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Thursday, January 4, 2001

Enough is enough, Fairbanks residents say bring on the cold
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It's January, and Fairbanks has yet to be shrouded in ice fog.

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.

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.

Herders seek federal aid as their reindeer run off with caribou
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State officials are seeking federal disaster money for more than a dozen reindeer farmers on the Seward Peninsula whose animals are running off with local caribou.

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.

Resource Development Council director joins Knowles administration
JUNEAU (AP) -- Ken Freeman, the executive director of the Resource Development Council, has been appointed Gov. Tony Knowles' special assistant for business and gas line development.

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.

Once-trashed fishing Kenai River areas reopen with improvements
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge expects to unveil two red salmon sportfishing boardwalks on a stretch of the Kenai River once so trashed that part of it was nicknamed ''the hog wallow.''

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.

Former Palmer creamery to be reborn as offices and apartments
PALMER (AP) -- A downtown building here that once housed the state's largest creamery but which has been empty for 15 years may reopen for business soon.

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.

New statewide land-and-shoot wolf ban takes effect
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A new law takes effect at midnight tonight (Thursday) prohibiting hunters and trappers from tracking wolves with an airplane and landing and shooting them on the same day.

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.

Environmental groups stage last-minute ANWR White House call-in
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A flood of e-mail messages and phone calls poured into the White House after environmental groups encouraged Americans to ask President Clinton to declare the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain a national monument.

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.

Fire destroys hangar at Nikiski airstrip
KENAI (AP) -- A hangar burned to the ground at the McGahan airstrip in Nikiski early Tuesday.

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.

Human remains found in Anchor Point
HOMER (AP) -- Human remains were found in an alder patch in Anchor Point, Alaska State Troopers in Homer said.

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.

Teen-ager charged with shooting Anchorage man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was shot several times early Wednesday while standing in front of a theater in east Anchorage, police said.

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

Correction official says prison shooting appears to be justified
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The corrections officer who shot and killed a felon Sunday during an attempted escape from the Ketchikan Correction Center appeared to have been justified in firing his weapon, according to a Department of Correction official.

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.

Grant approved to improve shellfish testing program
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has approved a grant to improve a paralytic shellfish poisoning testing program.

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.

State settles sexual harassment suit for $216,000
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state has agreed to pay $216,000 to settle a lawsuit in which a female employee with the Division of Public Assistance claimed her supervisor sexually harassed her.

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.

Labor Department official pleads guilty to harassment
JUNEAU (AP) -- A state labor department official pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor harassment charge, acknowledging that he made an unwanted physical advance toward a woman Oct. 1.

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.

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

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.

Health concerns lead to closing of Odie's
Although Odie Pack is no longer running a restaurant, the Soldotna resident said she enjoyed the experience the business gave her.

Business Briefs
Big money Millennium Calendar nets $1,000 prize Soldotna chamber speakers announcedPhillips closes sale of Canadian propertiesPeninsula's November unemployment announcedHome loan delinquency rate falls

Disaster declaration sought for 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.

Around the state
Permanent Fund grows despite yo-yo market cycle Clinton signs bill for U.S.-Canada rail commission

Eatery offers 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.

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.

Safeway agrees to overtime settlement
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.

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

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
College holds open house Borough office to conduct siren test Fisher to speak at historical society meetingKDLL board meeting slatedCenter to provide for those in need Artwork design contest on tap

Sticking to it
There is no question that Greg Berryman's chairs are unique. "Where else are you going to get a genuine moose-pruned chair?" he asks.

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.

Missile defense controversy continues
WASHINGTON -- How's this for a scary scenario: Iran takes some missiles supplied by North Korea and places them, along with a mobile launcher, aboard an ordinary merchant ship.

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.

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.

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

Exploratory well near Anchor Point among capital projects for new year
Phillips Alaska Inc. plans $8 million in Cook Inlet capital spending this year and more to drill an exploratory well near Anchor Point.

'Balmy' Fairbanks ready for winter
FAIRBANKS -- It's January, and Fairbanks has yet to be shrouded in ice fog.

State chamber outlines priorities
A new year, a new millennium, a new menu and a new venue greeted members of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce as they met at the Old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai Wednesday.

Launch pad: Photo Feature
Dave Coombes of Soldotna operates the radio control while his son Chris launches their model airplane Sunday on the Skyview High School soccer field.

Remains of Anchor Point man found near beach
Alaska State Troopers from Homer recovered human remains from an alder patch Tuesday below the bluff at Mile 155 of the Sterling Highway in Anchor Point.

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.

Virginia Brand
Nikiski resident Virginia Brand died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 36.

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.

Constitution mandates specific amount go toward capital projects
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.

Newest twist to downsizing: Price same, portion smaller
A piece of old news is front-page stuff again, with a twist.

Letters to the Editor
For the last six weeks the whole world watched the media's coverage of the trouble Florida had with its election process. People with voter ID cards could not vote because they were not on the county's list. Police were stopping a

Applause
The Sterling Elementary PTA would like to give special thanks to Carl and Mary Mallett for giving so much joy this holiday season to Sterling Elementary students.

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.

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.

Once-trashed fishing Kenai River areas reopen with improvements
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge expects to unveil two red salmon sportfishing boardwalks on a stretch of the Kenai River once so trashed that part of it was nicknamed ''the hog wallow.''

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

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.

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

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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.

Sooners No. 1
MIAMI -- Underdogs, ha! Top dogs is more like it.

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

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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