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Friday, June 9, 2000

National Park Service to issue new rules for snowmachines in Denali
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service is once again taking steps to ban snowmachines from the core of Denali National Park.

Murkowski sets Anchorage hearing on Kenai subsistence decision
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski has scheduled an oversight hearing on the Federal Subsistence Board's decision this spring to consider everyone on the Kenai Peninsula to be a rural resident.

Transportation Safety investigators study ferry fire
JUNEAU (AP) -- Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived in Juneau Thursday to find out what caused a fire that knocked out power to the state ferry Columbia on Tuesday.

Survey: Oil prices rise despite increase in crude supplies
LONDON (AP) -- Despite a springtime drop in demand for oil, crude prices are hovering around $30 per barrel and are likely to stay there in part due to tightness in U.S. gasoline markets, an industry report said Friday.

Borough to help residents dispose of slash from beetle-killed trees
KENAI (AP) -- Help appears on the way for residents of the Kenai Peninsula who are struggling to dispose of mountains of slash from beetle-killed trees.

Alaska Weather Summary,By The Associated Press
Alaska's northwest, including the North Slope, was foggy and drizzly Friday with winds gusting to 24 mph at Selawik. Temperatures ranged from 61 degrees at Anaktuvuk to 34 degrees at Barrow, Gambell, Point Hope, Savoonga and Shishmaref.

Governor Knowles plans Hawaii trip
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles was scheduled to travel to Honolulu on Thursday for the summer meeting of the Western Governor's Association.

High-technology issues top Western governors' agenda
HONOLULU (AP) -- Expanding the high-technology labor market and improving economic ties with Asia and the Pacific Rim will be top goals on the agenda when nine Western governors gather here next week.

Appeals court hears arguments on timber sales and salmon
SEATTLE (AP) -- The federal government has failed to show it can conduct timber sales and protect endangered fish at the same time, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was told Thursday in a hearing on a lawsuit that has halted two-dozen Oregon timber sales.

Local-Forecast 6/9
Talkeetna and vicinity Tonight...Widely scattered evening showers..Otherwise mostly clear. Low in the lower 40s. Light winds. Probability of precipitation 30 percent.

Coast Guard helicopter crew wins Distinguished Flying Cross
SITKA (AP) -- A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka has been given the nation's highest peacetime aviation award for rescuing three fishermen from the Gulf of Alaska last year.

Public radio stations faced with budget cuts
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Seven public radio stations may have to rely solely on donations and money raised through gaming because of proposed budget cuts.

Torgerson, Davis are chamber speakers
June speakers at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce are Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, and Re

Fairbanks borough approves property tax reduction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has passed a property tax reduction.

Poor ice makes for hard work for Barrow whalers
BARROW (AP) -- Poor ice conditions have cost Barrow whalers a successful spring whaling season, but one crew landed a female that was an estimated 62 feet long.

Jury convicts Petersburg man of killing sea lion
JUNEAU (AP) -- A federal jury convicted a Petersburg man of illegally killing a Steller sea lion.

Kodiak man gets six years in prison for four-wheeler accident
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak man received six years in prison for his part in an accident that left a teen-ager permanently brain-damaged.

Thorne Bay man cited for guiding without a license
THORNE BAY (AP) -- A Thorne Bay man has been cited for allegedly transporting big game hunters without a license, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Knowles vetoes school construction pilot project
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles vetoed a bill Thursday that would have required the state to contract with companies to plan and build rural school projects as an experiment in cutting the state's costs.

Shareholders overwhelmingly approve sale of NBA to Wells Fargo
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the sale of the National Bank of Alaska to Wells Fargo and Co.

Climate-Impact
Some likely regional impacts if climate in the United States increases in temperature by 5 degrees to 10 degrees over the next 100 years, according to a soon-to-be released draft government report on global warming impact.

Christians celebrate summer solstice with reading of New Testament
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Forget celebrating the summer solstice with a block party and Reggae music. Neal Matson has a different idea.

Coast Guard considering providing public access to Spruce Cape
KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard is working with the Natives of Kodiak to provide the public access to Spruce Cape.

Babcock resigns as head of Republican Party of Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- Longtime Republican activist Tuckerman Babcock resigned Friday after less than a month as chairman of the Republican Party of Alaska, citing a private family matter.

Murkowski to fill in for Bush at major energy forum
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski appears to be assuming the role of energy adviser to Texas Gov. George Bush, and will deliver a speech next week in Washington on behalf of the Republican presidential contender.

Native-owned plastics companies plan to merge
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two Alaska Native regional corporations have announced plans to merge plastics companies they own in neighboring Pacific Northwest cities.

Judge denies temporary restraining order for fish limits in Southeast
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Superior Court judge here has refused to issue an order that would have blocked new king salmon harvest limits for charter operators in Alaska's Southeast.

Near-collision prompted changes at Juneau airport
JUNEAU (AP) -- The near-collision of a snowplow and an Alaska Airlines jet at the Juneau Airport in November prompted procedural and communications changes, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator said.

Burn permit suspension lifted some areas
The Burn Permit suspension has been lifted by the Alaska State Forestry for small piles only in the areas south of the south fork of the Anchor River, including the Fox River Drainage and the Kenai and Kodiak area.

Dead caribou found in northwest Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- Almost 2,000 dead caribou have been spotted along the coast of northwest Alaska near Cape Thompson, and a spokesman for the state Department of Fish and Game said Friday the animals may have died from starvation.

Team of U.S. Army climbers declares McKinley victory
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A team of U.S. Army mountain climbers has declared victory over Mount McKinley.

Alaska Air submits plans to improve its heavy maintenance practices
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines on Friday filed its response to the Federal Aviation Administration's concerns over the company's maintenance practices.

Former senator appointed deputy administration commissioner
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former Sen. Jim Duncan was appointed deputy commissioner of the state Department of Administration on Thursday.

Sitka Job Center issues call for seafood workers
JUNEAU (AP) -- Seafood processing companies in Sitka say they'll need at least 125 additional workers by July 1.

Wildfire chars 300 acres east of Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A wildfire about 45 miles east of Fairbanks has closed a popular hiking trail in the Chena River State Recreation Area.

Fairbanks man killed in single-vehicle accident on Elliott Highway
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A two-time winner of the Alaska Wilderness Classic Ski Race was killed in a single-vehicle accident on the Elliott Highway.

Senate adds Amchitka workers to radiation compensation package
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has agreed to grant compensation to former Amchitka Island workers who get sick and die from cancer or other diseases linked to radiation exposure.

Road to Whittier opens
BEAR VALLEY, Alaska (AP) -- A tunnel linking the Prince William Sound port of Whittier to the Alaska road system opened Wednesday despite protests, high winds and pelting rain.

Knowles vetoes victims' rights bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles vetoed a bill creating a state office of victims' rights, saying it would create more bureaucracy instead of helping crime victims.

Corps of Engineers considers granting airport wetlands permit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering granting Anchorage International Airport a permit to fill about 240 acres of wetlands over the next 10 years.

Governor signs bond bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Legislation authorizing the the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to issue bonds to finance public school and University of Alaska construction projects was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Whale carcass buried for later retrieval
KODIAK (AP) -- A gray whale that beached itself on Pasagashak Beach late last month has found a not-so-final resting place in the ground near the beach.

Logging supporters begin yellow ribbon campaign
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce is countering efforts of an environmental group to win the hearts and minds of cruise ship visitors regarding timber development.

Knowles allows attorney general changes to become law
JUNEAU (AP) -- Dismissing the measure as largely symbolic, Gov. Tony Knowles let a bill requiring the attorney general to uphold the state and federal constitutions become law without his signature.

National Park Service to issue new rules for snowmachines in Denali
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service is once again taking steps to ban snowmachines from the core of Denali National Park.

Passengers from stricken ferry leave Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- Passengers from the crippled state ferry Columbia left for southern destinations Wednesday after Alaska Marine Highway officials shuffled ships and schedules to replace the largest vessel in the fleet.

Knowles signs spill response bill, 16 others
JUNEAU (AP) -- A watered-down version of a bill designed to bring cruise ships and other large vessels under the state's oil spill response system was signed into law Wednesday.

Copper River salmon fisheries limping along
CORDOVA (AP) -- The Copper River salmon fishery has been a disappointment to fishermen, biologists and processors since it opened last month.

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

Business Briefs
Torgerson, Davis are chamber speakersPop Drop is comingMicrosoft certification classes offeredSterling Senior Center plans Friday marketsSoldotna Senior Center plans salePhillips names Alaska executivesProgress Days are July 21 to 23North Slope, missile defense are chamber topicsTechnology program benefits residents

Alaska salmon gets label designation
It may not be sexy, but the label is accurate.

Alaska magazine joins public TV production
Alaska magazine and Alaska One, the Alaska public television network, will co-produce a 52-program television series a

Worker productivity rate makes small gain
WASHINGTON -- A key measure of worker productivity posted its smallest increase in nine months, rising at a 2.4 percent rate in the first quarter of the year, the government reported Tuesday.

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
K-Beach blood drive set for SaturdayTool, fire-making demonstration to be SaturdayKCHS reunion plannedSwimming lessons available at SoHi

Around the Peninsula
Burn permit suspension lifted some areasParade entries accepted

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.

Judge denies temporary restraining order for fish limits in Southeast
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Superior Court judge here has refused to issue an order that would have blocked new king salmon harvest limits for charter operators in Alaska's Southeast.

More and more anglers elbow their way into key Alaska fishing spots
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As once-wild Southcentral Alaska approaches its ever-more-populated future, combat fishing has become a way of life.

Fishing Report
The slow return of king salmon to the Kenai River is drawing the concern of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, but it hasn't been enough, so far, to warrant any management restrictions.

Smelt fishing isn't what it used to be on Great Lakes streams
MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) -- As the runs of sleek, silvery smelt have dwindled from a gush to a tiny trickle, so have the crowds of eager dippers.

Musician returns to hold voice workshops
After nine months of study and performance in the

Briefly
Commission Contest plannedBoys and Girls Club plans musical revivalSeldovia Fourth celebrates millennium

What's Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Founding member leaves 'Vote No' group
A founding member of the Save Your Dividend Committee, resigned Monday after coming out on the losing end of a vote by the group about redefining its mission.

Forcenergy's Osprey, 1st offshore oil drilling rig since '86, arrives in Homer
The massive pieces of Cook Inlet's first new offshore oil platform since 1986 are expected to arrive in Homer this morning, en route for assembly in Port Graham.

Photo feature: Suspicious character
A newborn moose calf posts a lookout Thursday afternoon as its mother and sibling ransack the trees behind the Alaska State Troopers "E" Detachment building on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

School board sets goals
Guiding 10,000 students, 1,000 employees and 39 schools would be impossible without a sense of direction.

Chippers to help beleaguered residents
Help is on the way for Kenai Peninsula residents struggling to dispose of mountains of slash from beetle-killed trees.

Beetle money to benefit neighborhoods, utilities
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved spending $1.2 million Tuesday to remove beetle-killed trees that could carry wildfire through subdivisions or fall into power lines and public facilities.

Peninsula sending 19 to Special Olympics
A caravan of athletes and volunteers will depart from the Kenai Peninsula Friday with months of practice to draw on during weekend competitions.

River festival highlights education, family fun
Let the sun shine, because the 10th annual Kenai River Festival will be held at the city of Kenai green strip Saturday and Sunday.

Kenai budget passes
The Kenai City Council unanimously adopted a budget Wednes-day night for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Thomas Allen Eide Sr.
Kenai resident Thomas Allen Eide Sr. died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at his home in Kenai. He was 43.

Alvin Schmoyer Sr.
Seward pioneer Alvin Schmoyer Sr. died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at his son's home in Anchorage. He was 86.

Doris Welton Howard Clark
Doris Welton Howard Clark died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna.

Outdoor Briefs
Tool and fire-making demonstration SaturdayHomer halibut derby updateKenai refuge seeks loon watchers

Steep slog yields rich payoff
From the top of Langille Mountain, Cooper Landing looks like an aerial photograph.

Juneau guide retrenches to manage business; enjoy more time with family
JUNEAU (AP) -- Ken Leghorn may be one of America's best guides, but he's too busy running Alaska Discovery Tours and being a father to his 3-year-old daughter to lead more than one trip a year.

Evangelicals insist on right to spread message
CHICAGO (AP) -- A group of 84 Evangelical Protestant leaders issued a declaration Tuesday insisting on believers' right to spread their message to all.

Vatican watchers speculate about who will be next pope
VATICAN CITY -- Now that celebrations for Pope John Paul II's landmark 80th birthday are over, Vatican watchers have turned to that perennial guessing game: Who will succeed him?

Church Briefs
Guest evangelist featured at Sterling churchKenai Evening Aglow plans Monday meetingPoll: Christian boom among Asian-AmericansNebraska Methodist won't admit he led same-sex ceremonyStruggling Catholic radio network is selling off stationsEvangelicals' declaration insists on the right to spread their messageResearch survey indicates religiously active people live longerChristian Scientists plan $50 million library

Sports Briefs
KPSC takes part in Anchorage tournamentRocker tells radio station he may quit baseballOlympic flame begins its journey Down Under Peris-Kneebone won her gold medal in Atlanta in field hockey.

Third (over)time's a charm for Stars
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Stanley Cup was in the building, and the Dallas Stars weren't about to let go of it -- no matter how long it took.

Oilers get victory, Twins get money
It was a win-win situation Thursday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Hingis gets Pierced in French Open semis
PARIS -- Mary Pierce tortured her newfound fans with a meltdown at match point, then revived in time to give them what they wanted -- a Frenchwoman in the French Open final and a drubbing of Martina Hingis.

Aborigine begins torch journey
ULURU, Australia -- Running barefoot over the red, sunbaked soil, Nova Peris-Kneebone raised the Olympic flame beside the ancient rock sacred to her ancestors.

Happy campers
After about three failed attempts, former professional baseball player Ben Boulware finally gets the full attention of 65 6- to 16-year-olds squirming in the bleachers at the Soldotna Little League ball fields.

Still dreamin'
Not getting drafted didn't kill the professional baseball dream of Soldotna's Chris Mabeus. It only made it stronger.

Shaq diesel crumples Pacers
LOS ANGELES -- Livin' large and livin' easy.

Twins set to square off against Oilers
For one night each season, Coral Seymour Memorial Park becomes a field of dreams for members of the American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team.

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