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Tuesday, February 13, 2001

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

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.

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

Woman hurt when train hits snowmachine
WASILLA (AP) -- A woman suffered a broken leg Monday after nearly being hit by a train while riding a snowmachine along the railroad tracks in Wasilla, Mat-Su public safety officials said.

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.

Unocal checks for leaks in Inlet pipelines
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Unocal stopped operations at half a dozen Cook Inlet oil and gas platforms Monday to test for leaks in the undersea pipelines after detection of a small leak in a crude oil line from its Dolly Varden platform last week.

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.

State, tribes near agreement on pact
FAIRBANKS -- A framework for state agencies and Alaska's tribes to work together on a government-to-government level is nearing completion and should be signed next month, according to Attorney General Bruce Botelho.

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.

Man dies in crash near Sutton
SUTTON (AP) -- A 26-year-old man died Monday the car in which he was riding clipped a front-end loader, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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

Kleedehn leading Quest teams
CARMACKS, Yukon (AP) -- Frontrunners in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race are on the trail out of Carmacks, 179 miles into the 1,000-mile race.

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.

Troopers investigate killing in Manokotak
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A frozen body was found outside the village of Manokotak Monday, and Alaska State Troopers say the case appears to be a homicide.

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

Unalaska mayor's race heads for runoff
UNALASKA (AP) -- The Unalaska mayor's election is headed to a runoff after none of the five candidates won 40 percent of the vote in a special election Monday.

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.

Ex-pastor goes on trial for molesting daughter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Baptist minister who took care of ten children is on trial this week on charges of sexually molesting a teen-age daughter. Prosecutors say she wasn't the only victim in the family.

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.

Man dies after snowmobile crash
TOK (AP) -- A Tok man died Monday after a snowmachine accident near his hometown, according to Alaska State Troopers.

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

Woman dies, companion hospitalized after getting lost in blizzard
NOME (AP) -- A woman died and her companion was hospitalized after they got lost in a blizzard and were stuck for nearly three days during a snowmachine trip to Nome, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

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.

Anchorage woman killed in vehicle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman was killed in a traffic accident on Tudor Road Monday afternoon, police said.

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.

Phillips promotes Alaska's Meyers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The leader of Phillips Petroleum Inc.'s Alaska operation has a new title.

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.

Tesoro reports record earnings
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) -- Tesoro Petroleum Corp. had record earnings for the year 2000, the company said Tuesday.

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

University continues return of ancestral remains
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Several Interior communities are preparing to rebury ancestral remains found by accident or taken by anthropologists in the early and mid-1900s and turned over to the University of Alaska.

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.

House bill would enable state to take over Jesse Lee Home
SEWARD (AP) -- The historic Jesse Lee Home, opened as an orphanage in 1926, has sat empty, slowly succumbing to the elements for 37 years.

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.

House debates language protecting caribou
JUNEAU (AK) -- The House of Representatives debated how much the state should talk about protecting caribou in its resolution asking the U.S. Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain to oil development.

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.

Environmental group to file lawsuit against NMFS over whale protections
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent Monday to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service over protections for two endangered whales that inhabit Alaska water.

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

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.

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 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.

Around the Peninsula
Committees to meet in Kenai Chorus seeking new membersLiteracy program seeking volunteersFirst sphere weekend planned Bear viewing applications available Center to provide for those in need Rotary club in need of computersSPCA warns of possible horse lice

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 Department of Education will hold a public hearing to gather public comment on the Education Funding Task Force report.

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

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

Photo Feature : Cruisin'
Joe Mooney lets his dog Kobuk take the lead during a skijor outing at the Kenai Golf Course last weekend.

Snow buries area
The adage "Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it," comes to mind after 40 straight hours of snowfall in the central Kenai Peninsula through midday Monday.

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.

Norton: Case must be made for drilling
By JOHN HEILPRIN

Refuge opens to snowmachine use
The wait is over for snowmachine users itching to feel the trails of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge under their tracks and skis.

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.

House debates language protecting caribou
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House of Representatives debated how much the state should talk about protecting caribou in its resolution asking the U.S. Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain to oil development.

Oil pipeline caused sheen in Cook Inlet
An oil sheen near Unocal Alaska's Dolly Varden Platform in Cook Inlet came not from an undersea natural gas pipeline, but rather from the pipeline that carries Dolly Varden crude oil to processing facilities at Trading Bay.

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

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

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.

Airline outlines Kenai strategy
'One thing we've certainly not been is a predatory carrier. Our fares on the average have been $10 higher than the last three carriers that have served the Kenai market.'

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.

What others say
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.

Press tries to recoup its integrity
During the Clinton years, most of the American media played the role of Gov. George Wallace, who famously stood in the schoolhouse door in a vain attempt to keep blacks from integrating Alabama schools. The press stood in the information

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.

Letters to the Editor
Could Clarion not find anyone who favors less arsenic in water? People don't like to see donations to nonprofit groups treated as junk Borough's time, money should not be spent on bridge project Imagine ideal Kenai Peninsula, without some oft-heard voices

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.

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

Study: Short walk can boost protection from heart attack
WASHINGTON -- A half- hour's stroll can give people with hardening of the arteries in their legs or arms a boost in protection from a heart attack or stroke, a study finds.

Senior Briefs
Forget-Me-Not Care Center Homer Kenai NikiskiSoldotnaSterlingSeward

Marching to the beat of a fast drummer
Soldotna's Andy Liebner is the first athlete from the Kenai Peninsula to win an individual Class 4A state cross country crown and skiing's Besh Cup.

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.

NBA set for wild ending
If the last nine weeks of the regular season mimic the last nine minutes of the All-Star game, there's no guarantee that the Sixers will stay atop the East or the Shaq-Kobe feud will endure.

Yukon man leads Quest contenders
BRAEBURN, Yukon Territory -- William Kleedehn of Carcross, Yukon, was leading the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on Monday, the first full day of competition in the 1,000-mile race.

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.

Ninilchik swept aside by Otters
Staff report

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.

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

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