Tuesday, March 6, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Fiedler first across windswept Farewell Burn
NIKOLAI, Alaska (AP) -- Linwood Fiedler of Willow was the first musher into this Nati

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

Welding flash causes brief pipeline shutdown
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A welding flash triggered a shutdown of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline Tuesday morning when maintenance workers failed to isolate the fire response system.

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.

Anchorage accountant sentenced on federal charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage accountant has been sentenced to 21 months in prison on federal charges of forgery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

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.

Conservation fund proposals resurface in Washington
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Legislative proposals that fueled last year's debate over funding for conservation land purchases and projects in coastal states are beginning to reappear in the nation's capital, including reintroduction of the Conservation and Reinvestment Act authored by Alaska Rep. Don Young.

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.

Gebhardt leading front-runners across windswept Farewell Burn
ROHN ROADHOUSE, Alaska (AP) -- Paul Gebhardt of Kasilof was leading the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race today as front-runners cleared the towering Alaska Range and made their way across a bumpy, 93-mile section of the Farewell Burn.

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.

Two killed in travel trailer fire near Sitka
SITKA (AP) -- Two people were killed near here in an early morning trailer home fire.

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.

Borough to start clearing wildfire evacuation routes
KENAI (AP) -- Contractors may begin clearing beetle-killed trees as early as this month along hundreds of miles of Kenai Peninsula Borough-maintained roads.

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.

Health care testimony moves many attending Senate hearing
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Hundreds of people attended a special U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee hearing here focusing on health care for the mentally retarded.

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.

Tripod is up on Tanana River
NENANA (AP) -- The organizers of the Nenana Ice Classic on Sunday set up the tripod that will trip when the river ice goes out, marking the unofficial arrival of spring in Interior Alaska.

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.

Floor hockey takes desert countries to Special Olympics winter games
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Isa Ahmed is not quite sold on the idea of eating turkey.

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.

Ahtna Inc. gets new president
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ahtna Inc. has hired a new president.

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.

Alaska Marketplace operators seek $7 million from Safeway
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Operators of six now-closed Alaska Marketplace stores have filed for arbitration against Safeway Inc., the former owner of the stores.

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.

State to pay $3 million to man injured in crash with state worker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court judge on Monday approved a settlement agreement that calls for the state to pay $3 million to a man who suffered brain damage and other injuries when a truck operated by a state worker collided head on with his car three years ago.

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.

Three rescued, two missing after trawler sinks in Bering Sea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men remained missing late Monday after a 91-foot trawler sank in rough weather in the Bering Sea, the Coast Guard said.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Group to discuss volunteersInformational meetings slated The director of the Connections Program will meet as followsSafari Club to meet todayHonor Band concert tonightWorkshop offered for computer usersEducational groups to meet weeklyMaster Gardeners to host presentationHistorical society to meet Thursday Family tree workshop slatedCES board meeting scheduledABC to conduct lotteryClass presented for better parentingKBEA scholarship applications available

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

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.

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.

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.

Iditarod Standings
Mushers deserve respect, applause

Race leaders confront bare patches en route to Nikolai
As race leaders left the Rohn checkpoint and approached Nikolai late Monday night, Kasilof's Paul Gebhardt held the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race.

Fiedler first across windswept Farewell Burn
NIKOLAI, Alaska (AP) -- Linwood Fiedler of Willow was the first musher into this Native village Tuesday, followed by Martin Buser and Paul Gebhardt, as leaders in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race cleared the towering Alaska Range and made their way across a bumpy, 93-mile section of the Farewell Burn. They're still 770 miles from Nome.

Gebhardt leading front-runners across windswept Farewell Burn
ROHN ROADHOUSE, Alaska (AP) -- Paul Gebhardt of Kasilof was leading the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race today as front-runners cleared the towering Alaska Range and made their way across a bumpy, 93-mile section of the Farewell Burn.

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.

Project Impact slows as grant ends
Light fixtures rained like bombs on Bill Gates' audience during the recent Seattle earthquake, but the next big Alaska quake should produce no such missiles in central Kenai Peninsula schools.

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.

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.

Collision leaves 4 dead
Four people died in a two-vehicle accident on the Seward Highway Sunday and four others were transported to Providence Hospital and Alaska Native Medical Center with critical injuries.

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.

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.

Floor hockey takes desert countries to Special Olympics winter games
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Isa Ahmed is not quite sold on the idea of eating turkey.

Applause
Many contribute to success of state hockey championshipsShowin' Off the Kids offers fun evening, tough work for judges

Letters to the Editor
Car wash letter evokes sympathetic response, tinged with indignation

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

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.

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.

Ultimately, community should decide issue from standpoint of public safety
You have to go back a few years to fully understand the reasons why a privately operated prison is the only idea the Legislature will consider to alleviate the prison-overcrowding situation.

Knowles makes good case for pursuing gas line permits with haste
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 the moment funds became available.

Naturalist's work blossoms
Boyd Shaffer has distilled a lifetime of plant study into a single volume, his new "The Flora of South Central Alaska."

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Senior Briefs
Senior center activities throughut the peninsula

What to do with old savings bonds
DENVER (AP) -- Traditional U.S. savings bonds have fallen out of favor in recent years as investors have put their money into the stock market.

Senior Menus
Menus for the Senior Centers througout the peninsula

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.

Sports Briefs
Walk-in registration slated for Mount Marathon Midget Tier II State Tournament comes to Soldotna

Islanders taker battler of New York
NEW YORK -- Jason Blake had a goal and an assist and Mariusz Czerkawski had a goal and two assists as the New York Islanders made Lorne Henning a winner in his latest debut as coach in a 5-2 victory Monday over the New York Rangers.

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.

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.

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

Hard work means senior drops 3s, putts with ease
Whether it be his textbook jump shot, his aggressive penetration and the beautiful dish to a teammate for an assist, or a perfect drive off the tee of a par 5, it's years of hard work and dedication that have made this Rose so sweet.

Woods makes big splash in Dubai
By STEPHEN WADE

Fellman, Martin take home medals at Junior Olympics
The largest contingent ever to represent the Kenai Peninsula in the Junior Olympics cross-skiing championships showed Monday in Ishpeming, Mich., that they were not happy with merely making Team Alaska.

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