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Saturday, January 20, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt has rescinded a 19-year-old directive that kept the Bureau of Land Management from considering any of the agency's 80 million acres in Alaska for designation as wilderness.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Community Calendar
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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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