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Monday, April 10, 2000

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.

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.

Duma may consider START II ratification this month
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia indicated Monday it may be looking for a way to end a dispute over U.S. plans to build a limited nuclear defense system by considering creating a system of its own.

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.

Unalaska City Council votes to go ahead with $8 million school
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Unalaska City Council gave its blessing to the largest building project in city history recently when it voted 4-2 to build a new elementary school.

Group condemns Stevens' spending; Alaskans say projects have merit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaskans were served the largest slices of pork in the nation this year, according to a government watchdog group. But some of the diners involved say they received nothing more than federal-issue boiled potatoes.

Rabies quarantine extended at Wainwright
BARROW (AP) -- Authorities have extended a rabies quarantine another 30 days in the North Slope village of Wainwright after a rabid fox was discovered there last week.

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.

Crews work to open Denali Park Road to spring traffic
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crews at Denali National Park and Preserve gradually are pushing snow and ice from the park road, preparing for its annual spring opening.

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.

Old woman reflects on life lived in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Mary Johnson looks back on her life, she remembers the hard work required of carving out a living in the Fortymile Mining District.

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.

Challenger Learning Center takes off
The sound of circular saws still rings through the unfinished stone lobby of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, but the state's first high-tech science and math playground is launching its first mission.

Panel backs education to reduce bear-human encounters
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula residents must learn to live with brown bears if they want to escape federal restrictions that could hurt jobs and throttle access to the outdoors, say soon-to-be-published guidelines.

Clinton wants to boost pipeline safety, stiffen penalties
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A proposal by President Clinton would boost safety requirements for pipeline operators, stiffen penalties for violators and give the public more information about pipeline safety and accidents.

Two killed in Saturday avalanches
PAXSON (AP) -- Authorities on Sunday recovered the body of a Fairbanks snowmachiner killed by an avalanche near the site of the Arctic Man competition.

Favorable weather marks unusually short Bering Sea crab season
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Bering Sea snow crab fishery wrapped up Saturday after seven days of unusually calm and sunny weather.

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.

Group lists 10 most endangered rivers
The top 10 list of endangered rivers, as compiled by American Rivers, a conservation group:

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.

Rule kicks legislature into high gear
JUNEAU -- The Legislature kicks into high gear this week, as Republican leaders' plans to adjourn early get a boost from a procedural rule that can quicken normally sedate committee work to a dizzying pace.

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.

Some heli-ski operators close early near Valdez, citing unstable snowpack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A dangerously unstable snowpack in the Chugach Mountains north of Valdez has forced two heli-ski tour operators to call it quits for the season. That comes more than a month earlier than usual.

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.

Bounty hunter trial heats up docket in Kenai
The closely watched trial of three bounty hunters kicked off Friday with a mockup of the entrance to the invaded home set up in the courthouse so jurors could see what went on when the men burst into a Nikiski home in 1998 to grab a fugitive.

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.

Delta council members face recall
DELTA (AP) -- Delta Junction City Council members face possible recall for allegedly mishandling about $500 allocated to find new uses for Fort Greely.

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.

Fairbanks police pick up three abandoned children
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- State social workers took custody of three children in two separate incidents Friday after the children were apparently abandoned.

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.

Foxes feast on Prudhoe scraps
At the biggest oil field in North America, the discards from well-fed oil workers provide a feast for arctic foxes. But biologists are concerned that the rich food source is feeding a fox population boom and, perhaps, cutting down local bird populations.

Floating doll heads bobbing toward Alaska
A flotilla of ''Rugrats'' doll heads is floating toward Alaska. Tens of thousands of the plastic heads -- meant for Mattel's Tommy Pickles dolls, based on an animated TV show -- spilled from a container ship in the Pacific, said Seattle-based oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer.

LIO Schedule
The Legislative Information Office is located at 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217 in Kenai. For more information on teleconferences, call 283-2030.

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
Sears to hold parents meetingSoftball meeting TuesdayASLC need volunteersASSE sponsors environmental specialistSafari Club ticket deadline setMultiple sclerosis group to meet

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
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

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.

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.

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.

Roads also top agenda for Kenai City Council
Despite being dominated by discussion about the state of trees in the cemetery, the Kenai City Council meeting Wednesday night did have a other items on its short agenda.

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.

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

Community benefits through giving of hospice volunteers
Certain events in life are best shared with others. The death of a loved one is high on the list of things easier handled through sharing.

'It's like leaving one of your kids'
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is about to lose its current executive director. But to Peggy Moore, she is the one losing.

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.

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.

Sophie Mary Hunt
Ninilchik resident Sophie Mary Hunt died from cancer Friday, April 7, 2000, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 63.

Fred R. Glover Sr.
Longtime Alaskan Fred R. Glover Sr. died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 84.

Vern Leesman
Longtime Alaska resident Vern Eugene Leesman died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Wesley Rehab and Care Center in Seward. He was 68.

April 5: Anchorage Daily News on same-day airborne and voter initiatives:
Rep. Andrew Halcro, R-Anchorage, has bucked the will of his own Republican majority with opposition to Senate Bill 267. That bill guts the initiative against same-day airborne hunting of wolves that Alaskans approved by a decisive margin in 1996.

April 7: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on the Chugach Forest land management:
Green is the color people associate with forests -- after all, most trees are green for most of the year. One big exception are those in Alaska devoured by spruce bark beetles -- they turn a rusty brown color.

April 5: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Chitina dipnetting fees:
The trespass fee paid by Chitina dipnetters may be so deeply institutionalized by now that it's impossible to roll back, but the state should do the right thing and drop the current arrangement because it is a politically expedient but grossly unfair solution

April 6: Juneau Empire on preventing child abuse:
During the past decade, child abuse in the state of Alaska has risen 106 percent.

Community News
Scholarships offeredPing Pong resultsIntern deadline extendedOpen house welcomes public, alumni

Births
Nathan Dorian GoffAbbey Rose RegerShayla Marie GarrettTyroan James Rediske

Weddings
Weddings

Peninsula People
Student named to dean's listSophomore to attend national writing conferenceKCHS grad in NavySkyview sophomore chosen for international competition

Alaska SeaLife Center News
Kenai Peninsula Resident's DayVolunteers needed

Harpist's music is sound massage to struggling newborns
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gentle melodies strummed on a 6-foot tall harp lilt into nurseries where critically ill newborns cling to life at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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.

Singh masters Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The last leg of Vijay Singh's improbable journey was an uphill climb to the 18th green at Augusta National. That was the easy part.

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.

From the sideline
Move just doesn't seem right

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.

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.

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.

Oilers Corner
Oilers Corner

Panel backs education to reduce bear-human encounters
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula residents must learn to live with brown bears if they want to escape federal restrictions that could hurt jobs and throttle access to the outdoors, say soon-to-be-published guidelines.

Foxes feast on Prudhoe scraps
At the biggest oil field in North America, the discards from well-fed oil workers provide a feast for arctic foxes. But biologists are concerned that the rich food source is feeding a fox population boom and, perhaps, cutting down local bird populations.

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