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Monday, January 22, 2001

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.

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.

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.

January 18: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on feds and sea eiders:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has scaled back the area designated for critical habitat for eider sea ducks.

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.

January 16: Juneau Empire on former LST crew making history:
For most of its useful life, LST-325 labored in relative obscurity. Like every ship, sailor, soldier, pilot, gun, Jeep, plane, tank, bullet and bomb, it helped win a war. But it was always a bit player, barely an historical footnote to anyone other than those on board.

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.

January 19: Anchorage Daily News on minimum wage legislation:
There appears to be agreement in Juneau that Alaska's lowest-paid workers are due for a raise.

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.

January 22: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on graduation exam requirements:
For whatever reason, 200 local members of the Class of 2002 have yet to take the state's required new exit exams.

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.

Quest mushers pack varied fare for the trail -- from gourmet to fast-food
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mushers running the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race worked over the weekend to get their food and supplies ready for the thousand-mile run.

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.

Concourse behind schedule; Overruns estimated at up to $10 million
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The new $81 million Concourse ''C'' at Ted Stevens Anchorage international airport is running as much as $10 million over budget. That comes because of rising construction costs and because problems with design have delayed its opening by at least a year.

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.

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.

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.

Ketchikan landmark demolished
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A familiar sight that dominated Ketchikan's waterfront for 72 years was demolished after it was determined that renovating the building would be too expensive.

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.

Center to serve Native community to open in Bethel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Department of Housing and Urban Development is opening its first Neighborhood Networks center to serve Alaska natives.

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.

King edges Swenson in Kuskokwim 300
ANCHORAGE -- The $100,000 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race was a battle between mushing greats Rick Swenson and Jeff King.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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

LIO Schedule
Today 3:30 p.m.

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
Maine author to visit schoolKPC registration comes to a closeMayor to meet with chamberRed Cross to offer classesHead Start to begin enrollmentSeward blood drive slatedDescendants to elect new officersCPGH to offer Safe Sitter CoursesJob Shadow program seeks job hosts

Quest mushers pack varied fare for the trail -- from gourmet to fast-food
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Mushers running the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race worked over the weekend to get their food and supplies ready for the thousand-mile run.

King edges Swenson in Kuskokwim 300
ANCHORAGE -- The $100,000 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race was a battle between mushing greats Rick Swenson and Jeff King.

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?

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

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.

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

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

Civic leaders recognized at Town and Gown ball
Central Kenai Peninsula socialites took advantage of the annual Kenai Chamber of Commerce Town and Gown Awards Ball Friday night to turn out in their most resplendent finery.

Arts council making changes
After a year sharing board members with the Kenai Fine Arts Guild, the Kenai Arts and Humanities Council is seeking to rebuild its own board of directors.

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.

Photo feature: Catch of the day
Ira Jeffers and Ray Barnes watch their line while ice fishing on Longmere Lake Saturday afternoon.

Unocal doubles exploration, development spending
Unocal plans to double its Cook Inlet capital spending this year, following the sale in October of its Nikiski fertilizer plant.

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.

CIRCAC wins Coast Guard renewal
The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council has been recertified by the U.S. Coast Guard. The formality allows the quasi-governmental watchdog group to continue monitoring environmental effects of the inlet's oil industry.

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.

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.

Terrence 'Terry' 'J.R.' Sunnyboy Jr.
Terrence "Terry" "J.R." Sunnyboy Jr. died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in Fairbanks. He was 31.

Effort to tally Florida vote interesting, but ultimately useless
Oh, the irony. Two companies have been hired to recount the Florida ballots and both firms are based in -- get this -- Chicago. The Land of Lincoln. And the Land of Dead Man Voting.

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

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

Bush eyes his presidency, looks back to his father's
WASHINGTON -- Beginning his presidency, George W. Bush muses briefly about what he would like said of him at the end of it: that he got things done and that ''he was steady under fire.'' Briefly, because he said it is not his nature to spend a lot of time worrying about legacies.

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:

Education issues to be tackled
As the 22nd legislative session begins, I want to thank all the fine folks on the peninsula for their support and input. We have planned several community meetings to stay in contact.

Community News
Nominations requested for governors award Homer seeking events for carnival, parade entriesAlumni of 1981 soughtNome all-school reunion slatedChallenger Center announces contest winners

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment. If you did NOT preregister, please call the Soldotna Community School office, at 262-6768, to check on cancellations and confirm your attendance.

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.

Peninsula People
Students named to dean's listsrea men complete trainingSkyview grad to represent group in theater festivalPing pong tourney results

Births
Amber and Chris Uhls Autumn and Troy Taylor

Ask a Trooper
Question: One of the stop lights in our town changes to a flashing light in the evenin

Big dividends
On Dec. 7, David Caswell, center, office manager of Kenai Vet Center, on behalf of the Alaska VA Healthcare System, received a check for $6,000 from Dan Aaronson, right, Exalted Ruler, and Charles Smalley, trustee, of the Kenai Elks Lodge No. 2425.

Feeken nabs third in Homer
Jason Feeken, a graduate of Skyview High School, finished third Sunday in the men's race at the fourth Junior Olympic Qualifying Series race of the year, held at McNeil Canyon Ski Trails in Homer.

Seward sweeps Homer
The Homer Mariners girls and boys basketball teams felt the sting of defeat as the Seward Seahawks glided away with wins Saturday in Seward.

Indiana uses suffocating defense, 24 points from Rose to stop New York
NEW YORK -- Jalen Rose shot 10-for-14 from the field and scored 24 points, and the Indiana Pacers showed that they, too, can play some dominating defense in an 87-74 victory Sunday over the New York Knicks.

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.

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.

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.

Hingis set for Serena
MELBOURNE, Australia -- With characteristic bravado, Serena Williams and Martina Hingis say they're ready for another showdown.

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.

Dramatic goal gives SkyHi a tie
Way back in mid-November, the Wasilla hockey team scored in the waning moments of the third period to steal a tie from Skyview.

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.

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.

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