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Monday, March 13, 2000

Snow crab fishery looking good for April 1 opening
UNALASKA (AP) -- Conditions are looking good for an April 1 opening of the state's snow-crab fishery in the Bering Sea.

Barring disaster, defending champion Doug Swingley headed for victory
UNALAKLEET, Alaska (AP) -- Barring disaster, defending champion Doug Swingley was so far ahead Sunday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that it is nearly impossible to catch him, his competitors said.

Murder trial bogs down over Miranda rights dispute
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Was accused killer Adam Hamilton read his Miranda rights when he was arrested last fall? One Alaska State Trooper says yes, while another says no.

Game Board gives permission for village to pool bag limits
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- In the subsistence hunting tradition, one or two skilled hunters often kill enough moose and caribou for an entire village.

Teenager sentenced to 99 years for cabbie murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Aaron Andrus is different from most teenage murderers -- he did well in school, didn't abuse alcohol or drugs, and was being brought up by loving parents.

Corrections officer under investigation
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A local corrections officer is under investigation by Alaska State Troopers and the Department of Corrections for allegedly smuggling contraband into the Fairbanks Correctional Facility, a prisons spokesman said.

Ruby welcomes 1975 Iditarod winner Emmitt Peters home again
RUBY (AP) -- Church bells rang and villagers cheered as 1975 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race winner Emmitt Peters drove his dog team back home Saturday, if only for a short visit.

Native leader recovering from aneurysm surgery
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Native leader and community activist Shirley Demientieff was recovering Monday at a Seattle hospital from surgery to repair a brain aneurysm, family members said.

Legislators debate fast ferry option for improved Juneau access
JUNEAU (AP) -- After five years and $5 million in studies, the state Department of Transportation decided the best alternative for improving access to Alaska's capital was a road built along the east side of Lynn Canal to Skagway.

Company wins right to salvage historic ship
JUNEAU -- After a long legal battle, a salvage company plans to seek gold and artifacts from a Gold Rush-era ship that sank 30 miles south of Alaska's capital.

Shooting leaves one man dead, three others wounded
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One man is dead and three others were wounded in a weekend shooting outside a home at Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska State Troopers say.

March 12: Anchorage Daily News on wolf control:
Long before the development of Prudhoe Bay brought advocates and opponents of oil to heari

Kodiak state cod fishery opened Saturday
KODIAK (AP) -- A state Pacific cod fishery opened Saturday in the Kodiak area with a quota slightly higher than last year and prices expected to be high for the season.

March 8: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on a prison at Delta Junction:
One portion of the dispute over a private prison contract that the city of Delta Junction terminated last fall has been clarified, but much remains to be resolved.

Fairbanks judge dismisses lawsuit by ex-North Pole mayor
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks judge has dismissed what was left of a lawsuit filed by a former North Pole mayor that alleged a corrupt election process in the Interior city.

March 10: (Kenai) Peninsula Clarion on mandating the Pledge of Allegiance:
At the risk of having our patriotism questioned, we question the need for the Alaska State Legislature to pass a bill requiring the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited on a regular basis in public schools.

Cook Inlet Region reports record profit in 1999
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet Region Inc., the Native regional corporation for Southcentral Alaska, earned a record $57.4 million in 1999, the corporation reported Friday.

Setback for oceangoing launch system as commercial liftoff fails
The Boeing-led venture Sea Launch suffered a major setback Sunday when a Russian-Ukrainian rocket carrying a British communications company's $100 million satellite apparently fell into the Pacific after liftoff from a floating platform.

Swingley overtakes Gebhardt to reclaim Iditarod lead
KALTAG (AP) -- Defending champion Doug Swingley set a blistering pace down the Yukon River on Saturday to reclaim the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Railroad switches cleanup contractors on Talkeetna spill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Railroad abruptly changed cleanup field contractors in an effort get at more of the estimated 120,000 gallons of jet fuel it spilled north of Talkeetna in December.

Heart arrhythmia blamed for Anchorage student's death
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An irregular heartbeat was the likely cause of death of a Dimond High School sophomore who suddenly died last week, according to the state medical examiner's office.

University students offered internships in ferry engine rooms
JUNEAU (AP) -- University of Alaska students will get their sea legs and the state ferry system could find much needed workers under a new internship program.

Alaska Game Board defers action on Denali Park wolf buffer
The Alaska Board of Game has deferred action on creating a no-hunting and no-trapping buffer to protect wolf packs in Denali National Park and Preserve. The panel says it will set up a committee to look at statewide game management instead.

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Swingley takes lead back from Gebhardt
KALTAG -- Defending champion Doug Swingley set a blistering pace down the Yukon River Saturday to reclaim the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Ruby welcomes favorite mushing son home
RUBY -- Church bells rang and villagers cheered as 1975 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race winner Emmitt Peters drove his dog team back home Saturday, if only for a short visit.

Swingley stretches out mammoth lead
UNALAKLEET, Alaska -- Defending champion Doug Swingley was so far ahead Sunday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that his closest competitors think it will be nearly impossible to catch him.

Idita-spouses keep home fires burning
The Iditarod Trail may be fraught with peril for mushers, but for families left behind, it can be a bit of a dog's life on the home front too.

Cissell, McAdara to wed in Kenai
Angella Cissell and Jerred McAdara have announced plans to marry at First Baptist Church of Kenai on July 8.

Jackinskys celebrate golden anniversary

Gray, Grossl plan August wedding

Budding out
Deep snow blankets the hills, but green shoots are sprouting and flower buds are opening -- indoors.

Wake studies planned this summer
It already is proven that boat wakes cause erosion along the Kenai River, a State Parks official said, but Parks must know more before passing restrictions to address the problem.

Loss of rights making life miserable for 88-year-old woman
When Sophie Bradley carved out a homestead in the wilds of Alaska shortly after World War II, she never dreamed she would someday be fighting the state she so dearly loved for control of her own life.

Crime Stoppers alert
The Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the persons responsible for burglary.

Turner gets max for murder
Superior Court Judge Harold Brown disregarded advice of counsel Friday afternoon at the first-degree murder sentencing of Everett Turner.

1,732 acres remain off limits to borough land selection
The Kenai Peninsula Borough will have to go to court if it still wants 1,732 acres the state recommends for addition to the Kenai River Special Management Area.

Troopers arrest Nikiski man after altercation turns fatal
A shooting killed one man, sent one to jail and left two injured in Nikiski Sunday afternoon.

School district lays off teachers
Last week, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District gave pink slips to 22 teachers and told eight temporary hires they will need to look elsewhere for work in the fall.

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Scouts enjoy winter camping
More than 40 Boy Scouts from Kenai, Nikiski, Soldotna, Sterling and Seward participated in the Tustumena Scouting District's annual Winter Freezeree in February.

Hero of the week
He has a great sense of humor to put up with mostly women and works and plans hard to make the workout fun and never boring.

Mushing's not my style

Kodiak boys rally to drag down Seahawks
The Seahawks caught the Bears by surprise in a nonregion game, taking a 22-16 lead at the half before Kodiak rallied for the 54-49 win Saturday.

Stars garner late win
Down by two points at the break, the Soldotna Stars stormed back in the second half Saturday night to defeat host Skyview, 54-39.

SoHi girls tip SkyHi
The Soldotna and Skyview girls basketball teams met for their last regular season game at Skyview Saturday night. The Stars prevailed in the rivals' matchup, taking home a 52-30 victory.

Beware of 'Dawgs
'I think our point guards and wings did a pretty good job of getting it down in the post. If we play together like we did today, I don't think anybody can stop us.'

Kardinals split with Soldotna
Try as they might, the Kenai Central High School boys basketball team couldn't quite get over the hump Friday in a Region III/4A game at Soldotna High School.

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