Friday, January 26, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Stevens doesn't get Budget Committee post
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Senate Republican leadership announced its picks for new GOP members of the Senate Budget Committee on Thursday, and Sen. Ted Stevens wasn't among them.

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.

California power woes dim Alaska department stores
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- California's power woes have dimmed the lights of some Alaska department stores.

Senate opposes NCAA proposal for preseason tournaments
JUNEAU (AP) -- A basketball flew around the Senate on Thursday as lawmakers passed a resolution opposing a proposed NCAA rule change that could spell disaster for two preseason college tournaments held each year in Alaska.

Bill would let lawmakers oust governor from Capitol
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan has a simple cure for the Capitol's cramped offices and crowded committee rooms -- oust the governor.

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.

State seeks reasons for resident fishing decline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is mailing out out 8,500 surveys to randomly selected Alaskans in an effort to learn the reasons behind a decline in resident fishing license sales.

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.

Bill would stiffen penalty for lying in court
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would stiffen the penalty for lying in court will again come before the state Legislature. Under House Bill 86, a party to a lawsuit or a lawyer could lose a case for lying and be subject to another lawsuit for damages.

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.

House joins Senate in NCAA resolution
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House on Friday joined the Senate in opposing a proposed NCAA rule change that could end two preseason college tournaments held each year in Alaska.

Service area bill would put limits on local government
JUNEAU (AP) -- A legislative committee debated a bill Thursday that would keep local governments from changing the boundaries of service areas that provide road work and fire protection without a vote of the people in those areas.

Panel studies proposed changes to Alaska primary elections
JUNEAU (AP) -- A task force will look at ways to make Alaska's primary election comply with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

One year later, Alaska Airlines on way to recovery
SEATTLE (AP) -- Flight 261's fatal plunge into the Pacific was the low point of a bad year for Alaska Airlines.

Memorials will remember 88 who died on Alaska Airlines Flight 261
Relatives of 88 people killed in the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 will mark the anniversary of the Jan. 31, 2000, tragedy by returning to Port Hueneme, Calif., near where the jet plunged into the Pacific Ocean. Some events:

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.

Families to remember victims of Alaska Airlines Flight 261
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A year has passed since Alaska Airlines Flight 261 suddenly spiraled out of control and smashed into the Pacific Ocean, but pain and anger remain for families of the 88 people aboard who were killed.

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.

Ship headed to Japan loses load of logs
KODIAK (AP) -- Boaters near Kodiak might find themselves surrounded by floating logs after a ship transporting raw timber lost some of its load southwest of the island.

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 city officials sign pay raise agreement with police
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police have reached an agreement with the city over a pay raise for most department workers.

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.

National Bank of Alaska extends Iditarod sponsorship
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Bank of Alaska has extended its sponsorship of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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.

Valdez loses big money it never had
VALDEZ (AP) -- Valdez officials are blaming a communications breakdown between city departments for the capital improvement budget containing $719,000 less than expected.

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.

Permits issued for True North gold mine project
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Permits have been issued for the True North gold mine project, clearing the way to start construction of the project 30 miles north of Fairbanks.

An Athabascan council adds nine new Alaska members
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Hoping to rebuild ancient ties and protect tribal interests, an international Athabascan council has added nine new Alaska members.

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.

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

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.

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?

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

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?

Around the Peninsula
Deadline ends today for registration Award banquet held tonightDinner held to benefit causeClosing reception held Saturday Boot camp registration slatedTournament kicks off weekly events

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
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

Kenai Watershed Forum to study abundance, impact of non-native northern pike in peninsula rivers, lakes
The prospect of winning one of more than $2,000 in prizes with no entry fee is almost enough to get anyone out of their cabins and onto the frozen lakes of the Kenai Peninsula.

Seed savers reap satisfying harvests
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- In an era of speed gardening, when shortcuts vie for attention, some vegetable gardeners still cherish the old, slow ways. Instead of saving time, they save seeds.

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.

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

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.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentIn the Future Down the RoadAnchorage Events

Service area bill would put limits on local government
JUNEAU (AP) -- A legislative committee debated a bill Thursday that would keep local governments from changing the boundaries of service areas that provide road work and fire protection without a vote of the people in those areas.

Bill would stiffen penalty for lying in court
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would stiffen the penalty for lying in court will again come before the state Legislature. Under House Bill 86, a party to a lawsuit or a lawyer could lose a case for lying and be subject to another lawsuit for damages.

Bill would let lawmakers oust governor from Capitol
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan has a simple cure for the Capitol's cramped offices and crowded committee rooms -- oust the governor.

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

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.

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.

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.

Administrative committee to review each; finalists to be chosen by Feb. 12
Four organizations officially threw their name in the borough's prison-proposal hat Wednesday. Each of the groups formally expressed their interest to work with the Kenai Peninsula Borough as it moves toward planning, constructing and operating the state's first private prison.

Program sparks hope, concerns
Welfare reform has improved many lives; but for others, trouble lies ahead. Under new laws, some families will lose general assistance benefits starting in July 2002.

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.

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

Billy McCann
Longtime Kenai resident Billy McCann died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at the Sitka Pioneer's Home. He was 84.

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.

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.

Minimum wage increase makes good sense for all
In one of the first acts of the new legisla-tive session, Gov. Tony Knowles presented his proposal last week to increase the state's minimum wage to $6.40 an hour. While the proposal likely elicited groans from the business community, it is an idea whose time has not only come, but is long overdue.

As criminal activity diminishes on the street, it flourishes in cyberspace
We've all seen the headlines, and we've heard the anecdotal evidence. We can see it with our own eyes -- crime is down, and midtown red-light districts like New York's Times Square have been remade. Prostitution and scams are no longer offered to passers-by in broad daylight. The statistics look good, and the streets are cleaner.

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

Cloud-reflected heat warms Earth, humans and moose alike
By any standards, this is a strange winter in Alaska. Fairbanks temperatures are about 18 degrees above normal this winter, and Anchorage is up about 10-11 degrees. My black Lab is shedding, garden perennials in Homer are sprouting, and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge still hasn't been opened for snowmachining, due to lack of sufficient snow. What is going on!?

Religion Briefs
Siblings called to serve missions

Dogs help people with disabilities at church services
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) -- At St. John's Episcopal Church in this Detroit suburb, even dogs have vocations.

Dissident Episcopalians convene first conference of Anglican Mission in America
PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- The Episcopal church in America faces extinction unless it changes policies that some find too liberal, a leader of the dissident Anglican Mission in America said during the group's first conference last week.

Growing minority of lawmakers questions opening prayer
DENVER (AP) -- A small but growing group of state representatives is questioning the practice of opening each session of the Colorado House with a prayer.

Boys denied school enrollment because of long hair
DALLAS (AP) -- Two East Texas boys whose religious beliefs forbid hair-cutting until age 13 have been barred from attending a public school because their locks are too long.

German diocese, Vatican compromise on counseling
LIMBURG, Germany (AP) -- A Roman Catholic diocese has reached a deal with the Vatican that allows its anti-abortion program to continue offering certificates of counseling to women who may then seek a legal abortion.

Study: Church can be fun
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- Church can be exciting and fun, concludes a study on church excellence that focuses on 600 congregations around the nation, including some that are far from traditional.

Shrine at center of peace talks being disputed
JERUSALEM -- Negotiations over a disputed Jerusalem holy site are failing to take into account its central role in the end-times prophecies of Judaism, Christianity and Islam alike -- or to calm those who want to see the prophecies played out, an Israeli author warns.

Science has gone too far, says manifesto by world-religions expert
NEW YORK (AP) -- The complaint has a familiar ring: Science-driven secularism has simply gone too far. It has arrogantly tyrannized American higher education, shoving religious faith to the margins, and has moved on to colonize huge tracts of American culture, law, media, and even some churches.

Recent snow revs up skiers
Pessimists would say the tease is on again. Optimists would say the snow has finally arrived for good. Whatever the case, a couple of moderate snowfalls this week have resurrected cross-country trail skiing on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Super Bowl teams find solutions to internal struggles
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Three months ago, the Baltimore Ravens went five games without scoring a touchdown. Last season, two New York Giants ripped the coach and the offense.

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.

Defensive coordinators in coaching on-deck circle
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The arithmetic fits: Two head coaching openings, one in Buffalo, the other in Cleveland, and two high-profile defensive coordinators preparing for Sunday's Super Bowl.

Utah's Stockton hits last-second technical foul shots to clinch win
SALT LAKE CITY -- John Stockton hit two technical foul shots in the last 1.3 seconds, lifting the Utah Jazz to an odd 98-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

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.

Williams sisters double the fun
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Venus and Serena Williams completed a career Grand Slam in women's doubles Friday, beating Lindsay Davenport and Corina Morariu 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the Australian Open.

Agassi rallies past Rafter for spot in finals
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andre Agassi pounded shots that made Patrick Rafter lunge, dive, scamper and jump. It was all too much.

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.

A Super Bowl minus superstars
TAMPA, Fla. -- This is the Super Bowl without superstars.

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.

Super Bowl from zero to 800 million
TAMPA, Fla. -- Super Bowl by the numbers:

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.

Blues' second-leading scorer nets two goals, clinches game in overtime
ST. LOUIS -- The second time the St. Louis Blues put a late deflection past Martin Brodeur, it wasn't a false alarm.

Hawks turn out lights on 'Dawgs
Literally, the lights went out on the Nikiski hockey team with 9 minutes, 55 seconds, left in the third period. Figuratively, Houston had turned out the lights on the Bulldogs long before that.

Scientists investigate dietary quirks of captive caribou
This is the warm and fuzzy side of wildlife biology -- nine little caribou calves clustered around Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Techni-cian John Crouse.

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