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Monday, January 1, 2001

Accidents spills 40 tons of zinc concentrate near Red Dog Mine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Strong winds Friday were keeping workers from cleaning up about 40 tons of zinc concentrate that spilled when a Cominco Alaska truck overturned on the road from the Red Dog Mine to the port facility.

Fairbanks councilman proposes citywide ban on open alcohol container
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- City officials have tried to deal with public drunkenness for decades, with mixed results.

Fairbanks senator seeks to boost education spending
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Gary Wilken has prefiled a bill seeking to deliver $20 million more in state spending to public school classrooms than is proposed by Gov. Tony Knowles.

New regulations worry oyster and clam farmers
CORDOVA (AP) -- Oyster and clam farmers are protesting that they don't have enough time to respond to new state regulations.

CIRI execs to split $17 million in telecom stock
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The five top managers of Cook Inlet Region Inc. have an extra reason to celebrate this New Year's Eve. In early January, they'll be able to cash in their long-term compensation packages: a pool of about $17 million.

Railroad, state regulators rethink spill response
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad and state regulators are rethinking how they respond to spills in the aftermath of the costly Gold Creek cleanup.

Mild winter gives Kenai Peninsula moose a break
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Southcentral Alaska snow lovers may despise this tepid winter, but moose apparently are clicking their heels.

Cassandra Energy applies for oil exploration permits
CORDOVA (AP) -- Cassandra Energy Corp. has applied for permits to conduct oil exploration on the Copper River Delta.

State hires engineer to answer intertie questions
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources has hired engineering firm R.W. Beck to conduct an independent review of lingering questions over the state's approval of the Northern Intertie.

Jail inmate strangled after spilling hot chocolate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An inmate of the city jail was strangled after a dispute arose over a pillow and he spilled some hot chocolate, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

Hotels hope tourists follow room boom
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A boom in the construction of hotel rooms has some proprietors wondering whether the scant winter business will support all of them.

Retiring state senator not taking it easy
BARROW (AP) -- Retiring state senator Al Adams won't be taking it easy for long.

Bush appointees have connections to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The newest appointees to President-elect George W. Bush's cabinet have Alaska connections.

Juneau city workers sign three-year contract
JUNEAU (AP) -- Most city government workers in Juneau are getting an immediate a $1,000 bonus under a new three-year contract.

Search for missing teens suspended
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- High winds Friday suspended the search for two missing Norton Sound teen-agers who were lost en route to Elim from Golovin, Alaska State Troopers said.

Fairbanks woman named new Aniak magistrate
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks woman has been appointed as the magistrate for the state court in Aniak.

Businessman's love of bowling keeps Bethel's lanes open
BETHEL (AP) -- Managing a bowling alley can be a knockdown business, and no one knows the importance of striking when it's hot more than Buster Richardson.

Alaska exports show third quarter increase
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska exported $2 billion worth of goods during the first nine months of the year. That's 2.6 percent higher than the same period in 1999.

Weather slows spread of tundra fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Diminished winds and high humidity have slowed the spread of a tundra fire that has burned 15,000 acres near Kotlik on the south shore of Norton Sound.

Winter fire scorches tundra
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Firefighters are monitoring a rare 20,000-acre fire burning on frozen tundra about 20 miles east of Kotlik on the southern coast of Norton Sound.

Anchorage legislator seeks to move legislative sessions out of Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- Few things are dependable, but you can count on death, taxes -- and Rep. Norm Rokeberg trying to move legislative sessions out of Juneau.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing plane
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Coast Guard is suspending its search for a plane missing since Wednesday with two Juneau men on board.

Around the Peninsula
No paper Monday College holds registration, open house Owen to speak at luncheonRegistration slated for basketball leaguePhillips offers high school scholarshipsRotary club in need of computers

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.

Y2K: Autumn
Above, rainy weather and slick roads last fall were a sign of things to come later in the year.

Peninsula residents keep old promises and make new ones
One year passes; a new one begins. With the passing go resolutions made when the year was young and commitment was strong. Some leave a mark. Others barely scratch the surface. And with Jan. 1, hope dawns anew.

Making resolutions that stick
Whether it is to stop smoking or lose unwanted pounds, area residents will make vows tonight and try to achieve these goals for the new year.

Y2K: Spring
Plenty of winter snow left plenty of spring puddles.

Simple steps to keeping pets happy, healthy
Don't overlook your pet's needs when making your own New Year's resolutions. As a responsible pet owner, you can make a few simple promises to yourself that will go a long way toward keeping your pet healthy and happy.

Resolutions to help spice up your marriage
Like growing a precious plant, growing a healthy marriage takes time, a supportive environment, and lots of high-quality nourishment. What better time than the beginning of a new year to reaffirm as a couple the high priority that you place on the well-being of your relationship?

Y2K: Summer
A great horned owl chick accepts lunch from a parent on an early summer day.

Children worldwide express their hopes, dreams for 2001
What are kids hoping for in the New Year? KidsCom.com asked young people around the world: If you had special powers, what would you make happen in 2001? Here are just 10 of hundreds of responses:

McCartney, Cannava wed at Kenai church
Dana Marie McCartney and Joseph John Cannava were married in an afternoon ceremony on Satur-day, Dec. 30, 2000, at Our Lady of the Angels Church in Kenai. Sister Joyce Ross officiated.

Y2K: WINTER
The northern lights filled the night sky often last winter, while moose were frequent visitors to area yards. The moose at right got an early start on election-year hysteria. Al Trumpler makes tracks as he grooms the Tsalteshi Trails at Skyview High School.

Real Women Project: Women come in all sizes
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Rather than the tall, skinny models that dominate fashion magazines, the bronze sculptures of the Real Women Project feature women of all shapes and sizes.

Cod fisheries face future of uncertainty
HOMER -- The federal cod season for pot boats and longliners opens Monday on the traditional date of Jan. 1, but that's about the only certainty for the new season, according to National Marine Fisheries Service in Juneau.

Salmon, merger make news
ANCHORAGE -- The year 2000 in Alaska was marked by a big oil merger, weak salmon returns, the crash of Alaska Airlines flight 261, a battle over the Steller sea lion and a crackdown on cruise-ship waste.

Old Town eatery hosting New Year's Eve benefit
While many places will hold New Year's Eve bashes tonight, Veronica's plans to throw a nonalcoholic party and help out the Kenai Peninsula's furry friends in the process.

Actual millennial new year begins
Are you prepared to ring in the new millennium tonight? Or did you do that last year? Will the "real" millennial New Year please stand up?

2000: Year of drama, disasters, distress
A year ago, the world was on edge with millennial jitters and fears of a "Y2K" computer failure. Those did not materialize, but as we approach 2001 and look forward to the new era, we can look back on an eventful year 2000 on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Bonnie Wilson
Former Swanson River resident Bonnie Wilson died at her home on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000. She was 71. Services will be held Jan. 3, 2001, at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park in Camarillo, Calif.

Jack Tillman
Longtime Homer resident Jack Tillman died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, surrounded by his family and friends at South Peninsula Hospital's Long Term Care Unit. He was 82.

Thelma "Liz" Van Sky
North Kenai resident Thelma "Liz" Van Sky died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, at her home after a bout with lung cancer. She was 70.

Assembling kids' Christmas gifts today requires more than a wrench
Being a good dad for Christmas is no longer a matter of bolting the handlebars onto a bicycle.

Individually, together we can make the future better for all
In the not-so-distant past, the year 2001 was thought of in science fiction terms. Space held the future.

My Best Friend
When Sasha, a 5-year-old Yorkshire terrier mix, jumped up on the back of the couch to look out the window a couple of weeks ago, owners Dan and Jimmie English of Kenai called her name and took this photo. "It looks posed," said Jimmie, "but that's her lookout spot."

Pet photos wanted
The Peninsula Clarion is looking for a few good pet photos from Kenai Peninsula residents. A photo will be featured each week in the Peninsula Life section.

Saints send Rams back up the river
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints got a celebration and a scare, a history-making victory over the defending Super Bowl champs that felt like Mardi Gras, New Year's Eve and Halloween all wrapped up in one.

The best of the best
Sunday is the deadline for baseball writers to submit their Hall of Fame ballots, an annual challenge to sort through the players who belong in Cooperstown and those who just miss.

Miami comes back on Colts
MIAMI -- Lamar Smith carried the ball an NFL-record 40 times. He carried cornerback Jeff Burris into the end zone for the winning score in overtime.

SoHi second at ACS
The Soldotna High School girls basketball team finished second at the Anchorage Christian Schools Invitational Saturday, dropping the Championship game to Valdez 41-27.

Nebraska sets BCS record straight with Alamo Bowl victory
SAN ANTONIO -- The Nebraska Cornhuskers claimed they weren't mad about being left out of the Bowl Championship Series.

Out with the old ...
What follows is pretty unique in America these days.

Mic Macs take one for the cause
The Peninsula Mic Macs hockey club took one on the chin Friday, but it was all in the name of a good cause.

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