Saturday, May 20, 2000

St. Marys man convicted of assault in beating death
BETHEL (AP) -- A St. Marys man has been convicted of felony assault for his part in the September beating death of a man.

Student dies of injuries after being hit on skateboard
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A student at Service High School died Thursday of injuries he suffered when he was hit by a a tow truck while skateboarding in the middle of a major street early Sunday.

Small explosion shakes Tesoro refinery
NIKISKI (AP) -- A small explosion at the Tesoro Alaska Petroleum Co. refinery in Nikiski Wednesday afternoon caused no injuries and didn't slow production, company officials say.

Natives say climate changes hurting subsistence
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dramatic climate changes are under way in Alaska that are making it harder for Natives to continue their subsistence lifestyles, a scientific gathering in Washington, D.C. was told this week.

Processor's ship leaking oil near Bethel
BETHEL (AP) -- A World War II-vintage ship used as a floating dormitory for fish processing workers has taken on water in a slough near Bethel, and is releasing some sort of oily sheen that's moved down the Kuskokwim River and into the small-boat harbor, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

State says it won't make changes to lane-use plan
KENAI (AP) -- State officials won't make any changes to the Kenai Area Plan even though the borough has filed a lawsuit.

Anchorage teachers approve new contract
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage teachers voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a new contract with the school district.

Found money brings worries
JUNEAU -- A Juneau construction worker gets to keep $127,400 in cash he found last year, but his father is concerned that publicity about the windfall could endanger him.

Fairbanks consolidation plan moves ahead
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A move toward consolidating the city of Fairbanks with the Fairbanks North Star Borough took a small step forward Wednesday with verification of a petition to turn the city into a borough service area.

Earthquake shakes Homer
HOMER (AP) -- An earthquake Friday afternoon shook Homer on the Kenai Peninsula.

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

Four states push bill to route salmon money to the Northwest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pacific Northwest lawmakers are joining forces behind a bill that could make it easier for Washington state, Oregon, California and Alaska to receive up to $200 million a year for salmon recovery for years to come.

Coast Guardsman charged with Unalaska sexual assault
UNALASKA (AP) -- A Coast Guardsman has been indicted on charges of raping a female colleague in an Unalaska hotel room last September, according to an agency spokesman in Juneau.

Knowles pushing for organic label for Alaska salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is pushing the federal government to endorse Alaska's wild salmon as an organic food.

Alaska requests review of redistricting proposal
WASHINGTON -- Alaska has asked the Justice Department to approve changes to the way it redraws state legislative lines, including a state law that calls for the use of actual, rather than sampled, Census 2000 population figures.

Nine injured, homes destroyed in Interior village
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Nine people were injured and three houses destroyed Thursday in the Interior village of Beaver when winds picked up and a resident burning grass lost control of a fire.

German airline begins nonstop Anchorage-Dusseldorf flights
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A German airline has begun non-stop flights over the pole from Anchorage to Dusseldorf, Germany, for the summer.

Ice jam on central Yukon River breaks, waters recede
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An ice jam on the central Yukon River gave way but not before nervous residents of two villages scrambled to get their valuables to higher ground.

DOT considering high-speed ferry in Southcentral
CORDOVA (AP) -- The state is considering a new plan to create a high-speed ferry connection from Cordova to Valdez and Seward.

Army continues costly cleanup of wetlands
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When thousands of mallard ducks, trumpeter swans and green-winged teal were dying in a salt marsh at Fort Richardson, no one at first suspected white phosphorous.

Kenai Assembly agrees to sell land to volcano center
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stopped short of giving away the land for a proposed volcano learning center Tuesday. Instead, it offered 80 acres near the mouth of Stariski Creek for

Police say 'finders keepers' on found 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.

U.S. Forest Service and Murkowski at odds over heritage area
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski are at odds over a proposed Kenai Mountains/Turnagain Arm National Heritage area.

Around the Peninsula
Emergency medical services on displayIditarod luncheon scheduledRealtors meeting plannedCemetery cleanup this eveningTree sale offers varietyNature hike SaturdayBridges meeting setSeward Harbor Festival Saturday and SundayFAS discussion series concludes

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.

Roadless plan focus now shifts to public, courts and Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Now that President Clinton has made his sweeping proposal to protect 43 million acres of roadless national forests, the focus shifts to three other arenas -- the public, Congress and the courts.

Caddis fly has become venerable and adaptable standard for the fly box
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Dillon resident Al Troth tied the first elk hair caddis, that staple of Montana fly boxes, back in 1957.

Kenai council OKs employee raises
All 104 employees of the city of Kenai -- both full- and part-time -- will see a little something extra in their paychecks after July 1. The city council, on a 5-2 vote, approved a 1 1/2 percent pay raise at its Wednesday night meeting.

Skyview says goodbye to grads
The audience stood and cheered as 139 young men and women proudly filed into the Skyview High School gymnasium south

Fallen officers remembered
Gathered beneath flags hanging at half-staff, local law enforcement representatives paid tribute to their fallen comrades in a Thursday ceremony that was part of National Police Memorial Week.

Land plan appeal fails to sway DNR
State officials say they will make no changes to the new management plan for state-owned lands in the Kenai Peninsula Borough despite the pressure of a borough lawsuit.

Kenai Peninsula Online - Senior LifestylesCity dwellers enjoy Ship Creek fishing 05/19/00

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

Yeager samples Alaska game-farm hunting
FAIRBANKS -- Wrap him in a flight suit and drop him into a jet and he's the fastest man on Earth. Drop him into a pair of field boots, hand him a shotgun and put a dog in front of him and he's a hunter like any other -- well, sort of.

Hunting critics active
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Op-ponents of land-and-shoot wolf hunting say they've filed a referendum petition with the lieutenant governor's office seeking to repeal the law the Legislature just passed permitting such hunting again.

Protests set at Presbyterian, Episcopal conventions debating gay issues
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Demonstrations are planned for the June national assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the July convention of the Episcopal Church to protest their policies against homosexual activity.

Archbishop-elect Egan differs from O'Connor on unions
NEW YORK (AP) -- At the end of Cardinal John O'Connor's life, union leaders took out a full-page New York Times ad proclaiming him the ''patron saint of working people.'' Some labor activists say his successor, Bishop Edward Egan, has been hostile to unions.

Anglican Church relying on Canadian government for financial survival
FREDERICTON, New Brunswick (AP) -- The Anglican Church of Canada, the nation's third largest religious body, hopes to avoid bankruptcy through help from the federal government.

Religion Briefs
Trails, tails topic of luncheon todayEternal Reign festival set for June

Some parents question Wisconsin school's religious ''released time''
AUGUSTA, Wis. (AP) -- Some parents are raising questions about a new plan to let students spend an hour a week of public school time at churches learning about religion.

United Methodists declare Mormonism outside Christian tradition
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A new United Methodist Church policy statement declares that the Mormon church, ''by self-definition, does not fit within the bounds of the historic, apostolic tradition of the Christian faith.''

Presbyterian seminary president resigns before misconduct verdict
SAN ANSELMO, Calif. (AP) -- The president of San Francisco Theological Seminary resigned days before a Presbyterian church tribunal convicted him on two counts of sexual misconduct.

Oiler's Corner
Jason Anderson of the University of Illinois was named pitcher of the year for the Big Ten Conference. The junior pitched a 12-inning, complete-game victory over Oilers head coach Gary Adcock and the Purdue Boilermakers in the first game of the Big Ten tournament this week.

Philadelphia wins in Devils' building
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With rookie goaltender Brian Boucher playing like Dominik Hasek, the Philadelphia Flyers didn't need to worry about either the New Jersey Devils' recent dominance or the so-called Meadowlands jinx.

Dead heat for Region III track and field crown
Last year, the girls title at the Region III Track and Field Tournament came down to the final race.

Region III tourney not just for kicks
While the Colony Knights are the consensus favorite to take both the boys and girls Region III high school soccer crowns this weekend, the competition for the other two state tournament berths looks to be close.

Big Mac enjoys Philadelphia three-dom
PHILADELPHIA -- Mark McGwire homered three times to pass Mickey Mantle for eighth place on the career list and had a career-high seven RBIs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 Thursday night.

Bart the Bear, featured in several movies, dies at 23
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A 1,500-pound, 9 1/2-foot grizzly bear who appeared in more than a dozen films, including ''The Edge'' with Anthony Hopkins, has died from cancer at age 23.

Glacier National Park grizzlies counted
WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) -- An elaborate, two-year study has put a number for the first time on how many grizzly bears are in and around Glacier National Park: 437.

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