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Monday, June 26, 2000

UAF athlete qualifies for U.S. Olympic shooting team
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Melissa Mulloy's Olympic dreams came true Friday when the University of Alaska Fairbanks senior qualified for the U.S. Olympic shooting team in the sport rifle three-position shoot.

Troopers release report on Rottweiler shooting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have released a report on last week's shooting of a Rottweiler.

State sees first results of high school exit exam
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Preliminary results of Alaska's first high-school graduation exam show that students in the Class of 2002 are doing well in reading, but need to bone up on their writing and math skills.

BLM smokejumper died because parachute malfunctioned
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- A smokejumper died during a training exercise at Fort Wainwright because his parachute malfunctioned, the Bureau of Land Management said Friday.

Stevens suggests federal buyout of part of Bering Sea crab fleet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal legislation to buy out part of the Bering Sea crab fleet could be written soon, according to Sen. Ted Stevens.

Former fire chief indicted on theft charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The former chief of the Ester Volunteer Fire Department has been indicted on theft charges.

Roadless initiative polarizes Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- About 200 people attended a public hearing on an initiative to keep new roads out of national forests.

University of Alaska struggles with enrollment drop
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska lost nearly 7 percent of its total enrollment in the last five years, but there are signs of a turnaround.

Charges filed against Chena Hot Springs Resort
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Chena Hot Springs Resort and two of its employees have been indicted on misdemeanor charges following a 1998 bacteria outbreak at the spa.

Bethel hospital lays off 20 workers
BETHEL (AP) -- Some 20 employees of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital are getting layoff notices and the hospital is planning other cutbacks due to a budget overrun.

Bristol Bay fisherman builds house to fix boat
The Bristol BayTimes

Four dead or missing in weekend drownings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people drowned over the weekend and another two were missing and presumed drowned in separate incidents, Alaska State Troopers said.

Army to wash own clothes; civilian workers to be laid off
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Army in Alaska has decided to begin washing its own clothes, meaning most of its civilian laundry workers -- most of them physically or developmentally disabled -- will be let go.

Valdez men charged with digging up grave
VALDEZ (AP) -- Four Valdez men were charged last week with digging up the grave of a pioneer buried in the Old Valdez Cemetery.

Census quarrel leads to charges, suspensions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A census squabble has led to the suspension of two members of the community's volunteer fire and ambulance squad.

Woman killed in Dalton Highway rollover accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A passenger in a vehicle traveling on the Dalton Highway was killed Sunday in a rollover accident, Alaska State Troopers said.

Salmon fishing closed in Nome, catch-and-release ending on Kenai
NOME (AP) -- Subsistence salmon fishing in the Nome area was shut down this week because a continuing shortage of chum salmon returning to the Norton Sound area.

ASMI survey looks at users of canned salmon
KENAI (AP) -- Alaskans may argue about the merits of red salmon versus king, or Copper River versus Bristol Bay. But salmon fans beyond Alaska's borders aren't quite so particular.

Blanket-primary law overturned
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Primaries that allow voters to cast their ballots for any candidate, regardless of party, violate the rights of state political parties, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in throwing out California's primary system.

Young's land bill headed for contentious Senate hearing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two days of hearings on a nationwide land conservation bill have been reset for next week by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Emergency planning committee to meetChamber meeting plannedLEPC to meetKDLL invites listeners to meetingCaring individuals neededUCIDA to hold membership meetingBoys and Girls Club golf classic plannedCraft fair, food event slatedSummer day camp scheduledAnchor Point opens parking lot for seniorsBoot camp help needed

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Salmon fishing closed in Nome, catch-and-release ending on Kenai
NOME (AP) -- Subsistence salmon fishing in the Nome area was shut down this week because a continuing shortage of chum salmon returning to the Norton Sound area.

Cook Inlet drift fishery to open
KENAI (AP) -- Cook Inlet's commercial driftnet salmon fishermen will get their first opening of the season Monday and expectations look good, say fishery managers.

Storyteller shares her love of the spoken word
To Carol Ford, stories are far more than mere yakking. The stories people tell share what makes us truly human and help us come to terms with life's important issues.

Gordon still king of road
The three-time Winston Cup champion extended his road course winning streak to six consecutive races on Sunday when he decisively won the Save Mart Kragen 350 on the twists and turns of Sears Point Raceway.

Homer man takes on Young
The race to unseat Rep. Don Young has attracted another Kenai Peninsula resident -- Homer's Frank Vondersaar. Seward resident Anna Young -- no relation to the representative -- is running as a Green Party candidate.

20,000 sockeyes expected for season-opener Monday
Commercial driftnet fishers will get their first opening of the 2000 season Monday, and expectations look favorable.

Class gives different view of Kenai River
Science isn't only taught in classrooms. On Thursday, the Kenai Watershed Forum taught a free lesson on the history of the Kenai River from the viewing platform along the Kenai River flats.

Kenai City Council OKs revisions; Historic Commission formed
Kenai's planning and zoning code is getting a facelift.

Photo feature: Getting lined up
Kathy Ehrhardt sets up a guide to follow while painting lines on the soccer fields next to Soldotna Middle School last weekend. She and Kevin Stalker (not pictured) were working to prepare for the start of Boys and Girls Club soccer later this week.

Photo feature: On wing
A B-17G Flying Fortress banks into a turn above Kenai Friday night. The World War II vintage bomber and another, a B-24J Liberator, are on display through today at Kenai Municipal Airport.

Kenai girl donates her hair for cancer victims
Meranda Mahan is giving up her hair for a good cause.

Photo feature: The beat goes on
Members of the audience gather around to listen and sing as members of the Tebughna Youth Drummers from Tyonek, the Sleeping Lady Singers from Anchorage and the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Heartbeat of Mother Earth drum group perform together after lunch Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center during this weekend's Potlatch 2000.

State removes catch-and-release restrictions
Better late than never -- at least as far as the early-run king salmon on the Kenai River are concerned.

Refuge fire-break project gets boost from cadets
Wildfire continues to be a threat to communities on the Kenai Peninsula.

Salmon fans like it canned
Alaskans may be elitist about their salmon, but Outsiders, apparently, are not so particular.

Lack of slime-line workers spawns hiring incentives
Slime lines filled with transients workers and college students seem to be a thing of the past on the Kenai Peninsula.

Season challenges both large, small
In the shifting tides of the commercial fishing industry, it's not only fishers who face an uncertain future.

Leo A. Wesanen
Nikiski resident Leo A. Wesanen died Friday, June 23, 2000. He was 74.

Births
Niki and Kris Bradshaw,of Soldotna, announce the birth of their son, Brandon Carl, Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Community News
World War II stories neededLearning Center honored

Peninsula People
Students receive Army Reserve AwardAcademics, community nvolvement recognized at UIMarathon scholar namedHomer student enlists in ArmyKCHS grad named to dean's listKasilof student wins essay prizeUAA honors Nikiski studentKenai student receives degree

Bears plunder pair from Twins
Bartlett coach David Richardson has been coming down to Kenai to battle the Post 20 teams of Lance Coz since the 1970s, so he can appreciate what his team did to the Twins Sunday.

Gone in 38 seconds
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Mike Tyson maintains he's rusty, but he looked like a well-oiled machine for 38 seconds on a rainy night in Scotland.

Oilers edge Bucs, move to .500 in ABL
Randall Shelley beat out an infield grounder in the 10th inning and scored on an infield single by pinch hitter John Kaye to give the Oilers a 3-2 win over the Anchorage Bucs Saturday at Mulcahy Field in Anchorage.

Gordon still king of road
The three-time Winston Cup champion extended his road course winning streak to six consecutive races on Sunday when he decisively won the Save Mart Kragen 350 on the twists and turns of Sears Point Raceway.

Sports Briefs
Gonzalez not gone yetWilkinson, Reiling claim 10-meter Olympic berthsItaly stops Romania 2-0

Sports Briefs
Big League has successful road tripOilers top BucsBowman returning to Red WingsGonzalez not in lineup, but still with TigersDutch, French gain Euro 2000 semisU.S. women stomp Costa Rica

Father-son darts duo takes aim at nationals
In the game of darts, Kenai's father-and-son combination of B.J. and Brandy Renfrow have proven they are straight shooters.

Mufflers keep noise down
In drag racing, drivers attempt to reach their top speed before the pavement can run out beneath them. The cars shoot off with a boom, drive the line and finish in a flash.

Inkster survives to win sixth major title
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Juli Inkster turned in a repeat performance in every way but one Sunday in the LPGA Championship.

After getting drubbed in first game, Post 20 rebounds for 6-5 victory
Chalk game one up to a mental lapse for the American Legion Post 20 Twins.

Tri-Club gets 62 golfers
Tiger Woods started playing golf when he was 3. Ed Aisenbrey started playing golf when he was 33.

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