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Friday, March 31, 2000

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.

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.

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

Dog owner finds himself jailed
VALDEZ (AP) -- A Girdwood man who went to the Valdez Police Department to bail out his dog found himself jailed on drug charges.

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.

Forest Service to seek wilderness status for much of Chugach
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service has issued a draft management plan that would set aside the Chugach National Forest primarily as wilderness, with an emphasis on wildlife and recreation rather than mining or logging.

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.

''Brother Asaiah'' Bates dead at age 78
HOMER (AP) -- ''Brother Asaiah'' Bates, considered the patron sage of the Lower Kenai Peninsula, died Monday in Homer, the town he called ''our cosmic hamlet by the sea.''

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.

Fast ferry service could return by May 1
SEATTLE (AP) -- Passenger-only fast-ferry service between here and Bremerton will not resume until May 1 at the earliest, and then with only one boat running at full speed, Washington State Ferries said Friday.

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.

Gas may be big issue in Exxon suit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The timing of Exxon's lawsuit to block the sale of Arco Alaska Inc. to Phillips Petroleum Co. may have been awkward, but the stakes for Exxon are high.

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.

Two Mat-Su marijuana busts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three homes near Willow were raided Wednesday and marijuana plants were seized at all three, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Park Service plans for $2 million criticized
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some fishermen and environmentalists are concerned the National Park Service isn't spending $2 million in pollution fines from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to monitor cruise ships or water quality in Glacier Bay.

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.

Environmental groups seek ban on groundfish fishing in Steller sea lion habitat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Environmental groups

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.

Senate taps education surplus for school quality grants
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Finance Committee approved nearly $5.8 million Thursday for one-time grants to improve student performance on the state's new high school exit exam.

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.

Jury finds banker guilty of loan fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal jury on Thursday convicted H. Derrell Smith, former president of Alaska Statebank, of two felonies in connection with an $85,000 bank loan, according to prosecutors.

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.

Alaska to help introduce low-power FM radio
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska is one of ten states that have been chosen to help inaugurate low-power FM radio broadcasts, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

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.

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.

Two Alaska Native corporations announce tourism joint venture
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two of Alaska's largest Native corporations are getting together to open a resort hotel near the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Crabbers, processors agree on price
UNALASKA (AP) -- Snow crab fishermen agreed to a price of $1.85 a pound for top quality crab on Thursday, two days before Saturday's opener in the Bering Sea. The price is more than double the amount processors paid last year.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Forest Service to seek wilderness status for much of Chugach
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service has issued a draft management plan that would set aside the Chugach National Forest primarily as wilderness, with an emphasis on wildlife and recreation rather than mining or logging.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Homer icon, cultural activist dead at 78
Perhaps the closest thing Homer will ever have to a patron saint died at 11:22 p.m. Tuesday at his home, surrounded by family.

Dispute over role of hospital service area group stirs controversy
Members of the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board say they want their powers clarified, so they can decide whether to resign their seats.

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

Job trends giving mixed signals
While the economy in other states is in the midst of a roaring boom, the Kenai Peninsula's job market seems to be slowing down.

Father, 2 sons die in early morning blaze
A Thursday morning fire claimed the lives of three Nikiski residents.

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

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.

Frank F. Lanxon
Ninilchik resident Frank F. Lanxon died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Outdoor Briefs
Small woman lands big fishBlack Bear baiting permits available April 17 Kayaking symposium set for May

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.

Cleaner, quieter snowmobiles race through Yellowstone
Students from seven universities raced their retooled snowmobiles across the southern portion of Yellowstone National Park to prove to a team of judges that the future of snowmobiling is a cleaner, quieter experience.

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

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.

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.

Sno-go pioneer traces 900-mile trip through Alaska Bush 40 years after original
MINNEAPOLIS -- As an experienced snowmachiner, 79-year-old Edgar Hetteen didn't give it much thought when he hopped off his machine and broke through the crusted snow during his 900-mile trek across Alaska.

Religion Briefs
Kenai Aglow to meet April 10Soldotna church plans Easter musicalEaster cantata choir practice is Wednesdays

Changes Muslim unity could remake America's religious landscape
CHICAGO -- Rarely has an American religious group changed its doctrines so radically and so swiftly. And rarely have the implications been so weighty.

Oilers Corner
The 2000 Oilers team members from the University of Illinois have enjoyed great success during the college season to date.

Seldovia, Ninilchik girls roll at tourney
The Kake boys basketball team upset top-ranked Seldovia 33-30 Thursday in the first round of the Class 2A state boys basketball tournament at Service High School in Anchorage.

Sports Briefs
Women's Hockey Classic starts Women's Hockey Classic starts today at SSCNBA wants to add andro to banned list

Perseverance pays dividends
Last year, as the Seldovia girls limped through a one-win season that was eventually cut short when the number of healthy players on the team dropped to four, people around town kept comforting junior Jacquelyn Brown with one thought.

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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