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Tuesday, April 3, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Return of snow buntings means spring close at hand
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The snow buntings have arrived.

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.

One body recovered in area where fishing boat disappeared
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A fishing vessel with 15 people on board is believed to have sunk in the Bering Sea in what would be one of the worst fishing disasters in Alaska waters in nearly two decades.

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.

Man who shot fast food worker pleads no contest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The man who twice shot a Wendy's restaurant manager in the head last year pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in Anchorage Superior Court.

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

Judge: Forest Service management plan circumvented law
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service violated federal law by not proposing new wilderness areas when it updated a plan for managing Southeast Alaska's Tongass National Forest four years ago, a judge ruled.

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.

Alaska Airlines lawyers seek private meeting with judge
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines' lawyers are seeking a private meeting with a federal judge to discuss settlements of lawsuits over the crash of Alaska Flight 261, a move opposed by plaintiffs and a co-defendant.

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.

Airline gives big thanks to Alaska Peninsula community
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Delta Air Lines is delivering a big ''thank you'' to an Alaska community that gave a gracious welcome to a Delta flight diverted there a couple of weeks ago.

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.

Government proposes improved reporting standards for some pipeline accidents
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Transportation Department is proposing to significantly lower the reporting threshold for some pipeline accidents.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

LIO Schedule
Today 1:30 p.m. - SB44 and SB 45

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

Around the Peninsula
Safari Club to meet todayFish and Game committee meeting slated todayMoving families out of poverty focus of group Chorus need members KCHS choir reunion planned in June

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.

The fuel of the future is here now at Tesoro
For over 16 years, Tesoro's Alaskan refinery in Nikiski has been producing ultra low sulfur gasoline.

Turn out high for aspiring models of all ages
The excitement in coming to remote areas like Alaska is that we might find a new face that no one else has found.

Outdoors
There I was at work on the platforms of Cook Inlet and dreaming about the many activities I had planned for days off. Ice fishing, bear hunting, looking for moose drop antlers, calling in predators and maybe even do some camping out on the ice.

BP hosts public reception at GTL site in Nikiski
Last June, BP announced the selection of Nikiski as the site of a demonstration plant to test potential breakthrough gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology designed to convert methane gas into synthetic crude oil.

"Caring For the Kenai" judging underway
With the coming of spring, comes the task of selecting 12 finalists to make oral presentations in the 11th annual Caring for the Kenai (CFK) environmental awareness contest sponsored by Unocal Alaska, and Agrium.

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.

Proposed land trade draws fire from nearby residents
'It's beach-front and lake-front property. It's got a road to it. It's worth probably twice that much. He'd be a millionaire overnight if he acquired that property. It seems like too good a deal to give one person.'

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.

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

Photo feature: Lurking danger
A driver heads south on the Kenai Spur Highway as a pothole waits for an unsuspecting northbound motorist recently.

Carey named new mayor
David Carey, a 48-year-old government teacher at Skyview High School, will be the new mayor of the city of Soldotna after he is sworn in April 11.

Numbers mean redistricting changes on tap for borough
The preliminary U.S. Census 2000 numbers for the Kenai Peninsula Borough are showing a population surge in the unincorporated areas, especially of the central peninsula.

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.

Witnesses take stand for prosecution in trial
Two prosecution witnesses in the murder trial of Zebulon Nudson testified Monday about events which led to the shooting death of Justin Meireis, 19, of Nikiski, on March 12, 2000.

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.

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.

Martin J. Baker
Nikiski resident Martin J. Baker died at Central Peninsula General Hospital on Saturday, March 31, 2001. He was 49.

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.

William Brazier
Former Kenai area resident William Brazier died Friday, March 30, 2001, in Dallas due to heart failure. He was 56.

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

Traditional commercial fishers should not be only 'privileged' harvesters
I can't believe I am reading the words of an International Pacific Halibut Commission commissioner, or the words of the legislator elected by us to represent the Kenai Peninsula.

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

For prosperous future, state needs fiscal plan
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.

Applause
KCHS basketball team says thanks for community support Community contributions help create successful conference

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.

Letters to the Editor
Lots of animal control problems stem from lack of educationHistory could repeat itself if workers vote to unionize

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.

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. ...

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'

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

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

Births
Jennifer and Matthew Cooper

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.

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?

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.

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

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."

Senior Menus
Menus for the week at Senior centers throughout the peninsula

Complexities can cloud process where filing is concerned
WASHINGTON -- America's tax law is meant to apply equally to people of all ages, but there are some special considerations that older taxpayers should keep in mind when tax filing season rolls around -- and some places they can get tailor-made help.

Senior Briefs
Senior activities throughout the peninsula

Battier stars as Duke nabs third national championship
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Krzyzewski didn't want to let go of Shane Battier.

New program means area skaters won't have to play in Anchorage for exposure
Tryouts begin today for a new hockey program that organizers say will boost the quality of hockey on the Kenai Peninsula up a notch.

Clemens passes Johnson to take AL strikeout record
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens passed the Big Train to start the New York Yankees on their ride to a possible fourth straight World Series championship.

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

Senior All-Star Game slated for Thursday
The sixth annual Senior All-Star Basketball Games will be held Thursday at Skyview High School. The girls game will get under way at 6:15 p.m., while the boys game will start at 8 p.m.

Title was only a matter of time for Krzyzewski
Everyone else wondered when the next one was coming. Not Mike Krzyzewski.

Juneau graduate Boozer plays huge role in victory
MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Boozer wondered whether his season was over a month ago when he broke a bone in his right foot. Fitting in at the Final Four was the last thing on his mind.

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.

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.

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.

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