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Tuesday, April 25, 2000

Cordova man tends town's swans
CORDOVA (AP) -- People have all sorts of plans for their ''sunset'' years.

BC-AK--Fast Ferry,295 Fast ferry passes tidal test
JUNEAU (AP) -- A fast ferry chartered by the state passed an important test last week: navigating the Sergius Narrows, which currently limits ferry traffic in and out of Sitka.

Anchorage property tax cut would save some businesses thousands
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mayor Rick Mystom's tax relief plan would deliver savings of more than $1.5 million collectively to the municipality's 20 biggest property owners. All are businesses, some of them based in other states.

State Farm to raise auto insurance rates in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. says it will be boosting its rates in Alaska by an average of 1.4 percent. The hike will take effect in mid-May.

Fishing curbs to protect sea lion could
KODIAK (AP) -- A proposal by environmental groups to shut down trawling within 20 miles of Steller sea lion rookeries and haulouts has fishing industry leaders worried. They say such action could cost Kodiak's economy millions of dollars.

Aviation museum names Eielson relative as director
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum has a new director, and hers is a very familiar name to Alaskans.

UAF vies for funds to study methane hydrates
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Billions of natural gas bubbles rise from rotting vegetation and bump up under the ice in Alaska's lakes each winter, only to escape the next spring when the frozen surface thaws.

Fairbanks council considering prolonged legal fight
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks City Council is considering more legal battles with a pair of former firefighters whose $1.6 million judgment has been upheld by the state Supreme Court.

Concerns raised over land donation plan for volcano center
KENAI (AP) -- Concerns are being raised over a nonprofit corporation's plans to build a volcano learning center in Stariski.

Police suspect same man robbed two businesses same day
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police suspect an armed man robbed two businesses on the same day.

House boosts rates paid to assisted living homes
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state will increase the amount it pays to assisted living homes for general relief senior citizens and people with disabilities under a bill passed by the House on Monday.

Native leader Perry Eaton joins Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Native leader Perry Eaton has joined Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. as corporate relations manager, the company announced Tuesday.

Concerns raised over land donation plan for volcano center
KENAI (AP) -- Concerns are being raised over a nonprofit corporation's plans to build a volcano learning center in Stariski.

Beetle kill greatly raise peninsula fire risk
KENAI (AP) -- Huge expanses of beetle-killed spruce have opened the window for runaway wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula from just a few high-risk days each summer to as many as 30 such days a year, according to state fire officials.

Legislature heads toward adjournment without long-term fiscal plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- In a bottom-floor Capitol office, Rep. Jim Whitaker speaks of the state's fiscal health with an earnestness tinged with freshman frustration.

Census workers trained to deal with less-than-friendly households
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than 1,000 Alaska census workers are getting training this week in how to deal with everything from repeated rejection to outright hostility from gun-toting property owners.

Man killed in Anchorage vehicle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was killed early Sunday morning in a vehicle accident near dowtown Anchorage.

Eagle River woman charged after gun goes off on Alaska Airlines jet
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Eagle River woman was the subject of criminal charges after a gun discharged in a baggage compartment on an Alaska Airlines flight while the plane was on the ground. No one was injured.

Dillingham schools losing educators
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The Dillingham School District is adding another principal to its growing list of jobs to fill for the fall 2000 semester.

Elderly woman attacked in Anchorage nursing home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A convicted sex offender walked into a nursing home during an Easter holiday dinner, wheeled an 87-year-old woman with Alzheimer's into the facility's chapel and then raped her behind the altar, Anchorage police say.

Justices concerned about violations of political parties' rights
(Washington-AP) -- The U-S Supreme Court today (Monday) heard arguments on whether to overturn the open primary system used in Alaska and three other states.

Clothing retailer with seven Alaska stores to sell chain
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lamonts Apparel Inc. says it plans to sell its stores to a regional department store chain based in Fresno, Calif.

Young has more campaign cash at this point than two years ago
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The chief fund-raiser for Rep. Don Young says the Alaska Republican has more campaign cash on hand now than he did at this point in the last election cycle.

Kenai reaches agreement over cemetery's too-tall trees
KENAI (AP) -- Cemetery trees will be selectively topped and cut over the next four years to keep them out of the municipal airport's airspace.

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.

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
Tool repair offered at SoHi Shot clinics canceledSoldotna watershed group to meet

Around the Peninsula
Young coming to SoldotnaKenai library accepting donationsUnited Way meeting scheduledTeleconference will aid grieving children Kindergarten preparedness meeting plannedDaughters to work luncheon scheduledKenai council to hold work sessionsNikiski community blood driveTrack, field meet coming to Homer

Photo feature:Easy rider
A Seward Highway motorcyclist takes advantage of the spring weather in Turnagain Pass on a recent sunny day.

Kenai approves changes to 2 trails
Two city trails will undergo extensive modifications under a plan approved by the Kenai City Council last Wednesday evening.

Karate instructor named as eligible man in Alaska
Alaska Men Mag-azine, a self-help matchmaking bi-monthly magazine, has matched many couples in the past and plans to do what it can for karate instructor Corey Green.

Caring for the Kenai convenes Tuesday
The Caring for the Kenai competition gives Kenai Peninsula high school students a unique educational opportunity.

Defensible space is homeowners' best bet
Fire managers say clearing brush, trees and high grass from around homes is still the best defense from wildfires.

Airport trees get second hearing Kenai council adopts 4-year plan
Flat-top trees in the cemetery will be minimized under a plan adopted by the Kenai City Council on Wednesday.

Kenai police warn residents of phone scams
The Kenai Police Department recently has received a report of a telephone scam. Victims may be told they have won some type of lottery and are then asked to provide credit card numbers, bank account numbers and other sensitive information.

Beetles turn peninsula into tinderbox
The conditions for a catastrophic fire used to be rare on the Kenai Peninsula. But with 1.4 million acres of beetle-killed trees, that is no longer so.

Volcano center land gift tops borough agenda
The nonprofit corporation planning to build a volcano interpretive center in Stariski wants land for free from the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Britton H. Crosley
Britton H. Crosley of Eugene, Ore., died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, of age-related causes. He was 91.

Robert 'Trader Bob' Grubb
Longtime Soldotna resident Robert "Trader Bob" Grubb died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 61.

Barbara Jean Williams
North Kenai resident Barbara Jean Williams died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 57.

Mark Alan Watson
Wasilla and Ninilchik resident Mark Alan Watson died April 23, 2000, from cancer at his Wasilla home. He was 40.

Delina 'Billie' Baker
Longtime Soldotna resident Delina "Billie" Baker died Monday, April 24, 2000, at the Heritage Place Nursing Home in Soldotna. She was 83.

Frances Osmar
Longtime Alaska resident Frances Osmar died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at the Heritage Place Nursing Home in Soldotna. She was 80.

Peninsula people
College students earn academic honorsNikiski man named soldier of the monthErnst serving as a missionaryBurke-Peters becomes LCSWNew CPGH director of imaging announced

Births
Nathaniel Dorian Goff

Former Kenai student hospitalized after accident
Longtime resident and former Kenai student, Jesse Perkins, 22, was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident at the Dunes on the

Community news
Ping-pong tournament resultsMDA seeks volunteers for summer camp

Region III Track and Field Bests
Track amd field scores

Retro-Coleman burns 76ers in OT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's been a long time since anyone has seen this version of Derrick Coleman.

Soldotna duo carries legacy of 1997 state track title
It's true that once you get on top, it's hard to stay there. But it's also true that once you're knocked from the top, the desire always burns to get back there.

Carter goes cold as Knicks win 92-88
NEW YORK (AP) -- Vince Carter won't have any fond memories of his first playoff game, not after missing 17 shots -- including his first dozen.

Top line helps Maple Leafs close out Ottawa
KANATA, Ontario (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are moving on to the second round of the playoffs because of their stars. The Ottawa Senators aren't for the same reason.

Regular season's top team comes back from 3-1 deficit to tie first round series
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Improbable playoff comebacks are becoming a rite of spring for the St. Louis Blues.

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