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Saturday, June 10, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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