels
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 34th homer, and Jeff Kent had a bases-loaded triple Thursday as the San Francisco Giants swept a three-game series with a 10-4 victory over the Anaheim Angels.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Fish of the week
The fishing was slow June 7 on the Kasilof River, but a first-time visitor to Alaska from Houston got Texas-lucky and landed a 45-pound king salmon about 1:45 p.m. A 50-pound king in the Kasilof falls into the Alaska trophy class after its weight is verified at an official station.

Iditarod director tames the kings in Little Susitna
LITTLE SUSITNA RIVER (AP) -- Adrift on this narrow, twisting king salmon stream just down the road from his office, Stan Hooley, executive director of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, is in familiar country.

Fishery panel member seeks to rescind halibut charter quota vote
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kevin Duffy, Gov. Tony Knowles' point man on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, said he plans to ask for a vote to rescind a controversial April decision to award individual catch shares to halibut charter boats.

Options abound for area anglers
Fishing for halibut and red salmon is almost certain to be excellent this weekend. As if that weren't enough, Fish and Game has scheduled an additional three-day king salmon opener on Deep Creek and the Ninilchik River and scheduled a 6 a.m. Saturday opener in the "sanctuary area" at the mouth of the Russian River.

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.

Let me be, says the peony
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Cultivate peonies to celebrate old age, or antiquity, and steadfastness, too. In 100 years your great-great grandchildren could be enjoying their scent and beauty.

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.

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

Money leaders
Money leaders in the Winston Cup series.

Winston Cup series 2001 schedule

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.

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.

Gordon has had his share of problems at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. -- Ask Jeff Gordon about Pocono International Raceway, and he can't come up with a description of any of his three victories.

Pocono 500
When: 1 p.m. Sunday

Nikiski ready to celebrate summer
Days are getting longer and the thermometers are creeping toward 70 degrees. It is time for Nikiski's 10th annual Family Fun in the Midnight Sun festival.

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

Church choirs combine for ecumenical musical
This Sunday, on Father's Day, members from more than 45 Kenai Peninsula churches will gather to experience the love of their heavenly Father.

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.

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.

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

Pomeroy summits McKinley
Fred Pomeroy said he will leave Mount Everest to the big boys, but after climbing Mount McKinley, many would say he is one of the big boys now.

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.

Photo feature: Horsin' around
Participants in this week's Trailblazers 4H Horse Camp ride their mounts past the village of Ninilchik Thursday as they make their way to the Cook Inlet beach.

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.

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.

Soldotna council shoots down fee waiver
The Soldotna City Council sent down the drain a pilot program that would have given water and sewer connection discounts to contractors building new subdivisions in the city.

Abduction hoax causes stir
A teen prank Wednesday afternoon in the heart of downtown Kenai sent nearly a dozen police officers on a wild goose chase that spanned much of the central peninsula.

Setnet fishery brings storm
The personal-use setnet salmon fishery around the Kasilof River will open at 6 a.m. Saturday.

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.

Pastor Glenn D. Bragg
Nikiski resident Pastor Glenn D. Bragg died Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at Elmendorf Air Force Base Third Medical Group in Anchorage. He was 78.

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.

Oilers finish off three-game sweep of Dons
The Peninsula Oilers capped their three-game series against the Ukiah, Calif., Victory Dons with an 8-1 win Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, completing a sweep of the series.

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.

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?

Legislators could earn global recognition for cruise ship measure
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.

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.

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

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

Generous donations helps hospice continue providing care, comfort Many contribute to success of annual library book sale

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

Joining the 14ers not a matter of filling out an application form
IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Most visitors are happy to scale Colorado's towering Rockies in a vehicle.

Bullheads are a brisk business
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) -- Some people might consider it a nightmare to be waist-deep in slippery, splashing bullheads. Dave Reed considers it a boatload of paradise.

Utah's Point of the Mountain is mecca for gliders worldwide
POINT OF THE MOUNTAIN, Utah (AP) -- Dexter Clearwater was just passing through Utah en route to Las Vegas when he stopped in Salt Lake City to paraglide at the Point of the Mountain. He planned to stay one night. Five years later he is still here, flying the Point.

Float trip big on wildlife, serenity
Anxious anglers standing shoulder-to-shoulder along riverbanks. Frenzied fishers waiting for boats to be tractor-launched onto Cook Inlet. Campgrounds filled with motor homes snugly parked next to motor homes.

Prescribed fire projects planned at Mystery Creek, Funny River
Every spring, the fire management staff at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge prepares to implement prescribed fire projects.

Eagle takes flight
A bald eagle flies from its roost along the Tanana River near Salcha, Alaska, Wednesday, June 13, 2001.

Around the Peninsula
Peninsula author's book signing planned Field training to take place beginning today Charity golf tournament to be heldAnnual barbecue set for Saturday Blood donations are requested Firefighting to be discussed Benefit planned for Sunday Monthly meeting planned Board meeting to be heldBenefit canceled

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.

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

Religious conservatives hail high court ruling on elementary school club meetings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Religious conservatives are hailing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that public schools in Milford, N.Y., should let a Child Evangelism Fellowship club hold voluntary meetings with elementary students after class hours.

American Jews still move to Israel during Mideast crisis
MIAMI (AP) -- A suburban family leaving their comfortable life and home in south Florida might not raise eyebrows -- moves happen. But when mom, dad and two little kids are headed for a small nation torn by months of violence, it's another matter.

U.S. Catholic bishops are told they can't force professors to get church certification
ATLANTA (AP) -- The nation's Roman Catholic bishops learned Thursday that their attempt to bring Catholic theology professors into line with official church teaching may have only a limited impact.

Religion Briefs
Visiting evangelist featured in revival Sterling VBS starts Monday Free entertainment planned

Amid church rifts, Ukrainian Catholics elated by pope's visit
ZVENYHOROD, Ukraine (AP) -- Slowly moving her tiny, poorly dressed body, Maria Sabenko painstakingly makes her way up the street, clutching a wooden fence for support in this dusty village in western Ukraine.

U.S. Catholic population increases while ranks of priests and sisters shrink
NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. (AP) -- The U.S. Roman Catholic population continues to grow while the ranks of priests and sisters slowly shrink, according to data in the 2001 Official Catholic Directory.

ABC News drops religion correspondent and sets tie with Web site
NEW YORK (AP) -- ABC News has dropped network television's only full-time religion correspondent and announced a tie-in with, an interfaith Web site that has laid off its own news producer.

Indiana Methodist offices to stay at site developed in part by gambling money
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Despite concerns, members of the United Methodist Church have voted to proceed with plans to build church offices at a new development paid for in part with gambling money.

Southern Baptists focus on divorce within own churches
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Disturbed by high divorce rates, the Southern Baptist Convention is developing a blueprint for pastors on preventing divorce and ministering to single parents.

Members of Reform Jewish synagogues urged to donate income tax rebates to charity
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Union of American Hebrew Congregations, which opposed President Bush's tax-cut plan, is urging members of its 900 Reform synagogues to donate their tax rebate checks to charity.

Unitarian Universalists debate how much God should be in religion
To its harshest critics, Unitarian Universalism is a religion -- like ''Seinfeld'' -- about nothing.

Conservative seminary chief chosen archbishop of biggest Australian diocese
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Canon Peter Jensen, principal of Moore Theological College since 1985, has been elected Anglican archbishop of Sydney.

Missionary priests from India resettle in western North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Roman Catholic missionaries traveled to India 500 years ago to establish their faith there. Now, missionary priests from India are trickling into western North Dakota.

Peninsula teens to take part in ministry team
Four area teens have been selected to participate on a ministry team known as Operation Barnabas.

Stormy start for Tiger, U.S. Open
TULSA, Okla. -- It was a shot that Tiger Woods has made look routine, a 2-iron that pierces through the wind and stops within the shadow of a flag at high noon. Only this time, it belonged to a man twice his age.

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

A realistic number for Irwin
The 56-year-old, first-round leader says age is just a number.

NHL Awards Winners
Winners of the 2000-2001 NHL awards, presented Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto .

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.

Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes Gartner, Kurri, Fetisov, Hawerchuk
TORONTO (AP) -- Mike Gartner, ranked fifth in career scoring with 708 goals, and Wayne Gretzky's Edmonton linemate Jari Kurri were among four players elected Thursday to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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.

Puma Network says government turns blind eye to eastern cougars
FLINTSTONE, Md. (AP) -- The videotaped animal is distant, but clear: a large black cat striding through a field toward some trees.

Hikers attacked by brown bear in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two hikers were recovering Thursday from a brown bear attack in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

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