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Tuesday, June 26, 2001

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.

Juneau changes policy on killing bears
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau police officers will no longer kill bears unless they pose an immediate threat to people.

Kenai Peninsula processors looking for workers
KENAI (AP) -- With the commercial fishing season beginning in Cook Inlet, Kenai Peninsula processors are worried they won't be able to handle the flow of fish because of a shortage of workers.

Fairbanks man charged with murdering ex-wife
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks woman died Monday night and her ex-husband has been charged with first-degree murder in her death.

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.

Initiative backers want to restore dividends to Peace Corps volunteers
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Fairbanks graduate student is proposing a ballot initiative to restore Permanent Fund Dividends to Peace Corps volunteers.

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.

Troopers release identity of crash victims
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have released the identities of the victims of a car crash Sunday afternoon on the Taylor Highway.

Alaska Wildfires
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two giant wildfires continued to burn on the Tanana Flats Monday as crews worked to contain them and winds shifted to drive the flames eastward and away from the Parks Highway.

Anchorage man sentenced for sexual assaults
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man convicted of sexually assaulting a child and a woman last year was sentenced Monday to 37 years in prison.

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.

State Fish and Wildlife Trooper dies in plane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state Fish and Wildlife Protection officer died when his single-engine Piper Cub went down near Lake Illiamna Monday night, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Quake rocks Yukon Territory
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake shook the ground about 40 miles northwest of Burwash Landing in the Yukon Territory on Tuesday morning.

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.

Troopers, police, park officials search for missing nurse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An itinerant nurse who failed to show up for a job in Bethel is the subject of a search near Anchorage.

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.

Workers begin Elmendorf cleanup
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A piece of buried history has unexpectedly cropped up on Elmendorf Air Force Base, forcing officials to clean up a newly found pocket of contaminated soil.

Cordova fisherman dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 25-year-old Cordova fisherman was found dead in his boat with ad head injury Monday, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Possible century-old cache uncovered near Delta Junction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two tins of LaMont's Improved Crystallized Egg bearing testimonials from Mrs. General Custer. Two dog collars. A cleaning kit for a .30-c

Knowles signs cancer measure, 20 other bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed 21 bills into law Monday. One new law provides breast and cervical cancer treatment to poor women, another repeals term-limit pledge laws, and a third requires convicted burglars to submit to DNA testing.

Small claims miners prepare for federal rule changes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Small miners on federal claims in Alaska have until September to obtain bonds to cover any potential costs of restoring the land should their mines close, but debate over that rule and other new mining regulations continues.

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.

June 24, 2001: But the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner proposes a whole new composition for the Legislature:
Incumbents are howling about the effects of the new redistricting schemes on their home seats. Their distress is understandable; most members of the current Legislature face the unenviable prospect of running against fellow incumbents or retiring.

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.

June 21, 2001: While the Voice of the Times calls the plan outright theft:
It now turns out that the redistricting plan to steal the Legislature from Alaskans and drop it neatly into the pocket of the political far left was foisted on us by a sub-Rosa outfit about which the public knows little.

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.

June 21, 2001: The Anchorage Daily News notes how tables turned from a decade ago:
For several months the sharpest political knives in Alaska have been flashing as the state Reapportionment Board went about its decennial revision of state election districts.

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.

June 20, 2001: Alaska Newspapers Inc. says the plan is good for Bush voters:
The new legislative districts approved by the Alaska Redistricting Board on Monday are far from perfect. Yet for the most part, they will benefit rural Alaska.

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.

New Hampshire man drowns in Kenai Peninsula Lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A New Hampshire man is dead after he accidentally tipped over his fishing inner tube in a Kenai Peninsula lake and drowned, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Anchorage officer accused of sex crimes quits
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage police officer accused of sexual abuse of a teen-age girl has quit his job, according to the police department.

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.

Saxman city manager steps down
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Saxman City Manager Tom Fitzgerald, 59, is stepping down after six years and will accept a half-time job as director of the Saxman Seaport.

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.

Fatal duck virus found
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Scientists have found a virus that killed what they suspect is a large number of long-tailed ducks on the North Slope last summer.

Searchers find body that may be missing trapper
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Searchers on Monday found a body near the mouth of the Tatonduk River, according to Alaska State Troopers. They were not sure Monday whether it was Richard Cook, 70, who has been missing for several days.

Martinez pinch-hit homer lifts Yankees
NEW YORK -- Tino Martinez hit the first pinch-hit homer of his career, a two-run shot in the seventh inning that lifted the New York Yankees to an 8-7 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.

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.

Twins have fun in Midnight Sun
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team finished off the Midnight Sun Tournament in Fairbanks Sunday with what coach Lance Coz termed the team's best full day of baseball this season.

Jordan sparks Braves to NL East win
PHILADELPHIA-- Brian Jordan's three-run homer sparked a six-run third inning, and Greg Maddux pitched seven innings as the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-4 Monday night in a matchup of the top teams in the NL East.

Uribe keeps lead in Homer Jackpot Derby
Anglers brought in several halibut over 220 pounds last week, but nobody was able to displace Don Uribe of Carmel Valley, Calif., as the leader of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Uribe boated his 250.2-pound halibut on June 6.

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Little bit of sunshine
Mary and Leroy Hubble walk around the fountain in Leif Hansen Memorial Park at sunset last winter. Now that the summer solstice has passed, the daylight is waning once again.

Borough grapples with growing pains
Dilbert would feel right at home.

Kenai rural decision could come Thursday
The Federal Subsistence Board meets Thursday in Anchorage to reconsider a finding that the entire Kenai Peninsula is rural and eligible for federal subsistence on federal lands.

War birds return
Like swallows to Capistrano, World War II bombers are returning to the city of Kenai.

Flooding possible in Kenai basin
Recent weather hasn't given Kenai Peninsula residents anything to complain about, but it is causing some concern over rising water in the Kenai River basin.

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.

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

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

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

Oilers stumble against Glacier Pilots
The Peninsula Oilers lost their third straight game, falling 11-7 to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots Tuesday in Anchorage.

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.

Applause
Community participation makes hospital celebration great success Oilers appreciated for sharing time, talents with Little Leaguers

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
Simple solutions to in-river fishing problems being ignored by state

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.''

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

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

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.

Redistricting reveals it's time for Alaskans to weigh other options
Incumbents are howling about the effects of the new redistricting schemes on their home seats. Their distress is understandable; most members of the current Legislature face the unenviable prospect of running against fellow incumbents or retiring.

Government intrusion cause of many of today's heath-care ills
When my car needs servicing, I call a mechanic. When I need help managing money, I contact a financial adviser. When I want medical expertise, I call a physician, not a politician.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Chamber meeting today Gauge testing planned Class reunion to be held UCIDA meeting planned Art workshops planned for youth Races scheduled Hand bell group to perform Chamber seeks participants Donations are requested

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.

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?

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.

Births
Jake and Jamie Rupert Stefini Adkins Brian and Christina Partridge

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

Pope visits Babi Yar, symbol of Jewish suffering
KIEV, Ukraine -- Pope John Paul II offered a prayer for Holocaust victims Monday under a statue of twisted and tormented figures at Babi Yar, the ravine where the Nazis unleashed the mass-scale, systematic slaughter of Europe's Jews during World War II.

Senior Briefs
Calendar of events at the Senior Centers around the Peninsula

Menus
Lunch menus for the Peninsula Senior Centers .

Research suggests positive attitude could make life longer
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- If you're happy and you know it -- you just may live longer.

Jones to go for four golds again at world track and field championships
EUGENE, Ore. -- Marion Jones joked that she will be shirking her job at track's world championships in August.

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

Hingis bounced in first round at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Because of her turbulent love life, rifts with mom and a 2 1/2-year Grand Slam slump, Martina Hingis carried a lot of baggage into Wimbledon.

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.

Bourque expected to call it a career
DENVER -- Raymond Bourque, his quest for the Stanley Cup realized, will retire at a news conference scheduled for Tuesday.

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.

Sports Briefs
Banta wins Pro Street Class at drag races Uribe keeps lead in Homer Jackpot Derby Bird takes Solstice Fun Run/Walk Alaska Sports Car Club comes to area

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