Thursday, May 24, 2001

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.

Anchorage cargo carriers announce layoffs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two air-cargo carriers are laying off 36 pilots and other workers in Anchorage, citing the economic slowdown in the Lower 48 and parts of the Far East.

Fort Richardson soldiers return from Australia
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 300 soldiers from Fort Richardson returned to Alaska Wednesday after three-weeks of field training in Australia.

Fairbanks suicide hot line to shutdown due to lack of money, volunteers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The local suicide hot line will shut down at the end of May, due to a lack of money and volunteers.

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.

Interior breakup is late
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Normally at this time of year, Steve Bergman and the other residents of Allakaket would be out catching whitefish in the Koyukuk River.

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.

Local boundary commission approves Fairbanks consolidation vote
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state Local Boundary Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to put a plan to merge the Fairbanks city and borough governments before voters this summer.

Airline shuttles tons of salmon from Cordova
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines said it transported 285,095 pounds of Copper River salmon last weekend following the season's first 12-hour opening.

Man pleads no contest to manslaughter in death of baby son
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man pleaded no contest to manslaughter for the shaking death of his 8-month-old son last year.

Police who allegedly used excessive force will not be prosecuted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage police officers who allegedly used excessive force in arresting a drunk driver will not face criminal prosecution.

Yakutat man missing, feared drowned
YAKUTAT (AP) -- The search continued Thursday for a Yakutat man missing and feared drowned, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Fairbanks man disappears in Chena River
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was missing and feared drowned in the Chena River, Alaska State Troopers said.

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 man convicted of murder in DWI crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was convicted of murder Wednesday for the drunken driving crash that killed his best friend.

Board tries to maintain status quo Southeast seat
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Redistricting Board has put aside a proposal for new House districts in Southeast that would have pitted Rep. Albert Kookesh, D-Angoon, against Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell.

Charter boat taking on water in Chatham Strait
JUNEAU (AP) -- Eight people on a charter boat were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday morning after the vessel apparently hit rocks about 11 miles south of Angoon in Chatham Strait. No injuries were reported.

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.

Liquefied gas supporters continue pushing for Alaska project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Despite formidable obstacles, backers of a liquefied natural gas project continue to push for a monumental, multibillion-dollar plan to ship Alaska's natural gas reserves overseas.

NMFS considers critical habitat designation for Beaufort bowheads
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Marine Fisheries Service is considering designating parts of the Beaufort Sea as critical habitat for the bowhead whale, according to an announcement Tuesday in the Federal Register.

Ketchikan School Board looks at drug-testing policy
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan School Board may start requiring random drug tests for students involved in sports.

Census-Alaska,CORRECTIVE,077
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a May 21 story about the census, The Associated Press reported erroneously that state demographer Greg Williams thinks there may have been an undercount of young children in rural Alaska.

Biologists track hooligan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Pelted by wet spring snow, a couple dozen fishermen with dip nets scooped the silty water at the head of Turnagain Arm.

Two teens held on bogus bill charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Lathrop High School students have been arrested and charged with making and passing counterfeit $20 bills.

Biologists predict worst Copper River sockeye run in 10 years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dipnetters at Chitina may find it harder to fill their freezers with red salmon from the Copper River this year.

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.

Search teams finds body of Japanese adventurer in Arctic
TOKYO (AP) -- A search team has found the body of a Japanese adventurer missing in the Arctic since last week, his support team reported.

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.

Kenai education takes state job
KENAI (AP) -- The assistant superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has been appointed deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

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.

Murkowski: Jeffords' decision won't impact ANWR plans much
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Vermont Sen. James Jeffords' decision to leave the Republican Party would not have a big impact on efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, Sen. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday.

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.

Ethanol plant might be built in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- An ethanol manufacturing plant might be built on the site of the old Ketchikan Pulp Co. mill. Sealaska Corp. made the announcement at a U.S. Department of Energy Ethanol Workshop in Ketchikan Tuesday.

Logging ban suspended
JUNEAU (AP) -- A federal judge issued an order Wednesday that will allow logging to resume in the Tongass National Forest, at least temporarily.

Rangers explore removing human waste from Mount McKinley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some people might say the job of finding a way to keep human waste from piling up on the slopes of Mount McKinley stinks, but Roger Robinson has taken it on willingly.

Can anything stop the proliferation of solicitations?
NEW YORK (AP) -- There are few American businesses more aggressive than the credit-card industry, though you might think they wouldn't have to seek out customers for what they're selling, which is money.

Variable annuities aren't for everyone
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's been said that variable annuities are not so much bought by consumers as they are sold to them.

In forecasting, there's no guarantees. The caveat's the thing
NEW YORK (AP) -- While the Federal Reserve is receiving high marks for steering the economy through the shoals, barely averting recession, there is no assurance an obstacle might not stray into its path.

State seeks millions from mining company for highway damage
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state Department of Transportation has sued Yellow Eagle Mining Co., charging that a mining pit dug by the Canadian company is causing millions of dollars of damage to a stretch of the Parks Highway near Ester.

Some buy the Big Toy without going broke
NEW YORK (AP) -- It hits some Baby Boomers sooner and harder than others, that yearning for a tangible reward for years of sweat and sacrifice: the Big Toy.

Business Briefs
New wireless service will provide T-1 linesSeldovia Native Association starts Anchorage hotelForest Oil earnings riseEarly derby draws 85 fishersTAPS owners seek 30-year right-of-way renewalForest association seeks to intervene in Tongass suitRealtors schedule classesQuorum VP will be interim hospital administrator

AOL raises price of unlimited-use Internet service
SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) -- America Online is raising the price of its unlimited-use Internet service by $1.95 to $23.90 a month -- the first increase in three years.

Joint effort promotes tourism businesses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- To advertise its backpacking and rafting trips in the Brooks Range, Arctic Treks, a Fairbanks company, has relied on its Web page and word-of-mouth, both low-budget ways of finding high-dollar clients.

Verizon, Qwest boost charges for national long-distance listings via 411
NEW YORK (AP) -- Verizon Communications and Qwest Communications are increasing the charge for long-distance directory assistance to as high as $1.25 per request, the latest in a series of price hikes by the nation's big local phone monopolies

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

Around the Peninsula
Home buyer education seminar offeredRCAC meeting slatedBenefit set to help Kasilof familyWRCC to hold meetingVolunteer host positions openBrain walk planned for June 9 Library sponsors summer reading programKenai Fine Arts Center is accepting artworkRegister a team for the Relay for LifeMeditation seminar offeredWorkshop for small-business owners scheduledEnvironmental workshop for teachers offeredNew clinic hours announced in HomerVolunteers neededFree developmental screening offered

Kenai band 'metals' in music
With its new-school metal countenance and obsessive focus on the world and why it sucks, you won't find Kenai band InCide playing proms.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events, Films

Art Briefs
Drama camp coming to the peninsulaRehearsal planned for June 3Theatre conference plannedNew artists sought

'Grizzly Almanac' educates, entertains with information
"Few animals are as awe-inspiring as the grizzly bear" begins the fly-leaf of "The Grizzly Almanac." Author Robert H. Busch obviously believes it.

Coca-cola 600
When: 5:45 p.m. Sunday

MONEY LEADERS
Money leaders so far in the winston series

Schedule
Winston Cup series schedule

Points standings
Point standings in the Winston Cup series

Tony Stewart plans to repeat 1,100-mile feat in just 10 hours
Tony Stewart, waiting as his crew prepares his car for a May 11 practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will attempt to race in the Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR Winston Cup Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday.

Racing gets prepared for full weekend
CONCORD, N.C. -- The campsite a half-mile from Lowe's Motor Speedway posted a common sign out front a week ago: No Vacancy.

Station owner defies FCC orders to shut down
The Federal Communications Commission ordered seven radio station repeaters off the air across the Kenai Peninsula and on Kodiak Island, but station owner Dave Becker of Peninsula Communica-tions Inc. in Homer is defying the commission and continues to broadcast.

'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.

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.

114 earn SoHi diploma
Tuesday night, the 114 members of the Soldotna High School graduating cla

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.

Photo feature: See ya
The grown-ups at Mountain View Elementary School wave goodbye to the youngsters Wednesday afternoon as the students head home at the end of their last day of school. It was difficult to tell which group was more excited.

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.

Cooper Landing teen goes the distance
Leon Galbraith finished Skyview High School with a grade-point a

Drilling advocates ponder defection
ANCHORAGE -- Vermont Sen. James Jeffords' decision to leave the Republican Party would not have a big impact on efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, Sen. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday.

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.

Ward E. Bible
Former Soldotna resident Ward E. Bible died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at the Anchorage Pioneer's Home. He was 88.

Walter Emerick
Soldotna resident Walter Emerick died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at his home in Soldotna. He was 76.

Cynthia L. Cobb
Kenai resident Cynthia L. Cobb died Friday, May 18, 2001, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage of heart failure. She was 40.

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.

Nancy Kay Littleton
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Nancy Kay Littleton of Kalama, Wash., died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at Southwest Medical Center after a long illness. She was 58.

Mary Mahan
Soldotna area resident Mary Mahan died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at her home. She was 82.

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.

Applause
ABATE helps raise funds for Shriners' hospitalsBachelors, many others make benefit auction successful

Today's whining generation mostly unfit to carry duffel bag of WWII veteran
When I was growing up in the Washington, D.C., area, patriotism wasn'

U.S. energy proposal fails to address cause of crisis
The U.S. government announced a new national energy policy that could influence world trends. The policy's many concrete recommendations, such as resuming the construction of nuclear plants, lifting the ban on oil and natural gas development in Alaska and creating new tax incentives for low-pollution vehicles, reflect aspects of both supply and demand.

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

Unlike his critics, Bush at least has energy plan
Say what you will about President Bush's energy plan, at least he has one. The absence of any long-term planning in the past decade has left America short of electricity, natural gas and refined fuels for vehicles, as well as overly dependent on foreign oil.

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.

Nation's energy policy should not be dictaed by high-paid lobbyists
In the late 1880s, electric power's infancy, Thomas Edi

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

Biologists predict worst Copper River sockeye run in 10 years
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Dipnetters at Chitina may find it harder to fill their freezers with red salmon from the Copper River this year.

Rangers explore removing human waste from Mount McKinley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some people might say the job of finding a way to keep human waste from piling up on the slopes of Mount McKinley stinks, but Roger Robinson has taken it on willingly.

Biologists track hooligan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Pelted by wet spring snow, a couple dozen fishermen with dip nets scooped the silty water at the head of Turnagain Arm.

Listeners help predict the ruffed grouse population
TWO HARBORS, Minn. (AP) -- The sound begins as a single muffled whump somewhere off in the woods. You feel it as much as you hear it.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Kenai girls, boys soccer teams set for ASAA state tournament
With the Alaska School Activities Association State Soccer Championships set to begin today in Anchorage, the Kenai Central High School boys and girls soccer teams are ready to test their skills against anyone -- even each other.

Patience, experience brought smooth realignment as NFL heeds own history
Even many of the participants never expected the NFL's realignment to go so smoothly. An hour's discussion and a unanimous vote put in place the eight four-team divisions for 2002, when Houston rejoins the league.

Get into swing of things
The golf season is here and if you haven't been to the course, what are you waiting for?

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.

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.

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.

Mariners take round 2
MINNEAPOLIS -- David Bell hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, leading the Seattle Mariners over the Minnesota Twins 5-4 Wednesday for a split in the series between baseball's best teams.

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.

Colorado confronts Rocky hockey past
DENVER -- Chris Drury was a history major at Boston University, so the question seemed appropriate.

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

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.

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