Monday, May 15, 2000

Coast Guard seizes vessel accused of driftnetting
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard on Friday seized a Honduran-flagged fishing vessel accused of illegal driftnetting south of the western Aleutians, the agency said.

Lobbyist Spending-Fees
The 20 highest paid Alaska lobbyists and their fees in 1999, according to an Associated Press analysis of reports submitted to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Million Dollar Bridge gets historic designation
CORDOVA (AP) -- One of Alaska's best-known bridges has been added to the nation's list of historic sites.

Wasilla residents raise funds to honor town's namesake
PALMER (AP) -- A group of local residents hopes to honor Wasilla's historical and indigenous roots with a memorial to the Athabaskan leader for whom their town is believed to have been named.

Alaska gas prices steady while Lower 48 declines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While gasoline prices are on the decline in the Lower 48, prices in Alaska are holding steady, according to the Alaska office of the American Automobile Association.

Anchorage doctor's license suspended after drug arrest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Medical Board has suspended the medical license of Dr. Jeffrey Gottlieb, saying he ''poses a clear and immediate danger to the public health and safety if he continues to practice as a physician.''

Avalanche expert says homes stand in slide zone
VALDEZ (AP) -- Nearly a dozen homes on a Valdez street stand within an avalanche zone and should be moved, according to an Anchorage-based avalanche expert hired to assess snowslide risk in the Prince William Sound community.

Clothing charity a step on ladder to success
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The free advice dispensed at the Career Closet seems just as valuable as the clothing.

Retiring senator takes job with Alyeska
JUNEAU (AP) -- Retiring state Sen. Jerry Mackie will join Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. as state government affairs manager, a new position, the company announced Friday.

Teen brings downtown Pelican to the Internet
JUNEAU (AP) -- Internet users from around the world can get a real-time look at the tiny Southeast community of Pelican on a Web site set up by a village teen.

Further cutbacks sought in Southeast king salmon fishery
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Department of Fish and Game has already made major cutbacks in the Southeast Alaska king salmon quota for sport fishermen, and is looking for even more reductions.

Brush fire turns up marijuana patch
JUNEAU (AP) -- A campfire near Thane created a small brush fire which led to the discovery of a patch of marijuana being tended in the Tongass National Forest.

Car broker in arrears files for bankruptcy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A used-car brokerage that owes up to $500,000 to customers, ex-employees and others has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.

New Native language bill targets school districts
JUNEAU (AP) -- State Sen. Georgianna hopes a new Native language education law will prompt school districts to move beyond teaching the simple phrases and songs that are currently the extent of many Native language programs.

Alaska Air gets earful from irate Bethel residents
BETHEL (AP) -- After a month of flight cutbacks, Alaska Airlines is back on its regular schedule throughout rural Alaska.

Opposition building to Juneau area flightseeing initiative
JUNEAU (AP) -- Opposition is building here to a flightseeing initiative that would set strict hours for helicopter traffic during the tourist season.

National Bank of Alaska reports higher quarterly profit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- National Bank of Alaska, the state's financial institution, is reporting higher profit in the first quarter of 2000.

Kenai Peninsula Borough prepares for large land sale
KENAI (AP) -- Officials with the Kenai Peninsula Borough are making plans for what could be the biggest sale of borough land since the early 1980s.

Alyeska names new manager for spill response
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. has appointed a former Coast Guard commander as head of its tanker escort and oil-spill response program.

Environmental group wants Alaska Zoo to retire elephant to California
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A California-based environmental group is lobbying to get the Alaska Zoo to send its 19-year-old elephant to California.

Science Grants CORRECTIVE
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Associated Press misidentified the fishing gear group targeted by a video-camera monitoring system under development. The system would be used aboard longliners.

Two women arrested at Anchorage airport on cocaine charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two women were arrested Saturday on charges of smuggling about $300,000 worth of cocaine on a flight to Anchorage.

Barrow enforcing alcohol-import system
BARROW (AP) -- The city of Barrow is enforcing restrictions on importing alcohol into the North Slope community approved by local voters last fall.

Wasilla teen killed when truck veers into ditch
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla teen-ager was killed in a single-vehicle accident over the weekend, the Alaska State Troopers say.

Cruise lines agree to wastewater testing program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska cruise industry has agreed to a voluntary program of testing wastewater discharges by the giant ships carrying passengers through the Inside Passage.

Longtime Alaska trade representative to Korea dies
JUNEAU (AP) -- A long-time Alaska trade representative to South Korea died this week, the governor's office said Thursday.

Girdwood teen gets 60 years for killing mother
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 21-year-old Girdwood man was sentenced to 60 years in prison Friday for the 1997 stabbing death of his mother.

'Whistlestop campgrounds' proposed for peninsula
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service is looking into having campers board the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage or Seward to get to a rugged section of the Chugach National Forest.

DOTPF manager in Fairbanks resigns to take private job
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A key manager in the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is resigning his position to move into the private sector.

Aleut museum lucks into historic woven basket
UNALASKA (AP) -- Forget about the belief that only junk is available at Internet auction houses.

Kivalina villager opposed to Red Dog expansion
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- Native leaders in Kivalina are opposing expansion of the Red Dog Mine's port, saying the larger site would harm subsistence hunting for whales and other sea mammals in the Chukchi Sea.

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
Burn permits remain suspendedCandidate forum set for tonightNew business hours plannedLabor council meeting plannedIndustry consortium talk slatedArt workshop offeredLibrary seeking donations

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.

Renowned artists on display in Kenai
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center's new exhibit, "Alaska 2000: A Celebration of Wildlife Art," is generating a buzz among viewers, artists and organizers.

In praise of Alaska's inspiration
Organizers of "Alaska 2000: A Celebration of Wildlife Art" asked the invited painters to comment on the question, "What does Alaska mean to you as a wildlife artist?"

Featured artists plan to visit
"Alaska 2000: A Celebration of Wildlife Art" can be seen through July at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway.

Increased crime heightens interest in watch program
"Dear Neighbor, This is an invitation to you to help crime-proof our neighborhood," reads a Neighbor-hood Watch information sheet.

Kenai man related to mother of Mother's Day
It is a tradition, the second Sunday in May is set aside for the celebration of all mothers. Sons and daughters send them flowers, shower them with gifts and let them know how much they care. But to one Kenai man, the history behind the day is as important as the holiday itself.

Seldovia resident also submits request for fish, game harvest in Lake Clark National Park
The Ninilchik Traditional Council already was one step ahead when the Federal Subsistence Board made all Kenai Peninsula residents eligible for the federal rural subsistence preference.

Photo feature: Put me in, coach
Young ball players cheer as another team takes the field during the opening ceremony for Soldotna little league teams Saturday afternoon.

Cooperation, dog bites, guns greet those trying to collect information
Guns, dogs and even nudists have confronted Kenai Peninsula census workers this spring.

Bagley administration makes plans to sell nearly 1,200 acres, most since early '80s
Kenai Peninsula Borough officials are making plans for what could be the biggest sale of borough land since the early 1980s.

CPGH could get unexpected funds
In a federal money shuffle, Central Peninsula General Hospital soon will receive an almost $200,000 windfall.

Chamber seeks ideas in promoting peninsula
Increasing public awareness and having more things for visitors to do while on the Kenai Peninsula was the message Faron Owen brought to the Kenai Chamber of Commerce lunch Wednesday.

Photo feature: Going, going, gone
The sun sets behind the Alaska range above the Kenai River bluff in Kenai last week. Dust and smoke in the atmosphere has led to unusually vivid sunrises and sunsets recently.

Bradley brothers to meet, negotiate
Things are looking up for Sophie Bradley, the 88-year-old Kenai woman whose estate is in the hands of a professional conservator against her will.

Judge council gets earful
"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all," might apply someplace, but not at Thursday's judicial retention hearing.

Forum focuses on dividend, budget
Candidates for House Districts 7, 8 and 9 will be grilled at a candidate's forum tonight, mostly about the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Mary Cecelia Pepper
Longtime Homer resident Mary Cecelia Pepper died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at her home in Homer. She was 76.

Lars Hansen Jr.
Ninilchik resident Lars Daniel Hansen Jr. died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at his Aunty Penny and Uncle Willie's "home away from home," in Conway, Wash. after a brave battle with cancer. He was 20.

May 13: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on state employee contracts:
When the Legislature adjourned the other day, after a special session in which money magically was found to fund the first year of a three-year pay increase for state workers, th

May 10: Juneau Empire on state employee contracts:
It took a special session, but lawmakers finally approved -- and nearly unanimously -- new labor contracts with state employees. For that we say thanks.

May 14: Anchorage Daily News and Rep. Don Young's conservation legislation:
Rep. Don Young has much to celebrate - so does Alaska, so does the nation.

May 12: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the Nelchina caribou herd:
Action is needed to reverse the precipitous decline seen over the last decade in the Nelchina Caribou Herd.

Popular KPC teacher retires
For 21 years, Marge Hays walked the halls of Kenai Peninsula College, passing on her knowledge to many students.

Lisa and Mark Burton Kelli and Gary Stroh

Community News
Executive proclamation for MayNew hours for SeaLife Center in effectHost families sought

Peninsula People
Kenai student initiated into honor societyKCHS senior receives scholarshipSoldotna resident earns degreeGraduate receives nomination, jobKenai grad accepted into honor programStudent receives scholarshipNinilchik student receives scholarshipGraduates awarded scholarshipsSkyview senior enlists in ArmySoHi graduate enlists in ArmyBoy Scout to become Eagle

Kenai Peninsula Borough Track and Field Meet
May 12, 13 At Skyview High School

Kardinal girls pull trigger on Panthers in Region III victory
Soccer is a funny game. Teams battle for 80 minutes, but quite often, the outcome of the match is decided in the space of just a few seconds.

Devils find offense
PHILADELPHIA -- Whether they give up six shots or 36, play tight checking or more wide open, the New Jersey Devils are winning playoff games.

Big Mac pair ties Mantle career homer mark
ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire homered in his first two at-bats, tying Mickey Mantle for eighth place on the career list with 536, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-10 Sunday.

Keeping it straight
The life of a goalkeeper is never easy. Saturday, life was difficult for both Kenai's goalkeepers, but for different reasons.

Soldotna boys retain borough championship
Brandon Newbould has led the Soldotna boys track and field team back to the top of the mountain in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Skyview sweeps Seward
The Skyview High School girls soccer team kept its hopes for a Region III tournament berth alive with a 3-1 win over Seward Saturday.

Stars fall to Avalanche in conference opener
DALLAS -- The way Patrick Roy is playing, the Stanley Cup looks closer than ever for the Colorado Avalanche.

Ward powers Heat victory
NEW YORK -- The Knicks and Heat tend to turn their annual playoff meetings into something resembling football, so it was appropriate that a former gridiron star settled Sunday's game.

Kardinals dethrone Soldotna
Two Big Reds made a smashing return to the top of the Kenai Peninsula Borough track scene Friday and Saturday at Skyview High School in the borough meet.

Former Stars compete at cross-country meet
It's a small world -- at least when it comes to cross-country skiing and the Kenai Peninsula.

Knight verdict due today
INDIANAPOLIS -- The investigation of Indiana coach Bob Knight is over, and whether he keeps his job will be decided Monday by the university president.

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