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Thursday, May 25, 2000

Soldier charged with killing stepson arraigned
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fort Wainwright soldier charged with the death of his 4-year-old stepson was arraigned Tuesday, but he postponed his right to enter a plea and select the type of trial he will face.

Juneau college student assembles grizzly skeleton
JUNEAU -- A 9-foot-2-inch grizzly bear that once roamed north of Juneau is on display at two local schools.

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.

Governor approves grant to move families in avalanche zones
JUNEAU (AP) -- A grant program to move Cordova and Valdez families with homes in avalanche zones was approved by Gov. Tony Knowles on Thursday.

Skagway police chief announces retirement
SKAGWAY (AP) -- Police Chief Scott Eddy will retire May 31 after 21 years in law enforcement, including eight in Skagway.

Panel faults Bethel judge in jailing of witness
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Bethel judge is under fire from the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct for allegedly violating state law and the judicial code by improperly jailing a witness in a criminal case to make sure she stayed sober.

Knowles signs PCE endowment
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- A bill that pours $187 million dollars into an endowment to pay the subsidies that offset high power costs in the Bush was signed into law Tuesday.

Bills signed into law this week
A look at bills signed into law this week.

Report says ANWR could contain 16 billion barrels of oil
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A government agency released a report Tuesday that says the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain could contain as much as 16 billion barrels of oil.

Knowles vetoes campaign finance changes
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles vetoed a bill Thursday that would have loosened parts of Alaska's campaign finance restrictions.

Alaska disputes report on jackscrew test
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines is disputing a newspaper report that a j

IRS agent convicted in Carrs embezzlement case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Internal Revenue Service agent from Eagle River was convicted in federal court this week on dozens of counts stemming from an embezzling scheme that netted more than $400,000.

Alaska Supreme Court recommends reprimand for retired judge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has voted to publicly reprimand former Superior Court Judge Karl Johnstone for interfering in the hiring of a coroner in 1994.

Canada seizes furs from Alaska couple
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- More than $1.4 million in fur coats, jackets and other clothing made of animal skins is in Canadian custody after two Alaskans attempted to pass through Canada without the proper paperwork, Canadian officials said.

Tanker with crack sails for California.
VALDEZ (AP) -- An Exxon oil tanker with a hairline fracture in its hull sailed for Long Beach, Calif., Wednesday.

Alyeska discovers damage to pipeline during investigation dig
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. discovered damage to the trans-Alaska oil pipeline in an area about 10 miles south of Copper Center.

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.

Barrow under rabies quarantine
BARROW (AP) -- The city has been placed under a rabies quarantine after a rabid fox was shot in the Browerville neighborhood May 14.

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.

Army using McKinley for high-altitude training
TALKEETNA (AP) -- As they packed their gear into a helicopter at the Talkeetna airport last week, the U.S. Army Climbing Team looked like any other expedition preparing to scale Mount McKinley.

Two Kantishna miners seeking millions from government
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two men who nearly 20 years ago owned one of the biggest gold mining outfits in the Kantishna Mining District before going bankrupt are seeking millions of dollars from the government.

Passengers recall cruise ship fire
JUNEAU (AP) -- After the fire alarms sounded on their cruise ship, Carl and Susan Durnell found themselves in a corridor full of smoke. A day later, Mr. Durnell was recovering from chest pains in a local hospital.

Southeast loggers cited for feeding, shooting at wolves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State fish and wildlife authorities have cited two people in a Southeast logging camp for hand-feeding a wolf and for shooting at a wolf that was hanging around a work site waiting for a handout.

Former borough official charged with running charity scam
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The North Slope Borough's former chief of staff is accused of profiting from a phony charity and using the money, among other things, to send himself to Harvard University.

Plane in polar landing doesn't sink, rescue planned
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When last we left the North Pole, five adventurers were waving goodbye to their airplane, which was mired wing-deep in soft ice and slowly sinking to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean.

BP Amoco agrees to complete purchase of Vastar Resources
HOUSTON (AP) -- BP Amoco, already the majority owner of Vastar Resources Inc., on Wednesday announced it had agreed to buy the remaining 18.1 percent for $1.5 billion.

Investigation into smokejumper death continues
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Safety investigators with the Bureau of Land Management say they won't know until next month why a smoke jumper's parachute failed during a training exercise last month at Fort Wainwright.

Wilderness Society names top 15 endangered areas
PHOENIX (AP) -- Noisy air tours, jammed parking lots and nonstop river traffic have made Grand Canyon National Park one of the nation's most endangered wild places, according to an environmental group.

Dillingham stands firm on dump bear viewing permit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Despite pressure from state environmental and wildlife officials, the Dillingham City Council has refused to back down on a plan to allow bear tours at the city dump.

Plane in polar landing doesn't sink, rescue planned
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When last we left the North Pole, five adventurers were waving goodbye to their airplane, which was mired wing-deep in soft ice and slowly sinking to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean.

Martial arts expert convicted of killing British scientist
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A martial arts expert was convicted of second-degree murder Wednesday at his third trial for strangling a renowned scientist from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Court clears way for suit against Kodiak officers
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak woman has won a chance to pursue a civil suit against two police officers and the city of Kodiak.

Judicial commission files charges against Bethel judge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct has filed formal charges against a Bethel judge who jailed a witness to make sure she was sober when the time came to testify against her boyfriend.

Fugitive guide is arrested
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage hunting guide on the lam since September was arrested Wednesday in Trapper Creek, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Maine senator proposes tax break for fishermen's safety gear
A U.S. Senator from Maine has proposed a $1,500 tax break for commercial fishermen to help pay for safety gear, as well allowing them to use income averaging.

Rising interest rates mean rising monthly payments
NEW YORK -- Stephen Brobeck, executive director of the Consumer Federation of America, uses an analogy of the sea when he talks about how families handle their bills: About one-third are safely in a boat, paying on time and enjoying the cruise.

Business Briefs
ACS to buy Matanuska TelephoneHomer Electric consolidates debtsPeninsula students win Phillips scholarshipsAssociation honors Semmens and city reportMulva to address RDCWeb design workshop offeredHolland America funds tourism educationVirtual experts answer remodeling questions

Worker supply falls short of demand
TULSA, Okla. -- Oil companies are so desperate for workers that one producer in Oklahoma is recruiting released inmates at the prison gates.

Are you in debt trouble?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Here's a quick quiz, developed by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, to help you determine if you've got a debt problem.

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
Volunteers sought by WRCCSmall business center to hold workshopBarbecue plannedVets to hold annual elections Saturday Free chamber luncheon offeredInterpretative program planned

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
Boys and Girls Clubhouse closedNorth Peninsula chamber to meet todayCPCS Board meeting plannedTotem Tracers to meetKenai Chamber to honor Alaska National GuardAnchor Point sale set for Saturday Ninilchik to host flea marketMarine barbecue canceledRegistration begins for SoHi swimming lessons

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.

Photo feature: What's for dinner?
Marlene Rae Jones motions to family after weighing the 270-pound halibut she caught in Cook Inlet Tuesday afternoon about 16 miles from Deep Creek.

Publishers take steps toward electronic distribution
NEW YORK -- Three book publishers announced electronic distribution ventures on Tuesday, a sign the industry is getting serious about making books available digitally for personal computers and handheld devices.

Farmer realizes longtime dream, stays true to the Ozarks
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Roland Netzer was hillbilly before hillbilly was cool.

N'Sync feels the power
NEW YORK -- Know your power. Those three words of advice from someone who had been in their position seem to be a secret mantra for the five members of 'N Sync.

What they say ...
Some sayings and their definitions from ''Echoes from the Hills:''

Kenai fiscally sound
There will be no increase to Kenai city sales or property taxes in the coming fiscal year, and the city should close the year in the black.

$400K bequest to be shared
Bill Wells was a quiet man who focused on his family and his work, friends and relatives said. But since his death in December, the wider Kenai community has discovered that he also was a generous philanthropist.

Expedition to be broadcast on TV, Web
"Teamwork is one of the things that attracted me to firefighting," said Harris, who has been with the Kenai Fire Department less than a year. "It's an integral part of fire fighting. The communication -- the trusting.

63 Bulldogs howl at Nikiski graduation
Moments before 63 young men and women were to attain diplomas, many gathered in the commons of Nikiski Middle-Senior High School to hug parents, straighten caps and place everlasting memories in a yearbook Mon-day night.

For one grad, future is now
While most Nikiski Middle-Senior High School 2000 graduates plan for the events to come, one young woman already has memories and a future in the U.S. Marine Corps.

But delays expected in some spots
Contrary to previously advertised reports, there will be no closure on Kalifornsky Beach Road Thursday.

KCHS graduates Class of 2000
Kenai Central High School has given another class of Kardinals wings.

Peninsula schools close doors; staff, students start summer
If you think you heard the thunder of cheers and hundreds of running feet Wednesday afternoon, don't be surprised.

Neil L. Wirz
Longtime Kenai resident Neil L. Wirz died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 77.

Charles Spencer
Longtime Cooper Landing resident Charles (Hamilton) Spencer died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at his residence in Cooper Landing. He was 74.

New parks department on council agenda
Public testimony about the proposed fiscal year 2001 budget will take center stage at tonight's meeting of the Soldotna City Council.

Wisconsin finds success with season for disabled hunters
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- In this current age of environmental awareness, plots, plans, policies and programs are frequently embraced for a while only to be discarded later, as quickly and easily as snakes shed skin.

Army using McKinley for high-altitude training
TALKEETNA (AP) -- As they packed their gear into a helicopter at the Talkeetna airport last week, the U.S. Army Climbing Team looked like any other expedition preparing to scale Mount McKinley.

Nieuwendyk notches overtime goal to slide Avalanche into 3-2 series hole
DALLAS -- Joe Nieuwendyk is once again coming through for the Dallas Stars when they need him the most.

Cardinals club Marlins into submission
ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire and Ray Lankford hit back-to-back home runs for the second straight game -- with McGwire becoming the fastest player to reach 20 in one season -- as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins 5-1 Wednesday night.

New Jersey forces Game 7
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals against the Philadelphia Flyers because they had an answer to Eric Lindros.

Indiana proves much too versatile for Knicks to defend against
INDIANAPOLIS -- Big difference between this place and Miami.

Enough is enough
There's one in every crowd -- that idiot standing on the sideline, ranting and raving at the officials, or the visiting team, or the home team.

Lindros to rejoin Flyers front line
VOORHEES, N.J. -- Eric Lindros returned from injury and exile Tuesday to a spot in the Philadelphia Flyers' lineup.

Golfers acquire new equipment, tell same old stories
The Kenai Golf Course is in full swing, the golfers are happy to be out there on the fairway.

Nineteen suspended for role in incident
NEW YORK -- Sixteen players and three coaches for the Los Angeles Dodgers were suspended from three to eight games Wednesday for going into the stands during a fight with fans at Wrigley Field on May 16.

Booters ready to get ball rolling
Just think -- three years ago there wasn't even a varsity soccer program at Kenai Central High School.

Southeast loggers cited for feeding, shooting at wolves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State fish and wildlife authorities have cited two people in a Southeast logging camp for hand-feeding a wolf and for shooting at a wolf that was hanging around a work site waiting for a handout.

Juneau college student assembles grizzly skeleton
JUNEAU -- A 9-foot-2-inch grizzly bear that once roamed north of Juneau is on display at two local schools.

Dillingham stands firm on dump bear viewing permit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Despite pressure from state environmental and wildlife officials, the Dillingham City Council has refused to back down on a plan to allow bear tours at the city dump.

Video shows what may be a wolf
It was just chance that Dave Hubley and Tim Caverly had a video camera with them in a pickup truck when they saw an animal trotting along a road west of Maine's Baxter State Park last weekend.

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