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Thursday, March 23, 2000

Committee hears competing PermaFund plans
JUNEAU (AP) -- Competing visions of the Permanent Fund's future dueled Wednesday in a Senate committee.

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.

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.

BP pledges to halt exports of Alaska oil if merger is approved
BP Amoco will stop exporting Alaska crude oil and divert the 60,000 barrels a day to California if it gets approval for its merger with Atlantic Richfield Co., the British-based oil company said Thursday. The oil would be moved through Arco's West Coast refining and marketing system instead.

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

Gas pipeline backers head to Asia to drum up interest in North Slope gas
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Hank Hove heads out Friday for a two-week trip to gauge the Far East's interest in liquefied natural gas from Alaska's North Slope.

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.

Body of woman found near road in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are investigating as a homicide, the death of a woman found off Arctic Valley Road Wednesday.

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.

Key Republican drops support for refuge drilling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A key Republican in the U.S. Senate says he no longer supports oil exploration in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

Alaska delegation presses for opening of ANWR with budget rider
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's congressional delegation is pressing for a rider on a 2001 budget measure to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

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.

Kodiak satellite launch delayed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's first attempt to put a satellite into orbit has been postponed from September until summer 2001, the executive director of the state's space agency said Wednesday.

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.

More than a half million cruise ship passengers stop in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN -- More than 560,000 cruise ship passengers stopped in Ketchikan last year, but city officials worry the trend won't last.

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.

House passes measure to ban wildlife iniatives
JUNEAU (AP) -- Ballot initiatives dealing with wildlife would be banned if an amendment approved Wednesday by the House becomes part of the Alaska Constitution.

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.

Pilot forced to jettison fuel tanks over Gulkana Glacier
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A helicopter pilot jettisoned two external fuel tanks onto the Gulkana Glacier after his aircraft abruptly lost power, officials at Fort Wainwright said Wednesday.

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.

House committee approves cruise ship pollution bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A House committee approved a bill that would require big cruise ships to provide detailed reports on pollutants they produce.

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.

Coast Guard looks for source of oil spill at Dutch Harbor
ANCHORAGE -- The Coast Guard was looking Wednesday for the source of a mysterious oil sheen found near crab boats moored in Dutch Harbor.

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.

Hospital nurses file charges against union
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of nurses at Alaska Regional Hospital alleges that the local union threatened to have nurses fired who don't support union activities.

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.

Palmer grand jury indicts father in infant's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A grand jury in Palmer indicted a 21-year-old Big Lake man Wednesday in the recent death of his infant daughter, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

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.

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

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.

Congress, administration could embrace e-commerce tax plan
WASHINGTON -- Congress and the Clinton administration could embrace many suggestions made by a federal e-commerce tax commission, but some business-backed recommendations are sure to encounter resistance.

Lewinsky touts new business role
NEW YORK -- Enough with the talk about the president, Monica Lewinsky has embarked on her next calling in life: Businesswoman.

Greenspan criticizes mortgage companies
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan used his bully pulpit Wednesday to criticize a growing practice by some mortgage and home-equity loan companies of seeking low-income borrowers and charging them unfairly high fees and interest.

Business briefs
Land's End Resort wins Industry AwardsPetro Express station opens in Kenai Manager of the new station is Doug Robbins.Tesoro repays debtCapital costs sink GCI bottom lineThree run for Chugach Electric boardState inspects food service establishmentsSparano heads Tesoro West Coast

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.

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
Public health nurse available todaySmall business workshop offered this afternoonCrohns and colitis meeting scheduledFetal Alcohol Support Group meets SaturdayCPR and first aid classes offered

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

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.

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.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainment Upcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms If you have an event to include in our Thursday InSide section, send the information, in writing, to "What's Happening," c/o the Peninsula Clarion, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. You also may fax the information to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to clarion@alaska.net. For questions, call 283-7551. To have your event listed, information must be received by Monday at 5 p.m.

Kenai visitors center exhibits 'Across the Kenai'
Native artisans from throughout Alaska are moving to the Kenai Peninsula, and those who always have lived here are finding inspiration to develop their talents.

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.

DOT stations may reopen
Road crews may return to maintenance stations in Nikiski and Moose Pass this fall, thanks to a funding change legislators proposed Tuesday.

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

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

Former governor talks up railroad
Even though the nearest junction is about 100 miles away, the Alaska Railroad was the topic at Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce lunch.

Funny River residents lend hand at food bank
The Funny River Road Chamber of Commerce and Community Association saw a need in the community and moved to help meet it.

Homer representative introduces resolution opposing governor's appointments
The latest fisheries controversy spilled over into Tuesday night's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assem-bly meeting.

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.

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."

Photo Feature: Water sports
Shannon Alexie uses a sled and a pole to kayak her way across a large puddle

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.

Zola Louise Rheuby
Soldotna resident Zola Louise 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.

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.

Pope Prays at Birthplace of Jesus
`Bethlehem is the heart of my pilgrimage,'' Pope John Paul II proclaimed with trembling emotion at an outdoor Mass in Manger Square attended by Yasser Arafat, who was sitting in the front row clutching a prayer book in his hands.

Pope speaks at Holocaust Memorial
Pope John Paul II, uttering words both historic and personal in a dark, flame-lit hall at Israel's Holocaust Memorial, said today that the Roman Catholic Church is ``deeply saddened'' by Christian persecution of Jews throughout history.

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.

Homer rehearses for T-birds frenzy
It's not uncommon for a coach to prepare his team to face frenetic, full-court defensive pressure by playing five against six in practice.

Bulldogs eager for fresh meat
After a season where the Bulldogs spent a good deal of time amassing a 13-1 record against the six teams in District 3/3A, one might think Romans would be a little wary of the uncertainty that comes with many opponents at the Class 3A state basketball tournament.

CIA wins 2A opener
The Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team opened up defense of the District 3/2A crown with a 52-46 victory over Homer's Community Christian School Wednesday at Homer High School.

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?

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