Thursday, June 15, 2000

Kodiak officials fret over Steller's eider proposal
KODIAK (AP) -- Under a sweeping proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kodiak Island's coastline would be targeted as critical habitat for the Steller's eider. If successful, the plan could have dire consequences for the community, local officials say.

Texas company suggests another gas line project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Texas company hoping to build a natural gas pipeline from the Arctic has laid out its vision for a $5 billion project to move Canadian and Alaska gas to markets in the Lower 48.

McKinley Rescue
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.

Judge rejects Stavenjord move for a new trial
PALMER (AP) -- Paul Stavenjord will not get a new trial in the shooting deaths of two Big Lake residents.

Construction Accident,200 Man dies from injury in fall
JUNEAU (AP) -- A contractor who fell from the roof of a hotel under construction in March has died.

Study: Global warming may be harming spruce growth in Alaska
A 20th-century warming trend appears to have reduced growth of white spruce in some Interior forests of Alaska, suggesting northern forests might not be as able as scientists thought to counteract global warming.

State to poison perch in Kenai Peninsula lake
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Yellow perch look cute. They're small and lack the fangs of northern pike. But, like pike, perch are invasive predators. And they're scaring the tar out of state fisheries biologists.

Coast-to-coast Mexican heroin trafficking ring smashed
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal agents made more than 170 arrests Thursday as they broke up a multimillion-dollar Mexican heroin ring alleged to have smuggled unusually pure and cheap black tar heroin into new markets from one U.S. coast to the other.

Alaska Weather Summary,
Clouds covered the southern half of Alaska Tuesday and increased as the day wore on in the Interior, causing temperatures to rise and afternoon thunderstorms

Negligent driver sentenced in death of Native leader
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man charged in the traffic death of a Juneau Native leader has been sentenced to two years in prison with 18 months suspended.

Barge collides with cargo ship near Seattle; no injuries
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A fish-processing barge collided with a cargo ship near Seattle over the weekend and had to be towed to shallow water to keep it from sinking.

Governor says he won't implement UA lands bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Citing the opinion of his attorney general, Gov. Tony Knowles told the University of Alaska Board of Regents he will not implement a quarter-million-acre land grant the Legislature approved over his veto in April.

Card pick could decide who gets Haines beer, wine license
HAINES (AP) -- The winner of a new beer and wine license in Haines may be decided by the luck of the draw.

Educators and parents take on high school exit exam scores
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Teachers, parents and educators from around Alaska tackled a difficult assignment this week: How well should a student be able to read, write and do math to get a high school diploma?

Kobe's skill catches up to his hype
INDIANAPOLIS -- A star became a superstar, a kid became a man.

Former bookkeeper sentenced on theft charge
KENAI (AP) -- A former bookkeeper for the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association was ordered to serve 60 days in jail and repay $19,313 after pleading guilty to a theft charge.

Alaska Cruises floating dock gets initial go-ahead
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- An Alaska Cruises floating dock in Misty Fiords National Monument has received the initial go-ahead.

Alaska Railroad reports first annual loss since 1994
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state-owned Alaska Railroad Corp. reported a 1999 loss of $3.8 million. That compares with $9.9 million in profits a year earlier.

Alaska Weather for June 13
Partly cloudy with a chance of afternoon showers. Highs in the lower 60s. Light winds. Chance of precipitation 30 percent. Wednesday night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows near 40. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.

Alaska Native veterans testify about obstacles in getting land allotments
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Natives who served in the military during part of the Vietnam War say they're being frustrated by federal officials in their efforts to get a second shot at picking land allotments.

Crude prices drop slightly, but still above $32 a barrel
NEW YORK (AP) -- Crude oil prices dropped slightly Wednesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange after reaching their highest levels in three months on speculation that OPEC would not increase oil production.

Trooper shoots lunging Rottweiler dead
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Alaska State Trooper shot a Rottweiler to death after the animal reportedly lunged at him Tuesday morning from the back of a pickup truck parked along the Parks Highway just south of Fairbanks, troopers said.

Human-moose encounters up; people advised to back off
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bikers are beginning to run into some unexpected hazards as they make their way around Alaska.

Alyeska CEO going to BP Amoco
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bob Malone, president and CEO of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., has been named BP Amoco's regional president for the Western United States, Alyeska announced Wednesday.

Ferry seeks replacement for lost anchor
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state ferry Matanuska lost one of its two anchors 10 days ago in Peril Strait and is seeking a replacement.

Foster child steals car, dies in accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A teenage boy who was driving a car stolen from his foster parents died early Friday morning when he crashed the vehicle, Anchorage police said.

Haines strays face firing squad
HAINES (AP) -- The departure of Haines' only veterinarian means the city's animal control officer will go back to euthanizing unclaimed dogs the old-fashioned way -- with a bullet.

Beware the lost and confused on Anchorage's Merrill Field
An Alaska AP Member Exchange

Damaged ferry departs Juneau
JUNEAU -- The damaged state ferry Columbia left Wednesday for repairs.

Charter operators lose again on king salmon restrictions
JUNEAU (AP) -- Charter boat operators lost again Wednesday in their bid to lift new restrictions on king salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska.

Mine developer acknowledges funding problems
JUNEAU (AP) -- The president of the company that wants to reopen the Tulsequah Chief multi-metal mine in British Columbia acknowledges he is having trouble raising money for the $100 million project.

Lightning strikes keep Alaska firefighters busy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Firefighters expect to stay busy the next few weeks fighting fires caused by lightning strikes until moist air from the Bering Sea cools off Alaska's Interior, fire officials said Wednesday.

Females find home on the shooting range
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lori Monson was as excited as a kid at Christmas. The shotgun she brought to Grouse Ridge Shooting Grounds was the gift she got from her husband Dec. 25. But Monson hadn't had a chance to use it.

Slope crude above $30
JUNEAU -- High petroleum prices have been a pleasant surprise for state officials who estimate how much money the state will earn next year.

Timber!!!!
Peninsula starting pitcher Tyler Johnson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Oilers scored a pair of insurance runs in the eighth to defeat the visiting Santa Barbara, Calif., Foresters 4-2 Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Fire knocks Columbia out for the summer
JUNEAU (AP) -- A fire once described as minor has knocked the state ferry Columbia out of service for the rest of the summer, the Alaska Marine Highway announced Tuesday.

Mild winter helps Kodiak Island deer population rebound
KODIAK (AP) -- Results of deer winter mortality studies conducted this spring bode well for the success of hunters on Kodiak Island this season.

Business Briefs
CIRI names officersSupply company plans June 22 grand openingBank's Buy Alaska contributions recognizedSchool kitchens, restaurants inspectedSBS offers free deck construction clinicsState Farm returns $1.5 millionTesoro names new ventures headRDC celebrates 25 yearsChugach forest included in roadless proposal

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
ADEC to discuss cleanup actionsSummer interpretive programs continueMoose Pass festival is this weekendHeritage Land Trust raft trip slatedRun for the sun scheduledGenealogy research help session to be offeredRealtors to hold luncheon meeting FridayImmunization clinic canceledPublic health nurse visit rescheduledFree HIV tests to be offered June 29

Around the Peninsula
Chamber lunch to host MartianFlag disposal offeredADEC to discuss cleanup actionsMeeting planned, new officers namedFarmer's market plannedSummer interpretive programs continueHeritage Land Trust raft trip slatedDrop planned to honor dadRun for the sun scheduled

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.

State to poison perch in Kenai Peninsula lake
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Yellow perch look cute. They're small and lack the fangs of northern pike. But, like pike, perch are invasive predators. And they're scaring the tar out of state fisheries biologists.

KFD climber nears top of Mount McKinley
Hoping to summit Mount McKinley, a six-member climbing team that includes Kenai firefighter John Harris was weathered in Wednesday 14,200 feet up on the continent's highest peak.

New Zealand family seeing U.S. by bike
A family bicycling along the road in the summer may not be such a strange sight, but for the Helliwell family, biking in Alaska is a new experience.

Kenai City Council to debate livestock ordinance
Residents of certain subdivisions within the city limits of Kenai will be protected from having chickens, goats or emus moving in next door, if a new livestock ordinance is passed by the city council on Wednesday.

Contractor withdraws application for permit
The contractor whose plan to build a warehouse in a rural residential neighborhood in Kenai has changed his mind.

Torgerson: Quiz candidates on budget plans
State Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, had a piece of advice for the voting public this fall.

Borough assessor, roads director asked to resign
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley declined to say Wednesday whether he had asked for the resignations of two department heads hired by former Mayor Mike Navarre.

Nikiski under consideration for demo plant
At last week's Kenai City Council meeting, Mayor John Williams made cryptic comments about British Petroleum building their gas-to-liquids processing plant in Nikiski.

Celebrating Stars, Stripes
The Stars and Stripes began flying over Soldotna this week, just in time for Flag Day today.

Rev. Raymond Ernst
The Rev. Raymond Ernst died Monday, June 12, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 83.

Females find home on the shooting range
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lori Monson was as excited as a kid at Christmas. The shotgun she brought to Grouse Ridge Shooting Grounds was the gift she got from her husband Dec. 25. But Monson hadn't had a chance to use it.

Religion news in brief
Missionary group's leaders may stand trial for smuggling youthsIndian state orders security for Christian schoolsProfessors' group expresses concern on new Catholic college rulesMethodists get advance look at new hymnal supplementMuslims plan training for lobbyists

Nuns' retreat in remote valley draws reflective visitors
VIRGINIA DALE, Colo. (AP) -- A small wooden sign heralds the turnoff to the Abbey of St. Walburga in northern Colorado, blending into the property's sagebrush hills and dusty road.

Southern Baptist Convention elects new president
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday elected as its president one of the youngest members of the new generation of conservative leaders.

Boston makes Yankees pay
NEW YORK -- Jason Varitek homered into the upper deck off Orlando Hernandez and the Boston bullpen shut down the New York Yankees on one hit for 6 2-3 innings, giving the Red Sox a 5-3 victory Tuesday night.

Oilers win again playing crazy eighths
It's uncanny. The Peninsula Oilers managed to wrest yet another victory from the jaws of defeat, this time rallying for four runs in the eighth inning and getting a game-winning RBI single from Chad Sterbens in the ninth to down Athletes in Action 8-7 Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Better late than never for Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers' 8-7 win over Athletes in Action Tuesday was their second come-from-behind win in five games this season, continuing what has become a phenomenon with the Peninsula team.

Sports Briefs
Solstice Grand Prix Saturday and SundayFive-kilometer run/walk Saturday in Old Town KenaiRotary Midnight Scramble at Birch Ridge The barbecue is included in the $62 entry fee.Messier left unprotected for expansion draftOdd doubleheader for Mets, YanksErving makes plea for info on missing sonSampras rallies to victoryJanikowski acquitted on bribery charges

Rice's steaming has Pacers gaining confidence
INDIANAPOLIS -- All remained not so perfect Tuesday in Lakerland, while the Pacers were starting sentences with phrases like ''When we win Game 4 ....''

Florida State not done yet
OMAHA, Neb. -- Mike Futrell singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as Florida State staved off elimination again with a 3-2 victory over Southern California on Wednesday night.

Smith, Holtz urge ban on college sports gambling
WASHINGTON -- Kentucky basketball coach Tubby Smith and South Carolina football coach Lou Holtz urged Congress to end legal betting on amateur sports, saying it has helped create a world where point spreads matter as much as wins and losses.

Mohler takes Run for the River
Micah Mohler was the overall winner Saturday at the Run for the River in Kenai. Mohler picked up the win by covering the five-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 20 seconds.

Human-moose encounters up; people advised to back off
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bikers are beginning to run into some unexpected hazards as they make their way around Alaska.

Mild winter helps Kodiak Island deer population rebound
KODIAK (AP) -- Results of deer winter mortality studies conducted this spring bode well for the success of hunters on Kodiak Island this season.

Kodiak officials fret over Steller's eider proposal
KODIAK (AP) -- Under a sweeping proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kodiak Island's coastline would be targeted as critical habitat for the Steller's eider. If successful, the plan could have dire consequences for the community, local officials say.

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