Thursday, April 5, 2001

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

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.

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.

Marrs named to Alaska Railroad board
JUNEAU (AP) -- The head of Cook Inlet Regional Corp. has been named to the Alaska Railroad's board of directors.

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.

Forest Service halts timber operations in Tongass, following ruling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service suspended all timber operations in Southeast Alaska's Tongass National Forest Wednesday, in response to a judge's ruling last week that the agency violated federal law when it updated its management plan four years 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.

State bans jet skies throughout Kachemak Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has banned the use of jet skis throughout Kachemak Bay, effective May 3. It is the largest jet ski ban yet by the State of Alaska.

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.

Senate approves 'Right to Farm' bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation shielding farmers from neighbors who complain that their agricultural operation is a nuisance.

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.''

Republicans turn back attempts to amend mandatory borough bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Republicans rejected most amendments Wednesday to a bill that could eventually force unorganized areas of Alaska into boroughs.

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

Voters reject $122 million in school bonds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage voters have rejected a $122 million school bond proposition.

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.

Three people seriously injured in small plane crash
BETHEL (AP) -- Seven people were injured, three of them seriously, when a small plane crashed into the tundra west of Bethel, an official said Wednesday.

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.

Governor orders flags lowered for former representative and judge William H. Sanders
JUNEAU (AP) -- State flags were at half staff Wednesday and Thursday in honor of William H. Sanders, a former state representative and Superior Court judge who died March 29 in Fort Worth, Texas at the age of 80.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Senate approves bill allowing physicians to collectively negotiate
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate approved legislation Wednesday allowing doctors to collectively negotiate with insurance companies over fees and other matters without running afoul of antitrust laws.

Eyes on the future, we left gaps in the past
NEW YORK (AP) -- In its feverish quest to develop magical electronic devices during the great expansion, America overlooked and bypassed some of the more mundane ingredients of a sound economy.

University research and corporations look to each other
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Some have described the intellectual talent bottled up at University of California, Santa Barbara, as the county's last untapped resource.

Lucent denies bankruptcy rumors
TRENTON, N.J. -- Lucent Technologies stock plunged as much as 30 percent to an all-time low Wednesday before the telecommunications giant strongly denied rumors it plans to file for bankruptcy reorganization.

Staying fit can be a cheap investment of time and money
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donna Burke's 40th birthday brought her many new highs but unfortunately, one was on her bathroom scale.

Women gain in business world
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Women strengthened their foothold in the business world during the 1990s, aided by the decade's strong economy and gains in education, a Census Bureau report showed.

No cash to pay your tax liability? Negotiate.
NEW YORK (AP) -- With utility bills up, stocks down and consumer debt rising, millions of American face the April 16 tax deadline with more than the usual dread. They won't have money to pay their taxes.

Business Briefs
Spenard Builders remodels Soldotna storeCIRI reports $102 million in earningsFormer Circle DE president convicted Hearing planned on construction standardsTesoro profits risingCompany lures Hawaiian visitorsJobless rate falls

Nobel winners talk of university ties to corporate research
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Just before they went off to collect their Nobel Prizes late last year, University of California, Santa Barbara professors Alan Heeger and Herbert Kroemer each gave a special lecture to the students and faculty explaining their research.

Fighting for survival - Independent gas stations searching for brighter future
EUGENE, Ore. -- In 24 years of selling gas in north Eugene, Dennis Faulhaber has stayed afloat by focusing on volume: Sell as many gallons of gasoline as possible and take a thin profit off the top. Now, his business appears to be in danger of sinking.

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

Around the Peninsula
Siren test todayBake sale slated for todayKindergarten information meeting todayLibrary celebrates National Library WeekFund-raisers planned to help Funny River areaPet owners: Beware of eaglesMarine guide offered to boat owners

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 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.

LIO Schedule
Today 8 a.m. HB 195, SRJ 14, HB 20, HB 200

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

Youth Restoration Corps eyes summer project near Quartz Creek
A Kenai-based nonprofit organization, dedicated to giving youngsters hands-on experience in restoring riverbank habitat, is eying a gravel pit near Quartz Creek as its next project.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events, Films.

Cool competition planned this weekend
The sixth annual Peninsula Riverskate Figure Skating Competition will be held this weekend at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Photographer captures volcanic landscapes on film
Gary Freeburg's exhibit "Beneath the Surface: Images of Katmai," at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center offers viewers a glimpse into a volcanic landscape so barren and alien that Apollo astronauts once trained for moon walks there.

Art Briefs
Singers wantedMusical talent could land scholarshipPoetry sought from area residentsJuneau to host quilt exhibit

Rule change gives Busch drivers parity
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The outcry from the NASCAR Busch Series garage has been replaced by the screaming sound of race engines more powerful, more expensive race engines.

Earnhardt Jr. matures after father's Daytona 500 death
The maturing process for Dale Earnhardt Jr. accelerated rapidly with the death of his father in the Daytona 500.

Racing rigors take toll
Dale Jarrett and his crew celebrate their win in the Harrah's 500 on April 1. Racing obligations kept Jarrett away from home for 250 days in 2000.

Nascar Winston Cup Schedule

Winston Cup money leaders.

points standings
Point standings thus far in the Winston Cup series.

virginia 500
When: 1 p.m. Sunday

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.

Bus tours could be growing presence
Tour bus stops in Kenai and Soldotna this summer will last just a few hours apiece. But next summer, the buses may stay longer.

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.

Partnership promotes Alaska health care jobs
Good jobs are going begging on the Kenai Peninsula and around Alaska.

Defense attorney: Acquit or dismiss
Defense attorney James McComas tried to bring the case against Zebulon Nudson of Nikiski to a close Wednesday, asking for Superior Court Judge Jonathan Link to either acquit or dismiss the case.

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

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

Land trade details clear as mud
A Kenai Peninsula Borough land trade proposed to obtain gravel to extend the Kenai Spur Highway may not be a land trade at all.

Photo feature: Walking's a breeze
Wind roils Cook Inlet behind Judy Brandt Wednesday afternoon as she tries to coax her dog, not pictured, closer to the action.

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

Thomas Henry Fulton
Longtime Alaska resident Thomas Henry Fulton died at Mercy Hospital in Roseburg, Ore., on Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, of cancer. He was 76.

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

Solofua "Sonny" Lavea
Kenai resident Solofua "Sonny" Lavea died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 71.

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

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.

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.

Spy plane situation should be viewed in larger context
The collision of a U.S. spy plane and a Chi-nese fighter jet has strained relations between Washington and Beijing on a scale not seen since U.S. cruise missiles accidentally targeted the Chinese Embassy during the war in Kosovo.

Tourism marketing begins with individual representation of Alaska
Much has been written and said recently about how Alaska should go about boosting tourism. Ideas are bouncing back and forth, and spending ideas and resolutions abound. Who is going to pay the price? What price should be paid? Should a price be paid in the first place? Do we really want tourists here?

Study examines wage gap; findings disputed
WASHINGTON -- The average woman working on U.S. government contract jobs is paid 72 cents for every dollar a man earns, 82 cents if she has the same position and 89 cents if she has equal tenure and experience at the same company, a disputed Labor Department survey of federal contractors found.

U.S. Supreme Court reconsiders divisive affirmative action policy
The United States Supreme Court has wisely decided to look further into affirmative action by agreeing to review a federal highway construction program that provides for race-based preferences for black and Latino contractors.

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

Rough fish hurt by tough winter targeted by Minnesota biologists
NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) -- The odor of rotting fish on lakes and ponds around Minnesota this spring might be the smell of success.

Veteran climber advisers others when to call it a day
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- While the stars of the Hollywood thriller Vertical Limit were running around at altitude dodging avalanches, setting off nitroglycerine explosions and hanging from ice cliffs by the tips of their ice axes, Ed Viesturs was thousands of feet below at Base Camp, exactly where he likes to be.

Pet of the week Kenai
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring a neutered male cat for $23.10 with vaccinations included.

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

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

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

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.

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

Nomo throws a no-no
BALTIMORE -- Another no-no for Hideo Nomo.

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.

Paying more for a whole lot less
Could someone please explain to me why athletes get paid so much to throw a ball or to dribble it down the court? Why do they get paid ridiculous amounts of money to skate with a stick and slap at a puck?

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.

From tee to screen
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The suggestion that his life story could be made into a movie brings a slight smile of disbelief to Greg Puga's face.

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.

Sports Briefs
Senior All-Star Games set for todayDrag Racing Lions meet todayTressler takes Sea to Ski Triathlon

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.

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.

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