Sunday, February 11, 2001

Company pulls ad at request of Alaska officials
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Quaker Oats has pulled a national television commercial in which a little girl declared that she didn't like Alaska food and Alaska salmon.

Man charged with parachuting off restricted tower
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Cordova man was charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct Thursday after parachuting off a 500-foot tower in Tok.

Yukon Quest mushers make final preparations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first musher to sign up for the 2001 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race will be the first out of the starting chute Sunday when the 1,000-mile race from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to Fairbanks gets under way at 1 p.m.

Musher John Baker to give the Iditarod another try
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- If things had gone the way John Baker planned, he wouldn't be lining up his dog team at the start of this year's Iditarod.

Kelly wants early moose season so kids can hunt
JUNEAU(AP) -- A Fairbanks Republican has introduced a bill aimed at creating special hunting seasons before the start of the school year so children can join adults in pursuit of big game.

Oil companies say no more ANWR exploration needed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Oil companies say they're not interested in pushing for another round of exploratory work in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Family sues contractor over Valdez worker's death
VALDEZ (AP) -- The family of a man who died when his truck went over a cliff at the Valdez pipeline terminal has filed a lawsuit accusing a pipeline contractor of gross negligence.

Native corporations look to environmentally-friendly logging
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Native corporations are replanting clear-cuts, testing forestry techniques and funding research to find a more environmentally-friendly way to log in Southeast Alaska.

Regents committee approves land acquisition for rocket range expansion
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A University of Alaska Board of Regents committee approved plans Friday to acquire land as part of the Poker Flat Research Range's efforts to ensure safe rocket launches.

Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race gets off to good start
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP) -- Thirty-one mushers embarked Sunday on the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a 1,000 mile race that mushers say is tougher than the better-known Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Scientists look for clues to Steller sea lion decline
KODIAK (AP) -- Kate Wynne peers through an illuminated magnifying glass at the bits of digested salmon bones, gills, teeth and shrimp shells extracted from a pile of Steller sea lion dung in the lab at the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center.

Coast Guard: Foreigners not respecting maritime boundary
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Each summer a large number of foreign trawlers can be seen lined up along the maritime boundary separating Alaska and Russia in the Bering Sea.

Scientists probe for clues to Steller sea lion decline
KODIAK (AP) -- Kate Wynne peers through an illuminated magnifying glass at the bits of digested salmon bones, gills, teeth and shrimp shells extracted from a pile of Steller sea lion dung in the lab at the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center.

Ahtna board fires president, legal counsel
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The board of Ahtna Inc. has fired its president and chief executive officer.

Rough Bering Sea pounds fishing, log vessels
KODIAK (AP) -- Rough seas pushed by 70 mph winds broke wheelhouse windows out of several Bering Sea crab boats yesterday, including the 91-foot Pacific Mist of Kodiak.

Anchorage police say multiple rapes may be connected
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Five sexual assaults in Anchorage in the last five months may have been committed by the same man, police said Friday.

UA rural dean moves back to classroom
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After nine years as dean of the College of Rural Alaska, Ralph Gabrielli has decided to return to teaching.

Legislators looking for answers to DWI problem
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sticker shock has slowed a couple of legislative measures aimed at getting tough on drunken driving. But the idea of alternative courts for drunken drivers known as wellness or therapeutic courts may be gaining speed.

Deaths by snowmachine pile up in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Since 12-year-old Steven Patkotak of Barrow broke through lagoon ice and drowned Sept. 25, Alaska has averaged nearly one snowmachine death per week.

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NOW PLAYING: Hannibal
Movie Review: Hannibal

Going to the chapel ...
What grander setting for a couple to pledge their never-ending love than someplace where all the elements for which Alaska is known come together?

SoHi student fight prompts concerns

GOP senators key to drilling
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 Alaska's pristine Arctic wildlife refuge.

Moose on the loose
Since July 1, 102 moose have been killed on Kenai Peninsula roads according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Snowmachine deaths near record
Since 12-year-old Steven Patkotak of Barrow broke through lagoon ice and drowned Sept. 25, Alaska has averaged nearly one snowmachine death per week.

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

Darby Joe Rouswell
Soldotna resident Darby Joe Rouswell died accidentally Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at his workplace in Soldotna.

Letters to the Editor
State's students deserve to have high school exit exam delayed

Answer questions before implementing school exit exam
Legislators should do the wise thing and delay the effective date of the Alaska High School Qualifying Exam.

Bush's tax cut won't be slam-dunk
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is following Ronald Reagan's 20-year-old example in trying to turn a controversial campaign promise for a big tax cut into legislative accomplishment. Bush, however, faces far different challenges.

Stacy M. Alderson and Joshua E. Hornaday
Alderson, Hornaday wed in Illinois

Sarah Hemphill and Derrek Howell
Howell couple announce wedding

Crystal Dawn Rose and Gerard "Jerry" Alyre Dubois
Rose, Dubois announce engagement

SoHi cagers take First City Shootout
After surviving a scare against Craig in Friday's sems th Soldotna High School boys basketball team rebounded with a 57-32 win over host Ketchikan at the First City Prep Shootout.

Capel-ble Tar Heels top Terps
North Carolina's Jason Capel celebrates Saturday at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. Capel socred a career-high 27 points.

Headbands unstylish on All-Star Saturday
WASHINGTON -- Bad day for Generation H -- with the 'H' standing for headband.

Kenai skaters shock SoHi to earn state berth
Boone Hall had a dream about his Kenai Kardinals team the night before their playoff contest against the Soldotna Stars, but it was no fairy tale.

Lambe, Knight classic ski to titles at borough meet
Brent Knight felt a little lonely being the first skier out of the gate Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Cross-Country Ski Meet at McNeil Canyon in Homer.

Knights school
The Skyview Panthers girls and boys basketball teams were swept off of their feet Saturday as they fell against the scoring machines of the Colony Knights.

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