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Wednesday, May 3, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Judge extends limits on Cook Inlet lease sale
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage Superior Court judge has increased the number of areas in Cook Inlet that will be off limits to oil leasing in order to protect beluga whales.

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.

Bernice Lake becomes PCB decontamination site
KENAI (AP) -- A site at Bernice Lake in Nikiski is being used for stripping PCB-laden paint from hundreds of parts from the Cooper Lake Hydroelectric Project, according to Chugach Electric Association.

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.

'Base Camp Annie' says this is her last season on McKinley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Annie Duquette barely had a chance to embrace the comfort of the indoor plumbing in her new Talkeetna home before she began her last stint of freezing her butt at 7,000 feet on Mount McKinley.

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.

Forest Service reduces size of proposed Copper River wilderness area
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service has reduced the area in the eastern half of the Copper River Delta it plans to designate as wilderness.

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.

Biologist doesn't mind losing some sleep doing owl study
KENAI (AP) -- Liz Jozwiak has been losing some sleep over her job lately.

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.

Former Nome police chief charged with hunting violations
NOME (AP) -- The former chief of the Nome Police Department has again been charged with hunting violations.

Legislature nears adjournment with deal
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate brought the Legislature to the brink of adjournment Tuesday by endowing power subsidies in the Bush, but a controversial rider attached to the package threw an acrimonious wrinkle into the session's final hours.

Anchorage housing market tightest in 15 years
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage housing market is the tightest it's been in at least 15 years, according to local realtors and builders.

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

Tesoro to keep Alaska refinery open
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tesoro Petroleum Corp. said Wednesday it will continue to operate its Kenai refinery but will consolidate some of its marketing operations in Anchorage and close several retail outlets in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Kenai.

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.

Coalition wants study of federal wilderness, including chunk of Alaska
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A coalition of various groups is petitioning Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to assess the wilderness potential of 160 million acres of roadless Bureau of Land Management land across the country, including a big chunk of Alaska.

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.

Natives march through streets for subsistence rights
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Natives held signs reading ''No More Broken Promises'' and ''Awaken the People'' as they marched through the streets Wednesday to raise a rallying cry for subsistence rights.

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.

President Clinton signs bill giving Elim 50,000 acres
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- President Clinton has signed a bill restoring 50,000 acres to the village of Elim after it was taken from Natives more than 70 years ago.

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.

Wuerch wins Anchorage mayoral election
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- George Wuerch, an Anchorage assemblyman, will be the city's next mayor following his triumph over ex-assemblyman Mark Begich in Tuesday's runoff election.

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.

Anchorage doctor pleads not guilty to drug counts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage doctor has pleaded not guilty to more than 200 counts of forgery, drug dealing, theft and Medicaid fraud.

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.

Southeast Alaska chinook quotas could be lowest in history
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- This year's chinook troll fishery quota in Southeast Alaska could be the lowest in the state's history, according to a commercial fisheries official.

Kenai Peninsula may get rural designation
KENAI (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board is meeting this week to discuss the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's request that the entire Kenai Peninsula be designated as rural for subsistence purposes.

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.

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 Chamber hosts teen leadersBasic computer skill workshop offeredFund-raising luncheon planned in SewardRegistration under way for Boys and Girls ClubWings hosts fund-raising dinner, auctionTrail commission meets ThursdayKCHS soccer team to hold garage sale

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.

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

Clam Gulch beach road closed to highway traffic
Planning to dig for famous Clam Gulch razor clams during the upcoming minus tides?

Utility sets up decontamination site in Nikiski
Chugach Electric Association says its contractor is using a Nikiski site to strip PCB-laden paint from hundreds of parts from the Cooper Lake Hydroelectric Project.

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: Eagle-eye
This immature bald eagle keeps an eye on passers-by from a driftwood log at the edge of the Kenai River just downstream of the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge Tuesday afternoon.

Peninsula 'littering' problems have surgical solution
Animal advocates already have a magic bullet for solving nearly all problems associated with pets: neuter and spay surgery.

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

Officials working to remove obsolete, unenforceable laws from books
Kenai's city manager is on a mission. He wants to streamline the city code so the city does not get stuck with enforcing state laws in the wake of legislative budget cutting.

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.

Spay, neuter myths abound
Myth: Spaying and neutering cost too much.

Verna Janette Lott
Verna Janette Lott died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D.

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

Suns burn Spurs in Kidd's return
PHOENIX -- Only six weeks after he broke his left ankle, Jason Kidd came back, newly blond and just as dynamic as ever, while Tim Duncan sat and watched.

Flyers' Delmore nets overtime game winner
PITTSBURGH -- The Philadelphia Flyers' desperation overcame Jaromir Jagr's domination.

Region III Track and Field Bests
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Goal, game handed to Soldotna
After 79 1/2 minutes couldn't separate the Seward and Soldotna boys soccer teams Tuesday in Seward, one controversial call did.

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.

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.

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