Thursday, May 18, 2000

New foundation hopes to raise money for chinook salmon
SEATTLE (AP) -- A new foundation is hoping the area's well-heeled will be willing to open their checkbooks to help protect salmon.

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.

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

Students from rural Alaska attend academic camp at UAF
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Forty-two high school students from rural Alaska are getting a jump on college at an academic boot camp at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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.

Man claims childhood abuse led him to murder renowned UAF scientist
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man on trial for strangling a renowned scientist from the University of Alaska Fairbanks said Thursday he was responding to an aggressive sexual advance that reminded him of the time he was molested by a neighbor when he was 12 years old.

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.

State plans prescribed burn in the Farewell area
McGRATH (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources planned to ignite a large prescribed burn Thursday on state land in the Farewell area of the western Interior.

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.

Savoonga man charged with sexual abuse of a minor
NOME (AP) -- A Savoonga man was arrested Tuesday on a charge of sexual abuse of a minor.

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.

Murkowski tries to close dumping loophole
JUNEAU (AP) -- A loophole that allows ships to dump untreated sewage within the Inside Passage would be closed under legislation proposed Thursday by Sen. Frank Murkowski.

Conservationists knock cruise ship monitoring plans
JUNEAU (AP) -- State and federal officials sketched out plans Wednesday for monitoring water and air emissions from cruise ships, while environmentalists called the proposals vague and questioned whether they would have any effect when they begin this summer.

Museum exhibit offers peek at Russian treasures
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An exhibit at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Russian-American Trading Company, active in Alaska until the territory was sold to the United States.

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.

Police say finders keepers on construction-site cash
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 22-year-old Juneau man who found more than $50,000 last year will get to keep the money, the Juneau Police Department announced Thursday.

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.

Anchorage schools to cut sports
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School Board Wednesday eliminated high school hockey, swimming and gymnastics from next year's school budget.

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.

Search to resume for missing Kodiak girl
KODIAK (AP) -- Searchers are regrouping to look for new clues in the disappearance of a Kodiak girl who was last seen nearly two years ago.

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.

Fairbanks bars cited for selling alcohol to minors
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Half the bars, restaurants and liquor stores Fairbanks police contacted this month during a sting operation sold alcohol to underage undercover buyers, police said.

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.

Arctic sees effects of thinning ice cap, scientists say
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scientists presenting research findings on arctic environmental changes reported Wednesday that the polar ice cap has thinned by 40 percent in just three decades.

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.

Crews clean up village fuel spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cleanup crews have recovered most of an estimated 750 gallons of spilled heating oil in Stevens Village that had threatened to contaminate the Yukon River, state environmental officials said Wednesday.

School district considers alternative high school diploma
JUNEAU (AP) -- Klawock School District officials are developing a new diploma program that could be offered as an alternative for those who fail the state's new graduation exam.

Knowles signs bill authorizing Four Dam Pool sale
PETERSBURG (AP) -- A bill authorizing the sale of four state-owned hydroelectric plants to provide money for rural power subsidies was signed into law Thursday.

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.

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.

Business Briefs
Cross Timbers borrows to repay loansPhillips licenses sulfur-removal processHalibut 100 draws 120 anglersExcel enters Alaska marketHomer lures spring visitorsAlaska Nitrogen Products cuts emissionsFirst National wins A+ ratingMortgage delinquencies down

Kasilof couple unveils sauce line
A new Kasilof business has sprung from the demand for sauces at the former Mana Kalani restaurant in Soldotna.

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.

High-speed Internet debuts in Soldotna
Some residents of Soldotna can forget about that pokey 56k modem hooked up to their home computers. It's old technology.

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
Chamber luncheon speaker announcedCeremony to honor fallen officersSnoring topic of discussionSterling meeting scheduledLoonwatch workshop offeredSpecial Olympics Torch Run is SaturdayCemetery cleanup planned

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

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.

Facts about coral reefs
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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.

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.

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

New foundation hopes to raise money for chinook salmon
SEATTLE (AP) -- A new foundation is hoping the area's well-heeled will be willing to open their checkbooks to help protect salmon.

Halibut 100 draws 120 anglers
The second annual Halibut 100, a one-day derby sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, drew 120 anglers Saturday. More than half the participants came from outside the Kenai Peninsula.

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Arts center presents exhibit with a sense of humor
WILMINGTON, Del. -- As they enter the ''Discov-ering Dinosaurs'' exhibit, visitors get the first indication this is not your usual museum display. They come upon a cordoned-off work area with broken ceiling tiles and a hard hat on the ground.

Nikiski murder suspect facing additional charges
A Nikiski man awaiting trial on charges including first- and second-degree murder was the focus of a grand jury again last week.

Administrators working to redefine, increase graduation standards for new century
Defining a high school diploma is about to get harder.

Small blast reported at Tesoro; refinery operations undisturbed
No injuries were reported and there was no disruption to operations after a small explosion at the Tesoro Alaska Petroleum Co. refinery in Nikiski early Wednesday afternoon.

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

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

Road crews brace for dust season
If it isn't snow or mud, it's dust. As allergy sufferers know well, Kenai Peninsula roadways are drying out.

Assembly OKs land sale to volcano center
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stopped short Tuesday of giving free land for the proposed $12.5 million North Pacific Volcano Learning Center.

Oil industry seeks replacements for aging work force
The average age of British Petroleum employees is 50, and many of them are looking at retirement. In an effort to renew its work force, the company has joined with several University of Alaska campuses to train skilled employees.

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.

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

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

Annie Tina Tanape
Nanwalek resident Annie Tina Tanape died May 6, 2000, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 64.

Susan Lanora Wills
Anchorage resident Susan Lanora Wills died in her home May 5, 2000. She was 43.

Laura Lee Tiemann
Ninilchik resident Laura Lee Tiemann died May 11, 2000, at the South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 80.

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.

Heat reigns with Thunder
MIAMI -- One more win, and the Miami Heat will have vanquished the archrival that ruined their last two seasons.

Avalanche lose Foote, gain Bourque for Game 3
DENVER (AP) -- Ray Bourque insists he's returning to the Colorado Avalanche lineup on his own timetable -- not because defensive partner Adam Foote is out with an eye injury.

Security increased after brawl
CHICAGO -- And Wrigley Field is supposed to be ''The Friendly Confines.''

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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