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Wednesday, January 3, 2001

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.

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.

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

Fairbanks man survives Turnagain Pass avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Michael McKinney of Fairbanks is an avalanche survivor.

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.

State rep's residency challenge rejected
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage Republican elected to the state House in November with 64 percent of the vote can take office this month free of a lawsuit challenging her residency, a judge ruled.

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.

Alaska Permanent Fund grows despite yo-yo market cycle
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund grew by $750 million in December, despite wide swings in the stock market.

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.

Searchers will wait until spring to look for pilot's body
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Troopers have suspended their search for a pilot whose World War II-era cargo plane crashed near Mount Redoubt almost two weeks ago.

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.

Clinton signs bill authorizing U.S.-Canada rail commission
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- President Clinton has signed legislation crating a bilateral commission to study the feasibility of building a rail link between Canada and Alaska.

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

Knowles asks for federal disaster declaration to help Delta farmers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has written Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, asking that he formally declare Delta Junction's growing season a federal disaster.

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.

Safeway agrees to overtime settlement; state court must agree
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Thousands of former Carrs employees could be in line for portions of a $1 million court settlement. The deal stems from claims they weren't paid for overtime and work done off the clock in the late 1980s and 1990s.

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

Yukon Quest field reported at 34 teams
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It appears 34 mushers will be lined up when the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race starts Feb. 11 at Whitehorse.

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

BP pays state $34 million in royalties
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP has paid the state an additional $34 million in royalties on North Slope oil and gas produced through 1999.

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.

Warm winter, cold summer hit Northwest Arctic Borough
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Kotzebue's unusually warm weather is raising concerns that the haul road the Northwest Arctic Borough normally builds each winter won't be completed.

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

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

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.

Alaska senators like Bush's energy pick
Alaska Sens. Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski said President-elect Bush's choice of Spencer Abraham for energy secretary will do good things for Alaska.

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.

Division of Motor Vehicles begins registering boats
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Division of Motor Vehicles has begun registering boats, taking over for the U.S. Coast Guard.

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.

Smith named Juneau Empire publisher
JUNEAU (AP) -- A former regional manager of Morris Communications is the new publisher of the Juneau Empire.

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.

Anchorage woman dies in four-vehicle crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman died Tuesday morning in a four-vehicle accident on the New Seward Highway in south Anchorage.

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

Man charged with murdering Fairbanks woman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man was charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a 47-year-old Fairbanks woman whose body was found early New Year's Day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pizza with a twist
The concept of take-and-bake pizza may be new to Kenai Peninsula residents, but according to Jim and Sue Nelson, its catching on.

A move for the better
Although Odie Pack is no longer running a restaurant, the Soldotna resident said she enjoyed the experience the business gave her.

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
State chairman to speak to Kenai chamber Genealogy library reopenOwen to speak at luncheon Registration slated for basketball leagueRegistration slated for basketball leagueNorth Peninsula chamber to meetCARTS seeks volunteer drivers Swimming lessons available at KCHSFisher to address historical society

Around the Peninsula
Community school office reopensAdvisory board to meetBlood drive slated, supplies in demandHealth nurse schedule listedRotary 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.

Coalition proposes plan for fisheries
The needs of Kenai Peninsula residents would come first in what a new coalition bills as a plan to take the politics out of Cook Inlet fishery management.

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?

Alaskans like Bush's pick
ANCHORAGE -- Alaska Sens. Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski said President-elect Bush's choice of Spencer Abraham for energy secretary will do good things for Alaska.

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.

Vacancy on school board draws 12 applicants
A dozen applicants are vying for a vacant seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education.

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.

Blaze destroys Nikiski hangar
A hangar burned to the ground at the McGahan airstrip in Nikiski early Tuesday.

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

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

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

Soldotna awards engineering contract
The city of Soldotna is expanding its water and sewer mains on opposite ends of town in an effort to promote further development.

KPC opens doors to those who seek expanded horizons
If thoughts of self-improvement dance in your head as the new year gets under way, we've got three words of advice for you: Kenai Peninsula College.

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

Ashcroft's words help define him
Left-wing groups are mighty upset that President-elect Bush has nominated outgoing Sen. John Ashcroft, R-Missouri, to become Attorney General of the United States.

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

New materials, technology lead to boom in old-fashioned winter travel
Mike Dye, dressed for the winter chill in an earflap hat and heavy coveralls, warns the first-time snowshoer who wears much less that she may encounter moose if she wanders into the woods.

Federal agencies, tribes work to save ancient art in Umpqua River basin
From Dirty Shame Rockshelter on the Owyhee River to scrawls on

Opening day at Topaz brings schools of anglers
A smattering of campfires glowed around the shoreline while a steady stream of headlights snaked toward boat ramps in the pre-dawn darkness.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Religious Briefs
Women's studies to start soon SolFirst holds service for unbornSpecial service slated

Open house shows off offerings
Kenai Peninsula College will kick off the new semester with an open house Thursday.

District seeks input on long-range plans
As we enter into a new year, many of us think of goals and resolutions. The hope is that by planning and taking action, we will improve.

School Menus
Elementary Secondary

KPC plans registration, open house
Kenai Peninsula College will kick off the new semester with an open house Thursday.

Senior Menus
KenaiNikiski SoldotnaSterling

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

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care Center Kenai NikiskiNinilchikSoldotnaSterling

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

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.

Sweet win for 'Canes
NEW ORLEANS -- The Miami Hurricanes can call themselves Sugar Bowl champions. National champions would be nice, too.

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.

Kenai's Pault makes a splash at Northern Colorado
Kenai's Stacey Pault is just one semester into her college career, and she hasn't any time diving right in to her academic and athletic pursuits.

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