Tuesday, February 15, 2000

Merger hearing to start March 20
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal judge has scheduled a seven-day hearing next month on the government's attempt to block BP Amoco's $30 billion acquisition of fellow oil giant Atlantic Richfield Co.

Five family members found shot to death
WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) -- A woman and four of her children were shot to death at their home in a remote area in west-central Missouri. Her two other children were wounded.

BP Amoco's profits surge, helped by increase in price of oil
LONDON (AP) -- Sharply higher crude oil prices more than offset pinched margins in the refining industry to help boost BP Amoco PLC's fourth-quarter operating profit by 145 percent.

Two pilots blamed in 1997 midair crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage jury Monday decided two pilots who died in a midair collision over a Western Alaska village three years ago were both at fault.

Fairbanks boosters are planning for spring flowers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A group of Fairbanks boosters are already thinking spring flowers.

State appeals jury verdict in Denali Highway deaths
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has appealed a jury verdict that held the state responsible for the deaths three years ago of an Anchorage couple and their 2-year-old grandson who died of exposure after getting stranded on the Denali Highway.

Kenai Peninsula Borough to get money to remove beetle-killed trees
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula Borough officials have been notified that $2 million is on its way to help the borough remove beetle-killed trees.

Airplane inspections winding down, suspect parts in federal hands
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Suspect parts removed from the tail sections of several MD-80 series airplanes were in government hands Monday as the urgent inspection program for the planes wound down.

Airline sued by woman who lost husband in crash
CHICAGO (AP) -- A lawsuit filed Monday accuses the pilots of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 of not taking all necessary measures to make an emergency landing before their plane plunged into the Pacific Ocean on Jan. 31, killing all 88 people aboard.

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

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Group proposes cure for state's ills
Alaskans need better access to health care, according to a group advocating an Alaska Health Plan.

Friends, fans show Boyce the way home
"Has the musher been found?" was all the e-mail said, referring to Rod Boyce of Two Rivers, who became lost while competing in the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race two weeks ago.

PCB investigation complicates upgrade
A Chugach Electric Association spokesman said he will not discuss whether Chugach is discharging cancer-causing chemicals into Kenai Lake until he has the final report from a new environmental study.

Transport services due to start this spring
Public transportation should reach the central Kenai Peninsula before this year's salmon and tourists arrive.

DNR warns of avalanche hazards near Anchorage
According to an Alaska Department of Natural Resources media release, Chugach State Park, the Hatcher Pass area and Hatcher Pass Road have been fully reopened to public use, but the danger of park users triggering slides in certain areas remains.

Borough gets $2 million for beetle hazards
The Kenai Peninsula Borough soon could be using $2 million from Congress to clear beetle-killed trees around public buildings, cut firebreaks and help homeowners dispose of slash.

Churches struggle with domestic violence
Churches have long been between a rock and a hard spot when it comes to questions of domestic violence.

Magazine helps couple find true love in Alaska
Some couples meet in a bar, others over the Internet, but one Soldotna couple found love through a magazine.

Resource manager agrees to give Kenai Area Plan second look
The state's top resource manager has agreed to a request from Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley to reconsider his approval of the Kenai Area Plan.

Ninilchik fish processor goes to the dogs
A predominantly summer operation has found a way to take advantage of winter on the Kenai Peninsula.


Two-year budget cycle makes good sense -- and cents
The biennial budget process that Rep. Gail Phillips, R-Homer, has proposed should be central to any long-range financial plan for Alaska.

Bad weather, avalanches not over yet
The last week or so I've heard many people express relief that the latest burst of bad weather is behind us. Who can blame them? The last 30 days has been characterized by horrendous snows, howling winds and a near-biblical plague of avalanches.

Privatizing snow removal would save money
Sen. Jerry Ward

Can healthy brown bear population still be at risk?
During the 1998 Alaska Fish and Game wolf transfer scam (trap and move Forty Mile wolves to the Kenai Peninsula), I strongly pointed out in public meetings and letters to

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Shields' leadership helps CIA reach lofty heights
It's a no-brainer of a question, but it is asked anyway.

Chinooks Corner
CAPTION:Paddy Flynn

Eagles haven't landed
It's a no-brainer of a question, but it is asked anyway.

Homer musher first to Circle City
CIRCLE CITY (AP) -- Jack Berry of Homer arrived first Monday in Circle City in the third day of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, followed closely by Peter Butteri of Tok.

Local teams win on road
The Mariners outpaced the Kardinals in a Region III/4A game in Homer.

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