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Sunday, January 7, 2001

French terrorist hunter testifies at hearing on Ahmed Ressam SE Locals Out
SEATTLE (AP) -- A terrorist hunter from France has testified in federal court that bomb-plot defendant Ahmed Ressam is also wanted in Europe on terrorism-related charges.

Fairbanks man injured in Alberta car crash
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been in a coma in an Edmonton, Alberta, hospital since a highway accident Wednesday evening ended a holiday excursion.

INS arrests Russian strippers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Russian women were arrested at a strip club Thursday after Immigration and Naturalization agents determined they were in the country with tourist visas that do not allow them to earn money.

Iditarod musher Ted English races for the dogs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For eight years, Ted English stood on the sidelines of the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race without a dog team, wondering if he'd ever race again.

Two Alaska tribes gain federal recognition
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Assistant secretary of Interior for Indian Affairs Kevin Gover has added two Alaska Native tribes to the government's list of federally recognized tribes.

Norton is no stranger to Alaska issues
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gale Norton, President-elect Bush's choice for Interior secretary, is no stranger to two of the most contentious issues facing Alaskans.

Kodiak borough will appeal million-dollar judgment
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will appeal a $1.35 million verdict awarded in a civil negligence suit brought by the mother of a developmentally disabled woman who claimed her daughter was sexually assaulted by two employees while in a borough treatment center in 1991.

New rules proposed in face of special ed teacher shortage
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Department of Education is proposing rules that would result in fewer untrained people teaching special education students.

Fairbanks man dies in snowmachine accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Fairbanks man died early Friday when his snowmachine slammed into a light pole.

City discusses harbor improvement plan
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A long-term improvement plan for Dillingham harbor includes a lease lot project for commercial development and possible expansion of the harbor.

Drug team raids three homes in Matanuska-Susitna Borough
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Members of the Mat-Su Drug Team broke up three apparently unrelated marijuana growing operations in a span of 21 hours, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

UAF to debut adult learning program
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks will debut its adult learning program in March.

BP promises $1.6 million backing for Special Olympics World Games
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP will guarantee $1.6 million to organizers of 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games, a spokesman for the games said Friday.

Trail changed for Klondike 300 sled dog race
BIG LAKE (AP) -- Trail conditions have forced organizers of the Klondike 300 sled dog race to change the course of the race.

Attorney in ticket scheme settles
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Another chapter in the tangled saga of the World Plus Ponzi scheme appears to have come to a close.

Anchorage seafood plant gets operating money
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The stalled Alaska Seafood International plant could crank up production of fish portions and meals almost immediately now that $14 million in new operating cash has been secured, company officers say.

Cook Inlet in line for lion's share of Forest Oil Corp. spending plan
KENAI (AP) -- Cook Inlet will reap the bulk of the $85 million Forest Oil Corp. plans to spend on Alaska capital projects this year.

Tanana Chiefs to investigate Nenana school
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Tanana Chiefs Conference will investigate the Nenana City Public School after receiving complaints that a high percentage of Native students have dropped out.

Possible contamination source found on old Alyeska site
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Environmental consultants might have found the source of contamination on land near the Johansen Expressway.

Investigators say radiation leak has not caused contamination
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Department of Environmental Conservation says a minor radiation leak at a North Pole testing laboratory showed virtually no risk of contamination.

New bills deal with contraception, Permanent Fund, moving Legislature
Bills that would force health insurance companies to cover contraceptives, earmark part of the Alaska Permanent Fund's earnings for general state spending and move the Legislature's session out of Juneau every other year will await lawmakers when they convene next week.

Man charged with trying to cash stolen check where owner works
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 21-year-old man made a poor choice of businesses when he tried to cash a stolen check Friday.

Searchers find body of missing Bethel snowmachiner
BETHEL (AP) -- Searchers have found the body of a missing 63-year-old Bethel man, Alaska State Troopers said.

Community Calendar
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NOW PLAYING
With New Year's come and gone, I have come up with a revolutionary idea. I almost hate to even publish it for fear that other critics will light upon it like the vultures they are and try to steal it away. Once Roger Ebert or Rex Reed get wind of this, they'll be all over it and no one will ever remember whose idea it really was.

Amber and Terry Gomez
Handsaker, Gomez wed in Las Vegas

Ulens celebrates 50th Anniversary
Ulens celebrates 50th anniversary

Boning up on science
Ninilchik School students Katie Moerlein and Molly Bosick work to secure rib bones to the harbor porpoise skeleton they and other students are reconstructing in an anatomy and physiology class.

My Best Friend
Joe Romig of Cooper Landing got some help from his best pal, Harry, while recovering from the flu. Couch cuddling is a must when not feeling well, said Joes mom, Jean

A Christmas by any other name ...
"Christmas comes but once a year," is how the old saying goes. Maybe it does, and maybe it doesn't, depending on how you look at things.

Private prisons not a quick fix in other states
Time is of the essence, according to Kenai Penin-sula Borough officials who are exploring the possibility of constructing Alaska's first private prison.

Education issues likely to command attention of new Legislature
Education issues ranging from the new high school exit exam to the state's complex system for handing out money to local school districts to replacing crumbling schools in the Bush will loom large when the 22nd Alaska Legislature convenes Monday.

Assembly looks to pump cash into prison proposal
A fledgling private prison plan is poised to get a $150,000 shot in the arm.

Road ban no trouble on Kenai
The roadless policy President Clinton signed Friday for U.S. na-tional forests has few ap-parent effects on the plan for Forest Service lands on the Kenai Peninsula.

Trooper actions questioned
Individual rights and a fundamental procedural oversight by law enforcement personnel drew fire in Kenai Superior Court Friday.

Gasfield noises cause concern
Strange noises occurring during the early morning hours at gasfields on Kalifornsky Beach Road may have alarmed area residents, but Marathon Oil Company officials said the sounds were associated with a safety feature.

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

Bush takes step toward bipartisanship
WASHINGTON -- With a Democrat in the Cabinet, President-elect Bush has made a down payment on his promise of bipartisanship, but only that.

Lowering bar on resolutions raises expectations, potential for success
Off to a good, slow, easy, respectable start. Here I am, five days into the new year, and still going strong.

Long-range financial plan should be focus of legislative session
There's a tad of irony -- maybe even poetic justice -- that oil prices took a dive in the weeks before the opening of the 22nd Legislature.

Stricker receives $1 million break
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Not even eligible for Match Play Championship three weeks ago, Steve Stricker completed an unlikely journey with a gutsy performance Sunday to defeat Pierre Fulke of Sweden and win the $1 million prize.

Bears nip Soldotna for crown
The Soldotna High School boys basketball team came up just short in its quest to defend the SoHi Tipoff Tournament title, dropping the championship game to Kodiak 53-48 Saturday at Soldotna High School.

Rangers skate to tie with Devils
NEW YORK -- Brian Rafalski's second goal of the game, with 1:30 left in regulation, allowed the New Jersey Devils to overcome three goals by New York's Jan Hlavac and extend their unbeaten streak against the Rangers to 21 with a 5-5 tie Saturday.

Defense puts Kenai on top of Peninsula Challenge
The Peninsula Challenge Girls Basketball Tournament Championship game came down to determination, teamwork and patience -- all of which the Kenai Kardinals possessed at Skyview High School as they walked away victorious Saturday.

Moss shows who's boss
MINNEAPOLIS -- Daunte Culpepper has a simple job -- thanks to the weapons that surround him.

More misery for Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Stanford finally won one on Lute Olson Court, and Arizona's coach wasn't there to watch a painful season get worse for his team.

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