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Friday, February 25, 2000

Nominees selected for Superior Court seat
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Judicial Council has sent Gov. Tony Knowles the names of three applicants for appointment to the Anchorage Superior Court.

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.

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

Members of Seward cross-country ski team help rescue trapped family
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Members of the Seward cross-country ski team paused on their way to the biggest meet of the season to help free five children and their mother who were trapped when their minivan overturned.

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

Taxpayers must file soon to claim refunds
SEATTLE (AP) -- About 7,800 Alaskans may be due a total of $9.5 million in tax refunds dating back to 1996, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Proposals that would 'Americanize' fishing fleet criticized
Fishing companies, foreign embassies and the state of Alaska are sounding off about some proposed federal rules that would ''Americanize'' large fishing vessels operating off U.S. coastlines.

Ketchikan Natives seek local hospital care
A Ketchikan Native organization wants members to receive hospital services without leaving their community

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.

Tlingit Barbie arrives complete with Chilkat blanket
She has long, straight black hair and brown skin. Her features are perhaps vaguely Alaska Native. She's got a long neck and a body that bears limited resemblance to any woman of any group.

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.

Senate approves women-only health clubs
A bill allowing women-only health clubs passed the Senate on Thursday.

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

Public radio slated for budget cut
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's public radio stations would lose nearly $330,000 in state support under a proposed budget cut that could force some stations off the air.

Members of Seward cross-country ski team help rescue trapped family
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Members of the Seward cross-country ski team paused on their way to the biggest meet of the season to help free five children and their mother who were trapped when their minivan overturned.

McGrath offers cash for wolves
Gov. Tony Knowles has not yet decided if he will allow the state Department of Fish and Game to take steps to reduce the number of wolves near the Interior village of McGrath, according to spokesman Bob King.

Knowles won't approve wolf kill programs without more study
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles says he won't approve any wolf kill programs around McGrath and the Nelchina Basin without more study.

Anchorage hospital worker files labor complaint over dues threat
An emergency room technician at Alaska Regional Hospital filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board Thursday after receiving a letter saying he'd be fired if he didn't pay dues to the Laborers' Union representing workers there.

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.

SeaLife Center plagued by leaks display tanks
SEWARD (AP) -- The three most popular d

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.

Cruise companies announce Ketchikan donations
Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are donating $102,000 to local organizations, including $50,000 to the Ketchikan Centennial Committee for a major community event during the community's 100th anniversary celebration in late August.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

House stalls disaster bill

Mushers continue to finish Quest
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One day after Aliy Zirkle claimed victory in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, mushers continued to make their way to the finish line in Takhini Hot Springs, 25 miles north of Whitehorse.

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.

Shellfish poisoning nearly claims victim
KODIAK (AP) -- A Port Lions man landed in the hospital with paralytic shellfish poisoning this week after eating a handful of clams dug from a beach near his Kodiak Island community.

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.

Murkowski pushes to boost domestic oil production
The push is on in Congress to boost U.S. petroleum production.

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.

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.

New airline scheduled startup in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A new airline is scheduled to get off the ground in this Southeast Alaska city in April.

Community Calendar
Today 6:30 a.m.

What's Happening

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

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.

High school students participate in Job Shadow Day
Above, air traffic control

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.

Safety group holds annual meeting
Today's annual meeting of the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council includes presentations on several projects the group has been undertaking.

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.

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

Cook Inlet ice conditions go on camera, online
It just got easier to keep an eye on Cook Inlet ice conditions.

Obituaries
Diane Camplin Crandall

Outdoor Briefs
Brown bear viewing permits available Applications are now available for permits to view brown bears at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary.

Groomers work hard, find success in battle with ice-encrusted snow conditions
As the light of day increases, so, too, do prime opportunities for cross-country skiing.

Myriad ice fishing opportunities exist at the Kenai wildlife refuge
Have you considered ice fishing this wi

Around the Peninsula

Around the Peninsula
National archivist to present at genealogy group

Religion Briefs

Jesus is the rock, the answer, the true hope
Life is filled with fingernail-biting uncertainties. This world is insecure, and the future is far from certain.

Chinooks cruise past prep All-Stars
While the squad of All-Stars from Nikiski, Kenai, Soldotna and Skyview High Schools acquitted themselves with class, the Peninsula Chinooks Junior B hockey team showed just how big a step it is between prep and junior hockey with an 8-3 win Thursday.

Homer girls third after state skiing's first day
The Homer girls, led by Syverine Abrahamson's fourth-place standing, finished the first day of the three-day state cross-country ski championships at Kincaid Park in Anchorage in third place.

Chinooks cruise past prep All-Stars
While the squad of All-Stars from Nikiski, Kenai, Soldotna and Skyview High Schools acquitted themselves with class, the Peninsula Chinooks Junior B hockey team showed just how big a step it is between prep and junior hockey with an 8-3 win Thursday.

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.

Oilers Corner
Oilers Corner

Experts analyze wolf repopulation
DULUTH, Minn. -- About 700 wolf scientists, wildlife managers and wolf advocates gathered this week for an international symposium to consider how many wolves are enough.

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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