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Friday, May 11, 2001

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.

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

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.

Murkowski urges caution to Natives attending U.N. conference
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski said Thursday he's concerned about the Alaska Federation of Natives' plan to take human rights complaints to the United Nations.

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.

Anchorage gets biggest proportion of increased school funds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Every Alaska school district will get more state money to run schools next year, with about $25 million in new funds. But a bigger proportion of the increase will go to urban districts than to rural ones.

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.

Federal subsistence managers set limits in Yukon Kuskokwim drainage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal subsistence managers Thursday closed all sport and commercial fishing for king and chum salmon throughout most of the Yukon Kuskokwim river drainages.

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.

Sweepstakes settlement coming to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some Alaskans are eligible for restitution as part of the settlement of a multistate lawsuit against Reader's Digest.

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.

Kenai prison issue could go to local voters
KENAI (AP) -- The Alaska Legislature has given its blessing to a private prison on the Kenai Peninsula, but at least one member of the Kenai Borough Assembly thinks peninsula voters should weigh in on whether the borough should be involved.

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.

State receives $13.4 million from Minerals Management Service
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state of Alaska has received $13.4 million from the federal Minerals Management Service.

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.

Road ban halted but Tongass logging still at a standstill
JUNEAU (AP) -- An injunction from a federal court in Idaho stopping a road-building ban on sections of national forest land won't be felt in Southeast Alaska immediately, but could have ramifications here, according to environmental and timber industry groups.

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.

Fairbanks hospital sees unusually high number of vulnerable infants
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A remarkable number of newborn infants -- 13 to be exact -- are in intensive care at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

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

Ketchikan jury deadlocked in Mateu trial
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan jury has failed to reach a verdict in the murder trial of Jose M. Mateu in the shooting death of his father last year.

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.

Board expands subsistence hunting for brown bears
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board has expanded subsistence hunting for brown bears on federal land.

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.

Biological diversity center says Alaska seabird declining
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday an Alaska seabird is declining.

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.

Two Point Hope residents die of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Point Hope residents have been found dead, apparently of carbon monoxide poisoning, inside a hunting cabin near the North Slope village.

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.

Coast Guard seeks penalty against cruise company
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard is pursuing civil penalties against a 2000-passenger cruise ship for a May 3 violation of a new federal cruise ship pollution law.

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.

Lawyer says Pritchard in ''no shape'' for court appearance
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man accused of trying to kill four elementary school children by slicing their throats with a knife was in ''no shape'' Thursday to show up for a court hearing, his lawyer said.

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.

Federal board halts salmon sportfishing on Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board on Thursday ordered a halt to sportfishing for chinook and chum salmon in federal waters of the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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
Totem tracers to meetYoung Marines to host car washCowboy Fun Shoot plannedEvents planned at River City BooksKaladi presents weekend musicStrawberry social plannedBreakfast served to honor momIdeas sought on branding Cook Inlet salmonSoftball association to meetLibrary sponsors summer reading program Volunteer host positions openHelp for parents with questions

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.

Fish of the week: Big king
Fish of the week is a summer feature focusing on fish caught in peninsula waters. Photos do not have to be only of big fish.

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.

Lilac time inspires poets
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Lilacs bring mixed emotions, linked in poetry to love but also death. Prized by gardeners in many lands, the flowers' beauty and fragrance, aside from promptings of joy or sadness, proclaim Spring has fully arrived.

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.

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.

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.

Points standings
Nascar Winston Cup point standings.

Schedule
Nascar 2001 schedule

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.

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.

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,

Soldotna women to compete for Mrs. Alaska title
Two area women will dress up and share what marriage means to them Saturday at the Mrs. Alaska Pageant at the University of Alaska Anchorage Arts building.

Soldotna business owners push for completion of work by July target date
Do whatever you have to, just keep our road clear in July.

Wyoming man tapped as new KCHS principal
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has hired Berry Swenson, a principal from Wyoming, to be the new principal of Kenai Central High School starting in August.

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.

Union leadership shifts
Teachers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have opted for change.

Lease sale nets modest returns
Officials say natural gas was the likely target of those who bid more than $1.2 million for 30 tracts in the state's annual Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale.

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.

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.

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

Letters to the Editor
Unselfish act to help others could use more support Will prison issue get fair hearing if mayor has made up his mind?

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

Families change, but they remain heart of any community
As a nation, we tend to bemoan the decline of the traditional nuclear family, but a recent story from The Associated Press indicates our perceptions may be unduly pessimistic.

Applause
Time spent with students benefits entire community

McVeigh's death next week raises questions, specter of past events
When Timothy McVeigh falls unconscious, his breath fades and his heart slams to a stop, more than 200 people will likely be watching, the biggest audience for an American execution since the last public hangings in the midst of the Depression.

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

1996 Crooked Creek wildfire reminds us of importance of being 'FireWise'
Five years ago, something happened here on the central peninsula that should strike fear into the heart of every property owner who has a home or business in the wildland-urban interface.

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

Pet of the week Kenai
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring a neutered young adult male border collie for $25.20 with license and vaccinations included.

Shifted Ten Commandments site ends two-year fight
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- A display of the Ten Commandments, at the center of a two-year controversy, has a new home after being moved from a public space to Manhattan Christian College.

Former Baptist Foundation officials plead guilty to fraud
PHOENIX (AP) -- Three former Baptist Foundation of Arizona officials have pleaded guilty to charges they participated in a scheme to defraud 13,000 investors of $550 million.

Orthodox Jews sue Florida condo board after worship ban
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) -- Orthodox Jews are suing their retirement condominium after its board banned prayer services in the complex's auditorium, allowing only political and social meetings and card games.

Missionary who survived Peru plane shooting speaks at alma mater
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- New volunteers should take up the work of a missionary who died with her daughter when Peruvian officials mistakenly shot down their plane, the woman's husband said.

Religion Briefs
Mother's Day service planned at SolFirstChoir to hold musicalChoir members wanted for musicalPower of women topic of speechFamily Parish Mission set for May

Cardinals criticize impending McVeigh execution
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two American cardinals criticized next week's planned execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, saying his death ''will not bring back to life those who died. It will just be one more killing.''

Two Southern Baptist professors to resign over doctrinal statement
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Two Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professors must resign within a year because they refused to sign a Southern Baptist Convention doctrinal statement.

Latest Presbyterian argument: Is salvation through Jesus only?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- An evangelical caucus in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has issued an open letter to church officials saying they failed to set boundaries for acceptable doctrine.

Federal judge issues ruling to permit Mormon park rules
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A federal judge has reconfirmed that a church-owned park adjacent to Mormon headquarters is not a public forum, in a written ruling four months after he reached his decision.

Church's struggle is sign of a greater Episcopal divide
ACCOKEEK, Md. (AP) -- The sign outside Christ Episcopal Church is clear about who the parish rector is.

McVeigh execution a catalyst for nun's 'Declaration of Life'
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- Publicity surrounding Timothy McVeigh's scheduled execution is generating renewed interest in an anti-death penalty document already signed by thousands.

Pens are mightier than Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- With Mario Lemieux's playoff hopes hanging in the balance, Darius Kasparaitis became an unlikely hero.

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

Hornets become buzzsaw against Bucks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When all else failed, the Charlotte Hornets went back to what they do best: playing solid defense and crashing the boards.

Stars seek sweep at track boroughs
When it comes time to award the team trophies at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Track and Field Meet this Saturday, it appears it will be business as usual for Soldotna's track team.

Wiles, Baldwin get shutouts
The Kenai Central High School boys and girls soccer teams kept the visiting Nikiski Bulldogs on a short leash Thursday afternoon in Region III play.

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.

XFL folds after season of poor attendance, ratings
NEW YORK -- X-it, stage left.

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

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.

'Flooding effect' keeps mortality rate in check
On or about May 25 is the birthday of every moose on the Kenai Peninsula. Through an amazing evolutionary adaptation called the "flooding effect," all moose here are born within a few days of each other.

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