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Friday, January 19, 2001

Unemployment increased slightly in December
JUNEAU (AP) -- Unemployment in Alaska increased slightly in December, mostly reflecting a normal seasonal pattern, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.

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.

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.

Third body found near Anchorage downtown
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are investigating another death on the city's streets -- the third such death in the past eight days.

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.

Babbitt rescinds directive on Alaska wilderness lands
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt has rescinded a 19-year-old directive that kept the Bureau of Land Management from considering any of the agency's 80 million acres in Alaska for designation as wilderness.

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.

Census sees no decline in Cook Inlet belugas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The depleted population of beluga whales in Cook Inlet appears to be holding its own for a third consecutive year after a decade of plummeting numbers.

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

Babbitt defers Beaufort Sea oil and gas lease sale
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Proposed offshore oil leases near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Teshekpuk Lake need more study, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt says.

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.

Fire temporarily disables Coast Guard cutter in turbulent seas
CORDOVA (AP) -- An electrical fire cut power temporarily to a Coast Guard cutter, causing the crew to lose control of the vessel in stormy seas in the Gulf of 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.

Oil and Gas official seeks more funding
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state needs better technology and better-paid experts to make sure it gets a fair share of money from oil produced in Alaska, the director of the state Division of Oil and Gas said.

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.

Fire disables Coast Guard cutter in 25-foot seas
CORDOVA, Alaska (AP) -- An electrical fire cut power to the Coast Guard cutter Sedge for nearly an hour and a half in 25-foot seas and 50-knot winds, and one crew member was injured, the Coast Guard said.

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.

Kenai jury rules against company
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai Superior Court jury has awarded $389,000 to a former Kenai man who sued Alaska Petroleum Contractors.

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.

Funding cuts threaten to shut down statewide radiation monitoring system
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- Department of Energy funding cuts have put a crimp in the only gamma radiation monitoring system in the state.

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.

Trial over gold dredge dispute starts this week
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A civil trial that's getting under way this week revolves around conflicts surrounding an abandoned old gold dredge near Chicken.

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.

Fermented beaver tail likely source of botulism outbreak
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Thirteen people were hospitalized on Thursday with suspected botulism after eating fermented beaver tail in the village of Manokotak.

One dead, three hurt in Parks Highway accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man died and three others were injured Thursday in a crash on the Parks Highway that involved a small school bus, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
Kenai ball held tonight Elks to serve up foodTips on raising goats presentedTalent show planned SaturdayAuction held to raise fundsDental health topic of meeting Red Cross to offer classesSchool to conduct lottery

Outdoor Briefs
Seavey to race in Grand Portage PassageKlondike 300 Sled Dog Race postponed

Gebhardt, Osmar vie for $20,000 top prize vs. King, Buser, Swenson, Boulding
To mushers like Paul Gebhardt and Dean Osmar, the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race is going to be unlike most of the races they attend.

Iditarod mushing addict races for the dogs
ANCHORAGE -- For eight years, Ted English stood on the sidelines of the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race without a dog team, wondering if he'd ever race again.

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

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.

Art Briefs
Quilters sought for exhibit Classical performance scheduledHospice event planned

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.

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

Photo feature:
A pair of ravens go beak to beak while taking turns preening each other atop a light pole above Binkley Street in Soldotna Thursday afternoon.

Skyview student to attend Bush inauguration
When the opportunity to witness the transition of power from one presidential administration to the next comes along, one Sterling resident considers it too good of a chance to pass up.

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.

Mad Moose owner searching for answers after incident led to business failure
Innocent until proven guilty, perhaps, but how much evidence does it take to turn innocence to guilt? More than she's seen, according to LeAna Moore, owner of the Mad Moose Caf in Sterling. But what she's seen was enough to take away her life-long dream.

Snowmachine hit and run injures woman
Even in the darkness of an act of terror, the lives of Rosemary and Ray Pence have the light of random kindness to guide them.

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.

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

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?

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.

Letters to the Editor
Friend remembers Terrence Sunnyboy Jr.Democrats introduce new 'ism' to American political landscape

Peninsula lawmakers hit the ground running in state Legislature
While a long-range, comprehensive financial plan is Alaska's No. 1 need, there are lots of other projects clamoring for lawmakers' attention this legislative session.

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

Applause
Schools' Christmas drive succeeds because of hard work by volunteers

Bush gets lukewarm poll reviews from an increasingly nervous public
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans don't really trust President Clinton, and they don't think much of his morals, says a new poll. But a strong majority surely think he's done a good job running the country.

Winter months mean training, preparation for summer on refuge
Those of us on the visitor services staff at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge stay busy through the winter even though the throngs o

Research center scientists scrutinize moose menus
The man and woman walked into a snowy clearing. A cow moose nearby paused and lifted her head, then turned and approached the intruders. She walked right up to the man, thrust her huge nose up to his parka and sniffed intently.

South Carolina church burns; cause unknown
LANCASTER, S.C. (AP) -- Members of the Grace Freewill Baptist Church say they sobbed hardest when the steeple toppled after a fire ripped through the walls of the 27-year-old church.

Monks' rock band riles Greek Orthodox clergy
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A group of monks whose rock band produced a platinum album and spawned other Christian pop acts has made few fans among the clergy running Greece's Orthodox Church.

Religious lobbies take both sides on Ashcroft
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. attorney general nominee John Ashcroft has drawn strong support from religious conservatives, but a lobby supported by President-elect George W. Bush's own United Methodist Church was among those joining the opposition.

Former pastor found guilty of sex with underage daughters
OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- A 62-year-old former pastor faces up to 23 years in prison after he was convicted of having sex with his two adopted daughters when they were children.

Jews concerned about Christian theme park in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A film depicting the greatest hits of Bible stories and a stage show featuring the Holy Ark are not your typical Orlando theme-park fare.

Police arrest anti-blasphemy law protesters
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Police fired tear gas and arrested 50 members of Pakistan's minority religions during a protest in the heart of Karachi, Pakistan's commercial and financial hub.

244-year-old church seeks place on national register
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- The Buffalo Presbyterian Church, which North Carolina has already granted historic status, has applied for a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

Holy men focus of crowds at Hindu festival in India
ALLAHABAD, India -- Amar Bharti says he has been holding his right arm above his head for 27 years. Radhey Puri claims to have stood upright without rest since 1992.

Church restored as memorial to those torn down by government
GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) -- Some of the churches were moved. Some were bulldozed and the piles of rubble burned.

Religion Briefs
Inspirational luncheon planned todaySeries of meetings slatedJoint service held SundayGive the gift of prayer

The future of the new millennium
Quick, a riddle: What's brand new, bright green, expensive and sits in my garage not blowing snow?

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.

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

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.

Skiers finding options limited
More than ever, finding decent cross-country trail skiing on the Kenai Peninsula this weekend will require a good deal of hunting.

Wolverines sweep Tok
Wolverines are territorial creatures, and the Tok Wolverines were unfortunate enough to be playing in the Ninilchik Wolverines' back yard Thursday to open up the 10th annual Cook Inlet Classic on the Cook Inlet Academy court.

Oilers Corner
Oilers sign Seton Hall hurler

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.

Richter moves to top of Rangers goalies
NEW YORK -- Brian Leetch's goal with 26.8 seconds left in overtime made Mike Richter the winningest goalie in Rangers history and gave New York a 2-1 victory Thursday night over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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.

Slow-starting Stars skaters overcome Warriors
The Soldotna hockey team shook off a slow start Thursday to defeat Wasilla 5-2 in North Star Conference play at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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.

Sampras survives
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Pete Sampras might not have much energy left for the tough opponents yet to come in the Australian Open.

Nikiski Tipoff begins
The Kenai and Nikiski girls and the Kodiak and Nikiski boys were winners Thursday in the opening round of the Nikiski High School Tipoff Tournament at Nikiski High School.

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