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Thursday, January 18, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Mushers draw starting positions for Friday's Kusko 300
BETHEL (AP) -- Mushers have chosen their starting positions for the 22nd annual Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race.

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

FedEx to expand at Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx plans to add about 30 entry-level jobs at its sorting hub at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport this year, company officials say.

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

Alaska delegation attends inaugural for new Chukotka governor
NOME (AP) -- The Chukotka Region in the Russian Far East has a new governor with Tuesday's inauguration of Roman Abramovich.

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.

Bering Sea crabbers sitting out opener in dispute over prices
UNALASKA (AP) -- Bering Sea Crab fishermen were continuing their strike after refusing to fish for the $1.45 per-pound price posted by Trident Seafoods on Wednesday.

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.

Alaska's share of CARA funding shrinks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The compromise version of Sen. Frank Murkowski and Rep. Don Young's conservation lands legislation dubbed ''CARA lite'' is lighter than first announced -- at least in the amount of money Alaska stands to get.

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.

Drilling mud spills at Northstar; state wonders about reporting delay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As much as 20,000 gallons of drilling material was spilled at BP's offshore Northstar oil development.

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.

Coast Guard stops drift of stranded freighter in Bering Sea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley has hooked a line to a stranded bulk cargo carrier stranded in the Bering Sea to keep it from drifting further south.

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.

Drilling mud spills at North Star drill pad
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An estimated 450 barrels of drilling mud and cuttings spilled Tuesday at BP's Northstar drilling pad on Seal Island in Prudhoe Bay.

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.

Klondike 300 Sled Dog Race postponed
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Klondike 300 Sled Dog Race has been postponed and could be canceled, a race official said Wednesday.

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.

Lawmakers planning to take breaks
JUNEAU (AP) -- The first measure Alaska House members passed this year was to give themselves some time off.

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.

Stevens pushes for work on missile defense system site
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Barges could still embark this year to Shemya Island carrying material to begin construction on a national missile defense system radar site, Sen. Ted Stevens said Tuesday.

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.

Fairbanks school officials plan exit exam strategy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Only 35 percent of next year's high school seniors in Fairbanks have passed the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam, according to a report released by the school district.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Restaurant rises from the ashes
Less than a month after Cathie Oliver and Walt Schuh purchased the Happy Valley Bar and Cafe near Ninilchik, they watched flames engulf their investment.

Like a great fungus or diabolical virus
NEW YORK (AP) -- A cut in taxes as proposed by President-elect Bush might save taxpayers $1.3 trillion over a 10-year period. A cut in tax code verbiage conceivably could save billions more.

Business Briefs
Oil, gas conference plannedTrading Bay Unit produces 600-millionth barrelState announces oil, gas leasing schedule Self-employment workshop offeredCongress improves SBA loan programsPolzin attends Arizona seminarAHFC funding to benefit peninsula seniorsFNBA reports strong earningsMayor to address North Peninsula chamberAlaska USA names lending manager Cross Timbers to redeem preferred stockHomer chamber plans annual meetingSoldotna chamber plans awards banquetNorth Peninsula chamber plans awards banquetGovernment contracting is workshop topic

Confidence down, but not out
NEW YORK (AP) -- The confidence of the American household is something to behold.

Saving for college is easier with Section 529 plans
NEW YORK (AP) -- You could easily describe Joseph F. Hurley as passionate about Section 529 college savings plans. He has invested in programs in 20 different states for his two children, Megan, 14, and Christopher, 10.

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

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.

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
Bagley to speak at chamber lunch todayEDD board meeting and open house set for todayAARP meets todayPublic asked to voice opinion on artsDAV chapter to meet todaySterling Community Club annual meeting todayDog racers to meet tonightBorough office to conduct siren testBridges to hold board meeting SaturdayTuesday business workshop to focus on bidsRaising goats subject of extension office meetingHCHP annual meeting set for Tuesday Registration deadline loomsPhillips offers high school scholarshipsCenter to provide for those in need Rotary club in need of computersEntrants sought for contest

Photographs show artistic diversity
Rarefied Light 2000, the photography exhibition now at the Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery, highlights the artistic side of the medium.

Bush pilot recalls flying memories
In this memoir of 17 years of flying in the Koyukuk River region of Alaska, James Anderson experienced a dead engine flight "only five times."

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

Art Briefs
Quilters sought for exhibit Classical performance scheduledHospice event planned

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.

Photo feature: From the ground up
Eric Laber and Ralph Nabinger, both with Blazy Construction, work to secure trusses on the roof of the new Anchor Plaza in Soldotna.

Proposed route would link trails on Kalifornsky Beach Road and Spur Highway
A bicycle and walking path, which would complete a Kenai-Soldotna loop by the time it is built, drew overwhelming approval at a Wednesday night meeting in Kenai.

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

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

Red ink leads to pink slips
HOMER -- Five of South Peninsula Hospital's upper-level managers lost their jobs recently as the administration worked to stop the flow of red ink, which has plagued the hospital in recent years.

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.

Jumping with a purpose
Polar bear jumpers Beth Kellie, left, and Mary Kennedy perform a dance for the staff and faculty of Northstar Elementary School Monday

Ruling to cost APC $389K
A former Kenai resident has won a $389,000 verdict against Alaska Petroleum Contractors.

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.

Attorney general nominee different, but capable choice
After weeks of innuendo and accusations that bordered on demagoguery, the debate surrounding attorney general nominee John Ashcroft has centered on a simple but important question: Can Americans trust that, as the nation's chief law enforcement officer, Mr. Ashcroft would enforce the law regardless of whether he agrees with it?

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.

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.

What Bill Clinton left behind for George W. Bush
WASHINGTON -- More like a new president than a retiring one, President Clinton has been working hectically -- making speeches, making changes by executive fiat, trying to achieve an elusive Mideast peace -- but on Saturday he still will leave behind an ambitious agenda -- goals unreached, hopes unfulfilled

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.

Letters to the Editor
My heart is heavy as I pen this letter to the Peninsula Clarion. I heard on Channel 2 news recently that Robin "Bob" Pennington had lost his life in an accident on the Sterling highway. After spending three and a half years as the Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) for the Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) I had managed to cross paths with Bob at work many times.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Reflections Students' talents shine in annual program
The partnership between families and schools is vital to educating children. One organization that has long promoted that partnership is the PTA, formerly known as the Parent Teacher Association, and the related PTSA, or Parent Teacher Student Association.

KPC open house a success; chancellor's, dean's lists announced
Several hundred people attended KPC's second annual open house on the first day of general registration for the spring semester.

Around the District
School board meets Monday School Nurse Day is coming Skyview ski boosters meet After the Bell Aurora Borealis Charter School

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.

Casey Martin's right to use a golf cart at PGA events weighed by nation's highest court
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court debated the rules of golf and baseball Wednesday as several justices questioned whether disabled golfer Casey Martin has the right to use a cart between shots at PGA Tour events.

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

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.

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

Ravens choose 'team of destiny' mantle for themselves
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens figure there's only one logical conclusion to a season in which adversity and long odds were constant companions during an improbable march to the Super Bowl.

Garnett powers T-Wolves
SALT LAKE CITY -- Kevin Garnett scored 23 points and Terrell Brandon had 19 points and 11 assists Wednesday night as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Utah Jazz 89-81.

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