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Monday, May 8, 2000

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.

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

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.

Two escape Kodiak fire
KODIAK (AP) -- A mother and infant escaped injury, but one of their two dogs perished in a house fire Sunday night.

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.

Ketchikan school superintendent headed for Uzbekistan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan school superintendent John Thomas has taken a job as director of the Tashkent International School in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

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

Quake shakes Kodiak
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake shook Kodiak Monday afternoon but there were no reports of damage or injuries, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

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.

Midnight Sun to make three-month run over Barrow beginning this week
BARROW (AP) -- The sun will be rising here for an uninterrupted, three-month show this week.

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.

Herring fishing opened at Togiak during the weekend
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Herring fishing opened at Togiak over the weekend.

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.

Calista Corp. reports $1.1 million in profits for 1999
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Calista Corp. had profits of $1.1 million in 1999, about half as much as the previous 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.

Southeast community of Craig looking to land grant to raise money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Prince of Wales Island community of Craig has a problem and it's looking to Congress for help.

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.

Luxury liner ushers Seattle into Alaska cruise market
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Norwegian Sky arrived here, loaded up, then headed north, ushering Seattle -- at last -- into the lucrative Alaska cruise market.

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.''

Necropsy on wolf shows no evidence it was eating human food
YAKUTAT (AP) -- A necropsy on a wolf that attacked a boy at a logging camp near Yakutat provides no evidence the animal was eating human food.

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.

Rep. Don Young's bill would boost federal spending in Alaska
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska Rep. Don Young has sponsored a conservation bill that if passed by Congress this week would increase federal spending in the state by about $165 million a year.

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.

Stevens' plan could split state's historical record
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- If Sen. Ted Stevens' papers are stored at the University of Alaska Anchorage, it could mean the state's historical archive will be split between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

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.

Remains of missing man found west of Bethel
BETHEL (AP) -- The remains of an Atmautluak man missing since Christmas have been found nine miles west of Bethel.

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.

Borough assembly extends tax protection to property owners
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- Property owners in the Northwest Arctic Borough will be getting the same tax protection already enjoyed by the mining industry.

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.

Deep Freeze Classic not a hot seller around Alaska's Interior
DELTA JUNCTION (AP) -- After four years, people who live in Alaska's Interior still haven't warmed to the Delta Deep Freeze Classic, and the event is losing money. This year's $2,000 jackpot was the lowest ever.

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.

Nome gets new city manager
NOME (AP) -- A Washington state man has been hired to be city manager of Nome.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Beekeepers seek to continue quarantine on Vancouver Island
VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) -- Vancouver Island honey bees apparently have won a reprieve from a parasite that could have wiped out colonies and wreaked havoc on crops.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Organizations to dispose of recalled productsBeautification volunteers neededBusiness center to hold marketing seminarKasilof Historical Society seeks out officers KDLL to hold annual board meetingKenai river festival needs local artistsSalmon celebration planned

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.

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

Gypsy moth spraying set to begin in Marysville, decision pending in Seattle
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- Spraying to prevent the spread of the gypsy moth is set to begin here this week, and a decision is pending on plans for spraying over widespread protests in two north Seattle neighborhoods.

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.

Kenai City Council gets earful from Inlet Woods residents over volume of harvest, debris left behind
Trees are becoming the bane of the Kenai City Council.

Computer virus infects schools
The powerful computer virus that swept the world Thursday infected the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. But technicians zapped it before serious damage occurred.

Muck, bad luck get truck stuck
When it comes to fire, water is our friend.

Photo feature: Firewise
Bruce Swaim, Terry Anderson, Al Peterson and Paul Keech investigate the site where a small brush fire was started at Kenai Municipal Airport last Thursday during a week-long course to teach them and other wildland firefighters how to determine the origin and cause of the fires they fight.

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.

May 2: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on wolf control:
While biologists try to ascertain why an apparently healthy, 77-pound wolf attacked a 6-year-old boy near a Yakutat logging camp, we are left to wonder why predator control opponents have been silent.

May 2 Anchorage Daily News on Alaska Airlines developments:
Even daily readers of West Coast newspapers may have trouble keeping up with the latest developments at beleaguered Alaska Airlines. Their confusion is understandable. The carrier has been under intense scrutiny since one of its MD-80s fell nose-first into the Pacific on Jan. 31.

May 3: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Arco Alaska becoming Phillips Alaska:
Closets and drawers were turned inside out at the Arco tower in Anchorage last week. The object of the search: unclaimed baseball caps, T-shirts and any other promotional goods emblazoned with the oil company's familiar logo.

May 2: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on getting out to vote:
The furor in Miami, if it means nothing else to us living so far north of the street demonstrations, hints at the importance recent immigrants attach to living in a free society.

All-night glacier race tests the toughest
ZERMATT, Switzerland (AP) -- Yodels and cheers echoed through the chilly night air this weekend as hundreds of competitors laden with skis, ice picks and ropes set out in an arduous race across the Alps' glaciers and peaks.

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.

SoHi reunion planned
The Soldotna High School Class of 1990 is working on its 10-year reunion, which is scheduled for Aug. 4, 5 and 6.

Community News
Spring Fling Flea Market plannedFiber art show and pie-baking contest plannedNational High School Voter Registration WeekDance recital plannedCLSA conference raises funds for children

Births
Marilyn and Rudy Wilson LaRae and Todd Paxton Vassiliki and Mark Powell

Peninsula People
Soldotna man receives degreeSeward student awarded scholarshipSkyview student to study abroadPing-pong tournament resultsEagles elect new officers

Trail Blazers 94, Jazz 75
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Someday Karl Malone and John Stockton will remember a time when they were young men, and when they could beat the Portland Trail Blazers on their home court.

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.

Flyers take 3-2 series lead
PHILADELPHIA -- The last one took five overtimes. This one didn't take five minutes.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pup recovering after rescue on K-Beach
Easter Day was more than just a holiday for the Lockwood family, it was the day they saved an innocent being from the harsh reality of nature.

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