Tuesday, March 7, 2000

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.

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

Graduation exams begin today around Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After two years in the planning, some 10,200 Alaska 10th graders will be pioneering state graduation exams in reading, writing and math today and continuing through Thursday.

Garbage company sues city of Haines
HAINES (AP) -- The city of Haines' garbage contractor has filed suit to protect its 12-year agreement with the city and to seek reimbursement tied to costs for shipping garbage out of state.

Game Board debate continues to center on wolf control
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The National Park Service has sent a letter to Gov. Tony Knowles endorsing a protective buffer zone for wolves around Denali National Park and Preserve.

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.

Pacific Northwest fish restoration debate reaches Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska congressional delegation appears to be at odds with the state Department of Fish and Game over removing dams as a way to rebuild endangered salmon runs around the Pacific Northwest.

Petersburg restaurant to close after 80 years
PETERSBURG (AP) -- The Homestead Restaurant, a Petersburg institution for 80 years, will close its doors at the end of the month.

State ferry Taku back in service after repairs
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Alaska state ferry Taku was returned to service over the weekend after hull repairs.

Wal-Mart to open larger store at Wasilla this month
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new Wal-Mart is scheduled to open in Wasilla on March 29.

Nikiski teen wins EPA's regional youth award
KENAI (AP) -- A Nikiski student has won a national environmental award for a watershed game he created.

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.

House, Senate committees recommend rejection of Game Board appointee
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles' newest appointment to the Board of Game was soundly rejected by committees in both houses Monday at a confirmation hearing.

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.

Yukon Delta village of Sheldon Point changes name
JUNEAU (AP) -- A small village at the mouth of the Yukon River has changed its name.

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.

Troopers patroling on snowmachines in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have started using snowmachines to patrol along the Chena River and elsewhere in the city. They are responding to an upswing in both brazen riding and snowmachine-related deaths in the state.

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.

Gebhardt first musher into Rainy Pass checkpoint
RAINY PASS (AP) -- Mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race headed into the Alaska Range on Monday, with Paul Gebhardt leading the 80 teams into the Rainy Pass checkpoint under clear skies.

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.

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.

Moose hunting to close near Bettles
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state is closing moose hunting in portions of Game Management Unit 24 near Bettles because snow conditions are making an already declining moose population an easy target for hunters using snowmachines.

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

Ketchikan assembly continues investigation of bowl company loan
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough will continue investigating the bankruptcy of a local bowl manufacturer and will resist the Department of Agriculture's demand for a guaranteed loan repayment of $278,000.

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.

UAA women going to hoops tourney; men staying home
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One basketball team from the University of Alaska Anchorage will see the postseason, while the other is finished for the year.

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 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!

Around the Peninsula
Home school program to hold meeting

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Dismal fishing year trickles down
Dismal Cook Inlet salmon returns in 1998 hurt area salmon fishers, and now the effects are trickling down to the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association.

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.

Springtime in Alaska
Billy Case rides his bike alongside the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai last weekend.

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

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.

Tesoro drill planned Wednesday
Tesoro Alaska Petroleum Co. will include some new players when it holds a table-top oil spill response drill Wednesday.

Spenard Builders buys Kenai Supply
March 31 will be the end of Kenai Supply Inc. and a new beginning for the Kenai branch of Spenard Builders Supply Inc.

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.'

Elizabeth 'Liz' Vlasta (Blinka) Mize

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Around the Peninsula
Scholarship deadline nearing

Home schooling nets state title
Trailing 4-3 with 30 seconds remaining in a Wisconsin state wrestling championship match, senior heavyweight Jeremiah Backhaus desperately needed a move.

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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