Sunday, April 22, 2001

Legislature approves bill to protect farms from nuisance lawsuits
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature has passed a bill aimed at protecting farmers from nuisance lawsuits.

Senator questions claim for payment on failed prison project
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Delta Junction and a private prison company may have ''settled'' their lawsuit by agreeing to ask the federal government to pay them $3 million, but U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens wants to see more information.

Special education provisions a sticking point in exit test bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A debate about what standard to require special education students to reach is the main sticking point that remains in a bill that would delay the high school exit exam two years.

Kivalina slowly digs out from 20-foot snow drifts
KIVALINA (AP) -- Kivalina is up to its roof rafters in snow.

Man get 85 years for murder
JUNEAU (AP) -- Ronald E. Smith has been sentenced to spend 85 years in prison for murder and related charges.

Corrosion is problem at aging Prudhoe Bay oil field
PRUDHOE BAY, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oil field is showing its age.

Unruly passengers prompt United flight to divert to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An argument between 22-year-old identical twin sisters on board a United Airline flight from San Francisco to Shanghai escalated into an assault on crew members Thursday night and the jet was diverted to Anchorage.

Snowmachiners willing to make deal on Denali lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Snowmachiners are willing to drop their lawsuit over a snowmachine ban in Denali National Park and Preserve if the Bush administration is willing to deal.

Democrats question secrecy of energy group
Two senior Democratic congressmen have sent a list of questions to Andrew Lundquist, the top aide for Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force, asking him about how private interests are influencing the group and why meetings are secret.

Application for Virtual Charter School withdrawn
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The application for the Alaska Virtual Charter School with the Fairbanks School District has been withdrawn.

Senator drops plan to rename Fairbanks airport
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Stiff public opposition has convinced state Sen. Gary Wilken to drop his proposal to rename Fairbanks International Airport after the late William Ransom Wood.

Judge denies Gateway backpay request
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A U.S. bankruptcy judge has rejected Gateway Forest Product's request to pay its employees more than $240,000 in back pay.

Supreme Court reins in governor and Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- A ruling by the Alaska Supreme Court Friday could have a major impact on the battle over anti-abortion language in the Health and Social Services budget bill.

Fairbanks police seek tire vandal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police are looking for a vandal who slashed tires on 20 vehicles over two nights last week.

AIDEA authorizes negotiations for fish processing factory
The board of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority voted 5-0 Friday to allow its executive director, Bob Poe, to negotiate a final deal with a New York investment firm to buy a controlling interest in the Alaska Seafood International plant.

Report says Seward profits from park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kenai Fjords National Park has proven to be an economic boon to Seward, according to a report commissioned by the National Audubon Society.

Mount McKinley glacier makes sudden surge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Glaciologists watching for a surge on the Muldrow Glacier on the north side of Mount McKinley got a big surprise last week when they learned the Tokositna Glacier on the south side of the mountain had unexpectedly taken off.

University's timber purchaser halts operations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska has ordered a halt to logging operations in Icy Bay northwest of Yakutat until petroleum and other hazardous materials can be cleaned up.

Around the Peninsula
Blood bank in need of donors Homer projects presented at luncheonKMS invites parents to orientationKenai chamber to meetTraining the trainer classes to be heldUnited Way board to meet RCAC to meet in Seward Summer activities fair plannedSummer events to be offered School to hold carnivalSafety day slatedSPCA van to visit NikiskiKCHS choir reunion planned for June

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.

NOW PLAYING: Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles
One thing I asked myself as I was easing into my seat at the theater was "Is anyone clamoring for another Crocodile Dundee movie?"

Erinn Williams and Daniel Sosa
Williams, Sosa to wed in Florida

Michelle St. Clair and Ryan Wagner
St. Clair, Wagner to wed in Soldotna

Touching lives
Inside the envelope addressed to Virgil and Nyladine Redmond of Sterling is a neatly penned message:

Tanya Reid and Jeffrey Joseph Crystal
Reid, Crystal to wed in Salt Lake City

Kelly S. Wadsen and Scott Yamamoto
Wadsen, Yamamoto to exchange vows

My Best Friends
Jeff and Kathy Foster's trusty German shepherd Corky and Miss America the cat keep each other warm on an Alaska winter night. The Soldotna couple said the two have been friends for a long time: Corky is 18, and Miss America is 16.

Other leaders express concern about remark
Shock, anger and concern for the future of Kenai Peninsula tourism were the reactions of local Native leaders, tourism representatives and members of the borough assembly

Nikiski group nixes incorporation
A group of citizens organized to explore forming a Nikiski city government has decided instead to explore forming a home-rule community as might be allowed under a bill now before the Legislature.

Coloring book wins top honors in Caring for Kenai competition
Top projects in the annual Caring for the Kenai high school environmental contest have included some high technology and clever engineering in recent years.

Pratt pulls its membership from KPTMC
Outraged by "offensive racial comments" made by the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council's executive director, Homer's Pratt Museum has pulled its council membership.

Photo Feature:Home show attractions
Connor Peterkin, 2, plays with a rubber duckie floating in a hot tub on display at the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association's Home Show Saturday afternoon at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Threats, but no violence, reported in area schools
More than 200 students were absent Friday from Soldotna High School following rumors that something violent might happen on the second anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colo.

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

Seward's success with land 'lock-up' defies old notions
A new report shows that what many Alaskans characterize as a land "lock-up" has proven to be an economic boon -- at least in Seward.

Innocents in Amazon can look forward to expanding frontiers of fast food
An unknown tribe is spotted

Letters to the Editor
Proposed prison not compatible with recreation-tourism experienceToo many questions, not enough concrete answers about prison

Tough Talladega race goes on without Earnhardt
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Reminders of Dale Earnhardt are everywhere at Talladega Superspeedway.

Stronger leads to faster, longer
Being stronger led to faster and longer for Kenai seniors Jay Hogue and Sepa Nicholas-Silvira Saturday at the Peninsula Invitational at Kenai Central High School.

Pittsburgh nabs 3-2 series lead; Buffalo, St. Louis, Dallas advance
WASHINGTON -- All it took was half a minute of Mario Lemieux to put the Washington Capitals on the brink of elimination.

Red Sox hammer Yankees again
NEW YORK -- Rookie Shea Hillenbrand homered and hit a two-run double, and Frank Castillo outpitched Mike Mussina (1-2) for the second time this week to lead the Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees 8-3 Saturday.

Kenai boys post draw at Colony
The Kenai boys soccer team tied defending state champion Colony Saturday 1-1 in a game played at Colony High School.

Indiana's Miller up to his old playoff tricks
Reggie Miller hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left to lift the Indiana Pacers to a 79-78 victory over Philadelphia in Game 1 of their first-round series Saturday.

Teams stock up on big defensive players on first day of NFL draft
NEW YORK -- The Baltimore Ravens had the 31st and final selection in the first round of Saturday's NFL draft.

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