Monday, July 2, 2001

Flags lowered for trooper; funeral set
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Flags will be lowered to half-staff and funeral services held Monday for Fish and Wildlife Protection Trooper James A. Moen of McGrath.

Missing National Guard trainee returns to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 19-year-old Alaska National Guard trainee who was missing for months in Illinois returned to Alaska Friday.

Former bus driver, scout volunteer charged with child porn possession
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Anchorage school bus driver and volunteer for the Boy Scouts was arrested by Anchorage police Friday and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

White supremacist attempts to organize Alaskans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It's been a busy year for Alaska's neo-Nazis.

Washout slows traffic to McCarthy
McCARTHY (AP) -- Traffic on the road to McCarthy has been slowed by a washout at Milepost 40, according to Alaska State Troopers and workers in the remote community in the Wrangell Mountains.

Alaska Zoo looks for home for three Hoonah bear cub orphans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials at the Alaska Zoo have three new residents who may be heading to other homes -- triplet grizzly bear cubs captured outside the Southeast community of Hoonah.

Fort Wainwright soldier indicted on kidnapping, sex abuse charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright soldier has been indicted on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual abuse.

More than 1,000 firefighters battle Alaska blazes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Temperatures in Alaska's fire zone rose Monday, but firefighters say they made good progress the last days controlling major blazes on the Kenai Peninsula, near Tok, and on the Tanana Flats south of Fairbanks. More than a thousand firefighters were at work.

Transportation secretary to visit Alaska
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta will visit Alaska next week.

June 29, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on hunting in national parks
Most visitors don't associate hunting with our national parks. Just the thought outrages some.

Interior spending bill includes money for Alaska projects
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal spending bill includes $2.25 million to plan and start building the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center in Fairbanks.

June 29, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News urges renewed battle against TB
News that Alaska's tuberculosis rate was the nation's highest in 2000 was neither good nor unexpected.

GOP to pare list of favorites for Pearce seat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republican Party leaders plan to meet Monday to pick a list of nominees to submit to Gov. Tony Knowles as candidates to replace Sen. Drue Pearce, who has taken a job with the Department of the Interior.

June 29, 2001 The Peninsula Clarion ponders the near future as its ongoing natural disasters collide with an upcoming holiday
Wildfire. Flooding. What's next?

Firefighters get a break from the weather
ANCHORAGE -- Rain helped crews battling a wildfire near Tok while cooler temperatures, higher humidity and diminishing winds helped firefighters get the upper hand on fires near Nenana and Kenai Lake Saturday.

June 28, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. praises the legislative Fiscal Police Caucus efforts
Kudos to the state lawmakers who are promoting the Fiscal Policy Caucus.

Missing tourist found dead in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a German tourist reported missing in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve was found near the bottom of a 300-foot cliff Friday.

Erosion from new bridge may harm salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State officials say a bridge built near Petersville with federal river restoration funds was so poorly constructed that it threatens the Cottonwood Creek salmon habitat it's supposed to preserve.

Quake reported in Interior
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake shook part of the Interior early Saturday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

Deaths underline continued domestic violence in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dorothy Hopson's husband shot her and then himself in a hotel parking lot as their children watched.

Some ships still appear to be putting out too much smoke
JUNEAU (AP) -- Cruise ships visiting the capital city are investing in new technology to reduce smoke emissions, but preliminary tests show some appear to still be struggling to meet state air standards.

Quake near Kodiak
PALMER (AP) -- An early-morning earthquake Sunday was recorded about 125 miles south of Kodiak, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

Search continues for missing Cordova Kayakers
CORDOVA (AP) -- The search for two kayakers missing near Cordova continued Saturday.

Troopers continue search for missing kayakers
CORDOVA (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers continued their search Sunday for two 20-year-old kayakers missing near Cordova, but they held out little hope the men would be found alive.

Cool weekend slows fire spread
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fire activity in Alaska dropped over the weekend as cooler weather aided firefighters battling blazes on the Kenai Peninsula, near Tok, and on the Tanana Flats south of Fairbanks.

Oil companies to start sonar study for Beaufort Sea gas route
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The major North Slope oil companies are poised to launch survey vessels from Prudhoe Bay this month to scout a proposed northern natural gas pipeline route, despite the fact that the route is widely condemned in Alaska.

Twins sweep West, complete climb back to .500
One of the hardest skills to learn is patience, but the American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team is quickly learning that virtue.

Giants rally to beat Cards; Bonds rests wrist
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz drove in two runs with an eighth-inning single as the San Francisco Giants rallied to win in Barry Bonds' absence, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 Saturday.

Yankees get closer Wohlers from Reds
NEW YORK -- Five years after helping the New York Yankees win the World Series, Mark Wohlers has a chance to try to do it again.

Phillies rough up Marlins
PHILADELPHIA -- Nelson Figueroa earned his first major league win Sunday as the Philadelphia Phillies completed the second five-game sweep in club history with an 8-1 win over the Florida Marlins.

Williams powers Yankees past D-Rays
NEW YORK -- Bernie Williams hit a pair of two-run homers and Tino Martinez also connected Saturday as the New York Yankees rallied from four runs down to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-4.

Kansas City gives Indians the Royals treatment
CLEVELAND -- Mike Sweeney, Carlos Beltran and Raul Ibanez all homered for the third consecutive game as the Kansas City Royals outslugged the Cleveland Indians 13-11 Sunday for their season-high sixth straight win.

Post 20 takes fifth straight before losing second game
In Sunday's first game, the American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins proved that if Bears aren't given an opportunity to harm you, they probably won't.

Jackpot Halibut Derby announces June winners
David Gapp of Andover, Minn., was at the top of the list in June in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Gapp's 322.2-pound halibut, caught June 25, easily defeated the rest of the field.

Now playing - A.I.
When Stanley Kubrick died last year, he was considered by many critics to have been the greatest director of his generation.

Lazier wins inaugural IRL race at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. -- Buddy Lazier took the lead when his two chief challengers took each other out with 37 laps to go Saturday night and went on to win the SunTrust Indy Challenge, an IRL race that looked a whole lot like NASCAR.

Fumes enough for Franchitti
CLEVELAND -- Dario Franchitti, running on little more than fumes at the finish, held off Memo Gidley to win Sunday's Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland for his first CART victory in 29 races and 1 1/2 years.

Kenai Lake Fire crews upbeat, thanks to weather
Saturday night, after another long, grubby day fighting the Kenai Lake Fire, crews at the U.S. Forest Service camp were smiling.

Weather helps high water retreat
Flood risk on the central Kenai Peninsula has diminished, thanks to the cloudy weekend weather in the Kenai Mountains.

Traffic not affected by fire
Even with the Kenai Lake Fire threatening the communities of Crown Point and Lawing, all travel to Seward seems unharmed.

Friday night accident
Emergency responders work on clearing a three-vehicle accident from the Sterling Highway at Tern Lake, near the intersection of the Seward Highway on Friday night.

What's a Hotshot?
There's lots of jargon that is tossed around during a fire, mostly having to do with the firefighters: Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 Hotshots and Incident Command Teams; and stages of a fire: wild, contained and controlled.

Fire officials offer tips for homeowners
With fires wreaking havoc in nearby woods, now may be the perfect time to fire-proof surrounding areas, just in case.

Teens defy stereotypes Restoration program aids in youth, public education
Kelly Wolfe is still looking for the stereotype he says the media too commonly gives today's teen-agers.

Officials still advising caution
The rising of the Kenai River and its upper tributaries has slowed due to a change in weather, said Ben Balk of the National Weather Service's Alaska River Forecast Center on Saturday.

Mystery Hills, Thurman fires slowing
After nearly doubling in acreage on Friday, the Mystery Hills Fire north of Hidden Lake and the Sterling Highway has slowed over the weekend.

Petition seeks attention to 'burning' concerns
Kenai Peninsula residents aren't just blowing smoke when it comes to the Kenai Lake wildfire.

Fire's fate up in the air
Fire officials expected to have the Kenai Lake Fire contained by 6 p.m. Sunday night, however mechanical problems with the heavy helicopter has delayed that announcement. A spokes person at the fire information office said containment of the fire now depends on the weather and air support.

Kenai Lake blaze nearly under control
Smoke didn't hang in the air above the Kenai Lake Fire. It was the air.

Marines learn about dirt, ecology
The shores of Liepitz Lake were covered in swarms of teens clad in bright yellow hard hats and dirt covered clothing.

Crown Point residents concerned about fallout
Keeping a worried eye on their homes and businesses were residents of the Moose Pass, Crown Point and Lawing communities.

Protection of Sterling Highway becomes high priority for firefighters
Airplanes dropping fire retardant have slowed the Mystery Hills Fire's southerly movement toward the Sterling

James A. Moen
Eagle River and McGrath resident James A. Moen, died in the line of duty Monday, June 25, 2001, near Iliamna in an airplane crash. He was 49.

Oilers drop one, win one against Panners
After losing a game continued from Saturday night 4-3, the Peninsula Oilers rebounded with a 13-0 victory over the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks Sunday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Oilers tied up after 13
The Peninsula Oilers were locked in an extra-innings battle with the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks that was suspended due to darkness at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks Saturday.

Privacy notices get scant attention from consumers
WASHINGTON -- Many Americans greeted the billion-plus ''privacy notices'' in the mail recently with a hook shot into the trash can. Now that big yawn may become a collective ''oops.''

Patient protections good medicine for health care
In a generous moment, a fair-minded American can sympathize with the nation

Responsibility falls on consumers when privacy is an issue
You've probably received at least one "privacy notice" in the mail, more likely you've been i

Skyview says thanks

Chinese military helping rogue nations everywhere
An American aircrew was almost killed on April 1 when an overly aggressive Chinese jet collided with a Navy reconnaissance flight over international waters. The government of China never apologized for the provocation.

Governors' races key for GOP
WASHINGTON -- With gubernatorial nominees chosen for fall contests in New Jersey and Virginia, Republicans say they have their work cut out for them to protect their 29-19 advantage among the nation's governors.

Weaving the fabric of our lives
The Kenai Peninsula is, for me, a blanket in which is woven a sense of belonging. Sometimes, it's a layer that adds warmth in the midst of a seemingly cold and hostile world. Other times, it's a glittering piece of fabric that I proudly share with others.

Alaska SeaLife News
The count is up to seven Humpbacks amaze visitors, staff Optimal foraging experiments begin

My Best Friend
Hugh Edwards' 9-year-old sheltie Nikki certainly knows how to get around. Mr. Edwards and Nikki live in Soldotna.

Black belt teaches Soldotna girl much more than karate
For her 12th birthday, Samantha Hutchinson of Soldotna had a sleepover with her closest girlfriends. They watched "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken," did their hair, painted their nails and tested their makeup techniques.

Eastlick, Bankston married in May
Lori Eastlick and Pvt. 1st Class Darrell Thomas Bankston were wed May 12, 2001, in Anchorage.

Garden of the week
Mae Stanley's Woodland Subdivision residence has been named the weekly winner in the Kenai Beautification Committee's summer-long Garden of the Week program.

Ask a Trooper
Question: I have seen numerous pedestrians cross the street at intersections without even looking. They just assume they have the right of way. Does Alaska have any pedestrian laws?

Allergy group forming to help area residents
I always try to count my blessings for the good health I've been granted. Recently my eyes have been opened to the challenges of families and individuals dealing with food allergies.

Around the Peninsula
Hand bell ensemble to perform Program offered to help teens to quit Football officials meeting planned Volunteers wanted for dog show Christmas in July plannedChamber seeks participants Elder hostel program planned Class helps kids be safe sitter Church flea market slated Donations needed

Spinks, Strausbaugh plan July wedding
The future bride is the daughter of Liana Spinks of Soldotna and the niece of Loni Thirlwell of Kasilof. She is a 1999 graduate of Skyview High School and employed at Enstar Natural Gas.

Community News
Area students receive honors Students graduate from colleges Nikiski woman joins Army Organizations honor students Scouts go to national jamboree Quilt winners named Veterans park planned for Nikiski

Breakfield, Polchies plan upcoming wedding
Natalee Breakfield and Jared Polchies, both of Soldotna, have announced their plans to wed at 3 p.m. July 21, 2001, at the College Heights Bap-tist Church. Donald Smyth will officiate.

Around the Peninsula
All ground fires prohibited City requests water conservation Volunteer meeting slated Celebrate the Fourth in Homer Tribe to hold celebration City council meeting rescheduled No chamber meeting planned Holiday closes health center Writing contest planned

Community news
Veterans park planned for Nikiski

Fleisher collects first major victory at Open
PEABODY, Mass. -- A year after losing a final-round lead, Bruce Fleisher won the U.S. Senior Open by a stroke Sunday for his first major title as Jack Nicklaus and other challengers fell off the pace.

U.S. men's soccer flops in Mexico
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico needed a win more than the United States on Sunday and it showed.

Armstrong eyes third win
PARIS -- Two years ago, Lance Armstrong breathed new life into the drug-stained Tour de France, inspiring millions with a victory that marked his triumph over cancer.

Detroit acquires Hasek
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Dominik Hasek was traded by the Buffalo Sabres to the Detroit Red Wings late Saturday night for left wing Vyacheslav Kozlov, a 2002 first-round draft choice and future considerations.

Sports Briefs
Jackpot Halibut Derby announces June winners Rubberlegs Duathlon set for Saturday Menendez sets world record in women's javelin

Erratic Venus good enough for round of 16
WIMBLEDON, England -- As she waited for each serve, Venus Williams crouched at the baseline and swayed from side to side, as if being tugged in two directions.

Family puts three generations in Mount Marathon
Ninilchik is a fairly small town, and talk, especially when you're a bartender at the Inlet View Lodge, gets around there quickly.

Nicklaus makes move at Senior Open
PEABODY, Mass. -- Jack Nicklaus had an eagle and two birdies over the last five holes and was the leader in the clubhouse in the third round of the U.S. Senior Open when thunder and lightning forced the last 14 golfers from the course on Saturday.

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