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Wednesday, January 10, 2001

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.

Alaska Railroad enacts employee smoking ban
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Cigarette smokers who work on the Alaska Railroad might want to start chewing Nicorette.

United crew diverts to Anchorage where passenger is arrested
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A United Airlines flight from Chicago to Hong Kong diverted to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, where an Illinois man accused of disruptive behavior was arrested.

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.

Strong quake rattles Kodiak Island
PALMER, Alaska (AP) -- A strong earthquake shook Kodiak Island early today, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

Taxidermists get busy in dark winter months
KENAI (AP) -- For many hunters and fishermen, the dark days of winter are spent working pursuing interests far removed from the previous season's tally of hunting and fishing outings.

Two men face charges in Russian dancers' case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A Chugiak man and a Russian have been jailed after being charged with lying to get Russian dancers into Alaska for ''cultural'' performances that turned out to be stripping at an Anchorage nightclub.

Eielson airmen heading south in January
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- More than 300 airmen and 20 aircraft from Eielson Air Force Base will spend the coldest part of Alaska's winter in the Southwest, where the climate is more amenable for flying.

Feds including Inlet, Shelikof waters in new leasing plan
KENAI (AP) -- 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.

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.

BIA rewrites rules for extending services to non-tribal members
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs is blaming an ''inadvertent omission'' for causing it to issue regulations that would have denied some services to Alaska Natives who haven't enrolled in a tribe.

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.

Trail conditions improve; race to proceed as scheduled
BETHEL (AP) -- The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is on as scheduled.

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.

Couple and dogs rescued after being stranded in cabin by deep snow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two weekend campers were rescued from their weathered-in cabin on the Kenai Peninsula after a storm dumped about 3 feet of wet snow and held them captive in the Chugach Mountains.

Weird weather makes Iditarod training a challenge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mushers training for the 2001 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have been thrown into an ugly parallel universe.

Team USA Selected for 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have been selected to represent the United States at the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games, organizers said Wednesday.

Conservation organization donates land to Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A nonprofit conservation organization is donating 41 acres of wetlands to the municipality of Anchorage.

Alaska Railroad enacts employee smoking ban
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Cigarette smokers who work on the Alaska Railroad might want to start chewing Nicorette.

Authorities investigate Fort Wainwright toddler death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 21-month old boy died at Fort Wainwright Saturday.

Clinton decides against giving Arctic refuge monument status
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton will leave office this month without making the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska a national monument, the White House announced Wednesday.

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.

Property tax measure prompts exemption proposal
JUNEAU (AP) -- Local property owners could get a tax break under bills prompted by last year's failed property taxpayer revolt.

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

Weird weather makes Iditarod training a challenge
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Mushers training for the 2001 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have been thrown into an ugly parallel universe.

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.

Wearing helmets for skiing or snowboarding is the smart thing to do
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- From his spot behind the counter at The Banana Board, Larry Davis has heard all the excuses.

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.

Live cameras make stars of Southeast's Steller sea lions
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau Scientist Brendan Kelly doesn't have to leave his office to see wild sea lions -- the behemoths come to him.

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

Magpies make Anchorage man's hit list
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Henry Springer says he likes magpies but thinks they have become so numerous they are pushing out songbirds.

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.

Two men face charges in Russian dancers' case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A Chugiak man and a Russian have been jailed after being charged with lying to get Russian dancers into Alaska for ''cultural'' performances that turned out to be stripping at an Anchorage nightclub.

Man charged with interfering with flight crew
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A United Airlines flight was diverted to Anchorage so that a disruptive passenger could be removed, federal authorities said Tuesday.

Strong quake rattles Kodiak Island with 'no damage'
Paul Whitmore, with the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center at Palmer, said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, and occurred at 7:03 a.m. AST.

Knowles to tout gas line, push other priorities in speech
Gov. Tony Knowles spent Tuesday holed up at home, working on a State of the State speech that will tout the development of a natural gas pipeline and urge the Legislature to adopt his proposals on more contentious issues such as education and subsistence.

United crew diverts to Anchorage where passenger is arrested
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A United Airlines flight from Chicago to Hong Kong diverted to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, where an Illinois man accused of disruptive behavior was arrested.

Shooting suspect dies in apparent suicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man who was the subject of an extensive manhunt Tuesday apparently took his own life.

Around the Peninsula
Roads are topic for Nikiski chamber KDLL to have monthly board meeting Thursday Sterling blood drive set for FridayMayor invites public to budget forumRed Cross to offer first aid, safety class SaturdayFish 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.

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

Rise in pike spawns new addition to old derby
Concern about the spread of a predatory fish species in the Kenai River has led to a plan for a February fishing derby.

Vote gives policy voice to Seward
Seward resident Sandra P. "Sandy" Wassilie has been chosen as the newest member of the Kenai Peninsula school board.

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.

Homer adds phone prefix
HOMER -- Many around Homer still remember when all you had to do was dial four digits and you could reach any other phone in the 235 prefix.

Gas pumps in works for Carrs
Following the national trend -- and the local one, considering Fred Meyer in Soldotna -- Safeway Inc. is looking at adding gas stations to its Kenai Carrs Quality Center grocery store.

Governor also expected to focus on education, subsistence in annual address tonight
JUNEAU -- Gov. Tony Knowles spent Tuesday holed up at home, working on a State of the State speech that will tout the development of a natural gas pipeline and urge the Legislature to adopt his proposals on more contentious issues such as education and subsistence.

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.

Winter Stroll: Photo Feature
Clay Cunningham walks through Tuesday's fresh snow in Kenai with his dog Brownie.

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.

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.

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.

Richard Leland (Rick) Boudreau
Former Kenai resident Richard "Rick" Leland Boudreau died on Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, in Sequim, Wash. He was 63.

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.

Robin Pennington
Sterling resident Robin Pennington died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident on the Sterling Highway on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001. He was 55.

Applause
Sharing the Spirit provides food, gifts for 349 familiesCommunitys generosity makes holiday season merrier for many MS self-help group appreciates support it has received from others

Letters to the Editor
Parent hopes to recover clarinet last seen on school bus Dec. 15 CIRI officials well compensated; shareholders deserve more

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

Lawmakers wasting time with yet more efforts to move capital
(Even before newly elected members of the 22nd Alaska Legislature were sworn in, a pair of bills were) ... in the works aimed at shifting the working location, if not the actual seat, of state government.

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.

Hot waxing boards and skis can boost speed and enhance control
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- He never saw himself in a career obsessing about well-moisturized pores while sweating over a clothes iron. But ironing boards is what he does.

Wearing helmets for skiing or snowboarding is the smart thing to do
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- From his spot behind the counter at The Banana Board, Larry Davis has heard all the excuses.

Magpies make Anchorage man's hit list
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Henry Springer says he likes magpies but thinks they have become so numerous they are pushing out songbirds.

Live cameras make stars of Southeast's Steller sea lions
JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau Scientist Brendan Kelly doesn't have to leave his office to see wild sea lions -- the behemoths come to him.

Pet of the Week Kenai
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring this 5-year-old spayed female calico cat for $12 with rabies shots included. Visit the shelter on Kobuk Street or call 262-3969 for more information.

Built to stand the test of time
As Homer High senior Brittney Gaethle hung the bucket from her bridge and started carefully placing iron weights in it, all eyes watched.

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Around the District
Semester ends Friday VFW announces middle school essay winnersDistrictwide senior dance plannedState requires additional vaccinationsKenai Head Start offers parenting workshopProspective teachers invited to workshopPhillips offers high school scholarships Head Start receives grantsTop math, science teachers sought

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

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Red Wings, Coyotes skate to draw
DETROIT -- Phoenix's Sean Burke made 39 saves, and Detroit's Chris Osgood 13 as the Coyotes and Red Wings skated to a 2-2 tie Tuesday night.

Downs working hard in first season with UAA hockey team
Not too many athletes will say that their first year in an NCAA Division I program is actually easier than what they were doing before they made the jump to college.

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.

Hornets, Bulls go to triple overtime
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- David Wesley scored 28 points and the Charlotte Hornets won the first triple-overtime game in their history, beating the Chicago Bulls 102-95 Tuesday night.

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.

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.

Ravens use defense, intangibles to win
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- So who needs a prolific offense, anyway? Certainly not the Baltimore Ravens, who have done quite well seemingly by scoring just enough to win.

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