Saturday, February 24, 2001

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

LIO Schedule
Today 1:30 p.m.

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
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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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