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Tuesday, April 11, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Troopers single out two Village Public Safety Officers for honors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two village public safety officers were honored as the 1999 VPSOs of the year by the Alaska State Troopers at a recent ceremony.

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.

Man charged with double murder could be freed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man accused of killing his ex-wife and her roommate and then shooting himself in the head is back in Superior Court for a final competency hearing.

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.

Nome church added to National Register
NOME (AP) -- St. Joseph's Catholic Church in this coastal community has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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

Power blowers recalled because of gasoline leak danger
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some 200,000 gasoline powered blowers were recalled on Tuesday because of a fire and burn hazard, the Consumer Products Safety Commission said.

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.

Census officials encouraged by response rates
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In Florida and Michigan, they stuffed Chinese fortune cookies with ''Census 2000'' messages. In Santa Ana, Calif., traveling food merchants hand over groceries in bags to customers emblazoned with the Census 2000 logo.

Parnell won't seek re-election
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Sean Parnell, a leader in the Legislature's Republican majority, announced Monday that he won't seek re-election.

Report: Oil prices fall due to more OPEC crude, warm winter
LONDON (AP) -- Increased OPEC oil production and a mild winter that eased consumer demand for heating oil are contributing to at least temporary relief from painfully high crude prices, a respected industry study said Tuesday.

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.

BP Amoco to pay $32 million to resolve oil royalties case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- BP Amoco has agreed to pay $32 million to settle court and administrative claims that it underpaid royalties on oil it took from leased federal and Indian land since 1988, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

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.

Coal mine proposed for Copper River Delta
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Korean businessman says he wants to develop a coal mine near the Bering River and the Copper River Delta. That would place it within an area the U.S. Forest Service recently proposed as designated wilderness.

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.

Dispute erupts over tour operation in Misty Fjords wilderness area
State and federal regulators are trying to determine if they should go along with an Alaska Native corporation's efforts to run a boat and flight-seeing operation in Misty Fjords National Monument, a congressionally designated wilderness area east of Ketchikan.

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.

Eielson upgrades means more jet traffic at Army's Fort Wainwright
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It's going to get a bit noisier around this Interior city this summer.

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.

House approves teacher, loan, justice bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- School districts could hire certain retired teachers and Yukon Territory residents could buy sportfishing licenses for the same price that Alaskans pay under bills passed by the state House on Monday.

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.

Specialists: Alaska's beetle epidemic will be felt for generations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Forest and firefighting specialists say the spruce bark beetle epidemic is expected to slowly die out, probably within the next few years. But they say its effects will impact Alaska for years to come.

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.

BP settles tax dispute for $416 million
JUNEAU (AP) -- A tax settlement with BP Exploration (Alaska) poured $416 million into the state's budget-balancing reserve Monday, but the infusion may not help Alaska's long-term financial situation much.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
High schools hold dance galaASSE sponsors environmental specialist Kasilof historians plan meetingNorth chamber to meet ThursdayMonthly meeting set for motocrossersMeeting scheduled for health advocates

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

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.

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.

Car 1, pole 0 after collision
A highway light pole is big enough to stop most cars.

FireWise project smokes up North Kenai roadways
Smoke reduced visibility and slowed traffic along a mile-long stretch of the Kenai Spur Highway Monday, as a half dozen slash piles were set ablaze.

Bounty hunters' victim takes stand in court case
The man targeted by three bounty hunters took the witness stand Monday, answering questions about the 1998 incident in which he was taken at gunpoint from a Nikiski home.

'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.

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.

Meetings elsewhere more open than those held by CPGH Inc.
The nonprofit corporation that runs the public hospital in Soldotna has been at odds with the elected service area board over public access to corporation meetings and documents.

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.

Photo Feature: It must be spring
Beth Mishko picks pussy willow blossoms alongside Bridge Access Road with her 3-year-old granddaughter Isis last weekend.

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

William F. Plant
Homer resident William F. Plant died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at his residence in Homer. He was 75.

Willy (Bill) Ischi
Soldotna resident Willy (Bill) Ischi died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at his residence. He was 69.

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

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: 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 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

Alaska SeaLife Center News
Kenai Peninsula Resident's DayVolunteers needed

Births
Nathan Dorian GoffAbbey Rose RegerShayla Marie GarrettTyroan James Rediske

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

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

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.

Begins trades endurance for speed
Paul Begins makes his presence known quickly. The tall, muscular Skyview senior has spent the past two track seasons cutting a swath through first distance, and then sprint, competition.

Griffey's power crazy like Foxx
DENVER -- Ken Griffey Jr. didn't spoil the Colorado Rockies' home opener.

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.

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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