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Sunday, April 30, 2000

Alaska smokejumper dies in jump accident
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska Fire Service smokejumper died in a parachuting accident Saturday near AFS facilities on Fort Wainwright, the federal Bureau of Land Management said.

House restores money for state contracts
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House voted Saturday to include more than $18 million from the state's general fund in a bill authorizing new state employee contracts.

Denali Park road open to Teklanika
DENALI PARK (AP) -- The visitors center at Denali National Park opened for the season Saturday, as did the first 30 miles of the scenic road into the park.

Record number of people signed up for Heart Run
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Marcus Dunbar will try to regain his title in the 22nd annual Heart Run.

Driver indicted for causing fatal accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Seward man was indicted Friday on murder and assault charges for his part in a Seward Highway crash this month that killed two state workers and injured another.

Nenana Ice Classic organizers hook up tripod to the clock
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Organizers of the Nenana Ice Classic have hooked up the tripod to the clock and the alarm that rouses the town.

Stevens' chief of staff steps down to work for MCI
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chief of staff for Sen. Ted Stevens is leaving his job to become chief Capitol Hill lobbyist for a major telecommunications company.

Young names new campaign manager
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Congressman Don Young announced Friday he's named Steven Dougherty as his new campaign manager.

Anchorage teachers prepare for Monday strike vote
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage teachers are preparing for a Monday strike vote, saying they're not hopeful that mediation now under way will lead to a contract.

House rejects most amendments to proposed capital budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House on Friday approved the billion-dollar capital project budget after rejecting minority members' attempts to add money for more rural schools and children's programs.

Foot doctor sentenced for bilking patients
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage podiatrist was sentenced Friday to more than five years in federal prison for bilking his patients and insurance companies.

Another lawsuit filed against Bethel halfway-house operator
BETHEL (AP) -- Just weeks after one lawsuit was settled, another has been filed against Cornell Corrections Inc. for its operation of a Bethel halfway house. This time the state is also a defendant.

Anchorage residents cozy up to bears
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Anchorage is one bear-friendly city.

Wolf attack has sides lining up again over wolf control
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Poppy Harris had a case of 'I told you so' after a wolf entered a logging camp near Yakutat and attacked a young child.

Man killed by car in McGrath
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A McGrath man was killed early Saturday after being struck by a car, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Stevens doubtful that missile defense will be developed by 2005
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens isn't holding out much hope that the United States will develop a national missile defense system by 2005.

Anchorage company donates Homer land to settle complaint
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage asphalt company has agreed to pay $10,000 and donate 37 acres to settle charges arising from its contamination of wetlands near Homer.

Historic plane could be heading to Juneau airport
PETERSBURG (AP) -- A 1940s-vintage DC-3, left to rust near this Southeast Alaska community for more than a decade, may soon be moved to Juneau to be spiffed up and put on display.

Watered-down spill bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A watered-down version of a bill aimed at bringing cruise ships and other large vessels under the state's oil-spill response laws was approved by the House on Saturday.

Around the Peninsula
Spring cleanup bags are inBoys and Girls Club registration beginsSafari Club to meetSmall agriculture forum heldChamber luncheon plannedComputer classes offered

Community Calendar
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On the road again -- and again and again and again
There's no free lunch. Remember someone saying that?

New deferred benefits plan approved by council
Soldotna city employees soon will have another option in their benefits package.

Unwanted pets add up quickly at peninsula animal shelters
Soldotna animal control officer Marianne Clark said she wouldn't mind seeing her job become obsolete.

Photo feature: Ride on
Jan Kornstad, left, slows Duncan Waugaman down while Morgan Velotta, front, bikes through the 'car wash,' with Tessa Groleske and Devin Pennison close behind.

Ramifications of trial verdict still unclear
Kenai's bounty hunter trial may be over, but the dust is far from settled. Cloud-ing the air are vastly opposing reactions to the "not guilty" verdicts.

Grand jury issues indictment in Seward Highway deaths
A Kenai grand jury issued an indictment on Friday, charging Michael J. Glaser, 43, of Crown Point, with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree assault. Bail has been set at $75,000 cash only, plus a court-approved third party custodian.

Photo feature: As the worm turns.
Joyce Cox demonstrates the joys of composting at the Kenai Peinsula Green Star booth during the Home Show Saturday.

Ledahl, Nelsen to marry in June
Jeremy Ledahl and Tracy Nelsen, both of Williston, N.D., have announced their plans to marry at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Williston on June 10.

Mullican, Taylor hold February wedding
Autumn Rose Mullican and Troy Richard Taylor were married Feb. 12 in a double-ring ceremony at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

Record book vanishing into thin air
DENVER -- Todd Pratt, filling in for injured catcher Mike Piazza, had his first career four-hit game as the New York Mets tied a team record with 23 hits in a 13-6 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

Undisputed champ successful in defense of WBC, IBF heavyweight belts
NEW YORK -- Lennox Lewis quickly hit on a formula for success against Michael Grant.

Stars keeper saves win; Nikiski, SoHi girls tie
The Soldotna High School boys soccer team got a boost from a save on a penalty kick late in the game to defeat Nikiski 2-0 Friday in Soldotna.

Skyview soccer suffers setbacks on road
The Skyview High School girls soccer team played well under pressure in a pair of road losses, to Palmer Friday and to Colony on Saturday.

Pistons fall flat without injured Hill
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons had almost no fight left in them Saturday without an injured Grant Hill.

Red Wings head back to Joe Louis Arena down 2-0 to Colorado
DENVER -- Peter the Great is beginning to rule the postseason.

Colony boys defend crown
While the Wasilla girls track team showed it is ready to stop the dominance Soldotna and Colony has had over Region III track recently, both the Stars and Knights showed they're not ready to hand over the title without a fight.

Seward trumped in Kards' house
The Kenai Kardinals flew circles around the visiting Seward Seahawks on the soccer field Saturday.

Trash handling, education key to conservation strategy
The draft Kenai Peninsula Brown Bear Conservation Strategy is up for public review, and education is a key element of the plan.

Anchorage residents cozy up to bears
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Anchorage is one bear-friendly city.

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