Wednesday, February 9, 2000

State child protection advocates say more resources needed
JUNEAU -- Two years ago, slides of bruised children removed from abusive Alaska homes helped convince legislators to spend more money for child protection.

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.

Flowers dropped in ocean off San Francisco beach
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Coast Guard dropped white carnations into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday in tribute to the victims of the Alaska Airlines crash last week.

Search on for part that may have broken off plane
PORT HUENEME, Calif. -- The Navy has been asked to search for a piece of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 that investigators believe may have broken off as the jetliner began its fatal plunge into the Pacific Ocean, the NTSB chief said Tuesday.

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.

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Zoning board seat now filled
It didn't take a year this time.

Bill for extra state expenses comes in just under budget
JUNEAU -- As the House worked on setting limits on how much it wants to spend in the next fiscal year, Gov. Tony Knowles submitted the bill for unexpected expenses and underfunded programs.

Plow funds spent
It does not matter where the money comes from, said Bill Dunn, roads director for the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Showin' Off the Kids deadline extended
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Local aid, university not among cut targets
JUNEAU -- House budget leaders outlined $16 million in cuts to state departments Tuesday, but left two major areas -- the University of Alaska and state aid to local governments -- off the table for subcommittee hearings.

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.

School lunch price up
Next school year, school lunches will cost a nickel more.

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.

Troopers respond to several accidents
Alaska State Troopers responded to the scene of a single-vehicle rollover near Mile 18 of Kalifornsky Beach Road shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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.

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

Kenai Peninsula Online - Obituaries 02/09/00

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Citizen involvement important in shaping school district budget
Faced with the double whammy of declining state revenue and declining enrollment, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is looking at deep budget cuts for next year.

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.

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.

School news

Past and present
Computers sit in one corner of Judy Shields' classroom at Nikiski Elementary School. In the opposite corner sits a wooden water bucket with a carved dipper.

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