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Saturday, February 10, 2001

Unalaska to hold mayoral election Monday
UNALASKA (AP) -- Unalaska residents will choose a new mayor Monday from among five candidates for the job.

Bush needs to sway GOP senators to allow Arctic drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- To win the centerpiece of his energy plan, President Bush will have to change some minds among seven Republican senators who staunchly oppose oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Freighter loses logs in rough seas
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A freighter loaded with logs lost about one-third of its cargo in rough seas in the Bering Sea Thursday, Coast Guard officials said.

Bounty hunters file federal lawsuit
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Three bounty hunters have filed a lawsuit in federal court in which they allege that state officials violated their civil rights.

CDC confirms source of botulism in Southwest Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that three of 14 villagers from Manokotak contracted botulism after eating fermented beaver tail almost three weeks ago.

Easement eases minds of snowmachiners
KENAI (AP) -- Snowmachiners will have new access to the popular Caribou Hills now that the University of Alaska and the state Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation have agreed on a first-of-its-kind easement across university-held land in Clam Gulch.

Teacher charged with sexual abuse jailed for additional
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Palmer teacher charged with sexual abuse of a minor turned herself in to Alaska State Troopers Wednesday night for violating terms of her release by having contact with her victim, a 16-year-old student.

Perkins fined over sexual harassment charge
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former Deputy Labor Commissioner Dwight Perkins was ordered Thursday to pay fines and restitution and perform 30 days of community service for making an unwanted sexual advance.

Maryland negotiating with Duke player's mother hit by bottle
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- The University of Maryland is negotiating a settlement with the mother of Carlos Boozer, the basketball star from Juneau.

Two Fairbanks residents being considered for Board of Regents
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two Fairbanks residents are among 13 applicants being considered for two vacancies on the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

Linguist says rural Alaska kids face language handicap on exit exams
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A study by a University of California linquist suggests rural children face cultural handicaps on school exit exams.

Mat-Su Borough residents can pay property taxes online
PALMER (AP) -- Property owners in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough can now pay their property taxes online.

Light quake shakes western Cook Inlet
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook western Cook Inlet early Friday morning. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

Senate unanimously approves new pipeline safety measures
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's aging network of oil and natural gas pipelines would come under new inspection standards and operators would be subject to higher fines under legislation the Senate passed Thursday.

Wave Wholesale to reorganize under bankruptcy protection
BETHEL (AP) -- Wave Wholesale Co. has halted construction of a retail center in Bethel, laid off workers and plans to sell off some businesses as part of its effort to reorganize under federal bankruptcy protection, company officials said.

Former state Rep. Marcus F. Jensen dead at age 92
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former territorial senator and state Rep. Marcus F. Jensen has died at his home in Fritz Cove.

ANWR drilling backers say now is the time to press for bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski will join other Republicans later this month in submitting an energy package that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development.

One killed in fiery wreck on Parks Highway
TALKEETNA (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating a fatal, fiery head-on collision Wednesday night on the Parks Highway near Trapper Creek.

Legislators seek answers on gas pipeline
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers spent the last couple of days prodding major oil companies for assurances that Alaskans will benefit as much as possible from a proposed natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

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
Gebhardt fund-raising event Friday Basketball tournament canceledState archery championships slatedRed Cross offers classmmunization clinic canceledBlood drive to be held in mallAdvisory board to discuss variety of topicsMonthly contra dance to be heldFirst sphere weekend planned

Homer musher 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.

Quest special for area musher
Competing in the Yukon Quest is no small thing.

Different mushers, different quests
Some might call it the toughest race on earth -- others call it a grueling 1,000-mile race through North America's toughest terrain from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, to Fairbanks.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and Exhibits EntertainmentIn the FutureDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Pipeline answers sought
JUNEAU -- Lawmakers spent the last couple of days prodding major oil companies for assurances that Alaskans will benefit as much as possible from a proposed natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

NASCAR hosts media circus for Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Under a massive tent outside the speedway Thursday, defending Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte sat hunched in a chair behind a table adorned with a black tablecloth and his own laminated nametag.

Photo feature: Morning Gold
The sun breaks through low clouds and fog as it rises above spruce trees near Kenai Thursday morning.

ANWR drilling backers say now is their time
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski will join other Republicans later this month in submitting an energy package that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development.

Barbara 'Bobby' Brewis Lindberg
Barbara "Bobby" Brewis Lindberg died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at her daughter's home in Soldotna. She was 83.

John Haven Franklin
Soldotna resident John Haven Franklin died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at his home in Soldotna. He was 82.

Alexander P. Cerepa Jr.
Al Cerepa of Gold Beach, Ore., died at home on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, after being diagnosed with leukemia on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001. He was 63.

Darby Rouswell
Soldotna resident Darby Rouswell died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, in Soldotna. He was 28.

Letters to the Editor
Fish and Game study irrelevant except as academic exerciseSalvation Army doesn't adequately help family in need of assistance

Economic forum should be followed by concrete actions
As the author of the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes noted: "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven."

Applause
Many make Soldotna awards banquet evening to rememberNorth Peninsula chamber says thanks for awards banquet supportMany contribute to success of Challenge to Quit Program

Survival instincts of animals often better than our own
As a firefighter, there is one question I have been asked repeatedly over the years: "What happens to all the animals during a wildfire?" Well, it's a good question, and I don't think there is one definitive answer.

Juice: A good idea goes bad
Fruity colors saved Apple Computers. They also revved up a 90s version of the Volkswagen Bug. But here's hoping those same fruity colors flop for the Leatherman Tool Group.

Report: Russian textbooks slight Jews
MOSCOW (AP) -- The American Jewish Committee on Monday urged more attention to Jewish history and culture in Russia, a country with a large Jewish minority and a long history of anti-Semitism.

Spiritual advisers are center of debate
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. -- In his last hours on Earth, California death row inmate Thomas Thompson fought to stay alive or, failing that, to be with his spiritual adviser until the last moments.

Religion Briefs
Party Clubs scheduled at schoolsClasses planned at Love INCVeils, trails topic at Kenai Aglow

The perfect storm: God's way of teaching us to cope
Recently I was reading about "the perfect storm." Not the movie that was recently released, but one found in the pages of Scripture. We will get to my reasoning for this observation in a few minutes.

Church council leader urges greater understanding with Catholics, Orthodox
BERLIN (AP) -- The World Council of Churches' top official has called for new efforts to create better understanding between Christian denominations.

United States ranks third in world Roman Catholic population
HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- The United States has 62.4 million Roman Catholics, the third largest Catholic population in the world, according to the 2001 Catholic Almanac.

It's a ''Methodist moment'' in Washington, caucus says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Though the United Methodist Church has lost members and influence nationwide over recent decades, the Bush era is a ''Methodist moment'' in the nation's capital, a conservative religious caucus says.

Atlanta Baptists reopen split on gay issue
ATLANTA (AP) -- Two years after the Georgia Baptist Convention expelled two churches because of their acceptance of homosexuals, the Atlanta Baptist Association has reopened the controversy by voting to keep the churches in the fold.

After murder in congregation, rabbi writes book on lessons from crisis
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- When the wife of the rabbi at Congregation M'Kor Shalom was beaten to death in her living room in 1994, all 4,000 synagogue members felt the loss -- perhaps none more than Gary Mazo.

Controversy over policy implementation overshadows upcoming test date
Two dozen grim-faced parents gathered at Kenai Central High School earlier this week to hear hard facts about their children and the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam.

Tour highlights good weekend for skiers
Wine. Cheese. A ski tour to a historic cabin with views of breathtaking Kachemak Bay.

Skiing hits the big time
There are many things in the sports world these days that don't sound like a big deal, but actually are when the sentences are broken down carefully.

Oilers Corner
Island Movers leave Alaska Baseball LeagueTwo members of the 2001 Oilers had noteworthy weeks.

Kenai downs Palmer, Skyview skates past Wasilla in opening-round games
The Kenai Central High School hockey team skated to a 6-1 win Thursday in the opening round of the North Star Conference tournament at Brett Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla.

McCarty leads Wings past Leafs
DETROIT -- Darren McCarty had a goal and an assist, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Stars victorious in First City Shootout
The Soldotna High School boys basketball team defeated Caledonia, British Columbia, 54-50 in the opening round of the First City Prep Shootout at Ketchikan High School Thursday.

Yellowstone moose learn hard way to beware of bears, wolves
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Moose that had never seen wolves or grizzly bears didn't try to get away when the predators returned to parts of the Yellowstone basin of Wyoming, but it took only a few bloody encounters for the animals to wise up, researchers say.

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