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Wednesday, February 7, 2001

Pike prey on fish in Anchorage lakes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 2-inch trout had just been dropped into the aquarium holding two Northern pike captured last fall in Cheney Lake when, faster than an eye blink, a foot-long pike snatched one. ''That was quick,'' said Anchorage-area sports fish biologist Barry Stratton, with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Knowles' task force recommendation no suprise -- more money for schools
JUNEAU (AP) -- A task force appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles to study Alaska's school funding system issued a report echoing the governor's repeated calls for more money for education.

Two accused in Nenana shooting death plead innocent at arraignment
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two men accused in the murder of Nenana resident John Burk pleaded innocent at their arraignment Monday.

Anchorage woman wins $1.2 million in lawsuit against diet drug maker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman has won $1.2 million in compensatory damages in a lawsuit against a diet drug maker.

Trailbreakers try to tame jumbled blocks of ice on Quest trail
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Volunteer trail breakers have attacked huge slabs of ice on the Yukon River with chain saws, using brute force to cut a trail through the jumbled ice for the running of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

School board president says exit exam scoring likely to be overhauled
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State school board President Susan Stitham says new passing scores for the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam are ''very likely.''

Rasmuson leaves $10 million to Boy Scouting in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Millionaire banker and philanthropist Elmer Rasmuson left a $10 million trust fund to Boy Scouting in Alaska before he died two months ago at the age of 91, a spokesman says.

Cigarette suspected in fataly fire
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A fire that killed an Eagle Village woman Saturday could have been caused by a cigarette, according to the State Fire Marshal's office.

NEA staff agrees on contract; returns to work
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The statewide teachers union and its staff have reached a deal on a new four-year contract, ending a strike by the union's 23 employees.

Corps of Engineers says Mat-Su port may be unstable
WASILLA (AP) -- The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has been advised to stop using its new port at Point MacKenzie because of concerns about the stability of the dock.

Hamilton praises legislators for funding increase, asks for more
JUNEAU (AP) -- Along with his annual demand for more money, University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton praised lawmakers Monday for energizing the school's students, faculty and supporters with last year's infusion of cash.

Teen arraigned on manslaughter charge after hit-and-run death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 17-year-old Anchorage girl was arraigned on a manslaughter charge in Anchorage Superior Court Tuesday in connection with a hit-and-run accident last month.

Former Arco Alaska president urges gas project diversity
KENAI (AP) -- Instead of pushing a single project, Alaskans should build a foundation for a broad natural gas business, according to a former head of Arco Alaska.

One baby's death under scrutiny, another ruled accidental
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police are investigating the death of an 8-month-old girl who died Monday.

Historic maps to go digital
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rarely seen historic maps will soon see the light of day thanks to a Library of Congress program to digitize maps in a University of Alaska Fairbanks collection.

Student loan forgiveness bill clears first hurdle
JUNEAU (AP) -- A student loan forgiveness bill aimed at teachers cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Wednesday.

Woman dies in house fire at Eagle Village
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A residential fire killed a woman in the small community of Eagle Village over the weekend.

Knowles unveils supplemental budget bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles introduced supplemental budget bills Tuesday that would spend more than $32 million from the state's general fund for dozens of programs ranging from fighting wildfires to subsidizing the Special Olympics during the current fiscal year.

NEA staff agrees on contract; returns to work
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The statewide teachers union and its staff have reached a deal on a new four-year contract, ending a strike by the union's 23 employees.

Former Kodiak state Sen. Fred Zharoff dies
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former state Sen. Fred Zharoff, who represented Kodiak for nearly two decades, has died of cancer. Tom Panamaroff, Zharoff's former longtime legislative aide, said he died in his sleep Tuesday morning. He was 56.

Alaska Republicans back Bush voucher and faith-based initiatives
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's congressional delegation is backing President Bush's school voucher proposal and his funding initiative for faith-based institutions.

Race officials cancel Open World Championship mushing sprint race
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Sled Dog and Racing Association officials announced Tuesday they are canceling the Open World Championship, a sprint race that is one of the main features of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous.

Bill would eliminate requirement for Social Security numbers
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House passed a bill Monday that would eliminate the requirement that people provide their Social Security numbers when applying for hunting or fishing licenses.

Justice Department awards boost crime victim compensation program
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska is getting more than $400,000 from the federal government to supplement the state's crime victim compensation program.

BPA chief outlines challenges
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- For the past few weeks, Washington state lawmakers angry about the impact of California's energy crisis on the Pacific Northwest have questioned the wisdom of continuing to send electricity to the Golden State.

Special Olympics flame to be lit in Athens, Greece
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A ceremony will be held in Athens, Greece this month to light the flame to be used in the 2001 Special Olympics Winter Games in Anchorage.

Constitutionality of service area bill debated
JUNEAU (AP) -- Supporters and opponents of a bill giving more power to residents of service areas that provide road and fire service debated the measure's constitutionality Monday.

DEC seeks source of petroleum sheen
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A petroleum sheen spotted Monday near a Cook Inlet drilling platform may be gas condensate or light oil.

Wasilla getting new, expanded Sears
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sears, Roebuck and Co. has bought the empty Wal-Mart building on the Parks Highway and will convert it into a Sears department store five times larger than its current Wasilla facility.

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
Plants, China featured in talkSlide show slated at historical meetingHealthy Communities meeting slatedGebhardt fund-raising event Friday State archery championships this weekendBush educator to speak at Kenai Historical SocietyRed Cross offers classBear viewing applications available

LIO Schedule
The Legislative Information Office is located at 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217 in Kenai. For more information on teleconferences, call 283-2030.

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
Environmental monitoring committee meets

Supplemental budget bills unveiled by Gov. Knowles
JUNEAU -- Gov. Tony Knowles introduced supplemental budget bills Tuesday that would spend more than $32 million from the state's general fund for dozens of programs ranging from fighting wildfires to subsidizing the Special Olympics during the current fiscal year.

Task force recommendation no surprise -- more money for schools
JUNEAU -- A task force appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles to study Alaska's school funding system issued a report echoing the governor's repeated calls for more money for education.

Photo feature: Fish on
Salmon sculpted from ice during last weekend's Peninsula Winter Games swim upstream in front of the Soldotna Sports Center Tuesday afternoon.

Borough mayor proposes tax cuts
Kenai Peninsula Borough residents will see another tax cut if Mayor Dale Bagley gets his way.

Photo Feature:Lady in waiting
Nikiski Middle-Senior High School student Shauna Hall skis past fencing near the Nikiski Pool while waiting for her turn on the trail during a race last weekend.

School asbestos project moving along
The carcinogen asbestos lurks hidden in Kenai Peninsula buildings, including schools. However, borough maintenance workers assure the public the asbestos poses no threat and they are getting rid of it.

Photo feature: King of the hill
A raven takes a break on a snow berm during a brief snow shower Tuesday afternoon in Kenai.

Former Arco exec promotes natural gas hub
'If you own a 12.5-percent share in the hub and in the pipeline to the hub, you know the price, and you have a voice in setting the policies that determine the price.' --Ken Thompson, former Arco Alaska Inc. president

School district looks toward new vocational education era
Advancing technology and a predicted shortage of skilled workers make vocational education more important than ever. But on the Kenai Peninsula two decades of public school budget cuts have gutted vocational programs.

Mystery sheen spotted in inlet
A sheen of light oil or gas bubbled up from the floor of Cook Inlet Monday near Unocal's Dolly Varden oil and gas production platform, but it appeared to have disappeared by Tuesday.

Ribbon cut for alcohol treatment center
Saturday's ribbon-cutting for a residential drug and alcohol treatment center fulfilled the dream of a social worker.

UA president praises legislators for funding increase
JUNEAU -- Along with his annual demand for more money, University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton praised lawmakers Monday for energizing the school's students, faculty and supporters with last year's infusion of cash.

Dee Woodrow Power Sr.
Homer resident Dee Woodrow Power Sr. died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 59.

John B. Luy and D. Joseph Luy
Kenai residents John B. Luy and son D. Joseph Luy died Sept. 28, 2000, in an airplane accident while traveling from Spokane, Wash. to Kenai.

Wayne Edward Roberts
Nikolaevsk resident Wayne Edward Roberts died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 72.

Vera Ivora Johnson
Former Nikiski resident Vera Ivora Johnson died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2001, in Medford, Ore. She was 87.

Quotable
''People, I think, recognize that we are going to have tax relief.''

Organic crops offer family farmers fighting chance
Folks don't farm much here in Connecticut anymore. There's more money to be made in growing houses. Profits are down, especially for milk. Other crops can be grown cheaper on bigger farms elsewhere. Local farmers' markets are popular, though, because you can cut out the middlemen, and you can get a good price for your organics. Still, many farms here can only be saved by having the state buy up their development rights.

Researchers try to answer questions surrounding atomic tests on Amchitka
BYLINE2:By NED ROZELL

Missile defense could spark new arms race
Canada shouldn't be forced to choose between Washington and our European allies on missile defense. That could split the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and weaken the world's strongest military alliance. ... The $60 billion program is wildly controversial. It aims to ring the U.S. with land- or sea-based missiles able to intercept an incoming missile. Americans are split on its merits.

Happy Birthday, President Reagan
It is difficult to imagine Ronald Reagan having lived 90 years. Even when he became "the oldest man ever elected president," as commentators frequently reminded us in 1980, his youthful exuberance about life and about America made him appear ageless.

Bush administration should consider ways to cut nuclear arsenal
Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed in November that Russia and the United States cut the number of strategic nuclear warheads they hold to less than 1,500 each.

Alaska interests best served if gas goes to multiple markets
Yukon Pacific is hardly a neutral player

Letters to the Editor
Salvation Army's efforts help hundreds of people in communityProposed $10 fee indicates why sportfishing licenses decliningProposed dipnetting fee nothing more than tax on Alaskans' food

Applause
Researchers try to answer questions surrounding atomic tests on Amchitka Phillips Alaska donation benefits Kenai seniors

Pet of the week
The Kenai Animal Shelter is featuring two female German shepherd mix puppies for $88.20 each with vaccinations, spay surgery and license included.

Alternative art
Artwork covered every available space in the hallways of the Kenai Alternative High School last week, as the first student art show there was held. More than 100 pieces were on display.

KPC is 'Celtic Tales,' music, job fair and 1 persistent student
KPC presents 'Celtic Tales'Campus tidbitsHand-built ceramics up, runningUAA to host job fair

Read all about it!
February is Love of Reading Month, and many Kenai Peninsula schools have designated the week beginning Monday as Love of Reading Week.

District School News
Aurora Borealis Charter SchoolMountain View ElementaryNikiski ElementaryRedoubt ElementarySoldotna ElementaryTustumena ElementaryKenai Middle SchoolSoldotna Middle SchoolKenai Central High SchoolNikiski Middle-Senior High SchoolNinilchik SchoolSkyview High SchoolSoldotna High SchoolCook Inlet AcademyWings Christian AcademyKenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

School Menus
Elementary and secondary school lunch menus.

Honor rolls
The following students have been named to the second-quarter honor roll at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School, Skyview High School, ans Wings Christian Academy

Around the District
School district starts public budget reviewKenai schools offer music, food Educators sponsor book partySoHi tops Academic DecathlonSkyview photographers honoredCharter school starts enrollment lotteryDistrict plans technology conferenceDistrict seeks substitute custodiansKenai Central announces Students of the MonthMountain View announces Students of the MonthSeward High announces Students of the Month

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care Center Homer Kenai Nikiski Soldotna Sterling Seward

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Soldotna Sterling Seward

Chair's magnetic pulses improve bladder control
TRENTON, N.J. -- Like millions of Americans, Mari Lynn quietly suffered for years from stress incontinence.

Berdahl doesn't let success go to her head
Laura Berdahl pauses for a moment before answering a question -- but the basketball never stops.

Panthers lose to Seahawks
The Skyview High School girls basketball team lost a nonregion game Tuesday 43-37 to the Seward Seahawks at Seward.

Iverson dashes through snow to thrash Nuggets
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson, a late arrival at the First Union Center because of a snowstorm, scored 37 points and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 99-80 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

U.S. medal hopes crash and burn
ST. ANTON, Austria -- The spectacle belonged to the North Americans, the sweep to the Austrians and skiing history to Kjetil-Andre Aamodt.

Pistons notch win over Nuggets
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 24 points and Mateen Cleaves added 13 as the Detroit Pistons ended a six-week home losing streak with a 94-83 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.

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