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Friday, January 12, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Committee proposes bear rules for Juneau
JUNEAU (AP) -- A city committee charged with reining in Juneau's garbage bear problem recommends making bird feeders illegal, garbage pickup garbage pickup compulsory and bear-resistant garbage containers mandatory in some cases.

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

Truck collides with dogsled, killing two dogs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A pickup truck collided with a loose dog team late Wednesday, killing two dogs.

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.

Fairbanks man indicted on first-degree murder charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A grand jury has indicted Nicholas Danico on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of 47-year-old Evelyn Gloria early New Year's Day.

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.

Newcomer Cantwell named to Energy, Judiciary and Small Business committees
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington state's new senator, high-tech millionaire Maria Cantwell, will have a hand in issues ranging from national parks to the West's energy woes, help for small businesses to consumer privacy.

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.

Would-be aquatic farmers file lawsuit against state
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of aquatic farm applicants has filed a lawsuit against the state charging that the Department of Fish and Game changed its policies preventing them from obtaining permits.

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.

Legislature's minority echoes Knowles' priorities
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature's Democratic minority echoed Gov. Tony Knowles on many issues Thursday, calling for a North Slope gas line, a delay in the high school exit exam, a constitutional amendment allowing a rural subsistence priority and a variety of spending increases.

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.

Tribal health consortium gets new president
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Board of Directors of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has chosen a president and chairman.

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.

Pearce named to military advisory committee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Sen. Drue Pearce has been named to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.

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

Law clerk's improper relationship leads to new trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man convicted of sexually abusing two young girls will get a new trial because of a law clerk's improper relationship with a prosecutor.

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.

Owner of Anchorage asbestos removal company turns himself in
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The owner of an Anchorage asbestos removal company who failed to appear for sentencing in a federal pollution case last week has turned himself in.

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.

Ice Alaska poised to take over Fairbanks Winter Carnival
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Ice Alaska, the folks who put on Fairbanks' yearly ice sculpture competition, is now planning to take over the Fairbanks Winter Carnival as well.

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.

Tanana Chiefs Conference to open Nenana job program
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A residential Peace Corps-type program is coming to Nenana.

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.

Second man found dead in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the second time in as many days a man was found dead in Anchorage Wednesday, apparently another victim of the cold weather.

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.

Bill would boost minimum wage
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's minimum wage would increase under a House Republican's bill that partly echoes a proposal floated by Gov. Tony Knowles earlier this week.

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.

Ombudsman for elderly would be moved to new agency under Knowles' order
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's official watchdog for the elderly would be transferred to a new agency and gain more autonomy under an executive order signed this week by Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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
Forum held todaySterling blood drive slatedHydroponics lecture plannedIce racing season starts SundaySled dog association will not hold racesNPCC to hold general meetingAARP to install new officersResidents urged to return permits

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

Seven peninsula mushers join stellar field in Saturday's Copper Basin 300
This weekend's Copper Basin 300 sled dog race offers something for everyone.

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

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

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.

Speaker touts batterer's program
Every week you see it listed in the court reports: "(Offender) must complete a batterer's intervention program." But what is that?

Photo feature:It's that time again
Greg Ponsness clears Thursday's fresh snow an ice from his car before hitting the road in Kenai.

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.

Business leaders lukewarm on economy
ANCHORAGE -- Business leaders around the state gave Alaska's economy mixed reviews in a recent survey.

Wanted: A few good mayoral candidates
The filing period to replace Rep. Ken Lancaster as mayor of Soldotna begins today, and will remain open until Jan. 26. Lancaster was elected to the state Legislature in November.

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.

Horse rustling baffles Sterling couple
A Sterling family continues to hold out hope that three horses from their stable will be found, two weeks after they were stolen.

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.

Accident victim improving in hospital
A Sterling woman seriously injured in a Sunday automobile accident has been moved out of the intensive care unit at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Marion Guidry
Former Kenai resident Marion Guidry died Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, at Lafayette General Hospital in Louisiana after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He was 64.

Darrell Raymond Olson
Darrell Raymond "Freight Train" Olson died in Seward on Friday, Dec. 15, 2000. His death, from a heart attack, was attributed to "too much fun." He was 43.

Country's faith in economy falls as inauguration nears
WASHINGTON -- Just as the Bush administration prepares to take charge, anxiety is on the rise among Americans about the state of their nation's economy, an Associated Press poll suggests.

Applause
Exhibitors appreciate recognition from 'Artist Appreciation Day'

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

How to contact your legislators
Names, addresses, phone numbers, faxs, and email addresses of your legislatures.

With a little effort, voters, lawmakers can remain in touch Legislators can seem a world away once the legislative session convenes.
They're not. They're as close as the phone, fax or e-mail.

Applause
Three individuals have done much to make life better on peninsulaCentral Peninsula General Hospital says thanks for acts of kindness

Winter brings different look to Juneau Falls
Juneau Falls is a fine spot for a summer picnic, but it can be even better during winter.

Snowy owl makes visit to peninsula
If you spent your summers on the wind-swept plains of the Arctic, where would you spend your winters? How about the Kenai Peninsula? Well, surprisingly, that's where one juvenile snowy owl landed last November.

Outdoor Briefs
Couple rescued after being stranded in cabinTrail conditions improve; race to proceed as scheduledTrail changed for Klondike 300 sled dog raceSnowmobile Safety Awareness Week

Prophet's Church Universal and Triumphant selling off Montana properties
LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) -- The Church Universal and Triumphant says it is selling a 9,300-acre ranch in Paradise Valley. The asking price is $12.5 million.

To owners of pipe organ firm, their business is a ministry
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Just before Pope John Paul II's visit to the United States in 1987, workers at a Miami cathedral had made all the preparations, including spray-painting the grass green. The only problem was the pipe organ.

Gay chaplain gets new ordination, but legislative chaplaincy is in doubt
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's legislative chaplain, whose ordination was revoked by his former church after he revealed his homosexuality, has received clergy status from another congregation. But the state legislature is debating his status.

North Carolina insurance man named nation's best Sunday school teacher
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tim Norton says it was a caring Sunday school teacher who helped him along the straight and narrow as a child. Now Norton is being honored as the nation's best Sunday school teacher.

Poll shows Americans are wary about religion in politics
NEW YORK (AP) -- A post-campaign poll from a secular think tank found that Americans are wary of religion in the political arena but want more of it in public schools and think U.S. society would benefit if more people became devout.

Religion Briefs
Church to hold concert Give the gift of prayer

Religious count of new Congress: Catholics rank first, Methodists gain
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) -- A survey of the religious affiliations listed by members of the new U.S. Congress shows Roman Catholics in first place as usual with 150 representatives and senators, a drop of one from the outgoing Congress. Sixty-one percent are Democrats.

Sheriffs' group urges a halt to inmates working for churches
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Sheriffs Association has recommended an immediate halt to using jail inmates as free labor for churches.

Condemned, state battle over issue of spiritual advisers
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) -- In his last hours on Earth, California death row inmate Thomas Thompson fought to stay alive or, failing that, to be with his spiritual adviser until the last moments.

Major mosque planned for largely Christian Estonia
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- Muslims have announced plans to build the largest mosque in northern Europe and the first in this capital city, at an estimated cost of $3 million to $6 million.

Skiers welcome snowfall
Slowly but surely, decent cross-country skiing is coming to the Kenai Peninsula.

Oilers Corner
Oilers add two from University of California

Kings rattle Sabres 3-2
LOS ANGELES -- Bryan Smolinski had a goal and an assist and enforcer Stu Grimson tied a career high with his third goal of the season as the Los Angeles Kings beat Buffalo 3-2 on Thursday night.

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

Wolverine cagers open with victory
The defending Class 2A state champion Ninilchik girls basketball team opened up its season Thursday with a 48-32 victory over Kotzebue at the Yakutat Tournament.

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.

Intensity builds in AFC matchup; Vikings, Giants keep things low-key
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Baltimore had just six first downs and 134 yards of offense last week in beating Tennessee to reach the AFC championship games.

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.

Two loose teams ignoring outside hype
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- One win from the Super Bowl? Hey, the relaxed Vikings and loose Giants act as if they are on a Caribbean cruise.

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.

Region III/4A teams foray into region play
The more things change on the Region III/4A basketball scene, the more they stay the same.

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.

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

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