Sunday, April 8, 2001

Cantwell man injured when car hits train
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Cantwell man suffered broken ribs and a gash to his forehead after he drove into a moving train near Hurricane on the Parks Highway Wednesday evening, according to Alaska State Troopers. A dog in the back of his station wagon died.

Senators consider airplane leases not requested by state firefighters
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Senate Finance subcommittee is considering spending $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.

Searchers find two missing parties from Brevig Mission
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Brevig Mission residents who became disoriented in blizzards were found alive Saturday between Teller and Nome.

Ambulance crews scrambling to find available emergency care
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A shortage of emergency care in Anchorage is forcing medics and dispatchers to scramble to find treatment for the sickest patients, according to hospital officials, doctors and city medics.

House approves child pornography forfeiture bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Property used to break child pornography laws would be forfeited to the state under a bill approved Friday by the state House.

Move underway to protect drinking water supply
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gas-powered boats, jet skis and floatplanes could be banned from Eklutna Lake under a proposed agreement to protect Anchorage's main source of drinking water.

Stevens calls on oil companies to lobby for ANWR development
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens said Friday that Alaska's big oil producers need to get more involved in pushing for oil exploration in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Body of missing snowmachiner found, teens found alive
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a snowmachiner missing since Friday was found about six miles from Scammon Bay on the Bering Sea Coast, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

Contracts awarded for gas pipeline studies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage companies are among six contractors awarded work on feasibility studies for a proposed pipeline for North Slope gas. The line, if it is built, would take four billion cubic feet of gas daily to Lower 48 markets.

Merger proposal delayed and compromise reached
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A proposal to merge the city of Fairbanks and borough governments has been delayed and a compromise reached for the creation of a joint city council and borough charter commission.

Teacher charged with sex abuse of student
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A teacher at Colony High School in Wasilla has pleaded innocent to charges of having sexual relations with a student.

End of contract spells uncertain future for Healy Clean Coal Project
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Healy Clean Coal Project faced an uncertain future Saturday, when a one-year agreement between Golden Valley Electric Association and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority expired.

House approves bill adding physicians assistant to medical board
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House voted unanimously Friday to add a physician assistant to the State Medical Board.

Fairbanks man accused of selling cocaine to Army undercover agents
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man is charged with selling cocaine to undercover agents, including an Army investigator.

Judge refuses to dismiss Allvest suit against Delta
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior Court judge has refused to dismiss a breach of contract lawsuit filed against the city of Delta Junction by Allvest, the company that wanted to run a private prison at Fort Greely.

Allvest loses city contract to run sleep-off shelter after recent death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Allvest Inc. has lost its contract to operate a shuttle service and sleep-off center for downtown inebriates in Anchorage.

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.

Woodsman facing attempted murder charges in Homer siege
HOMER (AP) -- A backwoods loner is accused of opening fire on an occupied cabin in the hills behind Homer.

House approves bill establishing therapeutic court pilot programs
JUNEAU (AP) -- Searching for new ways to deal with chronic drunk drivers, the state House on Friday unanimously approved a bill setting up therapeutic courts on a test basis in two Alaska cities.

Iditarod rookie Lance Mackey diagnosed with cancer
KASILOF (AP) -- Lance Mackey thought he just had a lingering toothache when he saw a doctor three days after returning from his rookie run in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Troopers investigate Nulato shooting
NULATO (AP) --Alaska State Troopers were investigating the shooting death Friday of a Nulato man.

Spill bill signed, but new cruise pollution measure stalled
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed a bill Friday that will require cruise ships, other large vessels and rail cars to be prepared to clean up fuel spills.

Republicans turn down Democrats' attempts to boost budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Republicans on Friday turned back more than a dozen attempts by Democrats to boost state spending on education, law enforcement, health care and social services in the coming fiscal year.

Stevens questions Navy's push for sea-based missile defense
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens said he's concerned about the fate of the national missile defense proposal that would base key components in Alaska.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Concert planned in Homer today Domestic violence seminar offered KCHS to hold choir concert KPC to offer workshop Hospice raffle tickets on sale

Soldotna mailman draws the line between serious hobby and obsession
Stamps, license plates, die-cast cars, belt buckles, Coca-Cola memorabilia, Dallas Cowboys football collectibles, Beanie Babies, Wheaties boxes and a large set of McDonald's glass Flintstones mugs.

ANWR: Sacred wilderness or essential oilfield?
KAKTOVIK -- Imagine this: You're in a small airplane buzzing through the vast Arctic emptiness. Clouds hang over the snow-crusted tundra. Sea ice stretches out of sight to the north.

Young judges have sway with peers
Youthful judges set Alaska's youth courts apart, said Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe.

Where will the lines be drawn?
Kenai and Soldotna voters getting their own Alaska House district?

Members disregard letter from 3 peninsula legislators expressing reservations
Even a letter strongly stating the concerns of three of the Kenai Peninsula's five-member legislative delegation didn't slow down the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly's move toward construction of the state's first private prison Friday night.

Nudson defense steps up
The defense team in the murder trial of Zeb Nudson -- James McComas and Cindy Strout -- took the lead Thursday after John Wolfe, of the district attorney's office, officially finished presenting the prosecution's case.

Analysts argue over wisdom of Yugoslav aid cutoff threat
WASHINGTON -- When Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was deposed last year, Congress quickly approved a $100 million aid package but added a significant qualifier: no aid after March 31 unless Belgrade cooperated with the U.N. war crimes tribunal that indicted Milosevic.

Letters to the Editor
Genuine Alaska woman takes on Alaskan Men magazine

Female firefighters learn together about gender, vocational issues
I recently had the pleasure of attending the International Conference of Fire Service Women in Atlanta hosted by Women in the Fire Service (WFS).

School district budget deserves big boost from state Legislature
Also making news last week, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education approved an $88.4 million budget for the next school year seemingly without a hitch.

Youth court shines light on positive activity of teens
When stories of school shootings and reports of declining academic performance grab headlines, it is easy to forget that there still is much to laud about today's youth. One example, right here on the Kenai Peninsula, is the youth court program.

Moon and Raye Mullin
Moon and Raye Mullin will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in June, in conjunction with the wedding of their grand-daughter Samantha.

Cliff Ryden and Valerie Crowe
Crowe, Ryden marry in Hawaii Valerie Crowe of Gibsons, British Columbia, and Cliff Ryden of Hood River, Ore., were married Dec. 29, 2000, at the home of Matt and Mary Letzring in Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii. The Rev. Janet Oliver officiated.

Nathen Silver and Crystal Pierce
Crystal Pierce of Soldotna and Nathen Silver of Pensacola, Fla., have announced their plans of marriage for Aug. 4, 2001, at 3 p.m. at the Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Pastor Jim Pearson will officiate.

Sheena and Nathan Mallette
Sheena and Nathan Mallette were married Dec. 29, 2000, in Soldotna.

Samantha Baker and Joe Romig
Baker, Romig plan wedding to mark Mullins' 50th anniversary

My Best Friend

Suns going to 13th straight playoffs
CLEVELAND -- Shawn Marion scored 25 points as the Phoenix Suns beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-98 Saturday night, clinching a playoff berth for the 13th consecutive season.

Blue Jays shut down Yankees
NEW YORK -- Chris Michalak pitched 5 1-3 scoreless innings for his first major league win, and Shannon Stewart and Jose Cruz Jr. hit home runs as the Toronto Blue Jays held off the New York Yankees 3-2 Saturday.

Track suffers breakup blues
In Alaska, Mother Nature can pretty much switch seasons at will.

Sports Briefs
Castroneves wins pole in changing conditions Helio Castroneves was the driver left standing. Martinsville: So many factors, so little certainty Scott Hamilton leaves skating tour he founded

Brewers' Wright stymies Reds
MILWAUKEE -- Jamey Wright held Cincinnati hitless until the seventh inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Reds 6-1 Saturday in the first day game at Miller Park.

Lessons don't depend on victories, defeats
Basketball is the vehicle, says Nikiski High School girls coach Ward Romans.

Eagles fly past Fighting Sioux
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Boston College Eagles finally got it right. And of course, it wasn't easy.

Woods grabs lead at the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A sudden burst of birdies for Tiger Woods. A late charge from his nemesis, Phil Mickelson.

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