Monday, March 12, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Light quake shakes Southcentral Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska early Monday.

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.

Ski train ends
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After more than 30 years, the ski train that hauled hundreds of skiers from Anchorage to untouched snow in the Kenai Mountains is coming to a halt.

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.

Swingley appears poised for Iditarod victory
UNALAKLEET, Alaska (AP) -- Montana musher Doug Swingley was building on his strong lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Monday and, barring disaster, appeared poised for his fourth victory.

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.

Game Board limits moose hunting in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game plans to limit moose hunting on the west side Cook Inlet next fall.

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.

Fairbanks teen sentenced to six years for armed robbery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 17-year-old Fairbanks youth charged in connection with two armed robberies last July was sentenced to six years in prison Friday after reaching a plea agreement.

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.

Industry association wants to boost tourism marketing
SOLDOTNA -- State spending to market Alaska as a destination is less than half what it was a decade ago, and the growth in highway and airline visitors has slowed.

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.

Big event organizers glean advice from Alaska's winter games
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For Alaska organizers, the Special Olympics World Winter Games are history.

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.

March 12: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on diploma standards:
It's been three years since Alaska legislators passed a law making the Class of 2002's diplomas contingent upon each public school student's passage of standardized tests in reading, writing and math.

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.

- March 9: Anchorage Daily News on the death of Hugh Malone:
Alaska has lost one of the best statesmen ever to grace its public stage, Hugh Malone. The former legislator, House Speaker and Revenue Commissioner made profou

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.

March 12: Anchorage Daily News on the Special Olympics:
An Anchorage woman who came to the Harry MacDonald Center in Eagle River to cheer on the speed skaters last we

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.

UNDATED: we can get closer. March 9: Voice of the Times on exit exams:
Educators and parents justifiably are concerned about what effect the upcoming exit

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.

March 9: Anchorage Daily News on paintball attack on Natives
Some people in Anchorage have the mistaken impression that the recent paint ball attack was just an especially odious teen prank, not a crime specifically aimed at Alaska Natives.

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.

Special Olympics World Winter Games come to an end
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cross country skier Sarah Maas of Anchorage joined Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer in extinguishing the Special Olympics Flame of Hope on Sunday night, officially ending the 2001 World Winter Games Alaska.

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.

University gets $2 million more
JUNEAU (AP) -- The House Finance Committee approved $2 million more for the University of Alaska on Sunday, but rejected a proposal for another $7.5 million -- an amount that would have brought its budget up to the level requested by the Board of Regents.

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 leads Iditarod pack with same winning formula used in past By the Associated Press
UNALAKLEET -- Defending champion Doug Swingley is using the same strategy that worked so well the previous two years in extending his lead over competitors in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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.

Three Republicans change school budget vote under pressure
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three Republicans reversed their votes and helped defeat an education funding increase Sunday after the chairman of the House Finance Committee called an abrupt halt in the meeting and pulled them into a closed-door meeting.

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

Cleveland Volcano emits ash in explosive eruption
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Mount Cleveland volcano erupted again Sunday, sending an ash plume to 25,000 feet.

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.

Shark numbers up in Prince William Sound
CORDOVA (AP) -- The number of sharks around Prince William Sound is multiplying at an unprecedented rate, according to marine biologists.

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.

Fairbanks borough chief of staff moves on
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Ralph Malone, chief of staff under three Fairbanks North Star Borough mayors, has announced his resignation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LIO Schedule
Today 5 p.m. public hearings on HB 93 and HB 154

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

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Around the Peninsula
Computer classes offered.Peer counselors to lead mothers groupSocial workers to meetHistoric quake to be discussedSchool district direction examinedAdvisory board to meetChamber mixer plannedForum held to discuss tobacco useMarine guide offered to boat owners

Swingley appears poised for Iditarod victory
UNALAKLEET, Alaska (AP) -- Montana musher Doug Swingley was building on his strong lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Monday and, barring disaster, appeared poised for his fourth victory.

Swingley leads Iditarod pack with same winning formula used in past
UNALAKLEET -- Defending champion Doug Swingley is using the same strategy that worked so well the previous two years in extending his lead over competitors in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Swingley holding Iditarod top spot
Iditarod Standings

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.

Three Republicans change school budget vote under pressure
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three Republicans reversed their votes and helped defeat an education funding increase Sunday after the chairman of the House Finance Committee called an abrupt halt in the meeting and pulled them into a closed-door meeting.

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.

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

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

Harvick wins over Gordon in Cracker 500
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Kevin Harvick sounded just like Dale Earnhardt when he scoffed at drivers who fear the speeds at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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.

Play pays off for Kenai youth
Brad Brown, 12, has a hobby he loves. Now, what was once child's play has led to a year-long appointment to a panel of advisers for a national toy company.

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.

Prison issues in spotlight Tuesday
If the public wants the Kenai Peninsula Borough's nine-member assembly to hear their voice, Tuesday's meeting offers plenty of opportunity.

Local chambers weigh participation in statewide tourism marketing effort
Kenai Peninsula chambers of commerce still are weighing whether to continue or increase their contributions to the Alaska Travel Industry Association and its statewide tourism marketing effort.

Industry association seeks to boost tourism marketing
The money spent to market Alaska as a destination is less than half what it was a decade ago, and the growth in highway and airline visitors has slowed.

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:

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.

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.

Peninsula atheletes collect gold at Special Olympics
Kenai Peninsula athletes have scored impressive wins at the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Anchorage. The games ended Sunday.

Special Olympics World Winter Games come to an end
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cross country skier Sarah Maas of Anchorage joined Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer in extinguishing the Special Olympics Flame of Hope on Sunday night, officially ending the 2001 World Winter Games Alaska.

Big event organizers glean advice from Alaska's winter games
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For Alaska organizers, the Special Olympics World Winter Games are history.

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.

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

U.S.-Russian relations already strained by missile defense, NATO, IMF
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has yet to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and seems in no rush to do so. As they wait, grievances on both sides multiply.

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

Home run
Soldotna Elks Club Exalted Ruler Rich Hatt, left, presents Guy Hayes, vice president of Soldotna Little League, with a $5,000 check March 3 at the Soldotna Elks' second annual lobster dinner.

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.

Births
Tiffani and Paul Perry

Peninsula People
Area students awarded scholarshipsSoldotna men graduate airborne training

Community News
Intern application deadline approachesNew PEO officers announced Ping pong tourney resultsGroup in need of donationsPageants seek talented womenNominations sought for first lady's awardHost an exchange student

Ask a Trooper
Question: If you are going the posted speed limit, is it necessary to pull over if five or more vehicles are behind you?

Alaska SeaLife Center
Harlequin duck project status Halibut satellite tags still transmitting

Parnevik holds on, wins Honda Classic by stroke
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Jesper Parnevik held on at the Honda Classic, with much of the thanks owed to his pursuers.

Duke ends regular season with a bang
ATLANTA -- No. 3 Duke left little doubt about who rules one of college basketball's best rivalries, beating North Carolina for the second time in a week to complete a historic three-peat in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

CIA cagers clobber struggling Nenana
The Cook Inlet Academy Eagles boys basketball team followed the scoring abilities of six different players to bury the Nenana boys squad in a 62-28 decision Saturday.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Three No. 1 men's seeds same as 2000's tourney
INDIANAPOLIS -- Stanford, Duke and defending champion Michigan State took the top spots for the NCAA tournament for the second straight year, joining Illinois.

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.

Oilers tie record with eighth straight victory
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Daniel Cleary scored with 2:15 left as the Edmonton Oilers tied a franchise record with their eighth consecutive victory, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Sunday.

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.

Hitmen, Xtreme find wins in dwindling XFL
SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Aska's return to the Bay Area was an overwhelming success.

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.

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.

New York, 76ers pull out tight rival wins
NEW YORK -- Kurt Thomas had 16 points, 14 rebounds and a huge assist on New York's final basket as the Knicks defeated the Miami Heat 86-83 Sunday to clinch the season series between the teams.

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.

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