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Wednesday, February 21, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Cook Inlet well hits oil in Redoubt Shoal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Forest Oil Co. said Tuesday it has hit oil in Cook Inlet, possibly the first commercial discovery in the inlet in more than a decade.

Workers uncover eagle buried by avalanche
UNALASKA (AP) -- An Unalaska city worker clearing an avalanche from a road Friday uncovered a bald eagle buried by snow but still alive.

Tanana Natives file to intervene in tobacco lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Native Village of Tanana filed a motion Tuesday to intervene in the federal government's ongoing lawsuit against the nation's biggest tobacco producers.

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.

Sand Point man convicted of murder in girlfriend's killing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage jury Tuesday convicted a Sand Point man of killing his 26-year-old girlfriend in April 1999.

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.

NMFS settles with man who killed harbor seal
JUNEAU (AP) -- The National Marine Fisheries Service said Wednesday it has reached a settlement with a Juneau man charged with shoting a harbor seal two years ago.

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.

Second dog dies in Yukon Quest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A second dog in the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race collapsed and died along the same stretch of trail where hours earlier another dog died, a race official confirmed Tuesday.

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

Cleanup completed at spill site near Red Dog Mine
KIVALINA (AP) -- Crews have completed the clean up of a site near the Cominco Red Dog Mine after a truck overturned and spilled approximately six tons of zinc concentrate, officials said Wednesday.

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

GTL plant moving forward
BP last week received the remaining permits it needed to begin construction of a pilot plant in Nikiski to test technology for turning natural gas to synthetic crude oil.

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

Man charged with pointing gun at salesman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested Monday night and charged with aiming a shotgun at the head of a magazine salesman who came to his door.

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.

Governor appoints two new Anchorage judges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles appointed new judges Tuesday to fill vacancies in Anchorage.

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.

Troopers, Army rescue Fairbanks snowmachiner
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Troopers and an Army helicopter crew teamed up to rescue a lost Fairbanks snowmachiner Sunday whose body temperature had dropped to 94 degrees.

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.

Thousands of gallons of crude spilled at BP facilities
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two spills occurred within hours of each other at BP facilities on the North Slope, officials said Tuesday.

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.

Veterans Affairs secretary reviews Pioneers' Homes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's plan to turn Pioneers' Homes into combination pioneer and veterans homes is a creative idea that makes sense, Tony Principi, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, said Monday.

Second dog dies in Yukon Quest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A second dog in the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race collapsed and died along the same stretch of trail where hours earlier another dog died, a race official confirmed Tuesday.

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
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 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
CARTS tops agenda at chamber lunchMeeting planned to voice ideas, concernsQuick Books seminar to be heldKenai Lions to celebrate anniversaryFirst sphere weekend plannedDoggie open house planned Saturday Red Cross to offer safety courseSterling community to hold Fun DayHome choice seminar to be presented 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.

Clam Gulch's Osmar holds two-minute lead in race as mushers reach Circle City
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A second dog in the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race collapsed and died along the same stretch of trail where hours earlier another dog died, a race official confirmed Tuesday.

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.

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

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.''

Marlin blamed by some for death of hero
Sterling Marlin said he ''definitely didn't do anything intentional'' when he bumped Dale Earnhardt at the Daytona 500, triggering the crash that killed the stock car racing great. He said it was ''pure luck'' he didn't crash, too.

Fans keep mourning Earnhardt
HAMPTON, Ga. -- When Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark decided to hold a memorial service at the track for Dale Earnhardt, he expected about 800 people to attend.

Highway route gets another supporter
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Nikiski man arrested for marijuana operation
A 49-year-old Nikiski man may be facing charges after Alaska State Troopers and local police served two warrants Friday, seizing 146 marijuana plants in the process.

Assembly sets aside controversy over home schooling ban
Tuesday, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Jack Brown withdrew a controversial proposal to take sides in a statewide schooling debate.

CPGH course stresses safety, preparedness
When it comes to the safety of a person's child, only the very best will do.

Bush plan expands 'charitable choice'
'This has been the most incredible public relations coup any administration has had. Who can be against government partnerships with churches?'

Birthday celebration for 'Gramma' gives taste of all community's charms
Life in a small town has its share of surprises. Living in Kenai since the late '70s has allowed me to take part in some of those.

Pardon of financier brings more shame to Clinton's legacy
Bill Clinton has pardoned himself for having issued an insupportable pardon to the fugitive financier Marc Rich on his, Mr. Clinton's, l

School news around the district
Aurora Borealis Charter SchoolKalifornsky Beach Elementary Mountain View ElementaryNikiski ElementaryNorth Star ElementaryRedoubt ElementarySears ElementarySterling ElementaryTustumena ElementaryKenai Middle SchoolSoldotna Middle SchoolConnectionsKenai Central High SchoolNikiski Middle-Senior High SchoolSoldotna High SchoolCook Inlet AcademyWings Christian AcademyKenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head StartPeninsula Grace PreschoolSoldotna Cooperative Preschool

School Menus
School Menus for elementary and secondary this week.

Vocational students plan conference
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is putting on its Career and Technical Student Organizations Conference on Thursday and Friday. Activities will take place at Soldotna High School and Kenai Peninsula College.

Teaching teachers -Community becomes the classroom for peninsula instructors
Lifelong learning is an asset for anyone, and for teachers it is a necessity.

Around the District
Schools page gets new logoStudents face vital testsExit exam practice tests availableExit exam preview offered for Nikiski teensCharter school plans enrollment lotteryNikiski High announces Students of the MonthUniversity honors peninsula teacherHomer hosts science teachers Students invited to job fair

Students earn recognition for scholarships, chili
Heidi Morrison, a student at Kenai Peninsula College, Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, has been selected as a 2001 Centennial Scholar for the state of Alaska.

Study: Older Americans fight stress with prayer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Many older Americans use prayer to ward off stress, a study shows.

Senior Briefs
Events for the coming week at senior centers througout the peninsula

Senior Menus
Senior Menus for centers throughout the peninsula

Carr, Davis among top five in Iron Dog
The top teams in the Iron Dog snowmobile race screamed into Nome Tuesday afternoon.

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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

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.

Raptors leave Warriors in ungolden state
TORONTO -- Vince Carter scored 33 points and Mark Jackson moved passed Isiah Thomas into fourth place on the NBA career assist list as the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 113-102 Tuesday night.

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.

Bear-viewing applications available for McNeil River game sanctuary
Applications are now available for permits to view brown bears at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary.

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