Tuesday, May 2, 2000

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.

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.

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

Troopers arrest man charged in double-fatal accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers on Monday arrested a man charged with two counts of second-degree murder resulting from an accident on the Seward Highway.

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.

Miami company installing oil and gas platform in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Miami company is gearing up to install the first new oil and gas platform in Cook Inlet since 1986.

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.

Natives concerned about contamination in traditional food sources
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Delegates here at an international conference on Arctic pollution say Alaska Natives are beginning to avoid traditional foods out of concerns they're contaminated with pesticides, heavy metals and other toxins.

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

Anchorage teachers postpone voting on proposed contract
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage teachers gathered by the thousands, but decided to postpone voting about whether to accept a new three-year contract that includes first-year raises of $3,200 each.

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.

Hiker rescued from 80-foot fall caused by loose rock
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman was seriously injured after falling about 100 feet while hiking on Rainbow Peak south of here and landing on a ledge, where she was rescued by an Alaska Air National Guard helicopter crew.

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.

Light quake jolts Copper River Valley, Prince William Sound
PALMER (AP) -- A small earthquake jolted people living around the Copper River Valley and Prince William Sound early Tuesday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

Body of Akiachak man recovered
BETHEL (AP) -- The body of an Akiachak man who fell through the ice of the Gweek River has been recovered.

Bill to change governor elections surfaces late in session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Another attempt to change the way Alaska elects its governors has surfaced in the final days of the Legislature's session.

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

Phillips and BP announce new oil find on North Slope
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Alaska Inc. and BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. have discovered a significant oil field on the North Slope, the companies said Tuesday.

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.

Juneau resident seeks flightseeing noise relief via initiative
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau resident is turning to the citizen initiative process as a means of bypassing the Juneau Assembly and limiting flightseeing.

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.

Eighteen ticket holders to share $335,000 jackpot
NENANA (AP) -- The record $335,000 Nenana Ice Classic jackpot will be shared by 18 lucky ticket holders who correctly guessed when the ice went out on the Tanana River.

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 charged with murder in traffic deaths
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula man was in an Anchorage jail Tuesday charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the traffic deaths of two Juneau men last month on the Seward Highway.

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.

Hiker rescued from 80-foot fall caused by loose rock
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman who was hit by a loose rock fell 80 feet from the McHugh Creek trail Monday and landed on a ledge, where she waited to be rescued.

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.

Small quake felt in Alaska towns
PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- A small earthquake registering a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 jolted area residents early today, scientists at the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center reported.

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.

Bond bill clears Senate Finance Committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A $300 million school and harbor bond bill won approval in the Senate Finance Committee on Monday but drew the immediate protest of Gov. Tony Knowles for not spending enough on rural schools.

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.

Crab festival gets new name and corporate sponsor
KODIAK (AP) -- Kodiak's crab festival has a new name: Koniag's Kodiak Crab Festival.

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.

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
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.

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."

Pure vs. mutt: Dog lovers have favorites
Mongrel. Cur. Mutt. The words don't conjure a pretty image.

Kenaitze tribe rallies for subsistence
Residents of the cities on the Kenai Peninsula soon may find themselves living in rural Alaska. They won't be moving, but the boundaries separating rural and urban may be erased.

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.

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.

KPC graduation tonight
Kenai Peninsula College will hold its 30th annual commencement tonight at 7 at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium.

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.

Parts for new platform on the move
Miami-based Forcenergy Inc. is setting the wheels in motion to install Cook Inlet's first new oil and gas platform since 1986. That could nearly double the inlet's oil production.

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

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 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.

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 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.

Azzur Macaih Neely

Community News
MDA seeks volunteers for summer camp

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

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

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

Region III Track and Field Bests
Through 4/29

Bucks dodge front bumper of Pacers
MILWAUKEE -- Ray Allen wanted the Milwaukee Bucks to remember this feeling for three more days.

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

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.

Life in the fast lane
One of the hardest things for Kenai Central's Tamanika Haynes to learn was that "no" is part of mono.

Devils turn over a few Leafs
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- If the Toronto Maple Leafs have hopes of ending their 33-year Stanley Cup drought, they'd better find a way to beat Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils soon.

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