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Tuesday, June 25, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Railroad plans more than $52 million in capital improvements
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad Corp. is planning more than $52 million in capital improvements with much of the work to be done this summer.

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.

Men survive Nikiski plane crash
NIKISKI (AP) -- Two men managed to escape without injury after their plane flipped over and sank in Island Lake in Nikiski.

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

Nome asks Knowles for disaster declaration
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rivers around Nome were beginning to thaw in late May, just about the time Gov. Tony Knowles was preparing to declare a flood disaster emergency elsewhere in the state.

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.

State files lawsuit against Golden Valley over 2001 wildfire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state has filed a $3.6 million civil lawsuit against Golden Valley Electric Association and the man who piloted the helicopter that the state says started an 84,000-acre wildfire last year.

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.

House proposing two-year RCA extension bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- House leaders propose extending the life of the state's utility regulatory agency for at least two more years while a panel studies the way it does business.

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.

Wasilla woman dies in Glenn Highway accident
WASILLA (AP) -- A Wasilla woman died over the weekend in an accident on the Glenn Highway when a pickup truck in front of her slowed or came to a stop after a bed slipped from the back, police said.

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.

Two boys charged with damaging school maintenance yard
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two teen-agers were charged with first-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest in connection with vandalism at the Anchorage School District maintenance yard.

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.

AFL-CIO endorses Fran Ulmer for governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's largest labor organization on Monday endorsed Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer for governor.

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.

Lawmakers will consider overriding Knowles' vetoes
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers will meet in a joint session Tuesday to vote on overriding Gov. Tony Knowles' vetoes of legislation.

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

Summer storm sweeps Steller pups from rookery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An unusually intense summer storm that roared off the Gulf of Alaska earlier this month knocked week-old Seller sea lion pups into thrashing seas.

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.

Forest scientists say warmer weather worsening beetle epidemic
HOMER (AP) -- Forest scientists who first blamed the beetle epidemic on Alaska's aging forests are giving more and more credit to rising temperatures as an explanation for the unstoppable rampage.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anchorage police arrest suspect in 2-year-old homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police have arrested a suspect in the August 2000 killing of Tina Shangin -- one victim in a spate of homicides that sparked fears a serial killer was targeting minority women in the city.

Twins squeeze past White Sox
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jacque Jones drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth after Torii Hunter tied it with a two-run homer an inning earlier, giving the Minnesota Twins a 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night in their first meeting of the year.

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.

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.

One moment they're youthful and vibrant, the next they're gone
Darryl Kile was working on a no-hitter through six innings in his first major league start for Houston 11 years ago. He never got the chance to finish it.

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.

Lockhart pinch home run sinks Mets
NEW YORK -- Pinch-hitter Keith Lockhart lined a leadoff home run in the ninth inning against Scott Strickland (6-4) and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 3-2 Monday night for their sixth straight victory.

Post 20 beaten at home
Sometimes, even the moral victory gets away.

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.

Fishers gear up for 'Kenai Wild'
"My bologna has a first name. It's O-S-C-A-R ..." This familiar line from a 1970s marketing campaign for Oscar Mayer cold cuts was one many found hard to ignore. This week begins the earliest stages of a marketing campaign that several Cook Inlet commercial fishers, fish processors and Kenai Peninsula Borough officials hope eventually will have domestic seafood purveyors touting "K-E-N-A-I W-I-L-D" on the tips of their tongues.

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

Tunnel vision to Whittier reveals Alaska's splendor
Alternatives to sport fishing on the Kenai Peninsula are becoming more popular thanks to professional guides such as Pete Denmark of Alaska Sea Kayakers in Whittier Alaska.

Progress Days gets sponsorship boost
Unocal Alaska has once again stepped up to sponsor the 42nd Annual Soldotna Progress Day's event planned for the end of next month.

Rotary GSE Team from India visits Peninsula
"If it had not been for the Rotary Group Study Exchange program, we'd have never dreamt of coming to Alaska," said P. Kavery Medappa, of Tamilnadu, India, a member of the most recent Rotary GSE to visit Alaska.

Food Bank hosts statewide Alaska Food Coalition meeting
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank recently hosted the statewide Alaska Food Coalition meeting in Soldotna. The purpose of the meeting was to showcase efforts to fight hunger throughout Alaska.

The kids who can't wait for school to start again
For Soldotna High School students that participated in last year's first robotics competition class, the excitement is mounting for school to start again.

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.

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.

Lawmakers will consider overriding Knowles' vetoes
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers will meet in a joint session Tuesday to vote on overriding Gov. Tony Knowles' vetoes of legislation.

House proposing 2-year RCA extension bill
JUNEAU -- House leaders propose extending the life of the state's utility regulatory agency for at least two years while an independent panel studies the way it does its job.

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.

Peninsula lawmakers differ on how to handle RCA issue
The fate of the commission that oversees utilities in Alaska is again in the hands of state lawmakers.

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.

Sterling man dies in crash
A Sterling man was killed early Sunday morning in a motorcycle accident near Cooper Landing.

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.

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.

Leelynn Haywood Chumley
Sterling resident Leelynn Haywood Chumley died Sunday, June 23, 2002, near Cooper Landing as the result of a motorcycle accident. He was 33.

John C. Ingram
Longtime Alaskan John C. Ingram died Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 73.

Oilers on a roll
The Peninsula Oilers notched their second straight win Monday, defeating the Anchorage Bucs 9-8 in 10 innings at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage in an Alaska Baseball League game.

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

Real issue in governor's race is how to reverse poor economic trends
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.

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.

Letters to the Editor
20th anniversary of living on peninsula fuels letter

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.

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

Where is bin Laden? Anthrax killer?
WASHINGTON -- Everyone in Washington agrees the war on terrorism is much bigger than Osama bin Laden. Everyone is sure his al-Qaida group will carry on even if he is never seen again.

Summer's in bloom
Wild roses brighten the roadside near Quartz Creek last week. Many varieties of wild flowers are in bloom as summer reaches its peak.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Retirement communities topic at chamberUCIDA meeting plannedDNR partially lifts burn permit banRegistration deadline extendedCharity golf tournament plannedMount Marathon memorabilia for saleFund raiser planned by Soroptimist International

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!

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.

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.

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?

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

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

Despite the calendar, students hit the books
School may be out for the summer, but the learning is far from over.

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.

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Transplant Games about life
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- In the painful, breathless years before Maureen Pecor received a new lung, cystic fibrosis made walking up a flight of stairs seem like climbing a mountain. But within five months of a transplant operation, she had hiked up six peaks in Vermont.

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.

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.

Nobody above suspicion
On the eve of the semifinals, variations on the American cry ''We wuz robbed!'' litter the World Cup landscape. They cast suspicion on everyone packing a whistle and threaten to turn this event into another Olympic-scale figure-skating officiating mess.

Sports Briefs
Attendance up, NL ahead in interleague playRed Sox Castillo suspended for five gamesBoxer collapses and dies, 36 hours after fightU.S. loss to Germany sets soccer for ESPN

Sampras plays like a champ
WIMBLEDON, England -- Back home on Centre Court at the All England Club, Pete Sampras served just like Pete Sampras.

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.

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.

Summer storm sweeps Steller pups from rookery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An unusually intense summer storm that roared off the Gulf of Alaska earlier this month knocked week-old Seller sea lion pups into thrashing seas.

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