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Saturday, March 25, 2000

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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 day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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