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Wednesday, April 12, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Airlines maintenance probe extended to Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) -- An FBI investigation of Alaska Airlines maintenance practices in Oakland, Calif., has been expanded to the company's base at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Wednesday.

Five more Greenpeace activists arrested on Slope
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five more Greenpeace activists were arrested at a North Slope oil development for trespassing on Tuesday, bringing to nine the number taken into custody this week.

Trail reopened after bear scare
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chugach State Park rangers have reopened the Turnagain Arm Trail south of Anchorage.

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.

This eagle learned the hard way
HAINES (AP) -- A young bald eagle apparently picked a fight with the wrong prey late last month.

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.

Troopers arrest four on cocaine charges in Unalaska
UNALASKA (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers arrested four people suspected of dealing cocaine in Unalaska.

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.

State parks director says budget cuts could force closure of some parks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The director of the Division of Park and Outdoor Recreation says proposed budget cuts could force the closure of some parks.

Anchorage man indicted for allegedly not paying child support
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kenai grand jury indicted an Anchorage man on charges that he provided false information to avoid paying child support.

Fishermen petition for reopening of crab fishery
UNALASKA (AP) -- Bering Sea crab fishermen want the snow crab fishery reopened.

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.

Seldovia Natives plan upscale hotel in South Anchorage
(Anchorage-AP) -- The Seldovia Native Association is getting into the tourism business.

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.

Another group of Alaska lynx headed to Colorado
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- As soon as veterinarian Cort Zachel lifted the white curtain covering the front of one of four reinforced dog kennels sitting in the back of a Chevy Astro Van, a low, sincere growl rolled out of the back of the cage.

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.

Another whale missing -- feared dead
FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) -- A 38-year-old female killer whale known as Tahoma, or, more technically, J-10, is missing and believed dead.

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.

Democrats try to alter university budget bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Worried that majority Republicans might gain a tactical advantage from a proposal to tap a budget-balancing reserve to fund the University of Alaska, minority Democrats tried unsuccessfully to change the bill Tuesday.

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.

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.

Geese make their return a few days early
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first Canada geese of the season have touched down at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, two days earlier than last year and about five days ahead of schedule.

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.

North Slope Borough and four villages to receive $28 million
BARROW (AP) -- The North Slope Borough and four communities will receive $28 million in National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Impact Funds, the mayor of the borough announced Tuesday.

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.

Alaskan Brewing Co. recognized with international awards
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaskan Brewing Company won two medals for excellence Tuesday at an international competition in London.

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.

Knowles announces plan to sell state dams, underwrite rural power rates
JUNEAU (AP) -- Electric bills in rural communities would be subsidized by a fund endowed by the sale of four state-owned hydroelectric projects under a plan announced by Gov. Tony Knowles on Tuesday.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber lunch hosts Enstar presidentBoys and Girls Club open house today Kasilof historians plan meetingHigh schools hold dance galaNew art program to expand minds United Way seeks volunteersCraft Fair SaturdaySoftball clinic on SaturdayCrohns and colitis support group meets Tuesday

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Challenger center launches first mission
The space station crew clustered around the control console, eyes riveted to the status monitor, and began counting down for the launch of the space probe.

Juror's illness delays trial of bounty hunters
The wheels of justice ground to a temporary halt Tuesday in Kenai's bounty hunter trial when word was received that one of the 14 jurors was ill.

Mayor eyeing lakefront land
An 11th-hour appeal has revived the chances of the Kenai Peninsula Borough getting its hands on some of the state's most valuable holdings.

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.

Literacy
"Literacy is the building blocks to modern day society, everyday life, work and play."

What Literacy Means to Me
McGuffey's Eclectic Readers...cloth bound books with a distinctive odor from years of little hands turning pages. Today, nearly 50 years later, I still recall the smell, the feel, the delight that those little books gave me.

What Literacy Means To Me
Freedom! Loud and clear, plain and simple, literacy is freedom. If a person cannot read, a person cannot make an educated decis

What Literacy Means To Me
Literacy is a difficult subject for me. When I was a young child fresh from my cloth diapers, I had a hard time learning to read. I can see this same struggle in my little brother Andrew. Andrew is nine years old now and can read and write very well. My brother's struggles were different then mine.

"What Literacy Means to Me"
What do I think about Literacy. Well, I think that it's very important to learn things, read things and even teach other people things.

George N. Croft
Grantsburg, Wis., resident George N. Croft, World War II veteran and ex-POW, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at VA Medical Center in St. Paul, Minn. He was 80.

Wallace "Dean" Hall
Former Soldotna resident Wallace "Dean" Hall died Sunday, March 12, 2000, in Great Falls, Mont., after a short illness. He was 50.

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

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

Florence 'Rusty' Lancashire
Soldotna resident Florence "Rusty" Lancashire died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 80.

William F. 'Bill' Plant
William F. 'Bill' Plant

It's not easy to sell the great outdoors at new Cabela's store
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) -- When a Canton, South Dakota, man caught a state record largemouth bass last fall, he knew right where he wanted it to be displayed.

Hiking with a purpose: Idaho's disc golf course offers challenge
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- It's tee time on hole three. The shot is a sharp downhill straight to the green, 403 feet away. Doug Smith looks out across the stretch, notes the breeze coming from behind him and selects a driver from his bag.

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

Little League numbers drop
Little League organizers in Kenai and Soldotna are in the ninth inning and behind in the participant score column.

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.

Trail reopened after bear scare
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chugach State Park rangers have reopened the Turnagain Arm Trail south of Anchorage.

This eagle learned the hard way
HAINES (AP) -- A young bald eagle apparently picked a fight with the wrong prey late last month.

Another group of Alaska lynx headed to Colorado
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- As soon as veterinarian Cort Zachel lifted the white curtain covering the front of one of four reinforced dog kennels sitting in the back of a Chevy Astro Van, a low, sincere growl rolled out of the back of the cage.

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