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Sunday, March 11, 2001

House leaders working on alcohol tax plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- Leaders of the state House are working behind the scenes on a possible alcohol tax increase.

Political novice becomes new Unalaska mayor
UNALASKA (AP) -- A political newcomer is Unalaska's new mayor.

Higher production boosts Alaska's mineral industry
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The minerals industry in Alaska is getting a big boost from record production at Red Dog and Greens Creek mines.

Swingley retakes lead, says Iditarod now getting fun
EAGLE ISLAND, Alaska (AP) -- Defending champion Doug Swingley is just where he wants to be -- leading the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race more than halfway to Nome.

Swingley back in command in Iditarod
EAGLE ISLAND, Alaska -- Doug Swingley built a substantial lead as mushers headed up the Yukon River Saturday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

California skater overcomes medical problems to compete
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For Jani Tyler, the road to the figure skating events at the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games Alaska games was marked with broken sleep and hospital rooms.

Game board faces challenges on Nelchina moose, caribou
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The problem is simple: Too many moose and caribou in the Nelchina Basin are being killed by non-human hunters, leaving not enough to satisfy the demands of people in one of the state's most popular hunting areas.

Fairbanks shooter tops NCAA competition
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- University of Alaska Fairbanks sophomore Matt Emmons capped an incredible season by sweeping the individual titles at the NCAA Rifle Championships on Friday at Ohio State University.

Kenai refuge winds up on conservation group's list of threatened sites
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has landed on the National Audubon Society's list of environmentally vulnerable sites.

Supplier for meth lab sentenced
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man convicted of supplying a chemical for a North Pole methamphetamine lab has received a seven-year prison sentence.

Budget debate morphs into argument on financial future
JUNEAU (AP) -- Debate over the state's operating budget transformed Saturday into a heated argument about the state's financial future, as minority Democrats protested the rejection of dozens of their amendments to increase spending on public safety, prisons and other areas.

Ex-mayor reimburses North Pole over contested election
NORTH POLE (AP) -- Former mayor Tim Peters has reimbursed the city $7,296 for election contest expenses.

King takes lead in Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
ANVIK, Alaska (AP) -- Three-time champion Jeff King took the lead Friday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race but defending champion Doug Swingley was not far behind.

Regents seek raises for non-union workers
JUNEAU (AP) -- The University of Alaska Board of Regents on Friday backed an employee pay raise that will boost the already uncertain funding request the university has made to the Legislature.

Ketchikan wood firm gets clearance for operations
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Gateway Forest Products remained closed Friday as company officials prepared to follow through on a judge's order allowing the company to use receivables and cash on hand in its day-to-day operations.

Three convicting of sex abuse of 14-year-old
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three men accused of raping a 14-year-old girl at a party were convicted Friday of sexually abusing a minor, but the Anchorage Superior Court jury could not agree on more serious charges.

Task force plan would partially restore blanket primary
JUNEAU (AP) -- The majority of Alaska voters who don't declare a party affiliation would get back the blanket primary ballot invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court if a proposal adopted Friday by a task force becomes law, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer said.

Fairbanks teen gets six years for two armed robberies
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 17-year-old Fairbanks youth charged in connection with two July robberies has been sentenced to six years in prison.

UAF earns third straight rifle title
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks rifle team won its third straight NCAA rifle championship on Saturday at Columbus, Ohio.

Swingley back in front, but King is gaining
EAGLE ISLAND, Alaska -- Doug Swingley built a substantial lead as mushers headed up the Yukon River Saturday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. But former champion Jeff King appeared to be gaining on him.

First Iditarod winner says 1973 race was ''little tougher''
IDITAROD, Alaska (AP) -- Dick Wilmarth was more than halfway to Nome when his fellow mushers started talking about quitting the first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Senate committee to further define exit test legislation
JUNEAU (AP) -- A committee will start refining a bill this week that will probably be the state Senate's answer to the question of what to do about the high school exit exam.

AHFC low-interest loan money drying up
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. plans to cut a popular home-lending program and scale back others because a surplus that pays for the programs is running low.

Sister: Former speaker died of head trauma, not drowning
JUNEAU (AP) -- Former House Speaker Hugh Malone died after he was knocked down by a wave on a rocky beach and apparently struck his head, not from drowning in a boat accident as was initially reported, his sister said Friday.

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Around the Peninsula
Meeting held to discuss gas explorationAARP to meet CES board meeting slatedForum held to discuss tobacco useClass presented for better parentingArctic Young Marines boot camp slatedKenai, Soldotna class of 1981 reunion plannedEnter race for chance to win quilt

Swingley retakes lead, says Iditarod now getting fun
EAGLE ISLAND, Alaska -- Defending champion Doug Swingley is just where he wants to be -- leading the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race more than halfway to Nome. But Jeff King is just four hours back.

NOW PLAYING: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
This movie is a hard sell. It's a special effects heavy martial arts movie. It's a chick-flick romance.

Budget debate sparks argument over future
JUNEAU -- Debate over the state's operating budget transformed Saturday into a heated argument about the state's financial future, as minority Democrats protested the rejection of dozens of their amendments to increase spending on public safety, prisons and other areas.

Safe House Continued
Kunnuk and her children, all survivors of domestic violence, have lived in a two-bedroom apartment in Kenai for the past seven years.

Safe house
The modest house at 369 SoHi Lane has been a popular hangout for the last few months.

Jung, Tunseth to marry in Vegas
Jung, Tunseth to marry in Vegas

Conservation group lists it as threatened
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is one of 10 refuges the National Audubon Society picked from 530 nationwide to illustrate critical threats to the refuge system.

Swing time:Photo Feature
Members of the Skyview High School Swing Choir perform Tuxedo Junction during Friday's Century of Song dinner and show at Kalifornsky Christian Chapel.

Tepid references follow private prison operator
Watchful eyes across the United States are following the Kenai Peninsula Borough's move into the world of private prisons.

Development plans, rising use challenge KNWR
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge faces a long list of threats, said Jim Hall, deputy refuge manager, and it has a list of 216 backlogged maintenance projects.

Nikiski maps future
Eager to transform their vision of Nikiski ten years from now into a road map to make it happen, more than 50 North Peninsula residents fine tuned a Saturday brainstorming session into three priorities:

Bettie Ann Basham
Ninilchik resident Betty Ann Basham died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, of cancer. She was 72.

Shelia Anne Nikolas
Anchorage resident Shelia Anne Nikolas and her son, Skylar, died Sunday, March 4, 2001, as a result of an automobile collision at Mile 63 of the Seward Highway. She was 36. He was 6.

Private prison deserves support
Spirited community debate is healthy and enables the open minded to see the world from another point of view.

Letters to the Editor
Assembly's override of prison selection panel raises questionsSpaying, neutering pets will helpstop killing of unwanted animals

Another star considers politics: Schwarzenegger for governor? Recipe for great scenes
I see where Arnold "Terminator" Schwar-zenegger has not ruled out a gubernatorial run in California next year.

School shootings should renew emphasis on 3 Rs
Surely it is time for our society to return to the basics, for adults to teach children an old-fashioned set of "three Rs" -- respect, responsibility and reason.

My Best Friend : Pet photos
Beth Martin of Kenai said her son Matt couldn't believe how much Duke had grown between the time he left in August and came back for Christmas last year.

Peninsula well-represented at NCAAs, Junior Olympics
Led by Aubrey Smith's second-place finish at the NCAA Ski Championships, the Kenai Peninsula's cross-country skiers continued to show well among the nation's best Friday and Saturday.

Rivalry and retribution
To be or not to be, indeed.

Ice Hawks move record to 2-1-0 at state tourney
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Ice Hawks pulled their record in the 2001 Midget Tier II State Tournament to 2-1-0 after a win over the Blue Devils Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

SoHi grad earns All-America status
Annie Dougherty, a 1997 graduate of Soldotna High School, finished sixth in the mile Saturday at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

Five power-play goals not enough
Bruins goalie John Grahame and defenseman Don Sweeney collide at the Fleet Center in Boston Saturday.

Stanford nabs Pac-10 crown
STANFORD, Calif. -- Casey Jacobsen scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half, and Ryan Mendez had 19 as top-ranked Stanford clinched the Pac-10 Conference title by beating Arizona State 99-75 Saturday.

Maier captures lucky No. 13
Austrian ski star Hermann Maier kisses his Giant Slalom trophy after winning in a combined time of 2 minutes, 31.23 seconds, the men's World Cup giant slalom in Are, Sweden, Saturday.

Golfer keeps three-stroke lead at Honda Classic
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Heron Bay's best defender took the day off Saturday. Jesper Parnevik, along with the rest of the field, took advantage.

Stars shine against Skyview
With two and a half minutes to play and the Skyview High School girls basketball team clinging to a two-point lead Saturday at Soldotna, it looked as though the Stars' final weekend of Region III/4A play might end in frustration.

Swingley retakes lead, says Iditarod now getting fun
EAGLE ISLAND, Alaska -- Defending champion Doug Swingley is just where he wants to be -- leading the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race more than halfway to Nome. But Jeff King is just four hours back.

Ninilchik girls cruise past Eagles
The Ninilchik Wolverines girls basketball team blasted the CIA Eagles 53-28 with a District 3/2A loss Friday.

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