Monday, June 19, 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.

Sealaska elects officers
SEATTLE (AP) -- State Rep. Albert Kookesh was re-elected to the Sealaska board of directors Sunday and then chosen board chairman at the Native corporation's annual meeting in Seattle.

Former Barrow resident to try out for Olympics
BARROW (AP) -- Shirley Reilly is no quitter.

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

Two injured in Anchorage apartment blaze; 30 left homeless
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people were hospitalized in what firefighters say was the fourth major apartment house fire in a month in Anchorage.

Fewer independent visitors stopping in Haines
HAINES (AP) -- The number of people driving into Haines is declining and merchants say it's making a difference at the cash register.

Alaskan Native Medical Center to get new administrator
SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) -- The woman who has headed Northern Navajo Medical Center for the past 10 years will leave in mid-July to take a similar position at the Alaskan Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska.

Former Anchorage prep star signs contract with Arizona Cardinals
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mao Tosi has signed a contract with the Arizona Cardinals despite playing just two seasons of college football.

Search for missing cannery worker suspended
JUNEAU (AP) -- The search for a missing cannery worker has been suspended, 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.

Juneau mechanics place 28th in national contest
JUNEAU (AP) -- A problem with the mass air flow sensor tripped up two young Juneau men Monday as they competed in a national car repair competition.

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.

Former tourism director heads south
JUNEAU (AP) -- The former head of the state Division of Tourism is moving to Phoenix next month to take an advertising job.

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.

Rain, high humidity, slow wildfires in Alaska Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- State officials are hoping that a wildfire 45 miles east of here in the Chena River State Recreation Area is close to burning itself out.

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.

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
Swimming lessons set at SoHiVisitor center offers guided toursFun run fund-raiser slatedFree child developmental screeningKenai chamber to sponsor paradeProgress Days Parade accepting entriesVolunteers needed for Run for Women Volunteers will be needed prior to and on race day.

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

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.

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.

$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.

Group promoting English wins ruling by state court
ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that the group Alaskans for a Common Language can defend the state's Official English law in court.

Soldotna council shies from commitment to horse group
The city of Soldotna's plans and plans of the Soldotna Equestrian Association bumped into each other at Wednesday's meeting of the Soldotna City Council.

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.

Problem solvers: Soldotna students' brainstorming wins first-place honors
Imagine it's the year 2024, the world's huge population is desperate for food, but nations are rejecting genetically engineered crops because of public fears. How would you resolve the conflict?

Photo feature: Just looking
Joan Barina, of Kenai, watches loons on Headquarters Lake with Georgiann and Len Kutilek, who were visiting from Springfield, Ill., last weekend. The lake is a popular stop on a short trail behind the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge visitors center located across the Sterling Highway from Skyview High School.

Final cleanup plan proposed for River Terrace
Thursday night, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation gave the public a chance to comment on the proposed final cleanup of dry cleaning fluids from the River Terrace Recreational Vehicle Park near the bridge in Soldotna.

State recognizes volunteers of the year
Jane Stein was surprised.

Exports increase for Nikiski fertilizer
State officials say Alaska Nitrogen Products in Nikiski exported $36.2 million in fertilizers during the first quarter, up from exports of $24.4 million during the first quarter last year.

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.

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.

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.

Dorothy Ruth Bilkey
Sterling resident Dorothy Ruth Bilkey died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at her home in Sterling. She was 82.

Peninsula People
Area student graduates from collegeSoldotna student named to honor rollSkyview student named as national award winnerStudent honored with special awardKenai student elected to honorary society

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.

Community news
New members namedSummer classes slatedBehind bars event helps MDANavy reunion plannedHost a student, explore new opportunitiesAlaska SeaLife Center News

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.

Area student graduates from college
Katherine Lee Kornelis, of Kenai, graduated with a master's degree in May from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Charolotte and Ronald Records, of Ninilchik, announce the birth of their son, Isaiah Gavin, on Friday, June 9, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Sports Briefs
Source: Wild to name Lemaire head coachHewitt beats Sampras for titleEngland could be kicked out of Euro 2000

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

Disputed call helps Oilers edge Seattle
Persecution complexes and conspiracy theorists aside, most sports observers agree that calls made by umpires and officials eventually even out.

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

Area team strives to promote softball
The Soldotna Big League softball team is in trouble, even though it has six wins this season.

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.

Open golfers lost in Woods
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Standing on the 18th fairway, Tiger Woods turned his back on Pebble Beach and looked out over Carmel Bay in the final moments of the most monumental U.S. Open victory ever.

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.

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.

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.

Brazilian Castroneves earns first CART win
DETROIT -- Helio Castroneves likes to drive hard, but he earned his first CART victory by being conservative.

Preliminary results of study find bells don't ward off bears
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