Friday, June 23, 2000

COLA for federal employees locked in until 2004
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal workers in Alaska will see their 25 percent tax-free cost-of-living allowance for at least another four years, according to Sen. Ted Stevens.

Kenai airport guns after pesky gulls
KENAI (AP) -- Sea gulls are risking their lives if they visit the Kenai Municipal Airport these days.

Alaska's gas prices lower than in Midwest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Something unusual has happened to the price of gasoline in Alaska.

Equipment begins to arrive for Ketchikan veneer plant
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Gateway Forest Products recently hoisted a $2.5 million wood lathe into position in preparation for construction of the building that will house the veneer mill at Ward Cove here.

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

Chugach Alaska to make its final bankruptcy payment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Chugach Alaska Corp. says it will make its final bankruptcy-reorganization payment to creditors by the end of this month.

Federal regulators say cruise ships apparently violated pollution rules
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Smoke spewing from the stacks of four cruise ships at the Juneau dock earlier this month appeared to be in violation of federal and state air pollution limits, a federal regulator who conducted the surprise inspections said Wednesday.

Bear activity closes Glacier Bay camping area
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bear ambling toward campers has prompted Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve officials to close camping at Reid Inlet.

Boozer family joing Duke star in North Carolina
JUNEAU (AP) -- The family of Duke basketball star Carlos Boozer is moving from Juneau to North Carolina to help protect him from pressure to leave college for the NBA.

Luck of draw chooses Haines beer, wine license
JUNEAU (AP) -- Members of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board turned to Lady Luck this week to help decide which of three Haines applicants would get a new beer and wine license.

Researchers identify potential tuberculosis drug
An experimental drug shows promise in fighting tuberculosis at a time when TB is becoming increasingly resistant to existing antibiotics, especially in poor countries, researchers said Wednesday.

One dead, one critically injured in plane crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The pilot of a single-engine commuter plane was killed and a passenger was critically injured after crashing on takeoff from Tuntutuliak, southwest of Bethel.

Second of three new response tugs arrives in Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crowley Marine Services has delivered the second of three escort tugboats to Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. in Valdez, the companies announced this week.

City manager floats ideas for Juneau head tax
JUNEAU (AP) -- A visitors center, expanded bus service and a tourism ambassador on the waterfront are among suggestions prepared by the city manager for spending the capital's new cruise ship passenger tax.

Federal regulators approve purchase of NBA
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal regulators have approved Wells Fargo & Co.'s $1 billion purchase of National Bank of Alaska.

Capsized vessel floated from Dixon Entrance to Yakutat
JUNEAU (AP) -- A capsized fishing vessel floated nearly 400 miles along the Southeast Alaska coast in less than two months, the Coast Guard said Friday.

High gas prices squeeze tourists
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska tourists are gritting their teeth and emptying their wallets to fill their gas tanks.

Federal workers in Alaska, Hawaii, territories win back pay
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government has agreed to pay $232.5 million to as many as 70,000 present and former federal employees to resolve a long-standing dispute over annual cost-of-living raises.

Sailing trophy returns to Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- The trophy for winning the Around Admiralty Island sailing race is returning to Juneau.

Planned Parenthood alleges state ignores abortion law
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Planned Parenthood wants a judge to issue a contempt citation against the state for disregarding a court order to provide therapeutic abortions for poor women.

Anchorage snuffs out smoking in restaurants and other public places
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Lighting up in most public places will soon be a no-no in Anchorage.

Pentagon defends national missile defense system
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is defending its high-stakes efforts to develop a national missile shield, rejecting assertions by some observers that it has rigged testing of the proposed $36 billion system.

Air Force chief says missile defense needed despite cost
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The easing of tensions with North Korea does not diminish the need for a U.S. missile defense system, which should remain a priority ''over and above'' other military needs, the Air Force chief of staff said Wednesday.

Cook Inlet belugas not endangered, NOAA says
JUNEAU (AP) -- Federal regulators have decided against listing Cook Inlet's beluga whales as endangered, the National Marine Fisheries Service said Thursday.

New management may run Washington state pipeline from Oklahoma
SEATTLE (AP) -- A fuel pipeline that ruptured, causing a fatal firestorm in Bellingham last year, may be operated from a control center in Oklahoma, newly chosen managers say.

Bristol Bay fishermen catching salmon
KING SALMON (AP) -- The Bristol Bay red salmon run has now topped a million fish, and though it's still too early to predict a strong season, state fish managers are encouraged.

Human remains found near Klawock
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers said human remains found Tuesday in a remote area near Thorne Bay had probably been there for quite some time.

Justice Department OKs proposed fish allocation
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal Justice Department said this week that it won't challenge a proposed allocation of Alaska pollock by an industry group.

The reds are in; Russian River fills with fish and anglers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Opening day on Alaska's most popular salmon stream dawned with room enough for a fly angler to stretch out a long backcast, but nobody expected the tranquility to last.

DEC reports diesel fuel spill in Aleknagik
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A sizable amount of diesel fuel has spilled in a small southwestern Alaska village north of Dillingham, state environmental officials said Thursday.

Young honeymooners robbed
EDMONTON (CP) -- Newlyweds Beau and Tamara Hodges aren't in Kansas any more.

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

Mood shifts can drive you crazy
NEW YORK (AP) -- Watch out for economic and investment mood shifts and treat them with the disrespect they deserve.

Burpee & Co. branches out
WARMINSTER, Pa. -- Connie Natal once had a huge vegetable garden with broccoli, lettuce, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, even a tomato that weighed almost three pounds.

Business Highlightsue of merger
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- OPEC members agreed Wednesday to boost official crude oil production by 3 percent, a move unlikely to provide motorists with relief from record-high gasoline prices in the United States.

Business Briefs
ACS to acquire Internet Alaska Inc.Calling card con exposedUFA appoints new officersBUY ALASKA wins national awardBank contributes to special campCIRI names new president/CEOAlaska Railroad issues 1999 reportEra Aviation announces promotionsWells Fargo touts ARMsAlaskan Brewing honored againBank board declares dividendKeyBank receives high rating

Business Briefs
ACS to acquire Internet Alaska Inc.Calling card con exposedUFA appoints new officersBUY ALASKA wins national awardBank contributes to special campCIRI names new president/CEOAlaska Railroad issues 1999 reportEra Aviation announces promotionsWells Fargo touts ARMsAlaskan Brewing honored againBank board declares dividendKeyBank receives high rating

VECO recognized for excellence
"Engineering News-Record" ranked Alaska-based VECO Corporation as 50th in the country for engineering and design, with more than $168 million in 1999 engineering revenues.

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
Geologist to share perspective on Kenai RiverForth of July registration deadline is Friday WRCC in need of volunteersRussian influence topic of campground talkBridges to hold garage sale Saturday

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
Retirement party for educator todayRetrievers to be put through their pacesPlant identification walk set for SundayYoung Marines looking for drill instructors Grief group leaders neededWaste water disposal system training offeredUCIDA to hold annual meeting July 1

Bristol Bay fishermen catching salmon
KING SALMON (AP) -- The Bristol Bay red salmon run has now topped a million fish, and though it's still too early to predict a strong season, state fish managers are encouraged.

Steady sockeye run ups ante for anglers
With catch-and-release restrictions in place until June 30 on the Kenai River, anglers have been taking advantage of other fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula.

The reds are in; Russian River fills with fish and anglers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Opening day on Alaska's most popular salmon stream dawned with room enough for a fly angler to stretch out a long backcast, but nobody expected the tranquility to last.

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.

Art Brief
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Money leaders
1. Dale Jarrett $3,711,654

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Away from track, there's plenty of driving going on
ATLANTA -- By the time Dennis LaCroix pulled out of Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday morning, his eyes were bloodshot and stinging with fatigue.

Mayfield move brings cheers
Ned Yost, the third base coach for the Atlanta Braves and longtime friend of NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt, was like most racing fans after Jeremy Mayfield's victory Monday at the Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

Sundays Race
Sunday's race

Vintage airplanes flying into Kenai for stopover at airport
Two World War II vintage heavy bombers will spend the better part of three days at the Kenai Municipal Airport this weekend.

Photo feature: Peak performance
Nukote Thermal Systems worker Brad Reynolds talks to Dan Piatt of Alaska Nitrogen Products Wednesday afternoon during a project to put new roofs on the Nikiski plant's ammonia tanks.

Kenai council says 'whoa' to new measure limiting animals within city limits
The livestock ordinance the city of Kenai had been considering looked like it was going to gallop to approval at the city council meeting Wednesday night, but after an amendment was passed radically changing it, the ordinance was reined in.

New information management system approved by assembly
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly spent nearly a million dollars on Central Peninsula General Hospital at its regular meeting Tuesday night in Soldotna.

Walking tours provide stroll through history
Walking through Old Town Kenai can be fun, but with a knowledgeable guide, the walk also can be an eye-opening experience.

Photo feature: Net minder
Arlette Baldwin works in her yard Thursday afternoon to mend drift boat nets for her family's boat, the F/V Talisman in anticipation of Monday's Cook Inlet opening.

Easy riders hit road to Montana
Five Kenai Peninsula members of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association revved up their motorcycle engines Thursday morning for a long ride to Montana.

Potlatch to honor Kenaitze elders
This year marks a special occasion for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, which will host a potlatch to honor its elders this weekend.

New information management system approved by assembly
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly spent nearly a million dollars on Central Peninsula General Hospital at its regular meeting Tuesday night in Soldotna.

Steve Zawistowski
Homer resident Steve Zawistowski died in his sleep Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at the South Peninsula Hospital. He was 92.

June 15: Anchorage Daily News on tuberculosis in Alaska:
The tuberculosis bacterium is like the bad guy in a gangster movie. ''You ain't seen the last of me,'' he snarls when hauled off to prison.

June 18: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on an Alaska-Canada gas pipeline:
Arctic Resources Co., a Houston-based outfit, is courting investors for its proposal to deliver North Slope gas to market via an undersea pipeline to the Mackenzie River Delta in Canada.

June 13: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on polar air routes and Anchorage:
It's now official. Canada and Russia have opened their skies to a new polar air route for long-haul, non-stop flights between major U.S. cities and key destinations in Asia.

Taking a walk on the wildflowers' side
In the realm of mountain trek-king, alpine wildflowers often play Gehrig to the majestic mountains' Ruth, or Marlowe to the dotted lakes' Shakespeare.

Game wardens train German shepherds to help sniff out poachers
FOREST LAKE, Minn. (AP) -- As conservation officer Brad Johnson prepares for his presentation, he offers an apology for his partner's sudden lack of attention.

McKinley expedition thwarted by bad weather at 17,200 feet
Three weeks after setting out for the summit of North America's highest peak, a Kenai firefighter and his climbing team have called it quits.

Design rapidly changing kayaking
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- For centuries, Eskimos have paddled Arctic waterways to hunt and fish in kayaks, a type of canoe built from skins stretched over a frame.

Religious groups respond to Supreme Court prayer ruling
NEW YORK (AP) -- A leading Islamic advocacy group joined Christian conservatives in objecting to this week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that student-led prayers at football games are unconstitutional. ''As de

Jehovah's Witnesses' blood transfusion policy restated
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Jehovah's Witnesses will continue to reject members who defy the group's prohibition of most blood transfusions, an official of the denomination said.

Religion Briefs
Bible school set at First Baptist ChurchNinilchik church plans Bible school

Reformed Church freezes United Church relations over gay dispute
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- The Reformed Church in America has sidestepped calls from nine regional units to break ecumenical fellowship with the United Church of Christ because it supports homosexual activity.

Report: Tibetan monastery faces closure over monks' activities
BEIJING (AP) -- A Tibetan monastery has been threatened with closure following the arrests of four of its monks for shouting slogans against Chinese rule, a monitoring group says.

Church's youth group playing matchmaker for pastor
BELLEVILLE, Mich. (AP) -- In his day, Belleville Church of God pastor Doug George has given his blessings to marrying couples, all the while having a tough time finding a bride for himself.

House moves to protect religious broadcasters
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House voted Tuesday to protect religious broadcasters by prohibiting the Federal Communications Commission from regulating the content of speech aired by noncommercial educational radio and television stations.

Linking religion and medicine called scientifically questionable
NEW YORK (AP) -- The trend toward incorporating

University's religious movement Web site develops faithful following
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- When Massimo Introvigne of Italy wants up-to-date information on an obscure religious sect or cult, he logs on to www.religiousmovements.org.

Twins calm Storm
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team humbled the South Peninsula Storm Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Indiana coach rejects Pacers offer
INDIANAPOLIS -- Already off the court as coach, Larry Bird said Thursday he had turned down a front-office job with the Indiana Pacers and would not take any other job in the NBA for at least a year.

Cards slay Giants in ninth
ST. LOUIS -- Craig Paquette's RBI single off the glove of reliever Mark Gardner gave the St. Louis Cardinals -- seven runs down in the fifth inning -- an 11-10 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.

Oilers lose 4-1 to sad Miners
The Peninsula Oilers couldn't figure out Mat-Su pitcher Ron Flores, dropping their second straight, 4-1, to the Miners Thursday in Palmer.

Raptors name Wilkens coach
TORONTO -- Lenny Wilkens never stopped smiling Wednesday as he ticked off the reasons why, at 62, the winningest coach in NBA history was coming to a Canadian franchise that recently seemed in disarray.

Wells chalks up No. 12 for Jays
TORONTO -- David Wells became baseball's first 12-game winner and Tony Batista homered twice as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 7-4 Thursday night.

Pilots triumph on late inning comeback
The Anchorage Glacier Pilots stole a page from the Peninsula Oilers playbook Wednesday evening at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage, coming from behind in the final inning to defeat the Oilers 5-4 in the Alaska Baseball League opener for both teams.

Bodysuits banned from U.S. Olympic trials
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- American swimmers won't be allowed to wear the latest fashion at the Olympic trials.

Wood holds up, but Rocker falls apart
ATLANTA -- Kerry Wood had one of his best outings and John Rocker had one of his worst.

New foursome emerges to take 23rd annual June Scramble
The 23rd annual June Scramble was held last Saturday and a new team emerged as champions. After several years of domination by the "Dream Team" and the "Chenault/Weaver Team," the team of Pat Cowan, Jenifer Cowan, Curtis Smith and Matt Waller shot a 10-under-par score of 60 to win the A Division.

'Depleted' status, hunting ban remain in effect on Cook Inlet whales
The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Thursday that listing the population of beluga whales in Cook Inlet as endangered under the Endangered Species Act is not warranted.

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