Tuesday, May 1, 2001

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.

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

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.

Man who disrupted flight ordered to pay $30,000
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Chicago man was ordered Monday to pay $30,000 to United Airlines for disrupting a flight from Chicago to Hong Kong.

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.

Arizona fugitive arrested in Stevens Village
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Arizona man wanted by the FBI was taken into custody by Alaska State Troopers Sunday, one week after he wandered into Stevens Village.

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.

Juneau to see more passengers on fewer ships this summer
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau will see more cruise ship passengers but fewer cruise ships this summer than last, according to the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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.

Bill would let Fairbanks investor build railroad to Denali
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill moving through the Legislature would help Fairbanks entrepreneur Joseph Fields build a passenger railroad from Healy to Wonder Lake in Denali National Park and Preserve.

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.

Older firefighters serve as town's first line of defense against wildfires
RANCHO TEHAMA, Calif. (AP) -- When Marg Jekel's rural home caught fire a few years ago, her rescuers included a crew of volunteer firefighters.

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.

Tug owner arrested after dispute with logging firm
CORDOVA (AP) -- A Cordova man was arrested Monday after a logging company said he tried to prevent the delivery of a million dollars worth of logs to a ship in Icy Bay, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Senate approves creation of suicide prevention council
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate voted Monday to create a 15-member suicide prevention council.

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.

Homer man dies in Wasilla shooting
WASILLA (AP) -- A Homer man was shot to death Sunday in a car on the Parks Highway, according to Wasilla police.

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.

Senate Republicans shoot down amendments to capital budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- Republicans methodically rejected amendments offered by Democrats as the state Senate on Monday took up consideration of the proposed $1.3 billion capital budget.

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.

Anchorage women arrested in Kodiak cocaine bust
KODIAK (AP) -- The Kodiak Police Department and Alaska State Troopers arrested two Anchorage women and seized $12,500 in cocaine, a vehicle and approximately $7,500 in cash Thursday.

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.

Murkowski protests agency's policy on Alaska, Hawaii
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski is objecting to a new travel policy for Health and Human Services workers that classifies Alaska and Hawaii as international destinations.

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.

Processing worker's disappearance a puzzle
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Curtiss Weller had a goal. A skilled fish cutter who could push the pace of the slime line, the 27-year-old from North Pole wanted to build a stake through long hours at his new job processing cod in the Unimak Island village of False Pass.

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.

Bush consults allies on eve of missile defense speech
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush spoke by telephone Monday with the leaders of four major U.S. allies and with NATO's chief to discuss his plan for building defenses against ballistic missiles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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
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
Deadline today for festival booth space Registration under way for swim lessons Chugach trails closed to snowmachine useSoldotna city manager to speak to chamber Community cleanup scheduled for this weekChallenger director to speak at Kenai chamberAnchor Point chamber to meet WednesdayBusiness workshops scheduledFish-Game advisory group to meetRacing meeting planned KDLL monthly board meeting set for ThursdayEagles Auxiliary plans Friday dinnerSafety day slated for SaturdayKCHS soccer team to hold salesGarage sale funds go back to communityNominations sought for Young Hunters Awards Dive meet planned for SaturdayHealthy communities to meetWanted: Cancer survivors to participate in relayHost families needed Skyview football players looking for projects

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 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.

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.

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.

Permits required for outdoor fires
Fire season is here, and beginning today, the Alaska Division of Forestry will require central Kenai Peninsula residents to obtain free state permits before burning brush, grass or yard debris.

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.

Driftnetter switches to tourism
The F/V Darby will never again haul salmon-laden gillnets out of the icy waters of Cook Inlet.

KPC Class of 2001 graduates
Fire season is here, and beginning today, the Alaska Division of Forestry will require central Kenai Peninsula residents to obtain free state permits before burning brush, grass or yard debris.

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

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.

CPGH Inc. makes plans for future
The nonprofit corporation that runs the publicly owned hospital in Soldotna is wrapping up an effort to plan how the hospital will address community health needs for the next five or 10 years.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

Legislature should pass SB 38; for some, it truly is matter of life or death
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.

Letters to the Editor
Comments were ugly, but they revealed good in other hearts Sleepless nights gone with union now working for employees

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

United States has obligation to credibly investigate 1969 raid on Thanh Phong
Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice says, "Any person subject to this chapter who without justification or excuse, unlawfully kills a human being when he 1) has a premeditated design to kill; 2) intends to kill or inflict great bodily harm; 3) is engaged in an act which is inherently dangerous to others and evinces a wanton disregard of human life; or 4) is engaged in perpetration or attempted perpetration of burglary, sodomy, rape, robbery, or aggravated arson; is guilty of murder, and shall suffer such punishment as a court-martial trial may direct."

Newest Young Marine unit says thanks for community support Funds raised through cookie sales inance adventures in Girl Scouts Donation buys needed equipment

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:

Jocelyn and Rick Birch Jessica Isenman and Terry Bookey

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

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.

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

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

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Sports Briefs
Skyview's Bauer signs on at Waldorf Uncertain offseason for Mourning Blazers' Dunleavy keeps job -- for now

Tough attitude makes Kenai senior bigger, faster than he looks
It was the night of Sept. 16, 2000, just a few hours after Kenai senior inside linebacker Sepa Nicholas-Silvira had made 24 tackles in a 6-0 loss to archrival Soldotna.

Baseball club tabs new manager after Oklahoma assistant Thomas forced to resign
After accepting the resignation of Aric Thomas, the Peninsula Oilers have named Brian Green, an assistant coach at Oregon State University, head coach for the 2001 season.

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.

Spurs devour 'Wolves
MINNEAPOLIS -- Tim Duncan scored 24 points and David Robinson added 21 as the San Antonio Spurs wrapped up their first-round series against Minnesota with a 97-84 victory Monday night.

Pittsburgh sorely misses sore Jagr as Buffalo cuts series lead to 2-1
PITTSBURGH -- Jason Woolley's tip-in midway through the third period broke a tie, and the Buffalo Sabres rediscovered their offense to avoid going down three games, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Monday night.

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

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

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.

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