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Saturday, April 8, 2000

Fleet more than halfway through Bering Sea crab harvest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Bering Sea snow crab harvest is set to close on Saturday, with fishermen set to collect about $50 million for their catch.

Senate panel approves land grant to Craig
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate committee has approved a bill to grant 4,500 acres of land to the village of Craig, on Prince of Wales Island, but only if Congress is willing to buy land of equal value elsewhere in the Tongass National Forest.

Three sentenced in cruise-ship waste dumping
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Holland America cruise line employees were sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage for illegal waste dumping in Southeast Alaska waters.

California court dismisses lawsuit against Arco
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal court in Los Angeles has dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Atlantic Richfield Co. by workers who claimed the company wrongly blocked them from accruing benefits while they worked on the North Slope.

Fort Richardson team called to dispose of old grenade
KODIAK (AP) -- A bomb squad was dispatched here from Anchorage Wednesday to detonate an old grenade found on a popular beach during an evening walk.

Entomologist: Another big crop of beetles expected again this year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Entomologists and foresters are predicting another bumper crop of spruce-killing insects once the first warm weather arrives in Alaska this spring.

Ekwok man presumed drowned
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man from the Southwest Alaska village of Ekwok is believed to have drowned in the Nushagak River, according to Alaska State Troopers.

City workers sue over department cutbacks
JUNEAU (AP) -- The union representing city mental health workers facing termination sued the City and Borough of Juneau and its city manager on Friday.

Anchorage teen convicted of murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage teen has been convicted of second-degree murder for shooting his best friend to death in 1998.

Court reinstates flight attendant's suit against Northwest Airlines
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A tobacco trial may be on the horizon for an airline that was slower than others to ban smoking on all overseas flights.

Fire at Anchorage tank farm
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fire erupted Thursday in a nearly empty petroleum storage tank in Anchorage, sending a huge plume of black smoke into the sky. No one was injured and the blaze caused little apparent damage at the Williams Cos. tank farm.

One tank at Anchorage tank farm ignites; neighbors want more protection
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A jet fuel storage tank caught fire at a large tank farm near the city's docks, sending a thick plume of black smoke over downtown and three workers running for their lives.

Fire destroys laundry at Chena Hot Springs resort
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An early-morning blaze destroyed the laundry facilities at Chena Hot Springs Resort Wednesday, causing an estimated $200,000 in damage.

UAF gets grant to help preserve old films documenting Alaska Natives
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the University of Alaska Fairbanks a $70,000 grant to help preserve old films documenting Alaska Natives, their activities and their settings.

Appeals court reverses in sexual assault case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Court of Appeals this week reversed the conviction of an Anchorage man found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in 1997.

Jury deliberating in Cominco lawsuit
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- A Kotzebue jury this week started its deliberations in a sexual harassment and wrongful dismissal lawsuit brought by a Native woman against Cominco Alaska Inc., operator of the Red Dog Mine.

Workers approve pact with new owner of Nikiski fertilizer plant
NIKISKI (AP) -- Members of the union representing workers at the big fertilizer plant here have approved an agreement with the company buying the plant from Unocal Corp.

Coast Guard finds marijuana paraphernalia on fishing boat
KODIAK (AP) -- A routine boarding of a fishing boat in Kachemak Bay this week turned into a drug case, the Coast Guard said Friday.

Health care company settles Medicaid fraud case
JUNEAU (AP) -- A health care company has paid the state and federal government more than $1 million to settle allegations of false billings under the Alaska Medicaid program.

Belugas whales return to Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Belugas whales have returned to Cook Inlet and federal officials are worried they will be hunted.

Belugas whales return to Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Belugas whales have returned to Cook Inlet and federal officials are worried they will be hunted.

Denali puts a sock in group's proposal for howling with park wolves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials at Denali National Park and Preserve have muzzled a wildlife group's plan to conduct a ''howling'' with wolves at the Massachusetts-sized park.

Committee lays out guidelines for giving back Native remains
JUNEAU (AP) -- A national citizens' advisory panel has proposed guidelines for returning thousands of culturally unidentifiable human remains held in museums to Native Americans.

Around the Peninsula
Arts and crafts show to raise money for schoolElks preparing for celebrity basketball gameMeeting place changed for GOP convention

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Blood, bone marrow drive slated for Seward
The Kenai Peninsula chapter of Blood Bank of Alaska is taking its show on the road Saturday.

Assembly endorses Head Start subsidy
Homer's Head Start teacher scrambles every year to raise the local match for her federal funding. And the time she takes doing it means less time she can spend with Head Start children and parents.

Legislative panel takes up nominations
Controversy over Gov. Tony Knowles' nominations to the panel that writes the rules for federal fisheries off Alaska will likely continue at legislative hearings this afternoon.

Kenai cemetery 'landscaping' for airport access raises ire of city council members
There were some very unhappy city council members at Wednesday night's meeting in Kenai.

Frank Lanxon
Ninilchik resident Frank F. Lanxon died March 30, 2000, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Daphne M. McLane
Kalifornsky Beach resident Daphne M. McLane died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at her home of natural causes. She was 73.

Captive animals raise photo questions
KALISPELL, Mont. -- The photograph is stunning.

Video heats up fishery debate
PHILOMATH, Ore. -- Ron Yechout was elk hunting in the Coast Range a couple years ago when he came upon technicians at the Fall Creek hatchery bashing coho salmon in the head with baseball bats and stripping their blood-red eggs into 5-gallon buckets.

Denali pegged as endangered
WASHINGTON -- The threats facing national parks range from urban sprawl and vandalism to snowmobiles, a private park advocacy group said Wednesday, as it announced the 10 federal parks it considers most endangered.

Sports Briefs
Puffins Red wins gold Bantam D tourney this weekend at Sports Center

Big Three turn back clock
The announcer at the ninth green didn't stand a chance.

Making their points
The top senior high school basketball players from the Kenai Peninsula gathered at Skyview High School Thursday evening and put together an unprecedented display of shooting in the annual Senior All-Star Games.

The Next Level
Soldotnas Mabeus on a roll

Masters rookie Dennis Paulson leads after first round
First question to ask: Who in the world is Dennis Paulson? He's a 37-year-old Masters rookie who almost quit this game, one who's endured eight attempts at qualifying school, an abundance of mini-tours, the Asian Tour, the Nike Tour; every tour but the Springsteen Reunion.

Beluga whales return to Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Belugas whales have returned to Cook Inlet and federal officials are worried they will be hunted.

Denali puts a sock in group's proposal for howling with park wolves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials at Denali National Park and Preserve have muzzled a wildlife group's plan to conduct a ''howling'' with wolves at the Massachusetts-sized park.

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