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Wednesday, July 3, 2002

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.

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.

Judge reduces sentence for drunk driver who killed two
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula judge has reduced the sentence for a Crown Point drunk driver who killed two Juneau men and seriously injured a third.

Coast Guard monitoring grounded barge on Yukon River
KODIAK (AP) -- Coast Guard officials are monitoring a barge that ran aground on the Yukon River near Emmonak.

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.

2001 Special Olympics brought big bucks to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games brought Anchorage some very tangible rewards.

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.''

Murkowski says he wants attack ads stopped
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski said that he wants an Outside group running ads attacking the Knowles-Ulmer administration to end the television spots.

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.

Elections division rules in favor of Kohring
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Vic Kohring, who splits his time between Alaska and Oregon, is eligible to be on the Aug. 27 GOP Primary ballot this year, the state Division of Elections ruled.

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.

Russians become first paraplegics to summit Mount McKinley
TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) -- Two Russians used ropes and sleds to dead-haul themselves up the highest mountain in North America to become the first paraplegics to summit Mount McKinley.

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

Brown bear defends cubs against car
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- While many residents have encountered Alaska brown bears, not many have had an experience like the one Ross Armstrong had last month.

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.

Troopers, search team looks for hiker missing near Talkeetna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A New York City man missing from a guided hike was found early Tuesday evening.

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.

Holland America puts Haines squarely on its list
JUNEAU (AP) -- The economic development director for Haines is pleased with Holland America's plans for its cruise ships next year.

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

Wasilla boy killed by pickup truck
WASILLA (AP) -- A 5-year-old Wasilla boy was killed Monday after being struck by a pickup truck, Wasilla police said.

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.

Failing Schools
Sixty percent or more fourth-grade students at the following schools missed 50 percent or more of the questions on standardized tests in reading, writing and math and were declared failing schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

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.

Communities say Exxon owes $12 million in spill costs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Thirteen years after the Exxon Valdez ran aground spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound, six communities say Exxon Mobil Corp. stills owes them $12 million in costs associated with the spill.

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.

Lord-Jenkins named to head Ombudsman's office
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Linda Lord-Jenkins of Eagle River has been named to head the state Office of the Ombudsman.

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.

Troopers, search team looks for hiker missing near Talkeetna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A New York City man missing from a guided hike was found early Tuesday evening.

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.

Knowles signs bills putting bond package on ballot
Alaska voters will go to the polls in November to decide the first general obligation bond package the state has had in more than 20 years.

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

Eleven sign up for Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Eleven mushers signed up Tuesday to run the 2003 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.

Yakutat man fined for making false distress call
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Yakutat man was sentenced Tuesday to five months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $40,000 for making a false distress call to the Coast Guard.

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?

Teen sentenced for Fairbanks theater robbery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One of four men convicted of robbing a movie theater in February was sentenced to five years in prison Monday, plus six months more for another theft.

Hubbard Glacier raises water level in Russell Fiord
JUNEAU (AP) -- Russell Fiord near Yakutat is now a lake as the gap between the advancing Hubbard Glacier and land has narrowed to less than 50 feet.

Two dead in accident on Parks Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man and his young son from Chalkyitsik died Tuesday when their family car slammed into another vehicle on the Parks Highway near Nenana.

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.

Red Sox take doubleheader from Blue Jays
BOSTON -- Spot starters Tim Wakefield and Sunny Kim gave Boston a boost on both ends of a doubleheader, as the Red Sox swept Toronto on Tuesday to extend their winning streak over the Blue Jays to eight consecutive games.

Colon starts strong
ATLANTA -- Bartolo Colon won in his first start since coming over from Cleveland, and Fernando Tatis hit a go-ahead grand slam as the Montreal Expos beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 Tuesday night.

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.

Record 62 homers hit Tuesday
A record 62 home runs were hit in the major leagues Tuesday night, breaking the mark of 57 set April 7, 2000.

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.

Post 20 notches sweep of Homer
Just ask American Legion Post 20 Twins manager Lance Coz what's needed to win baseball games, and he'll rattle off three things: Good pitching, good defense and timely hitting.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kenai River is king again
Finally. At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, the Kenai River reopened to king salmon fishing from motorized boats downstream from the Sterling Highway Bridge in Soldotna.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

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.

SHeDAISY sisters say music has depth
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When their debut album, ''The Whole SHeBANG,'' was released in 1999, SHeDAISY was pegged as a lightweight, poppy Dixie Chicks knockoff.

Movie, TV acting jobs decline 9.3 percent
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The number of movie and television roles for Screen Actors Guild members dropped 9.3 percent last year, with supporting actors among the hardest hit, the guild said.

Art Briefs
Poetry deadline SaturdayDrama summer starts MondayWriting conference planned

'Men in Black II': Duds, dudes work second time around
With ''Men in Black II,'' as with its predecessor, clothes make the movie.

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.

Knowles signs bills putting bond package on ballot
Alaska voters will go to the polls in November to decide the first general obligation bond package the state has had in more than 20 years.

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.

Dignitaries dedicate new Homer city dock
HOMER -- Under brilliant blue skies and backed by a fire truck pumping a powerful stream of white water high into the air, U.S. Sens. Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski and others cut the ribbon dedicating Homer's new Pioneer Dock in a well-attended ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

Kenai judge rules driver who killed 2, hurt 1 could be released after 9 years
A Kenai Peninsula judge has reduced the sentence for the man whose drunken driving resulted in the deaths of two Juneau men and serious injury to a third Juneau man.

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.

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."

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.

Laidlaw proposal earns contract for Homer area
Laidlaw Transit Inc. will take over transportation for Homer area schools' co-curricular activities this fall, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education decided Monday.

5 students honored for community spirit
Contributing to the community is an important part of Katie VanDerWege's life.

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.

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.

Seward tradition keeps growing
Seward's Independence Day celebration falls on what could be for many this year, a four-day weekend. Each year, the picturesque town on the shores of Resurrection Bay swells from its nearly 4,000-person population to almost 10 times the size.

Bertha O. Barclay
Bertha O. Barclay died Sunday, June 30, 2002, at Nicholson's Assisted Living Home in Kenai. She was 88.

McCally sends Oilers to second straight loss
Bucs pitcher Ryan McCally threw a two-hit shutout to defeat the Peninsula Oilers 2-0 Tuesday in Alaska Baseball League play in Anchorage.

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.

Applause
Good-natured 'grouches' help Lions help community

Applause
Many contribute to success of Sterling Senior Center events

Perhaps more than ever before Americans realize freedom is not free Democracy requires action
History tells us that over the past century, the Statue of Liberty has called loudly to all those outside of America with the plea: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, the wretched refuge of your teaming shores."

Fourth of July holiday again reminds nation of what freedom means means
In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and last week's decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that declared reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional, this year's Fourth of July has the potential to be the most patriotic ever. As Kenai Peninsula residents take advantage of the day off work to enjoy parades, picnics, barbecues and fishing, we hope they also will take time to remember the reason for the holiday.

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.

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

Photo feature: Not just for the Fourth
Flags line Binkley Street in Soldotna last week. Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey said he envisions Soldotna someday becoming the patriotic capital of Alaska.

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

Around the Peninsula
Church to hold Freedom FestivalLibrary in need of book donationsKenai chamber looking for volunteersSwim team seeking membersBlood donations in demandClub seeks vehicle donationReminder: Fireworks not allowed

Peninsula Independence Day events
Newcomers and visitors scratching their heads over daylight fireworks displays, and longtime residents alike will find lots to do on the Kenai Peninsula Thursday as Kenai, Homer, Seldovia and Seward bring out the red, white and blue to celebrate the nation's Independence Day. Here are some highlights:

Seniors show 'Independence' in Kenai parade float design
Kenai Senior Citizens Center volunteers have been busy the past few weeks building a float for the Kenai Fourth of July Parade.

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.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu 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.

Joseph joins Detroit
Goalie fever hit the NHL on Tuesday, with Curtis Joseph leaving Toronto for Detroit, Ed Belfour departing Dallas to replace Joseph, and Steve Passmore staying put in Chicago.

Sports Briefs
Red Cross Golf Classic slated for July 6Alyeska to host 5-kilometer fun runTrinidad retiring from professional boxingGeorge to announce Indy 500 decision WednesdayWoods cites illness, withdraws from Western OpenNCAA adds two years to Minnesota probationSpanish coach Camacho steps down

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

Venus' quick play has even ump stumped
WIMBLEDON, England -- Venus Williams raced in behind a stinging approach shot, all 6-foot-1 of her poised at the net.

Kenai Golf Report: Weather, greens help golf
If you haven't been on the Kenai Golf Course in a while, you will be so surprised at the greens. I played 18 holes yesterday, and I was thrilled to see the greens coming along so well. The grass is growing and filling in and the weather has been wonderful for golfing.

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.

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.

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

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