Friday, June 22, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Gas manufacturer agrees to fine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Texas company that makes industrial and medical gases in Alaska will pay $4.5 million to settle a government lawsuit over illegal releases of refrigeration chemicals.

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.

Huckabee elected chairman of interstate panel, succeeding Alaska gov
EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) -- Gov. Mike Huckabee has been elected chairman of a 37-state coalition that develops energy policy and lobbies Congress on energy matters.

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.

Treatment center wins loan from AIDEA
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's development agency has approved a $9.4 million loan to help reorganize an Anchorage hospital and treatment center under local ownership.

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.

Fairbanks opposes vote on consolidation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The city of Fairbanks has asked the state's Local Boundary Commission to reconsider its decision to send the issue of consolidation with the Fairbanks North Star Borough to voters.

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.

Three nominated for federal judgeship
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three Alaska Superior Court judges have been recommended to the White House to replace U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland, who plans to retire from active service Sept. 18.

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.

Quake shakes Adak
PALMER (AP) -- Residents of Adak were rattled by an earthquake Thursday afternoon, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

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.

Man dies when fuel truck rolls
MANLEY HOT SPRINGS (AP) -- A man from Manley Hot Springs died Thursday morning after the fuel truck he was driving rolled on the gravel Elliott Highway, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Bristol Bay deckhand dies
NAKNEK (AP) -- A deckhand fell from the fishing vessel Blue Falcon and drowned in Bristol Bay Thursday, according to Bristol Bay Borough police.

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.

Minor earthquake felt in Anchorage, Palmer
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake centered near Palmer was felt in Palmer and Anchorage Thursday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries, according to Guy Urban at the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

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.

Kenai assembly plans vote on prison
KENAI -- The entire nine-member Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is cosponsoring an ordinance that, if passed, will let borough voters in October either open or shut the door on a private prison for the peninsula.

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.

Firefighters battle first big blaze of the fire season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A wind-blown fire feeding on black spruce and tundra grew to more than 800 acres Thursday in Alaska's Interior as 200 firefighters tried to stop it.

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.

Public spending on consolidation campaign could hit $40,000
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Up to $40,000 in public money could be spent on campaigns for and against consolidation of the Ketchikan city and borough governments.

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.

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.

Marlins, Lee shell Braves, Rocker
ATLANTA -- Pinch-hitter Derrek Lee hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Atlanta's John Rocker, giving the Florida Marlins a 3-2 victory over the Braves on Thursday.

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.

Mariners notch 17 hits in defeat of A's
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Edgar Martinez hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning Thursday to lead the Seattle Mariners over the Oakland Athletics 12-10.

Twins split with Wasilla
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team split a doubleheader at Wasilla Wednesday.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Father's Day fishing on the Russian River no walk in the park
Ouch!!! That really hurt! I had been hoping to get through Father's Day with no injuries and a shred of dignity. I figured that taking the family fishing at the Russian River was a relatively safe and problem-free undertaking, but. ..

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.

Fishery council may reconsider April decision
Individual fishing quotas for halibut charter skippers may not be a done deal if the deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has his way.

Fishery poised for early closure
The personal-use setnet fishery at the mouth of the Kasilof River is winding down and could close as early as Saturday.

Weekend fishing looking good
Anglers looking to bring home the bacon this weekend would do well to forego the king salmon and go hog-wild on clams, halibut and red (sockeye) salmon.

Although lacking, new book still valuable
A good hike begins with a good idea, and therein lies the value of the new book "50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park."

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

Art Briefs
Soldotna museum open for summer Musicians sought for festival

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

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.

Schedule for Winstons Series

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

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.

Money leaders
Winston Cup money leaders

Points standings
Winston Cup point standings

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.

Kasilof woman returns home to start anew
A longtime Kasilof resident is back home after three years Outside.

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

Frazer tenders resignation
Kenai City Council member Bill Frazer announced his resignation at Wednesday night's meeting.

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.

Kenai council OKs chilling prospect
Let the polar ice caps melt, for there will be solid ice in the city of Kenai for many winters to come.

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

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.

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.

Frank George Porter
Former Alaska resident Frank George Porter died Friday, June 1, 2001, in Pahrump, Nev. He was 88.

Gary Scott Anderson
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Gary Scott Anderson died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at his home in Big Lake. He was 42.

Laura Lucile Butler
Nikiski resident Laura Lucile Butler died Monday, June 18, 2001, of respiratory failure at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 71.

Elma Fay Miller
Mesa, Ariz., resident Elma Fay Miller died Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna while visiting her daughter. She was 71.

Peninsula won't sweat small stuff
Two weeks ago, the Peninsula Oilers were scoring runs the old-fashioned way -- stringing together a single, a sacrifice bunt, maybe a hit-and-run or a stolen base to manufacture a score.

KCHS concert reunion memorable gift, great teaching moment for all
Kenai Central High School choir teacher and director Rene Henderson was honored earlier this month for the difference she has made in her students' lives.

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

Letters to the Editor
Sport-fishing proponents need to consider potential for harm Motorist has one too many close calls with bicyclists

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.

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

Peninsula's generosity revealed once again in United Way drive
It's long overdue, but we hope that doesn't diminish the huge pat on the back, round of applause and standing ovation due Kenai Peninsula United Way donors and volunteers.

Lupine Glade
Waves of arctic lupine carpet a meadow along the Hideout Trail in the National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

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.

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
Annual solstice run planned Farmers market held in Soldotna Blood donors needed Races planned for Saturday Drag racing held at airportSolstice festival planned Elder hostel program planned Red cross CPR classes held UCIDA to meet

Conservative Presbyterian group to discuss six-day creation, women in combat
DALLAS (AP) -- When the Bible's authors wrote that God created the world in six days, what did they actually mean?

Abortion opponents call allies back to Wichita
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A national group is inviting people back to Wichita this summer for a second ''Summer of Mercy'' to fight abortion.

Thousands gather in mountains to pray for peace
ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) -- About 3,500 people journeyed to a ranch in the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico for the 16th annual International Peace Prayer Day.

Hinduism conference in Michigan gives chance for both faithful and curious to learn
GANGES, Mich. (AP) -- Janet Poole was raised as a Protestant and considers herself a Christian. Recently, however, the 35-year-old has found herself heading East on her spiritual journey.

Church sponsors competition for rededication of sanctuary
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Leaders of the oldest standing church in Louisville are looking for a new hymn to christen their sanctuary once renovations are finished next year.

Supreme court lets ruling stand on Alabama student prayer groups
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that allowed students to participate in group prayers at school functions such as football games or graduations.

Chicago-area Catholic youth athletic league changes decision, agrees to admit black parish
CHICAGO (AP) -- A Catholic athletic conference that refused to admit a primarily black grammar school, saying parents worried about sending their children to its neighborhood for games, has reversed its decision.

Religion Briefs
Free entertainment planned Bible school to be held Kasilof man shares faith God and Country Rally scheduled

Black Methodists consider merger
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two historically black Methodist denominations are moving forward with a proposal to merge.

Experiencing God
Guest conductor Dr. Gary Bonner directs a mass choir from several different churches Sunday at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility.

Pope will find nation torn by religious strife during visit to Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The last time Pope John Paul II went on the road, he traveled to the Middle East, a place of explosive and obvious religious divides. Now he is going to a country where religious strife is more subtle, yet still bitter -- Ukraine.

Residents display Ten Commandments in support of monument
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Some Indiana residents are protesting challenges to having Ten Commandments monuments on the lawns of courthouses by planting plastic commandment signs outdoors for others to see.

Denver clergyman will become first bishop in breakaway movement
DENVER (AP) -- A clergyman who broke from the Colorado Episcopal Diocese will become the first bishop in a new conservative movement.

Gay pastors suspended by Bishop
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Two gay pastors in the United Methodist Church were suspended Sunday by Bishop Elias Galvan during a meeting of Pacific Northwest Methodist ministers at the University of Puget Sound.

Harvard Divinity School leader to leave
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- The first Roman Catholic priest to lead the Harvard Divinity School plans to leave his post by year's end to become chief executive of Catholic Charities USA.

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

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

Webb, Davis take solid steps toward history
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Karrie Webb and Laura Davies played in the same group, posted the same score and were pleased with how they started in the LPGA Championship on Thursday. The similarities don't end there.

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

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.

Remarks put mayor in 'pot of boiling water'
TORONTO -- Toronto's bid to stage the 2008 Olympics was under renewed scrutiny Thursday after the city's mayor joked about fearing African snakes and cannibals.

Greene runs year's fastest 100-meter dash
EUGENE, Ore. -- Overcoming a false start and a smattering of boos, Maurice Greene fulfilled his promise -- he ran fast in the men's 100 meters. Alan Webb, cheered lustily, won his semifinal heat in the men's 1,500.

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.

Free again
One of two snowy owls takes flight as a pair is returned to the wild in Barrow, Alaska, in June 2001, after being nursed back to health at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Sitka, Alaska.

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.

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