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Monday, April 2, 2001

Interior Secretary Norton, senators take pro-drilling tour
KAKTOVIK, Alaska (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton received a warm welcome Saturday from residents living in the only village within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- a visit that proponents hope will strengthen efforts to drill for oil in the refuge.

Knowles addresses Houston gas conclave
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles and his counterparts from the Yukon and Northwest territories in Canada are set to address delegates at the North American Gas Strategies Conference in Houston Monday.

Twenty mushers complete Denali 300 race
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Twenty mushers completed the inaugural running of the Denali 300 sled dog race, with the last place finisher crossing the Cantwell finish line Friday evening.

One man fatally shot, another wounded, in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One man was killed and another wounded in a shooting in a local massage parlor over the weekend.

Construction of gas pipeline years away
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP) -- The three big producers of natural gas in Alaska remain committed to making a route selection for a transcontinental pipeline by the end of the year, if the idea is financially feasible.

Police say man shot and killed in apparent burglary attempt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was shot and killed early Monday in an apparent burglary attempt, Anchorage police say.

Senate Finance plan spends more on schools, less on health
JUNEAU (AP) -- The public can weigh in Saturday and Monday on the Senate Finance Committee's proposed state spending plan for next year -- a plan that so far provides more money for schools, but $8.1 million less overall than the operating budget passed by the House.

High-tech wildcatters pinpoint oil drilling to minimize costs, damage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Stephen Lewis has struck oil. Again. He can do it a dozen times -- before lunch.

Guide loses appeal of plane forfeit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Court of Appeals has shot down a hunting guide's argument that forfeiting a plane and losing his guiding license for a decade was too harsh a penalty for his game offenses.

Airline service continues to decline, annual report says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Airline flights arrived behind schedule more often and more passengers complained about service despite industry promises to improve, a new study says.

Panel looks at impacts of increasing human activity near bears
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The soaring popularity of bear viewing is prompting Alaska wildlife managers and guides to ask how they can protect bruins from well-meaning human visitors in the wild.

House passes energy task force measure
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House on Monday approved a measure that would set up a 15-member energy plan task force.

Former defense official says Bush wants missile system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Reagan defense official and state officials say President George W. Bush has indicated he will go ahead with a national missile defense system, and at least a part of that system could be based in Alaska.

Lackluster salmon season predicted for Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- The state is predicting a lackluster salmon season this summer with lower projections forecast for Kodiak.

Anchorage teen wins state spelling bee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 13-year-old Anchorage girl won the Alaska State Spelling Bee, by correctly spelling ''moulage.''

Tuluksak man missing, snowmachine found in Kuskokwim River
TULUKSAK (AP) -- A Tuluksak man whose snowmachine was found in the Kuskokwim River is missing, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Moderate quake rumbles near Adak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An earthquake was recorded near Adak Friday night.

Biologist warns about impact of bike path
KENAI (AP) -- A state biologist is warning that a proposed bike path across the Kenai River flats between Soldotna and Kenai could spell trouble for migrating waterfowl.

Civil Rights Commission to consider racism hearing request
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Civil Rights Commission's Alaska advisory committee will consider public inquiries on racial discrimination in the state when it meets April 26 in Anchorage.

Two bodies found in area where fishing vessel disappeared
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A fishing vessel with 15 people on board apparently sank in the Bering Sea early Monday in what may be one of the worst fishing disasters in Alaska waters in two decades.

Native groups may lose social service funds
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Native groups could lose millions of dollars used for health and social service programs under a Senate subcommittee proposal to eliminate a $10.5 million appropriation designated for Native social services.

March 27: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on lawmakers and a long-range budget:
The Legislature and Gov. Tony Knowles are edging toward starting work on a long-range fiscal plan for the state. Leaders from all parts of the political spectrum are eyeing the prospect of a plan rather nervously.

Adak voting on incorporation, taxes
UNALASKA (AP) -- Residents of Adak are set to vote this week on whether to incorporate as a city and levy local taxes.

March 30: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on balancing oil and wildlife:
Alaskans have few illusions about the oil industry.

Two Southeast air carriers combine
JUNEAU (AP) -- Consolidation of Southeast Alaska's air carriers is continuing with the takeover of Alaska Coastal Airlines by Juneau-based Wings of Alaska.

April 1: Peninsula Clarion on animal control:
Mention ''pets'' to some people and wonderful stories pour forth about animals' companionship, their intelligence, their mischievous ways, their helpfulness.

Anchorage teen wins state spelling bee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 13-year-old Anchorage girl won the Alaska State Spelling Bee, by correctly spelling ''moulage.''

March 29: Anchorage Daily News on legislators and fiscal plan:
Let's call them the ''Heads-Up Caucus.'' With any luck they could lead the way to fiscal responsibility in Juneau.

Construction of gas pipeline years away
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP) -- The three big ucers of natural gas in Alaska remain committed to making a route selection for a transcontinental pipeline by the end of the year, if the idea is financially feasible.

ACS drops long-distance plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications Systems is scrapping its ''Infinite Minutes'' in-state long-distance calling plan because of ''misuse'' and ''burdensome regulatory conditions'' that made it less profitable, the company said.

Construction of gas pipeline years away
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP) -- The three big producers of natural gas in Alaska remain committed to making a route selection for a transcontinental pipeline by the end of the year, if the idea is financially feasible.

Northern Edge military exercise ends
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Northern Edge military exercise ended over the weekend after a two-week run.

Ketchikan jury finds man guilty of murder
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan jury has convicted Matthew Cook Jr. of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Harold James Trout 15 months ago.

Two Northwest passenger jets diverted to Anchorage over weekend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly 600 passengers bound for Japan from the Lower 48 made unscheduled stops here over the weekend when their Northwest Airlines jets developed problems and had to be diverted.

Norton reiterates support for drilling in Arctic refuge
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton is describing her trip to Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a ''fact-finding mission'' she hopes will ease the fight in Washington over whether to open the refuge to oil development.

How will Canadian weapons regulations affect Alaska pilots?
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage businessman Ron Sheardown was flying over uninhabited wilderness northwest of McGrath late one frigid afternoon a year ago February when the engine of his Piper J-4 airplane suddenly sputtered and died.

Fairbanks man found dead after apparent fight
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a Fairbanks man who was found dead Friday morning after an apparent fight.

Legislation would require earlier ship arrival information
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Legislation approved by the U.S. House last week would require all commercial vessels entering territorial waters to serve notice to the U.S. Coast Guard at least 24 hours in advance.

Five Fairbanks residents indicted for welfare fraud
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Five Fairbanks residents have been indicted on fraud charges that prosecutors say involve tens of thousands of dollars of public assistance money stretching back to 1996.

Researchers still at a loss to determine why darted wolves died
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- It's unlikely the three wolves that died at Denali National Park and Preserve after being darted by researchers last month were given too much tranquilizer, wildlife biologists say.

State says no protection for orphaned wolf
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state will not give special protection to a young wolf whose mother was accidentally killed by biologists in Denali National Park and Preserve.

UPS starts China service
ATLANTA (AP) -- United Parcel Service Inc. was set to make its first flight to China on Sunday, becoming the second U.S. cargo company to fly its own planes there. The flights go through Anchorage.

Interior Secretary Norton, senators take pro-drilling tour
KAKTOVIK, Alaska (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton received a warm welcome Saturday from residents living in the only village within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- a visit that proponents hope will strengthen efforts to drill for oil in the refuge.

Around the Peninsula
Pet owners: Beware of eaglesKenai little league tryouts planned NPCC to meetSeniors to discuss new facilityHospice to offer video presentationLibrary celebrates National Library WeekChamber lunch slatedFund-raisers planned to help Funny River area

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski seniors plan bazaar for Thursday, Friday Sterling seniors to discuss new facility Domestic violence seminars offered Volunteers meeting planned Boys and Girls Club offers classWolf to speak at chamber lunchNinilchik blood drive slatedBoxing club plannedTickets on sale for memory quiltReunion meeting planned

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Eagle Lady's TLC keeps birds aloft
An invitation to join Jean Keene for breakfast at her Homer Spit home between Christmas and the first part of April means one of two things:

My Best Friend
Justice and Shayne Miller of Soldotna find a comfortable spot to take a break with their dog Black.

Jarret wins Harrah with late charge
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Dale Jarrett raced from sixth place to the lead in 13 laps Sunday, passing gambling Johnny Benson and pulling away to win the Harrah's 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Training on FAS, FAE offered through Frontier
A three-day training seminar about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other effects caused by pre- and postnatal alcohol exposure to children begins today in Kenai. It's the first of its kind on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Bush official tours ANWR
KAKTOVIK -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton received a warm welcome Saturday from residents living in the only village within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- a visit that proponents hope will strengthen efforts to drill for oil in the refuge.

Borough, school district unfazed by Bush rollback of ergonomics laws
The new Bush administration repealed pending workplace rules on repetitive motion injuries, but the issue is far from dead, warned Kenai Peninsula employers.

Seminar tackles future, issues of government
Finding solutions for today's pressing questions that don't result in additional layers of government is the goal of a five-week seminar sponsored by Advocates for Self-Government that begins Thursday evening.

Waterfowl worries surround trail across Kenai River flats
A bike path across the Kenai River flats could be the shining link in a route between Soldotna and Kenai. But some fear it could spell trouble for migrating waterfowl.

Knowles lauds conservation effort on peninsula
From Gov. Tony Knowles' opening remarks regarding the way he was dressed to his recommendation to turn Alaska into a "Fortress of the Bears," he had the crowd gathered at the third annual Alaska Bear Festival glued to his every word.

Photo feature: Waves of snow
Like a wave in reverse, snow creeps toward Cook Inlet on the beach in Kenai Saturday afternoon.

Reaction mixed to revision on arsenic
The Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush has struck down an 80 percent reduction in acceptable arsenic levels approved by former President Bill Clinton just before he left office.

Conflicting testimony given
More versions were heard in Kenai Superior Court of the events that preceded the death of Justin Meireis, 19, of Nikiski, on March 12, 2000.

Forest Service plans to replace tree loss
The bare areas of the forest where trees have been removed for personal use, logging operations and affected by spruce bark beetles will not be so bare after this year.

Leonard Rose
Soldotna resident Leonard Rose died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 71.

Eloise Hershberger
Kenai resident Eloise Hershberger died unexpectedly of natural causes in an Indio, Calif., hospital on Friday, March 16, 2001. She was 68.

Leonard Mabry Rose
Soldotna resident Leonard Mabry Rose died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 71.

Good intentions don't always make good law
Sometimes common sense and good law can co-exist. It happened last week when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a South Carolina hospital's claim to drug-test pregnant women and report positive results to police.

Applause
March 24 fund-raiser reveals community's generous heart

Applause
Nikiski Cub Scout Pack appreciates support for Blue and Gold Banquet

Live-saving legislation needed
What would you pay to save your mother, sister, or daughter if they were diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer and had no insurance to cover treatment?

Animal control all about responsible pet ownership
Mention "pets" to some people and wonderful stories pour forth about animals' companionship, their intelligence, their mischievous ways, their helpfulness.

It's better for everyone when family matters
As I was walking out of the grocery store recently, I saw a family walking through the parking lot.

Peninsula, state officials, community working together to remedy rough road
I've received numerous phone calls, e-mails and letters informing me of the deteriorating road conditions on the North Kenai Spur Highway from Kenai on through Nikiski.

Letters to the Editor
Borough residents deserve chance to vote on private prison projectBlood donations will continue, but Suzie Kendrick will be missedIFQs for halibut charters takes resource away from 'little guys'

Boeing's move hurts NW pride, but injury not fatal
Hey, they're out of here. The Northwest -- and Kansas, St. Louis and Long Beach -- will keep doing the real work for Boeing, while the corporate leaders go somewhere new to think great thoughts. ...

Ask a Trooper
Question: Recently, a center turn lane was installed on K-Beach Road in Soldotna. I have seen several near accidents in this area when cars try to use it as a passing lane. Is it legal to use the center turn lane as a passing lane?

Doyle, Tourtellot plan April wedding
Denice Doyle and David Tourtellot have announced their plans to marry Saturday, April 21, 2001, at 3 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church in Sol-dotna.

Community News
Ceremony held to remember cancer victims Scholarships offered by KPBA

Top squad
The Kenai Central High School varsity cheerleaders received a rating of superior.

Peninsula People
Soldotna youth receives diploma, trainingNew Eagles president elected Ping pong tourney results

Births
Jennifer and Matthew Cooper

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

Celebrate 2000 scholarship winner
She's too young to know what she wants to be when she grows up, but Kimberly Schilling already has a good start toward a college education.

White, Wolin to be married by brother
Ann Marie White and Joseph Wolin will be married Saturday, May 26, 2001, in Moscow, Idaho, at the Grace Baptist Church. Jason Wolin, brother of the future groom, will officiate.

Peninsula churches launch marriage mentoring project
For too many married couples in America, "I do" degenerates over time into "I did, but I wish I hadn't."

Great Guy helps Rangers exorcise Devils
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Guy Hebert stopped 38 shots and the New York Rangers ended a 23-game winless streak that spanned four years against New Jersey, beating the Devils 4-3 Saturday.

Sports Briefs
Strawberry missing two days Twins sign former reliever CarrascoJeter to start season on DLBrown put on DL day of roster deadlineGiants purchase Santiago's contractNBA close to getting into the zone

Hurricanes back in front of playoff hunt
OTTAWA -- Shane Willis scored 1:18 into overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Sunday and moved back in front in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Ninilchik triumphs against all Hope
To the victors go the spoils. In Ninilchik, apparently, that includes a water-bottle shower for the winning coach.

Venus perseveres for Ericsson title
Venus Williams returns a shot to opponent Jennifer Capriati during the women's finals Saturday at the Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Wolverines stop Northway
The Ninilchik and Point Hope girls basketball teams picked up semifinal victories Friday night at Service High School in Anchorage to advance to the Class 2A state championship game.

A-Rod, Rangers trip in opening game
David Wells believes it's time his old team took a fall.

Notre Dame shows the luck of the Irish as they edge Purdue for NCAA womens' title
ST. LOUIS -- Notre Dame pulled off yet another comeback, this one for the biggest prize of all.

Baseball 2001: Around the bases, from A to Z
A quick trip around the bases, from A to Z:

Andre Agassi is unstoppable
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Perhaps the only player at the Ericsson Open who could have given Andre Agassi any difficulty Sunday was watching from the president's box: Rod Laver.

Duke comes back from 22-point hole
MINNEAPOLIS -- Duke was down by 22 points and coach Mike Krzyzewski didn't mince words.

Time runs out on CIA in fourth-place game
Even with an overtime period, the Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball

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