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Wednesday, February 28, 2001

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.

Kivalina man dies in snowmachine accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kivalina man was found dead early Tuesday morning of injuries he suffered in a snowmachine accident.

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.

Bill would ban drilling in ANWR
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two days after Republicans unveiled an energy bill that would allow oil drilling in an Arctic wildlife refuge, legislation was introduced Wednesday in both the House and Senate to permanently protect the area from oil rigs.

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.

Chief justice says courts working on accessibility
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's judiciary is trying to make the court system more effective and more accessible through innovations such as mental health and alcohol courts and a center to help people who want to serve as their own lawyers, Chief Justice Dana Fabe said Wednesday.

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.

Female champion takes on the ''petite fellows'' of the Iditarod
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Aliy Zirkle has got to be one tough woman.

Knowles administration seeks $425 million transportation package
JUNEAU (AP) -- Transportation Commissioner Joe Perkins unveiled a $425 million plan Tuesday to improve roads and build ferries by using some of the state's annual slice of federal transportation money to back bonds.

Foreign fishermen fight law that squeezes out alient boat owners
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The owners of several Bering Sea pollock fishing boats are challenging a 1998 federal law that requires the vessels to be predominantly owned by American citizens by later this year.

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.

Runoff likely in Soldotna mayor's race
KENAI (AP) -- No candidate received 40 percent of the vote in the race for mayor of Soldotna and the top two finishers probably will face each other in runoff election April 3.

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.

House passes fisheries resolution
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House has expressed its support for a scientific review of a federal agency's opinion that led to restrictions on the groundfish fishery in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.

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.

Bill fixes mistake in last year's school funding package
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House passed a bill Wednesday to fix a mistake in a school construction funding package the Legislature approved last year.

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.

Clearing project still on for Chena Hot Springs Trail
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After hearing from the public, Alaska State Parks will go ahead with a plan to use a Hydro-Ax to clear parts of the Chena Hot Springs Winter Trail to increase visibility and improve safety on blind corners and some narrow sections of trail.

Iditarod re-start moved from Wasilla to Willow
WASILLA (AP) -- Warm, windy weather in recent days washed away more than a foot of snow in Wasilla, forcing organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to move the race's re-start to Willow.

Bear lover alarmingly close to his subjects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- There was no mistaking Timothy Treadwell on the ''Late Show with David Letterman'' recently.

State lends support in Taiwan oil spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A spill prevention and response expert from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will travel to Taiwan to assist with cleaning up a 300,000-gallon oil spill in a Taiwanese national park.

Mixed-breed dogs are changing the face of the Iditarod.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Along the Yukon River, the historic sled dog of the North is a dying breed.

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.

Folks who race dogs competitively are breed elitists
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- If the truth were told, the folks who race dogs competitively are breed elitists.

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.

Fairbanks plans memorial service for former mayor, UA president
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A community-wide memorial service for William Ransom Wood, the fourth president of the University of Alaska, will be held here Saturday.

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.

Airport concourse project gets building permit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After months of delays, city building officials have issued a permit to allow construction of the baggage tunnel on Concourse C at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

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.

Wal-Mart considering 'super center' on Anchorage's south side
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Wal-Mart is looking at whether to close its South Anchorage store and replace it with a much larger one, according to a traffic study submitted to the city and state.

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.

Man and woman die in apparent murder-suicide; another wounded
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Anaktuvuk Pass man shot his estranged wife to death, then immediately turned the gun on himself before horrified bystanders in a motel parking lot, Fairbanks police say.

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.

McCarthy Divided: Some want motorized access; others foot traffic
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The first time the bollards were torn out of the footbridge into McCarthy, the state waited until spring to replace them. The steel-and-concrete posts had been installed to keep vehicles off the bridge. Summer was the time everyone worried about, when the tourists arrived.

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.

Legislators may give students a reprieve on exit test
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska students will probably get at least a partial reprieve from the requirement they pass a reading, writing and math test to receive a diploma starting in 2002.

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.

Alaska senators praise Bush for outlining policies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's senators gave President George W. Bush high marks for policies and plans set forth in his address to Congress on Tuesday night.

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.

Anti-drunken driving bill clears its first committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that increases jail time and fines for repeat drunken drivers, requires them to undergo treatment and takes away their vehicles passed its first committee Tuesday.

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.

Oil company group doesn't rule out LNG project
JUNEAU (AP) -- After almost two years of study, a group that includes two major oil producers hasn't developed a competitive way to bring North Slope gas to market as liquefied natural gas. But representatives of the group said they're still trying.

AT&T Alascom eliminating 35 positions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- AT&T Alascom is reducing its work force by almost 9 percent in a move the company said is necessary to remain competitive.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber luncheon set for noonSuperintendent of schools to speakNikiski Senior Center to host speakers Tourism, Internet marketing seminar offeredOil and gas exploration project to be discussedWRCC board meets todayNew Young Marines boot camp plannedKenai, Soldotna class of 1981 planning reunionBlood Bank celebrates anniversary on peninsulaTorgerson, Lancaster to hold legislative meetingWorkshop on online resources to be offered

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
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.

Folks who race dogs competitively are breed elitists
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- If the truth were told, the folks who race dogs competitively are breed elitists.

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

Swingley not only Lincoln musher in this year's Iditarod
LINCOLN, Mont. (AP) -- Three-time champion Doug Swingley of Lincoln is one of three Montanans hoping to outrun Alaskan mushers in the 28th installment of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which begins Saturday in Anchorage.

Mixed-breed dogs are changing the face of the Iditarod.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Along the Yukon River, the historic sled dog of the North is a dying breed.

Iditarod bridesmaid eyes winner's circle
No doubt you have heard of him, the media is always buzzing about how he has improved steadily, year-after-year in every Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race he has competed in.

Female champion takes on the ''petite fellows'' of the Iditarod
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Aliy Zirkle has got to be one tough woman.

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.

Iditarod re-start moved from Wasilla to Willow
WASILLA (AP) -- Warm, windy weather in recent days washed away more than a foot of snow in Wasilla, forcing organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to move the race's re-start to Willow.

Anti-drunken driving bill clears its first committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that increases jail time and fines for repeat drunken drivers, requires them to undergo treatment and takes away their vehicles passed its first committee Tuesday.

Legislators may give students a reprieve on exit test
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska students will probably get at least a partial reprieve from the requirement they pass a reading, writing and math test to receive a diploma starting in 2002.

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 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.

Earthquake shakes Pacific Northwest
SEATTLE (AP) -- A strong earthquake shook the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday, shattering windows in downtown Seattle and rattling Portland, Ore., for nearly half a minute.

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.

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.

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.

Paper delivered boroughwide today
Today's Peninsula Clarion is being distributed to approximately 22,000 locations throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Included with the newspaper is a foreclosure list on real property which state law requires be published annually.

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.

Television struggles to capture quake drama
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The number was frightening -- a 6.8 earthquake in the Pacific Northwest -- but television had to struggle to find dramatic pictures to match.

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.

The Northwest earthquake
TIME: 10:55 a.m. PST Wednesday.

Experience: Asset or liability?
Doug Marshall has some years to go before he qualifies for senior citizen discounts, but the 53-year-old Soldotna resident is the perfect poster boy for the state's aging oilfield workforce.

Carey, Wright headed for runoff
It looks like Soldotna Vice Mayor Jim Stogsdill will have to stay in the center square a little longer, as the city's newest mayor was not determined in Tuesday's special election.

Some past earthquakes in Washington and Oregon:
--May 2, 1996, magnitude 5.4, centered near Duvall, Wash.

Quake shakes up legislators, cracks stone buildings of capitol
OLYMPIA (AP) -- The state Legislature shuddered to a halt Wednesday morning when a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck about 10 miles north of this capitol city, cracking part of the 74-year-old Capitol dome.

Exploring frontiers of science
A little monkey was born in October in Oregon. Conceived in a Petri dish, brought to term in a surrogate mother, delivered by Caesarean section and housed in an antiseptic laboratory nursery, ANDi is anything but ordinary.

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

Letters provide forum for public discussion of community issues
Today's boroughwide edition of the Peninsula Clarion is a perfect opportunity to introduce ourselves to Kenai Peninsula residents who aren't regular Clarion readers. The newspaper is being distributed to 22,000 locations throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough -- all the way from Hope to Seldovia, Kenai to Seward.

Applause
Show lifts spirits, showcases talent Banquet support appreciated

Assembly only obeying law, protecting public with executive session on prison
I am writing to respond to your recent editorial, "Assembly should put public interest ahead of private secrets." I am writing this letter as an individual Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member. I am amazed at the many flaws in logic and fact that can be found in this editorial. Let us examine those many flaws and failings in detail.

Letters to the Editor
Why doesn't DMV refund money if car expires before registration?Boy seeks return of snowmachine which was left by side of K-BeachAct of kindness needs missing mattress to be completed

Clearing project still on for Chena Hot Springs Trail
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After hearing from the public, Alaska State Parks will go ahead with a plan to use a Hydro-Ax to clear parts of the Chena Hot Springs Winter Trail to increase visibility and improve safety on blind corners and some narrow sections of trail.

Around the District
Special Olympics plans school visitsSkyview students bring home awardsForensics teams to meet SaturdayBorough band students concert TuesdayKCHS to present the bard on stageSchool board meeting in Homer MondayKBEA scholarship applications availableVicki Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarships availableDARE undergoing changesHome-school group plans book fair

School news around the district
Aurora Borealis Charter SchoolKalifornsky Beach ElementaryMountain View ElementaryNikiski ElementaryNorth Star ElementaryRedoubt ElementarySears ElementarySoldotna ElementarySterling ElementaryTustumena ElementaryKenai Middle SchoolSoldotna Middle SchoolConnectionsKenai Central High SchoolNikiski Middle-Senior High SchoolNinilchik SchoolSkyview High SchoolSoldotna High SchoolCook Inlet AcademyWings Christian AcademyKenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head StartPeninsula Grace Preschool

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School Menus for elementary and secondary area schools

Honor society adds members; volunteers help children
Honor society inducts 15 new membersProgram places 19 volunteers in schoolsAnother new face on campusScholarships for 2001-02

Read all about it! Battle of the Books competition
Tension filled the library at Tustumena Elementary School. The observers rimming the room sat in total silence, eyes fixed on three students who whispered urgently among themselves.

Braves brace for new strike zone
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- They clustered in the middle of the infield, a who's who of pitching, all wondering just how they'll be affected by the new strike zone.

PGA tourneys hard to handicap
MIAMI -- By the time the PGA Tour arrived in Florida last year, Tiger Woods had set the tone for a spectacular season by winning a dramatic playoff in Hawaii and staging an incredible comeback to win at Pebble Beach.

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.

Bruins make Coyotes howl
BOSTON -- Lee Goren and Jarno Kultanen each scored his first NHL goal, and John Grahame won a battle of backup goalies as the Boston Bruins beat the Phoenix Coyotes 7-4 Monday night.

Scoping the field
If the biathlon world were a stage, and Jay Hakkinen merely an actor, today would begin the dress rehearsal for what could be a headline opening act next year.

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

Bear lover alarmingly close to his subjects
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- There was no mistaking Timothy Treadwell on the ''Late Show with David Letterman'' recently.

Back in the hunt
A caribou herd transplanted to the Killey River area of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge appears to be outgrowing its range.

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