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Wednesday, April 19, 2000

Consultant urges Ketchikan borough to obtain airport
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A California-based consultant this week told the Ketchikan Gateway Borough that it should try to obtain Ketchikan International Airport from the state.

School transportation bill sinks under weight of added spending
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill originally intended to rein in student transportation costs failed Monday in the Senate after amendments loaded the measure with millions of dollars in other education spending.

Newfoundland fishermen look to pot fishing for cod
KODIAK (AP) -- Newfoundland fishermen, faced with a collapse in cod stocks, are looking to pot fishing as a cleaner, more efficient way to catch the valuable bottomfish.

Biologist to study wolverine behavior this summer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When veterinarian Jean Battig pinched the fat on Denali's neck and poked a needle into his skin, the sleeping wolverine kit let out a howl.

State plans to get tough on homemade directional signs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Officials say they plan to begin enforcing a law this week that bans the use of homemade signs directing people from state roads to their businesses.

Orphaned harbor seal to get another chance at life
KODIAK (AP) -- Native subsistence hunters from Akhiok gave an unborn harbor seal a second chance at life last weekend after they harvested his pregnant mother.

Biologists won't reopen Bering Sea crabbing
KODIAK (AP) -- Despite a fisherman's appeal and the unexpected success of this year's Bering Sea snow crab fishery, federal and state regulators say there won't be an additional opening this year.

Biologists will tune to K-GOOSE
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 100 of Anchorage's Canada geese will waddle around town this summer with 8-inch antennas wagging out of their backs.

Spill at Anchorage tank farm
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cleanup workers have recovered 3,789 gallons of jet fuel from a spill Thursday at the Tesoro tank farm in Anchorage, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Marine pilots push to monitor cruise ship waste
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Marine pilots would become pollution watchdogs under a proposed regulation.

BP Amoco completes acquisition of Arco
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Atlantic Richfield Company is no more. Arco has been taken over by BP Amoco. Chief executive John Browne signed the papers Tuesday in London making the $25 billion merger official.

Healy Lake spill much smaller than feared
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A large diesel fuel spill feared in Healy Lake never materialized, state officials said Tuesday.

Kenai Peninsula Borough property owners reeling from assessments
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula Borough property owners are reeling from large increases in their property tax assessments.

UAF metalsmithing program saved
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Pressure from a small group of students and looser purse strings in the Legislature appear to have saved the University of Alaska Fairbanks' little-known metalsmithing program.

Winter mortality, predation cancel Mat-Su moose hunt
PALMER (AP) -- High winter mortality has put the kabosh on cow moose hunting in the Matanuska-Susitna region, according to state wildlife officials.

Consumer advocates want hearings on Wells Fargo deal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Local and national consumer activists want to delay Wells Fargo & Co.'s takeover of Alaska's largest bank until federal regulators hold public hearings on the deal.

Seward trolls for charterboat compliance
SEWARD (AP) -- The City of Seward is putting charter boat operators on notice that they need the proper licenses and insurance to work in Seward.

House approves Native language bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Efforts to use and preserve Native languages could get a boost by a bill approved by the state House on Tuesday and sent to Gov. Tony Knowles.

Senators introduce legislation setting stage for sale of power plants
KODIAK (AP) -- Alaska Sens. Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski have introduced legislation to fund a $77 million transmission line that sets the stage for selling the Four Dam Pool.

Governor orders flags at half-staff to honor George Cooper
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state flags lowered to half-staff Tuesday and Wednesday to honor George Cooper, a delegate to Alaska's Constitutional Convention.

Diesel spill threatening lake, water supply
HEALY LAKE (AP) -- A diesel fuel leak Monday from a 10,000 gallon tank was threatening Healy Lake and the town's water supply.

Northrim profits up 26 percent
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Northrim Bank's first-quarter profits were $1.2 million, up 26 percent from the same three months last year, the bank reported.

Governor vetoes university lands, land-and-shoot bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles followed up on threats Monday and vetoed two bills, one to allow land-and-shoot hunting of wolves in areas with depressed game populations and one to grant the University of Alaska another 250,000 acres of land.

Anchorage school damaged by fire to be razed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The old fire-damaged Russian Jack Elementary School will be torn down instead of being renovated for office space, the Anchorage Assembly decided Tuesday.

Judge dismisses more charges in bounty hunter case
KENAI (AP) -- A state judge has dismissed more charges against two of the three defendants in the bounty hunter trial under way in Kenai Superior Court.

KTVA-TV to discontinue morning and noon newscasts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage's No. 2 television station announced Tuesday it will discontinue its Monday through Friday morning and noon newscasts.

Anchorage man pleads no contest in roadway death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man will be sentenced in September after pleading no contest to criminally negligent homicide.

School transportation bill resurrected
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at reining in the cost of busing Alaska kids to school was resurrected Tuesday by the Senate.

UAF student charged with dealing date rape drug
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A University of Alaska Fairbanks student has been charged with dealing the so-called date rape drug.

Police shoot and kill armed man in front of lunchtime crowd
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police shot and killed a man Tuesday outside a crowded fast food restaurant after he climbed on top of a patrol car and pointed a gun at them, police said.

Millionaire wants to let date know he's the real deal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Terry Stahlman didn't want his date to think he was a fake millionaire, so he came up with a pile of money to prove it.

Around the Peninsula
United Way seeks volunteersDraft budget work sessions held today Training for 'certified installer' to be offeredBasketball game fund-raiser set for June 10Alaska Housing seminar 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.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber luncheon to host ACS speakerFish and Game offers bear baiting clinicCommunity club to meetEaster egg hunt for youths plannedDemocrat caucuses to be held Saturday

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.

Kids learn about gun safety through class
A child with a gun in hand is not a wanted sight in the classroom, but for 10 children Saturday, it was their chance to see it happen.

Photo feature: Nose to nose
Soldotna Elementary kindergartner Liberty Rohn wants to get as close a look at Paul Gebhardt's lead dog Blackie almost as much as he wants to get a look at her.

Bounty hunter takes stand
Tuesday started off with a game of catch-up.

Assessments rock Cooper Landing
Jodi and Erik Painter could not believe their eyes when they opened their property tax assessment from the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Tire changeover deadline looms on peninsula
Another sure sign of spring is at hand.

Mystery bird puzzles birder
As it has been for thousands of years, the mouth of the Kenai River is once again a rest stop for waterfowl headed to Siberia from the Lower 48.

Son removed as guardian; family battle goes on
Scratchy voices from 300 miles away struggled out of a speaker phone and filled the dark, warm conference room in the Salamatof Building in Kenai Monday. The voices, at times inaudible, and at

Judge drops more charges
Two defendants in Kenai's bounty hunter trial have been acquitted of one assault charge each. Other charges -- assault, accomplice to assault and trespassing -- remain.

School board hears public testimony
Families packed the assembly chamber for Monday's school board meeting.

Larry Lee Fox
Longtime Nikiski resident Larry Lee Fox died Friday, April 14, 2000, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 60.

Florence Lorraine Tallman Lancashire
Longtime Alaska resident and Soldotna homesteader Florence "Rusty" Lorraine (Tallman) Lancashire died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 80.

Foot Rocker makes his return
ATLANTA -- John Rocker returned to a standing ovation Tuesday night, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in his first game since rejoining the Atlanta Braves after a two-week suspension.

Barnes' burner keeps Sabres alive
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Stu Barnes scored on an off-balance shot 4:42 into overtime as the Buffalo Sabres stayed alive with a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Sports Briefs
Peninsula Volleyball Club places third

Search begins for workable plan
With the decision to have all of the Kenai Peninsula high school wrestling teams compete in the fall season already made, plans are under way to come up with a workable schedule for the season.

Peterson roll pins boosters
Hopes of a group of wrestling parents, athletes and coaches to revisit the decision to have all peninsula schools compete in the fall wrestling season have taken a technical fall.

Feats make Mario a rare Bird
It would be hard to make up a list of accomplishments much more impressive than Nikiski senior Mario Bird's.

Country takes 10th straight Boston Marathon
BOSTON (AP) -- First, it was the Kenyan men. Now, the women are winning the Boston Marathon.

Region III Track and Field Bests
Here's what to look for in this years track and field events.

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