Tuesday, February 8, 2000

Figures on Alaska hires said to be rising
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State figures indicate that resident hires are on the rise across Alaska. For the first time in a decade, fewer than one in five Alaska workers lived outside the state in 1998.

Low-income housing tax assessments get backing from House
JUNEAU -- The House on Monday approved a bill requiring municipalities to make property tax assessments of federally supported low-income housing based on their actual rents, not estimates of market-value rents.

Critics try to slow university lands bill
JUNEAU -- Critics say a bill to grant the University of Alaska 250,000 acres of state land will harm rural Alaska and promote reckless development, but the measure may move to its final House committee of referral as early as Wednesday.

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Kenai gun shop gets turned down
A decision by the city of Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission to turn down a gun shop in the Inlet Woods neighborhood may ricochet, as the proprietor plans an appeal.

Setting land aside for future generations
The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust recently received five donations to further preserve habitat, open spaces and recreational land.

New building standards may make homes healthier, but increase cost
Revisions the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is proposing to its building standards could increase the cost of your next home.

Woman pleads guilty to stealing $19,313 from hockey group
A Kenai woman accused of multiple thefts from the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association pleaded guilty Friday to one consolidated count of second-degree theft.

Roof caves in on Nikiski warehouse Shoveling wasn't enough
With one area roof collapse in the past week and the threat lingering over others, Peterkin Distributors Inc. is the most recent addition to the list of serious roof damages.

New avalanche blocks highway north of Seward
An avalanche closed a section of the Seward Highway Saturday night, just hours after the roadway had been cleared of snow from previous slides, the Alaska Division of Emergency said.

Central Peninsula Mall OK
The Soldotna shopping center known as the Central Peninsula Mall is in no danger of collapse from roof damage due to the weight of snow on the roof, according to Jason Murray who manages the mall for the current owner, Glenn Martin.

Slick road causes two collisions; 2 injured
Extremely slick roads and the absence of sand were the conditions leading to two accidents late Sunday afternoon.

Slick road causes two collisions; 2 injured
Extremely slick roads and the absence of sand were the conditions leading to two accidents late Sunday afternoon.

Man killed in snowmachine accident
Alaska State Troopers and Nikiski paramedics responded to the scene of a snowmachine fatality in North Kenai Monday morning.

Glacier threatens school
WHITTIER (AP) -- Students in Whittier got the day off from school Monday because officials feared the Whittier Glacier could give way, sending slabs of rain-heavy snow down onto the school building.

Letters to the Editor
SUBHEAD:Perspective lost when it comes to Cooper Landing bypass plan

Tough moose conditions 'real localized'
According to Alaska State Troopers log sheets for the past weekend, the number of moose killed on central Kenai Peninsula roads is rising rapidly.

Inlet cohos on fish board's plate
Conserving Cook Inlet cohos is the issue, and who bears the burden is the question when the Alaska Board of Fisheries meets this week in Anchorage.

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