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Monday, June 18, 2001

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.''

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.

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.

Anchorage man dies in Seward Highway accident
SEWARD (AP) -- A man died after the car he was driving collided head-on with a truck, Alaska State Troopers said.

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 congressional delegation reports holdings, trips
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska's congressman and two U.S. senators last week reported their personal holdings in stock funds, banks and real estate as well as trips funded by special interest groups to Las Vegas, Florida and Europe.

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.

Anchorage police make two arrests in woman's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police have arrested two people in the beating death of a woman outside a north Anchorage apartment building earlier this month, authorities said Monday.

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.

Clinton appointee to help with sick worker program
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration has tapped a Clinton appointee to help administer a program to compensate sick Cold War-era nuclear weapons workers, including those who worked on nuclear tests at Amchitka Island in Alaska.

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.

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.

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.

Land Rover caravan offers pampered adventure
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- To the adventurers embarking on a tour of Alaska from behind the steering wheels of Land Rovers, the journey is about a chance to see backcountry without being crammed into a tour bus and without breaking a sweat.

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.

Marshals seek cause of South Naknek fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It looks like the fire that roared through a Bristol Bay commercial fishing complex was accidental, state fire marshals said Monday. But so far they haven't pinpointed the cause of the blaze that caused an estimated $13 million in damages.

Stability an issue -- for earnings as well as safety
SEATTLE (AP) -- Fishing in Alaska, as the Arctic Rose had been doing since 1994, was an act of faith for a relatively small boat built to go after shrimp on the Gulf Coast.

Landslide blocks dipnetters, vehicles near Chitina
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Department of Transportation crews worked throughout the night to try and clear a massive landslide that consumed a portion of the O'Brien Creek Road, stranding Copper River dipnetters.

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.

Coast Guard tries to help entangled whales
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard was forced to delay efforts to help two Humpback whales entangled in fishing gear in the Gulf of Alaska, the agency said Sunday.

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.

One person dies, another injured in Sterling Highway accident
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- An Anchorage man died when the car he was riding in flipped several times early Sunday, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Two rehabilitated snowy owls released into the wild
BARROW (AP) -- Two snowy owls were returned to the wild after being nursed back to health at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Sitka.

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.

Fairbanks man explores life off the grid
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The midnight sun shines down on Rick Thoman's home off Murphy Dome Road, delivering life to his stereo and clothes iron.

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

Sightings of Sitka black-tailed deer more commonplace
SEWARD (AP) -- Sightings of Sitka black-tailed deer are becoming more commonplace around Seward.

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

State hopes for more successful land sale
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is preparing for its largest land sale since the mid-1980s, and this time officials hope to avoid problems of past sales including people who bid but don't pay up.

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.

Twelve years after Exxon Valdez spill, crews search for oil remaining
KNIGHT ISLAND (AP) -- Mike Angaiak crouches on his knees on the rocky beach at Snug Harbor, scraping the bottom of a sandy pit with a trowel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rudd holds off Gordon at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. -- Ricky Rudd figured because he was winning the race, something bad was bound to happen.

Photo feature: Keeping it clean
Margaret Goggia washes the family car in Kenai during last weekend's sunny weather.

Doctors featured by cable series
Media attention seems to focus on urban hospitals and life or death situations, but Lifetime Network in cooperation with True Entertain-ment in New York has decided to shine a light on several physicians from Soldotna.

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.

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."

Famous stallions to ride into town
In the years before mechanized battle machines, horses were the vehicle of choice for the warrior. The best of the best were the Lipizzaner, strong, compact white stallions developed in Austria 400 years ago.

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

Peninsula youths take God's word to world
Jamaica may bring images of sandy beaches and rolling waves to mind, but two peninsula youth groups are visiting the island to do more than sunbathe.

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.

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.

Oilers drop rubber match with Glacier Pilots
It's a little like being beaten to death with a fly swatter -- individually, each blow doesn't hurt too much, but put them all together and the damage can be tough to overcome.

Court decision puts fairness, common sense into practice
Church groups have a right to use public buildings after hours, just like any other civic group.

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.

Let's bring back wise teachings to classrooms
School superintendent J.J. Phillips believed certain ideas were so important that he compiled a little book for his students to memorize between the first and eighth grades.

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?

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.

League of Women Voters wants to know how proposal will affect water quality
The League of Women Voters is made up of concerned citizens in different communities throughout the United States.

President pushes his agenda with contradictory arguments
WASHINGTON -- Missile defense? It's time to move ahead even if the science has not been perfected. Global warming? That's different. Needs more scientific study.

Births
Former Kenai resident Desiree Hokett

Peninsula People
Area students receive degrees Students honored for educational merits Students chosen for awards Area student inducted into honor society Soldotna woman enlists

A night to remember
Kelly Kelso, left, Kenai Senior Center director, Kenai City Mayor John Williams and Kenai City Council member Pat Porter pose last month at a celebration held at the Kenai Senior Center in honor of Kelso. Her last day as director will be Friday.

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.

Ask a Trooper
Question: Now that the fishing season has started again, I see a lot of large boat trailers with oversize signs on them, but I also see a lot of pickup trucks with oversize signs on them and no oversize load.

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

Heroes of the week
First of all, I would like to thank the policemen who rescued me from behind my bed in the middle of the night. But that is only part of the story...

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.

Around the Peninsula
Annual run planned Quilting extravaganza planned Class helps kids be safe sitter Soldotna, Kenai class reunion planned Volunteers wanted for annual dog show Interest sought in Head Start program

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.

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.

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.

Goosen, Brooks in playoff after 18th-hole breakdown
TULSA, Okla. -- Retief Goosen had everything but the trophy.

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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