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Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Fish and Game repeals Southeast king restrictions
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Department of Fish and Game eased king salmon fishing restrictions Monday on nonresidents and anglers fishing from charter boats in Southeast Alaska, citing a revised estimate of the abundance of fish covered by the Pacific Salmon Treaty.

Body of Juneau teen recovered
JUNEAU (AP) -- The body of 16-year-old Travis Mason, lost after he was thrown from a personal watercraft Easter weekend, has been found.

Search for missing Colorado man suspended
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The search for a Colorado man, missing and feared drowned in Chelatna Lake, has been suspended, Alaska State Troopers said.

Two men captured after Anchorage bank robbery, chase
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men were arrested Tuesday after allegedly robbing a credit union and leading police on a wild, gun-shooting chase through a South Anchorage shopping area.

BP Exploration corporate donations soar on higher oil prices
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.'s corporate donations soared nearly 150 percent this year on higher oil prices and a pact tying gifts to oil profits.

Marijuana growing operation discovered in western Interior
McGrath (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers discovered a major marijuana growing operation on the Kuskokwim River.

Juneau backs off plan to dump prosecutions on state
JUNEAU (AP) -- After scolding by community groups, the city has backed off from a plan to dump local prosecution of assault cases on the state as a way of saving jail costs in the face of looming budget deficits.

Man rescued from fishing boat after amputating fingers
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a Bering Sea fishing vessel after he amputated three fingers in an accident on board the ship.

House passes bill transferring NOAA lands to Pribilofs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pribilof Islands have moved a step closer to taking over property on the islands long controlled by the federal government.

Marine Highway changes ferry schedule for seafood hauls
PETERSBURG (AP) -- The state ferry Kennicott will add three stops in Petersburg and Wrangell this summer to help move fresh fish to market.

Stevens seeks funding for ethanol plant study
JUNEAU -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens is trying to get $2 million for a study and possible engineering work on an ethanol plant in Southeast.

Goldbelt exec gets university finance job
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An executive with the Juneau Native corporation has been named vice president for finance of the University of Alaska.

Juneau clerk certifies flightseeing initiative
JUNEAU (AP) -- An initiative seeking to limit flightseeing noise has been certified for the municipal ballot.

Murkowski proposes gas tax break
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, has introduced a bill to give motorists a break on gasoline taxes.

Coast Guard picks up stranded boaters
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two Juneau boaters lived off unripe salmonberries for four days after they lost their boat on the Whiting River about 40 miles southeast of the capital.

Lights! Camera! Action! due in Sitka this summer
SITKA (AP) -- Sitka residents will have plenty of chances to make their television debuts this summer.

Boy missing at Chena Lakes Recreation Area
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- More than 200 searchers combed the Chena Lakes Recreational Area Monday for an 11-year-old Ruby boy who walked away from a family picnic Sunday night.

Body of Ruby boy found in Chena Lake
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The body of a boy from the village of Ruby was found early Wednesday in Chena Lake near Fairbanks.

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Pentagon panel head says missile shield technology workable
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of a Pentagon-appointed panel of experts told Congress on Wednesday that he has no reservations about the soundness of the technology behind the current plan for a limited national missile defense.

Unwelcome grizzly cub closes Haines campground
HAINES (AP) -- The Chilkoot Lake campground was closed last week after a park ranger was unable to scare away an unruly brown bear cub that got into an unattended ice chest.

Nearly 150 firefighters battle Clear blaze
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Nearly 150 firefighters were battling a blaze Tuesday that has scorched 2,500 acres, a fire official said.

Federal government proposes whale-watch rule
JUNEAU (AP) -- No one would be able to approach within 200 yards of a humpback whale in Alaska under a proposed federal rule published Monday in the Federal Register.

University of Alaska Fairbanks to get $100,000 gift
KODIAK (AP) -- The wife of the late Kodiak crab fishery pioneer Lowell Wakefield will present $100,000 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Path to get accredited long, slow for WGU
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Western Governors University, an online university hailed as revolutionary when first created, will have to wait six more months to be considered for accreditation.

Russian River ''sanctuary'' opens to sockeye salmon sport fishing
KENAI (AP) -- Beginning Tuesday at noon, the Russian River ''sanctuary'' area was open to sockeye salmon sport fishing.

Shellfish expert warns people against shellfish
KODIAK (AP) -- A shellfish expert is warning residents and visitors not to harvest or eat local shellfish because of an upcoming series of low tides.

Spill drill highlights personnel problems
NIKISKI (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation found problems with the way Tesoro and Cook Inlet Spill Prevention Response Inc. handled an unannounced oil spill drill.

BP Amoco to build $86 million GTL test plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Amoco will build an $86 million plant to test whether turning methane gas into synthetic crude oil is commercially viable, company officials said Monday.

Boy missing at Chena Lakes Recreation Area
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Between 200 and 300 searchers combed the Chena Lakes Recreational Area Tuesday but failed to find an 11-year-old Ruby boy who walked away from a family picnic.

Study: child abuse and neglect associated with later crime
SEATTLE (AP) -- Children who suffer abuse are much more likely to be arrested later in life than those who do not, according to a state study.

Ulmer still pondering primary change
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer plans to announce the fate of Alaska's blanket primary system on Thursday.

Clerk certifies Skagway school board recall petitions
SKAGWAY (AP) -- The city clerk has certified recall petitions for three members of the Skagway School Board but the board's attorney is recommending that the certification be protested.

Hearing on lands conservation bill delayed in Senate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has delayed action on a nationwide land conservation bill championed by Alaska Rep. Don Young.

Federal bill contains additional $1 million for Fairbanks visitor center
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An additional $1 million for a new visitor center in Fairbanks has been included in the Senate version of the Interior Department spending bill.

Metlakatla principal killed in boating accident
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Metlakatla High School Principal Ken Tyler was killed Saturday in a boating accident.

Mediator sought in Juneau school negotiations
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau School District and its support workers have asked for a federal mediator to help them agree on a new contract, the parties announced late Monday.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Kasilof River closes to gillnetsMartian to speak at Nikiski chamber lunchVisitors center spotlights Native artistBurns planned in peninsula mountainsBreast cancer mobile unit visits NinilchikSoHi plans swimming lessonsDiscount offered on computer classesFine Arts Center to hold workshop

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.

Colorado man bags 305-pound halibut
For years, Colorado's Jerry Arguello has had to endure ribbing from the avid outdoorsmen on his wife's side of the family regarding his fishing skill and experience.

Kenai River Classic gearing up
Expect more corporate executives, more U.S. senators, more entertainment and more money raised at next week's Kenai River Classic.

Russian River sanctuary opens for fishing today
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Monday that the Russian River "sanctuary" area will be open to sockeye salmon sport fishing starting at noon today. This portion of the river, which extends from a marker below the ferry crossing to a point 700 yards upstream, has previously been closed to fishing.

Board closes subsistence fishing loophole
The Federal Subsistence Board has closed a worrisome loophole that might have allowed Kenai Peninsula fishers to gillnet rainbow trout under the pretext of fishing for whitefish.

Spill drill response lacking; players say lessons learned
The results are in from the unannounced oil spill drill sprung on Tesoro in Nikiski March 8, and the evaluation by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation was mixed.

Photo feature: Berry nice
Nagoonberry blossoms near the Kenai River probably appreciated Tuesday's rain more than anglers fishing nearby.

New program coming to Boys and Girls Club
Area teens will have a new program at the Boys and Girls Club in Kenai, starting in September.

Kenai River Classic gearing up
Expect more corporate executives, more U.S. senators, more entertainment and more money raised at next week's Kenai River Classic.

Newest boom market takes its place in annual celebration
This year's annual Industry Appreciation Day will have a new twist.

Construction of $86 million plant scheduled to begin in 6 months
Nikiski will be the site of an $86 million pilot plant to test technology for turning natural gas to high-quality synthetic crude oil, BP Amoco announced Monday.

Board closes subsistence fishing loophole
The Federal Subsistence Board has closed a worrisome loophole that might have allowed Kenai Peninsula fishers to gillnet rainbow trout under the pretext of fishing for whitefish.

Colorado man bags 305-pound halibut
For years, Colorado's Jerry Arguello has had to endure ribbing from the avid outdoorsmen on his wife's side of the family regarding his fishing skill and experience.

Unocal plans to stay active on peninsula
A Unocal Alaska Resources representative visited with Soldotna business leaders at the Riverside House last week to update Soldotna Chamber of Commerce members on what his company is doing since the sale announcement of its Alaska Nitrogen Products plant in Nikiski.

Photo feature: tip-toeing through the tulips
June Moore follows along with the extension cord as her husband, Frank, trims the yard in front of The Cedars apartment complex in Kenai.

Rafting accident claims life of Kenai man
A rafting trip down Sixmile Creek proved deadly for a Kenai man Sunday afternoon.

Soldotna council to debate future of equestrian site
For decades, horseback riders have used Soldotna city land along Kalifornsky Beach Road. But now that the Soldotna Equestrian Association is getting serious about developing recreation facilities on the site, the city may say "neigh."

Dona Eggers
Soldotna resident Dona Eggers died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 96.

Bradley M. Kiffmeyer
Bradley M. Kiffmeyer, of Soldotna, died Monday, June 26, 2000, in St. Cloud, Minn. He was 45.

Leo Wesanen
Longtime Alaska resident Leo Wesanen died at the homestead in Nikiski, Friday, June 23, 2000, surrounded by his family. He died during his third battle with cancer. He was 74.

Anastasia M. Zwick-Robinson
Soldotna resident Anastasia M. Zwick-Robinson died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 36.

Oilers strike it rich against Goldpanners
Danny Garcia's decision not to join Team USA this season continued to pay big benefits for the Peninsula Oilers Tuesday in Fairbanks.

Kenai Peninsula Online - Sports 06/28/00
Danny Garcia's decision not to join Team USA this season continued to pay big benefits for the Peninsula Oilers Tuesday in Fairbanks.

John Rocker story
MONTREAL -- John Rocker's anger has been on simmer since he returned from the minor leagues two weeks ago, but it's still there, bubbling just below the surface.

Nelson, McGahan sweep at Twin City
Bert Nelson and Terry McGahan dominated Alaska Circle Track Association racing Saturday night at Twin City Raceway.

For U.S. women, it's better to be lucky and good
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The game was a tie. So why did it seem like a victory for the United States?

Peninsula continues hot hitting, takes fourth straight
The Peninsula Oilers only made the smoke situation worse in Fairbanks Monday by heating up some wood of their own.

Agassi slips by in first round
WIMBLEDON, England -- Andre Agassi's eyes narrowed in a look of incredulity and annoyance as the threat of a second straight quick exit from a Grand Slam tournament stared him in the face.

All eyes on Kournikova at Wimbledon's first day
WIMBLEDON, England -- Thirty photographers lined up courtside, all facing the same direction, like birds on a telephone wire. As usual, every long lens focused on Anna Kournikova.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again
WIMBLEDON, England -- Score one for the Charlie Brown of tennis.

Gonzalez rejects Yankees, helps Tigers rip Cleveland
CLEVELAND -- Juan Gonzalez decided that New York was just a nice place to visit.

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