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Wednesday, May 17, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Alyeska investigates shifting of pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A mile-and-a-half section of the 800-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline has abruptly shifted south, shearing bolts that hold the pipe to supports.

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.

Energy bill includes provision to open ANWR to oil drilling
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski has again resurrected efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, this time in a national energy policy bill announced Tuesday with Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.

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.

Climber hospitalized after McKinley fall
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Austrian climber was in stable condition at an Anchorage hospital Wednesday after falling 800 feet on Mount McKinley.

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.

UAF to hire additional professors
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- As many as 20 additional professors should be in place at the University of Alaska Fairbanks by the start of the fall semester and no later than January, reversing the downsizing trend of 1996-99.

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.

Timber company slowly leaving Alaska
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Louisiana-Pacific Corp. should be finished with its Alaska logging and cleanup operations within a few years, according to a company spokesman.

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.

State objects to tour featuring bears at Dillingham dump
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Letting a local guide charge people $20 to view bears at the Dillingham dump is a bad idea that ''sets a bad example for other Alaska communities,'' state officials said Tuesday.

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.

Ketchikan assembly approves bowl company bankruptcy payment
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has offered to pay $88,098 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to settle a debt that arose from a loan guarantee for a local wooden bowl manufacturer.

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.

Volcano survivor recalls eruption
JUNEAU (AP) -- Bruce Nelson thought it was the end of the world when the Mount St. Helens volcano blew its top 20 years ago.

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.

Kenny Lake man charged with sexual abuse
GLENNALLEN (AP) -- A Kenny Lake man has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor for alleged incidents dating back 16 years.

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.

DNR withdraws Cook Inlet leases from upcoming sale
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that it has dropped 126 tracts from the Cook Inlet oil-leasing program.

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.

Woman surrenders after stand-off with police
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman surrendered peacefully after a five-hour standoff with police, authorities said Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Metals company aims to save rusty bridges with zinc 'jackets'
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An Indianapolis metals company is turning the destructive power of saltwater into an environmentally friendly way to protect bridges in the Alaskan wilderness.

Female CEOs equating personal success with that of thier companies
FEMALE CEOs AND SOARING STOCKS: Female CEOs have not only broken through the glass ceiling, they've sent their companies' stock prices soaring, according to a survey published in Equity magazine.

New Chevron CEO tries to prove fossil fuel companies aren't fossils
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- David O'Reilly's education as Chevron Corp.'s new CEO included a crash course in New Economics 101. Lesson One: No matter how impressive their profits are, companies born in the 19th century have a tough time getting the stock market's attention in the 21st century.

Coca-Cola plans $1 billion over five years in diversity spending
ATLANTA (AP) -- Coca-Cola Co., faced with a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by black employees, plans to spend $1 billion over the next five years to boost opportunities for minorities and women.

Around the Peninsula
Community directory now availableBreast-feeding group to hold sessionTutoring fair to be held ThursdayTree sale set for this weekendCook Inlet RCAC board meets on FridayDetention facility group to meet on Monday Marketing workshop for artists offeredTickets on sale for all-star game

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

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.

Fla. governor approves $2 billion for Everglades preservation
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday signed a law setting aside $2 billion to help restore the Everglades, and called on Congress to match that commitment.

FARM SCENE: Federal agencies still trying to resolve blackbird dispute
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- While two government agencies debate a blackbird poisoning program, farmers in the Dakotas are seeding their sunflower crops and looking at propane-powered cannons, scarecrows or other ways to keep the birds at bay.

Facts about coral reefs
Facts about coral reefs:

Plummeting water levels stir worry, debate on Great Lakes
Kris and Marge Mills bought a marina and fishing shop last year for half a million dollars. They've spent tens of thousands more fixing it up. Now they desperately need something money can't buy: water.

'Celebration' teaches elementary school students to value resources
Hundreds of students converged on Johnson Lake in Kasilof Tuesday morning to celebrate salmon.

Dead zone, blamed on bourbon spill, kills fish
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A deadly pool of water that may have been caused by bourbon that spilled into the Kentucky River has literally driven fish to jump out of its path and killed everything that breathes with gills.

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.

Eating fish may lower depression risk, study suggests
CHICAGO (AP) -- Eat fish, be happy?

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.

Kenai firefighters honored for role in '99 ice rescue
Saving lives is the stuff heroes are made of.

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.

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.

Peninsula Job Fair offers help for employers, jobless
Need a job? Looking for an employee?

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.

Candidates forum takes up issue of permanent fund
Candidates for all three Kenai Peninsula state House seats were grilled by the Save Your Dividend committee Monday night over issues near and dear to the group.

J. Lee Bame
Longtime resident J. Lee Bame died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at the Heritage Place Nursing home in Soldotna. He was 70.

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.

Gladys Alene Jones
Longtime Soldotna resident Gladys Alene Jones died Monday, May 15, 2000, at her home in Soldotna. She was 50.

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.

Cyclists fear drivers with road rage
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There was the driver who pulled a gun on him, and the driver who ran a pickup truck onto a sidewalk after him, Christopher Scott recalled.

Kenai Golf Course ready for business; Pre-Season champions crowned
The Kenai Golf Course officially opened on Sunday. Dan Kirsch and his crew have been working very hard getting the course ready for play. The green covers are stored for the summer and the mowers are out.

Construction nixes triathlon
To Tri or not to Tri -- that was the question facing organizers of the annual Tsalteshi Trails Association-sponsored Peninsula Triathlon, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.

Denali skaters fare well in Fairbanks
In the first weekend of May, members of Soldotna's Denali Figure Skating club traveled to Fairbanks to take part in the Sourdough Figure Skating Competition.

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.

Tocchet leads Philadelphia effort with two goals, assist
PHILADELPHIA -- Just when the adversity seemed too big to overcome, the Philadelphia Flyers found a way -- again.

Lakers find right SPF for Suns
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers simmered for two days after being blown out in Phoenix.

Region III Track and Field Bests
Through 5/13

Bulldogs claw into regions
The Nikiski High School soccer teams wrapped up their regular seasons with a trip to Houston Monday.

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

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

Land deal to benefit grizzlies
Kenai's brown bear critical habitat near the Killey River is protected, thanks to the Nature Conservancy of Alaska.

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