Monday, March 27, 2000

Explosion shakes plant near Houston; injuries reported
PASADENA, Texas (AP) - An explosion today rocked a Phillips Petroleum plant near the Houston Ship Channel, causing an undetermined number of injuries and sending a large column of smoke into the air.

Explosion shakes plant near Houston; injuries reported
PASADENA, Texas (AP) - An explosion today rocked a Phillips Petroleum plant near the Houston Ship Channel, causing an undetermined number of injuries and sending a large column of smoke into the air.

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Inside out

Inside out

A taste of Chaos
``Don't leave us! Don't leave us, please!''

A taste of Chaos
``Don't leave us! Don't leave us, please!''

Challenger Learning Center enters final countdown
KENAI - ``Beam me up, Scotty,'' Flight Director Daniela Martian said into a microphone in the mission control center of the new Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

Hoonah clinic, SEARHC sign off on agreement
Medical professionals serving Hoonah have finally agreed on who does what.

Gail Phillips to retire from House
HOMER - Former House speaker Gail Phillips announced Saturday that she would not run for re-election to the legislative seat she has held for five terms.

Local students excel at science
Ordinary detergent doesn't disperse oil spilled in water, says Ben Tuxhorn, contradicting a common boaters' practice. Sarah Moore and Lia Carpeneti aren't sure what it is about garlic that inhibits mold, but they have ideas.

Police and fire blotter

Ferry hub may skip Angoon
The Southeast Transportation Plan changes with the tides. Right now the current is pulling against an anticipated ferry hub in Angoon.

State and local briefly

State in bind on EIS
The state needs to either finish its environmental impact statement on a road out of Juneau or drop it altogether.

Challenger Learning Center enters final countdown
KENAI - ``Beam me up, Scotty,'' Flight Director Daniela Martian said into a microphone in the mission control center of the new Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

Alaska Airlines names team for safety audit
SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines has named two aviation experts to lead a safety audit of all its operations, the airline said Friday.

State and local briefly

Police and fire blotter

ATVs blamed for damaging fish habitat on Kenai Peninsula
SOLDOTNA - All-terrain vehicles are being blamed for tearing up some backcountry wetlands and for driving through streambeds near the headwaters of the Anchor River and Deep Creek.

Briefs

Hoonah clinic, SEARHC sign off on agreement
Medical professionals serving Hoonah have finally agreed on who does what.

Correction
Due to a reporting error, a listing in Friday's FYI column regarding

Musher accused of trying to dispose of dogs
PALMER - Musher Lynda Plettner is being anonymously accused of trying to dispose of some of her sled dogs at the local animal shelter, but her husband says the charges are an effort to smear her reputation.

Education board approves alternative exams
FAIRBANKS - The state Board of Education has approved alternative performance standards for students with severe learning disabilities.

Police and fire blotter

Going shopping where the wild things are
John Gibson has a simple solution to the Juneau blahs: buffalo.

Groups meet to try to reduce abuse of inhalants in villages
ANCHORAGE - At grocery stores in many Alaska villages, hairspray is kept behind the counter, out of reach of those who might use its noxious fumes as a cheap and easy way to get high.

Legislative update

Quieting racket over tour noise
A decade-long rain of citizens' complaints about aircraft noise has produced a draft noise ordinance that is at least a start toward solving the problem, according to Juneau Assembly Member Jim Powell.

Musher accused of trying to dispose of dogs
PALMER - Musher Lynda Plettner is being anonymously accused of trying to dispose of some of her sled dogs at the local animal shelter, but her husband says the charges are an effort to smear her reputation.

Alaska Natives hit harder by murders
A new report says Alaska Natives are murdered at a rate much higher than Native Americans in any other state.

Watching the Oscars locally
The Academy Awards will be televised locally at 7 tonight on KJUD channel 8. Also, an Academy Awards Gala is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall. The $50 event is a fund raiser for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

Big oil, environmentalists face off over offshore arctic pipeline
ON THE ARCTIC OCEAN - Truckload by truckload, BP Amoco is building the newest battleground in the long-running war between Big Oil and environmentalists.

Gail Phillips to retire from House
HOMER - Former House speaker Gail Phillips announced Saturday that she would not run for re-election to the legislative seat she has held for five terms.

Slides cut off Thane
Thane is expected to be closed off from downtown Juneau until late afternoon at the earliest and possibly until Tuesday as state road crews work to clear natural and human-triggered avalanches.

Local students excel at science
Ordinary detergent doesn't disperse oil spilled in water, says Ben Tuxhorn, contradicting a common boaters' practice. Sarah Moore and Lia Carpeneti aren't sure what it is about garlic that inhibits mold, but they have ideas.

Groups meet to try to reduce abuse of inhalants in villages
ANCHORAGE - At grocery stores in many Alaska villages, hairspray is kept behind the counter, out of reach of those who might use its noxious fumes as a cheap and easy way to get high.

Ferry hub may skip Angoon
The Southeast Transportation Plan changes with the tides. Right now the current is pulling against an anticipated ferry hub in Angoon.

Quieting racket over tour noise
A decade-long rain of citizens' complaints about aircraft noise has produced a draft noise ordinance that is at least a start toward solving the problem, according to Juneau Assembly Member Jim Powell.

State in bind on EIS
The state needs to either finish its environmental impact statement on a road out of Juneau or drop it altogether.

Correction
Due to a reporting error, a listing in Friday's FYI column regarding

Watching the Oscars locally
The Academy Awards will be televised locally at 7 tonight on KJUD channel 8. Also, an Academy Awards Gala is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall. The $50 event is a fund raiser for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

Legislative update

Briefs

Going shopping where the wild things are
John Gibson has a simple solution to the Juneau blahs: buffalo.

Education board approves alternative exams
FAIRBANKS - The state Board of Education has approved alternative performance standards for students with severe learning disabilities.

Police and fire blotter

Big oil, environmentalists face off over offshore arctic pipeline
ON THE ARCTIC OCEAN - Truckload by truckload, BP Amoco is building the newest battleground in the long-running war between Big Oil and environmentalists.

ATVs blamed for damaging fish habitat on Kenai Peninsula
SOLDOTNA - All-terrain vehicles are being blamed for tearing up some backcountry wetlands and for driving through streambeds near the headwaters of the Anchor River and Deep Creek.

Slides cut off Thane
Thane is expected to be closed off from downtown Juneau until late afternoon at the earliest and possibly until Tuesday as state road crews work to clear natural and human-triggered avalanches.

Alaska Natives hit harder by murders
A new report says Alaska Natives are murdered at a rate much higher than Native Americans in any other state.

Alaska Airlines names team for safety audit
SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines has named two aviation experts to lead a safety audit of all its operations, the airline said Friday.

Filling out census forms helps Juneau
t's that time of the decade again - time to fill out

Word of mouth

Innocent or dangerous?
Letter by Mildred Boesser

Word of mouth

Word of mouth

Working for a better community
Letter By Susan Phipps and Betty Green

Concerned about Gold medal rules
Letter by Les Brendible Jr.

Studies support building a road
Letter by Terry R. Miller

Filling out census forms helps Juneau
t's that time of the decade again - time to fill out

Celebrating Seward's Day
Letter by August Martin

Senate: Alaskans can't make sound decisions
he following editorial appeared in Sunday's edition of the Anchorage Daily News:

Alaska needs more civic entrepreneurs
``These are the important things, to be civic entrepreneurs. For those of you who have made it, it's a satisfaction of giving back to society. Your satisfaction is not money, your satisfaction is to see others make it,'' so says Dr. George Kozmetsky, addressing Commonwealth North in June of 1999.

Betting on House Bill 182
Letter by Mike Timmerman

Senate: Alaskans can't make sound decisions
he following editorial appeared in Sunday's edition of the Anchorage Daily News:

Candidates, stay away from my girl
oday, I'd like to share with you my thoughts on the presidential campaign. Unfortunately, I don't have any, because my wife and I just had a baby.

Word of mouth

Concerned about Gold medal rules
Letter by Les Brendible Jr.

Working for a better community
Letter By Susan Phipps and Betty Green

Candidates, stay away from my girl
oday, I'd like to share with you my thoughts on the presidential campaign. Unfortunately, I don't have any, because my wife and I just had a baby.

Studies support building a road
Letter by Terry R. Miller

Betting on House Bill 182
Letter by Mike Timmerman

Celebrating Seward's Day
Letter by August Martin

Alaska needs more civic entrepreneurs
``These are the important things, to be civic entrepreneurs. For those of you who have made it, it's a satisfaction of giving back to society. Your satisfaction is not money, your satisfaction is to see others make it,'' so says Dr. George Kozmetsky, addressing Commonwealth North in June of 1999.

Innocent or dangerous?
Letter by Mildred Boesser

All-out Carrawell not enough to carry Duke
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - It was over. It had been over for a few minutes, actually, only the buzzer hadn't sounded. And by the look on its face, Duke's senior class knew it had been beaten by a better team, the dang Florida Gators.

All-out Carrawell not enough to carry Duke
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - It was over. It had been over for a few minutes, actually, only the buzzer hadn't sounded. And by the look on its face, Duke's senior class knew it had been beaten by a better team, the dang Florida Gators.

Ketchikan girls tame Chugiak to claim fourth at state
The Ketchikan Kings trailed for most of Saturday's fourth-sixth place game of the girls Class 4A state basketball tournament, but the Kings led when it counted as Cassie White and Mary Scudero led Ketchikan to a 57-44 victory over the Chugiak Mustangs at Sullivan Arena.

Wrangell girls upset Mt. Edgecumbe for 4th place
When Wrangell girls basketball coach Tami Meissner realized her team was going to be in the Breakfast Club game of the Class 3A state tournament - the 8 a.m. game Saturday for fourth and sixth places - she knew it would take a little extra to get the Wolves ready to play.

Gold Medal hoops heaven for local fans
The first day of Gold Medal Tournament's Mighty B Bracket saw the defending B Bracket champions upset, a Juneau team playing in the hallowed tourney for the first time, and a barn-burning game between two old rivals finish near midnight.

Correction

Angoon boys blow by Kake to win 3rd straight
Angoon's biggest defeat of the season may have been its biggest win.

Old Timers still on top in C Bracket
Defending Legendary C Bracket champion Hoonah looked like its old self Sunday in the opening day of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Juneau boys end up fifth
After rallying to take a 10-point halftime lead, the Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team found itself in a state of denial for the second half of the Crimson Bears' 72-60 loss to the Kodiak Bears in the third-fifth place game of the Class 4A state tournament Saturday morning at Sullivan Arena.

New champs to come in Class 2A
There will be two new champions crowned in the Class 2A state basketball tournaments this weekend, and the Yakutat girls and Angoon boys are hoping they will be state champions when the tournaments end Saturday at Anchorage's Service High School.

Angoon boys blow by Kake to win 3rd straight
Angoon's biggest defeat of the season may have been its biggest win.

Gold Medal hoops heaven for local fans
The first day of Gold Medal Tournament's Mighty B Bracket saw the defending B Bracket champions upset, a Juneau team playing in the hallowed tourney for the first time, and a barn-burning game between two old rivals finish near midnight.

Wrangell, Metlakatla eliminated
Brent Chadwick and Casey Perkins dominated the overtime period as the Nome-Beltz boys basketball team came from behind to eliminate the Wrangell Wolves with a 65-61 victory Friday in the Class 3A state tournament at Sullivan Arena. Chadwick and Perkins scored all 11 of Nome's points in the overtime period, plus both players made big steals down the stretch.

Correction

Briefly

Old Timers still on top in C Bracket
Defending Legendary C Bracket champion Hoonah looked like its old self Sunday in the opening day of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Tompkins keeps Olympics in sight with top finishes
Juneau's disabled skier Joe Tompkins notched four top-5 finishes at the U.S. Nationals in Mt. Snow, Vermont, last week.

New champs to come in Class 2A
There will be two new champions crowned in the Class 2A state basketball tournaments this weekend, and the Yakutat girls and Angoon boys are hoping they will be state champions when the tournaments end Saturday at Anchorage's Service High School.

Yakutat girls slice Kake to claim 2A championship
Paced by a no-panic defense in the fourth quarter of Saturday's Region V-Class 2A women's high school basketball championship, Yakutat improved its Southeast season record to a perfect 17-0 with a 65-53 win over Kake at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Tompkins keeps Olympics in sight with top finishes
Juneau's disabled skier Joe Tompkins notched four top-5 finishes at the U.S. Nationals in Mt. Snow, Vermont, last week.

Wrangell, Metlakatla eliminated
Brent Chadwick and Casey Perkins dominated the overtime period as the Nome-Beltz boys basketball team came from behind to eliminate the Wrangell Wolves with a 65-61 victory Friday in the Class 3A state tournament at Sullivan Arena. Chadwick and Perkins scored all 11 of Nome's points in the overtime period, plus both players made big steals down the stretch.

Ketchikan girls tame Chugiak to claim fourth at state
The Ketchikan Kings trailed for most of Saturday's fourth-sixth place game of the girls Class 4A state basketball tournament, but the Kings led when it counted as Cassie White and Mary Scudero led Ketchikan to a 57-44 victory over the Chugiak Mustangs at Sullivan Arena.

Briefly

Gold medal means more than basketball
When Kake won two Gold Medal trophies in 1998, they welcomed their players home like conquering heroes.

Wrangell girls upset Mt. Edgecumbe for 4th place
When Wrangell girls basketball coach Tami Meissner realized her team was going to be in the Breakfast Club game of the Class 3A state tournament - the 8 a.m. game Saturday for fourth and sixth places - she knew it would take a little extra to get the Wolves ready to play.

Yakutat girls slice Kake to claim 2A championship
Paced by a no-panic defense in the fourth quarter of Saturday's Region V-Class 2A women's high school basketball championship, Yakutat improved its Southeast season record to a perfect 17-0 with a 65-53 win over Kake at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Juneau boys end up fifth
After rallying to take a 10-point halftime lead, the Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team found itself in a state of denial for the second half of the Crimson Bears' 72-60 loss to the Kodiak Bears in the third-fifth place game of the Class 4A state tournament Saturday morning at Sullivan Arena.

Gold medal means more than basketball
When Kake won two Gold Medal trophies in 1998, they welcomed their players home like conquering heroes.

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