Friday, May 12, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Knowles signs gas pipeline bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a bill aimed at encouraging the construction of a pipeline to bring the North Slope's vast natural gas reserves to market.

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.

New England man imprisoned for hit-and-run death
JUNEAU (AP) -- A New England man accused in the hit-and-run death of a Juneau biologist last summer has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.

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.

National Park Service ponders limits on Katmai concessionaires
KENAI (AP) -- Crowding at Katmai National Park and Preserve could lead to limits being imposed soon on the number of businesses allowed to operate there, National Park Service officials say.

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.

Salcha man dies of burns suffered in traffic wreck
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Salcha man burned by steam from a punctured boiler during a vehicle accident earlier this week has died of his injuries.

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.

Remains found near Hoonah identified
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The State Medical Examiner's office has confirmed the identity of the remains discovered Saturday in woods near Whitestone Harbor as those of Robert Williams, 21, of Hoonah.

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.

MEA loses in federal court
PALMER (AP) -- An arbitrator's $152,000 damage award against the Matanuska Electric Association has been upheld in federal court.

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.

Alaska in line for $189 in military projects
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A military construction bill pending in Congress would allocate $189 million for Alaska, much of it for projects at the two bases near Fairbanks.

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.

Wildfire danger eases as winds drop
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Winds died down in Southcentral Alaska Thursday, reducing fire danger in the tinder-dry region.

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.

Coast Guard retrieves nine miles of driftnet with 700 salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard has retrieved nine miles of illegal driftnet jettisoned by a Honduran-flagged vessel on the high seas south of Adak.

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.

Bear sighted at Interior lake last weekend hasn't been back
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- State wildlife biologists and park rangers say a young grizzly that showed up at Quartz Lake twice last weekend hasn't been seen since. Frightened ice fishermen fired shots at the bear, and the biologists are hoping the bruin has moved on.

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.

Industry, senators oppose pipeline regulatory role for states
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The pipeline industry and two senators said Thursday they oppose giving Washington and other states authority to regulate interstate pipelines.

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

Knowles signs 28 bills into law
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed 28 bills into law Thursday, including a measure requiring school districts that have predominantly Native students to set up Native language curriculum advisory boards.

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.

Knowles signs bill easing land-use rule
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a bill allowing the state to issue some quasi-permanent permits to use state land without formally finding that the proposed use is in the state's best interest.

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.

Seward man arrested in Canada on child abuse charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Seward man was arrested Thursday in Canada for alleged child sexual abuse that occurred in the Wasilla area last summer, Alaska State Troopers said.

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

Subsistence proposals prepared for federal board's December meeting
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A proposal out of Ninilchik that would convert all of the Kenai Peninsula's fish and shellfish on federal lands to unregulated subsistence fisheries is scheduled for a hearing in December.

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.

Red Cross stops drawing Juneau blood
JUNEAU (AP) -- The American Red Cross plans to stop drawing blood from donors in Juneau because it can't retain nurses.

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.

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.

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.

Mining companies, power plants account for most of releases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hardrock mining companies and electric power plants accounted for nearly two-thirds of the 7.3 billion pounds of toxic chemicals released into the environment by industry in 1998, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.

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

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.

CPGH nurses honored for service
Central Peninsula General Hospital recently nam

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
Sears Elementary hosts carnivalLiteracy program at Kenai libraryBoy Scouts to meetHistorical society plans cleanupSteller sea lion day organizedSenior center hosts fund-raiserCeramics sale scheduledSterling to hold blood driveChallenger center offers programGenealogy research help session scheduledHorse clinic available

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

Plummeting water levels stir worry, debate on Great Lakes
The Great Lakes of Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie and Ontario hold enough water to submerge the continental United States 9.5 feet under. But these days, there doesn't seem to be enough to go around. Recent dry spells have left lake levels plunging, and those who depend on the lakes scrambling to cope.

Roadless plan focus now shifts to public, courts and Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Now that President Clinton has made his sweeping proposal to protect 43 million acres of roadless national forests, the focus shifts to three other arenas -- the public, Congress and the courts.

Concessions manager presents overcrowding concerns at Soldotna chamber luncheon
People fancy it as "The Great Land," but Alaska is starting to look rather small.

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.

Woman's fishing Web site is labor of love
TILLAMOOK, Ore. (AP) -- The next fish Jennie Logsdon catches could kill her, but doctors are fishing the wrong water when they cast the warning her way.

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.''

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.

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainment Upcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

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

North Star teachers take final bow with weekend show
When the curtain falls on Saturday's performance of "My Fair Lady" in Kenai, an era will end at North Star Elementary School in Nikiski. This time around, the musical is filled with bittersweet significance for all involved.

Hunger fight goes postal
Stamping out hunger is a goal near and dear to the National Association of Letter Carriers. Area postmasters are encouraging peninsula residents to join them in their annual food drive on Saturday.

Soldotna budget unveiled
The Soldotna City Council got the budget ball rolling at its meeting Wednesday night.

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.

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.

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

Fire danger remains high on peninsula
Burn permits remain suspended throughout the Kenai Peninsula.

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

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

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.

Jeanette Douglas
Kenai resident Jeanette Douglas died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 78.

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

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

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

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.

Kenai Christian Church to host women's conference Sunday
The women's ministries of Kenai Christian Church will host a conference focusing on leadership from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 104 McKinley St.

Connecticut bishop selected to serve as New York's archbishop
NEW YORK -- Bishop Edward Egan of Bridgeport, Conn., an uncompromising defender of traditional Vatican teachings, was selected by the pope Thursday to succeed Cardinal John O'Connor as spiritual leader of the New York Archdiocese's 2.4 million Roman Catholics.

Catholic Church conference symbolizes stronger role in Mexican life
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Thousands of Mexicans attended a Mass for the sick, culminating a four-day national religious conference designed to claim a larger public role for the Catholic Church after 150 years of marginalization.

All-Mormon Supreme Court no problem, Utah chief justice says
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- When Utah's Supreme Court upheld prayers at government meetings as a legacy of Utah's Mormon heritage, four of the five justices were Mormons.

New Ohio motto proposed, after court ruling outlawing biblical motto
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Readers of The Plain Dealer have offered many nomin

Unsolicited Jesus videos angrily returned
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Hundreds of videotapes about the life of Jesus that landed on the doorsteps of Palm Beach County residents are back in the mail marked: Return to sender.

Church leaders OK same-sex partnerships
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The governing board of the Milwaukee synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has approved a resolution supporting same-sex relationships.

Black churches' development corporation adds ventures
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) -- A coalition of 14 black churches is attempting to revitalize a Saginaw business district with economic ventures.

Defense leads Devils in playoffs
WEST ORANGE, N.J. -- There's no secret to the New Jersey Devils' success in the playoffs. It's all about a defense that has frustrated opponents and given goaltender Martin Brodeur a vacation in the postseason.

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.

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.

Sheets leaves Baltimore out to dry
BALTIMORE -- Andy Sheets, after replacing Nomar Garciaparra, drove in the go-ahead run with his first hit of the season during a six-run sixth inning that lifted the Boston Red Sox to an 11-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.

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.

Blazers pummel on Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Portland Trail Blazers, solid at every position, are solidly in control of the Utah Jazz.

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

Oilers Corner
Garcia earns Team USA tryout

Skyview booters split with Ketchikan
Autumn Thurmond isn't just another pretty face -- she put those looks to good use Thursday for the Skyview High School girls soccer team.

State says wolf shows signs to habituation to humans
JUNEAU (AP) -- A wolf that attacked a six-year-old boy in Icy Bay had behavior indicating it was habituated to human food and had lost its fear of people, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Dillingham to market its garbage bears
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Tourists and residents soon may be paying $20 apiece to watch bears eating at the local dump.

Bear sighted at Interior lake last weekend hasn't been back
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- State wildlife biologists and park rangers say a young grizzly that showed up at Quartz Lake twice last weekend hasn't been seen since. Frightened ice fishermen fired shots at the bear, and the biologists are hoping the bruin has moved on.

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