Tuesday, February 20, 2001

Soldotna residents fight plans for cellular tower
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Residents living near Skyline Drive are voicing strong opposition to a plan by communications giant AT&T Wireless to put a 180-foot cellular telephone tower in their neighborhood.

Three mushers battling for Quest lead
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three mushers were battling for the lead Sunday halfway through the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Anchorage man killed in vehicle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was killed early Sunday after driving his vehicle through a red light and striking a dump truck.

Bill would make inhalant abuse a crime
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Mary Kapsner wants to make inhalant abuse a crime punishable by treatment.

Businesses look forward to Special Olympics next month
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage businesses are banking on the upcoming 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games to give them a boost following the cancelation of the Fur Rendezvous sled dog races.

Aleutian volcano dumps ash on Nikolski
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The eruption of the Mount Cleveland volcano early Monday sprinkled ash on the village of Nikolski and sent an ash plume to 35,000 feet.

Teen burglary suspect found dead
PALMER (AP) -- A 17-year-old burglary suspect was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head Sunday night after a standoff with Alaska State Troopers.

North Pole man crushed to death under car
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man was crushed to death Monday evening after the car he was working on fell on top of him.

February 19: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the Special Olympics:
The biggest sporting extravaganza ever hosted by Alaska will feature participants and spectators numbering in what's expected to be the thousands, and drawing from some 80 nations around the world.

Energy task force measure clears committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A measure aimed at creating a statewide energy plan cleared its first committee Tuesday.

Soldiers head to California for desert training
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- Sixteen Army National Guard soldiers from the Northwest Arctic are headed to the Mojave Desert in California for three weeks of training.

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.

Sweden's Egil Ellis wins 10-dog sprint race
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Sweden's Egil Ellis has dominated Alaska sprint racing for the past two years, but that could be changing.

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.

House passes bill to allow cities by other names
JUNEAU (AP) -- Villages in the Bush could choose a new form of local government under a bill passed Monday by the House.

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.

Dog dies in Yukon Quest
EAGLE (AP) --As mushers in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race hit the trail after a 36-hour break, race officials announced the first dog death in the race.

Study says healthy ecosystem benefits Alaska workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new study attempts to place a dollar value on Alaska's natural ecosystems.

February 19: Voice of the Times on the visit by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi.
Give a salute to Anthony Principi, the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He's the first member of President George W. Bush's Cabinet to visit Alaska -- and he didn't waste any time.

Canadian company says highway route is best for natural gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The owners of critical permits to build a natural gas pipeline along the Alaska Highway to the Lower 48 said Monday that the highway route offers the fastest and possibly the cheapest way to get Alaska's North Slope gas reserves to market.

Voice of the times on a proposal to break up the 9th U.S. Circuit Court:
Maybe at last, in this new Congress, action finally will be taken to reduce the size of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and create a new 12th Circuit from the rubble.

Iron Dog racer suffers injuries in accident
McGRATH (AP) -- A two-time champion of the Iron Dog snowmachine race is out of the running this year after breaking his leg and dislocating his hip in an accident on the trail Sunday night.

President resigns after 10 years
BETHEL (AP) -- The president and chief executive officer of the Kuskokwim Corp. has resigned after 10 years.

Volcano observatory monitors volcanic ash over Aleutians
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Cleveland Volcano in an uninhabited area of the eastern Aleutians erupted Monday, sending a cloud of ash into the air, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Man pleads no contest to shooting dogs
NOME (AP) -- A man who confessed to shooting three sled dogs in area dog lots could receive up to five years in jail and a $50,000 fine.

BP joins Anadarko in gas exploration venture
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP is joining Anadarko Petroleum and Alberta Energy Company in their search for natural gas in the foothills region of Alaska's North Slope, the companies announced Monday.

eBay ad stirs up interest in Salcha bar
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Debbie Mutchler doesn't own a computer but that's not stopping her from trying to sell her bar and liquor store on the Internet.

February 17: Anchorage Daily News on civic literacy:
Alaska's exit exam has stimulated an important debate about what graduating high school students should know. So far, the discussion has focused on math, reading and writing. But there's another basic subject students should masters: civic literacy.

Around the Peninsula
Conference to be held in SoldotnaHomer chamber to meet today Public nurse to provide immunizationsSkills for personal change classes to start todayHealth services available in communityHealth services available in communityFirst events to take place at festivalCPGH to provide educationAdvisory board to meetSterling community to hold Fun DayHome choice seminar to be presentedKBEA scholarship applications available KBEA scholarship applications available KBEA scholarship 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.

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, please call the Soldotna Community School office, at 262-6768, to check on cancellations and confirm your attendance.

Around the Peninsula
Final SoHi conferences held todayPeer counselors to lead mothers groupBoard meeting slatedAlaska Independent Blind to meet todayConference to be held in SoldotnaCARTS tops agenda at chamber lunchKDLL board to meetMeeting held to voice ideas, concernsFirst sphere weekend plannedCIRC Advisory board to meetKBEA scholarship 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.

Dog dies in Yukon Quest
EAGLE (AP) --As mushers in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race hit the trail after a 36-hour break, race officials announced the first dog death in the race.

Three mushers battling for Quest lead
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three mushers were battling for the lead Sunday halfway through the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.

Race officials announce dog death in Quest
EAGLE (AP) -- As mushers in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race hit the trail after a 36-hour break, race officials announced the first dog death in the race.

Minnesota musher wins U.P. 200
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) -- The top two winners in this year's U.P. 200 Sled Dog Championship crossed the finish line just 11 minutes apart.

Win comes with cost as NASCAR legend Earnhardt dies tragically
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It figured somebody would find a way to beat Michael Waltrip, a non-winner over his 15-year Winston Cup career, as the Daytona 500 wound down to the precious final laps Sunday.

Is NASCAR doing enough to protect drivers?
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Neck braces. Soft walls. Special seat belts.

NASCAR great dies in horrible Daytona crash
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- He was The Intimidator, the Man in Black, and right to the end, Dale Earnhardt was every bit the brusk daredevil who drew millions to his sport.

Intimidator mourned at track, around country
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The newspapers were all gone before sunrise. The fans lined up seven-deep to place flowers at a makeshift monument outside the track. A hastily scrawled sign on a pickup truck read, ''No. 3, RIP.''

Critic opposes classifying entire peninsula
The main effect of opening the Kenai Peninsula's subsistence moose and caribou hunts to residents of its largest cities would be to cut out hunters from other areas, a critic said.

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.

Cool hideout: Photo Feature
Johnpaul Turinsky talks to Randian Naves in the snow fort they built near Toyon Villa Apartments in Kenai last weekend.

Proposals could open door for hunts
A Kenaitze Indian Tribe proposal could make all western Kenai Peninsula residents eligible for federal subsistence moose and caribou hunts on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and elsewhere around Cook Inlet.

Glimpse of gun results in cautious traffic stop
Bang! Bang! It is an image parents see frequently, their little boy holding a toy pistol like a police officer, shooting the bad guys he cooked up with his imagination.

Vandals strike southern communities
Buildings in Ninilchik and Anchor Point fell victim to acts of crime sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Photo feature: Airborn
Taylor Adams catches some blue sky while snowboarding Saturday at a new park on Karen Street in Soldotna.

Tower plans rile Skyline residents
Living on high ground has its advantages and disadvantages. Of the former are better views and low flood potential. Of the latter, there is always a chance someone will want to put a 180-foot cellular telephone tower in your neighborhood.

Black History Month has deep roots
Black History Month owes its origin to Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), one of the founders of modern Black studies.

Group helps visually impaired
Failing vision can be terrifying, said Soldotna High School teacher Mack Tappana.

Black History Month is time to reflect on minority
February is national Black History Month. But don't expect a big public observance on the Kenai Peninsula.

Student funding ignites debate
Do Kenai Peninsula students need to attend Kenai Peninsula schools?

U.S. companies' layoffs really not best business practice in final analysis
Typical America: A wave of layoffs is crossing the country and most people still see something positive behind it. What in Europe would lead to huge protests is interpreted in the United States as management strength.

Applause
Many businesses, individuals make basketball program possibleThanks for help with patriotic arts program competition

Alaskans should benefit as much as possible from any future gasline project
One of the most important issues facing the Alaska Legislature this session is the possibility of a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48. As

Powell faces big job in reuniting Gulf War coalition against Iraq
It's becoming more and more evident that the unity around the U.N. sanctions imposed on Iraq is cracking. Lots of fresh ideas are needed to make sure that Saddam Hussein is disarmed. A great part of the responsibility must be put on U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Peninsula People
Students named to honor listsPing pong tourney resultsDogs are focus of open house SaturdayKBEA scholarship applications availableRotary club in need of computers

Ninilchik puts heart into Valentine's Day celebration
NINILCHIK -- It was more than just a candlelit dinner for two. It was residents of Ninilchik gathering together on Valentine's Day to pay tribute to friends and family -- some alive, some already passed on.

Special Olympics athletes win medals
The Special Olympics Alaska 2001 State Winter Games drew nearly 300 athletes and volunteers to Anchorage Feb. 9-11. It was SOAK's largest state winter games ever.

Ask a Trooper
Question: I got stopped by a trooper today and was told that my windows were tinted too dark. How can that be, since I paid over $100 to have them done?

Iron Dog reaches Kaltag
The top teams in the Iron Dog snowmobile race had reached Kaltag, the 12th checkpoint in the race, by early Monday evening.

Kard relishes taking up the gauntlet
Challenge. Whether it's in the classroom or in an athletic event, it's what Kenai Central senior Greg Landua thrives on.

Rage, Bolts win in XFL ... but ratings continue to drop
NEW YORK -- The XFL is losing viewers at a staggering rate.

Upsets name of women's games
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Michelle Snow took an inbounds pass with 1.1 seconds left and made a 12-footer, giving No. 2 Tennessee a 75-73 victory over No. 13 LSU on Sunday.

Homer, Nikiski split hoops tilts
The Nikiski girls basketball team, the top-ranked squad in Class 3A, pounded Homer 50-19 Monday in Nikiski to run their record to 14-2.

Intimidator mourned at track, around country
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The newspapers were all gone before sunrise. The fans lined up seven-deep to place flowers at a makeshift monument outside the track. A hastily scrawled sign on a pickup truck read, ''No. 3, RIP.''

Durant takes Bob Hope Classic
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Joe Durant credits his wife with resurrecting his golf career by getting him to quit thinking so negatively. She couldn't have been too happy after learning what her husband was doing the night before the final round of the Bob Hope Classic.

Clemson blasts Tar Heels
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson jolted college basketball Sunday, beating No. 1 North Carolina 75-65 on 26 points by Will Solomon and ending the Tar Heels' 18-game winning streak.

Carolina scores, edges Boston too
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Josef Vasicek scored with 2:41 left, breaking a 12-game pointless streak as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 Sunday.

Iron Dog reaches Kaltag
The top teams in the Iron Dog snowmobile race had reached Kaltag, the 12th checkpoint in the race, by early Monday evening.

Is NASCAR doing enough to protect drivers?
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Neck braces. Soft walls. Special seat belts.

Ninilchik team gets big-time coverage
The girls' basketball team of Ninilchik School -- the Lady Wolverines -- appreciates the support of its fans. But when the team played archenemy Seldovia on Feb. 9, they got more attention than they expected. Taking notes and photographing every move were USA Today reporter Sal Ruibal and photographer Jack Gruber.

Race officials announce dog death in Quest
EAGLE (AP) -- As mushers in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race hit the trail after a 36-hour break, race officials announced the first dog death in the race.

Chugiak takes it to East for third place in tournament
Dimond defeated Service 3-2 Saturday night at the Soldotna Sports Center in the finals of the Class 4A state hockey tournament.

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