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Tuesday, January 9, 2001

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

After pomp, politics takes over as session opens
JUNEAU (AP) -- The strains of ceremonial music had scarcely faded on the Legislature's first day Monday when the Senate's Republican majority denied a Democrat a key committee post.

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

Alaska communities to get federal money for reducing wildfire threat
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Some of the money Congress appropriated to reduce the danger of wildfires on federal lands may go for brush clearing, tree thinning or education efforts in Alaska.

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.

Wintry blast shuts down Barrow, much of North Slope
BARROW (AP) -- Record-setting winds and snow closed schools and offices and kept people indoors across the North Slope.

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.

Fairbanks employee wins top Alaska Airlines award
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks woman has won the highest award an Alaska Airlines employee can receive.

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.

Freshman learning ropes in statehouse
JUNEAU (AP) -- Like a teacher with a class of new students, House State Affairs Committee Chairman John Coghill laid down the rules for the five freshmen lawmakers on his committee:

Anchorage police investigate home invasion robbery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police were searching for suspects Monday in an early morning home invasion robbery.

Man sentenced to year in prison after bilking niece of $80,000
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A California man convicted of bilking more than $80,000 from his niece while she was in his care has been sentenced to a year in prison.

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.

Rasmuson leaves stocks worth more than $5 million to APU
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The late Elmer Rasmuson left Alaska Pacific University 100,000 shares of Wells Fargo stock, which at Monday's market price means more than $5 million, officials say.

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.

Man sentenced to year in prison after bilking niece of $80,000
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A California man convicted of bilking more than $80,000 from his niece while she was in his care has been sentenced to a year in prison.

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.

Scientists to take a long look at North Slope environment
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Scientists from across North America are meeting here this week to begin looking at possible environmental impacts from oil and gas development on the North Slope.

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.

Musher Tim Osmar puts himself to the ultimate test
KENAI (AP) -- Veteran musher Tim Osmar is putting himself to the ultimate test.

Knowles announces plan to speed construction of gas line
JUNEAU (AP)--Gov. Tony Knowles took steps Monday to speed construction of a natural gas pipeline by establishing a coordinator's office to streamline permitting and introducing legislation that may provide tax incentives for a gas line.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna chamber luncheon planned Homer Community Schools registration under way NAMI meets WednesdayAnchor Point chamber to meet Community Schools registration beginsKasilof Historical Society presents fox farmingMayor invites public to budget forumMaster Gardeners offer lecture SBDC offers business planning seminarFish and Game committee election 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.

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.

Battle brews over clams
Soldotna's Dolly Farnsworth said she does not mind floating oyster farms, but she objects to a proposal for a clam farm on the beach near her homestead on Kachemak Bay.

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.

Accident victim stable; DOT driver suspended for now
A Sterling woman is in stable condition at Central Peninsula General Hospital after being injured in an automobile accident that took her husband's life Sunday.

Council refines plan for summit
At the Kenai Economic Development Forum in February, city officials will try to determine how to attract more businesses to the community and how to keep them.

Rigged up
Ray Schemanski, production operator for Marathon Oil Co., stands by Marathons new portable drilling rig, now employed at the Kenai Gas Field near Mile 11 of Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Politics takes over as session opens
JUNEAU --Gov. Tony Knowles took steps Monday to speed construction of a natural gas pipeline by establishing a coordinator's office to streamline permitting and introducing legislation that may provide tax incentives for a gas line.

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.

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.

Inlet, Shelikof waters back on table
All federal waters in Cook Inlet and Shelikof Strait are back on the table as the Minerals Management Service writes its new five-year plan for oil and gas lease sales.

Sharon Beth Malotte
Former Soldotna resident Sharon Beth Malotte died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, N.Y. She was 40.

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.

Forest policies should balance recreation with commercial uses
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.

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!

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

Chavez case will reveal how Bush copes with political pressure
The Miami Herald has taken the lead in fulfilling the duty of the free press, and, at its own expense, will assure a rec

Community News
2001 winter carnival slatedIntern program planned

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?

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

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.

Homelike design makes extended care facilities more livable
A Southwestern decorating theme would seem natural for a health care complex in Sun City, Ariz.

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care Center HomerKenai Nikiski NinilchikSoldotna Sterling

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Soldotna Sterling

Pair of freshmen lift Blue Devils past FSU
TALLAHASSE, Fla. -- Alana Beard had 23 points and Iciss Tillis 19 -- and they combined for all but eight of Duke's second-half points -- as the fifth-ranked Blue Devils beat Florida State 73-60 Monday night.

Mario's show hits the road
WASHINGTON -- Mario Lemieux had to settle for best supporting role in the road debut of his comeback show. The star was Martin Straka.

Short-handed Pirates outlast Fighting Irish
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Darius Lane scored 22 points and Andre Barrett added a career-high 20 as No. 15 Seton Hall overcame the loss of suspended freshman star Eddie Griffin to beat No. 25 Notre Dame 78-76 Monday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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