Wednesday, March 15, 2000

Borough considers restriction of riverbank development
KENAI (AP) -- A proposed ordinance would ban most building, clearing, excavation and commercial use within 50 feet of major salmon streams in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

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.

Prison guard suspected of smuggling contraband resigns
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks prison guard suspected of smuggling contraband has reportedly resigned from his job, according to prison officials.

ANWR oil survey logs heavy hits
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Soaring crude oil prices, which mean higher gasoline prices for motorists, are priming the pump for another run by Alaska's congressional delegation at trying to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration.

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.

Wolf control approved 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.

Elderly friends recreate 1960 snowmachine trek in Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two lifelong friends who invented the modern snowmobile are launching a 10-man snowmachine expedition from Bethel to Fairbanks today, 40 years after a smaller group made the 1,200-mile trek on the first motorized sleds.

Federal agency proposes critical habitat for Steller's eider
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal government wants to extend protection across a wide section of Alaska for the Steller's eider, a threatened sea duck.

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.

ANWR oil-drilling survey prompts heavy Internet response
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Soaring crude oil prices, which mean higher gasoline prices for motorists, are priming the pump for another run by Alaska's congressional delegation at trying to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration.

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.

Ketchikan Republicans back senator for reelection
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Despite objections because of an opponent in the primary, state Sen. Robin Taylor won the endorsement of District 1 Republicans at the group's convention in Ketchikan on Saturday.

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.

Troopers: Chugiak youth killed in snowmachine accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 14-year-old boy was killed over the weekend when his snowmachine went off a 20-foot drop near the Tokositna River, the Alaska State Troopers say.

Permanent Fund worth $27.1 billion at end of year
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Permanent Fund gained more than $2 billion in the second quarter of fiscal year 2000.

Children's trust license plates now on sale
JUNEAU (AP) -- The newest way to support the Alaska Children's Trust is now on display on the state's streets and highways.

UAF opens satellite data analysis center
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks now includes a facility for analyzing data beamed down from satellites.

Alaska Airlines jet turns back twice after takeoffs
JUNEAU (AP) -- Mechanics blame a faulty air cycle machine for forcing an Anchorage-bound Alaska Airlines jet to turn back to Juneau International Airport twice after taking off Monday afternoon.

Montana's Doug Swingley claims third Iditarod victory
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- Montana musher Doug Swingley successfully defended his title Tuesday in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, breaking his record by more than an hour and joining an elite group of Alaskan mushers.

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.

Fairbanks man charged with raping 50-year-old woman
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been charged with sexual assault in a case involving a 50-year-old woman who was hospitalized with serious injuries after she was beaten and raped early Sunday morning.

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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 wins
NOME, Alaska -- Montana musher Doug Swingley successfully defended his title Tuesday in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, breaking his record by more than an hour and joining an elite group of Alaskan mushers.

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

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.

29 Hurt in Kansas Amtrak Derailment
CARBONDALE, Kan. (AP) An Amtrak train heading for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Wednesday alongside a cornfield, injuring 29 passengers one critically.

Featured Photo: Smokin' Hot
Roger Fischer takes a break from a calculus class at Kenai Peninsula College under a thermometer fooled by Tuesday's sun. Forecasters are calling for the temperature to get into the low 40s today.

Special athletes mine gold at winter games
After a weekend of excitement and hard work, area athletes brought home many medals from the Special Olympics games held in Anchorage last weekend.

Pipeline effort reaches out
Members of a committee promoting Nikiski as the terminus for a North Slope natural gas pipeline say it is time to enlist the support of Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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