Thursday, April 27, 2000

UAF faculty win Usibelli awards
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three faculty members from the University of Alaska Fairbanks have won $10,000 awards endowed by the founder of the Usibelli Coal Mine.

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.

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.

Phillips hires top Arco executive to head Alaska operations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co. apparently doesn't want to mess with success when it comes to its new Alaska holdings.

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

House approves bonds bill over Democrat objections
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed a bond package for schools construction and harbor maintenance Wednesday over the objection of minority Democrats worried about giving the Senate too much leverage as the Legislature moves toward adjournment.

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.

Ads mock cruise tax opponent
JUNEAU (AP) -- A new advertising campaign mocks Rep. Gail Phillips for killing a proposed $50 head tax on cruise ship passengers entering Alaskan waters.

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

Forklift damages Alaska Airlines jet
BETHEL (AP) -- A forklift being used to unload an Alaska Airlines passenger jet tore a hole in the fuselage Tuesday, triggering cancellation of one flight as well as some lengthy delays for passengers.

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 Tickets.com.

Inspections stripped out of spill response bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Ramona Barnes released an oil spill response bill Wednesday after the state's power to inspect cruise ships and other large non-tanker vessels was stripped out.

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.

Senate approves dam sale, rejects additional money
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate approved a plan to sell four state-owned hydroelectric plants and set up an endowment to pay electrical subsidies in the Bush, but balked Wednesday at putting an additional $100 million into the fund from the state's reserves.

Boost for campaign funds eliminated by the House Judiciary Committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers tried to push a bill through the Legislature that would have loosened the state's campaign finance reform laws by doubling the size of anonymous donations candidates could accept.

Jury awards $4.4 million for death
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A Dillingham jury has awarded $4.4 million to the family of a Troy Peterson, who accidentally shot himself to death while he was drunk. The weeklong wrongful death trial involved the Katmai Lodge, residents from the small Kvichack River village of Levelock, and a new state bootlegging law.

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.

Absentees push Haines tourist tax over the top
HAINES (AP) -- Voters in the Haines Borough have narrowly approved a new 4 percent taxes on tours and lodging, but only after absentee votes were counted this week. A bed tax was also approved in the April 18 election.

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.

Report: Oakland-based jet plagued with hydraulic difficulties
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines jet found to have incomplete maintenance records reported hydraulic problems on four separate flights, in some cases forcing passengers to evacuate, according to Federal Aviation Administration records obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.

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.

Yakutat Natives see cruise ships as threat to seal pups
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Natives from the Yakutat area are calling for cruise ships to stay out of Disenchantment Bay during seal pupping season.

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.

Park Service bans snowmobiles from most national parks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Park Service today issued a broad ban on recreational use of snowmobiles at nearly all of the national parks, recreational areas and monuments. The off-road vehicles have had ''significant adverse environmental effect'' on the park system, the agency said.

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.

Yakutat Natives see cruise ships as threat to seal pups
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Natives from the Yakutat area are calling for cruise ships to stay out of Disenchantment Bay during seal pupping season.

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.

Case of measles case reported in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage has seen its first case of measles since 1998, according to state health officials.

Suspect drags detective with car; officers shoot out tires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police shot out the tires of a suspect's car Thursday after the man reportedly dragged a detective a few feet with the vehicle.

Archeologist's career spans four decades
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Don Dumond has seen big changes in theories about the migration of early peoples through Alaska over his four decades working as an archaeologist in the state.

Business Briefs
Homer resort honoredNew transcription service offers home-based jobsBorough visits foreign trade zone conferenceFishery development foundation gains directorHalibut fishers make slow startVisitor industry plans charity walk Homer chamber plans Friday mixerState Farm plans rate hikeGottschalks mum on plans for Lamonts' storesSafeway sells CarrsTix

Water company stays afloat in busy market
POLAND SPRING, Maine -- Poland Spring -- the health spa -- had its heyday in the Gilded Age. Summer guests from around the world journeyed by steamer, train and coach to drink healing waters in the bucolic Maine countryside.

Alaska-Sakhalin project gains momentum
A Russian Far East version of Alaska's industrial development authority is gaining ground and could begin its financing operations in mid-2001.

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 budget up for review, commentWatershed group to hold discussionGenealogy group gathersLuncheon has aviation themeSoHi band concert goes to cyberspaceChoir to sing in KasilofAnnual motorcycle show this weekendCar seat checkup offeredMarch of Dimes WalkAmerica Saturday

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.

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.

Art Briefs
Shorebird photo contest plannedShort story, poetry contest seeks entries

The bigger picture
Saturday afternoon movies are a treat for many couples and families, but three Soldotna High School seniors strive to offer Saturday movies with a flair.

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainment Upcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

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.

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.

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.

Mud hole bogs down emergency responders
Combine Alaska spring with a fire and what do you get?

Outboard filter plan leads Soldotna High School sweep of competition
Pehr Hartvigson of Soldotna won the grand prize in this year's Caring for the Kenai competition Tuesday evening in Kenai.

911 know-how important to efficient response
Calling 911 is significant in the event of an emergency. Alaska State Troopers dispatcher Tammy Goggia offered a few tips on when to call 911 and what to do during the phone call. Because calls increase during the summer months, it is important to know calling guidelines.

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

No love from Russia for U.S. men's soccer team
MOSCOW -- The U.S. men's soccer team can't beat Russia, no matter where they play.

Jeter solo shot upends Twins
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter broke a scoreless tie with a sixth-inning homer and Tino Martinez added another solo shot two outs later as the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0 Wednesday for their second win in six games.

Red Wings-Avalanche series worthy of finals
DENVER -- They're healthy, they're rested and they're playing their best hockey. What better way for the NHL's fiercest rivals, the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche, to kick off their second-round playoff series?

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

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.

Two heads better than one for Flyers, Pens
PHILADELPHIA-- When a skater comes off the ice during the Penguins-Flyers playoff series and yells, ''Coach!'', the only question is which of many heads will turn.

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

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.

Raptors facing extinction
NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell took Vince Carter one-on-one, and Carter took a pass on taking the last shot.

Rehabilitated owl returned to wild
Liz Jozwiak has been losing sleep over her job lately.

Boy, 6, attacked by wolf near Yakutat
YAKUTAT (AP) -- A six-year-old boy was bitten three times by a wolf on Wednesday at a logging camp in Icy Bay, according to Alaska State Troopers. The wolf apparently was trying to drag the child into the woods when it was driven off by an adult.

Wildlife agencies debate merits of trumpeter swan hunt
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A plan to establish a permanent hunting season for trumpeter swans in several western states is in trouble because of worries that expanding the species' breeding range will be difficult.

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