Friday, April 21, 2000

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.

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.

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.

State agency's farmed salmon gaffe irks lawmaker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rep. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage, wants to privatize the work being done by the state Division of Trade and Development, and a gaffe that occurred at a South Korean hotel isn't helping the agency any.

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

Seward school to build ship bridge simulator complex
SEWARD (AP) -- The Alaska Vocational Technical Center here has signed a contract to build a $1.7 million ship bridge simulator complex, officials said.

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.

Questionable entries reported on maintenance record of crash plane
SEATTLE (AP) -- Questionable entries have been found in maintenance records for an Alaska Airlines MD-83 that crashed Jan. 31, The Seattle Times reported Friday.

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.

First snow geese of the spring back in Southcentral Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The snow geese are back, and they probably will be flying overhead or feeding in area wetlands over the next few weeks.

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.

Kenai assembly delays action on land suit
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members voted this week to postpone action on Mayor Dale Bagley's attempt to get more key recreational lands for the borough to subdivide and sell. The assembly is about evenly split on whether to support Bagley's lawsuit appealing the Kenai Area Plan.

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.

Man sentenced for selling illegal cable boxes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was sentenced Thursday for selling illegal cable boxes, federal prosecutors said.

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.

State gets first profit check from Endicott
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has collected its first share of profits from the North Slope's Endicott oil field, the Knowles administration said Thursday.

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.

Stevens pops top in Energy Dept. hearing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens lit into Energy Secretary Bill Richardson in Washington, D.C., recently for delays in releasing federal money for a coalbed methane project near Chignik.

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.

Two men charged with child-porn distribution
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage men were indicted this week on charges of distributing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

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.

Ketchikan sailor, dog rescued
JUNEAU (AP) -- An injured Ketchikan sailor and his dog were rescued by the Coast Guard Wednesday about 30 miles south of his hometown.

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 reports jobless rate down in March
JUNEAU (AP) -- It's springtime in Alaska and, as usual, the state's unemployment rate is heading down.

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.

House rejects school construction amendments
JUNEAU -- The state House has rejected amendments to its version of a school and harbor bonds bill that would have put more money into rural Alaska and paid for college classrooms in Juneau instead of a covered walkway in Anchorage.

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

Wildlife initiative ban headed for ballot
JUNEAU (AP) -- A constitutional amendment banning ballot initiatives dealing with wildlife passed the Senate on Thursday and will go before voters in November.

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.

Bounty hunters acquitted of assault
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Three bounty hunters accused of assault and trespassing were acquitted Thursday afternoon by a Superior Court jury that spent just two hours deliberating after a trial that lasted nearly two weeks.

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.

Senate passes $50 head tax on cruise passengers
JUNEAU (AP) -- A $50 head tax on cruise ship passengers who enter Alaska waters passed the Senate on Thursday, less than a day after the proposal surfaced in a late-night committee hearing.

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.

House rejects constitutional amendment restricting judges
JUNEAU -- By one vote, the state House has rejected a proposal to bar judges from changing proposed constitutional amendments.

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

Smith named new director of UAF Geophysical Institute
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- There's a new director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute and the search team didn't have to go far to find him.

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.

Two Alaska schools evacuated, attendance down at others as Columbine anniversary passes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings was a busy time for Alaska school authorities, security guards, and police. At least two Alaska schools were evacuated, and some parents in Anchorage kept their children at home Thursday in fear of possible violence.

Strong earthquake near Adak
PALMER(AP) -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 was felt strongly in Adak Thursday evening, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. No injuries or damages were reported on the island

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.

Lottery official: Ice still a long way from going out at Nenana
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It's still anybody's guess when the ice will go out on the Tanana River. But one thing is certain. The jackpot for this year's Nenana Ice Classic is a record-breaking $335,000.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Petting farm, pony rides offered in SoldotnaSpecial Olympics bake sale SaturdayNinilchik Fair organizers to meetYoung Marines host banquetCongressman Young coming to SoldotnaTool repair offered at SoHiShot clinics canceledTeleconference will aid grieving children

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
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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.

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.

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

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.

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

Controversial trial closes with complete victory for defense
David B. Cameron, Seth I. Oehler and Ronald L. Williams had been waiting a long time.

Schools budget request answered
Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly unanimously approved the school district's budget request. But the education budget is anything but simple, and it gets more difficult every year.

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

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.

Legislature restores funding for threatened parks
The Alaska Legislature heard the message that state parks are important to Alaskans. A House-Senate conference committee last weekend restored the $280,000 in cuts the House had proposed in the state Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation budget, and then some.

Board accepts bylaw change
A broad look at community health care needs soon could be back on the agenda of the elected board that advises on the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area.

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.

Photo feature: Easter moose
The Easter bunny rides into Soldotna on the moose statue at the William and Lorna Bunch residence on Marshal Drive recently.

Two die in 2-car wreck
A two-vehicle accident at Mile 37.5 of the Seward Highway, just north of the Sterling Highway cutoff, claimed the lives of two men and injured two others on Wednesday.

Obituaries
Goldie Mae LichtiLeonard O. Stormo

Goldie Mae Lichti
Longtime Alaska resident died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at the South Peninsula General Hospital in Homer. She was 94.

Leonard O. Stormo
Longtime Clam Gulch resident Leonard O. Stormo died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at his residence. He was 70.

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.

Animal activists seek ban on trapping in Northwest
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Since the days of Captain James Cook's arrival in the 1770s, fur traders have set traps throughout the Pacific Northwest and sold the pelts of wild animals to markets around the world.

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.

Reports: Remote Malaysian state passes law against deviant teachings
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A remote northern state has become the first in Malaysia to impose a law to curb deviant teachings among Muslims by detaining offenders in rehabilitation centers.

Churches schedule special services
St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal ChurchApostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ Kenai Grace Brethren ChurchKenai Christian ChurchSoldotna United Methodist ChurchUnited Methodist Church of the New CovenantSoldotna First Assembly of God Church North Kenai Baptist ChurchStar of the North Lutheran Church

Former resident joins Baptist mission board
Aliro and LaRissa Hall Silva have joined more than 4,800 Southern Baptist International Mission Board workers in sharing Christ throughout 163 countries and among 336 ethnic people groups.

Scholars disagree over path Jesus took
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Remnants of a biblical-era staircase jut from the landscaped lawn at the base of Jerusalem's Old City wall. Today, the steps go nowhere.

Religion Briefs
Conference set at Kalifonsky centerSolFirst sportsmen's banquet plannedChurch plans meeting for women

Skyview, Kenai, Soldotna weather track conditions
The Soldotna boys and the Kenai girls earned high school track and field wins at Skyview High School Thursday, a day when just getting around the track proved to be a challenge.

Former Panther notches peak performance
Jason Feeken had an inauspicious beginning to his collegiate cross-country skiing career.

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.

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.

Cat and 'Dawg fight at Skyview
After a month of hiding out and practicing in gyms, on hockey rinks and at beaches, competitive varsity soccer hit the peninsula at full bore Thursday with all 12 peninsula teams seeing action.

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.

Sabres bounced by Flyers
PHILADELPHIA -- The Buffalo Sabres' post-Stanley Cup lament last season was No Goal. This year, they're out of the playoffs because of no goals.

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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