Wednesday, January 31, 2001

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.

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

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.

Board of Fisheries restricts False Pass fishing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries made deep cuts in the fishing time of the False Pass June Salmon fishery in an effort to let more chum salmon swim farther north to Western Alaska rivers.

State reviews bids to privatize telecommunications
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska could soon become the first state in the nation to contract with the private sector for all of its telecommunications services.

Alyeska Pipeline, contractor, cited and fined in worker's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state office of Occupational Safety & Health has cited the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. and a contractor for seven workplace safety violations and fined the two companies a total of $49,000 in connection with the death of a worker in Valdez last summer.

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.

Amchitka cancer link studied
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- At least 20 people who worked on Amchitka Island during an atomic testing program three decades ago have developed types of cancers often associated with radiation.

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

Alaskan takes job as White House energy policy director
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The director of the Bush administration's new energy policy group will be Andrew Lundquist, a native of Fairbanks who has worked as a top aide to both Alaska senators.

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.

Man convicted of murdering Eagle River reporter sentenced to 104 years
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man convicted of killing a reporter for the Alaska Star in 1998 was sentenced Tuesday to 104 years in prison.

Juneau man admits forging check from grandfather's estate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Juneau man has admitted forging a check from his grandfather's estate and taking money meant to help the families of fallen firefighters.

Snowshoe-making class teaches patience on a practical project
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In addition to a new pair of snowshoes, Mark Audie was building patience.

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.

Woman eavesdrops on Alaska's wild sounds
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Think of yourself as a mouse in Kathy Turco's pocket.

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.

Sleetmute Search
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a man missing since Monday near Sleetmute has been found in the Kuskokwim River.

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.

Committees approve more than $200,000 for experts
JUNEAU (AP) -- Legislative committees approved consulting contracts Tuesday that would steer more than $200,000 to an oil and gas expert, a longtime consultant on the divisive subsistence issue, and a former state official hired for his expertise on various state and federal issues.

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

Bill would give World War II vets high school diplomas
JUNEAU (AP) -- World War II veterans who never finished high school could receive diplomas under a bill introduced Tuesday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

Research changes may boost halibut quotas
KENAI (AP) -- A change in the way researchers count halibut has upped the 2001 catch quota for Alaska fishermen.

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.

Senate wants F-22 Raptors based at Elmendorf
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Senate wants the Air Force to send its newest fighter planes to Elmendorf Air Force Base.

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.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Economic impact of oil, gas discussedChamber luncheon focuses on timber industryMonthly board meetingRed Cross volunteer trainingBlood drive in Anchor PointMonopoly tournament gearing up Beer tasting, art/outdoors adventures auction

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.

LIO Schedule
Today 9 a.m. - SB 16 3:15 p.m. - HB 27 and HB 70 3:30 p.m. - Senate Resource Committee

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

Legislative committees OK more than $200,000 for experts
'The decisions related to the proposal for a natural gas pipeline and related infrastructure are some of the most important decisions that this Legislature will face.'

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.

Kenai eyes plan for economic future
What happens Saturday at the Kenai Senior Center could have an effect on the community of Kenai for years to come.

Storm warning issued for parts of peninsula
A winter storm warning has been issued for parts of the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Winter weapon
Rachel Rose brushes the last of Tuesday's snowfall off her car before motoring down Redoubt Avenue in Soldotna.

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.

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.

Thursday work session to explore boundary issues, changing state law to fit proposal
How much is Nikiski worth? And is it enough for the peninsula community to stand on its own feet?

Alaska Railroad's new conductor knows how to get things moving
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.

Soldotna's 'Volunteer of the Year' says award surprising, gratifying

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

Greenspan blunts argument that cuts risk return of big federal deficits
WASHINGTON -- Less than two weeks into the new administration, political lines are drawn for an old debate, with Republicans seeking big tax cuts that Democrats say would benefit the wealthy, shortchange domestic programs and risk renewed deficits.

Letters to the Editor
Knowles' plan to file suit against roadless ban may be premature

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.

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

Sanctions against Iraq have failed; it's time United States ended them
Ten years after the United States and its allies imposed economic sanctions following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, the embargo remains largel

Having a ball! North Star students parade the U.S. presidents
Did you know Calvin Coolidge had a pet raccoon and liked to walk around with it curled around his neck? Or that James Monroe was the first president to appear in public without a wig?

Schools around the peninsula
Aurora Borealis Charter School Kalifornsky Beach ElementaryMountain View ElementaryNikiski ElementaryNorth Star ElementaryRedoubt ElementarySears ElementarySoldotna ElementarySterling ElementaryTustumena ElementaryKenai Middle SchoolSoldotna Middle SchoolKenai Central High SchoolNikiski Middle-Senior High SchoolSkyview High SchoolSoldotna High SchoolCook Inlet Academy

Around the District
Mass Choir Festival coming to KenaiBook teams compete for district titles Boys and Girls Clubs plan activitiesSeward hosts marine science contestSchool board meets MondaySnowmachining class planned for kidsSkyview announces Students of the MonthAfter the Bell

School Menus
Elementary and secondary school lunch menus for this week.

I am a Close-Up participant at Ninilchik High School. Close-Up is a week-long governmental studies program for high school students. The program takes place in Washington, D.C. It reflects the belief that a "close -up" look at our governmental encourages students to grow in the understanding of our government.

Ask the Superintendent
On Jan. 8, an extraordinary event happened in the Kenai Peninsula Borough chambers.

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.

T-200 race set to roll
Lack of snow and unseasonable weather conditions have left the fate of the Kenai Peninsula's only Iditarod-qualifying sled dog race in question.

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.

Skyview boys sink Seahawks
The Skyview High School boys basketball team defeated Seward 65-35 Tuesday in a nonregion game.

SoHi skaters chain 'Dawgs
The Soldotna hockey program got a chance to show off its depth Tuesday night at the Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink in Nikiski.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Devils pluck Red Wings for win, snap two-game skid
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Patrik Elias had a goal and assist, and Martin Brodeur stopped 28 shots as the New Jersey Devils snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Can't rain on Ravens' parade
BALTIMORE -- Even Art Modell got jiggy with Ray Lewis.

A league of their own
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The World Wrestling Federation is out to body slam the NFL.

Kenai Kavemen Wrestling registration Thursday
Registration for the Kenai Kavemen Freestyle Wrestling Club is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. in Room 24 at Kenai Central High School. A parents' meeting is part of the registration process.

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