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Tuesday, June 6, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Braves select Alaskan in fourth round of amateur baseball draft
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage player was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the amateur draft -- the highest an Alaskan ever has been chosen.

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.

Charter fishermen sue to block king salmon cutbacks
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A group of fishing charter operators has sued to block the state from enforcing new king salmon restrictions in Southeast Alaska.

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

Juneau teen dies in traffic accident
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 17-year-old Juneau driver died Monday after a one-car rollover south of downtown Juneau.

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.

Governor appoints two transportation regional directors
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two managers within the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities have been named regional directors.

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.

Legal trash disposal drops in Haines
HAINES (AP) -- The volume of garbage handled by the Haines garbage utility has dropped 20 percent, an average of one ton per day, since collection and disposal rates doubled last June.

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.

Fire leaves ferry Columbia dead in water
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fire in the engine room of the Alaska ferry Columbia left the boat dead in the water Tuesday in Chatham Strait about 30 miles southwest of Juneau.

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.

Doyon unveils $10 million building
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Doyon Ltd. has unveiled a $10 million office building that replaces offices it outgrew.

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.

Juneau jacks up fine for junking cars
JUNEAU (AP) -- Abandon your junker in Juneau and it'll cost you $295 -- and that's just for starters.

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.

Jet diverted to Los Angeles after problem with pressurization
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines jet on a flight from San Diego to Portland had to land in Los Angeles Monday evening because of problems with its pressurization and air conditioning systems, an airline spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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.

Anchorage School Board reinstates certain sports but hikes fees
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- High school gymnastics, hockey and swimming are back in the Anchorage School District, but they'll come with a stiffer price tag.

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.

Work begins on Ketchikan Wal-Mart
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Construction has begun on a new Wal-Mart store in this Southeast Alaska city.

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

Subsistence loophole could threaten trout on Peninsula
KENAI (AP) -- Local officials want the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge closed to subsistence fishing out of concerns that some fishermen may use a loophole in subsistence rules to gillnet rainbow trout.

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.

Bush program eases certification for teachers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Teacher aides in rural Alaska will be getting some help toward becoming teachers under new rules approved by the state Board of Education last week.

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.

Kodiak Republican misses deadline for Senate race
KODIAK (AP) -- Kodiak Republican Frank Peterson Sr. missed a deadline to run for the state Senate against GOP Rep. Alan Austerman.

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.

Lease sale terms intended to protect shorebirds
KENAI (AP) -- 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.

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.

Biologists fear salmon slump will continue
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are bracing for another year of poor salmon returns on the Yukon and Tanana rivers.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber features community foundation speakerMS group to meet ThursdayMS group to meet ThursdayBehind bars for a good causeAnnual Masonic golf tournament this weekendCity recreation program begins MondayBoys and Girls Club summer program starts MondayFlag disposal on June 14HIV 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.

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

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.

Biologists fear salmon slump will continue
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are bracing for another year of poor salmon returns on the Yukon and Tanana rivers.

Subsistence loophole could threaten trout on Peninsula
KENAI (AP) -- Local officials want the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge closed to subsistence fishing out of concerns that some fishermen may use a loophole in subsistence rules to gillnet rainbow trout.

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.

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

Former trooper files for Ward's seat
While there was a rash of people signing up just before the filing deadline for the Senate seat held by Jerry Ward, one candidate threw his hat into the ring in December.

Officials want Kenai National Wildlife Refuge closed to subsistence fishing
Local officials want to close the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to subsistence fishing out of fear that some fishers may use a loophole in subsistence rules to gillnet rainbow trout.

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.

Photo Feature: Stickin' to it
Kurt Hensel throws a stick into the Kenai River for his dog Zach during a walk in Soldotna last weekend.

Change can help blood bank
The last thing one wants is to be turned away when the notion strikes to give blood, but this was the case for at least five donors last week.

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.

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.

Disability advocates give exit exam low marks
Making all Alaska high school students pass a standard test to win a diploma levels the playing field for everyone. Or does it?

Jacquelyn 'Jackie' Dunk
Soldotna resident Jacquelyn "Jackie" Dunk died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. She was 70.

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 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: 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

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

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

Births
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

Peninsula People
Peninsula students receive degrees

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

No sympathy from the Devils
DALLAS -- The kids from New Jersey are one victory away from giving the old man the going-away gift he wanted: the Stanley Cup.

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

Peninsula Oilers selected on Day 1 of the 2000 Major League Draft
Round Overall Pick Player, Pos. Selected By School Hometown Years with Oilers

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.

Smooth-swinging Gonzalez is No. 1 pick in 2000 Major League draft
NEW YORK -- Once the Florida Marlins took a look at Adrian Gonzalez's smooth left-handed swing, their minds were made up.

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.

Cabrera dinger sinks Yanks
MONTREAL -- Orlando Cabrera hit a three-run homer one pitch after being knocked down by David Cone, and the Montreal Expos beat the New York Yankees 6-4 Monday night for their season-high sixth straight win.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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