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Saturday, June 15, 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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
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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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