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Tuesday, May 8, 2001

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

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.

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.

Peninsula ponders potential of pork project
KENAI (AP) -- 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 is successful.

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 dismisses lawsuit challenging makeup
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage Superior Court judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit claiming the makeup of the Alaska Board of Game is illegal.

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.

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.

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

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.

Holland America donates $200,000 to Alaska universities
JUNEAU (AP) -- Holland America Line-Westours announced Monday that it would donate $200,000 in educational grants to universities in Alaska.

Judge says both parents needed to take air rage twins home
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A federal magistrate has approved arrangements for a pair of 22-year-old twins to return home to the custody of their parents in rural Buckley, Mich.

Mountain View parents call for tighter security after stabbing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some parents say they've been complaining about safety at Mountain View Elementary for a long time and are calling for more supervision of children before school.

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.

Legislature rejects Dennerlein for Game Board
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Legislature Monday night rejected Gov. Tony Knowles' appointment of Chip Dennerlein to the state Board of Game, but approved all the governor's other appointments, including three commissioners. The moves came in a joint session of both houses.

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

Senate approves API, therapeutic court bills; prepares for final day
JUNEAU (AP) -- State senators on Monday approved legislation to replace the Alaska Psychiatric Institute in Anchorage and to set up therapeutic courts for some repeat drunk drivers.

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.

Senators add smoking cessation money to tobacco bond bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- State senators added no new school projects Monday to a bond bill backed by tobacco settlement money, but another education fund received a huge boost.

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.

Senator says he'll continue to hold cruise ship pollution bill
JUNEAU -- State Sen. John Cowdery received another 7.5 million reasons Sunday night to keep a cruise ship pollution bill from passing this year.

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.''

House rejects attempts to change education bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- House Democrats say a Senate plan to pump $18 million more into schools doesn't give out the money fairly.

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.

Compromise removes threat to HESS budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- A House-Senate conference committee has removed language in next year's budget that would have killed the Department of Health and Social Services budget if the courts forced the state to spend money on abortions.

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.

Appellate court upholds federal takeover of Alaska fishing
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed its landmark 1995 Katie John ruling in a case that led to federal takeover of subsistence fishing in most Alaska waters.

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

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.

Around the Peninsula
Road closure notice Chamber luncheon held Advisory planning commissions to meet CARTS partners plan meeting Bike rodeo slatedMS Society to meetSoHi seeks volunteer paintersMuseum board to meet, clean up KCHS choir reunion planned for JuneKMS seeks votes on school mascot

Drag racing and Funny Cars come to Soldotna
The 2001 Soldotna Drag racing season is officially off and running thanks to the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions.

Soldotna Police Clean up the neighborhood
For the second year members of the Soldotna Police Department and their families have reached out to their neighbor Vera Horwarth, at Vera's Variety, for a spring spruce up and barbecue. "We love Vera! At Christmas time she always sends over a l

Outdoors
All winter long I thought how great spring will be after having such a mild winter. I looked forward to getting an early start on my garden and also spring bear hunting.

Annual Sport, Rec and Trade Show spreads spring fever...
Even though Old Man Winter is reluctant to leave the Kenai Peninsula this year, people wanting to play outside flocked to the annual Sports, Rec, and Trade Show at the Soldotna Sports Center last week.

CFK team receives its Presidential Honors
On April 24, President George W. Bush took the occasion of his 100 day in office to personally honor the winners of The President's Environmental Youth Awards, at a White House Rose Garden ceremony. Since 1971, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sponsored the President's Environmental Youth Awards Program (PEYA).

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.

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.

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.

Man stabs 4 children at Anchorage school; captured by police
ANCHORAGE -- A man who used a mental health counseling center for an address was arrested Monday after four children were stabbed at an elementary school.

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

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.

Appellate court upholds federal takeover of Alaska fishing
SAN FRANCISCO -- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed its landmark 1995 Katie John ruling in a case that led to federal takeover of subsistence fishing in most Alaska waters.

Kenai hikes budget
Over the course of two work sessions, the administration and council of the city of Kenai have hammered out a draft budget for fiscal year 2002, which begins July 1.

'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.

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

Claude Eugene 'Bigfoot' Bradford
Soldotna resident Claude Eugene "Bigfoot" Bradford died at Central Peninsula General Hospital on Friday, May 4, 2001, after a battle with cancer. He was 55.

Dorothy Inez Smith
Kenai resident Dorothy Inez Smith died at her home Sunday, May 6, 2001, of cancer. She was 77.

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

Legislators want to know why cancer rate so high in Alaska, seek information
The diagnosis of cancer profoundly affects the involved person physically and emotionally.

Change would protect state's permanent fund against inflation's cuts
The trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund are proposing a constitutional change for the purpose of protecting the fund against inflation.

Simple snack can be killer to child with food allergies
Gov. Tony Knowles has proclaimed this week as Food Allergy Awareness Week to encourage Alaskans to learn more about food allergies and to help prevent the fatalities that can result from allergic reactions.

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.

Applause
You Can't Take It With You' gives audience plenty to laugh about

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.

Letters to the Editor:
No available volunteers means no AARP Tax Aide program

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.

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.

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

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

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

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care Center Kenai NikiskiSewardSoldotnaSterling Homer

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski SewardSoldotnaSterling

Brewers fizzle, Cubs take fourth straight
MILWAUKEE -- Tom Gordon got his first save in two years as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 Monday night and extended their winning streak to four.

Oilers corner
Oilers add to bullpen

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.

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.

Kenai hosts track meet
Kenai Central High School's track team hosted a meet with Houston, Palmer, Kodiak and Nikiski Friday. The results are as follows:

Sports Briefs
Oliver out after being hit on hand Lima suspended five games, files appealRavens re-sign Woodson to five-year dealRaptors forward fined for tossing ice at fansCourt documents opened in Camby family standoffJohnson can't do Worlds if he doesn't do USA meet U.S. draws big crowds at worlds

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.

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.

Hits keep on coming
TORONTO -- On the brink of elimination, the New Jersey Devils played like Stanley Cup champions.

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