Wednesday, March 28, 2001

March 25: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on regulating snowmachine safety:
''We don't need to regulate 99 percent of the people because of the mistakes of the few,'' Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage, said last week, dismissing statutory initiatives for improving snowmachine safety.

Senator files bill to ban northern gas pipeline route
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula state senator has introduced legislation that would prohibit construction of the northern route under consideration for a North Slope natural gas pipeline, and he's getting a lot of support.

State's highest court allows property tax on oil to stand
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has resolved a two-decades-old legal argument over how communities tax the oil industry. The decision sided with the North Slope Borough and the City of Valdez.

Sexual assault resolution sparks debate
JUNEAU (AP) -- It was supposed to be a simple resolution -- declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. But it turned into a debate on the House and Senate floors about what age children should learn about sexual abuse.

Alaska export totals are reported mixed; statistics distort results
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska exported some $2.5 billion worth of goods to foreign countries last year, state officials say.

Bill would promote resource extraction through grants
JUNEAU (AP) -- Nonprofit corporations would receive state money to lobby and advertise for oil and gas development, mining, timber and other extractive resource industries in Alaska under a bill being considered by the state Senate.

March 22: Anchorage Daily News on race relations in Alaska:
Police work finally led to the arrest and charging of suspects this week in high-profile crimes against Al

Stevens and Murkowski differ on campaign reform amendment
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's two U.S. senators parted ways when voting on a key amendment to the controversial campaign finance reform package moving through the Senate.

Southcentral Council approves subsistence moose and caribou hunts
KENAI (AP) -- The Southcentral Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council has approved a proposal to open subsistence moose and caribou hunts for all rural Kenai Peninsula residents.

Legislators form caucus to work on long-term fiscal plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- Half the House of Representatives showed up at the first public meeting of a group planning to work on a long-term fiscal plan for the state.

Denali wolf pup surviving on own after mother's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A wolf pup left to fend for itself appears to be surviving after researchers at Denali National Park and Preserve accidentally killed its mother.

Investment firm may give Anchorage fish plant new life
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A New York investment firm has agreed to buy a 51 percent interest in a struggling South Anchorage fish processing factory, Alaska Seafood International says.

Two rockets to go up from Kodiak this year, three next
KODIAK (AP) -- Kodiak will see two more rocket launches this year and at least three next year, according to Pat Ladner of the Alaska Aerospace Development Corp.

PenAir ends service to Bethel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- PenAir has canceled its Bush service out of Bethel.

March 22: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Operation Northern Edge
There is a surreal aspect to war games as large as the present Northern Edge exercise.

Ron Hull named to head state Employment Security Division
JUNEAU (AP) -- Ron Hull has been named to head the state's Employment Security Division.

March 25: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on polling places on military installations:
Sen. Ted Stevens had to go to the new secretary of Defense to get a special exemption to permit the city to put two polling places on Anchorage's military bases for the April 3 municipal election.

Ketchikan residents vote down $5 head tax on cruise ship passengers
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Residents of this Southeast Alaska city have voted down a $5 head tax on visiting cruise ship passengers.

Airline passenger arrested for allegedly causing disturbance
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was arrested after causing a disturbance aboard an airplane and threatening fellow passengers, federal authorities said Monday.

Judge reaffirms ruling on rural school money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court judge Tuesday reaffirmed his ruling that Alaska is violating the state constitution and federal civil rights law by discriminating against rural schools when money is allocated for buildings.

Group files initiative application to move legislative sessions
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sponsors of an effort to move legislative sessions out of Juneau are a step closer to putting the question on the state ballot.

School district suspends juveniles accused in paint ball shootings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two students at Chugiak High School allegedly involved in paint ball attacks against Alaska Natives have been suspended for the rest of the year.

Exit exam delay bill passes Senate Finance
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Finance Committee on Monday approved a bill that would delay the high school exit exam requirement until 2004.

Alaska export totals are reported mixed; statistics distort results
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska exported some $2.5 billion worth of goods to foreign countries last year, state officials say.

School district suspends juveniles accused in paint ball shootings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two students at Chugiak High School allegedly involved in paint ball attacks against Alaska Natives have been suspended for the rest of the year.

State's highest court allows property tax on oil to stand
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has resolved a two-decades-old legal argument over how communities tax the oil industry. The decision sided with the North Slope Borough and the City of Valdez.

Homer man wins salmon tournament
HOMER (AP) -- A Homer resident is $7,199 richer after landing a 40.89-pound king salmon and winning the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.

City Council accepts Alcan police building bid
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The City Council has accepted a bid by Anchorage-based Alcan General Inc., to begin building a police station in the downtown this year.

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
Mayor Bagley speaks in Kenai todaySocial Security representative to visit areaBlack bear-baiting clinic scheduledKBEA scholarship applications availableVillage Fair plannedPhotos needed for wall of hopeSoccer referee clinic offeredUmpires needed for summer season

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
'64 earthquake featured at chamber meetingEDD Board meets tonightBlood drive held at KCHSHomer Chamber discusses halibut IFQsSeward holds economic forumMayor Bagley speaks in Kenai Wednesday

Lt. Governor discusses mid-session issues
According to Alaska's Lt. Governor, Fran Ulmer, the 49th state will never have the issues that surfaced in Florida during the last election. "In Alaska we accepted the notion that we needed new technology three years ago.

Fred Meyer holds hoop shoot
On Saturday March 17, Fred Meyer held a March Madness Kids Hoop Shoot at their Soldotna Store.

The Luck of the Irish shines in Soldotna parade
The 10th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Soldotna seemed to have found its four-leaf clover this year.

Outdoors
It really isn't winter any more but yet it doesn't really feel quite like spring either. Which leads me to the next question. What should I do for outdoor entertainment?

Lions to raffle Tussey original
The generous contribution of a Ed Tussey original will help the Soldotna Lions Club fund their scholarship and community benefit projects. Ed Warfle of the Frontier Frame Gallery in Soldotna donated the original, entitled "Prince of the North".

Local Project Impact one of ten top Project Impact initiatives in the nation
Reducing the impact of natural disasters was the challenge that accompanied a $300,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) two years ago

EPA Selects SoHi Team for President's Y2K Environmental Youth Award
Chuck Findley, Acting Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Seattle, recently announced that the team of Michael Penland, Eric Soderquist, and Paul Kim, winners of the 1999 Caring For The Kenai (CFK) contest, has been selected as Region 10's national winner for the Y2K President's Environmental Youth Awards Program (PEYA).

Homer man wins salmon tournament
HOMER (AP) -- A Homer resident is $7,199 richer after landing a 40.89-pound king salmon and winning the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.

313 anglers turn out for king derby
The one-day Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament, held Sunday, found Homer resident John Bolbos walking away with $7,199 for his tournament-record winning catch of a 40.89-pound feeder king salmon.

Andretti, Indy 500 reunite
INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Andretti will return to the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since 1995, the year before formation of the Indy Racing League spawned a boycott of the event by most of the top teams and drivers in open-wheel racing.

Bustling transit system lands vans
The Central Area Rural Transit System continued its winning streak this month. The fledgling central peninsula nonprofit transit system has acquired the first vehicles of its own.

Planners explore highway option
Engineers studying reconstruction of the Sterling Highway by Cooper Landing are considering a route across Cooper Creek on the south side of the Kenai River.

Mayoral election suspense continues
After five months of speculation, three months of campaigning and two elections, the city of Soldotna still does not have a new mayor.

Blood bank manager leaves post
Calling it the hardest thing she's ever done, Suzie Kendrick resigned from the Blood Bank of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula Center, over the weekend, citing irreconcilable differences with the nonprofit corporation's chief executive officer, Thom Hathaway.

Photo feature:Spring road hazard
A driver dodges a puddle on Willow Street near Kenai Municipal Airport Tuesday afternoon.

Witness recounts events
The jury had its first opportunity on Tuesday to hear a witness recount what happened at Zeb Nudson's Nikiski home the afternoon of March 12, 2000.

Photo feature: Taking a break
Nathan Holcomb takes a shot last weekend during a pool game against a friend at the Kenai Recreation Center's teen center.

Torgerson files bill to ban northern gas pipeline route
'We're not the only reserves within North America. We don't have a lock on the market. We have to be economical.'

Village Fair celebrates safety, healthy community
The Healthy Communities-Healthy People working group and Central Peninsula General Hospital are organizing the sixth annual Village Fair, including a health fair, job fair and Safe Kids fair.

Alexander "Pete" Petrovich Jr.
Longtime Alaska resident Alexander "Pete" Petrovich Jr. died of cancer on Thursday, March 15, 2001, at Providence Extended Care Facility in Anchorage. He was 62.

Linda M. Thebaut
Longtime Alaska and Nikiski resident Linda M. Thebaut died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, in a Las Vegas, Nev., hospital. She was 68.

Letters to the Editor
Unions not only help workers, they also benefit communitiesIt's politically incorrect to present other side of gender unfairnessAmerican Correctional Association offers reliable prison comparisonHomer officials, city council need more appropriate meeting area

Applause
Sterling club appreciates support from community Fund-raiser for Ryan Nelson brings out best in community

Snowmachine regs now in effect could alleviate problems
''We don't need to regulate 99 percent of the people because of the mistakes of the few,'' Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage, said last week, dismissing statutory initiatives for improving snowmachine safety.

Taking flight
Gayle Buben's third-grade class from Soldotna Elementary School shows off rockets created on a recent visit to the Challenger Learnng Center of Alaska.

Schools around the district
News from all the schools around the district.

Around the District
Students compete in state spelling beeAcademic Decathlon begins today More than 300 students on 35 teams are expected to competeForensics winners announcedSoHi band tours EuropeHonor band showcased talentASTF holds conferenceLVA sponsors literacy essay contestSchool board to meet MondayPop Warner football registration starts Oilers offer scholarships Redoubt offers scholarship to gradsTeachers invited to course on streams

Series of short classes offers plenty of education at KPC
Short classes at KPCCareer exploration seminarLVA sponsors essay contestHomer career fairOpera appreciation

Kenai teacher garners national praise
Last year was a great one for Kenai Central High School science teacher Liz Burck.

Senior Briefs
Senior Center activies throughout the peninsula for this coming week

Senior Menus
Senior Centers throughout the peninsula provide noon time meals. These are the menus for the coming week.

Cable executive's wife takes on senior issues show at 79
PHILADELPHIA -- Suzanne Roberts enjoyed a privileged childhood and an equally comfortable life as an executive's wife, socialite and mother of five.

Devils leap to top of conference
TAMPA, Fla. -- Alexander Mogilny had two goals as the New Jersey Devils took over the Eastern Conference lead with a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Garciaparra, Smoltz out for openers; Griffey, Jeter could join them
The disabled list will look like an All-Star team on opening day.

In realm of leg maladies, outfielder remains on a tear
A week from opening day, this was not what the Cincinnati Reds wanted to see from Ken Griffey Jr.

Kenai senior gives lesson on basketball's intangibles
Kenai Central High School senior Jessi Reilly plans on being an accountant, a career revolving around numbers.

Heat loses as center returns from ailment
MIAMI -- For the first time in nearly six months, All-Star center Alonzo Mourning was bumping and banging, driving and dunking.

Boilermakers, Irish, Lady Bears join Huskies at Final Four
Diana Taurasi dominated with her shooting and court savvy as Connecticut rolled into the women's Final Four again with a 67-48 victory over Louisiana Tech on Monday night.

Alabama, Tulsa advance to NIT championship
NEW YORK -- Alabama's inability to win away from home kept the Crimson Tide out of the NCAA tournament. Doing just that has put Alabama into the NIT championship game.

Woods takes second straight
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods crouched and cupped his hands over his brow to study the slope in his 45-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole. Out of the corner of his eye, across the water to a tiny patch of land, he could see his final challenge.

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-283-7551
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-283-3584
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Business Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-335-1257
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING

MORRIS ALASKA NEWS