Wednesday, May 10, 2000

State proposes boosting number of immunizations for children
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Children in day Alaska care centers and schools would be required to have as many as five more immunizations under regulations proposed by the state.

Clinton proposal would ban roads in 43 million acres of forests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Clinton administration Tuesday proposed banning road building in 43 million acres of roadless federal forests while letting local foresters decide whether to bar activities such as logging, mining and off-road-vehicle use.

Korean-owned fishing boat boarded in drift net investigation
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 200-foot vessel owned by a South Korean company was stopped and boarded by the Coast Guard after 19 days of surveillance for possible illegal high seas drift net fishing.

Building fishing rods: the ultimate in personalization for anglers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Frank Huffman is an ace with adhesives, a genius with graphite, an artist with thread as his medium.

First quarter profits surge at BP Amoco
LONDON (AP) -- BP Amoco PLC, one of Alaska's largest oil concerns, credited higher oil prices and fatter refining profits for a 256 percent rise in its first-quarter operating profit to $2.71 billion.

Stevens steers millions in USDA money to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rural Alaskans would qualify for most of a $50 million boost in rural development spending that Sen. Ted Stevens added to a 2001 spending bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Cruise ship industry funds spill response barges in Southeast
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pair of new emergency response barges has arrived in Southeast Alaska, meaning sea lion rookeries and shore bird nesting sites in Glacier Bay National Park will gain some protection from fuel spills.

Draft report recommends air monitoring equipment, pollution prevention measures
JUNEAU (AP) -- A draft report on cruise ship emissions recommends air monitoring equipment in Juneau and random testing of the waste the big ships dump into Alaska waters.

New $13 million high school to be finished at Craig in August
CRAIG (AP) -- The Craig School District is preparing to move into its new $13 million high school after a decade of coping with overcrowding.

Dry, windy conditions increase risk of wildfires
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A brush fire forced the evacuation of dozens of people from a Seward neighborhood Wednesday, the same day national forecasters issued a ''red flag warning'' for wildfires in Southcentral Alaska.

Borough assembly considers extending river protections
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is considering extending protections now applied to the Kenai River to more than a dozen other rivers.

Surfing sells in Yakutat
JUNEAU (AP) -- A surf shop in Alaska sounds about as unlikely as a ski Supplier in Tahiti, but Jack and Laura Endicott say they saw a need and filled it.

Body found believed to be missing hunter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a Hoonah man, missing since last December, was found Saturday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Knowles praises lawmakers, hints at special session on subsistence
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles praised the Legislature on Tuesday for finding money for rural power subsidies and children's programs, chided lawmakers for neglecting rural school maintenance projects and hinted he may call another special session on subsistence.

Young amends lands bill to ease critics, avoid floor amendments
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rep. Don Young's massive Conservation and Reinvestment Act is scheduled for a vote on the House floor Wednesday.

Copper Basin marshal identify abusive musher
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Washington state man has been banned from the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race for life after he was positively identified as the musher videotaped while beating a dog.

Clinton proposal would ban roads in 43 million acres of forests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Clinton administration is proposing to ban road building in 43 million acres of roadless federal forests while letting local foresters decide whether to bar activities such as logging, mining and off-road-vehicle use.

Interior anglers lose catch to hungry grizzly
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Interior grizzly has shown a group of anglers that bears know more than one way to catch a fish.

Second quake rattles Kodiak; no damage or injuries
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake rattled residents on Kodiak Island early Tuesday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

The Rt. Rev. George C. Harris dead at age 74
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) -- The Rt. Rev. George C. Harris, the retired fifth bishop of Alaska, died at his home on Sunday. Harris was 74.

Pentagon nearly ready for crucial test of missile defense
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The glitch that doomed the Pentagon's last anti-missile test in January has been fixed and preparations for the next crucial test are proceeding on schedule, the Air Force general in charge of the project said Tuesday.

Heritage designation proposed for Seward highway corridor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska Sens. Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowksi have introduced legislation to create a national heritage area for historic routes leading from Seward to Anchorage.

State cuts Tier II subsistence permits for Nelchina caribou hunt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is sharply curtailing the number of Tier II subsistence permits it will be issuing for this year's Nelchina caribou hunt.

New Craig school creating tension with Klawock
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A $13 million high school soon to open in Craig is creating some tension between school superintendents in that town and nearby Klawock.

Two Kodiak men arrested on methamphetamine charges
KODIAK (AP) -- Two Kodiak men were arrested on drug charges after federal officials intercepted a package sent from the Philippines containing suspected methamphetamine.

Land-and-shoot critics launch referendum drive
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Opponents of land-and-shoot wolf hunting say they've filed a referendum petition with the lieutenant governor's office seeking to repeal the law the Legislature just passed permitting such hunting again.

Juneau anti-noise initiative gets OK
JUNEAU (AP) -- Petition booklets for an initiative seeking to limit sightseeing flights may be on the streets of Juneau by early next week.

Small plane crash-lands near day care center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A small plane making an emergency landing Tuesday crashed through a fence on a residential street before stopping in the yard of a day care center.

High school experiment lands ride on space shuttle
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Barbara Parker's high school students first heard about lichens, they weren't impressed.

Fire destroys sawmill on Kenai Peninsula
KENAI (AP) -- A fire burned one of the Kenai Peninsula's largest sawmills to the ground, causing well over $1 million in damage, authorities say.

Environmental groups file federal suit to protect beluga whales
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the National Marine Fisheries Service of moving too slowly to protect Cook Inlet's dwindling beluga whale population.

Around the Peninsula
Eagles to hold election todayNorth peninsula chamber lunch plannedBarbecue held at new home siteHealthy Communities meeting set for ThursdaySears schedules school carnival for FridayScout committee breakfast set for Saturday

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Chamber luncheon held todayKCHS choir 'Pops' concert tonightGarage sale donations neededLibrary to accept donations of booksElks Lodge to hold all-star gameBeautification volunteers neededFriends of the refuge host nature hikeSalmon celebration planned in Kasilof

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.

Clinton proposal would ban roads in 43 million acres of forests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Clinton administration Tuesday proposed banning road building in 43 million acres of roadless federal forests while letting local foresters decide whether to bar activities such as logging, mining and off-road-vehicle use.

More waterways to be protected under ordinance
The North Fork of the Anchor River and four tributaries to Soldotna Creek are recent additions to the list of rivers that would be protected under a pending ordinance.

Bagley proposes shaving .5 mills; rural residents could get better roads
Rural residents could see better road maintenance and city residents would pay less in property taxes under the proposed Kenai Peninsula Borough fiscal year 2001 budget.

Photo feature: Spring cleanup
City of Soldotna utility department workers Kris Simon, Russell Somberg and Rick Wood rake away last fall's foliage to make room for this summer's shoots

Kenai district attorney decides Ketchikan judgeship not for him
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. And there's usually a reason.

Damage estimates exceed $1 million
A fire Tuesday burned a sawmill to the ground at Mile 147.5 of the Sterling Highway between Ninilchik and Anchor Point. No one was injured, and the blaze was contained, but preliminary damage estimates top $1 million.

United Way campaign raises more than goal
Another successful United Way fund-raising campaign came to a close with donations exceeding the original goal.

Mackey Lake woman becomes 4th Republican to file for seat
Saving the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend is the top priority of District 8 Republican candidate Carolyn Reynolds.

Photo feature: Going up
Charles Vilchis works on a Uhaul self-storage building during a sunny spring day in Soldotna last week.

Emergency management head leaves
For most Kenai Peninsula residents, Aug. 25 will be just another Friday, but for John Alcantra, it will be the last day of his employment at the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Liquor license renewals protested in Kenai
Liquor license renewals usually get rubber-stamped as they pass through the Kenai City Council on their way to the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. But Wednesday night was different.

Judicial review hearing on tap
A statewide public hearing, part of the Alaska Judicial Council's evaluation of judges whose names will appear on the November ballot, will be held Thursday, according to Bill Cotton, executive director of the council.

Edd James Perry
Edd James Perry, a longtime resident of Soldotna, died died of lung cancer complications Saturday, May 6, 2000, at his residence in Greensburg, La.

Arthur Richard Congdon
Sterling resident Arthur Richard Congdon died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 36.

Michael Kenneth Shafer
Soldotna resident Michael Kenneth Shafer died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at his home in Soldotna. He was 43.

State cuts Tier II subsistence permits for Nelchina caribou hunt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is sharply curtailing the number of Tier II subsistence permits it will be issuing for this year's Nelchina caribou hunt.

New York finds way to escape stifling Heat
MIAMI -- Once again, the New York Knicks negated the Miami Heat's homecourt advantage.

Panthers, Stars wage classic battles
In the United Kingdom, they call them derby matches -- soccer games between cross-town rivals where pride and bragging rights are often more important than a team's position in the standings.

Bulldogs drop pair to Kards
The Kenai boys and girls soccer teams earned victories Monday at Nikiski.

Pacers hold off 76ers as Rose blooms again
INDIANAPOLIS -- Game 1 was all Jalen Rose and Reggie Miller with 40 points each. Austin Croshere got a piece of the scoring for the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Flyers eliminate Penguins
PITTSBURGH -- Not even Jaromir Jagr's return could save the Pittsburgh Penguins in a series where the Philadelphia Flyers made the biggest comeback of all.

Leafs muster just six shots as Devils advance
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur was waiting for shots that never came. Now he's waiting for New Jersey's next playoff opponent.

Stopper that never stops
The next time adults in the area are tempted to complain about their hectic schedules, they should take a look at some of the central peninsula's children.

SoHi runners sweep SkyHi
Both the Soldotna and Skyview track and field teams had one final chance to make adjustments and tuneups Tuesday before the season enters the crucial stretch of boroughs, regions and state.

Region III Track and Field Bests
Through 5/6

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