Friday, April 6, 2001

House backs resolution urging change in Canada gun laws
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House has approved a resolution seeking relief via the federal government from a fee to transport firearms through Canada.

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.

House loosens travel rules for longevity bonus recipients
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaskans receiving a longevity bonus will have more flexibility to travel and still receive checks under a bill passed 36-0 Thursday by the state House.

Senators consider airplane leases not requested by state firefighters
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Senate Finance subcommittee wants to spend $700,000 on a pair of Canadian firefighting airplanes that state fire managers say they didn't ask for and would not work well in Alaska.

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.

Selawik teens missing
SELAWIK (AP) -- The search was continuing Friday for two missing Selawik teens who disappeared Monday night while on a snowmachine trip from Noorvik to Selawik.

Ketchikan to vote on recalling most school board members
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Petitions to recall five of Ketchikan's School Board members have been certified by Ketchikan Gateway Borough Clerk Susan Bethel. A special recall election must be scheduled by the assembly sometime between May 24 and June 23, Bethel said.

Coast Guard hearing to begin April 14 in Alaska, wind up in Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Coast Guard panel looking into the sinking of the fishing vessel Arctic Rose and the deaths of its 15 crew members will begin hearings April 24 in Anchorage and then wrap up the proceedings in Seattle, probably in early May, officials said Friday.

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.

Alaska Airlines resumes King Salmon, Dillingham service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines will resume service to King Salmon and Dillingham starting April 14.

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.

Territory plans to create permanent fund
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- The Yukon will be getting a $42 million windfall from the Canadian government, some of which it plans to deposit into an Alaska-style permanent fund.

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.

Biologists drop in -- literally -- on polar bear den
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Imagine lying prone in the snow, staring into the eyes of a polar bear just a few feet away.

Recommendation could bring missile defense tests to Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- A recently-retired Pentagon official made a recommendation that could bring some of the national missile defense system test launches to Kodiak's rocket facility.

Plans for Stevens Airport expansion take major step toward approval
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers has given Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport permission to develop 220 acres of wetlands on airport land.

Photo exhibit zeros in on volcanic landscape
KENAI (AP) -- A volcanic landscape so barren and alien that Apollo astronauts once trained for moon walks is captured in Gary Freeburg's exhibit ''Beneath the Surface: Images of Katmai,'' now at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Bid to rename airport flies into rough air
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two days after former University of Alaska president William Wood's death in late February, Fairbanks legislators announced plans to rename the local airport in his honor. But rising opposition has the name change in a holding pattern.

Cruise ship industry to monitor air quality
JUNEAU (AP) -- A cruise-ship industry group says it plans to spend more than $135,000 to monitor air quality in Southeast Alaska during the next six months.

AHFC, short on cash, stops home buyer program
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A popular state program that subsidizes loans for first-time home buyers is being put on hold, because the state has less money to help the buyers.

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.

Finance Committee tries high-stakes maneuver on abortion funding
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Finance Committee has added language in next year's budget that would kill the entire budget for Department of Health and Social Services if a judge tries to force the state to spend money on abortions.

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.

Contagious boils spreading in western Alaska
BETHEL (AP) -- A contagious strain of boils is spreading across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and other parts of western Alaska.

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

Ketchikan borough approves money for struggling mill
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has voted to lend up to $8 million to aid Gateway Forest Products, which sought bankruptcy protection this year after just a few months of operation.

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.

Coast Guard looks for clues to vessel's sinking after search suspended
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A panel of Coast Guard investigators is being assembled to determine why the fishing vessel Arctic Rose sank in the Bering Sea Monday, taking its crew of 15 men.

North Pole pilot dies in Yukon crash
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- A North Pole pilot died after his airplane crashed into frozen Teslin Lake in the Yukon last Friday, according to Canadian authorities.

Meteorite disappoints scientists after a year-long study
To scientists' disappointment, a meteorite that fell on a frozen Canadian lake has been found to contain none of the organic ingredients believed necessary to have initiated life on Earth.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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
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
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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.

Around the Peninsula
Mystery tickets sold out Church garage sale set Screening offeredClicks for Licks plannedBlood drive scheduledDriving course slatedCity to hold work sessionSenior center holds salesBeware of eaglesMarine guide offered to boat owners

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

MONEY LEADERS
Winston Cup money leaders.

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.

Schedule
Nascar Winston Cup Schedule

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

virginia 500
When: 1 p.m. Sunday

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

Soldotna council says 'no' to prison
The Soldotna City Council does not want a private prison built on the Kenai Peninsula, unless it is run up to the standards of a public prison.

Photo feature: International space station
The Russian word for navigation identifies their work station as Kapa Kuzmin, right, and Rik Galley, both of Voznesenka Elementary-High School ponder a problem at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska Thursday afternoon.

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.

U.S. Air Force recruiting office opens in Soldotna
With strategic planning and the go-ahead command, the U.S. Air Force has found itself in the same location as the Army, the Navy and the Marines -- the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna.

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.

Prison contract delays assembly
A last-minute request to approve a contract with Cornell Companies caught some members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly off guard at Tuesday night's assembly meeting.

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.

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.

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.

James Riley Whitcomb
Soldotna resident James Riley Whitcomb died Monday, April 2, 2001, at the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 74.

Orville Hartley Phillips
Former central Kenai Peninsula resident Orville Hartley Phillips died Monday, April 2, 2001, from cancer at his home in Wasilla. He was 81.

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

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?

Single-minded gay rights activists unfairly twist rules for own benefit
Remember when censorship was about banning a book or an idea? Today, the First Amendment covers even Larry Flynt's uncovered magazine.

Applause
KCHS basketball boosters get lift from area businesses Fun run coordinators say thanks for making the event a success

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.

Child abuse statistics show nation making progress, state not
There was good news for families recently out of our nation's capital, as reports of child abuse and neglect declined for the sixth year in a row.

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.

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.

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.

Outdoors photo: On the trail
The lower Resurrection Pass Trail offered gleaming views of Round Mountain during sunny weather last weekend.

Hair-raising ride: DNA answers riddles of past
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Mont. -- Wildlife biologists have discovered something of a time machine, a tiny transport to the past woven tight into the nucleus of animal cells.

Jet skis banned in 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.

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.

Saudi mufti condemns April Fool's Day
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Muslims should not participate in April Fool's Day joking because lying is prohibited under all but the most extreme conditions, Saudi Arabia's chief cleric said.

Organization asks Supreme Court to dismiss anti-Christmas suit
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A private group dedicated to religious freedom has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit that challenges the observance of Christmas by the federal government.

Poll: U.S. Jews more interested in social action than religious observance
NEW YORK (AP) -- A poll of U.S. Jews suggests they're generally more interested in social action than religious matters.

Women's seders create new traditions for Passover
NEW YORK (AP) -- Naomi Reiss sat with her daughter, sister and grandmother, celebrating the Passover holiday with a ''seder'' meal as Jews have done around the world for generations.

Religion Briefs
Solfirst sportsmen's banquet todayConcert held at area churchesChurches plan meeting at KCHSSt. Francis to hold special servicesLutheran branch receives award

Dissident Lutherans form new association
PHOENIX (AP) -- Hundreds of dissidents in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America met to form a new association for those who can't accept an accord that established full fellowship with the Episcopal Church.

Iranians celebrate ancient festival amid religious mourning
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranians flocked to parks and orchards this week for picnics to celebrate the ancient festival of Sizdeh Bedar, the last day of the Persian new year holiday.

Passover changes: Catered seders help those with little time to spare
BROOKLINE, Mass. -- Dr. Rhonda Fogel Asch has fond memories of childhood Passover seders cooked by her aunt. But she can't imagine putting an entire one together by herself.

Papal visit creates rifts in Greek Orthodox Church
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- High in the thyme-covered hills outside Athens, inside a half-built church, a wooden icon has drawn more than 10,000 Orthodox Christian faithful to see what they consider a miracle.

Last dance
One team lived up to its name, while another team played like rebels with a cause Thursday night at Skyview in the Senior All-Star Games.

Woods five strokes back on low-scoring Masters first day
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiger Woods' first stop on his road to a fourth straight major championship took a detour into the trees Thursday at the Masters.

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?

Lemieux leads Pittsburgh toward another Stanley Cup
PITTSBURGH -- Jaromir Jagr isn't misled by that ''C'' on his Pittsburgh Penguins jersey. He understands whose team this is.

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.

Zhizhi triumphs in debut with Dallas
DALLAS -- Wang Zhizhi, the first China-born player in NBA history, scored six points and grabbed three rebounds in eight minutes Thursday night as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Atlanta Hawks 108-94.

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

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

Close encounters of the cougar kind on the rise
EUGENE, Ore. -- When Nancy Maniago built her home here, she included a two-story window so she could watch deer who live in the nearby woods. Last summer, she saw something unexpected through that window: a cougar in her driveway.

Biologists drop in -- literally -- on polar bear den
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Imagine lying prone in the snow, staring into the eyes of a polar bear just a few feet away.

Peninsula grizzlies offer unique opportunity for research
This isn't your grandfather's research -- or even your father's. This is the research devised with the assistance of modern technology.

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