Saturday, January 13, 2001

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Religion Briefs
Church to hold concert Give the gift of prayer

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Oilers Corner
Oilers add two from University of California

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.

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.

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.

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