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Saturday, April 28, 2001

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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.

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?"

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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