Sunday, April 15, 2001

South Korea may join high seas drift net enforcement
WASHINGTON (AP) -- South Korea's ambassador says the country will probably join an international group that coordinates enforcement of a high seas ban on drift net fishing for salmon, according to Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer.

Lost key costs Anchorage thousands
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A single key lost by the Anchorage Fire Department has forced the city to re-key more than 700 lock boxes mounted outside businesses, schools and other buildings.

Native activists plan economic reaction to racism
ANCHORAGE -- Alaska Native activists announced Saturday they have formed a boycott committee to take economic measures that will advance civil and human rights of Alaska Natives.

Federal grant allows for expansion of Yukon Flats Center
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Yukon Flats Center will be able to expand classroom space and program offerings to the nine Alaska communities it serves thanks to a $1.2 million federal grant.

As returns get more complicated, rural residents seek tax help
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- You would think that someone who lives off the land for the most part would have a simple tax return.

State has until Friday to decide whether to appeal
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's top attorneys are analyzing a federal appeals court ruling that said the state's sex offender registry law is too harsh.

BP, state officials deny allegations of safety problems at Prudhoe Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP officials say allegations of unsafe operating procedures and understaffing at the Prudhoe Bay oil field are mostly old news that have been addressed.

Mining company wants to double tailings facility
JUNEAU (AP) -- A mining company wants to double its tailings facility on Admiralty Island -- already one of the largest tailings dumps in the country.

Halibut IFQ approved for charter boats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The North Pacific Fishery Management Council on Saturday approved allocating millions of pounds of halibut in quota shares to the charter boat industry.

State officials say census numbers almost on target
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The census people flew into Hobart Bay last year, stayed for 15 minutes and then took off again.

Airplane drops part on commercial flight
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Beech 1900-series aircraft owned by Frontier Flying Service lost a small piece of its engine covering somewhere over Talkeetna during a Tuesday morning flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage.

Man missing after inflatable raft swamps
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Soldotna man was missing Sunday after his small inflatable raft swamped in rough water in the Kenai Fjords area southwest of Seward, authorities said.

Troopers charge husband in shooting death of rural woman
ANCHORAGE -- A 38-year-old man from the Kuskokwim River village of Chuathbaluk has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his wife.

State says Kenai Peninsula can expect early fire season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of the southern Kenai Peninsula can expect an early fire season because conditions are unusually dry for this time of year, state fire officials say.

Birds, seals welcome infrequent fish visitor to Haines
HAINES (AP) -- Eagles, gulls, seals and beachcombers are scooping up Pacific capelin, a smelt-like fish and harbinger of spring that appears here only occasionally.

Whaling captains get set for spring hunt
BARROW (AP) -- Barrow's whaling captains are getting ready for the spring whaling season, scheduled to start within the next few weeks.

Adak votes for incorporation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of Adak have voted overwhelmingly to become a city, according to state elections officials.

Army in Alaska has new chief of operations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lt. Col. Lawrence Fussner has been selected as the new chief of operations for the Army in Alaska.

Woman arrested after failing breath test and driving
JUNEAU (AP) -- A woman was arrested Thursday night after she requested and failed a breath test for alcohol then drove anyway.

Around the Peninsula
Brunch planned to benefit residents Easter meal, activities slated AARP to meetDr. Anderson to speak at dinnerBook fair planned Historical society board to meetAnnual lock-up planned for MDA fund-raiser

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.

Longtime theater man, Gordon Griffin, prepares for his final scene
In Bremerton, he met and married Paula Caraway in 1968. She attended college while he finished his naval career and worked at various jobs.

Seaman gets long sentence
A Kodiak jury failed to convict Rocky Nestor Seaman of murdering Loreese "Loree" Hennagin, but a district court judge said he had no trouble finding that Seaman had indeed killed her.

Recovery of oil patch keys economic upswing in Alaska
ANCHORAGE -- Wanted: Workers who know their way around an oil field. Salaries in the high five digits. Report to eager employers in Alaska, and don't forget to bring a heavy coat.

Photo Feature: Solemn Procession
Worshipers carry a cross up Kobuk Street in Soldotna as they mark the Stations of the Cross in an observance of Good Friday organized by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Spring bunnies keep area rabbitry hopping
Easter evokes images of the Resurrection, spring, eggs, white lilies and, of course, bunnies.

Angry neighbor's rampage leads to night of terror
HOMER -- An enraged man shot up a remote cabin near Homer, sending three people fleeing into the forest during a night of terror.

Steven J. McClain
Soldotna resident Steven J. McClain died of natural causes at Central Peninsula Hospital Friday, April 13, 2001. He was 56.

Larry W. McRae
Homer resident Larry W. McRae died of cancer Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at the South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 60.

The Easter story as told in the Bible
Today Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Below is the Easter story as told in the gospel of Luke in the New Testament.

Letters to the Editor
'Right to work' states mean fewer benefits for workers

'Thanks, Mom' doesn't say it all
This year, like every year, I don't know what to get my mom for her birthday.

Instead of focusing on spending, Americans should look at government results
During the presidential campaign, George W. Bush said that only in Washington would a reduction in the rate of spending increases be considered a "cut."

Maria and Brook Brown
Brown, Blea announce recent marriage

Nancy Stuhlberg and Sean Harwager
Stuhlberg, Harwager to marry in July

Lee Trevey and Craig Macholz
Trevey, Macholz announce engagement

Doug Pike and Lori Cunningham
Cunningham, Pike plan fall wedding

My Best Friend
Nancy Wall of Sterling waits as her best pal Bert cools off in Crescent Lake after a long hike.

Nathan and Sheena Mallette
Mallettes celebrate vows in Soldotna

Ginni Russell and Joel Hagedorn
Hagedorn, Russell plan summer wedding

Horses shape up for Kentucky Derby
Bob Baffert has another horse in top form for the Kentucky Derby.

WUSA kicks off in Washington
WASHINGTON -- It was hard to tell why Brandi Chastain was crying. There were too many reasons, good and bad.

Cardinals pitcher issues five walks in loss to Houston
ST. LOUIS -- Rick Ankiel walked five and struck out six in five innings Saturday as the St. Louis Cardinals lost 7-4 to the Houston Astros, who got a pair of home runs from Chris Truby.

Sports Briefs
Stargell eulogized by fellow Hall of Famers

Ninilchik's Whitney, Dan Leman also take home top honors
Good news just keeps rolling in for Cook Inlet Academy senior Chet Nettles and the Leman family of Ninilchik.

Oilers Corner
Oilers land Wing

Soccer off to slow start
Soccer players from several central peninsula schools crowd the beach in Kenai for practice last week. Snow and standing water is keeping teams off fields again this spring.

Soriano steals the show
BOSTON -- Rookie Alfonso Soriano stole the spotlight from Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens with a ninth-inning solo homer that gave the New York Yankees a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

Tax help available for procrastinators
Don't panic: The deadline to file tax returns is Monday, not today, because of Easter Sunday.

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