Sunday, April 2, 2000

Driver charged with homicide for 1999 fatal crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man has been charged with second-degree murder for an auto accident last year that killed a teenager, Alaska State Troopers said Saturday.

Booze, drugs would doom workers comp cases
JUNEAU (AP) -- Workers who used alcohol or drugs before an accident could be denied workers compensation claims even if they weren't intoxicated if a bill passed Friday by the House becomes law.

Verdict mixed on Wal-Mart's first year in Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- Discount retailer Wal-Mart has been operating in Kodiak for a year now, and its impact on the local economy looks to be a mixed bag.

Petition submitted to create Delta-area borough
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Residents of the Delta Junction area have filed a petition to create a new borough that would cover some 8,000 square miles of the eastern Interior.

U.S. Senate passes bill for rural satellite TV
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has approved a bill that would help pay for satellite delivery of local television and Internet service to rural areas.

Stevens meets GOP resistance to crab disaster funds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An effort by Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens to secure disaster aid for Alaska crab fishermen is running into a sizable obstacle -- the Senate's majority leader.

Barrow delays enforcement of liquor law
BARROW (AP) -- The Barrow City Council has delayed enforcement of a change to the city's liquor law that bans importation of large quantities of booze as airline baggage.

Nenana Ice Classic keeps 'em guessing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Hour after hour, Ole Olsen trains his eyes on the Tanana River looking for the river ice to move.

New charges filed against fugitive guide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The charges against fugitive hunting guide Michael ''Tony'' Roberts continue to pile up.

Legal money laundering frees up millions in state budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- In a form of legalized money-laundering, the state plans to use local hospitals around Alaska to transform millions in federal Medicaid grants into state money that can be used to bring in more federal dollars.

Army Corps finishes Chena River dredging project
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers last week finished a two-year dredging project to clear hazardous shoals from the Chena River.

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Taxi drivers find fun, fares, adventure behind the wheel
Driving a taxicab isn't as easy as it looks.

Concerns discussed at meeting
Community commitment was the guiding star of Thursday night's Nikiski town meeting.

Secret session, long agenda
The nonprofit corporation that runs the public hospital in Soldotna discussed service area matters publicly Thursday, but asked the public to leave before taking up the rest of its agenda.

DOT readies paving projects
Here is another sign of impending spring: The state is starting its 2000 road construction projects.

Access denied: Hospital board again shuts doors to public
The nonprofit corporation that runs the hospital in Soldotna is sticking to its guns.

Theodore Antone Velanis
Soldotna resident Theodore Antone Velanis died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at the Heritage Place Nursing Home in Soldotna after a short illness. He was 70.

Helen F. (Raats) Lilley
Helen F. (Raats) Lilley died Feb. 18, 2000. She was 82.

Gertrude Lucille Billings
Soldotna resident Gertrude Lucille Billings died Friday, March 31, 2000, at her home in Soldotna. She was 80.

Robert James Downie, Daniel William, Downie and Richard Arthur Downie
Kenai residents Robert James Downie, Daniel William Downie and Richard Arthur Downie died Thursday, March 30, 2000, from injuries sustained in a fire at their residence in North Kenai. They were 5, 11, and 39, respectively.

Pence: Probe of worker harassment sad but not surprising
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Guy Pence knows all too well about intimidation and harassment of U.S. Forest Service workers in Nevada.

Ninilchik sheds runners-up tag
Be careful what you ask for, the saying goes. You just might get it.

Puffins up to Women's Hockey Challenge
"Don't be fooled ... we still play tough."

So, we meet again
The Seldovia and Ninilchik girls advanced to the championship game of the Class 2A state basketball tournament Friday with semifinal victories at Service High School in Anchorage.

Sixth sense of champs nightmare for Seldovia
Seldovia High School girls basketball coach Sara Nichols wasn't even sure that her team would be on the floor for the ASAA State 2A Basketball Tournament when she looked around the gym at the first practice of the season, way back in December.

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