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Tuesday, February 27, 2001

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.

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

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.

Governors approve resolution on overland route for gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The nation's governors approved a resolution Tuesday calling for construction of a pipeline linking North Slope natural gas fields to the Lower 48 following an Alaska Highway route into Canada.

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.

Knowles talks about Alaska oil and gas with Norton and others
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is making the rounds in Washington, D.C., while attending a National Governors Association meeting.

BP's Aurora field spurs high expectations
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exloration (Alaska) Inc. expects its new Aurora oil field on the North Slope to produce 15,000 to 20,000 barrels of oil a day.

Champion Dick Mackey's son running first Iditarod
KASILOF (AP) -- Lance Mackey's dream of running in the Iditarod Dog Sled Race is coming true, and at the same time he's fulfilling a dream of his father.

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.

Environmentalists, development advocates plan visits to Arctic refuge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is either a flat, barren expanse of tundra, covered with snow and rimmed with ice nine months of the year or it's Alaska's Serengeti, braided with rivers and teeming with caribou, musk ox, migrating birds and polar bears.

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.

Gateway seeks creditor protection in federal bankruptcy court
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gateway Forest Products filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, several weeks after starting production.

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

Governors approve resolution on overland route for gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The nation's governors approved a resolution Tuesday calling for construction of a pipeline linking North Slope natural gas fields to the Lower 48 following an Alaska Highway route into Canada.

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.

Time running out for would-be McNeil River bear watchers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- People hoping to view brown bears at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary are running out of time to apply for a permit.

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.

Bill introduced to name Fairbanks airport after Wood
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fairbanks legislators have introduced a measure that would rename Fairbanks International Airport in honor of the late William R. Wood.

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.

Feds to fund subsistence fish studies around Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Federal Subsistence Board has agreed to spend $7.25 million on 75 projects to learn more about Alaska's subsistence fisheries.

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.

Increased use prompts National Park Service to plan for Denali's future
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Officials are rethinking the future of Alaska's best-known national park. The National Park Service is studying five new management options for Denali National Park and Preserve.

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 talks about Alaska oil and gas with Norton and others
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is making the rounds in Washington, D.C., while attending a National Governors Association meeting.

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.

Global warming could be good and bad for Alaska
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rising global temperatures could bring both good news and bad news to Alaska, with effects ranging from longer growing seasons for farmers to building collapses as permafrost melts in the Interior, an expert told lawmakers Monday.

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.''

Senate approves ANWR resolution
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate passed a resolution Monday urging Congress and President Bush to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to 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.

Atqasak man dies in snowmachine accident
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The body of a snowmachiner missing for two days was found Monday near the North Slope village of Atqasak, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Bill lets boroughs spend money on tourism marketing
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill letting boroughs spend hotel room taxes on tourism marketing passed the House on Monday.

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.

Bill lets local governments decide filing requirements for exemption
JUNEAU (AP) -- Senior citizens wouldn't have to file every year for a property tax exemption under a bill that passed the House on Monday.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Students presented at luncheon Book club to meet today Chorus members needed Gold prospectors to meet ThursdayPurim party planned Talent show planned in Nikiski Booth space available for upcoming bazaarForum held to discuss tobacco use

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
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

LIO Schedule
Today 9 a.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.

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.

Kasilof fisher takes on first Iditarod race
Lance Mackey's dream of running in the Iditarod Dog Sled Race is coming true, and at the same time, the event is fulfilling a dream of his father.

Seavey edges King for Junior Iditarod crown
The third time's the charm -- right?

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.

No arguing with Earnhardt's results
The company that carries Dale Earnhardt's name is unbeaten on the NASCAR circuit this season. Sadly, the mentor wasn't around to see another of his students lock up the team's second win in as many races.

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.

Earnhardt driver Park gets emotional win at Rockingham
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Paint Steve Park's car black, slap a No. 3 on it, and that could've been Dale Earnhardt out there banging fenders and heading for victory in the last lap of the Dura Lube 400.

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

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.

GOP energy bill includes incentive fordrilling
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans introduced an industry-friendly energy bill Monday, calling the nation's energy problems the greatest threat to economic growth. They promised action by summer.

Economic forum designed to show what Soldotna doing right, wrong
Over the course of two nights at the Soldotna Sports Center next week, city leaders will hear what business owners, service providers and residents alike think about Soldotna's economic present and future.

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.

Private prison bill now in House
Immediately following the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's decision Friday to enter into contract negotiations with Cornell Companies for the planning, design and construction of Alaska's first private prison, Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, introduced legislation to bring the state of Alaska into the picture.

Volunteers save fire department from closing
In a town like Cooper Landing, the assistance of the volunteer fire department could mean the difference between life and death.

Digging out: Photo feature
Kenai Fire Department firefighter John Harris excavates a hydrant in Kenai recently. A coworker was breaking the trail ahead of him with a backhoe.

Ellis E. Cline
Sterling resident Ellis E. Cline died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at his residence in Sterling. He was 42.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

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

Just give him the ball
Want to know what type of basketball player Cook Inlet Academy senior Chet Nettles is?

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.

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.

Blues win game, lose Pronger for season
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Pronger, the NHL's Most Valuable Player, broke his left forearm in the St. Louis Blues' 7-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night and will miss the rest of the season.

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.

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.

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