Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Estimate of Seward Highway spill reduced
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The estimate of the size of the fuel spill on the Seward Highway Monday has been reduced by half.

Taylor Highway reopened but rains leave roadbed in bad shape
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Taylor Highway was reopened over the weekend, but more than a half-foot of rain over the past five days has left the region saturated and the road in rough condition with its shoulders soft.

Barrow man killed in four-wheeler accident
BARROW (AP) -- A Barrow man was killed when he lost control of the four-wheeler he was driving and was thrown from the machine, North Slope Borough Police said.

Kenai man charged with raping girl
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- A Kenai man has been accused of raping a 13-year-old girl on the hood of his car while his girlfriend held the victim's wrists.

Petersburg police crack down on car key scofflaws
PETERSBURG (AP) -- Police have begun enforcing a city ordinance that could change a tradition for this Southeast island city: leaving car keys in the ignition.

State seeks ways to keep teachers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Faced with a national teacher shortage and aggressive recruiting by other states, Alaska education officials are considering incentives ranging from health club memberships to forgiveness of state student loans to attract and keep teachers in Alaska.

Major private investor of seafood factory backs out
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The major foreign backer of a $125 million seafood factory in Anchorage wants out of the project, forcing Alaska Seafood International to scramble to find new investors.

Fairbanks teen sentenced to 30 years in prison for crime spree
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks teen who shot a woman at random and set fire to an apartment building was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday.

Lt. Donald Bowman elevated to captain
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lt. Donald Bowman has been promoted to the rank of captain, Alaska State Troopers announced Monday.

Bill would fund railroad expansion study
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A proposal to connect Alaska's railroad system to Canada and the Lower 48 could be getting more scrutiny.

West Coast salmonid species listed as threatened or endangered
The following 14 salmon and steelhead species are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and are covered by the 4(d) rule released Tuesday by the federal government:

Former Gov. Hammond flips airplane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Former Gov. Jay Hammond crashed on landing at his Lake Clark home airstrip Tuesday evening, causing substantial damage to the craft but none to himself.

Juneau residents testify for roadless Tongass forest
JUNEAU (AP) -- Road building should be banned in pristine areas of the Tongass National Forest, according to most of the 62 people who testified at a U.S. Forest Service hearing Monday.

Four-wheeler on bike path collides with bicyclists
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A teen-ager driving a four-wheeler on a bike path hit two bicyclists, seriously injuring a woman whose leg got caught in the wheel of the all-terrain vehicle.

Alaska slips in annual report on children's welfare
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's ranking slipped this year in an annual report that evaluates the welfare of children in the United States.

Bodies of crash victims to be recovered Wednesday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As friends and family members struggled with their grief, the bodies of a pilot and three mountaineering rangers were being recovered Wednesday from the site of a plane crash near Mount McKinley.

Juneau girl with new heart will compete at Transplant Games
JUNEAU (AP) -- Chrysantha Bradley got an early Christmas present Dec. 2 in the form of new heart. Just six months later, the Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore has recovered well enough to compete in sports.

Chitina dipnetting fishery reduced
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An emergency order was issued reducing the Chitina dipnetting fishery because fewer fish than expected are passing the Miles Lake sonar, a state biologist said Wednesday.

About 500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled in accident
PORTAGE (AP) -- About 500 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled early Monday when a tanker trailer broke free on the Seward Highway, officials said.

Father of burn victim denied flight
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Airlines workers refused to bump passengers off a full flight so a father could follow his badly burned toddler to a Seattle hospital earlier this month. The girl died before he reached her side.

Knowles administration fights move to expand tribal powers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state wants to intervene in two lawsuits in Washington, D.C., that could establish Native gaming in Alaska along with extending tribal self-government powers to more than 1 million acres of allotments and town sites.

Activists recruit cruise ship passengers for forest comments
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The tourists stare at the green and blue postcards -- and at the person offering them -- as they might stare at a Martian offering food from his home planet.

Murkowski wealthiest among Alaska congressional delegation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski is the wealthiest of Alaska's three-member congressional delegation, according to some financial disclosure statements released last week.

Collapsing gas pocket caused pipeline shift
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. said Tuesday the collapse of a gas pocket caused the trans-Alaska pipeline to shift nearly 21 inches.

Plane missing near Mount McKinley
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service and a number of air taxi operators were searching for a plane with four people aboard reported missing on a flight between Talkeetna and Mount McKinley.

Group of campers tackles armed camper
KENAI (AP) -- A group of campers tackled a man who waved a gun around after complaining about heavy metal music blaring from a car stereo, Alaska State Troopers said.

Juneau cracks down on roadside campers
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Assembly has passed an ordinance limiting camping alongside area roads.

Four-wheeler on bike path collides with bicyclists
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A teen-ager driving a four-wheeler on a bike path hit two bicyclists, seriously injuring a woman whose leg got caught in the wheel of the all-terrain vehicle.

Man who killed reporter could be sentenced to 99 years no parole
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who killed an Eagle River reporter in 1998 is scheduled to become the first Alaskan sentenced under a law that requires 99 years in prison with no parole for people convicted of a second murder.

Haines man opens cannery museum
HAINES (AP) -- A former fisherman is turning back the clock for people who want to find out what drove the economy early in the century.

Around the Peninsula
Free pressure canner dial gauge testingImmunization clinic canceledComputer basic skills class offeredKDLL monthly board meetingEmergency Planning Committee to meetGuided walking tours of Old Town Kenai availableKenai Peninsula Run For Women to be held

Community Calendar
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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
Unocal rep to speak at Soldotna chamber lunchLand trust to sponsor village site tour todayKenai River Center plans Thursday meetingImmunization clinic canceledSterling musher featured at Kenai chamberEmergency planning panel to meet WednesdaySchool superintendent to speak at Nikiski chamberSterling Community Club to meet ThursdaySupport group to hold picnicKenai chamber to sponsor parade

West Coast salmonid species listed as threatened or endangered
The following 14 salmon and steelhead species are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and are covered by the 4(d) rule released Tuesday by the federal government:

A taste of his own medicine
LONG POND, Pa. -- This time, The Intimidator was pushed aside on the final lap.

Groups awarded funds to clean up
The waterways of Alaska are an important resource in many ways, and three area projects intend on restoring and keeping them beautiful.

New Sears could boost Kenai Mall
The old Sears store in Soldotna is gone, replaced by a new Sears dealer store at the Kenai Mall in Kenai. That could be good news for the mall.

Gulls just 'plane' pesky
Any gunshots heard in the vicinity of the Kenai Municipal Airport Tuesday night most likely were city employees thinning the resident sea gull population.

Upon this rock ...
The sweet smell of new lumber and the sound of pounding nails fills the air around the Grace Lutheran Church off Ciechanski Road.

Kenai to overhaul zoning codes
In its ongoing effort to streamline the municipal code, the city of Kenai will address changes to most of the planning and zoning laws at tonight's city council meeting.

Tsalteshi Trails Association gets grant
n The Tsalteshi Trails Association sponsors two summer events annually. On July 1, it will host the Tsaltesh

Kenai Plaza makes room for new tenants
The Kenai Plaza retail business center surrounding Carrs Quality Center and Big Kmart in Kenai will see at least one new neighbor, and maybe two, by the end of summer.

Annual grouch contest names newest winner
Bob Summers has a right to be grouchy.

Golfers Davis, Sprague record holes in one at Kenai Golf Course
The Kenai Golf Course has been humbled once again by a couple of golfers who recorded hole-in-one shots.

Yankees, Pettitte outduel Martinez
BOSTON -- The Yankees can do it with pitching and defense, too.

Oilers set to begin defense of ABL crown
The Alaska Baseball League schedule gets under way tonight, and after going 9-2 in their preseason games, the Peninsula Oilers ought to match up well with the rest of the league.

Halibut charter tires out Studs for Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers closed out their season-opening, 11-game homestand by defeating a weary Seattle Studs squad 6-0 behind four RBIs from Jeff Jones.

Champions look for another star
LOS ANGELES -- Magic Johnson believes the Los Angeles Lakers may be one star short of a dynasty.

O'Neal scores 41 to add NBA title to his resume
LOS ANGELES -- The big fella cried, spilling tears that had been welling up inside his massive 7-foot-1, 330-pound body for eight years.

Stock cars put on show at Twin City Raceway
A-Stock, B-Stock, a Late Model car and four Sand Drag trucks put on a show during Alaska Circle Track Association competition Saturday at Twin City Raceway.

A taste of his own medicine
LONG POND, Pa. -- This time, The Intimidator was pushed aside on the final lap.

Thunderbirds take pair from Post 20
The American Legion Post 20 Twins were swept by East Sunday in Anchorage.

Sports Briefs
Jeff Ransom run set for SaturdaySolstice Fun Run draws 44Call of the Wild: Lemaire hired by Minnesota

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