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Saturday, February 26, 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Around the Peninsula

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.

Religion Briefs

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.

Oilers Corner
Oilers Corner

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.

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.

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.

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