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Thursday, May 3, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Early indicators point to slow tourism season
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A slowing U.S. economy is expected to bring fewer tourists to Alaska this summer.

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.

Anchorage teen charged with murder in death of Soldotna man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 44-year-old Soldotna man on his way home from working a shift on the North Slope was shot in the head Tuesday night and his body dumped along a Seward Highway pullout, authorities said.

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.

Tripod topples but clock is still ticking in Nenana Ice Classic
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The black-and-white wooden tripod used to signal the arrival of breakup in the Interior has fallen onto the frozen surface of the Tanana River.

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.

Barrow construction company up for big bid
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- UIC Construction of Anchorage and Barrow, in a joint venture with Washington, D.C.-based Tompkins Builders, is one of two finalists for the $150 million project to build a National Museum of the American Indian, the company said.

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.

Troopers bust Wasilla marijuana growing operations
WASILLA (AP) -- Raids on two Wasilla homes on Tuesday and Wednesday netted more than 80 marijuana plants, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Coast Guard swimmer honored for rescue
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Coast Guard rescue swimmer received a heroism award in San Francisco Thursday for pulling a survivor from the wreckage of a plane that crashed last August on a steep mountainside on the Alaska Peninsula.

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.

UAA reaches agreement with hockey coach
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska Anchorage has reached a three-year contract agreement with new head hockey coach John Hill.

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 approves Kenai prison bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Stressing the need to rehabilitate Alaska prisoners in Alaska, state senators Wednesday gave their approval for a lease with a private prison on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Kelly bill targets abortion, benefits for unmarried couples
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill intended to prevent the state from having to pay for abortions or pay benefits for unmarried partners zipped through its only committee of referral in the Senate on Wednesday.

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.

Dime-a-drink alcohol tax hike moving slowly
JUNEAU (AP) -- With six days left in the legislative session, a proposal to raise alcohol taxes by a dime a drink appears to be in trouble.

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.

Searchers find missing ptarmigan hunter's body
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers on Wednesday found the body of man from the Yukon River village of Oscarville who disappeared after a weekend hunting trip.

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.

Effort afoot to save Ketchikan totem poles
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- For years totem poles have told their stories.

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.

Light quake shakes Interior
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake 35 miles southwest of Tanana rattled the Interior Wednesday morning.

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.

Body found near the Seward Highway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a man who had been shot in the head was found Wednesday near the Seward Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Two Anchorage officers removed from patrol duties
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage police officers have been removed from patrol duties pending the outcome of an investigation.

How do you read the consumer mind?
NEW YORK (AP) -- There is something to be explained about the popular measurements of consumer confidence. A lot, perhaps, but a beginning would be to explain why people won't buy a refrigerator but will buy a stock.

The new economy? It's really old stuff
NEW YORK (AP) -- It may be a bit early to announce a verdict, but today's New Economy of computers, the Internet and telecommunications devices not even imagined a century ago may not measure up.

Watch out for retirement plan cutbacks
DENVER (AP) -- Future retirees may find their retirement plan benefits cut back by their employer and they may not realize it until it is too late, a retirement expert warns.

Check debit is updating and speeding handling of paper checks
NEW YORK (AP) -- With almost no fanfare, a minor revolution took place in the staid world of checking accounts earlier this year.

Manufacturing activity continues to contract, but more slowly
NEW YORK (AP) -- Manufacturing activity declined for the ninth consecutive month in April, an industry group said Tuesday.

Business Briefs
Tesoro signs agreement with UnocalFishing closures for sea lions draw disaster reliefBP plans North Slope production boostACS reports rising revenues and first-quarter lossGCI offers combined e-mail, voice mail and faxPhillips reports strong first-quarter earningsMachines could remove pin bones from salmonTesoro profits boomingSoldotna chamber announces speakersTesoro announces dividend

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
Racing meeting planned for tonight Blood drive set for Friday Sears slates carnival for FridayBoys and Girls Club to offer summer eventsRed Cross plans Saturday classesGroup's garage sale canceledExpo designed to honor small businessesNorth Peninsula council to meet MondayNikiski graduation tickets available MondayAdvisory planning commissions to meetSoHi seeking ceiling artistsHealthy-Communities-Healthy People panel to meetSoldotna museum cleanup set for May 12SPCA van to visit Nikiski

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 information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

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

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road.

Soldotna woodworker turns passion into cash
Soldotna resident Bob Condon enjoys working with wood, and the various works he sells in an area gift shop show his passion for it.

Art Briefs
Painting classes offered Theater camps planned for summer Arts festival plannedTheater conference planned

Senate approves Kenai prison bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Stressing the need to rehabilitate Alaska prisoners in Alaska, state senators Wednesday gave their approval for a lease with a private prison on the Kenai Peninsula.

Schedule
Nascar - Winston 500 racing schedule for 2001

pontiac excitement 400
When: 8 p.m. Saturday

CART drivers put their safety before money
ATLANTA -- Drivers from Championship Auto Racing Teams did more than walk out on the Firestone Firehawk 600 on Sunday. They took responsibility for their safety.

Money leaders
Money leaders in the Nascar Winston Cup curcuit.

TV deal elevates drag racing
COMMERCE, Ga. -- The heartbeat of the National Hot Rod Association now sounds more like a sonic boom of a Top Fuel dragster.

Points standings
Point standing for Nascar drivers.

Ganassi has right people in place to make Marlin a NASCAR circuit contender
As a smiling Chip Ganassi strolled down pit lane, crewmen stopped working on their cars to watch or nod to NASCAR's famous newcomer.

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.

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.

Borough reaction mixed
From the sidelines, Kenai Peninsula residents watched with interest as the Alaska Senate focused on legislation that would authorize the Department of Corrections to enter into an agreement with the Kenai Peninsula Borough for creation of the state's first private prison.

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.

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.

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.

City manager briefs chamber luncheon
Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedeker raised the specter of new city taxes in his annual report before the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at its luncheon Tuesday afternoon.

Photo feature: Fish on
Ricky Gease, Helen Brown and Kathy Tarr watch last week as a boom truck operator lowers Brown's sculpture titled "2001" to the lawn in front of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Emil Dolchok
Lifetime Kenai resident Emil Dolchok died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 77.

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

77-year-old former AFN Elder of the Year was voice for Native rights
Kenaitze elder Emil Dolchok, a man known for his tireless efforts in the fight for Alaska Native and subsistence rights, died early Wednesday at Central Peninsula General Hospital after a heart attack. He was 77.

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.

Applause
Forget-Me-Not Care Center appreciates community supportAlaska students represent state well during Close Up programSterling Elementary's spring fair raises money, provides family fun

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.

Drug war has 2 fronts: treatment, enforcement
There are two ways to combat drug abuse in the United States: The federal government can make a show of talking and acting tough, or it can actually try to accomplish something -- by balancing efforts to crack down on drug suppliers with better treatment for the people who actually buy drugs.

Tito not first space tourist
California tycoon Dennis Tito, who paid the Russians $20 million to take him to the international space station this weekend, is not the first space tourist. And NASA is showing a selective memory in objecting to his superfluous presence.

Letters to the Editor
Proposed alcohol tax increase unfair; it will cost more moneyOne or two bad apples do not corrupt 700,000-member unionHouse Bill 3 flies in face of what voters want from their legislators Alaska citizens need clear answers.

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

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

School Menus
Elementary Secondary

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Boorish fans spoil Knoblauch's return
MINNEAPOLIS -- Fans angry with Chuck Knoblauch nearly cost the Minnesota Twins a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

Philadelphia 86's Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS -- A tearful Allen Iverson was as eager to pass the credit as the basketball.

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!"

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.

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

Buffalo, Pittsburgh all square
PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux had no shots, Jaromir Jagr had no impact. Everything went right for the Buffalo Sabres in Pittsburgh, and now it's the Penguins who are trying to figure out what's gone wrong.

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

Skyview booters best Seward
The Skyview High School girls soccer team defeated a heavy-hearted Seward squad 3-0 Wednesday at Skyview in a Region III match.

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

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