Tuesday, June 20, 2000

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.

About 500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled in accident
PORTAGE (AP) -- About 500 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled early Monday when a tanker trailer broke free on the Seward Highway, officials said.

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.

Plane missing near Mount McKinley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service and a number of air taxi operators were searching for a plane with four people aboard reported missing on a flight between Talkeetna and Mount McKinley.

Juneau girl with new heart will compete at Transplant Games
JUNEAU (AP) -- Chrysantha Bradley got an early Christmas present Dec. 2 in the form of new heart. Just six months later, the Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore has recovered well enough to compete in sports.

Juneau residents testify for roadless Tongass forest
JUNEAU (AP) -- Road building should be banned in pristine areas of the Tongass National Forest, according to most of the 62 people who testified at a U.S. Forest Service hearing Monday.

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.

Juneau cracks down on roadside campers
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Assembly has passed an ordinance limiting camping alongside area roads.

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.

Petersburg police crack down on car key scofflaws
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Police have begun enforcing a city ordinance that could change a tradition for this Southeast island city: leaving car keys in the ignition.

Barrow man killed in four-wheeler accident
BARROW (AP) -- A Barrow man was killed when he lost control of the four-wheeler he was driving and was thrown from the machine, North Slope Borough Police said.

Haines man opens cannery museum
HAINES (AP) -- A former fisherman is turning back the clock for people who want to find out what drove the economy early in the century.

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

West Coast salmonid species listed as threatened or endangered
The following 14 salmon and steelhead species are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and are covered by the 4(d) rule released Tuesday by the federal government:

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

Murkowski wealthiest among Alaska congressional delegation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski is the wealthiest of Alaska's three-member congressional delegation, according to some financial disclosure statements released last week.

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.

Taylor Highway reopened but rains leave roadbed in bad shape
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Taylor Highway was reopened over the weekend, but more than a half-foot of rain over the past five days has left the region saturated and the road in rough condition with its shoulders soft.

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.

Knowles administration fights move to expand tribal powers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state wants to intervene in two lawsuits in Washington, D.C., that could establish Native gaming in Alaska along with extending tribal self-government powers to more than 1 million acres of allotments and town sites.

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.

Lt. Donald Bowman elevated to captain
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lt. Donald Bowman has been promoted to the rank of captain, Alaska State Troopers announced Monday.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Unocal rep to speak at Soldotna chamber lunchLand trust to sponsor village site tour todayKenai River Center plans Thursday meetingImmunization clinic canceledSterling musher featured at Kenai chamberEmergency planning panel to meet WednesdaySchool superintendent to speak at Nikiski chamberSterling Community Club to meet ThursdaySupport group to hold picnicKenai chamber to sponsor parade

Community Calendar
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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.

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.

West Coast salmonid species listed as threatened or endangered
The following 14 salmon and steelhead species are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and are covered by the 4(d) rule released Tuesday by the federal government:

A taste of his own medicine
LONG POND, Pa. -- This time, The Intimidator was pushed aside on the final lap.

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.

Tsalteshi Trails Association gets grant
n The Tsalteshi Trails Association sponsors two summer events annually. On July 1, it will host the Tsaltesh

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.

New Sears could boost Kenai Mall
The old Sears store in Soldotna is gone, replaced by a new Sears dealer store at the Kenai Mall in Kenai. That could be good news for the mall.

Kenai Plaza makes room for new tenants
The Kenai Plaza retail business center surrounding Carrs Quality Center and Big Kmart in Kenai will see at least one new neighbor, and maybe two, by the end of summer.

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.

Groups awarded funds to clean up
The waterways of Alaska are an important resource in many ways, and three area projects intend on restoring and keeping them beautiful.

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.

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?

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.

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

Births
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.

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

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

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.

Halibut charter tires out Studs for Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers closed out their season-opening, 11-game homestand by defeating a weary Seattle Studs squad 6-0 behind four RBIs from Jeff Jones.

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

A taste of his own medicine
LONG POND, Pa. -- This time, The Intimidator was pushed aside on the final lap.

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.

Thunderbirds take pair from Post 20
The American Legion Post 20 Twins were swept by East Sunday in Anchorage.

Sports Briefs
Jeff Ransom run set for SaturdaySolstice Fun Run draws 44Call of the Wild: Lemaire hired by Minnesota

O'Neal scores 41 to add NBA title to his resume
LOS ANGELES -- The big fella cried, spilling tears that had been welling up inside his massive 7-foot-1, 330-pound body for eight years.

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.

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

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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