Thursday, April 26, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Students get slow lesson on bird behavior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Julie Aarhus and Taushia Hohorst picked a boring goose.

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.

Two climbers tackle 20 highest peaks in Canada and Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With no fanfare, climbers Dave Hart and Paul Barry are slowly and steadily going where no climber has gone -- to the top of the 20 highest peaks in Canada and Alaska.

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.

Big slide closes Hatcher Pass Road
PALMER (AP) -- The Hatcher Pass Road will be closed for at least a week after road crews triggered a massive slide that buried a 500-foot stretch of road under a pile of rocks, trees and other debris up to 30 feet deep.

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.

North Slope Borough conducts first bowhead census in eight years
BARROW (AP) -- Biologists from the North Slope Borough are out on the Chukchi Sea ice this week, counting migrating bowhead whales.

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.

Dry winter poses big threat for wildfires in Southcentral Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Southcentral Alaska's dryer-than-normal-winter may mean a greater likelihood of wildfires this summer.

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.

Rising failure rate of safety valves prompts state inspection order
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state has ordered BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to step up its inspections after tests showed high failure rates of critical safety valves on Prudhoe Bay oil production pads.

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.

Platinum School to close due to low student enrollment
BETHEL (AP) -- Citing low student enrollment, the Lower Kuskokwim School District School Board has voted to close the school in Platinum next year.

Bears are out in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Snow is disappearing, birch trees are budding and the bears are back.

Senate takes step to ease teacher shortage
JUNEAU (AP) -- State senators took another step Wednesday toward helping school districts fill teaching vacancies.

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.

Alaska Railroad looking for federal grant money to improve tracks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Track problems caused 19 accidents on the Alaska Railroad over the past decade, costing millions of dollars.

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.

Bill would let police charge fees for too many calls
JUNEAU (AP) -- If the police get called to a house too many times, the property owner could wind up footing the bill under a measure that passed the House on Wednesday.

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.

Federal magistrate holds twin sisters for trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Identical twin sisters charged with interfering with a flight crew for allegedly punching several flight attendants and putting one in a choke hold were held Wednesday for trial.

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.

Plane that crashed near Nightmute had extra warning systems
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The single-engine Cessna that crashed near Nightmute earlier this month was equipped with special technology intended to prevent just such an accident.

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

Bill would provide an out short of divorce
JUNEAU (AP) -- Couples in troubled marriages who don't want to take final step of divorce could opt for a legal separation under a bill that passed the House on Wednesday.

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.

Faulty furnace caused Mountain Village store fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State fire officials said a faulty furnace caused Monday's fire that destroyed the Mountain Village store.

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

Portfolio diversity eases permanent fund slide
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.

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.

Sterling man charged with attempted murder, assault and misconduct
KENAI (AP) -- A Sterling man is facing various charges stemming from a new argument over an old dispute about money.

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

400 gallons of gasoline spilled at Egegik cannery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crews were working to clean up a spill of gasoline at a cannery in the Alaska Peninsula village of Egegik.

Bill would let AIDEA consider funding Southeast gas project
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed a bill Wednesday that would let the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority consider selling $76 million in bonds to finance a project to supply natural gas to Southeast Alaska.

Alaska's tourist industry to target winter
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.

Overlooked for years, small caps might get attention
NEW YORK (AP) -- It is an investment category containing some of the most promising stocks in the entire market, some of them possible giants of the future, but which has been almost ignored for several years.

Business Highlights,
NORFOLK, Va. -- General Dynamics Corp. hopes to become the sole manufacturer of Navy aircraft carriers and submarines by acquiring Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. for $2.1 billion.

Companies benefit by barely exceeding lowered earnings expectations
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amid the grim economic reports that sent the stock market tumbling recently, a record number of companies issued warnings that first-quarter profits would be much worse than expected.

Business Briefs
Children could be ice cream tastersWorkshops offered State inspects local eating establishmentsBuilders host scholarsGCI announces first-quarter results Phillips tests low-sulfur technology

Upromise aims to make it easier for families to save for college
NEW YORK (AP) -- With the nation's savings rate at the lowest level since the Depression, a new company says it will make it easier for American families to fund their children's college educations.

The home as a creative enterprise
NEW YORK (AP) -- You may think from the advertisements that the primary objective of Americans is to relax in a hammock or take a long vacation or idle away free time.

Consumer confidence drops on job fears, worries about business health
NEW YORK (AP) -- Consumer confidence tumbled in April, following a brief rebound the previous month, as Americans grew more doubtful about the economy and job prospects.

The securities markets are both economic thermometer and barometer
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's no longer just a place where prices jump around like corn in a popper, an indulgence of the rich but of no particular concern for most families.

Itty bitty advertising
NEW YORK -- What would Confucius say?

Crafty forward scores match winner for U.S.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Timing is everything.

Couple express displeasure by allegedly sending thousands of e-mails
NEW YORK (AP) -- Three securities firms have sued a couple who allegedly expressed their displeasure with the companies by bombarding them with thousands of e-mails and voice messages.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
United Way board to meet Thursday morningMDA-Alaska plans Seward 'Lock-Up' Counseling services board to meet ThursdayPark Service to meet with commercial operatorsBlood drive planned for SewardBusiness workshops scheduledCrisis intervention training scheduledKDLL monthly board meeting set for May 3Dive meet planned for May 5Expo designed to honor small businessesAdvisory planning commissions to meetWanted: Cancer survivors to participate in relay

LIO Schedule
Today 9 a.m. - SB 115, HB 149 6 p.m. E9 teleconference 7 p.m. D& and 8 teleconference

Community Calendar
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Art Briefs
Theater camps planned for summerPier One auditions plannedArts festival plannedTheater conference planned

Award-winning play hits Kenai stage
"You Can't Take it With You," a play by the Kenai Performers, will be on stage at the Old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13.

Kenai Performers' play explodes with comedy
No family is normal, but the Pulitzer Prize winning play "You Can't Take it with You," performed by the Kenai Performers, should make the audience take another look at the meaning of normal.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the road, Anchorage Events, Films.

Senate wrestles with bill for faster court decisions
JUNEAU -- A state senator said Wednesday he is backing off a push to require Supreme Court justices to render decisions in a timely manner or face missing their pay checks.

Schedule
Winston Cup 2001 schedule

NAPA Auto parts 500
When: Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

Money leaders
Winston Cup series money leaders so far in the 2001 season.

Young stars emerge on IRL series
HAMPTON, Ga. -- After two races on the Indy Racing Northern Lights Series, it's clear there's nothing Sam Hornish Jr. can't do with a car.

Driver poised to become first female on auto racing's top circuit in more than a decade
FONTANA, Calif. -- Shawna Robinson thinks she can make history without being considered a NASCAR sideshow.

Points standings
Winston Cup point standing so far.

A Woman on A Mission
ATLANTA -- Stock car racing, today the second-most popular sport on television, has evolved at a snail's pace.

Photo feature: Getting fire-wise
Tom Sullivan gives the keynote speech Wednesday afternoon to participants in the Firewise Communities Workshop underway at the Pacific Rim Institute of Safety and Management.

Unocal hoping to find new inlet gas reserves
The pace of Cook Inlet oil and gas exploration picks up this month with new seismic surveys along the coast from Ninilchik nearly to Clam Gulch.

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.

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

New ambulance puts Ninilchik in fast lane
Ninilchik Emergency Services workers are seeing red and smiling about it. The object of their attention: a candy apple red ambulance.

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.

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.

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

Downtown Soldotna, North Road, Seward Highway all slated for improvements
Spring is in the air, and, around the Kenai Peninsula, road work signs are starting to sprout like dandelions.

Press club recognizes Clarion staff
The Peninsula Clarion has received 10 awards, including four first-place honors, from the Alaska Press Club. The awards were presented Saturday during the group's annual banquet in Anchorage.

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

'The Producers' may be musical comeback theater-goers have longed for
NEW YORK -- The "hip hooray and ballyhoo" has returned to Broadway with the stunning opening last week of "The Producers," a musical comedy based on a 33-year-old movie with more shtick and laughs packed into a single show than the old Borscht Belt showcased in a week.

Zero-tolerance policies aimed at school bullies
The latest round of school shootings has revealed another culprit for school violence: bullies.

Bush shows good judgment in foreign-policy decisions
With his decision over the supply of weapons to Taiwan, George W. Bush has shown proof of sound judgment -- as he did earlier with his reaction to the ramming of a U.S. spy plane.

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

America's most significant relationship is with Japan
France is our oldest ally, and centuries of history have made England our most steadfast friend in this troubled world. But right now and in the years to come, the United States has no more important relationship than that with Japan.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Unions should leave Peak alone; it's a good company to work forWhen you feel your very life is in danger, what should you do?Where's Ballard in new redistricting plan for Senate?

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

Two climbers tackle 20 highest peaks in Canada and Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With no fanfare, climbers Dave Hart and Paul Barry are slowly and steadily going where no climber has gone -- to the top of the 20 highest peaks in Canada and Alaska.

Outdoors can offer mushrooms for the picky
RANIER, Minn. (AP) -- Dave Bolstad, like many northern Minnesota residents, loves the outdoors.

Female explorers receive some overdue credit
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- They've lived with cannibals, served as guides for Arctic explorers and searched for Martian meteorites in the Antarctic.

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

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

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

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

School Menus
Elementary Secondary

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.

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.

Henderson strolls into record books
SAN DIEGO -- Rickey Henderson's record-setting walk turned out to be anticlimatic.

Silver Salmon fifth at Junior Olympics
Leo Grasso paced the Soldotna Silver Salmon swim team to a fifth-place finish at the 2001 State Junior Olympics Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Anchorage.

Hasek vs. Lemieux: Stanley Cup dreams collide
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Mario Lemieux came out of retirement for one more shot at winning a Stanley Cup. Dominik Hasek put off plans to retire for the same reason.

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

Mariners edge Yankees
NEW YORK -- Carlos Guillen drove in three runs with a pair of two-out hits as the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees 7-5 Wednesday night for their sixth straight win.

Magic bow to almighty Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Ray Allen wouldn't be bullied by Andrew DeClercq or burned by Tracy McGrady.

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.

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.

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

Bears are out in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Snow is disappearing, birch trees are budding and the bears are back.

Students get slow lesson on bird behavior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Julie Aarhus and Taushia Hohorst picked a boring goose.

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