Friday, March 2, 2001

Democrat tries to restore blanket primary
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Democratic lawmaker's proposal would restore the blanket primary election invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court, but let parties that don't want to participate opt out in favor of conventions, caucuses or some other privately operated process.

Ketchikan man dies in vehicle accident
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 41-year-old Ketchikan was killed in a vehicle accident Thursday night on the South Tongass Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

Coast Guard to decommission aging cutter in Sitka
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard cutter Woodrush is retiring after more than 20 years of service in Alaska.

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.

Democrats blast proposed cuts to quake preparedness
SEATTLE (AP) -- Democrats in Washington state's congressional delegation on Friday again urged President Bush to rethink his plan to cut a $25 million earthquake preparedness program.

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.

Wave Wholesale to reorganize under bankruptcy protection
BETHEL (AP) -- +Wave+ Wholesale Co. has halted construction of a retail center in Bethel, laid off workers and plans to sell off some businesses as part of its effort to reorganize under federal bankruptcy protection, company officials said.

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.

Avalanche victim rescued by companion
JUNEAU (AP) -- Swept 2,000 feet down a mountainside and buried by an avalanche outside the boundaries of a ski area, Adam Roy fought for breathing room and hoped for rescue Thursday. He didn't have to wait long.

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.

At Sea-Tac, operations gradually getting back to normal
SEATTLE (AP) -- Flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport were at 75 percent of normal on Friday, two days after the region was jolted by a 6.8-magnitude earthquake.

Game Board takes up Nelchina caribou hunt
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Proposed changes to the Nelchina caribou hunt topped the agenda as the Alaska Board of Game opened a 10-day meeting Friday in Anchorage.

68 mushers entered in Iditarod 2001
WASILLA (AP) -- Sixty-eight mushers are entered to run in the 2001 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday. The mushers are (by bib number):

Fairbanks man shot to death at apartment
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police are speculating that a man fatally shot at a Sophie Station Apartment early Thursday was killed when he mistakenly charged into an apartment he may have thought to be his own and confronted the resident.

Anchorage prepares for 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When Anchorage organizers sought to host the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games, they were closely questioned as to whether the city could produce enough volunteers to help out.

Gas policy council meets
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A collection of business executives, government officials, political and civic leaders met in Anchorage on Thursday to consider Gov. Tony Knowles' plans for a huge natural gas development project.

Kenai Peninsula economy shows strength and diversity
KENAI (AP) -- A state labor researcher says the Kenai Peninsula's economy is diverse and reasonably strong -- and better in many ways than other economies around the state, despite only a 1.8 percent economic growth in the 1990s.

Pourchot backs power line route through Tanana Flats
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Saying he couldn't justify a change, Resources Commissioner Pat Pourchot gave his final approval to a controversial route for a power line through the Tanana Flats.

Campus incidents spur formation of drug task force
KETCHIKAN -- Students have been caught under the influence of drugs at Ketchikan High School in at least six incidents over the past two months, spurring school district officials to create a drug task force.

Norwegians dominate World Cup biathlon
MIDWAY, Utah (AP) -- Ole Einar Bjoerndalen came back Friday to lead Norway to a top-two sweep in a 10-kilometer sprint event just two days after he won a 20-kilometer biathlon. Two Alaskans were the top American finishers, but they were far behind the leaders.

Bush proposes cutting disaster preparedness funding With BC-Northwest Quake
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Several members of the Northwest congressional delegation and Democratic Party officials have decried President Bush's proposal to eliminate a project they say deserves some credit for saving lives during the region's strongest earthquake in 52 years.

Americans don't exactly have a captive audience
MIDWAY, Utah (AP) -- With a cynical laugh, American competitor Jeremy Teela explained why his sport, biathlon, isn't more popular in the United States.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Showcase canceledConnections meetings now under way Botanical society to meet at KPCForeign exchange students host gourmet dinnerArness to address historical society meetingGroup to discuss volunteersCenter to provide for those in need Rotary club in need of computers

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 any 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.

Smaller lakes in refuge still good for ice fishing
It's ice fishing season. Drilling holes in the ice with augers, setting tip-ups, the adrenaline of pulling that fish onto the ice -- it's all part of the fun of ice fishing, right?

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

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.

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

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.

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.

68 mushers entered in Iditarod 2001
WASILLA (AP) -- Sixty-eight mushers are entered to run in the 2001 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday. The mushers are (by bib number):

Musher aims for improvement in 3rd Iditarod
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has plenty of variables on its own.

2000 Quest champ eyes Iditarod Trail
ANCHORAGE -- Aliy Zirkle has got to be one tough woman.

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.

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

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

Winston Cup race schedule

Top money leaders in the NASCAR curcuit

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

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

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.

Points standings
Point standings for Nascar drivers

HEA to seek rate hike
Rising prices for natural gas may soon catch up to Kenai Peninsula electric utility customers.

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.

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.

Inlet's Nikolai Creek field tests in excess of 4 million cubic feet per day
An abandoned western Cook Inlet natural gas field has been successfully resurrected.

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.

Photo feature: Road work
Traffic passes south on the Kenai Spur Highway as Bill Pool and Bob Bondurant fill a tire-sized pothole in the northbound lane Tuesday afternoon.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Letters to the Editor
A little consideration for others can go long way toward better day

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.

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.

Democrats will have tough time demonizing Bush, budget proposal
Listening to the reaction of congressional Democrats to President Bush's Tuesday night speech in which he said the people, not the government, know best how to spend their own money, one would think that the tax and spend party has finally seen the light. After several decades of deficit spending, Democrats suddenly claim to be fiscally responsible. They say the Bush tax cut plan would put the nation in "jeopardy," even though they raised no such concerns when they controlled Congress and spent the money faster than it came in.

Peninsula cheering for 7 area mushers who will tackle Iditarod
The Iditarod, known as the last great race on earth, is part of the lure, lore and legend of Alaska.

What others say - Osmar's mountain
Great success at an early age can pose a hurdle of sorts, raising expectations one may literally squander a lifetime chasing.

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.

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

Cub Scouts appreciate supportKDLL's stomping success made possible with lots of helping handsCommunity helps make open house successful

Peninsula trails get state cash
Before the Sterling Highway, the Kenai Peninsula was crisscrossed with trails running through the woods and over the hills. And there were favorite spots along the river and beaches, perfect for watching wildlife and picnicking.

Winter's open water raising concerns
Add this to the list of outdoor oddities caused by this year's ultra-mild winter: the big lakes and rivers of the Kenai Peninsula are still open.

Black-capped chickadees with deformed bills puzzle biologists
Most of us like to believe that in "pristine" Alaska we are immune to the ecological problems of the Lower 48. There is increasing evidence, however, we are not exempt from such problems, as the following strange puzzle will illustrate.

Egyptian monks marry centuries-old tradition with modern technology
ST. MACARIUS MONASTERY, Egypt (AP) -- A generation ago, this fourth-century desert monastery was at the point of closing down. Crumbling, short of funds and with only a handful of monks, it could have at best become a tourist attraction, much like Egypt's ancient ruins.

Religion Briefs
Purim party planned Spiritual poems sought Business school dean to lead campus ministry

Methodist article advocates independence for Hawaii
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A magazine of the United Methodist Church, President Bush's denomination, features an article advocating ''decolonization and total independence'' for the state of Hawaii.

New archbishop becomes leader of nation's UkrainianCatholics
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The new metropolitan archbishop of the Ukrainian Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and the spiritual leader of the 300,000 Ukrainian Catholics in the United States, has been installed.

Advocate, organizer, activist -- one priest's life
GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) -- The Rev. Jim Lewis stands with an imaginary glass in one hand, the other hand shoved into the pocket of his khakis.

Three Israelis arrested on suspicion they robbed European synagogues
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Three Israelis have been arrested on suspicion they stole $2 million worth of religious objects from at least two European synagogues, police said Tuesday.

Esther spurs prayer for celebration
I would like to share a prayer time I had with God a year ago as I prepared for a Purim Celebration and to encourage you to read Esther in the Old Testament.

Lutherans in East Bay odrain a gay priest
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Lutherans in the East Bay have openly defied their parent church by ordaining a gay priest who lives with another man.

Alexy II: Catholic Church agrees in principle to joint declaration
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Patriarch of Russia's Orthodox Church Alexy II says he and Pope John Paul II have agreed in principle to sign a key joint declaration -- but disagree about what it should say.

Holy Cross College bans 'cult-like' church
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- The College of the Holy Cross has banned an international church from meeting, organizing and recruiting members on campus, calling it cult-like in its recruitment tactics.

Business school dean to lead evangelical campus ministry
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a conservative evangelical ministry active on 560 U.S. college campuses, has appointed as its new president Alexander D. Hill, the dean who led the business school at Seattle Pacific University to accreditation.

Students finish up big test
This week, high school students took the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam. For sophomores, it was the first whack at the controversial, high-stakes tests. For some juniors, it was the third try to clear the hurdle between them and a high school diploma.

Senior Menus
Menus at the Senior Centers around the Peninsula

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

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.

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.

Spring skiing offers mixed bag
The high school and middle school cross-country skiing seasons are over on the Kenai Peninsula, but that doesn't necessarily mean cross-country skiing is over on the Kenai Peninsula.

Abrahamson finishes first at Junior Nationals
Homer's Syverine Abrahamson skied to a first-place finish Wednesday at the Junior National Biathlon Championships at the Maine Winter Sports Center in Fort Kent, Maine.

Senators overcome San Jose
OTTAWA -- Daniel Alfredsson tied a career-high with three goals, and had an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators to an 8-4 victory Thursday night over the San Jose Sharks.

Stiles sets scoring record
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Breaking the NCAA scoring record brought Jackie Stiles relief more than anything else.

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?

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.

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.

Oilers complete coaching staff
The Peninsula Oilers have completed their coaching staff for the 2001 season with the signing of pitching coach Andrew Cheketts. Cheketts presently is the pitching coach at Riverside Community College and served in the same position last summer for the Aloha Knights of the Pacific International League.

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.

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?

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.

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

Anchorage prepares for 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When Anchorage organizers sought to host the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games, they were closely questioned as to whether the city could produce enough volunteers to help out.

Yankees start slow again
The New York Yankees started spring training the same way they did last year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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