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Thursday, February 24, 2000

Zirkle top dog in Quest
ANCHORAGE Alaska musher Aliy Zirkle has become the first woman to win the grueling Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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.

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.

State agrees on union contracts
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Knowles administration has tentatively agreed to new contracts with all 12 state employee unions, Administration Commissioner Bob Poe announced Wednesday.

Veteran legislator Ben Grussendorf announces retirement
JUNEAU (AP) -- Veteran state Rep. Ben Grussendorf of Sitka announced Wednesday he will not seek another term in November.

International passenger traffic continues to drop in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- World travelers are increasingly bypassing the state's largest city.

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.

Kenai intertie gaining favor
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.

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.

Minnesota man finds his true passion: dogsledding
LOWRY, Minn. (AP) -- Carl Larson takes the lone trail every day.

Supreme Court refuses to hear Alaska case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to not hear an appeal of an Alaska Supreme Court ruling upholding the state's restrictive campaign-finance law.

Minnesota man finds his true passion: dogsledding
LOWRY, Minn. (AP) -- Carl Larson takes the lone trail every day.

House stalls disaster bill

Halcro bill would broaden role of search warrants
JUNEAU (AP) -- Search warrants could apply to any sort of violation of the law, including underage drinking, under a bill filed by state Rep. Andrew Halcro.

Banking ad war heating up
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Get ready for the banking war.

House approves dispatchers, college savings bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House approved five bills Wednesday, including a measure allowing police dispatchers to retire after 20 years and another to let families shelter up to $100,000 per child for college tuition.

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

Teen found guilty in murder trial
PALMER (AP) -- A jury convicted an 18-year-old Wasilla man of first- and second-degree murder Wednesday in the death of Wesley Morton in a Wasilla playground two years ago.

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.

Man convicted in alcohol-related 1986 deaths sentenced in other DUI case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man convicted in the alcohol-related deaths of two brothers 14 years ago has been sentenced in another case involving alcohol.

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.

State, Natives pick teams for upcoming talks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A dozen state officials will be on one side of the table in upcoming discussions with Alaska's tribes. On the other side will be three times as many Native representatives.

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

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.

House stalls disaster bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- The tortuous trip of a bill limiting the governor's power to spend money on disasters ground to a halt in the House on Wednesday amid accusations of betrayal and threats of retribution.

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.

Senate passes amendment to restrict judges
JUNEAU (AP) -- A measure that would prevent the Alaska Supreme Court from altering constitutional amendments proposed by the Legislature passed the Senate on party lines Wednesday.

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.

House committee approves regulatory exemption for gas pipeline
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A House bill that proposes to exempt natural gas facilities from oversight by the Joint Pipeline Office could make it tough to ensure safety standards are met, according to an environmental group.

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.

Walla Walla weighs in on latest batch of salmon rules
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) -- The ''use it or lose it'' provision in state water laws tends to promote waste as people try to shield their rights, a Walla Walla County wine grape grower says.

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.

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.

Former legislator's brother found dead of hypothermia
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The brother of former state legislator Ivan Ivan has been found dead of apparent hypothermia.

Lip sync contest winners announced
The Showin Off the Kids lip sync and choreography contest was held Saturday at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. The winners are as follows: Kindergarten through third grade Janelle Drown and Joshua Drown of Kalifornsky Beach Elementary, Chapel of Love, first; Robbie Smithwick, Amie Smithwick and Sadie Arneson of Cook Inlet Academy, Rockin Robin, second; and Tate Syverson of Redoubt Elementary, Why Should I Worry, third. Judges choice: Hailey Oglesbee of Redoubt, Big Girls Dont Cry.

What's Happening

Kenai quilt show offers entertaining, bright glance at creative rtists craft
A burst of color.

Nikiski residents paying Kenai tax
Two weeks ago, Don Troy of Nikiski called GCI's customer service line to ask about his Internet charges.

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.

Drafting grizzly details
Decisions affecting the future of peninsula brown bears are on the horizon. The Kenai Brown Bear Stakeholder Group is in the home stretch of its winter-long task and will be meeting again Monday to review recommendations.

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

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

Homer seat draws first contender
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member who represents the rural areas surrounding Homer has his sights on a higher chair.

Obituaries
Diane Camplin Crandall

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

Around the Peninsula
National archivist to present at genealogy group

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.

Iron Dog reaches Nome
Dusty VanMeter of Kasilof and his teammate, Todd Palin of Wasilla, were the first riders to pull into Nome in the Tesoro Iron Dog snowmachine race.

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.

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.

Lynx numbers are up; this is prime time for sightings of the secretive cat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Even with feet the size of cheeseburgers and tails as stubby as bratwurst, lynx are fluid creatures, elegant and ethereal as they glide atop the snow in search of prey.

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