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Thursday, May 10, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Tuntutuliak still reeling from commercial fishing disaster
TUNTUTULIAK (AP) -- The effect of poor commercial fishery yields has been devastating to this village at the edge of the Kuskokwim River.

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.

Oil and gas lease sale shows search for gas is on
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The search for natural gas on Alaska's North Slope is on.

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.

Teacher who protected children from slasher praised as hero
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Mountain View elementary school teacher is being hailed as a hero for his efforts to protect students from a man wielding a knife in an attack at the school Monday.

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.

Study finds biologists not negligent in Denali wolf deaths
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Researchers made no mistakes in darting three Denali National Park and Preserve wolves who later died, according to a panel of experts who reviewed the deaths.

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.

Debate of ANWR drilling draws tourists to the refuge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The debate over oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is fueling a surge in tourism in the refuge this summer.

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.

GCI posts first-quarter profit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- General Communication Inc. on Wednesday reported a first-quarter profit of $2.4 million on revenue of $96.9 million

Carlos Boozer looking for second title
JUNEAU (AP) -- It's been a little over a month since Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer helped lead the Duke Blue Devils to the NCAA national basketball championship. Now Boozer wants a second title.

Small cracks found in tanker
VALDEZ (AP) -- Two small cracks, less than 2 1/2 inches in length, were found by divers Wednesday in the hull of the tanker SeaRiver North Slope.

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.

Sun won't set again in Barrow until Aug. 2
BARROW (AP) -- The sun rose Thursday in Barrow at 2:57 a.m. and won't set again until Aug. 2.

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.

Return of the cranes
PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- You could hear the sandhill cranes coming.

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.

Jury convicts Big Lake man in shaken-infant death
PALMER (AP) -- A jury on Wednesday found a Big Lake man guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his infant daughter.

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.

Letter carriers collect food for Alaska's needy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Letter carriers will handle more than mail on Saturday (May 12). They'll also be collecting food for needy Alaskans.

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.

Aleutian development group charged with fishery violation
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association and its top official are facing charges for exceeding the groups quota during the 2001 opilio crab season.

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.

Tuntutuliak still reeling from commercial fishing disaster
TUNTUTULIAK -- The effect of poor commercial fishery yields has been devastating to this village at the edge of the Kuskokwim River.

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.

Legislators boost spending by $120 million
JUNEAU (AP) -- By the time they gaveled out Tuesday night, legislators had agreed to spend about $2.4 billion in general funds to run government and help pay for construction and maintenance work in the coming fiscal year.

Republicans criticize governor for timing of special session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Republicans say they're shocked Gov. Tony Knowles scheduled a special session on cruise ship pollution legislation knowing that the chairman of the committee holding the bill will be at the bedside of his 77-year-old wife as she undergoes heart surgery.

Suspect in Sterling ruckus pleads not guilty
KENAI (AP) -- A Sterling man pleaded not guilty this week to seven counts, including attempted murder, stemming from an early-morning scuffle last month.

Credit scores now available to help consumers evaluate ability to get loans
NEW YORK (AP) -- A simple three-digit number can make the difference in whether you qualify for a mortgage loan or get the best interest rate on a personal loan.

CHILL FACTOR: Dot-com downturn not bad news for business schools
Last fall, Jason Blanchard was already thinking about business school, figuring it would be the ticket to a more interesting and lucrative career.

Boeing decision on new headquarters expected soon
SEATTLE -- Boeing Co. has asked how it can reach the governors of Colorado, Illinois and Texas at a moment's notice over the next few days, raising expectations the company is close to saying where it will move its headquarters.

Favor becomes gold mine
EUGENE, Ore. -- What started out as a favor for a friend may turn into a major business for Scott Koffler. Three months ago, the 40-year-old millwright received a patent for the Shoot Tube, designed to safely handle test firings of handguns.

Home sweet investment -- Boomers bull ahead in housing market
CHICAGO (AP) -- Slowdown? What slowdown?

Business Briefs
CIRI elders to get checksGift shop to open at Kenai airportBankers win Florida tripSBS donates to Habitat homesPhillips swaps diplomats

BP posts increase in quarterly profits
LONDON (AP) -- British energy group BP PLC's profit rose 7 percent while operating earnings climbed 28 percent in the first quarter, helped by higher production and prices for natural gas and stronger profit margins in its refining business.

Appeals court backs decision to ban drilling
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court has upheld the U.S. Forest Service decision to bar gas exploration on the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana.

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 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
Social workers meetHealthy Communities meeting todayPublic Health nurses visit school Bicycle rodeo today in SoldotnaShorebird Festival takes wing today Hospice fund-raiser hits the linksStrawberry social set for SaturdayMuseum cleanup set for Saturday Branding Cook Inlet salmon topic on TuesdayRepublicans to host meeting on reapportionmentTorch Run set for May 19Cancer survivors to be honored at relay

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

Efforts to release may not save fish for another day
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Your proudest fishing moment may have been when you released that trophy-size walleye instead of putting it on the wall.

Fishing for Oxygen
FAIRBANKS,Alaska (AP) -- Cal Skaugstad pulled the rope on his power auger and the three-horse motor came alive.

Volunteers keep Washington's trails open and safe
ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) -- It's a drizzly Friday morning, and no one clustered at the base of Squak Mountain is complaining about the chill in the air.

Piscatorial exhibit to hang all summer
With the snow's departure and the prospect of summer ahead, the subject of fish is on the minds of many. That subject also is the topic of the summer-long exhibit at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events, Films

Aurora Dancers to light up the night
The Kenai Central High School auditorium will light up like the winter sky filled with northern lights Saturday as the Aurora Dancers take to the stage.

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.

Republicans criticize governor for timing of special session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Republicans say they're shocked Gov. Tony Knowles scheduled a special session on cruise ship pollution legislation knowing that the chairman of the committee holding the bill will be at the bedside of his 77-year-old wife as she undergoes heart surgery.

Legislators boost spending by $120 million
JUNEAU (AP) -- By the time they gaveled out Tuesday night, legislators had agreed to spend about $2.4 billion in general funds to run government and help pay for construction and maintenance work in the coming fiscal year.

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.

Money leaders
Winston cup money leaders

Petty racing puts focus on future
ATLANTA -- Even when a Petty dies, the show must go on. But it doesn't mean it has to be the same.

Points standings
Nascar Winston Cup point standings.

CVS Pharmacy 200 (NASCAR busch series)
When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Order delays Earnhardt investigation
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A police investigation into Dale Earnhardt's death might be hindered by a court order preventing access to autopsy photos of the racing legend.

A year later, Pettys still grieving over loss of son in racing accident
It's the little reminders -- the smell of broccoli or a pile of clothes in the middle of a room -- that trigger tears in Kyle Petty.

Schedule
Nascar 2001 schedule

Community art reaches new heights
The greatest challenge in decorating 280 acoustic panels from the Soldotna High School commons ceiling was allowing every student to create his or her own unique design.

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.

Soldotna woman honored
Barbara Johnson is a mother who is heavily involved with her son's activities as well as her own. But Johnson lives with multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system,

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.

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.

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.

Wildfire drill brings message for the public
The Alaska Division of Forestry plans a wildfire drill with a new twist in the Cohoe area south of Kasilof today.

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.

Applause
Breakfast program gets good start

Letters to the Editor
Brakes should be applied to prison project moving full steam ahead

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

California energy crisis helps producers, hurts consumers
The implications of California's electricity crisis are much broader than the high prices and the economic damage they are doing to California and the West. Suppliers of energy and other vitally needed products are learning that they can take much greater advantage of their market position than they ever thought possible.

Network executives out of touch with what most people want to watch
Too bad the Hollywood writers didn't strike. It might have provided a respite from the air pollution some of them crank out which is inappropriately labeled "entertainment."

Space should not be the site of Earth's next arms race
We call it the heavens. Space, so long regarded as the ultimate repository of mystery, the place that holds the answer to who we are and what we came from. For the ancients, it was where the gods lived. For those who experienced the stunning achieveme

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.

Credit repair scams make bad situation even worse
Law enforcement agencies nationwide say they're tracking down companies that claim they can help consumers get new credit histories with fake S

Applause
Time spent with students benefits entire community

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.

Return of the cranes
PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- You could hear the sandhill cranes coming.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Kings buckle under Avalanche pressure
DENVER -- It took longer than anyone expected, but the Colorado Avalanche finally shook the Los Angeles Kings.

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.

Big Unit, bad decision
When it comes to records, there is no room in baseball for common sense.

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.

New Jersey clinches series with 5-1 victory in Game 7
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Even in street clothes, Scott Niedermayer helped the New Jersey Devils come back against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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.

76ers even up series with Raptors
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson scored 19 of his career playoff-high 54 points in the fourth quarter as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 97-92 Wednesday night, evening their Eastern Conference semifinal series at 1-1.

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.

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