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Wednesday, January 24, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Alaska nets $5.4 million as its share of federal mineral revenues
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska will receive $5,4 million as its 2000 share of mineral revenues collected from federal public lands located within its borders and from federal offshore tracts next to its seaward boundary.

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.

Moderate Quake shakes Alaska Peninsula
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake shook the Alaska Peninsula early Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries.

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.

Arrest made in shooting death of Nenana trapper
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A second man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the murder of a Nenana trapper.

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.

Yukon real estate agents tout Faro as a retirement community
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory -- Hoping to revive the death spiral in its housing market, a Yukon real estate agent is pitching the tiny community of Faro as a retirement haven for adventure-seeking seniors.

Welfare families face five-year limit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Hundreds of Alaska families could be cut from the welfare rolls in the next few years if they don't get more help or extensions on the five-year time limit for receiving assistance, initial state projections show.

Stevens to reintroduce disaster insurance bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In an attempt to make earthquake and natural disaster insurance more affordable, Sen. Ted Stevens will reintroduce a bill to help insurance companies spread the risk.

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.

Missing money investigated at Fairbanks electric cooperative
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Federal investigators are looking into a significant amount of funds missing from Golden Valley Electric Association that may have been embezzled.

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.

Fairbanks man pleads innocent to manslaughter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man pleaded innocent Tuesday to a charge of manslaughter in connection with a September car accident that killed a Lathrop High School student.

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.

Hunting-related shootings decline after laws change
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- If West Virginia's deer seasons had an official color, it would be fluorescent orange.

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.

Research center scientists scrutinize moose menus
KENAI (AP) -- 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.

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.

Get a reward for hooking the meanest fish in the river
KENAI (AP) -- Ferocious, aggressive, cannibalistic. These are just some of the words used to describe the northern pike, a recent introduction to Kenai Peninsula waters.

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.

Who will carry on the outboard motor legacy of Johnson and Evinrude?
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Ole and Bess Evinrude knew they were on to something big when they began peddling ''detachable rowboat motors'' in Milwaukee in 1909.

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.

Historic Denali hotel to close
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Denali Park Resorts plans to close the historic 103-room Denali National Park Hotel in September. It's the only hotel within the six million-acre park and preserve.

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.

Arrest made in shooting death of Nenana trapper
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man has been taken into custody in the shooting death of an elderly Nenana trapper.

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.

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.

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.

Stevens seeking seat on Senate Budget Committee
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens is hoping to add another powerful committee to his assignments, but the Alaska Republican hasn't yet convinced the Senate majority leader to place him there.

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.

Yakutat Borough approves tax on cruise ships
SITKA (AP) -- The Yakutat Borough has voted to tax cruise ships visiting waters within borough boundaries even though visiting passengers usually do not leave the boats.

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.

Former Commissioner Pagano dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State flags will be at half-staff today and Thursday in memory of the first Native Alaskan to serve as adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard.

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.

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council recertified
KENAI (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has recertified the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council, allowing the watchdog group to continue monitoring environmental effects of the oil industry.

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.

Kodiak officials looking for place to house juvenile offenders
KODIAK (AP) -- State, city and corrections officials are trying to find new temporary housing in Kodiak for juvenile offenders.

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.

College student sues over test requirement
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A University of Alaska Fairbanks student denied admission to the school's student teaching program because he failed a standardized test is appealing the decision in court.

Crews heading for Amchitka to test radiation, lift military footprint
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A small army of construction workers, hazardous waste experts and state and federal scientists will be descending on Amchitka Island this summer, cleaning up the remnants from decades of military occupation along with searching for radiation.

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.

LIO Schedule
Today 1:30 p.m

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Chamber lunch to host EDD directorBorough mayor to speak at chamber lunchSmall business seminar todayChamber annual awards banquet FridayYoung Marines boot camp registration SaturdayJanuary is National Blood Donor Month

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

LIO Schedule
Today 1 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.

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.

Photo feature: In search of winter
Kourtney and Mike Gheen and Russ Coxey use snowshoes to make their way up a slope in Turnagain Pass Monday for an afternoon of snowboarding.

Anniversary Remembered
Peter Bigel of Soldotna, right, looks on as other protesters march down the Kenai Spur Highway near Bridge Access Road at dusk in Kenai Monday.

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.

KPC, school district initiative succeeds
Kenai Peninsula educators at various levels are working together more closely than ever. As evidence of the trend, Kenai Peninsula College Director Ginger Steffy and College Council Chair Peter Larson addressed the school board Monday about the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Jump Start program.

Kenai airport terminal site to get seasonal tenant
The small space in the Kenai Municipal Airport terminal once occupied by Alaska's Best Travel will be home to a small sporting goods and sundries shop, but for summers only.

BP Classic to bring hockey clinics to peninsula in June
A BP fund-raiser in Anchorage this summer will bring some big names to children's hockey clinics on the central Kenai Peninsula.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peggy Jo Steik
Former Ninilchik resident Peggy Jo Steik died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, in Palmer after an extended illness. She was 56. By her side were her husband, Alvin Steik, and daughters Anna Grant, Suzette Marey and Noelle Hatten.

Garrett James Ross
Garrett James Ross, formerly of Anchorage and Nikiski, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, in West Jordan, Utah. He was 23.

Bush education plan helps public, private schools
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, seeking Democratic support for an education package submitted to Congress on Tuesday, promised more help to troubled schools before shifting more federal funds to private institutions.

Exit exam standard necessary incentive toward excellence
For whatever reason, 200 local members of the Class of 2002 have yet to take the state's required new exit exams.

Letters to the Editor
Once again, I get on the bandwagon and complain loudly about the poor shape of our local highways, from Kenai to Nikiski to Lamplight Road.

Applause
Eagles ladies auxiliary appreciate support of fund-raiser

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.

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

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.

President seeks unity, union
President Bush's Inaugural Address was the best speech of his life. He sought to stir what is best in the hearts of every American. The speech lacked hubris, but exhibited humility. It acknowledged flaws in individuals, but lauded our national character.

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

Research center scientists scrutinize moose menus
KENAI (AP) -- 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.

Who will carry on the outboard motor legacy of Johnson and Evinrude?
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Ole and Bess Evinrude knew they were on to something big when they began peddling ''detachable rowboat motors'' in Milwaukee in 1909.

Get a reward for hooking the meanest fish in the river
KENAI (AP) -- Ferocious, aggressive, cannibalistic. These are just some of the words used to describe the northern pike, a recent introduction to Kenai Peninsula waters.

Hunting-related shootings decline after laws change
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- If West Virginia's deer seasons had an official color, it would be fluorescent orange.

Pet of the week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring a medium-sized female mixed breed puppy for $84 with vaccinations, license and spay surgery included.

KPC course aims to help tackle winter blues
Kenai Peninsula residents will learn ways to tackle depression and winter blues in a course called Defeating Depression, this weekend at Kenai Peninsula College. This one-credit psychology course will be Friday and Saturday at the Soldotna campus.

Having a ball!
Often teens relate to schools other than their own through competition. Sometimes that competition can turn negative.

Around the District
Sterling Head Start is getting ready to begin its preschool program Monday.Kenai schools to hold talent showCharter school starts enrollment lottery Author visits area schoolsVFW offers scholarshipsKMS announces Students of the MonthCollege board tests coming upChallenger Center announces contest winners

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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.

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Lewis confidently tackles media blitz
TAMPA, Fla. -- The session began with a wave of reporters and cameramen streaming onto the field at Raymond James Stadium, many making a beeline for the big guy at Station 7.

Panthers cagers split with Bulldogs
The Nikiski girls got solid minutes from their backup backcourt players while the Skyview boys had a monstrous night at the foul line as both earned nonconference victories Tuesday night at Skyview.

Fassel steadies New York ship as Giants ready for Super Bowl
TAMPA, Fla. -- With the biggest game in his coaching career less than a week away, a glib and relaxed Jim Fassel breezed through Super Bowl media day Tuesday -- until it was time for the New York Giants' team picture.

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

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.

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.

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.

Aubin, Blue Jackets best Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Serge Aubin scored twice as the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets downed the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 Tuesday night in the first meeting between the teams.

Hingis, Venus Williams to collide in semifinals
MELBOURNE, Australia -- One Williams down, one to go for Martina Hingis.

Threes are the charm as Bucks beat Knicks
MILWAUKEE -- Sam Cassell had 22 points and the Bucks hit a franchise record 14 3-pointers Tuesday night to beat the Knicks 105-91 and snap New York's NBA-record 33-game streak of holding their opponent under 100 points.

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