Monday, June 5, 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.

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.

Driver killed in Dalton Highway accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A motorist was killed early Saturday in an accident on the Dalton Highway, about 88 miles north of Fairbanks.

Shareholders return Goldbelt incumbents
JUNEAU (AP) -- Shareholders have returned three incumbents to the board of the Goldbelt Inc., the city's Native corporation.

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.

Six rescued after plane is damaged on takeoff
KODIAK (AP) -- Six people on a single-engine floatplane were rescued by the Coast Guard Sunday evening after a wing was damaged as the plane was taking off from Blying Sound about 25 miles east of Seward.

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.

Supreme Court hears Bristol Bay price fixing suit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Attorneys for Bristol Bay salmon fishermen asked the Alaska Supreme Court Monday to reinstate a class action lawsuit alleging price fixing by fish buyers and processors.

State suggests RV park cleanup plan
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A cleanup of some spilled dry-cleaning solvent that has made its way into the Kenai River appears headed for resolution.

Workers at oil service company turn down union
KENAI (AP) -- Workers at Peak Oilfield Service Co. overwhelmingly rejected a move for union representation, according to a vote tally by the National Labor Relations Board.

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.

Eaglets hatched, consumed by mother
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Two eaglets that hatched last week at the Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Raptor Center were eaten by their mother soon after they emerged from their eggs.

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

Fort Yukon man changes plea in murder case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Yukon man pleaded no contest Monday to second degree murder and assault for the December shooting of two people on a snowmachine.

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.

Cruise line, Coast Guard differ on waste disposal
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Celebrity Cruises vessel has been discharging treated wastewater in port without the Coast Guard's permission. A cruise ship official said the company believed it had that agency's approval.

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.

Attempt fails to recall Calista board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- At attempt failed over the weekend to recall the Calista Native Corp.'s board of directors.

Troopers still look for clues in 1999 disappearance of Wasilla teen
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Michael Palmer was a 15-year-old riding his bike to a friend's house after a graduation party when he disappeared on June 4, 1999.

Cigarette blamed for Anchorage fatal fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Memorial Day fire that killed a couple in their Anchorage home was caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette, a fire department investigation found.

Police say solving New Year's Eve bomb threat hoax still a priority
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police say they aren't planning to allow a man whose phony bomb threat disrupted the city's New Year's Eve celebration get away with it.

Damaged depot may not be repaired this summer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Nearly two months after a driver crashed his truck into the middle of the historical Nenana Train Depot, the depot's manager says insurance company negotiations have delayed repairs on the building, hurting tourism in the town.

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.

Democrats protest Bush request for ANWR money
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration wants an extra $5 million from Congress to start planning new oil lease sales in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and for analysis of seismic data from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but some House Democrats are protesting.

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

Copper River Delta fishermen return to work
CORDOVA (AP) -- Copper River Delta salmon fishermen were back at work Monday after calling off a price strike.

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.

State investigates medical waste incinerator
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's largest medical waste incinerator is the target of a state investigation over allegations that it has been operating illegally for more than three years.

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.

Attempt fails to recall Calista board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An attempt failed over the weekend to recall the Calista Native Corp.'s board of directors.

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.

Juneau changes law to make voting easier
JUNEAU (AP) -- It will be easier to vote absentee under a series of changes in the city's election code approved by Juneau Assembly members Monday.

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.

Native rights advocate Robert Willard dies
JUNEAU (AP) -- Robert Willard, a longtime Native rights activist, died late last week in Juneau at age 64.

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.

Robert Willard dead at age 64
JUNEAU (AP) -- Robert Willard, a longtime Native rights activist and proponent of subsistence rights, died last week in Juneau.

One dead, one injured in Dalton Highway rollover
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A German tourist was killed and his Russian wife was in fair condition at a hospital here after their vehicle rolled several times on the Dalton Highway during the weekend.

Questions raised about taxing Native lands
KENAI (AP) -- Native corporation leaders and loggers are questioning a Kenai Peninsula Borough official's assertion that Native corporations could owe as much as $550,000 in property taxes on land logged last year.

Rain, humidity keep fires down
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Cool, wet weather has put a damper on the wildfire season.

Chevron and Alyeska hold spill drill in Prince William Sound
VALDEZ (AP) -- A four-day spill drill involving about 150 people is underway in Prince William Sound.

Providence hospital patient records put on the Internet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The confidential medical records of as many as 20 Alaskans were recently posted on a software company Web site and made available to any online user in the world.

Signs warning of tsunami dangers posted in state parks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Signs are being posted in state parks warning visitors of the danger of tidal waves caused by earthquakes.

Whittier Road opens Wednesday; traffic projections vary
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The new road to Whittier is scheduled to open Wednesday, and no one is certain how many people will be showing up for the drive to that small, Prince William Sound community.

Kenai Peninsula Borough extends river protections
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough is gearing up to enforce new rules to protect the Kenai River and other rivers within the borough.

Tribe, conservationists work to identify ocean garbage
UNALASKA (AP) -- A quick inventory of Front Beach in this mid-Aleutian community comes up with some pretty strange stuff: old shoe soles, Christmas wrapping paper and even a beat-up stereo speaker.

Longtime Fairbanks priest dies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Father Francis McGuigan, a spiritual leader to many and perhaps the most public face of the Catholic Church in Fairbanks, died Saturday after an eight-month battle with cancer. He was 80.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai Elks help peninsula veteransDeadline nears for camp registrationKCHS reunion plannedStreet fair applications availableHIV testing offered

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
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.

Kenai Peninsula Borough extends river protections
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough is gearing up to enforce new rules to protect the Kenai River and other rivers within the borough.

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."

Stewart wins MBNA 400 at Dover Downs
DOVER, Del. -- The Rushville Rocket is back, and now Tony Stewart doesn't have to explain where he has been hiding this season.

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.

First lap is milestone for survivors
"You are my heroes," Alan Humphries told the crowd of cancer survivors filing onto Skyview High School's track Friday evening.

Driver's actions affect kids
A 14-month-old girl sat crying in a van stopped along the Sterling Highway last week.

Borough gears up for new river rules
Kenai Peninsula Borough planners expect plenty of work from the river protection ordinance the assembly passed last month.

Relay collects cash for cancer
More than 300 luminarias lit the Skyview High School track as cancer patients, survivors and others walked for a worthwhile cause.

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."

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.

June 1: Ketchikan Daily News about court ruling on long-term timber contract:
Once again, past actions are returning to haunt the Clinton Administration.

June 4: Anchorage Daily News on efforts to combat Fetal Alcohol Syndrome:
Finally, there is hope for progress against birth defects caused by alcohol when pregnant women drink. A campaign to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome is beginning to percolate around the state.

June 4: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the FAA's warning to Alaska Airlines
News the government has given Alaska Airlines seven days to respond to concerns about maintenance oversight throws a cloud across the entire region's economy.

June 4: Voice of the (Anchorage) Times on opening the road to Whittier:
The idea of building a road to Whittier was decades in the talking stage. The project

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.

Brenna and Daniel Talbot, of KenaiTanya and Bruce Walters, of SoldotnaBrian and Jana Ormond, of HomerAnita Darlene and Brian Patrick Heath, of NikiskiWendi and Cody McCollumLinda and Jeff Sisson, of Soldotna

Chancellor's, dean's lists announced at KPC
Kenai Peninsula College has announced the names of 56 students who made the chancellor's list and 52 students who made the dean's l

Community News
Pre-teen pageant finalists namedNew officers namedHigh school reunion plannedGovernor's awards seeking nominations Lifetime Humanities Awards:

Peninsula People
Peninsula students receive degrees

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.

Alaska SeaLife Center News
Another Harbor seal rescuedFirst pup born at ChiswellArt project presented to ASLCASLC soon to be televisedJune concert date set

Drag racers having a gas at Nikiski strip
Last year at this time, after the first Fronna Snelson Memorial Alaska Hot Rod Reunion, all the talk was about how there should be more drag racing on the Kenai Peninsula.

Soldotna softballers take weekend series
The Soldotna Big League Softball team had a successful weekend on the diamond, taking two out of three games from Wasilla Saturday and Sunday.

Scherrer is solid gold in first PGA win
POTOMAC, Md. -- On Wednesday, Tom Scherre

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.

Chugiak touches Twins up for two
The American Legion Post 20 Twins took it on the chin Sunday, dropping both ends of a doubleheader against the Post 33 Chugiak Mustangs.

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

Pitcher homers as Devil Rays sting Mets
NEW YORK -- Winning pitcher Esteban Yan hit a home run on the first pitch he saw as a professional batter, highlighting the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' 15-5 win over the New York Mets on Sunday.

Hollywood comeback sends L.A. to finals
LOS ANGELES -- On the brink of one of the greatest collapses in NBA playoff history, the Los Angeles Lakers found the heart so many suspected they didn't have.

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.

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.

Cook Inlet lease sale stipulations protect shorebirds
Prime shorebird habitat in western Cook Inlet will be off-limits to drilling rigs under terms of the state's coming Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale.

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.

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