Monday, May 22, 2000

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.

Denali Borough prepares to accept land grant
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Denali Borough is preparing to accept 16,000 acres from the state as its first land grant under the Municipal Entitlement Act.

Whittier braces for influx of tourists with opening of road
WHITTIER (AP) -- For the 280 residents of this Prince William Sound port, tucked away at the end of a long bay and surrounded by mountains, isolation has been both a blessing and a curse.

NTSB: pilot said he was dissatisfied with training before crash
JUNEAU (AP) -- The pilot in a deadly helicopter crash near Juneau last year told two people about a week earlier that he felt pressured to fly in marginal weather, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator said.

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.

2000 tourist season under way in Barrow
BARROW (AP) -- Despite temperatures hovering around 10 degrees, the 200 summer tourist season has started in Barrow.

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.

Former Valdez city councilman dead of cancer
VALDEZ (AP) -- Former city councilman Tom Van Brocklin has died after a nine-month battle with cancer. He was 50.

Two Kenai Peninsula cabins get listed on historic register
KENAI (AP) -- 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.

Alaska getting $50 million in federal money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska companies, communities and institutions have been awarded more than $50 million in federal grants and contracts, the state's congressional delegation said Monday.

Alaskans argue dividend denials all the way to Supreme Court
JUNEAU (AP) -- For most Alaskans, getting a Permanent Fund Dividend takes a few minutes of paperwork and a postage stamp.

Troopers search for two suspects in Seward death
KENAI (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are searching for two men suspected in the rape of a Seward woman who was found dead in her home May 6, two days after the assault.

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.

Grad student wins grant to study fish-counting method
JUNEAU (AP) -- A University of Alaska graduate student has won a $96,000 fellowship to study a novel way of estimating fish populations.

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.

Holland America donating $200,000 to educational programs
SEATTLE (AP) -- Holland America Line-Westours Inc. is giving away some money to educational groups in Alaska.

Alaska communities look to feds for ''rural'' subsistence designation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Now that the Kenai Peninsula, with its 50,000 residents, shopping centers and highways to Anchorage, is considered ''rural'' under federal subsistence rules, other Alaska communities are asking why they can't also be made eligible for a rural hunting and fishing priority.

Alaska Railroad's new cars have a tropical look
ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska Railroad's new cars look familiar from the outside, but it's a whole different decor on the inside.

Troopers launch campaign to enforce seat belt, child restraint laws
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are stepping up their enforcement of seat belt and child restraint laws this summer.

Man arrested in Anchorage for Arizona murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was arrested in Anchorage over the weekend for an Arizona murder committed nearly 14 years ago, police said Monday.

Suspect part on Flight 261 fell microscopically short of requiring regular tests
SEATTLE (AP) -- The aircraft part suspected of causing the deadly crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 fell just .001 inch short of requiring regular tests, The Seattle Times reported.

Scientists studying decline of Steller sea lions
SEWARD (AP) -- For a few weeks a year, scientists studying Steller sea lions engage the animals in wrestling matches in remote haulouts in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea.

Alaska's congressional delegation divided on normalizing China trade
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's congressional delegation will likely vote without a unified voice when asked to decide whether to establish permanent normal trade relations with China.

State considers contracts for telecom jobs
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state plans to contract out more of its telecommunications needs, a move state workers say could cost more than 50 jobs.

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.

State considers contracts for telecom jobs
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state plans to contract out more of its telecommunications needs, a move state workers say could cost more than 50 jobs.

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.

Producers desperate for workers to meet oil demand
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Oil companies are so desperate for workers that one producer in Oklahoma is recruiting released inmates at the prison gates.

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.

Borough, university vie for Kenai lands
KENAI (AP) -- The land selection process for the Kenai Peninsula Borough is likely to get more complicated, due to a bill passed by the Legislature.

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.

Kodiak man dies in fall from cliff
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak man was killed Friday night in a fall from a cliff.

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.

Reeve eliminating summer service to Dutch Harbor
DUTCH HARBOR (AP) -- Reeve Aleutian Airways is eliminating its summer service to Dutch Harbor because the route is not profitable.

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.

Report: Mechanics pressured to return faulty jets to service
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Alaska Airlines mechanics said they were pressured to return jets to service in recent years despite inspections that found further repairs were necessary, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

Trooper run over while patrolling creek near Palmer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Alaska state trooper was dragged by a car and run over early Saturday after stopping a driver at Jim Creek, a popular late-night party area.

Around the Peninsula
Plans under way for summer clubhouseProgram about native plant uses slatedInline hockey league planned for summerFlea market scheduled in NinilchikComputer time rental now availableSpay, neuter clinic will make monthly visitsSmall business center to hold workshopPCI skills center to hold computer workshops

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
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.

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).

Borough's gain could be EDD's loss
The Kenai Peninsula Borough soon could absorb a big slice of the work now done at the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District. That could mean big cuts to the EDD.

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

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

Community joins together for cancer patient
In the three months since Alicia Dorcas Willard was diagnosed with cancer, she has made the most out of every moment.

University land grant complicates borough selections
The university land grant approved in the last session of the Alaska Legislature adds a new twist to the debate over Kenai Peninsula Borough land selections from the state.

Breast cancer facts
Breast cancer strikes one in nine women.

Perseverance, commitment lead graduates down 'Alternative' path
High school graduation is a significant achievement for anyone. It is a time to look back and look ahead, a time to evaluate and assess.

Photo feature: Special torch
Patrick Giford keeps the flame burning as he and Amber Gillicamb make their way around the course of Saturday's Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run in Kenai. The event was a fund-raiser for Special Olympics Alaska. Other communities held similar events throughout the state.

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.

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

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.

Dorothea Mae (Thorson) Kimbrel
Dorothea Mae (Thorson) Kimbrel died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, in Spokane, Wash. She was 83.

May 17: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the Alaska Children's Trust:
For nearly a decade the Alaska Children's Trust amounted to little more than a paper promise of unspecified future goodwill.

May 19: Kenai Peninsula Clarion with advice for graduates
Some members of the graduating class of 2000 may not want to hear this, but their school days are far from over.

May 19: Anchorage Daily News on the Native Language Education Act:
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May 21: Voice of the Times on a rural subsistence designation for the Kenai Peninsula
When the federal Subsistence Board decreed the entire Kenai Peninsula ''rural'' for subsistence purposes, it inadvertently may have taken the first step toward resolving Alaska's painful subsistence dilemma.

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

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.

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.

Births
Christine and Michael BergholtzTammy and Pete Goggia

Alaska SeaLife Center News
Found seal pups thriving Fish releaseKasitsna Bay trip a successCelebration at ASLC

Community news
Activities held for graduatesClass reunion plannedWin a free trip to Anchorage

Peninsula People
SoHi graduate honored at universityStudent receives scholarshipKCHS grad in internship programPeninsula students receive scholarshipsSoHi students win national awardsSkyview student receives invitationTribal member celebratesSoroptimist awards presented

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.

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.

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.

Friday's soccer capsules
SEMIFINALSQUARTERFINALS

Dallas pulls even with Avs
DENVER -- Being outshot 39-15 in a must-win game on the road isn't the usual formula for success. But thanks to Ed Belfour, the Dallas Stars regained home-ice advantage.

New York freezes out Heat
MIAMI -- The New York Knicks did it to the Miami Heat again, eliminating them on the road with a new sort of stunning ending.

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.

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.

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.

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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