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Sunday, April 9, 2000

Vietnam veteran who deserted in '72 granted special discharge
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A Vietnam veteran who has lived in Canada since deserting his Army post in Alaska in 1972 has been granted a special discharge and will not face a court martial.

Jury sides with Cominco against former employee
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- A jury decided Friday that a Native woman failed to prove that during a period of employment at Cominco Alaska Inc. she was sexually harassed and discriminated against.

House narrowly approves protest to handgun law
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House has approved a resolution calling for Congress to repeal the Brady firearms law, but just barely.

Physician jailed on contempt after fraud conviction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A podiatrist convicted on 58 counts of billing and mail fraud was hauled out of a federal courtroom to jail Friday, charged with contempt.

Engineering firm hired to assess damage to Parks Highway
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Outside engineering firm has been hired to examine damage to the Parks Highway and determine if cracks were caused by a mining company.

Mayor Mystrom endorses George Wuerch
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mayor Rick Mystrom threw his support Friday behind fellow Republican George Wuerch who will face Democrat Mark Begich in a mayoral runoff election May 2.

Whittier fires city manager
WHITTIER (AP) -- Just two months before the road from Portage to Whittier is scheduled to open, the Whittier City Council has dumped its city manager.

Senate panel approves hike in dipnetting fee
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Finance Committee Friday approved a $15 increase in the fee charged for a Chitina dipnetting permit. The increase is headed to the Senate floor.

Critics pan video gambling bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Critics of a video gambling bill say the biggest beneficiaries will be bar owners, not the nonprofit organizations that are supposed to profit from charitable gaming in Alaska.

Russian Yup'ik elder regains vision
BARROW (AP) -- A Russian Yup'ik elder can spot whales as well as he did 30 years ago, thanks to the generosity of Alaskans. He was resting well in Fairbanks last week following three operations on his eyes.

High court rules UPS liable for jet-fuel taxes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday that United Parcel Service must pay state taxes on all fuel pumped onto its planes in Alaska for domestic flights.

House approves rural welfare reform bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill allowing regional nonprofit Native corporations to administer the state's public assistance program under contract with the state won approval in the House on Saturday.

Senate panel approves hike in dipnetting fee
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Finance Committee Friday approved a $15 increase in the fee charged for a Chitina dipnetting permit. The increase is headed to the Senate floor.

UAF expects enrollment increase
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks is expecting a small but significant increase in freshman enrollment expected for the coming school year.

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Around the Peninsula
Historical society welcomes publicNew medications subject of support meeting KCHS to present spring concert MondayAlzheimer's disease listening session offeredHospital book fair marks national volunteer week

Kenai man makes an impact on young people's lives
On the job with Southeast Construction, Cedric Scott is known as a "rod buster," tying reinforcing steel for placement prior to pouring concrete.

End to delays in River Terrace cleanup urged
Soldotna Mayor Ken Lancaster says he is tired of the lawsuits and finger-pointing.

Shooting from the lip: Residents speak out
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Merkes switches parties, sets up showdown with Lancaster
Saying she can better support the Republican platform, Grace Merkes has switched her party affiliation in preparation for her run at the District 8 House seat being vacated by Rep. Gary Davis, R-Soldotna.

Bounty hunter trial heats up docket in Kenai
Kenai's Court Room A was filled to overflowing Friday, as the bounty hunters' jury trial got under way.

Taking aim at gun safety, responsibility
On the battlefield of gun legislation, passionate voices, fueled by experience, interest and profession, ring through the air. Some call for more laws. Some urge enforcement of existing laws. Others say laws are a dangerous step toward removing firearms from the citizenry

Conservative files for District 7 seat
The man who lost to Rep. Gail Phillips, R-Homer, in two Republican primaries has filed again for the District 7 House seat.

Weddings
Weddings

Prayer pagers offer hope, good vibrations
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Merle Den Bleyker's pager went off hundreds of times during the months he spent recuperating from a stem-cell transplant to fight cancer.

Oilers Corner
Oilers Corner

Weather became the determining factor in Master's tournament
The colder and windier it got at the Augusta National Golf Club, the more quality golf shots Vijay Singh produced Saturday.

From the sideline
Move just doesn't seem right

Runners stretch their legs
Athletes from Skyview and Kenai Central got the track and field season off to a pretty good start with a dual meet Saturday at Kenai.

Arctic Games dreams
Nikiski's Anna and Katie Floyd won't forget their trip to Whitehorse, Yukon, to play for Team Alaska in the 2000 Arctic Winter Games anytime soon.

Principal drops Seward coach
Due to a conflict regarding the way a high school varsity basketball team should be run, Seward Middle-High School Principal Malcolm Fleming will not allow Chuck Boerger to coach the boys basketball team in Seward next season.

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