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Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Fairbanks snowmachine ban petition rejected
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough has rejected a petition that could have put an initiative on the October ballot to ban snowmachining in urban Fairbanks.

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.

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.

Interior asks appeals court to reconsider Glacier Bay decision ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Department of the Interior has asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider whether the National Park Service must complete a full environmental review before it allows a 72 percent increase in cruise ships inside Glacier Bay National Park.
The court sided with the National Parks and Conservation Association in February by ruling the Park Service erred in doing only a partial environmental review for the cruise traffic increase.

Museum pulls out of group over remarks about drunken Native
KENAI (AP) -- Outraged by ''offensive racial comments'' by the executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, Homer's Pratt Museum has pulled out of the council.

Operators: This is the last season for the Ingersol
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- One of the Gateway city's oldest hotels is beginning its last season of hosting visitors.

Man robs Juneau bank
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man robbed a downtown Juneau bank a few blocks from the Capitol during the noon hour Tuesday.

Permanent Fund down from stock market hits; mixed portfolio helps
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund appears headed for an earnings loss for the first time since its managers were allowed to invest in the stock market in 1983.

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.

Jury awards $4.3 million in punitive damages over alleged firing
KENAI (AP) -- A jury in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula oil patch told Alaska Petroleum Contractors Natchiq Inc. it must pay $4.3 million in punitive damages to a man it illegally fired.

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.

Alaska's tourist industry to work on luring winter visitors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska visitor industry is preparing to spend $1.2 million on a national television campaign to market Alaska as a year-round destination.

Tongass injunction hurts business
JUNEAU (AP) -- Work is at a standstill for a handful of people at the Kuakan timber sale on Deer Island, 35 miles south of Wrangell.

House Finance moves school funding increase, exit exam bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House Finance Committee dealt with two key education issues Tuesday by passing bills that would boost basic school funding by $20 million and delay the high school exit exam requirement until 2004.

Metal fatigue causes North Slope spill
PRUDHOE BAY (AP) -- About 630 gallons of crude oil and water spilled on the North Slope when metal fatigue caused a valve to break, state environmental officials said Tuesday.

House passes bill that would double charter schools
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would double the number of charter schools allowed in Alaska and provide start-up grants for them passed the House on Tuesday.

Halford measure sets up council to curb suicide
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate President Rick Halford wants to help to reduce Alaska's suicide rates -- which are about double the national average -- by creating a state suicide prevention council.

House passes bill that would double charter schools
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would double the number of charter schools allowed in Alaska and provide start-up grants for them passed the House on Tuesday.

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

Six residents charged with bank fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six people were arraigned in federal court on charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

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.

Lines offer short cruises
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two cruise lines operating in Alaska are planning shorter voyages in the Northwest this season.

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.

Former UAA hockey player picked as new coach
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Former Seawolf hockey player John Hill has been chosen as the new hockey coach for the University of Alaska Anchorage, school officials announced Tuesday.

Police identify woman found in Gastineau Channel
JUNEAU (AP) -- A woman found dead Sunday morning in Gastineau Channel has been identified by her fingerprints.

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.

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
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

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

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.

Shooting incident results in arrest
Mixing alcohol, guns and an old dispute about money landed a Sterling man in jail Tuesday.

Both sides of Peak unionization effort fire up propaganda machines
Unionization efforts at Peak Oilfield Service Company on the North Slope and the Kenai Peninsula have turned into what one participant is describing as economic warfare.

Multi-agency response team brings comfort to victims, ups ante for offenders
In its third year, the Central Kenai Peninsula Sexual Assault Response Team, has responded to 44 incidents, as opposed to 32 in 1999.

Turning over an old leaf
Laurie and Bill Riley clean leaves from their yard alongside Kobuk Street in Soldotna Tuesday afternoon.

Executive director of KPTMC should resign immediately
The Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council's executive director should resign before more harm comes from his thoughtless, offensive remarks.

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.

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.

House Finance moves school funding increase, exit exam bills
JUNEAU -- The House Finance Committee dealt with two key education issues Tuesday by passing bills that would boost basic school funding by $20 million and delay the high school exit exam requirement until 2004.

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

What about lifelong residents?
The Kenai River is free of ice, and the early run of king salmon is on the way.

Executive director of KPTMC should resign immediately
The Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council's executive director should resign before more harm comes from his thoughtless, offensive remarks.

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

Letters to the Editor
Union benefits enjoyed by this worker some of best in nation Union work, benefits have been good to this family, community Skateboarders aren't criminals; sport keeps them out of trouble

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.

Applause
Skyview's 2001 Talent Show raises $200-plus for Habitat for Humanity

Pet of the Week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring a neutered adult male German shepherd mix for $24 with vaccinations and license included.

KPC prepares to say goodbye to grads
Nearly 200 graduates will receive diplomas Sunday evening when Kenai Peninsula College observes its 31st annual commencement in the Kenai Central High School Auditorium.

On their feet
The annual spring gala dance show is coming up Friday and Saturday in Nikiski.

More School news
SMS announces Students of the Month SMS announces Students of the MonthAfter the BellAurora Borealis Charter SchoolKalifornsky Beach Elementary Mountain View Elementary Nikiski ElementaryRedoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Soldotna ElementarySterling Elementary PTA will hold its monthly meeting May 3. Tustumena ElementarySoldotna Middle School Kenai Central High School Ninilchik School Skyview High School Soldotna High School Cook Inlet Academy Wings Christian Academy Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start Peninsula Grace PreschoolSoldotna Cooperative Preschool Sterling Head Start

Around the District
IDEA hosts home-school curriculum fair Challenger, Sterling pilot distance projectYouth drama presents Italian storiesParade of Bands plannedNikiski tykes ride trikes for charity Football players seek odd jobs Turn off your televisionMeeting set for preschool rule changes

School Menus
Elementary Secondary

Senior Briefs
Senior Center activites throughout the peninsula

Senior menus
Peninsula Senior Center menus

Miller Time? Not on Iverson's watch
If Michael Jordan returns to the NBA, he'll almost certainly have Charles Barkley with him.

SoHi girls, Skyview boys take freshman- sophomore meet
Underclassmen from Soldotna and Skyview high schools paced the field Tuesday at the Freshman-Sophomore Track and Field Meet at Skyview High School.

Bulldogs hand game to Soldotna
Hands, and not feet, played a major role in determining the outcome of the Nikiski-Soldotna girls soccer game Tuesday in Soldotna.

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.

Sports Briefs
Homer soccer sweeps Seward Swoopes will miss season with knee injury Mutlu sets new world recordWimbledon aims to change seeding, avoid boycott

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.

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.

Late show
While the strength of the Nikiski High School boys soccer team has been its tenacious defense over the past four games, the strength of the Soldotna Stars has been their patient, steady attack.

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.

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.

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