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Wednesday, February 23, 2000

Boy drowns, woman who tried to rescue him is missing
Eds: ADDS identity of victims in second graf, and details throughout

Bill would set up pesticide tracking system
JUNEAU (AP) -- Parents would be able to monitor pesticide use in schools, parks and other public places under legislation proposed by an Anchorage lawmaker.

Popular weather service meteorologist Ruben Eaton dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ruben Eaton, one of Alaska's best known weather experts, died unexpectedly Sunday following surgery. He was 49.

Aviation museum to replace director
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum in Anchorage will get a new director this year.

Disaster bill finally approaching final passage
JUNEAU (AP) -- The twisted path of a bill dealing with the governor's power to spend money on disaster aid may finally be coming to an end.

Former prosecutor nominated for 9th Circuit appellate court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton said Tuesday he will nominate U.S. District Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson of Las Vegas for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9 Circuit, the nation's largest federal appeals court.

Critics pan plan to pay for fast ferry
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles' plan to sell $350 million in general obligation bonds to accelerate 11 statewide transportation projects was slowed Tuesday by questions about Southeast Alaska's share.

Woman dies in truck collision with bus
JUNEAU (AP) -- One person died and two were injured after a city bus collided with a pickup truck on an icy rural road Monday night.

Fairbanks couple gives $200,000 to UA museum
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A University of Alaska Museum employee and his wife have pledged $200,000 of their own money toward the museum expansion project.

INS arrests illegal workers on Unalaska-bound fishing boats
UNALASKA (AP) -- Federal immigration agents have arrested what they say were 20 illegal workers on fishing boats that tied up at Dutch Harbor over the past week.

Alaska can join companies' defense of merger
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The state of Alaska can join the defense of the $30 billion merger between oil companies BP Amoco PLC and Atlantic Richfield Co., a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

North Korea denounces proposed U.S. missile defense system
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea today denounced the United States for planning to build an antimissile defense system, calling the plan an attempt to dominate the world.

Cape Smythe plane crashes near Kotzebue; pilot suffers minor injuries
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pilot with Cape Smythe Air Service came away with minor injuries after his twin-engine plane crashed on the sea ice about three miles from the Kotzebue Airport.

Kenai power line backers say avalanches prove need for intertie
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six electric utilities hoping to build a new powerline from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula are pointing to Southcentral Alaska's recent avalanches to help make their case.

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Early breakup unlikely
The wet roads and shrinking snow piles have sparked a question posed by many recently: Is it breakup yet?

Education reform plan comes to town
The state's top education official is visiting the Kenai Peninsula this week to inform people about the state's Quality Schools Initiative.

Trails wrecked by snowmachines causing Nikiski skiers frustration
A groomed trail is a passion for both snowmachiners and cross-county skiers. Unfortunately, one trail cannot be shared by all.

EDD director plans fall through
The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District is back to square one in its search for a permanent director.

SoHi choir performance scheduled for Thursday
The Soldotna High School Swing Choir is bound to Florida -- if members can raise enough funds.

Obituary
Longtime Kasilof resident James Calvin Benson died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 66.

Homer winter king derby getting early attention
While some may think February is too early to start daydreaming of fish, there are others who won't be denied. Consider the anglers who already have reserved seats on charter boats for Homer's winter king derby.

Martin wins with hard work, class
Homer High School's Ida Martin won't be taking an afternoon to clear out some space at home for this year's championship hardware any time soon.

Skyview cagers can't stop rebounding Warriors
Just like they do for everybody else, things got a little better Tuesday than they were Monday for the Wasilla boys basketball team.

Zirkle first to Braeburn; Tetz in second
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Aliy Zirkle was holding fast to the lead Tuesday evening in the final stretch of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Junior B squad hosts benefit game
The Peninsula Chinooks Junior B Hockey Club will host a team of high school all-stars Thursday evening at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Competitive edge bankrolls Tetz's team
PELLY CROSSING, Yukon (AP) -- For about $2,000, the cost of a fairly nice vacation in Hawaii, Thomas Tetz has turned himself into a contender in this year's Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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