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Wednesday, February 14, 2001

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.

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

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

Military group asks that all military be counted for redistricting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Greater Fairbanks Military Retirees Council has asked the state to count all military personnel when it draws new election district boundaries for the Legislature this year.

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.

Kenai court bars public scrutiny of internal memos
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state Superior Court judge has ruled that internal, decision-making memos of the city of Homer are not open to public scrutiny.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Yukon Quest teams head for Dawson with Kleedehn in lead
PELLY CROSSING, Yukon Territory (AP) -- The frontrunners in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race left the Pelly Crossing checkpoint Tuesday night, with William Kleedehn of Carcross still holding on to a substantial lead.

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.

Body found in Manokotak believed to be that of teen-age girl
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A body found Monday in the Southwest Alaska village of Manokotak was believed to be that of a teen-age girl and investigators are treating her death as a homicide, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Big-name mystery writers to speak at Anchorage conference
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fictitious murder will visit Anchorage this week when big-name mystery writers come to town for the Left Coast Crime Conference.

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.

House Finance releases budget targets
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House Finance Committee proposed tentative budget increases for state departments Tuesday that add up to nearly $27 million more in general fund spending in fiscal year 2002, a departure from years of budget-reduction efforts by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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.

Bering Sea opilio crab fishery closes in on quota
KODIAK (AP) -- As of Monday morning, the Bering Sea crab fleet had caught 18.2 million pounds of the 25.3 million-pound open access quota for the 2001 opilio fishery.

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

Committee looks at legislative move bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- A committee of mostly new lawmakers heard an old debate Tuesday: Should the Legislature meet in the population center of Anchorage instead of the state's historic Capitol in Juneau?

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.

Kenai refuge opens to snowmachines
KENAI (AP) -- Portions of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge opened Tuesday for use by snowmachines.

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.

Coast Guard cuts back on patrols to save money
KODIAK (AP) -- In an effort to save money, the Coast Guard has shaved five days off the cutter Storis next patrol of fishing grounds.

Bounty hunters file federal lawsuit
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Three bounty hunters have filed a lawsuit in federal court in which they allege that state officials violated their civil rights.

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.

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
Immunization clinic canceled Social Security representative visits KenaiAARP to meet Thursday in SoldotnaOpen house focuses on dogsRotary club in need of computers Ninilchik to host 'Heart to Heart' gatheringAuthors to visit Kenai, Soldotna Free developmental screening clinic to be offeredNikiski talent show applications available

LIO Schedule
The House Labor and Commerce Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 81 - Extend Board of Dental Examiners and HB 56 - Minimum wage. Five minute testimony limit.

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.

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.

Kleedehn leads Quest
CARMACKS, Yukon (AP) -- Frontrunners in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race were on the trail out of McCabe Creek Tuesday night, approaching the checkpoint at Pelly Crossing, 260 miles into the 1,000-mile race.

Committee eyes budget targets
JUNEAU -- The House Finance Committee proposed tentative budget increases for state departments Tuesday that add up to nearly $27 million more in general fund spending in fiscal year 2002, a departure from years of budget-reduction efforts by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Courting the vote
Three of the five Soldotna mayoral candidates -- and a representative of a fourth -- were questioned before a packed house at the Soldot-na Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday.

Ravens, eagles prove romance really is for the birds
Valentine's Day comes to Alaska while cold and snow grip the landscape. But for some wild critters, especially the birds that stick around for the winter, February is not too early to think amorous thoughts of spring.

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.

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.

Valentine's Day means love in the air -- for some
Lack of a significant other is no reason to lose heart on Valentine's Day. Six Kenai Peninsula singles use the day to remember romantic celebrations past, dream of sweeter times ahead and spread a little love -- and humor -- to those around them.

Ready, aim ...
By PAUL QUEARY

Teamwork: Photo Feature
Road workers remove snow from Corral Avenue in Soldotna Tuesday afternoon.

Norton: Case must be made for drilling
By JOHN HEILPRIN

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.

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.'

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.

Kleedehn leads Quest
CARMACKS, Yukon (AP) -- Frontrunners in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race were on the trail out of McCabe Creek Tuesday night, approaching the checkpoint at Pelly Crossing, 260 miles into the 1,000-mile race.

Kyle Hamilton
Soldotna resident Kyle Hamilton died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, after a long illness. Services and internment of his ashes will take place in Pennsylvania at a later date in the family plot.

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

Does U.S. have too many envoys?
WASHINGTON -- Gone are the troubleshooters, experts and globe-traveling emissaries for Africa, the Middle East and more, the Clinton administration's special envoys focused on the world's hot spots and hot issues.

Letters to the Editor
Students can't pass exit exam without being given right tools Dipnet permit fee would benefit all user groups of upper Cook Inlet 'Era time' differs from travelers' schedules causing inconvenienceWill IFQs for halibut charters place more pressure on fishery?

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

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.

Life-saving legislation could prove priceless for some cancer patients
There are worse things than for a woman to detect a lump in her breast.

Applause
Business comes to district's rescue

Patriotic writing contest winner
Patriotism to me is a way I can show love, pride and respect toward my country.

Area students sweep essay contests
The Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary sponsor generous scholarship contests for young people on the local, state and national level.

School News
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Mountain View Elementary The Scholastic Book Fair continues through Tuesday.Nikiski ElementaryNorth Star ElementaryRedoubt ElementarySears Elementary Soldotna ElementarySterling Elementary Tustumena ElementaryKenai Middle SchoolSoldotna Middle School Kenai Central High SchoolNikiski Middle-Senior High School Ninilchik SchoolSkyview High SchoolSoldotna High School Cook Inlet AcademyWings Christian AcademyKenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head StartPeninsula Grace Preschool Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Patriotic writing contest winner
My pencil moved over the rough surface of the cold wall of the Vietnam Memorial, filling in one letter after another. Gradually, a name appeared on my paper.

Volunteers sought for program; classes help fight winter blues
Volunteers needed Campus tidbits From the KPC Library

School Menus
Elementry

Central peninsula students fare well in essay contests
This year, students from the central Kenai Peninsula won first in three separate state contests sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary.

Patriotic writing contest winner
Chang watched carefully as his grandfather struggled under the weight of this week's groceries. He had always admired Grandfather's strong, unyielding gaze.

Patriotic writing contest winner
To be patriotic means to be devoted to your country.

Around the District
Schools close Monday, Tuesday School board meets Monday Borough book battle generates excitementJob fair invites studentsSoHi wins tech awardParents invited to Homer meetingSoldotna Middle honors students

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

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.

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.

Kenai girls, Skyview boys race to region wins
Edges of the seats didn't get much use Tuesday at Skyview as both the Kenai girls and the Skyview boys rolled to easy victories.

Miami upsets Syracuse
Connecticut's Albert Mouring, right, comes face to face with Kenny Harley of Boston College as Mouring brings the ball up court in the first half of UConn's home win over the ninth-ranked Eagles on Tuesday.

Bryant takes head-to-head edge
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kobe Bryant and Stephon Marbury had another head-to-head duel, and Bryant's three-point play with 4.8 seconds left in overtime outdid Marbury's career-high 50 points as the Lakers beat the Nets 113-110 Tuesday night.

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.

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.

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