Sunday, January 21, 2001

Fisherman convicted of shooting endangered sea lion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Chignik Lagoon fisherman was convicted Friday of shooting an endangered Steller sea lion, as well as violating two federal firearms laws.

Computer officer sentenced for hacking New York system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The former computer security officer and system administrator for the U.S. District Court in Alaska was sentenced Friday for interfering with a government-owned communications system in New York.

Guide fined for 1998 violations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Wasilla hunting guide was fined $10,000 and sentenced to three years probation for violations in 1998.

Language experts worried about future of Inupiaq language
BARROW (AP) -- The future of the Inupiaq language is in trouble, language experts say.

New fisheries rule aimed at reducing waste
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries has passed a rule giving fishery regulators more muscle to stop wasteful discarding of salmon.

Cruise ship spending on the increase
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A study shows that cruise ships, passengers and crew members spent nearly $66 million in Ketchikan in 1999.

Warm Fairbanks weather delays helicopter testing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Employees of two European helicopter companies in Fairbanks for cold weather testing are trying to keep busy while they wait out Interior Alaska's record-breaking warmth.

Legislators see spinoffs from possible gas pipeline
JUNEAU (AP) -- An Alaska natural gas pipeline runs to the Lower 48 only on paper at this point, but that isn't stopping Alaskans from imagining possible spinoffs from the line.

Miles named campaign watchdog chief
JUNEAU (AP) -- Brooke Miles, who monitors lobbying for the Alaska Public Offices Commission, will become the campaign watchdog agency's executive director on March 3.

Alaskans attend Bush inauguration festivities
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles was among a crowd of Alaskans who visited the nation's capital to participate in President George W. Bush's inauguration.

Health officials link Homer hepatitis to party guest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State health officials believe a person with hepatitis A inadvertently passed the virus to others at a company holiday party by handling crab legs in a buffet line.

State regulators give OK to Fairbanks gold mine
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources issued permits Friday for Fairbanks Gold Mining Inc. to begin constructing its True North mine about 30 miles north of Fairbanks.

Teacher Charged
WASILLA (AP) -- A Matanuska-Susitna Borough school teacher was charged Friday with sexually abusing a student, after telling her therapist of the incident, Alaska State Troopers said.

Bill would consolidate or annex communities for school taxes
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- State Sen. Gary Wilken has introduced a bill to review rural areas that should be required to become organized or annexed into boroughs with taxing authority so that residents can foot part of the bill for schools.

Bill would make bars close at 2 a.m.
JUNEAU (AP) -- Legislation introduced Friday would make bars throughout the state close by 2 a.m.

Two die in Koyukuk shooting
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A 36-year-old man and his infant son died in an early morning shooting Saturday in the village of Koyukuk.

Report documents rural Internet access
JUNEAU (AP) -- Nearly every Alaska community with more than 25 people has digital touch-tone phone service but more than half do not have local dial-up Internet capability, according to a report released Thursday.

Investigators say e-mails reveal Russian dancers plot
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal investigators have recovered e-mail correspondence that they say indicates how a Chugiak man plotted with a Russian dance instructor to bring Russian women to Anchorage and turn them into strippers.

Helicopter glacier landing permits challenged
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three groups have appealed a U.S. Forest Service decision to permit more than 19,000 helicopter glacier landings near Juneau this year.

Tight gas supplies, high prices fuel interest in Alaska gas
While soaring natural gas prices have many Americans turning down their thermostats and wrapping themselves in sweaters, seismic crews are fanning out over the northern foothills of Alaska's Brooks Range in search of natural gas deposits.

Haines assemblyman's question has Skagway considering borough status
JUNEAU (AP) -- The mere mention that their town could be absorbed into the Haines Borough had Skagway officials talking about becoming the state's newest organized borough.

Guidelines set for pollock fishing
The National Marine Fisheries Service has posted its rules for the upcoming pollock season, which opens Saturday, treading a thin line between protections for endangered Steller sea lions and provisions of a federal law brokered by Sen. Ted Stevens to protect the interests of the fishing fleet.

Four fishermen rescued from sinking vessel
UNALASKA (AP) -- Four fishermen were hoisted from their sinking vessel Friday morning not far from Dutch Harbor, according to the Coast Guard.

BP nears end of Northstar cleanup
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP had cleaned up about 75 percent of spilled drilling material Thursday at the Northstar development site.

Tug crew relieves Coast Guard of stranded freighter tow job
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A private tug boat has taken over the job of towing a freighter stranded in the Bering Sea to Dutch Harbor.

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Around the Peninsula
Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club seeks coaches Open forum slated Forum to be discussed at luncheon SBDC to hold workshop Phillips scholarships deadline looms Talent show applications available

NOW PLAYING: Unbreakable
Do you remember how cool The Sixth Sense was? Remember how it kept your attention through the whole thing and then blew you away with that killer secret ending?

Resorts, activities offer plenty to do on peninsula during winter
Long, dark and cold days are part of the Alaska lifestyle, but the Kenai Peninsula offers many activities to keep restless area residents busy during the winter months.

Weddings
Edwin Brewer lll and Krista Whitney Mankey, Hubler celebrate Christmas with marriage

Weddings
Edwin Brewer lll and Krista Whitney Mankey, Hubler celebrate Christmas with marriage

My Best Friend
Marie Thomas' dog Wolf seems to have the upper hand -- or paw, so to speak -- over her other dog Buster.

Hot commodity
ANCHORAGE -- While soaring natural gas prices have many Americans turning down their thermostats and wrapping themselves in sweaters, seismic crews are fanning out over the northern foothills of Alaska's Brooks Range in search of natural gas deposits.

Poor planning alleged
HOMER -- The man in charge of purchasing at South Penins

Borough expects few proposals
With the deadline approaching, interested parties are preparing to officially declare their interest in the Kenai Peninsula Borough's proposed private prison project.

Train-the-trainer course puts focus on disaster preparedness
Men and women began searching a smoke-filled building Friday while around the corner others extinguished an 8-foot flame.

Homer hepatitis case linked to party guest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State health officials believe a person with hepatitis A inadvertently passed the virus to others at a company holiday party by handling crab legs in a buffet line.

Charles "Chuck" J. Kunz
Homer resident Charles "Chuck" J. Kunz died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at his home. He was 77.

Applause
CARTS acknowledges financial support of area business Boys and Girls Club says thanks for successful basketball season

Jesse Jackson further diminished by recent admission of infidelity
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, seeking resurrection after the political near-death experience of his "Hymietown" remark, begged in his speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention for the understanding of his party and the nation. "I am not a perfect servant," Jackson said. "I am a public servant."

New president, old challenges
George W. Bush became the 43rd president of the United States on Saturday, looking at the same

Test your knowledge of presidential inaugurals
An inaugural quiz, with selected questions and answers taken from quizzes compiled separately by the National Archives and Records Administration, the White House Historical Association and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies:

Ninilchik girls, Tok boys take CIA Classic
The Cook Inlet Academy high school basketball teams wrapped up the Cook Inlet Classic with a split against the Tok Wolverines Saturday, leaving both teams with second-place trophies for the four-team tournament.

Colony goes on road to sweep Kardinals, Panthers, Stars
After playing the Colony Knights to a tie at Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla earlier this season, the Soldotna High School hockey team was hoping that the Soldotna Sports Center home-ice advantage would give it just the boost it needed to defeat its North Star Conference foe.

American loses charisma contest, wins tennis match at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia -- For a set and a half, Andre Agassi struggled with the unpredictability of Australian Andrew Ilie, whose exuberance and acrobatic shotmaking had the partisan crowd laughing, chanting and sensing an upset.

Liebner tops field in Homer
Andy Liebner of Soldotna High School won the Junior 1/Older Junior men's race Saturday at McNeil Canyon Ski Trails in the third Junior Olympic Qualifying Series race of the year.

Raging rivalry
From the student tug of wars at halftime to the chants in the stands to the actual varsity basketball action on the floor, there was not a minute Friday in Skyview's packed gymnasium where Skyview or Soldotna wasn't fiercely fighting giving an inch to the other.

Kardinals girls take tourney
The Nikiski Bulldogs girls and the Kodiak Bears boys basketball teams used size and speed advantages to dominate their opponents in the final games of the 12th Annual Nikiski Tip-Off Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament Saturday.

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