Tuesday, January 23, 2001

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.

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.

Bush likely to move slowly in California offshore oil fight
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Environmentalists and state officials are wary that President Bush's interest in oil development will spread from the Alaskan tundra to the California coast, where offshore leases containing an estimated 1 billion barrels of oil remain undeveloped.

Scientists scrutinize moose menus
KENAI (AP) -- The man and woman walked into a snowy clearing. A cow moose paused and lifted her head, then turned and approached the intruders.

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.

Critics question record of man who claims to be Vietnam POW
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A veteran honored as a prisoner of war in Vietnam at a ceremony in September continues to claim he was a captive despite an Air Force records search that has failed to support him.

Allvest ordered to pay $1 million stemming from sexual assault case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A jury on Monday ordered Allvest Inc. to pay more than $1 million in punitive damages to five women who were sexually harassed and assaulted by a guard at a halfway house operated by the company.

Stranded freighter towed safely to port; crews working on engines
UNALASKA (AP) -- Repair crews were hoping to complete engine repairs by Wednesday on a bulk freighter that lost power and began drifting in the Bering Sea last week.

Interior urges double-walled pipeline for Liberty project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior is urging BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to consider using a double-walled pipe for its proposed Liberty oil development in the Beaufort Sea.

Study: oil industry spending equals state general fund spending
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaskans have always looked at the oil flowing from the state's frigid ground as liquid money -- now they can be sure. A new study commissioned by two industry groups found that Big Oil spends about as much money in Alaska each year as the state's government spends from its general fund -- more than $2 billion.

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.

Snowmachiner rescued after falling in crevasse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Darrin Freeman knew something was wrong when he felt the back end of his snowmachine sink in the snow near Summit Lake.

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.

Illinois man pleads not guilty after disruptive behavior on plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Illinois man pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of interfering with a flight crew on a flight from Chicago to Hong Kong Jan. 8.

Fishing lawsuit could cost state $30 million
JUNEAU (AP) -- A lawsuit by out-of-state commercial fishermen could cost the state $30 million, but the bill will be lower if the state wins an appeal, a state attorney said Monday.

Sun returns to Barrow after absence of over two months
BARROW (AP) -- The sun returns to Barrow after an absence of more than two months, but overcast skies were expected to keep people in the nation's northernmost city from seeing the dawn.

Too little snow and running water cancels Klondike 300
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Too little snow and open water has forced organizers to cancel the Klondike 300 Sled Dog Race, a mid-distance qualifier for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Unocal plans to double exploration spending; study gas pipeline
KENAI (AP) -- Unocal plans to double the size of its oil and gas exploration spending for Cook Inlet this year as well as consider building a natural gas pipeline on the lower Kenai Peninsula.

Study: Alaska ranks No. 1 in households with computers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new report by from the Employment Policy Foundation says the largest percentage of all computer owners live in Alaska, or 67 percent of all households, while the lowest percentage is in Arkansas with 39 percent.

Phillips delays experimental well on McCovey prospect
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Alaska Inc. has postponed an offshore exploration well in the Beaufort Sea because the company did not have a key state ruling in time to complete the well this winter.

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.

Anchorage teen-ager struck by baseball bat no longer in a coma
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage teen-ager struck by a baseball bat in a fight earlier this month no longer is in a coma.

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.

State officials knock negotiating power for doctors' groups
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would allow physicians to band together to negotiate fees and other issues with some health insurance companies drew fire Monday from state insurance regulators and the Department of Law who argued it might raise costs for patients and run afoul of federal law.

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.

Air Force general to take top job at Alaska Railroad
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Patrick Gamble, a four-star general in the Air Force, has accepted the top job at the Alaska Railroad.

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.

Illinois man pleads not guilty after disruptive behavior on plane
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Illinois man pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of interfering with a flight crew on a flight from Chicago to Hong Kong Jan. 8.

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.

Pro-life and pro-choice groups rally at Capitol
JUNEAU (AP) -- Groups on both sides of the abortion issue rallied on the Capitol steps Monday to mark the 28th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Once-controversial spill bill sails through first committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A restored version of one of last year's most contested bills -- a proposal to bring cruise ships and other large non-tanker vessels under the state's oil response laws -- sailed out of its first committee Monday.

Two die in separate car crashes over the weekend
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people were killed in separate car crashes over the weekend, the Alaska State Troopers say.

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
Chamber lunch to host small business expertHCHP annual meeting todayWorkshop to focus on government bidsFrontier Community Services forum todayShellfish permits dueTotem Tracers to meet ThursdayPhillips scholarship deadline ThursdayYouth basketball tourney sign-ups openCPGH to offer Safe Sitter coursesJob Shadow program seeks job hosts

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

LIO Schedule
Today 1:30 p.m

T-200: Yes or no?
The race is on. Or at least it will be. The 2001 Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race has been postponed from this weekend to the weekend of Feb. 3 and 4.

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.

Crime Stoppers alert
Kenai Peninsula Crime Stoppers Inc. is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of persons responsible for vehicle theft.

Weather buoy for Barren Islands gets OK
HOMER -- A year-long effort by Homer charter skipper Bob Ward to get better weather information for mariners has paid off -- the new federal budget includes $1.7 million for information-transmitting sea buoys in Alaska, including one in lower Cook Inlet.

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.

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.

Bill seeks to force gas pipeline along highway
JUNEAU -- The developers of a natural gas pipeline might be forced to build it along the Alaska Highway, under a bill introduced Friday by the House Special Committee on Oil and Gas.

Photo feature: Getting a grip on winter
Leif Kjostad and his daughter Sasha tie bags of sand as George and Yasko Lehtinen load up behind them at a sand pile the city of Kenai stocks for the public off Willow Street just past the animal shelter.

Congress closes gap in beluga protection
A rider attached to the last appropriation bill of the 106th Congress plugs a gap in protection for Cook Inlet beluga whales.

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.

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

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.

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

On Roe v. Wade's 28th anniversary, fight goes on
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Welcomed by the new president and led in prayer by a U.S. senator, thousands of abortion foes staged their annual march on the nation's capital Monday to protest the 28th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

Clinton's complicated legacy
How will history judge the presidency of William Jefferson Clinton? We can, of course, only guess. Any speculation we migh

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.

Applause
Eagles ladies auxiliary appreciate support of fund-raiser

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.

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.

President Bush puts forth his understanding of and plan for America
And so it begins. With an inaugural speech of conciliation, humility and challenge, George W. Bush formally accepted a new assignment in the remarkable journey that has taken him from senator's grandson to president's son to president and commander-in-chief.

Letters to the Editor
Leases for agricultural land should not be renewed

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.

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.

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

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

Births
Amber and Chris Uhls Autumn and Troy Taylor

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.

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

Seniors sign up for classes: No homework and no tuition
TAMPA, Fla. -- During orientation, 35 students registering for classes at the University of South Florida were briefed on what to expect: no tests, no homework, no term papers, no tuition.

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Soldotna Sterling

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care CenterHomer KenaiNikiskiSoldotnaSterling

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.

Collins, Billick, Lewis add drama to Super Bowl
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Super Bowl took on the tenor of a daytime talk show Monday, filled with heartwrenching confessionals, stunning accusations and a rapt audience held captive, not wanting to miss the next revelation.

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.

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.

Capriati returns to Grand Slam semifinals
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Jennifer Capriati's latest win made her feel like a kid again.

Hard-working senior helps Kardinals take flight
Kenai Central High School assistant hockey coach Bob Downs recalls Ross Baldwin's first season of Kardinals hockey.

St. Louis Blues' captain to undergo arthroscopic surgery, miss 4-6 weeks
ST. LOUIS -- Suddenly, the St. Louis Blues have a lot of important ice time to fill.

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.

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

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