Friday, January 5, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Knowles lawsuit plan among barrage of Alaska protest over roadless plan
Gov. Tony Knowles announced Friday that he's ordered Attorney General Bruce Botelho to file a lawsuit against the Clinton Administration for its ''midnight-hour executive action'' that cuts off nearly a third of the country's federal forest lands to most logging.

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.

Stevens to meet with Bush in Texas; military in the Pacific
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens will be joining a bipartisan group of seven lawmakers for a meeting with President-elect George W. Bush next week.

Flags lowered in memory of Pappy Moss
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State flags will fly at half staff Friday in memory of former state Sen. Pappy Moss.

Young plans formal voice on Alaska resource issues
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Don Young may be losing the chairman's gavel of the House Resources Committee, but he still plans to have an extra say when Alaska issues come up.

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.''

Lawmakers settle in for session
JUNEAU (AP) -- There's not much winter in Alaska this year, but Steven Menard found some as he traveled to Juneau for the opening of the Legislature's session.

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.

Agency monitors radioactivity levels after fire
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation is taking precautions against radiation contamination after a fire at a North Pole laboratory melted equipment with radioactive cores Thursday.

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.

Eaglecrest headed toward latest opening ever
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Eaglecrest Ski Area here could be headed for it's latest opening ever.

Bering Sea pollock fishery seeks green label
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A seafood trade association is seeking a green label for Bering Sea pollock to assure consumers that the largest volume fishery in the United States is not harming the environment.

Babbitt advises Clinton against making refuge a national monument
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt says declaring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a national monument to keep away oil developers would be a meaningless gesture and he has urged President Clinton against doing so.

Sled dog race planned for Denali Highway
SEWARD (AP) -- What started out as a conversation in a bar has become a reality.

Alaska senators predict confirmation for Norton at Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's two Republican U.S. senators are predicting Interior secretary nominee Gale Norton will secure confirmation despite opposition from environmental groups.

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.

State to boost its anti-fraud efforts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state attorney general's office is boosting staff size at its consumer protection office, which will be turning more of its attention toward fighting telemarketing and Internet fraud.

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.

Fire causes small radiation leak at North Pole test lab
NORTH POLE (AP) -- Authorities secured an area around the Mappa Inc. laboratory here after an early morning fire caused a small radiation leak and destroyed an estimated $500,000 in equipment.

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.

Computer students seek software projects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- University of Alaska Fairbanks computer science students want to save somebody some money on software design projects.

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.

Officials declare tundra fire near Kotlik officially out
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fire that burned about 15,000 acres of lichens and tussock tundra near Kotlik on the southern shore of Norton Sound has been declared officially out.

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.

Group offers reward for information in Anchorage homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group dedicated to homicide victims plans to offer a reward for information regarding an Anchorage killing in November.

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

Learning center hires executive program director
KENAI (AP) -- The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska has hired Steve Horn as its first executive program director.

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.

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

Phillips Alaska announces Cook Inlet drilling plans
KENAI (AP) -- Phillips Alaska plans $8 million in Cook Inlet capital spending this year and more to drill an exploratory well near Anchor Point.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Youth basketball registration ends todayBlood drive slated for Homer Homer Community Schools registrationWinter lecture series kicks off First aid classes planned

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.

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.

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.

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.

Forest Oil ready to spend millions
Cook Inlet will see the lion's share of $85 million Forest Oil Corp. plans in 2001 Alaska capital spending.

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.

College shows off offerings
Kenai Peninsula College ushered in the new year and a new semester Thursday with its second annual open house.

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.

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.

Tourism organization courts in-state market
Don't let winter's chilly temperatures cool your enthusiasm for the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Soldotna couple has peninsula's first new year's child
Soldotna residents Nellie Piatt and Richard Vehmeier are the parents of the first peninsula child born in the new year. Ashlyn Dinah Vehmeier was born at 8:53 a.m. Tuesday at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Digging history at KPC
Anthropology at Kenai Peninsula College is no sterile, bookish exercise. It gets down and dirty, and the students love it that way.

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

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

Naomi Florence Presley
Naomi Florence Presley died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, surrounded by her loved ones in her Happy Valley home. She was 64.

Companies hedge political bets
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Sam Gejdenson counted on financial support from one of his district's biggest employers, and got it. General Dynamics gave the maximum $10,000 political action committee donation to the Connecticut Democrat.

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.

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

Newspaper should reflect community: good, bad and ugly
Now and then, we receive phone calls and written comments similar to the following letter, which was recently sent to us by an anonymous Soldotna resident.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Light, temperature, not dead fish, key factors in salmon production Jan. 27 blood drive in Seward to honor Beverly, Charles Karges

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

Homer musher eyes return to Quest field
The Kenai Peninsula will be well represented in the upcoming Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

A winter's worth of work
Local taxidermists use season to catch up on summer's bounty

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.''

Double finish sought
There's pushing the envelope, and then's there's bulldozing it.

Religion Briefs
Women's studies slated Church wins right to occupy storefrontRuling against hanging commandments fought

Churches embracing the Internet, survey says
WASHINGTON -- The Internet is often stereotyped as dehumanizing, solitary and secular, but don't tell that to the many churches that use mostly homemade Web sites to reach out to new members and keep their own congregations talking.

Minister's Message
In the Bible study "Experiencing God" Henry Blackaby writes:

Oilers Corner
Demon Deacons to join Oilers

Kodiak too much for Bulldogs in SoHi Tipoff
Kodiak too much for Bulldogs in SoHi Tipoff

BCS, Oklahoma set for changes next season
MIAMI -- In the end, the Bowl Championship Series worked again.

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

Down to the wire
The Skyview High School girls basketball team opened up their own tournament in thrilling fashion Thursday.

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