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Tuesday, March 28, 2000

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

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.

Hawaii man arrested in Unalaska on bank robbery charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 33-year-old man from Hawaii was taken into custody at Unalaska over the weekend based on a federal arrest warrant for bank robbery.

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.

Army announces new Alaska commander
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new Army commander has been named for Alaska.

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.

NTSB: Air Force general flying too low in unfamiliar plane when it crashed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Air Force Lt. Gen. David McCloud appears to have been flying too low in an unfamiliar plane when he crashed while doing some aerobatics in July of 1998, the National Transportation Safety Board says.

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.

Troopers investigate confrontation on Seward Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An outbreak of road rage on the Seward Highway over the weekend left a middle-aged couple fearing for their lives and two Soldotna brothers charged with assault, the Alaska State Troopers say.

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.

Workers clear Juneau, Klondike roads covered by avalanches
JUNEAU (AP) -- State highway workers have finished removing avalanche debris that isolated a Juneau neighborhood from the rest of the community Monday.

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.

House approves university lands bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill granting the University of Alaska 250,000 acres of state land won approval in the House on Tuesday but may be changed to make parks and critical habitat areas ineligible for selection.

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.

House urges Exxon Mobil to pay oil spill judgment
JUNEAU (AP) -- Spurred by the company's move to block the BP Amoco-Atlantic Richfield Co. deal, the House passed a resolution Tuesday urging Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay a massive court judgment stemming from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

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.

City to pay former firefighters some $1.6 million in whistleblower case
The city of Fairbanks will be paying two former firefighters some $1.6 million as part of a whistleblower lawsuit. That comes after five years, five lawsuits, thousands of dollars in legal fees and an appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court.

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.

Tank leaks 85,000 gallons of fuel in Unalakleet
Workers spent the weekend cleaning up an estimated 85,000 gallons of aviation fuel that spilled in the tank farm for the airfield at this Norton Sound community. One family in a home about half a mile away was evacuated after smelling fumes from the highly flammable gasoline.

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

Fish Board delays action on reducing hatchery chum production
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Board of Fisheries has delayed acting on a request to cut the hatchery production of chum salmon in part because board members aren't certain they have the authority to order it.

Legislature passes change to preferred stock rules
JUNEAU (AP) -- A change to the rules governing preferred stock in Alaska corporations has passed the Legislature.

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.

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.

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
Book discussion group to meetPlanning meeting scheduledPreschool to host session on raising childrenHospital service area board to meetBusiness plan development class ThursdayMayor Bagley to speak at chamber luncheon

Around the Peninsula
Book discussion group to meetCook Inlet Lions meeting planned tonight Planning meeting scheduled Preschool to host session on raising childrenHospital service area board to meetBusiness plan development class ThursdayMayor Bagley to speak at chamber luncheon

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.

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

Assembly looks at zoning rules
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is rewriting the rules by which neighborhoods can propose local zoning to ban junkyards, gravel pits or other incompatible development.

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

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:

Photo feature: Playtime
Abbi goes airborne while waiting for her human, Shari Shinn, to throw a toy

Building officials learn what to do after disaster
In a part of the world as prone to natural disasters as the Kenai Peninsula is, the importance of preparedness is unquestionable. As part

New owner brings enthusiasm to mall
Tenants say they have high hopes since Glen F. Martin bought the Peninsula Center Mall.

Health project hires Parker
Health involves more than occasional trips to the doctor; it is a community as well as personal concern.

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.

William Gordon Leavey

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.

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 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.

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.

Births
Connie and Bond Stewart Serena and Shawn Houser

Community News
New officers for Soldotna Elks LodgeWin a new home

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

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

Ninilchik trio runs like clockwork
Watch the Ninilchik High School girls basketball team run a picture-perfect fast break, and you get the feeling that these kids could probably do it just as well with their eyes closed.

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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