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Tuesday, June 13, 2000

State proposes plan to treat Kenai River contamination
KENAI (AP) -- State environmental officials have agreed on a plan to treat toxic dry cleaning fluid believed to be contaminating the Kenai River.

Rural schools heavily represented on exit exam panel
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Every high school student in Alaska will soon be required to pass an exit exam before graduation, but the passing score on the exam will be set by a committee dominated by representatives from the state's smallest schools.

Fisheries Service studies surge in salmon sharks
JUNEAU (AP) -- The National Marine Fisheries Service is launching a study to learn more about a surge in the number of salmon sharks in Alaska waters.

Animal activists take on amusement industry
WASHINGTON (AP) -- What's a circus without an elephant?

Coast Guard gets two new motorized lifeboats for use in Southeast
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two new 47-foot motorized lifeboats arrived over the weekend for service at Coast Guard stations Ketchikan and Juneau.

Salmon restrictions prompt legal battle
JUNEAU (AP) -- As king salmon fishing cutbacks in Southeast Alaska take hold, charter boat operators continue who cater mostly to out-of-state tourists continue their challenge this week to restrictions that hit them harder than commercial fishermen or local sport anglers.

Girl dies in Klawock fire
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of a mobile home fire that killed a 3-year-old Klawock girl Saturday.

EPA exempts wood products industry from runoff rule
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a blow to conservationists, the Environmental Protection Agency said it will exempt loggers, tree farmers and other forestry operations from a pending rule aimed at reducing water pollution on private land.

Visitors stream to Whittier
WHITTIER (AP) -- The lure of a new stretch of pavement and a new destination is attracting visitors curious for a look at this small port town on Prince William Sound.

Wolves becoming bolder as humans become more tolerant
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Conditioned to become fearful and elusive by ranchers and bounty hunters a century ago, wolves once again are becoming the ''bold and curious'' animals noted in the journals of western settlers, a top wolf biologist says.

Breakup arrives in dramatic fashion around Alaska's Brooks Range
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Breakup arrived in force on the Brooks Range over the past week, gorging North Slope rivers and damaging buildings and roads.

Fawns would have been better off left alone
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The fawns would have been better left alone.

Alaska Air president says carrier to remain independent
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Bill Ayers said Monday that, while major players in the airline industry are involved in merger talks, Alaska is committed to remaining independent.

Climber rescued, treated and released at Anchorage hospital.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE (AP) -- A Russian climber injured after reaching the summit of Mount McKinley was treated and released at an Anchorage hospital early Tuesday.

Helicopter crashes prompt changes
JUNEAU (AP) -- Helicopter crashes near Juneau last year have prompted flightseeing operators to spend more effort preparing pilots for tricky weather conditions, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Court of Appeals takes Microsoft appeal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Acting at its first opportunity, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reached out Tuesday and agreed to hear Microsoft's appeal of a sweeping breakup order imposed on it for antitrust violations.

State places restrictions on Kenai king fishing to boost escapement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is sharply restricting sport and guided sport fishing in the Kenai River in efforts to boost escapement for the early run of king salmon.

Continental Airlines expands Houston hub with service to Anchorage
HOUSTON (AP) -- Continental Airlines will inaugurate two new routes Wednesday from this Texas city, one to Anchorage and the other to Oakland.

Alaska jet hits turbulence, flight attendants slightly injured
SEATTLE (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines jet en route from Seattle to Los Angeles encountered strong wake turbulence Sunday, slightly injuring three flight attendants.

Work begins on new Army Hospital at Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Work has begun on the new Bassett Army Community Hospital here, a five-year project that eventually will mean a 258,000 square-foot facility with 22 medical-surgical beds and 10 maternity beds.

Car club takes on the world in classic style
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For having just been driven across the Himalayas and Asia, the 1934 Lagonda M45 touring coupe looked in remarkably good shape.

Woman convicted in murder case; husband also to be tried
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A jury has convicted Michele Porterfield of first-degree murder and arson in the death of a Delta Junction businessman.

Committee meets this week to score passing point for new tests
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Education officials from around the state will be meeting here this week to determine a complex method of scoring the exams that will decide the fate of thousands of Alaska students each year.

Alaskans meet with Canadians about proposed Tulsequah Chief Mine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has sent a delegation to Vancouver, British Columbia, to meet this week with Canadians about the proposed Tulsequah Chief Mine.

Wet weather slows wildfire burning near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rain, cooler temperatures and clouds have slowed the Granite Tors wildfire near here, giving crews a chance to walk the perimeter to assess its potential for roaring back if the wind picks up.

Stavenjord wants new trial; accuses attorneys of incompetence
PALMER (AP) -- A man sentenced to 198 years in prison for the shooting death of a Big Lake couple is back in court, arguing for a new trial.

Atlin man reveals details of meteorite discovery
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP) -- A British Columbia man wasn't looking for a meteorite as he was driving across a frozen lake last January, but when he saw encrusted fragments on the ice, he knew immediately what they were.

State battles new tuberculosis outbreaks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Public health officials are battling a tuberculosis outbreak in Southwest Alaska that they're calling the largest in six years. Authorities in Anchorage also are fighting what they say is a contained outbreak of the disease.

Diesel spilled in Savoonga
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crews were working Monday to clean up a diesel fuel spill in the village of Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island.

Man stabbed at beach party
KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak man has been charged with assault and attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a man six times during a beach party, police said.

Kodiak salmon season encouraging, biologists say
KODIAK (AP) -- Early catch and escapement numbers suggest the Kodiak salmon season is off to a strong start.

Alaska Air president says carrier to remain independent
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Bill Ayer said Monday that, while major players in the airline industry are involved in merger talks, Alaska is committed to remaining independent.

More questions arise at Alaska as incidents and allegations increase
SEATTLE (AP) -- As federal safety inspectors arrive this week to inspect Alaska Airlines' heavy maintenance practices, the company's troubles have left customers and employees wondering about the beleaguered airline -- and whether to board its planes.

Valdez police investigate grave robbery
VALDEZ (AP) -- Valdez police are trying to determine who dug up the grave of a pioneer buried at the Old Valdez cemetery.

State's first-quarter exports rise in value
JUNEAU (AP) -- The value of Alaska's exports increased 24 percent during the first quarter of 2000, according to the state Division of Trade and Development.

State, feds prepare for tourism increase in Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The new road to Whittier has not created a flurry of cabin and campsite construction in Prince William Sound to match the expected influx of tourists.

Commerce secretary rejects appeal to reopen crab fishery
UNALASKA (AP) -- The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has rejected an appeal to reopen the opilio crab season this summer, but Bering Sea crabbers are hoping a federal judge in Seattle will find the decision was made without sufficient evidence.

Cancellations rise with Alaska's woes
SEATTLE (AP) -- For the first time since the deadly crash of Flight 261 last January, Alaska Airlines executives say some passengers are canceling flights.

Around the Peninsula
Torgerson, Davis to speak at Soldotna chamberSmalley to speak at North Peninsula chamberSummer Program 2000 to beginSoccer referee clinic offeredWomen's club meets FridayBlood drive plannedNinilchik library to hold saleAnnual barbecue slatedHigh school reunion planned

Around the Peninsula
Boys and girls club relocate summer activitiesSummer programs continue at visitors centerChallenger director to speak at chamber lunch Flag disposal offeredDiabetes Support Group meets WednesdayDuct tape creations soughtPublic health nurse making rounds

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.

Salmon restrictions prompt legal battle
JUNEAU (AP) -- As king salmon fishing cutbacks in Southeast Alaska take hold, charter boat operators continue who cater mostly to out-of-state tourists continue their challenge this week to restrictions that hit them harder than commercial fishermen or local sport anglers.

Kodiak salmon season encouraging, biologists say
KODIAK (AP) -- Early catch and escapement numbers suggest the Kodiak salmon season is off to a strong start.

Trophy fish can be kept
The Kenai River is now a trophy fishery for king salmon. Beginning at 12:01 this morning, restrictions were put in place that requires catch and release for all kings smaller than 52 inches in length. Any fish 52 inches or longer may be kept.

State places restrictions on Kenai king fishing to boost escapement
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state is sharply restricting sport and guided sport fishing in the Kenai River in efforts to boost escapement for the early run of king salmon.

Rain keys Stewart's victory at Kmart 400
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- With Dale Earnhardt's black No. 3 race car looming in his rearview mirror late in Sunday's Kmart 400, Tony Stewart was doing a mental rain dance.

Spill options mulled
State officials propose to fertilize bacteria that break down contaminants in order to clean underground plumes of toxic dry cleaning fluid they believe are seeping into the Kenai River.

Photo feature: Spot check
Lizzie Crane reflects her work as she claens windows at Freedom Reality in Kenai last week.

Proposed business upsets neighbors
The possibility of a construction business next

Gore recognizes local conservation efforts
A Kenai group that employs area youths to restore fish and wildlife habitat drew commendations Friday from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Vice President Al Gore.

Counselors, schools team up for life lessons
Reading, writing and arithmetic are not the only basics schools teach these days. Sometimes students need to learn how to make it to school in the morning, how to face down a test or how to cope with personal problems so they can focus on studies.

House candidates offer diversity, choice
Faced with 14 candidates covering three different party affiliations, peninsula voters in three House districts have a lot to choose from this fall.

Photo feature: Over there
Aaron Brown points out a player for Amanda Casteel at the Pro-Sports Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday night.

Virginia 'Marlene' Supko
Anchorage resident Virginia "Marlene" Supko died Friday, June 9, 2000, after a lengthy illness. She was 67.

Micah Daniel Scheller
Micah Daniel Scheller died June 7, 2000, in Sterling.

June 11: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on anti-missile defense:
For reasons that are obscure, the idea of Alaska as the proposed site of an anti-missile defense facility -- complete with upwards of 100 interceptor weapons designed to blow up incoming warheads -- is getting negative press back East.

June 6: Juneau Empire on cruise line credibility and waste control:
The cruise ship has taken a beating over wastewater and sewage dumping in Alaska. One company was fined millions of dollars, and rightfully so. The rest of the industry has obviously been tainted.

June 11: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on wolf control:
McGrath's beleaguered moose are now subject to Gov. Tony Knowles' penchant for deferring action until it can be matched to a neat consensus among special-interest groups.

June 10: Anchorage Daily News on Alaska and national economy:
The numbers confirm what many Alaskans feel. The Last Frontier is not enjoying the national economic boom.

Community News
Continuing Education ScholarshipPediatric CPR and first aid class offered

Peninsula People
Peninsula residents graduate college ...... and earn academic honorsMedal earned at international competitionInterns assist Sen. Stevens

Fourth-quarter honor rolls
Cook Inlet AcademyNikiski Middle-Senior High School

Births
Marco and Misty Merriman, of SterlingTanya and Bruce Walters, of Soldotna

Alaska SeaLife Center News
Now I wanna be your pup McCabe appointed to board of directors Rehabilitation Run

Trophy fish can be kept
The Kenai River is now a trophy fishery for king salmon. Beginning at 12:01 this morning, restrictions were put in place that requires catch and release for all kings smaller than 52 inches in length. Any fish 52 inches or longer may be kept.

Chicago's Thomas puts hurt on Indians
By The Associated Press

Soldotna Big League softball sweeps East
The Soldotna Big League softball team, a group of 16- to 18-year-olds from Soldotna, Kenai and Homer, swept host East Sunday by scores of 12-3 and 24-23.

Oilers start year with series sweep
The faces on the Oilers may have changed from the 1999 season, but, for now, the ingredients that gave the team success are in place again.

Sports Briefs
Area ballclubs faceoff with Anchorage teams

Pacers pollute Los Angeles
INDIANAPOLIS -- Back home in Indiana, the Pacers turned into a different team.

Twins take one, lose one vs. Lynx
The American Legion Post 20 Twins split a pair of games with Dimond Sunday in Anchorage.

Kuerten persists to take Open title
PARIS -- Gustavo Kuerten celebrated his second French Open title 42 minutes and 10 match points too soon.

Team Alaska spikers take national title
Staff report

Young uses head, opts for retirement
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Steve Young returned to the locker room where he had so often suited up his battered body in San Francisco red and gold.

Baker, Mitchell collide at Twin City Raceway
"All right, let's make some noise," instructed Gene Chambers on Saturday night at Twin City Raceway.

Wolves becoming bolder as humans become more tolerant
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Conditioned to become fearful and elusive by ranchers and bounty hunters a century ago, wolves once again are becoming the ''bold and curious'' animals noted in the journals of western settlers, a top wolf biologist says.

Fawns would have been better off left alone
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The fawns would have been better left alone.

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