Friday, February 11, 2000

Co-workers help lost musher back to desk
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Co-workers of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner City Editor Rod Boyce took no chances on the returning musher finding his desk Tuesday.

Senate to vote on shorter session
JUNEAU -- A proposal to shorten the Legislature's regular session by a month passed out of a key Senate committee Thursday with new provisions aimed at lessening the governor's control over lawmakers during special sessions.

Senator: Merger block threatens Alaska economy
ANCHORAGE -- The Federal Trade Commission's decision to block BP Amoco's proposed buyout of Atlantic Richfield Co. threatens to destroy Alaska's economy, Sen. Ted Stevens said Wednesday.

Flags to be lowered for former lawmaker
JUNEAU -- Former state Rep. Ron Larson of Palmer died Thursday morning at the Sitka Pioneer Home. He was 65 and suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Lawmakers oppose merger
JUNEAU -- The Legislature's special committee on BP Amoco's proposed takeover of Atlantic Richfield Co. decided to oppose the deal Tuesday, nearly a week after the Federal Trade Commission voted to block it.

Competitive mushers changing face of Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A quiet revolution in tactics is changing the tempos of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, and some mushers say the fun is going out of the event. The race begins Saturday in Fairbanks.

Knowles introduces new subsistence bill
JUNEAU -- Senators who rejected a proposed subsistence constitutional amendment in September say nothing has changed since that vote, but Gov. Tony Knowles announced Wednesday he will again introduce and push for the measure.

Video gambling supporters flood legislators with messages
JUNEAU -- State Rep. Gene Therriault is wondering why he's getting public opinion messages from people who don't remember sending them. A campaign by the bar, hotel and restaurant lobby is the answer.

Knowles defends taking money from BP Amoco
JUNEAU -- Faced with a hailstorm of criticism, the Knowles administration on Thursday defended its decision to let BP Amoco pay for the state's legal battle on behalf of the company's proposed takeover of Atlantic Richfield Co.

Municipalities may see more cash
JUNEAU -- A tax windfall the state stands to receive if voters approve a cap on local property taxes would be earmarked for aid to local governments under a bill sponsored by Sen. Dave Donley.

Around the Peninsula
Snow removal poses a threat

Art Briefs
Homer Winter Carnival this weekend

Skyview students medal in Scholastic Art contest
A pair of students from Skyview High School swept the gold medals in photography at the Alaska Scholastic Art and Writing Awards recently.

Morris Communications buys Homer newspaper
Morris Communications Corp. has announced the purchase of the Homer News, a community newspaper with a weekly circulation of about 3,800.

Spill cleanup may delay bridge work
An upgrade of the Sterling Highway bridge in Soldotna likely will be delayed for at least a year because of underground contamination emanating from a former dry cleaner.

Ninilchik drug bust nets 4.5 pounds of pot
Alaska State Troopers served a search warrant on the residence of Donald and Denise Caulkins at Silver Lane in Ninilchik Jan. 1 and seized 1.2 pounds of processed marijuana.

Financially strapped district searches for way to fill $3 million budget gap
The mood was grim Tuesday at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's first public hearing on the budget for the next school year.

Soldotna, DOT land swap close to becoming reality
"It's been a long and sometimes painful process," Soldotna Mayor Ken Lancaster said at Wednesday night's meeting of the Soldotna City Council.

Picking up on scams
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Young bill could help old parks
State Parks director Jim Stratton calls Rep. Don Young's Conservation and Reinvestment Act, "the best chance we've had in years to revitalize local parks."

Carrier pulls out of Kodiak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Peninsula Airways Inc. said Tuesday it is ceasing operations in Kodiak.

Aviation manufacturing deal stalls again
Kinetic Aviation Inc.'s attempt to open a manufacturing facility in Alaska has failed again.


Robert J. Mackey

Icy trails translate to quick skiing
Kenai Peninsula cross-country skiers should buckle their seat belts this weekend. They could be in for a fast ride.

On the Mark
On the Mark

Kenai ends Skyview's season
It's getting harder and harder to rattle the Kardinals' cage.

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