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Wednesday, March 22, 2000

Missile defense test delayed
A planned April test of the National Missile Defense system has been pushed back until late June, raising doubts about whether President Clinton will be in office long enough to decide whether to deploy the multibillion-dollar system.

Senate rejects House supplemental budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate rejected the House's version of a supplemental spending bill on Tuesday after majority Republicans objected to spending increases for student transportation and rural power subsidies.

State Supreme Court reinstates antitrust lawsuits
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that two Superior Court judges wrongly dismissed antitrust lawsuits filed against Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and a local group of anesthesiologists.

Anchorage man killed in vehicle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died Tuesday night after a car accident in Mountain View.

Senate applies 99-year sentences to robbery slayings
JUNEAU (AP) -- People convicted of committing first-degree murder during a robbery would face mandatory 99-year prison sentences under a bill the Senate passed unanimously Tuesday.

Adak seeks fishing zone
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Aleut Corp. wants the state Board of Fisheries to close off a 160-mile swath of the western Aleutians to large fishing vessels. The proposal is an effort to turn the one-time Navy base at Adak into a fishing town.

City trash truck strikes and kills Anchorage man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An elderly man died Monday when he was struck by a trash truck while crossing a downtown street, police said.

State blames mining company for well, highway problems
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- State officials say an Ester gold mine is responsible for drying up five wells and for cracks that have surfaced in the nearby Parks Highway.

Crude slips, other energy futures rise
NEW YORK (AP) -- The countdown to OPEC's momentous decision on output levels next week produced volatility in crude oil trading Tuesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The expiring April contract tumbled 5 percent while the May contract rose.

Park Service decrees fewer Jet Skis this summer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vacationers looking to skim across the water on Jet Skis may find a problem this summer in some national parks or seashores as the government imposes new restrictions on the popular watercraft.

Sitka sac roe opener yields half of quota
SITKA (AP) -- Sitka Sound sac roe herring appears plentiful this season although the quality of the fish is falling short of expectations.

Tenakee Springs logging stalled
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Plans to log public land near the Southeast Alaska village of Tenakee Springs have been halted, at least temporarily.

Chitina dipnetter fees rising to $25 this summer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dipnetters who want to take red salmon from the Copper River will have to dip deeper into their pockets this summer.

Nikiski man pleads not guilty to murder
KENAI (AP) -- A Nikiski man has pleaded innocent to first-degree murder and nine other felony counts stemming from a shooting March 12.

Safety seminar focuses on aircraft accidents and passenger awareness
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Aircraft accidents are the leading cause of on-the-job deaths in Alaska, and the health specialists who had a hand in reducing the fatality rates in commercial fishing and logging have begun taking a hard look at flight safety.

Fire destroys Soldotna home
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A family of three is homeless after a fire Tuesday afternoon claimed their home near Soldotna.

Last two mushers reach Nome
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Iditarod is officially over.

Magistrate may grant bail if passenger's condition clarified
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A man accused of barging into the cockpit of an Alaska Airlines jet and attacking the crew was kept in jail Wednesday, but a federal magistrate said he may grant bail once he learns more about Peter Bradley's medical condition.

Processor says no to Bristol Bay salmon season
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Seattle-based American Seafoods said this week that it will not return to Bristol Bay for this summer's red salmon season.

Grounded crab boat spills fuel in Aleutians on March 11
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Exhaustion was blamed for a 200-gallon diesel fuel spill earlier this month when a crab boat went aground at Unalga Island in the Aleutian chain, the Coast Guard said Tuesday.

House members propose vague financial plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- A small group of state lawmakers proposed a plan Tuesday to fill the state's budget gap with a mixture of Permanent Fund earnings and taxes on the public and industry.

Jury convicts man of murder in 1998 death of Eagle River reporter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage jury on Tuesday found a man guilty of murder in the shooting death of an Eagle River reporter.

Liquor purveyors fear DMV theft may spawn fake licenses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some of Alaska's liquor purveyors expect to see a surge of phony drivers' licenses from underage drinkers following the weekend theft of plastic laminate sleeves from a Department of Motor Vehicles office in Anderson.

Abortion bill draws fire from rights groups, physicians
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill requiring women seeking abortions to wait 24 hours and sit through an extensive description of fetal development drew support from anti-abortion activists Tuesday and criticism from abortion-rights supporters and physicians.

Borough, hospital at odds over secret decision-making
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula Borough officials are getting increasingly worked up over secret decision-making by the non-profit group that runs Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Anchorage jury acquits 67-year-old man of robbery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage jury has acquitted a 67-year-old man charged with driving the getaway car in a robbery last fall.

Fish Board asked to reduce hatchery chum production
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fishermen in Western Alaska want the state Board of Fisheries to reduce the number of chum salmon produced by hatchery operators in Southeast and Prince William Sound.

Anchorage man arrested for bomb threat against assemblyman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested Monday after he left a message on Assemblyman Kevin Meyer's voice mail saying nitrogen bombs were planted at Meyer's home because the man couldn't get his street plowed, Anchorage police said.

LIO Schedule
The Legislative Information Office is located at 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217 in Kenai. For more information on teleconferences, call 283-2030.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding work day. To have your organization's event or meeting listed, call 283-7551 or fax your information to 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
The public health nurse will visit the following locations:Sheffield to speak at Kenai chamberClass on starting a small business open to publicCounseling services board schedules meeting Flea market raises funds for high schoolBlood drive scheduledSoldotna seniors plan dinner to raise fundsRegistration open for crisis intervention training

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna mayor to speak at Alliance meetingEra official to address Soldotna chamberMagic show coming to Redoubt ElementaryCrohns and colitis support group to meetFree tax assistance offered by IRSGenealogist to meet on Thursday Soldotna seniors plan dinner to raise funds

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding work day. To have your organization's event or meeting listed, call 283-7551 or fax your information to 283-3299.

LIO Schedule
The Legislative Information Office is located at 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217 in Kenai. For more information on teleconferences, call 283-2030.

Fish Board asked to reduce hatchery chum production
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fishermen in Western Alaska want the state Board of Fisheries to reduce the number of chum salmon produced by hatchery operators in Southeast and Prince William Sound.

Chitina dipnetter fees rising to $25 this summer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dipnetters who want to take red salmon from the Copper River will have to dip deeper into their pockets this summer.

Last two mushers reach Nome
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Iditarod is officially over.

Should CPGH board operate in open?
Gene Dyson thought something was amiss when he was denied full access to a Feb. 24 board meeting of the nonprofit corporation that runs the publicly owned hospital in Soldotna.

Food bank issues donor challenge
The end of hunger is a wish of many. The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and the Feinstein Foundation are challenging businesses to help make that wish come true locally.

Photo feature: Hurry up!
Virginia Shook's dog Baby takes a dash top seat .

Nikiski shooting plea entered
"Not guilty on all counts" was the plea entered by Zebulon Eugene Nudson at an arraignment in Kenai Superior Court Tuesday, March 21.

Photo feature: Getting a jump on spring.
Morgan Burdick uses a snowblower to excavate the soccer field at Skyview High School Monday afternoon.

Leaky pump sends fire crews to refinery
Tesoro Alaska Co. called Nikiski Fire Department for backup Tuesday when the seal on a pump in its Nikiski refinery began to leak.

Fire claims home, displaces family of 3
A family of three is homeless after a fire Tuesday afternoon claimed their home near Soldotna.

Assembly to address selection to NPFMC
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will get a chance to comment on the governor's recent appointments to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council at its meeting tonight.

Homer legislator part of 7-person sponsorship
An alternative to the $25,000 Alaska Permanent Fund give-away was unveiled Tuesday by Rep. Gail Phillips, R-Homer. Just don't call it the "Phillips Plan."

Mahan sentenced for animal cruelty
The Soldotna woman found guilty of animal cruelty early this month can still own an animal, but only one at a time, and it cannot be a horse.

Zola Louise Rheuby
Soldotna resident Zola Louise Rheuby died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 83.

Zola L. Rheuby
Soldotna resident Zola L. Rheuby died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 83.

Clifton Everett Erickson
Clifton Everett Erickson, 85, of Deer River, Minn., died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at home with his family.

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

Pope reaches Israel in spiritual highlight of his papacy
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In a spiritual climax to his 22-year papacy, Pope John Paul II on Tuesday began the first official visit by a Roman Catholic pontiff to Israel, fulfilling his dream of visiting the land where Christ was born and died.

Pope visits Bethlehem
Kissing Palestinian earth and warmly welcomed by Yasser Arafat, Pope John Paul II today made a prayerful pilgrimage to the town of Jesus' birth that also provided a powerful boost to Palestinian statehood hopes.

District 3/2A Basketball Championships
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Homer High SchoolDouble-elimination tournament

Ninilchik, CIA set to defend district titles
Looking for some good basketball this weekend a little closer to home than Anchorage?

Kenai long-range shooter fun to talk to, hard to guard
Ask anyone, and they'll tell you how pleasant it is to be around Kenai senior Cory Hershberger.

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