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Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Internet opens world of information to aurora borealis fans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Internet is opening up a world of information to astronomy buffs and scientists who are using satellite data to get a good look at the northern lights.

Two people appointed to commission
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two people have been appointed to a commission that is responsible for dispersing over a half million dollars in state and local funds each year.

Dogs victimized by traps around Mat-Su
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Dogs are falling victim to traps around the Matanuska and Susitna valleys.

Flags at half staff for former Coast Guard commandant
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered that state flags fly at half-staff Tuesday and Wednesday to honor Coast Guard Admiral John Hayes, who died Jan. 17. He was 76.

Bush cabinet member to visit Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The new secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will apparently be the first member of President George Bush's cabinet to visit Alaska.

Report to Fish Board on False Pass Fishery short on specifics
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A report to the Alaska Board of Fisheries does not call for any major changes to the False Pass commercial salmon fishery, but suggests some changes might be needed to help restore chum salmon runs in Western Alaska.

January 24: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on compensation for public service:
''It's a form of compensation or an incentive to get people to run for office, and I think we all have a stake in that.''

Man pleads guilty to drug charge
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man found with more than 300 marijuana plants on his property in December pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled substance Monday in Federal Court.

Many lobbyists come to the job after interning in politics
JUNEAU (AP) -- Thyes Shaub's job as one of the best-paid woman lobbyists in Alaska means more than winning over clients, staying on top of issues and overcoming gender barriers.

Men on snowmachine missing near Sleetmute
ANCHORORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers were searching Tuesday for two men missing near Sleetmute who may have gone through the ice on the Kuskokwim River.

Ulmer appoints panel to study changing Alaska's open primary
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer has named a task force to review Alaska's open primary election.

Restaurant industry worried by minimum wage increase
In the first hearing Monday on a proposal to raise the minimum wage, a Juneau waitress told legislators an extra 75 cents an hour would help her make ends meet.

North Slope mayor says nuclear waste plan is lunacy
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Arctic North Slope Borough Mayor George Ahmaogak thinks the idea of shipping nuclear waste across the top of the globe is another example of how the world takes liberties with the Arctic Ocean.

Yakutat cruise tax mirrors history
JUNEAU (AP) -- There was a time when the Tlingits of Yakutat demolished boats that disturbed pregnant seals in nearby Disenchantment Bay. Modern-day Natives are considering a less violent protest of the growth of cruise ship traffic in the area.

January 25: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on running the Alaska Railroad:
The choice of Air Force Gen. Patrick K. Gamble to become the new president and chief executive officer of the Alaska Railroad was something of a stunning surprise. A great and welcome surprise, it needs to be quickly said.

Family lays loved one to rest in the heart of winter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A light dusting of snow covers newly mounded soil and a wooden cross marking Daniel ''Beaver'' Savage's gravesite at Birch Hill Cemetery.

January 26: Peninsula Clarion on boosting Alaska's minimum wage:
In one of the first acts of the new legislativ

Sealaska Chief,147 Loescher leaving Sealaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sealaska President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Loescher resigned without explanation Monday.

Moose road-kill numbers down in Mat-Su
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The number of road-killed moose is reported down in the Mat-Su region.

Anchorage restaurant owner to stand trial in Macedonia
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man will stand trial on murder charges in Macedonia.

Alaska International Airport System posts cargo increases
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska International Airport System has posted increases in cargo landed weight for the peak shipping season at Fairbanks International Airport and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Man in Anchorage killed by a hit and run driver
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A teen-age girl was charged Monday following a hit-and-run accident in which an elderly man was killed.

Anchorage man killed by a hit and run driver
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who was walking across a road Sunday was killed by a hit and run driver, Anchorage police said.

Point MacKenzie family loses home to fire
WASILLA (AP) -- A Point MacKenzie family is homeless after an early morning fire.

Drug officers raid three homes in Wasilla area
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three methamphetamine laboratories in the Wasilla area were raided Friday, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Maserculiq Fish Processors get top prize
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A small Native seafood processing company took top honors in this year's Symphony of Seafood contest.

Murkowski law increases role of Coast Guard
JUNEAU (AP) -- Federal legislation brokered by Sen. Frank Murkowski has increased the regulatory role of the U.S. Coast Guard when testing cruise ship wastewater discharges.

Bill names road after Joe Redington Sr.
JUNEAU (AP) -- House members on Monday honored Iditarod pioneer Joe Redington Sr.'s contribution to the state by voting to rename 15 miles of the Knik-Goose Bay Road in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough after him.

Jury orders medical groups to pay almost $2 million in damages
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court jury has ordered the state's largest nonprofit hospital to pay almost $2 million in damages to two doctors who filed an antitrust suit.

Bush to focus on prescription drugs, religion
WASHINGTON -- After starting his presidency with a focus on the safe topic of education, President Bush this week ventures into more treacherous waters: He is promoting his proposal to turn certain government services over to religious institutions, and pushing the GOP plan to provide prescription drugs to senior citizens.

Crab biologist finds treasures in the Gulf of Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Brad Stevens wasn't sure what he was looking at when he first spotted a reddish creature with long, spindly legs and giant claws crawling along the side of a mountain rising from the floor of the Gulf of Alaska.

January 26: Anchorage Daily News on welfare reform in Alaska:
The numbers are encouraging.

Weather blamed for poor Kodiak hunting, bear-viewing last year
KODIAK (AP) -- Weather was blamed for a lack of hunter and bear-viewing success on Kodiak Island last fall.

Around the Peninsula
Winter games topic at today's chamber luncheon WRCC board to meet Wednesday Oil-gas official to speak at Kenai chamberTimber industry focus of Anchor Point meeting Red Cross training set for Saturday Word, Excel classes offered Saturday

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
Peer counselors to lead mothers groupCommunity chorus to meetShellfish permits dueBeer tasting tops fund-raiserEntrants sought for contestKids arts on displayCommunity to gather of Valentines Day

LIO Schedule
The Department of Fish and Game, Mariculture Division will hold a public hearing on aquatic farming regulations. Testimony will be taken.

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.

New director breathes life into EDD
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Economic Development District has been putting its house in order since Betsy Arbelovsky became director in July.

Community leaders honored at banquet
The dimly lit Soldotna Elks Lodge was filled with excitement Friday as all awaited the start of the 42nd annual Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.

Survey searches for cause of frustration
Sales of Alaska resident sport-fishing licenses are falling despite Alaska's increasing population. The state hopes to find out why with a survey on the way to 8,500 Alaska residents.

Sales tax addition possible in Homer
HOMER -- Summer visitors and residents of the area could be paying higher sales taxes as early as mid-2002, if Homer voters agree, City Manager Ron Drathman said last week.

Halibut quota gets a boost
A change in the way researchers count halibut has upped the 2001 catch quota for Gulf of Alaska commercial fishers.

Photo Feature: Making Tracks
Jevin Meader and Tyler Hurley careen down the sled hill on the bluff above Cook Inlet at the end of Forest Drive in Kenai last weekend.

Three more toss hat into ring for Soldotna mayor seat
Three candidates tossed their collective hats into the ring at the last minute to make the number of people seeking the mayor's position in Soldotna five.

Funds for convention center plans get approval
The Soldotna City Council continues to take steps toward making a new convention center a reality. At Wednesday night's meeting, the council approved a $56,950 appropriation to fund schematic designs.

SoHi senior named Alaska Junior Miss
Despite some initial indecision over entering the Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship Program, Soldotna High School senior Kara Merrill came away as the big winner Saturday night.

Weather promises pothole bonanza
Potholes, usually a harbinger of spring, are blooming early on Kenai Peninsula roads. Like the pussy willows, their untimely appearance traces to the weird, warm weather.

Photo feature: Winter sky
Clouds rolling off Mount Iliamna reflect Saturday's fading light.

Applause
Kenai chamber says thanks for success of annual banquet

Bush education plan calls for flexibility, real accountability
As promised, President Bush has sent Congress a serious proposal for reforming public education in America. It's a good, balanced plan with excellent prospects of drawing the bipartisan support that Mr. Bush fervently wants so he can convert a campaign pledge into a tangible achievement.

Letters to the Editor
Dipnet fee of $10 small price to pay to participate in fishery Dipnet fee should be allocated to more enforcement of fisheryProposed tower would harm quality of life in neighborhood

Learning the ropes in Juneau
First, I want to thank everyone for their support and the opportunity to make a difference. I would like to introduce my staff to all of you: Helen Donahue, Michael Huckabay (Huck) and Leonardo Wasillie from Seward. They are willing to be of assistance anytime you need our help.

Oil spill highlights need for common sense, purpose
An oil spill in waters just half a mile off one of the world's great bird sanctuaries, the Galapagos Islands, raises questions about how to safeguard waters of special scientific interest.

Letters to the Editor
Sunday column about racism, intolerance draws responseDipnet fee good idea if residency requirements enforced

Applause
Students efforts raise funds for drug rehabilitation center SoHi students help pay tribute to senior centers volunteers

Alaska SeaLife Center news
Harbor seal hormone study continues Harlequin duck study nearing completion

Peninsula People
Soldotna man receives trainingMedical student trains in areaStudents named to honor listsNew pioneer officers installed New members electedPing pong tourney results

Langston, Webb plan spring marriage
Joy Langston and Steven Webb will be married at Holy Trinity Church on Mercer Island in Washington on April 29.

Births
Andrea Dalon and John Raymond McGrane Mary E. and Michael L. Hutchison

Kenai couple celebrates 50 years together
David and Mary Thornton of Kenai recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.

Challenger Center receives check from BP
Kenai Mayor John Williams, left, shares a $60,000 check from British Petroleum with incoming Challenger Center of Alaska Executive Director Steve Horn.

Community News
Nominations sought for first lady's awardHEA offers scholarshipHomer chamber looking for volunteers

Ask a Trooper
Question: My husband and I are having a debate we hope you can settle. Someone broke into our shed and took so

Seniors need to be aware of revised home sale rules'
DENVER (AP) -- Seniors planning to sell their principal residence or a vacation home should be aware of recently proposed Internal Revenue Service regulations, says a tax expert at the College for Financial Planning.

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care Center Homer Kenai R>NikiskiSterlingSeward

Senior Menus
Kenai Nikiski Soldotna Sterling SewardHomer

Will seeks to care for animals
MOBILE, Ala. -- Eliza-beth Quinlan Buzzi had a reputation for being stern and strong-willed, except when it came to Peaches, her cat.

Lewis earns MVP trophy for Ray-venous defense
TAMPA, Fla. -- As Ray Lewis came out of the tunnel before the Super Bowl began, he followed a season-long ritual: He scooped up a few blades of grass from Raymond James Stadium.

Thrashers rototill Rangers
NEW YORK -- Frantisek Kaberle had a goal and two assists as the Atlanta Thrashers returned to Madison Square Garden -- the site of their last victory 16 games ago -- and again beat the New York Rangers 7-2 Monday night.

Slide show
It's not that Skyview senior skier and runner Amy Lambe is antisocial. Far from it. It's just that through the years Lambe has learned there's a time to hang with the pack, and there's a time to break from it.

Timberwolves complete successful Bucks hunt
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied for their seventh consecutive win, 99-96 over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

Hawks down Kenai
The Houston hockey team picked up a 3-2 victory over Kenai late Saturday night in nonconference action at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Baltimore stifles Giants to take home Super Bowl
TAMPA, Fla. -- This Super Bowl was a roll in the mud, not a grand passing duel between future Hall of Famers.

Baltimore's gone to the birds
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- For the uninitiated, Baltimore Ravens fans don't ''caw.''

Big Apple can relish topping Los Angeles
NEW YORK -- Shaquille O'Neal never left the locker room, and the rest of the Lakers never really showed up, either.

Tressler, Abrahamson take freestyle races
Homer's Syverine Abra-hamson and Skyview's Adam Tressler won freestyle races Saturday at McNeil Canyon Ski Trails in the Homer X-Pursuit.

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