Thursday, March 9, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Village treats mushers like royalty
TAKOTNA (AP) -- Sonny King puts the brakes on race strategy when it comes to pecan pie and spending time with friends he's made driving his team in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

House panel restores some money, denies more

Fishermen and state gearing up for April snow crab fishery
KODIAK (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced the opening criteria for the upcoming Bering Sea snow crab fishery.

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

Filmmaker captures highs, lows of running the Iditarod

Alaska senators revive ANWR drilling debate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's two senators introduced legislation Wednesday to open the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development.

Man arrested for Wasilla credit union robbery
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 20-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection with Monday's robbery of a Wasilla credit union.

Montana's Doug Swingley leads Iditarod teams
OPHIR, Alaska (AP) -- Defending champion Doug Swingley kept his lead Wednesday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but previous winners Martin Buser and Rick Swenson were right behind him.

Man intervenes, but nature still rules with wolf population
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three wolves sterilized as part of the state's only wolf control program were recently killed by other wolves, bringing to at least six the number of sterilized wolves to die since the Fortymile wolf control plan started in 1998.

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.

Chief Justice praises alternative court initiatives
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Matthews told legislators Wednesday that therapeutic courts and restorative justice may someday become trends in Alaska.

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.

Legislature rejects wildlife photographer for Board of Game
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Legislature rejected Gov. Tony Knowles appointment of a wildlife photographer to the state Board of Game on Wednesday despite calls for diversity among the panel.

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.

Police release names of officers involved in shootout
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police on Wednesday released the names of two officers who were involved in a weekend shootout with a 16-year-old boy.

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.

Driver pleads to lesser charges in Juneau death
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Massachusetts man originally charged with manslaughter in the traffic death of a Juneau pedestrian has pleaded no contest to two lesser charges.

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.

Anchorage student dies after collapsing during gym class
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 10th grade student at Dimond High School died Wednesday after passing out during gym class.

Gospel singer's hotel room burglarized
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The hotel room of gospel singer Vickie Winans was burglarized Sunday while the singer was giving a performance.

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

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.

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.

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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.

Swingley stretches his legs
OPHIR, Alaska -- Defending champion Doug Swingley kept his lead Wednesday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but previous winners Martin Buser and Rick Swenson were right behind him.

Village treats mushers like royalty
TAKOTNA -- Sonny King puts the brakes on race strategy when it comes to pecan pie and spending time with friends he's made driving his team in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

On her toes
Zillions of little girls take dance lessons and daydream of becoming graceful ballerinas. But only a handful have the dedication and hard work to make those dreams come true.

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Poetry workshop starts today

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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.

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.

Exam's test run 'A'-OK
The new Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam was not so scary after all, students and educators said Wednesday.

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.

How safe?
Had the exercise been real, nearly a quarter-million barrels of fuel would have been spilled and a blaze probably would still be raging through the Kenai Pipeline Company tank farm in Nikiski.

Convicted murderer gets 213-year sentence
Robert V. Freeman was sentenced last week to 213 years in prison following his conviction on charges stemming from the fatal 1998 shootings of two women in his Kasilof residence.

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.

Knight skies to 11th place
Soldotna's Brent Knight placed 11th Wednesday in a five-kilometer Junior 2 classic race at the Junior National cross-country ski championships in Jackson, N.H.

Postseason changes set for football
When high school football players report to training camp July 31 for the 2000 season, they will find themselves preparing for a slightly different goal when the playoffs roll around.

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.

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.

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