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Tuesday, June 19, 2001

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.

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.

Split board issues redistricting proclamation
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Redistricting Board issued its official proclamation of the state's new legislative districts Monday, but two dissenting board members put out their own report criticizing the plan and the process that created it.

Juneau police kill bear
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau police shot and killed a female black bear after it attacked a pet dog, growled at officers and broke down a fence early Tuesday morning in a residential neighborhood.

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.

Quake rattles Valdez
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of Valdez felt a magnitude 4.5 earthquake that shook the ground at 11:26 a.m. Tuesday.

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.

Knowles has 30 days to name Pearce replacement
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles must decide within the next month who should replace Anchorage Sen. Drue Pearce, who resigned her Senate seat effective Monday to take a Department of Interior job in Washington, D.C.

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.

Valdez to sue over redistricting plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- The city of Valdez will file suit to challenge new election district boundaries approved Monday by the Alaska Redistricting Board. Several other groups are considering legal action.

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

Coast Guard investigates cruise ship discharge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard investigated a graywater discharge in the Juneau harbor by the cruise ship Rhapsody of the Sea on Monday and plans to pursue civil penalty action against the ship.

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.

Interior Secretary visits Gwich'in village
ARCTIC VILLAGE (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton got a polite welcome and a pointed message Monday when she visited this isolated Gwich'in Athabascan village 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

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.

Banned gay exhibit now displayed at university
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A condensed version of a gay pride exhibit banned from a city library is now on display at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Man arrested, another sought in Kodiak officer stabbing
KODIAK (AP) -- A man has been arrested and charged in connection with the stabbing of a Kodiak police officer, Alaska State Troopers report.

Judge refuses to dismiss case against resort, employees
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior Court judge cleared the way Monday for a criminal trial charging a resort and two employees with falsifying pool chlorine and temperature records.

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.

Farm project goes forward in Ester
ESTER (AP) -- An experiment in community agriculture is taking shape in a patch of woods along the Old Nenana Highway. Susan Willsrud and Tom Zimmer, founders of Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, say their project will give people a chance to work on the farm in exchange for a share of the harvest.

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.

Troopers rescue Kodiak kayakers
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard makes most rescues off Alaska's coast, but Alaska State Troopers stepped in two save two guardsmen Saturday.

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.

Checks coming for trillion-dollar tax cut
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The effects of a $1.35 trillion federal tax cut will show up in Alaska next month.

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.

Driver sentenced for assault, seventh DWI conviction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for two counts of assault and a seventh driving while intoxicated conviction.

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.

Clerks in Craig, Fairbanks charged with selling alcohol to minors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and Alaska State Troopers conducted age compliance checks in two locations last week, including one in rural Alaska, and charged three clerks with selling to underage buyers.

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.

June 11, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News proposes a 'Plan B' for long-term economic prosperity:
How can Alaska get back on track to prosperity and growth? Reports that Alaska had the second-slowest growth of all 50 states during the boom years of the 1990s should trigger both concern and activity.

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.

June 14, 2001: Alaska Newspapers Inc. advises the governor against a Katie John appeal:
If Gov. Tony Knowles tries to appeal the Katie John case, he will gain nothing except bitterness between the state and the Alaska Native community.

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.

June 16, 2001: The Voice of the Times calls for more access to national parks:
It has been 20 years or more that we have been editorializing about the need to make national parks and refuges available to the people of America -- against ever-increasing efforts by professional environmentalists and the federal bureaucracy to make them playgrounds only for the elite and wealthy.

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.

June 11, 2001 the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner urges continued support of the Alaska Gasline Port Authority:
The Alaska Gasline Port Authority is and remains a risky investment, offering prospects for a truly spectacular payoff but absolutely no guarantee that its promise will be realized.

Anchorage man dies in Seward Highway accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 80-year-old Anchorage man died after a head-on collision on the Seward Highway Sunday, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Landslide blocks dipnetters, vehicles near Chitina
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Road workers Monday bulldozed a makeshift roadway across a massive landslide south of Chitina, allowing authorities to evacuate about 300 Copper River dipnetters stranded in the isolated spot.

Interior Secretary visits Gwich'in village
ARCTIC VILLAGE (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton got a polite welcome and a pointed message Monday when she visited this isolated Gwich'in Athabascan village 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

This season will be the last for Baltimore iron man
BALTIMORE -- Cal Ripken, who shattered a baseball record once considered unbreakable, will retire after this season.

Post 20 Twins manager feels fine after accident
Longtime American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins manager Lance Coz said over the years many people have accused him of being hard-headed.

Hamilton leads Mets past Expos
NEW YORK -- Darryl Hamilton hit a go-ahead single in the seventh inning as the New York Mets beat the Montreal Expos 2-1 Monday night.

Yankees' Clemens picks up ninth victory
DETROIT -- Roger Clemens became the AL's first nine-game winner, and Alfonso Soriano scored three runs and drove in four as the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 10-1 Monday night.

Sonar counts high; king numbers on track
'Tourist effort is way, way down. It's been going down quite a bit in the last few years. People aren't coming up in June when they can have bait in July.'

Homer Jackpot leaders remain the same
Don Uribe of Carmel Valley, Calif., kept his lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby last week with the 250.2-pound fish he landed on June 6.

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.

Grass fire quickly extinguished
A grass fire burned one-quarter of a mile in Soldotna Monday but spared the homes surrounding it.

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.

Redistricting board proclaims plan
It's official, unless someone files a court challenge.

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: Time for two
Ellie and Rube Tikka enjoy the sun Saturday on their bicycle built for two during a ride alongside Bridge Access Road.

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.

Patrick Lee Edwards
Homer resident Patrick Lee Edwards died in Homer on Thursday, June 14, 2001, of injuries from an automobile accident. He was 50.

Oilers work late to top Anchorage
The Peninsula Oilers evened their record in the Alaska Baseball League at 2-2 Monday night with an 8-7, 11-inning win over the Anchorage Bucs at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Limited entry factors artificially boosted Alaska's salmon prices

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.

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.

Applause
Walk helps raise peninsula's awareness about brain injuries KCHS girls basketball team appreciates community support

Talking with the attorney general
Since the execution of Timothy McVeigh and preceding the scheduled execution of another condemned federal prisoner today, Attorney General John Ashcroft says he has no doubts about the efficacy of the death penalty or the guilt of those sentenced to receive it.

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.

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.

Education bill represents another big win for Bush
Chalk up another victory for President Bush. The Senate's lopsided vote 91-8 in favor of his education legislation last week sends a bipartisan message that improved public schools are a priority, even if the bill doesn't do everything it should.

Worth Quoting
''Can I trust him? I can. I was able to get a sense of his soul.''

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
Guided tours to be held weekly Banking to be discussed at chamber lunch Seminar scheduled for Wednesday Vet meeting slated Group to meet for birding walk Bible school to be held Membership meeting planned Fund-raiser planned for cancer patientElder hostel program planned Donations are requested Chamber seeks participants

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...

Births
Former Kenai resident Desiree Hokett

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

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.

Summer school: Teachers, kids hit the books
While most children and teachers enjoy summer vacation, others are still hard at work.

Menus
Lunch menus for the Senior Centers on the Peninsula

Senior Briefs
Picnic planned for seniors plus a listing of activities throughout the week at peninsula senior centers

Worker-owned health agency creates careers, improves patient care
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- When Mary Gelinas cruises the halls of the assisted living apartment complex on her afternoon rounds, few residents greet her by name.

Predicts parading Shaq: Back to back to back
LOS ANGELES -- More than a half-million fans celebrated the Los Angeles Lakers' second straight NBA championship Monday as Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant promised to do it all again next year.

Sports Briefs
Twin City Raceway set to go this Saturday Homer Jackpot leaders remain the same Homer Mariner Triathlon slated for Sept. 1 Bird takes Nikiski fun run Wimbledon picks Sampras as top seed Three players withdraw from Wimbledon Rafalski, Young added to 2002 Olympic team Baffert to appeal 60-day suspension Michael Chang lobbies for Beijing's 2008 bid

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

Golden Goosen
TULSA, Okla. -- No longer the laughingstock of golf, Retief Goosen redeemed himself Monday and became a U.S. Open champion.

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