Monday, February 12, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Man charged with sexually abusing girl
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Delta Junction man has been charged with sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl.

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.

Protecting children
State Rep. Sharon Cissna wants Alaska to rethink one of its most important jobs: protecting children in potentially abusive homes. The Anchorage Democr

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.

Boys & Girls Club fires worker over sex allegations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An employee of the Boys & Girls Club of the Tanana Valley has been fired over allegations that he and a 14-year-old girl had sex on several occasions.

Moderate earthquake shakes Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- A moderate earthquake shook Kodiak on Sunday.

Polar bears apparently booming along Beaufort Sea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Polar bears around the Beaufort Sea appear to be thriving, according to a leading researcher. Residents of the area say they've also noticed more bears.

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.

Natives ask Justice Department to overturn resdistricting law
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Thirteen Alaska Native groups have asked the U.S. Dep

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.

Female inmate dies in jail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman was discovered dead Sunday in her bunk at Anchorage's Sixth Avenue Jail, according to Alaska State Troopers and the Department of Corrections.

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.

Kleedehn leading Quest teams
BRAEBURN, Yukon Territory (AP) -- William Kleedehn of Carcross, Yukon was leading the top teams Monday in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.

Lawmakers favor avalanche awareness
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House of Representatives wants to designate November as Avalanche Awareness Month. But it declined a suggestion that the statement be backed up with $350,000.

Bulkhead fracture causes small spill
VALDEZ (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard said a small spill at Valdez Marine Terminal was caused by fracture along the bulkhead of a vessel.

Halcro wants state to get workers' frequent flyer miles
JUNEAU (AP) -- An Anchorage Republican wants to force state workers to use the frequent flyer miles they accumulate on state business for job-related travel instead of vacations.

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.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on drunk driving laws:
Lowering the state's drunken driving standard from .1 blood-alcohol content to .08 won't do much to stop the most dangerous, habitual offenders whose intoxication at the scene of horrific accidents sadly registers two or three times the legal limit.

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.

Governor's McGrath promise:
Residents of McGrath have but a tiny voice in the statewide debate over the merits of predator control as a means of boosting moose and other game populations.

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.

Juneau Empire on cheap but life-saving legislation:
There are worse things than for a woman to detect a lump in her breast.

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.

Man dies in boating wreck near Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A man who loaded his skiff with sand died over the weekend after the craft capsized.

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.

Voice of The Times on exit exams:
Results of a study by the University of California in the villages of Emmonak and Marshall are further proof that, while high school exit exams may be a good idea, test scores should not be used to judge the abilities of individual children -- at least not in the foreseeable future.

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.

Anchorage Daily News on snowmachine safety training:
The headlines pile up: ''Avalanche kills snowmachiner,'' ''Rescuers dig out 2nd body,'' ''2 survive avalanche by inches.''

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.

Man charged with sexually abusing girl
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Delta Junction man has been charged with sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl.

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.

Boys & Girls Club fires worker over sex allegations
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An employee of the Boys & Girls Club of the Tanana Valley has been fired over allegations that he and a 14-year-old girl had sex on several occasions.

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

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.

Redistricting board could redraw face of Legislature
JUNEAU -- As lawmakers debate bills and budgets, a five-member committee is preparing to redraw Alaska's political map and perhaps the face of the Legislature itself.

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.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Public nurse to visit schoolPublic nurse to visit school Abandoned vehicles are NPCC topic Committees schedule Kenai meeting Blood drive to be held at mall Heart gathering planned in NinilchikAuthors to visit Kenai, Soldotna Immunization clinic canceledAdvisory board to discuss variety of topicsMonthly contra dance to be held First sphere weekend planned Open house focuses on dogs

LIO Schedule
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 16: Oil discharge prevention:Nontank vessel and railroad. and SB 2: Municipal School BOnd Reimbursement. Public testimony will be taken.

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.

LIO Schedule
The Legislative Information Office is located at 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217 in Kenai.

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?

Peninsula People
Students named to honor lists Former resident on mission in South AmericaTwo nominated to academies

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.

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

Test anxiety: Exam fans more debate
The closer 2002 comes, the more controversial the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam becomes.

Council mulls over economic forum
A few days after the city's economic development forum, the Kenai City Council took the first steps in implementing some of the scores of suggestions it received.

Redistricting board's action could mean changes in face of legislature
JUNEAU -- As lawmakers debate bills and budgets, a five-member committee is preparing to redraw Alaska's political map and perhaps the face of the Legislature itself.

Photo Feature: Finally!
Snowmachine riders head out Marathon Road in fresh snow Saturday evening.

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.

SoHi student fight prompts concerns

Process technology program could fill needs of industry
Something like half the workers at the Tesoro Alaska Co. refinery are in their 40s and 50s, said plant manager Rod Cason. When they retire, Tesoro will need qualified replacements.

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

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

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

Alaska needs resource plan
As one of the new guys in the Legislature, I'm enjoying the exceptionally busy schedule. However, I will always try to make time to visit with any of you who come to Juneau over the next few months.

Sharon's landslide win in Israeli elections will change course of peace
While the election of Ariel Sharon was foreseen, the extent of his victory came as a surprise. Peace has been humiliated again. On the lips of the nationalistic and religious right wing the word now means something else.

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.

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.

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

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

Big check
Former North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce President Billy Harris left, accepts a $5,000 check from Charles A. Pierce, vice president of Unocal Alaska at the Lighthouse Inn in Nikiski Feb. 3.

Births
Rachel and Tim Echternach Trisha Machen

Community News
Open house focuses on dogs Historical society re-elects membersClass reunion planned Ping pong tourney resultsPeninsula Sled Dog Racing Association results IRS panel seeks volunteersHost families needed

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment. If you did NOT preregister, call the Soldotna Community School office, at 262-6768, to check on cancellations and confirm your attendance. Details about each class can be found in the Spring 2001 Soldotna Community School brochure, which is available at Soldotna and Kenai public libraries, the city of Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Sarah Hemphill and Derrek Howell
Howell couple announce wedding

Iverson leads East to comback win in All-Star game showdown
WASHINGTON -- Vince Carter turned the corner on the baseline, got past Kobe Bryant and then took off.

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.

Ninilchik swept aside by Otters
Staff report

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.

Georgia Tech upsets Virignia
ATLANTA -- Tony Akins scored 19 points, Halston Lane hit two key shots and Georgia Tech pulled off another big upset, beating No. 6 Virginia 62-56 on Sunday.

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.

Devils continue unbeaten streak
NEW YORK -- Theo Fleury scored his 30th goal this season for the Rangers, but Turner Stevenson answered early in the third period as the New Jersey Devils extended their unbeaten streak against New York to 22 games with a 1-1 tie Sunday.

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

Sports Briefs
Struggling Vancouver Canucks goaltender Felix Potvin agreed to report to Kansas City of the International Hockey League on Sunday.

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.

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.

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