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Tuesday, May 23, 2000

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.

Little Alaska town braces for influx of tourists with opening of road
WHITTIER, Alaska (AP) -- For the 280 people 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. But that seclusion is about to end.

Matanuska Telephone reaches $187.5 million agreement with ACS
PALMER (AP) -- Matanuska Telephone Association has reached an agreement with Alaska Communications Systems to sell the cooperative for $187.5 million, the companies announced Monday.

Canada donates fund to salmon conservation funds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Canada has deposited $335,000 into two conservation funds to help rehabilitate salmon runs on the West Coast.

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 found beaten to death
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man found dead in an apartment Monday was the victim of a severe beating.

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.

Cruise ship catches fire in Glacier Bay
JUNEAU (AP) -- A fire aboard a cruise ship in Glacier Bay National Park burned for about 45 minutes Tuesday, causing extensive damage but no injuries, Coast Guard and cruise line officials said.

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.

GOP turns its back on Rep. Young's lands bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Republican Party of Alaska adopted a resolution at its state convention Saturday opposing a landmark bill sponsored by their fellow Republican, Rep. Don Young.

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.

Angoon residents look for wounded grizzly
JUNEAU (AP) -- Authorities in Angoon have been unable to find a grizzly bear wounded after it charged a man Saturday.

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.

KTVA sale nears completion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The sale of Anchorage's No. 2 television station to MediaNews Group could be completed as early as Wednesday, company officials said.

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.

Local officials promote Nikiski terminus for natural gas pipeline
KENAI (AP) -- Work by local officials to promote Nikiski over Valdez as the terminus for a pipeline to export North Slope natural gas appear to be paying off.

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.

Little Alaska town braces for influx of tourists with opening of road
WHITTIER, Alaska (AP) -- For the 280 people 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. But that seclusion is about to end.

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.

Hairline hull crack found in oil tanker leaving Valdez
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 3 1/2-inch crack was discovered early Monday in an Exxon tanker departing from Valdez, creating a sheen and forcing the ship back to the dock, state officials said.

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

GOP turns its back on Rep. Young's lands bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Republican Party of Alaska adopted a resolution at its state convention Saturday opposing a landmark bill spnsored by their fellow Republican, Rep. Don Young.

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.

Judge locks up Anchorage food bank
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state court judge on Monday ordered that a food bank operated by Anchorage activist Michael O'Callaghan be shut down.

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.

Canada donates fund to salmon conservation funds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Canada has deposited $335,000 into two conservation funds to help rehabilitate salmon runs on the West Coast.

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.

Inter-Island ferry start-up delayed
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Inter-Island Ferry Authority's new service between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island will begin about six months later than anticipated, a spokesman said Monday.

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.

Gwichin to follow caribou migration to protest ANWR development bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gwich'in Natives from the U.S. and Canada will follow the Porcupine caribou herd to their calving grounds this summer to protest renewed efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

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

Minimum 10 students expected to enroll in the fall
FALSE PASS (AP) -- School Superintendent Wes Knapp is keeping a close watch on fall enrollment in the Aleutians East Borough School District.

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.

Man arrested in Alaska for 1986 Arizona murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man has been arrested in Alaska for an Arizona murder nearly 14 years ago, police said.

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.

Rescue crew to recieve highest honor
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Coast Guard helicopter crew will receive the nation's highest peacetime flying honor for plucking three fishermen from the Gulf of Alaska during a storm last November.

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.

Governor signs meth, crime bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill increasing the penalties for manufacturing methamphetamines and three other crime bills were signed into law Monday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

Babcock ascends to head state GOP
JUNEAU (AP) -- Tuckerman Babcock, the veteran Republican activist who ran much of John Lindauer's disastrous 1998 campaign for governor, ascended to the chairmanship of the Republican Party of Alaska at the party's convention.

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.

Rain ends plan for prescribed burn in Farewell area
McGRATH (AP) -- Plans for a prescribed burn on state land in the Farewell area of the Interior were postponed Monday until next spring.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 plannedSalad luncheon scheduledChamber to hold luncheonMapping cemeteries is topic of meetingBuilders dinner plannedYard sale, flea market slated in Anchor PointVolunteers sought by WRCCSmall business center to hold workshop

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

Photo feature: Hunting and pecking for dinner
A male three-toed woodpecker makes its way around a dead spruce tree in search of dinner recently. Like dirty dishes left in a sink, a pile of bark beneath the tree provided evidence of previous meals.

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.

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.

Whittier not a threat to Kenai tourism - yet
When the new road to Whittier opens two weeks from now, there will be a lot of tourists turning left at the end of Turnagain Arm a few miles before they reach the Kenai Peninsula.

Breast cancer facts
Breast cancer strikes one in nine women.

Soldotna intern learning 'WRITE' stuff
Erik van Eaton was having a pleasant dinner at Godfather's Pizza in Soldotna when he was gripped by deja vu.

Open road: Whittier braces for more tourists
WHITTIER -- 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.

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.

Cooper Landing man files for District 8 seat
Lifelong Cooper Landing resident Larry Smith has joined the crowded field in the race for State House District 8.

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.

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.

Mat-Su borough, Anchorage chamber support Cook Inlet pipeline terminus
Local officials' work to promote Nikiski over Valdez as the terminus for a pipeline to export North Slope natural gas seems to be bearing fruit.

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

Robert L. 'Bob' Harris Sr.
Former Kenai resident Robert L. "Bob" Harris Sr. died of an aneurysm on Friday, May 19, 2000, at Morton General Hospital in Morton, Wash. He was 74.

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 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 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.

Births
Christine and Michael BergholtzTammy and Pete Goggia

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

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

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

German foreign exchange student enjoys time in Alaska
The Nikiski High School boys soccer team had a distinctively international flavor in its midfield this season.

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.

Blazers burn through Lakers
LOS ANGELES -- He is a 6-foot-11 portrait of grace and skill at his best; hot-tempered and self-destructive at his worst.

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.

Devils stave off elimination with 4-1 victory in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- The New Jersey Devils did not make their latest trip down the New Jersey Turnpike in vain.

Angoon residents look for wounded grizzly
JUNEAU (AP) -- Authorities in Angoon have been unable to find a grizzly bear wounded after it charged a man Saturday.

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