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Thursday, February 22, 2001

Murkowski sees opportunity in new administration, Congress
JUNEAU (AP) -- Tight energy supplies and Republican control of both Congress and the White House open a window of opportunity for aggressive development of Alaska's natural resources, Sen. Frank Murkowski told a joint session of the Legislature on Wednesday.

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.

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.

Lawmaker's plan would allow diplomas without exit test
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Lyda Green is floating a plan to revamp the high school exit exam requirement that would let students who fail the test earn diplomas if they meet certain conditions.

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.

Osmar reaches Angel Creek, Sawatzky drops out
ANGEL CREEK (AP) -- As musher Tim Osmar of Ninilchik held onto his lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, another top musher dropped out.

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.

Alaska shares in contact lens settlement
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska residents who have bought some brands of replacement contact lenses would be eligible for cash rebates and other compensation from Bausch & Lomb under a proposed $17.5 million antitrust settlement with the contact lens manufacturer, Attorney General Bruce Botelho announced.

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

Cybersex seizure proposal draws praise from law enforcement, criticism from nudists
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposal to allow the seizure of property used in cybersex crimes drew acclaim from law enforcement officials and opposition from a quarter not often heard from in Alaska -- nudists.

BP to build community center in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. plans to build a $7.1 million meeting and education center for nonprofit organizations adjacent to its Midtown Anchorage headquarters.

Kayakers take 'road less traveled' on trip from Seward to Homer
KENAI (AP) -- This isn't a three-hour cruise, Gilligan.

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.

Winds become a problem for bison hunters
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Cold weather usually is one of the biggest obstacles for hunters who draw a permit to shoot a Delta bison.

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.

RV Dealer found guilty of 18 felony fraud counts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A U.S. District Court jury convicted a former Anchorage motor home dealer Wednesday of 14 felony counts of bank fraud and four counts of money laundering.

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.

LeDoux wins special election for Kodiak Island Borough mayor
KODIAK (AP) -- Gabrielle LeDoux won the post of borough mayor in a special election Tuesday over acting Mayor Robin Heinrichs and marine surveyor Jack McFarland.

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.

GCI acquires stake in fiber optic cable system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- CGI announced Wednesday it is acquiring an 85 percent controlling interest in the corporation that owns the 800-mile fiber optic cable system extending from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez.

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.

Fort Yukon Stabbing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 16-year-old girl was arraigned Saturday on charges she tried to stab her 23-year old brother to death in their Fort Yukon home.

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.

House passes bill protecting voters from workers' mistakes
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House passed a bill Wednesday that would protect voters from some election workers' mistakes.

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.

DEC responding to two Alaska Peninsula spills
CHIGNIK (AP) -- About 300 gallons of waste oil spilled when a valve on a storage tank at the Norquest Seafoods cannery was left open, officials said Wednesday.

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.

Kenai Peninsula Borough weighs prison options
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two companies wooing the Kenai Peninsula Borough government for a possibly lucrative private prison contract have finished in a virtual tie, and a third is not far behind.

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.

Dock designer says Point MacKenzie port is stable
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Concerns the Point MacKenzie port may be unstable and could collapse in an earthquake are misinformed, the dock's designer told a group of Matanuska-Susitna Valley business people Tuesday.

Murkowski mulls run for governor
JUNEAU (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski said he's giving ''considerable thought'' to running for governor next year and plans to announce a decision in September, a deadline that could cause considerable heartburn for other gubernatorial hopefuls.

In the deepest gloom, some investors see opportunity
NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market's plunge has left many small investors so intimidated they are likely to miss out on the beginning of the next upturn and the chance to recoup their losses.

Business Briefs
Kenai auto dealer expands into Juneau Tesoro employees donate to Special OlympicsDEC inspects food service establishmentsPhillips replaces 1,128 percent of 2000 productionSeptic installer training offeredDigital mandate brings big costsBurden heads Tesoro AlaskaBP to build Anchorage community centerLearn computerized accounting skillsCross Timbers enjoys strong profits

Why is consumer confidence collapsing?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Could those deteriorating consumer confidence figures be a measure also of how spoiled Americans have become after a decade of plentiful credit, easy payments, lots of jobs and rising stocks?

Mat-Su dock designer says port stable
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Concerns the Point MacKenzie port may be unstable and could collapse in an earthquake are misinformed, the dock's designer told a group of Matanuska-Susitna Valley business people Tuesday.

Business Highlights,
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Lucent Technologies made a mistake by growing too fast and organizing inefficiently into 11 ''hot little businesses,'' the top executive of the embattled communications equipment maker told shareholders Wednesday.

High survival rate for airline accidents
WASHINGTON -- More than 95 percent of passengers survive commercial airplane accidents and even more lives could be saved by changes such as redesigning the safety cards in seat pockets, safety regulators say.

Napster offer hits sour note with music industry
NEW YORK -- Music executives on Wednesday shook off Napster's offer to settle a copyright infringement lawsuit, saying it didn't offer a viable business plan and failed to address security concerns.

What to do with those old savings bonds
DENVER (AP) -- Traditional U.S. savings bonds have fallen out of favor in recent years as investors have put their money into the stock market.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Long-term care specialists to visit senior centerUnited way director to speak at chamber luncheonGenealogical society to meetSled dog association holding position drawing KDLL board to meet Kenai Peninsula Borough special meeting Friday

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 information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Osmar reaches Angel Creek, Sawatzky drops out
ANGEL CREEK (AP) -- As musher Tim Osmar of Ninilchik held onto his lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, another top musher dropped out.

Osmar sticks with Yukon Quest leaders
CIRCLE (AP) -- A rough trail was preventing any of the front-runners in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race from breaking from the pack Wednesday.

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.

Carey: Experience shows partnerships get things done
Current Soldotna City Council member David Carey was brought to Soldotna as an 8-year-old when his stepfather, Ed Onstott, was transferred here by Halliburton Energy Services in 1961. Son of a Navy pilot killed in Korea, Carey was born at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station near Oak Harbor, Wash.

Wright: Decision-makers should keep families in mind
A. Kearlee Wright was mayor of the city of Soldotna for a brief time in the mid-1960s, before resigning for what he described as health reasons.

Lambert: Cohesive city center in her vision for Soldotna
Like fellow candidate David Carey, Kristin Lambert grew up in Soldotna, and graduated from Kenai Central High School -- the only secondary school in the central peninsula in 1964.

Beals: Soldotna ready for change, some light industry
Michael Beals moved to Soldotna four years ago, after a month-long vacation here caused he and his family to fall in love with the town. After buying property in downtown along the river, Beals and his wife Michelle opened the Timber Wolf Lodge.

Smallwood: City should be run for benefit of the public
John Smallwood moved to Soldotna in 1982 with friends who offered him a job in a saw mill, but several setbacks, including a heart attack and the onset of diabetes, have left him on disability for years

Stogsdill: 'Don't call me mayor'
Soldotna Vice Mayor Jim Stogsdill wants to set the record straight: He does not want to be the permanent mayor.

Soldotna mayor can expect heavy work load
Soldotna's mayor is weak.

Why run for Soldotna mayor's seat?
Individual statements of candidates running for Mayor of Soldotna.

Growing white asparagus, a garden delicacy
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- White asparagus, long a European delicacy, has lately become popular also in America. Home gardeners can easily grow these so-called blanched or gourmet whites as well as the better-known green and purplish spears.

Winds become a problem for bison hunters
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Cold weather usually is one of the biggest obstacles for hunters who draw a permit to shoot a Delta bison.

Kimball, Mulvey headlne at Alice's
After two years of touring behind her critically acclaimed solo debut -- "Veering From the Wave" -- Jennifer Kimball is ready for her next album, but still on the road.

Anchorage artist twists his way into KPC gallery
When one thinks of twisted metal hanging from their wall, they most likely would rarely think of art.

Art Briefs
Arts center accepting entriesSingers wantedGrant applications availablePoems sought in free contestJuneau to host quilt exhibit

Classical violinist to play in Soldotna
The Performing Arts Society will present classical violinist Helena Emery and her piano accompanist, Loran Olsen, on Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna at 7:30 p.m.

What's Happening
Best bets, events and exhibits, entertainment, in the future, down the road, Anchorage events and films.

Earnhardt will be missed
The legend will indeed be missed, but some may not miss many of his ideals in the world of sports.

Drivers Honor Dale Earnhardt
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Fellow drivers and team members took a day away from the NASCAR circuit Thursday to remember Dale Earnhardt, killed on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

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.

Schedule
Schedule for Winston Cup curcuit

Practice runs at Daytona International Speedway.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- The crowds around Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Richard Childress Racing arrived minutes after Dale Earnhardt

points standings
Point standings so far in the Winston Cup

Dura-lube 400
When: 1 p.m. Sunday

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.

Drivers' safety must be priority for NASCAR
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- NASCAR was working on safety issues before and after Adam Petty died 10 months ago. I

MONEY LEADERS
Money leaders so far on the Winston Cup curcuit

Lieberman leading challenge for refuge
WASHINGTON -- Northeast lawmakers are spearheading an effort to make Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off-limits to oil drilling.

ANWR drilling possible
JUNEAU -- Tight energy supplies and Republican control of both Congress and the White House open a window of opportunity for aggressive development of Alaska's natural resources, Sen. Frank Murkowski told a joint session of the Legislature on Wednesday.

DEC responding to 2 Alaska Peninsula spills
CHIGNIK (AP) -- About 300 gallons of waste oil spilled when a valve on a storage tank at the Norquest Seafoods cannery was left open, officials said Wednesday.

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

Newest inlet platform strikes oil
Forest Oil Corp. struck oil with the first well drilled from the first platform installed on Cook Inlet since 1986.

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.

Liability presents slippery slope
The sight of a snowboarder or a downhill ski enthusiast flying down a snow-covered hill is one that usually goes hand-in-hand with the winter season.

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.

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.

Kaleb Isaah Madden
Kaleb Isaah Madden, the infant son of Mandi Jo Gagnon-Madden and Charles Madden, died suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001.

Thomas William Thurman
Kenai resident Thomas William Thurman died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, at his home of natural causes. He was 51.

Music industry must change tune to keep beat with technology
Napster may be on its way out, but America's music industry still has to contend with the unregulated swapping of copyrighted songs on the Internet. ...

Air strikes against Iraq offer too little, too late
The Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is no

Applause
Efforts of many make scholarship program success

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.

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?'

Letters to the Editor:
Coalition shows its true colors by getting water study on list

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

Minnesota teens get everyone involved in remodeling the ''Pout House''
PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. (AP) -- With a fresh coat of blue paint and ''Pout House'' stenciled on the outside in yellow, Joey Neznik's and Matt Royer's fish house has taken on a new life.

School Menus
School Menus for elementary and secondary this week.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Strong Kenai Peninsula contingent will be trying to catch Cougars
When the state ski meet starts today at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula will be represented by what is perhaps its most solid group of skiers ever.

Capitals move their unbeaten string to 10
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals ran their unbeaten streak to 10 games with Wednesday night's 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators.

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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