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Sunday, May 7, 2000

Oil-watchdog group renewed by Coast Guard
VALDEZ (AP) -- The oil-spill watchdog group for Prince William Sound has been recertified by the Coast Guard for another year despite protests from the industry that the group is too confrontational.

API bill advances in Senate hospital committee tacks on amendment, releases measure
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Legislation to replace the aging Alaska Psychiatric Institute with a new hospital cleared the Senate Finance Committee on Sunday evening after being bottled there for a week.

Local Boundary Commission defers decision on Adak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Local Boundary Commission has delayed its decision on whether to grant city status to Adak until late this summer.

Alyeska opening for summer skiing
GIRDWOOD (AP) -- Alyeska Ski Resort has some good news for skiers and snowboarders. Summer skiing.

Fire guts popular Fairbanks restaurant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In an event that many Fairbanksans may find tantamount to losing a treasured friend, popular local bar The Marlin Restaurant and Lounge was partially gutted by a fire that broke out early Sunday morning.

Federal grants to help eiders and brown bears
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal grants will go toward helping the Steller's and spectacled eiders near Barrow and brown bears on the Kenai Peninsula.

GAO: Tongass appeals reduced harvestable timber
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A top federal official decided appeals of the Tongass Land Management Plan using a method that reduced the amount of harvestable timber in the largest national forest, according to a report for the General Accounting Office.

Grand jury indicts teen-ager on murder, theft charges
KENAI (AP) -- A grand jury has indicted 18-year-old Robert O. Holt Jr. on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree vehicle theft.

May 4: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on state game board candidates:
Managing Alaska's fish and game takes a special blend of biological training, field expertise and skin thick enough to bear the inevitable abuse.

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.

Troopers investigating two robberies
Alaska State Troopers are investigating two armed robberies that happened over the weekend.

Senate backs narrowly crafted hate crimes bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- State senators approved a bill Sunday that would waive juveniles to adult status for committing certain hate crimes, but refused to add sexual orientation to the list of factors that could trigger the provision.

North Slope Borough counting bowhead whales
BARROW (AP) -- The North Slope Borough has taken on a formidible task -- trying to count the number of bowhead whales migrating through the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

House Finance adds $2 million for Arctic Power
JUNEAU -- Arctic Power, the nonprofit group lobbying to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, would receive $2 million under the House Finance Committee version of the state capital budget.

Report: Traces of toxics found in villagers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Traces of PCBs, DDT and other toxic chemicals have been found in the blood of residents of five Aleutian and Pribilof villages who rely on subsistence foods, state health officials say.

Democrats vow fight over school funding
JUNEAU -- Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis and other Democrats are sporting yellow and black lapel buttons that say, ''4-46 or Fight.''

Three men arrested for Anchorage murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three men have been arrested for murder in last week's fatal shooting in Anchorage's Muldoon neighborhood and a fourth person could be charged.

Cruise ship bill in rough waters
JUNEAU (AP) -- The chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee said Sunday a cruise ship pollution bill won't make it out of his committee this session, which is scheduled to end Tuesday.

May 4: Anchorage Daily News on University of Alaska funding:
On the face of it, additional funding for the University of Alaska now in the works looks like a good compromise.

Senate backs bill interpreting right to privacy
JUNEAU -- A bill aimed at preventing the state from having to pay for abortions or for benefits for unmarried partners won approval in the Senate on Sunday.

May 4: Peninsula Clarion on the passing of Kenaitze elder Emil Dolchok on May 2:
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.

Federal board to look at closing commerical and sport salmon fishery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board this week will take up the difficult issue of whether to close most of Western Alaska's king and chum salmon fisheries to sport and commercial fishing.

Four children stabbed at elementary school
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Four children were stabbed in the neck by a man at an elementary school who was later shot with rubber bullets and subdued by police Monday morning.

Woman reunites with birth mother, sister after 34 years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Everyone tends to get a little excited and a little nervous when parents and relatives arrive for a visit. When her mother and sister stepp

Man dies in airport construction accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died Sunday night in a construction accident at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Legislature pays state employee increase, goes home
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature adjourned its special session on state employee contracts Saturday after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to pay for the wage and benefit increases spelled out the in the agreements.

Man rescued after boat sinks off Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak man was rescued by a fishing boat after his vessel sank off of Cape Chiniak, about 12 miles south of Kodiak, Saturday evening.

Veteran Republican lawmaker retires
JUNEAU (AP) -- Veteran Sen. Tim Kelly announced Saturday that he won't seek re-election this year.

May 4: Anchorage Daily News on blockage of alcohol tax legislation:
A decision Wednesday by the House Republican caucus to block any alcohol tax hike this session is abominable on two counts. First, it was made in a private meeting of elected officials with no public scrutiny or input. Second, it was a needless capitulation to the alcohol industry.

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Around the Peninsula
Mayor hosts brown bag lunchChamber to discuss tourismHistorical society to elect new officersTrails Commission to meetTour operators workshop offered

Whitefish legal subsistence target
The Federal Subsistence Board already has created one subsistence fishery open to all Kenai Peninsula residents.

Spurr of the moment
There is something about uninhabited areas -- especially mountains -- that attracts me. Perhaps that is why I agreed to fly into the base of Mount Spurr and attempt to climb it over spring break in March.

Peninsula legislators look back on accomplishments, failures
The 21st Alaska State Legislature may have adjourned last week, but their work continued into the weekend.

Alcohol safety program helps people get help
When peninsula residents get stopped for driving under the influence, they can be assured of two things.

Delegation divided over fund proposal
A hot button issue grabbed local attention in the last weeks of the legislative session not for what was done, but for what was not done.

Photo feature: Fish on
With a little help from dad, Austin Hibbert pulls his catch from the fishing pond Saturday afternoon during the Sports Rec & Trade Show

Margaret Ann (Maggie) Garcia
Wasilla resident Margaret Ann (Maggie) Garcia died Sunday, April 9, 2000, of cancer at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. She was 78.

Federal board awaiting word on hunting, fishing priorities
Hunters, anglers and commercial fishers alike fret over Thursday's decision granting the federal rural subsistence priority to all of the Kenai Peninsula's roughly 50,000 citizens.

Hauschild,Martin announce engagement
Heide Hauschild and Travis Martin have announced their plans to marry July 29 in Wahpeton, N.D.

Favorite finally triumphs at Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Fusaichi Pegasus kicked up his heels before the Kentucky Derby in what looked like a victory dance.

SoHi boys, Kenai girls earn glory at quad meet
The Soldotna boys and the Kenai girls took a quad meet held at Kenai Central High School Friday.

Gomez assists push New Jersey to victory
TORONTO -- The New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs, meeting in the playoffs for the first time, quickly have developed an intense dislike for one another.

Scoring: Kard tries it, likes it
When it comes to getting scoring from his midfielders, Kenai girls soccer coach Dan Verkuilen must feel a little bit like a parent encouraging children to clear their plates of Brussels sprouts and lima beans.

Rising Stars dump Houston booters
Good things are starting to happen for the Soldotna High School soccer teams.

Wasilla kickers earn sweep of Bulldogs
It may not have been a pretty goal, but it was enough to ruin the afternoon for the Nikiski girls.

Area divers collect springboard crown
Several local divers posted personal bests as the Kenai Peninsula Dive Club squeeked by the Chugiak Divers to take the title at the Alaska Springboard Diving Association's Summer Championship.

Skyview, Homer boys battle to tie
The Skyview High School boys soccer team scored a pair of goals in the run of play, but the Homer boys answered with two goals off of set pieces as the teams battled to a draw Saturday at Skyview.

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