Sunday, May 6, 2001

Teacher convicted of sex abuse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Anchorage school teacher has been convicted of three counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Legislature approves campaign limits on Alaska Conservation Voters
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate approved a bill Friday that would place new campaign finance limits on groups such as the Alaska Conservation Voters.

Title change gives Senate room to maneuver on cruise bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A resolution the Senate approved Friday gives senators broad leeway to alter a cruise ship bill passed by the House this week -- and it could set the stage for a battle over a head tax on cruise ship passengers.

Deadly parasite killing Yukon River king salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A common parasite is killing king salmon in the upper Yukon River.

4.6-magnitude earthquake in Chignik
PALMER, Alaska (AP)-- A 4.6-magnitude earthquake was reported Friday night about 75 miles east of Chignik on the Alaska Peninsula.

Biologist attach transmitters to learn more about sandhill cranes
PALMER (AP) -- You could hear the sandhill cranes coming.

Draft study looks at horsepower motors on Kenai River
KENAI (AP) -- A study has found that at full throttle, some popular boats produce smaller wakes with 40- or 50-horsepower motors than boats with 35-horsepower motors, the maximum allowed on the Kenai River.

Girdwood chapel celebrates 50th anniversary
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Girdwood Chapel started as a children's Bible story hour way back when -- before the Bible was translated into the Revised Standard Version.

Second big payout for CIRI shareholders
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Shareholders of Cook Inlet Region Inc. are getting the second installment of a windfall from the corporation's investment in wireless technology.

Senate approves breast, cervical cancer bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- After sometimes acrimonious testimony, the state Senate approved legislation Saturday night that will allow more Alaskans into a federal program that pays for breast and cervical cancer treatment for women who lack insurance.

Committee reaches compromise on hate crime resolution
JUNEAU (AP) -- In a compromise over a hate crimes resolution, a House-Senate conference committee agreed Friday to condemn ''wrongful discrimination.''

Senator says he won't move bond bill for extra transportation projects
JUNEAU (AP) -- The chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee on Saturday declared the death for this year of a $381 million bond package for extra transportation projects.

Bill would let Murkowski picked successor if elected governor
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House approved a bill Friday that could have the effect of letting U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski choose his own successor if Murkowski is elected Alaska governor.

Legislature passes compromise hate crimes resolution
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Legislature is now on record as condemning a January paintball attack against Alaska Natives in Anchorage.

Modular units moved to Kodiak for launch complex housing
KODIAK (AP) -- Four recycled modular housing units have been delivered to a site near the Kodiak launch complex.

Wisdom Keepers share culture and stories at UAF
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- More than a dozen Alaska Native honorary degree recipients gathered from around the state at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to share their wisdom, culture and education.

Judge set to release sisters in air rage to Michigan parents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Michigan twins Cynthia and Crystal Mikula could be going home soon, after more than two weeks in jail on charges of interfering with a flight crew on a trans-Pacific flight. But their flight continues to be bumpy.

UAF awards $10,000 prizes to three professors
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three University of Alaska Fairbanks professors are each $10,000 richer as the recipients of the top cash prize given to faculty each year.

Senate approves spending limit constitutional amendment
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate voted Friday to place a constitutional amendment for a new spending limit before voters, even while acknowledging the measure needs refinement.

Pay equity study passes Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed a bill Saturday calling for a study of why women who work for the state make less than men. The measure has already passed the Senate.

House approves boost in unemployment benefits
JUNEAU (AP) -- Unemployment benefits would go up under a bill that passed the House unanimously Friday.

Cancer biggest killer in Yukon-Kuskokwim area
BETHEL (AP) -- Cancer beat injuries as the leading cause of death in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in 1997, according to a recent regional tobacco control conference.

Watchdog group files ethics complaint against Eldon Mulder
JUNEAU (AP) -- A public interest watchdog group has accused Rep. Eldon Mulder of misusing his position for his personal benefit.

Commission supports hearings on violence against Alaska Natives
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is unanimously behind a series of public hearings that would investigate racially motivated violence against Alaska Natives.

Judge puts an end to 20-year-old Cleary prison case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage judge issued an order Friday halting direct court oversight of the state's prisons, putting an end to a 20-year-old case.

Fairbanks man arrested in connection with meth-lab bust
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A day after busting a methamphetamine lab, authorities arrested a Fairbanks man on drug charges.

Federal court dismisses lawsuit over CIRI elders' benefit program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet Region Inc. plans to start paying extra dividends again to some elders in response to a federal court dismissal of a lawsuit targeting the program.

Mulchatna caribou pass through Dillingham
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Motorists driving Dillingham roads have a new reason to keep their eyes peeled -- caribou.

Senate approves school funding bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Minus a provision to cut state support for schools in the North Slope Borough, the state Senate on Friday approved its version of an education spending bill.

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.

NOW PLAYING: The Mummy Returns
It's always exciting to go to the first big movie of the summer. It used to be that the blockbuster movie season didn't start 'til Memorial Day, but the studios have been pushing it back and pushing it back, and now summer starts smack in the middle of the spring.

Kasilof women gather to make memories for graduating seniors
When it comes to "the tie that binds," the family and friends of graduating high school seniors who attend Kasilof Community Church have discovered a bond flexible enough to stretch around the world and strong enough to withstand time.

Assembly districts face line changes
Even as the state of Alaska wrestles with reapportioning its House and Senate districts, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is about to embark on a similar process.

Gunshot, intimidation reported at Peak
Each side accused the other of intimidation Friday as out-of-town union organizers campaigned along the highway by Peak Oilfield Services in Nikiski.

Plane crash injures 1
A Fairbanks man and his son were out of harms way soon after their plane crashed in Soldotna Saturday afternoon.

Subsistence rally skips planned civil disobedience
A chilly wind hit Salamatof beach on Saturday, but it was winds of change the crowd of some 100 people were looking for.

Indictment handed down for murder suspect
A Kenai grand jury on Friday indicted 18-year-old Robert O. Holt Jr. with felony charges of first-degree murder and first-degree vehicle theft.

Harold James John Sipary
Soldotna resident Harold James John Sipary died near Hope on Wednesday, May 2, 2001. He was 44.

Eimi Zolman and Aaron Brown
Zolman sisters celebrate weddings

My Best Friend
Multi-champion Robbie, a golden retriever, belongs to Marcia Kardatzke and Joel Overway of Soldotna. Robbie is 9 1/2 and, according to his owners, his expertise besides winning ribbons in the show ring is stealing blueberry muffins off the counter.

Ann and Bob Haddox
Ann and Bob Haddox recently marked their 25th anniversary. They were married April 23, 1976.

Kardinals sweep Mariners
Every minute counts -- the Kenai Central High School girls soccer team can vouch for that one.

Maple Leafs still runnin' with the Devils
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- An apologetic Tie Domi said he made a bad mistake in elbowing Scott Niedermayer of the New Jersey Devils, but he contends the hit did not merit banishment from the playoffs.

Stars take Homer Invite
The Soldotna girls and Anchorage Christian Schools boys picked up victories Saturday at the Homer Invitational.

Soldotna girls drop pair of games to Region III Valley opponents
Soccer has been dubbed the thinking man's game, but Soldotna High School striker Johnny Mills found a slightly different -- but ultimately just as successful -- use for his noggin Friday afternoon.

Domi apologizes for Niedermayer hit
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- An apologetic Tie Domi said he made a bad mistake in elbowing Scott Niedermayer of the New Jersey Devils, but he contends the hit did not merit banishment from the playoffs.

Bulldogs boys, girls get to play games amidst white flakes
Weather continued to make the lives of Nikiski soccer players interesting Friday and Saturday.

Sports Briefs
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Homer girls top Hawks
Fianna Condon netted two goals to lead the Homer High School girls soccer team to a 3-0 win over Houston Friday in a Region III match in Homer.

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