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Friday, May 4, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Fish and Wildlife trooper calling it quits after 26 years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After 26 years at five different posts, Lt. Dave Lorring is a walking testimonial for the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Protection Agency.

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.

Senate approves dropping Social Security numbers from licenses
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate has approved bills dropping a requirement for Alaskans' Social Security numbers on hunting, fishing and driver's licenses.

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.

Trumpeter swan numbers are on the rise in the Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A trumpeter swam spread its wings in the pond at Creamer's Field Mig

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

Ketchikan nurses say yes to union
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Nurses at Ketchikan General Hospital have decided to unionize. The vote Wednesday night was 37-20.

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.

Cruise ships to visit Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- Cruise ships will make half a dozen stops in Kodiak this summer after a two-year absence.

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.

Senators restore North Slope Borough funding to education bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Senate plan to increase money for public schools no longer contains a provision to wipe out state support for education in the property-rich North Slope Borough.

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.

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

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.

Sealaska lays off workers
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sealaska Corp. laid off 12 people this week in an effort to reduce staff.

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.

Unocal ponders drilling options near Ninilchik
KENAI (AP) -- Unocal could drill up to six exploratory natural gas wells near Ninilchik in the coming year, according to company officials.

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

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

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.

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.

Baby on board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The snapshot of Jennifer Aist is so Alaskan. Goofy hat. Comfortable clothes. Big grin. Her back is weighted with a tent, sleeping bag and other overnight gear. A crystal-clear stream, with a grassy, green bank and moss-draped stones, flows behind her.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

LIO Schedule
Today 9 a.m. - Redistricting Board

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.

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
North Peninsula council to meet Monday Nikiski graduation tickets available MondayAdvisory planning commissions to meetCARTS partners plan meetingSoHi seeking ceiling artistsHealthy Communities panel to meetSoldotna museum cleanup set for May 12SPCA van to visit NikiskiAARP to meet

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

Sun, snow warm Skyline Trail hikers
Spring sun glaring off the snowy slopes made Skyline Trail like a walk through a solar cooker Saturday.

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

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.

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

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

Points standings
Point standing for Nascar drivers.

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.

pontiac excitement 400
When: 8 p.m. Saturday

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.

Murder suspect arrested
An Anch-orage teen was ordered held on $250,000 cash bail after he allegedly confessed to shooting a Soldotna man dead along the Seward High-way near Hope.

Youth detention center funds in state budget
A long-awaited juvenile detention center for the Kenai Peninsula got a $4.6 million shot in the arm recently.

Photo feature: High noon prayer
Participants in a National Day of Prayer ceremony gather around the flag pole at the State Office Building in Kenai Thursday at noon to pray, sign and listen to speakers.

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.

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.

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.

KRSMA board mulls wake study
While 35-horsepower motors are the maximum allowed on much of the Kenai River, a draft study finds that -- at full throttle -- some popular boats produce smaller wakes with 40- or 50-horsepower motors than with 35s.

Emil Dolchok
Kenai resident Emil Dolchok died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, on the bank of the Kenai River from a heart attack. He was 77.

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.

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

Warren H. Sherwood
Homer resident and lifelong Alaskan Warren H. Sherwood died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at South Peninsula Hospital from complications of emphysema. He was 76.

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
Circumstances surrounding private prison plan should raise concernsCurrent prison process headed toward voter initiative, court actionInlet spill prevention measures inadequate, putting area at riskNewest tax-and-spend monster known as moderate Republican

Emil Dolchok's love for his home leaves enduring impression
The Kenai Peninsula has lost an important bridge to its past and voice for its future with the death of Kenaitze elder Emil Dolchok earlier this week.

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.

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.

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

Applause
Dance show comparable to big-city performancesAnnie Get Your Gun provides awesome community entertainmentEra is patron to potters exhibitionYears of service make a differenceNewspapers put to good use

Outdoor Briefs
Shellfish permit required for clam diggingPhotographer to present slide showYoung Hunters Award nominees sought Grants available for trails

Fish and Wildlife trooper calling it quits after 26 years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After 26 years at five different posts, Lt. Dave Lorring is a walking testimonial for the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Protection Agency.

Baby on board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The snapshot of Jennifer Aist is so Alaskan. Goofy hat. Comfortable clothes. Big grin. Her back is weighted with a tent, sleeping bag and other overnight gear.

Refuge game warden shares stories from the trenches
I have worked on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for the past 12 years as a law enforcement officer. My actual title is refuge officer, but I am often referred to as a "game warden." As you can guess, I have all sorts of tales from my adventures and have heard all kinds of excuses and reasons from people about why they have broken the rules.

Vatican leader on Jewish relations sees progress since 1990's 'low ebb'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The retiring leader of Vatican relations with Jews says conditions have improved greatly from the ''low ebb'' in 1990 when he took over.

Religious leaders call for asylum reform
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of immigrants fleeing persecution and torture in their homelands often are treated like prisoners when they reach the United States seeking asylum, a group of religious leaders said.

Religion Briefs
Auction, fund-raiser plannedBike blessing slatedChoir members wanted for musicalChoir to hold musicalFamily Parish Mission set for MayPower of women topic of speech

Mormon church agrees to remove names of 200 Jews baptized after death
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Mormon church, prodded to honor its 1995 agreement to halt proxy baptisms of deceased Jews, has agreed to remove the names of more than 200 Jewish people from church records.

Ahead of pope's visit, believers point to sites associated with St. Paul
KAWKAB, Syria (AP) -- Father Matta Rizk stood outside his hilltop chapel Tuesday, pointing to the yellowing green hills dotted with olive trees before him to the south. To the north, Damascus was barely visible through the late morning haze.

A book on Islam for American Jews provokes an interfaith furor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Relations between Jews and Muslims in the United States, already tense amid the latest Mideast eruptions, have been strained further by the release of a book whose stated purpose, paradoxically, is ''to enhance mutual understanding and reduce mutual ignorance and suspicion.''

Sticks and stones: Tools can help build, not hurt
"Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."

Poll: Americans have contradictory desires in choosing Bibles
NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans have seemingly contradictory desires in choosing Bible translations, judging from a new Gallup Poll for the American Bible Society.

St. Paul church defies ELCA and ordains lesbian pastor
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- More than 1,000 people crowded into a Lutheran church to witness the ordination of a lesbian pastor in defiance of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Embattled nun to receive award for work with gays
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Roman Catholic nun who was ordered to end her 22-year ministry to homosexuals, then defied the Vatican's attempts to silence her, is being lauded at the nation's largest symposium on gays and lesbians.

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.

Young Mavericks get series win over Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY -- Calvin Booth spent the whole fourth quarter worrying he would be pulled off the floor. He was still there at the end to make the biggest play in 13 years for the Dallas Mavericks.

Condon's two goals push Homer past Wasilla
The Homer High School girls soccer team edged Wasilla Thursday in a Region III match, posting a 3-2 win on the strength of two goals by Fianna Condon.

Panthers wallop Houston
Both the Skyview boys and girls soccer teams continued gathering momentum Thursday afternoon by picking up victories over Region III foe Houston.

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

Leafs rebound to tie series with Devils
TORONTO -- The New Jersey Devils were shocked and upset, worried less about their playoff loss and more about the health of teammate Scott Niedermayer, who was knocked cold by the elbow of Toronto's Tie Domi.

Athletics need 15 innings to overcome Blue Jays
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Frank Menechino singled in the winning run in the 15th inning as the Oakland Athletics overcame a pair of Carlos Delgado homers to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 Thursday.

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.

Practice makes perfect for Kards
The Kenai Central High School girls soccer team did it just like coach Dan Verkuilen drew it up in practice Thursday afternoon.

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.

Sharp-tailed grouse count part of conservation effort
MOQUAH, Wis. (AP) -- As the sky slowly lightened with the rising sun Sunday morning, spring peepers called from the marsh and birds chirped, twittered, whistled, cackled and hooted.

Trumpeter swan numbers are on the rise in the Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A trumpeter swam spread its wings in the pond at Creamer's Field Mig

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