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Thursday, February 8, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Getting good glide on skis can take less than 10 minutes
KENAI (AP) -- Waxing a ski can be about as simple and cheap, or complicated and expensive, as the skier wants to make it.

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.

Fairbanks men chalk up 13,000 miles exploring Arctic on snowmachines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- From the edge of the Bering Sea in northwest Alaska across the vast Arctic to Baffin Island on the edge of the North Atlantic Ocean, the winter wanderings of Roger Siglin and Dick Hattan cover 13,000 miles.

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.

'Chlorine Lagoon' keeps Alaska kayakers sane during winter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- They arrive in their bunny boots and parkas, lugging snow-covered kayaks into Hamme Pool.

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.

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.

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.

Jury adds $12 million in punitive damages in diet drug lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court jury added $12 million in punitive damages Wednesday to a million dollar award won by an Anchorage woman against a diet drug maker.

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.

Federal government awards transportation grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal grants totaling nearly $4.3 million have been awarded to improve transportation services in Anchorage and Whittier, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens announced Tuesday.

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.''

Big Lake's thin ice swallows another vehicle
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A family of four was forced to swim Sunday after their Chevrolet Suburban fell through ice on a channel of Big Lake.

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.

State narrows choices to build fast ferry
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Marine Highway officials have narrowed their choice for building the state's first fast ferry to two shipyards.

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.

Iron Dog race struggles with too much snow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- While some Alaska mushing races have been canceled for lack of snow, the state's best-known snowmobile race is struggling with too much.

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.

Judge rules against Princess in grounding case
JUNEAU (AP) -- A judge has ruled Princess Cruises cannot sue the state for failing to discover that a marine pilot was taking an anti-depressant medication when he grounded the Star Princess near Juneau in 1995.

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.

Woman sues Carrs over entrance fall
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An attorney for a woman who fell while entering a Carrs grocery store three years ago claimed Tuesday that store employees failed to take adequate precautions to protect customers.

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.

Quest racer plans extended trip to Nome
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A rookie Yukon Quest musher plans a pit stop at Fairbanks before continuing on all the way to Nome to raise money for a man disabled in a car accident.

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.

Ulmer, elections director urge quick action on primary rules
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state elections director urged lawmakers Wednesday to act quickly on a new law for the Alaska primary, warning that waiting until next year could overburden election officials already faced with newly redrawn election districts.

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.

Dredge owner wins lawsuit
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks jury has awarded $120,000 to the owner of a gold dredge near Chicken who claims he was hindered from moving it and making it into a tourist attraction.

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.

Mat-Su port dock may be unstable
WASILLA -- 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.

Business Briefs
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Cisco Systems Inc. missed Wall Street's earnings expectations for the first time in 3 1/2 years despite a nearly 50 percent gain in quarterly profits, blaming the slip on the softening U.S. economy.

Say what?
NEW YORK -- In the movies, computers are always good listeners. In real life, they only hear what they want to hear.

Phillips to buy Tosco
Phillips Petroleum Co. has agreed to buy Tosco Corp. in a $7 billion stock transaction.

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 House Transportation Commiuttee will hold a public hearing on higway and state road safety, winter trails study and the gravel to asphalt program. Listen only.

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
Tesoro representative to speak at luncheon Multiple Sclerosis self-help meeting Healthy Communities meeting to be heldKasilof Historical Society to meet Slide show to be presentedBrown bear slide show to be held Kids art show showingGenealogy workshopAnnual hospice auction and wine tastingBiologist to discuss lynx Kenai, Soldotna class of 1981 reunion Center to provide for those in need Rotary club in need of computers Art showing in Homer

Art Briefs
Community chorus to meet Bead artists sought Authors to visit Kenai, Soldotna Mystery convention planned in February

Anthropologist expands stories of Eskimo culture
LOS ANGELES -- There's a delicious scene in the made-for-TV movie ''These Old Broads'' in which Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor play off their rocky real-life past.

Art is her middle name
On her business card, her name is presented "mARTy."

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.

Mayor targets junk cars
Although recent snowfalls are only just beginning to give the Kenai Peninsula a wintry appearance, Borough Mayor Dale Bagley already has his eyes set on spring-cleaning.

Port Graham School water tests reveal high lead content
HOMER -- Testing at several south Kenai Peninsula schools has revealed some tap water with lead levels more than 100 times the accepted level, but state epidemiologists say past cases have shown there is little to no health risk.

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.

Easement eases minds of snow-goers
A first-of-its-kind easement across university-held land in Clam Gulch is giving snowmachiners free and clear access into the popular Caribou Hills.

Schools budget in limbo
This year, a glimmer of hope has lightened the usually grim school budget planning process.

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

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.

Joyful noise: Photo feauture
Members of the Soldotna High School Concert Choir, above, perform Tuesday during the Kenai Peninsula Borou

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.

Passengers will foot bill for flying improvements
The debate over air-travel issues continues, with the latest round of finger-pointing turning to the U.S. government.

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.

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.

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

While President Bush makes nice, Democrats prepare for political warfare
He's only been in office a little more than two weeks, and already President George W. Bush has had members of the Kennedy clan over for eats and a movie, visited a "policy retreat" (if it were only so) of Senat

Powell plans to review U.S. sanctions policies
New Secretary of State Colin Powell is rightly questioning one of the most overused tools available to U.S. policy-makers -- economic sanctions.

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.

Ghost of Clinton presidency likely will haunt U.S., Israel
One took place here at home, the other in the Middle East. One was decided by a razor-close margin, the other was a landslide of historic proportions.

Getting good glide on skis can take less than 10 minutes
KENAI (AP) -- Waxing a ski can be about as simple and cheap, or complicated and expensive, as the skier wants to make it.

Fairbanks men chalk up 13,000 miles exploring Arctic on snowmachines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- From the edge of the Bering Sea in northwest Alaska across the vast Arctic to Baffin Island on the edge of the North Atlantic Ocean, the winter wanderings of Roger Siglin and Dick Hattan cover 13,000 miles.

'Chlorine Lagoon' keeps Alaska kayakers sane during winter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- They arrive in their bunny boots and parkas, lugging snow-covered kayaks into Hamme Pool.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Upcoming school district budget presentations
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is holding a series of public hearings on the proposed 2001-02 school budget. Assistant Superintendent Patrick Hickey will present the draft budget, answer questions and solicit suggestions.

Hakkinen leads U.S. biathletes
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen, 21, was the top American finisher Wednesday at the World Championships in Pokljuka, Slovenia.

Hakkinen leads U.S. biathletes
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen, 21, was the top American finisher Wednesday at the World Championships in Pokljuka, Slovenia.

Rockets launch in Philly
PHILADELPHIA -- Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley each scored 23 points and Hakeem Olajuwon added 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Houston Rockets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-87 Wednesday night.

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.

Everybody's ready -- Let's play hockey
The North Star Conference Region III/4A hockey tournament begins today at Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla with teams from Skyview and Kenai Central high schools taking the ice in opening-round games.

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

Penguins' scoring flurries bury Flyers
PITTSBURGH -- Alexei Kovalev had three goals in his first career five-point game and Jaromir Jagr had two goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins scored in flurries to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 9-4 Wednesday 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.

Vikings' Smith says he's done with NFL
MINNEAPOLIS -- Once again, Robert Smith has eluded his pursuers.

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