Wednesday, March 8, 2000

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.

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.

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

Fairbanks police make large cocaine bust
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Authorities in Fairbanks have seized one kilogram of cocaine from a man who recently arrived from Los Angeles.

House panel restores some money, denies more
JUNEAU (AP) --

Audit: Insurers have upper hand in worker's comp cases
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Insurance companies have an upper hand in dealing with injured people seeking benefits under the state's workers' compensation program, according to a legislative audit.

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.

Healy plant could lose clean-burning technology
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Healy Clean Coal Project was intended to be a prototype of the coal plant of the future, but an agreement is in the works to replace the experimental technology with conventional burners.

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.

Report blames Pioneers' nurse for abuse
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state investigation has concluded that a nurse at the Anchorage Pioneers' Home physically abused an 83-year-old woman, cutting and bruising her arm.

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.

Valdez officials urge legislators to leave tanker tax alone
JUNEAU (AP) -- Representatives of Valdez urged lawmakers on Tuesday not to block the city from assessing a personal property tax on oil tankers, even though it could affect how much the state earns on oil exports.

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.

Suspicious package reveals only magazines
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A suspicious package sent to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Ketchikan turned out to contain classical music magazines instead of the explosives officials feared.

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.

Moderate quake shakes Kodiak
KODIAK (AP) -- Residents of Kodiak were jolted awake Wednesday by a moderate earthquake.

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.

Wrong addresses, extra envelopes cause census confusion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A mass mailing to inform residents about Census 2000 has instead caused mass confusion.

Pentagon denies anti-missile results overstated
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is defending its missile-defense program against accusations that contractor TRW faked results of important tests and overstated the effectiveness of a vital component.

Fairbanks man found guilty of manslaughter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks jury has convicted a 29-year-old man of manslaughter in the beating death a taxi driver.

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.

Ice sculture championships heating up with the weather
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Warmer than usual temperatures arrived at the World Ice Art Championships as the multi-block competition began this week, forcing some sculptors to wait for night's colder temperatures.

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.

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.

Judge rules against Delta Junction on prison contract
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks judge has ruled that Delta Junction's decision to toss out a sole-source contract for a private prison at Fort Greely was unconstitutional.

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.

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.

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.

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Gebhardt keeps Iditarod lead
NIKOLAI, Alaska -- Paul Gebhardt led a closely packed group of mushers across the treacherous Farewell Burn, as leaders in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race left the mountains Tuesday and entered the chilly flatlands of Alaska's vast Interior.

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.

Blood bank seeking different kind of donation
The Kenai Peninsula Center of the Blood Bank of Alaska has dubbed its yet-to-be-received new vehicle the Kenai Peninsula Express.

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

Top Shelf
Members of the Meeks family and staff from the Kenai Community Library mingle during a public ceremony to present the Francis Mae Meeks memorial collection to the library Monday night.

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

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.

House fires claim 2 area dwellings
No fatalities were reported in two separate fires recently, but the blazes claimed the homes of two area families.

Bear group debates intertie proposal
A task force plotting brown bear conservation strategies avoided advocating a specific route for the new electrical line proposed between Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Middle school wrestlers lock arms at boroughs
Nikiski Middle-High School hosted 112 middle school wrestlers Saturday for the 2000 Kenai Peninsula Borough Champion-ships.

Nikiski's Hall finishes ninth
Nikiski High School sophomore Zach Hall put in the top performance of the four Kenai Peninsula athletes who competed for Team Alaska at the first day of the Junior National cross-country ski championships Monday in Jackson, N.H.

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