Sunday, June 16, 2002

Groups object to opening Haines mountain to motorized access
HAINES (AP) -- A private developer who wants to build a handicap-accessible, all-terrain vehicle trail that uses state land on Mount Ripinsky faces opposition from conservation groups.

Military, media, protesters gather day before missile defense ceremony
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- Two dozen protesters straggled down a rocky four-wheeler trail along the Richardson Highway south of here Friday, headed toward the entrance to Fort Greely and the site of the new national missile defense system test bed.

Troopers meet with Kaltag residents over shooting
KALTAG (AP) -- Residents of this village of 250 say they're angered and hurt by the death of Kenneth Madros Sr., shot Monday by an Alaska State Trooper responding to a domestic violence report.

Minor earthquake occurs near King Salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A minor earthquake occurred Sunday near King Salmon on the Alaska Peninsula.

Man accused of attacking passerby who interrupted outdoor sex act
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was in custody following his arrest for allegedly attacking a passerby who commented on the man and a woman having sex in an Anchorage alley.

School board votes against repealing tuberculosis screening regulation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state school board has unanimously voted against a proposal to repeal a tuberculosis screening requirement for child care providers.

Exxon Valdez trustees may change recovery definitions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council may change the definitions it has been using on whether wildlife species damaged by the 1989 oil spill have recovered.

National Park Service quietly buys private parcel in Denali
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service has quietly purchased one of the most contested private parcels within Denali National Park and Preserve.

New regulation penalizes residents with bears in garbage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new state regulation could lead to fines for Alaskans who allow bears to find their garbage.

Analysts say Alaskans shouldn't worry about becoming a target
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaskans who see a missile defense system as a high-profile target more than a high-tech security blanket shouldn't worry, according to analysts from a couple of Washington, D.C., think tanks.

Body of missing Kake girl found in Juneau creek
JUNEAU (AP) -- The body of a 10-year-old Kake girl who disappeared over a Juneau waterfall was found Saturday morning.

Abandoned sea lion pup making good progress
SEWARD (AP) -- Faith has a good appetite, a loud cry and is making marine mammal rehabilitation history in Alaska.

Agency says it plans to shift shipyard to Ketchikan city or borough
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A state agency granted Alaska Ship and Drydock a brief extension to operate the Ketchikan Shipyard, then announced plans to negotiate a lease or sale of the facility to a Ketchikan municipal government.

Silver shovels mark beginning of work on missile defense system
FORT GREELY, Alaska (AP) -- Within 838 days, six missile silos will be 115 feet beneath the earth here where on Saturday dignitaries officially broke ground for the national missile defense system.

Fish-buying deal pitched as alternative to cruise tax
JUNEAU (AP) -- The major international cruise lines that float by the Southeast Alaska fishing town of Yakutat are hoping to stave off a tax by buying some fish.

Anchorage municipal bonds go on sale
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Itching to invest in the Municipality of Anchorage? On Monday people all over Alaska will have a chance to do just that.

Forest Service announces plans for Juneau flightseeing
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service is holding the number of helicopter landings allowed on the Juneau Icefield steady through 2004, but will allow 5 percent increases in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Republican legislators stage spectacle at closed park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some Republican legislators staged a political spectacle Friday at Big Lake South Campground to protest the closure of nine state parks.

Georgia man charged with disrupting Detroit-to-Tokyo flight
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Northwest Airlines passenger jet on an international route made an unscheduled stop in Anchorage on Thursday and a Georgia man was charged with interfering with crew members.

Soldier sentenced to prison for writing bad checks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright soldier has landed a prison sentence for writing more than $32,000 in bad checks.

Larsen Bay gets state money for mosquito-killing machines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After centuries of abuse from biting insects, the remote Kodiak village of Larsen Bay is preparing to fight back with Mosquito Magnets -- courtesy of a grant from the Alaska Legislature.

State holds lottery for recreational backcountry parcels
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Remote recreational cabin sites in southcentral and northern Alaska are available through a lottery offered by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Director of UAA Native Student Services named
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska Anchorage has tapped an Alaska Native to head its Native Student Services, UAA officials said.

Man dies in single vehicle accident near Wasilla
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 73-year-old man died early Saturday after his car struck a culvert on a side road near Wasilla, Alaska State Troopers said.

Fisherman dies of injuries suffered aboard boat in Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 50-year-old fisherman has died from injuries suffered aboard a boat in Prince William Sound.

Mets get back at Clemens by hitting pitches, not body
NEW YORK -- Shawn Estes, Mike Piazza and the New York Mets got the best kind of revenge against Roger Clemens.

Dodgers' Green homers in four straight at-bats
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Shawn Green apparently is getting tired of talking about home runs and major league records.

Task force weighs options for proposed cemetery in Soldotna
Two sites within the City of Soldotna have recently emerged as the front runners for locating a proposed city cemetery.

Residency challenge dogs Senate hopeful
Sen. Jerry Ward says a complaint filed with the Division of Elections June 7 alleging he does not live within the bounds of the newly drawn Senate District Q, the seat the two-term Republican hopes to win in the November election, are politically motivated but destined to be tossed out.

Assembly president files to run for borough mayor
Citing what he called a lack of leadership in the borough's top elected office, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Tim Navarre announced officially today he is launching a campaign to unseat Borough Mayor Dale Bagley in the October election.

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.

Clayton Moravec
Homer resident Clayton Moravec died at his home Thursday, June 6, 2002. He was 44.

Victory Dons batter depleted Oilers pitching
The Peninsula Oilers baseball team showed plenty of spunk Saturday, bouncing back from Friday's drubbing to beat the visiting Ukiah, Calif., Dons 3-0 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Oilers' Reilly beats Dons in final start
The Ukiah, Calif., Victory Dons didn't get to use the material they'd normally bat with Friday. The Peninsula Oilers didn't get to use many of the players they'd normally go to bat with Friday.

40-something dad's priorities get put straight upon baby's arrival
I'd have probably made a barely adequate, perhaps even lousy father as a young man in my 20s. Thank goodness fortune didn't present me with the option.

Effective teachers must be identified, rewarded
During the past 60 years, I have experienced 300 or more teachers or professors in elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities in Idaho, Oregon, California, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, New Mexico and Alaska. In subject areas as diverse as quantum physics, art, biology, nuclear reactors, sociology, economics, logic, chemistry, mathematics, English, literature, history, all the fields of engineering, botany, political science and music, I can recall less than 20 of them who were really dedicated to teaching their students and were really effective in motivating me to learn.

Letters to the Editor
Permanent fund should be invested in Alaska

Kenai Peninsula: More than a pretty place to catch fish
The stories are totally unrelated. Totally. Their only connection is they ran in the Peninsula Clarion last week.

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game opens Russian River sanctuaryClub director to be featured on cable showWellness forum plannedSummer adventure program registration extendedHomer youth week scheduledImpact of oil development to be discussedKenai chamber seeks participants

Quirky recluse's Lake Tahoe 'castle' now open to public
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. -- Long before today's jet set discovered Lake Tahoe, the strange doings at George Whittell's ''castle'' were the stuff of legend.

My Best Friend
Megan is caught relaxing by her owner Mavis Blazy-Lancaster of Soldotna.

Photo feature: Respect
Flames consume a tattered flag during a Disposal of Unserviceable National Colors Ceremony on Flag Day Friday at the American Legion Post 20 in Kenai.

Dikes, Larsen wed in Soldotna
Christina Dikes and Lance Larsen, both of Anchorage, were married at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2002, at the Soldotna Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Bruce Hardesty officiated.

Photo feature: Sharpshooter
Mickey Wicker lines up a shot at one of the games at the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce's Family Fun in the Midnight Sun festival Saturday as Zelie and Zachariah Herra watch.

A look into the past: Washday 1955
This photo was taken about 1955 by Marge Mullen at the Lancashire homestead between Soldotna and Kenai. The ladies hanging the wash to dry are Abby and Martha Lancashire.

Kids find 'grandpa' at day care
"There are a lot of kids here that call Jerry, grandpa," said his wife, Anita, who owns Soldotna Kiddie Kare where Jerry volunteers five days a week.

South Korea goes crazy for World Cup
SEOUL, South Korea -- The last time 3 million Koreans waved national flags, in 1919, they were calling for liberation from Japanese colonialists. The last time a half-million people packed Seoul's City Hall Plaza in 1987, they were shouting ''Down with dictatorship!'

Mexico, United States ready for showdown
SEOUL, South Korea -- Claudio Reyna expects one big difference Monday when the United States plays Mexico for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Suspense on final day with Tiger in lead? Forget it
The Open is closed. The mystery is solved. Pretty much everything is over but the engraving.

Texas edges Rice
OMAHA, Neb. -- Justin Simmons shut out Rice for seven innings to lead Texas to a 2-1 victory Saturday night in the first round of the College World Series.

Sports Briefs
Fun in Midnight Sun race resultsTwins sweep EastKroger 300 suspended after 86 lapsDa Matta wins second straight pole; Brack secondDe Ferran wins pole at Pikes Peak

Tiger enters final day of play with four-stroke lead on Garcia
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Two birdie putts by two of his biggest rivals rocked the U.S. Open with deafening cheers that Tiger Woods couldn't ignore.

Germany, England roll into quarterfinals
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Germany is back in familiar elite territory. England used a blitz of goals to get to the same level.

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