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Friday, June 21, 2002

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

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.

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

Kenai River king run remains poor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Kenai River's early run of king salmon is the weakest on record, and state biologists say fishing restrictions will continue well into July.

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.

Anchorage grand jury indicts woman in March apartment fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman was indicted on charges she intentionally set fire to her apartment.

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.

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.

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.

Fairbanks police continue investigation of stabbing death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police are continuing their search for a man who left a bar with a 21-year-old Fairbanks woman less than an hour before she was found fatally stabbed.

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.

Body of missing Oscarville man found
BETHEL (AP) -- An Oscarville man was found dead Wednesday, an apparent drowning victim.

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.

Japan drops opposition to Alaska Eskimo whaling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Japan dropped its opposition Thursday to allow Alaska Eskimos to continue hunting whales.

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.

Harvard grants award to Chickaloon school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Chickaloon school was one of eight tribal programs honored this week by Harvard University for outstanding achievements.

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.

Russell Fiord remains open, but officials wonder for how long
YAKUTAT (AP) -- As the Hubbard Glacier bears down on Russell Fiord and the economic future of this small coastal fishing town, U.S. Forest Service officials and residents simply wait and wonder what the effects will be.

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.

Too many fish raises some minor concerns with biologists
KODIAK (AP) -- Salmon stocks don't show any major ill effects from the delayed salmon season, but the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is concerned with over-escapement in the Karluk and Malina areas.

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.

Stevens concerned with Coast Guard's new role
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens said he doesn't want to see the Coast Guard compromise its search-and-rescue missions or its patrols of U.S. fishing grounds as it assumes a new role in domestic defense.

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.

Controlled burn set for Kenai
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was torching 1,000 acres of black spruce forest Friday near Mystery Creek in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

Light quake shakes Yakutat
PALMER (AP) -- A light quake was reported north of Yakutat early Friday.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Phone competitors testify at hearing on regulatory commission
JUNEAU (AP) -- The head of the state's largest phone company said actions of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska threaten consumers' access to quality phone service over the long-term.

Baseball needs to get serious about steroids
Baseball's commissioner and union head are talking a good game about steroid abuse. Trouble is, it sounds like all talk. As if the only things that matter are counteracting bad publicity and placating a few critics in Congress.

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.

34 straight for Castillo
MIAMI -- Luis Castillo needed only one at-bat Thursday to extend his hitting streak to 34 games, tying DiMaggio -- Dom, not Joe -- and three other players.

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.

$9.4 billion in U.S. savings bonds losing out on interest
NEW YORK (AP) -- When was the last time you looked at the U.S. savings bond your aunt gave you for your fifth birthday? Or the bonds you bought when your first child was born to help pay for college costs?

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

Forget plush retirements -- many boomers looking at meager golden years
LaGRANGE, Ga. (AP) -- Financially fueled by years of working and saving, baby boomers are a healthy and wealthy spending bloc soon to be consumed by enviable retirements built around leisurely recreations.

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.

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.

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.

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

From the Russian with love
At 10 p.m. last Friday, I sat down on the south bank of the Kenai River, just below its confluence with the Russian, and began to wait.

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.

Photo feature: Gauntlet
Anglers fishing for red salmon line the south bank of the Kenai River below the confluence of the Russian River Wednesday.

Reds hot
Cameron Hawthorne, owner of Kenai Lake Tackle Shop in Cooper Landing, had one bit of advice for anglers interested in fishing for sockeye salmon on the Russian and upper Kenai rivers: Hurry up and get there.

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.

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.

'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.''

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Prescribed burn planned
In an effort to prevent future forest fires and improve wildlife habitat, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge plans to ignite a fire this weekend approximately 10 miles northeast of Sterling.

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.

Going the distance for MS
Alaskans have a tendency to do things with Goliath-size proportions, and Eric Hart didn't break the mold in planning the first Alaska 600 Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour.

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.

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.

Money spend, despit council absences
Despite being two members short, the Kenai City Council worked through an unusually full agenda in its Wednesday night meeting.

John Franklyn Loosli
Former Anchor Point resident John Franklyn "Frank" Loosli died Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 84.

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

John C. Ingram
Soldotna resident John C. Ingram died Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 73.

Ed Pittman
Former Nikiski resident Ed Pittman died Monday, June 17, 2002, at a good friend's house in Texas. He was 43.

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.

Letters to the Editor
K-Beach business owner considers no parking sign as harassment With Fran Ulmer as governor, education will get attention Nonpartisan does not mean candidate has no political agenda Mother of Suzette Welton says her daughter has been railroaded

People must adapt in order to protect their wild neighbors
It was one of those Alaska moments: getting a closeup view of a young brown bear.

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

Applause
Era Aviation shows support for communitys art affairs Soil remediation site visit helps answer many questions Many contribute to successful school year at Soldotna Elementary

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

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.

'55 Ways,' Chilkoot guide offer plenty of information
The snow's gone, the sun's high in the sky and it's the perfect time to go hiking. Half da

Biologist to lead hike on new refuge trail
Biologist Ted Bailey will lead a hike on a new trail at the Upper Skilak Campground on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Thursday at 6 p.m.

Now showing on your local trees: Spruce bark beetles and Ips beetles
It's bark beetle time once again on the Peninsula. Have you noticed the little piles of rusty sawdust and pitch bubbles on your spruce trees? If you take a stout knife and dig under the bark, you can follow the grooved channel in the inner bark and find a mother beetle at work laying her eggs.

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

Around the Peninsula
Family day planned for childrens art program Program at visitors center to feature heritage Solstice celebration planned Vendors sought for Trash and Treasure sale Quilting fair to be held Registration deadline set for today Run to celebrate solstice Tour of Kasilof scheduled KPFA to meet Radio field day planned Willow walk slated Festival to celebrate solstice Hawaiian luau scheduled

Jews for Jesus spreading message in Portland area
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Area Jewish leaders have been trying to counter the message of the San Francisco missionary group Jews for Jesus, which urges Jews to accept Christ as savior.

He was always there
Last Sunday we celebrated Father's Day. For me, this made 17 years without a father with whom I could visit and talk when I wanted. For 40 years, I had my dad, and he was one of the best.

Anchorage Catholic officials react to bishops guidelines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- National guidelines adopted at a Roman Catholic bishops conference are flawed but a crucial first step in publicly dealing with pedophile priests, officials with the Archdiocese of Anchorage said Thursday.

Debate rages over whether to pay homage to Europe's Christian roots
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Is Europe a Christian continent?

American Baptists, Episcopalians show support for Muslims
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Episcopalians and American Baptists are among the religious groups showing support for Muslims after a Southern Baptist minister called the Prophet Muhammad a ''demon-possessed pedophile.''

Religion Briefs
God and Country Rally place changed Clothing ministry open this weekend Special concert slated for Sunday Spiritual poems sought Expedition with God planned

After their showdown on molester priests, bishops still face years of work to end abuse
After their climactic decision to oust clerical sex abusers from the daily life of the church, America's Roman Catholic bishops returned home with years of work still ahead if they are to abate the molestation crisis.

Methodist church to close after seven-year financial struggle
BRANDYWINE, Md. (AP) -- A once-thriving United Methodist congregation has decided to close at the end of this month after a seven-year controversy over its finances.

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.

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.

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

Sports Briefs
Kenai Firefighters tourney basks in sun Michigan angler takes weekly Seward derby prize Red Cross Golf Classic slated for July 6 Alyeska to host 5-kilometer fun run NHL to operate Sabres

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.

Legend Pele sees bright future in developing soccer nations
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- The United States is an underdeveloped nation. Just ask Pele.

Montreal goaltender makes off with Vezina Trophy, MVP
TORONTO (AP) -- Jose Theodore, whose goaltending helped the Montreal Canadiens reach the NHL playoffs for the first time in four years, was royally rewarded Thursday night.

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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