Tuesday, July 9, 2002

Two die in small plane crash near Mount McKinley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pilot and a friend were killed when their small plane crashed in a pass near Mount McKinley, officials said Monday.

July 5, 2002 The Peninsula Clarion on how we all bear burdens of state budget cuts
The closure of the Ninilchik state road maintenance station exemplifies the dilemma of budget cuts: Pleas to cut state spending are met with pleas to not cut that particular part of state spending, no matter what part it is.

Scout camp gets grant for swater, sewer upgrades
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Lost Lake Boy Scout Camp has received a $309,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation of Alaska for upgrades to the camps water and sewer systems.

Knowles appoints two regents
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has appointed two people to the University of Alaska's Board of Regents.

Chukchi Sea crab fishery looking up
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- A survey of the potential of the Chukchi Sea crab fishery indicates the fishery is looking up after a slow start.

Diomede faces fine for hunting gray whale
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The village of Diomede on Little Diomede Island will be fined by the International Whaling Commission for hunting a gray whale, an Alaska whaling official said.

Kenai Peninsula growing older
KENAI (AP) -- As the population of the Kenai Peninsula grows larger, it also is growing older, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

North Pole girl dies after shooting mishap
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 16-year-old North Pole girl died after being shot in the head by a 27-year-old man authorities say was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

July 1, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News found little good news in BP chief message
There wasn't much good news for Alaska oil and gas development in remarks Friday morning by Lord John Browne, CEO of BP. A man who started his career in Alaska came back to challenge the locals to give BP a bigger piece of the North Slope revenue pie. Whether that's needed or wise is up for debate.

Fairbanks robbers sentenced to prison
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two men convicted of robbing a Fairbanks Taco Bell last summer will be serving time in prison.

July 3, 2002 The Anchorage Daily News sees big job ahead for salmon task force
Troubles in the Alaska salmon industry are bad and getting worse. It's both important and timely that a legislative task force has been empaneled to study policy changes that might provide relief. Their report will be anticipated eagerly.

Body of Canadian climber recovered from Mount McKinley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a Canadian climber who died on Mount McKinley last month has been recovered, the National Park Service said.

Anchorage man dies in motorcycle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed when he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding while going around a curve, police said.

Anchorage man acknowledges killing girlfriend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has admitted strangling his live-in girlfriend to death, according to Anchorage authorities.

Scout camp gets grant for water, sewer upgrades
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Lost Lake Boy Scout Camp has received a $309,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation of Alaska for upgrades to the camp's water and sewer systems.

State lab tests hundreds of fish for contaminants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The king salmon was no monster, weighing less than 8 pounds when it was plucked out of the Kuskokwim River last week. But after it was sliced, diced and mashed into salmon pulp, after it was washed in acetone, hydrochloric acid and toluene, after a mere wisp of the former predator was run through an atomic absorption spectrometer, heated to 2,400 degrees centigrade and pierced by a beam of light, Ron Grimm could safely say it was clean.

Kenai borough economy sees improvement in 1st quarter
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough economy appears to be on fairly solid footing, according to the latest analysis of trade and industry data by the borough's Community and Economic Development Division.

Alaska deemed likely safe from terrorist attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska isn't fully prepared for terrorist attacks, but the state will probably never see a major hit, according to Maj. Gen. Phillip Oates, head of Alaska National Guard and the state's emergency preparedness division.

Murder of Kodiak man divides family
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When Carlos Medina was an up-and-coming businessman in Kodiak's Filipino community, one of his smaller ventures was a food booth at the annual crab festival selling barbecued pork on a stick. He called the food stand Mommy's Heart, after his departed mother, who had raised Carlos and 11 other children back in the Philippines.

Eagle shot near Wrangell recuperating in Juneau
WRANGELL (AP) -- Federal officials are hoping someone comes forward with details of how a bald eagle was shot last month near Wrangell.

July 3, 2002 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner finds gems in disappointing BP news
Just because the news wasn't surprising doesn't make it any less disappointing.

Man rescued from burning boat
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard airlifted a man from Point Baker to Juneau on Friday after Good Samaritans rescued him from a burning boat.

July 3, 2002 Alaska Newspapers Inc. says reverse federal pledge ruling
''I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands -- one nation indivisible -- with liberty and justice for all.''

Knowles signs 27 bills, vetoes three
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law more than two dozen bills Monday, changing a plethora of rules and regulations affecting everything from commercial salmon fishing to a scooter not yet on the market.

July 5, 2002 The Voice of the Times blames Gov. Knowles for economic slump
Gov. Tony Knowles, to his credit, took office 7 1/2 years ago by declaring that Alaska was open for business. But not much came from the declaration and today Alaska's economy is sagging more than it is soaring.

Kenai borough economy sees improvement in 1st quarter
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough economy appears to be on fairly solid footing, according to the latest analysis of trade and industry data by the borough's Community and Economic Development Division.

Search continues for missing plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pilot and his passenger were missing Sunday after their plane failed to return from a short trip on the July 4 holiday, according to the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center.

Teen-ager burned in bonfire mishap
KENAI (AP) -- A teen-ager was severely burned during a three-day party in Seward after accidentally lighting himself on fire.

Federal agency cancels Evergreen contract for Adak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal agency canceled Evergreen International Inc.'s contract for Adak because the airline failed to provide jet service to the Aleutian Island community.

Coast Guard takes long flight chasing tripped beacon
KODIAK (AP) -- Saltwater spray apparently activated an emergency beacon that sent the Coast Guard on an 850-mile rescue mission Saturday.

Squabble demeaning to Williams
Ted Williams buried his dog with more dignity than his family is showing him.

Champs of the 4th of July
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team defeated a squad from Belmar, N.J., 11-10 Sunday in the championship game of the Wasilla Fourth of July Tournament.

Weaver victory sealed by Yankee rally
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to make sure Jeff Weaver won in his debut with New York as the Yankees rallied for a 10-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

All-Star buzz about chance of strike
MILWAUKEE -- John Smoltz, A-Rod and all the All-Star players, it seems, are talking about No. 9. Too bad they don't mean Ted Williams.

Maddux shuts down Cub scoring, Smoltz keeps Chicago scoreless
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed just three hits as the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 Sunday.

Giambi takes Home Run Derby title
MILWAUKEE -- Once again, when it comes to hitting home runs, Sammy Sosa is No. 2.

Johnson among aces out of All-Star game; Nen, Padilla and Remlinger added
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Randy Johnson became the latest ace to back out of the All-Star game, opting Sunday to spend the break with his family instead of pitching for the National League.

Getting nothing and liking it
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The gates were padlocked and hundreds of fans of the Charleston Riverdogs gathered outside Joe Riley Stadium on Monday night.

Umpire calls volunteers "Out!" for special awards
Being called "Out!" by umpire Joe Malatesta at the Soldotna Little League closing ceremonies wasn't all that bad for four dedicated Little League volunteers.

SCA Fire Education Corps comes to Nikiski
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the nation's leading non-profit provider of conservation service opportunities for young people, according to Sharon Roesch a forester with the Alaska Division of Forestry.

All American City of Kenai makes lasting 4th of July memories
The annual 4th of July celebration in the All American City of Kenai was a festival fit for the canvas of Norman Rockwell. With more floats, vendors and visitors than any other parade on record, Mother Nature cooperated by providing a perfect sunny day with calm winds.

Mantel passes to new Director at KPC
Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) has a new first family. Gary Turner, his wife Marlene, and their 20 year old son Traye now have that official designation as Turner has been selected to replace retiring KPC Director Ginger Steffy.

Response to Court ruling & Birthday card to America
Shortly after the attack of September 11th last year, signs in front of businesses across the Peninsula spoke out with a myriad of patriotic phrases in defiance of those who would attempt to bring down the freedoms which our nations stands for.

Dipnet fishery in full swing on Kasilof; Kenai opens Wednesday
Time to get those dipnets wet. The personal-use dipnet fishery at the mouth of the Kasilof River has been open since June 25, while the larger Kenai fishery will open Wednesday.

Men In Black II is a perfect example of what is wrong with sequels: they simply don't, can't, live up to the magic of the original.

Knowles signs 27 bills, vetoes 3
JUNEAU -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law more than two dozen bills Monday, changing a plethora of rules and regulations affecting everything from commercial salmon fishing to a scooter not yet on the market.

Fire Education Corps helps property owners protect their homes
Guy Stewart of Nikiski knows wildfire is no laughing matter. With wildfires raging through the western United States and beetle-killed spruce trees littering the Kenai Peninsula, he takes the threat of fire seriously.

Man seriously burned in 3-day Fourth of July party in Seward
A Wasilla teen was seriously injured during a three-day party in Seward this weekend after accidentally lighting himself on fire.

BP pig put on hold for now
It may be a while before British Petroleum's "pig" gets to muck its way through an undersea oil pipeline.

Panel works to inform OxyContin users of dangers
Statistics reveal that the abuse of the prescription narcotic OxyContin warrants real concern on the Kenai Peninsula and throughout the country. It is not a problem that is going without action.

Inlet fish decision expected today
While most upper Cook Inlet commercial fishers were out on the water fishing Monday, a legal battle took place inside a Kenai courtroom to determine if a judge should grant a temporary restraining order against the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that could impact future fishing restrictions.

Pain drug use on peninsula growing for wrong reasons
It is one of those endless summer nights when it seems that the days for school and snow will never come again. A few friends are gathered listening to music booming from a stereo and tossing back a few brews.

Second hat thrown in for Popp's seat
Longtime Kenai Peninsula resident Mary A. Jackson, currently chief of staff to Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, added her name Monday to a short list of candidates seeking appointment to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly seat vacated by assembly member Bill Popp.

Bond package might land on ballot
This fall, Kenai Peninsula Borough voters could be asked to approve up to $12 million in general obligation bonds to cover the costs of planning, designing, building and equipping new solid waste disposal facilities at the Central Peninsula Baling Facility near Soldotna.

Insurance increase costs Kenai
Although Wednesday was just the first Kenai City Council meeting of the 2003 fiscal year, it didn't take long for the city's budget deficit to increase.

Clarence Mannausau
Clarence Mannausau died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, in International Falls, Minn. He was 90.

Trent Long
Kenai resident Trent Long died Sunday, July 7, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 61.

Arlin B. 'A.B.' Combs
Homer resident Arlin B. "A.B." Combs died Friday, June 21, 2002, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 67.

Oilers grind out victory
The Peninsula Oilers overcame a stellar effort from Anchorage Bucs starting pitcher Jered Weaver Monday, scratching out three runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Bucs 3-2 in Alaska Baseball League play at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Oilers take double loss to start homestand
After finishing up a a six-game road trip with a respectable 3-3 mark, the Peninsula Oilers were hoping the confines of Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai would be a little friendlier for Sunday's doubleheader with the Anchorage Bucs, the start of an 11-game homestand.

BP news disappointing, but gas line is not only opportunity remaining
Just because the news wasn't surprising doesn't make it any less disappointing.

Some cheers -- and reminders -- about keeping peninsula cleanVolunteers' efforts in keeping Kenai beautiful are appreciated

Many help make memorable night for SoHi class of 2002Donations help peninsula athlete compete in Junior Olympics

Tariffs may play big role in economic downturn
Call us armchair detectives, but we have a prime suspect in the mystery of what is killing the economy.

Letters to the Editor
State lost great Alaskan with death of Iola BanksInconsiderate guides create lots of ill will toward SoldotnaThose who 'borrowed' life raft asked to return it to owners

Wendi and Cody McCollum of Nikiski announce the birth of their son, Bryan Glen McCollum, at 8:31 a.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20.25 inches.

Community News
Registration open for Homer Half MarathonKCHS class of 1972 seeks members for reunionJewelry sale to raise fundsSummer Clubhouse Session II begins todayWRCC seeks volunteers

Heroes of the week
On the evening of June 14, our daughter had a bike accident on the bike path in front of Kentucky Fried Chicken. We would like to thank everyone who helped with her.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to hold luncheonFootball camp registration slatedSwim lessons still available in KenaiBoard of Forestry schedules meetingsWRCC sponsors Run for WomenDoctor to conduct FASD workshops

Kenai celebrates 'Spirit of Alaska'
More than 100 participants drove, walked and rode down the Kenai Spur Highway Thursday in the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Parade.

Peninsula People
Area students named to dean's listsSoldotna Boy Scouts earn awards at campNikiski student named to honor roll

Around the Peninsula
Program to feature rocket buildingCPGH board to meetDog show, trials slated for weekendChristmas in July plannedKDLL board meeting scheduledAll blood types in demand

Yard of the Week
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce presented Shirley Hill last week's Yard of the Week award. Hill lives at 239 E. Redoubt Ave. in Soldotna. Judy Phipps helped with the yard.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

What's on the menu for our area seniors

Armstrong sheds lead in Tour's first stage
LUXEMBOURG -- Lance Armstrong's bid for a fourth straight Tour de France title might be helped by his loss in the first stage.

Aussie sweeps past Nalbandian in straight sets
WIMBLEDON, England -- If there were ever any doubts about Lleyton Hewitt's status as the world's top player, there aren't any more.

Serena now No. 1 in the world -- and in her own home
WIMBLEDON, England -- They smacked strokes just as they do against anyone else. They ran down balls aggressively, too.

Sports Briefs
Piazza out with sore backGonzalez taken to hospital with stomach painsSwoopes top vote-getter in WNBA All-Star ballotingStreaker gets on Centre Court during men's final

Sports Briefs
Weather delays launch of Heisman campaignDunleavy signs with Golden StateKnicks sign first-round pick Williams

Armstrong enjoys ride from Luxemborg to Saarbruecken
SAARBRUECKEN, Germany -- Lance Armstrong enjoyed a relaxed ride in Monday's stage of the Tour de France, while some struggled to get to the finish.

Hewitt wins Wimbledon title
WIMBLEDON, England -- A fizzle in the drizzle. A Wimbledon final hackers could appreciate and only the most loyal fans could love.

Eagle shot near Wrangell recuperating in Juneau
WRANGELL (AP) -- Federal officials are hoping someone comes forward with details of how a bald eagle was shot last month near Wrangell.

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