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Thursday, February 15, 2001

Feds, state still wary after a year of federal subsistence takeover
JUNEAU (AP) -- The first year of the federal government's takeover of subsistence fishing on most Alaska waters was uneasy, and bigger conflicts may be ahead, state and federal officials told lawmakers Wednesday.

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.

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.

Tokyo gas chief says Japan looks to Alaska to fill its energy needs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Japanese gas company official says Alaska's untapped gas reserves could be a key source of supply to the Asian market in ten years.

State lawyer lays out legal hazards in exit test
JUNEAU (AP) -- A state lawyer began laying out legal hazards the state may face in requiring a high school exit exam as a House committee took testimony Wednesday on whether to delay the test.

Pearson to succeed Nakamura as director of public health
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Karen Pearson has been appointed the new director of public health to replace Dr. Peter Nakamura.

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 approves ANWR resolution
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House approved a resolution Wednesday urging the U.S. Congress to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.

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.

Bill protects voters from election workers' mistakes
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill protecting voters from some election workers' mistakes passed the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday.

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?

Bill would remove Social Security numbers from drivers' licenses
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would take Social Security numbers off drivers' licenses had its first hearing Thursday.

Pearson to succeed Nakamura as director of public health
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Karen Pearson has been appointed the new director of public health to replace Dr. Peter Nakamura.

HATCHER PASS: do winter camping.
HATCHER PASS (AP) -- The wind came cold from the north in the night, driving loose snow in rippling waves along the valley floor. Overhead, the twinkling stars had long since disappeared behind draperies of scudding clouds.

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.

State trolling for answers to drop in license sales
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fewer Alaskans are getting hooked on fishing and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to find out why, because as the number of fishermen shrinks, so does the agency's budget.

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.

Tokyo gas chief says Japan looks to Alaska to fill its energy needs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Japanese gas company official says Alaska's untapped gas reserves could be a key source of supply to the Asian market in ten years.

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.

Clean air advocates urge Bush administration to keep new diesel rules
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Vehicle manufacturers and clean air advocates came together Tuesday in Washington, D.C. to urge the Bush administration to stand behind new rules requiring clean diesel fuel.

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.

State closes Bering Sea snow crab fishery
UNALASKA (AP) -- State Fish and Game biologists announced Wednesday they would close the Bering Sea snow crab regular season just before midnight.

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

Delta Junction area declared agricultural disaster area
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Delta Junction area has been designated a disaster area by the Department of Agriculture, U.S. Rep. Don Young announced Wednesday.

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.

House bill would create road task force
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House on Wednesday approved a bill that would set up a task force to look at developing roads in mostly remote areas of the state.

Senate approves resolution opposing road-building ban
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate approved a resolution Wednesday urging President George W. Bush to overturn the ban on logging and road-building in roadless areas of the Tongass and Chugach National Forests.

Business Briefs
State plans Cook Inlet oil and gas lease saleTesoro reports record earnings Alyeska plans major maintenanceFord promotes child booster seatsU.S. Chamber recognizes pro-business votesBakery offers classesYouth EnviroBiz club formedPhillips declares dividendPhillips promotes MeyersRegulatory commission plans moveMMS releases Cook Inlet study

Maybe you should mix those hearts and flowers with some dollars and cents
NEW YORK (AP) -- After the hearts and flowers of Valentine's Day, perhaps it's time to start talking about the dollars and cents of your relationship.

BP Amoco's operating profit surges 93 percent
LONDON -- Higher prices for crude oil and the integration of newly acquired businesses more than offset pinched profits in the chemicals business and helped BP Amoco PLC nearly double its fourth-quarter operating profit to $4.09 billion.

More Business Highlights,
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan signaled Tuesday that further cuts in interest rates may be needed to help an economy facing significant ''downside risks.'' He said President Bush's effort to speed up tax relief won't prevent recession.

-Business Highlights,
SEATTLE (AP) -- Still battling a federal judge's order to break up the company over antitrust violations, Microsoft Corp. is now under investigation for possible anticompetitive behavior stemming from its stake in a rival software manufacturer.

Mushroom farm flourishing in niche
SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Behind the trees on a one-lane road north of Sebastopol, in two corrugated tin sheds with an indistinguishable sign, lies the largest medicinal mushroom farm in North America.

Consumer confidence was perhaps needlessly dashed
NEW YORK (AP) -- This is a rough time for American consumers, their confidence raised giddily high by an era of good times, then shocked by recession warnings, and then told that things might really not be so bad.

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

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 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
Literacy program seeking volunteersDisabled American Veterans meeting todayLeague of Women Voters will meet todayKenai Peninsula sonar programs overview todayAdvisory board to discuss variety of topics Blood donations badly neededMonthly contra dance to be heldSoHi teacher/parent conferences MondayArt showing in Homer

LIO Schedule
Today 3:15 p.m.

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 stays in front in Quest
PELLY CROSSING, Yukon Territory -- Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race officials were waiting Wednesday night for word on race leaders from volunteers staffing a dog drop at Stewart River.

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.

MusicMan
Those stepping into the Kenai Central High School Auditorium over the next three weekends might feel like they've stumbled into a time machine. But the trip will be well worth it.

Art Briefs
Mystery convention starts todayAuthor plans visitSingers wantedBead artists soughtArts center accepting entriesGrant applications available

Restaurant offers food, entertainment before show
Charlotte Legg has a deal for those interested in a well-rounded theater experience.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentIn the FutureDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

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.

State, feds still uneasy
JUNEAU -- The first year of the federal government's takeover of subsistence fishing on most Alaska waters was uneasy, and bigger conflicts may be ahead, state and federal officials told lawmakers Wednesday. Fe

State lawyer lays out legal hazards in exit test
JUNEAU -- A state lawyer began laying out legal hazards the state may face in requiring a high school exit exam as a House committee took testimony Wednesday on whether to delay the test.

New designs at Daytona
It's going to be awful tight.

Qualifying lineups for Daytona
At Daytona International Speedway

Final 2000 points standings
The final points standings for 2000

Fuel economy may be factor in race
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - This afternoon's Gatorade Twin 125-mile qualifying races at the Daytona International Speedway might become a matter of miles per gallon, not miles per hour.

Final 2000 MONEY LEADERS
Final 2000 money leaders

Schedule
2001 NASCAR Schedule

Racing protects sponsors
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Fox now realizes there's nothing more sacred in racing than a sponsorship. The televi

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.

Council mulls halibut charter IFQs
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council seems poised to privatize another portion of Alaska's halibut fishery.

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.

Salvation Army captain arraigned
A man charged with four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor will be facing a jury trial come May.

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.

Valentine's Day fire totals Soldotna mobile home
A family is showing true heart, pulling together after tragedy struck early Valentine's morning, and is asking the community to do the same.

Ready, aim ...
By PAUL QUEARY

Window shopping in the job market
More than 100 Kenai Central High School juniors got a sneak peak Wednesday into the occupations of their choice through the annual job shadow program.

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.

Industry ponders future
Federal managers are considering Individual Fishing Quotas for Alaska halibut charter boat owners, a Homer skipper said, and the eventual goal is to allow halibut IFQs to be bought and sold between the commercial and charter fleets.

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

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.

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?

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.

Pacific Northwest must address effects, if any, of pesticide on salmon
A lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency over its alleged failure to address the impacts of pesticide on salmon may open a difficult new chapter in the effort to save the fish.

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.

Gulf War over; U.S. still battles Iraq s
WASHINGTON -- The 10th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait is fast approaching, and Secretary of State Colin Powell will be there to help the Kuwaitis celebrate Iraq's defeat. But as the milestone looms, the Iraqis are talking as though they are the ones who are entitled to exult.

Letters to the Editor
Parents should examine their role in education if child fails exit examU.S. should not forget its promises to those who safeguard freedom Figures, not generalizations, needed in snowmachine story

Applause
Business comes to district's rescue

Napster ruling protects all intellectual property
The federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a trial court's preliminary injunction against Napster's online exchange of copyrighted music and issued a convincing rebuttal of the company's arguments that its members engage in a fair use of copyrighted material. The decision is a major victory for the music record industry, and more broadly for all creators of original material.

State trolling for answers to drop in license sales
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fewer Alaskans are getting hooked on fishing and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to find out why, because as the number of fishermen shrinks, so does the agency's budget.

Ice tower in Motley gives climbers plenty of thrills
MOTLEY, Minn. (AP) -- Bob Wangerin couldn't have answered his ringing cellular phone on a recent weeknight if he had to.

HATCHER PASS: do winter camping.
HATCHER PASS (AP) -- The wind came cold from the north in the night, driving loose snow in rippling waves along the valley floor. Overhead, the twinkling stars had long since disappeared behind draperies of scudding clouds.

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

Limits on federal grants, loans for online students questioned
Alarmed that fly-by-night diploma mills were fleecing students and the government, Congress in 1992 barred federal student loans and grants from anyone enrolled in correspondence schools. Federal dollars would now pay only for college anchored in the classroom.

School Menus
Elementry

Online Student Aid
To gauge the impact of federal limits on aid to students in online programs, Congress in 1998 permitted the U.S. Education Department to waive those limits for a variety of institutions. In retu

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
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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Lemieux's goals tone down Wild
PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux scored twice in the third period as Pittsburgh, frustrated for most of two games by Minnesota's neutral zone trap, rallied to win 2-1.

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.

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.

Kardinals face off with Thunderbirds in first round of state hockey tournament
Perhaps the motto on the I.D. tags that Kenai Central High School hockey team managers passed out after Wednesday's practice says it best: Small bird, big attitude.

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.

Iverson hits for 40 as 76ers rip Lakers
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson got a standing ovation for what he did in the All-Star game, then added another accolade -- an ''M-V-P'' chant from the Philadelphia fans -- to his wonderful week.

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