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Monday, July 1, 2002

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.

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.

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

Oregon man killed in fall at logging festival
JUNEAU (AP) -- An Oregon man performing an act at a mining and logging festival was killed when he fell 90 feet from a pole on Sunday before a crowd of spectators.

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.

Engineer of Panamanian vessel sentenced in pollution case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chief engineer of a Panamanian-flagged freighter has been sentenced to four months in federal prison for making false statements about pollution violations.

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.

Energy secretary says administration opposed to gas line tax credit
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said the Bush administration objects to a tax credit for the proposed Alaska natural gas line.

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.

65 Mushers entered in Iditarod 2003
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) -- Sixty-five mushers entered to run the 2003 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The mushers are, by order of sign up:

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.

June 28, 2002 The Voice of the Times scoffs at NY Times report on Alaska warming
As Mark Twain might have put it, reports that Alaska is melting and falling apart are greatly exaggerated.

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.

June 26, 2002 Anchorage Daily News on Legislature's inaction on veterans bill
What are lawmakers waiting for? More veterans in need? The right political equation? A written invitation?

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

Pipeline cleaning halted when leak discovered
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crews halted plans to clean an abandoned oil pipeline in Cook Inlet on Sunday because of a leak in the pipe, a BP project manager said.

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.

Judge denies motion to break up Chignik salmon co-op
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins has denied a motion from two commercial salmon fishermen to break up a novel vessel cooperative at Chignik.

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.

Auditors see need for improvements in state child protection system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The leader of a federal review team said Alaska must improve its system to protect children from abuse and do more to work with troubled families.

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.

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.

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.

Fawn slated for euthanization gets reprieve
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 2-week-old fawn that was to be euthanized has received a lifesaving offer from the Alaska Zoo.

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.

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.

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.

Volunteers make winning team for Soldotna Little League
The smell of dirt, fresh-cut grass, hot dogs and sunscreen wafts through the air Saturday at the Soldotna Little League fields. Parents and friends fill the stands, while kids in brightly colored uniforms scatter throughout the outfield.

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

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.

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.

Diamondbacks' Schilling tops Indians for league-leading 13th win
CLEVELAND -- Curt Schilling got his major league-leading 13th win -- and first in four starts -- with a five-hitter Sunday, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Twins split twin bill at home vs. Chugiak
The American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins split a doubleheader with Chugiak Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park to leave their record at 12-14.

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

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.

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.

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.

Just a bite: Shark steals angler's catch of the day
An area man got more bite for his 'but recently while fishing aboard a charter boat in Kachemak Bay.

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.

Make it count: 911 for crisis
When you need an ambulance, call 911. If there's a fire, call 911. If you are witnessing a crime in progress, call 911.

Soldotna teen earns runner-up spot in pageant
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Kathryn Lockwood of Soldotna was named the third runner-up in the 45th America's Junior Miss competition here Friday. Lockwood represented Alaska.

Reporter gets feet wet with firsthand look at CES boat
June 24 at 12:58 p.m.: I arrive at Central Emergency Services Station 1 in Soldotna and go looking for shift Capt. Tim Cooper. The station is quiet. A receptionist sits at the front desk, and Fire Chief Jeff Tucker sits in the common room eating lunch. The receptionist hurries off to find Tim.

New tool adds to department's arsenal
River users might be a little surprised seeing a bright yellow jet boat speeding up and down area rivers in the next few months.

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.

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.

Oilers prevail in pitchers' duel for third straight victory
Behind a dominant effort from pitcher Roger Lincoln, the Peninsula Oilers evened their record in the Alaska Baseball League at 6-6 Sunday with a 2-1 victory over the host Mat-Su Miners.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Residents' right to harvest fish should take priority over guides

Successes, failures mark U.S. presidential initiatives in Mideast
WASHINGTON -- For U.S. presidents seeking Mideast peace, the devil has always been in the details.

Applause
Mentors share wonderful gifts of time, themselves with students

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

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

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.

Bush's Mideast peace plan falls short of goal
With his peace initiative for the Middle East, George W. Bush has again involved the United States as an active partner in the peace process. This is welcome after a long period of passivity. But the American plan raises more questions than hope for the future.

At A Glance: Highs, Lows of Peacemaking
WASHINGTON -- The ups and downs of presidential peacemaking in the Mideast have often been reflected in the smaller triumphs and failures at the talks. Snapshots of some of the human moments:

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.

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.

Births
Sandra and Emil WilsonMellissa Dawn Cue and Timothy Richard RaemaekerMartha and Ken StevensWindy and David Segura Jr.Jennifer Carr and Leif Swanson

Ask a Trooper
Question: I've noticed people who aren't disabled driving vehicles with handicap license plates or temporary tags. Can someone who is not disabled park in a handicapped reserved spot if they're the only one in the vehicle? What's the penalty for unauthorized use?

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

Community News
Alaska Bush teacher seeks donationsBureau releases cause of death fact sheetSpace available for flea marketKenai library announces upcoming events

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.

Peninsula People
Soldotna resident earns operator certificateSoldotna resident earns scholarshipKenai graduate earns scholarshipAmen awarded presidential scholarshipKenai graduate completes nursing degreeSoldotna woman earns psychology degreeNikiski youth completes honors instituteArea students named to deans' lists

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Chivers to be honored by chamberSeward chamber offers July 4 tipsBonfire, potluck planned ThursdayMount Marathon souvenirs availableWillow expert to lead Alaska fauna hikeAmerican Red Cross to sponsor golf classicSterling Seniors plan craft bazaarHomer Community School classes available

Area rider Nelson uses motocross to stay in shape for snocross
'Sno time like the present. To that effect, there's no time like lazy Alaska summer days to begin getting ready for a grueling winter season of snowmachine racing.

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.

All-Stars announced
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bob Brenly and Joe Torre rewarded their own, each taking six players from their teams to the All-Star game.

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.

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.

Brazil, Ronaldo silence critics with fifth World Cup
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Brazil was weak. Ronaldo was through. The World Cup title was beyond their reach.

Da Matta wins third CART event in a row
CICERO, Ill. -- Diminutive Cristiano da Matta has become the biggest man in CART.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mattiace comes back at St. Jude
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Len Mattiace won for the second time this year as he rallied from a seven-stroke deficit at the start of the final round by shooting a 7-under 64 Sunday to win the St. Jude Classic by a stroke.

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

Joseph becomes unrestricted free agent
TORONTO -- Goalie Curtis Joseph will become an unrestricted free agent after failing to reach a deal Sunday with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who then traded his rights to Calgary for a 2004 eighth-round draft pick.

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.

Fawn slated for euthanization gets reprieve
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 2-week-old fawn that was to be euthanized has received a lifesaving offer from the Alaska Zoo.

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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