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Saturday, June 24, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Art Brief
Art Brief

Sundays Race
Sunday's race

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

points standings
points standings

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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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