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Wednesday, April 11, 2001

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.

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.

Cold-weather runners dream of blizzard at Boston Marathon
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After a long winter of obsessive training, images of conquest in the upcoming Boston Marathon have begun to invade Andy Holland's dreams.

Legislation takes park creation out of hands of administration
KENAI (AP) -- Legislation introduced last month could severely restrict additions to state parks.

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

House passes measure to add 8,000 acres of critical fish habitat to state park.
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A bill that would add 8,000 acres to the state park that protects the Kenai River has passed in the state House of Representatives.

Senate President Rick Halford's mother dies
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate adjourned abruptly Tuesday when Senate President Rick Halford, R-Chugiak, received word that his mother had died.

Cook Inlet's known reserves won't be enough in a few years, study says
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Southcentral Alaska will face natural gas shortages by the middle of the decade unless new reserves are discovered, a new study says.

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.

Alcohol reading of man killed after leaving shelter was 0.188.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who was killed while crossing a downtown street had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit after he left a center where inebriates are taken to sober up, according to a state medical examiner's report.

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.

One defendant in Nenana murder trial pleads no contest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One of the two men charged with the January murder of Nenana resident John Burk will not be heading to trial.

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.

Inmate says guard made racist remarks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An inmate has accused a Palmer Correctional Center officer of making racially charged comments and contends the prison system has failed to address the matter.

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.

Airline steps up Prudhoe flights
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines plans to add three more flights per week between here and Prudhoe Bay starting May 22, the airline said.

State receives one bid to design, build fast ferry
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Marine Highway System has received just one bid for design and construction of a high-speed catamaran to serve as a day boat between Sitka and Juneau.

Fish board takes up issue of who gets halibut catch
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal fisheries panel this week wades into the question of whether charter boats should have an automatic share of the ocean's halibut.

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.

Ferry officials expect delays in repair of Columbia
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Alaska Marine Highway System announced changes in its schedule Tuesday in anticipation of delays in the repair of the state ferry Columbia.

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.

Modern adventurer traces early Arctic explorers' footsteps
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wandering in circles on the snow-crusted tundra somewhere between Prudhoe Bay and Kaktovik in the spring of 1992, then 64-year-old Dick Griffith gave into the anguish Arctic explorers have known since the days of Peary and Shackleton.

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.

Competition unravels mysteries of the atlatl
UNALASKA (AP) -- Dozens of curious hunters took to the old ballfield last Saturday, with hopes of discovering the mysteries of an ancient weapon.

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.

Mandatory borough bill passes Senate, but may stall in the House
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate has passed a bill that could eventually force some unorganized communities into boroughs.

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.

Man wins bias suit against Army National Guard
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former civilian worker at the Army National Guard has won a $230,000 judgment against the Guard in a discrimination case.

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.

Knowles, Senate Finance differ on school funding approaches
JUNEAU (AP) -- As Gov. Tony Knowles was calling on the Legislature to spend more money on schools, two floors up the Senate Finance Committee was debating a bill that would do that -- at least for most schools.

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.

Senate, House reject budgets
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House unanimously rejected the Senate's version of the operating budget Tuesday and the Senate rejected the House's spending plan.

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.

House committee considers bill lowering blood-alcohol limit
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House Transportation Committee took up bill Tuesday that would set a lower blood-alcohol limit to define drunk driving.

Six-month term for indecent exposure, camera incident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Salcha man has been sentenced to six months in prison after pleading no contest to charges he exposed himself to a 5-year-old girl and also tried to spy on showering teen-age girls via a hidden camera lens two years ago.

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
Spring brings blood drive in SoldotnaRoad projects to be discussed at luncheonWeekly chamber meeting slated for todayMeeting scheduled for todayPhillips to present forum for future Committee meeting plannedSenior Easter dinner ThursdayCar wash FridayFund-raiser planned to help Funny River areaMarine guide offered to boat owners Pet owners: Beware of eagles

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.

Youth Restoration Corp to give Mother Nature a helping hand
For the last three years the Youth Restoration Corp (YRC) has been working towards promoting environmental stewardship while building community support. Adding to that support last week at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon was Phillips Alaska, prese

Assembly and Mayor Bagley honor Special Olympic Athletes
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution last week commending local Special Olympians, Samantha Baker, of Kenai, Jolene Clark, of Ho

Rotary Clubs establish new transportation funds at CPGH
Members of the Soldotna and Kenai Rotary Clubs have created a new fund to assist the transportation needs of individuals with difficulties getting to Central Peninsula General Hospital for therapy treatments.

Helping hands in our area
The good old days when Alaskans helped their neighbors whenever a need came up, whether it was setting a ridge pole on a log cabin, fixing a broken vehicle, or planting a garden, is not just part a part of Alaska's colorful history, but is the substance of the spirit of our community today.

Fresh vegetables like asparagus tend to bring out spring fever
(NAPSA)-In spring a food lover's fancy turns to thoughts of asparagus. In ancient times harvesting the wild asparagus, famous for their medicinal qualities, was a springtime ritual.

Sixth annual Village Health, Safe Kids, & Job Fair has huge success
If the turn out for the sixth annual Village Health & Safe Kids Fair at Soldotna High School is an indicator of health awareness and concern for saf

Big winner in a little package
She's too young to know what she wants to be when she grows up, but Kimberly Schilling already has a good start toward a college education. Kimberly, the daughter

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.

Knowles, Senate Finance differ on school funding approaches
JUNEAU (AP) -- As Gov. Tony Knowles was calling on the Legislature to spend more money on schools, two floors up the Senate Finance Committee was debating a bill that would do that -- at least for most schools.

House committee considers bill lowering blood-alcohol limit
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House Transportation Committee took up bill Tuesday that would set a lower blood-alcohol limit to define drunk driving.

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.

Senate, House reject budgets
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House unanimously rejected the Senate's version of the operating budget Tuesday and the Senate rejected the House's spending plan.

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo feature: Yard work
Erik Charlie, 4, takes a rake to some of the snow that remains in his front yard in Old Town Kenai Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Kenai City Council to screen manager applicants tonight
The Kenai City Council will get down to the nuts and bolts of finding a city manager tonight as it begins the review process of the 15 applicants that have made it past the first round.

Business mentoring program can help youths rebound
The educational grants coordinator for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District said she has learned a lot about the qualities that help children bounce back from trouble.

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.

Closing arguments next as trial over Nikiski shooting incident nears end
It could be anybody's Alaska dream cabin. Made of logs, surrounded by spruce and birch trees, not too many neighbors. The deep puddles in the gravel road running past it help maintain its isolation. A U.S. flag waves lazily from the top of a pole on the right side of the cabin.

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

James A. McDowell
Homer resident James A. McDowell died at his home on Sunday, March 11, 2001, of heart disease. He was 86. Memorial services will be held at a later date. His ashes will be inurned at the Hickerson Memorial Cemetery, in Homer, also at a later date.

More federal money does not translate into educational success for students
The report cards keep getting worse. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education released the latest tes

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

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

Applause
Support for Piranha swim-a-thon appreciated

UA system plays vital role in Alaska's future
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.

Letters to the Editor
Trail would not hurt wildlife, if people, pets did not stray Homer Electric Association board in need of new blood, fresh ideasTimothy McVeigh should be made example for all terrorists Unions help people better themselves, their familiesUnions will promise whatever it takes to win workers' votes

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.

Modern adventurer traces early Arctic explorers' footsteps
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wandering in circles on the snow-crusted tundra somewhere between Prudhoe Bay and Kaktovik in the spring of 1992, then 64-year-old Dick Griffith gave into the anguish Arctic explorers have known since the days of Peary and Shackleton.

Angler's story stars a large cast
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- More flowery, saccharin prose is written about fly casting than probably any other aspect of angling. Like Ken Griffey Jr. or Tiger Woods' swing, there is a grace that materializes in a well-suspended fly line, with or without a strike at the end of the swing.

Bald Eagles Bounce Back in Minnesota
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Minnesota's growing bald eagle population is running out of room.

Competition unravels mysteries of the atlatl
UNALASKA (AP) -- Dozens of curious hunters took to the old ballfield last Saturday, with hopes of discovering the mysteries of an ancient weapon.

Conservation District keeps students busy
The Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District is expanding its education outreach this year. The program, which is affiliated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, now offers contests for students and teachers.

News from schools around the district
News from schools around the district

Arts take over at KPC
Career exploration seminarKenai Peninsula College Art GalleryOpera samplerSunday Showcase

Around the District
No school Friday'Science Circus' comes to townGirl Scouts invites home schoolersSchool board meets MondayTropical trip hits high note for KCHS bandWings hosts Christian school conventionKCHS announces Students of the MonthSMS announces Students of the MonthStudents of the Month namedConference addresses school violence Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer will give the keynote address Scholarships available for asthmaticsAfter the Bell

Nikiski debaters win state
In a stunning upset, the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Drama, Debate and Forensics Team held its own against the traditional favorites at the state tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday and brought home two trophies.

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.

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

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

Alaska Shootout future in question
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA management council has approved a proposal that could seriously hurt recruiting of teams for the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage and the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks.

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

Deja vu all over again in first round of Stanley Cup playoffs
The Philadelphia Flyers and the Buffalo Sabres face the same dilemma -- how to beat a Czech goalie.

Area club hits the ground running
Picture this. It's 5 a.m. on a rainy summer morning and your alarm clock rings. Oh yeah, you remember. You were going to get up, drive over to Seward and do the Lost Lake Trail today by yourself.

2001 Peninsula Runners' Calendar
Print this out and keep for the dates and times of the spring and summer runs.

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.

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

Miami beats buzzer, 76ers
MIAMI -- Tim Hardaway sank a 22-footer with 5.6 seconds left, and the Miami Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers 83-81 Tuesday night despite Allen Iverson's 41 points.

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