Monday, January 8, 2001

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.

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.

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.

January 6: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on another capital move effort:
Newly elected members of the 22nd Alaska Legislature have yet to be sworn in, some are even now cruising the Haines Road, or riding the ferry toward Juneau -- and already a pair of bills are in the works aimed at shifting the working location, if not the actual seat, of state government.

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.

January 2: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on rail commuter service:
It will be interesting to see how that Alaska Railroad survey turns out on whether to establish commuter train service between Anchorage and the Valley.

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.

January 4: Anchorage Daily News on Alaska's fiscal future:
We need broad-based dialogue on Alaska's fiscal future.

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.

January 7: Juneau Empire on route to a roadless Tongass:
There is nothing that clouds a politically charged decision about the environment more than for it to have been made through flawed process at the 11th hour.

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.

Sterling man killed in two-vehicle wreck
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Sterling man was killed over the weekend when a state sanding truck crossed the centerline and struck his pickup truck on the driver's-side door, the Alaska State Troopers 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.

Avalanches kill three snowmobilers in British Columbia
PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia (AP) -- Three snowmobilers have been killed by avalanches in northern British Columbia in recent weeks.

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.

AHFC lending reported on the rise
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. financed 429 single-family loans in November, about a third more than a year earlier, the state lending agency said.

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.

Anchorage oil company hopes to find profits by taking second look
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- No doubt there's oil at Katalla.

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.

Students dig history at Kenai Peninsula College
KENAI (AP) -- Anthropology at Kenai Peninsula College is no sterile, bookish exercise. It gets down and dirty, and students seem to love it that way.

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.

Pomp, politics to dominate session opening
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gavels fall Monday to open the 22nd Alaska Legislature, but the first week of the session will likely feature more pomp and political posturing than nuts-and-bolts lawmaking.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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Around the Peninsula
Counselors to lead mothers groupGroup urged to attend meetingKenai chamber to meetHealthy communities meeting slatedNPCC meeting plannedPhillips offers scholarships

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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.

Ulens celebrates 50th Anniversary
Ulens celebrates 50th anniversary

Amber and Terry Gomez
Handsaker, Gomez wed in Las Vegas

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

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.

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.

Horn hired to take flight as Challenger Center director
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska has hired Steve Horn as its first executive and program director.

Legislature's bottom line is money
In its relatively short history, the Alaska Legislature has overseen -- and initiated -- some major changes that have shaped Alaskans' every day lives.

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.

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.

1 dead, 1 hurt in collision
A Sterling man was killed Sunday morning and his wife hospitalized after the vehicle they were traveling in was struck by an Alaska Department of Transpor-tation and Public Facilities sand truck at Mile 86.6 of the Sterling Highway.

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

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.

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

Kenai working to free up land
It's going to cost the city of Kenai more than a quarter-million dollars in land value to get out from under the restrictions that came with a $3,400 federal grant it accepted almost 30 years ago.

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.

Humans must learn to use science wisely
Science, which tirelessly challenges the unknown, and technology, which is the practical application of science, have created scenarios that people could never have predicted.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Commercial fishers should be careful about what they propose

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.

Prepare for unexpected in 2001
As if Y2K could get any stranger -- the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge experienced a 15,000-acre wildfire in December!

Passing on the knowledge
Ken Kole, governor of Peninsula Moose Lodge No. 1942, stand with three Kenai Central igh School students - from left, Mariah Meeks, Kylee vienna and jessi Reilly - from the Youth Awareness program, which is deisgned to teach drug prevention.

Births
Jennifer Dene Lancaster and Jon Brett Jackson Dana Mae and Christopher Mark Johnstone

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Francis the kittiwake Center closed Jan. 28

Ask a Trooper
Question: I see at the end of each of your columns that you say it's the law to wear your seat belt. What exactly is the law on that in Alaska?

Community News
2001 winter carnival slatedIntern program planned

Peninsula People
Skyview grad stationed in JapanSOU students named to dean's listPing pong tourney results

New York batters Eagles from start
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After Ron Dixon knocked the wind out of the Philadelphia Eagles on the opening kickoff, Jason Sehorn and the New York Giants defense never let them recover.

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.

Best offense is good defense
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Six first downs? Only 134 yards on offense? Just another Sunday afternoon for the Baltimore Ravens, a team that survived for five weeks this season without scoring a touchdown.

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.

Point Hope holds on to top Seward boys
The Seward boys basketball team dropped the seventh-place game 73-67 to Point Hope at the Cougar Tip Off tournament Saturday in Anchorage.

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.

Brind'Amour nets hat trick as Carolina tops Islanders to run unbeaten streak to six
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rod Brind'Amour tied a career high with three goals as the Carolina Hurricanes extended their home unbeaten streak to six games with a 5-2 victory Sunday over the New York Islanders.

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.

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.

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