Sunday, June 18, 2000

Fairbanks tourist season off to a slow start
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Although it's too early to tell if Fairbanks will have a successful summer tourist season, preliminary reports show a slight dip in the number of visitors to Alaska's second largest city.

Weather closes Taylor Highway
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Department of Transportation has closed the Taylor Highway because of heavy rains and a late breakup.

Visitors warned about bears on the beach
KODIAK (AP) -- Visitors to Pasagshak may not be alone on the beach this summer.

Haines man dies after losing control of truck
HAINES (AP) -- A Haines man died after losing control of his truck early Saturday on the Haines Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

Air National Guard helicopter rescues three hikers
PALMER (AP) -- The Alaska Air National Guard rescued a woman with a broken leg who had slipped down a snow chute near Matanuska Peak.

Bristol Bay boat owners warned about boat lengths
BRISTOL BAY (AP) -- Dozens of boat owners in the state's premier salmon fishery at Bristol Bay could be violating the rule limiting boat length to 32 feet.

Defense bills would bring high-tech training systems to Alaska
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base should get two new high-tech training systems this year.

The worry is taxes, not inflation
NEW YORK (AP) -- The danger to the economy isn't so much from rising interest rates as from higher taxes. Higher taxes? Everyone's concerned about rising interest rates, but who's proposing higher taxes?

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
Community to discuss foster careForest Service to hold hearingFree walk and geology lessonVacation Bible School in NikiskiGebhardt to speak at Kenai chamber luncheonTour offered of archaeological excavationSwimming lessons at SoHiKenai chamber sponsors Fourth of JulyProgress Days Parade accepting entriesVisitor center offers guided tours of Old TownFree child developmental screening

Vegetarians find alternatives to meat menus
Pork, beef and chicken are a daily part of most meals, but for a handful of Kenai Peninsula residents, meatless entrees tickle their fancy.

No shortage of special needs kids
An executive proclamation from Gov. Tony Knowles has set aside May 14 to May 20 and June 18 to June 24 as Alcohol-Related Birth Defects Awareness Weeks.

State recognizes volunteers of the year
Jane Stein was surprised.

Photo feature: Stirring up fun
Harry Eaton stirs the ingredients for a pot of jambalaya he was making for the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce booth at Nikiski Days Saturday morning. Proceeds from the mix, which was served with white beans, will go to the chamber's high school scholarship fund, Eaton said.

Foster father wears 2 hats
There are Father's Day cards for almost every kind of father. But finding one to fit Keith Carter is no small task.

Special athletes show well
Spirits were soaring as area special athletes competed with nearly 300 fellow Olympians in Anchorage June 9 through 11.

Teacher, Homer 12-year-old among top award winners
Extraordinary volunteer skills were noticed and honored for five Kenai Peninsula women who were named First Lady's Volunteer Award winners.

$225K settles lawsuit
More than four years after Kenai Police Officer Mitchell E. Langseth was accused of sexually assaulting Kristie A. Gerow, an out-of-court settlement finally brought closure to the case last week.

Kirkpatrick, Curtis plan July wedding
Kari P. Kirkpatrick of Idaho and Jason E. Curtis of Kenai have announced their plans to marry in a 2 p.m. ceremony July 22 in Citrus Heights, Calif.

Curtis, Foree to wed in September
Jolene Etta Curtis and Michael William Foree Jr. have announced their plans to marry in a 2 p.m. ceremony Sept. 2 at the bride's home, 36745 Short Lane in Kenai.

Oilers send Foresters packing
The Peninsula Oilers sent the Santa Barbara Foresters out of town without much to show for their visit, taking both ends of Friday's doubleheader to complete a three-game series sweep.

Not so golden
LOS ANGELES -- Shane Mosley put his actions to words after upsetting Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC welterweight championship.

Oilers allow Studs off hook
It was like hooking a Kenai king -- and then not being able to get it in the boat -- for the Peninsula Oilers Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Bird turns out lights on Midnight Sun field
A five-mile race began the Family Fun in the Midnight Sun -- Nikiski Days festival on Saturday morning.

Woods remains alone at top
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Tiger Woods delivered a command performance that was all too familiar.

Soldotna Big League splits doubleheader
The host Soldotna Big League softball team split a doubleheader with Anchorage's Abbit-O-Rabbit Saturday, winning 3-2 before dropping a 3-0 decision.

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