Thursday, March 8, 2001

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.

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.

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.

From Miami, woman tries to improve lives of Iditarod sled dogs
MIAMI (AP) -- With the grueling 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race under way in Alaska, Margery Glickman is pulling for the dogs, not the mushers.

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.

Missile project stalled in Alaska, despite Bush administration interest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Despite heightened interest in the Bush administration about missile defense, no construction activity is under way yet in Alaska, the most likely spot for the first deployment of interceptor missiles.

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.

Environmentalists, cruise executives discuss sea pollution
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The cruise industry has made progress since the days of dumping untreated waste at sea, but recent tests off Alaska show the industry still has a long way to go, a U.S. regulator said Thursday.

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.

Fighter jets from New Mexico temporarily headed to Alaska, Nevada
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) -- Runway work at an Air Force Base in New Mexico means more fighter plane activity in the skies over Alaska and Nevada.

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.

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.

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.

From Miami, woman tries to improve lives of Iditarod sled dogs
MIAMI (AP) -- With the grueling 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race under way in Alaska, Margery Glickman is pulling for the dogs, not the mushers.

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.

Survivors of sunken trawler tell of scrambling into frigid seas
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Three survivors of a trawler sinking in the Bering Sea returned here to talk with Coast Guard investigators and reporters about how the Amber Dawn went down in a hurricane-force storm.

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

Swingley first into halfway point of Iditarod
IDITAROD, Alaska (AP) -- Defending champion Doug Swingley was the first musher into this namesake Gold Rush ghost town as leaders in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race reached the midpoint of the 1,100-mile event.

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.

Special Olympics snowshoers substitute sand for snow
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As a racing medium, snow may be overrated.

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.

Expert: halibut farming still a threat to fishermen
JUNEAU (AP) -- Halibut farms haven't grown as quickly as predicted, but they are gaining ground and could eventually do to long-liners what salmon farms have done to trollers and other fishermen, an expert in the field says.

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.

Cordova vote too close to call on cruise ship head tax
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The results of Tuesday's head tax vote in Cordova are too close to call.

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.

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.

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.

6-year term for cocaine conviction
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for possession of cocaine and related charges.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

Two more hotels planned for Anchorage midtown
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two new hotels are in the works for one of the last large tracts of undeveloped land in Midtown Anchorage.

Legislative session is slower than usual
JUNEAU (AP) -- With this year's legislative session half over, the Legislature has completed work on just three bills -- they've renamed two roads and re-established the Board of Public Accountancy.

Business Briefs
St. Patrick's celebration on tap Job fair joins Village, Health and Safe Kids fairs Kenai Watershed Forum seeks program sponsorsWorkshop teaches ways to balance work, home lifeAlliance plans fund-raising bashIntro to Internet auctions offeredAlaska food companies can join Korean trade show Loggers fight roadless rule Spill plans scrutinized following barge move

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 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.

Around the Peninsula
Nickelson to speak at luncheon Multiple sclerosis self-help meeting today Steering committee meeting todayWorkshop offered for computer usersMaster Gardeners to host presentationOrchestra to present recital

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?

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.

Fiedler, Swingley push for Iditarod
TAKOTNA -- 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.

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.

Cures what ails you
NIKOLAI, Alaska -- Forget the pink stuff.

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.

Skyview talent steps into spotlight tonight
The anticipation at Skyview High School this week has been intense as student's have prepared for the school's annual talent show, which will be held today at 7 p.m.

Contestants sought for new game show
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- ''Jeopardy!'' is holding an open casting call for ''people with an inquisitive nature, creativity and intelligence, lots of enthusiasm and a great on-camera presence'' to become part of the game show's new ''Clue Crew.''

Natural beauty
The smell of the oil from paintings wafts through the air when the viewer first enters the Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery to view the newest showing.

Children can learn from reel-life experiences
NEW YORK -- Somehow, some way, children learn about sex, drugs, violence, divorce and death -- whether their parents like it or not.

Top five entertainment media
TELEVISION FILMS SINGLESALBUMS

Art Briefs
Guitar lessons offered Clock makers sought for show Poetry contest seeks entries

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.

Winston Cup Schedule
Febuary through November 18

Deaths mar Waltrips trips to Victory Lane
HAMPTON, Ga. -- The anguish of not winning on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is nothing to Michael Wal trip compared to the emptiness felt by victory.

MONEY LEADERS
Nascar Winston Cup

Gordon expected to assume throne
HAMPTON, Ga. -- When Fireball Roberts died of injuries sustained in a crash in 1964, the sport of stock car racing lost its on-track leader.

Cracker Barrell 500
According to the Neilsen ratings, 13.1 percent of every household in the Atlanta area watched last week's race. That's more than the Duke-North Carolina basketball game, Brazil-United States soccer game and the Knicks-Raptors basketball game combined.

Points Standings
Nascar Winston Cup

Private prison team set
A team of four companies has set a course to partner with the Kenai Peninsula Borough to develop Alaska's first private prison.

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.

Proposal calls for wells near Captain Cook State Park, Swanson River canoe trail
Unocal has applied to develop satellites to the Swanson River Oil Field and could be drilling exploratory wells by 2002, federal officials said.

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.

Fox returns to airwaves after outage
Do not attempt to adjust your screen, there is nothing wrong with your television set.

Inaction marks first half of legislative session
JUNEAU -- With this year's legislative session half over, the Legislature has completed work on just three bills -- they've renamed two roads and re-established the Board of Public Accountancy.

March is "LITERACY AWARENESS MONTH"
March is "LITERACY AWARENESS MONTH" and the Peninsula Clarion, "Year of the Peninsula Child" partners and the Literacy Volunteers of America-Kenai Peninsula College are offering and Essay Contest: "What Literacy Means to Me"

Ellen Julie Siebert
Anchorage resident Ellen Julie Siebert died Friday, March 2, 2001, at Providence Medical Center. She was 70.

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.

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
Maybe time has come to register snowmachines, license drivers

Letters to the Editor
High school exit exam fails 'equal consideration of interest' argument

Proposal undergoing 'strategic review' that could increase defense spending
Among the proposals put forth by President Bush in his budget package, his big, across-the-board tax cut has been the one that has dominated debate in the days since he addressed a joint session of Congress.

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.

applause
Non-run helps raise money for peninsula food programs

Applause
Many contribute to success of state hockey tournament Business donations help boost spirits of students taking exam Business donations help boost spirits of students taking exam

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.

Full-blown Asian arms race now in the making
The mood is growing chillier while the rhetoric is blowing hotter. On Monday, Beijing formally announced an 18 percent increase in defense spending in response to ''drastic'' changes in the world military situation.

'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.

Taliban attempts to kill differences
The Taliban regime in Afghanistan is recognized worldwide only by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. International ostracism has hurt the regime as much as the arm

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Peninsula cross-country skiers shine at national competitions
Kenai Peninsula skiers continued to show they are among the nation's best skiers Wednesday at the Junior Olympics cross-country skiing championships in Ishpeming, Mich., and at the NCAA Skiing Championships in Middlebury, Vt.

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.

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

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

Cowboys say goodbye to Aikman
Troy Aikman gets up off the turf after throwing an incomplete pass last season. The Cowboys waived Aikman Wednesday.

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."

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