Saturday, January 6, 2001

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Oilers Corner
Demon Deacons to join Oilers

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

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

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