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Friday, March 24, 2000

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.

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.

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.

BP Amoco, environmentalists face off over offshore arctic oil
ON THE ARCTIC OCEAN (AP) -- Truckload by truckload, BP Amoco is building the newest battleground in the long-running war between Big Oil and environmentalists.

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.

New ferry dock should benefit Kenai River anglers
KENAI (AP) -- A new dock for the Russian River ferry should also benefit anglers on the Kenai River, according to the manager of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

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

Kenai assembly alters role of hospital board
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has changed the role of an elected board that will oversee management of the hospital service area for the central Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Fishing tax break proposed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sens. Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski have introduced a bill that would allow fishermen to average their income for tax purposes over two years to help offset low-income years.

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.

Alaskans unite to help Eskimo whaler from Russia regain his eyesight
BARROW (AP) -- For more than a half-century, Peter Typykhkak's eyes have searched the waters of the Bering Sea for whales, walrus and other marine mammals.

Court ruling cuts tobacco enforcement money
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state's effort to keep businesses from selling tobacco to minors will lose about $200,000 in federal money as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Airport studies support cargo expansion; some residents express concerns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Studies commissioned by Anchorage International Airport conclude that expanding cargo facilities into Turnagain Bog would have only mild impacts on noise, air pollution, traffic and the way water flows though the ground.

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.

Scientists and Natives gather to talk about whales and whaling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scientists met with Eskimos recently in a two-day exchange of information about whales and whaling.

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.

Rabid Arctic fox nearly bites cab driver
BARROW (AP) -- A rabid Arctic fox was struck by a vehicle last week, according to North Slope Borough veterinarian Kevin Wellington, and a taxicab driver narrowly escaped being bitten.

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.

Alaskans unite to help Eskimo whaler from Russia regain his eyesight
BARROW (AP) -- For more than a half-century, Peter Typykhkak's eyes have searched the waters of the Bering Sea for whales, walrus and other marine mammals.

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.

Gottstein replaced on Board of Education
JUNEAU (AP) -- State Board of Education Chairman Robert Gottstein, under fire for starting an Internet site that pokes fun of the Legislature, was replaced Thursday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

Senate bill loosens wolf-shooting restrictions
JUNEAU (AP) -- Anyone with a valid hunting license could use land-and-shoot hunting tactics to kill wolves in much of the state if a bill passed Thursday by the Senate becomes law.

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.

Two reappointed to fish board
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has reappointed two members to the Board of Fisheries.

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.

Census returns translate into cash for city
JUNEAU (AP) -- With millions of dollars at stake, city officials are pushing local residents to return the census forms that eventually will bring federal money into the city's coffers.

Alaska Airlines celebrates new Bethel terminal
BETHEL (AP) -- Alaska Airlines held an official grand opening of its new $6 million Bethel terminal last week.

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

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.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Public invited to regional citizens advisory council Kenai chamber board meets at noonPreschool plans garage sale Flea market to raise funds for alternative schoolBlood drive scheduled for SaturdaySupport offered for fetal alcohol caregivers Soldotna seniors plan Italian dinnerMixed Emotion to play at Kaladi'sOrganization begins for Dublin 2000 marathonCrisis intervention training scheduled for May

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.

New dock, bank restoration in store for Russian River
If Robin West's plans come together, fishing should be safer at the Russian River this year.

Council approves parks enhancement projects
Two Soldotna High School seniors, Mike Hollingsworth and Dave Beiswenger, spoke to the council about their senior community service project.

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.

Census-takers making rounds, handing out forms on Peninsula
Uncle Sam wants you ... to fill out your census form and mail it in. Census 2000 is under way on the Kenai Peninsula.

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

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.

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.

Photo feature: Breaking up is hard to do
John Sherwood tries to break through a drain in the parking lot of the Kenai post office Thursday afternoon.

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.

Council approves parks enhancement projects
The Soldotna City Council got a lot done in a very brief meeting Tuesday night.

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

New dock, bank restoration in store for Russian River
If Robin West's plans come together, fishing should be safer at the Russian River this year.

Assembly considers limiting service area board
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands poised to rein in the elected board that advises on management of the central peninsula hospital service area.

Antler collecting another good reason to get out
RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Among some native cultures, they were thought to restore life. For a growing corps of contemporary outdoor enthusiasts, they are the basis for recreation.

Forest service out to defend graffiti
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.-- Robert Auza doesn't remember exactly where or when he sliced his name into the soft white bark of an aspen tree here.

Radio helps mushers, listeners
FAIRBANKS -- From the helicopter hovering high above to the dog mushing teams armed with miniature radios, the marriage between technology and dog mushing has been a happy union, indeed.

Time, temperature deciding factors for quality of skiing
Timing remains everything for Kenai Peninsula cross-country skiers clinging to springtime winter activity.

Pope expresses church's sadness for persecution of Jews
Standing before the ashes of death camp victims in the candlelit shadows of Israel's Holocaust memorial, a visibly moved Pope John Paul II told the Jewish people on Thursday that his church is ''deeply saddened'' by Christian persecution of Jews through the centuries.

After controversy, a new House chaplain
Speaker Dennis Hastert appointed a Chicago priest, the Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin, as House chaplain on Thursday and blamed Democrats for ''whispered hints in dark places'' that anti-Catholic bias infected a four-month controversy over the post.

Lutheran bishops seek to calm opposition to Episcopal pact
A meeting of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America bishops has sent its 5.2 million members a pastoral letter acknowledging ''deep concern and opposition'' regarding a unity pact with the Episcopal Church but urging Lutherans to accept it.

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.

National Gallery show presents Christ to a less Christian world
LONDON (AP) -- When William Holman Hunt painted ''The Light of the World'' a century ago, there was little question that the public would understand the figure of Christ knocking at a closed door.

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.

Religion Briefs
Light of Day ensemble to visit Kenai'Miracle' discussion planned at SolFirstEaster cantata choir practice under waySoldotna church plans Easter musical

Pope Speaks at Sea of Galilee
Stepping into the pages of the New Testament, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass today on a pastoral green hill near where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount and asked young believers from across the globe to spread Christian teachings of selfless love and forgiveness.

Coach says goodbye to Peninsula
Paddy Flynn, citing a desire to spend more time with his family, is stepping down as the coach and general manager of the Peninsula Chinooks Junior B Hockey Club.

Bulldogs best Bethel
The Nikiski girls basketball team defeated Bethel 53-22 in a first-round game at the Class 3A state girls basketball tournament Thursday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

T-Birds run past Homer
The East High School Thunderbirds blew the Homer Mariners back to port Thursday in the opening round of the Class 4A State Basketball Championships.

Bristol Bay downs Eagles
The Bristol Bay boys basketball team dealt Cook Inlet Academy a big blow in its quest to repeat as District 3/2A champions.

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.

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.

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.

Rabid Arctic fox nearly bites cab driver
BARROW (AP) -- A rabid Arctic fox was struck by a vehicle last week, according to North Slope Borough veterinarian Kevin Wellington, and a taxicab driver narrowly escaped being bitten.

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