Sunday, March 19, 2000

Ex-Venetie tribal leader sentenced for rape
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Venetie tribal leader has been sentenced to eight years in prison for rape.

Contractor cited for Whittier tunnel accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Seattle-based construction company in charge of the $80 million Whittier tunnel renovation has been cited for safety violations following an accident that paralyzed a worker.

Anchorage police help catch Internet scammers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Internet credit card scam masterminded by a pair of southern California teens has been broken up with the aid of Anchorage police.

Phillips head says he'd like to run Prudhoe field
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chief executive of Phillips Petroleum Co., which announced Wednesday it is buying the Alaska assets of Atlantic Richfield Co., says his company is interested in running the Prudhoe Bay field solo.

GOP near budget-cutting goal -- for now
JUNEAU (AP) -- When the House passed its operating budget this week, a Republican leader all but declared victory in the GOP majority's five-year campaign to cut spending.

Nikiski boys enjoy fourth-place win
SEWARD -- The Nikiski boys basketball team was not about to let a few minor details get in the way of a good time Saturday in the fourth-place game at the District 3/3A boys basketball tournament.

Supreme Court sides with Fairbanks firefighters
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has sided with two Fairbanks firefighters who sued the city after resigning the jobs in 1995 because they claimed working conditions were intolerable.

State suspends of licenses of drivers behind in child support
JUNEAU (AP) -- Seventeen Alaskans had their drivers licenses suspended this week after failing to pay child support, and more suspensions may be on the way.

Fewer herring expected in Togiak district
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- State fisheries officials are predicting that fewer herring will return to the Togiak area this year compared to 1999.

Military pulls out of Kivalina project
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- The military has backed away from a plan to use training funds to help the town of Kivalina move to a new site. The military involvement could have saved as much as $14 million of the project expected to cost up to $170 million.

Flight 261 probe becomes criminal based on alleged maintenance practices
What began months ago as an inquiry into aircraft maintenance practices at an Alaska Airlines facility in Oakland has now become a criminal investigation into the deadly crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, The Seattle Times reported Saturday.

Eagle River skater one of college hockey's best
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the third time in four years, an Alaska hockey player is among the nation's top collegiate players.

Anchorage, principals union settle contract
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage's school district and its principal's union have settled a three-year contract that would give the principals a raise of more than 4 percent in the first year.

Modest proposals from Clinton, 'quiet diplomacy' at work
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans hoping for quick relief from high fuel prices should be patient, President Clinton said Saturday as he cautioned against ''shortsighted and risky steps'' to address the problem.

Anchorage hospitals plan expansions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage hospitals are planning construction projects over the next couple of years that together will cost more than $50 million.

Parents of injured child arrested for assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Fort Richardson couple has been charged with injuring their infant boy so extensively that he was left in a vegetative condition permanently.

Phillips chief visits North Slope, assures workers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The chief executive of Phillips Petroleum Co. visited the North Slope on Friday to see the company's new oil properties.

Peters runs his best Iditarod
1975 Iditarod winner Emmitt Peters crossed the finish line Friday in 40th place in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, shaving a day off his fastest time set nearly 20 years ago.

Treading on thick ice
Every Sunday for the past 30 years, between New Year's Day and break-up, several dozen die-hard souls strap on crash helmets, climb into some pretty rough-looking automobiles and race around on a frozen lake.

Heather Elisabeth Voss and Joshua James Dunn were married in a noon ceremony Dec. 18, 1999, at the Twin Rivers Baptist Church in Springfield, Ore. The wedding was performed by the fathers of the couple.

Dolphin plays role in Van Troba, Coghill engagement

Kenai man cited for contempt in mother's guardianship case
For speaking out on the plight of his aged mother, Kenai resident Les Bradley has been ruled in contempt of court by a Fairbanks magistrate.

First-degree murder among 10 felony charges in indictment
In an indictment handed down by a grand jury on Friday, a Nikiski man was charged with 10 felony counts.

Youth center site chosen
The state's contractor has revised its analysis but not its conclusion about the choice between possible sites for the proposed central peninsula youth detention center.

Photo Feature: Night lights
Fireworks burst above a crowd gathered in the parking lot at the Soldotna Sports Center

Community, family search for answers
"You ask me how I know he lives. He lives within my heart."

Seburn Sherman
Kenai resident Seburn "Cy" Sherman died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 82.

Suzanne Weller
Suzanne Weller died peacefully at home March 12, 2000, surrounded by her family. She was 47.

Myron (Mike) Cronce
Myron (Mike) Cronce died March 11, 2000, in Bowie, Ariz. He was 69.

Heather Elisabeth Voss and Joshua James Dunn were married in a noon ceremony Dec. 18, 1999, at the Twin Rivers Baptist Church in Springfield, Ore. The wedding was performed by the fathers of the couple.

Dolphin plays role in Van Troba, Coghill engagement

Around the Peninsula
The Kenai Peninsula orchestra's winter recital series continues today at 2 p.m. with Julie A

Eagles visit Wolverines
The Ninilchik Elementary-High School gymnasium is cozy enough as it is. With barely two feet between the edge of the court and the first row of bleachers, fans have to wait for a timeout before stretching their legs, lest they trip up a fast break.

Homer boys go dancing
PALMER -- The Homer boys' basketball team took off its glass slipper Saturday night at Palmer High School and replaced it with something a little more comfortable -- dancing shoes. As in those used at the Big Dance.

Chinooks wrap up season with awards, reflection
Just one more game.

1999-2000 Peninsula Chinooks team awards
n Unsung Hero -- Defenseman Mike McIntosh

Sports Briefs
Parks and Recreation holds shinny hockey

Oilers Corner
The Oilers have signed 6-foot-1 left-handed pitcher Matt Drosjack. Drosjack, from Rice University, joins teammate John Kaye with the 2000 Oilers.

Nikiski girls capture District 3/3A crown
SEWARD -- When the going got tough, the tough got going.

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