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Thursday, May 11, 2000

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.

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 starts collecting cruise ship head tax
JUNEAU (AP) -- As the first cruise ships dock in Juneau, municipal leaders are deciding how to spend the city's new $5 passenger head tax.

House approves massive conservation measure
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ignoring complaints the government already owns too much land, the House agreed Thursday to create a $45 billion, 15-year conservation fund to buy parks and open spaces, pay for wildlife protection and restore environmentally damaged coastal areas.

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.

Did the Legislature really cut the budget?
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature's Republican majority claimed a $30 million-plus budget reduction as lawmakers adjourned last week, but that cut could evaporate as early as next year as bills come due for shifting and delaying spending to make the bottom line look smaller.

Science and Technology Board awards grants to five Alaska projects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Science & Technology Foundation board has approved spending up to $1 million to fund five projects, including a video system that would replace many of the human observers monitoring the fishing catch.

State suspends more driver's licenses for child support debt
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Child Support Enforcement Division has suspended the driver's licenses of 33 more Alaskans for failure to pay child support.

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.

Governor signs boating safety bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Thursday signed the boating safety bill into law and predicted it will make Alaska safer.

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.

Ketchikan businessman buys Taquan air
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A buyer has emerged for Taquan Air, which has been operating on a reduced schedule since December when Kootznoowoo Inc. said it was laying off the bulk of its workforce and offering it for sale.

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.

Former Fairbanks firefighters offered their jobs back
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Fairbanks firefighters who successfully sued the city after they were forced to leave their jobs five years ago in a whistleblower case have been offered a chance to return.

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.

Iowa college students protest Arctic drilling
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Grinnell College sophomore Matt Ewing had a 20-page paper due for a political science class on Friday and finals in global environment and African politics next week.

Sealaska Corp. reports $10 million net income
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sealaska Corp., Southeast Alaska's regional Native corporation, is reporting net earnings of $10 million on revenues of $176 million for 1999.

Conservation-Glance,180
Main provisions of the House bill calling for a $45 billion, 15-year conservation spending fund that would spend $3 billion a year:

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.

BC-AK--House Land Conservation Roll Call,1292
The 315-102 roll call Thursday by which the House approved a bill to create a $45 billion, 15-year conservation fund to buy parks and open spaces.

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.

Arctic Slope Native Association lays off Barrow hospital workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Arctic Slope Native Association, which runs Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital in Barrow, has sent layoff notices to 34 employees.

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.

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.

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.

Statewide public hearing to focus on judicial candidates
KENAI (AP) -- A statewide public hearing will be held Thursday to help the Alaska Judicial Council evaluate judges whose names are headed for the November ballot.

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.

Anchorage man killed in Seward Highway accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A city man was killed Wednesday when he was thrown from his truck after it clipped another vehicle on the Seward Highway, police said.

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.

Electrical worker electrocuted at state fairgrounds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An electrical worker died Wednesday after he was electrocuted at the Alaska state fairgrounds in Palmer.

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.

Tanker crewman falls into ship's hold
KODIAK (AP) -- A tanker crewman suffered multiple injuries Tuesday after falling into a ship's hold while underway in the Pacific Ocean.

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.

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

Governor vetoes bill expanding optometrists' drug authority
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has vetoed a bill that would have allowed optometrists to prescribe oral and injectable pharmaceutical drugs, a move the sponsor is calling politically motivated.

Grand jury subpoenas maintenance records of plane that crashed
SEATTLE (AP) -- Maintenance records of an Alaska Airlines plane that crashed off the southern California coast have been subpoenaed for a federal grand jury investigation in San Frnacisco.

Business Briefs
Soldotna Safety Days set for SaturdaySpokane company buys local storeTourism workers invited to SewardBusinesses attend women's showACS reports first-quarter lossComputer workshop offeredCPGH adds sanctuaryGallery to unveil paintingPhillips offers new technologyPhillips' profits rise

CPGH nurses honored for service
Central Peninsula General Hospital recently nam

New Kenai company filling field needs of oil industry
Puget Sound Pipe and Supply Company has recently opened on the Kenai Peninsula to service oil field facilities and support the oil and gas market.

Around the Peninsula
Fair to highlight National Safe Kids WeekCelebrity volleyball game set for Saturday

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
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

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.

In 82nd trout season, Harvey still 'fishing fly'
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- It's a glamorous photograph, circa 1940: Wearing a fedora and a letterman's sweater, a fly-fisherman stands beside a spring creek and admires a fish stretching from chin to waist.

Animal rights group takes anti-fishing campaign to Montana schools
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- A person costumed to resemble a fish stood outside two elementary schools here Monday, and delivered the message of an animal-rights group that fishing rods should be put away because ''fishing hurts.''

Karen Savoca satisfied with freedom of career
Freedom is what Karen Savoca enjoys most about her career.

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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.

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

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

Photo feature: Cultural education
Susan Wells, a teacher at Kenai Middle School and Kenaitze Indian Tribe member, cleans a king salmon caught Wednesday at the tribe's educational fishery site off Cannery Loop in Kenai during a field trip for several sixth-grade classes from her school.

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.

Wildfire in Seward burns 20 acres, forces evacuation of 50 homes
Dry weather, high winds and fire are a dangerous combination.

Lawsuit seeking beluga protection
It comes down to a question of what is the best way to restore Cook Inlet's dwindling population of beluga whales.

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.

Lot to be probed for buried trash
Despite the controversy over recent tree-cutting projects, residents can expect more trees to be felled in the city of Kenai.

Pet emergency plan being prepared
A group dedicated to planning for emergencies is focusing on having a plan for pets.

Oil spill mitigation gets trial run Monday
Emergency crews went on full alert Monday morning in Nikiski.

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.

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

Jeanette Douglas
Kenai resident Jeanette Douglas died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

David Lansing Vincent
Anchorage resident David Lansing Vincent died May 7, 2000, in his home after a brief struggle with cancer. He was 65.

Donald W. Madden
Former Soldotna resident Donald W. Madden died April 22, 2000, in Billings, Mont., after a courageous battle with cancer.

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.

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.

Blue Jays make it 13 straight over Orioles
TORONTO -- Lance Painter, a reliever making his first start of the season, allowed two hits in five innings as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles for the 13th straight time, 7-2 Wednesday night.

Ball still bouncing on activities funding
Cuts to the 2000-01 activities budget in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District hinge upon the next year's Kenai Peninsula Borough budget, expected to be ready June 6.

Whalers earn state wrestling laurels
The Soldotna Whalers wrestling club participated in the ninth annual State Freestyle and Greco Championships last weekend at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, with impressive results.

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

Bryant bucket beats Suns
LOS ANGELES -- This time, the kid did it -- the Los Angeles Lakers' kid.

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.

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.

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