Tuesday, July 2, 2002

Larsen Bay buzzing over Knowles veto
KODIAK (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles' veto of mosquito-killing machines for Larsen Bay is bugging residents to no end.

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?

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.

Alaska worker deaths drop by 50 percent in '90s
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Worker deaths in Ala

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.

Rangers were concerned about climber's age, experience
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The solo climber who fell to his death on Mount McKinley early Sunday was a 61-year-old Canadian whose age, resume and equipment had raised concerns among Denali National Park mountaineering rangers.

Coast Guard awards contract for vessels, aircraft
KODIAK (AP) -- A $17 billion contract awarded last week for new Coast Guard aircraft and ships will not immediately provide replacements at the base in Kodiak.

Federal government pays $14 million in lieu of taxes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management has begun sending payments totaling $14 million to 27 Alaska communities.

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:

Scott Heyworth endorses Murkowski for governor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scott Heyworth has dropped out as a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in order to endorse Republican Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski's bid for governor.

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 reappoints DeMarco to six-year term
JUNEAU (AP) -- Patricia DeMarco was reappointed to a six year term on the commission that regulates the state's utilities, Gov. Tony Knowles said Tuesday.

Lawmakers take aim at terrorism, drunk drivers, car dealers
JUNEAU (AP) -- A number of new laws approved by the Alaska Legislature took effect Monday, including tougher penalties for terrorism and tougher rules for unscrupulous car dealers.

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.

Texas company considers buying Williams' cargo port interest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While Williams Cos. has announced it prefers to sell all of its Alaska assets as a package, a Texas-based firm has first shot at the air cargo transfer facility at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

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?

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.

June 28, 2002 Peninsula Clarion on constitutionality of Pledge of Allegiance
''I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands -- one nation indivisible -- with liberty and justice for all.''

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.

June 23, 2002 Anchorage Daily News on secret legislative meetings
Alaska's congenital legislative dysfunction has many causes, but one of the most important is the clubby and self-righteous secrecy with which both houses of the Legislature do business.

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.

Park service identifies McKinley climber who died in fall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A climber who fell to his death early Sunday on Mount McKinley has been identified as a 61-year-old Canadian man.

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.

Smith named public safety commissioner
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Longtime lawman Del Smith was named commissioner of the Department of Public Safety on Monday.

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.

Knowles signs minimum wage bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill increasing Alaska's minimum wage and tying it to the Consumer Price Index was signed Monday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

Haines consolidation wins early lead
HAINES (AP) -- Pro-merger supporters were prevailing as Haines officials tallied results of a consolidation election.

Pilot dies when home-built gyrocopter crashes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Palmer man died Saturday when his home-built, experimental gyrocopter crashed shortly after takeoff at Palmer Airport.

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.

Martinez declines All-Star invitation
BOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez will not go to the All-Star game, instead staying home so he can be better prepared to help the Red Sox in the second half of the season.

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.

Boston ace punches out season-high 14
BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez struck out a season-high 14 and slumping Tony Clark drove in two runs as the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 Monday night.

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.

Red-hot Atlanta wins for 11th time in 12 games
ATLANTA -- Matt Franco hit a grand slam in the fifth inning, and Atlanta's bullpen pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Braves past the Montreal Expos 7-5 Monday night.

Texas company considers buying Williams' cargo port interest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While Williams Cos. has announced it prefers to sell all of its Alaska assets as a package, a Texas-based firm has first shot at the air cargo transfer facility at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Knowles signs minimum wage bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill increasing Alaska's minimum wage and tying it to the Consumer Price Index was signed Monday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, grants $10K to Kenai Peninsula Food Bank
One of the largest privately supported philanthropic organizations addressing hunger in America today, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, recently awarded a $10,000 grant to The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank to help launch their new educational program for food bank clients and community members.

All new Instant Replay opens on K-Beach Rd
Before the advent of the instant replay in sports, many magical sporting moments were lost during a quick trip to the phone, kitchen, or elsewhere.

Alaska's 2nd "55 and Over" Community may be built here
Dennis Smith and staff recently visited the Kenai Peninsula in search of a location for their second "55 and Over" Community.

8th Annual Quilting on the Kenai show amazes all
Cook Inlet Academy's gymnasium took on the appearance of an art museum. It was the 8th Annual "Quilting on the Kenai" show sponsored by Robin Place Fabrics in Soldotna. The wearable art, quilted dolls, and variety of pieces on display truly rivaled shows anywhere in the nation.

KRSA hosts 9th Annual Kenai River Classic
The Kenai River Sportfishing Association's (KRSA) hopes that their 9th Kenai River Classic will be better than ever, but according to executive director Brett Huber, it won't get any bigger, "They seem to get better every year, but bigger?

Team Alaska returns the Gold to Alaska
The 2000 National Champion Team Alaska Coed Volleyball Team, after failing to defend their championship last year, regained their title at the eight-day event held in Dallas, Texas last month.

Emergency orders extend setnetting hours Monday
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Commercial Fisheries issued an emergency order Monday extending commercial set gillnet salmon fishing on the west side of Cook Inlet.

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.

NOW PLAYING: Mr. Deeds
Adam Sandler has hit the big time. He has transcended mere actor-doofus status. He is now a genre. There are enough "Adam Sandler" movies now that he could have his own section in Blockbuster.

Lawmakers take aim at drunk drivers, car dealers, terrorism
JUNEAU (AP) -- A number of new laws approved by the Alaska Legislature took effect Monday, including tougher penalties for terrorism and tougher rules for unscrupulous car dealers.

Knowles signs minimum wage bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill increasing Alaska's minimum wage and tying it to the Consumer Price Index was signed Monday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

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.

Training helps Young Marines learn the ropes
From the ground, it's hard to make out Mike Lasky's face as he stands on the roof of the 35-foot building at the fire training center on Marathon Road in Kenai.

It's official: Homer city dock dedicated today
In an event anticipated for well over a decade, Homer will officially dedicate its new high-capacity city dock, called the Pioneer Dock, in a two-hour ceremony today.

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.

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.

Larsen Bay buzzing over 'Mosquito Magnets' veto
KODIAK (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles' veto of mosquito-killing machines for Larsen Bay is bugging residents to no end.

Rally joins God, country
Despite recent controversy surrounding the theoretical division of church and state, no such schism was apparent Sunday evening at the 11th annual "Happy Birthday America God and Country Rally."

New KPC director settles in
Gary Turner once spent six months living in a hand-built log cabin. With a long beard, flowing hair and a rustic home, he explored the "mountain man" life during a brief collegiate stay in Idaho.

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.

Pratt's bat nails Oilers
Behind a back-breaking, three-run home run in the eighth inning by Haas Pratt, the Anchorage Glacier Pilots defeated the visiting Peninsula Oilers 8-5 Monday in Anchorage.

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
Many contribute to success of Sterling Senior Center events

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:

U.S. won't ratify treaty, wants Americans to be given immunity from prosecution
WASHINGTON -- The United States is challenging the creation of an international war crimes court and threatening to pull out of U.N. peacekeeping forces in Bosnia and elsewhere unless Americans are given immunity from prosecution.

Applause
Mentors share wonderful gifts of time, themselves with students

Reports of Alaska's melting exaggerated
As Mark Twain might have put it, reports that Alaska is melting and falling apart are greatly exaggerated.

Letters to the Editor
Graduates of KPC's instrumentation program are successful getting jobsEliminating sales tax on food would give area economic boost

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.

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

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?

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

Around the Peninsula
Burn permits suspendedSoldotna chamber to discuss prescription drugsProject Homesafe visits peninsulaKenai plans Fourth of July festivitiesScholarship available from legion auxiliarySoroptimist International sells discount cardsCopies of Cheechako News sought

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

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

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Peninsula seniors show interest in housing plans
Kenai Peninsula baby boomers may not have to flee the state in order to find attractively built and priced planned retirement communities for much longer.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

Florida man proves you're never too old
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- He's 87 years old and still wears his trademark yellow swimsuit, but water skier ''Banana'' George Blair is still among the ranks of the nation's sexiest men.

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.

Holik drops Devils for Rangers
Bobby Holik will try to bring his winning ways to the New York Rangers, who sorely need the help.

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.

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.

Sisters still dominant
WIMBLEDON, England -- Serena Williams rushed to grab her racket bag and was nearly trampled by the grounds crew pulling a tarp across Centre Court as rain finally fell at Wimbledon.

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.

Brazil finishes surprising Cup
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Senegal wasn't supposed to beat France. The United States wasn't supposed to scare the soccer powers. And Brazil, mighty Brazil, wasn't supposed to run off with the World Cup.

Sports Briefs
Ross, Callor take Homer Spit RunInterleague play increases attendanceWorld Cup final gets 3.9 rating on ABCSlive set to be new SEC commissioner

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

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

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.

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