Saturday, June 17, 2000

Gillnetters prep for opening as habitat loss forces threat of closure
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Some 200 people were hard at work Friday, catching red salmon bound for the Kasilof River in the upper Cook Inlet's only remaining personal use gillnet fishery.

Fishermen rescued as boat sinks in Bristol Bay
KODIAK (AP) -- Fishermen rescued four of their own as a gill-netter sank in Bristol Bay this week.

Juneau group turns in signatures on flightseeing noise initiative
JUNEAU (AP) -- A group that wants to limit flightseeing noise turned in nearly 500 more signatures than necessary to put an aircraft noise initiative on the October ballot.

State believes Columbia repairs could run as much as $1 million
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Last week's electrical fire aboard the state ferry Columbia caused anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million in damage and could take the rest of the summer to repair, a state official said.

Valdez jury convicts cannery worker of sexual assault
VALDEZ (AP) -- A jury convicted a cannery worker of sexually assaulting a fellow worker last summer in a bunkhouse at the Peter Pan Seafood plant.

Scientist: Spruce bark beetle epidemic slowing but still active
KENAI (AP) -- Spruce bark beetles may be running out of trees on the Kenai Peninsula, but residents aren't out of the figurative woods yet.

Talkeetna and vicinity forecast national weather service, Anchorage ak 4 pm adt thu jun 15 2000

Feds rule snow crab limit stands
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of Bering Sea crab fishermen has lost an appeal to federal regulators to override the state Department of Fish and Game's decision to sharply reduce this spring's snow crab catch limit.

Senators rap rumors about Clinton proposing ANWR as national monument
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska's two Republican senators are complaining about new rumors that the Clinton administration plans to declare the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a national monument.

Knowles, family on vacation in Hawaii
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles and his family are vacationing in Hawaii.

Anchorage man presumed drowned in Copper River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was missing and feared drowned after being swept away in the Copper River.

Elmendorf housing moves ahead with help of $38.8 Million AHFC loan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A $98.5 million project to upgrade housing on Elmendorf Air Force Base is a step closer to reality with a $38.8 million loan approved by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.

City manager looking to tanker tax for new hospital
VALDEZ (AP) -- Valdez's city manager Dave Dengel has told city council members that tanker tax dollars could go toward funding a new Valdez Community Hospital.

Alaska unemployment drops in May
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate fell a half percentage point in May, dropping to 6.1 percent, the second lowest rate for the month of May in more than 20 years.

Pipeline regulators looking at alleged code violations at North Pole
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Pipeline regulators are investigating allegations of code and safety violations at the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s North Pole metering facility where a spur from the main pipeline feeds the area's two refineries.

Kodiak to try out new shellfish toxin test
KODIAK (AP) -- Kodiak Island is the testing site this summer for a newly developed Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning monitoring kit.

Talkeetna and vicinity forecast national weather service, Anchorage ak 4 pm adt fri jun 16 2000

Princess to build $10 million lodge on UA-acquired land
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Princess is looking at design plans for a $10 million lodge to be built next to the largest national park in the United States on land it bought from the University of Alaska.

Horse owners rally for treatment of Juneau gelding
JUNEAU (AP) -- Horse owners have begun raising money to help a Juneau woman move her blind gelding to the Lower 48 for treatment.

Accidents increase, safety enforcement declines, study says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Accidents are increasing on the 2.2 million miles of pipelines carrying natural gas and other hazardous materials nationwide, as the federal government slacked off on enforcing many safety regulations, investigators say.

Moderate earthquake shakes Adak
ADAK (AP) -- A moderate earthquake in the Aleutian Islands shook the town of Adak Friday afternoon, earthquake experts said.

Kenai space education center wins learning grant
KENAI (AP) -- Students throughout Alaska won't have to leave their schools to embark on virtual space travel, thanks to a state grant to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

Kenai Fjords officer offers $500 reward in killing of black bear
SEWARD (AP) -- When a black bear was illegally killed in his jurisdiction, Kenai Fjords National Park officer Sean Brennan took it personally.

Riverboat cruise founders celebrate two anniversaries
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Jim and Mary Binkley celebrated two anniversaries this week: the 50th anniversary of their Riverboat Discovery tours and their 53rd wedding anniversary.

Gates still world's richest man, but his lead narrows
NEW YORK (AP) -- His net worth shrank by a third this past year, but Bill Gates' $60 billion bankroll is still big enough to make him the world's richest man, according to Forbes magazine's annual rankings.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Ping-Pong ball drop planned to honor dadHomesteader exhibit open to publicSupport group meets SaturdaySterling seniors host 10th annual barbecueSolstice blood drive set for SaturdayBook, plant and bake sale scheduledFighting forest fires in Alaska topic of programCultural programs continue at Visitors Center Kenai Chamber sponsors Fourth of JulyProgress Days Parade accepting entries

Kings in Kasilof, reds running in Kenai
With the catch-and-release-only restrictions on Kenai River king salmon in place, many anglers are trying their luck on the Kasilof River or finding other fishing alternatives.

Gillnetters prep for opening as habitat loss forces threat of closure
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Some 200 people were hard at work Friday, catching red salmon bound for the Kasilof River in the upper Cook Inlet's only remaining personal use gillnet fishery.

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainment Upcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage Films

Pocono 500
The racetrack features three distinctively different turns. The first is a slightly-banked hairpin, the second is a standard 45-degree corner, the third is long, sweeping and flat like a road course.

June 18: Pocono 500, Long Pond, Pa.

Spencer's yearly tirade blasts team
LONG POND, Pa. -- There must be a hint of truth in Jimmy Spencer's recent tirade against his race team. After all, more qualified drivers have been fired from the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for a lot less.

Ernhardt son waits his turn
There were no autograph hounds camped out in the ARCA Series garage two hours before the Flagstar 200 on Saturday at the Michigan Speedway.

Points Standings
Point standings

Money leaders
The top money leaders.

Space center lands grant
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska creates an illusion of space travel on the ground in Kenai. Soon students around Alaska will be able to share that virtual thrill without leaving their own schools.

Spruce bark beetle problem lingers
Spruce bark beetles may be running out of trees, but peninsula residents are not out of the proverbial woods yet.

Challenger Learning Center offers summer camps
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, which opened this spring, is offering a series of one-day activities and week-long camps for children this summer.

Where to get help in dealing with the spruce bark beetle
Kenai Peninsula residents have free access to expert help in dealing with the spruce bark beetle infestation.

Family fun highlighted at annual Nikiski community event
For the fifth year in a row, the Nikiski community will gather again Saturday for a day filled with fun and activities.

Not just another highway
The rest of the country is about to find out what peninsula residents have long known -- that the Seward Highway is more than just the road to Anchorage.

Edd James Perry
Edd James Perry, a longtime resident of Soldotna, died of lung cancer complications on Saturday, May 6, 2000, at his residence in Greensburg, La. He was 63.

Rev. Raymond Ernst
The Rev. Raymond Ernst died Monday, June 12, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 83.

Catholic bishops discuss worsening priesthood shortage
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A worsening shortage of Roman Catholic priests will result in fewer Masses, more priestless parishes and deacons leading worship services, a study says.

Religion Briefs
Women's club meets todayDoepken to hold final serviceFormer NFL player to visit SolFirstGuest evangelist to visit Nikiski churchVacation Bible school starts MondayChurch of the Nazarene Bible school set Bishop to dedicate pews, driveway

Alabama man loses jobs after complaints about Christianity
HAMILTON, Ala. (AP) -- Greg Thomas got along with his neighbors when they thought of him simply as the only Jew in town. They didn't understand his conversion to Judaism from Christianity a few years ago, but they tolerated it.

Three central peninsula students selected to Operation Barnabas
Laura Cooper, Justin Franchino and Bethany Thornton have been selected to participate on a national ministry team known as Operation Barnabas.

Cardinal, Tigers to play in CWS championship
OMAHA, Neb. -- Louisiana State and Stanford made sure there will be just one more game at the College World Series.

Knoblauch, Yanks blunder against Sox
NEW YORK -- Chuck Knoblauch stood motionless, hands on his hips and staring straight ahead. Alone in his misery on the edge of the infield.

Peninsula Oilers
Thursday's game between the Peninsula Oilers and the Santa Barbara Foresters was postponed due to rain and will be played Friday as part of a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. at Coral Seymour memorial Park.

Pronger nets hat trick with Hart, Norris and All-Star honors at NHL awards
TORONTO (AP) -- On a big night for the St. Louis Blues, their captain won the feature award by the smallest of margins.

Lakers one win away from first title since 1988
INDIANAPOLIS -- Admitting that his team was down in the dumps but refusing to concede anything else, Larry Bird prepared for the biggest challenge and perhaps the final game of his coaching career.

Dogs take toll on herd numbers
Across the state, the caribou's numbers are whittled down by such predators as bears and wolves. On the Kenai Peninsula, the caribou's biggest threat comes from the domesticated dog.

Biologists prepare for caribou census
The caribou of the central Kenai Peninsula are cuter than moose and increasingly visible.

Peninsula is home to 5 different herds
The Kenai Peninsula is home to five distinct caribou herds. All are descended from animals biologists relocated from the Nelchina herd near Glennallen within the past 35 years.

Kenai Fjords officer offers $500 reward in killing of black bear
SEWARD (AP) -- When a black bear was illegally killed in his jurisdiction, Kenai Fjords National Park officer Sean Brennan took it personally.

Kenai's caribou: New arrivals on old turf
The bull stood at the end of our driveway in Kasilof, browsing on a lawn. His antlers were so huge he looked like he had coat racks stuck on his head. In the car, we were able to edge close enough to see the flies walking across his tawny fur.

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