Thursday, May 4, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Legislature adjourns -- at least for a night
JUNEAU (AP) -- With a session-ending deal cut in advance and a special session already called on state employee contracts, the Legislature adjourned Wednesday with more emphasis on sentimental farewells than crucial policy issues.

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.

Governor calls special session on employee contracts
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers have just enough time to recover from end-of-the-session parties to deal with the last unresolved issue of 2000: proposed contracts with unions representing more than 15,000 state workers.

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.

Deal on power subsidy, budget votes greases rails to adjournment
JUNEAU (AP) -- As the Legislature neared adjournment, majority Republicans agreed to endow a fund to subsidize rural electric rates well into the future

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.

New director appointed to University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Juneau educator has been appointed as the new director of the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus.

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.

Kenai city manager wants to streamline city code in light of state cuts
KENAI (AP) -- In the wake of legislative budget cuts, Kenai's city manager wants to streamline the city code to free up the city from enforcing state laws.

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.

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.

Kodiak herring harvest well under way
(Kodiak-AP) -- Kodiak's herring fleet has harvested well more than half of its quota in the first couple weeks of the fishery.

Water safety worries in Whittier
WHITTIER (AP) -- The imminent opening of the Whittier highway tunnel has boating safety officials worried that novice boaters will get in over their heads in Prince William Sound.

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.

Two ice classic cans from Ketchikan still missing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Organizers of the Nenana Ice Classic are trying to figure out what to do about two ticket collection cans that still have not arrived from Ketchikan.

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.

Hundreds gather for Day of Prayer on Capitol steps
JUNEAU (AP) -- More than 400 people gathered around the Capitol steps Thursday to take part in National Day of Prayer ceremonies.

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.

Rep. Young's conservation bill goes to House floor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Rep. Don Young's Conservation and Reinvestment Act is scheduled for consideration on the House floor next week.

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.

Anchorage schools face deep cuts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- School superintendent Bob Christal has proposed dropping three high school sports, scrapping most achievement tests and eliminating about 70 teacher positions as part of $12 million in cuts to next year's spending plan.

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.

CIRI to expand Talkeetna, Seward hotels
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet Region Inc. is expanding two of its hotels.

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.

Convicted Fairbanks sex offender arrested for attempted kidnapping
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A convicted Fairbanks sex offender is accused of attempted kidnapping.

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

Man shot at Anchorage trailer park, three men sought
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One man was dead and three suspects were being sought after an early morning shooting Thursday at an Anchorage trailer park.

'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.

Bill would allow states to adopt tough tanker standards
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington and other coastal states could exceed federal regulations and enforce tougher standards on oil tankers under legislation introduced Thursday.

Airline CEO thanks emergency workers
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) -- The chairman of Alaska Airlines thanked emergency workers Thursday for their efforts in the Flight 261 crash, which killed 88 people, and defended the company's reputation.

Business Briefs
Heavy equipment operators graduateSpenard Builders donates to Habitat houseSpring cleanup wraps upSoldotna chamber announces luncheon speakersMall hosts art festivalTesoro earnings riseCross Timbers reports record earnings

KPC program offers many rewards
The classroom is not the only place learning is possible.

Phillips, BP announce new 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.

Take 2 aspirin and e-mail in the morning
NEW YORK -- Imagine having 24-hour access to your doctor to request a prescription refill, make an appointment or ask about the pain in your neck.

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
Siren test set for noon todayKenai historians to meet SaturdayYoung Marines to hold fund-raiserFlea market organized to help cancer victimCrisis intervention training offeredSpring Art Festival to be held Saturday

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.

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.

Outdoors: The Art of the Rod
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Frank Huffman is an ace with adhesives, a genius with graphite, an artist with thread as his medium.

Stand-up comics finding success by dropping dirty jokes
LOS ANGELES -- Quick! What's the difference between clean comedy and dirty comedy?

Alaska 2000 Art show arrives at Kenai visitors center
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will play host to an art extravaganza boasting of more than 75 original paintings of Alaska wildlife.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainment Upcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

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.

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.

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.

Moose Pass, Seward residents voice opinions
Eastern Kenai Peninsula residents packed Seward City Hall on Tuesday to voice opposition to Borough Mayor Dale Bagley's appeal of the state's new Kenai Area Plan.

State reconsiders $24 million Tesoro debt; 21 jobs expected to be lost
Tesoro will continue to operate in Alaska.

Pet advocates say even if it isn't broke, fix it
A quick look around peninsula animal shelters bears proof that the number of offspring an unaltered domesticated dog or cat can produce is overwhelming.

Why spay and neuter?
Each day, 10,000 humans are born in the United States. Eac

Apparent prank prompts evacuation of 3 buildings
A bomb scare called in just before 4 p.m. Wednesday caused two fast food restaurants and an office building along the Kenai Spur Highway to be evacuated.

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

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.

KPC honors grads
Kenai Peninsula College marked two special dates at its commencement exercises Tuesday. The occasion was the school's 30th graduation and the first of the new, 21st-century era.

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.

Bertha Juanita Starr
Bertha Juanita Starr died Monday, May 1, 2000, at the Wesley Rehab and Care Center in Seward, where she had lived for the past five years. She was 73.

Outdoors: Where Diving is Really Cool
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Talk about bone-chilling adventure.

Outdoors: Smart Hiking
SALEM, Va. (AP) -- Hiking is more than just a walk in the park.

Outdoors: Go Fly a Kite
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Attentive drivers riding along Duke Street on a recent Sunday morning may have noticed pirate ships or a dolphin floating by.

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.

Outdoors: Briefs
Wyoming Fishing Biking in Wisconsin Big City Bird Summer Camp Advice

Outdoors: Dig This Fashion
CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP ) -- Elizabeth Seidel, staff archaeologist at Washington College, has a discerning eye for her expedition wardrobe.

Outdoors: All Outdoors, All the Time
VASHON, Wash. (AP) -- Drew Krah spends his free time, his lunch time and often his work time skating.

Knights joust Kards kickers
The Kenai Central High School girls soccer team had upset on its mind Wednesday afternoon, taking a 1-0 lead into the half against the visiting Colony Knights.

Colorado's overtime victory at Joe Louis Arena puts Red Wings one loss from elimination
DETROIT -- A year ago, Colorado eliminated the Detroit Red Wings from the NHL playoffs in six games. It might not take the Avalanche that long this time.

SuperSonics blast Jazz
SEATTLE -- It didn't seem likely the Seattle SuperSonics would get another chance to play in Salt Lake City.

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

Dodgers snap Atlanta's 15-game winning streak
LOS ANGELES -- Atlanta's franchise-record 15-game winning streak ended Wednesday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Braves 6-4 and handed Greg Maddux his first loss of the year.

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.

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.

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