Wednesday, July 4, 2001

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Senior Menus
Lunch menus for Senior Centers around the peninsula.

Senior Briefs
Activities in senior centers around the peninsula

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

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.

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