Saturday, March 10, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

'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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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