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Thursday, April 20, 2000

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

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.

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.

Don Fridley, long-time Anchorage educator, dead at age 90
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Don Fridley, a long-time Anchorage educator who oversaw the construction of nearly two dozen city schools, died recently at his Anchorage home at age 90.

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.

State workers among those killed in Seward Highway crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The director of the state Division of Investments was among those killed in a collision Wednesday on the Seward Highway.

House approves heirloom wedding certificates
JUNEAU (AP) -- Couples wed in Alaska will soon have an alternative to bland marriage certificates -- colorful heirloom versions sold to earn money for the Alaska Children's Trust.

Five rescued after boat sinks off Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- Five people were rescued early Thursday after their fishing boat sank near Rocky Point on Kodiak Island.

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.

Two light quakes shake centeral Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two minor earthquakes shook Alaska late Wednesday and early Thursday.

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.

Anchorage man slain by police held loaded gun
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police said Wednesday that a man fatally shot by officers in a Midtown parking lot Tuesday had a fully loaded gun and, contrary to witness accounts, did not fire it before aiming at police.

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.

Two Anchorage men, including court worker, indicted for hacking
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage men, including a federal court worker, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly hacking into computer systems in two separate incidents.

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.

Legislative leaders will ask for changes to state union contracts
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some legislative leaders plan to ask the Knowles administration to seek less expensive contracts with state labor unions, a Senate leader said. But an administration official says the Legislature has no place in the negotiations.

Prince William Sound Dungeness crab fishery closed, shrimp restricted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued emergency orders closing all Dungeness crab fisheries and restricting the shrimp fishery in Prince William Sound.

State changes view on Adak incorporation
UNALASKA (AP) -- A state agency has changed its position on a plan to establish a local government at Adak, provided that a Native regional corporation agree to assume environmmental liability if the city fails.

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.

Prince William Sound Dungeness crab fishery closed, shrimp restricted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued emergency orders closing all Dungeness crab fisheries and restricting the shrimp fishery in Prince William Sound.

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.

Metals company aims to save rusty bridges with zinc 'jackets'
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An Indianapolis metals company is turning the destructive power of saltwater into an environmentally friendly way to protect bridges in the Alaskan wilderness.

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.

Coalition buys land to protect Kodiak bears
KODIAK (AP) -- Intending to protect Kodiak brown bear habitat, a coalition of conservation groups has bought more than 200 acres around the Sturgeon Lagoon.

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.

Alaska housing market shows signs of slowing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska housing market is showing signs of slowing, according to housing officials.

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.

Alaska housing market shows signs of slowing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska housing market is showing signs of slowing, according to housing officials.

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.

Woman commits suicide by jumping from Captain Cook Hotel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman committed suicide Wednesday by jumping from the 18th floor of the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage.

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

Fairbanks man accused of running second drug lab
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man already facing drug charges has been arrested on suspicion of running a drug lab.

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.

Denali climbing season getting under way
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Climbers are checking their ropes and tents and making sure their stoves are in working order for the start of the Mount McKinley climbing season.

Committee passes $50 head tax on cruise passengers
JUNEAU (AP) -- Cruise ships would pay a $50 tax on each tourist they bring into Alaska waters if a bill passed by a powerful Senate committee on Wednesday becomes law.

Senate passes bill allowing groups of doctors to negotiate
JUNEAU (AP) -- Doctors could band together to negotiate fees and other issues with some health insurers under a bill passed Wednesday by the Senate.

House passes rural schools bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at saving state money on rural school construction by letting companies bid to design and build multiple projects won approval in the House on Wednesday.

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.

Kenai, Homer papers win press club awards
A joint project that included the Peninsula Clarion and two other Morris Communications Corp. newspapers in Alaska was awarded first place in comprehensive coverage from the Alaska Press Club.

Hershey facing new challenges
HERSHEY, Pa. -- When caramel maker Milton S. Hershey created his now-famous milk chocolate bar 100 years ago, he had little doubt about the key to his product's success.

CIRI Corp. to expand Seward, Talkeetna properties
After only one year in operation, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge owner Cook Inlet Region Inc. is expanding it by 100 rooms this summer.

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
North Peninsula Chamber holds luncheonBlack bear baiting clinic set for tonight Sterling Club meets tonightDemocrats to hold district caucusesLibrary Friends asking for donationsSpecial Olympics bake sale 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.

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

Art Briefs
Writers workshop scheduled with authorShorebird photo contest planned in May Short story, poetry contest seeks entries

What's Happening
Best Bet Events and Exhibits EntertainmentUpcoming EventsDown the Road Anchorage EventsFilms

KPC's spring student art exhibit full of life
The vibrant artwork in the campus gallery at Kenai Peninsula College fits this season of rebirth.

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

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.

Kenai, Homer papers win press club awards
A joint project that included the Peninsula Clarion and two other Morris Communications Corp. newspapers in Alaska was awarded first place in comprehensive coverage from the Alaska Press Club.

Peninsula lags in census reporting
Alaskans are behind in turning in their census reports, and Kenai Peninsula residents are even further behind.

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

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

Color your Easter eggs cool and safe
Don't let a bad egg spoil your Easter.

Land plan lauded
Tuesday's debate was supposed to be over a lawsuit that could open doors for the Kenai Peninsula Borough to claim prime state-owned real estate by Kenai and Trail lakes.

Closing arguments today in Kenai trial of bounty hunters
"It feels good to get a chance to tell my story," Ronald L. Williams, one of three defendants in Kenai's bounty hunter trial, told the jury Wednesday.

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

Obituaries
Goldie Mae LichtiLeonard O. Stormo

Denali climbing season getting under way
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Climbers are checking their ropes and tents and making sure their stoves are in working order for the start of the Mount McKinley climbing season.

State parks get spring cleanup
With the spring thaw in full swing, state park rangers also are in full swing, getting the parks ready for use in two weeks.

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.

Stepping Outside
Soldotna's Melina Hutchison, arguably the best female wrestler in Alaska, is ready to test her skills Outside.

Kardinals kickers split with Wasilla
The Kenai Central High School boys and girls soccer teams split with Wasilla on the Anchorage Football Stadium turf Wednesday in their season openers.

Another Sharks attack
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Call it a fluke. Call it a stroke of luck. Most of all, call it what it was -- a surprising, dramatic game-winning shot.

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.

Braves, Lopez ride Phillies into ground
ATLANTA -- Javy Lopez homered and equaled his career high with four RBIs to back seven strong innings by Tom Glavine, leading Atlanta to a 10-1 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Sports Briefs
Peninsula Volleyball Club places third

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.

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.

Coalition buys land to protect Kodiak bears
KODIAK (AP) -- Intending to protect Kodiak brown bear habitat, a coalition of conservation groups has bought more than 200 acres around the Sturgeon Lagoon.

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