Tuesday, June 27, 2000

Juneau clerk certifies flightseeing initiative
JUNEAU (AP) -- An initiative seeking to limit flightseeing noise has been certified for the municipal ballot.

Woman killed in Dalton Highway rollover accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A passenger in a vehicle traveling on the Dalton Highway was killed Sunday in a rollover accident, Alaska State Troopers said.

Federal government proposes whale-watch rule
JUNEAU (AP) -- No one would be able to approach within 200 yards of a humpback whale in Alaska under a proposed federal rule published Monday in the Federal Register.

Hearing on lands conservation bill delayed in Senate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has delayed action on a nationwide land conservation bill championed by Alaska Rep. Don Young.

University of Alaska struggles with enrollment drop
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska lost nearly 7 percent of its total enrollment in the last five years, but there are signs of a turnaround.

Metlakatla principal killed in boating accident
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Metlakatla High School Principal Ken Tyler was killed Saturday in a boating accident.

BP Exploration corporate donations soar on higher oil prices
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.'s corporate donations soared nearly 150 percent this year on higher oil prices and a pact tying gifts to oil profits.

Boy missing at Chena Lakes Recreation Area
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- More than 200 searchers combed the Chena Lakes Recreational Area Monday for an 11-year-old Ruby boy who walked away from a family picnic Sunday night.

Blanket-primary law overturned
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Primaries that allow voters to cast their ballots for any candidate, regardless of party, violate the rights of state political parties, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in throwing out California's primary system.

Search for missing Colorado man suspended
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The search for a Colorado man, missing and feared drowned in Chelatna Lake, has been suspended, Alaska State Troopers said.

Four dead or missing in weekend drownings
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people drowned over the weekend and another two were missing and presumed drowned in separate incidents, Alaska State Troopers said.

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BP Amoco to build $86 million GTL test plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Amoco will build an $86 million plant to test whether turning methane gas into synthetic crude oil is commercially viable, company officials said Monday.

House passes bill transferring NOAA lands to Pribilofs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pribilof Islands have moved a step closer to taking over property on the islands long controlled by the federal government.

Shellfish expert warns people against shellfish
KODIAK (AP) -- A shellfish expert is warning residents and visitors not to harvest or eat local shellfish because of an upcoming series of low tides.

Clerk certifies Skagway school board recall petitions
SKAGWAY (AP) -- The city clerk has certified recall petitions for three members of the Skagway School Board but the board's attorney is recommending that the certification be protested.

Path to get accredited long, slow for WGU
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Western Governors University, an online university hailed as revolutionary when first created, will have to wait six more months to be considered for accreditation.

Federal bill contains additional $1 million for Fairbanks visitor center
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An additional $1 million for a new visitor center in Fairbanks has been included in the Senate version of the Interior Department spending bill.

Body of Juneau teen recovered
JUNEAU (AP) -- The body of 16-year-old Travis Mason, lost after he was thrown from a personal watercraft Easter weekend, has been found.

Juneau backs off plan to dump prosecutions on state
JUNEAU (AP) -- After scolding by community groups, the city has backed off from a plan to dump local prosecution of assault cases on the state as a way of saving jail costs in the face of looming budget deficits.

ASMI survey looks at users of canned salmon
KENAI (AP) -- Alaskans may argue about the merits of red salmon versus king, or Copper River versus Bristol Bay. But salmon fans beyond Alaska's borders aren't quite so particular.

Mediator sought in Juneau school negotiations
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau School District and its support workers have asked for a federal mediator to help them agree on a new contract, the parties announced late Monday.

Valdez men charged with digging up grave
VALDEZ (AP) -- Four Valdez men were charged last week with digging up the grave of a pioneer buried in the Old Valdez Cemetery.

Coast Guard picks up stranded boaters
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two Juneau boaters lived off unripe salmonberries for four days after they lost their boat on the Whiting River about 40 miles southeast of the capital.

Bethel hospital lays off 20 workers
BETHEL (AP) -- Some 20 employees of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital are getting layoff notices and the hospital is planning other cutbacks due to a budget overrun.

Study: child abuse and neglect associated with later crime
SEATTLE (AP) -- Children who suffer abuse are much more likely to be arrested later in life than those who do not, according to a state study.

Unwelcome grizzly cub closes Haines campground
HAINES (AP) -- The Chilkoot Lake campground was closed last week after a park ranger was unable to scare away an unruly brown bear cub that got into an unattended ice chest.

Fish and Game repeals Southeast king restrictions
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Department of Fish and Game eased king salmon fishing restrictions Monday on nonresidents and anglers fishing from charter boats in Southeast Alaska, citing a revised estimate of the abundance of fish covered by the Pacific Salmon Treaty.

Stevens seeks funding for ethanol plant study
JUNEAU -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens is trying to get $2 million for a study and possible engineering work on an ethanol plant in Southeast.

Around the Peninsula
Emergency planning committee to meetChamber meeting plannedLEPC to meetKDLL invites listeners to meetingCaring individuals neededUCIDA to hold membership meetingBoys and Girls Club golf classic plannedCraft fair, food event slatedSummer day camp scheduledAnchor Point opens parking lot for seniorsBoot camp help needed

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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.

Cook Inlet drift fishery to open
KENAI (AP) -- Cook Inlet's commercial driftnet salmon fishermen will get their first opening of the season Monday and expectations look good, say fishery managers.

Russian River sanctuary opens for fishing today
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Monday that the Russian River "sanctuary" area will be open to sockeye salmon sport fishing starting at noon today. This portion of the river, which extends from a marker below the ferry crossing to a point 700 yards upstream, has previously been closed to fishing.

Gordon still king of road
The three-time Winston Cup champion extended his road course winning streak to six consecutive races on Sunday when he decisively won the Save Mart Kragen 350 on the twists and turns of Sears Point Raceway.

Season challenges both large, small
In the shifting tides of the commercial fishing industry, it's not only fishers who face an uncertain future.

Photo feature: tip-toeing through the tulips
June Moore follows along with the extension cord as her husband, Frank, trims the yard in front of The Cedars apartment complex in Kenai.

Homer man takes on Young
The race to unseat Rep. Don Young has attracted another Kenai Peninsula resident -- Homer's Frank Vondersaar. Seward resident Anna Young -- no relation to the representative -- is running as a Green Party candidate.

Spill drill response lacking; players say lessons learned
The results are in from the unannounced oil spill drill sprung on Tesoro in Nikiski March 8, and the evaluation by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation was mixed.

Rafting accident claims life of Kenai man
A rafting trip down Sixmile Creek proved deadly for a Kenai man Sunday afternoon.

Unocal plans to stay active on peninsula
A Unocal Alaska Resources representative visited with Soldotna business leaders at the Riverside House last week to update Soldotna Chamber of Commerce members on what his company is doing since the sale announcement of its Alaska Nitrogen Products plant in Nikiski.

Photo feature: Getting lined up
Kathy Ehrhardt sets up a guide to follow while painting lines on the soccer fields next to Soldotna Middle School last weekend. She and Kevin Stalker (not pictured) were working to prepare for the start of Boys and Girls Club soccer later this week.

Construction of $86 million plant scheduled to begin in 6 months
Nikiski will be the site of an $86 million pilot plant to test technology for turning natural gas to high-quality synthetic crude oil, BP Amoco announced Monday.

Class gives different view of Kenai River
Science isn't only taught in classrooms. On Thursday, the Kenai Watershed Forum taught a free lesson on the history of the Kenai River from the viewing platform along the Kenai River flats.

Kenai girl donates her hair for cancer victims
Meranda Mahan is giving up her hair for a good cause.

Salmon fans like it canned
Alaskans may be elitist about their salmon, but Outsiders, apparently, are not so particular.

Anastasia M. Zwick-Robinson
Soldotna resident Anastasia M. Zwick-Robinson died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 36.

Bradley M. Kiffmeyer
Bradley M. Kiffmeyer, of Soldotna, died Monday, June 26, 2000, in St. Cloud, Minn. He was 45.

Dona Eggers
Soldotna resident Dona Eggers died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 96.

Leo Wesanen
Longtime Alaska resident Leo Wesanen died at the homestead in Nikiski, Friday, June 23, 2000, surrounded by his family. He died during his third battle with cancer. He was 74.

Peninsula People
Students receive Army Reserve AwardAcademics, community nvolvement recognized at UIMarathon scholar namedHomer student enlists in ArmyKCHS grad named to dean's listKasilof student wins essay prizeUAA honors Nikiski studentKenai student receives degree

Community News
World War II stories neededLearning Center honored

Births
Niki and Kris Bradshaw,of Soldotna, announce the birth of their son, Brandon Carl, Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Nelson, McGahan sweep at Twin City
Bert Nelson and Terry McGahan dominated Alaska Circle Track Association racing Saturday night at Twin City Raceway.

Gordon still king of road
The three-time Winston Cup champion extended his road course winning streak to six consecutive races on Sunday when he decisively won the Save Mart Kragen 350 on the twists and turns of Sears Point Raceway.

All eyes on Kournikova at Wimbledon's first day
WIMBLEDON, England -- Thirty photographers lined up courtside, all facing the same direction, like birds on a telephone wire. As usual, every long lens focused on Anna Kournikova.

Gonzalez rejects Yankees, helps Tigers rip Cleveland
CLEVELAND -- Juan Gonzalez decided that New York was just a nice place to visit.

Peninsula continues hot hitting, takes fourth straight
The Peninsula Oilers only made the smoke situation worse in Fairbanks Monday by heating up some wood of their own.

Mufflers keep noise down
In drag racing, drivers attempt to reach their top speed before the pavement can run out beneath them. The cars shoot off with a boom, drive the line and finish in a flash.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again
WIMBLEDON, England -- Score one for the Charlie Brown of tennis.

Bears plunder pair from Twins
Bartlett coach David Richardson has been coming down to Kenai to battle the Post 20 teams of Lance Coz since the 1970s, so he can appreciate what his team did to the Twins Sunday.

Inkster survives to win sixth major title
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Juli Inkster turned in a repeat performance in every way but one Sunday in the LPGA Championship.

Sports Briefs
Big League has successful road tripOilers top BucsBowman returning to Red WingsGonzalez not in lineup, but still with TigersDutch, French gain Euro 2000 semisU.S. women stomp Costa Rica

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