Wednesday, June 20, 2001

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

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.

Oil company increases estimate of Cook Inlet field reserves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After a second exploration well at Redoubt Shoal, Denver-based Forest Oil says the Cook Inlet field may produce 50 million barrels of oil over the coming years.

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.

State troopers recover body from Chena River
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers pulled a body from the Chena River on Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Fairbanks city clerk dies suddenly
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- City Clerk Nancy DeLeon, who served the city for nearly three decades, died Tuesday morning at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital from a stroke. She was 56.

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.

Norton wraps up Alaska visit; defends Alaska appointment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton Wednesday defended her choice of Cam Toohey, the former director of a group lobbying to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, to serve as her special assistant for Alaska.

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.

Makeshift team jumps in to Armed Forces Eco-Challenge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- They met each other last Friday, but they've got 150 miles to get to know each other better.

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.

Ketchikan School Board names replacement members
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan School Board has a full slate of members again.

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.

Alaska company seeks recruits for Antarctica jobs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The lure of Antarctica drew a steady stream of adventure-seekers to a job fair in Anchorage on Tuesday.

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.

Second Kodiak harbor seal pup rescued, sent to Seward
KODIAK (AP) -- Another harbor seal pup from Kodiak, now two and a half weeks old, is recovering at the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward.

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.

Baseball manager recovering from blow to forehead
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula American Legion baseball manager struck on the head by a line drive Sunday says the only lingering effects are mild headaches.

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.

Group seeks wilderness designation for ocean areas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Ocean Conservancy wants five ocean sites in the United States and one in the Caribbean designated as wilderness to provide protections already granted on land. Two of those areas are in Alaska.

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.

Copper River Highway closed
CHITINA (AP) -- The Copper River Highway was officially closed to traffic from O'Brien Creek to Haley Creek Tuesday morning by the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

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.

DWI stop leads to discovery of explosives
WASILLA (AP) -- Explosives were spotted in the back of a car during a traffic stop Monday night, according to Wasilla police.

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.

Klukwan shareholders re-elect incumbents
JUNEAU (AP) -- Klukwan Inc. shareholders have re-elected board members Kimberley Strong of Klukwan, and William A. Thomas, Jr. and John D. Katzeek of Haines.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bonds continues home run barrage
SAN DIEGO -- Barry Bonds hit his 37th home run Tuesday night, a shot that the umpires didn't immediately acknowledge, to tie the record for most homers before the All-Star break.

Twins outlast Indians
CLEVELAND -- After nearly five hours, 19 runs, 13 pitchers and 420 pitches, it's no wonder Twins manager Tom Kelly lost track of what inning it was.

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.

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.

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.

Tips on cultivating flower & vegetable beds
(NAPSA)-Like a friendship or a natural talent, a garden must be cultivated in order to grow.

7th Annual Quilting Show to open at CIA
The seventh annual Quilting Show sponsored by Robin Place Fabrics in Soldotna, promises to be greater than ever.

It was our first family fishing trip of the year and everyone was doing their best to get all our gear located and loaded. Sorting through the fishing tackle used for ice fishing that we normally don't use for summer fishing.

Going out in a blaze of glory...
Under sunny Alaskan skies, community members gathered last week to honor the flags that have flown proudly over a free land.

The Early Bird cooks the burgers
Surrounded by family and friends, popular Kenai City Councilmen Duane Bannock served up free burgers last week at Kenai Chrysler Center.

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.

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.'

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.

Forest Oil's Osprey Platform could pump 50 million barrels from Redoubt Shoal
Forest Oil Corp. estimates it can recover more than 50 million barrels of oil from its Redoubt Shoal prospect in Cook Inlet following completion of a second exploratory well from its Osprey Platform.

Valdez to sue over redistricting plan
The city of Valdez will file a lawsuit challenging a redistricting plan approved by a state board on Monday.

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

Miscommunication mars burn
There are some issues for which a need-to-know basis is appropriate. Prescribed burns, it turns out, are not one of those situations.

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

Photo feature: Tourists corralled
Christie Andersen of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Roberta Slusarenko of Seattle are fenced in as they photograph Saint Nicholas Memorial Chapel in Kenai Tuesday afternoon.

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.

John W. Rhines
Kenai area resident John W. Rhines died on Saturday, June 16, 2001, at his home. He was 79.

Kenneth Fredrick Fulford
Thirty-two year Alaska resident, Kenneth Fredrick Fulford, of Anderson, died Sunday, June 10, 2001, in Fairbanks. He was 68.

Charles "Papa Charlie" Rediske
Nikiski resident Charles "Papa Charlie" Rediske died Monday, June 18, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 63.

Laura L. Butler
Kenai area resident Laura L. Butler died Monday, June 18, 2001, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 72.

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.

Peninsula rips three long balls to complete two-game sweep of Anchorage
The Peninsula Oilers slugged three home runs Tuesday night as they defeated the Anchorage Bucs 8-1 in Alaska Baseball League play at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

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

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.

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

Bush's European trip proves he's up to job of presidency
Describing the limited objective of President Bush's first official visit to Europe, Chief of Staff Andrew Card said it was to explode the myth that Bush is a go-it-alone cowboy not quite up to the job. The president achieved that objective and more.

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

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.

Oil supply vs. energy demand
A few years ago, I asked experts to estimate when the world's supply of oil will dry up.

Support for youth activities makes summer trip possible

Good vibes insufficient foundation for U.S. relations with Moscow
President Bush says he came away from his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin with "a sense of his soul" and a belief that the former Soviet KGB operative is "trustworthy."

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

Pet of the Week
Pet of the Week Kenai

Around the Peninsula
Community club meeting to be held Annual solstice run planned Races planned for Saturday Solstice festival planned Literacy program schedules book fair Soldotna Baptist Church to hold Bible school Delegates to meet with public Soldotna chamber seeks Progress Days vendors

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

Lunch menus for the Senior Centers on the Peninsula

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.

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

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

Lucas named Cavaliers' coach
CLEVELAND -- John Lucas' career and life have been about second chances, and on Tuesday he got another shot at being an NBA head coach -- this time in Cleveland.

Sports Briefs
Red Cross golf tourney set for July 7 Springboard Diving Camp set for Aug. 6 Ted Williams back in Florida Racing board denies stay of Baffert's suspension Sale of Canadiens approved

Course still needs some rain
Kenai Golf Course is still screaming for some rain. The tees and greens are watered regularly but the fairways are still waiting for some much-needed rain.

Tyson vs. Lewis deal in the works
NEW YORK (AP) -- A fight between Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis is in the works, although TV and boxing executives warned the deal wasn't done.

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

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