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Wednesday, March 14, 2001

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

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.

Pike stomachs from derby yield no salmon
KENAI (AP) -- The question is simple: Are northern pike a danger to the trout and salmon of the Kenai River watershed?

Corporation pleads no contest in death of worker
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A contractor from Washington, on behalf of the engineering firm he owns, pleaded no contest Tuesday to criminally negligent homicide for the death of a worker buried by avalanche near Cordova two years ago.

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.

Court rules in favor of university in case of failed test
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A District Court judge has ruled in favor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the case of an elementary education student who contended he should not have been required to pass a standardized English test in order to qualify for student teaching.

Hidden hazards await the unwary as spring approaches
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- On a sunny day not far from Cantwell, numerous trucks with empty snowmachine trailers sit along the Denali Highway.

City Council votes to electrify dump site to discourage bears
PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia (AP) -- Bears awakening from hibernation next week are in for a shock if they try mooching at the municipal dump.

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.

Doug Swingley wins Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- Doug Swingley won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Tuesday proving with his third consecutive victory that he is the reigning king of long-distance dog mushing.

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.

Republicans reject minority's streamlined budget increases
JUNEAU (AP) -- Minority Democrats in the House streamlined their many objections to the Republican majority's budget Tuesday, combining dozens of proposed spending increases into a handful of sweeping amendments calling for $31 million more for public safety, education, and other programs.

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.

Motorists stranded on Dempster
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (AP) -- Stranded truck drivers at an isolated spot halfway up the Dempster Highway have opened their hearts and their sleepers to other travelers who don't pack around a bedroom.

Doug Swingley wins Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- An icy trail with long stretches of bare spots slowed times in the 2001 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. But the tough conditions made the win special, said Montana musher Doug Swingley, who on Wednesday won his third straight Iditarod and fourth overall.

Knowles invites lawmakers over to discuss budget plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- As lawmakers wrangle over how much money to spend this year, some legislators and Gov. Tony Knowles are trying to take baby steps toward a fix for Alaska's knotty long-term financial problems.

Development plans, rising use challenge Kenai refuge
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge faces many threats, according to Jim Hall, deputy refuge manager.

Pilot killed in Georgia crash had served in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of the pilots killed in a crash in Georgia earlier this month had earlier served in Alaska.

BLM seeks nominations to advisory council
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations to a statewide advisory council that advises the federal agency on land management issues for 90 million acres of public land in Alaska.

BLM seeks nominations to advisory council
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations to a statewide advisory council that advises the federal agency on land management issues for 90 million acres of public land in Alaska.

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.

Cordova tax passes by one vote
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Cordova residents have approved a cruise ship head tax by one vote.

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.

Bill would put more in state budget, less in savings
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Norm Rokeberg thinks the state general fund needs extra cash more than the Alaska Permanent Fund does.

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.

Service area protection bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House passed a bill Tuesday that would keep local governments from changing the boundaries of road and fire service areas without a vote of the people within them.

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.

22 vie for Kenai city manager job
KENAI (AP) -- Twenty two men want to be Kenai's next city manager.

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.

CIRI expects big profits for 2000
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet Region Inc. expects profit for 2000 to exceed $100 million, the largest ever posted by an Alaska Native corporation.

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

Frank appointed to Veterans Advisory Council
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Tuesday announced the appointment of Richard Frank to the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council.

White moose haunts Sterling
STERLING (AP) -- Biologist Bill Kent was on his deck filling the bird feeder when an animal in the yard below caught his eye. At first he thought it was a caribou, but it was too big.

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

Around the Peninsula
Historic quake to be discussedSchool district direction examinedLieutenant governor to visit Kenai ThursdayChamber mixer plannedForum held to discuss tobacco useClass presented for better parentingABC to conduct lotteryComputer classes offeredKBEA scholarship applications availableMarine guide offered to boat owners

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.

LIO Schedule
Today 9 a.m. Redistricting Board 1:30 p.m. SB 75, SB 78, SB104 3:30 p.m. Gas Pipeline

Doug Swingley wins Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- Doug Swingley won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Tuesday proving with his third consecutive victory that he is the reigning king of long-distance dog mushing.

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.

Iditarod title to be exported yet again
WHITE MOUNTAIN, Alaska (AP) -- Iditarod leader Doug Swingley was resting in this community Tuesday evening, with 77 miles to go for his third straight win. He was expected to reach Nome early Wednesday morning.

Bill would put more in state budget, less in savings
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Norm Rokeberg thinks the state general fund needs extra cash more than the Alaska Permanent Fund does.

Service area protection bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House passed a bill Tuesday that would keep local governments from changing the boundaries of road and fire service areas without a vote of the people within them.

Long-range budget plan on agenda
JUNEAU -- As lawmakers wrangle over how much money to spend this year, some legislators and Gov. Tony Knowles are trying to take baby steps toward a fix for Alaska's knotty long-term financial problems.

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?

Manager: Fisheries largely responsible for $170 million impact
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge makes more than $170 million per year in sustainable contributions to the Kenai Peninsula economy, its manager said Tuesday.

Bush touts tax cut
WASHINGTON -- A day after the stock market sustained one of its biggest drops in history, President Bush said Tuesday the U.S. economy will eventually exceed growth projections once his tax package is passed and takes effect.

Spur Highway decay irks drivers, lawmakers, maintenance crews
The Kenai Spur Highway -- or North Road -- between Kenai and Nikiski is falling apart.

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

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

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.

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.

Hugh Malone's life left imprint on state
In an era when some partisans arise each morning as motivated to discredit their political opponents as to accomplish good, it is difficult for an office-holder to be respected on both sides of the proverbial aisle.

Lessons from New York
Educators and parents justifiably are concerned about what effect the upcoming exit exams will have on the failure rate of students. After all, if thousands of young Alaskans are denied high school diplomas because they don't pass the tests, the exams could be an unfair burden on youngsters who weren't properly prepared to take them.

Applause
Boy Scouts appreciate support

Faith-based programs may be risking primary message in accepting government funds
The Bush administration has wisely decided to withhold submitting its bill to aid faith-based programs until it can revise the legislation to make it more acceptable to conservative religious leaders.

Letters to the Editor
More research would help stop myths about snowmachines use ANWR issue needs to be put in proper perspectiveStory about fatal vehicle accident lacked compassionPrison numbers don't add up; Alaskans will be forced to payLow unemployment, shrinking work force make unions thing of past

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hidden hazards await the unwary as spring approaches
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- On a sunny day not far from Cantwell, numerous trucks with empty snowmachine trailers sit along the Denali Highway.

''Cranebow'' program may result in more, bigger fish for anglers
SUNRIVER, Ore.(AP) -- Central Oregon anglers are getting ever nearer the trophy rainbow trout which swims elusively through their dreams. Not because of a new lure, but because of a new fish:

Tying one on
Reading, writing and 'rithmetic are essential to schooling, but if kids are growing up on the central Kenai Peninsula, their education cannot be called complete if they don't know their salmon.

School Menus
Menus for peninsula schools for this next week.

School news
News from various schools all around the district.

Professor to read at Writers Night; literacy contest planned
Professor to read at Writers NightLVA sponsors literacy essay contestNew faces on campus

Around the District
Spring break starts FridayKCHS principal promotedCareer club conference heldSoHi students attend Model UNSeaLife Center seeks kids for squidsDistrict braces for earthquakesIntern application deadline approachesSchool board honors Homer staffSchool budget wins business awardPublic invited to planning meetings Charter application deadline FridayKCHS announces Students of the MonthAfter the Bell offers break activity

Dying for a good cause
Dennis Dunn, principal of Kenai Alternative School, went pink with pride March 7, after his students successfully met a fundraising challenge.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Task forces discuss borough special revenue fund, outsourcing as solutions to shrinking dollars for schools
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District continued to search for ways to keep offering its students a full palette of activities in spite of a tight budget Friday as two task forces met at the Borough Building in Soldotna.

Task forces discuss borough special revenue fund, outsourcing as solutions to shrinking dollars for schools
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District continued to search for ways to keep offering its students a full palette of activities in spite of a tight budget Friday as two task forces met at the Borough Building in Soldotna.

Flyers beat up Blues
PHILADELPHIA -- Keith Tkachuk couldn't arrive soon enough for the St. Louis Blues.

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.

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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