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Thursday, March 15, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Burgess to serve as interim U.S. attorney
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tim Burgess, longtime assistant U.S. attorney and a specialist in environmental and white collar crime prosecutions, was named Wednesday as interim U.S. attorney for Alaska.

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

Kodiak, East Anchorage top prep basketball poll
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner high school basketball poll, as selected by a panel of Alaska sportswriters, for March 8.

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.

Iditarod teams continue making their way to Nome
NOME (AP) -- One day after Montana musher Doug Swingley claimed his fourth Iditarod victory, teams continued to make their way to Nome.

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

Anadarko gets Canadian approval to buy Berkley Petroleum
CALGARY, Canada (AP) -- Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. said Wednesday that it has received regulatory approval of its proposed billion-dollar takeover of Berkley Petroleum Corp.

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.

Frustrated Democrats call for more spending, financial plan
JUNEAU (AP) -- Frustrated by the Republican majority's refusal to increase the state's operating budget, minority Democrats called again Thursday for a long-term solution to the state's financial plan -- but offered no specific solution for the troublesome gap between Alaska's revenue and its spending.

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.

Bill gets pilots out of bind on firearms
JUNEAU (AP) -- Pilots of small airplanes may be breaking either Alaska law or Canada law when they fly into Canada.

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.

Death of Wales toddler blamed on Reye's syndrome
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state medical examiner says a four-year-old girl from the Seward Peninsula village of Wales apparently died of Reye's syndrome.

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.

Man gets year in prison for check forgery
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau scientist has been sentenced to a year in prison for forging the endorsement to a check to get access to more than $100,000 his grandfather left to charity.

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?

Initiative would move Legislature to Mat-Su
JUNEAU (AP) -- The chairman of the Alaskan Independence Party and two others plan an initiative campaign to move legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

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.

Supplemental budget passes Senate
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate on Wednesday passed a supplemental spending bill for the current fiscal year that includes nearly $2 million to promote oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

Anadarko gets Canadian approval to buy Berkley Petroleum
CALGARY, Canada (AP) -- Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. said Wednesday that it has received regulatory approval of its proposed $1.68-billion takeover of Berkley Petroleum Corp.

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.

Final budget debate shifts to long-term fiscal picture
JUNEAU (AP) -- Final debate on the House version of the state's operating budget turned into a series of calls from both Republicans and Democrats for a long-term fiscal plan that would allow the state to spend more on crucial services and prevent a full-blown crisis a few years from now.

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

BP wins federal grant
WASHINGTON (AP) -- BP Alaska has won a $5 million grant to study the feasibility of capturing carbon dioxide from exhaust and storing it.

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.

Guss sworn in as U.S. magistrate for Southeast
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Attorney Mary Guss was sworn in Tuesday as a U.S. magistrate for Ketchikan and Southeast.

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.

Kenai manager cites economic benefits of wildlife refuge
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge makes more than $170 million per year in sustainable contributions to the Kenai Peninsula economy, its manager said Tuesday.

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.

Governor orders cabinet to review paintball attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is setting up a cabinet-level review of a paintball attack of Alaska Natives in downtown Anchorage on Jan. 14.

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.

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.

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.

Soldier gets prison sentence for shooting
FORT RICHARDSON (AP) -- A Fort Richardson soldier pleaded guilty to aggravated assault this week in the shooting of a 21-year-old man last October. The plea was entered in a general court martial at the fort Monday.

Business mushers boost charities
The event, organized by the Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association, challenged area business people to pay $100 each to race a team of three huskies around a three-quarter-mile track at Soldotna airport.

Spending overwhelms saving
NEW YORK (AP) -- If future Americans are prepared to rely more on their savings and less on Social Security to support them in retirement, you couldn't prove it by their recent actions.

The consumer-producer knowledge gap may have widened again
NEW YORK (AP) -- Debate on a new bankruptcy law isn't just about credit card abuses, as it sometimes seems, but over a much larger issue, that of the power of professional marketers over amateur consumers.

Native action facing challenge
WASHINGTON -- 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.

Business Briefs
Charter boat insurance explainedPipeline right of way renewal application expectedHEA investigates power outagesHomer promotes boat repair industryHomer chamber plans trade show booths Alaska USA Trust Co. opens Web siteCross Timbers boosts reservesPhillips would issue shares for Tosco acquisitionChugach Electric sells Internet business

Motorola cuts 7,000 more cellphone jobs
CHICAGO (AP) -- Motorola Inc. slashed 7,000 more jobs Tuesday in its cellular phone division, the biggest move yet in a huge cost-cutting program that has shrunk its work force by more than 10 percent since December.

Market tumble makes investors feel poorer
NEW YORK -- The stock market's nosedive is making investors feel poorer, even if the losses are only on paper, and folks across the country say they are tightening purse strings and no longer calculating portfolio losses.

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

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

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

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
AARP to meetDisabled American Veterans set to meet todayBuilders to have dinner meetingPeninsula Sled Dog Association to meet todayCentral Emergency board meeting todayAdvisory board to meet

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 information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

LIO Schedule
Today 8 a.m. HB 149

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.

Swingley keeps on truckin' with three in a row
NOME, Alaska -- Montana musher Doug Swingley won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday. It was his third consecutive win and his fourth championship.

Iditarod teams continue making their way to Nome
NOME (AP) -- One day after Montana musher Doug Swingley claimed his fourth Iditarod victory, teams continued to make their way to Nome.

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.

"The World Famous Alaska Highway: A Guide to the Alcan and other Wilderness Roads of the North"
"The World Famous Alaska Highway: A Guide to the Alcan and other Wilderness Roads of the North"

Art Briefs
Singers wantedClock makers sought for show Juneau to host quilt exhibit

Write on time
Hours of creative thoughts put into words will payoff tonight at the fourth annual Central Peninsula Writers Night held at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai.

Fairbanks artist honored at Festival of Native Arts
FAIRBANKS -- Most of us are guilty of not paying attention to the world around us.

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.

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.

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.

REAVES RETURNS: Stephanie Reaves is returning to the NHRA's Pro Stock Motorcycle circuit after a two-year break.
''You can't be a racer if you're not on the race track,'' Reaves said. ''I feel like I have some unfinished business. I'd very much like to win a race before I'm done.''

When cars crash, drivers absorb energy of impact
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- With all the recent talk of neck collars, malfunctioning seat belts and hanging throttles on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, it might be easy to miss what might be the sport's greatest safety threat: rigidity.

AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Schrader can't erase image of Earnhardt
There's nothing Ken Schrader can do to erase the image he has of seeing Dale Earnhardt dead in his car. But he has done something about how it affects him.

AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Bodine making mark in two series
Todd Bodine no longer fills the role of a young, up-and-coming driver.

Newman follows Gordon's lead
Ryan Newman is drawing inspiration from one of NASCAR's top drivers as he prepares for his first run at Darlington Raceway.

Racer has paid her dues to run on senior circuit
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- The press release promised the most important announcement in Winston Cup Series racing in 20 years.

Schedule
Winston Cup schedule

DRIVING DAVEY:
Davey Hamilton is trying to drive in all four Copper World Classic races this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

GOOBER POWER:
Joe Ruttman is sticking with a proven winner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in Bakersfield, Calif.

points standings
Winston Cup point standngs

carolina dodge dealers 400
When: 1 p.m. Sunday

MONEY LEADERS
Winston Cup money leaders

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: Young flyer
A juvenile bald eagle comes in for a landing atop a spruce tree along the Kenai River near downtown Soldotna recently.

Relief organization in need of community volunteers
In the hectic days and weeks following a natural disaster, the first response crews usually have their hands tied with a list of duties they must perform -- that's where the American Red Cross steps in.

Testimony varied on private prison proposal
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its Tuesday meeting heard a variety of testimony -- both pro and con -- related to the proposed private prison project. A sampling:

Prison debate draws crowd
Undaunted by a three-minute limit on testimony, Kenai Penin-sula residents from Homer to Cooper Landing and Soldotna to Nikiski crowded to the microphone at Tuesday's borough assembly meeting.

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.

Board outlines new moose, caribou rules
The Alaska Board of Game aims to cull the Killey River caribou herd and boost the numbers of northwest Cook Inlet moose with measures passed during a March 2-12 meeting in Anchorage.

Applause
Boy Scouts appreciate support

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.

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

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.

''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:

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.

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.

School news
News from various schools all around the district.

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

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.

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

Region III/4A tournament returns to basketball-mad island of Kodiak
March doesn't get any madder than it does in Kodiak.

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

While Nikiski girls rest, boys face a tough test
The Nikiski girls and boys basketball teams enter today's District 3/3A Tournament at Houston High School in decidedly different positions.

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.

Islanders vote Pens out of game
PITTSBURGH -- Chris Terreri made 33 saves, and Dave Scatchard scored the game-winning goal as the New York Islanders snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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