Tuesday, March 14, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Native corporation gets easement through forest
The Chugach Alaska Native corporation has been granted a controversial right-of-way easement for a road through the Chugach National Forest to provide access to timber on 73,000 acres the corporation owns.

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.

Game Board approves wolf control for Nelchina basin but governor opposed
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Board of Game has unanimously approved a wolf control program for the Nelchina basin, a popular hunting area northeast of Anchorage.

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.

Hydrologist wants study of grit stirred up by boats on Kenai
KENAI (AP) -- Boat wake studies planned for the Kenai River may include an added dimension -- studies of how much sediment is stirred up by river craft -- if a federal hydrologist's recommendations are followed.

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

Woman convicted of animal cruelty
KENAI (AP) -- A Soldotna-area woman convicted of cruelty to animals has been sentenced to a year in jail for the crime, the maximum term.

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.

Kenai Peninsula cuts teachers
KENAI (AP) -- Twenty-two Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teachers got pink slips last week and eight temporary hires were told to look elsewhere for work in the fall.

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.

Five-time Iditarod winner Rick Swenson not bowing to Swingley
UNALAKLEET, Alaska (AP) -- Rick Swenson, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race's only five-time champion, is not ready to bow down to defending champion Doug Swingley on way to his third victory.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Swingley stands alone
WHITE MOUNTAIN, Alaska -- Defending champion Doug Swingley was closing in on his third victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race late Monday.

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.

Peel and eat
A cow moose strips bark from trees near Beaver Loop recently.

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.

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.

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.

Warmin' up

Bank limits viewed
Most building, clearing, excavation and commercial use would be banned within 50 feet of major Kenai Peninsula Borough salmon streams under a recently proposed ordinance.

Friends, family fill courtroom to show support for Nudson
Friends and family members gathered for the arraignment of a Nikiski man charged with murder Monday.

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.

Clifford Schaefer
Clifford Schaefer of Belleville, Ill., died Saturday, March 11, 2000. He was 81.

Monte A. Stover
Soldotna resident Monte A. Stover died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 60.

John W. Landess Sr.
Longtime Sterling resident John William Landess Sr. died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 78.

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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.

Mushing's not my style

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.

SoHi's Zobeck delivers in paint or in batter's box
Picture Paul John Zobeck as a toddler, wielding his Big Red Bat as his mom and dad lob him pitches in the basement of their Soldotna home.

Even Edmonton can pound on Thrashers
ATLANTA -- Ryan Smyth scored all three goals in the third period and Tommy Salo got his second shutout of the season as the Edmonton Oilers ended a four-game losing streak, 3-0, over the reeling Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night.

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.

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