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Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Coast Guard sends cutter to aid disabled freighter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard diverted a cutter from patrol in the Bering Sea crab fishery Tuesday to assist a ship that lost power.

Miners association says it will fight new rules
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Miners Association is going to fight new mining regulations it says are designed to drive the mining industry out of business in Alaska.

Teachers' union employees strike
JUNEAU (AP) -- Twenty-three employees of the union that represents most Alaska teachers went on strike Tuesday after reaching an impasse over a new contract.

Coast Guard standing by to help stranded freighter in Bering Sea
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) -- The Coast Guard was standing by Wednesday to help a 595-foot bulk cargo carrier drifting without power in the Bering Sea.

Elderly trapper shot to death in Nenana
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a subsistence trapper who lived alone in his cabin at Nenana.

Knowles introduces minimum wage hike
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles proposed a two-stage increase in Alaska's minimum wage Wednesday that would also boost the wage in future years to keep up with inflation.

Air National Guard celebrates safety record
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Air National Guard is celebrating a milestone in safety.

Valdez doctor faces assault charge
VALDEZ (AP) -- A Valdez physician was temporarily banned from municipal ski trails and cited for misdemeanor assault after city officials said he struck a snowmachiner with his cross-country ski pole.

Skagway puts new twist on 'Hands Across the Border'
SKAGWAY (AP) -- This historic Gold Rush community put a new twist on the phrase ''hands across the border'' when it recently donated 3,000 gallons of sludge from its wastewater treatment plant to the Yukon village of Carmacks.

Want a public-use cabin this summer? Better call now
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In late December, while others scurried about taking care of last-minute holiday shopping, Mark and Leslie Kroloff watched the calendar for another reason. They knew they had to if they wanted to be on a Prince William Sound beach the last week of June.

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.

Some numbers to use when making cabin reservations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Here are some places to look when reserving public-use cabins in Alaska.

Crabbers sit out opener in dispute over prices
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Bering Sea snow crab fishery opened at noon Monday, but most of the fleet was tied up at port in a price dispute.

Iron Dog racers to chase $105,000 purse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Snowmobile racers will be vying for a $105,000 purse in the 18th annual Iron Dog, race officials announced Thursday.

Alaska fisherman charged with shooting endangered sea lions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A commercial fisherman shot at endangered Steller sea lions and killed at least one because he felt they were stealing his fish, a man testified Tuesday.

Bills would forgive part of student loans
JUNEAU (AP) -- Legislators are looking at two bills that would forgive at least part of Alaskans' student loans.

Kenai borough considered future of grazing leases
KENAI (AP) -- For decades, a handful of families have ranched in the rolling backcountry of the Kenai Peninsula, but the tradition could come to an end this year.

Anchorage student in coma after being struck by baseball bat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 16-year-old high school student is in a coma after a weekend fight where another student hit him on the head with a baseball bat, Anchorage police say.

Legislators seek to overturn roadless policy
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House Transportation Committee joined the chorus criticizing President Bill Clinton's roadless policy on national forests in Alaska.

Diver discovers possible torpedo in Southeast waters
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Navy explosives team will be inspecting what could be a World War II-era torpedo spotted by a diver near the southern tip of Annette Island over the weekend.

Snowmachine death toll appears headed for another record
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Despite unseasonably warm weather and a general lack of snow, the number of snowmachine fatalities in Alaska appears headed toward a new record.

Soldier sentenced in case involving sex with underage girls
A 20-year-old soldier from the Army's Fort Wainwright was sentenced to five years in a military prison after pleading guilty to having consensual sex with two underage girls, fondling two others and then lying about it to investigators.

Juneau man killed in El Salvador earthquake
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man was among hundreds of people killed Saturday in the El Salvador earthquake.

Placer miners wary of new federal regulations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's small placer miners are expressing concerns about some new federal regulations designed to protect the environment on public lands.

Fish Board votes not to limit Copper River salmon fishery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries rejected a proposal that would have limited the Copper River commercial salmon fishery to allow more fish to swim upriver for dipnetters.

Telemedicine equipment offers rural villages vital medical link
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state technology team flew Monday to Kotzebue to install and activate some new telemedicine equipment.

Report knocks 1998 education funding rewrite
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Department of Education and Early Development called Monday for a repeal of part of the Legislature's 1998 rewrite of the formula allocating state aid to local school districts.

Alaska backs missile defense system no matter where built
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaskans will back building a National Missile Defense system protecting all 50 states even if it isn't based in Alaska, Sen. Ted Stevens says.

More Alaskans appear headed to inaugural events than usual
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Susan Butcher and one of her sled dog teams will be joining dozens of other Alaskans headed to the nation's capital this weekend to participate in inaugural festivities.

Youth charged in baseball bat assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A high school student was arrested Monday after a weekend fist fight that turned into an assault with a baseball bat, according to police.

Sitka water company breaks ground, announces product name
SITKA (AP) -- The Sitka Beverage Corp. broke ground last week for their new water bottling plant and unveiled the name of their product: True.

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
Blood bank faces shortage Chamber luncheon focuses on games Anchor Point chamber to hold luncheon SBDC offers business planning seminarFish and Game committee election planned Social Security representative visits Kenai Inspirational luncheon planned FridayForum set to discuss services for disabledPreschool cooperative enrolling now Youth basketball tourney sign-ups open CARTS seeks volunteer drivers

Around the Peninsula
BP Classic on chamber luncheon agendaComments sought on bike pathLand user group to meet tonightLeague of Women Voters meets ThursdayDAV chapter to meet ThursdaySterling Community Club meeting coming upDog racers to meet ThursdayEDD board meeting set for Thursday Raising goats information offeredAlumni of 1981 sought

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.

Kasilof's Gebhardt scratches in trying to defend CB 300 crown
GLENNALLEN -- Musher DeeDee Jonrowe won the Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race Monday with a team she's tuning up for the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March.

Photo feature: Catching some action
Eiger the dog catches air while trying to catch a snowball tossed by William Oliva during a break in a hockey game at the Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink last weekend.

Ten years later, postwar mystery sickness, longevity of Saddam regime remain as legacies
Ten years after Operation Desert Storm catapulted U.S. troops into the Persian Gulf War, its effects loom large in the lives of those Alaskans involved.

Grazing leases renewal in limbo
For decades, a handful of families have ranched in the rolling backcountry of the Kenai Peninsula. However, they worry that 2001 may see the end of that tradition.

State investigation continuing after 4th case confirmed; holiday party may be link
Four cases of hepatitis A were confirmed in a memo released Tuesday by the Alaska Division of Public Health. All four are Homer residents.

On Stride: Photo Feature
Utility poles measure the way for Sue Ford as she runs along Marathon Road in Kenai Tuesday afternoon.

Alaska Legislature
JUNEAU -- The state House Transportation Committee joined the chorus criticizing President Bill Clinton's roadless policy on national forests in Alaska.

Council member throws hat into the ring
The race to replace Rep. Ken Lancaster as Soldotna mayor has begun.

Oil, gas meetings draw little interest
A public meeting in Soldotna to explain the process for writing a new five-year offshore oil and gas leasing plan drew just two local citizens, and one of those was a local government official.

Federal funds could reduce wildfire risk
Fifteen Kenai Peninsula communities appear on a preliminary nationwide list of those that could benefit from a federal program to remove hazardous fuels to reduce the risk from wildfires.

James C. 'Jim' Johnson
Nikiski resident James C. "Jim" Johnson died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 53.

Robin Edward Pennington
Sterling resident Robin Edward Pennington died Jan. 7, 2001, as a result of a motor vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway. He was 55.

William "Bill" Dudley Thurmond
Alaska Native William "Bill" Dudley Thurmond died Jan. 10, 2001, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 45.

Can 'exit exam' be useful tool without being graduation requirement?
Though not a glorious spectator sport compared to the Supreme Court's election of a president or even a local annexation fight, it is best not to ignore the battle over "exit exams" as a way to measure the achievement and needs of schools and students.

Clinton:In Search of a '3rd way'
Maddening to those who could not abide the (impeached) scoundrel in him, exasperating to those who expected more of him, he brought the country wily politics, breathtaking misjudgments and chapters of skilled stewardship.

Letters to the Editor
Big corporations don't realize how they hurt small businessesCoalition would divide fish without regard to Alaska lawEarnings from permanent fund should pay for college education

High school exit exam deserves careful study by Alaska's lawmakers
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.

Applause
Judges earn praise for time spent on youth essay programNew school board member looks forward to challenges of position

Legislature on right road with proposed drunken-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.

Legislature on right road with proposed drunken-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.

Some numbers to use when making cabin reservations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Here are some places to look when reserving public-use cabins in Alaska.

Iron Dog racers to chase $105,000 purse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Snowmobile racers will be vying for a $105,000 purse in the 18th annual Iron Dog, race officials announced Thursday.

Groomer enjoys solitude of the snow
LOOKOUT PASS, Idaho (AP) -- Mark Miller considers himself an artist. His canvas is snow, and his brush is an 8-ton tracked monster that he powers up and down the slopes of Lookout Mountain Ski Area each night that precedes a ski day.

Want a public-use cabin this summer? Better call now
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In late December, while others scurried about taking care of last-minute holiday shopping, Mark and Leslie Kroloff watched the calendar for another reason. They knew they had to if they wanted to be on a Prince William Sound beach the last week of June.

Ice climbing is unforgiving sport
RED LODGE, Mont. (AP) -- It is a half-hour climb through dense, slender pines before Pete Shelley reaches the base of Rock Creek Falls.

Leatherman Tool Group creates a new version of the popular device
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Tim Leatherman's new tool sports such shocking shades as Flame and Thunder.

Pet of the Week Kenai
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring this 5-year-old female spaniel mix for $88.20 with spay surgery, vaccinations and license included. Visit the shelter across from the air traffic control tower on Willow Street or call 283-7353 for more information.

School News
Aurora Borealis Charter SchoolMountain View Elementary Nikiski ElementaryNorth Star Elementary Redoubt ElementarySoldotna Elementary Tustumena ElementaryKenai Middle School Soldotna Middle School Connections Kenai Central High School Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Ninilchik School Skyview High School Soldotna High School Cook Inlet Academy Wings Christian Academy Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head StartPeninsula Grace PreschoolSoldotna Cooperative Preschool Sterling Head Start

Senior Menus
Kenai Nikiski SoldotnaSterling Homer

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care CenterHomerKenaiNikiskiSoldotnaSterling

Seniors buck warmth, shuffleboard for active retirement in Branson
BRANSON, Mo. -- Retirement isn't what it used to be. Days filled with sunshine and shuffleboard are a thing of the past for many. Hours spent playing gin rummy and roving the golf course are seen as wasted.

Trainer keeps Giants playing big
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ronnie Barnes might be the hardest working man on the New York Giants.

Kardinals elude Panthers
Monday must have been just enough time to fix what had been ailing the Kenai Central girls and boys basketball teams.

Round 1 goes to Davenport
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Annoyed at her racket, Lindsay Davenport flipped it aside, slumped into her changeover chair, shook her head and muttered to herself.

Fleury beats Flyers
NEW YORK -- Theo Fleury tied the game with 2:52 left in regulation and won it in overtime as Mike Richter made 31 saves for his 266th career victory Tuesday night in New York's 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Shooting Star
Soldotna senior Nick Christensen has no problem thinking back to where it all began.

Barrow, Seward split nonconference tilts
The Barrow and Seward girls and boys basketball teams split Monday night in nonconference action in Seward.

Irish knock off No. 1 UConn
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Third-ranked Notre Dame, responding to the largest home crowd in school history, beat No. 1 Connecticut 92-76 on Monday to end the Huskies' 30-game winning streak. It was Connecticut's worst loss in more than seven years.

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