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Saturday, July 20, 2002

IWC to discuss whaling quota
BARROW (AP) -- The International Whaling Commission will conduct a special meeting this fall to discuss reinstatement of the bowhead quota for Alaska Eskimo whalers, according to the president of the Barrow Whaling Captains Association.

Former Juneau priest stripped of duties for abuse
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A former Southeast Alaska priest has been stripped of his ministerial duties over sexual improprieties involving a teenage girl at the Haines parish in the late 1980s.

Trial set for man accused of harassing fishery observer
UNALASKA (AP) -- A sexual harassment case prosecuted under the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation Act is set for trial in September, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Drug officers raid wrong house outside North Pole
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Kara Goodale was watching television Tuesday afternoon when she saw men dressed in white suits and gas masks pointing assault rifles through the window of her house near North Pole.

Seafood processor workers injured in crash
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three seafood processing workers from Kake were airlifted to a Juneau hospital after a crash that injured five Tuesday, police said.

Twins rally, sweep series with Indians
CLEVELAND -- Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer and Luis Rivas drove in the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning as the Minnesota Twins rallied Thursday for an 8-6 win over the Indians.

Devil Rays pay two players late
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays, said to be having cash-flow problems earlier this year, were more than two weeks late before making nearly $1 million in deferred payments to Steve Trachsel and Gerald Williams, several baseball officials told The Associated Press.

Cardinals send Giants tumbling
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Morris allowed one run in eight innings as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-1 on Thursday.

One fish, two fish: Sockeyes, kings running strong
Sockeyes and Dollies and kings, oh my! "That's where our universe is right now," said Alaska Department of Fish and Game area management biologist Mark Gamblin. "We've got two more weeks to weather through. Hopefully, we'll finish up with a bang."

Daisies, other undesirable plants crowd out those that belong here
A rose is a rose in William Shakespeare's book, but here on the Kenai Peninsula, a daisy is a weed.

KPEA says letter to teachers violates rules of negotiations
The Kenai Peninsula Education Association is filing an unfair labor practices complaint against the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District -- marking yet another snag in ongoing contract negotiations for the district's teachers and support staff.

Time capsule raises questions about past
Uncovering a time capsule opens a window to the past, but often that window can be cloudy. Such is the case with a capsule uncovered in Kasilof last month.

Torgerson outlines propositions on statewide ballot
In his address to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce this week, Sen. John Torgerson also briefed the audience on the propositions voters will be asked to decide on in the fall.

Daily bag limit for Tanner crabs cut
Due to diminishing Tanner crab numbers in Kachemak Bay, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order reducing the daily bag limit from 20 crabs to 5. No more than two pots may be fished per angler, and no more than two pots are allowed per boat.

Bank closures aimed at protecting habitat
CAPTION: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has closed approximately 1.5 miles of Kenai River riverbank to fishing, effective today.

Torgerson: Companies want gas pipeline risks minimized
In a prologue to what turns out to be the meat of the issue, Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, announced to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Tuesday that Duke Energy had told him it is pulling out of a consortium of gas producing and distributing companies.

Oilers host families provide home away from home
There are many adjustments that are necessary for a player to succeed in the Alaska Baseball League. Even more important than the switch from aluminum to wood bats is the switch from living at home or at school to living in someone else's home, under the care of a host family.

Applause
Community helps make annual Kenai River Classic a successHockey player appreciates sponsors' financial support

A tribute to Vera Howarth
It is with sadness that I have read on the Clarion's Internet version about the death of Vera Howarth.

'Kenai Wild' salmon something residents should brag about
Imagine a world where the top chefs in five-star restaurants from New York to Paris insist that the only salmon they'll serve is Cook Inlet salmon. Where discriminating connoisseurs reject any other fish than the best, "Kenai Wild," sockeye. Where everywhere you go, Cook Inlet salmon are sought out as delicacies, to be treasured and revered like a fine Bordeaux wine.

Letters to the Editor
Limiting guides, making river drift-only would help save salmon

Peninsula offers plenty of accessible activities
Sensory and mobility disabilities are no reason to miss out on the Alaska experience.

Loss of vision doesn't deter outdoorsman from exploring
Gilles Couturier, Eldon Cyr and Elmer Pelletier pile out of fishing guide Dennis Randa's van. Joking with one another, they immediately conjure up images of everyone's favorite grandfather -- playfully gruff, full of stories and ready for adventure.

Around the Peninsula
Burning permit suspension liftedNikiski area loses electricity for one hourCurator highlights Heritage DayGarage sale winds down todayHomer chamber mixer scheduled for tonightKiller whale count begins todayPancake feed to be held SaturdayBlood drive canceledEDD to hold flea marketKenai Eagles cancels dinnersBarbecue planned for late JulyRed Cross continues classes

Religious leaders pin hopes on next generation
A high school senior and part-time cashier at a greeting card store, Jessica Gonzales may be part of the next big thing in religion.

Religion Briefs
Clothing ministry to open SaturdayAAJC flea market plannedRussian-American Festival slatedChurch to offer space camp

Church finds more than 1 way to help
What is a woman to do? All her life she has been able to see with her eyes, the tasks around her that need to be done. Then set her mind and her body to work at accomplishing those tasks.

Armstrong climbs into Tour's yellow jersey
LA MONGIE, France -- The opening mountain stage in the Tour France went as expected, and now Lance Armstrong is where he expected to be. In first place.

Researchers hope to finally answer concussion questions
PITTSBURGH -- The most extensive study ever of concussions in college and high school athletes may soon yield the answers to several perplexing questions coaches and trainers have been asking for decades.

Sports Briefs
College Heights Baptist Church sponsors clinicHorn takes Junior Golf TournamentRacing continues tonight at Twin CitiesRobinson almost quit as Expos managerWizards sign free agent guard Larry HughesReports: Dale Carter suspended by NFLYzerman to have knee surgery in August

Tiger not all smiles at British Open
GULLANE, Scotland -- Tiger Woods may have a fight on his hands. And not just with the photographers.

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