Sunday, June 4, 2000

Former lawmaker ousted by disclosure violation back in game
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former lawmaker who was thrown off the ballot 14 years ago for waiting too long to disclose personal loans from a lobbyist is running for the state Senate.

Tourists babysit peninsula schools
KENAI (AP) -- While most tourists visiting the Kenai Peninsula cast about for fish, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is hoping to snag a few tourists.

Governor signs patients rights bill
JUNEAU (AP) --A bill that gives Alaskans rights in medical disagreements with insurance companies was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Woman rescued from Flattop Mountain
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 48-year-old woman with a broken leg was rescued with a helicopter hoist from Flattop Mountain in Anchorage Friday.

Woods Air certificate revoked, hearing scheduled
PALMER (AP) -- A hearing has been scheduled on the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to revoke the license of a Palmer air carrier.

Troopers won't recover body of Colorado guide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Rescue workers won't attempt to recover the body of a Colorado climbing guide who died Wednesday on the slopes of Mount Bona in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Knowles signs bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill expanding judges' power to issue alternative sentences has been signed into law by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Jury won't reconsider church verdict
PALMER (AP) -- A jury that oversaw a civil case in which a Palmer area family claimed a local church brainwashed their daughter will not be asked to reconsider its verdict.

Former lawmaker ousted by disclosure violation back in game
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former lawmaker who was thrown off the ballot 14 years ago for waiting too long to disclose personal loans from a lobbyist is running for the state Senate.

Man sent to jail for swiping checkbook from dying woman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A witness to a fatal car crash who could not resist the urge to steal some of the dying woman's belongings has been sentenced to nine months in jail.

Kodiak city manager retiring
KODIAK (AP) -- Kodiak's city manager is stepping down after five years.

Cruise lines agree to limit dumping
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Companies operating large cruise ships in Alaska waters have agreed to not dump wastewater within 10 miles of certain ports.

Knowles approves public employee raises
JUNEAU (AP) -- Surrounded by smiling union leaders, Gov. Tony Knowles signed bills Friday authorizing pay and benefit increases for state employees.

Supreme Court sides with environmental groups in intertie suit
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has confirmed that the state must conduct a ''best-interest finding'' for a proposed power intertie connecting Healy and Fairbanks. The court handed down its decision Friday in a lawsuit brought by environmentalists.

Coast Guard got permission to shoot at fleeing vessel
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Coast Guard last month received permission to shoot at a fleeing fishing vessel.

Around the peninsula
Burn permit suspension still in effectSwimming lessons offeredMahoney to speak at interpretive programClub to discuss fund-raiserCommittee to meetSelf-esteem building topic for meetingCooper Landing group to meet, voteKenai Elks help peninsula veterans

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.

One fish, two fish; bad fish, good fish -- biologists seek to protect endangered fish
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) -- In a fast-flowing spot just off Rice Island, fisherman Frank Tarabochia leans into the bow of his boat and tosses what might be the future of local commercial salmon fishing into the Columbia River.

Kenai Peninsula town finds niche as peaceful and buzzing community
"Welcome to Anchor Point."

Future of Nikiski schools debated
Families in Nikiski want changes in their schools, but community trends are complicating the issue.

Tax credit may be extended to efforts on Kasilof, Ninilchik, Anchor rivers
Soldotna High School student Nick Horn is still pursuing his Caring for the Kenai project, though the contest ended months ago.

Borough may join beluga debate
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly soon could enter the debate on whether to list Cook Inlet beluga whales for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Seized fishing boat up for public showing prior to NMFS auction
The 52-foot fishing vessel Nine goes on the auction block June 13. Not because it couldn't catch halibut. But, rather, because of where the halibut were caught and what was done with them once on board.

Photo feature: Weekend angler
Thomas Tunney of Valdez fishes the Kenai River below the bridge in Soldotna Friday evening.

New law may net funds for repairs
This fall, Kenai Peninsula Borough voters may find a school bond on the ballot for the first time in six years. And a bill pending in Juneau may more than quadruple the amount of money to upgrade peninsula schools if they vote "yes."

Livingston, Jensen plan summer wedding
Jennifer Livingston and Max Jensen have announced their plans to marry Aug. 12 in Kenai.

Pomeroy, Gifford set July date
Holly Pomeroy and Josh Gifford have announced their plans to wed in an afternoon ceremony on July 30 at Kenai Christian Church.

Christensen, Babcock marry in Texas
Christensen, Babcock marry in Texas Misty Renae Christen-sen and Jesse James Babcock were married May 22 in Tempe, Ariz.

Twins make quick work of West
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team made short work, literally, of the Post 1 West Anchorage Eagles Saturday in a doubleheader at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Devils heat up Texas
DALLAS -- The New Jersey Devils lured the Dallas Stars into their trap. Now, they have the lead -- and the momentum -- in the Stanley Cup finals.

Lifting off
Rachel Jones doesn't remember the trail, she just remembers the pain and the fear.

Travel: Visit haven to see wolves in their natural surroundings
TENINO, Wash. (AP) -- The wolves are together in packs of two or three. Some are resting, some are wandering around marking their territory while others meander over slowly to look at curious visitors.

Nez Perce wolf coordinator takes in majesty of wolf domain
STANLEY, Idaho (AP) -- Through Idaho's dense timber stands and rugged alpine terrain, tracking far-wandering gray wolves from the ground would be a formidable task.

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