Friday, May 5, 2000

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.

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.

Anchorage man dies in shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man is dead after being shot at an Eastside trailer park.

Man dies in logging accident on Prince of Wales Island
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 49-year-old Juneau man was killed this week in a logging accident on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

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.

BP Amoco agrees to improve Slope spill response
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Amoco has promised to upgrade its oil spill readiness at four coastal and offshore fields on the North Slope, state environmental officials said Friday.

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.

Coast Guard fines boat owners for safety violations
UNALASKA (AP) -- The owners of a Seattle-based fishing vessel have been fined $9,100 for creating a dangerous situation at Dutch Harbor earlier this year, the Coast Guard said Friday.

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.

Gillnet sac roe fishery canceled for 2001 season
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The gillnet sac roe fishery in the Kah Shakes/Cat Island area has been canceled for the 2001 season, according to the Department of Fish and Game.

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

Murder charges reinstated against Kasigluk woman
BETHEL (AP) -- The Alaska Court of Appeals has revived murder charges against a Kasigluk woman accused of delivering a baby into a honeybucket and then throwing the baby away in the village's sewage lagoon.

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.

Coast Guard helps fishermen on sinking boat
KODIAK (AP) -- Two fishermen stranded aboard a sinking boat Friday radioed the Coast Guard for help.

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.

Drunk driver gets minimum sentence for manslaughter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A convicted drunk driver will spend no more than six years in prison after pleading no contest to manslaughter in the death of a motorcyclist last year.

Contaminated materials found at new Anchorage jail site
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Construction crews working at the site of the new $44 million jail near the city's downtown uncovered about 80 barrels of waste -- what appears to be paint, paint thinner, tar and asphalt.

State weighs effects of rejecting contracts
JUNEAU (AP) -- If legislators take the unexpected course and reject proposed state employee contracts, and union members walk off the job, the scramble will be on to decide which workers are essential and can be summoned back to work.

Two ice classic cans from Ketchikan contain no correct guesses
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two ticket collection cans for the Nenana Ice Classic were delayed in their delivery to the Interior town until after the ice went out. But classic managers were relieved to find that none of the guesses in the cans, received Tuesday, matched the winning time.

House approves paying increases with leftover money
JUNEAU (AP) -- Leftover money from previous years would help pay newly negotiated wage and benefit increases for state employees under a plan approved by the House late Friday night after tense negotiations with Knowles administration officials.

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.

Birch Creek flooded at Steese Highway Bridge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Birch Creek at the Steese Highway Bridge overran its banks forcing the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning, forecasters said Friday.

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

Crab Festival, CORRECTIVE
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Associated Press erroneously reported on Monday that Koniag Inc. was formerly headquartered in Seattle. The Native regional corporation's main office moved in the mid-1980s to Anchorage from its original site in Kodiak.

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.

Southeast fishermen say chinook limits will hit them hard
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Commercial and sportfishing interests say new king salmon harvest rates could threaten their economic lives.

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.

Two ice classic cans from Ketchikan contain no correct guesses
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two ticket collection cans for the Nenana Ice Classic were delayed in their delivery to the Interior town until after the ice went out. But classic managers were relieved to find that none of the guesses in the cans, received Tuesday, matched the winning time.

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.

Environmental group says Tongass culverts inadequate
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Southeast Alaska environmental group has criticized culvert crossings of streams in the Tongass National Forest, saying they are inadequate to ensure passage of juvenile salmon and trout.

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.

Convicted Fairbanks sex offender arrested for attempted kidnapping
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A convicted Fairbanks sex offender is charged with attempted kidnapping after an incident Saturday involving a young girl.

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

Kodiak herring fishery past halfway point
KODIAK (AP) -- Herring fishermen have harvested 1,100 tons of the 1,735-ton quota for the season that opened April 15.

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.

Alaskan wins $120,000 NMFS fish fellowship
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been chosen to receive a fisheries fellowship from the National Marine Fisheries Service worth nearly $114,000.

Exxon loses lawsuit in federal tax court
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C., has rejected a lawsuit from Exxon where the oil company claimed it could deduct from its income taxes depreciation costs related to the future cleanup of Prudhoe Bay.

Lawmakers grill administration officials on contracts
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers grilled Knowles administration officials about cost increases in new state employee contracts Thursday as the Legislature began a special session less than 24 hours after adjourning.

ACS looks at acquiring Matanuska Telephone Association
PALMER (AP) -- The Matanuska Telephone Association has been talking in secret for more than a year with a potential buyer -- Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. -- which has suggested an offer in writing of more than $180 million.

Elderly, disabled to benefit from transportation grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Communities and agencies across Alaska are getting grants of up to $59,700 to provide transportation for the elderly and disabled.

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.

State projects 8,500 new jobs in next two years
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 8,500 new jobs will be created in Alaska over the next two years, more than three-quarters of them in Anchorage and Fairbanks, according to a forecast by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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.

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.

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

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Kenai historians to meet SaturdayBear baiting clinic scheduled for sports showSPCA hold low-cost spay and neuter clinicCrisis intervention training availableSpring cleanup bags availableSpring Art Festival scheduledDefensive driving course offered

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Subsistence board rules in favor of Kenaitze request
"If the Kenai can go rural, anywhere can go rural," said Elaina Spraker, referring to the Federal Subsistence Board's decision to designate the entire Kenai Peninsula a rural area.

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.

Spay-neuter grant working in Juneau
While the issue of animal control continues to dog Kenai Peninsula residents, Juneau taxpayers are reaping the benefits of a 4-year-old, subsidized spay and neuter program.

Dog problems hit pocketbook
Next time you see a stray dog on the road, visualize a hand in your wallet.

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

Dog laws on book lack teeth
Proposals for dog licensing, mandatory rabies vaccinations and restrictions on free-roaming animals have languished before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Photo feature: One nation, under God ...
Participants in a noontime observation of the National Day of Prayer recite the "The Pledge of Allegiance" in front of the old court house building in Kenai Thursday.

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.

Frank Raymond Pollreisz
Longtime Soldotna resident Frank Raymond "Ray" Pollreisz died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at his home of natural causes. He was 46.

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.

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

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

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: 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.

Church Briefs
Central peninsula Baha'is attend conventionMinister of music from Hawaii to be special guestChristian church plans meeting for women

Billy Graham's daughter: Anne Graham Lotz holds revival
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Thousands watched as Anne Graham Lotz walked confidently in a flowing dress to the center of the arena and opened her Bible.

Golfing begins
There's some sure signs of spring beginning to appear on the Kenai Peninsula -- the snow is nearly gone, the shorebirds are returning to Kachemak Bay and golfers are returning to the links.

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.

Flyers take third-longest NHL playoff game
PITTSBURGH -- Keith Primeau, the man who could never seem to score in the playoffs, ended the third longest game in NHL history early Friday morning by scoring at 12:01 of the fifth overtime to give the exhausted Philadelphia Flyers a memorable 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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

Colony soccer teams finish dominant tour of central Kenai Peninsula
After completing a road trip to the Kenai Peninsula with unbeaten records still in tact, both the Colony High School boys and girls soccer teams have established themselves as the squads to beat in Region III.

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.

State diving meet comes to Skyview
About 20 divers will gather at Skyview High School Saturday for the Alaska Springboard Diving Association Summer Champion-ships.

Pacers cash in Bucks
INDIANAPOLIS -- Reggie Miller cast an annoyed look out of the corner of his eye when somebody dared to ask if he had won this game for his coach.

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.

Feds keeping close eye on Cook Inlet belugas
Cook Inlet beluga whales are back, and so is concern over the state of their population.

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