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Wednesday, May 9, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Moderate quake shakes Dutch Harbor
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake shook Dutch Harbor early Wednesday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

Ferry upgrade alters schedule
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Work on a $5.5-million upgrade to the state ferry Aurora is taking longer than expected, and Southeast Alaska ferry schedules have been adjusted.

Man pleads no contest in sex abuse case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former employee of the Tanana Valley Boys and Girls club agreed Tuesday to plead no contest to sexual assault of a minor.

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.

Ketchikan man charged in homicide
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan man was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder after confessing to the beating death of his friend and former roommate, Ketchikan police said.

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.

Fairbanks doctor found guilty of felony counts
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After deliberating for almost a full week, a Fairbanks jury on Tuesday found Dr. Stephen Grandstaff guilty of 73 of the 105 felony counts lodged against him.

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.

State board to consider childcare regulations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Regulations up for consideration by the state Board of Education would require that all childcare workers in licensed facilities be fingerprinted for a nationwide background check.

Eight winners in Nenana Ice Classic
NENANA (AP) -- The ice went out on the Tanana River at exactly 1 p.m. Alaska Standard Time Tuesday, ending this year's Nenana Ice Classic.

GCI reports first quarter earnings of $27 million
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- General Communication Inc.'s first-quarter earnings were $27 million, or nearly a 93 percent increase compared to the same quarter last year, the company said Wednesday.

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 charged with stabbing children lashes out in court
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A man charged with attempting to murder four elementary school children by slashing their throats with a filet knife lashed out Tuesday at his court arraignment.

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.

School deal breaks deadlock on adjournment; Governor calls special session
JUNEAU (AP) -- A deal to build and repair more schools, especially in rural Alaska, broke a Republican-Democrat budget stalemate, enabling the state Senate and House to adjourn Tuesday night.

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.

Education, public safety bills clear Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- On the final day of the session Tuesday, the Legislature gave high school students a reprieve on the exit exam, put $18 million more into schools, got a little tougher on drunken driving and reached a compromise on a breast and cervical cancer bill.

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.

Coast Guard renews watch on cruise industry
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard has resumed its monitoring of cruise ships in Alaska waters and will be checking for compliance with safety and environmental rules in a program called Operation Cruise Watch 2001.

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.

Victim in airport construction accident identified
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Authorities have identified the victim of a construction accident at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Sunday as Reynaldo Arenas, 41.

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.

Alyeska reports light sheen around tanker in Valdez
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Workers at the Valdez Marine Terminal noticed a light sheen around the SeaRiver North Slope as it was loading at Berth 5 on Tuesday afternoon, according to Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.

Former Anchorage man sentenced for bank fraud
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Nebraska man who ran the Anchorage boat show for nearly 15 years has been sentenced to eight months in prison and ordered to pay restitution after pleading guilty to bank and wire fraud charges.

Around the Peninsula
RCAC committee meets todayAnchor Point chamber hosts Red Cross speakerKenai chamber hosts Christian college speakerCARTS Advisory Partners meeting todayGet your pressure canner tested todaySinging group to perform in Homer todayHealth insurance topic of CPGH discussionAnnual fly-in SaturdayPotters Guild sale SaturdayStrawberry Social SaturdayPioneers meet MondayMuseum looking for summer volunteersKMS seeks votes on school mascot

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

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

Education, public safety bills clear Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- On the final day of the session Tuesday, the Legislature gave high school students a reprieve on the exit exam, put $18 million more into schools, got a little tougher on drunken driving and reached a compromise on a breast and cervical cancer bill.

School deal breaks deadlock on adjournment; Governor calls special session
JUNEAU (AP) -- A deal to build and repair more schools, especially in rural Alaska, broke a Republican-Democrat budget stalemate, enabling the state Senate and House to adjourn Tuesday night.

Photo feature: Future spawners
Katie Burck, a student volunteer from Kenai Central High School, watches young sliver salmon, Dolly Varden and rainbow trout swim in a display tank at the Kenai Peninsula Salmon Celebration and Fish Release held at Johnson Lake State Recreation Area Tuesday.

Suspect in Sterling squabble to fight charges
On Tuesday, Philip Mark Barnholdt, of Sterling, was arraigned in Kenai Superior Court on seven charges, including one of attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty on all counts through his attorney, Joe Ray Skrha.

Accused murderer pleads not guilty
The teen accused of shooting a Soldotna man dead May 1 by the highway near Hope pleaded not guilty Tuesday, despite his alleged confession to Alaska State Troopers.

Advisory vote sought on prison
The Alaska Legislature has given its blessing. Now, according to Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Pete Sprague, it's time for peninsula voters to weigh in on whether the borough should be involved in construction of the state's first private prison.

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.

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.

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

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.

Francis L. 'Frank' McIlhargey
Francis L. "Frank" McIlhargey died on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage of natural causes. He was 80.

Letters to the Editor
Private prison will benefit a few, but not community as a wholeOne remark should not destroy man's reputation, livelihood

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.

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

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.

President telling truth: There is no quick fix for current energy crisis
President Bush has done something else that will help the American people distinguish him from the previous president: He has told them the truth.

Bush likely to feel fallout from high gas prices, rolling blackouts
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's pollsters are watching uneasily as gas prices and rolling blackouts fuel voter anxiety.

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.

Applause
Breakfast program gets good start

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

North Star teacher achieves National Board Certification
Sherry Matson, a fourth-grade teacher in Nikiski, has earned the highest professional credential in the field of teaching: National Board Certification.

News from schools around the district
News from the schools around the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Around the District
KMS seeks votes on school mascotSoHi seeks volunteer paintersDistrict wins grant for Russian exchangeSMS wins academic contest Students compete in three divisions.Reading help available for teensKCHS heads to Mock Trial championshipKCHS announces Students of the MonthSkyview announces Students of the MonthMountain View reports Students of the Month

School Menus
School Menus for the Peninsula

Honor Roll
The following students have been named to the third-quarter honor roll

Tips for Helping Children Succeed
There are many ways parents can help their children succeed in reading and writing:

Sterling kids help to soften tragedies with cuddly gifts
When a young child is frightened or hurting, a soft stuffed animal can be a big source of comfort.

AVTEC announces summer courses
The Department of Education and Early Development and the University of Alaska Anchorage will hold the Applied Learning Summer Academy 2001 from May 30 through June 30 at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center at Seward. Dorms and meals are available.

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

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski SewardSoldotnaSterling

SoHi soccer posts pair of shutouts vs. Panthers
The Skyview High School boys soccer team figured circling the wagons would be the best way to stop Soldotna's high-powered offense Tuesday at Skyview.

Schaafsma, Medina pace dual meet track victory
The Soldotna boys and girls track teams swept a dual meet with cross-town rival Skyview Tuesday at Skyview High School.

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

O'Neal dominates Sacramento again
LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal manhandled the Sacramento Kings again Tuesday night, to a point where they look beyond repair.

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:

Super Mario saves season for Pens
PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux never seems to run out of ways to save the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Johnson gets 20 K's, doesn't share record
PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson got 20 strikeouts but not the glory.

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

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.

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