Sunday, June 30, 2002

Golf breaks out in Ouzinkie
KODIAK (AP) -- If you build it, they will putt. That's what happened when one resident of Ouzinkie decided to take up golf and started teeing off at a makeshift golf course in the village park.

Anchorage children's agency to close for good
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Center for Families, which temporarily shut down most of its services in January, will be closing for good, center officials said.

Top BP official says North Slope gas not competitive
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Conditions still aren't right for bringing North Slope natural gas reserves to market, according to BP chief executive Lord John Browne.

Climber falls to death on Mount McKinley
DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska (AP) -- A climber fell to his death early Sunday while descending Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve, the National Park Service said.

Anchorage minor league hockey team on eBay -- again
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- For the second time in a week, the financially strangled Anchorage Aces hockey team was listed on sale with eBay Friday, a day after a $2.3 million bid turned out to be invalid.

French priest who served western Alaska dies at age 77
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A French priest who spent much of his life in western Alaska serving Native villages has died.

Retiring top trooper writes traffic ticket on last day
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Glenn Godfrey wanted a nice, quiet last day of work.

Even guides complaining about too many Kenai guides
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula residents and recreational fishermen have complained for years that professional fishing guides were taking too many fish. But this year is different.

Jury acquits Galena man of sex abuse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Galena man was acquitted Friday of sex abuse charges but convicted of a November standoff with officers who wanted to question him about the case.

Stevens tucks money into bill for wilderness huts in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tucked into a $19 billion bill the Senate Appropriations Committee passed Thursday, is a half-million dollars to build a network of wilderness huts in Alaska.

Knowles signs budget bill, deletes GOP projects
JUNEAU (AP) -- Democrat Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law a $2.4 billion budget that funds state government next fiscal year, but deleted millions in GOP projects.

Proposal to share seafood harvest tabled to July 10
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., tabled until later this month a proposal that would allow fish management councils to give shares of seafood harvests to processing companies.

GCI may feel reverberations from WorldCom
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Troubled WorldCom Inc. holds a 10 percent stake in Anchorage-based General Communications Inc. and provides 16 percent of the Alaska company's revenues. But it's not clear whether the huge company's financial woes will have a major impact on GCI.

Earthquake strikes near Homer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A small earthquake struck near Homer late Friday night, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer said.

Fired Anchorage deputy fire chief sues city
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage deputy fire chief who was fired after a hotel under construction burned down has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city.

Two injured in railroad repair accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad plans to investigate an accident that injured two workers in the Healy area, a railroad spokesman said.

Post 20 learns the hard way in split
Sometimes, a coach can preach the fundamentals until he's blue in the face, but it takes a few on-the-field gaffs for the lessons to sink in.

Mets rout Yankees to take lead in season series
NEW YORK -- Roger Cedeno scored on a straight steal of home, and Mo Vaughn, Mike Piazza and Vance Wilson all homered Saturday as the Mets beat the New York Yankees 11-2.

Kile remembered as tough, quiet
ST. LOUIS -- Milwaukee catcher Robert Machado recalls the day a year ago when he batted against Darryl Kile.

GCI may feel reverberations from WorldCom
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Troubled WorldCom Inc. holds a 10 percent stake in Anchorage-based General Communications Inc. and provides 16 percent of the Alaska company's revenues. But it's not clear whether the huge company's financial woes will have a major impact on GCI.

AnchorageAces back in auction
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- For the second time in a week, the financially strangled Anchorage Aces hockey team was listed on sale with eBay Friday, a day after a $2.3 million bid turned out to be invalid.

Top BP official says North Slope gas not competitive
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Conditions still aren't right for bringing North Slope natural gas reserves to market, according to BP chief executive Lord John Browne.

China trade delegation samples Kodiak seafood
KODIAK (AP) -- Eleven seafood buyers from China visited Thursday to learn about Alaska seafood.

Knowles signs budget bill, deletes GOP projects
JUNEAU (AP) -- Democrat Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law a $2.4 billion budget that funds state government next fiscal year, but deleted millions in GOP projects.

Union, administration: Strike not imminent
"Strike" is a word on many people's lips lately -- mostly in the form of a question.

Division of Elections to rule on Ward residency challenge by July 8
An investigation by the Alaska Division of Elections into claims that Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Nikiski, doesn't really live in the new Senate District Q continues, but a decision on the two-term incumbent's eligibility to seek re-election in the Aug. 27 primary likely won't be ready before Monday, July 8.

Small wildfire consumes 3 acres near Skilak Loop
A 3-acre wildfire of unknown origin in the Upper Skilak Loop area broke out Saturday afternoon.

Riverbank restoration keeps teen group busy
Mike Sturm looked somewhat like a gymnast walking the thin path of a balance beam as he attempted to stomp down the fibrous blanket-like material he and other Youth Restoration Corps members used to cover the bed of willow branches and soil that lines a stretch of the Quartz Creek bank near Cooper Landing.

Oilers come back to win fifth in last six games
The Peninsula Oilers have shown they can come from behind in a game. Now the big question is whether they can come from behind to take an Alaska Baseball League title or a National Baseball Congress World Series berth.

Full roster works past 0-5 start
There is no doubt the loyal fans of the Oilers were growing restless as our team stumbled to a 3-11 start, including an 0-5 mark in Alaska Baseball League action. Even my own host family considered staying home and listening on the radio, willing to try anything that might reverse the fortunes of the 2002 Oilers.

July Alaska-style: One month to do everything you want to do before winter
Break out your dipnets, sharpen your hooks, mend your nets, unfurl your flags, stock up on sunblock and fold out your fold-out couches.

Celebrating state's salmon resources
In case you missed it, by executive and legislative proclamation, today has been designated "Alaska Salmon Day."

Applause
Clarion's managing editor leaves mark on paperSoldotna seniors say thanks to Young Marines

Federally managed commercial fisheries in hands of Congress
The era of open access commercial fisheries is ending. Our crab and groundfish

Cooper Landing mountain club goes above adventure
The pioneering spirit that brought adventurers north to Alaska in the middle of the 20th century is alive and kicking in Cooper Landing, and the 20 or so members of the Top of the Mountain Club are doing their best to make sure it stays that way.

Vacuum packaged fish like to be cool
Most people wouldn't consider storing fresh fish in the kitchen cabinet next to the canned beans and breakfast cereal. Fresh fish, including smoked fish, sealed in vacuum packages do not belong in kitchen cabinets either.

Anderson, Deale announce August nuptials
Jennifer Anderson of Nikiski and Jonathon Deale of Woodburn, Ore., will be married Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, at 7 p.m. at the Nikiski Church of the Nazarene. Lee Moore will officiate.

Suspicious man caught red, white and black handed
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A man carrying four snakes, a sword, two cell phones and a purse hailed a cab after a home burglary, police said.

Fourth of July celebration big event in Seward
SEWARD-- Sure it's a cliche. But legend has it that the highlight of Alaska's Independence Day celebration started as a bar bet.

Campbell, Shoemaker announce summer wedding
Jennifer Campbell of Soldotna and Jonathan Shoemaker of Nampa, Idaho, will be married Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. at Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene in Meridian, Idaho. Chuck Taylor will officiate.

Around the Peninsula
Firearms safety course offeredEarly registration for basketball camp ends todayAmerican legion awarding scholarshipKDLL to hold public meetingParade festivities planned

My Best Friend
Sam is a 4-year-old Irish Wolfhound/Bouvier mix who belongs to Beth Hickey of Soldotna. Beth said Sam is very entertaining -- especially when he wears bows in his hair.

Ernst, Grey wed in winter ceremony
Bethany Lynn Ernst and James Henry Grey were married Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at Star of the North Lutheran Church in Kenai. The Rev. Robert Deardoff officiated.

Last of U.S. men falls at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Finally, a bit of intrigue in the women's draw at Wimbledon: Venus Williams trailing by a set.

Armstrong ready to defend Tour title
PARIS -- Lance Armstrong dominated last year's Tour de France so completely that the race was over long before riders reached the finish.

Thirty years later, basketball silver medals remain unclaimed
In the darkened recesses of an IOC vault in Lausanne, Switzerland, the silver medals are locked away, unclaimed and ignored for three decades now -- destined, it seems, to remain that way forever.

Sport Briefs
Record 65 mushes get early Iditarod startLions stage season's second motocross raceKlitschko stops Mercer, retains WBO beltCorey's first medical tests provide no answers

Hornish conquers SunTrust
RICHMOND, Va. -- Sam Hornish Jr. blew by Gil de Ferran on the inside of the first turn with less than two laps to go Saturday night and handed the vaunted Penske team a bitter loss in the SunTrust Indy Challenge.

Boozer excited to be a Cavalier
One day after being picked by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the NBA draft, former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer Jr. said he's excited about playing for the Cavs.

American soccer faces slow road
Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley are stars for the summer. They hope they will be regarded as pioneers one day.

Fast-scoring Turkey nips South Korea for third
DAEGU, South Korea -- Turkish striker Hakan Sukur needed just 11 seconds to break his scoring drought, set a record for fastest goal in a World Cup and help lead his team to victory in the third-place game.

Hnatiuk fires 6-under to hold lead at St. Jude Classic
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Glen Hnatiuk proved he can protect a lead Saturday, shooting a third consecutive 6-under-par 65 that kept him atop the leaderboard with a four-stroke margin after three rounds of the St. Jude Classic.

Steady Marcos says Kahn is No. 1
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- When it comes to goalkeepers, nearly everyone agreed Oliver Kahn gave Germany an edge over Brazil in Sunday's World Cup final.

Video feature: Bear cub on the Kenai Flats
A brown bear cub makes a quick journey across the Kenai Flats last Saturday as it keeps an eye on the many onlookers who have stopped by the roadside to gaze.

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