Saturday, May 13, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oilers Corner
Garcia earns Team USA tryout

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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