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Friday, April 20, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Unruly passengers prompt United flight to divert to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A pair of unruly passengers is blamed for causing a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Shanghai to divert here late Thursday.

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.

Moderate earthquake shakes Alaska Peninsula; no damage or injuries
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake was felt sharply at Chignik on the Alaska Peninsula early Friday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

Fairbanks fugitive found in Puerto Rico
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man who jumped bail in 1998 while awaiting trial on assault charges was returned to Fairbanks on Monday after federal agents found him hiding out in Puerto Rico.

INS: Painter ordered to prison after treating his crews badly
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man who made a fortune as a local painting contractor has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for knowingly hiring illegal residents, encouraging them to remain in the country and threatening them if they alerted authorities.

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.

Alaska's First Lady helps kick off campaign against underage drinking
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's First Lady is helping to lead a campaign against the risky business of juvenile drinking.

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.

Cruise ship fleet agrees to test waste discharges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The cruise ship industry volunteered this week to submit its vessels' wastewater to testing for bacteria, heavy metals and other pollutants.

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.

Alaska unemployment fell last month
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate began a seasonal decline last month, slipping to 6.7 percent from 7.5 percent in February.

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.

Senate bill would let Murkowski choose his successor
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate approved a bill Thursday that could have the effect of letting U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski choose his own successor if Murkowski runs for and is elected Alaska governor.

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

Police launch murder investigation in Nome
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police in Nome are searching the Penny River for a body they believe to be a murder victim.

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.

Electrical problem leads to pipeline shutdown
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. shut down the trans-Alaska pipeline for nearly seven hours Wednesday.

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.

Interior residents want Alaska Highway route for natural gas pipeline
FAIRBANKS(AP) -- Interior residents have thrown their support behind an Alaska Highway route for a proposed natural gas pipeline.

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.

Petition being reviewed to ban snowmaching in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough is reviewing a petition for a ballot initiative that if successful would ban nearly all snowmachining in most residential sections of Fairbanks.

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.

Program gives cars to people moving from welfare to work
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Love In the Name of Christ is putting the mobility in upward mobility.

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

Business owner sentenced to prison for failing to pay employees
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage businessman was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison for hiring undocumented workers and then failing to pay them.

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.

Kodiak man found guilty of assault in nose bite
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak man was found guilty of assault for biting half of a man's nose off during a fight.

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 company defends policy of not adding new lines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications Systems Inc. leaders on Wednesday responded to complaints over the company's refusal to install new copper phone lines in some neighborhoods throughout the state.

Alaska Air Group reports loss
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Air Group on Thursday reported a wider than expected loss for the first quarter, in part because of the cost of adding new aircraft to its Horizon Air commuter airline.

Cruise ship reporting bill passes its first committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill requiring cruise ships to file reports on their wastewater discharges moved out of its first committee Thursday after being amended to make it tough for a head tax or stricter rules to be tacked on later.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Cookout held for teens onlyDevelopmental clinic offeredLearn to meditate by chantingHistorical society meets Saturday Soldotna senior raise fundsBenefit, awareness event plannedLast chance to dance is SaturdayWorkshop offered to community Safari club to offer awardsHigh school dance concertGroups meet Monday

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.

Going trendy with puntarella
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Chicory leads a double life. Its roots have long provided a cheap coffee substitute. Its leaves, by contrast, are upscale, enjoying trendy roles in gourmet salads.

Art Briefs
Pier One auditions plannedTheatre conference planned

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

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.

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.

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.

House passes bill banning northern route for gas pipeline
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House passed a bill Thursday banning construction of a possible northern route for an Alaska gas pipeline.

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.

Service area voters' bill passes both Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature has approved a bill that would let residents of road and fire service areas vote before their service area boundaries could be changed.

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

House approves plan to bring state's primary into federal compliance
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would bring Alaska's primary election system into compliance with federal law was approved Thursday by the state House.

Schedule
This year's schedule for the Winston Cup Series

Talladega 500
Where: Talladega Superspeedway

Points standings
Nascar point standings so far this season.

Money leaders
Winston Cup series money leaders this season.

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.

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

Concern raised after rumored plan to mark Columbine anniversary at SoHi
Rumors that something violent might happen today at Soldotna High School has prompted a strong reaction from authorities.

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.

Photo feature: On a roll
Monica Frost rolls her son Jay along the beach in Kenai as Rowdy the dog scouts ahead.

Crime Stoppers alert
The Kenai Peninsula Crime Stoppers Inc. is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a felony suspect with multiple warrants for assault, theft and forced entry during commission of multiple burglaries.

Peninsula's first astronaut orbiting Earth
The first astronaut from the Kenai Peninsula blasted off in the space shuttle Endeavor Thursday. But don't look for his name on the NASA crew roster.

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.

Domestic violence call leads troopers to large grow operation
Alaska State Troopers found more than they had expected when they answered a domestic violence call in Clam Gulch.

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

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

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.

Henry Taft McGahan
Nikiski resident Henry T. McGahan died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at his home. He was 92.

Mary Bickel
Kenai resident Mary Bickel died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at her home. She was 58.

Michael Brady Morrison
Ridgeway area resident Michael B. Morrison died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at his home. He was 44.

Mary Margaret Canaday Nash
Mary Margaret Canaday Nash died Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001, in Washington. She was 80.

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.

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

Caring for the Kenai contest still making a big difference
There could be no better advance to Earth Day, which is Sunday, than the Caring for the Kenai contest.

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

Peninsula residents can help end hunger
What images does the word "hunger" bring to mind?

Everyone can do something to help protect planet Earth from us
When Albert Einstein said, "Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not so sure about the universe," I wonder if he was including himself in the folly. As I have attempted to write encouraging thoughts relevant to Earth Day, which will be Sunday, I find myself caught in confused seas.

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

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
Businesses make benefit a success

Mysterious 'black-ring condition' on birches confounds biologists
We don't have any Loch Ness monsters or abominable snowmen on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, but we do have one perennial enigma: the "black-ring condition" on birch trees. This is the time of year we start watching for it.

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.

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.

Good skiing begins with proper care
At most places on the Kenai Peninsula, the cross-country skiing season is done. But about seven months from now, or about two weeks in the time warp that is an Alaska summer, the ski season will return, and that's why it's imperative that equipment is stored properly for the summer.

Outdoor Briefs
Bear-baiting clinic on tap Safari club to offer awards

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.

Controversial ad running in Time, Newsweek after ban by TV networks
NEW YORK (AP) -- Six national magazines are running a controversial ad about Holocaust survivors whose lives were transformed by Jesus.

Court battle brewing over religious zoning law
ABINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- In a quiet cul-de-sac, set among million-dollar homes in the suburbs north of Philadelphia, a driveway leads to a tranquil estate with two stone houses and a chapel.

In a decade, 327 congregations left the United Church of Christ
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Over the past decade, 327 congregations have decided to leave the United Church of Christ and withdrawals have increased somewhat since 1997, denominational records show. Last year's loss was 41 congregations.

Religion Briefs
Men's retreat planned Day of prayer planned

Controversial priest removes signs from Easter altar accusing Jews
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A prominent Polish Catholic priest, once barred from the pulpit for anti-Semitic remarks, removed a sign from his Easter altar that blamed Jews for killing Jesus Christ and accused them of persecuting Poles.

Church members upset by ultimatum over tithing
BOSTON (AP) -- The letter had the threatening tone of a bill collector, but it wasn't from a credit card or utility company demanding past-due payments. It was from a church.

Holy Hill to seek help for repairs
ERIN, Wis. (AP) -- The Holy Hill shrine hopes some of the thousands of people who flock there each year will give some cash in return.

New study shows Amish groups thriving
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Amish communities and other isolated religious colonies are thriving by persuading their children to continue their largely preindustrial ways and remain with their churches, according to a new study.

Newly completed Bahai gardens hold message of peace
HAIFA, Israel (AP) -- Fulfilling a vision of the Bahai prophet Bahaullah, workers pruned and clipped grass and shrubs down a hillside in front of a gold-domed shrine -- a symbol of peace and tranquility in a land where both are scarce.

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

Hasek loses temper in Sabres' loss
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers got to Dominik Hasek early, and then they got to his head.

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.

Boston hurler punches out 13 Tampa Bay batters in six innings
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Pedro Martinez struck out 13 in just six innings and the Boston Red Sox swept Tampa Bay for the second time this month with an 8-3 victory Thursday 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.

Sorenstam struggles in spotlight
LINCOLN, Calif. -- While Annika Sorenstam struggled amid all the attention of trying for a record-tying fifth straight LPGA victory, Si Re Pak overcame cool temperatures and occasional showers to take an early first-round lead in the Longs Drugs Challenge on Thursday.

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.

NFL draft set to answer questions
NEW YORK (AP) -- First comes Michael Vick. After that, intrigue.

Jordan saga continues
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan continued to quote the same long odds that he won't return to the NBA, but he quickly added that ''three months from now, I can't tell where I'm going to be.''

Sports Briefs
Volleyball club holds awards banquetMoose maul Seahawks'Lightning rod' Malone resigns as Dodgers GM

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.

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