Wednesday, April 4, 2001

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

U.S., Canada agree on Yukon River salmon management plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. and Canada have reached an agreement setting harvest quotas and establishing management programs for Yukon River chinook and chum stocks.

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.

Fire forces more than 80 residents from their homes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than 80 people were forced from their homes as a fire swept through a 20-unit apartment complex in the Mountain View section of Anchorage.

Search continues for fishing vessel that vanished
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- As the search for the crew of a missing fishing vessel continued for a second day, the Coast Guard began preliminary work to determine why the Arctic Rose sank so suddenly, without even enough time for the crew to radio for help.

Anchorage voters reject sales tax, school bonds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage voters were quick to reject a proposed 2 percent city sales tax in Tuesday's municipal election. The proposal failed by a more than a 2-to-1 margin.

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.

Murkowski hopes to bring Bush to ANWR
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After escorting two top administration officials to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Sen. Frank Murkowski says he is looking further up the chain of command, hoping to bring President Bush to the North Slope to see the area for himself.

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.

Ice Classic deadline on Thursday, then we wait
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The clock is ticking at Nenana, and you can bet on it. Nenana Ice Classic manager Cherri Forness, says the ice on the Tanana River will go out ''right on time.''

Two people dead in Huslia fire
HUSLIA (AP) -- Two people died in a house fire in the village of Huslia, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Local activist serving sentence for jury tampering
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Local activist Frank Turney has begun serving a two-month sentence for jury tampering at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

Conservation group names all Alaska parks to its endangered list
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With a broad stroke, a national conservation group has named all of Alaska's national parks to its third annual endangered list.

Small plane crashes west of Bethel
BETHEL (AP) -- Three people were injured Tuesday when a small plane crashed west of Bethel.

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.

Legislative panel looking at boarding schools
JUNEAU (AP) -- A legislative committee is looking at a return to boarding schools in Alaska.

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.

David Carey elected mayor of Soldotna
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- David Carey, a 48-year-old government teacher at Skyview High School, has been elected the mayor of Soldotna.

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.

Assembly to consider interim financing for veneer plant
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has voted unanimously to take up the question of providing interim financing to the struggling Gateway Forest Products Inc.

Wasilla teen arrested in convenience store robbery
WASILLA (AP) -- A Wasilla teen-ager was arrested in connection with an armed robbery of a convenience store, Alaska State Troopers said.

Light quake shakes Tanana
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook Tanana Tuesday afternoon, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer.

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
Chamber lunch slated Kenai chamber luncheon todayBereavement group to meet todayAdvisory meeting planned todaySchool district sends out questionnairesSpring carnival set for Saturday

LIO Schedule
Today 8 a.m. - HB 94, SB 133, HB 204, HB 203, HB 105 and HB 71. 1 p.m. - HB193, HB-82, HB 111, HB 120 3:30 p.m. - SB 35, SB 139, SB 167

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

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

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Supreme Court chief justice to address weekend conference
Hear ye, hear ye: The 2001 State Youth Justice Conference will convene Thursday in Kenai.

Board OKs $88.4 million 2001-02 plan after cuts made to travel, equipment
Tuesday the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District delivered next year's school budget to the borough assembly after the school board unanimously passed it Monday.

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.

Clarion photo contest winners named
The annual Peninsula Clarion Photo Contest was judged Tuesday by a panel of Clarion employees.

Footprints, broken glass discussed at murder trial
There were no empty seats in Kenai's Superior Courtroom A on Tuesday as interested parties listened to testimony given in the jury trial of Zebulon Nudson.

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.

Photo feature: Breakup blues
City of Kenai workers Terry Shedd and Dale Baktuit work to open a drain under a large puddle Tuesday 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.

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.'

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

Julianna Dennis
Nikiski resident Julianna Dennis died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 60.

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

Donna Jean Volker
Former Alaska resident Donna Jean Volker died Friday, March 30, 2001, in her home in Great Falls, Mont. She was 65.

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

Campaign finance bill faces long road ahead
WASHINGTON -- The campaign finance debate moved to the House Tuesday and members who want to reduce the influence of big money in elections said they have the momentum, following a big vote in the Senate, to get a bill through Congress.

ANWR development, wildlife conservation not mutually exclusive
Alaskans have few illusions about the oil industry.

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

Abortion extremists fuel fire of negative stereotype perpetuated by pro-choicers
The arrest in France of James C. Kopp on charges of the 1998 murder of Buffalo, N.Y., abortionist Dr. Barnett Slepian has given media champions of the procedure an opportunity to again slander pro-lifers.

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

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.

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.

Schools around the district
News from all of the schools around the district.

Around the District
Ninilchik students head to D.C.SMS invites tots to preschoolDistrict to host arts conferencePeninsula scholars to compete in beeKenai students become Masters of DisasterKCHS names new honor society members Skyview announces Students of the MonthSquid essay deadline looms

Reviving the exchange
The Russians are back. After a two-year hiatus, the education exchange between Magadan and the central Kenai Peninsula has resumed.

Fluke sends KCHS trial team to nationals
It was a last-minute pardon of sorts.

State group honors librarian
The Alaska Association of School Librarians has given its Linda K. Barrett Service Award to Bob VanDerWege of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

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 Menus
Menus for the week at Senior centers throughout the peninsula

Senior Briefs
Senior activities throughout the peninsula

Elias nets second hat trick in 10 games
WASHINGTON -- Patrik Elias had his second hat trick in 10 games Tuesday night as the New Jersey Devils beat the Washington Capitals 6-4 in a thrilling battle of division champions.

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

Athletics slam sinks Mariners
SEATTLE -- Barry Zito held Seattle hitless into the sixth inning as the Oakland Athletics beat the Mariners 5-1 Tuesday night.

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.

Duke's title caps a classic tourney
MINNEAPOLIS -- With an opening round before the first round and a final that pitted the preseason Nos. 1 and 2, the NCAA tournament provided an upset-filled end to an emotional, eventful season.

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.

All eyes on Woods and his quest for history
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A scattered flock of fans suddenly turned into a wall that moved in unison along the first fairway, some scrambling for a good vantage point while others pressed against the ropes for a chance to see Tiger Woods.

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

Mets spoil Braves opener
ATLANTA -- Robin Ventura hit a pair of two-run homers, including one off Kerry Ligtenberg in the 10th inning Tuesday, to lead the defending NL champion New York Mets to a 6-4 victory over Atlanta in the Braves' home opener.

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.

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.

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