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Thursday, June 20, 2002

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

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.

Fish managers optimistic about Yukon River chinook harvest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first six-hour king salmon commercial harvest on the Yukon River was scheduled to begin Wednesday night and state fisheries managers say they're optimistic about the harvest.

State begins new mercury testing program for pregnant women
KODIAK (AP) -- Alaska, already the source of some of the nation's ''cleanest'' seafood, has a new program in place to test pregnant women's hair for dangerous levels of the harmful contaminant methylmercury, sometimes found in fish.

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?

Gas line assistance figures in energy bill deliberations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Congressional leaders on energy issues say they will start meeting next week to work on an energy bill.

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.

Bethel fails to enforce curfew, fears lawsuit
BETHEL (AP) -- Attacks on elders by small packs of youth in Bethel last winter made 70-year-old Paul Gregory afraid to walk down the street at night.

Fairbanks man sentenced for indecent viewing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man convicted of surreptitiously videotaping a teen-age relative was sentenced to almost two years in prison Tuesday.

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.

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

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.

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.

Chugach Alaska buys McKinley General Contractors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chugach Alaska Corp. has completed its purchase of Fairbanks-based McKinley General Contractors.

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.

Fish managers optimistic about Yukon River chinook harvest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first six-hour king salmon commercial harvest on the Yukon River was scheduled to begin Wednesday night and state fisheries managers say they're optimistic about the harvest.

Ketchikan sailor spots stolen racing sailboat
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Thanks to the sharp eyes of a Ketchikan sailor, a Washington man will be reunited with his stolen sailboat.

Dispute ends over private mining claims inside Denali
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A dispute over some of the remaining privately-owned mining claims within the borders of Denali National Park has ended in federal court.

Randy Phillips stepping down from Senate post
EAGLE RIVER (AP) -- Republican Sen. Randy Phillips, the longest serving lawmaker currently in the Legislature, will not seek re-election this year.

Knowles signs DWI bill, 20 others
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed 21 bills, including one that raises the fines for drunken driving.

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.

Georgia man pleads innocent to disrupting flight
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Georgia man pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges he disrupted a Northwest Airlines flight to Japan a week ago.

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.

Museum finds remains of Barrow Natives in its collection
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Museum of Natural History in New York has completed an inventory of its holdings and found the remains of over 100 Natives from the Barrow area.

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.

Georgia man pleads innocent to disrupting flight
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Georgia pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges he disrupted a Northwest Airlines flight to Japan a week ago.

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.

Williams Alaska mulls offers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Williams Cos. said it has received one unsolicited offer for its Alaska operations and expects more.

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

Light quake shakes Chignik
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook Chignik Thursday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

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.

Court rejects Kodiak borough request to halt term limit petition
KODIAK (AP) -- Term limits for the Kodiak Island Borough mayor are a step closer to getting on the ballot.

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

Public safety commissioner plans to take job at Koniag Inc.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The commissioner of Public Safety will become the senior executive officer of Koniag Inc. in August.

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.

Dispute ends over private mining claims inside Denali
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A dispute over some of the remaining privately-owned mining claims within the borders of Denali National Park has ended in federal court.

Salmon fishermen still at odds over price with most Kodiak processors
KODIAK (AP) -- The United Salmon Association, representing most salmon fishermen in Kodiak, still has not received sockeye offers it considers high enough from processors other than True World Foods.

INS agrees to en route inspections for B.C. cruise ships
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Immigration and Naturalization Service will permit en route inspections for cruise ships traveling from Victoria, British Columbia to Alaska ports this summer.

Knowles vetoes political issue ads bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Wednesday vetoed a bill dealing with political issue advertisements, saying it created a loophole for groups to influence elections without following campaign finance laws.

Trees in Fairbanks park destroyed by dog
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- At first, borough parks maintenance supervisor Dan Chagnon thought a broken tree at Snedden Park was the result of typical winter wear and tear.

Castillo moves hit streak to 33
MIAMI -- Luis Castillo tied Rogers Hornsby's 80-year-old record for the longest hitting streak by a second baseman, going 2-for-4 to make it 33 games as the Florida Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 Wednesday night.

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.

Simplicity essential to Soldotna business
"Let's talk about Mark's grand experiment in simplicity," said Soldotna entrepreneur, Mark Anderson, who transformed his sprawling suburban Kansas City, Mo., advertising agency into a modest, work-from-home enterprise on the fringes of the Alaska wilderness.

Williams to liquidate Alaska assets
ANCHORAGE -- Williams Cos. announced Tuesday it plans to sell its businesses in Alaska, including the North Pole refinery, convenience stores and stake in the trans-Alaska pipeline.

Clinic offers nature's healing
Warm air fills the cocoon as patients drift off into a rosemary-scented cloud of relaxation. While lying there, on a massaging pad, every color of the spectrum, amplified with a red hue for energy, is working with the body's natural elements to undo the damage seasonal living in Alaska can do.

Business Briefs
North Peninsula Chamber to meetSeward Chamber to hold luncheonFishing charter winner announced

Williams Alaska mulls offers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Williams Cos. said it has received one unsolicited offer for its Alaska operations and expects more.

IRS can catch tip cheating
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service can use estimates to make sure it is collecting enough taxes on cash restaurant tips, the Supreme Court said Monday.

Fish managers optimistic about Yukon River chinook harvest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first six-hour king salmon commercial harvest on the Yukon River was scheduled to begin Wednesday night and state fisheries managers say they're optimistic about the harvest.

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.

Photo feature: Panorama
Sherri and Billy Gould and Peter Bland have a view of Seward and the surrounding area as they descend from the top of Mount Marathon Monday.

Little boy shoots a big black bear
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Mason Evans was sitting in a tree stand playing a game on his father's cell phone when the bear showed up.

An evening of elegance
The central Kenai Peninsula may be about as far away from the modeling meccas of Paris and New York as you can get, but it will see some runway action of its own Saturday -- of the fashion, not airport, variety.

All about bluegrass sensation Dan Tyminski
ROANOKE, Va. -- It's dinner time and Dan Tyminski of Union Station has that vacant look college athletes sometimes get when surrounded too long by reporters. Since recording the Grammy-winning ''I am a Man of Constant Sorrow,'' bluegrass' newest star hasn't had much of a break.

KDLL's Art and Music Festival offers variety of bands, food, fun
Art, food, fun and 12 bands playing a variety of music in 12 hours. What better way is there to spend the Saturday of summer solstice weekend?

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

'Minority Report' offers sensory overload
If Steven Spielberg dipped his toe in the dark pool last year with ''A.I. Artificial Intelligence,'' he dives in headfirst with ''Minority Report.''

Watercolor artist to show new prints
Sharon Freeman's watercolor painting, "Shasta Parade," left, recently won a viewer's choice award at the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society juried exhibition.

Art Briefs
Summer interpretive program under waySeldovia festival offers workshopsDrama summer camp announced

New exhibit reveals splendor of Meiji period art
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Three bronze demons with pointed teeth, shaggy hair and wild eyes glare menacingly from beneath a massive urn decorated with stylized clouds and ribbons.

Ryder tries diffusing scandal with laughter
LOS ANGELES -- Winona Ryder has poked fun at her shoplifting arrest on ''Saturday Night Live,'' the MTV Movie Awards and the cover of W magazine, which featured her wearing a ''Free Winona'' T-shirt.

Knowles vetoes political issue ads bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Wednesday vetoed a bill dealing with political issue advertisements, saying it created a loophole for groups to influence elections without following campaign finance laws.

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.

Points Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 2,1642. Jimmie Johnson 2,0543. Jeff Gordon 2,054

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin $3,108,4622. Ward Burton 2,727,7163. Ryan Newman 2,214,254

No. 21 team weighs options
SONOMA, Calif. -- With Elliott Sadler headed to a new team in 2003 and the No. 21 Ford enjoying a resurgence, Wood Brothers Racing has the luxury of being selective on who will drive their car.

In the Spotlight: Chad Knaus
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers

This Week's Race: Dodge/ Save Mart 350
Where: 2-mile, 10-turn road course at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002

Gordon finds his niche
SONOMA, Calif. -- When Robby Gordon almost won last year's race at the Sears Point Raceway, he proved to himself he belonged on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

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.

Preparedness best defense against wildfire
Wildland fires often can threaten private homes. The National Wildland and Urban Interface Fire Program established a program called FireWise to help homeowners develop and maintain defensible space around their homes.

Anchor Point issue in hands of voters
Voters in the Anchor Point area will decide this fall whether to move forward on a $1 million feasibility study to determine if building a small boat harbor or boat launch facility near the Anchor River is economically justifiable.

Team effort required to fight wildland fire
With a massive inferno like the Hayman wildfire blazing in Colorado threatening suburban Denver and lighting up the evening news, it's easy to wonder whether a similar situation could occur on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Assembly lobbies for Ninilchik station
Gov. Tony Knowles is being urged by the Kenai Peninsula Borough to reverse a recent decision to close the Ninilchik state road maintenance station.

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.

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

AIA completes clean sweep of Oilers
Sometimes, after a couple of hard days, one just needs a day off. The Oilers will get that today and try to figure out a way to rebound from a tough start in the Alaska Baseball League.

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.

Preventive measures best way to make sure fires can be controlled
In many ways, Smokey Bear is just wrong.

Letters to the Editor
Bike tour to raise funds for MS starts SaturdayStolen red geranium basket one of a kind, deserves care

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.

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
U.S. should not attack IraqBush should listen to advisers

Suicide attacks, Israel's reoccupation of Palestinian areas complicate efforts
WASHINGTON -- Israel's threatened reoccupation of West Bank areas and two lethal suicide blasts have vastly complicated -- and may torpedo -- President Bush's plan to seek a provisional Palestinian state and to prod Israelis and Palestinians back to the peace table.

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.

Around the Peninsula
DAV meeting plannedDOT to be at chamber meetingWellness forum slatedDefensive driving course availableApplications due for kids campBasketball camp scheduledScience institute planned for teachers

Semester in Israel a learning experience
For most people, Israel is a place seen on television, a war-torn controversy in the Middle East.

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.

Sports Briefs
Twins split with FairbanksNavratilova closes the door on singles comebackO'Brien drops out of decathlonLangway, Federko, Gillies, Neilson get call

Birch Ridge Report: Scramble smothered in sun rays
Saturday was an absolutely beautiful day as 20 teams turned out to play in the 25th Annual Birch Ridge June Scramble. It had been rumored that one of the teams that has played in the tournament for the past 20 years, the Weaver boys, might not play this year.

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

Back to classics: Brazil vs. England
TSUNA, Japan (AP) -- In a World Cup full of upstarts, the Brazil-England quarterfinal is a classic matchup, featuring a whirlwind attack against the tournament's best defense.

Counterpunchers always have a chance
A few words for friends and foes alike when the U. S. soccer team beats Germany in Friday's quarterfinal: Relax. We're not on our way to world domination. Yet.

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?

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.

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.

Alaska's moose change coats for summer
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Don't be surprised if you see some mangy-looking moose around town these days. That's because Alaska's moose are exchanging their winter parkas for summer windbreakers.

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