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Saturday, March 3, 2001

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.

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.

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):

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Community Calendar
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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

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?

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

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):

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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