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Friday, March 10, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Unocal explores K-Beach
The noise of helicopters has become a familiar sound between Kasilof and Cannery Loop, where Unocal has hired Fairweather Geophysical LLC to search for new pockets of natural gas.

Coalition says fisheries have been mismanaged
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Management of the nation's fisheries has been an expensive flop for much of the last decade, a nationwide coalition of environmentalists and fishermen's groups said Thursday.

Burger King to open Ketchikan restaurant
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Burger King of Alaska will open a Ketchikan restaurant in May.

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.

State installs online Permanent Fund dividend application system
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state's Permanent Fund Division has installed on online application system that will allow Alaskans to apply for dividends via the Internet.

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.

Aviation bill directs new rules for guide pilots
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Congress has directed the Federal Aviation Administration to write special safety rules for Alaska pilots who act as guides.

Filmmaker captures highs, lows of running the Iditarod
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Air Force restructuring to add military jobs in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A proposed Air Force restructuring plan will result in a net gain of 85 military positions and a loss of one civilian position in Alaska, according to the Secretary of the Air Force's legislative liaison office.

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.

Gray whales spotted in Puget Sound
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) -- Must be nearly spring. Gray whales are popping up in Puget Sound, heading north to Alaska.

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.

Man gets 213 years for double murder
KENAI (AP) -- A Kasilof man has been sentenced to serve 213 years in prison for killing two women in his home in 1998.

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.

Power pole proves deadly to Sitka eagles
SITKA (AP) -- A power pole in Sitka has been particularly lethal to eagles this week.

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.

Some trappers will have to identify snares
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Trappers near Tok must put ident

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.

Legislature celebrates midway point with extra-long weekend
JUNEAU (AP) -- At the halfway point of its 121-day session, the Alaska Legislature is celebrating with an extra-long weekend.

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.

Woman charged in death of foster child
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman whose foster child died of head injuries last summer has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in the death of 10-year-old Steven Murray, according to Anchorage police.

Woman dies in Anchorage crash
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman died after a midnight traffic accident at a downtown intersection Wednesday night.

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.

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Standings as of 10 p.m. Thursday

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.

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.

Gebhardt also in ghost town
CRIPPLE, Alaska -- The

Gebhardt also in ghost town
CRIPPLE, Alaska -- The top teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race were set to leave the halfway point in their 1,100-mile trip to Nome Thursday night. Defending champion Doug Swingley was first into this Gold Rush ghost town, and he was expected to be the first to leave.

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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.

Art Briefs
Poetry workshop starts today

Unocal explores K-Beach
The noise of helicopters has become a familiar sound between Kasilof and Cannery Loop, where Unocal has hired Fairweather Geophysical LLC to search for new pockets of natural gas.

Special athletes ready for statewide games
With excited smiles, nine area athletes will travel to Anchorage this weekend to compete in the Special Olympics pre-game events. They will compete in alpine skiing and snowshoeing, two of the seven competitions planned.

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.

A different kind of spring break
Is Kenai becoming the new destination spot for college students on spring break? Not quite.

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.

Summer's coming
A campfire on the beach - nice any time of year.

A different kind of spring break
Is Kenai becoming the new destination spot for college students on spring break? Not quite.

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.

Obituary
Verona Marie Ragland

Obituary

This ski tour ain't no Birkie
It was about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, as I slumbered into Anchorage's Service High School puffy-eyed and dull, that I realized I was not in Wisconsin anymore.

Freeze-thaw pattern hard on ski trails
A reliable rule for finding in-shape ski trails will be as valuable this weekend as any: Go where the races are.

Around the Peninsula

Around the Peninsula
Watershed Forum to sponsor discussion

The Next Level
Sewards Smith skis at NCAA Championships Aubrey Smith, a graduate of Seward High School who now attends Northern Michigan University, is competing at the NCAA Division I Cross-Country Skiing Championships in Soldier Hollow, Utah.

Oilers Corner
Oilers round out staff

Area skiers collect gold in relays
Soldotna's Brent Knight and Nikiski's Zach Hall joined forces Thursday to ski to a three-by-three-kilometer mixed relay win in the Junior 2 competition at the Junior National cross-country ski championships in Jackson, N.H.

Area skiers collect gold in relays
Soldotna's Brent Knight and Nikiski's Zach Hall joined forces Thursday to ski to a three-by-three-kilometer mixed relay win in the Junior 2 competition at the Junior National cross-country ski championships in Jackson, N.H.

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.

Sports Briefs
Drag racing meeting scheduled The Kenai Peninsulas drag racers will hold an organizational meeting March 20 at the Kenai Merit Inn on Willow Street in Kenai from 7 to 9 p.m.

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