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Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Supreme Court ruling appears to have little impact in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A U.S. Supreme Court ruling against distribution of medical marijuana is unlikely to have much impact on the 191 Alaskans who have registered to use the drug as medicine.

Bristol Bay Borough voters say 'no' to employment privilege tax
NAKNEK (AP) -- Bristol Bay Borough voters for the second time have rejected an employment privilege tax.

Groups seek class on Alaska cultures
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A coalition of Anchorage groups, spurred by the January paint ball attack on Alaska Natives, proposed Monday that the Anchorage School District add a required high school course to teach students about Alaska cultures and history.

Man gets prison time for arson
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for setting his apartment on fire in November. He faces more time for another fire set last month while he was awaiting sentencing.

Ferry repair work behind schedule
(Juneau-AP) -- Repairs to the state ferry Columbia are about a month behind schedule.

Bristol Bay Borough voters say 'no' to employment privilege tax
NAKNEK (AP) -- Bristol Bay Borough voters for the second time have rejected an employment privilege tax.

Ballot effort against Kenai prison
KENAI (AP) -- A newly formed group on the Kenai Peninsula is trying to block a private prison proposal with an initiative it hopes to put on the October ballot.

Ferry Delayed
(Juneau-AP) -- Repairs to the state ferry Columbia are about a month behind schedule.

Man who ran from court in March is captured
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who sprinted from the courtroom during a March arraignment was back in custody Monday and being arraigned again -- this time from a cell.

Cross Timbers Oil changes name to XTO Energy
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Cross Timbers Oil Co. is changing its name to XTO Energy Inc., officials announced Tuesday at the company's annual meeting. Among the company's properties are oil platforms in Alaska's Cook Inlet.

Oil in Cook Inlet traced to Unocal pipeline
NIKISKI (AP) -- Oil detected in Cook Inlet starting on Friday apparently came from an underwater pipeline that connects Unocal's Dillon platform with processing facilities, the Coast Guard said Tuesday.

Postal Service overhaul sought by senators
WASHINGTON -- Upset by two postal rate increases in six months and discussions of delivery cutbacks, some congressional leaders said Tuesday the mail agency must be overhauled. But Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens said he would oppose any radical change that would substantially trim the $140 million the postal services loses annually on its Alaska operations.

Knowles kicks off IOGCC meeting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles told members of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission that the time is right to develop Alaska's natural gas resources and build a gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

Climber rescued from McKinley is recovering
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A South Korean climber rescued from Mount McKinley Monday underwent surgery for a bleeding ulcer shortly after he was whisked down from North America's highest peak, according to the National Park Service.

Oil spotted on Cook Inlet near Nikiski
NIKISKI (AP) -- Concentrations of thick, heavy oil have been sighted floating in Cook Inlet near Nikiski, and authorities are cleaning up the oil and trying to determine its source, according to the Coast Guard and state officials.

Oil in Cook Inlet traced to Unocal pipeline
NIKISKI (AP) -- Oil detected in Cook Inlet starting on Friday apparently came from an underwater pipeline that connects Unocal's Dillon platform with processing facilities, the Coast Guard said Tuesday.

Head of Alaska Air National Guard retires
JUNEAU (AP) -- The commander of the Alaska Air National Guard is retiring.

Man who ran from court in March is captured
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who sprinted from the courtroom during a March arraignment was back in custody Monday and being arraigned again -- this time from a cell.

Travel agency to offer flights to Russian Far East
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A local travel agency and an air charter business have teamed up to offer flights to the Russian Far East.

Pipelines draw suspicion in spills
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The source of several recent small spills of old crude oil in Cook Inlet has been narrowed to one of two underwater pipelines servicing Unocal's Dillon production platform.

Climber rescued from McKinley is recovering
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A South Korean climber rescued from Mount McKinley Monday underwent surgery for a bleeding ulcer shortly after he was whisked down from North America's highest peak, according to the National Park Service.

Trial begins for accused drunk driver
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A defense attorney representing a man with a long history of drunken driving convictions told jurors Tuesday that the February 2000 collision that killed Beulah Dean was an accident and suggested his client wasn't the driver.

Man gets prison time for arson
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for setting his apartment on fire in November. He faces more time for another fire set last month while he was awaiting sentencing.

Local politicians shy away from gay parade
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- What if Anchorage had a gay pride parade and no politicians came?

Postal Service overhaul sought by senators
WASHINGTON -- Upset by two postal rate increases in six months and discussions of delivery cutbacks,

Gold company and truck firm end contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Gold Mining has canceled a gold ore hauling contract with Big State Industries. The cancellation comes one week after two early morning rollovers of ore-laden Big State trucks.

Woman charged with assault in shotgun shooting
SHELDON POINT (AP) -- A Sheldon Point resident was arrested and charged with assault for allegedly shooting a shotgun through a closed window and hitting a man.

Videotaping cemetery vandal sentenced
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first of three men convicted of vandalizing the Birch Hill Cemetery last year learned this week the price he would pay for the crime.

Knowles changes date of special session on cruise ships
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles said Monday he will change the date of a special session on cruise ship legislation to June 7 to accommodate a committee chairman who kept the bill in his committee during the regular session.

Park officials say season's over for snowmachines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State parks officials say Denali State Park will be closed to snowmachines this Friday.

Second Korean climber rescued from McKinley
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- A South Korean climber was airlifted off Mount McKinley and relayed to an Anchorage hospital Monday after seeking aid at a medical tent high on Mount McKinley, according to the National Park Service.

Rabies quarantine extended for Wainwright
BARROW (AP) -- While other North Slope villages are in the clear for the season, health officials this week extended a rabies quarantine in Wainwright after a dead fox was found near some dogs in the village.

Victim in paintball attack files lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of the Alaska Natives targeted in a paintball attack in January is suing the three young men accused of doing the shooting, and the parents of one of the youths because their car, paintball gun, and video camera were used in the attacks on several Natives, KTUU-TV in Anchorage reported.

Denali Highway getting plowed, but not quite ready for smooth travel
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Anyone planning to drive the Denali Highway in the next week better have a vehicle with a good suspension.

Ferry repair work behind schedule
JUNEAU (AP) -- Repairs to the state ferry Columbia are taking longer than expected, forcing the Alaska Marine Highway System to rearrange its schedule and use other vessels to fill in until the ship's expected return to service sometime after July 4.

Bill would allow Huna Totem Corp. to exchange ANCSA land
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would allow the Huna Totem Corp. to exchange nearly 2,000 acres of land for more economically-viable land won committee approval Wednesday in Washington.

Police investigate Anchorage vandalism
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police are investigating a weekend vandalism spree that caused at least $100,000 in damage at three South Anchorage businesses.

State funding brings Juneau teachers, district back to the table
JUNEAU (AP) -- A jump in state funding has helped bring the Juneau School District and its teachers back to the bargaining table.

Anchorage man acquitted of murder in Macedonia
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Macedonian court has acquitted an Anchorage restaurateur of all charges associated with the shooting death of another Anchorage resident in Macedonia last fall.

Yakutat moves ahead with tax despite resistance from cruise industry
JUNEAU (AP) -- Yakutat is moving ahead with a $1.50 per passenger cruise ship tax its Assembly approved in January, despite efforts by the cruise industry to avoid it.

Alaska Natives help Smithsonian identify artifacts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a Smithsonian warehouse in suburban Maryland last week, five Inupiat Eskimos from Unalakleet puzzled over boxes of ivory charms and figurines that have been in the museum's collection since the mid-1800s.

Overcrowding prompts restriction of popular private Kasilof River ramp
KENAI (AP) -- It's May and the fishing season is just starting but the battle lines are already being drawn on the Kasilof River.

Cross Timbers Oil changes name to XTO Energy
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Cross Timbers Oil Co. is changing its name to XTO Energy Inc., officials announced Tuesday at the company's annual meeting. Among the company's properties are oil platforms in Alaska's Cook Inlet.

Around the Peninsula
K-9 unit topic of today's chamber meetingSpay-neuter van in Nikiski on ThursdayAARP meeting slated for Thursday in KenaiGas council to meet ThursdayDisabled veterans set to meet ThursdayBuilders group to hear about legislative issuesTree forum plannedLions gun show coming upRegistration under way for swim lessons Teacher workshop planned for JuneMuseum looking for summer volunteersSkyview football players looking for projectsHost families soughtVolunteer host positions open

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
Alliance to meetChamber to hold luncheonT-200 group to hold last meeting until fallEDD to hold meetingCouncil to meet ThursdayTree forum plannedLions Gun Show coming upRegistration under way for swim lessonsTeacher workshop planned for JuneMuseum looking for summer volunteersSkyview football players looking for projectsHost families soughtVolunteer host positions open

Alaska Christian College set to open in the fall
According to Keith Hamilton, President of the new Alaska Christian College, kids are presently enrolling from all over the State of Alaska.

Annual Rotary rose sale puts a bloom on scholarship fund.
The annual Rotary Rose Sale has become a spring tradition on the Peninsula.

Outdoors
Yes we have had a few nice days of spring since we last visited here in this column even if it always seems like I end up doing all the talking!

Focus on energy and Alaska's investment climate
Alaska's investment climate may be warmer than the weather, according to BP's Director of Public Affairs, Paul Laird.

New stock car series on TRAC
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Organizers of a new stock-car series say they don't want to use NASCAR drivers when the circuit begins in 2003.

Feature photo: Taking it to the street
Just a few of the dozen people protesting the lack of crosswalks at the intersections of the Sterling Highway and both Kobuk and South Birch streets wait for a chance to symbolically cross the highway at Kobuk.

Board to hear comments on proposed House, Senate districts
The Alaska Redistricting Board may get an earful from Kenai Peninsula residents on four plans for redrawing state House and Senate districts.

After busy weekend, burn suspension in effect
Dry weather and a busy weekend for firefighters has prompted the state Division of Forestry to suspend all burning permits on the Kenai Peninsula until further notice.

Torch run to benefit state Special Olympics
The Flame of Hope will spread like wildfire through Alaska when the 2001 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is held in communities across the state Saturday.

Overcrowding forces restriction of popular private ramp on Kasilof River
It's only May, the season is just starting, but already people are upset about angling on the Kasilof River.

Former Salvation Army captain pleads no contest to consolidated charge
About 20 supporters, some reading Bibles, were present when Cleland Troy Trickel pleaded no contest to a single consolidated charge of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Governor's gas council comes to town
Kenai is the next stop of Gov. Tony Knowles' Alaska Highway Natural Gas Policy Council, which will be meeting at the Merit Inn at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Group forms to ban prisons
Believing the majority of Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will agree, the newly formed Citizens for a Private Prison Free Peninsula officially stated its intent to put the issue on the October ballot.

Program through borough helps with spring cleaning on peninsula
Area residents are taking full advantage of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's invitation to drop off junk and abandoned vehicles that may have been cluttering yards or causing various domestic arguments.

Mystery slicks appear near OSK
State and federal officials are investigating the source of two mysterious oil slicks that appeared Friday and Monday off the OSK dock in Nikiski.

Lawmakers ready for special session
They're home, but not for long.On June 7, the Kenai Peninsula's five-member legislative contingency heads back to Juneau at Gov. Tony Knowles' request.

Sophia Marie Moon
Former Kenai resident and Alaska Native Sophia Marie Moon died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at her home in Anchorage. She was 58.

Pope's visit to mosque more than church politics
Pope John Paul II seems driven to preach conversion of heart, spirituality, simplicity and charity to a world besotted with power, fame, wealth and self-gratification.

Jefferson prophetic with concern judiciary 'most dangerous' part of government
Even before President Bush nominated his first group of judges to the federal bench, liberal politicians began tossing rhetorical grenades. They spoke of the nominees

Letters to the Editor
Since God created all of us, He must love us all equallyASMI makes available materials to help market Alaska seafood

No quick fix in energy plan
WASHINGTON -- The energy plan that Vice President Dick Cheney hands off to President Bush this week will offer no immediate relief for high gasoline prices and no immediate answers to two of the politically trickiest issues that Cheney's task force looked at -- nuclear waste and gas mileage standards.

Applause
Many play important behind-scenes role in Nikiski dance performanceGroup says thanks for support shown to commercial fishing

After-graduation fun chance for seniors to show responsibility
The culmination of 12 to 13 years of formal schooling begins tonight as Kenai Peninsula seniors begin receiving their hard-earned high school diplomas.

Applause
Community support appreciatedCommunity spirit fuels donationsDonation aids learning experienceGroup effort focuses on safety

Tax reform should center on fairness, what's really needed
... President Bush started off like gangbusters with his proposed $1.6 trillion, phased-in income tax cut and a tax rebate for every American taxpaying household.

Letters to the Editor
Law enforcement officers have hard job; they deserve word of gratitudeWhat's happened in Alaska?

School news around the district
News from the schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Nikiski Elementary project has everyone singing praises
Move over, Stradivarius. Students at Nikiski Elementary School have shown an unexpected knack for creating homemade musical instruments.

Around the district
Schools dismiss for the summerGraduations begin at area schoolsHot lunch service endsAfter the Bell offers summer schoolDrama camp coming to the peninsulaNikiski announces Students of the Month

School Menus
School lunch menus for this week.

Homer school at top in technology
When West Homer Elementary School was built, planners designed the facility with the emerging computer world in mind.

Honor Students
The following students have been named to the third-quarter honor roll at Skyview High School and Homer.

Memory improving among older Americans
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Aging baby boomers often complain of having forgetful ''senior moments,'' but new evidence suggests the memories of older Americans may have improved during the last decade.

Menus
This weeks menus at the peninsula senior centers.

Senior Briefs
News of Senior activities throughout the Kenai Peninsula.

Expos' Vazquez shuts down Dodgers
MONTREAL -- Javier Vazquez pitched a two-hitter for his third career shutout to lead the Montreal Expos to their third straight win, 2-0 over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

Win over Mavs sets up series between last two NBA champs
SAN ANTONIO -- Despite all the barbs the Los Angeles Lakers have thrown, the San Antonio Spurs haven't fought back.

Hulien is 'Dawgged in pursuit of excellence
As far as Nikiski senior Inger Hulien is concerned, anything worth doing is worth doing right.

King to unify title without two heavyweights
NEW YORK -- Evander Holyfield and WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz will fight in China in August, with WBC and IBF champion Hasim Rahman on the undercard.

Charlotte one win away from clinching trip to conference finals
MILWAUKEE -- The Bradley Center brought out the high-flying style that has taken the NBA by storm.

Super Mario bedevils New Jersey
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The extra rest didn't make the difference for the Pittsburgh Penguins -- Mario Lemieux did.

Iverson tapped for MVP award
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson, who led the overachieving Philadelphia 76ers to the best record in the East, was picked as the NBA's Most Valuable Player on Tuesday.

Turek laments 'lucky' goals as Avs take 2-0 lead in series
DENVER -- On one end of the ice, Patrick Roy is making critical saves. On the other end, Roman Turek is simply becoming a critic.

Sports Briefs
Harris takes Spring Migration RunNikiski girls down Grace Sampras exits again in first roundMinnesota women's basketball coach firedSupreme Court rules against GarveyMarino fails to qualify for U.S. Open

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