Monday, June 25, 2001

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

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.

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.

Perryville man dies off Ivanoff Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a Perryville man was recovered Friday night after he fell out of his skiff earlier that day at Ivanoff Bay.

Tanana fires grow to major size
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two fires south of Fairbanks covered about 80,000 acres Sunday as high temperatures and light winds kept the fires moving to the southwest.

State troopers recover body from North Pole pond
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Trooper divers recovered the body of a Fairbanks man who apparently drowned in a North Pole pond on Sunday.

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.

Four boaters rescued off Delta River
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two pairs of stranded boaters were rescued from the Delta River on Saturday after losing their canoes in rapids in separate incidents.

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

Toll cut road business to Whittier
WHITTIER (AP) -- Brenda Tolman, owner of Log Cabin Gifts, knows business has been down since the state started charging a toll to drive through the tunnel to Whittier. Her coin-operated reindeer food dispenser tells her so.

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.

British Columbia man dies in Taylor Highway rollover
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Vancouver, British Columbia man died following a one-car accident Sunday afternoon on the Taylor Highway.

Big Lake man dies in head-on collision on Parks Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Big Lake man died early Saturday morning after his car collided head-on with another vehicle at Mile 49 Parks Highway.

University tolerance extends to beavers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- University of Alaska Anchorage groundskeepers were wading in the south fork of Chester Creek on Friday, repeating a weekly ritual: partially dismantling a beaver dam by hand.

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.

Searchers find canoe belonging to missing trapper
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Searchers on Saturday found a canoe belonging to an Eagle-area man who has been missing for more than 10 days from his Tatonduk River cabin.

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.

Gwich'in gather to continue fight against ANWR drilling
ARCTIC VILLAGE (AP) -- Gwich'in Athabaskan Indians and their environmentalist allies gathered over the weekend for panel discussions on protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil development.

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

Inlet salmon fishing set to open
KENAI (AP) -- The fish looked good but the price was questionable as Cook Inlet commercial fishermen prepared for Monday's opening.

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.

Study show grizzlies are killing moose calves
McGRATH (AP) -- Like a detective working a crime scene, state Fish and Game biologist Toby Boudreau knelt on the forest floor searching for hairs stuck to wild rose bushes. The victim, a mostly eaten moose calf, lay nearby.

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.

Five past champs sign up for Iditarod
WASILLA (AP) -- Five past winners are among fifty-one mushers who signed up Saturday on the first day to register for next year's Iditarod.

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.

Session-move petition hits snag
JUNEAU (AP) -- The sponsor of a measure to move legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has withdrawn an application for an initiative petition, but plans to resubmit it this week.

Children's trust gets contribution
FAIRBANKS -- The Alaska Children's Trust, a nonprofit organization working to prevent abuse and neglect among children, received a $10,000 shot in the arm last week.

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.

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.

Jordan powers Braves to sweep of Mets
NEW YORK -- Brian Jordan hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in a seventh-inning rally that began with Rafael Furcal's bunt double, and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 8-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Rocker perfect for Tribe
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- John Rocker earned his first American League save Sunday, pitching a perfect ninth inning in the Cleveland Indians' 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals.

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.

Now Playing - The Fast and The Furious
Some movies are destined for Oscars. Some are destined for box office success. And then there are a select few that are destined to end up on TBS' "Movies for Guys Who Love Movies." These are s

Stewart king of the road
SONOMA, Calif. -- Even though Tony Stewart wasn't sure he had the Dodge-Save Mart 350 in the bag, he offered his crew some encouraging words with a few laps to go.

Help wanted Processors looking for employees
The salmon are massing in the inlet; the fishers are geared up to put their nets in the water and, for the second year, processors are worried they won't be able to handle the season for lack of labor.

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

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

Grazing leases renewed
Ranchers can keep grazing their livestock on public lands under agreements the Kenai Peninsula Borough worked out last week.

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.

Setnetters ponder season
About 100 people attended the annual meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Fishermen's Association Friday evening, and pondered the 2001 commercial fishing season, which starts this morning at 7.

Hams have a 'Field Day'
Ham radio operators on the Kenai Peninsula had a field day this weekend -- literally.

Tags could yield salmon numbers
For the last 10 years, state biologists have wondered how many coho and chum salmon actually return to Cook Inlet.

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.

William Ellis Gibbs
Soldotna resident William Ellis Gibbs died Thursday, June 21, 2001, in Cebu, Philippines. He was 85.

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.

Oilers drop series finale with visiting Miners
It wasn't the score of Sunday's series finale against the Mat-Su Miners that bothered Peninsula Oilers head coach Brian Green, though a 9-3 loss in Alaska Baseball League play didn't give him much reason to smile.

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.

Bush may be erecting his own trade barriers
President Bush could undercut his own good case for other nations to reduce trade barriers by his lurch toward protectionism for the domestic steel industry.

Letters to the Editor
Letting drunk drivers go free akin to letting serial killers loose

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.

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?

Health care reform should strive to put patients first
Senate Democrats, flexing their brand-new muscle as the body's majority party, are ready to make a run at a ''patients bill of rights.''

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.

Citizen involvement is helping to keep Cook Inlet waters free from oil pollution
In a world of cutting-edge technology and multi-million dollar tankers, citizen participation continues to be one of the most effective oil spill prevention tools around. Whether they are helping design oil spill response plans, testing the water for signs of pollution or advocating for stronger prevention measures, Cook Inlet citizens are making a difference in the safe transportation and production of oil.

Many individuals, businesses contribute to fun day in Nikiski Support of poppy sales appreciated Literacy program says thanks

Kenai Airport sports new look
Kenai Vice Mayor Linda Swarner and Mayor John Williams cut the ribbon to officially christen the Kenai Municipal Airport Terminal's remodel recently.

Peninsula People
Students receive honors Area residents obtain degrees Kenai graduate completes basic training Homer man performs internship Kenai man helps school win Kenai man helps lead school to victory Peninsula graduates receive scholarships YFU family hosts student Car show results in

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Center visited as part of wish Center divers gain distinction The goose or the egg Rehab gets third harbor seal

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

Ask a Trooper
Question: I am about to buy a used car, and I noticed it has no front license plate. Does Alaska require two license plates to be on the vehicle?

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.

Garden of the week
The Salamatof Native Association building on Willow Street has been named the weekly winner in the Kenai Beautification Committee's summer-long garden of the week program.

Jake and Jamie Rupert Stefini Adkins Brian and Christina Partridge

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

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

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."

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.

Around the Peninsula
Emergency order posted for upper inlet Soldotna, Kenai class reunion planned Interest sought for Head Start program Volunteers wanted for annual dog show Soldotna museum open for summerGolf Classic planned Chamber seeks participants Donations are requested

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.

Islanders add Peca, Yashin at NHL draft
SUNRISE, Fla. -- The New York Islanders made significant improvements during the NHL draft, and they did it without making a single pick in the first three rounds.

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.

Career Grand Slam tempered by tears
WILMINGTON, Del. -- The tears Karrie Webb shed Sunday were not about the career Grand Slam, an amazing feat never accomplished more quickly or easily.

DAlessandro, Jones best in Wildlife Rescue Run
Sewards Kris DAlessandro was the top finisher in Saturdays Alaska SeaLife Center Wildlife Rescue Run in Seward.

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.

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

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