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Sunday, June 24, 2001

Man sues Safeway, saying ponytail cost him his job
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula man who says his ponytail cost him his job at a Safeway Oaken Keg liquor store has sued the company.

Japanese aquariums want Alaska sea otters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A request by two Japanese aquariums to capture and take home eight Alaska sea otters for public display has angered at least one wildlife protection group.

Family rescued after canoe capsizes near Ketchikan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Coast Guard fireman and his family were rescued after their canoe capsized near Ketchikan, the Coast Guard said Friday.

Juneau diocese to celebrate 50th anniversary
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Juneau is celebrating its 50th anniversary Saturday.

Moderate quake rattles two towns on Alaska Peninsula
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake Saturday rattled two fishing villages on the Alaska Peninsula.

State, shipyard blame each other for ferry delays
JUNEAU (AP) -- Tension is mounting between the state and a Ketchikan shipyard hired to fix the ferry Columbia, which was damaged in a fire last year.

Dipnetters allowed back on Copper River Highway
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dipnetters eager to fill their freezers with Copper River red salmon once again have access to popular fishing spots along the Copper River Highway.

Supreme Court says state can sue charitable gaming managers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state can sue charitable gaming managers who overcharge charities or withhold minimum proceeds -- even if the charities don't want the case to proceed.

Nenana Wildfire grows to more than 4,000 acres
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The weather continued to thwart efforts Friday to control a wildfire south of Nenana that had grown to more than 4,000 acres.

Lawmakers plan public push for fiscal plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- First they asked your children to pass a high school exit exam. Now a group of Alaska legislators wants you to solve a math problem.

Alaska tourist season sluggish
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska tourism companies are slashing rates and offering special discount packages to attract business in what most describe as a sluggish visitor season.

Anchorage police investigate fatal accident on Glenn Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police were investigating a fatal vehicle accident that occurred Saturday on the Glenn Highway.

Braves survive in Big Apple
NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Braves survived shaky relief pitching from John Rocker's temporary fill-in before scoring six runs in the 11th inning to beat the New York Mets 9-3 Saturday.

Blue Jays beat Boston with big inning
BOSTON -- Manny Ramirez hit a pair of huge home runs but the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 9-6 Saturday as Homer Bush hit a two-run single in a seven-run second inning.

Twins win Fairbanks tournament opener
The American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins started off the 2001 Midnight Sun Tournament Friday with a 15-5 victory over West in Fairbanks.

Emergency order pulls Kasilof River setnets
True to predictions, the personal-use fishery at the mouth of the Kasilof River was closed at 6 p.m. Saturday by an emergency order issued by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Family holds reunion on Kenai Peninsula
When it comes to knowing family roots, the Hubbell family has it all figured out.

CPGH marks 30th year with gathering of 'babies'
Thirty years ago, on June 21, Central Peninsula General Hospital opened its doors, admitted its first patient and delivered its first baby -- Dustin Lee Poole.

Photo feature: Fun run
Participants in the Hubbell Family Historical Society reunion cheer other family members across the finish line during Friday's Summer Solstice Run in Kenai.

Inlet fishers set for opener
The fish look good but the price is questionable as Cook Inlet commercial fishers prepare for Monday's opening.

John William Watson
Kasilof resident John William Watson died Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna of congestive heart failure. He was 75.

Elma Fay Miller
Mesa, Ariz., resident Elma Fay Miller died Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna while visiting her daughter. She was 78.

Ruth Soberg
Former Soldotna resident Ruth Lauritzen Benson Soberg, 88, died in Seattle on June 14, 2001, after a brief illness.

Oilers build character vs. Miners
With four straight wins and a battle for first place in the Alaska Baseball League on their hands, the Peninsula Oilers are developing a team personality, and head coach Brian Green is pleased to see that confidence and intensity are part of the makeup of this year's squad.

Whatever the intent, private prison vote good for everyone
Does its action last week indicate the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is having second thoughts about its involvement in a private prison proposal?

Neighbors appreciate each other
I'm lucky. I have the world's nicest neighbors. A small slice of Americana exists on Columbine and Lupine streets in Soldotna.

Most people refuse to connect most of world's ills with too many people
Anglers are elbow-to-elbow near the Russian River. The RVs and construction are clogging the roadways. The perennial debates about fish allocation, North Slope drilling, river access and (farther afield) tax cuts, government regulations, AIDS, poverty, violence, climate change, school quality, foreign wars and the growing gap between rich and poor fill up this newspaper and other news outlets.

Special election in Virginia presents political lessons
WASHINGTON -- The high-stakes congressional election in Virginia this week offered some valuable political lessons even though many said the contest probably was not a bellwether for future campaigns in the fierce battle for control of Congress.

Kuaana, Nash await upcoming nuptials
Kori Hokulani Kuaana and Weston Philip Nash will marry Saturday, July 14, 2001, in Anchorage.

My best friends
Vadasz takes his place as king of the Arctic Cat, as Zoey patiently awaits her turn at the home of Steve and Marcy Brown of Kenai. Vadasz and Zoey are Hungarian vizslas.

Around the Peninsula
FAS training to be provided Class helps kids be safe sitters WRCC board to meet Marketing class slated Red cross CPR classes held UCIDA to meet Poetry slam planned Soldotna library sponsors contest

What floatplane passengers need to know
CAPTION:Mark Gaede performs a "preflight ritual" on his floatplane, which includes "making sure the plane has two wings, a tail and an engine."

Captain - Ninilchik teen's skills earn respect, kudos
At 19, Francisca Patricia "T" Guillen is enjoying the sweet success of charting her own course.

Save struvite crystals for science
Several weeks ago I wrote my column on struvite -- substances found in canned salmon that look like pieces of glass. I just learned of a research project being conducted at the Fish Tech Center in Kodiak regarding struvite. Researchers involved with this project have put out a call for struvite samples.

Sports Briefs
Fifty-one mushers enter Iditarod on first day Mariners headed for the black for just second time

Downin edges field for 1,500-meter victory in 3:37.63 at USA Championships
EUGENE, Ore. -- Alan Webb is stuck in fifth gear at Hayward Field.

All dialed in at the drag strip
As the lead machinist at RPM Machine Shop in Kenai, Dean Scroggins takes home money from RPM all the time.

Just 18 holes between Webb, career Grand Slam at LPGA
WILMINGTON, Del. -- She struggled to find her swing. Par putts dipped in and out of the hole. The only thing that mattered to Karrie Webb at the end of a tough day in the LPGA Championship was the score.

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