Monday, April 23, 2001

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.

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.

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

Seward's Historic Jesse Lee Home, Hurt By Time And Vandals, May Be Razed
SEWARD (AP) -- Billy Blackjack Johnson wasn't 2 years old when his mother, a Nome woman stricken with tuberculosis, placed him in the Jesse Lee Home.

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.

Woman found in Gastineau Channel
JUNEAU (AP) -- Police are investigating the death of an unidentified woman whose body was found floating in Gastineau Channel near Marine Park Sunday.

Alaska's Cleveland Volcano remains active
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutian Islands remains active and could erupt suddenly in the next few months, experts say.

Mountain Village store burns down MOUNTAIN VILLAGE (AP) -- A general store in the Yukon River community of Mountain Village was destroyed by fire Monday.
Alaska State Troopers said the blaze was reported at about 9 a.m. Local firefighters brought the blaze under control by 1:30 a.m. but the 75,000 square-foot building and all of its contents were considered a total loss, troopers said.

Application for Virtual Charter School withdrawn
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The application for the Alaska Virtual Charter School with the Fairbanks School District has been withdrawn.

Alaska Press Club Awards - TELEVISION:
Best Breaking News Story: First Place, James Brown, KTUU-TV, ''Anchorage Apartment Fire.''

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.

BC-AK--Alaska Press Club Awards, RADIO:
Best Reporting, Single story: First Place (tie),

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.

Alaska Press Club Awards Television station wins public service award
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- KTUU-TV in Anchorage won the Alaska Press Club's Public Service Award for its coverage of the proposed property tax cap defeated by voters last fall. The group's top award for 2000 was presented Saturday at the annual banquet.

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.

April 17: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on dealing with the budget tangle:
Simultaneously, in both Juneau and Washington, D.C., the battle of the budget is being fought.

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

April 22: Juneau Empire on plotting the Capital City's economic course:
Juneau throughout its history has never been a sedate place. From its earliest gold mining days and later as the seat of government for a wild young state, Juneau has been

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.

Search begins for Teacher-of-the-Year candidates
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state is seeking Teacher of the Year candidates for the year 2002.

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.

April 19: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Healy experimental coal-fired power plant:
Some 10 years and nearly $270 million after the state first backed construction of a new experimental coal-fired power plant in Healy, the project's 50 megawatt generators sit idle.

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.

April 17: Anchorage Daily News on protecting the Permanent Fund:
By and large, Alaska's leaders have been good stewards of the Alaska Permanent Fund.

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.

Crews begin qualifying for upcoming Alaska wildfire season
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The wildfire season is fast approaching and the state has begun training its emergency crews in the ways of working together.

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.

Knowles seeks international transit rights through Anchorage airport
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles wants the federal Immigration and Naturalization Office to reverse a policy denying visa-free transit rights for international passengers moving through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

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.

New rules ban gillnets for hooligan in Cook Inlet, Resurrection Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Spring means hooligan fishing, and the state Department of Fish and Game is reminding people that new rules ban the use of gillnets in Cook Inlet and Resurrection Bay.

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

Safety questions keep bubbling up at Girdwood school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Concerns are being raised about a 20-year-old school in Girdwood built over the site of an old landfill.

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.

Crews open Denali Park Road to Mile 30
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- The Denali Park Road has been opened to private traffic as far as the Teklanika rest stop at Mile 30.

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

Around the Peninsula
Herring gillnet season begins today Domestic violence seminar offeredExcel workshop planned KMS invites parents to orientationCanine Good Citizen test scheduled Kenai council to hold work sessionsWorkshop offered to communitySPCA van to visit Nikiski KCHS choir reunion planned for June

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

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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?"

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Covenant changes concern council
Almost a year ago, the city of Kenai put up for sale 68 undeveloped residential lots in the Inlet Woods Subdivision, just north of Redoubt Avenue, and stood by as none of them sold.

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.

Sandwich instructions teach space communications
Soldotna Chamber of Com-merce members Tuesday got a taste of activities used to teach school children about space at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

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.

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

Photo Feature: Seeing double
John Smith and Paula Dunn reflect in a giant puddle as they ride a tandem bicycle down the paved trail alongside Kalifornsky Beach Road last weekend.

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.

State-sponsored program works best on young offenders
Crime and its impact on individuals and communities is the focus of a training session to be held Wednesday through Friday and sponsored by the Alaska Department of Corrections, in partnership with the communities of Kenai and Soldotna.

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.

Land sale, prison top assembly agenda
Two issues headlined last week's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting:

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

Mideast in dire need of strong leadership
If the purpose of (last) week's Palestinian

To get discussion going, sales tax, 'gross receipts' tax offered as options
We Alaskans are somewhat the victims of our own prosperity.

Applause
Many help build better community

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

Letters to the Editor
Peak employees don't need union; Far from being depressing, hospice volunteer work fulfilling experience

Hero of the week
We would like to thank Leon Quesnel for the endless hours he has put into building houses for Habitat for Humanity.

Community News
Volunteers needed for summer games Nominations sought Navy vets to hold reunion

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Annual articulation projects begins Pacific sleeper shark washes ashore Octopus in Discovery Pool aquarium Volunteers needed

Around the Peninsula
Kenai teen receives statewide recognition Kenai woman attends special eventStudents excel in effortsNikiski man enlists in Army

Ask a Trooper
The muffler fell off my neighbor's car, and he doesn't seem to care. I wouldn't care either, except for the fact that he goes to work at 5:30 every morning and wakes me up as he drives past. Is he required to have a muffler?

Unocal gives spring cleanup a boost
"We're always looking for ways to give back to the communities that we do business in," said Roxanne Sinz, public affairs manager for Unocal Alaska, presenting the Soldotna and Kenai chambers of commerce a check for $12,000 to fund the annual spring cleanup campaign.

Photo: Catching some rays
A dog suns itself recently in the Kenai Peninsula College parking lot while waiting for its owner.

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.

Sports Briefs
Pak stops winning streak of Sorenstam Houston Open Spanish OpenLas Vegas Senior ClassicCapriati ends Hingis' Family Circle winning streak Jones breezes to Mount SAC win

Portland cries foul
LOS ANGELES -- The Portland Trail Blazers might go quickly in their first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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.

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.

Teammate pushes Hamilton to Talladega 500 crown
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- The race was there to win. All Bobby Hamilton needed was a little push.

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

Devils pass Hurricanes' 'gut check'
RALEIGH, N.C. -- When the New Jersey Devils play mistake-free hockey, they are the team most of the NHL has a hard time beating.

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.

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.

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