Saturday, February 17, 2001

Taylor's school funding bill spreads North Slope's wealth
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Robin Taylor's plan to revamp the state's school funding system would spread financial goodies from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to his own Southeast Alaska district, while yanking millions in state aid and local taxes out of the North Slope Borough.

Osmar moves into Quest lead at halfway point
DAWSON CITY, Yukon Territory (AP) -- Tim Osmar of Ninilchik took the lead at the halfway point in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Halibut charters could get IFQs
KENAI (AP) -- The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is considering a proposal to issue individual fishing quotas to halibut charter operators.

Young says oil producers should pick highway route for pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Don Young accused oil producers Thursday of playing games by not choosing the Alaska Highway route for a natural gas pipeline.

Alaska mechanic taped supervisor saying he altered maintenance records
SEATTLE (AP) -- A mechanic for Alaska Airlines has testified that he wore a hidden microphone, at the request of federal agents, and recorded a supervisor admitting he falsified an aircraft maintenance record.

Murder charges to be dismissed against Rocky Seaman's mother
KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai prosecutor said he plans to dismiss murder and conspiracy charges against Joan ''Avis'' McGahan, the mother of Rocky Seaman.

Alcohol board fails to renew Southeast fair liquor license
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rejected renewal of the Southeast Alaska State Fair beer and wine license Wednesday after fair officials could not demonstrate that half of their restaurant's sales were for food.

Snowmachiners damage university research site
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Snowmachiners broke through a fence at the University of Alaska Fairbanks agricultural research fields Tuesday, wreaking havoc with sensitive research.

Kenai Refuge-Snowmachines, CORRECTIVE
KENAI (AP) -- In a story reported Feb. 13 on the opening of portions of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to snowmachines, The Associated Press erroneously referred to refuge manager Robin West as a woman. West is a man.

Salvation Army captain faces charges for sexual abuse of a minor
KENAI (AP) -- A Salvation Army captain has been charged with four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor will be facing a jury trial in May.

Jury rules Carrs not liable in injury lawsuit
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior Court jury has ruled that the Carrs supermarket chain was not liable for injuries sustained by a Fairbanks woman.

Southeast towns adjust to barge company shutdown
JUNEAU (AP) -- Small towns and villages in Southeast Alaska are trying to make do without a barge company that served them for 38 years.

Republicans grill Knowles administration about gasline spending
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senate Republicans grilled Knowles administration officials over urgent budget requests related to a gas pipeline Thursday, questioning whether the money is really needed so soon and challenging the notion that following the Alaska Highway is the best route for the state.

Body of teen-age girl found in Manokotak identified
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state medical examiner has identified the body of a teen-age girl found in Manokotak as Roxanne N. Moore, 14, who lived in the Southwest village, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Food bank presents weekend eventsBlood donations neededExit exam preview offered for Nikiski teensBridges meeting slatedMonthly contra dance to be heldSoHi teacher-parent conferences MondayAlaska Independent Blind meets SPCA warns of possible horse lice

Osmar moves into Quest lead at halfway point
DAWSON CITY, Yukon Territory (AP) -- Tim Osmar of Ninilchik took the lead at the halfway point in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Annual Snow Rondi sports western theme
It's "west meets west" at the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce "Western Fun in 2001 Snow Rondi."

Pipeline funding request gets Senate look
JUNEAU -- Senate Republi-cans grilled Knowles administration officials over urgent budget requests related to a gas pipeline Thursday, questioning whether the money is really needed so soon and challenging the notion that following the Alaska Highway is the best route for the state.

NASCAR troubles refuse to let up for Fox Sports
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Fox Sports got a graphic example of how embarrassing poor preparation can be.

Marlin, Skinner edge Earnhardts at Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The draft is back at Daytona, and so is the last-lap drama.

House under construction dealt $15,000 in fire damage
Shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, 911 received a cellular telephone call from a building contractor

Troopers, district attorney, among 13 named in lawsuit; state to fight
The state is denying three bounty hunters' allegations that their civil rights were violated.

Proposed agreement would shorten Seaman sentence, drop charges against mother
A Kenai jury concluded Thursday that Loreese "Loree" Hennagin may fairly be presumed dead, though her body has not been found since she disappeared four years ago.

Photo feature: Top Shelf
If the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence then the freshest twig must be at the top of the tree.

U.S., British planes strike south of Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. and British warplanes struck Iraqi air defenses south of Baghdad on Friday night, triggering anti-aircraft fire and sirens across the Iraqi capital that drove frightened residents from the streets.

Borough to spend federal money to clear dead spruce trees
Even as the Kenai Peninsula Borough is preparing to accept and begin spending $7.5 million in new federal money aimed at mitigating the fire danger posed by dead spruce trees, a $2 million program funded last year already is working to reduce the hazard.

Jesse Perkins
Former Kenai resident Jesse Perkins died at his parents' home in Vancouver, Wash., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001. He had been in a coma since he was injured in an accident in March. He was 22.

Residents show interest in shaping peninsula's destiny
Does it ever seem like the same bunch of people does everything that needs to be done? Like a couple of dozen folks run local government and the chambers of commerce and the nonprofit agencies around the peninsula? Like the same people pack the audience for community events? Like it's hard to find a place to serve because those places are locked up?

Letters to the Editor
\In age of computers, airline lags behind in serving its customersMoney from Salvation Army thrift stores goes to keep things runningEven agencies that help others have their share of bills to pay

Job Shadow Day benefits students, employers alike
In all the talk of the high school exit exam, there's an underlying theme: how best to prepare kids for life after graduation.

Tips for shutterbugs
While most people enjoy Alaska's winters during the short daylight hours, there is a sky full of activity available to those with warm clothing and patience.

What is the aurora?
Cosmic rays, the real thing, are the power behind the aurora borealis and its southern counterpart, the aurora australis.

Habitat study raises concern for peninsula caribou herds
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is home to five different herds of caribou.

Hard to swallow Girl who cannot digest communion wafer gets no help from Catholic Church
BOSTON -- When 5-year-old Jenny Richardson goes to McDonald's, she says hold the bun for the burgers or orders only fries. She also doesn't share birthday cupcakes with her friends.

In North Dakota, legislators approve Ten Commandments and prayer in classrooms
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The state senate has voted to endorse a bill that allows schools to display the Ten Commandments in classrooms as part of an exhibit of historical documents.

Catholic agency names 'Crouching Tiger' best movie of 2000
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The film assessment office sponsored by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops has named ''Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,'' a Mandarin-language martial arts epic, the best movie of 2000.

Church membership in America tops 151 million
NEW YORK (AP) -- Total U.S. church membership is 151,097,906 in 320,697 congregations, according to the ''2001 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches.'' Three-fourths of those members belong to the 10 largest denominations.

Women become consecrated virgins in rare Catholic rite
NEW YORK (AP) -- At the bridal shop, the saleswomen were puzzled.

Religious leaders mobilizing more against capital punishment
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Religious leaders in the South and around the nation are speaking out against capital punishment more loudly than ever, emboldened by a shift in public opinion and cases of innocence on death row.

South Dakota religious leaders want legal protections
PIERRE, S.D. (AP)-- A state measure designed to enhance and protect religious freedoms may be unconstitutional, legislators have been told.

'O, You Gotta Have Heart'
The title of a popular song of yesteryear -- "O, You Gotta Have Heart" -- can have at least three things said about it. First (for the Engl

Religion Briefs
Missionary to speak at SolFirstParty Club scheduled at CIA

Bishops encourage dialogue about quality of farm life
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Economic expansion has failed to benefit many Kansas farmers, the Roman Catholic bishop of the Dodge City Diocese said in announcing a church initiative to preserve small farms and rural life.

Groomers finally have rough week
Trail groomers on the central peninsula got a chance this week to make up for all the work they missed out on earlier in the winter when there wasn't any snow.

Top Kenai Peninsula Cross-Country Skiers
Includes six races: Mat Su Pursuit, Classic; Mat Su Pursuit, Freestyle; Seward Invitational; Kenai Invitational (Homer); Homer Invitational; Borough Championships (Homer). Includes only those races in which all six Peninsula schools competed.

Dallas extends Cleveland's losing streak
DALLAS -- Michael Finley and Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points each and Nowitzki pulled down 15 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks extended Cleveland's losing streak to nine games, 102-81 Thursday night.

SoHi boys mount title defense. Region skiers set for battle
A lot has changed since Region III cross-country ski teams began practice on Oct. 23.

Sports Briefs
Silver Salmon Swim-a-thon set for todaySeward Nordic Classic set for March 10College football 'classics' explodeLiverpool fans stabbed in RomeCanucks trade Potvin to KingsProsecutors drop assault investigation of Benitez

East moves to semis of state hockey tourney by topping Kenai
Kenai Central High School's first goal of its Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Hockey Championship opening-round game against East High School went according to plan -- a tight forecheck created a turnover in the Thunderbirds' zone and the Kardinals were able to take advantage with a score.

Gretzky era finally starts for Phoenix
PHOENIX -- The Wayne Gretzky era began Thursday for the Phoenix Coyotes when the former hockey great and developer Steve Ellman acquired the team for $90 million.

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