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Monday, July 23, 2001

Soldotna clones river festival
The Kenai River Festival is returning to its old stomping grounds -- the city of Soldotna.

Historical museum gives glimpses into Soldotna's past
Nestled by the ball fields back in one of the few remaining wooded areas of Soldotna, lies the Soldotna Historical Society and Museum.

Special stamp available at post office
A special 2001 Soldotna Progress Days cancellation stamp is available at the Soldotna Post Office.

About the Cover
n Jesse Sampson fishes for red salmon in the Kenai River beneath the Soldotna bridge.

Children play vital part in civic pride
Civic pride isn't just for politicians and flag-waving dignitaries -- kids can take part, too.

Progress Days celebrates the lifeblood of Soldotna
The city of Soldotna has come a long way in 53 years. From a small community of 21 people connected to more settled areas only by gravel roads, it has grown to what some tour guides dub the miniature Anchorage with a population of around 4,000 people.

Kick up your heels at the Progress Days rodeo
This year's "Cowboy Roundup" Progress Days Rodeo combines wrangling talent with hometown fun for all ages.

The fish that made Soldotna famous
On May 17, 1985, when Les Anderson set out to do a little fishing on the lower Kenai River, he couldn't have known that by the end of the day he would be famous for catching a world-record king salmon.

High in the sky
Americans thought Alaska was for the birds in 1867 when Secretary of State William Henry Seward purchased the state for $7.2 million.

Longtime Soldotna couple named Progress Days royalty
When Jim and Betty Harris' oldest daughter, Janice, found out her parents had been named the king and queen of Soldotna's Progress Days she couldn't resist buying them title appropriate mugs.

Fish walk: Promenade path plotted for 'Progress' parade
In its 41st year, the annual Progress Days Parade will once again promenade through the streets of Soldotna.

What it's all about: Fishing draws in tourists, residents
This time of year, campers in Soldotna are seeing red and liking it.

Progress Days 2001 Schedule of Events
This is the Proress Days schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 27, 28, and 29.

Pilots try their 'hand' at fun run in the air
Aviators from all around are flocking to Kenai Peninsula airports this weekend.

Soldotna airport activities
The Central Peninsula Air Fair will span the entire Progress Days weekend, but the bulk of the activities are slated to take place Saturday.

Drivers get ready to cruise
Auto and motorcycle lovers will have a chance to take in a few beauties during this year's Soldotna Progress Days.

Tug boats help tanker avoid collision with fishing boat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tug boats stopped an oil tanker on a collision course with a fishing boat and its outstretched net in Valdez Narrows earlier this month.

Boy, 15, dies under wheels of parade float
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- A 15-year-old boy died beneath the wheels of a parade float carrying country line dancers on Saturday after he tried to climb on board, authorities said.

Prince William Sound whale had high levels of poisons
An Alaska AP Member Exchange

Searchers find overdue trooper on disabled boat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska State Trooper made it safely back to Juneau Friday after spending the night near Taku Harbor in a disabled trooper boat.

Salcha couple arrested in drug bust
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Salcha couple is under arrest, following a drug raid at their home.

Dillingham businesses feel pinch of poor salmon season
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The poor commercial salmon fishing season is sending ripples through the local economy.

Supreme Court rules attorney's drug addiction could be work-related
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former assistant district attorney who alleged that job stress led her to prescription drug addiction was improperly denied a workers compensation claim, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Judge preserves Huna Totem trust
JUNEAU (AP) -- Huna Totem Corp. did not intentionally mislead shareholders and does not have to dissolve its trust to pay those who wish to opt out, a Superior Court Judge ruled Friday.

Teen-ager crushed by parade truck
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A teen-ager died during the Golden Days Parade when he was crushed by a semi-truck pulling a float.

July 22, 2001: The Peninsula Clarion muses over management of Cook Inlet fisheries:
Fishing for answers to ensure peninsula's character stays intact, thoughts and questions come to mind:

Truck overturns, spilling zinc concentrate near Red Dog Mine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A truck pulling trailers loaded with zinc concentrate on the Red Dog Mine haul road spilled about 10 tons of the material Friday.

Nine rescued after boat burns near Ketchikan
JUNEAU (AP) -- Nine people were rescued after fire engulfed their boat off Street Island about 10 miles west of Ketchikan on Sunday, the Coast Guard said.

Murkowski says gas owners seek federal aid to speed gas pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski said North Slope oil companies have given him a wish list of federal legislation that would help construction of a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

Record number of climbers try McKinley and return safely
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 2001 climbing season now wrapping up on Mount McKinley is already assured of its place in history.

Delta Junction man faces additional sex abuse charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 19-year-old Delta Junction man accused of sexually abusing five boys has been indicted on charges of molesting two other boys in the Delta Junction area.

Troopers credit bike helmet with saving cyclist
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A helmet may have saved the life of a Fairbanks bicyclist who crashed Sunday.

State investigates complaints about Valdez hospital
VALDEZ (AP) -- State and federal investigators are looking into complaints of unprofeessional conduct at the Valdez hospital.

Rail traffic to Anchorage airport may block road traffic
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A $28 million rail depot going up at Anchorage's international airport is touted as an efficient way to move tourists directly from Seward to the airport, but trains heading for the depot may delay locals rushing to their flights.

State adds extra North Slope oil and gas lease sales to upcoming schedule
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is adding extra North Slope foothills area-wide oil and gas lease sales to its upcoming leasing schedule.

July 20, 2001: The Voice of the Times on Second Amendment rights:
The usual Chicken Littles are all in a dither over U.S. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft's assertion that he ''unequivocally'' believes that the Second Amendment of the Constitution guarantees individuals the right to keep and bear arms.

Boat of fisherman killed in accident is looted
CORDOVA (AP) -- A Cordova fishing group is offering a reward for information about who may have looted the boat of a fisherman killed in an accident last month.

July 18, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News on inflation-proofing the Permanent Fund:
Next January, the Alaska Legislature will have another chance to pass a constitutional amendment that more securely inflation-proofs the Alaska Permanent Fund. It's a good idea that has yet to gather much momentum in the Legislature or among Alaskans.

July 18, 2001: The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner urges return of the name 'Denali':
The joke is on us and it's indeed a whopper, the most glaring in-your-face taunt ever hatched in North America. For thousands of years Denali, meaning ''the tall one,'' was the name locals applied to the mountain towering over Interior Alaska.

Educators concerned about ethnic gap on exit exam
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State educators are concerned about the huge gap in scores between different ethnic groups taking the high school exit exam.

Martinez, O'Neill help Yankees stop slide
NEW YORK -- Tino Martinez and Paul O'Neill homered into the upper deck in the fourth inning, and the New York Yankees ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 Sunday.

Post 20 takes two from Service legion
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team posted a sweep of Service Saturday in Anchorage.

Torre enters contract talks
NEW YORK (AP) -- Winning four World Series titles in five seasons as the New York Yankees' manager hasn't been enough to get Joe Torre a contract extension.

Astros defeat Cubs to notch first shutout at Enron
HOUSTON -- Shane Reynolds and two relievers combined on Houston's first shutout in 1 1/2 seasons at Enron Field as the Astros beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 Sunday.

NOW PLAYING
It's the summer of sequels. Dr. Dolittle II, American Pie II, Scary Movie II, and the monster of them all, Jurassic Park III. Sequels, as a general rule, do little better than half the box office of the original. The Lost World (Jurassic Park II), however, is one of the top grossing films of all time, so you can pretty much expect that part III, good or bad, is going to make a lot of people rich.

Jarrett passes Rudd for win
LOUDON, N.H. -- With the race on the line, Dale Jarrett set aside his conscience -- and nudged his teammate toward the wall -- to earn a spot in Victory Lane.

Road work rolling along
One of the most beautiful sights of an Alaska summer -- to a resident -- is new blacktop.

Photo feature: Reaching new heights
Paul Reger reaches out to guide his Starduster SA-100 biplane to a post at the entrance to Soldotna Municipal Airport Saturday morning.

Coast Guard to try again to see sunken boat
ANCHORAGE -- The Coast Guard board investigating the sinking of the Arctic Rose will try again to view the sunken vessel with the aid of a remotely operated video camera sometime next month.

Snow lands in Kenai; Frazer bids farewell
New Kenai City Manager Linda Snow attended her first city council meeting Wednesday night -- the same meeting that marked the end of council member Bill Frazer's tenure.

Drivers note: Work, visitors mean delays
For those planning to make their way through Soldotna streets, time and patience may be their best hope during the Sterling Highway Soldotna Urban Project Phase I.

Homegrown hero makes habit of saving lives
Soldotna High School graduate Larry Erickson has saved lives on three different occasions in the line of duty. He currently is visiting his parents in Soldotna while on vacation from his Alaska State Trooper post in Fairbanks.

Man behind sayings lists favorites
Finding inspiring, thought-provoking and humorous sayings every week for more than 20 years is no small assignment.

Soldotna's Solomon shares wit, wisdom for all to see
Words to live by -- and drive by.

Health center opens at new site Monday
The new Kenai Public Health Center, opening Monday behind Country Foods, is spacious, modern and a welcome ray of sunshine for its staff and clients.

Gold Strike Lanes closes its doors
In November of 1959, Sky Bowl and Cafe opened for business in the heart of Soldotna with six lanes.

Skyview grad summits Colorado peak on bike
Despite losing the use of his legs, Keegan Reilly has not lost the inner strength that pulled him through tragedy five years ago and last Wednesday helped him summit Mount Elbert, Colorado's highest peak.

Galen W. Albertson
Longtime Seward resident Galen W. Albertson died from complications following heart surgery on Monday, June 11, 2001, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 66.

Dixine Lee Phillips
Ninilchik resident Dixine Lee Phillips died Friday, July 20, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 59.

Sky rains drops, AIA rains losses on Oilers
Oilers second baseman Willie Castillo makes a throw to first baseman Luke Simmons for the final out in the seventh inning of Friday's first game against Athletes in Action.

Slump, Bucs stopped here
The Peninsula Oilers snapped their seven-game losing streak Sunday, infamous black hats and all, pounding out 16 hits to down the Anchorage Bucs 11-6 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Putting words in Bushs mouth
WASHINGTON It is a man of faith and nerves who dares phrases like an angel still rides in the whirlwind to glide from presidential lips that more often speak a vocabulary all their own: subliminable, Hispanically, electrifly, proculation.

Reflections on growing older
I feel old today.

Applause
Programs allow young people to immerse themselves in arts

Katharine Graham set bar for rising to the occasion
Great moments call for great efforts, a lesson that will be one of the longstanding legacies of Katharine Graham.

Fishing for answers to ensure peninsula's character stays intact
The more one learns about Cook Inlet fisheries, the more, it seems, there is to learn. An answer here leads to a whole new set of questions over there.

Amendment to protect Old Glory unnecessary
We don't need a constitutional amendment to protect our flag. But Congress has yet to get the message. ... The goal is to override a 1989 Supreme Court ruling that said flag desecration is political speech protected by the First Amendment.

If witness was wrong about killer, could she be wrong in other cases?
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The sins of Jim Fowler's youngest son were not exceptionally wicked. Joyriding in a stolen Mercedes. Ditching school. Running away. Things certain kids do in sleepy towns waiting for their lives to begin, for something, anything, to happen.

Letters to the Editor
There's absolutely no excuse for unwanted litters of dogs, cats

Carlson, Frasure to be married in Idaho
Stacy Marie Carlson and Thomas Jay Frasure, both of Pocatello, Idaho, will be married at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2001, at the Jordan River Latter-day Saints Temple in West Jordan, Utah.

Births
Bettina and Lambert Lavea

Add ingredients to home-preserved fish
Quite a few questions have arisen this past week regarding added ingredients such as salt in preserving fish. I would like to clarify a few things about salt as an ingredient in preserving fish at home.

Peninsula People
Area men graduate basic training Soldotna woman joins U.S. Army Family hosts exchange student

Clark, Navarre wed in late June
Rachel Clark and Mike Navarre were married at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2001, at the Tropicana Island Chapel in Las Vegas.

Ask a Trooper
Question: If I am going the speed limit, do I still need to pull over if there are five or more vehicles behind me?

Besse, Jackson plan wedding
Heidi Ann Besse and Dennis Lynn Jackson Jr., both of Anchorage, have announced their plans to wed Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at 3 p.m. at the Kenai New Life Assembly of God. Pastor Steve Brown will officiate.

Community news
BP donates vehicle to Red Cross Alaska SeaLife Center news

Twister chasers
OKLAHOMA CITY -- When severe weather threatens, experienced storm trackers head out to look for signs of tornadoes and report their findings to the National Weather Service and television stations.

Hero of the week
Kathi Musik

Garden of the week
The Kenai Community Library has been named the weekly winner in the Kenai Beautification Committee's summer-long Garden of the Week program.

My Best Friend
Dave and Jane Stein of Soldotna said when their golden retriever Karmel isn't busy being the family pet, he helps out the Clarion by delivering their paper. Good dog!

Around the Peninsula
Keeper to show appreciation at Splash BashWard to speak at Kenai chamber this weekWRCC board to meetBlood drive to be held in KenaiBirding walk held along Kenai RiverDiscussion, book signing planned in KenaiRed Cross to offer classesUsed book sale slateHistorical societies looking for various itemsChildren's movement class plannedClass reunion slatedImmunizations held in Homer

Ties that bind
While many area teens share a dream of life beyond the Kenai Peninsula, sometimes a dose of "big city" life is enough to bring them home.

Around the Peninsula
All driftnet, some setnet fishing closed today Forum planned for peninsula judges Bible school scheduled Flea market slated Ticket sales end soon Community celebration scheduled Chamber accepting nominations

Armstrong pulls away in Pyrenees
LUZ-ARDIDEN, France -- Lance Armstrong descended from the wooded peaks of the Pyrenees on Sunday wearing the leader's yellow jersey and on course for a third straight Tour de France title.

Sports Briefs
Steelers reach an agreement with HamptonPanthers sign Morgan, Weinke

Lazier stays hot on IRL tour
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. -- Buddy Lazier isn't giving up his Indy Racing League championship without a fight.

Picking apart fellow golfers, slice by slice
Robbie Smithwick's strategy for winning the 28th annual Peninsula Amateur Golf Championship has more to do with Canadian bacon, pepperoni and pineapple than it does chips, drives and putts.

Gaping victories
Nick Horn, Josh Lansing and Taylor Jackson all cruised to victories by wide margins Thursday at the third annual Junior Golf Championship at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Smithwick mounts pizza strategy at Pen Am
Robbie Smithwick's strategy for winning the 28th annual Peninsula Amateur Golf Championship has more to do with Canadian bacon, pepperoni and pineapple than it does chips, drives and putts.

Mosley cracks Stone
LAS VEGAS -- Having quickly finished off another obscure challenger, Shane Mosley called for a big-money rematch against Oscar De La Hoya.

Yellow pose from Texas
Lance Armstrong waves on the podium as he takes the overall leader's yellow jersey after winning the 13th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Foix and Saint-Lary-Soulan, southern France, Saturday.

Mosley cracks Stone
LAS VEGAS -- Having quickly finished off another obscure challenger, Shane Mosley called for a big-money rematch against Oscar De La Hoya.

Five shots separate top 25 at British Open
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Colin Montgomerie nearly split open the seat of his pants. Tiger Woods fell apart at the seams.

Dexheimer outduels Rose for Pen Am title
Aaron Dexheimer, trailing by a stroke at the turn in the final round, played the back nine holes at Birch Ridge Golf Course at 1-under par, carding a 2-over 70 to take the men's Peninsula Amateur championship Sunday.

Well-rounded NFL teams go way of XFL
When the Indianapolis Colts open training camp Thursday, they will be desperately trying to upgrade a defense that could allow Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James, Marvin Harrison and their explosive offense to carry them past the first round of the playoffs.

Duval shows his mettle
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- The massive crowd that swallowed up David Duval walking up the 18th fairway in the British Open didn't faze him.

Money, love lure Webber to Kings
Chris Webber smiles during a news conference Saturday in Sacramento, Calif.

Like Hanks in 'Castaway,' Tiger talks to ball
Tiger Woods left another tournament after yet another tough round without saying a word to reporters. Then again, maybe he was just hoarse after spending most of Saturday afternoon at the British Open yelling at his golf ball.

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