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Monday, March 5, 2001

Man makes a run for it from Fairbanks courthouse
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Law enforcement officers are on the lookout for a Fairbanks man who took off running from his arraignment after he found out his bail was being revoked.

ANWR bills offer differing payments to state
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Bills filed by Alaska's congressional delegation to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge differ on one big question: Who should get the lease money?

Minority groups want arrests in paintball attacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Leaders of local minority groups and civil rights organizations expressed frustration Friday with the pace of a police investigation into a videotaped paintball attack in January that singled out Alaska Natives.

Color-coded trail markers help travelers around Y-K region
BETHEL (AP) -- Color-coded trail markers are making travel safer around the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta this winter, the Bethel Search and Rescue group says.

Split on potential ANWR revenues still in question
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Bills filed by Alaska's congressional delegation to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge differ on one big question: Who should get the lease money?

Opening ceremonies kick off 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Under a fanfare of trumpets and the gaze of celebrities, family members and spectators, more than 2,400 athletes and coaches marched into Anchorage's Sullivan Arena on Sunday night for opening ceremonies of the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Earthquake detected south of King Salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 4.8-magnitude earthquake hit off Alaska at 5:33 p.m. Saturday about 75 miles south of King Salmon.

Task force faces tangled primary questions
JUNEAU (AP) -- The legal snarl entangling Alaska's primary election system hasn't got much attention in the Legislature this year, but that's likely to change soon as a task force and lawmakers try to replace a format invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Legislature takes first of two spring breaks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The halls of the Legislature are largely deserted as lawmakers take the first of two spring breaks planned for the 2001 session.

Regional Native corporations betting on wireless market
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- They've relied for 30 years on oil and trees to make money. Now three Alaska Native corporations have turned skyward in search of profit, bidding on licenses to provide cell phone service across the nation.

Anchorage archbishop resigns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Archbishop Frances T. Hurley's resignation as archbishop of Anchorage has been accepted by Pope John Paul II.

Iditarod mushers get down to real racing
WILLOW, Alaska (AP) -- Mushers got down to the real business of dog racing Sunday as 68 teams lined up for the official start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

New officers put their best paws forward
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The two bushy-eyed sisters sat quietly as the boys fidgeted and spoke out of turn.

Man plead in camera, exposure case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Salcha man charged with exposing himself to a 5-year-old girl and with spying on people in his shower by means of a hidden camera pleaded no contest Friday in a plea deal.

Air ambulance helicopter upgraded
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- LifeGuard Alaska recently completed an upgrade of its new Bell 412 helicopter, a move that gives the aircraft state-of-the art equipment and allows it to carry three patients at a time, a company statement says.

Douglas Indian factions wrangle over leadership
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Douglas Indian Association may hold a new election to establish which of two rival factions is in charge. Officials at the Bureau of Indian Affairs say they support another vote.

Fairbanks man sentenced for attacking jogger
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, with six suspended, for sexually assaulting a jogger in August.

Woodrush is retired after 20 years of Alaska service
SITKA (AP) -- The Coast Guard cutter Woodrush has been retired after more than two decades of service in Alaska.

Seafood plant continues restart plans
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The stalled Alaska Seafood International plant has a new board of directors and new hopes for beginning mass production of heat-and-eat fish dishes.

Jeff King first musher through Finger Lake.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Jeff King of Denali Park was the first musher through the tent checkpoint of Finger Lake today as leaders in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began their long climb toward Rainy Pass.

Schools with high scores enjoy prosperity, community support
JUNEAU (AP) -- Not all school districts in Alaska are wringing their hands over the new high school exit exam.

Knowles to testify before House committee
JUNEAU (AP) -- North Slope gas development and oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will be the topics this week when Gov. Tony Knowles testifies before a congressional committee.

New officers put their best paws forward
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The two bushy-eyed sisters sat quietly as the boys fidgeted and spoke out of turn.

Commercial fisherman seek restrictions on farmed salmon imports
JUNEAU (AP) -- A group of commercial fishermen is asking the federal government to restrict imports of farmed salmon from Chile into the United States.

Company revives gas field in Cook Inlet
KENAI (AP) -- An abandoned western Cook Inlet natural gas field has been successfully resurrected.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on a gas line down payment:
For many years, the construction of highways and other Interior transportation projects was hastened by a Fairbanks-based team, which gave priority to ensuring those projects were engineered to go

Fish and Game commissioner supports conditional predator control
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Fish and Game Commissioner Frank Rue said Friday he will support lethal wolf control in a limited area of prime moose habitat near McGrath and four other Interior Alaska villages -- if the Board of Game also halts hunting there until a threatened moose population rebounds.

Anchorage Daily News on roads and ferries:
Gov. Tony Knowles wants to expedite $425 million of federally funded Alaska transportation projects by using a new type of bond financing.

Tulsa firm eyes Kenai Peninsula gas field
KENAI (AP) -- A natural gas well proposed near Anchor Point could provide cheaper energy for southern Kenai Peninsula homes and businesses, as well as adding to the supply of gas for communities further north.

Voice of The (Anchorage) Times:
When Gov. Tony Knowles left the bedside of William R. Wood, he went scrambling for a pen and paper to write down the list of projects and ideas that the dying Wood had suggested to him.

Man plead in camera, exposure case
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Salcha man charged with exposing himself to a 5-year-old girl and with spying on people in his shower by means of a hidden camera pleaded no contest Friday in a plea deal.

Phillips sells Anchorage office complex
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Inc. has sold its downtown Anchorage headquarters to Dallas-based real estate firm The Staubach Co., Staubach Financial president Brant Bryan said.

Thousands of fans give Iditarod mushers big send-off
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Dogs strained at their leads and howled with anticipation as mushers competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race took to the trail Saturday.

Community Calendar
he 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
Foreign exchange group hosts gourmet dinner Seminar planned to help home buyersEducational groups to meet weeklyGroup to discuss how to promote volunteerismWorkshop offered for computer usersFish, game advisory committee to meetFamily tree workshop slated Center to provide for those in needKenai, Soldotna class of 1981 reunionRotary club in need of computersTesting expected to generate some noise

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
NPCC to meet Caring for Kenai to be discussed at meeting Workshop held to write grants Steering committee meeting plannedSociety to hold meetingForum held to discuss tobacco useClass presented for better parenting KBEA scholarship applications available

The Empty Harness: Moose encounter turns deadly
Editor's note: Everyone has a story. And, everyone enjoys a well-written or well-told story, especially one that is lively, laughable and has a point of common interest.

Iditarod mushers get down to real racing
WILLOW, Alaska -- Mushers got down to the real business of dog racing Sunday as 68 teams lined up for the official start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Cheering fans give Iditarod's 68 teams rousing send-off to Nome
ANCHORAGE -- Dogs strained at their leads and howled with anticipation as mushers competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race took to the trail Saturday.

Iditarod Standings
Mushers deserve respect, applause

Kenai's 'Brown Bear' collects a part of history
The owner of the Brown Bear Gun Shop and Museum in Kenai said he likes old guns, but his real pride and joy is the antique tractor he is rebuilding behind his shop.

Shawn Maltby and Alicia Brewer
Brewer, Maltby to marry next year

Teri Farrell and Darral Langston
Farrell, Langston married in the Caribbean

Borough to start protecting wildfire evacuation routes
Contractors could begin this month to clear beetle-killed trees along hundreds of miles of Kenai Peninsula Borough-maintained roads that could fall in a fire, blocking fire trucks or fleeing residents.

Wildfire forecast up to Mother Nature
Kenai Peninsula firefighters are bracing for the worst, given the forecast for a warmer-than-average spring and more than a million acres of beetle-killed spruce trees on the Kenai Peninsula.

Seniors, others seek help from legislators
Taking a break from demanding legislative schedules, Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, and Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna, spent time Saturday morning with the home folks.

Flame of Hope sparks smiles as it travels on Kenai Peninsula
Starting today, the world's attention will be focused on more than 2,500 Special Olympics athletes in Anchorage.

Agencies' coordination put to the test with planned drill
It is too late once disaster strikes to test coordination between multiple agencies. So the Kenai Peninsula Borough plans a drill this spring to work out the bugs of working together during a major forest fire.

Tulsa firm eyes North Fork gas field's potential
A well proposed near Anchor Point could provide natural gas to southern Kenai Peninsula homes and businesses.

Blood bank accomplishes goals, celebrates 2nd year
The Kenai Peninsula Center of the Blood Bank of Alaska marked its second anniversary Thursday. But thanks to contributions of peninsula residents, the center has much more to celebrate.

Northstar plan fuels questions, interest
The public raised numerous concerns during Wednesday meetings on the proposal to develop a gas field on the North Fork Road near Anchor Point.

Soldotna plans traffic study
It looks like the city of Soldotna's traffic study will go ahead, after the Soldotna City Council accepted a larger grant from the state and upped the amount it is willing to pay.

Another teen driver on the road
You could say we made a final review of Alaska's driving rules on the way to my daughter's road test.

Is criminalizatoin best way to deter kids from such dangers as huffing?
It's hard to know what to do about huffing, the dangerous practice in which teens and preteens inhale the fumes of paints, solvents, hairsprays and other products in order to produce a drug-like high.

Residents' involvement in legislative process key to getting things done right
I believe that most of us who run for elected office really do want to make a difference.

Project Impact worth the cost
President Bush's proposal to cut the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Project Impact to save $25 million is penny-wise, but pound-foolish.

Democrats search for leadership
WASHINGTON -- Battered Democrats, trying to keep President Bush from dominating the nation's agenda, are struggling to find a voice and fill a leadership vacuum as former President Clinton's influence recedes.

Lettors to the Editor
Why not test students before they are allowed to enter high school It's wrong to let government hide decision-making processBorough should do business consistent with open meetings act

Peninsula People
Students named to dean's listResidents complete trainingKenai man arrives in Japan Residents enlist in ArmyPratt Museum announces award winnerAlaska SeaLife Center news

Forest Service officer honored for bravery
For Moose Pass resident Jeffrey Bryden, the events that took place on Dec. 16 were part of his job. But officials took it upon themselves to recognize the bravery he showed that day.

My Best Friend
Geordon Main of Kenai finds his companion Stormy makes a pretty good blanket. Stormy's job is to make sure Geordon takes his daily nap.

Hats off to CES
Paul Coleman, right, removes a hat from Sterling resident Lynn Baker as Blood Bank of Alaska staffer Rita Wydra, unseen, prepares Baker for his blood donation Feb. 24 at Central Emergency Services' blood drive.

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment. If you did NOT preregister, please call the Soldotna Community School office, at 262-6768, to check on cancellations and confirm your attendance. Details about each class can be found in the Spring 1999 Soldotna Community School brochure, which is available at Soldotna and Kenai public libraries, the city of Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Ask a Trooper
If you have questions that you would like to ask a trooper, please send them to: Alaska State Troopers, 4060 Heath St., Homer, AK 99603. Or you can e-mail them to Chad_Goeden @dps.state.ak.us. The Alaska State Troopers remind you to always wear your seat belt. It's the law.

Stanford gets sweet revenge
LOS ANGELES -- Casey Jacobsen scored 16 points and No. 1 Stanford beat No. 12 UCLA 85-79 Saturday to clinch a share of its third consecutive Pac-10 title and avenge its only loss of the season.

History made with Duke win
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Jason Williams scored 33 points and Shane Battier added 25 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks as the Blue Devils (26-4, 13-3), made Atlantic Coast Conference history by winning or tying for their fifth straight league title.

Hakkinen leads U.S. in biathlon
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen, 23, was the top American finisher in the 10-kilometer sprint Friday and the 12.5-kilometer pursuit Saturday at a World Cup biathlon event at Soldier Hollow, Utah.

Thrashers saved by a Maracle vs. Panthers
ATLANTA -- Atlanta goaltender Norm Maracle stopped 41 shots, including three breakaways by Florida's Pavel Bure, as the Thrashers tied the Panthers 2-2 Saturday night.

Raptors slam Knicks
New Jersey Devils' Petr Sykora celebrates his goal against Tampa Bay during the third period Sunday.

Woods stands one round from victory in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- After two straight rounds of peerless golf, Tiger Woods proved he can botch short putts like any weekend hacker.

Skyview boys whip Ninilchik
The Ninilchik High School girls basketball team, trailing by a point with two minutes to play, scored a pair of quick baskets late in the game and held on to beat Skyview 43-41 Friday in a non-region game at Skyview High School.

Woods makes big splash in Dubai
By STEPHEN WADE

Ninilchik girls avenge early season loss to Seldovia
The Ninilchik Wolverines gave the Seldovia Sea Otters something to ponder as they headed out on the long bus ride home Saturday -- what just happened?

Ruiz wins decision vs. Holyfield
LAS VEGAS -- John Ruiz didn't look much like a champion, but he was. Evander Holyfield looked like he should retire, but said he wasn't.

XFL plan to snag young players gets criticized
CHICAGO -- LeShon Johnson scored on a 2-yard run with 19 seconds left as the Chicago Enforcers beat the Las Vegas Outlaws 15-13 Sunday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Having a ball
Halfway through the first quarter Saturday, the Nikiski High School girls basketball team was tied at five with Grace Christian, and it looked like the Grizzlies were going to give the Bulldogs a fight down to the wire.

Dallas Stars clobber tired-looking Sabres
DALLAS -- Jere Lehtinen and Ted Donato scored first-period goals over a span of 1:02, and the Dallas Stars increased their lead in the Pacific Division with a 4-1 victory Sunday over the Buffalo Sabres.

Kards trump Knights
The Kenai Kardinals boys basketball team showed that good things can happen when four players score in double figures Saturday, downing Region III/4A rival Colony 71-68.

Kards girls fail to rally against rampaging Moose
The Palmer girls basketball team handed Kenai its second loss of the season Friday in Palmer in Region III/4A play.

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