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Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Steese Highway Smokey Bear sign missing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A life-size Smokey Bear sign, one of Fairbanks' best known firefighters, has been missing in action for a week.

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.

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.

Stevens, Murkowski could chair committees again
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Sens. Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski could once again chair key committees if Republicans regain control of the Senate, following the November election.

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.

Anchorage police say DNA evidence links man to homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police said DNA evidence links a suspect to a 2-year-old murder.

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.

Tour boat cracks hull on rock in Lynn Canal
JUNEAU (AP) -- The 65-foot, Haines-based tour boat Fjordland began taking on water Monday night after striking a rock in Lynn Canal.

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.

Charter plane makes emergency landing after cowling flies off
PETERSBURG (AP) -- An LAB Flying Service plane with five tourists aboard made an emergency landing on an island near Petersburg Tuesday after its cowling fell off and the engine sprayed oil over the windshield.

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.

Industry study support tax credit for Alaska natural gas line
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sens. Tom Daschle and Frank Murkowski are promoting a new oil company-sponsored analysis that endorses tax credits for a natural gas line from Alaska to the Lower 48.

Legislature overrides governor's veto of campaign funding bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers voted 41-16 Tuesday to override Gov. Tony Knowles' veto of a campaign funding bill.

Anchorage Aces offered for sale on eBay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- There amid the vintage comic books and pop-star memorabilia for sale on eBay sit the Anchorage Aces.

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.

Voters turn down fuel tax by nearly 2-to-1
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Residents of the Fairbanks North Star Borough soundly rejected a proposed fuel transfer tax Tuesday, putting an end to the latest chapter in the argument over reducing property taxes.

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.

Taylor wants stricter oversight of RCA, but no extension
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Robin Taylor is proposing several changes to the state's utility regulatory agency, but no extension of its sunset provision that is due to expire this month.

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.

Legislators looking for solutions to park closures
JUNEAU (AP) -- Carol Kane said she doesn't care whose fault it is two Big Lake parks are closed, she just wants lawmakers to find a solution.

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

Ambler man dies after scuffling with VPSO
AMBLER (AP) -- An Ambler man died Tuesday after scuffling with the village police officer who was responding to a domestic violence call.

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.

Sterling man killed in motorcycle accident
KENAI (AP) -- A Sterling man was killed in a motorcycle accident near Cooper Landing, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

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.

Child rescued from Kuskokwim River
NAPASKIAK (AP) -- A 3-year-old boy who fell into the Kuskokwim River near the western Alaska village of Napaskiak was revived after being pulled out by a teacher, Alaska State Troopers said.

Anchorage TV stations not yet ready to go digital
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The six-station consortium of television stations serving the Anchorage area is hoping for another extension from the Federal Communications Commission on a requirement that the stations begin broadcasting digital signals.

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.

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.

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

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.

Trading Bay enters into agreement with U.S. Petroleum Corp.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Trading Bay Energy Corp. has entered into an agreement with U.S. Petroleum Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia, to sell all of its Cook Inlet working interest holdings.

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.

Cook Inlet salmon fishers likely to get lower prices than last season
Upper Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishers are once again facing the prospect of a dismal season.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Taylor wants stricter oversight of RCA
JUNEAU -- Sen. Robin Taylor is proposing several changes to the state's utility regulatory agency, but no extension of its sunset provision that is due to expire this month.

Legislators looking for solutions to park closures
JUNEAU -- Carol Kane said she doesn't care whose fault it is two Big Lake parks are closed, she just wants lawmakers to find a solution.

Knowles' campaign funding bill vetoed
JUNEAU -- Lawmakers voted 41-16 Tuesday to override Gov. Tony Knowles' veto of a campaign funding bill.

In the Spotlight: Jerry Nadeau
A short bio on your favorite NASCAR racers.

Former bad boy quietly reforms his image
ATLANTA -- It is hard to decide which is more unusual: the fact Tony Stewart is challenging for the Winston Cup Series championship so early in the season or the fact he's done it without any trips to the NASCAR hauler.

Racing's midterm report
ATLANTA -- While the third and final off weekend of the NAS CAR Winston Cup Series isn't the mathematical midway point of the racing season, drivers traditionally have considered it the start of the second half.

Points Standings
1. Sterling Marlin 2,1982. Mark Martin 2,1363. Jeff Gordon 2,116

Money Leaders
1. Mark Martin $3,201,5102. Ward Burton $2,817,7263. Sterling Marlin $2,302,557

This Week's Race: GNC Live Well 250 Fact Box
What: GNC Live Well 250 (Race 17 of 34).

Race Schedule
February 17 to November 17, 2002.

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

Plane flips in lake; men escape injury
Two men swam safely away from an aircraft after it crashed Monday morning in Nikiski's Island Lake.

Tax exempt initiative drive slow going
An initiative drive to place a measure on the Oct. 1 municipal election ballot asking voters to exclude fruits, vegetables and other nonprepared grocery items from city and borough sales taxes is not gathering signatures as fast as sponsors had hoped.

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' bats boom against Miners
The Peninsula Oilers baseball team left town for a few days, and came back with a whole new team.

Oilers outlast Bucs
The Peninsula Oilers won their second straight Alaska Baseball League game Monday night, defeating the Anchorage Bucs in 10 innings at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

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

Kind of Palestinian government pushed by Bush rare among Arab nations
WASHINGTON -- President Bush says Middle East peace depends on a Palestinian democracy ''based on tolerance and liberty'' and ''reliable justice,'' and he wants Arab nations to nurture those ideals.

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.

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.

Looser classification of species hurt by spill should not be allowed
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.

Candidates face mine field of issues
The inside story on this year's elections reveals some potentially devastating issues for candidates across the nation. Here's a sample:

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.

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

Pet of the Week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring a female husky mix for $84 with shots, license and neuter surgery included. Visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969 for more information.

Around the Peninsula
Area artist featured in programChamber meeting to feature KPC administratorsBoard meeting scheduled at WRCCSoldotna teen to compete for national titleCommunity services to offer free clinicChamber to judge patriotic decorationsSoldotna swim team inviting children to competeBlood bank in need of donations

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

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Sports Briefs
Tatum O'Neal says McEnroe used steroids

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.

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

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

Germany nips South Korea
SEOUL, South Korea -- Only one thing could have stopped the singing, swaying sea of red. It came in the 75th minute off the foot of German midfielder Michael Ballack, no stranger to breaking hearts. Ending the most improbable run in an upset-filled World Cup, Germany advanced to its record seventh final with a 1-0 victory over co-host South Korea on Tuesday night.

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.

Kenai Golf Report: Course greens up quickly
The Kenai Golf Course fairways have all been fertilized. The rain settled it in shortly after the application was completed. So, very soon the mowers will be out and continually mowing the fairways.

After finally winning Stanley Cup, Hasek retires
DETROIT -- Dominik Hasek's career is complete. One of the most accomplished goaltenders in history will retire to the Czech Republic as a Stanley Cup champion.

'Second Goran' scores first major upset
WIMBLEDON, England -- Even if defending champion Goran Ivanisevic isn't at Wimbledon, his considerable spirit is alive and well in the form of another lanky Croatian: Mario Ancic.

Anchorage Aces offered for sale on eBay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- There amid the vintage comic books and pop-star memorabilia for sale on eBay sit the Anchorage Aces.

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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