Sunday, June 17, 2001

GCI buys Rogers American Cablesystems
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- General Communication Inc. has signed a $19 million agreement to buy Rogers American Cablesystems Inc., a cable television company with about 7,300 subscribers in the Palmer and Wasilla areas.

State supreme court shoots down random drug tests
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that the random drug testing policy for Anchorage firefighters and police violates the state constitution.

Alaska National Guard trying to get trainee back home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Pvt. Stephanie Marie Foxie fell through the cracks.

State tries again on fast ferry bid
JUNEAU (AP) -- Proposed fast ferries for Southeast Alaska won't start running until January 2004, about six months later than originally proposed, because the state had to issue a new request for proposals.

Fishing boats, buildings destroyed near Naknek
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A fish camp where commercial fishermen in the Bristol Bay area stored and repaired their boats and took their meals was destroyed by fire early Saturday.

Ketchikan borough will oppose consolidation
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has gone on record opposing the city of Ketchikan's petition to consolidate the two governments.

Katie John appeal decision puts pressure on Knowles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When Gov. Tony Knowles announced his decision to appeal the Katie John subsistence ruling last year, he called it his ''clear responsibility, even in the face of a difficult political battle.''

Birds return to Barrow in droves
BARROW (AP) -- Migrating birds have returned to Barrow in a big way now that the weather is heating up.

Anchorage man dies in fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died early Friday from smoke inhalation after his apartment caught fire.

INS lifts restrictions on international passengers
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service has lifted a requirement that Russian nationals have visas if they stop in Anchorage on flights to another country.

Kodiak fish plant fined for underreporting pollock purchases
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kodiak fish-processing company pleaded guilty Friday to a federal felony charge of underreporting the amount of pollock purchased from a fishing boat.

Abduction prank causes stir in Kenai Peninsula
KENAI (AP) -- Teen pranksters sent nearly a dozen police officers on a wild goose chase through much of the central Kenai Peninsula.

Former Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Former Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Jay Rabinowitz died Saturday at a Seattle hospital after a long illness. He was 74.

New subsistence schedule worries fishermen
BETHEL (AP) -- People in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are struggling to adapt to the subsistence schedule set by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which has begun closing the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers three days a week.

Interior Secretary Norton appoints Pearce, Toohey to top Interior jobs
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton has named state Sen. Drue Pearce to serve in the newly created position of senior advisor for Alaskan affairs in Washington D.C.

Crowds gear up for setnet fishery
KENAI (AP) -- For weeks now, people have staked out prime spots in anticipation of the personal-use setnet salmon fishery that opens Saturday around the Kasilof River.

Expert says boat probably flipped and sank quickly
SEATTLE (AP) -- A veteran boat surveyor and builder believes the Seattle-based Arctic Rose flipped rapidly, then sank in the Bering Sea in a mysterious April 2 accident that killed all 15 men on board.

Mussina helps Yanks maintain mastery of Mets
NEW YORK -- Mike Mussina threw 7 2-3 sharp innings and produced an RBI single as the New York Yankees once again beat the Mets, 2-1 Saturday.

Twins drop pair to Dimond
The American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins lost to Dimond Saturday in Anchorage by scores of 14-2 and 8-7. A full report will be available in Monday's Peninsula Clarion.

Hurricanes win another College World Series
OMAHA, Neb. -- Kevin Brown hit a home run and had five RBIs Saturday, leading Miami to its second College World Series championship in three years with a 12-1 rout of Stanford.

Garden in the woods offers reprieve from stress of daily life
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- When Will Curtis landscaped the garden of his dreams in 1931, he probably never guessed the surrounding community would become known more for its shopping malls than its nature.

Ray captures record 12th pole at PPIR
FOUNTAIN, Colo. -- Greg Ray added to his IRL record, capturing his 12th career pole position in qualifying for Sunday's Radisson 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Assembly members team up to request vote on prison
Should the borough build and operate Alaska's first private prison?

Photo feature: Celebrating summer
Fancy That the clown, also known as Elaine Carpenter, tickles Clayton McCoy with a feather duster as siblings Curtis and Cheyenne wait their turn behind him during Saturday's Family Fun in the Midnight Sun celebration in Nikiski.

Peninsula transit service waiting for the bus(es)
The bus is coming. Look for it to pull up at central peninsula bus stops later this summer.

Private prison information sought
The future of Alaska's first private prison was the cause of two separate actions taken this week by the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration and a group called "Citizens for a Private Prison Free Peninsula."

Volcanic concerns raised by fire
Kenai Peninsula residents wondered if a volcano had erupted Friday afternoon when a suspicious cloud appeared on the horizon.

Oilers even up Alaska Baseball League series with Anchorage
The Peninsula Oilers learned from Friday night's struggles against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, rebounding from the 9-2 loss to beat the visiting Pilots 5-1 Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Dad's authority established by kind of example he sets
Authority. It's a word closely associated with fathers, for good and bad. When we speak of the paternalism of the state in this day and age, we usually don't mean it in a good way

Abduction hoax not funny, productive or good for anyone
What in the world were they thinking?

Citizens do themselves, community disservice by not getting involved
Only the regulars were in attendance when the Kenai City Council passed its annual spending bill recently. Thirteen million dollars were on the table, and no one had a word to say about it, save for two comments actively solicited by the mayor.

Fathers face complicated decisions
WASHINGTON -- Half of fathers who live apart from their children are tied to at least one other set of kids, researchers said Monday, meaning many dads face complicated decisions about where to spend their time and money.

Around the peninsula
Benefit planned for today Board meeting to be held Monthly meeting planned Swimming lessons set to begin Soccer camp planned Chamber meeting scheduled WRCC needs volunteers

King, Bassetti hold lakeside wedding
Emmy June King and Jasper Bassetti were married Saturday, May 19, 2001, at the home of the bride's parents on Denise Lake. The groom's father, Tom Bassetti, officiated.

My Best Friends
Sara and Kylie Hanson of Kenai snapped this shot of their pets Bruiser and Misty just hanging out together on a Sunday afternoon.

Flavored vinegars spice up cooking, gifts.
Flavored vinegars have become popular in the past few years. They are easy and fun to prepare and make wonderful gifts. The vinegars can be made with fresh or dried herbs, garlic, peppers and onions. You also can use fresh or frozen fruits.

The end of the road - Peninsula DOT superintendent steps down to seek other highways
George Church may not be a household name, but odds are you rely on his handiwork every day you are on the Kenai Peninsula.

Martinelli, Paulk announce summer wedding
Jennifer Martinelli and Jake Paulk have announced their plans to marry Friday, June 22, 2001, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Center. The bride's grandfather, David Killian, will officiate.

Earthquakes hit 10 on unbeaten scale
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The San Jose Earthquakes extended their team-record unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 0-0 tie with the New York-New Jersey MetroStars on Saturday night.

Air time - Motocross hits Soldotna airport
Normally hot temperatures, a nice breeze and a bone dry day are perfect ingredients for an outdoors sporting event, but organizers of motocross races Saturday at the Soldotna Municipal Airport will be the first to admit that there can be too much of those good things.

Breakers inhibit Freedom
BOSTON (AP) -- Kristine Lilly scored in the second half to lead the Boston Breakers to a 1-0 victory over the Washington Freedom in the WUSA on Saturday night.

Woods still in big hole
TULSA, Okla. -- Retief Goosen and Stewart Cink have never been so close to winning a major championship. Tiger Woods has rarely been so far.

U.S. men's soccer ties Jamaica to maintain lead in World Cup qualifying
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Steve Cherundolo could just smell the difference.

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