Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Michigan twins plead innocent to airplane charges
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Aspiring twin models from Michigan have pleaded innocent to federal charges of disrupting a flight headed for Shanghai.

Stevens says erosion may force villages to move
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Large sums of money might be needed to deal with rising water and erosion at several Arctic villages, including the possibility of moving the villages inland, U.S. Sen. Ted. Stevens said Monday.

Report finds Alaska's children faring better With BC-Children's Health
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's children are faring better than many kids living in other states, according to a report on the health of America's children.

Government approves Steller sea lion studies
KODIAK (AP) -- Federal officials have approved 26 research projects to examine the decline of the Steller sea lion in the oceans off western Alaska.

Rain, cool temperatures dampen start of Interior fire season
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Interior is seeing a slow start to the fire season, due to cool temperatures and rain.

Company seeks license to explore for gas, oil in Nenana Basin
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An unidentified company is asking the state for an oil and gas exploration license in the Nenana Basin in what is the first significant interest in the area in two decades.

Phillips hopes for second Alpine in NPR-A
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co. has struck oil on five of six wells drilled in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, and geologists believe the wells have hit three separate accumulations of oil and gas.

Man sentenced for break-in, robbery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One of four Fairbanks men convicted of a December home break-in has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for that and another crime.

Census shows Alaska becoming more like the rest of U.S.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The latest census figures confirm what Alaska women already know.

Some of nation's top scientists to gather at UAF
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Some of the nation's top scientists will visit Alaska next week to discuss funding research on climate change and the Arctic.

Stebbins gets $1 million grant to help diversify economy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal Economic Development Administration is issuing a $1 million grant to the local Native association in the village of Stebbins.

Man charged with stabbing children enters no plea, lawyer pleads not guilty
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man accused of trying to kill four children by slashing their throats refused to enter a plea at his arraignment Tuesday. His public defender did it for him: not guilty.

Spill empties 5,000-gallon tank at Aleknagik
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A spill at a marina in Aleknagik has emptied a storage tank filled with an estimate 5,000 gallons of gasoline, according to state environmental officials.

Bail raised for Ketchikan man charged in homicide
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Bail was increased for a Ketchikan man charged with first-degree murder after his former roommate was beaten to death with a baseball bat.

Anchorage boy shot in neck, another boy arrested
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 12-year-old boy was shot in the neck Sunday night and a 13-year-old boy was being held in the shooting, Anchorage police said. An an adult was also arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in the case.

System to deal with Cross Timbers spill is apparently working
KENAI (AP) -- A system to separate oil from water that was set up after a spill was discovered in Cook Inlet appears to be working, said Doug Lentsch, general manager of Cook Inlet Spill Prevention Response Inc.

Cross Timbers works on pipe problem
KENAI (AP) -- Cross Timbers Oil Co. this weekend completed a temporary system to collect oil and contaminated produced water that was leaking from an eroded outfall pipe in Nikiski.

Wade Hampton census area is youngest in United States
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- In the rural villages that dot the flat, treeless wetlands of the lower Yukon River, as many as half the residents are children.

Snowmobile ban being reconsidered in Western parks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is weighing a proposal from snowmobile manufacturers that could eventually result in lifting the ban on snowmobiling at several Western national parks.

Juneau garbage ordinance attempts to address bear problem
JUNEAU (AP) -- Residents who leave garbage where bears can get into it will face fines under an ordinance approved by the Juneau Assembly on Monday.

Board approves wolf control, protection measures
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game approved an increase in a buffer zone to protect wolves that stray from Denali National Park and Preserve.

Man pleads not guilty to murder in DWI death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man charged with murder, manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in connection with a vehicle accident that killed a 16-year-old girl pleaded innocent Monday in Anchorage Superior Court.

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.

LIO Schedule
Today 1:30 p.m. - Redistricting

Around the Peninsula
Kenai City Council to interview candidatesPermanent dividend fund is topic of luncheonBoys and Girls Club to close for trainingParks closed for tree removalCounseling services board to meetPancake breakfast plannedMissions garage sale planned in Kasilof Weed barriers class held for the home gardenerDinner, auction to benefit childSummer swimming lessons offered

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.

The mother of all potholes makes Mother's Day surprise
A beautiful spring day in May made for a perfect Mother's Day last week.

Aurora Gas finds niche in Cook Inlet
Ever since oil and gas was discovered in the Cook Inlet, it has taken the financial might of a major corporation to develop and profit in Alaska's oil and gas industry, but today Alaska seems to be offering opportunities for new and smaller independent companies.

Special Olmpics benefit from Strawberry Social
Thanks to those strawberry loving seniors in Soldotna, some $2,200 was raised to help send Central Peninsula Special Olympic athletes to the Alaska Summer Games in Anchorage.

Each year in Alaska we have a large number of injuries by people snagging themselves or others with

Local Voice of Democracy winners Sweep State honors
It's a long way to the top, for students who enter the VFW Voice of Democracy (VOD) and Youth Essay scholarship programs.

Small CIA class filled with big dreams
Family, friends and fellow students gathered Sunday afternoon for the commencement ceremony at Cook Inlet Academy in the CIA Memorial Gymnasium.

Subsistence proposals reach board
The Federal Subsistence Board has agreed to consider new proposals to create subsistence fisheries for Cook Inlet halibut and salmon and to open a rod-and-reel subsistence fishery on the Kenai River.

Modest star promotes constructive involvement
Tonight, one of Soldotna High School's movers and shakers will be moving on.

Photo feature: Baby steps
A moose calf, just hours old and still wobbly on its long legs, nuzzles it's mother in a clearing in Kenai Monday afternoon. A twin sibling (not pictured) was resting in the grass nearby. Wildlife workers are reminding dog owners to keep their animals restrained for at least the next few weeks as the moose and caribou give birth to their young.

Brief interruption: Photo Feature
A sandhill crane looks into the setting sun for danger before lowering its head to continue feeding on shoots in a soggy clearing near the Kenai Spur Highway last week.

McLain appointed deputy education commissioner
Ed McLain, assistant superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, has been appointed deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Educa-tion and Early Development.

'It's time to feed the 'Dawgs'
Bulldogs are tenacious; that theme was central to the speeches delivered at Nikiski High School's graduation exercises Monday evening.

Scholar-athlete tackles life's next phase
Charles "Ross" Baldwin has been one busy kid throughout his high school career. His resume fairly bursts with activities: academics, athletics, church, work and outdoor recreation.

Bill could bring bucks
A bill before Congress could net communities from Cooper Land-ing to Girdwood up to $1 million per year to preserve and interpret historical routes used by Natives, prospectors and pioneers.

Ninilchik seniors bring high school to a close
Applause and the whoops and hollers of families and friends provided a thunderous background Sunday afternoon as Ninilchik High School's graduating seniors brought their high school years to a close.

Cross Timbers continues cleanup
A temporary outfall line and oil recovery system were installed over the weekend in Nikiski at the site of a Cross Timbers produced- water spill which was contaminated with an unknown amount of crude oil.

Walter J. Covich
Longtime Alaska resident Walter J. Covich died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 83.

Charles 'Charlie' Lincoln Parker
Soldotna resident Charles 'Charlie' Lincoln Parker died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Harold A. Jackson II
Soldotna resident Harold A. Jackson II died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage from a double aneurysm. He was 71.

Harold Jackson
Soldotna resident Harold Jackson died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 71.

Forest management needs consistency
Good news comes from the Idaho courtroom of U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge, who on May 10 blocked the federal ban on roadbuilding in nearly 60 million acres of national forests.

Needed: new Middle East model
While the press focuses on the escalation of killing and retaliation in and around Israel, it mostly ignores the fires of hate against Jews that are being stoked to ensure that violence continues.

Letters to the Editor
Governor's veto could stop private prison boondoggleCriticism of commercial fishing industry sets poor example

Legislators address critical issues
There were many issues addressed during the 2001 legislative session. Education, public safety, the permanent fund dividend program, medical care, senior citizen care and funding for many important programs were only a few.

Lots of organizations, businesses show support for schools, kidsKenai seniors appreciate use of KCHS computer lab, help

Alaska ranks dead last among 50 states in its per capita tax burden
It is a sorry fact of life that government is taking bigger and bigger bites out of the paychecks of most working Americans.

Indian educators seek more federal funding
WASHINGTON -- American Indian educators appealed Tuesday for more federal money for tribal colleges and universities. The request came the sam

School news around the district
News from various schools around the district.

Schools brace for onslaught of kids
WASHINGTON -- More than 20 million children will reach high school age in four years, posing daunting challenges for school districts already coping with classroom crowding and teacher shortages.

Day on the river teaches far more than catching fish
The 48 students from Soldotna Middle School who spent Sunday fishing on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers may not realize it now, but they had a valuable educational experience -- and they didn't even have to set foot in a classroom.

Around the District
School year endsHepatitis shots needed nowCarnegie Academy honors Soldotna teacherSoHi hosts football campKCHS musicians perform in AnchorageFood service holds sale

To find heroes, look no further than neighborhood school
"Where are the heroes of today?" a radio talk show host thundered.

Urban students improve math, not reading skills
WASHINGTON -- Students in city schools are improving their addition, subtraction and higher math skills from the first grade up, but it's not so clear how much better their reading skills are, a study of the nation's 55 largest urban districts found.

Honor roll
The following students have been named to the third-quarter honor roll at Ninilchik School. The following students have been named to the third-quarter honor roll at Kenai Middle School.

House OKs plan for reading, math tests
WASHINGTON -- The House on Tuesday ratified President Bush's plan for annual math and reading tests for millions of elementary and junior high schoolers, the cornerstone of the new administration's legislation to improve student performance in classrooms across the country.

Spelling it out
Dolly Ditlow, 92, thinks about the word she must spell recently, as Newaygo Medical Care Facility activities assistant Charlie Thomas, foreground, puts the word into a sentence for her.

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care Center Kenai Nikiski Seward SoldotnaSterling Homer

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski SewardSoldotnaSterling

Kenai Golf Course in full swing
The Kenai Golf Course is back on track for the 2001 season. The golfers are enjoying the game again, the carts are running, the driving range is open and the cafe is back to making those delicious par and eagle burgers and homemade fries. It is great to be out there with the happy golfers.

Devils write off Pens
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- While the journey through the postseason has had some perilous moments, the defending champion New Jersey Devils are right where they expected to be -- in the Stanley Cup finals.

Twins out-slug Mariners in meeting of MLB's best
MINNEAPOLIS -- Doug Mientkiewicz went 4-for-5 with four RBIs as the Minnesota Twins outslugged the Seattle Mariners 12-11 Tuesday night in a meeting of the teams with the best records in baseball.

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions hold first points race Jury rejects Oakland Raiders' lawsuit against NFL Report: Laviolette to become next Islanders coach

Iverson money against Bucks
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson stood at the 3-point line, looked Ray Allen squarely in the face and noticed him lean back ever so slightly on his heels.

Sakic's overtime goal pushes Avalanche past St. Louis
DENVER -- Wearing the black "16W" cap that represents his career-long mission, Ray Bourque playfully put teammate Joe Sakic in a headlock that signified gratitude as much as relief.

Sports Briefs
Homer Jackpot Halibut DerbySoldotna drag racer Johnnie finishes second Laviolette to coach IslandersVikings' Moss to play minor league basketballNASCAR breaks ground on school for mechanics

National Football League experiences peaceful realignment
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The NFL realigned itself quickly and amicably Tuesday, skipping the squabbling of the past and leaving even the uprooted teams saying they were satisfied.

Lakers put Spurs in giant hole
SAN ANTONIO -- Seventeen-and-oh my! Can anybody beat these guys?

Rice: A staple item for any sports team
Spending a few minutes talking with Chris Rice is easy -- the Skyview senior is more than happy to chat with anybody about anything at any time.

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