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Monday, February 26, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Pourchot nearing a decision about Northern Intertie route
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Natural Resources Commissioner Pat Pourchot says he intends to make a decision about the route of the Northern Intertie by March 1.

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.

Third time's the charm for Seavey at Junior Iditarod
WASILLA (AP) -- The son and daughter of a pair of well-known Alaska mushers finished a close one- and two in the Junior Iditarod over the weekend.

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.

UAA provost in running for top job at University of Toledo
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A University of Toledo committee has narrowed its search for a new president to two people.

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.

Cooper Landing committee worried about hunting too close to homes
KENAI (AP) -- A local advisory committee is asking the Alaska Board of Game to do something about hunters firing their weapons too close to Cooper Landing homes.

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.

President who set aside Arctic reserve goes public against reopening it
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former President Carter says he ''inherited the mantle'' two decades ago of protector of an isolated Arctic wildlife refuge and is determined to do whatever he can now to keep oil companies from drilling there.

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.

February 25: Juneau Empire on huffing:
It's hard to know what to do about huffing, the dangerous practice in which teens and preteens inhale the fumes of paints, solvents, hairsprays and other products in order to produce a drug-like high.

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.

February 18: Peninsula Clarion on legislating safety and responsibility:
How far should government go to protect people from risky behaviors? Are attempts to legislate common sense ever

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.

February 21: Anchorage Daily News and dog deaths in mushing:
They are headlines that make mushers and sled-dog race supporters cringe: ''Dog dies in Quest'' and ''Second dog dies on trail.''

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.

February 19: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Special Olympics Winter Games in Alaska:
The biggest sporting extravaganza ever hosted by Alaska will feature participants and spectators numbering in what's expected to be the thousands, and drawing from some 80 nations around the world.

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.

Agencies will head to Amchitka Island for monitoring, cleanup work
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be heading a multi-agency group going to Amchitka Island this summer to look for bombs, grenades and mortar shells left over from years of military occupation.

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.

Troopers: Man kills self after standoff; home burns
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man apparently shot himself to death and his home was destroyed by fire after a three-hour standoff over the weekend, the Alaska State Troopers say.

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.

Groups try to intervene in state roadless suit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Eight conservation groups are attempting to intervene in a state lawsuit to permanently prevent the federal government from implementing the roadless plan in Alaska.

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.

CEC settles sexual harassment suit
CORDOVA (AP) -- Cordova Electric Corp. has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit by agreeing to pay the plaintiff $180,000.

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.

Borough Assembly chooses prison partner
SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has chosen a partner to help with the planning, design and construction of a private prison.

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.

Former University of Alaska president dead at age 94
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- William Wood, who was the fourth president of the University of Alaska and is credited with turning a single-campus school into a major university, died Sunday.

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.

Sen. Murkowski to introduce ANWR bill
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's Sen. Frank Murkowski will introduce a national energy policy bill that if successful would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain to oil drilling.

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.

Agencies consider substance goat hunt
KODIAK (AP) -- State and federal agencies are considering whether to allow a subsistence hunt for a small population of about 1,000 goats on Kodiak Island.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Bear viewing applications availableHome choice seminar to be presented Young women's conference slatedRed Cross to offer safety courseHealth services available in communityBooth space available for upcoming bazaarKBEA scholarship applications available

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

Community Calendar
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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.

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Seavey family pulls together to achieve Iditarod dream
STERLING -- Mitch Seavey was just a boy when he began chasing the dream of winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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.

Sports Views
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- By late afternoon, the cars sat parked in single file along the far wall of pit road, covered against a steady rain. For all the plans NASCAR made to honor Dale Earnhardt, nothing matched the simple eloquence of the mournful gray sky that hung above The Rock and forced postponement of the Dura Lube 400.

Earnhardt Jr. wrecks car; Dura Lube 400 postponed due to rain
ROCKINGHAM, NC -- In a wreck that looked frighteningly similar to the one that killed his father, Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed into the wall on the first lap of the Dura Lube 400 on Sunday.

Photo feature: Clear shot
Ray Carr takes a break from his camera to enjoy the view on the boardwalk alongside Bridge Access Road Saturday afternoon.

Kenai council mulls mill-rate hike
"It's time the people of this community pay for the things they want."

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.

Stray shots rile residents
Reckless hunters threaten Cooper Landing residents, said the chair of a local advisory committee, and he wants the Alaska Board of Game to do something about it.

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.

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.

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.

Victor Frolich III
Soldotna resident Victor Frolich III died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at his home of natural causes. He was 32.

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?

The spy no one knew and his deadly game
The spy's Russian handlers called him "B," or "Ramon." They never knew his name -- not that they cared.

Can Bush deliver what he promised?
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has been promoting the same core agenda since he began campaigning in earnest for the presidency in 1999, including a centerpiece tax cut and education overhaul. Now he gets his chance to formally do something about it.

Alaskans need to put their heads together to find best solution for education
Since I last reported to you I have spent many hours looking at the educational issues facing us. As a parent, I have taken my children's education very seriously. As a family, we worked very hard to make sure each of our children got through high school and earned a diploma.

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

Doggone fun!
Laurie Cramer harnesses up Isis during a demonstration on skijoring at the Peninsula dog Obedience Group facility in Soldotna Saturday afternoon.

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.

Cindy Diehr and Mike Kienenberger
Diehr, Kienenberger plan June wedding

Peninsula People
Nikiski man graduates from boot campStudents named to honor rollsArea men join U.S. ArmyFunny River woman wins raffle

Births
Kristin E. and William E. Morrow Angela and Robert Peterkin Danielle and Keoki Kaona

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

Community News
Ping pong tourney resultsKoniag Natives eligible for scholarshipHEA offers scholarshipAlumni from 1981 soughtUAS magazine calls for submissionsKBEA scholarship applications available

Ask a Trooper
Question: I know I have to pull over if there is a trooper with his red lights on behind me, but do I have to pull over if there is one coming the other way?

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.

Red Wings demolish stumbling Coyotes
DETROIT -- Brendan Shanahan broke a tie with a second power-play goal as the Detroit Red Wings scored the final six goals in a 6-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday.

CIA Eagles sweep Bristol Bay
The Nikiski Bulldogs girls basketball team continued their dominance of their opponents as they pummeled the Houston Hawks with a 43-25 3A District III drubbing Saturday.

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.

Sprewell, Knicks dethrone Kings
NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell scored four of his 18 points in the final 41 seconds and the New York Knicks held the Sacramento Kings to two field goals during the final nine minutes of an 88-86 victory Sunday.

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.

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.

Virginia continues thwarting top teams
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Ninth-ranked Virginia rolled on at home Sunday, beating No. 2 North Carolina 86-66 for its 13th victory in 14 games at University Hall.

Allenby birdies way to Nissan Open win
LOS ANGELES -- No matter how many guys he has to beat, Robert Allenby is becoming the master of sudden-death playoffs.

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.

Fans in the stands still faithful to XFL
SAN FRANCISCO -- The novelty of the XFL might have faded for the TV audience, but the fans still turned out at Pacific Bell Park for the Las Vegas Outlaws' 16-9 victory over the San Francisco Demons on Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

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