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Wednesday, March 1, 2000

Heavy snow doesn't stop Oregon nurse from reaching rural patients
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Marianne Kehoe keeps a pair of snowshoes in the back of her Subaru, but she doesn't use them for fun.

Fuel tax on hold for now
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles' proposal to boost motor fuel taxes is on hold while legislators watch what the marketplace does to the price of gasoline.

Milne wins Quest red lantern; race ends
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race officially ended Tuesday night as musher Bruce Milne reached the finish to claim the Red Lantern.

Unalaska police investigate assaults in worker housing
UNALASKA (AP) -- Unalaska police are reporting a rash of bunkhouse sexual assaults in the nation's top fishing port, where most seafood processing workers live in company housing.

Man arrested for gunfire near Anchorage middle school
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on charges that he fired shots near an Anchorage school, police said.

Permanent Fund dividend expected to drop
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The stock market slump has taken its toll on the Alaska Permanent Fund and Alaskans are likely to see a somewhat smaller dividend from the state's oil wealth savings account this year.

Protesters fined for illegal personal-use fishing
JUNEAU (AP) -- Four Native women arrested last summer after challenging a subsistence ban on fishing in restricted waters were fined $25 after a trial Tuesday.

Northwest Quake-Damages,
Earthquake damage reported in Washington state:

Cruise ships willing to test emmissions -- within limits
JUNEAU (AP) -- The cruise ship industry says it's willing to test its air emissions and wastewater discharges and turn the results over to the state -- as long as the information isn't used to penalize cruise lines.

Governor calls for increased emphasis on suicide prevention
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After a decade of nearly 130 suicides a year in Alaska, Gov. Tony Knowles is calling for increased attention and spending for suicide prevention.

Forest Service sets policy on memorials
SITKA (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service will allow private memorials to be placed on national forest lands in Alaska despite a national policy that generally forbids such markers.

Iditarod ceremonial start shortened due to poor trail conditions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is being cut short, due to icy conditions on the trail to Eagle River.

Bill would cut fees for public interest lawsuits
JUNEAU (AP) -- Bringing lawsuits in the public interest could get riskier and more expensive under a bill passed by the Senate.

Special Olympics flame makes its way around the state
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A flame lit in Athens, Greece, began making its way around Alaska Wednesday, carried in several torches by teams of law enforcement officers and Special Olympians from around the world.

Fur prices remain strong as Alaska trapping season draws to a close
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As the fur trapping season comes to a close, prices seem to have held to predictions at the beginning of the season, according to one of the state's largest fur buyers.

Travel begins to get back to normal after Northwest earthquake
SEATTLE (AP) -- People found their way to work and school Thursday in the Seattle area, but for many it took some creativity, patience and planning after the strongest earthquake in 52 years rocked the region.

Couple, biker rescued from Iditarod trail
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Even before the start of her rookie run in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, rookie musher Anna Bondarenko ran into trouble on the trail.

Knowles reports mixed results with Clinton administration
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles took some time away from a National Governors' Association conference in Washington, D.C., to meet with the head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency about a dispute over the Red Dog Mine near Kotzebue.

Senate passes bill calling for kids' hunting seasons
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at creating special big-game hunting seasons so kids can hunt before school starts passed the Senate on Wednesday.

Cantwell area advisory committee resigns
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The entire Denali Fish and Game Advisory Committee in Cantwell has resigned in protest because the state has not enacted a predator control program in the region.

Accelerated construction bill moves out of committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill proposing to borrow $350 million to accelerate development of 11 transportation projects around the state was approved by the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

Greenpeace activists set up protest camp
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Eight Greenpeace activists are camping out in heated huts on the frozen Arctic Ocean to protest BP Amoco's Northstar development.

Goodnews Bay man sentenced in hotel murder case
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 35-year-old man from a southwest Alaska village has been sentenced to 129 years in prison for the 1998 rape and murder of a woman at a downtown Anchorage motel.

Police discrimination lawsuit settled
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mayor Rick Mystrom's administration will pay $150,000 to settle a four-year-old discrimination lawsuit with two black police officers.

Fairbanks man gets eight years for molesting young girl
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been sent to prison for more than eight years for molesting an 8-year-old girl.

Disaster bill passes Legislature for second time
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at limiting the governor's power to spend money on disasters has passed the Legislature for the second time, but the much-revised measure's future is still uncertain.

One-third of KC-135 tankers grounded temporarily
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Air Force has temporarily grounded more than one-third of its fleet of Boeing-built KC-135 air refueling aircraft after discovering a problem with a stabilizer part on the tail section, officials said Tuesday.

Bill requires pledge of allegiance in schools
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill requiring a daily recital of the Pledge of Allegiance in schools passed the Senate on Monday.

Maass' magical duck paintings haven't lost their luster
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Lawmakers consider preferential use for game, fish
JUNEAU (AP) -- The preferred use of Alaska's wildlife and fish would be killing and eating it under a proposed constitutional amendment approved by the House Resources Committee on Monday.

Men use tow rope to fish yearling moose out of thawing Chena River
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A snowmachine ride on the Chena River turned into an unexpected fishing expedition Monday afternoon for Bret Helgeson when he pulled a yearling moose out of the river's icy grasp with the help of his father and a 20-foot tow rope.

Knowles proposes raises for cabinet commissioners
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles wants to give his cabinet commissioners a raise, an idea unlikely to get far with the spending-conscious Republicans who control the Legislature.

Children of San Francisco policeman sue Alaska Airlines over crash
SAN FRANCISCO -- Three children of a retired San Francisco police officer who was killed in the Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crash have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the airline and against Boeing, the plane's manufacturer.

Toddler injured in Seward Highway accident dies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A toddler injured in a vehicle rollover accident on the Seward Highway last week died early Monday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Two Alaskans charged with escape acquitted
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Alaskans charged with escaping from a private prison in Arizona have been acquitted by an Arizona jury.

Original musher retraces 800-mile diphtheria serum route to Nome
NENANA (AP) -- When a group of Alaska dog mushers relayed a life-saving diphtheria serum 800 miles from Nenana to Nome in 1925, Norman Vaughan was a 19-year-old Ivy League college student.

Phillips to christen new tanker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The second of five state-of-the-art Millennium Class tankers planned for Phillips Petroleum will be christened Saturday.

Rockets probably won't lift off this year from the Kodiak Launch Complex
KODIAK (AP) -- Rockets likely won't lift off the launch pad at the Kodiak Launch Complex this year.

Knowles introduces $127 million school construction package
JUNEAU (AP) -- Saying many Alaska school buildings are in disgraceful shape, Gov. Tony Knowles proposed a $127 million bond package Wednesday to replace four rural schools and pay for 46 major repair projects at schools across Alaska.

Vessel grounded in Icy Bay pulled free by tugs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A freighter that ran aground in Icy Bay in the Gulf of Alaska was pulled free by tug boats early Monday.

One reported missing in Juneau avalanche
JUNEAU (AP) -- One person was reported missing Thursday after an avalanche near Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau, Alaska State Troopers said.

Original musher retraces 800-mile diphtheria serum route to Nome
NENANA (AP) -- When a group of Alaska dog mushers relayed a life-saving diphtheria serum 800 miles from Nenana to Nome in 1925, Norman Vaughan was a 19-year-old Ivy League college student.

Former Anchorage mayor Stolt dies at 100
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bill Stolt, who came to Anchorage as a teenager in 1917 and served three terms as mayor in the 1940s, died Tuesday in the Anchorage Pioneers' Home. He was 100.

Farmers struggle to grow sector
Farming on the Kenai Peninsula is a hard row to hoe.

Retailer finds niche in big-box dominated market
Paul Miller attributes the success of Trustworthy Hardware to three things -- aggressive advertising, low prices and a knowledgeable, friendly staff.

Changes cast long shadow on commercial fish industry
What would make a successful commercial fishing season this year? If you were to ask those involved, most would say anything better than last season would qualify.

Study says healthy ecosystem benefits Alaska's workers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new study attempts to place a dollar value on Alaska's natural ecosystems.

Industry: Time is right for dead spruce harvest
In 1995, gross timber industry sales on the Kenai Peninsula reached a high of nearly $33.8 million, or 2.2 percent of total sales recorded boroughwide. In 1999, timber sales dropped to $11.8 million, or .7 percent of total sales throughout the borough.

Small businesses fuel area's economic engine
Don't call small businesses "small" on the Kenai Peninsula.

Charter operators split on meaning of changes
HOMER -- When federal fishery managers voted last year to limit the annual harvest of halibut charter operators in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska, they turned the charter industry on its head.

Legislators request tourism growth target
JUNEAU -- There isn't a benchmark to determine how much the state should spend on tourism marketing, some legislators concluded in January.

Homer adapting to changes in market
Fundamental changes in Alaska's commercial fishing business, from the advent of individual fishing quotas to the calamitous decline of salmon prices, have had devastating effects on many coastal communities the last few years, but Homer has fared well.

Full menu, full service make Gwin's Lodge a logical stop
The new owner of Gwin's Lodge in Cooper Landing had a revelation shortly after he bought the business.

Workers stretch wages to make ends meet
The national economy has been flush, unemployment is down, and it's a job-seekers market. But on the Kenai Peninsula, finding a good job -- the kind of job that can support a family -- is still a challenge.

Farming family plants seeds of innovation
Always interested in plants, Allan Baldwin stopped by a nursery in Wisconsin while he was traveling and got to chatting with the owner. The man, upon hearing that the visitor was from Alaska, asked if he had ever heard of an Alaska horticulturist named Dick Baldwin.

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Flight director helps young minds reach for the stars
Some students visiting the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai ask Flight Director Daniela Martian if she made up her last name just for this space-related job where one of the missions is a simulated trip to Mars.

High-tech organizations struggle, but optimism high
Built with the hope of making the Kenai Peninsula a hotbed for high-technology research, education and training, three largely publicly funded organizations that have opened in the last three years are struggling to achieve the lofty goals set for them.

EDD, KPC offer assistance, training to entrepreneurs
A tightly woven mesh of networking proves an excellent resource for peninsula small businesses.

Technology changing face of business
The way we do business changes each year as technology continues to take giant leaps forward in terms of capability and affordability.

Schools scramble to provide skilled graduates
After years of high unemployment and economic stagnation, Alaska employers are hanging out "help wanted" signs again.

Competitive fire still blazes
Fifteen-thousand four-hundred miles. That's the distance Tim Osmar has traveled on the Iditarod Trail over the past 14 years.

Iditarod race teaches Little valuable lessons

Prosecution rests in cruelty trial
The prosecution rested Monday in the trial of a Soldotna woman on trial on nine counts of cruelty to animals. But not before some legal surprises were unveiled in court.

'Gruntled' postal worker retiring after 30 years on job
For the better part of three decades, John Snyder has served customers at the United States Post Office in Kenai. At the counter he helped mail packages, sold stamps and took care of money order and passport needs 40 hours a week.

Devil in the details at brown bear talks
There was no argument among members of a task force plotting brown bear conservation strategy over the importance of a brown bear travel corridor at the west end of Skilak Lake.

Business booming on the peninsula
Last January, layoffs of 190 British Petroleum oil field workers caused concern over the future of the Kenai Peninsula's economy.

Animal cruelty trial continues in Kenai
The defens

Obituaries
James Albert "Jim" Dubendorf

Schools, government are top employers
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District remains the borough's top employer, followed by state, federal and borough government.

Enstar eyes gas supply, pipeline to southern peninsula
With one new gas service contract in hand and another awaiting state approval, Enstar Natural Gas Co. has one message for Cook Inlet producers: "Keep on drilling."

Tesoro Alaska on the rebound
Tesoro Alaska is on the financial rebound after a disastrous earnings year in 1999 forced the company to take a hard look at its operations, resulting in several changes implemented last year.

BP's trial project worth $86 million
Alaska has long exported raw materials, but an experimental gas-to-liquids plant in Nikiski may soon export technology, too.

Scientist's decision helps Alaska wallets
Every Alaskan who has cashed a permanent fund dividend check owes a thank-you note to Tom Marshall. In the early 1960s, the geologist made a choice that helped transform Alaska from pauper to prince.

Agrium takes over Unocal's fertilizer plant
Taking a role as one of the star players in a growing company has put Nikiski's former Alaska Nitrogen Products plant in the spotlight after last year's sale to a Canadian fertilizer company.

Forest Oil makes Cook Inlet strike
The next well likely will determine whether Denver-based Forest Oil Corp. proceeds with a project that potentially could double Cook Inlet oil production.

Wolf Lake project, more pipelines on tap for Marathon
Marathon Oil Co. is planning at least four new wells under its $22 million capital spending program for Cook Inlet this year and is stepping up exploration efforts in the region.

Cook Inlet share of Prudhoe gas up in the air
Momentum is building to bring Prudhoe Bay gas to market, but it is an open question whether Cook Inlet homes, businesses and industry will get a share.

Acquisition of Arco adds acreage in inlet leases
Plans for a new well near Anchor Point as well as installation of production equipment at a western Cook Inlet gas field share the bulk of Phillips Alaska Inc.'s capital spending for 2001.

Diverse economy weathers the bumps
The diversity of the Kenai Peninsula economy is its greatest strength.

Unocal gearing up for busy year
Unocal Alaska expects to double capital spending for 2001 in Cook Inlet and is aggressively hiring new employees as the company's oil and gas division gears up for a busy year.

Around the Peninsula
Community theater meeting set for today

Kardinals slip past Ninilchik
Kenai's Karli Knudsen nailed an 8-footer with about 10 seconds left to hand the host Kardinals a 43-42 nonconference victory over Ninilchik Tuesday.

Ice Dogs can't run Chinooks
The Peninsula Chinooks finally got a collar on the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

This 'Dawg likes packs
Jamie Queen

Jobs may not be plentiful, but community spirit abounds
Take away Seward, Soldotna, Kenai, Homer and Seldovia, and what's left of the Kenai Peninsula?

On the high-tech cutting edge
Alaska's electric utilities could someday face competition. To prepare, Homer Electric Association is working to maintain competitive rates.

Fiber-optic cable brings revolution to schools
Technology is advancing at the speed of light in Kenai Peninsula schools, thanks to space Homer Electric Association donated on its new fiber-optic cable.

Aging Homer placing new demands on its hospital
HOMER -- Aging baby-boomers won't go quietly into the night of old age, but are more likely to battle that irresistible force of nature all the way to the ground, say medical professionals from Homer.

Homer facility pursuing technological upgrades
Time is critical in treating heart attack patients, and the new blood analysis machine at South Peninsula Hospital can shave hours off the time required to confirm an attack.

Humble beginings: Cooperative traces roots to 56 customers
Homer Electric Association has come a long way since nine Homer residents organized the cooperative in 1945.

CPGH grows with advances
The pulse Doug Davis began hearing in his ear could have been the sign of a tumor.

Bear panel debates size of corridors
KENAI (AP) -- Just

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