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Friday, March 9, 2001

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

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.

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.

Fiedler feasts on gourmet meal at Anvik
ANVIK, Alaska (AP) -- A sleepy Linwood Fiedler feasted on lobster, smoked duck and champagne and shared his gourmet meal with villagers after reclaiming the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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.

EPA fines two Ketchikan fish processors
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a total of $132,000 in fines against two seafood processing companies accused of improperly discharging fish waste from plants in Ketchikan.

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.

Anit-abortion bill would add brochure, new hurdles
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill requiring women seeking abortions to sit through an extensive description of fetal development is drawing fire from abortion-rights advocates and support from anti-abortion activists.

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.

Knowles says Alaska and Canada would benefit from gas line
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Both Canada and Alaska will benefit from natural gas development, Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles said in a speech Thursday at the Arctic Gas Symposium in Calgary, Alberta.

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.

22-month-old Anchorage girl run over in Washington driveway
BUCKLEY, Washington (AP) -- A 22-month-old Anchorage girl died Wednesday after a relative ran over her in Buckley, Washington.

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.

Alaska among 32 states reaching agreement with Readers Digest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska is among 32 states that have reached an agreement with Readers Digest Association over its sweepstakes mailings, Attorney General Bruce Botelho said Thursday.

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.

Railroad plans $90 million Interior rerouting
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad Corp. is proposing to relocate a Fairbanks line between Sheep Creek Road and the median of the Parks Highway.

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.

Marathon of budget testimony begins
JUNEAU (AP) -- The annual marathon of public testimony on the state's operating budget began Thursday, with angry, desperate and demanding voices from around Alaska flying through telephone wires into the Capitol to demand more money for programs ranging from ferry service to education.

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.

Fairbanks man sentenced for sexual assaults on woman, man
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was sentenced to seven years in prison in connection with sexual assaults last year against a woman and a man.

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.

Phillips plans West Coast LNG terminal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co. says it has teamed up with a major natural gas firm to build the first liquified natural gas terminal on the West Coast, to be used for gas imported from Australia.

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.

Fiedler out of Iditarod without taking 24-hour rest
IDITAROD (AP) -- Linwood Fiedler of Willow took an unprecedented gamble in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Thursday, regaining the lead when he left Iditarod without yet taking his mandatory 24-hour break.

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.

Bill to move governor clears first hurdle
JUNEAU -- A bill that could boot the governor's office out of the Capitol passed its first committee Thursday.

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.

Unocal proposal calls drilling on Kenai refuge
KENAI (AP) -- Unocal wants to develop satellites to the Swanson River Oil Field and could be drilling exploratory wells by 2002, federal officials said.

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.

Jet fuel spills at Eielson Air Force Base
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 3,300 gallons of jet fuel has spilled at Eielson Air Force Base.

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.

Former legislator dies in Italy
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former Alaska House Speaker Hugh Malone, who also served as revenue commissioner in the late 1980s, has died in an accident while vacationing in Italy.

GCI posts 4th quarter, year loss
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- General Communication Inc. reported a fourth-quarter loss of $1.9 million and a full-year loss of $13.2 million, the company announced Thursday.

Former financier to be transfer to Rhode Island prison
SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- Federal authorities have agreed to transfer former financier Martin Frankel to another prison after he complained of conditions at a maximum security prison.

Do those computer numbers equal fact? Maybe not.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Housing sales are viewed by economists as an indicator of the economy's good or poor health, so when a real estate group reported a big sales decline in January, it deepened an already gloomy outlook.

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

AOL Time Warner merges WB network, Turner cable networks under Kellner
NEW YORK (AP) -- AOL Time Warner announced Tuesday it is merging the WB broadcast network and the Turner cable networks under one group led by the WB's chief executive, Jamie Kellner.

Women risk financial difficulties if not involved in family finances
DENVER (AP) -- Women need to become more involved in the family finances or they risk finding themselves in financial difficulties, especially as they grow older.

Self-employment -- a dream come true and a bridge to retirement
NEW YORK (AP) -- Let's see, 25 years of working means something like 6,000 cups of morning coffee and how many thousands of phone calls, memos, questions and complaints?

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.

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

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
Wolf research topic of slide showTotem tracers meeting slatedDinner held to raise fundsHealing touch workshop set for this weekendString players neededSocial workers to meetBooth space available for upcoming bazaarForum held to discuss tobacco useChurch to hold saleTesting expected to generate some noise

Getting a jump on the vegetable season
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- If you want vegetables real early, a lot of state-of-the art aids promise to speed you on your way.

Fiedler feasts on gourmet meal at Anvik
ANVIK, Alaska (AP) -- A sleepy Linwood Fiedler feasted on lobster, smoked duck and champagne and shared his gourmet meal with villagers after reclaiming the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Race leader pushes through Shageluk without 24-hour layover
IDITAROD -- Linwood Fiedler of Willow took an unprecedented gamble in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Thursday, regaining the lead when he left Iditarod without yet taking his mandatory 24-hour break.

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

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.

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.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events, Films

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.''

Top five entertainment media
TELEVISION FILMS SINGLESALBUMS

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

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.

Art Briefs
Guitar lessons offeredClock makers sought for showPoetry contest seeks entries

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.

MONEY LEADERS
Nascar Winston Cup

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.

Points Standings
Nascar Winston Cup

Labonte needs win, remembers loss
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Bobby Labonte was bitterly disappointed when he finished second in last season's Cracker Barrel 500. A year later, he's relieved Dale Earnhardt beat him in a photo finish.

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.

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.

Nikiski residents get ready for own meeting
North peninsula residents looking for an opportunity to participate in mapping the community's future will get their chance Saturday at Nikiski's economic outlook forum.

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.

Accident claims pioneering former Kenai lawmaker
Former Kenai Peninsula lawmaker Hugh Malone died Thursday in Italy.

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.

Unusually colored animal, a cow with two calves, mystifies biologists
Biologist Bill Kent was on his deck filling the bird feeder when an animal in the yard below caught his eye. At first he thought it was a caribou, but it was too big.

Soldotna planners wrap up 2-day economic outlook forum
Land use, the Internet and the benefits of the medical community were Wednesday night's topics at the second session of the Soldotna economic development forum.

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

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.

Pearl Daisy (Kienholz) Schauer
Kenai resident Pearl Daisy Kienholz Schauer died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital from cancer. She was 63.

Letters to the Editor
A little kindness could go long way in stopping school violenceDistrict should not ignore students whose disabilities are not visibleTragic accident confirms compassionate side of humanityEncore for both 'Music Man,' novel suggestions about testing studentsCoalition shows true colors; can it be both pro-, anti-development?

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.

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

Economic forums sparking valuable ideas for peninsula
The two major highways that slice through Soldotna may be unattractive, but they've given Soldotna an all important asset: location, location, location.

Letters to the Editor
Maybe time has come to register snowmachines, license drivers

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

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.

Applause
Kenai skiers appreciate support from coaches, booster clubBusiness donations help boost spirits of students taking exam

Devil's Pass Trail fine day hike
We never saw the lynx, but its broad round tracks were all around.

'Little guys' of the plant world are a hidden treat for admirers
One of the secret joys of nature study is the raw appreciation of the myriad forms of living creatures. At times this appreciation is like listening to music -- a physical or sensory experience that delights the eye as music delights the ear.

Poor man's mushing
FAIRBANKS -- When Pat DeRuyter started skijoring back in 1988, she didn't know what she was doing except having fun.

Avalanche risk not slowing backcountry hikers, snowmachiners
DENVER -- The lone figure paused in deep snow near Rocky Mountain National Park, put on another layer, hitched a backpack and snowboard over his back and snowshoed up the mountain ridge.

Arthur Peacocke, Anglican priest, wins Templeton prize
NEW YORK -- The Rev. Arthur Peacocke, a biochemist and Anglican priest who has written widely about God and science, won the $1 million Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion on Thursday.

Montana Episcopal bishop accused of past affair agrees to step down
HELENA (AP) -- Montana Episcopal Church Bishop Charles I. Jones III has agreed to resign after a church court ordered him defrocked for an affair he had years ago with a parishioner in Kentucky.

Religion Briefs
Boardwalk available to studentsHonorBound director to speak at SolFirstSpiritual poems sought

Historic church chooses gay pastor
DENVER (AP) -- One of Denver's most historic churches has selected an openly gay man as its new pastor.

Mormon leaders want media, public to use church's official name
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Mormon leaders are asking news organizations and their own followers to stop calling the church by its informal name.

Anglican bishops take no action against dioceses that ordain gay clergy, bless couples
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Anglican Christian leaders declined to take action Thursday against segments of the faith that disregard the traditional Anglican position that homosexual relationships are sinful.

Maintaining the sustaining peace
In this world of stress and confusion, what we need more of is peace. Parents are at their wits end. Teen-agers are searching and crying out but not sure what it is they are really lacking.

Taliban zeal for smashing images has many precedents
LONDON (AP) -- With England embroiled in civil war, William Dowsing arrived in Cambridge in December 1643 filled with Puritan zeal, determined to smash the lingering reminders of the old Roman Catholic faith.

German cardinal appointed head of Vatican council on Christian unity
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A German cardinal has replaced an Australian as head of the Vatican council working to promote unity among Christians.

Diocese of Bridgeport settles sex abuse claims
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport has agreed to a financial settlement involving 26 claims of sexual abuse by its priests, officials announced Thursday.

Catholics reach out to those who've wandered from church
BOSTON (AP) -- Caroline O'Brien didn't break from the Roman Catholic church. She quietly walked away.

Prayer meetings will be allowed at Princeton municipal building
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- The Princeton Borough Council has voted to continue allowing prayer meetings in the town's municipal building.

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.

Good skiing opportunities fading
One of the positive offshoots of all the school cross-country ski programs that are popping up on the Kenai Peninsula is that more maintained trails tend to pop up with those programs.

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

Ottawa skaters score two goals each in 5-3 victory; Flyers, Devils win
BOSTON -- Shawn McEachern and Radek Bonk scored two goals each, lifting the Ottawa Senators over the Boston Bruins 5-3 Thursday night.

Boston College soars at Big East tournament
NEW YORK -- Boston College punctuated its worst-to-first march through the Big East on Thursday, ripping Villanova 93-79 and advancing to the semifinals of the conference tournament.

Competition for region tourney seeding heats up this weekend
With the seeding for next weekend's region tournaments on the line, the final weekend of regular-season class 3A and 4A high school basketball should be entertaining.

Orioles' Belle sidelined permanently
Albert Belle's career, known for big hits and big blowups, came to a quiet end Thursday.

Third-quarter run upends Blazers
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Derek Anderson scored 29 points and Tim Duncan had 16 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs used a 23-6 run to open the third quarter and rout the Portland Trail Blazers 93-79 Thursday night.

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