Thursday, April 6, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Greenpeace protests Knowles' ANWR stance
WASHINGTON -- Gov. Tony Knowles had just begun his news conference here Wednes-day afternoon when the polar bears showed up.

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.

University officer honored for actions during standoff
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks gave one of its police officers its Medal of Honor for his part in helping a severely injured man to safety during a standoff last August.

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.

Missing Juneau woman found dead
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau woman who walked away from mental health caretakers on Sunday was found dead Thursday, police 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.

Commercial fishing advocates protest Knowles' nominees to fish council
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Commercial fishing advocates are criticizing Gov. Tony Knowles, saying he did not consult with them before making his nominations to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

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.

Two arrested in pot busts
WASILLA (AP) -- Two men were arrested Wednesday during two marijuana busts in the Palmer area.

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.

Senate votes on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling proposal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Senate today narrowly voted down an attempt to strike an Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling proposal from the federal budget.

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

Feds closing too many backcountry airstrips, some Western lawmakers say
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal agencies are closing too many remote airstrips on government land, limiting access to the wilderness and creating a safety problem for private pilots, some Western Republicans said Thursday.

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

Bill requires interest paid for child support overpayments
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state would pay interest on some overpayments made to the Child Support Enforcement Division under a bill approved by the House on Thursday.

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.

North Slope producers negotiate on Prudhoe operations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Exxon, BP Amoco and Phillips Petroleum are negotiating an agreement to have one company instead of two operate the huge Prudhoe Bay oil field.

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

Five Alaskans up for Superior Court judge position in Ketchikan
KENAI (AP) -- Five Alaskans are being considered for a Superior Court judge position in Ketchikan.

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.

Senate GOP brushes aside Democrats' amendments, passes budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- Brushing aside Democrats' pleas for more money for education, the University of Alaska, village public safety officers and public defenders, the Republican-controlled Senate passed its version of the operating budget Thursday.

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.

Senate to vote on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling proposal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposal that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain to oil drilling.

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.

Land trust awarded grant for Holm cabin preservation
KENAI -- The future looks good for the the century-old Victor Holm cabin in Kasilof.

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.

Democrat Mark Begich to face Republican George Wuerch in runoff
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Democrat Mark Begich captured 40 percent of the vote in Tuesday's mayoral race, twice as many as runner-up Republican George Wuerch who will face Begich in a runoff election.

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.

Conservation group says many states not following federal law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three-fourths of the states are failing to address water pollution caused by runoff from farms and forests, ignoring a provision in the federal Clean Water Act, a leading conservation group charged Wednesday.

$8 million removed from school budget
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Assembly has ordered an $8 million cut in the School District's proposed $418.5 million budget in anticipation of voter approval of a statewide property tax cap in November.

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.

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.

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.

Building business from the 'grounds' up
FLUSHING, Mich. -- Inside the Coffee Beanery's unassuming headquarters, where the air is thick with the fragrance of coffee, one white wall seems a little off. It's dotted with picture-hanging hooks -- but no pictures hang from them.

Alaska Communications Systems: $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.

Business briefs
Spring cleanup is May 1 through 6Alaska Gift and Gallery reopensRadio 93.3 plays oldiesBed and breakfast association opens Web siteSoldotna sports show is May 5 through 7 Anchorage sports show comingChamber to visit Fairbanks Outdoors Show Bill would allow crop insurance for salmon fishersAcupuncture association formedChanges proposed to contractor rules

NBA gearing up for changes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wells Fargo officials say they're hoping to avoid layoffs when the company takes over National Bank of Alaska.

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Around the Peninsula
Peninsula Job Center advisory committee to meetBorough trails panel to discuss Iditarod TrailRed Cross offers community CPR-first aid Genealogy society offers help for tracing family treesKenai Historical Society to meet SundayCharter school to conduct enrollment lottery Easter cantata performance time corrected

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

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What's Happening
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Art Briefs
Watercolor show to open FridayPhotographers guild to host slide show Mass dance concert planned

Hangin' around Artists turn works of art into banners
Mushrooms in a field of ferns, bears making tracks in the sand, girls playing softball on a sunny day, and the moon takes the form of a Native mask.

Nomination critics muster troops
Commercial fishing advocate Joseph Malatesta Sr. wants to call the governor's bluff.

Agrium, union closer to job terms
Workers at the fertilizer plant in Nikiski can keep their jobs even under new ownership, although it still is undetermined whether they will be able to keep all of their accrued benefits, too.

State employee contracts touted
Bob Poe is out to tear down people's stereotypes.

Sixth break-in forces church to rethink policy
After five break-ins this year, Nikiski's North Star United Methodist Church decided a week ago to change its open-door policy by locking the church's doors at night.

Photo feature: Learning not to burn
Vean Noble scrambles into a fire safety shelter at the conclusion of a fire line safety refresher course

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

Assembly resolution fails; state Senate mulls action
The controversy stirred over two appointments to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council is gathering momentum.

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.

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.

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

Marjorie Anne O'Reilly
Kenai resident Marjorie Anne O'Reilly died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at her home from cancer. She was 69.

Nine winners announced in Clarion photo contest
Nine Kenai Peninsula residents have been named winners in the annual Peninsula Clarion Photo Contest.

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.

Woods continues to be favorite
Tiger Woods dominated the Masters Tournament in 1997,

Garcia says experience a valuable assett
How valuable is experience at the Masters? Sergio Garcia will be glad to indulge you.

Sports Briefs
Senior All-Star Games tip off today at Skyview The fifth annual Senior All-Star Basketball Games are scheduled to tip off today at Skyview High School.<

Track ready for start line
Last year, distance runner Eric Strabel epitomized how hard the Colony boys track and field team was to catch.

Wolverines dominate 2A/1A team
The Ninilchik High School girls basketball team dominated the ASAA State 2A Basketball Tournament, and this year's Alaska Media All-State selections reflect that feat.

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

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.

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