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Saturday, April 1, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

''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.''

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Community Calendar
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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