Saturday, May 6, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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