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Wednesday, May 31, 2000

Climbers safe after Mount Foraker avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two mountain climbers feared lost in a Saturday avalanche on Mount Foraker are safe and apparently undaunted by their close call.

Two climbers suffering from altitude sickness rescued
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service's high-altitude helicopter rescued two climbers from the 17,200-foot high camp on Mount McKinley Saturday after they suffered altitude sickness.

Haines residents kill two brown bears
HAINES (AP) -- Two yearling brown bear cubs were shot and killed in separate incidents in a Chilkoot River neighborhood last week.

Key figure in goose protection dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chuck Hunt, a key figure in goose conservation on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, died Saturday of a stroke and heart attack. He was 55.

Alaska stores pose challenges for Gottschalks Inc.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials with Gottschalks Inc. acknowledge they will have to make some adjustments as the company moves into the Alaska retail landscape.

Fisherman killed in accident on Copper River flats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A commercial fisherman was killed Monday when he got tangled in fishing gear and fell into the water at the mouth of the Copper River, Alaska State Troopers said.

Old church being readied to reopen after fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The historic St. Paul's Church in Eagle is getting spruced up and will soon reopen after being damaged in a fire a year and a half ago.

Judge orders new trial in 1985 murder conviction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man convicted 14 years ago of murdering his wife has won a new trial from a civil judge who says a translator should have been assigned to help him with his original trial.

Schools get federal funds for after-school programs
JUNEAU (AP) -- Six Alaska school districts will be getting a total of $4.5 million dollars in federal funds during the next school year to create special learning centers, according to the Alaska Department of Education.

Anchorage school district sends out layoff notices
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Another 50 layoff notices went out Tuesday to Anchorage school district employees.

Electrical appliance caused cruise ship fire, investigators say
JUNEAU (AP) -- An electrical appliance in a crew cabin caused last week's fire aboard the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam, Coast Guard investigators said Saturday.

Fairbanks teachers ratify contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks teachers have ratified a new contract.

Young, Murkowski at odds over Kake Tribal bailout
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Rep. Don Young is trying to find a way to bail out a bankrupt Native village corporation in Southeast Alaska, but his efforts are being complicated by Sen. Frank Murkowski.

Children's Trust awards 19 grants
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Children's Trust will hand out 19 grants worth $310,000 to community organizations around the state this year, Gov. Tony Knowles announced Wednesday.

Missing hiker found at home
PALMER (AP) -- A Sutton man thought to be missing in the Jonesville Mine area while hiking has been found at his home, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Knowles names new Fish and Game deputy commissioner
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 19-year veteran with the state Department of Fish and Game is the department's new deputy commissioner for national and international fisheries.

Small farm is haven for unusual animals
JUNEAU (AP) -- Annie Sidney has chosen a pet with permanent body odor.

Men convicted in teen beating ordered to pay medical, funeral costs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three of the four men convicted of killing a Fairbanks teenager in 1997 were ordered Tuesday to pay almost $18,500 in medical and funeral costs associated with the boy's beating death.

Judge says Tongass log contract cancellation was improper
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A court of claims judge in Washington, D.C. has ruled in favor of Alaska Pulp Corp. in its $1.4 billion lawsuit against the federal government, U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski said Monday.

Knowles signs cancer screening bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Insurance companies will be required to cover the costs of annual prostate cancer screening for all men over 40 under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Fairbanks short on census takers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Census crews are so short-staffed that an Anchorage Census team has been sent north to help gather information about residents.

Ketchikan borough mayor hospitalized
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor Jack Shay was flown to Seattle on Tuesday after continuing to suffer chest pains.

Snow slows opening of road into Denali
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Road crews at Denali National Park and Preserve plan to have the park road open to Eielson visitor center by Saturday, two days later than expected.

Kelly survives plane crash during Alaskan hunting trip
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly sustained minor cuts and scrapes when a two-seat plane he was in crashed into the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska during a hunting trip earlier this month.

Changes to federal food program planned for Alaska
ANCHORAGE

Juneau clerks caught in alcohol sting
JUNEAU (AP) -- Ten clerks at eight Juneau businesses sold alcohol to underage purchasers in a sting begun last week by the police department and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Marketing, timing behind leap of Copper River salmon AP Photo pursuing
Anchorage Daily News

Anglers chase halibut and feisty kings
DEEP CREEK - At 4:30 a.m. Sunday the wheels began rolling at Ninilchik. Above the Kenai Range, the full moon was a pale thumbprint in the frosty predawn sky.

Kenai veterans want VA clinic on peninsula
KENAI (AP) -- Some veterans on the Kenai Peninsula are urging the federal government to set up a medical clinic on the peninsula or otherwise provide for local vets.

Restrictions imposed on Southeast charter, nonresident king fishermen
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Department of Fish and Game is adding restrictions to nonresident and charter boat king salmon fishermen in Southeast Alaska to meet harvest restrictions demanded by the Pacific Salmon Treaty reached last year by the United States and Canada.

Seward Highway closed after head-on collision
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Seward Highway was closed early Monday afternoon along Turnagain Arm following a serious vehicle accident.

North Pole girl dies in truck accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole teen-ager died after the truck she was riding in crossed the Richardson Highway and was hit by another truck, Alaska State Troopers said.

Holed up
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Tiger Woods broke new ground Monday in the Memorial.

Rasmuson contributes money to begin scholarship fund
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Elmer Rasmuson, former president of the National Bank of Alaska, has contributed $250,000 to begin a scholarship fund in the name of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

Alaska Airlines plans to fire pilots in oxygen malfunction flight
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines said Tuesday it plans to fire two pilots for continuing a flight after the emergency oxygen system activated shortly after takeoff.

Four teens arrested for car theft, shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Anchorage teens were arrested Tuesday on charges that they shot at an apartment complex and later crashed a stolen car while trying to escape police.

Dazed eagles returned to wild
HAINES (AP) -- Three bald eagles found dazed along a rocky beach have been released after recovering from a barbiturate overdose.

Air National Guard looking at expanded mission
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Air National Guard may soon be taking on more tasks now handled by the Air Force.

Foraker Avalanche, CORRECTIVE
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Associated Press reported erroneously on May 29 that Mount Foraker is the nation's sixth-highest mountain. Foraker is the third-highest mountain in the United States.

Alaska Airlines plans to fire pilots in oxygen malfunction flight
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines plans to fire two pilots for continuing a flight after the emergency oxygen system activated shortly after takeoff, an airline spokesman said Tuesday.

August primary ballot remains full of holes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With less than three months to go before the state's primary election, there are still plenty of open spots on the ballot.

Ketchikan man critically injured after driving off cliff
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan man remained in critical condition Tuesday after driving his four-wheel drive vehicle off a cliff.

Forest Service cool to Southeast land deal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A prime piece of real estate, smack in the heart of the Admiralty Island National Monument, is for sale.

Girl killed in accident on Richardson Highway
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole girl was killed in a vehicle collision on the Richardson Highway near Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska State Troopers said.

Judge says Tongass log contract cancellation was improper
JUNEAU (AP) -- A federal claims court has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service acted improperly when it terminated Alaska Pulp Co.'s 50-year timber contract in the Tongass National Forest.

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
Hunter safety course offered at Baptist churchRiver Center meeting to be held WednesdayBiologist presents body language of bearsHomer museum to hold annual garden sale Interpretive programs are from 3 to 4 p.m. The public is welcome and there is no admission. Gardener Tracy Asselin and volunteers will be able to answer questions and provide gardening tips.Kenai church to hold community blood driveVolunteers should drink lots of caffeine-free liquids and eat healthy meals before donating.Beetle talk planned at Captain CookGolf course to hold weekend clinicsSpay, neuter clinic offeredSeward to hold vocational center celebrationHomer reunion planned

Around the Peninsula
Visitor center to present summer art programInline hockey league starts todayDiabetes support meeting tonightKenai chamber luncheon todayHomer reunion plannedSmall business center to hold computer workshopBrain Awareness Walk set for SaturdayTour of historic Kasilof cabin scheduledTour of historic Kasilof cabin scheduledSummer reading program begins SaturdaySwimmers, divers to hold garage saleHealthy Communities meeting 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.

Anglers chase halibut and feisty kings
DEEP CREEK - At 4:30 a.m. Sunday the wheels began rolling at Ninilchik. Above the Kenai Range, the full moon was a pale thumbprint in the frosty predawn sky.

Four SoHi Stars earn honors as valedictorians
Tara Cutting, Jessica Foster, Sarah Histand and Eric Romberg earned honors as Soldotna High School's valedictorians for the Class of 2000.

Smaller schools in district also honor their graduates
Several smaller schools throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District also had graduating seniors, including the following:

Martushev earns honors at Voznesenka
Marfa Ivanovna Martushev

5 earn diplomas from Cook Inlet
In a ceremony on Mother's Day, May 14, five students graduated from Cook Inlet Academy. Noah Shields was the class valedictorian.

Nikiski graduates 63 students in school's 11th commencement
To begin Nikiski High School's graduation ceremony, which was held May 22, different graduates serenaded the crowd with spirited renditions of "The Star Spangled Banner," "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and "Sicili-enne."

Nine graduate from IDEA
Nine Kenai Peninsula students graduated from the Interior Distance Education of Alaska program this year.

Congratulations -- and a little more advice -- to Class of 2000
Some members of the graduating class of 2000 may not want to hear this, but their school days are far from over.

Ninilchik School honors 19 graduates on May 21
In keeping with a tradition started in Ninilchik years ago, seniors included parents and grandparents in the May 21 ceremony by honoring them with roses. English teacher Penny Vadla was selected by the class to give the commencement address.

Skyview honors 1 valedictorian
Shiela Marie Isaak

Five Nikiski grads make grade as valedictorian
Five students -- Mario Bird, Raenell Johnson, Maggie Kendall, Tony Mika and Carrie Pattison -- earned honors as Nikiski High School's valedictorians for the Class of 2000.

Five at KCHS earn valedictorian honors
Lori Eastlick, Melinda Haring, Sara Beth Krein, Amanda Reynoldson and Tessa Rhyner earned honors as Kenai Central High School's valedictorians for the Class of 2000.

139 Skyview seniors earn their diplomas
The motto for Skyview High School seniors was "Our past is behind us; our present is with us; our future in the new century will be waiting for us." It was coi

Valedictorians from around the peninsula
Ana ChartierMelissa Gibson

25 students find 'Alternative' path leads to graduation
Twenty-five students received their diplomas from Kenai Alternative High School during the May19 graduation ceremony.

107 receive diplomas at Homer's commencement
Homer High School honored eight of its 108 graduates as valedictorians. Principal Rich Patton completed his final graduation ceremony with the school, giving praise to this year's class and its record number of valedictorians.

127 SoHi seniors shine on graduation day
Sentiments of fun and fondness marked Soldotna High School's graduation ceremony on May 18. The seniors chose two of their teachers as the main commencement speakers: science teacher Patrick Nolden and English and drama teacher Michael Druce.

KCHS Class of 2000 graduates 93 students
Kenai Central High School gave another class of Kardinals wings in commencement exercises May 23.

District's outstanding students win recognition
For 33 years, the Kenai Masonic Lodge No. 11 F & AM has recognized outstanding students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Seward High School counts 65 in 2000 graduating class
Seward High School honored three of its graduates as valedictorians: Jilian Cambell, Christine Louise Clark and Krystal Dawn Gifford.

Eight Homer High grads share valedictory honors
Jasmine FryAlice Hilde VelskoNathaniel Robert Brooks, James Bo Calhoun, Kelsey Lynn Christian, Alexis Brianna Hansen, Kelly Mari Leal and Sydney Lynn Schoepke.

Theresa Chihuly named Ninilchik School valedictorian
In keeping with a tradition started in Ninilchik years ago, seniors included parents and grandparents in the May 21 ceremony by honoring them with roses. English teacher Penny Vadla was selected by the class to give the commencement address.

Nikolaevsk, Nanwalek each recognize valedictorian among graduates
Laura Bailey Nikolaevsk SchoolSonya Ash Nanwalek School

80-plus students earn diplomas from KPC in 30th commencement
More than 80 graduates received their diplomas May 2 as Kenai Peninsula College observed its 30th commencement at Kenai Central High School Auditorium.

Seward High School counts 65 in 2000 graduating class
Seward High School honored three of its graduates as valedictorians: Juliana Marie Amon, Christine Louise Clark and Krystal Dawn Gifford.

Movement seen from CPGH Inc.
A public window seemed to open Thursday on operations of the nonprofit corporation that operates publicly owned Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Suggestions for parents to help protect their children
Parents and caregivers provide children with a first line of defense. With that in mind, the Central Kenai Peninsula Sexual Assault Response Team provides the following suggestions for parents:

Board conducts considerable business in public
The CPGH Inc. board ran through a long agenda during the public session of Thursday's meeting. Specifically, it:

Agrium expects resolution by July
Company officials say the sale of Unocal Corp.'s agricultural products business to a Canadian firm has been delayed pending U.S. Federal Trade Commission approval.

America's heroes remembered
Three hundred people gathered beneath the warming sun on the dandelion-dotted green grass of Leif Hansen Memorial Park on Monday. A stiff breeze starched the scores of flags proudly held aloft by Scouts, Young Marines, National Guardsmen and veterans as they stood in a semi-circle around the memorial obelisk. Chaplains said prayers as a lone trumpeter played "Taps," and Air Force jets flew overhead.

Agencies organize to fight sexual assault of minors
For 1,874 Alaska children in 1999, the problem was something far more serious than tummy aches, fevers or colds, according to the Division of Family and Youth Services.

Other' Young runs for seat in U.S. House

Photo feature: Traffic stopper
Kimberly Foster stops traffic at the intersection of Kalifornsky Beach Road and Gaswell Road on Tuesday, as Foster Construction works to improve the crossing at Slikok Creek.

Blood shortage plagues peninsula
Making a difference in another person's life can be simple. For example, one quick and inexpensive way is the donation of blood.

Project ideas wanted
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has obtained $340,000 in federal funding to fund research and education supporting the mission of the Kenai River Center.

William W. Croskey
Longtime Alaska resident William W. Croskey died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 74.

Donald R. Day
Longtime Kenai resident Donald R. Day died Friday, May 26, 2000, in Tucson, Ariz., while receiving treatment for cancer.

May 24: Juneau Empire on honors for the Coast Guard
It's interesting how often we forget the impact certain public sector employees have on our lives. Far too often we complain about rules and regulations, but when trouble comes, they're the first ones we call.

May 23: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on lack of legislative candidates
It's easy to gripe about the way government works.

Anchorage Daily News on subsistence designation for the Kenai Peninsula
With all due respect to the Kenaitze people, the federal Subsistence Board's decision to make the entire Kenai Peninsula rural for subsistence purposes is irresponsible.

May 28: Voice of the Times on estimates of recoverable oil in ANWR
The potential of vast petroleum riches underlying the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is really not disputed, except by the anti-development zealots who want no more oil drilling anywhere in Alaska.

Births
Daisy and Justin RichmondMonica and Mike FrostKarrie and Craig YarnesJonathan and Rachel ThorpeBrian and Jana Ormond

Peninsula People
Seward sprouts airmanStudents receive scholarships She is the daughter of Kevin and Mary Dougherty, of Soldotna. Her parents are Kelley and Edward Smith, of Soldotna.Student named to dean's listStudents graduate from colleges, universities

Indiana coach breaks silence
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Bob Knight says he doesn't need professional help in controlling his temper and that his behavior in 29 years as Indiana coach ''overall has been good.''

Montoya flashes ability in Indy 500 victory
INDIANAPOLIS -- There is race-car politics, and then there is the artistry of Juan Montoya in a race car.

Lakers cannot douse Blazers
LOS ANGELES -- A celebration seemed inevitable. You could almost see the Western Conference championship banner hanging above the star-studded crowd at the Staples Center.

'L' spells trouble for Pacers
NEW YORK -- So well were they playing and so easy were the points coming, that the New York Knicks got a two-minute standing ovation at the end of the first half.

Sports Briefs
Drag racing set to thunder NikiskiTwins open season with doubleheader today

Dallas can't resist Devils
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils surprised the Dallas Stars in nearly every way possible -- with their speed, their persistence, their nonstop scoring.

Holed up
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Tiger Woods broke new ground Monday in the Memorial.

Dazed eagles returned to wild
HAINES (AP) -- Three bald eagles found dazed along a rocky beach have been released after recovering from a barbiturate overdose.

Haines residents kill two brown bears
HAINES (AP) -- Two yearling brown bear cubs were shot and killed in separate incidents in a Chilkoot River neighborhood last week.

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