Tuesday, July 24, 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.

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:

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.

New program ships self-contained fire fighting gear to the Bush
ANCHORAGE -- A new federally funded program from Alaska Village Initiatives is better equipping rural communities to fight fire with foam.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ketchikan consolidation vote losing
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A proposed consolidation of the City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Gateway Borough governments appears headed for defeat.

Pipe corrosion blamed on Prudhoe Bay oil spill
PRUDHOE BAY (AP) -- Crews on Monday worked to clean up hundreds of gallons of crude oil spilled at a BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. facility on the North Slope.

Fairbanks students score better than average
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Students in Fairbanks performed better on benchmark and exit exams than the state average in most areas and about the same as students who took the tests last year, according to results released last week by the school district.

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

Good Samaritans come to the aid of at least 14
JUNEAU (AP) -- Good Samaritans came to the rescue in two unrelated boating accidents in Southeast waters this weekend, plucking at least 14 people from the ocean, the Coast Guard said Monday.

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.

Two rescued after boat explodes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bystanders rushed to save two people aboard a 22-foot family fishing vessel that exploded Monday at the Anchorage small boat launch.

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.

Man pleads no contest in paintball attack on Alaska Natives
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of three young men charged in a paintball attack on Alaska Natives pleaded no contest Monday in District Court to three counts of misdemeanor assault.

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.

Dead whale may have died in collision with ship
JUNEAU (AP) -- A female humpback whale found dead in waters near Glacier Bay National Park was likely killed by a collision with an oil tanker or cruise ship, park officials said Monday.

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:

Stebbins boy survives accidental shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Stebbins boy was shot and wounded Sunday night in an apparent accidental shooting.

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.

Tlingit artifacts return to Alaska
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan's Native community welcomed lost artifacts home Monday with singing, dancing and the beating of drums.

Economy means bingo edges out strikes and spares
KENAI (AP) -- In November of 1959, Sky Bowl and Cafe opened for business in the heart of Soldotna with six lanes.

Commissioner says welfare reform has worked in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Welfare reform approved in 1996 has succeeded in Alaska but child care challenges may make the picture less rosy in coming years, the state commissioner of Health and Social Services said Monday.

Family members shown video of sunken fishing vessel in which all 15 on board died
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Coast Guard on Monday showed family members the first murky underwater video of the Arctic Rose, a fishing vessel that sank in the Bering Sea and killed all 15 aboard.

UA president seeks help in retaining Alaska students
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- University of Alaska enrollment should rise again this fall but the state needs to do more to stop student brain drain, UA President Mark Hamilton said Monday.

Fairbanks City Council rejects changes to mayor's power
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks City Council has rejected an attempt to change the makeup of the council and to limit the mayor's participation.

Chief executive of Veco injured in motorcycle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Veco executive Bill Allen was seriously injured and a friend was hurt in a motorcycle accident Sunday near Palmer.

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.

Bonds' run at baseball history stalls
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' race against history has become a grind.

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.

Indians take over AL Central lead
CLEVELAND -- Rookie C.C. Sabathia took a shutout into the seventh inning and Juan Gonzalez homered Monday night, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 2-0 win over the Chicago White Sox and into first place in the AL Central.

Cubs edge Astros to earn series split
HOUSTON -- Corey Patterson and Miguel Cairo homered as the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 6-2 Monday night for a split of their four-game series.

Outdoors
I have been blessed this summer with a lot of visitors and have had a very enjoyable time with all of them. Each guest brings a little different personality and excitement to our busy summer life. The many everyday things we take for granted here provide great excitement for our out of state visitors.

Plans underway for 7th Annual Industry Appreciation Day
Seven years ago, Jack Brown and Aaron Goforth decided to start an event to recognize the myriad contribution major industry has brought to the Kenai Peninsula community. Several hundred people in

Beauty in the midst of construction
Gardening is a challenge in Alaska, but it's a challenge that Barbara Jewell and her few volunteers have taken up very effectively at Pioneer Park along the Sterling Highway in Soldotna.

Clarion Dispatch 07/24/01
People from all over Alaska and the Lower 48 came to the Peninsula last week, and not just to go fishing. Nearly 500 canines, campers, and their owners came from as far away as Missouri for the Kenai Kennel Club's 70th, 71st, and 72nd annual Dog Shows and Obedience Trials held for the second year at Skyview High School.

Looking for Giverny in a tub? A word to the wise: Start slowly
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- It's a jump from Claude Monet's lily pond in Giverny to a tub in your back yard, but in water gardening you're wise to start meekly.

Japan faces meltdown in nearly bankrupt universal health insurance system
TOKYO (AP) -- Dr. Katsura Nakakawaji's daily ritual starts at 9:30 a.m. with a visit from a 70-year-old patient.

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.

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.

Historic association helps preserve peninsula's past
Of the 10 buildings named to the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation's list of endangered buildings, three are on the Kenai Peninsula.

Council ballot starting to fill up
With little more than two months before the municipal elections, the Kenai City Council ballot is filling up.

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.

Sisters bond proves strong despite the years
In an age when scientists can successfully map the human genome, it is indisputable that genetics play a role, if even a minor one, in the way one's life unfolds.

Funding fuels Challenger aspirations
Staff at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska are in orbit after getting word that major new funding is headed their way.

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.

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.

Morning fire destroys residence in Sterling
Early Monday morning, a Sterling house burned beyond saving.

Photo feature: A touch of color
Caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place alongside a building in Kenai, a fireweed plant blooms anyway. The flower's fading blooms herald the approach of autumn.

Hope arises for historical buildings
Briny sea air, erosion and vandals have taken their toll on the winter watchman's cabin in Kasilof. However, now that the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation has named the building to its list of the 10 most endangered historic properties in Alaska, perhaps something can be done to restore it to its original state.

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

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.

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

Applause
Programs allow young people to immerse themselves in arts

Applause
Seniors' barbecue draws lots of support

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.

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.

'Denali' best name for Alaska's mountain
The joke is on us and it's indeed a whopper, the most glaring in-your-face taunt ever hatched in North America.

Policy differences remain, but Bush, Putin reap gains from weekend talks
WASHINGTON -- The arms control deal struck in Italy by President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin gives both countries some breathing space on the divisive issue of a U.S. missile shield, and both leaders a summit success to claim back home.

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.

Hero of the week
Kathi Musik

Around the Peninsula
Resource planner to speak at Soldotna chamber Music class planned for kids Splash Bash scheduled in Homer Book signing in the worksHomer High grads plan 10-year reunion Soldotna book sale to be held Saturday Blood drive scheduled for Saturday in Homer Assistance needed to plan reunion Beautification nominations still accepted

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.

Births
Bettina and Lambert Lavea

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

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

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?

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

Ruby Dee and Billie Allen challenging stereotypes at age 76 with politically edgy play
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ruby Dee and Billie Allen have earned the right to take risks.

Senior Briefs
Activities at the different senior centers throughout the peninsula.

Seniors prepare for Progress Days
The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center will offer many different events in conjunction with this weekend's Progress Days celebration.

Menus
Lunch menus for the peninsula senior centers.

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.

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.

Stronger, faster, leaner Armstrong looks unbeatable
PAU, France -- Stronger, faster, leaner than ever before, Lance Armstrong is turning this year's Tour de France into a Tour de Force.

Edwards on PUP list to start training camp
Robert Edwards still isn't ready to play.

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.

Team Canada invites Lindros to workouts
TORONTO (AP) -- Eric Lindros, who hasn't played in the NHL since May 2000, said Monday he has been invited to Canada's pre-Olympic camp.

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.

Silly game, major victory
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Somewhere along the path toward his first major championship, David Duval realized it was only a game.

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