Sunday, May 13, 2001

Man convicted in bank fraud case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 26-year-old Anchorage man was convicted Friday of bank fraud and conspiracy for forging stolen credit card convenience checks, depositing them in several accounts, then withdrawing the money, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Couple sues railroad for fuel spill damages
WASILLA (AP) -- A Gold Creek couple is suing the Alaska Railroad for alleged damages related to a 1999 fuel spill near their home.

New special session date urged
JUNEAU (AP) -- Concerned about an appearance of heartlessness, supporters of a cruise ship pollution bill want Gov. Tony Knowles to reschedule a special session on the measure because a key opponent of the bill will be with his wife who may be undergoing heart surgery.

Good ice conditions spell successful spring whaling season
POINT HOPE (AP) -- Lined up along a thick rope, 30 men recently hauled up a dead bowhead whale, the first trapped in sea ice that was landed by this Northwest Alaska community in about a decade.

Elderly woman survives fall from second-story window
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 94-year woman survived a fall from a second-story window at the Anchorage Pioneers' Home.

Chena River State Recreation Area to get makeover
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 250,000-acre state recreation area is getting a makeover thanks to a half million dollar federal grant.

UAF scientists get fellowships
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists have been named 2001 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows. The fellowships are designed to help scientists become better communicators of scientific information.

UAF museum reaches five-year fund-raising goal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum is on the verge of realizing a five-year dream.

Williams' neighbors want fuel tanks moved before proposed expansion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Williams Alaska Petroleum wants to expand its Anchorage fuel terminal, but some residents of a nearby neighborhood oppose the plan unless the company relocates storage tanks.

Agencies hold fire preparedness tests in Anchorage, Kenai
KASILOF (AP) -- Fire experts are warning that no response will be adequate if a wind-blown fire occurs in the Kenai Peninsula's spruce bark beetle country.

Volunteers control geese the old-fashioned way -- raid the nests
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Eighty-year-old Buck Zelkettie leans over and carefully plucks the still-warm white goose eggs from the nest lined in gray goose down.

Two Shageluk boys found dead in slough
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two boys from Shageluk were found dead Saturday in a slough at the edge of the Western Alaska village, Alaska State Troopers said.

Gas prospects draw bids in Cook Inlet lease sale
KENAI -- Oil companies bid more than $1.2 million for 30 tracts in the state's annual Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale. The companies apparently are focusing on natural gas prospects.

Rush for first Copper River salmon approaches
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For years, two upscale Seattle grocery stores battled to see which could fly in the first succulent Copper River salmon of the season.

Rescuers ready to lift climber with altitude sickness from McKinley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rescuers were waiting for better weather Friday afternoon before lifting a climber with high-altitude sickness from Mount McKinley.

Condor expected to land in Fairbanks on schedule
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lufthansa's striking pilots aren't expected to keep Condor Flugdienst from its inaugural flight to Fairbanks on May 24, a company official said.

Hundreds of bills await legislators next session
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers passed 103 bills this year, but about 400 more are still sitting in committees waiting for the Legislature to return in January.

Suspect in critical condition after hanging attempt
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man accused of attempted rape was in critical condition Saturday after trying to hang himself Thursday at Fairbanks Correctional Center.

Company eyes Alaska's North Slope for Internet data storage center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A newly formed company hopes to tap what Alaska's North Slope has in abundance -- isolation, cold temperatures and natural gas -- to create a huge Internet data storage center.

Climber decides to descend McKinley after altitude condition improves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Mount McKinley climber with high-altitude sickness had improved enough Saturday to begin descending from the mountain, the National Park Service said.

Coast Guard responds to sinking of boat near Cold Bay
KODIAK (AP) -- Four fishermen escaped from their sinking boat Friday morning about 20 miles southwest of Cold Bay, the Coast Guard reports.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Breakfast served to honor mom Service board to meet Aurora Gas official to speak at Alliance meetingChamber to meet for lunchMonitoring program topic of lunchBorough mayor to talk about reapportionmentPublic meeting on gasline project set for ThursdaySPCA van to visit Nikiski 4-H tree sale slatedCities prepare for cleanup day KCHS choir reunion planned for JuneBrain walk planned for June 9Chamber to present July 4th activities

NOW PLAYING: A Knight's Tale
Going to the movies can be such an eye-opener. When I studied British Literature in high school and college, I never realized all the stuff that the professors were leaving out.

Dog Days in Kenai
Bill Godek works the line between people and pets.

Borough cleanup
Alan Holt, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley and Craig Chapman hoist an abandoned tire into the back of a flatbed truck alongside Oxford Road during borough employee cleanup day Friday.

Resident, council urging state to install traffic lights on Sterling Highway at Kobuk, Birch
Everyone wants to be able to walk through their city safely. But not everyone agrees Soldotna is safe for pedestrian traffic.

Thursday exercise puts spotlight on teamwork tion
Firefighters went door-to-door asking residents to evacuate, while an air tanker dropped water on the fire to buy time.

Lessons learned likely to be lasting
The simulated wildfire may be out, but the value of Thursday's exercise still burns bright.

Members reject removal of utility's debt ceiling
Homer Electric Association members passed one measure meant to allow the cooperative to move quickly on opportunities to diversify, but rejected another.

Pedestrians, bicyclists, safety forgotten in highway upgrade
Pedestrians and bicyclists are clear losers in the design of the upgrade to the Sterling Highway in Soldotna.

Letters to the Editor
What's up with land deal?

Not exactly bipartisanship
WASHINGTON -- While President Bush was able to pick off enough moderate Democrats to win approval of a budget that advances his tax cut and spending-restraint agenda, most Democrats are not ready to compromise.

The good, bad and ugly of the 22nd Legislature
The statistics tell part of the story:

Letters to the Editor
Fair solution to fish wars

My Best Friend
Bettina Brown of Kenai said her cat D.C. isn't really all that vain. D.C. just likes to sit in the sink.

Cassandra and Joe Zerbe
Joe Zerbe and Cassandra Yates of Tempe, Arizona, were married Feb. 17, 2001 in Payson, Ariz.

Chad Hegwer and Sarah Thoms
Thoms, Hegwer plan wedding at Soldotna church

Stars shine at Borough meet
Like Saturday's ever-present, brilliant sunshine, both the Stars and the Kenai Peninsula Borough's track and field athletes did a lot of shining at Skyview High School.

Skyview girls draw with Kenai
The Skyview High School girls soccer team stymied Kenai Friday afternoon, playing to a scoreless draw in a Region III match at Kenai.

Kardinals shut down Soldotna
Saturday's match between the Kenai Central and Soldotna high school boys soccer teams showcased just how far the sport has come in four years of varsity play here on the peninsula.

Skyview girls defeat Mariners
The Soldotna High School boys soccer team defeated Grace Christian 6-0 Friday in a Region III match at Soldotna.

Blues can't bring Avs down in series opener
Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy, center, is congratulated by teammates Shjon Podein, left, and Dave Reid after a 4-1 win over the Blues Saturday.

Dallas beats San Antonio to stay alive
By JAIME ARON

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