Wednesday, May 2, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Native leaders meet to discuss gasline proposal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- About 30 tribal leaders from Alaska and Canada were meeting in Fairbanks Wednesday to discuss the possible impacts of a natural gas pipeline on Natives on both sides of the border.

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.

Anchorage youths with stolen gun lead police on manhunt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage teens were charged with theft and resisting arrest Tuesday after leading police on a three-hour manhunt.

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.

Compromise reached on cruise legislation
JUNEAU (AP) -- A compromise cruise ship pollution bill passed the House Tuesday night, moving Alaska a step closer to adopting the strictest rules in the country for the industry.

City and flight tour operators to meet about aircraft noise
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Assembly has directed city officials and flight tour operators to meet within the next two weeks to discuss concerns about aircraft noise.

Voters select Anchorage Assembly, school board members in runoff
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage voters elected a new Assembly and school board member in a runoff election held Tuesday.

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.

Ft. Richardson Paratroopers head to Australia for exercise
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly 300 paratroopers from Fort Richardson headed for Australia Wednesday for Tandem Thrust, a three-week exercise.

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.

Robert Kennedy Jr. hospitalized for irregular heartbeat
SEATTLE (AP) -- Environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr., apparently worn out after a weekend protesting U.S. Navy bombing in Puerto Rico, was hospitalized overnight for an irregular heartbeat.

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.

Native leaders meet to discuss gasline proposal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- About 30 tribal leaders from Alaska and Canada were meeting in Fairbanks Wednesday to discuss the possible impacts of a natural gas pipeline on Natives on both sides of the border.

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.

Administration mulls stopgap approach critics call 'scarecrow' defense
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is considering a missile defense system that could be rushed into operation as early as 2004, possibly relying on weapons aboard ships or planes as well as on land. Critics call it a stopgap approach, a ''scarecrow'' defense based on a bluff.

Cynthia Mikula remains in jail after asking to go home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cynthia Mikula lost a bid Tuesday to leave Alaska and return home to Michigan, where her lawyer said her parents would provide round-the-clock supervision.

Experts challenge bullet evidence in Mateu trial
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Lawyers called dueling experts to the stand to testify about bullet evidence presented in the trial of a man charged with murdering his father.

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

FAA proposes $211,000 fine against Alaska Air
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday proposed a $211,000 fine against Alaska Airlines for allegedly operating a damaged airplane on 47 flights.

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.

Watchers keep eyes on Tanana River
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Percy Duyck spends most of his time watching geese and sandhill cranes fly over the Nenana Ice Classic watchtower he occupies eight hours a day. He plays a lot of solitaire, too, and listens to the radio.

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.

Jury deliberates on charges against ex-doctor
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After nearly three weeks of testimony, a jury in Superior Court is deliberating on whether former clinic physician Stephen Grandstaff traded prescriptions for sexual favors from four women.

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.

Senate rejects competitive bid process for proposed Kenai Peninsula prison
JUNEAU (AP) -- State senators rejected an amendment Tuesday that would have required a proposed Kenai Peninsula Borough prison to be put out to competitive bid, but removed a provision for escalation of payments for prisoners tied to a cost-of-living index.

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

Bush commits U.S. to missile defense, calls ABM treaty relic
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Tuesday committed the United States to building a defense against ballistic missile attack and indicated he would not allow a Cold War-era arms treaty to stand in the way.

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.

Senate approves $1.3 billion construction bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- With a few parting shots from Democrats, the state Senate approved a $1.3 billion capital budget Tuesday.

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.

Compromise reached on cruise legislation
JUNEAU (AP) -- The cruise ship industry, the governor and key legislators have reached a compromise on a bill to regulate cruise industry pollution. A vote on the bill was expected on the House floor Tuesday night.

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.

Judge rules against punitive damages in Alaska Air crash
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal judge ruled late Tuesday that an international treaty prevents families of the victims of the Alaska Airlines crash off California from recovering punitive damages from the airline.

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.

Senators amend, advance cancer bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would pay for breast and cervical cancer treatment for some women who lack insurance was advanced from a Senate committee Monday with two changes: a provision to end the program after two years, and a requirement for a study to determine if the cancers could be prevented with behavioral changes.

Governor appoints members of tolerance commission
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles named 14 Alaska Native, ethnic, and religious leaders to a new Governor's Commission on Tolerance on Tuesday.

Balloon business pulls out of Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A hot air balloon operator who has run a tour business for the last 10 years is pulling out of Fairbanks saying the city is no longer balloon friendly.

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Around the Peninsula
Fish-Game advisory group to meet Racing meeting planned Siren test scheduled for ThursdayKDLL monthly board meeting set for ThursdayEagles Auxiliary plans Friday dinnerSafety day slated for SaturdayKCHS soccer team to hold salesNominations sought for Young Hunters AwardsDive meet planned for Saturday Host families neededSkyview football players looking for projects

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

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.

Unocal ponders drilling options near Ninilchik
Unocal could drill up to six exploratory natural gas wells near Ninilchik in the coming year, said company spokesperson Roxanne Sinz.

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.

Senate approves $1.3 billion bill
JUNEAU -- With a few parting shots from Democrats, the state Senate approved a $1.3 billion capital budget Tuesday.

Tolerance committee to meet around state
Amid sharpened sensitivity to racial issues plaguing the state and brought to the forefront by a February paintball attack that specifically targeted Alaska Natives, on Tuesday, Gov. Tony Knowles named 14 Alaskans to serve on the Governor's Commission on Tolerance.

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

Prison bill gets facelift
State senators rejected an amendment Tuesday that would have required a proposed Kenai Peninsula Borough prison to be put out to competitive bid, but removed a provision for escalation of payments for prisoners tied to a cost-of-living index.

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.

Crews battle fallen trees, scattered power outages around region
A spring storm blew into the Kenai Peninsula Tuesday. The winds that brought it, combined with the peninsula's ailing trees, made a busy day for linemen and chain saw operators.

Gary "Pepper" Vance
Former Kenai resident Gary "Pepper" Vance died Monday, April 30, 2001, at Wesley Rehabilitation and Care Center in Seward. He was 60.

Ann Vickery King
Kenai resident Ann Vickery King died Sunday, April 29, 2001, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 72.

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.

Spruce bark beetle sparks action
Over the past eight years the Kenai Peninsula has seen quite a change. What were once lush green forests, that many thought would be here forever, have undergone a change unlike any in recorded times.

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

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."

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

Pet of the week: Soldotna
The Soldotna Animal Shel-ter has a female rabbit ready for a good home.

Fair highlights options available to home schoolers
Home schooling used to be a lonely proposition for many families. Not any more.

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KPC offers summer classes for all ages
Youth Arts Week set for June 11-18 Program additions planned Financial aid info available on Web KPC dancers to perform

Teacher salaries increase
The average salary of a teacher in Alaska increased this school year, but continues to slip compared to pay elsewhere.

Tips for helping children succeed
There are many ways parents can help their children succeed in reading and writing, including:

More School news
Aurora Borealis Charter School Cooper Landing School Kalifornsky Beach ElementaryMountain View ElementaryNikiski ElementaryNorth Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears ElementarySoldotna ElementaryTustumena ElementaryKenai Middle SchoolSoldotna Middle School Kenai Central High School Skyview High SchoolSoldotna High School Cook Inlet Academy Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head StartPeninsula Grace Preschool Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Skyview again captures state problem-solving title
The annual Alaska Future Problem Solvers academic competition was held in Soldotna April 22-24, and the home teams excelled.

Around the district
District offers summer reading help Bus 'Road-e-o' coming to townSkyview students sing in HawaiiNational Teacher Day honors educators School board meets Monday in SewardKMS announces Students of the MonthSoHi announces Students of the MonthAurora Borealis Charter School

Anti-bullying bill faces opposition
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A bill designed to stop bullying in schools has stalled in the Legislature amid opposition from Christian conservatives who say it is really a gay-rights measure.

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Homer Kenai Soldotna

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Forget-Me-Not Care Center Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

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.

Mavericks play Jazz
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks are growing up fast.

Blues move one game from sweep of Stars
ST. LOUIS -- The Dallas Stars' drive for a third straight Stanley Cup finals appearance is in serious jeopardy.

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.

Homer, Soldotna soccer teams split
The Soldotna High School soccer teams earned a split decision with Homer Tuesday at Soldotna.

Mahle's late goal lets Seward girls tie Nikiski
With time winding down and her team trailing the Bulldogs 1-0 Tuesday at Nikiski, Seward defender Kristi Regis felt it was an appropriate point to yell to sophomore striker Miranda Mahle, "There's three minutes left. Let's do it now!"

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.

Sports breifs
Walsh to step down as 49ers' GM Wednesday Hairston, member of 1971 Lakers, dead at 58Jagr expects to play Game 4 Flames promote Greg Gilbert to head coach

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.

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