Thursday, January 25, 2001

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.

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.

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.

1 Rep. Young seeks support from Bush for new CARA bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Congressmen Don Young and John Dingell on Monday asked President Bush to support another version of the landmark, bipartisan Conservation and Reinvestment Act, which died in the Senate last year.

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.

Quake rattles bay across from Homer
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An earthquake about 50 miles northwest of Homer was felt by Alaskans from Kodiak to Palmer on Wednesday night.

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.

Governor appoints two to Board of Game
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When legislators review the two newest appointees to the state Board of Game, one face will be quite familiar.

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.

Norton would avoid involvement in subsistence case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Interior Secretary-designate Gale Norton says she will not involve herself in any policy decisions about an Alaska subsistence fishing lawsuit for at least a year.

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.

Searchers find wreckage of DC-3
ANCHORAGE -- Searchers have found the wreckage of a DC-3 cargo plane that may be an aircraft that took off from Unalaska on Tuesday night.

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.

Knowles offers oil spill expertise to Ecuador
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is offering Alaska's help to Ecuador for the cleanup of a 185,000-gallon oil spill in the fragile marine environment of the Galapagos Islands.

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.

Lawyer seeks to vacate conviction in 1997 Fairbanks teen beating death
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A lawyer for man convicted of second-degree murder in the 1997 beating death of a Fairbanks teen says there is new evidence that indicates his client did not commit the crime.

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.

Knowles bill calls for delay in state exit exam
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles introduced a bill Wednesday that would delay until 2006 a requirement that students pass a reading, writing and math test to graduate from high school.

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.

Alaska's own compete for Junior Miss title
Fifteen young women have traveled from their hometowns and arrived in Kenai to take part in a week of activities for the Alaska Junior Miss Program.

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.

Sen. Stevens seeks wetlands bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- When Sen. Ted Stevens introduced a bill to exempt Alaska from certain federal wetlands protections two years ago, he devoted a third of the bill's text to explaining what he calls the state's unique predicament.

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.

Weather delays efforts to reach cargo plane crash site
UNALASKA (AP) -- Snow and blustery weather delayed plans Thursday to reach the crash site of a cargo plane with two people aboard.

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.

Big Lake man killed in snowmachine accident
BIG LAKE (AP) -- A Big Lake man was killed Wednesday night in a snowmachine accident, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Era Aviation mulls move into Russian Far East market
ANCHORAGE -- Business travelers and their companies may soon have an alternative for flights to the Russian Far East from Alaska, but not before local companies carefully survey the possibility for new business.

A 'New Economy?' Prove it
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New Economy, not even a teen-ager yet, is beginning to look frayed and strained, and the most dour of the calamity crowd are claiming it is seriously ill and in need of intensive care.

New guide by Charles Schwab says retirement preparation requires investing for growth
NEW YORK (AP) -- Did you ever wish you had the investing savvy of someone like Charles Schwab?

Alaska nets $5.4 million as its share of mineral revenues
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.

Retirees should consider real estate in portfolio
In the 1970s, real estate was king. Investors couldn't get enough of limited partnerships that bought and sold real estate. But by the 1990s, real estate had become an orphan, shunned in the portfolios of most investors more enamored with stocks and bonds

Business Briefs
Tesoro gives $200,000 to University of Alaska ACS forms new subsidiary Florida agency rates Alaska's strongest banks State inspects area restaurants

It isn't easy as you think being very, very wealthy
NEW YORK (AP) -- So you think your worries will disappear if you become wealthy?

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Totem Tracers meet today North Peninsula chamber hosts luncheonFund-raiser for musher planned in hills Fund-raiser for musher planned in hillsBuilders association to meetHomer organizes Winter Carnival Kids arts on display Tickets available for Nikiski dance show

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

LIO Schedule
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Art Briefs
Youth production tryouts planned Kids lip sync contest plannedHospice event plannedMystery convention planned in February

Contest set for Saturday in Kenai
Fifteen young women have traveled from their hometowns and arrived in Kenai to take part in a week of activities for the Alaska Junior Miss Program.

Classic! Peninsula orchestra takes a step away from traditional wintertime performance
I encourage people to seriously consider showing up to this concert. Some people will roll their eyes if they are not into classical, but they will be surprised at the quality of the music.

VA clinic coming to area
Veterans living on the Kenai Peninsula soon will not need to make the long and sometimes dangerous drive to Anchorage to seek medical attention from the Veterans Administration clinic.

Photo Feature: See ya next year
Terry Shedd unhooks a roadside ornament from a light pole alongside Airport Way Wednesday morning.

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.

Funding formula revisited
It took more than a decade for the Legislature to rewrite the state's complicated formula for funding schools. Wednesday morning, a chief proponent of the controversial rewrite approved three years ago spent an hour defending it before a panel of lawmakers.

Governor's legislation pushes delay in exit exam
JUNEAU -- Paula Savikko's class of sixth- and seventh-graders was working on fractions when Gov. Tony Knowles walked in this morning to announce legislation that would delay the high school exit exam by four years.

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.

Study shows 4,274 area jobs, $177 million in payroll supplied by oil companies in '99
The oil and gas industry and the economic activity it generates account for more than a quarter of Kenai Peninsula wage and salary jobs, a new study says.

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.

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.

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.

Billy McCann
Kenai resident Billy McCann died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at the Sitka Pioneer Homer. He was 84.

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

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.

Critical habitat ruling not really necessary for eider sea ducks
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has scaled back the area designated for critical habitat for eider sea ducks.

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.

Letters to the Editor
Open letter to Gov. Knowles about North Road conditions Soldotna resident favors proposal to put bridge across Turnagain ArmStory about Florida class for seniors raises eyebrows

Foreign policy proving ground
President Bush came into office talking tough about confronting Saddam Hussein over chemical and biological weapons. But developments in the Persian Gulf suggest he'll face the same problems in outmaneuvering the Iraqi leader that his father and President Clinton did before him.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Ninilchik girls top Homer
The Ninilchik girls basketball team, the defending Class 2A state champion and the No. 1-ranked Class 2A team in the state, defeated Class 4A foe Homer 45-36 on the road Wednesday night.

Capriati leaves worries behind
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Forget the troubled past. For Jennifer Capriati it's all about the future, which now includes her first Grand Slam final.

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.

No. 3 Michigan State tames unranked Wildcats
Jason Richardson scored 16 points and Zach Randolph added 15 points and six rebounds Wednesday night as No. 3 Michigan State beat Northwestern 74-58.

Penguins owner passes the hat
PITTSBURGH -- Before ending his 3 1/2-year retirement last month, Mario Lemieux predicted he would play at a high level. Not even he predicted this.

Knudsen hits stride at Black Hills
With a taste of success at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' national cross country championship meet last fall, Kenai's Kristi Knudsen already has her sights set high for future success.

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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