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Thursday, June 1, 2000

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
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.

Alaska Coast Guard escapes fuel crunch -- for now
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- High oil prices haven't affected Coast Guard operations in Alaska as much as in other parts of the country, but officials say some cutbacks may be on the horizon.

Belugas labeled depleted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet beluga whales have been officially listed as ''depleted'' under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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.

Long-distance cyclist injured
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 55-year-old British long-distance bicyclist is in stable condition after an accident while en route to Haines Junction, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Elmendorf 3rd Wing wins environmental award
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 3rd Wing at Elmendorf Air Force Base has won an environmental cleanup award from the Secretary of Defense.

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.

Fort Greely School to close for good
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- On June 9, Fort Greely School principal Sandra Hill will lock up for the last time.

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.

Company files to compete in Ketchikan phone market
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A second telecommunications company is attempting to enter the Ketchikan market in competition with the city-owned phone utility.

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

Foundation formed to further Sen. Stevens' work
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Friends and employees of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens are forming a nonprofit corporation that will raise money for a library to house his personal papers and invest in programs reflecting the senator's policy interests.

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.

Knowles signs rural welfare law
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill allowing regional nonprofit Native organizations to administer state welfare programs was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

Juneau man rescued after falling out of kayak
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man is considering kayak lessons after a swell rolled him out of his boat and into frigid ocean waters.

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.

Lawsuit filed to block deal involving gas pumps
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block a deal it said would eliminate competition in the sale of pumps used in 90 percent of U.S. gas stations to transfer gasoline from underground tanks to surface dispensers.

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 speller stumbles on 'pusillanimous'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The 13-year-old from the Bahamas couldn't spi

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.

Two-millionth visitor rides Denali shuttle bus
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than 2 million people have ridden Denali National Park's shuttle bus system.

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.

Low-sulfur future in Alaska diesel sparks debate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A battle is brewing among environmental groups, the refining industry and regulators over how and when to eliminate rules that allow Alaska oil refiners to leave more sulfur in diesel compared with elsewhere in the nation.

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.

Federal board gives local fisheries managers more authority
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal fisheries board gave its local managers more authority Wednesday to make decisions on Alaska's subsistence fisheries.

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.

Gray whale could become big science project
KODIAK (AP) -- If Ken Hansen with the National Marine Fisheries Service Kodiak high school science teacher Stacy Studebaker have their way, a gray whale that washed ashore in Kodiak over the weekend could become a gigantic science project.

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

Bowhead season heats up for Barrow whalers
BARROW (AP) -- Until last week, spring was sparse for Barrow's whaling crews, landing only one bowhead in April.

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

Guard commander promoted to major general
JUNEAU (AP) -- The adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard is getting a second star.

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.

DEEP CREEK: day will come
Looking out the window of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game this week brought a smile to Richard Barnes' face.

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 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.

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.

Princess cruises hires Riddles
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Princess Cruises has signed former Iditarod champion Libby Riddles to give presentations to passengers as each Princess ship stops in Juneau this sujmmer and next, the cruise line said.

Investigate cash balance plan conversions
DENVER (AP) -- Conversions to cash balance pension plans may result in benefit reductions for workers, particularly older workers, but companies making those conversions don't always make that clear to their employees, warns a retirement expert at the College for Financial Planning.

Business Briefs
CIRI holds annual meeting in SoldotnaHeritage Place expands Olson is employee of the monthFishing pole parts available in SoldotnaCentral peninsula lot and road maps compiledNinilchik daughter recognizedBusiness, petroleum newspapers splitNikolaevsk receives federal water and sewer moneyNorth peninsula chamber speakers announced

Soldotna doctor honored
Dr. John Bramante claims to have no knowledge of why he was chosen recently for an excellence in clinical teaching award from the University of Washington Medical School.

Investigate cash balance plan conversions
DENVER (AP) -- Conversions to cash balance pension plans may result in benefit reductions for workers, particularly older workers, but companies making those conversions don't always make that clear to their employees, warns a retirement expert at the College for Financial Planning.

Judge rules in Tongass logging case
JUNEAU -- 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
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

Around the Peninsula
Small business center to hold computer workshopTour of historic Kasilof cabin scheduledSwimmers, divers to hold garage saleSummer reading program begins SaturdaySummer reading program begins SaturdaySwimming lessons availableHealthy Communities meeting planned

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

Martushev earns honors at Voznesenka
Marfa Ivanovna Martushev

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:

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

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: Juliana Marie Amon, Christine Louise Clark and Krystal Dawn Gifford.

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

Skyview honors 1 valedictorian
Shiela Marie Isaak

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Stewarts car nearly as fast as his mouth
Tony Stewart has been quicker with his words this year than he's been in his race car. The slower his Pontiac Grand Prix runs on race day, the faster he is to give an opinion.

Winston Cup schedule
Schedule

Jarrett: Points race will stay competitive
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. -- NASCAR's Winston Cup points race is wide open, and Dale Jarrett says he doesn't see the championship picture clearing up in the near future.

Points Standings
Winston Cup points standings

Rookies rank among best
CONCORD, N.C. -- When Tony Stewart won three races, nearly $2.5 million and finished fourth in the series standings as a rookie a year ago, it was hard to imagine anyone matching that achievement on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Money leaders
Winston Cup money leaders

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.

Two Democrats join race against Ward
The race in Senate District E just got a little more crowded.

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.

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.

Borough officials worry listing may affect gas line proposal
Cook Inlet beluga whales were listed Wednesday as depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. That allows federal biologists to regulate the Native hunting they blame for the belugas' decline.

24-hour Relay for Life kicks off Friday
Local organizers plan an all-night party during the Relay for Life 2000 fund-raiser to support cancer research and education and aid Alaska cancer patients.

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.

Inspired by survivors, cancer walkers set to go the distance
Participants for this weekend's Relay For Life come in all shapes and sizes, but they share a common goal -- raising funds to help battle cancer.

Photo feature: Solar sign off
A boat rests at anchor in Cook Inlet off the mouth of the Ninilchik River last weekend. With good weather forecast through the coming weekend, boaters and anglers are expected to be out in force.

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:

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

Ja'el Miyoko Wilshusen
Obituary

Sports Briefs
Teams format set for Mount MarathonRacing starts at Twin City RacewayKenai Junior Program 2000 announces first sessionChina downs America in women's soccerValentin out for season, will have surgery on kneeShaq unanimous choice for NBA all-star teamTitle fight called off because of Holyfield injury

Pacers' Best is good enough
INDIANAPOLIS -- The boos came down from the stands in one big booming voice, the hometown fans venting at their team after an utterly miserable start.

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.

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

Post 20 begins season with sweep
With their batters still adjusting to live pitching, the American Legion Post 20 Twins used solid pitching to sweep a doubleheader from the South Peninsula Storm Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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.''

Rocket boosters bid Richard farewell at packed funeral
MONTREAL -- Even in death, Maurice Richard inspired outbursts of admiring applause from the thousands who came Wednesday to say goodbye at an emotional funeral service.

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.

Belugas labeled depleted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet beluga whales have been officially listed as ''depleted'' under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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