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Friday, February 23, 2001

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.

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.

BP's construction of Nikiski pilot plant going forward
KENAI (AP) -- BP has received the remaining permits needed to begin construction of a pilot plant in Nikiski to test technology for turning natural gas to synthetic crude oil.

Campaign finance changes could allow polls from lobbyists
JUNEAU (AP) -- A proposed change to Alaska's campaign finance laws would create a loophole that could let lobbyists and corporations contribute polling data to political candidates, the head of the state's campaign watchdog agency said Thursday.

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.

Four people charged with conspiring to enslave Russian women
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four people were charged Thursday with conspiring to enslave Russian women and girls by forcing them to work in a strip club in Alaska.

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

Ships would carry radioactive cargo to and from Japan
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has written to officials in Washington D.C. and Russia in an effort to block the shipment of nuclear waste through the Arctic Ocean.

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.

Former Ruby pastor found guilty of sexual abuse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior Court jury found former Ruby pastor Richard Cook guilty of charges he sexually abused a girl who was under his legal guardianship.

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.

ACS reports 4th quarter loss
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Communications Systems on Thursday reported fourth-quarter losses of $8.5 million and full-year losses of $25.2 million, greater than some analysts had expected.

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.

Norton to visit Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton said Thursday that she would visit Alaska within the next two months and would visit the state ''on a fairly regular basis'' thereafter, she said.

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.

National Science Foundation donates millions to UA research
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Science Foundation is putting $9 million toward the University of Alaska's experimental program aimed at stimulating competitive research.

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.

Legislators want new fighter planes in Anchorage
JUNEAU (AP) -- Legislators want the U.S. Air Force to deploy new F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Once-controversial spill bill passes Senate without debate
JUNEAU (AP) -- With no debate, the Senate passed a restored version of one of last year's most contested bills Thursday -- a proposal to bring cruise ships and other large non-tanker vessels under the state's oil response laws.

State says capturing airline miles might cost more than it saves
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state would spend more than it saves if it made state workers use their frequent flier miles for state travel only, officials said Thursday.

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.

Young wants Alaskans to bank on his new Congressional role
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Congressman Don Young is urging Alaskans to take advantage of his new role as chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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.

Senate extends use of Social Security numbers for child support enforcement
JUNEAU (AP) -- Faced with the loss of $70 million in federal aid, the state Senate voted Thursday to retain a set of laws that help child support enforcement officials track deadbeat parents using Social Security numbers.

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.

Second of Millennium class tankers coming to Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Alaska Inc. is about to get its second Millennium class tanker to carry Alaska North Slope crude oil.

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.

Three Anchorage men held on cocaine trafficking charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three men authorities call the cocaine pipeline to Anchorage were in custody Friday, held on federal drug trafficking charges.

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.

Man charged with identity theft
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who recently moved to Anchorage has been indicted on a charge of identity theft.

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.

Alaska Army forces get new chief of staff
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Army forces in Alaska have a new chief of staff.

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.

Augie Hiebert named Alaskan of the Year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Pioneer broadcaster Augie Hiebert has been named Alaskan of the Year.

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.

Eagle River woman killed in vehicle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Eagle River woman died Thursday after an early morning vehicle accident.

Alyeska Prince ends affiliation with Westin
GIRDWOOD (AP) -- The Alyeska Prince Hotel is ending its affiliation with Westin and Starwood hotels.

300 3rd Wing members deployed to Turkey
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 300 members of Elmendorf Air Force Base's 3rd Wing will head out this weekend for Turkey in support of Operation Northern Watch.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LIO Schedule
Today 1:30 p.m.

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

Around the Peninsula
Quick Books seminar to be heldWard to address RepublicansKenai Lions to celebrate anniversary Workshop helps residents with grant writingExam practice session provided for Nikiski studentsIce races planned for weekendDog group plans open house for SaturdaySterling community to hold Fun DayHealth services available in communityRed Cross to offer safety courseArctic Young Marines program to begin

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 wins Yukon quest with picture-perfect run
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Tim Osmar claimed victory in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race early Friday and marveled at his good fortune in the 1,000-mile race from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to Fairbanks.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Diplomas could be earned without 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.

Use of Social Security numbers OK'd
JUNEAU -- Faced with the loss of $70 million in federal aid, the state Senate voted Thursday to retain a set of laws that help child support enforcement officials track deadbeat parents using Social Security numbers.

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

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.

points standings
Point standings so far in the Winston Cup

MONEY LEADERS
Money leaders so far on the Winston Cup curcuit

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

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

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

NASCAR officials: Earnhardt's lap belt was broken
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt's lap belt was found broken after the crash that killed him near the finish line of the Daytona 500, NASCAR officials said Friday.

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.

Private prison proposals considered
The list of contenders for the proposed private prison project has been narrowed to just two.

Church plans new school
A new Christian private school will be opening soon in the central peninsula.

Schools' hiring record criticized
Two Native organizations presented resolutions to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Monday asking for more Native educators in area schools.

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.

Photo feature: On the move
Willow Hunter runs with her dog Snoopy during an outing on the beach in Kenai Thursday afternoon with her dad George, not pictured.

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.

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.

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.

Kaleb Isaah Madden
Kaleb Isaah Madden, born Aug. 19, 2000, died at his home in Elmendorf Air Force Base on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001. He was 6 months and 1 day old. He was born at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

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

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

Oil find, technology breathe opportunity into inlet's aging field
For an oil field in decline, Cook Inlet has been producing some good news.

Dealing with relatives' foibles is traditional for first families
WASHINGTON -- Want a friend in this town, goes the saying, choose a dog. Family, you can't choose. But it can bite you just as hard.

Cold War over; chill wind still blows
The FBI's spy debacle is a splash of cold water for a United States grown complacent about the world and our place in it. Set aside for the moment the questi

Applause
Efforts of many make scholarship program success

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

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

Public-use cabins make wildlife refuge more accessible in winter
This is a good time of year to visit one of the public-use cabins on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The longer hours of daylight and moderate temperatures of late February and March make a cabin trip a great family outing. refuge cabins are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no charges or reservations; maximum stay is seven days. Most of the cabins have saws to cut firewood, and if you're fortunate, the previous user will have left enough stove wood to get you started.

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.

Banned Chinese movement attracts Midwestern followers
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Each Sunday morning, a half-dozen people gather in a Milwaukee mall, standing quietly in a circle as soothing Chinese rhythms emanate from a portable cassette player.

Russian Orthodox official urges Pope to postpone visit to Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- A top official from the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine has sent a letter to Pope John Paul II urging him to postpone a planned visit this summer, a news report said.

Jewish groups tightening security
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Fearing anti-Semitic violence, Jewish groups in Rhode Island are tightening security in synagogues and community centers.

Baha'i concert benefits Native center
An annual benefit concert will take place Saturday at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. The program features artists performing traditional, contemporary and crossover music and stories, from Native Alaskans and Native Americans.

Broadcasters cut tie to evangelical association
MANASSAS, Va. (AP) -- The trade association for evangelical Protestants in television and radio has severed its 57-year affiliation with the National Association of Evangelicals.

Never too late to check life resume
Right thinking or right living? Which is more important to your life?

Religion Briefs
Banquet slated for SaturdayMeeting scheduled for upcoming musicalPurim party plannedHelp offered with finding family tiesSpiritual poems sought

Malaysian government: No ban on Bollywood films despite Muslim concerns
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The Malaysian government won't ban Indian-made movies as urged by Muslim clerics but plans stricter censorship on ''negative influences,'' newspapers reported.

Southern Baptist missionaries report brisk foreign expansion
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Southern Baptist Convention missionaries and groups they work with in other nations established 6,520 new congregations and baptized 451,301 believers last year, the denomination's International Mission Board reported.

Sri Lanka protects church that was attacked by mob
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- The government sent police to protect a Protestant church attacked by a mob during a service, and President Chandrika Kumaratunga ordered an inquiry into the disturbance.

Fast times
Groomers of the Kenai Peninsula's cross-country ski trails have been battling a freeze-thaw pattern this week, but the trails still look fairly promising -- and fast -- for the weekend.

Caribou Hills epicenter of cabin culture
His cabin in the Caribou Hills is a family thing, said Soldotna snowmachiner Steve Tarries.

Common sense key to safety
Snowmachine safety is mostly common sense and courtesy, said Doug Blossom, president of the Caribou Cabin Hoppers Snow-machine Club, which maintains trails in the Caribou Hills.

Stellar views draw snowmachine travelers
It's called the Glory Hole, and it takes first-time visitors to the Caribou Hills by surprise.

Johnson, Olds stay in front in Iron Dog
Tyson Johnson of Skwentna and Chris Olds of Eagle River remained in the lead of the Iron Dog snowmobile race Thursday as the racers zeroed in on Fairbanks.

Oilers Corner - Oilers to host Team USA
The Oilers will host Team USA in a three-game series July 6 through 8. This will be the first appearance ever in Kenai for the college-level national team.

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.

Islanders snap Philly's win streak
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Roman Hamrlik scored with 17.9 seconds left in overtime as the New York Islanders completed a three-goal rally to beat Philadelphia 4-3 Thursday night, snapping the Flyers' five-game winning streak.

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.

Soldotna boys in fourth place at state skiing championships
Want fast Service? Try checking out the final two days of the state cross-country skiing championships at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Sacramento stomps hapless Washington
WASHINGTON -- Doug Christie matched his season-high with 32 points and Vlade Divac added 27 points and a season-high six blocks to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 115-110 victory Thursday night over the shorthanded Washington Wizards.

Panthers cagers sweep Wolfpack
The Skyview boys and girls basketball teams swept West Valley Thursday night at Skyview in nonconference action.

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