Friday, April 28, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Airlines mechanic says company falsified records
SEATTLE (AP) -- A former Alaska Airlines mechanic alleges that the company falsified maintenance records, pushed him to work faster and ridiculed his requests for manuals.

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.

Diesel spill fouls water in Pitkas Point
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A diesel fuel spill this week in a lower Yukon River village has fouled the community's only source of drinking water, state environmental officials said Friday.

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.

Fairbanks family welcomes triplets
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks family is welcoming Seth Andrew, Jerimiah Owen and Jacob Michael into the world -- just the third set of triplets born at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in the past 20 years.

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

Coast Guard finds tramper fleet safety record much improved
DUTCH HARBOR (AP) -- The foreign-owned tramper fleet carrying cargo between North America and Asia has drastically improved its safety record in recent years, Coast Guard inspectors say.

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.

Peninsula students win Caring for the Kenai competition
KENAI (AP) -- A Soldotna High School freshman has won the grand prize in this year's Caring for the Kenai competition.

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.

U.S. icebreaker begins Northwest Passage voyage
OTTAWA (AP) -- A U.S. ship built for traveling through ice-packed polar waters has started a rare trip through Canada's disputed Northwest Passage.

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.

Craig man faces criminal charges over child support
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Craig man was arraigned this week on charges of criminal nonsupport after prosecutors say he racked up $66,000 in back child support.

Four whales taken in Arctic
BARROW (AP) -- Four bowheads have already been harvested in the spring whaling season for northwestern Alaska, and the count could climb quickly with reports of open water near Barrow and large numbers of migrating whales.

Scientist cite contaminant risk in Arctic subsistence
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaskans living a subsistence life in the Arctic may face a risk of serious illness due to environmental contamination by pesticides and other chemicals from Europe, a panel of experts agreed Wednesday.

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.

Wolf that attacked child was not rabid
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A wolf that bit a 6-year-old boy in a Yakutat-area logging camp this week did not have rabies.

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.

Fairbanks Borough mayor Hove won't seek reelection
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Hank Hove said he will not seek reelection when his term expires in October.

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.

House Finance Committee amends capital budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House Finance Committee approved a billion-dollar capital budget Thursday after rejecting most amendments offered by minority Democrats. A vote on the floor was delayed until at least Friday.

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.

Budget committee chooses smaller university increase
JUNEAU (AP) -- A joint House-Senate committee approved the smaller of two proposed budget increases for the University of Alaska on Thursday.

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.

State employee union offers concession; Senate fires warning shot
JUNEAU (AP) -- The largest state employee union offered a concession Thursday and a Republican leader in Senate pushed a backhanded counteroffer that indicates a tough fight over new contracts for state workers could dominate the Legislature's final days.

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.

Federal research ship damaged en route to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A U.S. government research ship on its way to Alaska to study fish populations ran aground off Canada during the weekend and was scheduled to return to Seattle for repairs.

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.

Audit: State's child protection agency improves but still struggling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A legislative audit says Alaska's child protection agency is doing a better job of responding to reports that children are being abused or neglected.

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 final store in divestment order
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Safeway has disposed of the last of the supermarkets it was forced to sell when it took over the Carrs Gottstein Foods chain last fall in a $330 million deal.

State sets start of fire season on Kenai Peninsula; permits required
KENAI (AP) -- The state Division of Forestry has set the official start of the fire season on the Kenai Peninsula.

Jury adds $4.4 million to judgment against lodge over beer sale
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A jury Thursday added $4.4 million in punitive damages against a remote lodge for the wrongful death of a Levelock man.

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.

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.

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

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
Speech-language-hearing meeting begins todayMarch of Dimes walk planned for SaturdayCar seat check up to be offered SaturdayMall's grand opening celebration scheduledPeninsula Grace Brethren to host concertPeer-training program meeting planned Garage sale to raise funds for soccer team

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.

Feds sign biggest-ever contract for green power
DENVER (AP) -- With a gentle breeze blowing, U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson announced the biggest-ever federal contract for ''green power'' on Thursday.

Snake dams to stand at least five or 10 years -- then could go
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Marine Fisheries Service is expected to say next month that four Snake River dams should remain standing for at least another five or 10 years.

Senators hear about protections for Black Rock Desert
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As Gold Rush emigrant Goldsborough Bruff struggled across Nevada's Black Rock Desert in 1849, he sketched a hardscrabble hill covered with sagebrush and crowned with a rock outcropping.

Activist group hits Sierra timber swap agreement; may trigger backlash
NEVADA CITY, Calif. (AP) -- A new activist group hoisted a 60-foot wide banner between two pine trees Wednesday in what it said was the first Greenpeace-style direct action against a Sierra Nevada timber company.

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.

State, feds tribes learning more about threatened cutthroat trout
WADSWORTH, Nev. (AP) -- State and federal biologists and a local tribe are releasing 50,000 Lahontan cutthroat trout into the Truckee River in the final phase of a five-year study aimed at helping to save the fish from extinction.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Daughters join mothers at work
Shirley Warner, Soldotna police chief, had company in the patrol car Thursday.

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.

Officials emphasize safety, common sense
It's official, the Alaska Division of Forestry has announced the beginning of the fire season. Starting May 1, burn permits will be required for burning brush, grass and yard debris.

Photo feature: Taking wing
Tech. Sgt. Andrew Elliott showed preschool students from Cook Inlet Academy an Alaska National Guard helicopter Thursday.

Ninilchik bluff project under scrutiny
When excavators started bulldozing the bluff at Deep Creek without permits last week, some Ninilchik residents were alarmed.

Delane Robert 'Trader Bob' Grubb
Longtime Alaska resident Delane Robert "Trader Bob" Grubb died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 61.<

Donna A. Grundman
Kenai resident Donna A. Grundman died of cancer Friday, April 14, 2000, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 72.

Blowdowns allow foresters to witness nature's regeneration firsthand
BAGLEY, Minn. (AP) -- When you're a forester, it's the long view that counts.

Photo feature: Spring hunting
An adult and two adolescent bald eagles rest on a perch overlooking the Soldotna dump earlier this month.

Snowmobiles banned in National Parks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Park

Local kayaking duo tests Colorado's creeks for guidebook
DENVER (AP) -- It's been a long wait.

Catholic church decries upsurge in guerrilla extortion
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Not even charity offerings collected in provincial Roman Catholic churches are immune from extortion by Colombia's largest rebel band, which has stepped up pressure on priests to turn over cash, the church's leader says.

Catholic and Anglican bishops set May international confab
LONDON (AP) -- Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops from 13 regions of the world will meet May 14-20 near Toronto to review three decades of formal dialogue between the two branches of Christianity, and to consider future steps.

Church council takes over legal aid for Elian Gonzalez's father
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Council of Churches has taken over the fund paying legal expenses for Elian Gonzalez's father from the United Methodist Church's Board of Church and Society.

Women want 'sacred place' at prison
MITCHELLVILLE, Iowa (AP) -- The women at the Mitchellville prison cannot escape the din of the loudspeaker, the ''squawk box,'' even to worship. But that is about to change.

Charges filed against Methodist bishop in lesbian wedding dispute
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- United Methodist parishioners have called for an investigation of Bishop Melvin Talbert following a church tribunal's decision to take no action against 68 ministers who jointly conducted a lesbian wedding last year.

'Speed Dating' aims to match Jewish singles
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) -- The start of a long-lasting relationship could take only seven minutes of conversation in a coffee shop.

Conflicting views of Bible at root of Protestants' homosexual split
NEW YORK (AP) -- The 992 delegates heading to Cleveland for the United Methodist Church's most important gathering will lug 1,900 legislative proposals in their bulging briefcases. But only one agenda topic has potential to split their denomination: Homosexuality.

Montana Episcopal bishop faces trial on sex charges
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Bishop Charles I. Jones, 56, leader of the Episcopal Church in Montana, will go before a church tribunal in September on charges of immoral conduct with a woman parishioner in Kentucky in the 1980s.

Religion Briefs
Kodiak choir to perform area concertsSolFirst sportsmen's banquet plannedPeninsula Grace BrethrenCrowder to speak at SolFirstNational Day of PrayerChristian church plans meeting for women

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

Bucks actually win in playoffs
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Milwaukee Bucks found their offense and shed a decade of playoff frustration.

Devils get Tucker-ed out
TORONTO -- Darcy Tucker is the first to admit his goals aren't always pretty.

Whalers top team at Mid-Valley meet
The Soldotna Whalers werstling club took home the first-place team trophy at a meet in Wasilla Saturday.

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?

Baseball doles out punishment for Tigers-White Sox fisticuffs
CHICAGO -- In what is believed to be the harshest penalty for a brawl in baseball history, 16 members of the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox were suspended Thursday for a total of 82 games.

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.

Fellman nets hat trick to lead Skyview past Houston
Jake Fellman netted the Panthers' first-ever hat trick as the Skyview High School boys soccer team downed Houston 4-1 Thursday at Houston.

Baseball doles out punishment for Tigers-White Sox fisticuffs
CHICAGO -- In what is believed to be the harshest penalty for a brawl in baseball history, 16 members of the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox were suspended Thursday for a total of 82 games.

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.

Activities ball in assembly's court
If the sales pitch of two Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members is successful Tuesday, the assembly will make the large cuts to the activities budget for the 2000-01 school year disappear.

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.

Oilers Corner
The Peninsula Oilers have resigned Stephen Correa, a sophomore at Pepperdine University.

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.

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

Alaskan bear cubs arrive at their new home
HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) -- Two orphaned Alaska bear cubs have arrived at their new home on a farm south of Heber City.

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.

Peregrine falcon finds mate in Tacoma
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A male peregrine falcon that took up residence in the downtown area five years ago has found a mate, and the two birds soon may produce offspring in a nest on a drawbridge.

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