Tuesday, April 24, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Head tax backers file initiative petition with Elections Division
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sponsors of an initiative that would implement a statewide head tax on cruise ship passengers visiting Alaska filed their petition last week with the state Division of Elections.

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

Vintage tuxedos command great deal of attention, but few buyers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- So, anyone need a vintage tuxedo?

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

Wards of the state eligible for full ride at University of Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Wards of the state now are eligible for free tuition at schools within the University of Alaska under a program designed to make an easier transition into adulthood for 18-year-olds leaving foster care.

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.

Senate approves bill boosting pay, benefits to rural public safety officers
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to increase village public safety officers' pay and benefits -- as well as their duties -- was approved by the Senate on Monday.

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

Judge in Alaska Airlines lawsuit rejects meeting request
SEATTLE (AP) -- The judge overseeing lawsuits stemming from the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 says he won't meet with defendants privately to discuss a settlement.

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.

Knowles signs bill to give diplomas to WWII vets
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Monday signed into law a bill to award high school diplomas to Alaskans who dropped out to fight in World War II.

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

House bill would finance API construction
JUNEAU (AP) -- A measure that would finance construction of a new Alaska Psychiatric Institute passed the House on Monday.

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.

Federal agency orders fish processor to stop fouling Ketchikan waters
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Alaska General Seafoods has been ordered by a federal agency to stop fouling Ketchikan waters.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai's budget work session canceledForestry specialist to speak at Soldotna chamberParks superintendent to speak at Anchor PointWorkshop targets would-be entrepreneursWRCC board to meet WednesdayMDA-Alaska plans Seward 'Lock-Up' Counseling services board to meet ThursdayPark Service to meet with commercial operatorsHomer immunization clinic canceledNominations for Young Hunters Awards soughtDeadline nears for festival booth spaceSkyview football players looking for work

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
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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

CICADA program to aid women, children in crisis
Kenai Peninsula women trying to get their lives in order will have more help soon.

Volunteer helps communities reach goals
Those who volunteer make a difference.

Photo feature: Cycle of life
The carcass of a male pink salmon, now little more than skin and bones, emerges from melting ice alongside the Kenai River in Soldotna last week. It won't be long before the salmon return again to continue the cycle of life and death.

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.

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

Redistricting proposals change Senate seats
It appears there would be no Alaska Senate seat shared between South Anchorage and the northern Kenai Peninsula under any of four redistricting plans approved for public comment.

Applause
Many help build better community

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

Letters to the Editor
Individual Fishing Quota system unfair to newer charter operatorsNational Day of Prayer event set for noon May 3 in Kenai

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

Applause
Cub Scouts say thanks to all who supported Pinewood DerbyMaster gardeners appreciate inspiring experiences of othersPeninsula employers give Nikiski students insight into world of workNikiski Middle High School Business support of program helps fire students' imaginationsDonation of cellular phone helps days run much smootherMany contribute to successful season for Peninsula PuffinsMany make it possible for youth to skate on peewee hockey team

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

It's too soon to abandon clean-coal technology at Healy 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.

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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

Senior Briefs
Senior Center activites throughout the peninsula

Senior menus
Peninsula Senior Center menus

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

Hornets dominate in 102-76 victory; Duncan, Robinson manhandle Timberwolves
MIAMI -- Jamal Mashburn scored 22 points and again tormented his former team as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Miami Heat 102-76 Monday night for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five playoff series.

Penguins put a Cap on first-round series
PITTSBURGH -- Martin Straka stole the puck from Sergei Gonchar to score at 13:04 of overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins held off two Washington Capitals comebacks for a series-ending 4-3 victory Monday night.

Bulldogs booters earn sweep of Skyview
The Nikiski boys and girls soccer teams picked up a sweep of Skyview Monday at Skyview High School for their first victories of the season. Too bad they didn't have enough time, or energy, to celebrate.

Big Unit shuts out Marlins, Diamondbacks post 9-0 win
PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson threw a six-hitter in his 29th career shutout and Reggie Sanders homered for the seventh time in six games as Arizona beat the Florida Marlins 9-0 Monday night.

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

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.

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

Work ethic makes Soldotna senior a presence on the field
Every successful team seems to have one of those players -- the one that doesn't say much in the locker room, but can be counted on to lead by example once the team takes the field.

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