Saturday, June 23, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. ..

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."

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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