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Sunday, May 21, 2000

McCain pans Alaska military projects
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When he was running for president, Arizona Sen. John McCain called his campaign bus the ''Straight-Talk Express.'' Last week in Washington, D.C., McCain directed some straight talk toward Alaska in his criticism of a military construction bill.

League of Conservation Voters putting environment first
SEATTLE (AP) -- The League of Conservation Voters wants Washingtonians to be thinking about the environment when they go into voting booths during the fall elections.

DNC chairman says Gore playing to win in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chairman of the Democratic National Committee said Saturday that Vice President Al Gore is playing to win Alaska's three electoral votes in November's presidential election.

Knowles vetoes service area changes
JUNEAU (AP) -- In a move that pleased Anchorage officials and irked the mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Gov. Tony Knowles vetoed a bill Friday that would have changed the laws governing local service areas that provide road maintenance, fire protection and other services.

Watchdog group cites potential conflicts for lawmakers
JUNEAU (AP) -- More than 40 percent of the Alaska Legislature had financial interests in organizations that lobbied the state during 1998, according to a study by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan government watchdog group.

Six Alaska school districts to get money for youth programs
JUNEAU (AP) -- Six Alaska school districts will share in $4.5 million in federal money to fund after-school programs, the governor's office said Friday.

Fairbanks teachers seeking 4.2 percent pay raise
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Teachers in Fairbanks are seeking a 4.2 percent boost in pay in their next contract.

Rain douses plan for prescribed burn in Farewell area
McGRATH (AP) -- Rain doused plans for a prescribed burn Friday on state land in the Farewell area of the Interior.

McKinley climbers report bear encounter on mountain
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Imagine the surprise of a Welsh mountain-climbing team -- they're making their way up the snow-covered slopes of Mount McKinley last week when they run into a bear at 8,000 feet.

Baggage handler killed in airport accident
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines baggage handler died Friday night after his baggage cart pinned him against a plane.

Otter mortality up in Cordova area
CORDOVA (AP) -- Sea otters have been dying in unprecedented numbers along Cordova beaches in recent years, and so far scientists haven't figured out an exact cause.

Around the Peninsula
Earthquake shakes HomerVisitors center changes hoursAlliance chapter meeting scheduledSpring Fling luncheon plannedBoard of directors meeting planned

Military's role in species conservation grows
BARRY M. GOLDWATER RANGE, Ariz. (AP) -- Bryan Morrill is methodically scanning back and forth, peering at the badly rutted paved road. Suddenly, he slams on the brakes.

Nader courts unhappy environmentalists from Gore camp
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) -- As national environmental groups embrace Al Gore, grassroots conservationists upset with the Clinton administration's forest policies are contemplating a protest vote for Ralph Nader -- a move that could help George W. Bush in some key Western states.

Vegetarians sought The Peninsula Clarion is looking for residents of the Kenai Peninsula who are vegetarians for a possible upcoming story.
If you or someone you know are interested in contributing, call Sara J. Smith at the Clarion at 283-7551.

Soldotna man rolls into high-speed hobby
With its flaming fenders and glinting chrome, Bill Banta's immaculate 1936 Chevrolet pickup is certainly a head-turner.

127 SoHi students get diplomas
Thursday it was the Soldotna High School Class of 2000's turn to step forward and claim diplomas.

Seward trailer fire under investigation
Fire broke out in a trailer home at the Salmon Creek trailer court in Seward Friday.

Suicide follows assault, rape of Seward woman
Alaska can be a good place to hide. That's what two men are doing who are suspects in the May 4 brutal beating and rape of Trefena Probert of Seward.

Search on for suspects
Alaska State Troopers are looking for two suspects in the May 4 beating and rape of Seward resident Trefena Probert (See related story, this page).

Historical register lists 2 area cabins
Two cabins reflecting the Kenai Peninsula's pioneer heritage have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources announced this week.

Photo feature: Finishing touch
Karolee T. Hansen unveils a bronze sculpture symbolizing the ideal boy scout during a ceremony Friday night at Erik Hansen Scout Park

Marlar, Araoz plan summer ceremony
Kimberly Lyn Marlar and Guillermo Rafael Araoz, both of New York, will be married May 28 at Woodmont Baptist Church in Florence, Ala.

Moock, Hacker plan summer wedding
Moock, Hacker plan summer wedding

Banks, Hanson to marry in Colorado
Sherril Ann Banks and Duke Wright Keith Hanson, both of Boulder, Colo., have announced their plans to marry Aug. 25 in Estes Park, Colo.

Colony sweeps; Bird breaks region record in 1,600
On a day when seven of the eight Region III relay records were broken, the Colony boys and girls track teams swept the Region III Track and Field Tournament Friday and Saturday at Palmer High School.

Fans injured in walkway collapse
CONCORD, N.C. -- At least 50 people were injured Saturday night after a concrete walkway collapsed as fans left Lowe's Motor Speedway at the end of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s victory in The Winston.

Bosick, Powers, Dillon earn trips to state
Host Susitna Valley ran away with the Region II track and field championships, winning both team competitions and 16 of the 34 individual titles.

Moose wear girls crown
Saturday, the Palmer girls did what they have been waiting all season to do -- beat Colony. The Moose won 2-1 to take the region title away from the Knights.

KCHS boys dump Skyview
Wait 'til next year -- that's what members of the Kenai Central High School boys soccer team were telling themselves a year ago after Skyview knocked them out of the Region III tournament on penalty kicks.

Friday's soccer capsules
SEMIFINALSQUARTERFINALS

Knights grab boys title
It was a game that had everything. Goals, defensive play, nifty saves and a rivalry.

Kardinals flock to state soccer tourney
The Kenai Central High School girls soccer team didn't want its season to end with a heartbreaker.

Otter mortality up in Cordova area
CORDOVA (AP) -- Sea otters have been dying in unprecedented numbers along Cordova beaches in recent years, and so far scientists haven't figured out an exact cause.

McKinley climbers report bear encounter on mountain
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Imagine the surprise of a Welsh mountain-climbing team -- they're making their way up the snow-covered slopes of Mount McKinley last week when they run into a bear at 8,000 feet.

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