Friday, April 14, 2000

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.

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.

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.

BLM sends landowner $1 million bill in wildfire claim
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal government is charging an Eklutna man $1 million in efforts to recover the costs associated with fighting a wildfire he's accused of setting.

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.

Organizers: Ice Classic may pay out $300,000 this year
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Tanana River ice continues to hold despite a recent warm spell, and the size of the jackpot in the Nenana Ice Classic continues to climb.

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.

Conference committee pulls ANWR reference from budget bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A joint congressional conference committee has pulled any mention of drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from a compromise budget bill.

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.

Commercial fishermen say river designation is overblown
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Commercial fishermen are speaking out against an environmental campaign that says the salmon-rich Copper River is the nation's fourth most endangered river.

High oil prices delays exhaustion of state reserve account
JUNEAU (AP

Togiak woman hit and killed by ATV
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A Togiak woman was killed this week after a four-wheeler slammed into her while she was walking down a road near the village, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Spill at Anchorage tank farm
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Several thousand gallons of jet fuel spilled Thursday after pressure built up in a line connecting the Tesoro refinery in Nikiski with a tank farm on Government Hill in Anchorage, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Organizers: Ice Classic may pay out $300,000 this year
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Tanana River ice continues to hold despite a recent warm spell, and the size of the jackpot in the Nenana Ice Classic continues to climb.

Salmon dumping to cost company $60,000
JUNEAU (AP) -- Dumping 3.2 million pounds of salmon in Southeast waters last July will cost Ward Cove Packing Co. of Seattle $60,000.

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.

BLM sends landowner $1 million bill in wildfire claim
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal government is charging an Eklutna man $1 million in efforts to recover the costs associated with fighting a wildfire he's accused of setting.

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.

Ketchikan Native group loses appeal to use local hospital
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Indian Health Service has rejected a request from the Ketchikan Indian Corp. to shift medical care for Ketchikan Natives to the Ketchikan hospital from Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

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.

Senate passes bills for diabetics, Alaska Railroad
JUNEAU (AP) -- Health insurance companies that provide pharmacy services would have to pay for diabetes treatment under a bill passed by the Legislature.

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.

House approves victims' rights bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Crime victims would have an easier time recovering stolen property under a bill approved 40-0 by the House on 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.

Company announces new plans for Kensington Mine
JUNEAU (AP) -- Coeur Alaska says a new design for the Kensington gold mine will eliminate the need for underwater disposal of tailings in Lynn Canal and onsite cyanide processing of ore.

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

New order takes shape on North Slope
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After a year of upheaval, the North Slope oil patch settled into a new order Thursday.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

''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.

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.

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.

Small airline pulls out of Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- Uyak Air is pulling out of Kodiak after 10 years running an air taxi and flightseeing service. It was the second small airline to bow out in as many months.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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
Scholarship applications due todayEagles hold dinnerFolk dancers host contra danceBridges board to meetCouncil plans Monday eventsWrestling to be discussed at meetingsFair Association to meetElks gear up for celebrity game

LIO Schedule
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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.

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.

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

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

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School closings nixed
Anxious parents can relax: The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is abandoning the idea of closing schools to save money.

Photo feature: Practice field with a view
Kenai Central High School's boys soccer team practices on the beach

Waste treatment plant gets clean bill of health
The Soldotna City Council opened its regular Wednesday night meeting by talking about sewage.

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.

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.

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.

Attorney fined for contempt of court as bounty hunter trial heads into 2nd week
Kenai's bounty hunter trial reached a fevered pitch Thursday before the jury even entered the court room.

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.

Oilers Corner
Oregon State University's Stephen Copeland has signed with the Oilers for the upcoming season.

2000 Soccer Capsules
Synopsis of peninsula prep soccer teams.

Low tides good for more than clams
In other parts of the world, they play soccer on the beach to break up the monotony of training on the same pitch every day.

Sports center to host Peninsula Riverskate
Soldotna is the object of regionwide envy this weekend.

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.

Lingering snow forces postponements
The lingering snow has forced high school soccer teams to rearrange their schedules over the next couple of weeks until fields become playable.

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