Monday, March 6, 2000

Race officially under way
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) -- The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race officially got under way Sunday as 81 dog teams headed up the trail and mushing fans yelled encouragement and took pictures.

Native journalists fired in management dispute
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two veteran Native radio journalists have been fired from KNBA for taking their complaints about management decisions public and for recruiting several colleagues to their cause.

Stevens looking for a permanent home for his public papers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens is looking for a home for his public papers, and the University of Alaska Anchorage appears to be the most likely site.

They're off -- for real
WASILLA, Alaska -- Musher Doug Swingley waved to fans and gave his two lead dogs a reassuring pat as he waited in the chute to defend his title in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Dog lose booties by the hundreds on Quest each year
DAWSON CITY, Yukon (AP) -- Each year, dogs running the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race either drop, remove, run through or eat hundreds of booties on the 1,000-mile trail.

March 5: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on privatization study:
There was something familiar about this past week's trashing of the Legislature's privatization study. It was a virtual repeat of the trashing a few years ago of a study of state employees' pay. It's more than a coincidence.

Rabies quarantines declared for Barrow, Wainwright and Atqasuk
BARROW (AP) -- A rash of run-ins with rabid Arctic foxes has prompted quarantines here and in the North Slope villages of Wainwright and Atqasuk.

March 5: Anchorage Daily News on Legislature and limiting public participation:<
Who says the Alaska Legislature isn't busy? Why, just about every day majority lawmakers introduce or pass legislation that limits public participation in the process of government. Now that's getting off your duff and making things happen!

Gebhardt first out of Finger Lake checkpoint
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) -- Paul Gebhardt from Kasilof was first out of Finger Lake today as leaders in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race moved toward the towering Alaska Range and the next checkpoint at Rainy Pass.

March 2: Anchorage Daily News on cruise ship pollution:
The Environmental Protection Agency's report that all six of the major cruise lines operating in Alaska violated state and federal air pollution laws last summer doesn't do much for the industry's credibility.

Wolf control testimony dominates Game Board meeting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Wolf control dominated testimony at Alaska Game Board hearings here over the weekend.

March 1: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on wolf control:
Either wolf control in the McGrath and Copper River basin areas

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race officially under way
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) -- Musher Doug Swingley waved to fans and gave his two lead dogs a reassuring pat as he waited in the chute to defend his title in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Arctic Winter Games get underway at Whitehorse
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP) -- Formal ceremonies kicking off the 16th Arctic Winter Games were held here over the weekend.

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Dog days of winter
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Iditarod Sled Dog Champion Doug Swingley has a simple plan for defending his title this year in the grueling 1,150-mile race from Anchorage to Nome.

Digging the past
--Alan Boraas

Session half over, but legislators still not near solving budget gap
The legislative session may be half over, but the state's fiscal gap remains whole.

Village Fair safety check
The Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Coalition used the fair as an opportunity to debut a new van that General Motors donated to the group's statewide organization for use in teaching parents how to safely transport their children.

Health needs targeted
The question is whether allowing more competition between hospitals and clinics would benefit Alaska, said Rep. Jeannette James, R-North Pole.

Development center helps small businesses thrive
'We help business find government contracts and understand government regulations. Our clients have been awarded $740.1 million in contracts.'

House Finance Committee gets earful
JUNEAU -- A budget cut can cost a town its radio station, can cost a woman a life of violence, can cost the state an educated work force.

Little theater idea grows
Kenai Mayor John Williams' dream of a small theater grew to tremendous proportions at the first meeting on the subject.

Roads budget gets temporary patch
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly appropriated $400,000 from the borough Road Service Area fund last week to boost a budget battered by heavy snowfall.

Nikiski teen on the road to success
People may have seen his performance in "Fiddler on the Roof" as the young tailor, but Alden Ford has another large achievement up his sleeve.

Kenai airport looks ahead to changes
Change is in the wind at the Kenai Municipal Airport.

Elizabeth 'Liz' Vlasta (Blinka) Mize

Around the Peninsula
HEAD:Era Aviation official to speak at Kenai chamber The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will hold a luncheon on Wednesday at noon at Paradisos Restaurant in Kenai. Mike LeNorman of Era Aviation will be the guest speaker. The meeting is open to the public. Support group meeting planned The Tourette Syndrome Support Group will meet on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Kenai Peninsula College in Room 124. Titus to speak at Historical Society meeting The Kasilof Historical Society will meet at Tustumena Elementary School on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. A program on historical trails begins at 7 p.m., featuring guest speaker Gary Titus. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Dolly at 262-2439. Peninsula Writer's Night to showcase area talent The Third Annual Central Peninsula Writer's Night will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for students. Refreshments and door prizes are included. Soldotna Historical Society board to meet The Soldotna Historical Society will hold a board of directors meeting on Saturday at 10 a.m. at River City Books in Soldotna. The Task Force on the Mission Statement will meet at 9:30 a.m. to finalize its recommendations to the board of directors. The meeting is open to the public. International dinner planned The 20th annual AFS student exchange gourmet dinner will be held at 6 p.m. March 12 at Our Lady of the Angles Catholic Church in Kenai. Tickets are $15 and are available at River City Books in Soldotna, the Kenai Public Library and the Kenai Vision Center. The dinner raises scholarship funds to help Kenai Peninsula high school students study abroad. AFS is the largest and oldest foreign exchange education program in the world with 128 programs in 44 countries. The dinner will feature food from five countries and will be followed by entertainment by the exchange students. For more information, call 283-9336. Watershed Forum to sponsor discussion The Kenai Watershed Forum is sponsoring a round-table discussion entitled "Observation of ATV Impacts to Salmon Streams," on March 13, at 7 p.m. in the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building. Everyone is welcome to attend and join the discussion. For more information, call 260-5449.

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Gagnon, Morrison plan March wedding Heidi Jo Gagnon and Kevin Charles Morrison have announced their plans to marry March 25.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Roland and Vicki Gagnon of Soldotna. She graduated from Skyview High School in 1999 and currently attends the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Area skijorers do 50 miles in Fairbanks
With all the sled dog teams down in Anchorage for the start of the Iditarod Saturday, skijorers had the trails around Fairbanks all to themselves for the Two Rivers 50-Miler.

Nikiski girls edge Seward
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team edged the Seward Seahawks 41-35 Saturday in a District 3/3A game in Seward.

Young pups stretch legs in Junior Iditarod
While the big names in mushing are lining up this morning in Wasilla for the restart of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, their sons and daughters were finishing up the Junior Iditarod a week ago.

Chinooks bit hard by Dogs
The Peninsula Chinooks had an inauspicious start to their best-of-five playoff series against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs Friday at the Big Dipper Arena in Fairbanks.

Chinooks bit hard by Dogs
The Peninsula Chinooks had an inauspicious start to their best-of-five playoff series against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs Friday at the Big Dipper Arena in Fairbanks.

Fairbanks notches ugly win to sweep first-round series
Daren Tracey was back in net for Peninsula on Sunday, but his reappearance wasn't enough for the Chinooks to avoid a sweep in the first-round Western States Hockey League playoff series with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

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