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Monday, May 7, 2001

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.

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.

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.''

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

Around the Peninsula
Domestic violence seminar offeredSalmon celebrations slatedFood bank directors to meetConcerts planned in areaHistorical society plan last meetingRegistration under way for swim lessonsSoHi seeks volunteer paintersKCHS choir reunion planned for June

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 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.

20-year-old Dixon sets world record
NAZARETH, Pa. -- Scott Dixon is the youngest winner in the history of big-time open-wheel auto racing, and the only one who can't celebrate legally.

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.

Pork project packs potential
That other white meat in the grocery store could someday be home grown if a Soldotna entrepreneur's plan to bring hog farming to Alaska, and possibly the Kenai Peninsula, is successful.

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.

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

Photo feature: On course
Barb Caswell negotiates a school bus through the diminishing clearance obstacle under the watchful eye of judge Catherine Sutton during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's School Bus Road-E-O Saturday morning at the Soldotna Airport.

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.

Cooper Landing project links eras
Friday was a day of celebration at Cooper Landing School.

'Bailey the Wonderdog' outliving odds in Homer
No one is sure if he's the oldest dog in town, but few would argue that after living the equivalent of 140 human years, one Homer canine deserves a spot in some record book.

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.

Kenai rural determination coming up at June meeting
The Federal Subsistence Board has made tentative plans to reconsider its determination that the entire Kenai Peninsula is rural and qualifies for the federal subsistence preference on June 28.

Claude Bradford
Soldotna resident Claude Bradford died Friday, May 4, 2001, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

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

Applause
Lots of help needed to make geology class meaningful

Funds for youth detention facility, private prison bill among this year's highlights
As the first session of the 22nd Legislature comes to an end, I want to thank you for your input and support.

Measure does not take Alaskans' permanent fund dividend checks
As you read this article there will be only one day of this legislative session left.

Sudden compromise on cruise ship bill pays off
Confused by the latest legislative attempts to regulate the cruise industry in Alaska waters? The

Eimi Zolman and Aaron Brown
Zolman sisters celebrate weddings

Peninsula people and communty news
Soldotna student named to dean's listNikiski student selected for leadership conferenceThirty-year reunion plannedNominations sought for Physician of the YearUSS Long Beach reunion planned

Ask a Trooper
Question: Is there a law saying children under 11 have to be put in the back seat? I say there is, but my family says otherwise.

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Rehab newcomer for 2001 Mallard ducks go home Summer hours begin Center opens to students

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

Hero of the week
Talk about duty above and beyond the call of duty!

Watch out for the open water
Break up comes a little later in the high country, where this stream empties into a small lake near Summit Lake along the Seward Highway.

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.

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

Jones homers twice as Braves top Cards
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones homered twice to reach 200 for his career, and Wes Helms hit a two-run double as the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 Sunday.

Potvin remains King of glory
LOS ANGELES -- Felix Potvin got his second shutout in a row and Glen Murray scored 2:41 into the second overtime Sunday night to give the Los Angeles Kings a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche and force a seventh game.

Sports Briefs
Skyview spikers to offer volleyball camp Mickelson leads Compaq Classic Chick-fil-A Championship Home Depot InvitationalFrench Open

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.

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.

O'Neal's play once again causes griping about refs
LOS ANGELES -- The Sacramento Kings gave Shaquille O'Neal a little more room to roam than most teams do.

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

Mussina picks up win over his former team
BALTIMORE -- The New York Yankees helped make Mike Mussina feel right at home in his return to Camden Yards.

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

Oilers corner
Oilers add to bullpen

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.

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