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Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Father, son land huge halibut in small boat
KODIAK (AP) -- When Geary Cooper and his son Aaron went fishing last week in Ugak Bay, they were looking for a quiet evening on the water.

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.

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.

Injured climber rescued from Mount Augusta
YAKUTAT, Alaska (AP) -- An injured climber was rescued Wednesday after he was caught in a rockslide on Mount Augusta, but bad weather kept rescuers from getting to a second climber.

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.

Search for Oscarville man continues
BETHEL (AP) -- Searchers continued efforts Wednesday to locate Oscar Mesak, 30, of Oscarville, who has been missing since Monday.

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.

BP to clean out abandoned pipeline in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. will clean out an abandoned undersea pipeline, a process that could leave an oil sheen in Cook Inlet, officials said.

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.

Hubbard Glacier is holding firm just shy of Gilbert Point
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Advancing Hubbard Glacier appeared to hold firm early this week, scientists and forest service officials said Tuesday.

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.

Search for Oscarville man continues
BETHEL (AP) -- Searchers continued efforts Wednesday to locate Oscar Mesak, 30, of Oscarville, who has been missing since Monday.

Corps of Engineers report questions Anchor Point harbor
KENAI (AP) -- The U.S. Corps of Engineers project manager for a proposed Anchor Point harbor said such a project may not be economically justifiable.

Man drowns in Kwethluk River
BETHEL (AP) -- A Kwethluk man's body was found early Wednesday morning floating in the Kwethluk River.

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.

Brother arraigned in 1993 slaying of Carlos Medina
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Kodiak resident was arraigned Tuesday in Superior Court in Anchorage on charges of killing his brother more than nine years ago.

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.

Snow conditions on Mount Foraker unstable at time of brothers' fall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Anchorage-area brothers who died while mountain climbing in Denali National Park and Preserve were attempting Mount Foraker under difficult conditions, park officials said.

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.

Family says brothers killed on Foraker loved climbing, outdoors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kathi Strawn sat in the living room of her Eagle River home Tuesday with its brightly colored quilt on the wall and her dead sons' recovered climbing gear on the carpet and considered a question put to her: How is she going to get through the loss of three children in a single fall on Mount Foraker?

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.

Governor signs bill creating endowment for veterans memorials
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed a bill Tuesday that creates an endowment to repair and maintain veterans' memorials in Alaska.

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.

Judge reduces bail for Ketchikan man accused of murder
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Bail for a Ketchikan man charged with second-degree murder was reduced Monday.

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.

State to get $1.34 million for port security
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska ports will receive upgraded security measures thanks to a $1.3 million federal grant.

Ketchikan man sentenced for theft that resulted in death
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Two men acquitted of murder but convicted of theft were sentenced Monday to a year in jail.

State department working to overturn whale quota vote
JUNEAU (AP) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell is seeking to reverse a decision by the International Whaling Commission to disallow subsistence whaling in Alaska.

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

Double moves hitting streak to 32 games
MIAMI -- Luis Castillo went 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 32 games, longest in the major leagues in 15 years, and Florida beat Cleveland 4-0 Tuesday night in their first meeting since the 1997 World Series.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Father, son land huge halibut in small boat
KODIAK (AP) -- When Geary Cooper and his son Aaron went fishing last week in Ugak Bay, they were looking for a quiet evening on the water.

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.

Governor signs bill creating endowment for veterans memorials
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed a bill Tuesday that creates an endowment to repair and maintain veterans' memorials in Alaska.

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

HEA system upgrade coming
Homer Electric Association will begin installing a new tracking system that will help improve its response time to, among other things, power outages.

School e-mail probe widens
Police are investigating a second individual in the alleged break-in to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District e-mail system.

Group hoping for million-dollar Kenai River Classic
Kenai River Sportfishing Executive Director Brett Huber believes maintaining a healthy and productive Kenai River is a community affair. The told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Tuesday his organization strives to make connections with many different groups of people who care for the river.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Peninsula manages just three hits while committing two errors in league loss
The Peninsula Oilers fell to 0-2 in the Alaska Baseball League Wednesday night with a 5-2 loss to Athletes in Action at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

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.

Medicare, Social Security proposals already figuring into midterm elections
WASHINGTON -- One side on defense, the other on offense, House Republicans and Democrats are jousting over Medicare and Social Security, issues of concern to older voters who are likely to figure prominently in midterm elections.

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

Getting rid of terrorists will be dangerous fight
For reasons that still are not clear, some analysts expressed surprise and dismay when, in the aftermath of disclosures about the "dirty bomb" plot, it became apparent that al-Qaida had regrouped and was back in business.

Letters to the Editor
U.S. should not attack IraqBush should listen to advisers

Stage set for GOP bloodbath in Georgia
Here's the inside story from outside the Beltway concerning the political future of controversial Republican Congressman Bob Barr, R-Ga.

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

Around the Peninsula
Blood donations neededQuilting class offeredTour of Kasilof plannedFestival to celebrate solsticeTickets available for annual fund-raiserHawaiian luau scheduledRegatta plannedBurn barrels availablePro bono cases to be redistributedFlood plain information available online

Pet of the Week
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring this neutered adult male retriever mix this week. It is available for adoption for $25.20. Call the shelter at 283-7353 for more information.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

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

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

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
Hockey clinic sign-up starts todayTwins split with FairbanksHewitt gets tricky openerWoods' victory is most viewed U.S. Open in historyHurricanes extend contract of coach MauriceDenver to get arena team owned by Elway

South Korea's dismissal of Italy underscores new order in soccer
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- For the first time, the World Cup will have a quarterfinal round worthy of the tournament's name.

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.

Buck dies after career behind microphone
ST. LOUIS -- Jack Buck, who in nearly five decades as a broadcaster became a St. Louis institution and one of the most recognizable voices in sports, died late Tuesday night, his son Joe Buck said.

Kenai Golf Report: Alaska summer gets busy
I am definitely scrambling to get this report in as close to the deadline as possible. For the past week I have been burning the candle with great delight on both ends. Who would have dreamed several Honokaa Dragons would meet in Kenai 42 years after graduating from high school?

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.

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.

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.

Bear cub visits Kenai
A brown bear cub managed to elude Kenai police officers and Fish and Game biologist Larry Lewis for several hours Tuesday afternoon as they tracked it through woods in Kenai trying to sedate it or remove from populated areas.

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