Thursday, March 30, 2000

EPA signs off on portion of Ward Cove cleanup plan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed off on a Ketchikan Pulp Co. cleanup plan for the old Ward Cove pulp mill.

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.

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.

Nation's largest propane company reverses stand about Iditarod sponsorship
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After a push from the Alaska Legislature, the nation's largest propane company has dropped its opposition to sponsorship of Iditarod musher Ramy Brooks by a Fairbanks affiliate.

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.

Alaska Permanent Fund dividend applications due by midnight Friday
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Department of Revenue is reminding Alaskans that their annual Permanent Fund dividend applications must be postmarked no later than midnight Friday.

Prices for fresh halibut remaining on the high side
KODIAK (AP) -- Prices for fresh halibut remained on the high side as the season entered its third week, seafood retailers said.

Three family members die in trailer fire at Nikiski
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three members of a Nikiski family were killed in a trailer fire early Thursday that was likely caused by a cigarette, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Knowles says Alaska will attack Exxon lawsuit
JUNEAU (AP) -- Siding with the world's second-biggest oil company against the biggest, Gov. Tony Knowles said Thursday that Alaska will challenge Exxon Mobil Corp.'s bid to block BP Amoco's proposed takeover of Atlantic Richfield Co.

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

Competing plans emerge for university increase
JUNEAU (AP) -- Competing plans for increasing the University of Alaska's budget have emerged in the House and Senate.

University slated for $8.5 million increase
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Finance Committee approved an $8.5 million increase for the University of Alaska late Wednesday, tapping two unusual sources for the money.

ANWR leasing provision headed to full Senate; floor fight expected
An ANWR drilling provision has survived an early skirmish in Congress. But environmentalists as well as drilling supporters were claiming victory and a floor fight is expected -- perhaps as early as next week -- when the Republican budget provision leasing revenues from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reaches the Senate floor.

Two men arrested in slaying of Anchorage pizzeria worker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Authorities in Anchorage and Mississippi have charged two men in connection with the September slaying of pizzeria worker Keith Dirkes during a robbery at an Anchorage eatery.

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.

Prices expected to come down, but when?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Motorists coping with high gasoline prices might not see lower pump prices for months as a result of OPEC's increase oil production. Even then, cheaper gasoline might not come in time for the busy summer driving season.

Now's the time to look and listen for owls around Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It didn't take more than a minute for Jim Gillis to identify the owl that landed on top of a spruce tree in his yard a couple weeks ago.

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.

Fort Knox wants to build new Steese Highway intersection
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fort Knox gold mine has submitted its development proposal for the True North deposit and the company now is asking permission to build a new intersection along the Steese Highway.

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.

Unions critical of Alaska during meetings with executives
SEATTLE (AP) -- Union leaders at Alaska Airlines have had ''frank and candid'' discussions over aircraft safety and maintenance in recent meetings with the company's top executives, the company said Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Census goes camp-to-camp as well as door-to-door, seeking the homeless
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- From a distance, there were no signs of life at a blue-tarp shelter hidden in the woods off a busy East Anchorage street. However, a well-used trail in the fresh snow led U.S. Census employees to believe someone was living there.

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.

Keeping Native traditions alive with new technology
NOORVIK (AP) -- In an attempt to keep traditional Native hunting practices alive, the Selawik National Wildlife Refuge and NANA Regional Elders Council have put together a practical guide to caribou hunting using modern media.

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.

Uniquely Alaskan golf classic tees off in Kodiak
Even Tiger Woods might have a difficult time with this course.

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.

Mount McKinley climbers to get trash bags
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Hundreds of climbers ascending Mount McKinley during the spring and summer crunch will be handed color-coded bags so rangers can better understand the trash situation on the mountain.

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.

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.

''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.

Snow crab season opens Saturday, limits placed on processors
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Bering Sea snow crab season opens Saturday and for the first time limits will be placed on processing plants in an effort to protect smaller companies.

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.

House changes university lands bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposal to give the University of Alaska 250,000 acres of state land was changed Wednesday to exclude state parks, game refuges and critical habitat areas.

Williams purchases interest in pipeline
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A unit of The Williams Cos. has agreed to purchase a small stake in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, the Tulsa-based company said Tuesday.

Local tourism council courts off-season visitors from Anchorage
The most effective way to increase tourism on the Kenai Peninsula is to attract off-season visitors, a local tourism official said.

Muppets take Munich
FRANKFURT, Germany -- It's not easy bein' gruen.

Business Briefs
Clam Shell Lodge has new ownerLand trust names regional directorRDC supports permit fee reformsPeninsula jobs up, work force downColorado company offers small-dish TVCheck flood insurance, agencies adviseDisadvantaged businesses have bidding advantagesHomer chamber offers scholarships

Consultants help companies develop dress codes, clarify policies
NEW YORK-- Dressing casual at work was supposed to make life easier.

New club cards gather air miles
Customers can earn Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan bonus miles every time the new CarrsPlus-Safeway Club card is used.

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
Mayor to speak at chamber luncheonPublic health system plan to be presentedFolk festival kicks off in HomerHome buyer education seminar offered in AprilFree tax assistance available on peninsulaEducation scholarship applications availableAgriculture scholarship applications availableHomer museum hosts lecture seriesSeaLife Center looking for volunteers

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

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.

Mount McKinley climbers to get trash bags
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Hundreds of climbers ascending Mount McKinley during the spring and summer crunch will be handed color-coded bags so rangers can better understand the trash situation on the mountain.

EPA signs off on portion of Ward Cove cleanup plan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed off on a Ketchikan Pulp Co. cleanup plan for the old Ward Cove pulp mill.

Snow crab season opens Saturday, limits placed on processors
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Bering Sea snow crab season opens Saturday and for the first time limits will be placed on processing plants in an effort to protect smaller companies.

Prices for fresh halibut remaining on the high side
KODIAK (AP) -- Prices for fresh halibut remained on the high side as the season entered its third week, seafood retailers said.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainment Upcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms If you have an event to include in our Thursday InSide section, send the information, in writing, to "What's Happening," c/o the Peninsula Clarion, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. You also may fax the information to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to clarion@alaska.net. For questions, call 283-7551. To have your event listed, information must be received by Monday at 5 p.m.

An exhibit of growth
An exciting array of photography, drawings and mixed media by Dan Stevens are currently on display at the Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery.

Refuge lake eyed for landing area
Floatplane noise is an issue with some lakeside residents. However, at least one local pilot opposes regulating noise until there is some other place for floatplanes to land.

Ambulance damaged in accident
A Nikiski ambulance was headed back to Station No. 2 Saturday night when it came upon a two-vehicle accident. It was one of the vehicles.

Early morning fire claims 3 Nikiski residents
The fire broke out shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday morning at the trailer house occupied by the Downie family at Space 26 Blue Jay Trailer Court, 44220 Kenai Spur Highway.

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

Early birds not fair-weather fowl
People in the Sterling area are reporting unusual sightings of swans this month.

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.

Arts center gaining momentum
The committee promoting construction of an arts center in Kenai has a name.

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.

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

Now's the time to look and listen for owls around Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It didn't take more than a minute for Jim Gillis to identify the owl that landed on top of a spruce tree in his yard a couple weeks ago.

Migratory bird group declines to ban mechanized decoys
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Robo-ducks can still spin their wings legally over ponds and streams in the nation's midsection where hunters are waiting to shoot at any real ducks lured in by the decoys.

National Park Service to offer collectible park pass
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The National Park Service next month will begin selling a $50 credit-card-style pass for admission to national parks nationwide that the agency hopes will raise millions of extra dollars.

Keeping Native traditions alive with new technology
NOORVIK (AP) -- In an attempt to keep traditional Native hunting practices alive, the Selawik National Wildlife Refuge and NANA Regional Elders Council have put together a practical guide to caribou hunting using modern media.

Uniquely Alaskan golf classic tees off in Kodiak
Even Tiger Woods might have a difficult time with this course.

Up for grabs
The Seldovia boys and the Ninilchik girls will hope to have their Kake -- and beat it too -- as they tip off at the Alaska School Activities Association State 2A Basketball Championships today at Service High School in Anchorage.

Peninsula signs on for fall wrestling season
Kenai Peninsula high schools Skyview, Soldotna, Kenai and Homer will most likely not get a chance to wrestle with big schools in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys, Anchorage and Fairbanks next season.

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