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Monday, June 24, 2002

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.

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

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.

June 18, 2002 The Voice of the Times calls closing of state parks a capricious snit
The quick decision by the Department of Natural Resources to shutter a number of state parks smacks of little more than a political pout -- and a costly one at that.

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.

June 18, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner urges solutions, not blame, for state economic woes
Early into the race of Alaska's next governor, the issue of the state's economy -- how bad it is, or isn't, and who's to blame -- quickly became a hot campaign topic. And a report released last week by the U.S. Department of Commerce only added fuel to the fire.

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.

June 20, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. urges keeping intact list of species hurt by Exxon Valdez oil spill
The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council may loosen the definitions on whether wildlife species damaged by the 1989 oil spill have recovered. The council also may ask at its July 9 meeting whether it's possible to even measure the recovery of some species.

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.

June 18, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News says new limits on issue ads are no more than a start
Gov. Tony Knowles has a tough call to make on the campaign finance reform bill passed by this year's Legislature. Though the bill makes useful changes, they are modest. The bill falls far short of what's needed to close the campaign law loophole known as issue ads.

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.

Homer tries early tsunami warning demo technology
KENAI (AP) -- Alaska's Pacific coastal communities are vulnerable to one of nature's greatest threats -- tsunami.

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.

New supercomputer at UAF 'big and bad'
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- With its psychedelic swirled purple casing and neon blue light on the front, the Cray SX-6 looks more like a sci-fi vending machine than a piece of cutting-edge technology.

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

State to open lower Kenai to king fishing July 1
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The poor run of early Kenai River kings has prompted the state to keep the middle part of the river closed to king fishing through the first two weeks of July.

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.''

Anchorage hockey player picked by New Jersey Devils
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage's Jason Ryznar, a power forward who left home at 16 to pursue a hockey career, has been selected by the New Jersey Devils in the third round of the National Hockey League draft.

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.

Troopers investigate burglaries in Soldotna
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers were investigating a rash of burglaries in the Soldotna area that occurred late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

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.

Sterling man dies in motorcycle accident
COOPER LANDING (AP) -- A man from Sterling was killed Sunday morning in a motorcycle accident on the Sterling Highway.

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.

New weather station transmits data from Mount McKinley
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It was a balmy -2 degrees 1,120 feet below the summit of Mount McKinley Sunday evening, with a southwesterly wind blowing at 18 miles per hour.

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.

Anchorage hockey player picked by New Jersey Devils
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage's Jason Ryznar, a power forward who left home at 16 to pursue a hockey career, has been selected by the New Jersey Devils in the third round of the National Hockey League draft.

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.

Cold snap hits Interior with solstice frost
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Temperatures across the Interior dropped to freezing right after the summer solstice celebrations, leaving gardeners with blackened, withered plants. It was an unusual dip for the Interior, which often enjoys Alaska's balmiest summer temperatures.

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.

TCC president young but determined
FAIRBANKS -- One person after another sought Buddy Brown out for answers to questions ranging from where a spare laptop computer could be found to complex budgetary questions. A confident, unruffled Brown easily answered them all at a meeting last month.

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.

Harvard lauds Chickaloon school, contributes $10,000
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Chickaloon tribal government's Ya Ne Dah Ah School has been honored by Harvard University. The recognition by the university's John F. Kennedy School of Government includes a $10,000 grant.

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.

Fairbanks borough voters consider fuel tax
FAIRBANKS -- Residents of the Fairbanks North Star Borough will decide Tuesday whether to impose a fuel transfer tax that supporters say would collect about $24 million and lead to a sharp drop in property taxes.

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.

Juneau man says handy rifle, neighbor saved him from mauling
JUNEAU (AP) -- An old-timer who has publicly called for the killing of troublesome bears says a friend recently saved him from a mauling by shooting a bear that was approaching him.

Lawmakers return for special session on RCA, veterans initiative
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two measures that stalled during the Legislature's regular session are back on the table Monday as lawmakers return for a special session called by Gov. Tony Knowles.

In Alaska, women running airlines no big deal
ANCHORAGE -- Alaska is a place where men are men and women run airlines.

St. Louis struggles with loss
CHICAGO -- On a night when Darryl Kile was supposed to be on the mound, the St. Louis Cardinals mourned their lost teammate and honored him at the same time just by taking the field.

Cards mourn for teammate
CHICAGO -- Jim Edmonds leaned against a wall for support, his eyes red and watery, Darryl Kile's No. 57 written on both his cap and the thick tape covering his right wrist.

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.

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.

Oakland completes sweep of Reds
CINCINNATI -- Eric Chavez hit a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep in the ballpark where they couldn't win during the 1990 World Series, beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 Sunday.

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.

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.

Post 20 splits twin bill
Regardless of the sport, the same mantra always applies. Defense wins games. Holding a Bartlett Golden Bears baseball club to just one run is sure-fire proof of this ideal.

In Alaska, women running airlines no big deal
ANCHORAGE -- Alaska is a place where men are men and women run airlines.

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.

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.

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.

Sitting on top of the world
Teresa Wierzbianska pauses to enjoy the view during a hike to Lost Lake near Seward last week. The lake and surrounding area was still covered in snow but recent sunny days will give chase to the remains of last winter.

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.

NOW PLAYING: Minority Report
You know it's a blockbuster summer when a Tom Cruise/Steven Spielberg movie is the one that slips under the radar and takes everyone by surprise.

Legislature returns for special session
JUNEAU -- Two measures that stalled during the Legislature's regular session are back on the table today as lawmakers return for a special session called by Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

Unlucky break stalls Nadeau
SONOMA, Calif. -- With the bad luck that Ricky Rudd has had, he knows how Jerry Nadeau feels.

Maps play important role in tsunami safety
Some 7,200 people living in and around lower Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay communities from Anchor Point to Nanwalek are considered at-risk when it comes to tsunamis, according to the Center for Tsunami Inundation Mapping Efforts.

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.

Homer tries early tsunami warning demo technology
Open to the sea, Alaska's Pacific coastal communities are vulnerable to one of nature's greatest threats -- tsunami.

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.

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.

BP plans to 'pig out' abandoned pipeline
Pigs may not be able to fly, but they sure can clean. British Petroleum is set to begin "pigging out" an abandoned undersea oil pipeline early next week. The pig is a mixture of nontoxic foam and gel that is sent through the pipe, causing anything remaining inside to be forced out, according to BP spokesperson Paul Laird.

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.

Oilers get first ABL win
The Peninsula Oilers ended their losing streak Sunday at Mulcahy Field in Anchorage, beating the Anchorage Bucs 5-2.

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.

Applause
Food bank says thanks for support in helping make its garden grow

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.

Democratic field for 2004 presidential race shaping up
WASHINGTON -- The 2004 Democratic presidential field looks like it will emerge from more than a half-dozen potential candidates who have an advantage because of their early campaigning or position in the party.

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.

Congressional probe highlights questions about anti-terror fight
Last month, FBI Director Robert Mueller said it was possible the government could have stopped the terrorist attacks with information the FBI and other agencies collected in the months leading up to Sept. 11.

Applause
District helps provide safe place for kids

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.

Community News
Food bank receives grant for education programGolf tournament, fishing derby planned

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

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Spruce bark beetles to be program's topicYouth appreciation week plannedSimulated missions offeredAuthor to speak about oil industryChamber prepares for Progress DaysSeat available on committeeHistorical society seeks copies of newspaper

'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.

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.

Let's talk baseball -- with math
Let's talk baseball: Hey kid, steal third prism! No, no; hold up -- OK, OK -- now, steal the pentagon, now. Score!

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.

Photo feature: A helping hand
Soroptimist International of Twin Cities honored June Harris with the Women Helping Women Award, recognizing women in the community who consistently and effectively using their resources, talents and influence to help other women.

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.

Peninsula People
Area students named to deans' listsArea students graduate collegeSeward man completes basic trainingKenai woman joins national honor program

Births
DeAnna and Dean Roney of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Meghan Rose Roney, at 10:15 a.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at Frontier Midwifery Services.

Ask a Trooper
Question: I watch a lot of people launching and pulling out boats, and sometimes people stay in the boats as they are towed away. Is that against the law and, if so, how far out of the water does the boat have to be before it becomes a problem?

Photo feature: Kickin' it
The Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club under-12 girls teams traveled to Anchorage June 7, 8 and 9 to compete in the Ina K Memorial Soccer Tournament. The KPSC Silverstreak girls won their first two games of the tournament, defeating Little Avanti 3-0 and Eclipse 4-2.

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.

Harvard lauds Chickaloon school, contributes $10,000
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Chickaloon tribal government's Ya Ne Dah Ah School has been honored by Harvard University. The recognition by the university's John F. Kennedy School of Government includes a $10,000 grant.

Sports Briefs
Solstice runners use extra daylightBarrera wins rematch against Morales

Jones wins fifth straight 200-meter national title
STANFORD, Calif. -- Marion Jones still can't be beaten in the 200 meters. Jones pulled away from Kelli White in the final few meters to win her fifth straight national 200 title Sunday. Her time of 22.35 seconds was second fastest in the world this year. Only Jones herself has run faster.

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.

Anchorage hockey player picked by New Jersey Devils
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage's Jason Ryznar, a power forward who left home at 16 to pursue a hockey career, has been selected by the New Jersey Devils in the third round of the National Hockey League draft.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Semifinals show shift in world soccer power
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- European teams have only twice failed to be in the top two in the World Cup's 72-year history -- in 1930 and 1950.

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.

Juneau man says handy rifle, neighbor saved him from mauling
JUNEAU (AP) -- An old-timer who has publicly called for the killing of troublesome bears says a friend recently saved him from a mauling by shooting a bear that was approaching him.

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