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Thursday, April 19, 2001

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.

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.

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.

House votes down amendment to abolish primary elections
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's primary election survived a vote in the House Wednesday.

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.

Outdoor education programs introduce students to backcountry
TALKEETNA (AP) -- Stuck in their tent for four days while an unusually vicious storm lashed Mount Crosson in 1996, guides Colby Coombs and Caitlin Palmer had plenty of time to turn over their options for the future.

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.

Injured moose shot near Coastal Trail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The battered carcass of the young moose lay on the gravel beach just yards from the base of the bluff by Point Woronzof. A trail of gouged earth littered with moose hair traced a path down the steep, 100-foot slope.

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.

Bill would require review of railroad projects
JUNEAU -- The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would require major federally funded Alaska Railroad projects to be reviewed by the Legislature.

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.

KTBY to start airing local news in partnership with KTVA
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Television viewers in Alaska's largest city soon will have a new choice for local news.

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

Rabies quarantine in effect again at Barrow
BARROW (AP) -- A rabies quarantine is in effect again for this North Slope city. It follows a five-month-long rabies quarantine that had expired March 25.

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.

Student arrested, accused of threatening to shoot aide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police have arrested a Hanshew Middle School student on charges that he threatened to shoot a teacher's aide.

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

Redistricting board puts out proposed plans
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Redistricting Board voted Wednesday to put five draft redistricting plans out for public comment. But it will be a couple of days before Alaskans can get a look at the maps that could reshape the state's voting districts, because the board's staff is still working to reproduce the maps and distribute them.

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.

Woman sentenced to two years for check forgery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison for forging counterfeited checks.

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.

Delta Junction agrees to settle Allvest lawsuit
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- The Delta Junction city council has agreed to end its foray into the prison business and settle a lawsuit filed by Allvest, which had wanted to build a private prison on Fort Greely.

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.

Winning Poems, Proletarian Poetry ''Beluga''
Watching a beluga breach the inlet's

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.

California woman pleads guilty to cocaine charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A California woman arrested after smuggling more than a kilogram of cocaine into Fairbanks has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

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.

Poetry initiative brings verse to the masses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- During a night of drinking when the small print about alcohol content becomes redundant, a poem on a large beer bottle would inspire, says suds enthusiast Patrick Hoosier.

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.

Fishermen enjoy booming Kodiak herring harvest
KODIAK (AP) -- Larger than expected harvests in the early going of the Kodiak commercial sac roe herring fishery, which opened Sunday, have local fish processors up to their gills in fresh product.

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.''

New dorm for Native students at APU is in limbo
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new dormitory for Native students at Alaska Pacific University is in limbo after a federal audit found it unnecessary, overpriced and ineligible for already-received funding.

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.

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.

Who's right, the consumer or the chief executive officer?
NEW YORK (AP) -- American consumers must work four months just to pay taxes. Their mutual funds have plunged. Layoffs loom. Their utility bills are up. They are deep in debt.

It may look like junk mail, but it's actually your chance to avoid just that
NEW YORK (AP) -- We're all so used to getting junk mail and unwanted promotional items along with our bills that we often don't pay attention to the many bits and pieces of paper that arrive daily.

Many Americans finding they're never too old to work
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ernest Watts had been retired for a couple of years when his wife suggested he was underfoot and maybe should find a job.

The Fed's enormous power
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Federal Reserve's enormous power over the economy was demonstrated again on Wednesday with a brief announcement that in minutes added billions of dollars to stock market valuations.

Report: Texas Instruments to announce at least 2,000 layoffs
NEW YORK (AP) -- Texas Instruments Inc. plans to announce that at least 2,000 workers will be laid off in response to falling demand for its semiconductor products in a slowing economy, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Business Briefs
Realtors meet this morningS&R Enterprises wins safety recognition Seekins offers Saturday repairsHomer businesses offer preseason discountsEntrepreneurs' workshop plannedExcel sessions plannedNorth Slope gas line designers chosenPhillips creates worldwide gas divisionPhillips shareholders approve Tosco purchaseCross Timbers plans stock splitName change comingComputer classes offeredForest products conference planned for MayMMS studies birds in oil and gas development areas

Cisco warns of lower third-quarter earnings
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Cisco Systems Inc. is warning investors -- and Wall Street -- that its third-quarter performance will fall far short of forecasts amid decreasing demand and increasing inventory backlogs.

LIO Schedule
Today 3:30 p.m. - HB212, HB 230Friday 1 p.m. - HB 144, HB 185, HJR 26

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

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

Around the Peninsula
League of Women Voters meets todayJob Center advisory meeting today Herring gillnet season begins MondayWRCC to hold board meetingSafari club to offer awardsKenai River Festival coming upSchool district sends out questionnaires Lions Gun Show around the corner

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 information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Opera, celebration of arts add to entertaining weekend at KPC
The Kenai Peninsula College Multicultural Consortium presents an opera sampler performance featuring the Anchorage Opera Theater at 7 p.m. Friday at the Brockel Building at Kenai Peninsula College.

UAF music professor's concert to stop at KPC
Saturday, the Performing Arts Society will present Scott Deal's concert "Penultimate Percussion: A Program of Electronic Impro-visation" in the Brockel Building of Kenai Peninsula College.

Art Briefs
Pier One auditions plannedTheatre conference planned

KPC showcases art students with exhibit
What better way to celebrate the closure of another school year than showing off the hard work of the students.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events and Films.

House votes down amendment to abolish primary elections
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's primary election survived a vote in the House Wednesday.

House passes Kenai private prison bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Saying it was the only proposal available to address prison overcrowding in Alaska, members of the House voted Wednesday to approve a bill for a private prison in Kenai.

Money leaders
Winston Cup series money leaders this season.

Earnhardt was master of Talledega
The last time Jeff Gordon raced at Talladega Superspeedway, his concentration was so intense it made his eyeballs ache.

Talladega 500
Where: Talladega Superspeedway

Points standings
Nascar point standings so far this season.

Schedule
This year's schedule for the Winston Cup Series

Drivers fear Talladega rules are too similar to Daytona
TALLADEGA, Ala. - No news was bad news for the drivers who face the Talladega Superspeedway on Sun day.

1999 Soldotna Creek project earns youth national award
Three young men from Soldotna will travel to Washington, D.C., this weekend to receive a President's Environmental Youth Award.

Caring for the Kenai to pick winners
Caring for the Kenai, an environmental awareness and scholarship program, has built a track record of success during its 11 years. Friday, it will select the winners for 2001.

Photo feature: Spring visitors
A quartet of snow geese feed on the Kenai River flats Wednesday afternoon. Flocks of waterfowl started arriving late last week.

Congressman addresses Kenai chamber luncheon
The main message Congressman Don Young brought before the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday was that he can only help with projects if there is local and state support for them.

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.

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.

literacy (n.) the ability to read and write --Webster's New World Dictionary
Piles and piles of books. Stacked everywhere, in no particular order, thick as "Don Quixote" to the wafer--thinness of "Siddharthe", covering every subject imaginible.

Literacy And What It Means To Me
Even as a young child my fondness of reading was strong.

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.

What Literacy Means To Me
Literacy means a lot to me because if I didn't know how to read or write, I wouldn't be able to do some of the things that I love doing

Letters to the Editor
Nudson did not use 'extreme force,' but his attackers certainly didShooting left young man dead; child will never know his father

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

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.

Bush's low-profile style sharp contrast to Clinton
When the 24 military service personnel held in China returned home last weekend, President Bush was not in sight. Instead of seizing the cameras himself, Bush spent a quiet Easter in Texas. Think of how Bill Clin

Today's kids strangers to bad news
What is it with kids today? It seems as if this time-honored question, as old as Cain, is being asked all over the place these days. Newspapers, magazines and the nightly news probe the hearts and minds of our nation's teen-agers in the wake of sc

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
Funds raised in Kenai preschool's raffle will buy equipment, toysKenaitze Head Start program appreciates support for fair

Child slavery remains common practice in many parts of world
The universal willingness to believe that 180 children had been sold into slavery and were abandoned on a modern-day slave ship stranded off the coast of West Africa indicates the depth of the child-trafficking problem in that region.

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?

Injured moose shot near Coastal Trail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The battered carcass of the young moose lay on the gravel beach just yards from the base of the bluff by Point Woronzof. A trail of gouged earth littered with moose hair traced a path down the steep, 100-foot slope.

Outdoor education programs introduce students to backcountry
TALKEETNA (AP) -- Stuck in their tent for four days while an unusually vicious storm lashed Mount Crosson in 1996, guides Colby Coombs and Caitlin Palmer had plenty of time to turn over their options for the future.

A gunsmith's tales of terror. What people do to their firearms!
SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (AP) -- The monsters that haunt Steve Cale's dreams look much like you and me. They have normal human features, wear fashionable clothes and exhibit socially acceptable behavior.

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

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.

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

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

NBA matchups finally finalized
The NBA released the playoff schedule rather quickly Wednesday night.

Toronto eliminates Senators for second straight season
TORONTO -- Yanic Perreault scored two goals, and Bryan McCabe added another Wednesday night as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 to complete a surprising four-game sweep in their first-round playoff series.

Cups sweep old-fashioned doubleheader at Wrigley
CHICAGO -- Kevin Tapani and Jason Bere became the NL's first three-game winners Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs swept a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Phillies, winning 4-3 and 5-3.

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.

Hamilton resigns as Wizards coach
WASHINGTON -- Leonard Hamilton, Michael Jordan's hand-picked rookie coach of the Washington Wizards, announced his resignation Wednesday night following a season-ending loss to the Toronto Raptors.

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.

Yankees continue sliding
TORONTO -- Chris Michalak (3-0) won his third straight start and the Toronto Blue Jays handed the New York Yankees their fourth loss in a row, 7-2 Wednesday night.

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.

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.

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