Monday, May 1, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Survivor says his faith conquered a mountain
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Jamil Hosni's perilous journey to the top of Mount Olympus started in Boise, Idaho, where a friend gave the young religious seeker a copy of The Book of Mormon.

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.

Phillips announces management changes
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co.'s Alaska and worldwide production and operations businesses will operate under separate management.

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.

Ice breaks on Alaska's Tanana River, signalling spring
NENANA, Alaska (AP) -- The ice broke on the Tanana River at 10:47 a.m. Alaska Standard Time Monday, rewarding lucky guessers with their share of a record $335,000 jackpot.

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.

House passes campaign finance changes
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House has approved a bill that campaign finance reform advocates say would allow corporations and unions to more easily influence Alaska politics, rolling back changes made four years ago in response to a citizens' initiative.

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.

Egg collecting to begin soon as means of reducing urban goose numbers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An estimated 4,000 Canada geese have returned to Alaska's largest city to nest, and the Anchorage Waterfowl Working Group is planning another organized egg collection to start this month.

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.

Panel: Garbage handling, education key to coexisting with bears
KENAI (AP) -- The draft Kenai Peninsula Brown Bear Conservation Strategy has been released for public review and education is a key ingredient.

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.

Smokejumper killed during practice jump
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A smokejumper with the Bureau of Land Management's Alaska Fire Service was killed Saturday night when his parachute failed during a training jump.

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.

Chugach Forest managers seek input on changes at Begich-Boggs Center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A redesigned Begich-Boggs Visitor Center south of Girdwood will open to the public in about a year. What is now mostly free will then cost a fee.

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

Anchorage man killed in rollover accident on Glenn Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed early this morning (Sunday) in a roll-over accident on the Glenn Highway.

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.

Interior Dept. drops objections to Elim lands bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Interior has dropped earlier objections to a bill giving 50,000 acres to the Elim Village Corp., clearing the way for the settlement of a 70-year-old dispute over the village's former reservation lands.

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.

Teens from tiny towns gather to learn arts, form friendships
GUSTAVUS (AP) -- For one week in April, Lillian Piedra did things she can't do at home - hang out with other teen-agers, act in a play, dance in a darkened gym.

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

House backs amendment limiting judges
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House voted Sunday to put before voters a proposal to bar judges from changing the wording on proposed constitutional amendments.

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.

Lawmakers oust Ketchikan pilot from board
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature refused to confirm a Ketchikan pilot to a second term on the Alaska Board of Marine Pilots on Sunday after Senate President Drue Pearce claimed his reappointment violated an agreement to rotate the seat on a regional basis.

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.

Broad budget cut would pay state employee contracts
JUNEAU (AP) -- A broad unallocated budget cut would pay for wage and benefit increases for state employees under a bill approved by the House on Sunday.

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.

Lifestyles force some not-so-typical commutes on Kenai Peninsula
KENAI (AP) -- There's no free lunch. Remember someone saying that?

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.

Ice Classic tripot starts to tip, but doesn't travel far enough
NENANA (AP) -- Those who bought tickets for this year's Nenana Ice Classic should keep them handy: there were signs Sunday that the contest could soon be over.

Hoonah man found guilty of raping, beating wife
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau jury Friday found Daniel Neal of Hoonah guilty of raping and battering his wife. After

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.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Watershed Forum to hold annual meetingKenai council to hold work sessionsKenai River Festival in search of artists in areaRelay for Life meeting plannedImmunization clinic scheduled in Homer Spring hat luncheon slated for Seward

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

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.

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

Soldotna residents voice concerns on future water supply, dwindling salmon, trout numbers
Soldotna has been hard on the little creek that gave the town its name. Longtime residents have seen the salmon disappear from its upper reaches.

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.

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

Residents open their homes to those in need
"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."

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.

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.

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.

Road work closures start today
The season of road work is upon us, and highway closures begin this week. Sections of the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing and the Seward Highway near Seward will be closed for portions of the night.

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: Fun in the sun
These four Kenai kids take advantage of the nice weather on Sunday to cover this driveway on Susieana Lane with chalk drawings.

Mark Alan Watson
Wasilla and Ninilchik resident Mark Alan Watson died April 23, 2000, from cancer at his Wasilla home. He was 40.

April 28: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on same-day aerial wolf hunting:
Political rhetoric aside, the Legislature's action in adopting -- over the governor's veto -- a bill to permit same-day aerial hunting of wolves followed precisely steps outlined in the Alaska Constitution.

April 24: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Alaska's student loan program:
There's good news coming from the state's student loan office. Alaska's state-financed student loan program has achieved fiscal solvency. Through the sale of tax-exempt bonds and the repayment of past loans the student loan program is operating in the black.

May 1: Anchorage Daily News on making it easier for citizens to vote:
By a 9-0 vote, the Anchorage Assembly last week approved a polling station for the University of Alaska Anchorage to make it easier for faculty members and students to vote in the mayoral runoff May 2.

April 26: Juneau Empire on the changing face of the Legislature:
So far seven legislators -- four senators and three representatives -- have decided enough is enough and won't return for another session. Combined, they represent nearly 100 years of legislative experience and know-how.

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.

Peninsula People
Soldotna woman commended for child careSoHi student receives national award USS Long Beach reunion planned

Community News
MDA seeks volunteers for summer camp

Azzur Macaih Neely

Alaska SeaLife Center News
Seal pups in rehabOphelia lays eggsA fishy tale

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.

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.

Belfour shuts out Sharks
DALLAS -- Ed Belfour is proving that his phenomenal goaltending in last year's playoffs was no fluke.

Area wrestler takes 4th at nationals
The fourth-best female wrestler in the United States is an unassuming teenager from 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.

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

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.

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.

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

Kings triumph over Lakers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Shaquille O'Neal lost his shooting touch. Kobe Bryant was slowed by foul trouble. And, suddenly, the mighty Los Angeles Lakers were not invincible.

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.

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

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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