Sunday, June 23, 2002

Same model helicopter suspected in two Alaska wildfires
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The same model helicopter that state officials believe started the 84,000-acre Fish Creek wildfire last year may be responsible for a smaller fire near Galena earlier this month.

Knowles signs 19 bills into law, vetoes one
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a bill that raises the fine for driving too slowly and vetoed one that would have told voters how often judges are late with decisions.

Take your dog to work day doesn't work for all dogs
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles proclaimed Friday ''Take Your Dog to Work Day,'' but some state administrators said ''not in this building.''

One dead, three hurt, in helicopter crash
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- A 52-year-old bride died early Saturday after a helicopter crashed near the Steese Highway following her summer solstice wedding ceremony at Eagle Summit, Alaska State Troopers said.

Calkins and Shoaf appointed to education board
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles named two people to the state Board of Education and Early Development, the administration said Friday.

King opener slow but not hopeless
QUINHAGAK (AP) -- The night before the first commercial king salmon opening of the season, Warren Jones looked across Kuskokwim Bay and worried about the lack of small skiffs.

State, mining interests settle case over Parks Highway damage
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state will receive $2.6 million for damage to the Parks Highway that the Department of Transportation claims was caused by a mining company.

Five soldiers court-martialed for role in deadly fight
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Five Fort Wainwright soldiers have been court-martialed for their involvement in a January fight that ended with the death of an Eielson Air Force Base airman.

Alaska in line for grant to react to terrorism
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska will receive $769,000 to help respond to acts of biological, chemical agent, nuclear, radiological or explosive material terrorism.

Campaign finance violations prompt election watchdog to change rules
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In separate decisions, the Alaska Public Offices Commission found that arch-rivals Alaska Conservation Voters and the state Republican Party violated campaign laws governing how political parties and some groups can advertise or circulate campaign materials to help or hinder candidates.

Kodiak CPR class gets practice in real emergency
KODIAK (AP) -- Students in a Red Cross cardiopulmonary resuscitation class had their emergency skills tested Wednesday.

Agencies to study erosion's effects on Kachemak Bay
HOMER (AP) -- Researchers from various agencies will study erosion in Kachemak Bay this summer.

Food program for women and children back on track despite tight budget
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A national nutrition program for pregnant women and their young children was on the brink of turning scores of Alaskans away as state administrators faced a budget shortfall caused by rising food costs.

Child welfare call leads to Fairbanks meth lab bust
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A child welfare check at a Fairbanks home led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab that drug agents said is among the largest they've encountered in the Interior.

State seeks $2.9 million for 2001 Tanana Flats fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state wants $2.9 million for the cost of controlling the Fish Creek fire on the Tanana Flats last summer, blamed on a helicopter ferrying crews working on the Northern Intertie.

Possible security breach causes shutdown at Anchorage airport
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Security officials evacuated a portion of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Saturday morning after a suspected security breach.

Ulmer says families would be focus of her administration
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Parents could use a rating system to pick their child-care provider, state funding for schools would keep up with inflation, and prescription drug costs would go down.

Supreme Court sets aside $7 million award to widow of slain officer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The killer of a Palmer police officer is clearly liable for civil damages for the shooting, according to the Alaska Supreme Court, since he's been convicted of murdering Officer Jim Rowland Jr.

Supreme Court says judge shouldn't be reprimanded for jailing witness
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Longtime Bethel Superior Court Judge Dale Curda admits he made a mistake when he jailed a witness so she would be sober to testify for a trial back in 1995.

Longhorns hook College World Series title
OMAHA, Neb. -- Chris Carmichael hit a three-run homer in his first start in almost a month as Texas beat South Carolina 12-6 to win the College World Series on Saturday and make Augie Garrido the first coach to win national titles with two schools.

Castillo's streak snapped at 35 by Tigers
MIAMI -- Luis Castillo's 35-game hitting streak came to end, as he went 0-for-4 Saturday night and was left on deck when the Florida Marlins finished off a four-run rally in the ninth inning to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4.

League stunned by Kile's death
CHICAGO -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile was found dead in the team hotel Saturday, apparently of natural causes, police said.

Post 20 sweeps East, reaches .500
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team was happy to be home Saturday, defeating East 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

King opener slow but not hopeless
QUINHAGAK (AP) -- The night before the first commercial king salmon opening of the season, Warren Jones looked across Kuskokwim Bay and worried about the lack of small skiffs.

Older Americans say exercise important, but still don't do it
WASHINGTON -- Getting Americans who are middle-aged and older to use their bodies more requires advocates of physical activity to understand their minds better.

Survey suggests kids ignore sun-safety advice
CHICAGO -- Sun-worshiping kids are still seeking tans -- and not using sunscreen -- despite warnings about the dangers of skin cancer, a survey of preteens and adolescents found.

Man-made gene keeps mosquitoes from spreading malaria
Mosquitoes carrying a man-made gene were largely unable to transmit malaria to mice in a new experiment, say scientists who suggest spreading such genes among wild mosquitoes could help control the deadly disease.

Summer fund-raiser
Tracy Kemp is reflected in her stained glass mosaic artwork while she waits for a customer Saturday during the KDLL Art and Music Festival at the Diamond-M Ranch on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Knowles signs 19 bills into law, vetoes one
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a bill that raises the fine for driving too slowly and vetoed one that would have told voters how often judges are late with decisions.

Civilian community patrol keeps streets of Soldotna safer
Outfitted with little more than blue jackets and magnetic car door signs, concerned Soldotna residents cruise the streets each summer keeping a watchful eye out for suspicious activity.

Kenai water woes closer to resolution
The search for a solution to Kenai's water woes continues this summer in the form of a new exploratory test well on Van Antwerp Street off Bridge Access Road.

Multiple burglaries investigated
A string of burglaries early Saturday morning in Sterling and Soldotna have prompted Alaska State Troopers to ask the public to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior around area businesses.

Weak king run hurts, baffles
First, the good news. Anglers will be able to fish for king salmon on the Kenai River beginning July 1. However, there's a catch.

Oilers lose sixth straight contest
The Peninsula Oilers baseball team couldn't snap out of its slump, dropping a pair of Alaska Baseball League games Friday and Saturday to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Plan seeks balance between protection, development
Central Kenai Peninsula residents may want to take notice of a plan now taking shape for the future of Exit Glacier in Seward.

Extreme adventures may pale after learning to enjoy simple pleasures
I stood on the porch outside my apartment, enjoying one last look at the bright nighttime before heading to sleep. The clear sky shimmered with the soft glow that comes just after sunset. The crescent moon hung just above my gaze, and a couple brave stars pierced the dimming light. Through the tree line, Mt. Redoubt cast a shadow against the blue-purple horizon.

District helps provide safe place for kids

Attitude key to our perception of solstice
This is the time of year that tests Alaskans' mettle; the time of year when Alaskans know without a doubt whether they view that proverbial glass as half full or half empty.

President's plate being filled with one crisis after another
WASHINGTON -- Everywhere he turns, it seems, President Bush faces another dangerous international crisis that defies a simple solution.

Around the Peninsula
WRCC meeting scheduledWatershed forum sponsors hikeSeward seeks holiday volunteersSterling Senior Center plans July bazaarCommunity schools classes still availableMedical scholarships availableRally location changed

Researchers: Early school hours linked to more teen car crashes
SEATTLE (AP) -- Researchers at a sleep conference say they have another reason high school classes should start later in the day: Letting teens snooze a little longer might mean fewer car crashes.

Canning season: Get your jars ready
We're quickly approaching the intense canning period here on the Kenai Peninsula. One of the most frequently asked questions during this time usually has to do with jars.

Former Kenai Peninsula resident weds in Missouri
Autumn Dawn Lawrence and Ryan Keith Palmer, both of Carthage, Mo., were married Saturday, June 22, 2002, in an outdoor ceremony.

My Best Friend
Tory Jean shares her bed with 2-year-old Avery Mears. Tory was adopted from the Kenai Animal Shelter by Bill and Susan Slemp of Soldotna.

Soldotna couple announces engagement
Patti Walrath and Bruce Garoutte, both of Soldotna, have announced their intent to marry Saturday, June 29, 2002, at 2 p.m. in an outdoor ceremony at their home. Bryan Freeman will officiate.

Lucero, Leach plan July ceremony
Minda Lucero and Kip Leach Jr., both of Phoenix, Ariz., have announced their plans to wed Friday, July 5, 2002, in Las Vegas.

'Fairy lady' helps peninsula dancers stay on their toes
The room is open, airy. Mirrors cover one side of the room, while wooden bars line the other walls. Piano music streams from a nearby CD player, and five high school girls, sporting leotards, skirts and ballet shoes, spread out, stretching.

Sports Briefs
Solstice runners use extra daylightBarrera wins rematch against Morales

Debate rages on over Title IX as it turns XXX
Thirty years after becoming law, Title IX is still stirring the landscape of college sports.

Jackets select Nash with top pick
TORONTO -- Rick Dudley traded the No. 1 pick in Saturday's NHL draft and still got the player he and the Florida Panthers wanted.

Cars have tough time finishing at raceway
The racetrack at Twin Cities Raceway is an oval, but Friday night it acted more like the Bermuda Triangle.

Kaye leads in Hartford
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Jonathan Kaye avoided the late trouble that derailed Phil Mickelson, shooting a 5-under-par 65 to take the third-round lead in the Greater Hartford Open.

South Korea upsets Spain in penalty kick shootout to reach semis
GWANGJU, South Korea -- After the South Korean captain slammed the final penalty kick into the right corner of the net, he sprinted to the sideline, jumped and punched the air with his fist.

Rockets weigh gamble on Yao
HOUSTON -- From coin flips to long-shot lottery odds, the Houston Rockets have been successful at getting the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

New day dawns for soccer in United States
SEOUL, South Korea -- American soccer dawned on the longest day of the year.

Greene, Jones takes 100s
STANFORD, Calif. -- Maurice Greene silenced his top challenger in the men's 100 meters -- just barely. Marion Jones still has no American rival in the women's 100.

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