Thursday, February 1, 2001

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

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.

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.

Alaskans seek jobs in Bush administration
JUNEAU (AP) -- With thousands of positions to be filled in the new Bush administration, dozens of Alaskans are hoping the president will tap them for a job.

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.

Lawmakers spar over mandatory borough bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposal that could force some areas of the state to organize into new boroughs and tax residents prompted polite sparring in a Senate committee Wednesday in what could be a preview of a long and bitter fight.

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

Ice farmers harvest blocks destined for sculpture
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Talk to Andy O'Grady and Dick Brickley and you get the feeling you're standing in a corn field in Iowa, not on a frozen pond in Fairbanks. They speak of ''crops'' and ''growing conditions'' and ''harvest.''

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.

Committee debates student loan forgiveness
JUNEAU (AP) -- Forgiving student loans may not be the solution to a teacher shortage in Alaska, the head of the state's student program said Wednesday.

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.

Governor files lawsuit to block roadless plan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block the federal government from banning road-building in large areas of the Tongass and Chugach national forests.

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.

Prosecutor weighs criminal charges in death of Alyeska worker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. and one of its contractors could face criminal charges in connection with the death of an Alyeska worker in Valdez last August.

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

Quake shakes Adak, Atka
PALMER (AP) -- A moderate earthquake jolted the mid-Aleutians Thursday morning, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

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.

Fish board votes down hatchery chum production cuts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Board of Fisheries on Wednesday voted down a proposal to cut chum salmon production at hatcheries in Southeast and in Prince William Sound.

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.

Alaska Native groups get juvenile justice funds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Six Alaska Native organizations will receive more than $1 million in funding from the U.S. Justice Department to help prevent and control youth violence and substance abuse.

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.

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.

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.

Knowles awards $350,000 no-bid contract to Cambridge
JUNEAU (AP) -- A $350,000 consulting contract for Gov. Tony Knowles' office was exempted from state competitive bidding requirements based on information Knowles administration officials now admit was untrue.

Arco Alaska purchase boosts Phillips earnings
Phillips Petroleum Co. reported fourth-quarter net income of $744 million, nearly triple its $250 million net for the same period of 1999.

LIO Schedule
The Administrative Regulation Review Committee will hold a public hearing on review of the Jan. 8 Fish and Game hearing on shellfish regulations. Five minute testimony limit.

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

Around the Peninsula
Borough office to conduct siren testKPB Superintendent to speak at luncheon Unocal Alaska vice president speaker at banquet Cribbage tournament set to begin Sunday Center to provide for those in need Rotary club in need of computers

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.

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

Quilt artists put it all together for 2nd annual exhibit
The "Original Quilt Art" exhibit opens Friday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and remains on display through March 10.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment In the Future Down the Road Anchorage Events Films

Soldotna seamstress goes beyond boundaries
The "Original Quilt Art" exhibit opens Friday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and remains on display through March 10.

Art Briefs
Youth production tryouts planned Community chorus to meetKids lip sync contest plannedHospice event plannedAuthors to visit Kenai, Soldotna

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.'

Governor files lawsuit against roadless proposal
ANCHORAGE -- Gov. Tony Knowles filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block the federal government from banning road-building in large areas of the Tongass and Chugach national forests.

Weather advisory
Weather advisory continues into today

Ice sculpture gets debut at games
At least one good thing should come of the icy winter that has plagued the central Kenai Peninsula this year.

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.

Look out below: Photo Feature
Suzette Monceaux cleans snow from the deck of her family's apartment in Bay Arms in Kenai Wednesday afternoon.

Morning Colors: Photo Feauture
Sun and sky reflect off the serence Kenai River on a recent sunny morning, as a United Parcel van crosses the Warren Ames Memeorial Bridge on its way to its daily rounds.

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

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

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?

Tour company to offer side trips to central peninsula in summer
While the rumble of tour buses is common on the Seward side of the Kenai Peninsula, it is decidedly less so in the Kenai-Soldotna area. But that will change for seven days this summer, as World Wide Country Tours comes to town.

Hayward John Wik Sr.
Nikiski resident Hayward John Wik Sr. died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, after a struggle with stroke complications. He was 60.

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

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.

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

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

Congress should not link federal election changes with campaign reforms
The 2000 election exposed a number of flaws in the way this country elects our president.

Cooper Landing miner takes exception to plan
A Cooper Landing miner is squaring off against the U.S. Forest Service over mining claims near one of Alaska's most popular recreational fisheries.

Renovation of Milwaukee's Catholic cathedral is nearly complete, despite dispute
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A $4 million-plus renovation of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is near completion despite objections from some churchgoers, with dedication ceremonies set Feb. 8-10.

Funeral workers at Tehran's vast cemetery busy with business of burial
BEHESHT-E-ZAHRA, Iran (AP) -- After his first day working at his traditional profession, Safar Azadinejad had nightmares and lost his appetite.

Sterling pastor turns author to publish book for Christians
Lee E. Scaggs of Sterling has published a book titled, "Enter God's Rest." The author's goal for the book is to see Christians set free from the bondage of guilt, shame, self-condemnation and the judgements of others. It reveals how to be at peace and rest, "by grace through faith."

New Age author Marianne Williamson won't cut church's ties with the Unity faith
WARREN, Mich. (AP) -- A best-selling New Age author and leader of the Church of Today said at Sunday services that her congregation won't be quitting the Association of Unity Churches.

Muslim pilgrims from Iran will be allowed to visit Shiite shrines in Iraq
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iraq said Monday it would allow Shiite Muslim pilgrims from Iran to fly to visit holy shrines in Iraq, another step toward normalizing relations between two former enemies.

Archbishop of Canterbury keeps busy, but church struggles with decline
LONDON -- When Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey retires on Oct. 31, he will step down with a decidedly mixed record, say critics on both the left and right.

French fries, religion mix during weekly gospel show at McDonald's
DAYTON, Tenn. -- On a foggy Thursday night in the town best known for the Scopes Monkey Trial, it's almost gospel time at McDonald's.

Boston Archdiocese gives authorities names of priests accused of sexual abuse
BOSTON (AP) -- Acting on a pledge made by Cardinal Bernard F. Law, the Archdiocese of Boston provided authorities the names of priests accused of sexually abusing children during the past four decades.

Religion Briefs
Conference begins Saturday Clothing ministry open Saturday Spiritual poems sought

Hopes for spiritual and economic renaissance accompany Mormons' Snowflake temple
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's second Mormon temple, perched on a butte above the tiny town of Snowflake, goes on public display during an open house Feb. 2-16. It will serve nearly 35,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in northeastern Arizona.

Domino's Pizza founder wants to build a 25-story crucifix in Michigan
ANN ARBOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan wants to build a massive free-standing crucifix at his Domino's Farms office park. At 25 stories, it would be only 51 feet shorter than the torch's tip on the Statue of Liberty.

Washington's Episcopal diocese elects new bishop who backed incumbent in dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Episcopal priest who supported church authorities in a dispute with conservatives has been elected bishop of the church's 40,000-member Diocese of Washington, where the dispute took place.

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.

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

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

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

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

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?

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.

Peninsula wrestlers fare well at Outside meet
Melina Hutchison of Soldotna and Tela O'Donnell of Homer recently participated in the Missouri Valley College International Open wrestling tournament in Marshall, Mo.

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.

Walker paces Celtics to win in Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS -- Antoine Walker scored 22 points and Vitaly Potapenko added 15 as the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 102-96 in overtime Wednesday night and extended their winning streak to a season-best four games.

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

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

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.

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.

Montreal Candiens sold to American businessman
MONTREAL -- Uh-oh, Canada. An American is the new owner of the Montreal Canadiens.

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.

U.S. team finds gold in Austrian hills
ST. ANTON, Austria -- Suddenly, the Americans are soaring in the Alps.

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

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