Wednesday, April 26, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Park service to move to limit park snowmobiles
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Park Service is moving to restrict -- and possibly ban entirely in many parks -- the use of snowmobiles, government and private sources said Tuesday.

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

Barnes keeps grip on spill bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to bring cruise ships and other large non-tanker vessels under Alaska's oil spill response laws remained firmly in the grip of Rep. Ramona Barnes on Tuesday after a brisk hearing on a compromise version of the measure.

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.

Young Campaign,CORRECTIVE,066
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In an April 25 story on Don Young, The Associated Press erroneously reported that U.S. Rep. Don Young was appointed to his Congressional seat in 1973. He won a special election for the seat

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.

Gottschalks mum on plans for Lamonts' Alaska stores
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fresno, Calif.-based Gottschalks Inc. won't say whether it plans to keep open all seven of the Lamonts stores it plans to purchase in Alaska.

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.

Safeway sells CarrsTix
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- California-based Safeway Co. announced Tuesday that it has agreed to sell CarrsTix for an undisclosed amount to the California company

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.

Kivalina Native council fights Red Dog Mine port project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kivalina's tribal government says a proposed port expansion for the Red Dog zinc mine will disturb sea mammals and hurt the village's subsistence hunts.

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.

Crabbers sue federal regulators over snow crab harvest limits
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bering Sea crab fishermen on Tuesday sued federal fishery managers claiming this month's snow crab harvest limit was too low.

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.

Weir-tending job waits for the right person
KODIAK (AP) -- It's not a job for just anyone.

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.

Dredge project for Knik Arm shoal to start up again
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A project to dredge a channel through Knik Arm shoal in upper Cook Inlet is to start up again on Friday.

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.

State releases revised oil and gas lease sale schedule
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources released a revised oil and gas lease sale schedule Wednesday through the year 2003.

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.

Rep. Young files for re-election
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Don Young filed Wednesday for re-election for a 15th, two-year term in the House of Representatives.

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.

Some changes made in sport fishing regs for Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With the sport fishing season on the Kenai Peninsula approaching, state fisheries officials are reminding anglers of some changes in regulations.

House adds school, port projects to bond bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- House Republicans sweetened the school and ports bond package by adding four more projects Tuesday, but Democrats say they will continue pushing for at least 10 new rural schools and major upgrades for others.

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.

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

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
Chamber lunch features WRCC speakerPublic invited to budget review meetingImmunization clinics canceledNorth Peninsula chamber meets ThursdayGardeners can hear about orchids on ThursdayCommunity blood drive set for Nikiski Soldotna watershed group to meetUnited Way to hold annual meeting

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.

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.

Cultural tourism taking root in Kenai
Despite being described in national travel magazines as "even more blandly middle-American than Soldotna," the city of Kenai is building a reputation as a cultural tourism destination.

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.

Rough day at airport
Friday afternoon proved to be eventful at the Kenai Municipal Airport.

Photo feature: Birds eye view
The Sterling Highway winds its way toward the central Kenai Peninsula from this vantage point atop the Skyline Trail earlier this week.

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.

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.

Rep. Young touts own bill
Alaska communities could have up to $162 million per year for erosion control, fishery rehabilitation and historic preservation under a bill Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, has introduced in Congress.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Up and comers strut their stuff
Now that Soldotna sophomore Janna Schaafsma is done with one mission, she can start another one.

Players, coaches take one for Elian
MIAMI -- Players and coaches around the majors skipped games Tuesday night, joining a work stoppage by Miami's Cuban-American community to protest Elian Gonzalez's removal from the home of his relatives.

Sports Briefs
Leman named Region II Coach of the YearTough road trip for Nikiski, Seward bootersUnited States earns draw with Canada

Region III Track and Field Bests
Track amd field scores

Giants work overtime to beat Marlins
MIAMI -- With much of the focus on a Cuban-American boycott, Armando Rios doubled in the 11th inning Tuesday night to give the San Francisco Giants their fourth straight win, 6-4 over the Florida Marlins.

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.

San Jose completes upset of St. Louis with Game 7 win
ST. LOUIS -- All the St. Louis Blues have for their 114-point regular-season championship is a worthless trophy.

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.

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