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Thursday, March 1, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Business Highlights,
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mounting worries about jobs and the business climate dragged consumer confidence in February to its lowest level in more than four years, and that pessimism was reinforced by bleak reports on factory orders and home buying Tuesday.

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.

Home builders: No recession
NEW YORK (AP) -- Has the housing market lost its role as an economic weather vane? Or has it kept its deft touch as an indicator?

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.

In the marketplace, the future's the thing
NEW YORK (AP) -- As relief from the painful pasttime of watching stock prices fall, you can learn much about market forces by shifting your attention to the actions of highly paid, big-name forecasters.

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.

Business Briefs
Homer resort promotes threePhillips boosts Alaska tanker fleetSoldotna plots economic futureClinic offers free vision checks Soldotna chamber announces speakers

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.

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.

ANWR drilling ban proposed
WASHINGTON -- 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.

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

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.

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.

Wal-Mart mulls 'super center' in Anchorage
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.

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.

LNG project still being considered
JUNEAU -- 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.

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

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.

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
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

Around the Peninsula
Bear-viewing applications availableBorough office to conduct siren testBlood Bank celebrates two-year anniversaryGold prospectors to meet ThursdayBoys and Girls Clubs plan reading activitiesLibrarian workshop slated for SaturdayTalent show planned in NikiskiForeign exchange hosts gourmet dinnerKBEA scholarship applications available Center to provide for those in needRotary club in need of computersSPCA warns of possible horse liceConnections meetings start today

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 information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

Newest Quest champ sets sights on Iditarod
Only five mushers have ever attempted to run both the grueling Yukon Quest and the world-famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in the same year. And to date, only three have completed them both.

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

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.

Peninsula artist captures the realistic essence of his surroundings
For Philip Garbowski, painting is not only a hobby, it is an obsession.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage, Films for this week.

'Cold River Spirits' tells of life on Yukon, in territorial Alaska
"Cold River Spirits" is first a family history.

Art Briefs
Grant applications availableArt sought for Homer showGuitar lessons offeredJuneau to host quilt exhibit

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.

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.

Schedule
Winston Cup race schedule

Sport's daily grind proves therapeutic for grieving racers
HAMPTON, Ga. -- The sound of screaming engines echoed through the dogwood blossoms Tuesday. The garage area smelled like scorched brake pads and raw octane.

Career-ending injuries destroy dreams, finances
Bobby Allison and his wife, Judy, know the pain racing injuries can cause families. Allison

UAW-DAIMLERCHRYSLER 400
When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Points standings
Point standings for Nascar drivers

MONEY LEADERS
Top money leaders in the NASCAR curcuit

Special torch coming
The Flame of Hope will burn brightly as the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg Team delivers the flame to two area schools Friday. The torch run is the largest grass-roots fund-raiser for the Special Olympics.

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.

Airport closes temporarily and snarls travel plans
SEATTLE (AP) -- The strongest earthquake to hit Washington state in 52 years foiled travel plans for thousands of people trying to fly in and out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on 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.

Oil economy yielding to retail, tourism
The Kenai Peninsula's economy is diverse, reasonably strong and, in many ways, better than other economies around the state, despite an economic growth of only 1.8 percent in the 1990s.

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

Roaring noises routine at fertilizer plant
Nikiski residents should not fear occasional roaring noises in the next two weeks from the Agrium Inc. fertilizer plant.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mark Anthony Denham
North Kenai resident Mark Anthony Denham died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, at his residence after a battle with cancer. He was 42.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

Applause
Community support keeps Kenai Crewsers rowing alongIt's no mystery: Generosity creates successful events

Proposed budget offers something for everyone
WASHINGTON -- Soldiers would collect slightly bigger paychecks, nature lovers would get cleaner national parks and poor people would get more help paying for energy.

Peninsula's economic well-being examined in special report today
Our jobs are to our personal well-being what the economy is to our community's health.

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.

Earth moves under Seattle's feet
This week's earthquake in the Pacific Northwest put a big scare into area residents, especially in Seattle. Fifteen to 45 seconds of rolling, undulating earth is enough to make anyone weak in the knees.

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

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

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

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.

School Menus
School Menus for elementary and secondary area schools

Senior Menus
Menus at the Senior Centers around the Peninsula

Planning ahead? Baby boomers not ready to take care of parents
BOSTON -- Clara John's ability to do many of life's routine tasks started to drift away 10 years ago as Alzheimer's disease took hold. Her husband, James, now 84, could not bring himself to admit that she needed more care than he could give.

Researchers suggest babies born in autumn live longer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Being born in the fall may extend a person's lifespan by a few months.

Senior Briefs
What's happening at the Senior Centers on the Peninsula this week.

School district ponders funding
What if somebody told you at work they'd be willing to do a project for you for free? The one catch is this person wants your name attached to the final project, no matter how it turns out. It'd be a risky proposition, right?

Sports Briefs
Peninsula Sled Dog Racing Association ClassicPeninsula Oilers offering six scholarships

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.

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.

U.S. starts slow at World Cup
The U.S. men's biathlon team did not get the home-snow boost it was looking for Wednesday in the first day of the World Cup at Soldier Hollow, Utah.

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.

CIA boys cagers best Nikolaevsk
The Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team defeated Nikolaevsk 81-60 Tuesday in a District 3/2A game at the Chapman Elementary School gym in Anchor Point.

U.S. booters down Mexico at chilly Crew Stadium
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The weather was cold, just as they hoped. The crowd was loudly partisan, just as they wanted.

Sam's Line
Can you feel the tingle in the air? The little sparks of electricity that snap and sizzle around you as you sit comfortably on your couch or in your favorite chair with your eyes glued to your television set? Is it that time already?

Defenseman's goal caps emotional 4-2 victory as Fleury enters rehab
NEW YORK -- Brian Leetch scored his 200th goal as the New York Rangers capped an emotion-filled day, after Theo Fleury entered a substance-abuse program, with a 4-2 victory Wednesday night over the Florida Panthers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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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