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Tuesday, April 10, 2001

GCI offers some Internet services Outside
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- General Communication Inc. is expanding its telecom business outside Alaska with plans to offer Internet access to 22 rural schools in New Mexico and Arizona.

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.

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

Alaska delegation seeks White House help in lifting logging ban
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska congressional delegation is turning to the Bush administration for help in lifting a court injunction on logging in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest.

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.

Researchers testing remote weather reconnaissance plane at Barrow
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Researchers from the University of Colorado are returning to Barrow to test a miniature robot plane they hope will be used for long-distance unmanned reconnaissance flights into the Arctic.

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.

State alleges Cominco Alaska responsible for air pollution violations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has accused Cominco Alaska of a number of air pollution infractions at its huge Red Dog lead and zinc mine near Kotzebue.

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

Troopers plan to beef up their presence at Arctic Man
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska State Troopers say they plan to double their presence Saturday at the Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic in the Hoodoo Mountains near Paxson.

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

Senate Finance introduces initial step to long-range plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Finance Committee introduced a package of bills on Monday that Co-Chairman Dave Donley said is the first step in developing a long-range fiscal plan.

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

Anti-abortion language stays in Senate budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- Majority Republicans in the Senate adopted an operating budget Monday that calls for the Health and Social Services Department budget to fail if a judge rules the state must fund abortions for poor women.

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.

Interior budget includes money from ANWR oil leasing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge remains strong, but the Interior Department's budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes money from ANWR oil leasing.

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

Final vote on tap for halibut charter IFQs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal fisheries panel is set to decide this week whether to approve an individual fishing quota program for halibut charter boat operators, giving them a specified share of the overall catch.

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.

UAF students take novel approach in design contest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A group of engineering students from the University of Alaska Fairbanks took three basic components of soil and designed a simple wastewater treatment system they hope will take them to victory in a national contest.

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.

Appeals court rejects part of Alaska's sex offender law
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An Alaska law goes too far in requiring sex offenders to register their whereabouts four times a year for life, a federal appeals court has ruled.

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.

Gateway interim financing approved
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Donald MacDonald has approved a $2.5 million interim operations loan from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough to Gateway Forest Products.

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.

Budget goal is to bring National Park facilities up to date
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the first time in more than 50 years, a major facelift for the National Park Service is being proposed.

Body of Tuluksak man found in Kuskokwim River
TULUKSAK (AP) -- The body of a Tuluksak man who disappeared about two weeks ago while riding his snowmachine was recovered from the Kuskokwim River, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

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.

LIO Schedule
Today 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. - Redistricting Board 1:30 p.m. - HB 101, HB 193, HB 203, SB 103 3 p.m. - HB 180, HB 197, HCR 14, SB 133, HB 142

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

Around the Peninsula
Committee will meet todayReunion meeting slated for todayCity council work sessions todayMonthly meeting ThursdaySenior center holds salesKCHS 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.

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.

Movie Revue: Tomcats
I was just looking over my review from last week. I said that I didn't really want to go see Someone Like You because I was kind of excited about Tomcats.

Anti-abortion language stays in Senate budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- Majority Republicans in the Senate adopted an operating budget Monday that calls for the Health and Social Services Department budget to fail if a judge rules the state must fund abortions for poor women.

Senate Finance introduces initial step to long-range plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Finance Committee introduced a package of bills on Monday that Co-Chairman Dave Donley said is the first step in developing a long-range fiscal plan.

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.

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.

40-year employee retires
In 1961, Carl Rodgers left the U.S. Army, got married and took a job with Alaska Oil Sales.

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

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

Unhappy campers - Legislation takes park creation out of hands of administration
Legislation introduced last month could severely restrict access and additions to state parks, including some in the works for the Kenai Peninsula.

Photo feature: Heading south
A motorcycle rider from Anchorage who calls himself Cowboy is reflected in the mirror of his 1982 Harley-Davidson Wide Glide bike during a stop at a carwash in Soldotna last weekend.

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.

Witness: Nudson's reaction result of training from Army
The defense team of James McComas and Cindy Strout raised the possibility that Zebulon Nudson's actions that resulted in his being charged with first-degree murder may have been self-defense -- and a trained reaction.

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.

Nudson takes stand in murder trial Defendant tells court: 'I was trying to keep myself from getting shot'
It was standing room only in Kenai Superior Court A on Monday, as defendant Zebulon Nudson, 23, of Nikiski, gave a tearful account of the events at his Bastien Road home on March 12, 2000.

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.

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.

Albert E. Patterson
Kenai resident Albert E. Patterson died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at his home. He was 77.

Challenger Learning Center of Alaska flying high, marks first anniversary
One year ago today, the first missions were flown at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

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.

It's high time to raise Alaska's alcohol tax
Alaskans, more than most, are familiar with the terrible costs attached to alcohol consumption.

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

Applause
Support for Piranha swim-a-thon appreciated

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.

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!

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.

Letters to the Editor
Proposed ordinance not land trade, it's a borough assembly give-away Health plans, pension plans, training part of union benefitsUnions cannot negotiate contracts to keep their members employed Proposition 4 on HEA ballot should be defeated by members

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.

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.

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

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?

Senior Briefs
Activities taking place in the various peninsula senior centers this week.

Menus
Menus for the various peninsula senior centers for this coming week.

Deer man cleared of charges
OLD FORGE, N.Y. (AP) -- When 83-year-old Andy Bozek got the phone call, relief swept across his face.

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.

Sports Briefs
Peninsula relays moved to Homer Armstrong: Officials don't have doping evidenceEarnhardt results not expected until AugustMasters' Saturday rating highest since 1972Arizona's Wright enters NBA draft

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.

Cowboys quarterback calls it quits, eyes broadcasting field
IRVING, Texas -- As always, Troy Aikman came to Texas Stadium with his game face on.

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.

Pirates organization loses its Pops
PITTSBURGH -- The Family has lost its patriarch.

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.

Glory days - Covich covets state title she earned in volleyball
Laura-Beth Covich still watches the tape of Nikiski's five-game victory over Valdez in the title match of the Alaska School Activities Association State 3A Volleyball Championship last fall -- a match in which the Bulldogs recovered from what could have been a Buccaneers' knockout blow in Game 4 to win Game 5.

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