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Tuesday, March 13, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Native Wirless bid faces challenge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Alaska Native telecom company that scooped up one of three valuable licenses for offering wireless service in New York city's high-demand market is the subject of a challenge to a recently completed government auction.

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.

Anchorage on track for 2nd-warmest winter ever
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's largest city is on track to emerge from one of its warmest records.

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

Swingley holds wide lead in Iditarod
UNALAKLEET, Alaska (AP) -- The Iditarod's only five-time champion can't figure out how race leader Doug Swingley can run his dogs with so little rest.

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.

ASMI gets new chairman
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The board of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has elected a new chairman.

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.

Halibut fishing season opens Thursday
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska halibut fishing season opens Thursday at noon after a four-month break.

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.

Teen who skirted death six years ago succumbs to genetic disease
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks youth who made headlines when he beat death six years ago has succumbed to the genetic disease that confounded his doctors.

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

Police seek UAF student accused of sexually assaulting student in dorm
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police are looking for a University of Alaska Fairbanks student who is accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated female student in his campus dorm.

- 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

Senate panel adds more money for ANWR lobbying, Northern Forum
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate Finance Committee put together a new version of the state's supplemental budget Monday, adding another $350,000 for promotion of oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and $90,000 for a financially troubled international organization of northern governments.

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

Ash cloud from Cleveland volcano spreading
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An ash cloud from the weekend eruption of the Mount Cleveland volcano continued to move slowly Monday, spreading as much as 200 miles at 25,000 feet.

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.

Juneau man gets 45 years for murder
JUNEAU -- One of two men convicted in the beating death of a man outside a downtown mobile home 15 months ago has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

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.

Ethics committee recommends opening more meetings
JUNEAU (AP) -- A citizen-dominated ethics committee on Monday recommended opening some now-closed legislative meetings, but the Legislature probably won't adopt those guidelines because most lawmakers on the committee said they go too far.

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.

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

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

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

Around the Peninsula
Social workers to meet Lieutenant governor to speakKeeper plans oil meetingBooth space available for bazaarString players needed

Barring a disaster, Swingley should cruise to Iditarod win
UNALAKLEET, Alaska -- The Iditarod's only five-time champion can't figure out how race leader Doug Swingley can run his dogs with so little rest.

Swingley holds wide lead in Iditarod
UNALAKLEET, Alaska (AP) -- The Iditarod's only five-time champion can't figure out how race leader Doug Swingley can run his dogs with so little rest.

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

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.

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.

Warmth begins to convert skeptics
JUNEAU -- When climate expert Gunter Weller first came to Alaska decades ago, he'd pour Scotch into ice-cube tray

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.

Nothing fishy Results of pike derby surprise group
The question the Kenai Watershed Forum, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Kenai Peninsula College asked is simple: Are northern pike a danger to the trout and salmon of the Kenai River watershed?

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.

22 apply for city manager job in Kenai
With one week left before the cut-off date, 22 men have applied to replace Rick Ross as Kenai's city manager.

Photo feature: Champions return home
Three central peninsula Special Olympics champions

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.

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.

Hugh Malone
There will be a wake in memory of former Kenai Peninsula resident Hugh Malone held in Juneau Saturday.

Leo James Andrews
Leo James Andrews died in his home in Kenai in February 2001. The exact date of his death is unknown.

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

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.

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.

Bills deal with boiler inspections, drugs, commercial fishing loans, private prison
I would like to take this opportunity to extend condolences to the family and friends of Hugh Malone. Rep. Malone was known for his integrity and left vivid imprints in Juneau existing to this day.

Hugh Malone's life taught Alaska true meaning of statesmanship
The tragic death of former Kenai resident Hugh Malone while traveling in Italy obviously makes this a good time to examine the qualities that make him a special figure in Alaska history.

Lawmakers also should face passing standard in order to be re-elected
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.

Letters to the Editor
Hugh Malone built reputation as statesman of highest order

Cause of Malone's death clarified
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.

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.

Peninsula People
Area students awarded scholarshipsSoldotna men graduate airborne training

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

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.

Births
Tiffani and Paul Perry

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?

Senior Briefs
A schedule of events at the various senior centers throughout the peninsula.

Man ticketed for feeding deer laments new law
OLD FORGE, N.Y. -- Whenever 83-year-old Andy Bozek whispers ''dear'' to his wife of 57 years, she's not always sure if he's really speaking to her.

Senior Menus
Menus for this next week at the various senior centers throughout the penisula.

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.

Hornets sting leaves Bulls seeing red again
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jamal Mashburn had 28 points, eight rebounds and a career-high 14 assists as the Hornets beat Chicago 102-94 Monday night, Charlotte's ninth straight win over the Bulls.

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.

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.

Sports Briefs
KPHA finishes second at tournamentLindros takes physical in St. Louis

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

Filling in for fallen general
It is never quite his time, his team, his job. It doesn't matter what Mike Davis accomplishes. It never seems to be enough. Following a legend is tough under the best of circumstances. Following Bob Knight at Indiana has made cleaning up after Puffy Combs look easy.

Keeping it all in perspective
Soldotna senior Aaron Hughes has played above and beyond his height all year. Now, he's showing he's mature above and beyond his age as well.

Yankees second baseman makes four bad tosses in one game
It seemed like the middle of the season at spring training Monday.

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.

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.

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.

Bear Festival focus changes
There will be a new focus at the third Alaska Brown Bear Festival on March 31 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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