Thursday, April 13, 2000

Anchorage mayor wants to give homeowners one-time tax cut
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Months before state voters consider a property tax cap initiative, Anchorage Mayor Rick Mystrom wants to give the city's homeowners a $29.5 million, one-time tax cut.

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

Police crack down on red-light runners
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are cracking down on red-light runners.

BP Amoco shareholders turn down an attempt to halt northern Alaskan oil drilling
LONDON (AP) -- BP Amoco PLC weathered a surprisingly strong challenge to its environmental record Thursday when shareholders defeated a measure that would have blocked the company from drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

Troopers cite crabbers for illegal fishing
ANCHORAGE -- The captain and crew of a fishing vessel were cited for illegally taking tanner crab from the Bering Sea, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

McCain introduces pipeline safety bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. John McCain introduced a bill Thursday that would boost pipeline safety requirements, increase training for pipeline operators and make more information about pipelines available to the public.

University money plan fails by two votes
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposal to tap the state's budget-balancing reserve to increase spending on the University of Alaska failed in the House by two votes Wednesday as some minority Democrats balked at the prospect of losing a tactical advantage.

Top Pentagon official pushes radar system for Shemya
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Defense Department plans to begin work on the first elements of a national missile defense system in Alaska next year, despite the fact that the system has not yet been successfully tested nor approved by President Clinton.

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

''Organic'' label sought for salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaskans regard their salmon as the ultimate in wholesome food -- wild fish raised on the natural bounty of the sea.

Man charged with sexually abusing two girls
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was being held Wednesday on charges that he sexually abused two girls.

EPA launches national review of cruise ship pollution
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a national review of the cruise ship industry in response to a petition by 54 environmental organizations.

FEMA disaster assistance expanded to include more Alaska communities
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More Alaska communities affected by severe winter storms and avalanches have joined the list of those that are eligible for federal disaster assistance, state and federal agencies announced Wednesday.

Alaska Army Guard commander promoted to general
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A commander in the Alaska Army National Guard is now wearing a star on his shoulder boards.

Unalaska city council donates funds for sea lion lawsuit defense
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Unalaska City Council has donated another $10,000 to help the National Marine Fisheries Service defend itself in a lawsuit dealing with the Steller sea lion, KIAL Radio reported Wednesday.

Alaska Airlines probe includes review of FAA oversight
SEATTLE (AP) -- Federal Aviation Administration oversight of Alaska Airlines has come under scrutiny in an investigation into the crash of Flight 261 and the company's maintenance operations, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Thursday.

Threats made to teacher results in week-long closure of school
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Threats made to a teacher at the Cruikshank School in Beaver resulted in the school closing for a week.

National Guard rescues two from plane crash in Southwest Alaska
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The Alaska National Guard on Thursday rescued two people from the site of a plane crash in Southwest Alaska.

Village corporation plans land lottery for members
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Planning Commission has approved a request by Cape Fox Corp. to create 230 waterfront lots in eight parcels along George and Carroll Inlets for its shareholders.

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.

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

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.

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.

Southcentral Alaska entering fire season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Southcentral Alaska is entering prime fire season, officials with the Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday.

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.

House votes to move $250 million to fund principal
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House voted Wednesday to move $250 million of Alaska Permanent Fund earnings into the principal of the $27 billion oil-royalty savings account.

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.

Murkowski dealt gas, oil setbacks
WASHINGTON -- Frank Murkowski, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has failed to put together a solid victory for core provisions of his energy policy -- drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and cutting federal gasoline taxes to lower consumer prices.

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.

Bill bans charges for collecting sexual assault evidence
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that bans health care providers from charging sexual assault victims or their insurance companies for the cost of collecting crime evidence was approved by the state House on Wednesday.

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.

Fish and Wildlife Service agent honored by Department of Interior
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska-based U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent has been awarded the Citation for Meritorious Service, the agency announced this week.

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.

High oil prices delays exhaustion of state reserve account

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.

Kodiak Launch complex gets new technical director
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Aerospace Development Corp. has hired a technical director for the Kodiak Launch Complex.

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

Veneer plant signs agreement for sort yard
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Gateway Forest Products will use a village Native corporation's sort yard and road to support its veneer plant and sawmill operations.

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

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.

Fairbanks man convicted of child sex abuse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 35-year-old Fairbanks man has been convicted of sexually abusing his step-daughter over a seven-year period.

Internet retailers in trouble, says study
NEW YORK -- Most retailers that operate entirely on the Internet will be out of business by next year, a respected consulting firm is warning.

Stocks plunge; Microsoft derails technology sector
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index continued its steep slide Wednesday, plummeting 286 points and closing below 4,000 after a Goldman Sachs analyst lowered his expectations for Microsoft's revenues during the just-ended quarter.

With Lutz leading charge, Exide gets new jump-start
READING, Pa. -- When Robert Lutz retired as vice chairman of Chrysler Corp. two years ago, he'd never had the chance to be the chief executive officer of a company. So when Exide Corp. needed a chairman and CEO to help it recover from charges of deceptive sales practices, Lutz decided his time had come

Business Briefs
New trash service opens Seldovia Native Association plans hotelScaffolding class offeredRestaurants can set payment plans for permit feesNBA earnings riseFunny River chamber plans annual meetingFBI probe of Alaska Airlines practices expanded

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

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
Christian women's club to meet FridayChicken is on at Kenai EaglesUnited Way seeks volunteersCraft Fair SaturdaySoftball clinic set for SaturdayCrohns, colitis support group to meet 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.

"Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainment Upcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Art Briefs
Peninsula students competing in pageantAuditions planned WednesdayWriters workshop scheduled with authorSunday Showcase features art celebrationShorebird photo contest planned in MayShort story, poetry contest seeks entries

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.

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.

Women's panel voices struggles, strengths
Issues facing women today was the focus of a unique panel discussion held Sunday. The forum, sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Women's Political Caucus, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization, was held at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building in Soldotna.

Bounty hunter defense grills victim
Truth, or the search for it, was the theme of the day, as the bounty hunter trial picked up speed again Wednesday in the Kenai court house.

Crisis center brings sexual abuse talk to Soldotna chamber lunch
Easing the burden on sexual assault victims and getting to the truth is no small task.

Anchor River, Captain Cook recreation areas facing closure
Tourists will have two less reasons to visit the Kenai Peninsula this summer if legislative cuts go through.

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

"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"
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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

KPHA Ice Hawks take state Bantam D tourney
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Ice Hawks defeated the Homer Glacier Kings 4-3 Sunday to win the state Bantam D hockey tournament at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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

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.

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

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