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Monday, March 27, 2000

Former Fairbanks legislator Charlie Parr dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Charlie Parr, a former state legislator who later served on a number of public boards and commissions, died Thursday at his Chena Hot Springs home after a long battle with cancer. He was 82.

Challenger Learning Center enters final countdown
KENAI (AP) -- ''Beam me up, Scotty,'' Flight Director Daniela Martian said into a microphone in the mission control center of the new Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

Board of Fisheries postpones action on Kachemak Bay clam farms
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska fisheries officials on Friday took no action on a proposal that would have prohibited clam farming in Kachemak Bay.

ATVs blamed for damaging fish habitat on Kenai Peninsula
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- All-terrain vehicles are being blamed for tearing up some backcountry wetlands and for driving through streambeds near the headwaters of the Anchor River and Deep Creek.

Parking places planned for Whittier
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The city of Whittier has contracted with two companies to turn 13 acres of city land into parking lots with more than 800 spaces.

Avalanche knocks out power, closes Juneau road
JUNEAU (AP) -- A slide triggered by avalanche control efforts knocked out power lines and cut off an outlying section of Juneau from the rest of the city Monday.

Funeral business no longer all-male preserve
Daubing her cosmetic brush vigorously into a palette of thick colors, Jessica Walker applied them to the face of her subject -- a man whose thin, sunken face told of the toll taken by pain, infirmity and, finally, death.

Search-and-rescue operations up sharply around Homer
HOMER (AP) -- The Alaska State Troopers here say they've conducted four times as many search-and-rescue missions and have spent about half of the state's entire search-and-rescue budget since the beginning of this year.

When is a budget cut really a budget cut?
JUNEAU (AP) -- When is a budget cut not really a budget cut? When it comes out of the bag of tricks lawmakers use to make the budget look smaller while leaving many programs untouched.

OPEC ministers adjourn without agreement, meetings resume Tuesday
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- OPEC oil ministers failed to reach agreement Monday on how much crude oil to add to global supplies, with Iran seen as the chief obstacle to a consensus that could provide some price relief to consumers.

Conference targets abuse of inhalants
ANCHORAGE -- At grocery stores in many Alaska villages, hair spray is kept behind the counter, out of reach of those who might use its noxious fumes as a cheap and easy way to get high.

March 24: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on fish and wildlife laws by initiative:
The Alaska Constitution for more than 40 years has prohibited its citizens from passing initiatives to make law on certain subjects. During this time, never has there been a public outcry that these restrictions are undemocratic or were imposed by arrogant delegates who didn't trust the people

Iditarod musher accused of trying to dispose of dogs
PALMER (AP) -- Musher Lynda Plettner is being anonymously accused of trying to dispose of some of her sled dogs at the local animal shelter, but her husband says the charges are an effort to smear her reputation.

March 24: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on Alaska's Man of the Century
From the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, to the Egan Expressway in Juneau and the Begich-Boggs Visitors Center at Portage, and at dozens of other sites in between, Alaskans pay tribute to many of this state's leaders by naming landmarks in their honor

Education baord approves alternative exams
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state Board of Education has approved alternative performance standards for students with severe learning disabilities.

March 26: Anchorage Daily News on legislators and land-and-shoot hunting
The state Senate on Thursday told the majority of Alaskans that their votes don't count.

Napakiak snowmachiner dies of hypothermia
BETHEL (AP) -- A Napakiak man died of hypothermia Friday after he was found next to his snowmachine on the trail between Bethel and his home town, according to Alaska State Troopers.

March 23: Juneau Empire on abortion delays
House Bill 329, which would require a 24-hour delay before a woman could have an abortion, had its first hearing this week and already the battle lines are drawn.

Stevens sees lawsuit slowing BP-Arco-Phillips deal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens said Saturday that a lawsuit filed by Exxon Mobil Corp. will likely bring the pending sale of Arco Alaska Inc. to a standstill.

Russian whalers sign cooperative agreement with Alaska counterparts
BARROW (AP) -- Some Russian whalers have signed a cooperative agreement with their Alaska counterparts in efforts to help monitor bowhead migrations and improve the quality of their whaling fleet.

Gail Phillips announces retirement from House
HOMER (AP) -- Former House speaker Gail Phillips announced Saturday that she would not run for re-election to the legislative seat she has held for five terms.

Downtown Anchorage gets first full-service hotel in nearly 20 years
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The first full-service hotel to be built in downtown Anchorage in nearly 20 years will open its doors this week, if the finishing touches are completed on schedule.

Changes loom for many Northwest salmon hatcheries
SPOKANE (AP) -- Columbia River system salmon and steelhead hatcheries are coming under increasing scrutiny as biologists study the extent to which hatchery-bred fish dilute the genetics of wild fish.

Around the Peninsula
Computer workshops offered locallyBlack bear baiting clinics scheduledCook Inlet Lions meeting planned

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

Around the Peninsula
State presidents hosted by area EaglesPreparation begins for Dublin 2000 marathonTourism is subject of Soldotna chamber luncheonSpring cookie fest hosted by Vet center staffMat-Su borough manager to address chamberPreschool introduces "Raising a Thinking Child"Hospital service area board meets this weekClass on business plan development coming Historical society reschedules monthly meetingComputer workshops offered locally Healthy Communities holds annual meetingBlack bear baiting clinics scheduled by Fish and Game

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.

SUVs face more stringent emission standards
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sport utility vehicles will have to meet the same emissions standards as cars starting in 2004.

Western GOP lawmakers get on the land protection bandwagon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When he is back home in western Colorado, Republican Rep. Scott McInnis often rails against ''ivory tower bureaucrats'' wanting to impose new restrictions on the 23 million acres of federal land in his district.

Central peninsula barbers carry on a dying tradition
R.D. (Raymond Darrill) Smith, owner of R.D.'s Barber Shop in Kenai, remembered exactly what it was that made him decide to become a barber.

Photo feature: Watered down
Robert Bushnell and Dan France start a pump Friday afternoon to drain the ramp to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's loading dock.

State offices close today for Seward's Day
Seward's Day commem

Longtime lawmaker announces departure
One of the most visible of Kenai Peninsula public figures is getting ready to disappear from the scene -- if only briefly.

Shooting incident raises concern for public safety
Death and violence aren't just stories for the six o'clock news or a star-studded Hollywood plot.

Commission flags troublesome trail issues
On March 2, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Trails Commission completed a report for the borough administration, the borough planning commission and the borough assembly. Here are some of the priority recommendations from the report:

Trails Commission maps out borough needs
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Trails Commission is offering backcountry recreationists a new road map for avoiding trespass, land damage and other trail use conflicts.

Second-place finish motivates Gebhardt for next year
Paul Gebhardt is dog tired.

Openness at heart of dispute between board, CPGH Inc.
The chairman of a local service area board tried again last week to make an issue of openness at the nonprofit corporation that runs the public hospital in Soldotna.

Time to tame Nikiski?
As a result of the March 12 shooting incident involving six Nikiski residents a

Education facility ready to launch Kenai space age
"Beam me up, Scotty," Flight Director Daniela Martian said into a microphone Friday in the mission control center of the new Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

March 24: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on fish and wildlife laws by initiative:
The Alaska Constitution for more than 40 years has prohibited its citizens from passing initiatives to make law on certain subjects. During this time, never has there been a public outcry that these restrictions are undemocratic or were imposed by arrogant delegates who didn't trust the people.

March 26: Anchorage Daily News on legislators and land-and-shoot hunting
The state Senate on Thursday told the majority of Alaskans that their votes don't count.

March 23: Juneau Empire on abortion delays
House Bill 329, which would require a 24-hour delay before a woman could have an abortion, had its first hearing this week and already the battle lines are drawn.

March 24: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on Alaska's Man of the Century
From the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, to the Egan Expressway in Juneau and the Begich-Boggs Visitors Center at Portage, and at dozens of other sites in between, Alaskans pay tribute to many of this state's leaders by naming landmarks in their honor.

Births
Connie and Bond Stewart Serena and Shawn Houser

Hero of the week
There always is a person in a community who sometimes goes unacknowledged for the effort they make and the lives they touch.

Peninsula People
Students named to deans' listsCaptain completes duty in KosovoKenai woman named to Who's WhoYoung Marine earns honorsSoHi graduate adds college diploma to achievementsOrganization's president returns

Community News
New officers for Soldotna Elks LodgeWin a new home

Weddings
Woods, Grimm plan July wedding Serena Woods and William "Bodie" Grimm have announced plans to be married July 16 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

Alaska SeaLife Center news
New center hoursTesting on harbor seals Take time to admire the artRussian scientist helps with project Volunteers still needed

Major Muslim groups offer help to imam arrested in shootout
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Four U.S. Muslim organizations that urged fugitive Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin to surrender to authorities announced after his arrest that they would offer legal help and monitor his trial.

Orthodox Jews offer women graduate training in Talmud
NEW YORK (AP) -- Yeshiva University has launched a graduate program in Orthodox-oriented study of Talmud and Torah for women, said to be the first university-based program of its kind in the United States.

National Council leader opposes split by Church World Service
''I don't want to see us separate,'' said the Rev. Robert Edgar, new general secretary of the National Council of Churches, as he opposed a bid by the council's international welfare agency, Church World Service (CWS), to take control of its own finances. Contributions to the welfare arm amount to 88 percent of council income.

Same-sex unions at issue during meeting of Reform rabbis
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Reform Judaism is poised for a vote that could make it the most influential U.S. religious group to support clergy who perform same-sex unions.

Orthodox-Lutheran dialogue urges common Easter date
CHICAGO (AP) -- A panel representing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and U.S. Eastern Orthodox churches has endorsed a call to have all Christians mark Easter on the same date.

On final day of papal pilgrimage, pope visits sites sacred to three faiths
Crowning his Holy Land pilgrimage, Pope John Paul II sank to his knees Sunday at the traditional site of Christ's resurrection, journeyed to Judaism's most sacred shrine and stood on the hilltop revered by Muslims as the spot where the Prophet Mohammed ascended into heaven.

Episcopalians cancel consecration of new bishop
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta diocese of the Episcopal Church canceled the consecration of its new bishop on short notice, citing ''very recent discoveries of lack of disclosure in personal financial and family matters.''

In a cloister in Israel, nuns pray for Jews to be Jews
HAIFA, Israel (AP) -- While Pope John Paul II pleads for religious harmony in the Holy Land, 17 cloistered nuns on Mount Carmel quietly pray for their Jewish neighbors. Not to win souls for Christendom. These nuns want Jews to be Jewish.

New Jersey school district adds a second Muslim holiday
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) -- The Paterson school district, the first in the state to close for a Muslim holiday, added a second day off this year.

Incorporation papers quietly filed for rival Baptist denomination
TYLER, Texas (AP) -- Four Baptist leaders have taken the first legal step toward a new denomination to rival the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest U.S. Protestant body.

District 3/2A tourney turns into endurance contest
Grab the top seed and win each of your games at the District 3/2A basketball tournament, and you've got yourself a three-day, three-game championship.

Nikiski nips ACS for Class 3A title
ANCHORAGE -- It's tough to beat a team twice during the season. Three times -- that's a long shot. But beat a team four times in one season, and you're probably a state champion.

Gemmell nabs third at juniors
After the crowd at the Bartlett High School pool in Anchorage made a ton of noise for Joshua Gemmell, the Soldotna junior went out and made some noise of his own.

East girls storm back to win state title
East stifled the Colony Knights in the second half Saturday to pull away with the state championship 50-46 at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. The Knights shot only 40 percent from the floor in the match and were outscored 15-2 in the third quarter.

Mustangs finish Mariners' season
The Homer Mariners were no match for the Chugiak Mustangs at the Class 4A state tournament, losing 72-47 Friday in the consolation semifinals and getting eliminated from competition.

Defense pushes Nikiski past Eielson
The Nikiski girls basketball team continued to play solid defense as the Bulldogs defeated Eielson 39-29 Friday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage and advanced to the Class 3A championship game.

Seldovia boys, Ninilchik girls wrap up Class 2A state berths early
Both the Seldovia boys and Ninilchik girls basketball teams clinched return trips to the state tournament Friday at the District 3/2A tournament at Homer High School.

Sea Otters beat Angels for crown
HOMER -- The Ninilchik girls and the Seldovia boys won the championships of the District 3/2A tournament Saturday, but not before the No. 1-ranked boys got their biggest scare of the season.

Nice girls don't finish last
ANCHORAGE -- It's hard to define that thing coaches and players refer to as chemistry, but whatever it is, the Nikiski High School girls basketball team has it.

Trails Commission maps out borough needs
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Trails Commission is offering backcountry recreationists a new road map for avoiding trespass, land damage and other trail use conflicts.

Commission flags troublesome trail issues
On March 2, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Trails Commission completed a report for the borough administration, the borough planning commission and the borough assembly. Here are some of the priority recommendations from the report:

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