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Thursday, June 28, 2001

Alaska educators win Milken Awards
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Alaska educators have received $25,000 awards from the Milken Family Foundation.

Governor signs bills aimed at curbing identity theft
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rep. John Coghill's dual proposals to curb the use of Social Security numbers for identification are now law.

Anchorage police identify man found Monday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man found dead Monday morning in a field behind a gas station was identified by police Wednesday as Roger Johnson, 46.

Troopers close Glenn Highway during manhunt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man with a violent past was shot and taken into custody Thursday morning after a manhunt that closed a portion of the Glenn Highway for more than six hours.

Man dies after driving into crane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man reported to have been driving erratically died Tuesday evening when his car jumped a median and crashed head-on into a crane.

About 500 gallons of diesel spill in Juneau harbor
JUNEAU ((AP) -- Spill response workers were trying to clean up about a 500-gallon diesel spill Thursday morning in Tee Harbor, about 20 miles from downtown Juneau.

Former borough official sentenced in charity scam
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former North Slope Borough official who set up a phony charity that awarded him scholarships to study at Harvard has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Massage parlor owner faces federal indictment
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The owner of a massage parlor and a check cashing company has been indicted by a federal grand jury on more than 100 felony counts, including charges of running a prostitution ring, loan-sharking and distributing crack and cocaine.

Suit filed to stop rumored merger of compressed gas firms
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's two main suppliers of compressed gases are being sued for conspiring to form a monopoly, even though neither supplier has announced they're merging.

Governor signs bills aimed at curbing identity theft
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rep. John Coghill's dual proposals to curb the use of Social Security numbers for identification are now law.

Cargo loader naps, wakes up over Pacific
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A United Parcel Service cargo loader who snatched a quick nap during a work break at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Tuesday took an unscheduled trip to Asia.

Fire official stands by decision on prescribed burn near Kenai Lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal fire official who ordered the prescribed burn that became a wildfire near Kenai Lake says he stands behind the decision.

Cook Inlet Tribal Council gets $8 million grant for at-risk youth
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Cook Inlet Tribal Council has received an $8 million federal grant to provide programs for at-risk youth.

Oil company cutbacks force layoffs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scores of workers are facing layoffs as Alaska's big oil companies cut spending at Prudhoe Bay in the second half of the year.

Federal departments announce compensation for ill nuclear workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Former atomic program workers on Amchitka Island who have developed certain forms of cancer or two other diseases will be entitled to compensation of $150,000 and medical care costs starting July 31 under a federal program announced Tuesday.

Suit filed to stop rumored merger of compressed gas firms
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's two main suppliers of compressed gases are being sued for conspiring to form a monopoly, even though neither supplier has announced they're merging.

Canadian, U.S. Navy ships visiting capital
JUNEAU (AP) -- Crews from a U.S. Navy oiler and two Canadian Coastal Defense vessels plan to take part in Fourth of July festivities in Juneau.

Businessman disputes connection to airline accused of fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Businessman Neil Bergt disputed on Wednesday the Justice Department's assertion that he is an owner and operator of Alaska Central Express, a cargo airline he helped found in 1996 that is being accused of illegally keeping $365,000 in Postal Service overpayments.

Ketchikan school board postpones action on proposed drug-testing policy
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan School Board has postponed taking action on a proposed drug-testing policy for student athletes.

Ketchikan school board postpones action on proposed drug-testing policy
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan School Board has postponed taking action on a proposed drug-testing policy for student athletes.

Eielson airman drowns in base lake
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Eielson Air Force Base serviceman drowned Wednesday morning after trying to swim across Polaris Lake on base.

Petersburg man injured blowing up culvert
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Petersburg man was injured Tuesday night when he and four buddies set off explosives on an abandoned logging road.

About 500 gallons of diesel spill in Juneau harbor
JUNEAU ((AP) -- Spill response workers were trying to clean up about a 500-gallon diesel spill Thursday morning in Tee Harbor, about 20 miles from downtown Juneau.

Anchorage police identify man found Monday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man found dead Monday morning in a field behind a gas station was identified by police Wednesday as Roger Johnson, 46.

Eielson airmen use survival skills in river rescue
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Capt. Jon Boulet and three friends from Eielson Air Force Base loaded up their gear and slid their canoes into Tangle Lakes, they were expecting to cruise a few rapids, catch some fish, enjoy the wilderness and exit the Delta River with three fun days and 31 river miles behind them.

Sitka man drowns off Kruzof Island
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Sitka man was found drowned Tuesday near the southern point of Kruzof Island west of Sitka.

Fire officials question contractors in cause of Interior fires
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Contractors working on the route for Golden Valley Electric Association's Northern Intertie may have been responsible for starting two wildfires that have burned more than 170,000 acres on the Tanana Flats south of Fairbanks.

Canadian, U.S. Navy ships visiting capital
JUNEAU (AP) -- Crews from a U.S. Navy oiler and two Canadian Coastal Defense vessels plan to take part in Fourth of July festivities in Juneau.

University museum gets $500,000 grant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Museum has received a $500,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

Eielson airman drowns in base lake
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Eielson Air Force Base serviceman drowned Wednesday morning after trying to swim across Polaris Lake on base.

Man dies after driving into crane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man reported to have been driving erratically died Tuesday evening when his car jumped a median and crashed head-on into a crane.

Cargo loader naps, wakes up over Pacific
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A United Parcel Service cargo loader who snatched a quick nap during a work break at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Tuesday took an unscheduled trip to Asia.

Trees fall on boat, injuring tourists
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four tourists from Wisconsin got a little more adventure than they were expecting while on a fishing trip on the Yentna River Tuesday night.

Eielson airmen use survival skills in river rescue
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Capt. Jon Boulet and three friends from Eielson Air Force Base loaded up their gear and slid their canoes into Tangle Lakes, they were expecting to cruise a few rapids, catch some fish, enjoy the wilderness and exit the Delta River with three fun days and 31 river miles behind them.

Russian River anglers cash in on huge return of sockeye salmon
COOPER LANDING (AP) -- The line for admission to the most popular attraction on the Kenai Peninsula in late June stretched out and around the corner of the access road to the Russian River campground.

Troopers identify Bristol Bay deckhand who drowned last week
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have released the name of a deckhand who fell from the fishing vessel Blue Falcon and drowned in Bristol Bay last week.

Sitka man drowns off Kruzof Island
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Sitka man was found drowned Tuesday near the southern point of Kruzof Island west of Sitka.

Man dies after driving into crane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man reported to have been driving erratically died Tuesday evening when his car jumped a median and crashed head-on into a crane.

Petersburg man injured blowing up culvert
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Petersburg man was injured Tuesday night when he and four buddies set off explosives on an abandoned logging road.

First female post commander in Alaska takes charge at Fort Wainwright
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lt. Col. Tori Bruzese took over as post commander at Fort Wainwright on Tuesday morning in Fairbanks, becoming the first woman post commander in the state.

Businessman disputes connection to airline accused of fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Businessman Neil Bergt disputed on Wednesday the Justice Department's assertion that he is an owner and operator of Alaska Central Express, a cargo airline he helped found in 1996 that is being accused of illegally keeping $365,000 in Postal Service overpayments.

Diesel spill reported in Auke Bay
JUNEAU (AP) -- About 400 gallons of diesel fuel spilled Tuesday morning from a fuel dock at a marina in Auke Bay, about 13 miles from downtown Juneau.

Oil company cutbacks force layoffs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scores of workers are facing layoffs as Alaska's big oil companies cut spending at Prudhoe Bay in the second half of the year.

Dick Cook, legendary Eagle trapper, feared dead in river accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The discovery of Dick Cook's body Monday closes the final chapter for the Bush rat made famous in John McPhee's classic book about Alaska, ''Coming Into the Country.''

Fire official stands by decision on prescribed burn near Kenai Lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal fire official who ordered the prescribed burn that became a wildfire near Kenai Lake says he stands behind the decision.

Prescribed burn goes beyond lines near Kenai Lake
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A prescribed fire along the north shore of Kenai Lake has pushed beyond its planned boundaries and authorities are responding with nearly 300 firefighters as gusts to 25 mph are expected to push the blaze east toward the Seward Highway, about seven miles away.

Massage parlor owner faces federal indictment
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The owner of a massage parlor and a check cashing company has been indicted by a federal grand jury on more than 100 felony counts, including charges of running a prostitution ring, loan-sharking and distributing crack and cocaine.

Anchorage police, fire departments announce crackdown on fireworks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With fire danger high, the Anchorage Fire and Police departments are preparing for a joint crackdown on fireworks use in the municipality.

Troopers close Glenn Highway during manhunt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man with a violent past was shot and taken into custody Thursday morning after a manhunt that closed a portion of the Glenn Highway for more than six hours.

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, Alaska State Troopers said.

Alaskan wildfires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While firefighters battled uncertain conditions at the Kenai Lake fire, cooler temperatures and higher humidity were helping to slow the spread of two big wildfires in the Interior.

Citizens advisory council gets new president to replace Stephens
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council has elected John Allen as its new president.

Troopers identify Bristol Bay deckhand who drowned last week
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have released the name of a deckhand who fell from the fishing vessel Blue Falcon and drowned in Bristol Bay last week.

House cuts Denali Commission budget
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush included $40 million for the Denali Commission in his budget for next year, but a U.S. House committee eliminated three-quarters of the money on Monday.

Federal government joins suit against air cargo line
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. government has joined the whistle-blower lawsuit of a former employee of Anchorage entrepreneur Neil Bergt, accusing the air cargo line operated by Bergt and his family of bilking the U.S. Postal Service out of $365,000.

Alaskan wildfires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While firefighters battled uncertain conditions at the Kenai Lake fire, cooler temperatures and higher humidity were helping to slow the spread of two big wildfires in the Interior.

Twins end road trip with split vs. 49ers
The American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins finished up a week-long road trip Tuesday by splitting a doubleheader with the Tri-Cities 49ers of Fairbanks.

Cubs send Mets to sixth straight defeat
CHICAGO -- Jon Lieber allowed two runs, and Gary Matthews Jr. sparked a seventh-inning rally with a two-run double Tuesday as the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 4-2.

Martinez leads Yankees past Cleveland
NEW YORK -- Tino Martinez went 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs to give some rare run support to Mike Mussina as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 15-5 on Wednesday.

Indians closer pitches perfect ninth inning as Cleveland stops Yankees
NEW YORK -- John Rocker pitched a perfect ninth inning in his first game in New York with the Indians, and Einar Diaz and Roberto Alomar hit two-run homers to rally Cleveland past the Yankees 5-3 Tuesday night.

Atlanta takes over first place in NL East
PHILADELPHIA -- Chipper Jones drove in three runs, and Odalis Perez allowed two earned runs as the Atlanta Braves moved into first place in the NL East with a 10-4 victory over the slumping Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

Economy could feel pinch as consumers struggle with debt
NEW YORK (AP) -- The bills are coming due for the shopping spree of the 1990s, and Americans are having trouble paying up.

Business Briefs
Office has relocated Health center closed for the Fourth Americans say Canadian wood flooding country

Register a domain name, get swamped with marketing material
NEW YORK (AP) -- Every time John Levine registers a new Internet address, he can count on somebody calling, mailing or faxing him a sales pitch for Web site hosting, high-speed access or the like.

Online bill paying: Out with the stamps and envelopes, in with the computer
NEW YORK (AP) -- More than five years ago, David Camp gave up the rituals of bill paying -- the writing of checks, the buying of stamps, and the licking and mailing of envelopes -- and turned to his computer.

Consumer confidence rises in June amid optimistic economic outlook, Conference Board says
NEW YORK (AP) -- Consumer confidence rose in June for the second consecutive month, as Americans' outlook toward the nation's struggling economy continued to brighten.

Nasdaq Stock Market cuts 10 percent of its work force because of fewer IPOs
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Nasdaq Stock Market said Wednesday it is cutting 137 jobs, or roughly 10 percent of its work force, because of a steep drop-off in its initial public offering business.

NBA no more
John Snyder of Kenai points out to another customer behind him that the new ATM at the Wells Fargo branch in Kenai uses touch-screen technology. The former National Bank of Alaska officially became Wells Fargo earlier this month, after being purchased a year ago.

Home ownership and prices are up -- but equity is down
NEW YORK (AP) -- A fundamental change has occurred in the housing market over the past few years, and it is likely to play an increasing role in changing people's lifestyles.

Boomers ponder many career, retirement options
NEW YORK (AP) -- After 15 years as a corporate executive, Jennifer Gold Bennett wants a new challenge. Maybe she could run a golf club. Or, as an art collector, open her own shop.

Entrepreneurs bid business farewell
Have no fear, the jalapeno cheese isn't going anywhere.

Biggest thrift buying Dime Bancorp for $5.2 billion, giving it foothold in Northeast
NEW YORK (AP) -- Washington Mutual Inc. is buying Dime Bancorp Inc. for $5.2 billion in cash and stock, giving the nation's largest thrift a foothold in the Northeast.

Parent to Parent program comes to the Peninsula
For their 30th wedding anniversary Jim Kuhnsman and his wife took a cruise to Alaska from t

Kenai Peninsula College announces spring Chancellors and Deans lists
Kenai Peninsula College announced today the names of 48 students who made the Chancellor's List for Spring Semester 2001. KPC Director Ginger Steffy said these are full-time students who have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Noble Lipizzaner Stallions tour Alaska
Peninsula residents had the opportunity last week to enjoy one of the "Highest" forms of entertainment, the "World Famous" Lipizzaner Stallions, and their legendary "Airs Above The Ground."

CPGH celebrates 30th Anniversary with Baby Reunion
Central Peninsula General Hospital, commonly known as CPGH, celebrated it's 30th Anniversary last Thursday

School project turns into intern project with the City of Soldotna
Alana Ratliff started attending Soldotna City Council meetings last year when she needed to find a community service project for her government class at Soldotna High School. "After attending City Council meetings for my government c

Salmon season opens strongly
Monday's first period for Cook Inlet commercial fishers yielded a decent sockeye harvest for both setnetters and driftnetters while still providing sport fishers nearly 11,000 to catch on the Kasilof River.

Russian River anglers cash in on huge return of sockeye salmon
COOPER LANDING (AP) -- The line for admission to the most popular attraction on the Kenai Peninsula in late June stretched out and around the corner of the access road to the Russian River campground.

On the wild side
Postcards and greeting cards often present messages of cheer to loved ones throughout the world. With an artistic flair, one area resident has created unique, Alaska cards that add a rustic touch to the messages that await inside.

Future shock: A.I. delivers (Movie review)
What a novelty: A big-budget movie by the biggest-name director that disturbs, provokes, vexes, subverts and prompts introspection for days afterward.

Art Briefs
Soldotna museum open for summer Seward gallery plans special July exhibit Soldotna library sponsors contest Musicians sought for festival Alutiiq exhibition launches national tour

What's Happening
Best Bet, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events, Films

"Life Woven with Song" By Nora Marks Dauenhauer University of Arizona Press
There is a wealth of emotion and description in this small book (135 pages) of poetry, prose and plays. Flipping through to the poetry section I was caught up in the life of author Nora Marks Dauenhauer as a child learning at her grandfather's knee -- "A Poem for Jim Nagataak'w (Jakwteen)," "My Grandfather, Blind and Nearly Deaf" and "Grandpa Jakwteen in Eclipse."

Jack Lemmon, stylish, versatile actor known for 'Odd Couple,' 'The Apartment,' dead at 76
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jack Lemmon, the two-time Oscar winner whose acting talents ranged from adroit comedies ''The Apartment'' and ''Some Like It Hot'' to the dramatic intensity of ''Days of Wine and Roses'' and ''Tuesdays with Morrie,'' has died. He was 76.

Book bites
'Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History' 'Frida: A Novel' 'Special Agent: My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI'

Schedule
Winston Cup series schedule

Midseason (Nearly) Report
ATLANTA -- The NASCAR Win ston Cup Series is only 16 races deep into a 36-race journey that doesn't end until just before Thanks giving.

Racers get rare break in schedule
ATLANTA -- All racer Jerry Nadeau wants to do on his solitary free weekend between now and Thanksgiving is a lot of nothing.

Money leaders
Winston Cup series money leaders

Points standings
Nascar Winston Cup point standings

busch series gnc live well 250
n Where: The Milwaukee Mile's one-mile oval with 9-degree banking at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds at West Allies, Wis.

Visiting angler dies in refuge
One man drowned in a freak fishing mishap and another person was airlifted to an Anchorage hospital after becoming ill in the wilderness.

Kenai Lake area sees flooding
Snowmelt flooding is affecting the upper Kenai River basin. The National Weather Service issued a statement Wednesday afternoon warning of high water in the Cooper Landing and Kenai Lake area.

Soldotna teen vies for national title tonight
The past six months of 17-year-old Kara Merrill's life have been packed with activity.

Prescribed burn becomes wildfire
Despite upgrading it to "wildland fire" status on Monday, the U.S. Forest Service still maintains the prescribed burn ignited near Kenai Lake on June 15 went well.

Law enforcement less enthused; officers urge caution, offer tips for staying safe
A bear next to Bridge Access Road in Kenai Wednesday morning about 9 a.m. gave wildlife watchers a thrill and snarled traffic.

Pilot critically injured in crash in trees
A Soldotna pilot was airlifted to Anchorage in critical condition Tuesday after a crash near a residential neighborhood near West Poppy Lane.

Evacuation advisory issued
A prescribed burn started by federal foresters June 15 and reclassified as a wildlands fire on Monday night, now is closing in on the Seward Highway and threatening to force the evacuation of area residents.

Oilers drop fourth straight ballgame
The Peninsula Oilers lost their fourth straight game, falling 13-12 in 10 innings to Athletes in Action Wednesday night in Fairbanks.

Letters to the Editor
Community needs to get tough on those who bicycle dangerously Jet Skis on small lakes pose danger to wildlife, humans Little League teaches how game played is as important as winning Flowers at senior center in Sterling target of thieves

Applause
Kenai Elks Lodge donations show support, interest in area teens Soldotna resident appreciates hot, cold work by city employees

Subsistence board should delay decision until review completed
Wait. That's our advice to the Federal Subsistence Board meeting in Anchorage today to reconsider a ruling that the entire Kenai Peninsula is rural and all residents are eligible for subsistence hunting and fishing on federal lands.

Forest Service officials face dilemma in getting rid of 'fuel' in Chugach
It would be easy to second guess Chugach National Forest officials and the wisdom of starting a 1,100-acre prescribed burn June 15.

Letters to the Editor
Borough land-use issues raise issues of competency, fairness State swindle or Kenai Peninsula Borough incompetence? Guideline harvest limit for halibut fleet would create race for fish Subsistence debate should center on eligible gear types, not people

Raising leeches a brisk business
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- Phil DeVore pulls a folded piece of aluminum from a murky pond. The aluminum looks like a piece of siding that's blown off a building, but DeVore knows it's much more valuable than that.

Nature's wind tunnel is the place for extreme windsurfing
LYLE, Wash. (AP) -- In the wind, Al Brown believes, he has found his best metaphor for God -- invisible, powerful and it doesn't care whether you live or die.

Offbeat resort being put together in Mystic Hot Springs, Utah
MONROE, Utah (AP) -- The Sevier Valley is about the last place you would expect a rock-music venue, a hot springs spa, a tropical fish farm and a pioneer cabin preservation project, all at the same spot.

By foot, hoof or wheel, Red Canyon is an overlooked gem
PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) -- The crowds and hype of Moab got you down?

Around the Peninsula
Geological talk planned Chamber meeting to be held today Handbell ensemble to perform Kenai council meeting rescheduled Football officials meeting planned Writing contest planned Walk For Life to be held Christmas in July planned

Around the Peninsula
Russian River ferry closed Workshop planned for today Chamber luncheon today WRCC annual meeting today Salmon panel planned Celebrate the Fourth in Homer Swimming lessons scheduled Emergency test planned Benefit to be held

Pope addresses Ukraine Catholics
LVIV, Ukraine -- Pope John Paul II led a crowded outdoor Mass in western Ukraine on Tuesday, picking a region long contested by Poles and Ukrainians, Catholics and Orthodox, Communists and nationalists as the place to make a plea for a spirit of forgiveness in Eastern Europe.

Sampras survives serious scare
WIMBLEDON, England -- The future of American tennis arrived on Centre Court at Wimbledon, and the reign of Pete Sampras nearly became part of the past.

Sports Briefs
Kircher Jr. takes Ransom Fun Run Fell fares well at Alaska Sprint Tour

Golfing rolls on in Kenai
The days are flying by as they always do when the weather is warm and wonderful! Things are really going at the Kenai Golf Course. The tournaments are happening over the weekends, but golfers can get out on the course by noon or shortly after on most tournament days.

Wizards take high schooler; Bulls deal Brand
NEW YORK -- Jerry Krause stole the spotlight from Michael Jordan at the NBA draft on Wednesday, dealing his best player -- Elton Brand -- to the Clippers for unproven 18-year-old center Tyson Chandler.

Popular Bourque retires for more family time after 22 years in NHL
DENVER -- For 22 seasons, Ray Bourque performed like few others on the ice. On Tuesday, he showed he knew how to make a grand exit, too.

Sun shines on Best/Rotary Scramble
The smarter and better-looking person of this team is away on business and left the hack to write the column. Let's all hope my writing skills are better than my golf game or else, well let's just wait and see.

Wimbledon sees no major upsets
WIMBLEDON, England -- Venus Williams began defense of her Wimbledon title Tuesday with her first win in more than a month as order returned after Martina Hingis' startling opening-day loss.

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