Friday, April 27, 2001

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.

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.

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.

University cancels animal tours; cites hoof-and-mouth concerns
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Visitors to the University of Alaska Fairbanks will have to scratch musk oxen, caribou and reindeer tours from their lists.

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.

Breast and cervical cancer bill may move in Senate
JUNEAU (AP) -- State Sen. Lyda Green says she's ready to move a bill that would pay for breast and cervical cancer treatment for some women who lack insurance.

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.

Judge orders $1.3 million in escrow funds be paid to Klawock
JUNEAU (AP) -- A state Superior Court judge has ordered that $1.3 million held in an escrow account be paid out to customers of Klawock Energy.

Alaska ranger receives top National Park Service award
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A ranger from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve -- the nation's largest -- was in Washington this week to receive his profession's top honor.

Light quake shakes Palmer
Anchorage (AP) -- A light earthquake shook Palmer Friday afternoon.

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.

Settlement offer in Intertie case meets with some skepticism
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The three people who have filed a court motion to stop the state from issuing right-of-way permits for construction of the Northern Intertie have offered to settle the case.

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.

Governor protests panel's halibut quota decision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles wants the federal government to reject an advisory council's vote to assign private catch shares to approximately 1,100 halibut charter boats.

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.

Organizers: Ice Classic payout won't be record but will be sizable
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It doesn't appear this year's payout for the Nenana Ice Classic will be setting any records.

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.

Racism hearings planned around Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two different government agencies -- one federal and one state -- will be conducting hearings about racism in a number of Alaska communities. The hearings were prompted by crimes against Natives in Anchorage.

State officials say senator is holding up funds
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Anchorage senator is holding millions of dollars in Fairbanks airport projects hostage over a completely unrelated issue, state transportation officials charge.

Mulder cruise ship bills stirs controversy
JUNEAU (AP) -- Cruise ship pollution legislation is gaining momentum in the Legislature, but Knowles' administration officials say it's not the right legislation.

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

House sends Senate a message on abortion bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House sent a message Thursday that it will not accept language in the Senate version of the budget that calls for killing the Health and Social Services Department if the courts force the state to fund abortions.

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.

Peak Oilfield workers to vote on whether to unionize
KENAI (AP) -- Ballots were mailed Friday for a vote on whether workers at Peak Oilfield Service Co. on the North Slope and the Kenai Peninsula should unionize.

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.

Seismic surveys underway in Cook Inlet
KENAI (AP) -- The pace of Cook Inlet oil and gas exploration is picking up this month with new seismic surveys along the coast from Ninilchik nearly to Clam Gulch.

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

Fairbanks man sentenced to 10 years for growing pot
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who pleaded guilty in federal court to having more than 300 marijuana plants on his property has been sentenced to 10 years and three months in prison.

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.

Scientists say skull found near Akhiok is ancient
KODIAK (AP) -- A human skull and femur found near Akhiok last month are several hundred years old, according to Sven Haakanson Jr. and Libby Eufemio of the Alutiiq Museum.

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.

Boom in fox population increases rabies threat
BETHEL (AP) -- A boom in the fox population in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has increased the threat of rabies in the region, state biolgists say.

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.

As gas supplies dwindle, Chevak faces gas rationing
BETHEL (AP) -- A gas shortage in Chevak has the Chevak Commercial Corp. rationing its stock to ensure gas supplies last until more arrives in about two months.

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.

Big chains cancel Anchorage store plans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- National chains have postponed or canceled four ''big-box'' stores they were planning to build in Alaska's largest city.

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

Alaska Air National Guard bias trial continues
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A bias trial against the Alaska Air National Guard continued Thursday in Fairbanks.

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.

Bail hearing continued for sisters charged in flight fracas
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A bail hearing was continued Thursday for identical twin sisters arrested for disrupting a flight to China last week.

Tesoro reports record first-quarter earnings
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tesoro Petroleum Corp. announced Thursday that first-quarter earnings were $22 million, or 52 cents a share.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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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Around the Peninsula
RCAC to meet in Seward Summer activities fair plannedApple grafting workshop plannedBlood drive planned for SewardSoldotna city manager to speak at chamber meetingCommunity cleanup scheduled for next weekBoys and Girls Club to offer summer eventsHospice recruiting volunteers; training offeredDeadline approaches for booth space for festivalHealthy Communities-Healthy People committee to meetKCHS soccer team plans garage-bake saleKCHS choir reunion planned for June

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.

LIO Schedule
Today 8 a.m.

Handmade fishing poles customize angling experience
Some people just don't get it. "That's nice, dear," my wife, Kristin, said, barely looking up from her book. "When are you going to finish the shelves for the baby's room?"

Class takes worry out of creating
The idea of building a custom fishing rod may be a little intimidating at first, but putting together a rod that looks good and will fish like a dream is possible for anyone with a little bit of patience and some free time every now and then.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Schedule
Winston Cup 2001 schedule

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

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

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.

Annual Sport, Rec and Trade Show starts today
The snow is fading fast. Get ready to go outside and play.

Members leave group, request ouster of director
Waves of response are pounding the shores of Kenai Peninsula tourism as organizations and businesses across the state learn of racist comments allegedly made by the executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council.

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.

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.

Former Challenger Learning Center board member chosen to replace Carey
Former Soldotna Mayor Ken Lancaster's election to the Alaska House of Representatives last November resulted in two empty local government seats.

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Double duty
Aundrea Moulton practices interviewing her sister Amber in the studio at KDLL public radio in Kenai Thursday afternoon.

James Wesley Harris
Soldotna resident James Wesley Harris died Tuesday, April 24, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a short illness. He was 62

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.

'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.

High gas prices, road work fuel thoughts about other options
Unrelated stories, but with a common theme: transportation:

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
Improperly dumped fish carcasses ruin beach for others enjoymentHeres one reason empty buildings are found throughout city of KenaiAt least one redistricting plan will lead to expensive court battle

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

As legislative session draws to close, important issues remain on table
A newspaper headline recently boasted: Alaska is poised for prosperity. Alaskans are excited and hopeful about this opportunity and ready to take the steps to make it happen.

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?

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

Program helps ensure healthy population of peninsula loons
One of the great signs of spring is watching the ice leaving the lakes and the loons returning to nest and raise their young. This summer, you may see lakeside residents observing loons on some of the area lakes from Kasilof to Nikiski and on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

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.

Top Saudi cleric says suicide bombings and hijackings are against Islam
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's top religious cleric said suicide bombings and hijackings are contrary to Islamic teachings, and those who carry them out are ''nonbelievers.''

Jews complain of vandalism against eruv
TENAFLY, N.J. (AP) -- Members of Tenafly's Orthodox Jewish community have reported acts of vandalism against a controversial ritual enclosure.

Finding time for prayer amid hectic legislative schedule
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- He had jokingly agreed to come to the meeting only if someone would buy his breakfast. But state Rep. Bob Grant turned serious when he spoke to the 30 people gathered in a basement room of the Docking State Office Building.

Church representatives vote to form splinter group
ATLANTA (AP) -- Representatives of 18 churches belonging to the Atlanta Baptist Association have formed a new association, citing their local group's failure to expel two churches that affirm gay leaders.

Southern Baptist membership climbs to record level
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Membership in the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, climbed to record levels in 2000, reaching nearly 16 million despite internal controversies over the church's heightened conservatism and fundamentalist views.

Dilulio: All religious programs should qualify for grants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under pressure from conservatives, a White House official said Thursday that even the most religious programs should be allowed to compete for all types of government funds.

Religion Briefs
Men's retreat planned Choir members wanted for musicalSoldotna residents to serve missionsDay of prayer plannedSterling churches to join for prayerAuction, fund-raiser plannedFamily Parish Mission set for MaySouthern Baptist membership climbs to record level

Internet opens door to unorganized religion
WASHINGTON (AP) -- From her home in Del City, Okla., Johnna Ray clicks to an Internet site and opens a church door to the world.

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

Carter, Raptors finally succeed in playoffs
NEW YORK -- Vince Carter finally showed some spunk, and Lenny Wilkens showed he's not too old to come up with something creative.

Jagr injured as Pittsburgh tops Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins overcame an injury to scoring star Jaromir Jagr to open the second round of the playoffs with a victory.

Wallace, Davis ejected, rest of team dejected
LOS ANGELES -- The Portland Trail Blazers fired their best punch at the Los Angeles Lakers, and the defending NBA champions merely shrugged it off.

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.

Soldotna senior to swim for Arizona State next season
Soldotna High School swimmer Joshua Gemmell will still be making waves next year, though he'll be doing it in a little bit bigger pool.

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

Sports Briefs
Skyview set for Skyview InvitationalAmericans top leaderboard at LPGA eventSimpson making comeback at Forest OaksKansas AD Frederick resignsNew heavyweight champ thrown from motorcade

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.

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.

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

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

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