Saturday, February 12, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Snow removal poses a threat

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.

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."

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.


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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