Saturday, March 4, 2000

Native journalists suspended in management dispute
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two veteran Native radio journalists said Thursday that they have been taken off the air at Native-oriented KNBA for challenging management decisions about a new program.

Stamstad wins fourth Iditasport Extreme
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Seattle cyclist has won his fourth straight Iditasport Extreme, a 320-mile race on the Iditarod Trail from Knik to McGrath. Competitors include mountain bikers, skiers and runners.

81 mushers sign up for 2000 Iditarod
WASILLA (AP) -- Eighty-one mushers are signed up to run in the 2000 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday. The mushers and their race order are:

1975 Iditarod winner Emmitt Peters hits the trail again
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- 1975 Iditarod winner Emmitt Peters is back in the race.

Woman convicted of animal cruelty
KENAI (AP) -- A jury found a Soldotna-area woman guilty of cruelty to animals Thursday. The charge came after Alaska State Troopers found more than 120 animals in poor condition last September at the home of Miriam Mahan, 36.

81 mushers sign up for 2000 Iditarod
WASILLA (AP) -- Eighty-one mushers are signed up to run in the 2000 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday. The mushers and their race order are:

Game Board to take up controversial predator control measures
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game begins its spring meeting today, and it comes in the midst of a loud and angry debate over how the state should manage its wildlife resources.

Jeff King hopes old bloodlines lead to another Iditarod victory
KENAI (AP) -- In the modern world of competitive dog mushing, a three-time Iditarod champion is looking to the sport's old ways for an advantage this year.

Seward ski team honored for lifesaving efforts
SEWARD (AP) -- Members of the Seward High School cross-country ski team and their coaches had a day named in their honor for helping to rescue a family of five children and their mother.

Bleary-eyed mushers follow Iditarod trail to Nome
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mushers can't outrun their need for sleep on the 1,150-mile Iditarod trail through Alaska's wilderness.

Fairbanks School Board member says programs may go
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Music programs and alternative schools may not be the only things on the chopping block during this year's Fairbanks School District budget talks.

Musher says he's being targeted by animal rights activists
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Musher Ramy Brooks is calling on family and friends to help him fight an e-mail war against animal rights activists who are pressing one of his Iditarod race sponsors to pull its support.

Jeff King hopes old bloodlines lead to another Iditarod victory
An Alaska AP Member Exchange

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Epidemic of spruce bark beetles means higher risk of fire danger
The ever-present spruce bark beetle has undergone a major population surge on the Kenai Peninsula, especially throughout the southern part.

Disaster Kit Necessities
Emergency experts recommend that disaster kits include the following:

In Case of Chemical Release ...
In case of chemical or industrial accident, emergency officials recommend people "shelter in place."

Industrial plants focus efforts on worker, community safety
From canneries to a refinery, liquefied natural gas plant and an agricultural products manufacturer, the Kenai Peninsula is home to a variety of industries.

Outdoor Safety Measures
The greatest threat to the home from outside is fire. To increase the integrity of your house against an encroaching wildfire, take the following precautions:

Disasters take toll on mental health
Above and beyond the physical damage done by a disaster -- injuries, destroyed buildings, ruined utility lines -- there also is a significant psychological toll.

When trouble hits, warnings sound
One of the most precious resources in a disaster is accurate, timely information.

Shelters offer comfort in midst of turmoil
In the aftermath of a disaster, natural or manmade, comfort and community are shattered, at least temporarily.

Special Items and Car Kits
The elderly and those with mobility problems may need to prepare specal items For those traveling with small children, special items also may be necessary:There also are items unique to vehicles that need to be included.

In Case of Evacuation ...
There are several potential disasters, both natural and human-caused, that could compromise a home's safety and require an emergency evacuation.

In Case of Ashfall ...
The following are recommended actions during and after an ashfall, from the Alaska Volcano Observatory pamphlet "Ash Alert," available from the Alaska Division of Emergency Services, P.O. Box 5750, Fort Richardson, Alaska 99505-5750.

Peninsula Shelters
Although not all shelters are of comparable size, they all are intended to offer safety and some measure of comfort in an emergency.

It's (not) a blast
As cold as the winters get, it's easy to forget Alaska is part of the Ring of Fire -- an arc-like zone along the north Pacific characterized by volcanoes and seismic activity.

Important Phone Numbers
The following is a list of numbers for emergency services and resources. All can provide information and assistance with personal or home safety and preparing for disasters.

Common sense key to safe burning
Each spring, Kenai Peninsula residents go out into their yards and gather up the long winter's rubbish. Many turn to burning to dispose of the dead leaves, grass and branches.

In Case of Flood...
The following are other suggestions from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

'Defensible space' helps shield homes from wildfire
Forestry officer Sharon Roesch said if a wildfire or forest fire were to break out, homes nestled in the woods would be all but unsalvageable.

Project cushions disaster's blows
It is impossible to prevent disasters such as earthquakes, floods and tsunamis, but planning can minimize the losses when they strike.

Kenai Peninsula hotbed for disasters
Individual responsibility is the key because government is not going to be able to be there right away. We're not going to be able to shelter and provide food for everybody in a major disaster.

School personnel trained to protect kids in disaster
When the unthinkable happens and disaster strikes, parents' thoughts immediately turn to the safety of their children.

Preparation key to weathering disaster
One of the most important steps toward being prepared for any disaster is having supplies on hand.

Richter scale makes connection between quake's energy, damage
For centuries, earthquakes were one of the most feared and least understood phenomena in human existence.

Pet owners need plan for their animals
Disasters don't have only a human cost. Animals also are affected.

Pet Kit Necessities
Emergency experts recommend the following supplies be kept on hand for pets in the event of a disaster:

Emergency workers always hope for best, but prepare for worst
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is vulnerable to all sorts of potential problems. Luckily, it has the Office of Emergency Management.

Indoor Safety Measures
Nearly all emergency response and management agencies publish lists of ways to improve home safety. Items included cover things ranging from earthquake preparedness to how to lessen fire hazards. Below are simple steps that can greatly reduce risks around the home.

In Case of Earthquake ...
The American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency recommend the following actions to decrease the risk and amount of damage caused by earthquakes. Great care should be taken in moving things or re-entering buildings following a quake.

Best way to avoid flooding is to live outside flood zone
Throughout Southcentral Alaska, vast amounts of rain and snow can cause flooding.

Quakes can be followed by deadly waves
Earthquakes may be one of the most feared and destructive forces in Alaska.

Alaskans live on shaky ground
Every now and then, Kenai Peninsula residents are awakened by the ground shaking. These minor tremors are common and hardly noted.

Disaster-resistant construction
During a seminar sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Project Impact office in November, designers, contractors and other building specialists got a lesson in disaster-resistant construction.

Did You Know?
The afternoon after an explosion at the Alaska Nitrogen Products plant, the Community Alert Network was used to update nearby residents on the incident, which occurred at 1:31 a.m. Aug. 20, 1999:

Did You Know?
Alaska has experienced 10 of the 15 largest earthquakes to occur in U.S. history. Out of these top 15, Alaska earthquakes claim the first 8 positions with Richter scale magnitudes ranked at 8.0 or higher.

In emergency, good guys wear black hats
Should disaster strike, the people in black hats will be the good guys, there to help.

Musher says he's being targeted by animal rights activists
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Musher Ramy Brooks is calling on family and friends to help him fight an e-mail war against animal rights activists who are pressing one of his Iditarod race sponsors to pull its support.

Gebhardt takes aim at lead dog status
Paul Gebhardt knows how tough it is to be on top.

Dent tries to forget last year
ANCHORAGE -- Dan Dent's dream of finishing the Iditarod Sled Dog Race didn't end last year when his hands were badly mauled in a dog fight. His dream lives on.

1975 Iditarod winner Emmitt Peters hits the trail again
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- 1975 Iditarod winner Emmitt Peters is back in the race.

Controversy 'philosophical'?
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley said philosophical differences were the root of the assembly's rejection Tuesday of several of his appointments to local advisory planning commissions.

Jury says 'guilty'
Although Miriam Mahan was found guilty of animal cruelty by a jury of four men and six women at 3:25 Thursday afternoon, the case is not yet over.

Extracurricular activity
Students from Skyview High School look at Vickie Tarries' car following an accident involving their school bus Thursday afternoon

Rural designation at heart of issue
A broad spectrum of thought and feelings were expressed at Wednesday night's subsistence meeting in Kenai. Several shades of gray were illuminated during testimony regarding an issue that often is seen as black and white.

Subsistence Board convenes in Kenai
A broad spectrum of thought and feelings were expressed at Wednesday night's subsistence meeting in Kenai. Several shades of gray were illuminated during testimony regarding an issue that often is seen as black and white.

Obituaries

Ski trails ready for weekend races
Kenai Peninsula cross-country skiers looking for a race to cap a season of training should have no problem finding one March 11.

Around the Peninsula
Orchestra to perform this weekend

Religion Briefs
Ash Wednesday service planned

Chinooks, Dogs set to rumble
Perhaps it was the chicken.

Bowlers flock to area for state tournament
Between 500 and 600 bowlers will converge on the central Kenai Peninsula over the course of the next three weekends for the 40th Alaska Women's Bowling Association Tournament.

Sports Briefs
KPHA Squirt B's strike it rich in Las Vegas

The Next Level
McLane places at Big 12 Championships

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