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Thursday, March 29, 2001

Soldotna mayoral election too close to call
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Soldotna still doesn't have a new mayor, after five months of speculation, three months of campaigning and two elections.

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

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.

Scammers take aim at Alaskans with fake sweepstakes calls, claims
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A telemarketing scam promising a sweepstakes award is targeting Alaskans, the attorney general's office says.

State Senate approves exit exam delay
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would put off the day students have to pass a test to get out of high school until 2004. The bill would also let some students get diplomas through waivers or alternative assessments.

Veneer plant resumes operations as financing package moves ahead
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Gateway Forest Products veneer mill resumed operations Tuesday. That came as its managers rushed to prepare an interim financing proposal to submit at next week's Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting.

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.

Admiral: Wainwright needs more and better housing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chief of the U.S. Pacific Command acknowledges there are serious housing problems at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, but he's not sure how the military will find the money to handle it.

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.

Yearling moose needs rescue after dining mishap
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The moose poop was scattered 30 feet along the icy, sloping driveway. That's why Lee Carpenter noticed it Tuesday as he rumbled his big Arctic Express Towing and Recovery rig past a neighbor's house on Kantishna Drive in Eagle River just before it hits Monte Road.

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.

Report: Alaska ranks No. 2 in number of adult women who smoke
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A new report says Alaska ranks second in the nation in the number of female smokers per capita.

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

Rural schools court ruling gets subdued reaction in Legislature
JUNEAU -- A judge's opinion that the Legislature violates the state constitution and federal civil rights law by discriminating against rural schools in allocating construction money may have little immediate effect, the co-chairman of the House Finance Committee said Wednesday.

State moves toward Sterling Highway upgrade near Cooper Landing
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The state has hired an engineering firm to recommend a redesign of the twisting Sterling Highway through Cooper Landing.

Sitka Sound sac roe herring catch tops quota
SITKA (AP) -- Seiners in the Sitka Sound are over the top, as far as sac roe herring is concerned.

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.

Anchorage man crushed by beams
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed Wednesday after being crushed by beams at a building materials company.

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.

Kodiak teen injured in fatal car crash taken out of intensive care
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak teen who was critically injured in a fatal car accident last week has been removed from intensive care in an Anchorage hospital.

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

Kenai teacher wins presidential excellence award
KENAI (AP) -- Liz Burck, a Kenai Central High School science teacher, has been named the Alaska winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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.

DEC: BP and Phillips keeping environmental promises on North Slope
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. and Phillips Petroleum Co. are doing a good job of keeping environmental promises made about their North Slope operations, the Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday.

Senate passes bill protecting voters from workers' mistakes
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that could prevent election workers' mistakes from invalidating voters' ballots.

'Dandelion Warriors' to return to Denali in June
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dandelion warriors will descend upon Denali National Park and Preserve in June for the third annual battle against the familiar flower.

More irrational exuberance?
NEW YORK (AP) -- If investors were termed overly exuberant when they pushed the stock market to unsustainable heights, what term is to be used in describing the newfound confidence of the American consumer?

American Greetings to cut 1,500 full-time jobs
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Hurt by competition from the Internet and cut-rate greeting cards, American Greetings Corp. said Tuesday it will lay off 1,500 employees, or 13 percent of its full-time work force, and close six plants.

When misery is deepest, opportunity might be brightest
NEW YORK (AP) -- The new, standard, all-purpose, no-risk stock market forecast is: ''the market may not have reached its bottom yet -- too many still feel bullish -- and when it does, don't expect a sharp recovery.''

Business Briefs
Open-air market seeks vendorsBeluga Realty has new office Visitors bureau plans sportsman show boothInternet auction, grant-writing workshops offeredPhillips makes management changesPenAir ends service to BethelHull named to head Employment Security Division

Mergers Produce Paradoxes, Not Easy Answers
Some paradoxes often associated with banking mergers:

Tarnished gold prices improve
RENO, Nev. -- The depressed gold market is showing renewed luster these days, and not just due to burned stock market investors looking for a safe haven. Analysts say much of the spurt is due to dealers who have been selling gold they didn't own -- and who now are scrambling to cover their speculation.

Giving and getting -- more Baby Boomers look to volunteerism
CHICAGO (AP) -- It is the largest, most affluent and probably most self-indulgent generation in American history.

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

Firm may give 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.

Delphi issues earnings warning, says will cut 11,500 jobs
DETROIT (AP) -- Delphi Automotive Systems Corp., the world's largest auto parts supplier, said Thursday it will cut 11,500 jobs under a major restructuring plan prompted by a soft auto market.

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

Around the Peninsula
Endowment dinner planned Historical Society to meet Sunday Boys and Girls Club offers class Space available for Sterling sale Marine guide offered to boat owners

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 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.

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

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).

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

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.

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".

Art Briefs
Clock-makers show deadline is Friday Scholarship program to showcase teensOpera to hold auditionsJuneau to host quilt exhibit

Art Briefs
Clock-makers show deadline is Friday Scholarship program to showcase teensOpera to hold auditionsJuneau to host quilt exhibit

Computer class leads to new lab
A weekly visit to Kenai Central High School by the Kenai Senior Center has grown into a popular outing.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorages Events and Films.

Dying for entertainment
At the senior center I get volunteered a lot for a lot of things. That's how this all came about.

Dying for entertainment
At the senior center I get volunteered a lot for a lot of things. That's how this all came about.

Student exhibit
Stan Warta and his sons Christian and Aaron spend the morning together at Kaladi Brother Coffee Company in Soldotna Saturday.

Senate approves exit exam delay
JUNEAU -- The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would put off the day students have to pass a test to get out of high school until 2004. The bill would also let some students get diplomas through waivers or alternative assessments.

Harrah's 500
Where: Texas Motor Speedway's

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.

Safety must be addressed collectively
FORT WORTH, Texas -- It's not in writing, and it's never been said on the record. But drivers on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series know that challenging the sanctioning body's authority is every bit as bad as using an illegal engine or tricked-up gasoline.

Schedule
Winston cup schedule

MONEY LEADERS
Winston Cup series money leaders

Families team up to rebuild dynasties
FORT WORTH, Texas -- When your last name is Andretti, you expect more than two victories in a career of 233 races. And when your last name is Petty, you expect more than three victories in the past eight years.

Points standings
Point standings so far in the Winston Cup series.

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.

Borough's elected officials offer opinions
It wasn't just the public that had its say at Tuesday's public prison hearing.

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

DEC: BP, Phillips keeping promises on North Slope
ANCHORAGE -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. and Phillips Petroleum Co. are doing a good job of keeping environmental promises made about their North Slope operations, the Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday.

Sickness in jury delays Nudson trial for a day
Illness sidelined the jury trial of Zebulon Nudson, 23, of Nikiski, on Wednesday, after one juror called in sick.

Borough's elected officials offer opinions
It wasn't just the public that had its say at Tuesday's public prison hearing.

Assembly prison hearing mostly talk
Pros, cons and all points in between were expressed by residents Tuesday night at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's public hearing on the proposed private prison project.

Assembly prison hearing mostly talk
Pros, cons and all points in between were expressed by residents Tuesday night at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's public hearing on the proposed private prison project.

Telephone scam making the rounds
The promise of sweepstakes-winning awards over the telephone is too good to be true, according to Attorney General Bruce Botelho.

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.

Proposal sparks mixed response
Enthusiastic support for, as well as whole-hearted opposition against the private prison being proposed was heard by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Tuesday night.

Proposal sparks mixed response
Enthusiastic support for, as well as whole-hearted opposition against the private prison being proposed was heard by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Tuesday night.

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.

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.

Violence in schools can't be stopped by legislation
If only passing legislation would remove all the bullies from the school playgrounds and cafeterias and hallways between classes.

Even high-stakes election didn't move voters to polls
Are Americans turned off by politics? Or are they

Economy 101: Wall Street not whole picture; look to Main Street
Call it the Yo-Yo Market, with apologies to the great cellist. Stocks were up, way up ... then they were down, way down. Up again, down again. Just what is going on here, and what does it say about the state of the economy?

Short-sightedness at heart of current crunch; price controls won't cure problem
NEW YORK -- Mayor Rudolph Giuliani last Tuesday mentioned two words not heard from a Republican since

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor

Bird watcher follows favorite fowl
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) -- For Dan Casey, birdwatching is more than just a pleasant way to get outside and commune with nature; it's his life.

Photographer gets his dream shot of McKinley after two-year wait
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Norio Matsumoto had a vision.

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

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

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

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

McGrady leads Magic past Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- Tracy McGrady matched a career-high with 44 points and hit a driving bank shot with 2.7 seconds as the Orlando Magic held off a frenzied comeback by Philadelphia and beat the 76ers 96-95 Wednesday 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.

Ninilchik girls, CIA boys, Seldovia girls set for annual state championship run
The more things change, the more they stay the same, at least as far as the Alaska School Activities Association State 2A Basketball Championships go.

Ninilchik girls, CIA boys, Seldovia girls set for annual state championship run
The more things change, the more they stay the same, at least as far as the Alaska School Activities Association State 2A Basketball Championships go.

Red Wings take control of Central
DETROIT -- Brendan Shanahan broke a tie with 24.4 seconds left in the second period and Detroit went on to beat St. Louis 5-2.

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.

Area will be well-represented at Class 2A state tournament
It looks like the 2A state basketball tournament got a little brighter with the berths earned by the Cook Inlet Academy Eagles boys and the Ninilchik Wolverines and Seldovia Sea Otters girls basketball teams Saturday.

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.

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

Hungry bears rise from winter slumber
KENAI (AP) -- They're back and they want something from you -- your garbage.

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