Monday, July 9, 2001

Rain dampens fires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Continued rainfall Saturday helped dampen wildfires burning around the state.

Report says Steller sea lions ignore pollock
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's endangered Steller sea lions feast on herring but ignore more abundant pollock, according to a report in the June 28 issue of the British science journal Nature.

BLM stops leak in old well south of Barrow
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management has stopped a leak in an old well southeast of Barrow, the agency says.

Earthquake rattles Sitka
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A magnitude 4.7 earthquake was felt by residents of Sitka early Monday morning.

Home Depot completes Fairbanks property purchase
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Home Depot representatives have signed papers giving the company ownership of 12.7 acres of land off the Johansen Expressway to build their second Alaska superstore.

Motorcycle accident kills Fort Wainwright soldier
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A soldier from Fort Wainwright died early Saturday morning after he crashed into a guardrail while riding an off-road motorcycle in Fairbanks, Alaska State Troopers said.

Doyon president dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rosemarie Maher, the president and chief executive officer of Doyon Ltd., died Friday night in Fairbanks.

False Pass fishery hopes for better July
UNALASKA (AP) -- The False Pass commercial fishing fleet is hoping that July will bring higher salmon prices.

Education funding, test bills become law
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Friday signed bills to spend $18.4 million more running schools this year, plus $105 million building and repairing them.

State trooper saves baby from river
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state trooper saved the life of a baby after the car she was riding in went through a guard rail and plunged into the Chena River.

Measure would retain Fort Greely for missile defense
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A bill headed for the U.S. Senate floor on Monday contains a provision that would allow the secretary of Defense to retain Fort Greely so the post can be used for missile defense.

Kenai fire raises questions about controlled burns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Forest Service is battling to preserve the public's faith in controlled burns after losing control of its 1,100-acre prescribed burn on the north shore of Kenai Lake.

Gov. Knowles vetoes bills for Senate succession, PFD study
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles vetoed a bill Saturday that would have changed the way t

Group to help Native students do better in public schools
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Native group will spend up to $2 million annually in Anchorage public schools to help Native students who either are struggling or have dropped out of school.

Body of man killed in December crash near Mount Redoubt recovered
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a man killed in a plane crash near Mount Redoubt last December has been recovered.

Filmmakers strive to capture spirit of Inupiat whaling culture
BARROW (AP) -- The day was warm and clear. A group of four Inupiat whalers paddled their skin boat along the remaining shore ice followed by an aluminum boat full of filmmakers with a motion picture camera grinding.

Over 300 people attend Rural Providers conference
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- More than 300 people from around Alaska attended the 2001 Rural Providers Conference to focus attention on traditional Native values and the prevention of substance abuse.

Braves thump Red Sox
BOSTON -- Tom Glavine tossed seven shutout innings and Brian Jordan was 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Boston Red Sox 8-0 Sunday.

Safeco Field has forever changed baseball in Seattle
SEATTLE -- When Gaylord Perry thinks back on his pitching days in the Kingdome, the Hall of Famer remembers being surrounded by the stadium's depressing gray cement walls.

From the start, All-Star game full of slights, snubs
SEATTLE -- Way before Bobby Valentine vs. Cliff Floyd, or Joe Torre vs. the world, the All-Star game already had a history of slights, snubs and squabbles.

Piazza leads Mets past Yankees
NEW YORK -- Mike Piazza's two-out single off Mariano Rivera in the 10th inning broke a scoreless tie and the Mets beat the Yankees 3-0 Saturday to end the World Series champions' nine-game winning streak.

Seattle gears up for All-Star game
SEATTLE -- Ah, to be a Seattle baseball fan nowadays.

Twins hang tough at BP Tournament
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team opened the BP Tournament in Anchorage with a tough 6-5 loss to Service Friday, but rebounded with a 16-6 drubbing of Chugiak Saturday.

Salmon spawn fight for power, control
For as long as anyone can remember, the story of Cook Inlet salmon has been about power and control.

Salmon 101- An intro to basic fish education
If you don't know the difference between an alevin and an elver, read on. Following is a primer of salmon basics.

Fisheries timeline
n 1000 B.C. to 1000 A.D. -- Kachemak Riverine Culture flourishes along the Kenai River. Notched stones found today suggest that gillnets were used to fish the Kenai River.

Series examines Cook Inlet salmon
In the prehistory of the Kenai River, it must have been simple.

Now Playing - Moulin Rouge
Truth. Freedom Beauty. Love. The Bohemian ideals flash on the screen and fall from the characters' lips at eve

NASCAR-Pepsi 400 Results
1. (13) Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 160, $185,873.

Earnhardt Jr. takes victory at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a bold darting move to take the lead with just laps to go, then spun doughnuts around the infield and jumped on the hood of his car to celebrate his storybook victory.

Fires no longer wild
Rain continued to fall on the remnants of two peninsula wildfires Friday, and firefighters no longer needed continued to be released throughout the weekend.

Kenai's Ross 'pardoned' after kangaroo court 'trial'
Kenai City Manager Rick Ross thought he was going to a work session when he walked in to the city council chambers Thursday night. But when he saw the wanted posters and the cake, he knew something was up.

Crews salvaging doomed Everts Air Fuel plane recover missing flyer in wreckage of C-46
Friday, about 4:30 p.m., in the foothills of Mount Redoubt, the mystery of the missing pilot of a December fatal airplane crash was solved when the body of Jim Munson was recovered.

Salmon 101
An intro to basic fish education

Shirley Mozelle "Mo" Baker Davis
Former Kenai resident Shirley Mozelle "Mo" Baker Davis died July 4, 2001, in Sarasota, Fla.

Oilers split double dip with Team USA
The Peninsula Oilers needed a strong performance Sunday afternoon against visiting Team USA, if for no other reason than to give the squad a shot of confidence as it prepares for a make-or-break Alaska Baseball League road trip this week.

Team USA touches up Oilers for 6-2 win
Former Peninsula Oilers player Jeremy Reed drew first blood Saturday night as his new team, Team USA, defeated the Oilers 6-2 in the first game of a three-game series at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

More and more of the family budget being spent on latest technology
SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Steve Perna is wired, though not from his morning coffee.

Complex fisheries issues provide many questions
Fish and fishing define the character of the Kenai Peninsula. Sure, there are lots of other aspects to life here, but nothing else has so large a sphere of influence -- no matter what else we do.

Reshaping the Pentagon
WASHINGTON -- A distracted Lyndon Johnson once started to board the wrong helicopter. ''Mr. President, this is your helicopter over here,'' a Marine told him. ''Son,'' Johnson replied, ''they're all my helicopters.'' But as President Bush has no doubt learned, a commander-in-chief's authority is anything but absolute. It comes with lots of strings attached.

Moments well spent matter most
What a sight. A man with the skin the color of caramel, riding around his lawn on a shiny green motorized vehicle. The look of contentment a constant on his scruffy face, while he clutches a cold soft drink in his weathered hand.

Alaskans should pay attention to warnings of Fiscal Policy Caucus
Kudos to the state lawmakers who are

Canning season sparks calls about cracks
We are approaching an intense fish canning period here on the Kenai Peninsula. One of the most frequently asked questions during this time has to do with jars breaking during processing in the canner. Whenever callers phone with this problem, I ask them to describe the appearance of the crack. The appearance of the crack itself will give clues as to the possible causes.

Yankee, Larson plan to wed
Blake Warren Larson of Soldotna and Alison Elizabeth Yankee of Juneau have announced their plans to marry July 28, 2001, at 2 p.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in Homer.

Community News
Floats recognized in paradeBears on cameraAlaska SeaLife Center news

Around the Peninsula
Russian River Ferry reopens Allergy network to meet Girls camp planned Poetry slam coming Writing contest sponsored by library Volunteers wanted for dog show Benefit to raise money Football camps to be offered Christmas in July planned Elder hostel program planned

German residents marry in Sterling
Kathrin Anna Richter and Kurt Boos, both of Frankfurt, Germany, were married in a 3 p.m. ceremony June 30 at Bearwallow, the Sterling home of their friend Richard Duncan.

Garden of the week
George Rhodes' Third Avenue residence has been named the weekly winner of the Kenai Beautification Committee's summerlong Garden of the Week program.

Burdick, Hondel plan upcoming ceremony
Sara Kareen Burdick of Soldotna and Gary Joseph Hondel of Kenai have announced their plans to marry at 4 p.m. Aug. 11, 2001, at the Grace Evan-gelical Lutheran Church in Soldotna. The Rev. Thomas Schmidt will officiate.

Births
Gail Aiken and Dave Claborn Vassiliki and Mark Powell Jennifer (Camp) Schindell and her husband, Scott Chris and Angela Miller

Around the Peninsula
Emergency order closes salmon fishingBiologist to speak about bearsHistory to be explored at chamberProfessor to discuss plans, birdsDog show set for weekendBenefit held to raise moneyFootball camps to be offeredChristmas in July plannedElder hostel program planned

Soldotna woman's agility enthusiasm brings first AKC competition to state
Cindy Mildbrand's life has gone to the dogs, a fact she plans to show off next weekend.

Peninsula People
Area students receive honors>Teen travels to forumSoldotna woman receives awardKenai man chosen to lead ElksCPGH announces employee certificationBoy Scouts recognize contributionsPlay day turns out winners

Fimpels to celebrate 45th anniversary Friday
Soldotna residents Jean and Hal Fimpel will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary July 13.

Venus defends championship
WIMBLEDON, England -- The pose was familiar and demure: Against a backdrop of Wimbledon green, Venus Williams grinned and held the huge championship dish aloft, her left knee bent in an elegant curtsy for the cheering crowd.

Charlie Sifford: The Jackie Robinson of Golf
Charlie Sifford's face is weathered and taut after years of trudging around bunkers and fairways, maneuvering his way over a variety of 18-hole jigsaw puzzles waiting to be solved.

Darling paces Rockers to win
HOUSTON -- Helen Darling scored a career-high 18 points as the Cleveland Rockers beat Houston 63-53 in WNBA action on Sunday to end the Comets' seven-game home winning streak.

Hoch prevails at Western Open
LEMONT, Ill. -- Scott Hoch made a 1 1/2-foot putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Western Open by one stroke, setting a tournament record with a 21-under 267 total.

Armstrong third in Tour prologue
DUNKIRK, France -- Lance Armstrong finished third in the opening prologue of the Tour de France on Saturday, with the yellow jersey now belonging to a Frenchman.

Need for speed: The sequel
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions summer season's concludes today with the first dealership shootout and club drag races. Saturday, spectators turned out en masse for the second annual mayor's showdown and additional racing action.

Armstrong maintains third place
BOULOGNE SUR MER, France -- Lance Armstrong huddled close to other riders Sunday and finished 49th in the first stage of the Tour de France, a leg that Germany's Erik Zabel won in a mass sprint.

Racing Lions wrap up season No. 2
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions summer season's concludes today with the first dealership shootout and club drag races. Saturday, spectators turned out en masse for the second annual mayor's showdown and additional racing action.

Women face off today, men wait until Monday
WIMBLEDON, England -- When Venus Williams first came to Wimbledon four years ago, rain delayed her debut for five days, and then she lost in the opening round.

Bear spotted in Soldotna neighborhood
A brown bear took a stroll through a Soldotna residential neighborhood Sunday afternoon, scaring area residents and rummaging through garbage cans.

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