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Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Court says legal aliens entitled to permanent fund dividends
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Immigrant Alaskans who are in the United States legally may be entitled to an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend if they plan to remain here indefinitely and meet all the other requirements for the annual payout.

Juneau Empire on getting an 18-hole golf course
Juneau is a community that takes great pride in its world-class recreational offerings.

Wildlife enforcement keeping close watch on eider ducks
BETHEL (AP) -- Wildlife enforcement in local villages is keeping close watch on two species of eider ducks to maker sure they reach their spring birthing grounds unharmed.

Fairbanks man who founded recovery camp wins national honors
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who founded a substance abuse recovery camp has been honored with a national community health leadership award.

Elmendor squadron wins national honor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 19th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base has won national honors.

Police wound, arrest shooting suspect
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An armed woman in a Midtown home was wounded by crisis team snipers Tuesday morning after she allegedly leveled a handgun at police officers.

State biologists predict lower sockeye salmon harvest
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- State biologists have estimated this year's Bristol Bay sockeye salmon harvest to be around 17 million fish -- lower than last year's harvest of 20.5 million or the previous year's 25.3 million reds.

Sen. Stevens hosts session on Arctic warming
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A group of some of the most influential Arctic scientists and federal administrators gathered in Fairbanks yesterday to talk about the need for more research into warming of the Arctic.

Seward supports plan for marine center improvements
SEWARD (AP) -- A cash infusion from the sale of the K.M. Rae Building could set the stage for improvement at the Seward Marine Center, the center's facilities manager said.

Koyukuk recovering from flood after ice jam breaks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Spirits soared Tuesday in Koyukuk as Yukon River levels slowly receded, giving the Athabascan village 290 air miles from Fairbanks a welcome respite after nearly a week of flooding.

Fire destroys store in Two Rivers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A landmark general store in Two Rivers has been destroyed by fire.

Bowhead Habitat, CORRECTIVE,141
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In an article on the National Marine Fisheries Service's consideration of a possible critical habitat designation for the bowhead whale in the Beaufort Sea, The Associated Press incorrectly defined critical habitat.

Searchers find body of missing Yakutat man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers over the weekend found the body of a Yakutat man who disappeared last week.

Wastewater superintendent to resign
JUNEAU (AP) -- The city's wastewater utility superintendent plans to resign in the wake of pollution violations at a city treatment plant, according to local officials.

DOT to fund new trail markers for tundra villages
BETHEL (AP) -- Every winter high winds blow down markers made of willow branches and reflective tape that lead to tundra villages, and every winter somebody dies because they lose their way.

Census figures reflect planned closure of Fort Greely
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Census Bureau numbers reflect the impending demise of Fort Greely near Delta Junction.

State troopers out in force Memorial Day weekend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers were out in force Memorial Day weekend.

State suspends burn permits for Kenai Peninsula
KENAI (AP) -- The Alaska Division of Forestry is suspending burn permits throughout the Kenai Peninsula because warm, dry weather is boosting the danger of wildfires.

Reunion beckons 100 years of teachers, staff and students
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- At most school reunions, you hang out with your old classmates. But imagine greeting your fellow alumni along with your mom, your daughter, your teacher from 40 years ago and even the janitor from way, way back when.

Big chum run of hatchery fish helped Southeast economy
JUNEAU (AP) -- Douglas Island Pink and Chum hatchery pumped nearly $40 million into the Southeast economy in 2000, according to a study commissioned by the private, nonprofit fish hatchery in Juneau.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the Alaska pipeline valuation
It's not every day that Fairbanksans are treated to sight of the home team belting one out of the park in a contest with Alaska big oil producers. But that description would appear to fit the recent victory the Fairbanks North Star Borough and other municipalities claimed with respect to the state's tax valuation of the trans-Alaska pipeline and related properties.

State stocks local lakes and ponds with thousands of rainbows
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Ballaine Lake came to life within a matter of minutes on a recent afternoon.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on legislative session.
Almost without notice, comparatively speaking, this year's session of the Alaska Legislature came and went in silence.

Charter boat operators target fish year-round in Resurrection Bay
CALLISTO HEAD (AP) -- From high above wave-pounded cliffs, mountain goats watched as Joseph Baker leaned back into the fishing rod to battle with a king salmon deep in the clear, cold water of the North Pacific Ocean.

Anchorage couple killed in house fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A couple was killed Monday when a fire raced through their East Anchorage home.

Alaskan researchers find increase shrubbery in Arctic
Scientists in the Alaskan Arctic have discovered that shrubs are growing larger and spreading across previously barren territory in the tundra. The findings add to the scientific consensus that the region is gradually getting warmer.

Wild fires keep firefighters busy over the weekend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center reported 25 wildland fires over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

Two climbers fall from Mount Hunter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two international climbers were airlifted off Mount Hunter Tuesday after they fell about 700 feet down the 14,573-foot peak, according to the National Park Service.

Anchorage Daily News on cruise ship pollution bill
Alaska lawmakers have one job to do when they convene in special session on June 7. They should pass House Bill 260 to regulate cruise ship discharges into the state's air and water.

Governor signs Kenai private prison bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a bill allowing the state to lease private prison space on the Kenai Peninsula.

Physics students to mix lessons with traffic safety
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It's not your typical high school physics story problem.

Barge leaks fuel near Nikiski
KENAI (AP) -- A barge taking on diesel fuel in North Kenai had to unload its cargo Tuesday morning after a sheen was spotted near the vessel, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Steller sea lions throw lifeline to SeaLife Center
SEWARD (AP) -- The Alaska SeaLife Center was born with the mission of saving the endangered Steller sea lion and other marine mammals of the North Pacific. As it turns out, the Steller sea lion is saving the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Knowles appoints two new regents
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former Anchorage Assembly member and mayoral candidate Mark Begich has been appointed to the governing board for the state's universities, along with longtime Native leader Marlene Johnson.

Swiss climber rescued from Mount McKinley
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- National Park Service rangers came to the aid of a Swiss climber in trouble on Mount McKinley, park officials said Sunday.

Angoon students stir interest in Tlingit language
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three Angoon teens who researched Native language immersion programs for a school project have sparked an interest in forming a Tlingit program at the local school.

Conservation officer says Porcupine caribou late again this year
BARROW (AP) -- Time is running out for the Porcupine caribou herd, according to the conservation officer for the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation.

Rafters rescued from Campbell Creek
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man and five children were rescued early Tuesday from a gravel bar in an Anchorage creek, authorities said.

HUD rejects Calista Housing plan
BETHEL (AP) -- The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has rejected a plan by Calista Corp. to start its own housing authority.

Murkowski says ANWR fight not yet over
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski soon will relinquish his role as head of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and hand the reigns to a senator opposed to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Coldfoot truck stop prepares for summer
BARROW (AP) -- The Coldfoot Truck Stop is 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle but that isn't keeping it from preparing for the summer rush.

Avalanche clogs Juneau stream
JUNEAU (AP) -- An avalanche on Mount Roberts behind downtown Juneau clogged Gold Creek Monday, forcing the local electric utility to turn off its creek-powered generators.

Knowles participates in Memorial Day events
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles spent Memorial Day helping dedicate a statue that will be added to the Veterans Memorial.

Girl bitten by family's wolf-husky hybrid
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 5-year-old girl was bitten by her family dog, a husky-wolf hybrid, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the Alaska pipeline valuation
It's not every day that Fairbanksans are treated to sight of the home team belting one out of the park in a contest

Whiteout stymies Mount Rainier climber rescue
PARADISE, Wash. (AP) -- A team of rangers reached four stranded climbers and hiked with them to Mount Rainier's summit Tuesday, but a sudden whiteout kept a helicopter from plucking them off the mountaintop.

Anchorage Daily News on cruise ship pollution bill
Alaska lawmakers have one job to do when they convene in special session on June 7. They should pass House Bill 260 to regulate cruise ship discharges into the state's air and water.

Shipyard workers consider union
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Workers at Alaska Ship and Dry Dock could be unionized soon. Piledrivers and Divers Local 2520 is looking to schedule a vote in August on whether to form a union at the Ketchikan shipyard.

Eklutna wants junk removed, salmon run restored
EKLUTNA (AP) -- Leaders of the Native Village of Eklutna are hoping to get started on a cleanup plan this summer with the goal of restoring salmon runs to the Eklutna River.

Recall election certified, but barely
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- By a narrow 4-3 margin, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has certified last week's recall of five Ketchikan School Board members.

Around the Peninsula
WRCC to hold meeting TOTE to be discussed at chamber meetingDeadline for Kenai River raft trip nearsDeadline extended for summer programTrees for sale in HomerMeditation seminar offeredVisitors center switches to summer hoursSummer swimming lessons offeredWorkshop for business owners plannedSummer clubs scheduledSoldotna museum open for summerSampling devices being collected

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
Social Security is topic at chamber meeting TOTE to be discussed at chamber meeting WRCC to hold meetingVisitors center to host archaeology programVolcano, glacier talk plannedRegister a team for the Relay for Life Kenai to sponsor a summer rec program Ninilchik River campground closed

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.

Powell sworn in as new Assemblyman for Nikiski
It took 16 ballots for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to finally select a replacement for veteran Assemblymen Jack Brown.

Jack Brown was recently named honorary Sheriff of Nikiski
After serving the Nikiski community for some 14 years, Jack Brown has left his responsibilities as Assemblymen for seat 3, and has been named the unofficial Honorary Sheriff of Nikiski.

Outdoors
There are always unpredictable things that happen whenever you are dealing with being in the outdoors. Things that just seem to happen for no apparent reason except to make your outing just a little more miserable.

State of Alaska will always be wild at heart
(NAPSA)-Back in 1867, the United States bought from Russia the area that we recognize today as Alaska, the 49th state. At that time, the purchase of this distant land was widely

State stocks local lakes and ponds with thousands of rainbows
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Ballaine Lake came to life within a matter of minutes on a recent afternoon.

Charter boat operators target fish year-round in Resurrection Bay
CALLISTO HEAD (AP) -- From high above wave-pounded cliffs, mountain goats watched as Joseph Baker leaned back into the fishing rod to battle with a king salmon deep in the clear, cold water of the North Pacific Ocean.

Stewart pulls off daring driving double
CONCORD, N.C. -- When his grueling 1,100 miles of racing were over, Tony Stewart had one word for his critics: Idiots.

Castroneves takes Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS -- The new Indianapolis 500 champion gave up some much-needed sleep to watch himself on TV in the wee hours following his victory. He liked what he saw.

Believers follow God's will across country
Twelve present-day disciples from Wilmington, N.C., took advantage of an opportunity to see Alaska and do some of God's work while they visited.

Kenai Peninsula burn permits suspended
Warm, dry weather has boosted the danger of wildfires, so the Alaska Division of Forestry has suspended burn permits throughout the Kenai Peninsula until further notice.

Borough certifies petition from prison-free group
Alaska's first private prison was the focus of decisions made on the state and local level Tuesday.

City manager to be chosen for Kenai Wednesday night
The Kenai City Council will decided Wednesday night who will be the next city manager for the peninsula's largest city. It has been described as the most important task a council does.

Quick response stops brush fire in North Kenai
Monday was no holiday for firefighters.

Seal pup gets help from SeaLife Center
The big, dark eyes make seal pups appealing creatures. But nature is not sentimental, and life can be short and cruel for the baby animals coming into the world this time of year.

Veto or sign?
To sign, not sign or veto, that is the question. And only Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles has the answer.

Consultant peers at hospital future
The nonprofit corporation that runs the publicly owned hospital in Soldotna has hired a consultant to plan facilities that could shape central Kenai Peninsula health care for 50 years.

Memorial Day a success but education needed
Those who died for our country were recognized on Memorial Day at the Kenai Cemetery and Leif Hansen Memorial Park. All in attendance mourned those who died serving their country in the armed forces.

Snow wants to return after leaving in 1980s
Kenai was where Linda Snow says she first got the urge to get into municipal management.

Dillingham's Hladick wants manager spot
Kenai is the second community on the Kenai Peninsula of which Chris Hladick has applied to be the city manager. Two years ago he was a hopeful for the city of Homer's job, but lost to former Homer assembly member Ron Drathman.

Dan Little
Kenai resident Dan Little died Friday, May 25, 2001, at the Kenai Gas Fields. He was 38.

Dan Little
Kenai resident Dan Little died Friday, May 25, 2001, at the Kenai Gas Fields. He was 38.

Robert J. Guenther
Former Kenai resident Robert J. Guenther died Sunday, May 27, 2001, in Anchorage. He was 61.

Daniel Ray Little
Kenai resident Daniel Ray Little died Friday, May 25, 2001, in an industrial accident at the Marathon Gas Field on Kalifornsky Beach Road. He was 38.

Mabel Marie Lewis
Nikiski resident Mabel Marie Lewis died Sunday, May 27, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 91.

Republicans easily lose sight of their goal; Democrats don't care about civility
Sen. Jim Jeffords of Vermont is now officially an Independent. Unified gov

Hot news in Juneau gets chilly reception outside political circles
Almost without notice, comparatively speaking, this year's session of the Alaska Legislature came and went in silence.

Applause
Law enforcement officers show their commitment to young peopleBike rodeo means safer summer for bikers, inline skatersSuccess of track-field meet depends heavily on volunteersTwo women help inspire others in TOPS group in SterlingMoose Lodge's good works in community recognized

GOP ignoring reasons for Jeffords' decision
Sen. James Jeffords delivered a short but powerful farewell lecture to the Republican Party Thursday, which party leaders -- the president and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott -- quickly disputed and brushed off. In doing so, it seems to us they perpetuate the misjudgments of which they were accused.

New initiative offers school choice
President Bush's education bill will pass Congress, but apparently without the voucher provision the president wanted so parents might give their children the best education available, regardless of financial circumstances. Help is on the way, though, but not from government.

Letters to the Editor
Private prison proposal carries too much risk for state, boroughIn-river fishery helps support lots of peninsula businesses

Letters to the Editor
Large hog operations will spoil peninsula's pristine environmentBorough's property tax assessment methods raise many questions

At this climbing school, gender makes no difference
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Sherpas, as almost everyone knows, are those hardy, high-altitude porters who help Westerners climb Himalayan peaks.

Tracking the drums of the ruffed grouse
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.

Alaska SeaLife Center news
New octopus, new eggs Microhabitat changes Squid day is coming Rehab seals doing well New exhibit debuts Program manager wins award

Ask a Trooper
Question: We have repeatedly had our roadside our mail box destroyed beyond repair. We also have had our mail removed from the box, torn open and left in and around the box.

Community News
Funds raised, hopes soar in torch run Kenai center in need of computer donor Library to hold sale Scholarship offered by American LegionHomer Community Schools

Around the Peninsula
Social Security is topic at chamber meetingTOTE to be discussed at chamber meetingWRCC to hold meetingVisitors center to host archaeology programVolcano, glacier talk plannedRegister a team for the Relay for LifeKenai to sponsor a summer rec programNinilchik River campground closed

Peninsula People
Miss Pre-Teen to crown successorMerrill travels to national competition

Births
Charlee and David Powell Monica and Nathan Smith

Community news
Funds raised, hopes soar in torch runKenai center in need of computer donor Library to hold saleScholarship offered by American LegionHomer Community Schools

Blanketing the council
Mrs. Heath's third-grade class at Mountain View Elementary School recently presented the Kenai City Council with a quilt.

Moving up
Grey Wilson, age 4, and 21 of his classmates rceive diplomas and carnations from Pamela Phipps during the Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start's graduation ceremony Friday at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

Honor Roll
The following students have been named to the second-semester honor roll at Kenai Central High School.

Summer school opportunities abound for teachers who want to learn
Summer offers educators the chance to play student for a while and brush up their professional skills in the process. This year, the Kenai Peninsula will have a wide array of course offerings.

Around the District
School's outSingers invite community to reunion concertSchool board meets MondayChallenger offers science camps

Summer tutoring sessions for students available
After the Bell and the Boys and Girls Club is offering tutoring for students in grades one through 12 who need assistance in reading, math or study skills over the summer.

Starring in News Bowl competition
The Quest team from North Star Elementary School poses with its trophy after placing first in the West Region of the sixth-grade division in tis year's News Bowl 2001 contest.

School news around the district
News from area schools

Senior Briefs
Activities at local senior centersl

Groups urge activity among those over 50
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A coalition of health and policy groups is calling for broad efforts to encourage an active lifestyle among people ages 50 and over.

Mariners rout Royals to complete sweep
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Paul Abbott pitched a six-hitter for his first career complete game and John Olerud went 4-for-5 as the Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 13-3 Monday for a four-game sweep.

Teen-ager reviving U.S. interest in mile
EUGENE, Ore. -- Alan Webb could be the track star America has been seeking, the miler who ignites enthusiasm in the sport again in this country.

Sampras survives upset bid
PARIS -- As Pete Sampras walked off the court Tuesday at the French Open, he smiled wearily and jabbed the air with his fist. It was a modest celebration befitting a modest victory.

Sosa drives in four runs as Cubs take ninth straight contest
CINCINNATI -- Sammy Sosa drove in four runs and Rondell White hit a three-run homer Tuesday night as the Chicago Cubs won their ninth in a row, 10-5 over the Cincinnati Reds.

Iverson reverses 76ers' fate
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Healthier, speedier and bloodier than he has been in a while, Allen Iverson led the Philadelphia 76ers to a win they desperately needed.

Sparks slip past Comets
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Los Angeles Sparks kept it from being a perfect day for the Houston Comets.

Devils start playing like Devils again
DENVER -- Scott Stevens was spitting mad, Ken Daneyko was dripping blood. The New Jersey Devils have that look in their eyes again -- the one that says they won't be pushed around, even by the Colorado Avalanche.

Castroneves takes Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS -- The new Indianapolis 500 champion gave up some much-needed sleep to watch himself on TV in the wee hours following his victory. He liked what he saw.

Court says disabled golfer can use cart
WASHINGTON -- Disabled golfer Casey Martin may use a cart to ride in tournaments, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, saying federal law requires a leveling of the playing field for the handicapped, even in pro sports.

Sports Briefs
Boles fired by Marlins, replaced by PerezLickliter wins storm-delayed Kemper Boeker sweeps three titles Arizona takes Women's College World Series

Greens still look brown
Kenai Golf Course has the regulars back golfing. The crew has been busy begging the grass to grow and green up. The fairways are extremely thirsty and in need of a downpour.

McGwire homers as St. Louis stops Brewers
ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire homered in his first game for St. Louis since April 15, leading the Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 Monday.

Stewart pulls off daring driving double
CONCORD, N.C. -- When his grueling 1,100 miles of racing were over, Tony Stewart had one word for his critics: Idiots.

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