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Monday, April 30, 2001

Former UAF professor's appeal rejected
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has turned aside an appeal from a former University of Alaska Fairbanks professor who sued the university over the loss of his job.

State Report: North Pole refinery has too many spills
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The North Pole refinery owned by Williams Alaska Petroleum has had too many spills in its more than two decades of operation, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Man gets six years for Kodiak stabbing
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak man has received a six-year prison term for a stabbing that left another man with serious wounds that required repeated hospitalization and surgeries.

Sheffield considered for job as Anchorage port director
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Former-Gov. Bill Sheffield is in the running to become director of the Port of Anchorage. That comes just months after he resigned as president of the Alaska Railroad.

Fire damages 18 Anchorage apartments
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fire Friday tore through 18 apartments in South Anchorage, displacing 42 residents and causing damage estimated at $400,000.

Fifty-eight people apply for Sitka city manager job
SITKA (AP) -- Fifty-eight people have applied for the position of administrator and city manager at this Southeast Alaska city, replacing Gary Paxton who plans to retire Sept. 1.

Sister charged with disrupting flight to remain in jail.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A young woman arrested for disrupting a flight to Shanghai during a fight with her identical twin sister will remain in jail for now.

More hotel rooms opening for Alaska travelers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Travelers to Interior Alaska will have even more lodging options this summer.

Fire that damaged 18 apartments caused by a cigarette
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fire that tore through 18 apartments in south Anchorage, displacing 42 residents and causing an estimated $400,000 in damage, was caused by a cigarette.

Long broadcast tradition ends at Fort Greely
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 47-year-old tradition ended Monday when the Army aired its final live broadcast from its Fort Greely radio station.

Thirteenth Native corporation looks to Congress for land
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Unlike Alaska's other 12 Native corporations, the 13th Regional Corp. was not granted any land under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Man killed, woman injured, in car-motorcycle crash
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was killed and his wife was injured over the weekend when their motorcycle struck the back of a car and veered out of control.

Jury finds no discrimination for Guard job
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A jury in federal court has rejected a discrimination case brought by an Alaska Native against the Alaska Air National Guard.

Swanberg Dredge listed in National Register of Historic Places
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Swanberg Dredge at Mile 1 of the Nome-Council Highway has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Troopers bust Anchor Point pot growing operation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers raided a commercial marijuana growing operation in Anchor Point this week.

Student loan forgiveness bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some teachers could have part of their student loans forgiven under a bill that passed the House Monday.

State construction budget pieces fall into place
JUNEAU (AP) -- A capital projects bill released by the Senate Finance Committee proposes spending $1.3 billion, heavily backed by money made available by the federal government, for construction projects in Alaska next year.

Oscarville man missing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The search continued Monday for a man from the Yukon River village of Oscarville who disappeared after a weekend hunting trip.

Union letter reiterates labor backing for ANWR drilling
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A group of labor unions sent a letter to members of Congress this week expressing support for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Geophysical Institute machinists invent fish-bone remover
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Machinists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have invented two devices to remove pin bones from salmon.

Wolf hunt auction causing Web furor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A wolf hunt offered on a Web site as a fund-raiser for rock star Ted Nugent's Kamp for Kids is causing a furor.

April 29: Juneau Empire on a chance to save lives:
Regardless of the promise of government of, by and for the people, the truth is that government and the people often are in conflict over issues big and small.

Joee Redington blazes new trail as artist
WASILLA (AP) -- Dog musher Joee Redington is blazing new trails in the arts, crafting dream catchers, masks and figurines with the same passion he pours into his sprint dog racing team.

April 27: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on school funding
A sense of urgency surrounds the school funding discussion under way in Juneau.

Underage drinking bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed an underage drinking bill Saturday that would replace a law that was invalidated by the Alaska Supreme Court.

April 28: Voice of the (Anchorage) Times on suicide prevention:
Sen. Rick Halford has introduced legislation aimed at reducing the number of suicides in Alaska. Hopefully, it will get quick action in the Legislature.

Forest association's Phelps goes to work for Murkowski
PETERSBURG (AP) -- The Alaska Forest Association's executive director, Jack Phelps, is moving to Washington to go to work for Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski.

April 25: Anchorage Daily News on the ANWR battle in Congress:
If Alaska is to win its battle to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development, we'll have to make a better case to the rest of the country.

Senate removes requirement for pilots to carry firearms on flights
JUNEAU (AP) -- If the state Senate has its way, pilots on small planes flying in Alaska will no longer be required to carry firearms as part of their emergency gear.

Boeing reportedly plans longer range 747 freighter
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Boeing Co. will begin work on a longer range 747 freighter, now that International Lease Finance Corp. is ordering five of the planes for $1 billion, a newspaper reported.

Diesel fuel spilled at Chignik cannery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crews were working to clean up a 500-gallon diesel fuel spill at a cannery on Chignik Bay on the Alaska Peninsula.

Bodies recovered of avalanche victims from Alaska and Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The bodies of two physicians buried by an avalanche while hiking over the weekend in Big Cottonwood Canyon have been recovered. One of the doctors was from Eagle River.

Long term care ombudsman for Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority named
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- John Richard, former chief municipal prosecutor in Anchorage, is the new long term care ombudsman for Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

Minor quake reported near Nome, Alaska
PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- A minor earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 was recorded near Nome early Monday, monitors at the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center reported.

Kenai tourism director resigns over remarks about drunken Natives
KENAI (AP) -- The executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council has resigned following public outcry over racist remarks he allegedly made about Alaska Natives, the council board of directors announced Friday.

Breast and cervical cancer bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some women who lack health insurance could receive treatment for breast or cervical cancer under a bill that passed the House on Sunday.

Ubik Corp. to purchase Wasilla radio station
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ubik Corp. is adding a Wasilla radio station, which would give the company three stations to operate in the Anchorage market.

House passes anti-drunk driving bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that toughens fines and sentences for repeat drunken drivers and lowers the blood alcohol level at which a person is considered unfit to drive passed the House Sunday.

Sealaska in a sea of red ink
Sealaska Corp., the Juneau-based Alaska Native corporation, suffered a loss of $122 million last year, according to the company's newly released annual report.

Forest association's Phelps goes to work for Murkowski
PETERSBURG (AP) -- The Alaska Forest Association's executive director, Jack Phelps, is moving to Washington to go to work for Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski.

Suspect nabbed in Juneau bank robbery
JUNEAU (AP) -- A suspect has been arrested in a Tuesday afternoon robbery at a Juneau bank, the FBI reports.

Man sentenced to prison for failing to pay child support
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai judge sentenced an Anchorage man to four years in prison for failing to pay child support.

House passes $508 million in bond packages
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed two bond packages worth a total of $508.5 million Saturday to pay for roads, schools, university buildings, harbor repairs and other projects.

Around the Peninsula
Volunteer deadline todaySeminar offered todayTraining starts TuesdayBusiness workshops scheduledRacing meeting plannedSafety day slated for SaturdayKCHS soccer team to hold salesHealthy communities to meetWanted: Cancer survivors to participate in relayHost families needed

Around the Peninsula
Boys and Girls Club to offer summer events Business workshops scheduled Advisory Committee to meet HC-HP committee to meetKCHS soccer team plans garage, bake sale SPCA van to visit Nikiski KCHS choir reunion planned for June

Community Schools
This is a list of classes/activities that begin this week, to serve as a reminder to registered participants. If you are interested in a class or activity but are not pre-registered, please call the Soldotna Community School office to check on space availability, location changes and cancellations.

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.

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.

NOW PLAYING:Bridget Jones' Diary
Did you ever notice that when you watch a movie or read a book where everything is in a certain dialect, you tend to start to talk and think in that dialect?

The Weed Fighter
Spring is a wonderful season for many people. The sun is brighter, the days are longer, nature awakens, and the heart beats faster.

Wallace takes home NAPA 500
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) -- Rusty Wallace celebrated old friend Dale Earnhardt's 50th birthday with a dominating victory in the NAPA Auto Parts 500.

CART postpones event in Texas
In Texas, CART postpones a race when drivers balk at getting in their open-wheel cars because of worries they will pass out at more than 230 mph.

Exercises sharpen spill skills
Twelve years ago this month, the tension was palpable around Kachemak Bay, as residents prepared to fight a wave of crude oil spilled out of the Exxon Valdez.

Bond packages passed
JUNEAU -- The House passed two bond packages worth a total of $508.5 million Saturday to pay for roads, schools, university buildings, harbor repairs and other projects.

Sting operation bags 7
When Alaska State Troopers sent two 18-year-olds into nearly two dozen Kenai Peninsula businesses to buy six-packs of beer, seven stores failed the test.

Oil prices expected to drop state revenues
Lower oil prices are expected to reduce state revenues next year, requiring a draw of $622.2 million on the state Constitutional Budget Reserve for the fiscal year 2002, the budget year beginning July 1, Revenue Commissioner Wilson Condon said April 11.

Bible college plans fall opening
The Evangelical Covenant Church plans to open a new school, Alaska Christian College, near Soldotna.

KPTMC director resigns
A month after saying words that couldn't be erased, the executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Marketing Council has submitted his resignation.

In the swing of spring
The greens aren't green and the grounds are a bit soggy still, but that didn't stop Tom and Denise O'Connell and a few other eager golfers from taking advantage of the first day of golf at Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna Saturday.

Promotion opens door for other personnel shifts as KFD plans for expansion
Kenai's new fire chief still remembers his first ride on a fire truck.

Ballot measure would eliminate utility's debt ceiling
Diversification is among Homer Electric Association's strategies for providing the lowest possible rates, managers say, and proposed changes in company rules could allow HEA to take advantage of new business opportunities.

Photo Feature: 'Tis the season
Visitors look over a selection of boats on display at the Kenai Peninsula Sports, Rec and Trade Show underway through today at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Claude L. Gabbett
Kenai resident Claude L. Gabbett died at Central Peninsula General Hospital on Friday, April 27, 2001, of a stroke. He was 73.

Bruce A. Healy
Soldotna resident Bruce A. Healy died Wednesday, April 25, 2001. He was 36.

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

Bush's first 100 days as president
WASHINGTON -- In his first 100 days, President Bush fought for tax cuts and against abortion while reversing Democratic environmental policies.

Letters to the Editor
Pratt Museum's actions defend integrity of state's visitor industryBorough residents should vote on prison plan before it moves aheadIf there's money for new prison, why isn't there money for schools?

Forget about becoming 'Incredible Hulk,' going to gym offers great entertainment
I'm sweating on the stair stepper, which has a commanding view of the gym.

End of session scheduled for May 8; bills in committee will be picked up next year
HEAD:End of session scheduled for May 8; bills in committee will be picked up next year

Community cleanup efforts good for all
Nothing on the Kenai Peninsula heralds the end of winter and the beginning of summer so much as the annual community cleanup.

Increasing alcohol tax responsible thing to do
Say the city of Homer created a new enterprise that provided a popular service to city residents.

Applause
More than 1,500 Kenai students have gone through DARE program

Ask a Trooper
Question: Is it ever legal to drive my four wheeler or snowmachine on the road?

Peninsula People
Student to attend programKenai student named to dean's listNursing student receives nomination

Community news
Ceremony planned to remember cancer victims Homer program offers classes

Births
Jocelyn and Rick Birch Jessica Isenman and Terry Bookey

Tiffany Ann Payment and Brian Craig Eck
Payment, Eck to exchange June vows

Hero of the week
I just got home from the hospital. Whoever took me there saved my life. I wrote a thank-you card but nobody will tell me who to send it to. If you put it in the paper, everybody will know how thankful I am! Here is what it says:

Michelle Leigh Cunningham and Dustin Jack Daniels
Cunningham, Daniels to marry in May

Honored
Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities present Kathleen Peters, center, with its Violet Richardson Award.

Future troopers?
Den 1 Cub Scouts from Pack 454 pose for a photo during a recent tour.

Kristin Marie Bon and James Joseph Leach
Bon, Leach plan Kenai wedding

My Best Friend
Dorothy Howell says her 10-year-old miniature schnauzer Tasha is the official door greeter in her Kenai home.

Wasilla booters sweep Nikiski
The Nikiski boys dropped to 1-4 on the season after a 3-0 loss to host Wasilla Friday.

Stars, 'Hawks draw
The Soldotna High School girls soccer team found things a bit crowded in the attacking third of the field Saturday.

Jenkins erupts for three home runs as Brewers expose Expos
MILWAUKEE -- Geoff Jenkins hit three home runs, and Olympic hero Ben Sheets pitched 6 1-3 strong innings for his first major league win in the Milwaukee Brewers' 8-4 victory over the Montreal Expos on Saturday.

Turek stops first 18 shots as peaking Blues devour Dallas for 2-0 lead
DALLAS -- The St. Louis Blues are no longer the same team that was so dominating early this season. They might be better.

Local Sports Briefs
Berdahl signs with Western Oregon volleyball Nikiski's Glazes make All-Academic Team Birch Ridge open for business Soldotna High School to host hoops camp Homer High School hosts basketball camp Anchorage Golf Course opens temporary greens

Kenai booters pluck Seahawks
The Kenai Central High School soccer teams posted a sweep Friday over Seward in Region III play at Kenai.

Nobody has won Derby, Preakness, Belmont since Affirmed pulled off sweep 22 years ago
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas stood outside his stable at Churchill Downs last week, peering through the morning drizzle toward the twin spires across the track.

Hornets sweep Heat
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jamal Mashburn and the Charlotte Hornets had the last laugh. Pat Riley and the Miami Heat are headed for another long offseason.

Oilers Corner
Fifteen Oilers dot Major League rosters

With one more victory, Sacramento takes first series in 20 years
PHOENIX -- Chris Webber scored 23 points and the Sacramento Kings used old-fashioned basketball virtues -- rebounding and free throw shooting -- to beat the Phoenix Suns 104-96 Sunday in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series.

Reasoner impresses in St. Louis
DALLAS -- Marty Reasoner played nearly as many games in the AHL as the NHL this season.

Johnson ends U.S. career with a flourish
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Johnson ended his gold-plated career in the United States with a fitting finish.

Maple Leafs give in to Devils in overtime
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Randy McKay and Bobby Holik got their act together just in time for the New Jersey Devils.

Philadelphia's Iverson answers Pacers' fans
INDIANAPOLIS -- Allen Iverson loves the team whose fans seem to hate him most.

Sizing up the competition
After all the sweat and struggle of Friday and Saturday's humongous, 19-team Skyview Invitational, Kodiak track coach Marcus Dunbar did a great job of putting it all in perspective.

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