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Wednesday, March 29, 2000

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.

Media News Group buys KTVA-TV for $2.1 million
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- MediaNews Group, Inc., the nation's seventh largest newspaper company, has bought Anchorage's No. 2 television station for $2.1 million, the company said Tuesday.

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.

Twenty-four-hour abortion notice bill clears first committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would require women seeking abortions to wait 24 hours and sit through an extensive description of fetal development passed the House Health, Education and Social Services Committee on Tuesday.

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.

Supreme Court appeal filed in salmon price fixing case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An appeal was filed Tuesday in a class action suit brought by thousands of fishermen who allege that Bristol Bay packing houses and Japanese salmon buyers conspired to keep prices low.

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.

Contractor injured in fall
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau contractor was seriously injured in a fall from the roof of a hotel under construction.

Fishermen look to Congress for fleet buyout in face of crab crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Commercial fishermen who harvest crab in the Bering Sea want Congress to appropriate $100 million to help retire a large portion of their fleet.

House passes bill banning lying in court
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that that would install a ''You lie, you lose'' policy for participants in civil trials won approval in the state House on Tuesday.

Tanker spills small amount of Alaska crude into California harbor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A tanker loaded with Alaska crude spilled about 40 gallons of oil in Long Beach, Calif., harbor Tuesday.

Pair accused of cashing forged money orders, checks
OURAY, Colo. (AP) -- Two Alaska residents have been arrested in Colorado on charges of cashing thousands of dollars worth of forged money orders and checks.

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.

Permanent Fund change clears first committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would earmark some of the Alaska Permanent Fund's earnings to help balance the state budget passed its first committee Wednesday.

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.

State troopers investigating western Alaska shooting
BETHEL (AP) -- A Crooked Creek man is being investigated for the shooting death of his younger cousin, 19-year-old Philip Phillips, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

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

Tight-lipped Arco drilling in NPR-A
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Arco Alaska Inc. has sunk the first exploratory well in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska in 15 years, but the company isn't talking about what it may or may not have found.

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.

Rusting fuel tank fails, spilling more than 84,000 gallons
UNALAKLEET (AP) -- More than 84,000 gallons of aviation fuel spilled when an old, rusting fuel tank failed last week at a Unalakleet tank farm, state environmental officials said Tuesday.

''Wistlestop Campgrounds'' would provide rail service to Chugach
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service is looking into having campers board the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage or Seward to get to a rugged section of the Chugach National Forest.

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

American Express plans to open travel call center in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- American Express says it's planning to build a center here that will handle emergency travel calls from corporate clients around the world.

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.

More stores offering Alaska Airlines frequent-flier miles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Shoppers at Carrs, Eagle and Alaska Safeway stores can earn Alaska Airlines frequent-flier miles when they use their Safeway Club card effective immediately.

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.

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.

Game Board gets involved in proposed land sale near Cooper Landing
KENAI (AP) -- The state Board of Game is the latest organization to take sides in the proposed sale of some public land at Cooper Landing, on the Kenai Peninsula.

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

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.

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
Raising thinking children subject of preschoolBusiness plan development class ThursdayMayor Bagley to speak at chamber luncheonHealthy Communities to hold annual meetingScholarship application deadline is Friday

Photo feature: Frozen food
A moose noses through fresh snow while browsing for food in Kenai.

Cooper Landing controversy gets state eye
The Alaska Board of Game is the latest party to take sides in the proposed sale of public land in Cooper Landing.

'Totally unpalatable' cuts help close school district's fiscal gap -- for now
They said "yes," but they were not happy about it.

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

Breakup nearly complete along Kenai River
In little more than a week, the Kenai River has shed most of its winter-long accumulation of ice.

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.

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.

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

William Gordon Leavey

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.

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