Friday, May 26, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Seized driftnetter leaves Adak port for Unalaska
UNALASKA (AP) -- A Honduran-flagged fishing vessel accused of illegal driftnetting south of the western Aleutians departed the port of Adak for Unalaska Thursday.

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.

Kenai not planning any tax increases
KENAI (AP) -- Kenai residents won't see any increase in city sales or property taxes in the coming fiscal year, the city mayor said.

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.

Head of Fairbanks Native Association steps down abruptly
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Wes Underwood, the executive director of Fairbanks Native Association, has left the position just over a year after he was hired.

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.

Valley man convicted on federal laundering charges in drug case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal jury has convicted a Wasilla man of 49 counts of money laundering in what authorities called one of the Mat-Su Valley's most sophisticated indoor marijuana grow operations.

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.

Pitkas Point residents file lawsuit against school district
BETHEL (AP) -- Residents of the village of Pitkas Point have filed a lawsuit against the Lower Yukon School District following a fuel spill last month that contaminated the village's water supply.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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
Kenai chamber to honor guardAnchor Point sale onNinilchik hosts flea marketMarine barbecue canceledVFW holds Memorial Day ceremonyAnchor Point center welcomes campers Kenai book club to meet TuesdayAVTEC to hold symposium on June 3

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.

Photo feature: Salmon galore
Hans Bilben, of Catch Alaska Saltwater Charters, cleans a client's halibut following a successful trip in Cook Inlet off Anchor Point earlier this week.

Anglers on marks, set, ready to go when midnight comes
In other parts of the country, midnight madness generally refers to the first day college basketball teams can practice -- programs generally start with an open session to whet the appetite of their hoops-crazed fans.

Pan-fried trout tasty river tradition
EUGENE, Ore. -- McKenzie River guides say the tastiest rainbow trout you'll ever eat are pan-fried over a campfire and served for lunch daily during trout season on the banks of the McKenzie River.

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

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

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.

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.

Parks department to begin operation
With little fuss and no discussion, the Soldotna City Council passed the $5.3 million fiscal year 2001 budget at its regular meeting Wednesday night.

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.

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.

Access issue dogs CPGH
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley said he is not yet ready to end the contract with the nonprofit corporation that runs the borough-owned hospital in Soldotna.

Elementary students now D.A.R.E. aware
Pomp and circumstance wasn't exactly the mood at K-Beach Elementary School's first Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduation ceremonies on Wednesday.

Officials eye high-volume summer
Though it's still early in the year, experts are predicting a strong tourism season on the Kenai Peninsula. And even though there have been a trickle of mo-tor homes al-ready, the summer crush is ex-pected to be-gin over this long Memo-rial Day weekend.

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

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.

Ninilchik grads look to future
The motto chosen by Ninilchik School's Class of 2000 focused on the students' transition from familiar to unfamiliar at Sunday's graduation ceremony.

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.

Seraphim Ukatish
Nanwalek resident Seraphim "Kulickeq" Timothy Ukatish died Friday, May 12, 2000, at his home in Nanwalek. He was 54.

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.

Critics call ban 'crazy'
WASHINGTON -- Congres-sional critics of a National Park Service plan to ban snowmobile use in most parks blasted the agency Thursday, calling the ban an unjustified move to please environmentalists by further restricting federal land use.

'Religion capital' blessed with tourists
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- As the headquarters of some 80 religious organizations, Colorado Springs is attracting an increasing numbers of visitors who spend millions of dollars to attend spiritual conferences and seminars.

Man who went to jail, gets arrested
A letter I received from a New Hampshire man said he was in

Religion Briefs
Glazier to speak at Christian centerKenai Aglow plans June 12 meeting

Reactions vary to image on wall
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- When an outer wall at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church is wet, a 15-foot, Christ-like image mysteriously appears.

Avalanche tie series with Stars
DENVER -- Frustrated by outshooting the Dallas Stars 110-56 in the previous three games but having won only once, the Colorado Ava-lanche were desperate for a break.

Showing they belong
It was one small loss to Service, one giant step forward for soccer on the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai boys take Chugiak deep into overtime before dropping 3-2 decision
Hey, even Rocky Balboa lost the first time he faced Apollo Creed -- he just wanted to go the distance.

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.

Oilers Corner
Oilers Corner

Thursday, Friday, Saturday at Skyview High School

Peninsula looks to snap drought
The Kenai Peninsula will be looking to snap a string of two years without a running title at the Alaska School Activities Association Track and Field Championships today and Saturday at Palmer High School.

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.

Pacers pound Knicks
INDIANAPOLIS -- Another unexpected confluence of Patrick Ewing, an injury and a Game 2 in Indiana left the Pacers holding a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

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.

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.

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

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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