Monday, January 15, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Peninsula Clarion on keeping in touch with your legislators:
Legislators can seem a world away once the legislative session convenes.

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

Juneau Empire on drunk driving laws:
Without sounding preachy, it is important to acknowledge and endorse attempts in the Alaska Legislature to toughen the state's drunken driving laws.

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.

Anchorage Daily News on strong news about state, but challenges ahead:
There was a mood of minimalist satisfaction in Juneau Wednesday as Gov. Tony Knowles delivered his seventh State of the State Address, declaring that ''the state of our state is strong.''

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.

Voters certify cruise ship passenger fee initiative
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A special election will be held now that a petition seeking a fee on cruise ship passengers has gotten enough support from Ketchikan Gateway Borough voters.

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.

New limits on guns in Canada
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaskans taking firearms across Canada could face delays or even confiscation of their weapons if they don't follow new Canadian laws that went into effect Jan. 1. They'll pay a $33 fee just to cross into Canada with a firearm.

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.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on state-mandated school exit exams:
Mixed with Wednesday's mostly upbeat State of the State address, Gov. Tony Knowles referred to a statutory deadline that ought to concern every Alaskan.

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.

Three die in snowmachine accidents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three men are dead after weekend snowmobile accidents in Alaska, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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.

Anchorage skiers crack top 25
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska skiers Nina Kemppel and Kikkan Randall posted top-25 finishes Sunday in a women's World Cup cross-country ski race at Soldier Hollow, Utah.

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 to require cleaner fuels
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Diesel used in cars and trucks in Bush Alaska eventually will have to meet a tough new federal standard for sulfur, though remote areas won't have to hit the goal by 2006, the deadline for drivers on the road system, federal regulators say.

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.

Quest purse secure, official says
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- Even without a title sponsor, the Yukon Quest will have the money it needs for the $125,000 purse, according to Derek Charlton, the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race's new marketing and partnership officer.

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.

Knowles to do ANWR drilling spot on 60 Minutes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles will join a crew from the CBS news program 60 Minutes in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, as proposed oil development in ANWR's coastal plain looms as a difficult battle for the president-elect.

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

Five sites proposed for new radar tower
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five sites have been proposed for a new 75-foot tower to replace the 20-year-old air traffic radar at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

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.

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.

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.

Budget trigger suggestion draws cautious response
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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Snowmachines allowed in Chugach Forest Anchor Point to hold luncheonRetired persons to meet Historical meeting slatedKPC classes still availableHospice event planned

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Convention center options weighed
The city of Soldotna continues to take steps toward attracting more conventions to town. However, some city council members disagree slightly on what direction the city may be going.

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

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.

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.

Wish lists get finishing touches
Move over Christmas lists. There are new lists in town.

Hands-on (and off) experience
Daniel Sarks and his father, Paul, make tracks down the sledding hill on the bluff above Cook Inlet at the end of Forest Drive Saturday afternoon.

AED donation sparks life-saving training
Watching her co-worker that morning, Nancy Myers remembered thinking, "Man, she's quiet."

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

Crime Stoppers works Program gets FBI's thumbs-up
It is not often that a nonprofit organization gets applause from the director of the FBI. Of course, it's not every day that an organization like Crime Stoppers comes along, either.

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

Budget idea draws cautious response
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.

Bruce H. Simon
New Hampshire resident Bruce H. Simon died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass. He was 55.

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.

Governor offers solid facts from which to view economy with optimism
With perception often serving as reality, those in positions of influence should be vigilant in their efforts to keep perceptions in the same neighborhood as facts.

Legislators get down to business
The 22nd Legislature began Jan. 8 with the swearing in of the newly elected or re-elected members of the House and Senate. I was pleased to watch our new Hou

Peninsula People
Kenai woman receives degreeNikiski woman graduates Navy training Students earn honors Area resident enlist in U.S. ArmyExecutive Council board of directors announced

Amy and Greg Ponsness
Amy and Greg Ponsness of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Ashley Tye Ponsness, at 2:31 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000. at Central Peninsula General Hospital on Soldotna.

Ask a Trooper
Last week, our son accidentally dialed 911, and when the troopers arrived, they came into our house to check it out even though we told them things were fine and that we'd rather they not come in.

Terrah and Oliver Amend III
Terrah and Oliver Amend III of Kenai announce the birth of their son,Knox Zephyr Amend at 9:43 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000, at Frontier Midwifery Birth Center in Soldotna.

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants.

Community News
Ping pong tourney results Class reunion planned Search for Mrs. Alaska slated Host families needed

Newly crowned
The Kenai area Pioneers of Alaska Igloo No. 33 and Auxiliary No. 16 recently crowned Jim and Patty Herrick as King and Queen Regent for 2001.

SoHi skaters edge Bartlett
The Soldotna hockey team improved its record to 13-3-1 on the year Saturday night with a 3-2 nonconference victory over Bartlett at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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.

Skyview triumphs at tourney
The Skyview girls basketball team defeated Unalakleet 52-41 Saturday to win the Nome Invitational.

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.

Ravens pick off Raiders
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Defense isn't boring. Not the way Baltimore plays it.

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.

Giants' Fassel, Collins replace Parcells, Simms
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Proudly wearing his NFC championship T-shirt and baseball cap, Kerry Collins stood with his arm around Jim Fassel. Together, they'd taken the New York Giants where almost nobody thought they could go -- to the Super Bowl.

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.

Hakkinen 42nd in World Cup
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen, 23, finished 42nd in a 12.5-kilometer sprint pursuit Sunday in World Cup #5 in Ruhpolding, Germany. The event was held before a passionate crowd of over 10,000 fans.

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.

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