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Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Ketchikan boys suspended after accusation of threats
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Two boys were taken in to custody Monday at Ketchikan High School after telling classmates they had brought guns to school and that they intended to use them to scare other students, police said.

State to appeal federal campaign finance ruling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state plans to appeal a recent federal court decision against Alaska's campaign finance law.

Great Alaska Shootout, Top of World Classic get NCAA reprieves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Great Alaska Shootout will remain a Thanksgiving Day fixture here at least three more years. And the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks is safe for at least two more years.

Phillips working on cleaning up Kuparuk spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Alaska Inc. was diking a spill area at the Kuparuk oil field before flushing the tundra to cleanse it of a large amount of saltwater and crude.

Spending package coming together piece by piece
JUNEAU (AP) -- In the next three and a half weeks, legislative decisions will determine how much schools spend on teachers and books next year, how many troopers patrol the highways, whether new schools are built -- and how much money the state pulls out of its savings account.

Murkowski chief of staff named to high Energy Department post
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush intends to nominate David Garman, Sen. Frank Murkowski's chief of staff, to be the assistant secretary of Energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy, the White House says.

Air Force to pay penalties, improve emission control at Eielson
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Air Force has agreed to pay $100,000 in penalties and improve air pollution controls for violating federal Clean Air rules at Eielson Air Force Base.

What Chill?,CORRECTIVE,
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a story April 11 about the oil industry keying an

Alaska Lobbyists-List,
JUNEAU (AP) -- Here is a Top 10 list of the highest paid lobbyists in the state last year plus the Top 10 spenders, according to a report prepared by the Alaska Public Offices Commission. Lobbyist totals include fees plus expenses.

Alaska Railroad posts record profit; credit accounting and timing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad Corporation is reporting a record profit of $16.7 million for the year 2000 -- the most since the state bought the railroad from the federal government in 1985.

Steller sea lion plan boosts fishing
ANCHORAGE(AP) -- A federal panel on Monday approved a plan for the second half of this year that increases protection for Steller sea lions in some areas while boosting opportunities for commercial fishermen.

Environmental groups open new ad campaign; ANWR not the focus
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Environmental groups are launching what they call ''Phase Two'' of a national advertising campaign to blast the Bush administration.

Engineering contracts awarded for gas pipeline studies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Veco Corp. and Natchiq Inc. are involved in two different joint ventures that will work on engineering studies of routes for a proposed pipeline to take North Slope natural gas to the Lower 48, according to the big North Slope gas owners.

Trial is set in Homer for accused shooter
KENAI (AP) -- Trial has been set for July in the case of a backwoods loner accused of opening fire on a cabin in the hills behind Homer earlier this month.

Fire, water damage university dorm
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A fire on the fourth floor of McIntosh Hall on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus Monday evening forced residents to evacuate the building for nearly two hours.

New stamp debuts in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a new 80-cent stamp for overseas mail honoring Mount McKinley at a ceremony in Fairbanks on Tuesday.

Tanana breakup believed to be still some time away
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- People who bet on an early breakup in this year's Nenana Ice Classic because of an unseasonably warm winter could be left out in the cold.

House votes down amendments to Kenai private prison bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House voted down amendments Tuesday to a bill authorizing the state to enter into a contract for a private prison on the Kenai Peninsula.

Crude oil and saltwater soak tundra at Kuparuk Oil field
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Corrosion in a pipe apparently caused what may be one of the largest spills on the North Slope over the past five years -- 92,400 gallons of saltwater and crude oil that leaked late Sunday.

First of Senate Finance fiscal plan bills moves from committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved a bill updating the geographic pay difference for nonunion state workers -- the first element to move in a package of bills that Finance Committee chairmen say will lay the groundwork for a long-range fiscal plan.

Ulmer presses FCC for cheap rural access to Internet
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer said she got what she expected from the Federal Communication Commission's chairman during a meeting in the capital Thursday: no comment.

Selawik teens thankful for life after week in wild
JUNEAU (AP) -- Teen-agers Martha Foster and Louise Clark are hobbling around Selawik on walkers this week. They are lucky to be walking at all.

Man arrested after sexual assault that left woman hospitalized
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man has been arrested on a charge of sexual assault in connection with a weekend attack that left a woman hospitalized.

Knowles' response to paintball attacks includes hate crime legislation
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles said he would propose a hate crimes bill this week and would create a commission on tolerance to combat what he called ''a dangerous corrosion of Alaska's social fabric.''

Railroad settles with state over spill costs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad has agreed to pay more that $530,000 to the state as a result of five railroad spills.

House rejects Senate changes to paintball resolution
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House on Tuesday voted against Senate changes to a resolution condemning recent paintball attacks on Alaska Natives in Anchorage.

Alaska Native health officials declare war on soda pop
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Native health officials declared war Monday on soda pop and vowed to try to reduce sales in Native communities and schools.

Phone regulators question new construction tactics,
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Regulatory Commission of Alaska will collect testimony Wednesday afternoon over Alaska Communications Systems' decision to not construct new copper wire telephone lines, therefore denying service to new customers.

Earthquakes rattle area southwest of Adak,
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two earthquakes rattled an area 150 miles southwest of Adak on Tuesday.

Crude oil and saltwater soak tundra at Kuparuk Oil field
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Corrosion in a pipe apparently caused what may be one of the largest spills on the North Slope over the past five years -- 92,400 gallons of saltwater and crude oil that leaked late Sunday.

LIO Schedule
Today 3:30 p.m. - hearing on confirmation of persons to various commissions.

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
Rep. Young to speak at Kenai chamber lunchImmunization clinic canceled for todayAfter School Club House closed todayArt guild seeks board membersArts at KPC this weekendDevelopmental clinic offeredCanine Good Citizen test scheduledLast chance to dance is SaturdayNext Habitat family soughtHistorical society meets SaturdayHospice quilt raffle ongoingHigh school dance concert scheduledPier One Theatre auditions coming up

Around the Peninsula
Horn to address Soldotna chamberCultural diversity training session plannedRelay for Life meeting is today in KenaiDon Young to address Kenai chamber KRSMA board meets ThursdayHerring fishery opens MondaySmall Business Expo on tap

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.

Outdoors
Still a little early before our spring bear hunting gets into full swing. Still a lot of snow out there and not much grass growing here in the Kenai &

BP looks for those special teachers
From now until April 20th, community members have the opportunity to nominate a favorite teacher to be honored in the BP Teacher of Excellence program.

$10,000 donated to the Boys & Girls Club
"This is a tremendous boost for us, it's really going to help us enhance what we are already doing in our programs around the Peninsula communities.

United Youth Courts of Alaska annual convention
AlaskaYouth Court judges, attorneys, and bailiffs from 16 courts around the state gathered in Kenai last week for the United Youth Courts of Alaska (UYCA) annual convention. According to LeAnn Opal, Program Coordinator for UYCA, this is the first time the convention has been held on the Kenai Peninsula.

Unocal sponsors new clean up day
Spring community clean up days have been around for many years, but this year a new program sponsored by Unocal Alaska and hosted by both the Kenai and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's.

'Caring For the Kenai' Semi-finalist entries displayed at Big K-Mart
Responding to requests from educators and community members to broaden the public exposure of the "Caring for the Kenai" (CFK) contest entries, Unocal Alaska, and Agrium, the CFK sponsors, joined with Big K-Mart in Kenai for the first ever public display of all the CFK semi-finalist entries.

A visual feast on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center
A pearlescent green dragon sculpted from minutely cut metal pieces by KCHS tenth grader Amanda Moody greets you at the door and sets the tone for the twelfth annual Student Art show at the

Photo feature:What a kick
Kelly Hagelund gets a leg up while kicking a foot bag with Shannon Haskin, Zach Gilbert, Justin Peterson and other friends in a parking lot in Kenai last week.

Nikiski representative taking reins at Community and Economic Development Division
Having made no secret that he wouldn't seek re-election, Jack Brown, who represents Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, announced Tuesday that as of May 16, he will be moving on.

Board OKs schools plan
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has set a course for the rest of the decade, but not without some soul searching.

Fishery council recommends charter IFQs
Charter boat skippers soon could own shares in Alaska's annual halibut quota under a plan recommended Saturday by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Photo feature: Colors of spring
A patch of brightly-colored crocus flowers brightens the ground in front of Soldotna Elementary School Tuesday afternoon. Less civilized but equally pretty dandelions were in bloom nearby.

Schrader honored by DAV for advocacy
After a lifetime of fighting for the rights of Americans in general and veterans in particular, Kenai resident Glenn D. Schrader was honored by Disabled American Veterans Chapter 5 of Kenai for his tireless efforts.

Homer shooter pleads not guilty
Friday, a Kenai grand jury indicted John R. Powell on 10 felony counts connected with a shooting near Homer April 5. Monday, Powell pleaded not guilty.

Big success: United Way exceeds goal by more than $100,000
In August, when Kenai Peninsula United Way Executive Director Evy Gebhardt and campaign chair Bob Fa

What Literacy Means to Me Essay Contest Winners
Each winner received a $100 savings bond provided by the Peninsula clarion and our "Year of the Peninsula Child" partners.

William Frederick Stroble
Sterling resident William Frederick Stroble died of natural causes Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at his home near Sterling. He was 91.

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

Dorothy Louise 'Kittie' Trumbly
Soldotna area resident Dorothy Louise "Kittie" Trumbly died Friday, April 13, 2001, at her home south of Soldotna. She was 70.

DOT right to start over in contracting fast ferry
Amid pressures to move forward with a fast ferry proposed for the Juneau-Sitka route, the Alaska Department of Transportation correctly has called time out.

Dutch Parliament gives doctors powers to decide when life isn't worth living
Something terrible happened in The Netherlands last week that will have profound consequences around the world.

Applause
Skyview students, community schools form winning teamPhillips helps feed area's hungry with $10,000 donation to food bank

Letters to the Editor
Borough needs contingency plan before any prison contract signedEven though he wins, defendant stands to lose because of costsFolk wisdom applies to recent trialHalibut IFQs for charter fleet give public less control over resourceKenai Middle School should not be ashamed of its Kossack mascot

Bill offers Kenai River necessary protection
A bill that would add nearly 8,000 acres to the Kenai River Special Management Area deserves the Legislature's approval and the unanimous support of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Applause
SoHi ski team appreciates supportDonation helps hospice reach goalsArts program can be life changing

Letters to the Editor
It's not easy for young professional to get high-paying job in SoldotnaDo speed limit signs mean what they say or are they meaningless?

Magic Carpet tour shows students how books open doors
"We have a treat for you today," Soldotna Elementary School Principal Carolyn Cannava told a crowd of young children Monday morning in the school gym.

School news around the peninsula
News from the schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Around the District
Kenai students hold health fairMasons honor student awardeesDistrict hosts FPS championship Students win vocational awardsTeachers of Excellence deadline nearsEssay contest, scholarship offered

Music bonanza planned for KPC weekend events
Kenai Peninsula College Multicultural Consortium will sponsor a

Senior Briefs
Activities of Senior Centers throughout the area.

Senior Menus
Menus from Senior Centers throughout the peninsula

Pennsylvania kielbasa king ends reign after 63 years
NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) -- Long live the kielbasa king.

Bonds connects for 500th career home run
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds became the 17th major leaguer to hit 500 home runs with a drive that splashed into San Francisco Bay and gave the Giants the 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday.

Last-second dunk secures win, Eastern Conference No. 3 seed
MIAMI -- Alonzo Mourning dunked an inbounds pass with two-tenths of a second left, and the Miami Heat clinched the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference by beating Milwaukee 91-89 Tuesday night.

Red Sox hammer Yankees
BOSTON -- Frank Castillo allowed two hits in six shutout innings Monday as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-1 in the traditional 11 a.m. Patriots' Day game at Fenway Park.

Vann guard - Net safe with senior goalie
Over the past four years, soccer coaches have been building programs from scratch at the Kenai Peninsula's high schools.

Oilers slide past Stars in overtime
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Mike Comrie scored a power-play goal at 17:19 of overtime as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 Tuesday night to even their Western Conference first-round series.

South Korean wins Boston Marathon to end 10-year dominance
BOSTON -- A South Korean who nearly quit running after a poor showing at the Sydney Olympics ended Kenya's 10-year winning streak at the Boston Marathon.

First pick is Vick; rest is a guess
Two years ago, Mike Ditka surrendered the Saints' entire draft for the right to pick Ricky Williams.

Maple Leafs blow past Senators
TORONTO -- Cory Cross scored 2:16 into overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Monday night to take a 3-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

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