Tuesday, July 3, 2001

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.

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.

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?

Railroad project to straighten out 70 curves from Anchorage to Wasilla
ANCHORAGE (AP) _ The Alaska Railroad has begun construction on a $78 million project to straighten about 70 curves between Anchorage and Wasilla.

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.

Republicans send four names to governor for state Senate replacement
Two state representatives, the son of a U.S. senator and a former governor's chief of staff were endorsed Monday by the state Republican Party as candidates for the state Senate seat vacated by Drue Pearce.

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.

Norton Sound Health Corp. buys land for planned hospital
NOME (AP) _ Norton Sound Health Corp. has purchased a 42-acre parcel to build a long-awaited new hospital.

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.

Natural gas prices continue downward trend
ANCHORAGE (AP) _ U.S. natural gas prices continued to fall Monday, crashing through the critical $3 per million British thermal unit price for the first time in 15 months.

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.

Troopers, National Guard mourns wildlife trooper
ANCHORAGE (AP) _ More than 900 people, including Alaska State Troopers and National Guardsmen in full dress uniform, gathered Monday at a Fort Richardson hangar to celebrate the

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

North Pole woman dies in Richardson Highway crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) _ A North Pole woman died following a traffic rollover on the Richardson Highway, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

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.

Searchers find body of overdue McCarthy hiker
ANCHORAGE (AP) _ Searchers found the body of a hiker in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Monday, three days after the 34-year-old McCarthy man was reported overdue.

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.

Haines debates setting limits on heliskiing season
JUNEAU (AP) _ Officials in Haines are pondering helicopter access issues, particularly as they relate to helicopter skiing.

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.

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 brown bear cubs captured outside the Southeast community of

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.

Federal officials plan Alaska visits
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Two Cabinet secretaries, two top agency administrators and several senators will visit Alaska and do a little fishing as guests of the congressional delegation this

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.

Unlicensed driver flips legislative van; agencies investigate
ANCHORAGE (AP) _ Several state agencies are investigating why a Russian translator without a valid U.S. license was driving a state legislative van a week ago when the van spun out of

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.

Bristol Bay heading for low salmon catch
Bristol Bay's salmon harvest this year likely won't reach even the slim preseason forecast of 15.6 million reds. Notably absent from returns to all the river

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.

Boy loses thumb to homemade bomb
ANCHORAGE (AP) _ A 15-year-old Chugiak boy lost part of his right thumb Monday after a bomb he had made out of a carbon dioxide canister and gunpowder blew up in his hand.

Ouzinkie man dies in fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) _ An Ouzinkie man died Monday after he was overcome by fumes and smoke while apparently trying to get out of a burning house.

Seattle's stars slip past Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Al Martin's tiebreaking single in the 10th inning led Seattle over Texas in a game filled with All-Stars.

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.

Suzuki gets most votes for All-Star game
NEW YORK -- The hits keep coming for Ichiro Suzuki -- on the field and on the Internet.

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.

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.

Astros pound Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- Rookie right-hander Tim Redding got his first major league victory and his first big league hit Monday night as the Houston Astros defeated the ailing Milwaukee Brewers 6-4.

What is a Poetry Slam?
Come to Old Town Village at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 13 and find out! The Kenai Library Book Club in conjuction with the Alaska Poetry League from Anchorage is sponsoring Kenai's first Poetry Slam as Dinner Theater.

Canoe Trail system offers spectacular wilderness experience
Thousands of visitors come to the Kenai Peninsula every summer, but few still enjoy the incredible experience of the Swanson River Canoe Trail system.

Miss Alaska returns to the place of her birth
Soldotna born Joslyn Tinker, was the first Miss Alaska title bearer to ever make it into the top 10 in the Miss America competition at Atlantic City in 1998.

Hobo Jim never forgets his roots
He may have written the current hit country song "Love's Enough," presently in the Top 40 Billboard hit list, have a new tune about t

Training for the future in the real world of law enforcement
Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Warner has been trying to get a college intern program budgeted for several years, and this year she was successful. As a result, a former Soldotna High School graduate, Marisa Kimbrell, is able to get an up close look at a profession she has chosen to study in college.

Seward's Alaska SeaLife Center is busier than ever before
This is the third summer that the Alaska SeaLife Center has been open to the public, and according to Christine DeCourtney, Director of External Affairs, the Center is busier than ever before.

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.

Favorite angling spots to be reopened with 2 fishing platforms, boardwalks
The second sockeye run is here and the third is on its way. After six years of closure, two public fishing areas on the north side of the Kenai River are reopening just in time for anglers to take advantage of them.

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.

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.

Seward announces its Fourth of July schedule
Seward's Fourth of July Schedule

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.

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

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.

Kodiak stabbing suspect believed seen in Soldotna
A man accused of stabbing a Kodiak police officer on June 6 may have been sighted recently in Soldotna. A clerk in a Soldotna store reported to the Soldotna Police Department that a man she waited on three weeks ago was the same man she saw on "America's Most Wanted" TV program Saturday night.

Kenai ready for 4th
Wednesday will be the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, generally considered the birth date of the United States of America.

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.

Humidity aids Mystery Hills firefighters
Rising humidity has allowed firefighters battling the Mystery Hills fire east of Sterling to change tactics.

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.

Kenai Lake blaze still 'creeping'
Mechanical problems with the heavy helicopters fighting the Kenai Lake Fire delayed containment of the blaze Sunday. Two large choppers were grounded, forcing firefighters to call in water bombers from Fairbanks to help hold the eastern front.

Just say no to fireworks on peninsula
There are reasons most fireworks displays in Alaska are held on New Year's Eve, and the dark is only one of them.

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.

CES crews lend hand on Kenai Lake blaze
Through requests from federal and state fire officials, Central Emergency Services has sent crews to help with the Kenai Lake Fire. Five medics and firefighters are on duty there, now.

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.

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.

South peninsula rolls out red, white and blue carpet
For residents or travelers in the southern Kenai Peninsula, the Fourth of July can be a busy day. Homer, Anchor Point and Seldovia are going all out to celebrate.

Seward's Independence Day party not going up in smoke
The smoke is clearing, the highway is open and the Fourth of July festivities are definitely a "go" in Seward.

Richard E. Shepherd
Richard E. Shepherd died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, in Palm Desert, Calif., after a lengthy illness. He was 64.

Helen Turnage-Stuck
Helen Turnage-Stuck died Sunday, July 1, 2001, in Anchorage. She was 56.

Joe Hope
Soldotna resident Joe Hope died Monday, July 2, 2001, at his home. He was 67.

Goldpanners beat Oilers on wild pitch
For the second straight day, the Peninsula Oilers lost to the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks due to sloppy play in the final inning of the game.

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.

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

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.

Americans must never forget those who gave lives for sake of freedom
July 4, 1776, was the date in history our country gained its independence from our taxing mother country England. Our

Future of United States is as bright as stars and stripes on Old Glory
"We hold these truths to be self-evident ..."

Recent survey shows this country's 'future' doesn't know its past
As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, the results of a recent survey are cause for alarm.

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.

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.

Community news
Veterans park planned for Nikiski

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

Around the Peninsula
Volunteer meeting planned Chamber meeting canceled Fourth of July celebration to be held Fourth of July festivities scheduled City council meeting rescheduledBorough office to conduct siren testRowing classes planned History of Kenai talk slated KPFOA meeting to be held Allergy support group's first meeting scheduled

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?

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

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

Senior Briefs
Activities in senior centers around the peninsula

Senior Menus
Lunch menus for Senior Centers around the peninsula.

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

The king is dead
WIMBLEDON, England -- Defeated and dethroned, a somber Pete Sampras lingered at his courtside chair, engulfed by cheers that weren't for him.

Sports Briefs
Boonstra, Dougherty take Homer Spit Run Armstrong takes No. 1 ranking for first time

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.

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

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