Friday, April 13, 2001

House approves bill limiting nonprofit's campaign contributions
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House Wednesday approved a bill limiting campaign contributions by certain nonprofit groups.

Judge lifts campaign contributions limit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's $5,000 limit on contributions to a political party violates rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge has ruled.

New study highlights pollution at tank farm
HAINES (AP) -- As much as 4,600 gallons of diesel fuel per year may be leaking from the old Haines Army Fuel Terminal into Lutak Inlet, according to a new pollution study.

Spring whaling season to get underway soon
BARROW (AP) -- The spring whaling season is expected to start in the next few weeks. Eskimo whaling crews already are venturing out onto the ice to cut and mark trails to their eventual campsites.

Faribanks math team best in state
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a no-stress math test.

Principal places himself on leave during sex abuse inquiry
WASILLA (AP) -- The principal of Colony High School has placed himself on paid administrative leave while the School District investigates whether he should have reported a suspected relationship between a teacher and student.

House passes school safety bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at addressing school violence was unanimously approved by the House Wednesday.

Senate debating who picks whom
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some lawmakers are pushing legislation that could give U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski an opportunity to choose his own replacement should he run for governor of Alaska and win.

Bill would penalize insurance companies for late payment
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed a bill Thursday that would require insurance companies to pay interest if they're late paying claims. The bill would also shorten the time insurance companies have to respond to claims.

Tsimshian-style totem tells Easter story
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Rev. David Fison's notes for telling the Easter story this year are written on the side of a 17-foot-tall piece of cedar.

Spring means awakening, hungry bears
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A sure sign that winters grip has weakened and that spring is on its way are fresh bear tracks in slushy snow.

State to start over on fast ferry bid
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Department of Transportation officials said Friday they will rebid a project to build a fast ferry after rejecting a proposal from a Washington state shipyard.

Alaska Natives sign agreement formalizing tribe-state relations
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Delegates from about one-quarter of Alaska's 229 federally recognized tribes signed an agreement Wednesday formalizing relations between state government and tribal leaders.

These eggs aren't just for Easter
JUNEAU (AP) -- Charlie Detjen decorates eggs with surgical precision. In his upstairs egg room, the Coast Guard dentist applies threads of wax around a goose egg with the same steady hand he uses to drill teeth.

Sen. Stevens addresses joint session of Alaska Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- Wearing a tie decorated with pigs, Sen. Ted Stevens addressed a joint session of the Alaska Legislature Wednesday, speaking on everything from oil and gas development to the national missile defense system and prevention of alcohol abuse.

State warns Alaskans about meat recall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Oklahoma meat plant is recalling 14.5 million pounds of meat and poultry products that may be contaminated, and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says some of that meat probably made it to Alaska.

Bill would pay for school costs study
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state would spend $350,000 to study how much it costs to run schools in different parts of the state under a bill that passed the House on Thursday.

Another solar flare could bring weekend auroral show to Alaska
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaskans and residents of other northern states could be treated to the aurora borealis this weekend, thanks to another flare up on the sun.

House committee to rework campaign finance bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A campaign finance bill was pulled off the House floor Thursday so it can be reworked to reflect a U.S. District Court decision that the state must allow unlimited contributions to political parties.

Diver in Unalaska dies during boat inspection
UNALASKA (AP) -- A 42-year-old man died this week while on a diving job in Unalaska.

Federal judge to consider motion in Tongass logging case
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A federal judge has agreed to consider the Alaska Forest Association's request to intervene in a case that has stopped all logging on roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest.

Chemical cleanup having some success at Kenai River site near Soldotna
KENAI (AP) -- Chemicals injected into the ground seem to be working faster than expected to neutralize some dry cleaning fluid migrating into the Kenai River near Soldotna.

Prison plan is full of holes, legislators say
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some Republican lawmakers from the Kenai Peninsula have blasted a plan, supported by a bill in the Legislature, that would allow a joint venture to build and operate the state's first private prison near Kenai.

Grand jury rules parlor shooting was self-defense
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks grand jury has decided that it was self-defense when a man fatally shot another man at a massage parlor March 31, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Pilot speeds rescue of downed plane with handheld radio
BETHEL (AP) -- Quick thinking of a Bethel pilot brought a swift end to what could have been a deadly disaster on the tundra.

Clock is ticking for panel drawing state's new election map
JUNEAU (AP) -- Imagine trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle when the shapes and sizes of the pieces keep changing.

City charges novelty store owner under changes to drug item law
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The city has filed a criminal charge against one of two store owners whose merchandise was seized by police last month under a city drug paraphernalia law.

EPA ranks Red Dog as one of mining industry's top polluters
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency says hardrock mining accounted for about half of all toxic releases from industrial facilities required to report pollution data.

State rejects sole bid to build fast ferry
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state has rejected the only bid it received for a fast ferry designed to operate as a day boat between Juneau and Sitka.

Fairbanks senator changes vote on racism resolution
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Gary Wilken changed his vote Thursday on a resolution condemning January paintball attacks on Alaska Natives and other incidents of racism.

State to end year with surplus, but deficits returning
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state will do a little bit better than break even this fiscal year.

Nikiski man acquitted of murder and assault charges
KENAI (AP) -- A Superior Court jury has acquitted a Nikiski man of murder and assault charges in the shooting death of one person and the wounding of three others last March.

Tense debate precedes vote on paintball resolution
JUNEAU (AP) -- After a tense, angry debate Wednesday, the Senate voted 16-2 in favor of a narrowed version of a House resolution condemning recent paintball attacks on Alaska Natives in Anchorage.

Taylor Highway reopened for travel to Eagle
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Taylor Highway, a gravel road linking the Yukon River village of Eagle with the rest of Alaska, was opened Wednesday and Archie Reeves was one of the first to take advantage.

Poll shows pessimism on fisheries future
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A poll released Wednesday by an environmental coalition says Alaskans are leery of the loss of fishing industry jobs and wildlife in the oceans and pessimistic about the future of state fisheries.

Charter operators divided on halibut IFQs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Commercial fishermen and charter operators presented a divided front Thursday in testimony on the wisdom of a proposed individual fishing quota program for the halibut charter fleet.

Metals mining will keep Fairbanks busy this season
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- This Interior city will be a jumping off point this year for geologists in search of platinum and palladium, making the area the second busiest in the state behind Southeast Alaska, mining experts predict.

Former employee of Fairbanks auto parts store charged with theft
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former worker at a Fairbanks auto parts store is accused of embezzling as much as $90,000 from the business.

Juneau keeps tabs of investment with troubled utility
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau officials are keeping an eye on the city's $2 million investment in financially troubled Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Recount: Cordova voters reject cruise ship head tax by one vote
CORDOVA (AP) -- Voters here have defeated a proposed $5-per-passenger fee on cruise ships -- by one vote.

Running on empty?
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Southcentral Alaska will face natural gas shortages by the middle of the decade unless new reserves are discovered, a new study says.

Children need to get familiar with aging parents' finances
NEW YORK (AP) -- When Mary Kay Redefer celebrated her father's 80th birthday the other day in Chillicothe, Ohio, there was obvious cause for joy. There also was reason for concern.

Ford warns of defect
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is warning customers of a defect that can break the rear windows on some 2002-model Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer sport utility vehicles.

Judge names mediator in Napster case
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal judge has named a Silicon Valley high-tech veteran to mediate on technical issues plaguing the record industry and Napster's online song-swapping network, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Long-term care insurance not for all
Q: My employer recently started offering long-term care insurance through a group program. Should I buy a policy?

American becomes nation's largest carrier with TWA deal
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Though American Airlines has completed its acquisition of most of the assets of Trans World Airlines, there's an even tougher job on the horizon for the country's new No. 1 carrier.

Business Briefs
FNBA earnings riseUnocal donates to community cleanupZirul opens new officeSeward chamber announces April activitiesTesoro promotes pairRetail workshop offered todayGCI links Southwest schools to the InternetPhillips declares dividendPhillips denies Russian talks, Iraq activities

Amazon to take over Borders Group's online bookselling operations
NEW YORK (AP) -- Borders Group Inc., the nation's second-largest book retailer, is abandoning its money-losing online business and turning it over to Inc. as part of a new partnership between the two companies.

Bush takes on one of the biggest challenges ever
NEW YORK (AP) -- George W. Bush aims to put his brand on government by taking on perhaps the most challenging domestic battle he will ever face, more difficult even than winning the nation's highest elective office:

Tax form 1040 can be good financial planning tool
NEW YORK (AP) -- Each year after the rush of tax-filing season, financial planner Gary Schatsky likes to sit down with his clients to study their federal income tax returns and find ways to improve their spending, saving and debt management.

Around the Peninsula
Monthly meeting today HC-HP committee meeting plannedFood bank board members to meet Senior Easter dinner todayFarewell potluck todayAfter hours celebration todayVolunteer appreciation to be heldHomer gardeners to present slide showBake sale SaturdayBridges board of directors to meet SaturdayArctic Young Marines to sell eggsSmall business workshop slated

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 information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Fund-raiser postponed CES, Habitat to dedicate housCar wash scheduled for todayHospital service area board meeting set for MondayDomestic violence seminar offered Immunization clinics canceledProposal writing workshop plannedClubhouse to close for trainingKenai chamber to host congressmanSterling Community Club to meet Nikiski dance concert planned

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.

Forsythia rules the spring
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Some gardeners snub forsythia as too common, but its golden effulgence in early spring taunts them. It seems to be saying, ''What else is there around?''

Actors add a touch of western flair for latest stage production
There's no business like show business, and Twin Cities Produc-tions proves the phrase is true with the latest musical comedy, "Annie Get Your Gun."

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events, Films.

Art Brief
Pier One auditions planned

Sen. Stevens addresses joint session of Alaska Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- Wearing a tie decorated with pigs, Sen. Ted Stevens addressed a joint session of the Alaska Legislature Wednesday, speaking on everything from oil and gas development to the national missile defense system and prevention of alcohol abuse.

State to end year with surplus, but deficits returning
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state will do a little bit better than break even this fiscal year.

Money leaders
Winston Cup series money leaders.

Tragedy matures Junior
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- The play ful, sometimes arrogant bounce in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s swagger was lost in a split second Feb. 18. That was the day he watched in his rear-view mirror as his father slammed into the fourth-turn wall on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Race schedule needs to see some changes
FORT WORTH, Texas -- There was quiet confidence in Eddie Gossage's voice as he watched from a posh luxury suite while 210,000 racing fans exited the Texas Motor Speedway.

Nascar Winston Series schedule.

Points standings
Nascar Winston Cup series point standings.

Nascar busch series pepsi 300
When: 1 p.m. Saturday

City manager search narrowed to 3
The Kenai City Council wasted no time Wednesday night in whittling 15 applicants for city manager down to three.

Nudson cleared on all charges
Zebulon E. "Zeb" Nudson, the Nikiski man on trial for killing Justin Meireis and wounding three others on March 12, 2000, was found innocent on all 10 charges against him early Thursday afternoon in Kenai Superior Court.

Nudson innocent on all counts
Zebulon E. "Zeb" Nudson, the Nikiski man on trial for killing Justin Meireis and wounding three others at his home on March 12, 2000, was found innocent of all 10 charges against him Thursday afternoon in Kenai Superior Court.

Cleanup raises hopes, worries
Fertilizing naturally occurring bacteria seems to be cleaning an underground dry cleaning fluid spill by the Kenai River in Soldotna faster than expected.

Trial highlights, in their own words
From attorneys and witnesses during Zebulon Nudson's trial, which ended Thursday, when a jury declared him not guilty on all counts:

Closing arguments contrast claims of self-defense, illegality of taking a life
Twelve people -- a jury of his peers -- hold the future of Zebulon E. "Zeb" Nudson, 23, of Nikiski, in their hands.

Kenai River additions bill faces uphill battle in Senate
A bill to add thousands of acres to the state park that includes much of the Kenai River may face an uphill battle in the Senate.

Education task force says schools in need of money
Schools in Alaska cannot raise standards unless the people of the state raise education funding, according to a task force convened by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Chronology of events leading up to trial
March 11, 2000 -- Zeb Nudson hosted a wake for his friend, Preston Lee. Justin Meireis and Rick Sanchez came uninvited, fights broke out, and the young men were kicked out of the party. As they left, Justin Meireis threatened Nudson.

James D. Hill
James D. Hill died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, after an extended illness at his residence in Sterling. He was 65.

Under current circumstances, Reagan legacy push unseemly<
A group of prominent Republicans is campaigning to have Ronald Reagan replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill.

Will it take financial crisis for Alaskans to embrace taxes?
The front page headline in Thursday's Peninsula Clarion said it all: Surplus today, deficit tomorrow.

Many contribute to success of Love INC's annual dinner

Health care remains hot issue, even as it simmers on political back burner
Remember the so-called health-care crisis in this country? It might not be on the political agenda these days, and it isn't making headlines.

Letters to the Editor
Minimum wage increase would be bad for workers, bad for businessKenai mayor should work with borough for new prisonMemories, accomplishments at Blood Bank will be cherished

Others will pick up gap created by tax changes
House members, Democrats and Republicans

Nevertheless, key questions go unanswered, major issues left unresolved
WASHINGTON -- President Bush emerged from his first foreign policy test with widespread praise for his diplomatic juggling act and low-key leadership style. But the bargain he struck to free 24 Americans from China has left prickly questions unanswered.

Sterling neighbors cooperate for great community spirit Carnival not only raises funds, but it also builds relationships

Lots of snow, few people make Caribou Hills, Turnagain Pass great for spring riding
For many people, the warmer weather and the melting ice doesn't necessarily mean that summer is right around the corner. For them their favorite season of winter is ending.

Proof of woolly mammoth presence on refuge land lacking
Managing any national wildlife refuge has its ups and downs, as does managing any land (even your own 2 acres). Sometimes, everything you want to accomplish goes exactly as planned, but sometimes it does not.

Sign of spring
Bruno Anderson, 9, right, and Tyler Heindl, 13, middle, spread grain on the front-viewing field of Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge on Thursday afternoon April 5, 2001, in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Georgia student arrested for proselytizing
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- A University of Georgia student is among three U.S. citizens arrested and detained for weeks in the United Arab Emirates for allegedly promoting Christianity, university officials confirmed.

U.S. churches welcome 'Alpha,' British course for seekers
CINCINNATI (AP) -- During a lifetime cut off from organized religion, Aubrey ''Mac'' McCray h

Conservative Presbyterians launch new protest against same-sex rituals
LENOIR, N.C. (AP) -- A conservative caucus in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has launched a new protest against ceremonies for same-sex couples and other trends it opposes in the 3.6 million-member denomination.

Lutherans seek to revise new unity pact with Episcopal Church
CHICAGO (AP) -- Despite warnings from the head of the Episcopal Church, leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America want to revise a provision in the unity pact between the two churches that went into effect this year.

Bishop censures Kansas City congregation
CHICAGO (AP) -- After months of debate, Bishop Charles Maahs, head of the Lutheran synod in Missouri and Kansas, censured Abiding Peace Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Mo., for ordaining Donna Simon, who is a lesbian, to serve as its pastor.

Unique guide names 600 'excellent' U.S. churches
In a nation where Christian congregations (320,000 plus) are far more ubiquitous than even fast-food restaurants (176,800 at last count), the project that writer Paul Wilkes undertook required some brashness.

Lessons learned are valuable ones
The tortoise and the hare. You already know the story. An unlikely contest and an even more unlikely outcome.

Pastors show up in big number to sign covenant
An areawide Palm Sunday night service was held at Kenai Central High School with more than 650 in attendance. Singing and special music was led by groups from three churches, and a Youth Group presented a dramatic skit concerning Easter's meaning.

Pope marks Holy Thursday by symbolic washing of feet
ROME (AP) -- Pope John Paul II washed and kissed the feet of 12 priests during a Holy Thursday Mass to commemorate Jesus' Last Supper with his apostles before he was crucified.

Religion Briefs
St. Francis to hold special servicesPurification fast will end with communion Easter breakfast planned Methodist church to celebrate Holy WeekSolFirst to hold Easter serviceServices slated for Friday, Easter SundayCooper Landing to hold servicesMen's retreat planned

Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's son doing it his way
ATLANTA (AP) -- When Jay Bakker sits down for an interview, he can usually count on the question popping up: ''So what's the deal with your mother's makeup?''

Yanks sweep Royals, take first in AL East
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alfonso Soriano and Paul O'Neill had three RBIs apiece as the New York Yankees completed a sweep of the six-game season series against Kansas City with an 8-5 win Wednesday.

Skyview senior heads for Northern Arizona University
The get-together to celebrate Skyview senior Erika Edwards signing a national letter intent ended up being more of a celebration of Edwards' humility and dedication than it was of her accomplishments.

If he returns, it's as Error Jordan
I think it would be great to see him play again -- in the Senior All-Star Game. The name Michael Jordan belongs on a wall in the basketball Hall of Fame, hanging above the hardwood floor of the United Center and on all the jerseys that people still wear while they "want to be like Mike."

Weather stops first track meet
The 2001 Kenai Peninsula Relays track and field meet was cut short Thursday as weather and track conditions in Homer quickly deteriorated.

Colorado comes back to turn away Cardinals
ST. LOUIS -- Dustin Hermanson took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning but the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 Thursday on Mark Little's two-run single in the ninth.

Rules changes will put NBA in the zone
NEW YORK -- NBA owners approved a package of four rules changes Thursday, including the elimination of the long-standing ban on zone defenses.

Sabres shut down Philly
PHILADELPHIA -- Dominik Hasek stopped 31 shots -- including Mark Recchi's first-period penalty shot -- as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Mariners complete sweep of Athletics
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Edgar Martinez hit a three-run homer to help end Tim Hudson's winning streak, and the Seattle Mariners completed their first three-game sweep at Oakland by beating the Athletics 7-3 Thursday.

Capitals shut down Pittsburgh
WASHINGTON -- Not only didn't Mario Lemieux score in his first playoff appearance in four years, he didn't even manage a shot on goal.

Sports Briefs
Mayor's Midnight Sun registration infoPopeye Club does well in Homer Midnight Sun competes at tourneysArenas opting for NBA draftNewspaper files new request to see autopsy photos

McGwire conks first tater in Cards vicotry
ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire ended an 0-for-12 season-opening slump with an opposite-field home run, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 3-1 Wednesday night.

Poof! Wizards make Bulls' road woes vanish
WASHINGTON -- The Chicago Bulls ended a franchise-record 25-game road losing streak Wednesday night with a 113-109 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Cool welcome
A raven harasses a Canada goose Wednesday evening, April 11, 2001, in the front viewing field of Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Spring means awakening, hungry bears
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A sure sign that winters grip has weakened and that spring is on its way are fresh bear tracks in slushy snow.

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