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Tuesday, June 18, 2002

June 11, 2002 The Voice of the Times on instant runoff voting
The instant runoff system on the Aug. 27 primary ballot would be an electoral disaster.

North Pole man dies of injuries from motorcycle accident
WASILLA (AP) -- A North Pole man died over the weekend from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Wasilla.

Anchorage shelter gets $41 million to rebuild
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage homeless shelter has received a $500,000 matching grant toward its rebuilding effort.

Southeast nonprofit hatcheries don't expect to break even this year
PETERSBURG (AP) -- None of Southeast Alaska's three nonprofit hatcheries expect to earn enough money this season to pay for operations.

June 13, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. urges reauthorization of the RCA
The Legislature should waste little time reauthorizing the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

NOAA: Fisheries center to be built despite high bids
JUNEAU (AP) -- Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they are committed to building a fisheries research center here, but are evaluating their options after construction bids came in higher than expected.

Container ship repaired, under way
JUNEAU (AP) -- An electrical fire caused a container ship carrying goods bound for Anchorage to drift without power for several hours on Monday, the Coast Guard said.

Reports: Stevens, Murkowski and Young reports investments
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens' investments with prominent Alaska real estate developers last year showed mixed results, according to financial disclosure forms released by members of Congress.

Public TV gets $3 million for digital equipment
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's public television stations will receive $3 million to buy studio equipment and field gear for production of digital programming.

Man accused of vandalizing Fairbanks City Hall
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man charged with breaking into City Hall early Monday morning and vandalizing offices said he wanted to talk to the mayor and grew frustrated when he didn't find him, Fairbanks police said.

Electrical fire slows cargo vessel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An electrical fire aboard a CSX Lines of Alaska cargo ship delayed its expected arrival Tuesday in Anchorage.

Crews contain fire that threatened Fairbanks homes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A small wildfire that started in a residential area early Monday evening was quickly brought under control by 28 firefighters.

June 12, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on regulatory commission reauthorization
The reauthorization of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska was just one of many issues that the state Legislature was unable to find the time to address during its extended regular session.

State biologists started 100,000-acre wildfire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State biologists using firecracker shotgun shells to scare off an aggressive moose started a 100,000-acre wildfire in Alaska's Interior last month.

Family completes visits to all 50 state capitols
JUNEAU (AP) -- For the Elrod family, it's 50 states down and dozens of countries to go.

Three brothers killed in climbing accident on Mount Foraker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A climbing accident on Mount Foraker in Denali National Park claimed the lives of three Anchorage-area brothers, the National Park Service said late Monday night.

Seward fisherman dies from injuries after fishing boat accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Seward fisherman died Friday from injuries sustained in an accident aboard a commercial fishing vessel in Prince William Sound.

Anchorage archdiocese reserves judgment on pedophile priest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Catholic pastor accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in Michigan will be allowed for now to keep his job in the Archdiocese of Anchorage, church officials said Monday.

Coast Guard helicopter finds overdue kayaker near Sitka
SITKA (AP) -- A kayaker was located by a Coast Guard helicopter early Monday after being reported overdue a day earlier, the Coast Guard said.

Engineer leaves Port of Anchorage over expansion plans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Port of Anchorage's top engineer lost his job last month over differences of opinion in the direction expansion plans should take.

Anchorage man rescued after suffering stroke and falling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A hiker who suffered a stroke and fell had to be rescued Sunday from a trail just south of Anchorage.

Alaska scientists join undersea research
JUNEAU (AP) -- Off the coast of Alaska, giant spider crabs 7 feet across crawl between submerged mountains the size of 15,300-foot Mount Fairweather.

Quake shakes Southcentral Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A moderate earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska early Monday, but there were no report of damage or injuries.

Ketchikan kids hook barn-door halibut off dock
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A pair of 11-year-olds who have been fishing partners ''for years'' landed a 162-pound halibut off the Knudson Cove Marine dock.

June 11, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News on regulatory commission reauthorization
The Legislature's fight over renewing the Regulatory Commission of Alaska isn't

Post 20 splits at Chugiak
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team split a pair of games against Chugiak in Anchorage Sunday.

Dragline Kid returns to promote book
While professional model and author Lisa Augustine was growing up on the Kenai Peninsula, she was Arlene Rhineganz, daughter of Joyce Rhineganz, Kenai's Postmaster from 1948 to 1961.

Summer Ice for skaters in Kenai
Skaters enjoyed summer ice in Kenai for the first time this year at their multi-purpose facility, thanks to a weeklong hockey clinic with the Mid Island Hockey Schools (MIHS) from Canada.

Teens experience wilderness education with Adventure Alaska
It's difficult to appreciate something that you haven't experienced. That is the premise that led Gary Leiter, math teacher at Cook Inlet Academy, to start a wilderness education program for high school students called Adventure Alaska.

15th Annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women
The 15th Annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women will be held August 10, 2002 beginning at 10 AM. The run is sponsored by the Women's Resource & Crisis Center as a means of informing the community about WRCC's services and to promote awareness of the issues surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault.

Arctic Winter Games supporters encouraged at reception
Community leaders were encouraged recently at a reception hosted for consultant Tom O'Hara, a past member of the Arctic Winter Games International Committee, and his wife Angie.

Outdoors
There I was in the middle of my yard work and working on getting our chicken coup cleaned out when the phone rang. Chet Urdahl one of my co-workers from Ninilchik called and invited me to go fishing with him at Deep Creek.

12th Kenai River Festival not deterred by cloudy cool weather
The Kenai River Festival has become such a community tradition, that few were deterred due to the inclement weather last weekend.

Ketchikan kids hook barn-door halibut off dock
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A pair of 11-year-olds who have been fishing partners ''for years'' landed a 162-pound halibut off the Knudson Cove Marine dock.

Photo feature: High but not totally dry
Ari Goldstein and Bill Keller cross what remains of last winter's snow during a hike up Skyline Trail last week. There's no chance of snow anytime soon, as forecasters are calling for temperatures to hang in the low 60s this week.

Now Showing: The Bourne Identity
Looks like I should have saved last weeks intro about how popular stories about the CIA have become for this week. The Bourne Identity brings us yet another story from the spy shop, though it is much more compelling than it's aimless competitor, Bad Company.

Kenseth powers to third checkered flag of season
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) -- Jack Roush propped his arm up on his crutches and shifted ever so slightly. If there was any discomfort, driver Matt Kenseth's victory made it all go away.

Morning quake rattles peninsula
A moderate earthquake rolled through the Cook Inlet region Monday morning rattling nerves but apparently causing no damage.

Small fires snuffed on peninsula
Alaska State Forestry firefighters responded to a brush fire Sunday in Beluga, on the west side of Cook Inlet.

Anchor Point harbor may not hold water
The U.S. Corps of Engineers project manager for a proposed Anchor Point harbor said Monday that such a project may not be economically justifiable.

After 4 months, Boys and Girls head leaves office
After only four months, Betsy Arbelovsky submitted a letter of resignation, packed up her office and left the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula short of an executive director.

Marine Center construction under way in Homer
Walking the grounds, it takes a familiarity with the blueprints to tease a mind's-eye view of what this flat expanse of brown earth and excavation a-roar with backhoes and bulldozers will look like a year and three months from now.

Tourists make do with options
As it turns out, there is life after king salmon and despite cloudy weather.

Playing around: Communities keep kids busy with educational, active schedules
Children race through the Kenai Recreation Center gym, tossing foam balls back and forth, sliding to their knees when struck and cheering one another on with gleeful laughter and echoing shouts.

Progress smokin' on station
After two years of construction, the new fire station and warm storage building at Kenai Municipal Airport is nearing completion, much to the delight of airport staff.

Edward 'Butch' J. Simpson
Former Soldotna resident Edward "Butch" J. Simpson died Thursday, June 13, 2002, in Springfield, Ore., from complications of diabetes and congestive heart failure. He was 62.

John T. Wolfe
Nikiski resident John T. Wolfe died Monday, June 17, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 82.

LaWanda Lee Davidson
Nikiski resident LaWanda Lee Davidson died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 58.

Oilers drop ABL opener to AIA
The nice thing about baseball is that there's almost always a tomorrow, another day to get back up on the horse.

Serrato follows twin brother north to play Alaska League baseball
Could lightning strike twice? The Peninsula Oilers are certainly hoping so.

Peninsula Oilers roughed up
Almost as soon as it began, it seemed it was over.

Awareness of terrorist risks makes world safer place
More than nine months after Sept. 11, the world has undergone substantial changes in the areas of defense and security, but obviously no one is in a position to guarantee that al-Qaida's terrorism will not act again.

Applause
Cleanup volunteers appreciated

Are your freedoms being threatened?
WASHINGTON -- Select any moment in American history and you can find agitation about the meaning of the Constitution. Right now, though, the pondering, probing and hand-wringing have reached something of a constitutional clamor.

Letters to the Editor
Ninilchik Traditional Council stories foster divisivenessOnly when citizens participate does government work well

Applause
Appreciation for Chief Morris; congratulations to Chief KoppHospice of Homer says thanks for United Way's supportNinilchik students appreciate help with beautification project

States should pay wrongly convicted
Convicts who lose years of life behind bars for crimes they did not commit should be compensated. Period. And they shouldn't have to go to court to fight for it. It should be automatic.

Constitutional Issues: At A Glance
Some of the constitutional issues arising from the government's response to the Sept. 11 attacks:

Letters to the Editor
Good public process developed by public, not dictated to them

By most accounts, RCA works well for Alaskans, should be reauthorized
The reauthorization of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska was just one of many issues that the state Legislature was unable to find the time to address during its extended regular session.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai River Classic to be discussedSocial Security reps to visit peninsulaSolstice run scheduledWillow walk to be offeredWomen's run plannedBusiness services offeredMuseum volunteer neededKenai chamber seeks participants

Peninsula People
Area student named to chancellor's listSterling woman completes master's degreeStudents graduate from Cedarville UniversityNikiski student finishes college with perfect GPAArea student completes GED, plans future studiesSoldotna student to study overseasArea students graduate from UAA

Births
Patsy and Lloyd MarstonHeidi and Leif Jacobsen

Around the Peninsula
Hospital Service Area Board to meetJunior golf clinic to startKPFA to meetSolstice celebration plannedBook donations neededGarden plots availableVehicle soughtGarden in need of donationsBusiness services offeredMuseum volunteer neededKenai chamber seeks participants

Community News
Homer family plans India fund-raiserRIF Web site offers summer programWRCC to host awareness runCommunity golf tournament plannedHomer to host antique car show, parade for July 4New Mexico woman seeks stories of pastFuture Problem Solvers make national showingHomer Yacht Club plans regattaHistorical village, museum open for summer

Club News
Ladies Auxiliary recognized statewide

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Same course as Jack, but Tiger looks for different outcome at Muirfield
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods might want to think about bringing his own pillow to Muirfield for the British Open.

Rice Owls eliminated in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. -- The wind at Rosenblatt Stadium stood no chance against Notre Dame's Brian Stavisky on Monday afternoon.

Sports Briefs
KCHS cheerleaders getting organizedFlorida angler leads Homer derby June standings

U.S. bumps Mexico, advances to quarterfinals of World Cup
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- By making an almost-unimagined trip to the World Cup quarterfinals, the U.S. team is envisioning the kind of success that always seems to accompany Brazil.

Donovan leads U.S. charge into quarterfinals
JEONJU, South Korea -- Landon Donovan ripped off his shirt, sprinted along the end line and dropped to his knees, his face filled with joy.

U.S. Open belongs to Woods
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- The longest course in U.S. Open history was only a short stop for Tiger Woods on his way to a real Grand Slam.

Foreign players boxing out Americans in NBA draft
The NBA job market for American college stars is tight and getting tighter. It's tougher than high tech. English majors will have better luck finding work this summer than most of the big men on campuses who flew so high during March Madness.

Garcia joins the can't-beat-Tiger club
The latest member of the ''I-Can't-Beat-Tiger-Woods'' club almost seemed too young to join.

Senegal nets golden goal
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Senegal and Spain worked overtime Sunday to get into the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Actually, the Spaniards had to go beyond that, beating Ireland 3-2 in a penalty-kick shootout after a 1-1 tie.

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

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