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Monday, April 3, 2000

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.

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.

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.

House rejects limit on same-day airborne wolf hunting
JUNEAU (AP) -- House supporters of a bill allowing land-and-shoot hunting of wolves in certain areas rejected a proposed amendment on Monday that would have limited the practice to government employees.

Permafrost tunnel shows cross-sections of past for researchers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A few miles north of Fairbanks stands what looks like a shack pushed back against a hill. Behind its front door dwells a distant past when saber-toothed tigers, mastodons and even camels roamed Alaska's Interior.

Coast Guard team up for award
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard helicopter crew that pulled three fishermen out of the Gulf of Alaska during a November storm are up for the Distinguished Flying Cross, the nation's highest peacetime flying honor.

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.

Research identifies British sailor's grave at Unalaska cemetery
UNALASKA (AP) -- A weathered marker at the Unalaska Cemetery dating back to 1907 has been identified as the last resting place for British sailor William Henry Honsey, a Royal Navy veteran.

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.

Five lawyers apply for Superior Court judge post in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Five attorneys have applied to the Alaska Judicial Council for the position of Superior Court judge in this Southeast Alaska city.

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.

Bill would rename airport for Stevens
JUNEAU (AP) -- Anchorage International Airport would be renamed to honor U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens under a bill approved Monday by the Senate.

For Coast Guard rescue swimmers, waiting for the 'big case' is hardest part
It was Christmas morning 1993 and Coast Guard rescue swimmer Wil Milam was searching for two duck hunters who were reported missing near the Columbia River in Oregon.

Archaeologists hunt for history using satellites
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A pair of archaeologists has earned the necessary security clearances so they can use government satellites to study ancient sites in Alaska's Brooks Range.

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.

NANA files complaint against dissenting shareholders
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- The Native regional corporation for northwest Alaska has filed a complaint against dissident shareholders who tried to recall the corporation's board of directors.

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

Peninsula hospital to continue secrecy policies
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The corporation that runs a publically owned hospital in Soldotna is refusing to open its meetings to the community, despite increasing pressure to do so.

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.

Juneau man wants McKinley rock for Chicago collection
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man wants a souvenir from the top of the nation's highest peak, but not for himself. He wants to add it to a famed rock collection in Chicago.

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.

Family dispute clouds future of North Pole airport
More than 40 years ago, James Bradley broke ground on his dream on a 145-acre homestead off the Richardson Highway near what is now North Pole.

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.

Conditions shaping up for Yukon flooding
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Eleven years ago, the village of Circle City was flooded when cabin-sized ice chunks jammed up the Yukon River and forced it over its banks.

SeaLife Center, park service partner up in Seward
SEWARD (AP) -- The financially ailing Alaska SeaLife Center is taking on a research partner with deep pockets -- the National Park Service.

Legislature's session could end by Easter
JUNEAU -- The Legislature's Republican leaders are preparing for an early adjournment, but getting out of Juneau before the session's mandatory end in May is harder than just making a ferry reservation.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Nikiski teen moving on after accident
Phillip Kensinger never liked guns, yet he has overcome major obstacles thrown in his path and learned the virtue of forgiveness due to a disastrous accident caused by one.

Family dispute clouds future of North Pole airport
More than 40 years ago, James Bradley broke ground on his dream on a 145-acre homestead off the Richardson Highway near what is now North Pole.

Transit project opens its doors
The new Central Area Rural Transit System Inc. -- CARTS -- is getting closer to rolling out its rides.

Photo feature: High roller
Ryan Rector goes airborne at Soldotna Middle School last weekend

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

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.

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.

March 28: Anchorage Daily News on Exxon lawsuit:
Exxon Mobil -- child of the merger of Exxon and Mobil -- has stuck its nose in the marriage of BP and Atlantic Richfield. Exxon has sued to block Arco's attempt to sell its Alaska assets to Phillips Petroleum.

March 31: Juneau Empire on Exxon lawsuit:
Somebody needs to teach Exxon-Mobil a lesson in public relations.

March 31: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on university funding by the state:
Lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee were doing their jobs and doing them well Wednesday when they moved $8.5 million to the University of Alaska budget.

March 31: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on gambling in Alaska:
Gambling once was illegal in Alaska, but the barriers have fallen. How long, some wonder, before they will be totally erased?

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.

Hero of the week
I would like to publicly thank Bruce Schirmers for assisting me last week when I was viciously attacked by a German shepherd on Lakeview Street in Sterling whil

Community news
Safari Club offers scholarshipSpecial day set aside for martial arts SeaLife center announces new hours

Births
Serena and Shawn Houser Lisa and Jesse LegnerPatty and Bernard VeselskyLaura and Sonny (Duwayne) MeseGena and Bernard ChastainMarrie and Brannon Naylor

Peninsula People
Army captain assumes company commandKenai student accepted to collegeArea men enlist in ArmyPing pong tournament announces winners

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

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.

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.

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

SeaLife Center, park service partner up in Seward
SEWARD (AP) -- The financially ailing Alaska SeaLife Center is taking on a research partner with deep pockets -- the National Park Service.

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