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Monday, April 9, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Nulato man charged with brother's murder
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Nulato man has been charged with his brother's murder, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

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.

DEC says Cominco violating air quality
JUNEAU (AP) -- An inspection of Cominco's Red Dog Mine has turned up numerous air quality violations, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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.

Another hemp initiative underway in Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new initiative aimed at legalizing marijuana use is underway in Alaska.

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.

Washington company only bidder for high-speed Juneau-Sitka ferry
JUNEAU (AP) -- A boat-building company from Washington state has turned in the only bid for design and construction of a high-speed catamaran to serve as a Juneau-Sitka dayboat.

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.

Conservation Fund buys bear habitat alongside Kenai River
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- An environmental group has purchased some critical brown bear habitat along the Kenai River.

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.

April 8: Juneau Empire on wastewater tampering case:
By pleading guilty in Anchorage on Friday to two criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act, Juneau Wastewater Utility Superintendent Andrew Bronson abandoned the presumption of innocence that followed his Dec. 12, 2000, indictment and the plea of innocent he entered in U.S. District Court on Feb. 14.

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.

April 4: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on taxing drinkers:
Alaskans, more than most, are familiar with the terrible costs attached to alcohol consumption.

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.

April 8: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner realizing the university's potential:
The University of Alaska has made great strides in the two years since President Mark Hamilton enlisted the Legislature's assistance in reversing years of systemwide decline.

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.

Wastewater utility superintendent pleads guilty
JUNEAU (AP) -- The superintendent of Juneau's wastewater utility has pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act by diluting two water samples from the Mendenhall sewage treatment plant.

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.

April 4: Anchorage Daily News on campaign reform:
Alaskans can take pride that Sen. Ted Stevens was one of 12 Republicans who helped the Senate pass the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill.

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.

Crewmember of fishing boat drowns
KODIAK (AP) -- A 19-year-old crewman aboard a fishing boat drowned near Kodiak, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

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.

MEA members vote in favor of keeping open bidding
PALMER (AP) -- Members of the Matanuska Electric Cooperative voted overwhelmingly against a proposal to change the cooperative's bylaws to do away with competetive bidding.

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.

Customs approves application for German airlines landing rights
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Customs Service has approved an application for Condor German Airlines to land in Fairbanks with European tourists this summer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Phillips to present forum Orientation to be held State education rep to speak at Kenai chamber Blood drive plannedSlide show slatedCommittee meeting setVolunteers to be honoredKCHS choir reunion planned for June KCHS choir reunion planned for June

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 any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

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

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 any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

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.

Jarrett sneaks out win in Virginia 500
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Dale Jarrett debunked the supertire strategy with five laps to go Sunday, using fresher rubber to pass teammate Ricky Rudd and win the Virginia 500 Winston Cup race.

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.

Halibut charter IFQs hit front burner
A rush of legislative opposition to giving charter skippers individual shares in the annual halibut quotas has not dissuaded proponents of the plan.

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.

Photo Feauture: People who care
Dixie Nugent looks at a display at Big Kmart featuring previous participants in the Caring for the Kenai competition Saturday afternoon.

Customer abuse turns Infinite Minutes into finite ones
Perhaps it was just too good to last.

Kenai helps fund projects
The city of Kenai opened its pocketbook for two major projects as the council approved spending more than $4 million on a new fire station at the airport and nearly $100,000 for design of a refrigeration system to provide more reliable ice at the multipurpose facility.

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.

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

Warmer weather could bring big changes
A few degrees warmer: What Alaskan could ever complain about that?

Arthur L. Couch
Former Kenai resident Arthur L. Couch died Friday, April 6, 2001, at Cloud Co. Health Center in Concordia, Kan. He was 82.

Junetta F. Call
Junetta F. Call died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna, following a long battle with emphysema and cancer. She was 74.

Applause
In addition to all of its other previously thanked sponsors, Kenai Central High School basketball would also like to thank Integrity Surveys for its generous financial donation to the progressive shoot. We appreciate all those who helped make the KCHS basketball season a success!

Different measures needed to curtail violence in schools
School violence is one of the more difficult quandaries facing society today.

Long-range fiscal plan on agenda; should be ready by next legislative session
Being a first time legislator, I came to Juneau to make a difference. Shortly after arriving, a group of legislators (majority and minority members) met and talked about a long-range policy/fiscal plan for the state.

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

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.

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.

Cheney: Excess budget pork may lead to veto
WASHINGTON -- With President Bush preparing to release the point-by-point details of how his $1.96 trillion budget would rein in government spending, Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday that Bush will not hesitate to veto spending bills he considers excessive.

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).

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.

Letters to the Editor
After reading Doug Loshbaugh's article "Waterfowl worries surround trail across Kenai River flats" (Clarion, April 2), my blood pressure went up.,I am so amazed at the selfishness of people and how they continue to "demand" more land use where our wildlife live and feed.

My Best Friend

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

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.

Nice work
The Crafty Ladies of the Sterling Senior Center, from left, sitting, Luella Barker and Mary Scaggs, and standing, Charlotte Sponsel, Glenda Graham and Menerva Shipman, along with Cindy Sherlock and Rickie Bowen, not pictured, created the "pink ribbon" quilt behind them.

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.

Ask a Trooper
Question: I am having trouble with my neighbor's dog coming into my yard. I have asked the neighbor to chain up the dog repeatedly, but it has done no good. I don't really want to, but do I have the right to destroy the dog?

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.

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

Peninsula People
Zuke to travel to Orlando Students named to honor lists Sterling girl crowned Alaska National Teen-ager Soldotna man joins NavyKenai senior to defend championshipSoldotna doctor returns from conference

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

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.

Martinez, Red Sox earn win over Rays
BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez struck out 16 in eight innings for his first win of the season, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Sunday.

Penguins hold off Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't need Mario Lemieux or Jaromir Jagr to deny the Carolina Hurricanes a better playoff position Sunday.

Born in the wrong era
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Maybe if they were born in a different era, David Duval and Phil Mickelson would have that major championship by now.

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.

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

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

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.

Kings win, hold division top spot
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Vlade Divac scored 8 of his 13 points in the final seven minutes, and Peja Stojakovic hit a big jumper over Scottie Pippen with 27 seconds left as the Sacramento Kings beat the Portland Trail Blazers 98-89 Sunday.

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

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

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

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