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Sunday, January 14, 2001

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.

Safeway closes store at Big Lake
WASILLA (AP) -- Safeway officials announced Friday they plan to shut down a store in the Big Lake mall that they inherited when they took over Carrs two years ago. The official closing date is Feb. 3.

Bill to expand Medicaid coverage for breast, cervical cancer
JUNEAU (AP) -- Some uninsured women facing costly treatment for cervical or breast cancer would be covered by Medicaid if the Legislature passes a bill introduced by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Rocket launches postponed at Poker Flats
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The rocket launches to study the aurora have been postponed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Poker Flats Rocket Range.

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

Arctic caribou herds up 35 percent
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The only Alaska caribou herd to share its range with oil facilities is growing by leaps and bounds.

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.

Trucks and cars using ice road to Bethel
BETHEL (AP) -- The ice road that runs from Napakiak to Bethel along the Kuskokwim River is not officially open yet, but trucks and cars are using it anyway.

Rasmuson leaves $19 million to University of Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska banker Elmer Rasmuson, who died last month, left more than $19 million to the University of Alaska Foundation in his will, part of a total of $400 million the Alaska pioneer left to charity.

Budget trigger suggestion draws cautious response
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles' latest suggestion for solving the state's long-term budget problems -- new sources of revenue triggered only when cash reserves approach empty -- drew cautious and sometimes dubious responses from lawmakers during the Legislature's first week.

Police scored record cocaine seizures at Anchorage airport last year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police seized a record amount of cocaine at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport last year, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

FCC awards Dillingham license for low-power radio station
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The Federal Communications Commission is poised to award Dillingham a low power, noncommercial radio station.

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.

Board of Fisheries meeting ongoing in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaskan Board of Fisheries meeting is underway at a downtown hotel where some of the state's toughest fish fights are expected to take place over the next three weeks.

2001 Alaska Press Club Contest For Excellence In Journalism
ANNUAL DUES The annual membership dues for regular members of the Alaska Press Club is $25 for individuals or organizations. Annual dues for 2001 cover membership from Jan. 1, 2000, to Dec. 31, 2001

Fishermen may sit out crab opening
UNALASKA (AP) -- Bering Sea snow crab fishermen say they will go on strike, honoring the Alaska Marketing Association's request to stay in port, unless a price agreement is reached with processors before the fishery opens at noon Monday.

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 compulsory and bear-resistant garbage containers mandatory in some cases.

Pharmacy Board approves dispensing certain drugs without doctor visit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Despite concerns from the state medical and dental boards, the Board of Pharmacy unanimously agreed to allow Alaskans to pick up emergency contraceptives and other prescription drugs from pharmacies without first seeing a physician.

Fairbanks man recovering after snowmachine impaling
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks snowmachiner Bryan Carpenter could be bitter after his second life-threatening accident, but mostly he's thankful he survived being impaled by a four-inch diameter tree.

Alpine oil field producing better than expected
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Alaska Inc.'s Alpine oil field is performing better than expected, reaching peak production months ahead of schedule.

Agency designates reduced area as critical habitat for two eiders
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated critical habitat areas for two threatened sea ducks, the spectacled eider and the Steller's eider.

Lawmakers to grapple with exit exam
JUNEAU (AP) -- High school students may want to keep a close eye on the Legislature this year as lawmakers debate a question affecting thousands of them -- whether to put off the date when they must pass a test to get a high school diploma.

Ice jumble on Yukon River will slow Yukon Quest
EAGLE (AP) -- From the air, the surface of the Yukon River resembles the pockmarked, deeply scarred face of an unfortunate teen.

New organization offers assistance to nonprofit agencies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's nonprofit organizations will be in line for help with the business side of their operations thanks to a new group.

Judge sentences, fines asbestos company owner
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The owner of an Anchorage asbestos removal company was sentenced to almost five years in prison and fined $520,000 Friday for violating environmental laws and obstructing a federal investigation into the 1996 cleanup of a pulp mill in Sitka.

Three Homer residents diagnosed with hepatitis
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Homer residents who attended the same holiday party have tested positive for hepatitis A, a potentially fatal liver disease.

EPA says Fort Wainwright still lax on PCBs
SEATTLE (AP) -- Fort Wainwright still isn't doing a good job handling dangerous PCBs despite previous inspections and enforcement actions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Borough issues snow-related warning College honors Civil Rights Day Hospital service area board to meetCouncil to elect officers Chamber luncheon focuses on gamesBusiness plan seminar slatedFish and game advisory committee to hold election League of women voters examines redistrictingDisabled veterans scheduled to meetKenai chamber hosts ball Job hosts sought by chamber and high schoolScholarship program seeks applicants

NOW PLAYING: Movie Review
At first glance, Finding Forrester looks just like Good Will Hunting, except that Robin Williams is older and Scottish, and Matt Damon is younger and black. That doesn't end up being far from the truth, but a good story is a good story, even if you've already read it.

Kenai couple opens their home to the world
While some adults find teen-agers difficult to live with, others enjoy the company of youthful enthusiasm. But even the fondest parent might think twice about bringing an extra kid home to stay.

Buschur, Ermold marry at Soldotna church
Christine Buschur and Bob Ermold were married July 29 in an afternoon ceremony at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. Father Richard Tero officiated.

Horn, Harden wed in Girdwood
Kelly Marie Horn and Coby A. Harden were married Sept. 23 on the grand staircase at the Westin Alyeska Prince Hotel in Girdwood. Chuck McMahan, uncle of the bride, officiated.

Peninsula's freshmen legislators taking care of business
Out of sight, perhaps, but definitely in the loop.

Small retailers feeling squeezed
The numbers just don't add up for John Cook, owner of Cook's Corner Tesoro in Sterling.

Peninsula's freshmen legislators taking care of business
Out of sight, perhaps, but definitely in the loop.

CARTS proving itself in a big way
Kristin Lambert is a happy woman these days. The Central Area Rural Transit System (CARTS) she directs is running well, exceeding expectations and growing rapidly.

Exit exam, tougher liquor laws take center stage in Legislature
JUNEAU -- High school students may want to keep a close eye on the Legislature this year as lawmakers debate a question affecting thousands of them -- whether to put off the date when they must pass a test to get a high school diploma.

Floyd Albert Ellison
Floyd Albert Ellison died Jan. 1, 2001, in Las Vegas, Nev., due to heart complications. He was 88.

Prison proposal worth investigating, even with price tag
Kenai Peninsula Borough officials should continue to aggressively pursue plans for Alaska's first private prison.

Couldn't all Alaskans find worthwhile ways to spend an extra $50,000?
You know, sometimes I wish my family had stayed in Anchorage. In 1970, we moved back to Dillingham, the city I was born in. In 1971, when the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was enacted, we became members of the Bristol Bay Native Corp.

Seahawks boys hold off Bulldogs for District 3/3A victory
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team was able to overcome an early deficit at home Friday, downing District 3/3A opponent Seward 41-36.

Scrambling Stars sweep Kardinals
The Soldotna boys basketball team recovered from a slow start Friday night at Soldotna High School. The Kenai Central girls team didn't.

SoHi cagers earn split with Seahawks
The Soldotna High School basketball teams split with the visiting Seward Seahawks Saturday.

'Dawgs swept by Tri-Valley
The hot stick of Tri-Valley Viking Warriors' center Alec Venechuk, combined with penalties, became a double-edged sword which sliced through the Nikiski Bulldogs hockey team with painful precision.

Lambe, Skyview ski to wins at Kenai Invite
Amy Lambe led the Skyview girls to a first-place finish Saturday at the Kenai Invitational at Lookout Mountain in Homer.

Bartlett, Chugiak skate past Kenai
The good news for the Kenai Central High School hockey team is that two nights in a row, the Kardinals put together two periods of solid hockey against two strong teams from Anchorage.

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