Saturday, July 21, 2001

Governor spends time with Native woman at center of subsistence case
JUNEAU (AP) -- Katie John's life revolves around a fish wheel that sits along the Copper River.

Environmental advocate Stan Stephens to return to RCAC
VALDEZ (AP) -- Longtime environmental activist Stan Stephens will be returning to the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council board.

Juneau to pick up legal tab in wastewater case
JUNEAU (AP) -- The city of Juneau is picking up the legal costs for the former city wastewater utility superintendent who pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act for fixing water samples.

Federal bill would block northern natural gas pipeline route
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A U.S. House committee has approved language that would block federal permits for any natural gas pipeline that runs from Prudhoe Bay directly east into Canada.

Suspect in paintball attack reaches plea agreement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of three young men charged in a paintball attack on Alaska Natives has reached a plea agreement in which he will admit videotaping the shootings, prosecutors said Thursday.

Pilot decision cited for 2000 plane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board determined the plane crash last summer that killed a well-known pilot and three park rangers was caused by the pilot's decision to fly into bad weather. The plane broke up in mid-air.

State adds child porn charges to man arrested in drug case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man charged with running a methamphetamine lab in downtown Fairbanks in May was indicted Wednesday on 21 counts of child pornography.

Helicopters shuttle stranded tram passengers
JUNEAU (AP) -- About 60 cruise ship passengers had to be flown off Mount Roberts in helicopters Thursday after electrical problems shut down the tramway that runs from the docks up 1,800 feet to the ridge.

Ohio church group stranded on Southeast Alaska mountain
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rescuers used a helicopter Thursday to pluck 23 Ohio hikers from a Southeast Alaska mountain after the hikers got stuck in thick fog on a glacier, the Coast Guard said.

GCI projects second quarter profit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- General Communication Inc. expects a profit of $200,000 on $85.5 million in revenue when it reports its second-quarter earnings Aug. 8, the company said Thursday.

Knowles seeks to delay subsistence appeal; calls subsistence summit
ANCHORAGE -- Gov. Tony Knowles will hold a subsistence leadership summit in Anchorage next month in an effort to build public support for a resolution to the long-running subsistence dilemma.

Tanacross plans forest thinning to diminish wildfire threat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Workers in Tanacross will thin stands of black spruce that pose a wildfire threat on about 52 acres around the village.

State ferry Columbia returning to service
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state ferry Columbia is returning to service on Sunday, two days before all of the ferries will be back on their published summer schedules, state officials said.

Cook Inlet processors swamped with fish
KENAI (AP) -- The fishing for Cook Inlet sockeye salmon has been hot this week and area processors have been scrambling to handle the catch despite a labor shortage.

BP Alaska president Campbell to retire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Richard Campbell, president of BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., has announced his retirement. Campbell will step down at the end of September.

Knowles calls for subsistence summit
ANCHORAGE -- Gov. Tony Knowles will hold a subsistence leadership summit in Anchorage next month in an effort to build public support for a resolution to the long-running subsistence dilemma.

North Slope Inupiat speak out against pipeline through Beaufort
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- North Slope Inupiat Eskimos called on Alaska's big oil companies Thursday to abandon the idea of building a natural gas pipeline from the Prudhoe Bay oil field through the Beaufort Sea to Canada.

Angels increase pain for terrible Tampa Bay
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Anaheim's Jarrod Washburn pitched through a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning to win his seventh straight decision, 2-1 Thursday over the punchless Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Freight train derailment postpones two Orioles games
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles postponed Thursday's day-night doubleheader against the Texas Rangers because of a train derailment near Camden Yards.

Johnson punches out 16 in rare relief stint
SAN DIEGO -- Randy Johnson struck out 16, a major league record for a reliever, and came within four outs of combining with Curt Schilling on a no-hitter as Arizona beat San Diego 3-0 Thursday in the completion of their suspended game.

Rough waters lie ahead for Kenai River
For two decades, people have worked to preserve, study and rehabilitate the Kenai River to protect its salmon runs while the area's human population has soared.

Habitat key to resource renewal salmon
In the 1980s, as the state gorged on oil money and the Kenai Peninsula population boomed, more and more people discovered the Kenai River and the Cook Inlet salmon fishery. At the time, people with foresight began worrying about the habitat's future.

Reflections on why fish industry in midst of 'Changing Tides'
As we close out the "Changing Tides" series in today's Peninsula Clarion, we thought it would be appropriate to highlight the words of some of those who helped provide perspective to our stories.

Fishers face uncertain future
The future of Cook Inlet salmon boils down to two basic questions. How many will there be, and who is going to get them?

Great fishing abounds
Take your pick. Fishing in both fresh water and salt water promises to be smoking hot this weekend, and there's no end in sight.

Processors scramble to handle catch
Hot fishing for Cook Inlet sockeye salmon this week is burning up area processors, who are scrambling to handle the catch despite a labor shortage.

Chief justice to attend Kenai judges' forum
Anyone with questions about the Alaska Court System can find the answers at a "Meet Your Judges Forum" this Monday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Merit Inn in Kenai.

Senator joins lawsuit against new election districts
Several lawsuits challenging the new election district boundaries developed by the Alaska Redistricting Board have been filed.

Governor pays visit to Katie John, discusses subsistence, court case
Katie John, of Mentasta, is shown in this file photo. John's life revolves around a fishing wheel that sits along the Copper River. The 85-year-old Native woman depends on that wheel to help feed her 16 biological and adopted children and contribute to the subsistence life of the more than 100 at the village of Mentasta. She spent several hours with Gov. Tony Knowles at her village on Sunday.

Commission takes testimony on racism, prejudice
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A panel appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles to learn how racism and prejudice victimize Alaskans got a candid and sometimes graphic earful Wednesday evening.

Photo Feature
Sun illuminates Carter Lake in the Kenai Mountains and attempts to clear the surrounding terrain of snow earlier this month.

Senator joins lawsuit against new election districts
Several lawsuits challenging the new election district boundaries developed by the Alaska Redistricting Board have been filed.

Marc Odell Zerbe
Marc Odell Zerbe died Sunday, July 15, 2001, in Nixa, Mo. He was 50.

Hats, not errors or untimely hitting, cause Oilers' demise
I'm blaming it on the hats. Through Wednesday, the Peninsula Oilers baseball team had played in 17 one-run ballgames, but managed to come away with a win in just three of those games.

Some places still lack spill defense
In the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez spill 12 years ago, we saw communities and the fishing industry banding together to protect their shores by building log booms by hand. Skimmers, manufactured boom and the other equipment necessary to protect local resources from a regional spill simply wasn't available where it was needed.

Letters to the Editor
One battle won, but real fighting on prison issue has just begun

Applause
Community's generosity helps peninsula family in time of needCoaches' work appreciated

Outdoor Briefs
Wilderness survival class plannedMuzzle-loader class offeredDenali National Park is on the web

Did Kenai Peninsula beetle-killed forests burn in the past?
We have a lot of beetle-killed spruce forest on the Kenai Peninsula, and we have had two scary fires in these forests in recent years. The 1996 Crooked Creek fire northeast of Ninilchik spread quite rapidly with a strong wind and

New boat launched
Ideas usually start with a goal. And one area outdoorsmen and entrepreneur has just launched his.

Around the Peninsula
Legislators set to appear at luncheon todayApplications due todayNative American tools to be discussedChristmas in July celebration scheduledAll-you-can-eat breakfast plannedCraft show to be heldHistorical Society board meeting slatedServing safe food class plannedBlood drive to be heldFlea market scheduledFund-raiser planned for heart transplant patientPet photos wanted

Charges filed against Washington bishop in widening Episcopal Church dispute
LANHAM, Md. (AP) -- Leaders of a suburban Episcopal parish have filed charges in church court accusing acting Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon of Washington, D.C., of violating canon law by trying to block them from hiring a conservative priest.

Religion Briefs
Church to feature speakers, VBSVacation Bible school plannedBible school plannedSpecial guest featuredSpiritual poems sought

Born again: Pastor's pitch on rock radio saves dying Atlanta church
ATLANTA (AP) -- Along Ponce de Leon Avenue, where fast-food signs stand out like neon exclamation points, Grace United Methodist Church is easy to miss -- camouflaged in plain red brick, its stained-glass windows obscured by protective film.

Milwaukee archbishop sees side benefit in cathedral renovation struggle
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Roman Catholic archbishop of Milwaukee sees one benefit from a continuing struggle against his plan to renovate the downtown Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

Wisconsin man walks 20 blocks to church on his knees to express thanks
RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- In a tradition borrowed from his native Mexico, Alejandro Mendoza walked 20 blocks to church on his knees, carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary, to thank God for a life of sobriety.

Sri Lanka to exhibit tooth relic of the Buddha
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's holiest place of Buddhist worship plans to exhibit what most Buddhists believe is a tooth relic of the founder of their religion, said the custodian of the Temple of the Tooth.

Federal lawsuits accuse Navy of religious discrimination
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -- The Rev. Robert Adair says he was forced out of the Navy because of his religion.

Two Protestant denominations want study of reparations for U.S. slavery
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) approved a resolution Monday supporting a federal commission to study reparations for slavery.

Spiritual abundance available for all
Alaska's abundance is awesome. The geographical features and square miles of lakes, rivers, mountains and coastal waters support a large number of animals, fish, birds and the ubiquitous mosquitoes -- all quite numerous.

Supporters of Iran's chief Muslim dissident demand an end to house arrest
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A group of 554 clerics has demanded release of Iran's most prominent dissident, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who has been under house arrest in Qom since 1997.

Besides writing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson radically rewrote the Bible
It must have been a peculiar sight: The author of the Declaration of Independence, seated in his Monticello mansion, cutting the Bible into pieces.

New book catalogs 60 Amish, Mennonite and other Anabaptist groups
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Horses and buggies clip-clopping along rural blacktops in some Amish communities are just quaint memories for other Amish and Mennonite groups, a new book says.

House OKs Bush's plan to expand role of religious charities
WASHINGTON -- In a victory for President Bush, the Republican-controlled House approved legislation Thursday expanding the role of religious charities in federal social programs. Opponents complained vociferously the bill would pre-empt state and local anti-discrimination laws.

2002 Army-Navy game moved from Philadelphia to Meadowlands
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The Army-Navy football game in 2002 has been moved from Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia to Giants Stadium because of a shortage of hotel rooms.

Unlikely hero
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- The loudest cheers in the first round of the British Open came after Tiger Woods had already left the course.

Raptors want Olajuwon across Canadian border
Hakeem Olajuwon will not finish his career with the Houston Rockets if the Toronto Raptors can entice him into relocating to Canada. Derek Anderson might not be playing for the San Antonio Spurs next season unless they make him a better offer.

Elusive mammal at home in Interior
FAIRBANKS -- Today's Alaska wildlife quiz: There are woodchucks in Alaska, true or false?

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