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Wednesday, April 5, 2000

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.

Little woman hooks big halibut in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A tiny woman from Soldotna has landed herself a big fish.

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

NBA gears for moves, cuts after Wells Fargo takeover
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wells Fargo officials say they're hoping to avoid layoffs when the company takes over National Bank of Alaska.

Alaska lags rest of the nation in census response
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Blame it on procrastination, forgetfulness or mistrust of the federal government.

Fairbanks police investigate death of man
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police are investigating the death of an unidentified man who was found lying face down in the snow off Second Avenue Monday evening.

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.

Democrat Mark Begich takes lead in mayoral race, faces runoff
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democrat Mark Begich took a strong lead in the mayoral race Tuesday over Republican George Wuerch, who was fighting Republican Jack Frost for second place and a spot in a likely runoff election.

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.

Alaska Communications System reports $25.5 million loss
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications System Group Inc., a major Alaska telephone company, reported a loss of $25.5 million for the portion of 1999 that it operated.

House approves wolf land-and-shoot bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House has thrown its support to a bill allowing land-and-shoot hunting of wolves in areas the state Board of Game says needs predator control.

Big Lake animal shelter shuts down
PALMER (AP) -- The Mat-Su Humane Society, a private, nonprofit animal shelter in Big Lake, has shut down.

Alyeska repairs corrosion damage on pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Maintenance crews have repaired a 60-foot section of corroded pipe near Pump Station 4 of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, according to Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.

House approves bill naming Anchorage airport for senator
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House voted unanimously Wednesday to rename Anchorage International Airport in honor of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

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.

Committee accuses Park Service of conflict in dealing with Native remains
JUNEAU (AP) -- A citizens committee overseeing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act wants the law's administration taken away from the National Park Service because the agency holds many of the human remains it governs.

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.

Investigator faults diver in fatal accident
KODIAK (AP) -- A federal investigator, who looked into events surrounding the death of Kodiak diver Bill Wever, concluded no foul play or negligence on the part of the people at the scene of the accident.

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.

Senate approves House version of land-and-shoot bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate has accepted the House version of a bill allowing land-and-shoot hunting of wolves in some areas, sending the measure to an almost certain veto by Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

House approves bill for parents' rights at child hearings
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to make sure parents understand one of their rights at Child in Need of Aid hearings was approved by the state House on Wednesday.

Kenai-area radio stations go off the air in ownership dispute
KENAI (AP) -- Two Kenai radio stations have gone off the air, reportedly after the sale of two other stations fell through.

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

Democrat Mark Begich takes strong lead in mayoral race, runoff likely
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democrat Mark Begich took a strong lead in the mayoral race Tuesday over Republican George Wuerch, who was fighting Republican Jack Frost for second place and a spot in a likely runoff election.

House approves recognition for women veterans, POWs, MIAs
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House has approved a bill recognizing special days honoring prisoners of war, soldiers missing in action and women veterans.

Time running out to buy Nenana Ice Classic tickets
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ice on the Tanana River measured 37.7 inches on Tuesday, one day before the deadline for buying tickets to the Nenana Ice Classic.

Woman seeking to ban Jesus from assembly meetings
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A local woman has asked the Alaska Civil Liberties Union to stop the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly from making references to Jesus Christ during the invocation at the beginning of its bi-weekly meetings.

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.

Senate votes to regulate tattoos, body piercing
JUNEAU (AP) -- Temporary tattoos blossomed Tuesday in the Senate as lawmakers approved a bill regulating tattooing and body piercing.

Community Calendar
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LIO Schedule
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Around the Peninsula
Firewise program discussed at luncheonFirst aid class offeredEmployment workshop offered in HomerWomen's issues to be discussed at forum

Around the Peninsula
Racing meeting planned Advisory committee to meetSoftball and baseball clinics offeredHistorical Society meeting planned Meeting place changed for GOP convention

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.

Chugach managers propose Sixmile Creek, Snow River for 'wild and scenic' status
Large-scale logging is out, and fish, wildlife and recreation are in as managers draft plans for national forest lands on the Kenai Peninsula.

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

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

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.

D.A. eyes position on bench
Dwayne McConnell, Kenai district attorney, is one of five Alaskans being considered for a Superior Court judge position in Ketchikan.

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: Precious cargo
Chris Kempf lifts his son Eric from a modified sled Monday afternoon after an afternoon skiing with family at Tsalteshi Trails

Cabin rehab effort boosted
Preservation of the Victor Holm cabin in Kasilof is about to get under way.

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

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

Georgia Golf Hall of Fame unveils bronze tribute to six-time Masters Tournament champion Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus has always been full of determination. Whether the pursuit was golf, business or family, the six-time Masters Tournament champion didn't stop until he attained success.

Tiger Woods remains focused, confident and entally unflappable.
Contrary to Hal Sutton's comments following his victory at The Players Championship two weeks ago, maybe Tiger Woods is a god

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.

Narrowed fairway stuns golfers
Before this week, players were led to believe changes to the Augusta National Golf Club this year were subtle, with an enlarged green here to create a new pin position and a few trees planted there.

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