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Sunday, February 25, 2001

Lawmakers criticize Knowles aide's treatment of Japanese official
JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers admonished Gov. Tony Knowles' chief of staff on the House floor Friday, saying his treatment of a Japanese gas company official could taint the state's relationship with a key trading partner.

State drops efforts to seek national scenic byway designation
VALDEZ (AP) -- State transportation officials have abandoned efforts to designate the Richardson Highway between Valdez and Glennallen as a National Scenic Byway.

Giving an abused dog a new leash on life
UNALASKA (AP) -- It was a routine police call. Dog-at-large. A mid-sized, black dog had been spotted about town dragging close to 20 feet of chain. Yet when the officer approached the dog, he hesitated.

Quest officials await arrival of final five teams
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- All but five teams have crossed the finish line of the 2001 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Gamez Nance named deputy labor commissioner
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The head of the state Employment Security Division has been named deputy commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Polaris team wins Tesoro Iron Dog 2000
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Ken Lee of Eagle River went to bed nervous in the village of Tanana on Friday night.

Whaling Commission offers conditional support to ANWR drilling
BARROW (AP) -- The Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission said it would support drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- but only with a moratorium placed on further offshore oil exploration and development.

Two Rivers man sentenced for assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Two Rivers man was sentenced to five and a half years in prison Friday for an assault on former Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Bob Logan.

Appeals court orders review of Glacier Bay cruise ship expansion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal government violated the law by allowing an increase of cruise ships in Glacier Bay National Park of up to 72 percent without doing a full-scale environmental review, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

ANILCA provision conflicts with animal protection law
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An access provision in the 20-year-old law that created most of the federal parks and refuges in Alaska is headed for a Lower 48 showdown with another federal law -- the Endangered Species Act.

Contractor cleans up Ward Cove one bucket at a time
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- After taking a big bite out of a mound of sand, the construction crane's bucket slowly swings into place.

Police seize tape showing teens targeting Alaska Natives for assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police have seized a videotape that shows three teen-agers assaulting Alaska Natives with a paintball gun from a car on downtown streets.

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

Educators comment on exit exa, alternative
JUNEAU (AP) -- Several school administrators and teachers told a Senate committee Saturday they're glad someone's come up with another approach to the state's high-stakes high school exit exam.

Knowles asks bitter rival to withdraw school funding bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Calling the idea inflammatory and hostile, Gov. Tony Knowles is asking one of his most bitter political rivals to withdraw a bill that would pull millions of dollars in state aid and local taxes out of the North Slope Borough and redistribute it to school districts elsewhere in the state.

Bus company faces fine over missed child
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Matanuska-Susitna school district plans to fine Laidlaw Transit up to $12,000 for an incident in which a 4-year-old boy was accidentally left on a school bus parked for the night, school officials said.

Tax cap sponsor ready to try again
JUNEAU (AP) -- The proposed statewide cap on property taxes crashed and burned in November, but sponsor Uwe Kalenka is back at it with another initiative allowing local governments to change property assessment guidelines set by state law.

Sealaska releases preliminary figures on 2000 losses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials of Sealaska Corp. told shareholders Friday it lost $90 million to $120 million last year, according to a shareholder who attended a company meeting.

Sealaska releases preliminary figures on 2000 losses
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials of Sealaska Corp. told shareholders Friday it lost $90 million to $120 million last year, according to a shareholder who attended a company meeting.

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.

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Around the Peninsula
Swim lessons offered Free seminar offered WRCC board to meet Students presented at luncheonTalent show planned in NikiskiForum held to discuss tobacco useABC to conduct lottery SPCA warns of possible horse lice Kenai, Soldotna class of 1981 reunion

NOW PLAYING: 3000 Miles To Graceland
I really want to like Kevin Costner. I try, I really do. He has star presence, obviously. He can act, if he wants. And, he is one of those rare Hollywoodites that has the power to make just about any movie he wants. Unfortunately, for every Bull Durham he does, there's a 3000 Miles to Graceland.

Making points: Cribbage tournament draws a crowd to Nikiski
Cribbage is a game that one can learn as a child and then spend the next 70 or 80 years mastering. Like every card game, there is the luck of the draw and the skill of strategy.

Prison plan moves ahead
It took all day, but the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly finally chose a partner for one of the biggest projects ever to grab its attention.

Educators comment on test, alternatives
JUNEAU -- Several school administrators and teachers told a Senate committee Saturday they're glad someone's come up with another approach to the state's high-stakes high school exit exam.

Osmar top dog at Yukon Quest
Don't call him merely a "perennial front-runner" anymore.

Day at the races: Photo Feature
Homer's Roy Morris, above, makes his own snow storm as he hits a berm on Decanter Lake during Saturday's ice racing at the Decanter Inn.

Students, schools brace for round 3 of exit exam
Tuesday morning, hundreds of Kenai Peninsula high school students will sit down to take the first portion of the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam.

William Howard Wade Sr.
Ninilchik resident William Howard Wade Sr., died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at his home in Ninilchik. He was 75.

Assembly should put public interest ahead of private secrets
It was legal, but was it right?

Speeding snowmachiners endanger themselves, others, sport's reputation
Just slow it down, for crying out loud.

My Best Friends: Pet Photo
Don McKay and his wife, Linda, of Soldotna have their hands full with their four Shih Tzus. Pictured are Spanky, Sophie and Sadie. Missing from the photo is Skibo.

Alicia Joy Brewer and Shawn Patrick Maltby
Brewer, Maltby to marry in Indianapolis

Cindy Diehr and Mike Kienenberger
Diehr, Kienenberger plan June wedding

Indiana rips Wisconsin
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Tom Coverdale scored 24 points and Indiana hit 14 3-pointers Saturday as the Hoosiers beat No. 19 Wisconsin 85-55, the most points allowed by the Badgers in more than five years.

Kardinals hunt down Wolfpack
The Kenai Kardinals girls and boys basketball teams ground the West Valley Wolfpack into a fine powder with the heel of dominance Saturday.

Wasilla boys use big third quarter to top Skyview
The Wasilla boys basketball team defeated Skyview 49-41 Saturday night in Region III/4A action in Wasilla.

Soldotna's backup players get a chance to show their stuff
In games that the Soldotna girls and boys basketball teams could have easily turned into humiliations for the West Valley Wolfpack Friday, both girls coach Mark Tuter and boys helmsman Ron Becker chose to show the SoHi Stars care more about class than point totals.

Polaris team wins Iron Dog
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Tracey Brassard of Anchorage and Ken Lee of Eagle River won the Tesoro Iron Dog 2000 on Saturday with an overall time of 38 hours, 46 minutes, in the world's longest snowmobile race.

SoHi relay nabs third
While the cross-country ski teams from the Kenai Peninsula's high schools have yet to achieve the dominance that teams like Service High School have on the Nordic scene, they are becoming a factor at the state level.

Kardinals hunt down Wolfpack
The Kenai Kardinals girls and boys basketball teams ground the West Valley Wolfpack into a fine powder with the heel of dominance Saturday.

Stars cause Wolfpack to howl
In games that the Soldotna girls and boys basketball teams could have easily turned into humiliations for the West Valley Wolfpack Friday, both girls coach Mark Tuter and boys helmsman Ron Becker chose to show the SoHi Stars care more about class than point totals.

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