Tuesday, May 16, 2000

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.''

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.

Cordova bans or restricts building in avalanche zones
CORDOVA (AP) -- This coastal community has adopted a tough new ban on building in snowslide zones following a devastating avalanche in January that wrecked five homes and two warehouses and killed a 63-year-old woman.

Another suitor looks at Lamonts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Another company wants to buy Lamonts Apparel Inc. but hasn't decided whether it would keep all of the struggling chain's stores open.

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.

Judicial council looking to fill Alaska judgeships
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Judicial Council is looking to fill three open judgeships, two in Anchorage and one in Bethel.

People urged to leave seal pups alone
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- People who find seal pups on Alaska beaches from now until mid-June should leave well-enough alone, a federal fisheries official said Monday.

Five rescued after plane sinks at North Pole
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five adventurers, among them aviation legend Dick Rutan, have been rescued from the North Pole after their Russian-designed biplane broke through drifting ice and sank to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean.

Heating oil spill threatening Yukon River
STEVENS VILLAGE (AP) -- An estimated 750 gallons of spilled heating oil was threatening to contaminate the Yukon River, state environmental officials said Monday.

Juneau Assembly backs mental health layoffs
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Assembly has passed an ordinance authorizing the dismantling of the city's mental health services, a measure aimed at heading off a lawsuit filed by workers facing layoffs.

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.

Girl dies after being kicked in the head by horse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A girl died after she was kicked in the head by a horse, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

New law bans charging for rape exams
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sexual assault victims cannot be billed for tests to collect evidence of the crime under a bill signed into law Tuesday.

Delta Junction students to end school year early
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Students at Delta Junction schools will be released for the year Friday because of budget cuts.

Fairbanks leaders envision state-of-art visitor center
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The city's civic leaders are proposing a state-of-the-art visitor and transportation center to appeal to tourists and residents alike.

Five rescued after biplane sinks at North Pole
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Five people, including famed aviator Dick Rutan, were rescued from the North Pole after their Russian-designed biplane sank through the ice, a Coast Guard spokesman said early today.

Former gas station owner burned in explosion
KENAI (AP) -- A former gas station owner was seriously burned when an underground tank at the station exploded.

Copper River salmon season gets under way
ANCHORAGE -- Alaska's salmon fishing season officially got under way at 7 a.m. Monday when commercial fishers dropped their nets in the Gulf of Alaska to catch kings and sockeye headed for the Copper River.

Research center to study pollock, world's largest fishery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A partnership has been formed with the University of Alaska Fairbanks to research pollock -- the world's largest fishery.

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.

Juneau Republican runs for 7th term
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau Republican Rep. Bill Hudson is seeking a seventh term in the Legislature to continue pushing for a solution to the state's long-term financial problems.

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.

Final count confirms Wuerch wins Anchorage mayor's job over Begich
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It's official. George Wuerch is mayor-elect of Alaska's largest city.

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.

Haines mayor retires from troopers
HAINES (AP) -- The mayor of the city of Haines mayor no longer will be the Chilkat Valley's highest-ranking law enforcer as of June 1.

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.

Biplane sinks at North Pole, rescue underway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five people aboard a Russian-designed biplane were stranded Monday when the plane landed at the North Pole and sank through the ice.

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.

Alaska firefighters headed to New Mexico
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Six Alaska Fire Service workers are joining the more than 1,000 firefighters in New Mexico battling the Los Alamos blaze.

Palmer police officer honored in Washington D.C.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Palmer police officer shot in the line of duty one year ago was among 139 officers honored by President Clinton Monday.

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.

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Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber to hold weekly luncheonKenai chamber weekly luncheon slatedDrag racing group to meet WednesdayLabor council to hold monthly meetingBreast-feeding group to hold sessionTickets on sale for all-star game

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

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Copper River salmon season gets under way
ANCHORAGE -- Alaska's salmon fishing season officially got under way at 7 a.m. Monday when commercial fishers dropped their nets in the Gulf of Alaska to catch kings and sockeye headed for the Copper River.

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.

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.

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

Photo feature: Bird watching
John Amend, Sharmon Bremond and her daughter Tovia are surrounded by gulls as they toss bread to the birds on the beach in Kenai last weekend.

Weather permitting, burn ban lifted; caution urged
Cloudy skies hovered and a slight drizzle fell from the sky Sunday evening and Monday. The change in weather brought some relief for those interested in burning on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

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.

CIA grads take first step of new journey
Five students who have spent most of their young lives together are now going their separate ways, after graduating Sunday from Cook Inlet Academy, the small Christian school on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

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

Underground tank ignited by spark
The owner of a former service station received burns to most of his face Monday when the underground gasoline tank he was trying to empty exploded.

William F. 'Bill' Smith
Cooper Landing resident William F. "Bill" Smith died Friday, May 12, 2000, from Lou Gehrig's disease at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 71.

Martin E. 'Marty' Van Boxtel
Former Soldotna resident Martin E. "Marty" Van Boxtel died unexpectedly on Monday, May 8, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital in Green Bay, Wis., due to complications of diabetes. He was 52.

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.

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 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

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

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

Births
Lisa and Mark Burton Kelli and Gary Stroh

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

Parkinson feels at home in Homer
Homer senior Karen Parkinson has learned that certain things -- like the science of throwing the discus or the art of making friends -- are the same no matter where one lives.

Rising Stars
DALLAS -- Mike Modano and the Dallas Stars switched roles with the Colorado Avalanche and had another successful second game.

Region III Track and Field Bests
Through 5/13

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.

Sixers lose $50,000, gain victory over Pacers
INDIANAPOLIS -- Philadel-phia's $50,000 fine may have been worth it.

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.

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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