Sunday, February 18, 2001

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.

Flags lowered to honor former state Sen. Pete Walsh
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state flags lowered to half staff through Saturday in memory of Nome state Sen. Pearse ''Pete'' Michael Walsh.

Murkowski introduces pilot retirement bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski has re-introduced a bill he says would alleviate a growing pilot shortage.

Three earthquakes rattle Southeast
PALMER (AP) -- Three earthquakes with the same epicenter rattled Southeast Alaska on Saturday.

Iditarod adds scratched Quest musher
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Less than a week after scratching from the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race because of a family medical emergency, Fairbanks musher Sonny Lindner was approved as a late entry in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Sen. Murkowski angry about delay in Army hospital
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski is angry with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a delay in plans for a new Army hospital at Fort Wainwright.

Unemployment jumps in January
JUNEAU (AP) -- Unemployment in Alaska increased 1.7 percent to 7.8 percent in January, following a typical midwinter pattern, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Federally-funded program to tackle problem of inhalant abuse
BETHEL (AP) -- A federal grant is funding the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. Inhalant Intervention Project to provide long-term treatment for inhalant abusers.

House guts Knowles' gasline spending proposals
The House passed a supplemental budget Friday that drastically scales down urgent spending sought by Gov. Tony Knowles to promote development of a gas pipeline, inserting instead $1.5 million to lobby for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Seward Highway project nearing completion amid problems
SEWARD (AP) -- Homer contractor Larry Herndon was pleased when his company won the $14.6 million bid for the Seward Highway Mile 8 to 18 road project.

Man charged with choking rural doctor
UNALASKA (AP) -- A California man was charged with three felonies after choking a doctor at an Unalaska clinic and fleeing in a stolen car.

Seavey family pulls together to achieve Iditarod dream
STERLING (AP) -- Mitch Seavey was just a boy when he began chasing the dream of winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Two charged with abuse, child porn in remote Southeast raid
SITKA (AP) -- A married couple was arrested Friday morning on a remote island north of Sitka on felony charges of sexual abuse of a minor, unlawful exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography, Sitka police said.

Troopers seize Kenai Peninsula marijuana plants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers and local police served two search warrants on the Kenai Peninsula on Friday and seized 146 marijuana plants.

Knowles seeks restitution collection service
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles said Friday he wants to help crime victims collect restitution by setting up a collection service in the state Department of Law.

Three earthquakes rattle Southeast
PALMER (AP) -- Three earthquakes with the same epicenter rattled Southeast Alaska on Saturday.

Snow slides close access to the east side of Hatcher Pass
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A series of snow slides in recent days has closed access to the east side of Hatcher Pass.

State files complaints against Anchorage plastic surgeon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Division of Occupational Licensing filed more than 20 accusations against Dr. Steven Nathanson last week, saying his actions during multiple plastic surgeries showed professional incompetence and negligence.

Judge rules again for Alaska Pulp in timber contract dispute
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Pulp Co. has won another round in its ongoing claim of damages over the loss of its timber contract with the U.S. Forest Service.

Extreme ski championships in Valdez run out of money, volunteers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The World Extreme Skiing Championships are dead for now, according to Valdez organizers.

Rollover spills six tons of zinc concentrate near Red Dog Mine
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About six tons of zinc concentrate spilled in a blowing storm Friday morning when a truck overturned on the road from the Red Dog Mine to its port facility.

University land proposal nixed over possible sale to federal government
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Legislative efforts to give the University of Alaska a package of land that it could use to produce revenue have stumbled over a parcel near Healy.

Resolutions come easy for legislators
JUNEAU (AP) -- It's an annual winter exercise for lawmakers, crafting a resolution urging Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.

Knowles defends stance on highway route for gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles defended his policy Friday that backs building a natural gas pipeline along the Alaska Highway to Canada and the Lower 48.

Divers find source of Cook Inlet oil leak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The source of a Cook Inlet oil leak, and the resulting weeklong shutdown of Unocal's Dolly Varden production platform, was traced Thursday to a hole smaller than a quarter-inch in an undersea pipeline.

Coast Guard ends search for man overboard
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man who apparently fell off a fishing boat about 300 miles south of Kodiak.

Community Calendar
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Around the Peninsula
Four-week class promotes change Open house focuses on dogs Workshop held at senior centerBed and breakfast association to meetBear viewing applications available Soldotna, Nikiski economic forums planned

Mushers' families, friends monitor race from afar
While peninsula mushers Tim Osmar, of Ninilchik, and Sig Stormo, of Funny River, focus on finishing the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, fans at home focus on sending their support and keeping the home fires burning.

Osmar running second in Quest
ANCHORAGE -- Eight mushers left Dawson City, Yukon Territory, by early Saturday evening on their way to the first American checkpoint at Eagle in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

NOW PLAYING:Down to Earth
I know exactly what you're thinking: "Down To Earth? What's that?" No, it's not a drama based on the Spacestation Mir, and it's not a lame teen-love-angst flick starring Leelee Sobieski (that was Here on Earth). Down To Earth is Chris Rock's latest comic venture but, unfortunately, in a couple of weeks you'll still be asking yourself that same question.

Winter reflections
Nothing moves more swiftly than the plunge into an Alaska winter. Eternal sunshine and joys of summer activities quickly fade. It sounds bleak.

4-H Pet Project molds responsible pet owners
For those of us who enjoy the company of pets, we know how they enrich our lives. As I look back at my own childhood, I can see how pets helped me develop a foundation of nurturing skills, responsibility and much, much more.

When it comes to being heart smart, knowledge is power
Cardiovascular disease -- the No. 1 killer in the United States -- faces a formidable foe on the Kenai Peninsula. Celebrating American Heart Month, survivors of heart disease, medical professionals and the peninsula's youth take stock of the battle being waged and victories being claimed.

New session, old resolution
JUNEAU -- It's an annual winter exercise for lawmakers, crafting a resolution urging Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.

Awareness, training key to assisting in time of emergency
"Cardiovascular disease kills approximately one million people in the United States each year -- that's one death every 33 seconds," according to the American Heart Association.

Say 'cheese' : Photo Feature
Carol Keller videotapes competitors in the Region III Cross-Country Skiing Championships at Tsalteshi Trails Friday afternoon as her husband Bill and other fans cheer.

Divers find source of Cook Inlet oil leak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The source of a Cook Inlet oil leak, and the resulting weeklong shutdown of Unocal's Dolly Varden production platform, was traced Thursday to a hole smaller than a quarter-inch in an undersea pipeline.

Responsibility key to developing that remarkable animal-human relationship
The Anderson household is beginning to settle down, finally.

Is U.S. already in recession? Not yet
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is walking a careful line when he speaks of ''economic pain on the horizon.''

Safety, responsibility should prevail in lieu of meaningful laws
How far should government go to protect people from risky behaviors? Are attempts to legislate common sense ever

My Best Friends
Champer and Missy are considered the guardians of Wilma and Bill Bartlett's family.

'Sal' makes it her business to serve community
It quickly becomes apparent that it is hard to separate the woman from the business -- hard to separate Sally Hoskins from her pride and joy, Sal's Klondike Diner in Soldotna.

Nikiski skaters grab fourth place at state
Nikiski defeated Glennallen 2-1 Saturday to claim fourth place at the Greatland Hockey Conference Championships.

CIA girls pull off upset of Seldovia
The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team defeated Seldovia 42-38 Saturday in District 2/2A competition.

Liebner, Stars still own Tsalteshi
Another big meet at Tsalteshi Trails, another big win for the Soldotna boys and Stars senior Andy Liebner.

Olympic flame on its way to Anchorage
ATHENS, Greece -- In a re-enactment of an ancient ceremony, a flame was lit in Athens on Saturday for the Winter Games of the Special Olympics in Alaska next month.

Knights skaters take fourth place at state
The Colony Knights skated to their best finish at the state tournament, defeating Lathrop 5-1 for fourth place.

'Dawgs tear up Moose
The Nikiski girls basketball team took to the hardwood and hunted down the Palmer Moose like a pack of wild dogs Saturday.

Lathrop stonewalls Kards
The Kenai Central High School hockey season came to an end Friday as the Kardinals dropped their consolation semifinal 3-2 to the Lathrop Malemutes at the Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Hockey Championships at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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