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Thursday, May 17, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Kenai Assembly wants feasibility study of private prison
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is considering hiring an independent contractor to do a feasibility study of the impacts of a proposed private prison.

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.

Bush energy plans looks to long-term more than short-term fixes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush outlined an ambitious recipe Thursday for increasing the nation's supply of energy including drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and rejuvenating nuclear power.

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.

Copper River salmon fishery opens
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Copper River salmon fishery began Thursday, with more than 500 boats vying for the first salmon of the season.

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.

Southeast Alaska ferries serve New York City commuters
JUNEAU (AP) -- When the owners of NY Waterway were in the market for new ferries to serve New York City commuters, they went to Allen Marine in Sitka.

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.

DDT found in Ship Creek
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Trace amounts of the pesticide DDT have been found in Ship Creek in Anchorage, but scientists say it's not enough to cause concern for humans or wildlife.

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.

Ferry plan set back but not dead, DOT says
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Department of Transportation is not giving up on a new ferry concept for Southeast Alaska, despite setbacks in the recently concluded legislative session.

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.

Murkowski says he's going to start on energy bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration's energy task force report recommends lease sales in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge beginning in 2004.

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.

Low tides prove fruitful for hardy Clam Gulch clammers
CLAM GULCH (AP) -- Shovel in hand, blue wagon in tow, Kim Sterling prowled the edge of the Cook Inlet surf on Tuesday.

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.

No relocation for bears this year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The stakes for Ketchikan's garbage eaters are higher than ever this spring.

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

Former Salvation Army captain pleads no contest to sex-abuse charge
KENAI (AP) -- A former Salvation Army captain has pleaded no contest to sexual abuse of a minor.

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.

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.

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.

Light quake rattles Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake rattled Fairbanks Wednesday afternoon.

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

Native group targets sport fishing, hunting groups for boycott
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group seeking to advance civil rights of Alaska Natives through economic measures has targeted two sport fishing and hunting organizations -- and anyone associated with them -- for boycotts.

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.

Murkowski wins committee approval for historic route
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski won approval Wednesday in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for legislation to honor a route used by Native traders, gold seekers and pioneers.

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

Knowles signs minimum wage initiative petition
JUNEAU (AP) -- Saying the Legislature has failed to act on the issue, Gov. Tony Knowles signed a petition Wednesday in support of a ballot initiative to raise Alaska's minimum wage.

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

Wildlife managers count Kodiak brown bears by air
KODIAK (AP) -- State and Federal wildlife managers will do an aerial count of brown bears this week at the southern end of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

Man charged with assault in stabbing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested for allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old girl, police said Wednesday.

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.

Anchorage police step up seat belt enforcement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage Police Department is warning drivers that they better buckle up or risk being ticketed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Business Briefs
Oil states recognize Alpine projectUnocal bids in North Slope Foothills saleNorth Pacific council to meet in KodiakRegal Alaskan changes its nameInformation technology conference is freeHomer chamber mixer is across Kachemak BayCross Timbers Oil changes name to XTO Energy

Business Highlights,
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Dow industrials closed above 11,000 for the first time in eight months, soaring more than 340 points Wednesday on hopes that lower interest rates will revitalize economic growth.

Biweekly payments aren't the only way to speed up repayment of mortgage
NEW YORK (AP) -- A number of banks and mortgage finance companies are offering customers the option of switching from monthly to biweekly payments on their home loans, which speeds up repayment and greatly reduces the interest cost.

Two-hull tankers in service
ANCHORAGE -- The Cape Lookout Shoals, one of a new class of double-hulled tankers, has been steaming through the waters of Cook Inlet on a regular basis since last May.

Kids' salons make their mark
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Flailing arms, wriggling bodies and lots of tears are enough to discourage any parent from giving a child a much-needed haircut.

Doesn't anyone remember?
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you have a decent memory, you will experience the sensation of reliving events, including such diverse public drives as conserving energy, saving for retirement and simplifying taxes.

Finance 101: Boomers must plan, save for retirement, kids' college bills
NEW YORK (AP) -- Saving for retirement and her children's college education is so huge and daunting that Sharron Luttrell doesn't have a clue how to begin.

Anchorage processor seeks value-added seafood products
An Alaska food scientist is gearing up to start a pilot project this summer to produce value-added Alaska seafood products. The goal is to wow overseas markets and increase economic returns for Alaska fishers and processors.

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 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.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events, Films

Soldotna artist dabs in oils in spare time
Melinda Hershberger looked around the open space at Kaladi Brothers where her vibrant oil paintings are hung. She pointed out her favorites and those she believes need work, but her talent is prevalent in every one.

Art Briefs
Shakespeare play opens todayArts festival opens this weekendMusical Frankenstein auditions plannedDrama camp coming to the peninsulaGala concert rehearsal scheduledTheatre conference planned

The winston
Where: Lowe's Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile quad-oval with 24-degree banking in the turns, a 1,952-foot front stretch and 1,360-foot back stretch in Concord, N.C.

Points standings
Winston Cup point standings

Money leaders
Winston Cup money leaders

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.

Crews confront dangers in pits
CONCORD, N.C. -- This is the first time in 16 years that Lee McCall's job description doesn't include jumping in front of speeding traffic during a pit stop.

The Winston encourages competition
CONCORD, N.C. -- The Winston all-star race is everything that's good about stock car racing because it has nothing to do with a points system and the big picture.

Sustainability label boosts sales
ANCHORAGE -- A new label identifying Alaska salmon products as coming from a sustainable fishery is going over very well in Europe, reports Barbara Belknap, executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Fishers share ideas for setting their product apart from others
It's been done for 15 years in Cordova and going on five years in Western Alaska, now fishers in Cook Inlet are considering creating a brand name for their salmon to help set them apart from the crowd.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Remembering fallen comrades
Police officers from Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, Seward, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Fish and Wildlife Protection and Alaska State Troopers stand at attention as the VFW Post 10046 color guard presents the flag during the Police Memorial Day ceremony in front of the Soldotna Police Department Tuesday. This week is National Law Enforcement Memorial Week.

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.

Forestry lifts burn permit suspension
As of Wednesday, the burning permit suspension for small permitted piles only has been lifted in the Kenai-Kodiak area of Alaska State Forestry.

Better than the school bus
Central Emergency Services Senior Capt. Mike McConahy helps Luke Burow down from Ladder One after giving him and his brother Luke a ride home from Redoubt Elementary School Wednesday.

Borough assembly chooses Brown's replacement
With five applicants to chose from and a requirement that the winner be given five votes, it took 16 ballots for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to select a new assembly member Tuesday evening.

Liz Bolstridge
Sterling resident Liz Bolstridge died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 73.

Jonathan David Wackler
Soldotna resident Jonathan David Wackler died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 44.

Charles 'Charlie' Parker
Soldotna resident Charles "Charlie" Parker died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Maria Lee Thibodeau
Kenai resident Maria Lee Thibodeau died Sunday, May 13, 2001, in an automobile accident in Las Vegas, N. M.

Darris Allen 'Al' Cress Sr.
Longtime Nikiski resident Darris Allen "Al" Cress Sr. died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at his home.

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

Because U.S. has not abandoned its ideals, American dream thrives
The debate over education. Concern about the state of the economy. Discussion of the respective roles of government and religio

XFL's targeted audience found better things to do
They may be part of a demographic that advertisers salivate over. But statisticians see them as potential rioters and vandals. Insurance actuaries view them as speed demons. Hollywood targets them for movies like ''Dude, Where's My Car?''

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
Many contribute to goal of Habitat for HumanityFund-raiser puts students one step closer to GeorgiaStore's community spirit helps school project happen

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

Freeh picks good time to step down from FBI
In the wake of Timothy McVeigh's suddenly delayed execution, the obvious question is, how

Married couples live longer, stay healthier, make more money than singles
A U.S. Airways contest invites children to write an essay about their father or "father figure" for Father's Day. The divorced

School Menus
School lunch menus for this week.

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 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.

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

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

Late-night Blues scene a hit
ST. LOUIS -- Getting to Patrick Roy gave the St. Louis Blues new life in the Western Conference finals.

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

Working out kinks at the links
Oh, my goodness! Here we are again looking at the golfing season ahead of us. What a wonderful time of the year for Alaskans! We have all those warm weather activities we enjoy and wait all winter long to get back to.

Sports Briefs
Silver Salmon take four spots at meetNorth Road Panthers wrestle tough

Ninilchik heads to Susitna Valley for track regions
Believe it or not, the road to the state track meet for Kenai Peninsula schools Ninilchik and Seldovia goes through Talkeetna.

In memory of Frank McIlheragey
It is hard to write about someone who has passed on, who you thought you knew quite well only to find out you did not know them at all.

Iverson destroys Raptors
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson stared directly into Vince Carter's eyes, seemingly toying with him. He faked to his left, then to the right, continued to dribble, shuffled back and nailed a 3-pointer over Carter's outstretched arm.

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.

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.

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.

Wildlife managers count Kodiak brown bears by air
KODIAK (AP) -- State and Federal wildlife managers will do an aerial count of brown bears this week at the southern end of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.

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