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Saturday, June 22, 2002

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

$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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

'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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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

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.

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