Tuesday, April 4, 2000

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.

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.

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.

State hires collections contractor for child support cases
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state has hired a private contractor to help collect money owed in delinquent child support cases.

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.

Two airlines boost number of stops at Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two airlines have announced plans to increase the number of stops they make at Anchorage International Airport.

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.

Anchorage studies rape reports for prevention cues
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- New FBI statistics indicate that Alaska's largest city continues to lead the nation in the rate of reported rapes. But just what those numbers mean isn't clear.

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.

Anchorage drowning victim identified
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police Monday identified the man found drowned in a Midtown creek Friday morning.

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.

John Jenks named state chief investment officer
JUNEAU (AP) -- John Jenks was promoted Friday to the job of chief investment officer for the state Treasury Division.

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.

Fugitive wanted in alleged child abduction arrested in Virginia
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaskan resident was arrested in Virginia and charged with being a fugitive after allegedly fleeing with a child from a Native village, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

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.

Search continues for missing Juneau woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The search continued Monday for a Juneau woman who walked away from the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Center, Alaska State Troopers said

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.

House bans sexual contact between guards, prisoners
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill banning sexual contact between state corrections officers and inmates was approved 38-0 by the state House on Monday.

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.

Disabled Coast Guard Cutter is towed to port
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island was being towed to Juneau Monday after being forced to shut down power to both of its engines Sunday night.

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.

House approves protection for teachers enforcing rules
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill protecting teachers who enforce behavior and safety rules in their classes was approved by the House on Monday.

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.

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.

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.

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
Firewise program discussed at luncheonFirst aid class offeredEmployment workshop offered in HomerWomen's issues to be discussed at forum

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Community Calendar
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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.

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.

CIRCAC supports spill bill
The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council has jumped on the bandwagon supporting new oil spill legislation.

KKIS, KSLD off air
If you tuned in to your favorite commercial radio stations this morning and either couldn't find them or noticed they were playing different music than usual, you're not imagining things.

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

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.

Gebhardt takes over United Way reins
The director's chair at the Kenai Peninsula United Way recently has been claimed by Evy Gebhardt. The executive director's chair, that is.

Community seen as key to health improvements
The central Kenai Peninsula is a great place to live, but it could be better.

Photo feature: Spring cleaning
James L. McCoy puts a little sweat equity into his 1966 Ford Mustang in Soldotna last weekend.

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

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Michigan St. 89, Florida 76
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) This time there was no Magic, just Mateen. Michigan State, with Magic Johnson cheering in the stands, won its second national championship as Mateen Cleaves led the Spartans to an 89-76 victory over Florida on Monday night.

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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