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Monday, April 17, 2000

House proposes larger endowment for rural power rates
JUNEAU (AP) -- An endowment fund proposed for lowering electric rates in rural communities may get a huge infusion of state cash under a bill changed in the House on Friday.

Anchorage teacher named best gym teacher in country
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A national group has named an Anchorage high school gym teacher the best in the country.

Settlement reached in Bethel halfway-house lawsuit
BETHEL (AP) -- Residents of a Bethel halfway house have settled a lawsuit against the center's former and current operators that alleged substandard living conditions.

House approves bill to speed electronic fishing, hunting licenses
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at speeding up online applications for fishing and hunting licenses was approved by the House on Monday.

Knowles pushes for children's programs, state contracts
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles urged lawmakers Friday not to adjourn without addressing his spending priorities, including money for children's programs and state employee contracts.

Builders say school construction bill favors some firms
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some builders, architects and designers are scrambling to erect a barrier in front of a bill they say was custom built to steer the state's rural school construction projects to one or two companies.

Deported Anchorage author allowed to return to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A children's author deported last Christmas to her native Mexico will be allowed to return, at least temporarily.

Fairbanks media share public service award
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and two broadcast outlets in the Interior -- KTVF television and public radio station KUAC -- shared this year's top award from the Alaska Press Club.

House, Senate consider school bonds
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House and Senate are considering separate $269.5 million bond packages to repair or build Alaska schools but some rural legislators say the measures don't go far enough.

More press club awards
Best Editorial Writing, Daily: First Place, Sam Bishop, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner; Second Place, Lori Evans, Peninsula Clarion; Third Place, Mark Kelsey, Peninsula Clarion.

Native hospital hampered by transportation trouble
SITKA (AP) -- A regional Native hospital in Sitka says one of its biggest obstacles in treating patients is limited airline and ferry service that makes it difficult to reach the facility.

Still more press club awards
RADIO - Best Reporting, Single story: First Place, Anne Sutton, KTOO-Juneau, ''The Spirit of 98''; Second Place, John McWhorter, KUAC-Fairbanks, ''Pirate Radio''; Third Place, Amy Miller, CoastAlaska, ''Park Service, Glacier Bay.''

Senate approves capital budget of more than $1 billion
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate approved a capital budget of more than $1 billion Friday with most of the money going toward road projects.

Legislature's early adjournment getting later
JUNEAU (AP) -- Legislative leaders' plan to adjourn before Easter has been pushed back a few days because of a disagreement over capital construction bonds and a constitutional concern over when voters would decide on two ballot iniatives.

Alaska press awards
Report of all of the press awards from this weekend Alaska Press Conferenc e

Amendment would require majority vote for governor
JUNEAU (AP) -- Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor would need more than 50 percent of the vote to win if an amendment approved by the Senate on Sunday becomes part of the Alaska Constitution. The change would have forced runoffs in most of the gubernatorial elections since statehood.

Fictional whale named
SITKA (AP) -- A six-year old Sitka boy won a contest to name a whale featured in an upcoming children's book.

Boys and Girls Clubs looks to Barrow
BARROW (AP) -- Boys and Girls Clubs of Alaska may be taking over management of some of the youth programs the city of Barrow now sponsors.

House reaches agreement on university, rural electric funding
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House solved two pieces of its adjournment puzzle Saturday by reaching agreement on a pair of high-profile issues -- more money for the University of Alaska, and a steady subsidy for rural electric rates.

Kidnapping charges against bounty hunters dropped
KENAI (AP) -- A state Superior Court judge dismissed kidnapping, conspiracy and burglary charges Saturday against three men charged in a bounty-hunting case.

Looking Back, CORRECTIVE
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Members who used BC-AK--Looking Back, sent April 12, under a Fairbanks datline, are asked to use the following story.

Anchorage man sets ultralight mark
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man flew to 15,900 feet above sea level in his ultralight aircraft Saturday, setting an unofficial national altitude record for anultralight flight.

Richardson scenic corridor plan hits detour
VALDEZ (AP) -- A furor over possible curbs on property owners has halted a plan to designate part of the Richardson Highway as a national scenic byway.

Four students suspended over threats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As the first anniversary of one of the nation's deadliest school shootings approaches, four Anchorage middle school students have been suspended after allegedly threatening to use guns and bombs on the campus.

Travelers delayed by airline cancellations in Dutch Harbor
UNALASKA (AP) -- Alaska Airlines has canceled half its Dutch Harbor flights in April, as well as flights to other hubs of Bush Alaska.

Port Lions wants to reopen burned cannery
KODIAK (AP) -- Residents of Port Lions want to rebuild a cannery destroyed by fire nearly a quarter-century ago to provide jobs and a tax base for the Kodiak Island village.

Seniors find needles in lunches
BETHEL (AP) -- Two senior citizens found what appeared to be beading needles in lunches delivered to their homes from the Bethel Senior Center early this month, police said.

Alaska back on top in per-capita federal aid
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 10 percent boost in federal dollars directed toward Alaska last year returned the state to a familiar position -- the top of the heap when it comes to per-capita spending.

Public radio in a pickle on peninsula
Tripped by a failing transmitter part, public radio station KDLL-91.9 FM is temporarily off the air.

New Enstar president promises commitment to community
Business leaders heard a message of commitment to the community from Enstar's new president at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce lunch Wednesday.

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
Crohns, colitis support group to meet TuesdayChamber luncheon plannedAARP meeting set for Thursday Homer community cleanup day slatedPetting farm, pony rides offered in Soldotna

Around the Peninsula
Eagles auxiliary president comes to KenaiKenai council members to tour Challenger CenterBoys and Girls Club featured at Soldotna chamberTax cap initiative topic for Homer luncheonPCI to offer computer workshopsKenai River Festival 2000 looking for local artists

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.

Keeping out of trouble Refinery's safety specialist reflects modern industry's caution
People don't know what we do. They ask if I clean teeth or fingernails.

Public radio in a pickle on peninsula
Tripped by a failing transmitter part, public radio station KDLL-91.9 FM is temporarily off the air.

Ceremony, gift celebrate history of Russian village
NIKOLAEVSK -- Babushkas and babies, children of all sizes dressed in everything from Old World embroidered sarafan dresses to "Amerikansky" blue jeans, teachers and guests all filed into the gymnasium at Nikolaevsk School on Thursday afternoon for a special occasion.

Time's up for taxes Monday
Those who file federal income taxes early may sleep early Monday night. But those who procrastinate till the last plausible moment may visit the Kenai and Soldotna post offices.

Two Republican candidates file for Smalley's seat
An incumbent running for re-election now has a couple of hurdles to jump.

Photo feature: Good deal?
A caribou watches traffic pass by on the Kenai Spur recently.

Bounty hunter trial takes new twist
Kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and burglary charges against the three defendants in Kenai's bounty hunter trial were dismissed by Superior Court Judge Jonathan Link Saturday morning.

Project focuses on kids' cavities
Kids with cavities are not getting the dental care they need.

Borough, hospital negotiate open issues
Borough officials say they are negotiating to resolve the controversy over the lack of public access to meetings and documents of the nonprofit corporation that runs the public hospital in Soldotna.

Fund-raiser for pets is cat's meow
Wiley poses pretty as he waits to have his picture taken, but instead of a smile to show his excitement, his tail wags furiously.

New Enstar president promises commitment to community
Business leaders heard a message of commitment to the community from Enstar's new president at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce lunch Wednesday.

Celebrate Learning "Essay Contest" winners
The month of March was Literacy Awareness Month. The Peninsula Clarion along with our "Celebrate Learning" partners held an essay contest. The topic was "What Literacy Means to Me."

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

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

"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. When I read I am teaching myself about what I am reading. For example, if I am reading about a plant, then I am teaching myself things about plants.

Peninsula People
Soldotna student accepted to collegeStudents named to Phi Eta SigmaTournament results

Births
Nathaniel Dorian GoffMyra Jade Love

Community News
Medallion Raffle beginsHelping children grieveVisit the petting farmKPC registration in progressReal Heroes Breakfast

Macvie, Lance plan August wedding
Meagan Macvie and Gordon Lance have announced their plans to marry Aug. 12, 2000, at Upper Summit Lake.

One more milestone
MINNEAPOLIS -- Cal Ripken can add another big number -- 3,000 -- to his Hall of Fame resume.

Yankees outlast Kansas City
NEW YORK -- Jim Leyritz's first hit of the season, a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning, gave the New York Yankees an 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

DieHard 500 marks first victory of season, 50th of career
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- So much for Jeff Gordon being washed up.

Oakland spices up dull draft by taking Janikowski
NEW YORK -- Leave it to the Raiders to provide a kick to an otherwise predictable NFL draft.

Sports photo: Ready to hit the trail
Carissa Young portrays a sled dog in her performance

Sunny day sweeps records away
It was a good day for a track meet.

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