Friday, June 2, 2000

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.

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.

Incumbent ousted in village corporation election
JUNEAU (AP) -- Incumbent Joe Kahklen finished fourth among 11 candidates for three seats on the Goldbelt Inc. board of directors, the corporation announced Wednesday.

DOT to begin work on Annette Island-Ketchikan ferry
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Transportation is set to begin work on a new ferry that will run between Annette Island and Ketchikan.

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.

FAA proposes halting Alaska Airlines' ability to do maintenance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After finding nearly 150 cases where aircraft maintenance could not be documented, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed to strip Alaska Airlines of the right to perform maintenance on its planes.

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

Coast Guard gets permission to shoot at fleeing vessels
UNALASKA (AP) -- Faced with increasingly aggressive foreign fishing vessels, the Coast Guard now has permission to shoot.

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.

GOP chairmen call on Gore to recuse himself from roadless initiative
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Al Gore should cease all participation in the Clinton administration's proposal to ban roads and other development in 43 million acres of roadless forests, two GOP committee chairmen said Friday.

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

Office of Pipeline Safety seeks record fine in Bellingham blast
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Olympic Pipe Line Co. should be fined $3.05 million for failing to test and monitor a pipeline that gave way last year and resulted in three deaths in Bellingham, Wash., federal officials said Friday.

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.

State restricts Ship Creek king harvest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Fish and Game is placing restrictions on fishing for king salmon in Ship Creek because not enough fish are getting to their spawning grounds.

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.

Alaska Pacific University gets donation from offshore processors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Pacific University has received a $280,000 donation to offer a concentration in Marine Biology and Policy from the At-Sea Processors Association.

Fishing company agrees to $30,000 fine
JUNEAU (AP) -- Jubilee Fisheries, Inc., has agreed to pay a $30,000 fine for failing to have a certified observer aboard the vessel Vaerdal.

Subsistence ruling worries Kenai refuge manager
KENAI (AP) -- Fearing some Kenai Peninsula residents might abuse subsistence rules to catch trout or steelhead, the manager of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge wants to close all subsistence fishing in refuge waters.

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.

Cocaine left on table leads to charges
UNALASKA (AP) -- The owner of a taxi company faces drug charges after a police officer noticed a bindle of cocaine on a table in the taxi office, according to police.

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.

Candidates get in, out as filing deadline nears
JUNEAU (AP) -- Candidates for the Legislature jumped in and out of races Thursday as the deadline to run for office approached.

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

Fairbanks Democrat Tom Brice quits House
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fairbanks Democrat Tom Brice will not seek a fifth term in the House, but his last-minute exit apparently paved the way for one of his aides to take over his seat without opposition.

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.

Delta offering nonstop flight to Atlanta
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Delta Air Lines on Thursday started daily nonstop service from Alaska to Atlanta for the summer season.

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.

Anchorage Democrat quits House
JUNEAU (AP) -- Anchorage Democrat Alan Kemplen announced Thursday that he would not seek another term in the House.

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.

Snowboarders find great summer snow on Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- Two elite European athletes could not resist a stop in Kodiak during their snowboarding tour of the Pacific Ring of Fire, hitting Pyramid Mountain right after getting off the ferry at 5 p.m. on May 21.

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.

Candidates get in, out as filing deadline nears
JUNEAU (AP) -- Candidates for the Legislature jumped in and out of races Thursday as the deadline to run for office approached.

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.

Candidates get in, out as filing deadline nears
JUNEAU (AP) -- Candidates for the Legislature jumped in and out of races Thursday as the deadline to run for office approached.

Assisted-living home worker charged with assault on disabled resident
VALDEZ (AP) -- A worker at an assisted-living home faces felony assault charges after prosecutors say he admitted slamming a disabled client's head into a counter and breaking the man's jaw.

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.

Commercial fisherman wins Juneau salmon derby
JUNEAU (AP) -- A commercial fisherman showed off his sportfishing skills during the Fourth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby.

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.

Man finds fake bomb bag placed by airline
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon man returning from an Alaska cruise got a rude surprise when he opened his luggage. There was a fake bomb inside.

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

Dana Fabe to serve as chief justice of Alaska Supreme Court
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe has been elected by her fellow justices to lead Alaska's highest court for the next three years. The vote was unanimous.

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.

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.

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

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

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
Bears subject of presentationGarage sale looking for donationsSoldotna Historical Society to meet Bike safety rodeo happens SaturdayTour of historical cabin scheduled in Kasilof Kenai community blood drive scheduled for SaturdayHunter safety course open to publicCampfire program focuses on beetlesSaturday activities draw attention to brain injuriesCareer and technical symposium being offeredPlant sale supports museumSummer camp nears registration deadline

Tides bring clams, salmon
What has been a good season in terms of fishing so far appears to be angling toward excellent during the next week.

Reliving childhood fishing days
FAIRBANKS -- Looking out the window of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game this week brought a smile to Richard Barnes' face.

Commercial fisherman wins Juneau salmon derby
JUNEAU (AP) -- A commercial fisherman showed off his sportfishing skills during the Fourth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby.

Tides bring clams, salmon
What has been a good season in terms of fishing so far appears to be angling toward excellent during the next week.

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainment Upcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage Events Films

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

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.

Points Standings
Winston Cup points standings

Money leaders
Winston Cup money leaders

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.

School district host program aims to take bite out of summer vandalism
While most tourists pursue schools of Kenai Peninsula fish, a few are casting about for school buildings as well.

Found, recovered items inventoried for auction
Lose a bicycle? How about a backpack or wallet?

Former Kenai resident reaches agreement with city, police over 1996 incident
The city of Kenai and one of its police officers are close to settling out of court a civil lawsuit brought against them by a former Kenai woman, according to city attorney Carey Graves.

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.

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

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.

Kenai Peninsula legislative candidates
House District 7House District 8House District 8House District 9Senate District E

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.

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.

Ja'el Miyoko Wilshusen
Obituary

Bessie Mae Crane
Longtime Homer resident Bessie Mae Crane died Monday, May 29, 2000, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 77.

Snowboarders find great summer snow on Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- Two elite European athletes could not resist a stop in Kodiak during their snowboarding tour of the Pacific Ring of Fire, hitting Pyramid Mountain right after getting off the ferry at 5 p.m. on May 21.

Kenai makes plans for summer rec program
The Kenai Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring its Summer Recreation Program again this year.

Religion Briefs
Kenai Aglow plans June 12 meetingMen's Mini Advance scheduled

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.

Oilers Corner
Oilers add coach to staff

Post 20 Twins back on field
Having an experienced roster can lead a team in one of two different directions.

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

Wolters has Feverish finish in win
MIAMI -- Kara Wolters spent the final six minutes of Thursday night's game making up for the first 34.

Stars exorcise Devils in Game 2
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In the Stanley Cup playoffs, everything comes up golden if your last name is Hull.

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.

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.

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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