Thursday, January 11, 2001

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

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.

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.

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

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

Anchorage to see modest growth, forecasters say
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage economy should gain 2,750 new jobs this year, the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. said Wednesday.

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.

Asbestos company owner turns himself in
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who failed to appear for sentencing last week in a federal asbestos pollution case turned himself in Wednesday to authorities at the Federal Building in Anchorage.

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.

Copper Basin 300 makes changes, boosts purse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Organizers of the Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race have boosted the race purse and made changes that they hope will make it one of the most popular mid-distance races in the state.

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.

After a half-day of mourning, Anchorage family gets ''dead'' brother back
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Word of Anchorage resident Neil Beaton's death early Wednesday shocked his family.

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.

Light quake shakes Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- A light earthquake rattled Kodiak early Wednesday night. It was the third quake of the day.

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.

Villages get EPA grants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seven Alaska Native villages are getting a total of more than $500,000 in grants from the Environmental Protection Agency for continuing work on environmental programs.

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.

State wins award for low income nutrition program
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's food and nutrition program for low income residents is the best in the country, according to the federal government.

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

Anchorage to see modest growth, forecasters say
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage economy should gain 2,750 new jobs this year, the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. said Wednesday.

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.

Knowles urges budget plan, minimum wage increase
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles called Alaska strong, but urged lawmakers Wednesday to strengthen it by jump-starting a natural gas line, pumping money into education and boosting the minimum wage.

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.

Governor appoints new director of mental health division
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The executive director of the Alaska Mental Health Board was named Wednesday to be director of the state Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

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.

Craig man sentenced for not paying child support
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 39-year-old Craig man was sentenced to five years probation this week after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of criminal nonsupport.

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.

Scientific panel to look at impact of Arctic drilling
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A panel of independent scientists heard from conservationists, Alaska Natives and oil company representatives during a meeting on the impact of oil and gas drilling on Alaska's North Slope.

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

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

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.

Seward man shoots himself after standoff with police
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 33-year-old Seward man shot and killed himself Tuesday night during a standoff with Alaska State Troopers and Seward police.

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.

Voyage of LST-325 gives old sailor a chance to be a kid again
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Thanks to a leaking, cockroach-infested ship and a bunch of old sailors long past their prime, 74-year-old Joe Sadlier got to do the impossible -- he got to be a kid again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

With improved training regimen, Alaskan is looking at 2002
MIDWAY, Utah (AP) -- Nina Kemppel is the most visible American woman in a sport that's nearly invisible in America.

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.

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.

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.

TWA agrees to buyout offer by American Airlines
DALLAS (AP) -- American Airlines agreed Wednesday to acquire most of Trans World Airlines' assets for about $500 million in a complex deal that will bring an end to the financially troubled TWA, 75 years after it became a pioneer in passenger aviation.

Preparing a budget can help set spending, saving goals
NEW YORK (AP) -- Just the thought of preparing a family budget strikes terror in the hearts of many people.

The long-term battle between the private and public sectors
NEW YORK (AP) -- You seldom hear a good proposal to cut taxes that isn't in some way associated with economic engineering, which in today's economy means tax cuts as a way of stimulating the economy.

Auto mechanics merge businesses
Two area businesses recently merged with an eye on giving Kenai Peninsula customers the best service possible.

Health food, fitness make comeback
LOS ANGELES -- New Year's resolutions to make waistlines thinner are making some businessmen's wallets fatter.

Business Highlights
DALLAS (AP) -- Investors reacted to news of consolidation in the airline industry and jitters over weaker fourth-quarter earnings by knocking down the stock prices of the nation's leading carriers for a second straight day Tuesday.

Business Briefs
New publisher named at Juneau EmpireHEA announces rate cutBusiness planning seminar offeredKenai visitors bureau names board membersVisitor inquiries on the riseBakery offers breadmaking classAnchorage show promotes Alaska-made giftsBP backs Special Olympics broadcast Games organizers were pleased.Peninsula Sanitation owners file rate proposals

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.

Around the Peninsula
Healthy communities meeting slatedCommunity Schools registration beginsKasilof Historical Society presents fox farmingSBDC offers business planning seminarKDLL board meets tonightRoads are topic for Nikiski chamberSterling Head Start now enrolling childrenHoop Shoot finals set for SaturdayAnchor Point group seeks missing winnerHosts sought for job shadowing

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.

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.

Words to remember
KOYUKUK -- As a child in winter camp near the mouth of the Huslia River, Eliza Jones would fall asleep to the words of traditional Koyukon Athabaskan stories.

Art Briefs
Auditions for upcoming performance slated'Fish Odyssey' exhibit planned for summerArts meeting set for Jan. 18Quilters sought for exhibitYouth production tryouts planned

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentIn the FutureDown the RoadAnchorage eventsFilms

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

33-year-old man shoots himself after holding police, troopers at bay for 2 hours
A two-hour standoff with Alaska State Troopers and officers from the Seward Police Department ended in a 33-year old Seward man taking his own life Tuesday.

Assembly mulls $150,000 expense
From raised voices and finger pointing to quiet moments honoring the recent victim of an automobile accident, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly jump-started its way into the New Year on Tuesday.

Photo feature: Overdue recreation
Jared Hakkinen has only his shadow for company as he skates his way around a loop at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School Wednesday afternoon.

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.

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

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.

What others say
Chavez created own downfall by not being candid about situationPower sharing by another name is political gridlockSen. Clinton must decide what role she wants to play

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

Applause
Exhibitors appreciate recognition from 'Artist Appreciation Day'

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

School Menus
Elementary Secondary Elementary

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.

School news
Aurora Borealis Charter School Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Mountain View Elementary Nikiski ElementaryRedoubt ElementarySears ElementarySoldotna ElementarySterling ElementaryTustumena Elementary Kenai Middle SchoolSoldotna Middle School Kenai Central High SchoolSkyview High SchoolSoldotna High School Cook Inlet AcademyKenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head StartPeninsula Grace Preschool

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

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.

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.

Kemppel looking to Salt Lake
MIDWAY, Utah -- Nina Kemppel is the most visible American woman in a sport that's nearly invisible in America.

Oakland's Gannon keeps foes on toes
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon spent most of his career scrambling for a job. Now he's running around driving other teams crazy.

Vikings' offensive line faces Giant challenge
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Even when they were better known for what they were missing, the Minnesota Vikings' offensive linemen knew what they had.

Peninsula's small schools ready to hit the hardwood
In recent years, the Nikiski and Ninilchik girls basketball teams always seem to be in one of two roles -- in the thick of the race for the state title or defending the state title.

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.

What tricks can Tiger pull out of his bag in 2001?
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Now for the encore.

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.

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.

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