Tuesday, January 2, 2001

Unalaska's growing coffers comes as a surprise
UNALASKA (AP) -- City coffers are growing despite a slump in local fishing.

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.

Free bus rides offered again this year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage is offering free bus rides again this year, but not for as long as last year.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on public works as part of the budgetary mandate:
It's not uncommon to hear longtime Alaskans declare, in no uncertain terms, that our constitution only requires state spending on schools, or public safety, or resource management.

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.

Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on broadcast pioneer Augie Hiebert
The state presented its highest award, the Legion of Merit, to broadcast pioneer Augie Hiebert in a ceremony at Camp Denali on Fort Richardson last week -- a most deserving honor to a most deserving man.

Pioneer Peak puts its neighbors in the shade
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Carl Bingham designed his home to maximize light: high ceilings, white walls and lots of windows. He even picked a light-enhancing shape, a geodesic dome.

Juneau Empire on waste indictment and worker accountability:
Unless and until proven otherwise, the city's wastewater utility superintendent is entitled to a presumption of innocence on felony charges he tampered with water samples to make the content look cleaner than it was.

Low demand, OPEC crude send Alaska oil prices down
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska oil prices have been taking a dive in recent weeks. North Slope crude oil was selling as low as $20.09 a barrel, making it the cheapest crude in the world.

Anchorage Daily News on 'CARA lite'
When U.S. Rep. Don Young lost his battle for the sweeping Conservation and Reinvestment Act last fall, he promised he'd be back to

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.

Alaska ferry prices to rise next summer
HAINES (AP) -- Riding the Alaska Marine Highway will cost more next summer.

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

One arrested, another sought in drive-by shooting
BETHEL (AP) -- A 24-year-old Bethel man was arrested last week in connection with the drive-by shooting of a local police sergeant's home in early December.

Guard shoots and kills inmate who escaped
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A jail guard shot and killed an inmate after he climbed two fences and escaped from a recreation yard, Alaska State Troopers said.

Legal Services office reopens at Kotzebue
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- After four years, Alaska Legal Services Corp. has found the money to reopen its office here this month.

Orthodox star to again tour Unalaska
UNALASKA (AP) -- The old glass-and-wood star in Nicholai Lekanoff's back room has survived a long-distance move, a war and a devastating house fire.

Fairbanks woman dies in snowmachine accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks woman died from head injuries suffered in a snowmachine accident late Sunday.

School Immunizations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Children will need five additional immunizations to be allowed to attend school this year.

Application period begins for 2001 Permanent Fund dividend
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaskans could begin signing up for their 2001 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks on Tuesday.

Alaska mountaineering instructors to seek human remains in Laos
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Cold Weather Training Center mountaineering instructors from Fort Wainwright will be facing a big challenge on a distant mountain.

Pappy Moss, former lawmaker, pilot and adventurer, dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Pappy Moss, a former Alaska legislator, homesteader and pilot, died New Year's Eve at his home in Chugiak. He was 79.

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
Community school office reopensAdvisory board to meetBlood drive slated, supplies in demandHealth nurse schedule listedRotary club in need of computers

Stranger's kindness means merry Christmas
A young Kenai mother of three and her family were thankful she and her youngest son were alive to celebrate Christmas this year, after she was discovered near death by a good Samaritan on Sept. 27.

Feeling the pinch
The party is over. It's time to take down the tinsel and toss the champagne corks.

Media campaign to help remind parents to get kids immunized
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Children will need five additional immunizations to be allowed to attend school next year.

Say goodbye to fuzzy math, chad, dot-com
Chad, be gone.

PFD earnings plan draws mixed reviews
Is it a stroke of legislative genius, a shortsighted plan or just a new verse of an old tune?

Out with the old:Photo feature
Bill Blewett gives the family Christmas tree a toss at the Kenai Transfer Facility last weekend.

Rare role falls to defeated Gore
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak regrets that he has only one country to give for his political life. President Bill Clinton, st

McVeigh still prefers to frustrate public
Domestic terrorist and mass murderer Timothy McVeigh says he prefers death to Death Row.

Kristin Schmautz and Blake Davis
Kristin Schmautz and Blake Davis of Homer announce the birth of their son, Adian Argyl Davis, at 10:24 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, at home with Frontier Midwifery Services.

Ask a Trooper
Question: Do I have to have my headlights on when I'm driving?

Melissa Kalwies and Kory VeDepo
Melissa Kalwies and Kory VeDepo of Sterling announce the birth of their son, Dyan Kole VeDepo, at 3:14 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Big check
Scott Jepsen of Phillips Alaska Inc. presents United Way chairman Bob Favretto and United Way executive director Evy Gebhardt a check for $40,000 last month as Sen. John Torgerson, second from left, and members of the Kenai Peninsula 2000 Economic Outlook Forum applaud.

Community News
Ringed seal released by Alaska SeaLife Center Navy reunion planned

Peninsula People
Area residents named to honor rollKenai student named to dean's listSkyview grad finishes trainingPing pong tourney resultsHomer man wins trip to Mexico

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Memory becomes man's career, crusade
MEDFORD, Mass. -- William Hersey can remember the names of 300 people he just met.

Seniors donate time, brains to Alzheimer's research
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Needed: a few good brains.

Skiers excel at Besh Cup events
Skyview High School's Jacob Fellman led a contingent of peninsula cross-country skiers at the first Besh Cup competitions of the season Friday and Saturday.

Tui, Huskies come up roses
PASADENA, Calif. -- Because Marques Tuiasosopo came back, Washington didn't need a comeback in the Rose Bowl.

Caps ring in 2001 by beating Atlanta
WASHINGTON -- No one would have blamed Craig Billington for staying up late to welcome in the new year. After all, the Washington Capitals goaltender hadn't played in more than a month and didn't win a game in 2000.

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