Thursday, June 21, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Anchorage police officer accused of sexually abusing a minor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage police officer was charged Wednesday with seven counts of sexually abusing a minor.

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.

False Pass salmon strike continues over prices
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A small processor has agreed to pay 55 cents a pound for sockeye salmon -- the same price False Pass fishermen rejected this week from Peter Pan Seafoods, one of two large Sand Point processors in a price war with striking fishermen.

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.

Fairbanks man pleads no contest to manslaughter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man pleaded no contest Wednesday to manslaughter and driving while intoxicated for killing a teen-ager in September.

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.

Researchers find elevated heavy metal levels along Red Dog mine road
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Researchers have found elevated levels of heavy metals in moss and soil samples collected along the Red Dog Mine haul road.

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.

Soldotna man lands big king from river shore
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Joe Paul always knew there was a good fishing hole along his property, downstream from Soldotna's Swiftwater Park.

Troopers discontinue search for missing Ruby girl
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An official search was called off Wednesday for a 16-year-old Ruby girl who apparently drowned in the Kobuk River after a boating accident more than two weeks ago.

Dog bites North Pole boy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole boy is recuperating after being bitten five times by a neighbor's chow dog Sunday afternoon.

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

Cause may remain undetermined in Two Rivers Fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fire officials do not have sufficient information to determine the cause of a fire May 28 that destroyed a Two Rivers landmark.

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.

Despite warning signs, Tanana Flats moose continue to flourish
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- There are moose everywhere, or so it seems as Pat Valkenburg pilots a Bellanca Scout low over the Tanana Flats.

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

Two charged with attempted importation of alcohol
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers Tuesday arrested two men and seized 182 liters of alcohol they are accused of trying to import into Kotlik, a dry community.

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.

False Pass salmon strike continues over prices
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A small processor has agreed to pay 55 cents a pound for sockeye salmon -- the same price False Pass fishermen rejected this week from Peter Pan Seafoods, one of two large Sand Point processors in a price war with striking fishermen.

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.

Many Southeast communities losing population
JUNEAU (AP) -- Hobart Bay has almost disappeared, and other Southeast Alaska towns are shrinking, according to the U.S. Census.

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.

Juneau wastewater superintendent sentenced
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The superintendent of Juneau's wastewater treatment system was sentenced Wednesday for diluting test samples of the discharges from one of the city's treatment plants.

Bear cub euthanized after mother bear's death
JUNEAU (AP) -- State officials euthanized a black bear cub Tuesday afternoon, several hours after police killed its mother because the adult bear was behaving aggressively in a Juneau neighborhood.

Supporters try again with conservation and reinvestment bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bill to spend more than $3 billion a year on land conservation and recreation nearly cleared Congress last year, and now its supporters are trying again.

Tigers get to Yankees bullpen
DETROIT -- Bobby Higginson and Robert Fick homered and Juan Encarnacion hit a two-run triple as the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 5-2 Wednesday 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.

LaRue snaps Reds out of slump
CINCINNATI -- Jason LaRue hit the first of Cincinnati's four homers as the Reds ended an eight-game losing streak and another disastrous homestand by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3 on Wednesday.

You can go home again -- if you're a Boomer kid
CHICAGO (AP) -- When Johnny comes marching home again, hurrah ...

Antarctic positions available
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The lure of Antarctica drew a steady stream of adventure-seekers to a job fair in Anchorage on Tuesday.

Economy could feel pinch as consumers struggle with debt
NEW YORK (AP) -- The bills are coming due for the shopping spree of the 1990s, and Americans are having trouble paying up.

The consumer declines to be the economic catalyst
NEW YORK (AP) -- This isn't the way it was supposed to be. The consumer was to have lifted the economy into the sunshine, but it isn't happening, and you don't need the Fed to tell you.

Forget a V-shaped recovery. Settle for a 'U'
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the midst of a muddled economic scene, one thing is becoming clearer by the day: Time has about run out on chances for a V-shaped recovery, in which the economy rises as abruptly as it fell.

No stone unturned
Jeff Short, a research chemist with the National Marine Fisheries Service, displays an oil-coated rock on the shore of Knight Island in Alaska's Prince William Sound recently.

Philadelphia Inquirer managing editor takes buyout
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- William ''Butch'' Ward, managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, has accepted a buyout package and will be replaced by deputy managing editor Phillip Dixon.

The spending numbers describe the times
NEW YORK (AP) -- Were you to choose just one significant indicator of change in America in recent years it could be this: In 1962, Uncle Sam spent one cent of each tax dollar on health care; it is now about 22 cents.

Simple steps can help protect home from summer burglaries
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's no coincidence that July and August are busy months for burglars. That's when a lot of Americans take their vacations, often leaving their homes as inviting targets for thieves.

Business Briefs
Women's fitness center opens in Soldotna State inspects local eating establishments GCI buys Mat-Su cable company Newspaper plans Internet yellow pages Clitheroe receives top accreditationCoast Guard investigates cruise ship discharge

Education key to future work force
WASHINGTON -- Education is key in preparing Americans for a competitive work force, President Bush said Wednesday, touting his education overhaul plan that Congress is negotiating.

Leading indicators rise 0.5 percent in May, signal economy poised to recover
NEW YORK (AP) -- A key gauge of future economic activity rose last month in what was seen an indication that the slumping U.S. economy may be ready for a rebound.

Outdoors
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.

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.

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.

Soldotna man lands big king from river shore
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Joe Paul always knew there was a good fishing hole along his property, downstream from Soldotna's Swiftwater Park.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events ,Films

Art Briefs
Soldotna museum open for summer Musicians sought for festival

Full-time hobby
Even though she works around fabric every day, Gwen Woodard said sewing is still her passion.

Dodge/save mart 350
Where: Sears Point Raceway's 10-turn, 1.949-mile road course at Sonoma, Calif.

Points standings
Winston Cup point standings

Schedule
Schedule for Winstons Series

Points race will be exciting
ATLANTA -- Lost in the mountain of legal paperwork that's become the beacon of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season is a little matter of races.

Money leaders
Winston Cup money leaders

Loomis growing into role as Gordon's crew chief
Robbie Loomis couldn't say no when Jeff Gordon called before last season to offer him one of the best jobs in NASCAR.

Car builders share in joy of winning
EAST FLAT ROCK, N.C. -- The announcement over the intercom system wasn't much louder than the stereo blasting Beach Boys music inside one of Andy Petree Racing's shops.

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.

Reapportionment panel must decide where to draw the voting lines
Knowing where to draw the line is not easy.

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.

Photo feature: All in a day's fun
Mary Lane, Charlotte Sponsel, Estelle Parks and Glenda Graham, performing as the Silver Belles, entertain the crowd at a picnic for senior citizens at Soldotna Creek Park Wednesday afternoon.

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.

Norton wraps up visit, defends appointment
ANCHORAGE -- 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.

Assembly action short-circuits initiative drive; sponsors vow battle
Pulling an unexpected card from the deck, the entire nine-member Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly co-sponsored an ordinanc

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.

Soldotna land-use battle brewing
If Michele DeMilta had 3,920.4 more square feet to her property in Soldotna, she wouldn't be in the situation she is.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Truth makes difference in anti-smoking message
Tobacco executives weren't in a celebratory mood when Joe Camel was shoved into early retirement a few years ago, but they've apparently learned to get along quite nicely without him.

Letters to the Editor
Pressure of sport fishing putting Kasilof River in same boat as Kenai Assembly ordinance for vote on prison not same as initiative State needs to be as tough on oil industry as it is on other polluters

Court ruling protects from technological invasions of privacy
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled recently that the government cannot use technology to circumvent its citizens' constitutional rights.

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

No boy, no body, no closure
Etan Patz is dead. He might have died 22 years ago, shortly after he disappeared from the streets of New York, or

Applause
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."

Despite warning signs, Tanana Flats moose continue to flourish
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- There are moose everywhere, or so it seems as Pat Valkenburg pilots a Bellanca Scout low over the Tanana Flats.

High on the hog: high-fat diet helped Antarctic explorers
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Call it the Antarctic diet. Eat 5,000 calories a day -- nearly half from fat -- and lose 22 pounds in three months.

Pet of the Week
Pet of the Week Kenai

Around the Peninsula
Warbird organizers meet tonight Bird walk scheduled for today Annual Quilt Extravaganza begins Thursday Book swap planned Fun run scheduledAnnual KPFA meeting to be held Farmer's market opens Benefit planned

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

Please don't rub it in
The weather has been wonderful and very conducive to playing golf.

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.

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.

U.S. soccer all but in World Cup
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The U.S. soccer team can just about taste the sake and kimchi. With their best run ever, the Americans have put themselves within reach of a fourth straight trip to the World Cup.

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.

Sports Briefs
Solstice Fun Run/Walk takes off Friday Ransom Memorial Fun Run starts Saturday Peninsula Running Club plans trip to Juneau Falls PGA Pro Billy Casper to lead golf clinic Rubberlegs Duathlon scheduled for July 7

Time warp at Centre Court
LONDON -- It's enough to make purists choke on their strawberries and cream.

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

All nine species of Minnesota's turtles can be found on the Mississippi
WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- They are hard to miss, lined up on logs like reptilian river monitors. Their shells, shiny and glistening or baked dull with a coat of dried mud, catch the sun as they slip off a log and disappear with plopping splashes.

Alligators find a home in Idaho fish-farmer's warm springs
BUHL, Idaho (AP) -- To our left, dozens of cold, unfeeling eyes peer out of murky waters. To our right, large, toothy creatures protect their nest. At our back, dozens more alligators circle in fetid waters, looking for a free meal.

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