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Wednesday, March 7, 2001

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

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.

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.

Delta Junction assistant fire chief dies in crash involving fire truck
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The assistant chief of the Delta Junction Volunteer fire department died in a crash en route to a fire, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

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.

Musher Charlie Boulding finds remedy in rotten fish
NIKOLAI, Alaska (AP) -- Forget the pink stuff.

Bills would require DNA samples from burglars
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state could take DNA samples from convicted burglars for a state registry under a bill moving through the state Senate.

BP fights another Prudhoe spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. is dealing with a spill of drilling mud, sea water and rock cuttings at the Prudhoe Bay oil field.

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.

Woman gets home detention for embezzlement
FAIRBANKS -- A Fort Wainwright woman will serve four months of home detention for embezzling about $18,500 from the bank where she worked.

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.

Linwood Fielder keeps Iditarod lead
TAKOTNA, Alaska (AP) -- Defending champion Doug Swingley closed in on leader Linwood Fiedler Wednesday, while tired dogs forced many mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to give their teams a break here.

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.

Winter's open water raising concerns. Where's the ice?
KENAI (AP) -- Add this to the list of outdoor oddities caused by this year's ultra-mild winter: the big lakes and rivers of the Kenai Peninsula are still open.

Two still missing after trawler sinks in Bering Sea
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard searched a 3,500-square-mile area Tuesday but didn't spot two Washington state men missing after a 110-foot trawler sank early Monday in heavy weather in the Bering Sea, officers said.

Hunter meticulously crafts his bows and arrows
SODA SPRINGS, Idaho (AP) -- What if hunters had to build their own bows, manufacture and fletch their arrows, make the broadheads from raw metal, tie them on with sinew and weave a string before going hunting?

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

A Rare visitor comes on wings of fate
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A bird rarely seen on the North American continent is holding court in a Fairbanks backyard, and state bird-watchers are all atwitter.

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.

Lightning strikes airliner; no injuries, minor damage
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines flight en route to the capital city from Anchorage was struck by lightning shortly after taking off from Yakutat Monday evening.

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.

BP fights another Prudhoe spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. is dealing with a spill of drilling mud, sea water and rock cuttings at the Prudhoe Bay oil field.

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.

Feds report losing money on National Forest logging
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal government lost $126 million in 1998 from logging on national forests, according to a preliminary report released Tuesday by the U.S. Forest Service.

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

Fiedler first musher out of Takotna
TAKOTNA, Alaska (AP) -- Linwood Fiedler of Willow was the first musher out of this riverside village Wednesday as leaders in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race moved toward the ghost town of Ophir.

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.

Special Olympics speed skater to compete at short track nationals
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tray Greene hurtles around a speed skating oval like a pebble whirled in a sling.

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.

Reward offered for identity of snowmachiner who hit Iditarod team
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Willow musher Mike Nosko has dropped out of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race after his dog team was hit by a speeding snowmachiner.

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.

Man accepts plea deal on drive-by shootings
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who faced four counts of attempted murder in connection with a pair of July 2000 drive-by shootings agreed to a plea deal this week that could send him to prison for 25 years.

Airboaters lose high court appeal
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has denied an appeal from the Interior Alaska Airboat Association to overturn a state Game Board ruling that closed a portion of the Tanana Flats to moose hunting by airboat.

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
Workshop held to write grantsProgram to be discussed at luncheonLittle Lost Angels meet todayAdvisory committee to meetBooth space available for upcoming bazaarForum held to discuss tobacco useABC to conduct lotteryKBEA scholarship applications available

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
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

Hunter meticulously crafts his bows and arrows
SODA SPRINGS, Idaho (AP) -- What if hunters had to build their own bows, manufacture and fletch their arrows, make the broadheads from raw metal, tie them on with sinew and weave a string before going hunting?

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.

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.

Fiedler first musher out of Takotna
TAKOTNA, Alaska (AP) -- Linwood Fiedler of Willow was the first musher out of this riverside village Wednesday as leaders in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race moved toward the ghost town of Ophir.

Buser, Swingley take up chase
Linwood Fiedler, a Willow musher who finished 19th last year and had his best performance in 1998 when he was eighth, held the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race late Tuesday night.

Linwood Fielder keeps Iditarod lead
TAKOTNA, Alaska (AP) -- Defending champion Doug Swingley closed in on leader Linwood Fiedler Wednesday, while tired dogs forced many mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to give their teams a break here.

Reward offered after collision forces Iditarod musher to scratch
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Willow musher Mike Nosko has dropped out of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race after his dog team was hit by a speeding snowmachiner.

Bills would require DNA samples from burglars
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state could take DNA samples from convicted burglars for a state registry under a bill moving through the state Senate.

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.

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.

Quick thinking saves 13-year-old who plunged through thin ice in Fairbanks
Anyone who has experienced it knows that falling through the ice into the freezing waters below can be a frightening and sometimes paralyzing experience.

Soldotna eyes future
During Soldotna's economic development forum Monday, the Sterling and Spur highways got most of the credit for attracting and keeping business in the city. But there also was concern over the appearance of the two main drags and the number of vacant storefronts there.

Special Olympics speed skater to compete at short track nationals
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tray Greene hurtles around a speed skating oval like a pebble whirled in a sling.

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
Non-run helps raise money for peninsula food programs

'Civilized world' more concerned about statues than it is about people
The "civilized world" is in an uproar over an order by Afghanistan's ruling Taliban to destroy pre-Islamic statues of Buddha dating as far back as the 7th century.

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.

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

Motorists can't talk on cell phone, drive safely at same time
A motorist tries to change lanes on the highway when another driver, yammering on a cell phone, cuts in front, nearly causing a wreck. Good grief. Hang up and drive.

Current process of annexation not good policy
Alaskans want the ability to roam and range freely with our watercraft, our snowmachines and other off-road vehicles. But when someone or something is intruding into our boundary lines, we want some legal protection.

Letters to the Editor
2 dead because of head-on crash, not because of bad weather in pass

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.

High-tech makes it easier for government to intrude
Drug agents used a thermal imager to try to figure out what was going on in the home of Danny L. Kyllo. The instrument can detect infrared radiation, which is to say that it can pick up on unusual heat. The agents were thus able to figure out that Kyllo was probably using lots of light bulbs to help grow marijuana. They were then able to obtain a search warrant: they found marijuana, and they arrested Kyllo.

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

Friends create ice-fishing machine to win spot on cable show
MOUNT VERNON, Maine (AP) -- A contraption created by several friends is making ice fishing a spectator sport in Maine.

A Rare visitor comes on wings of fate
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A bird rarely seen on the North American continent is holding court in a Fairbanks backyard, and state bird-watchers are all atwitter.

Winter's open water raising concerns. Where's the ice?
KENAI (AP) -- Add this to the list of outdoor oddities caused by this year's ultra-mild winter: the big lakes and rivers of the Kenai Peninsula are still open.

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."

Book signings scheduled for KPC instructor's new edition
Shaffer book signing scheduledNew additions in computer labUA is good businessPhi Theta Kappa

Around the District
KCHS performs 'Hamlet' Choir offers dinner concertSeward principal honoredSkyview inducts honor society studentsPublic invited to planning meetingsCharter school plans enrollment lottery Conservation District announces winnersWest Homer wins technology awardJob fair invites studentsMountain View honors studentsSkyview honors Students of the Month

Creative lessons earn 5 district educators recognition
The BP Teachers of Excellence program has singled out five teachers from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for the first semester.

Students capitalize on D.C. trip
Four time zones and 5,000 miles is a heck of a long way to go for a field trip. But the six peninsula high school students who visited Washington, D.C., last month said the journey was well worthwhile.

ADA compliance concerns raised
Imagine having to use a toilet without a door in a public restroom. Or waiting, stuck outside in freezing temperatures, for someone to notice that you couldn't get the door open.

School News around the District
News about the schools around the district. The deadline for submission is Thursday at 5 p.m. for publication in the following Wednesday's paper. For more information, contact Shana Loshbaugh at 283-7551.

Blasting off into rocket science
Morgan Gibb, 8, left, and Megan Hardy, 9, assemble the nose cone pieces of the construction paper rocket ships they assembled in Jason Daniels' third grade class at Kalifornsky Elementary School last week.

School Menus
School Menus for this next week for schools around the peninsula.

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 Menus
Menus for the Senior Centers througout 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 Briefs
Senior center activities throughut the peninsula

Soldotna's Dougherty prepares for trip to NCAA Division II Track and Field championships
When Annie Dougherty was suffering through a leg injury during her junior year at Soldotna High School, Stars track and field coach Mark Devenney gave her a wood sign that said, "Tough times don't last. Tough people do."

Suns burn up depleted Nuggets
DENVER -- Shawn Marion, playing for the first time in 10 days, scored 22 points Tuesday night as the Phoenix Suns beat the depleted Denver Nuggets 93-82.

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.

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.

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.

The trouble with Lions, Tigers and Bears
When are anti-mascot groups going to lay off? Can anyone tell me?

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

Sports Briefs
Silver Salmon place fourth in KetchikanKPHA PeeWees take second in stateBill Mazeroski, Hilton Smith elected to Hall of FameLouisville AD to meet with Pitino

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