Thursday, March 16, 2000

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.

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.

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.

Jury returns murder verdict against man accused of killing best friend
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks jury found a 26-year-old man guilty of murder this week in the stabbing death of his best friend.

Alyeska reaches settlement with state over 1996 leak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. has reached a settlement with the state Department of Environmental Conservation over a 1996 oil leak along the trans-Alaska pipeline, Alyeska officials announced Wednesday.

Game Board approves wolf hunting from snowmachines
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Shooting wolves from a moving snowmachine will be legal starting next winter in selected areas of Alaska.

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.

Quake shakes Interior
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake shook the Interior early Wednesday.

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.

Police say caregiver kept murder victim in slum-like conditions
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Weeks before his death David Haynes was living in slum-like conditions without running water while his unlicensed care givers had full access to his bank account, according to Fairbanks Police.

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.

Tanana Chiefs delegates question Knowles
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles left Fairbanks with a silvery wolf parka ruff after his address to delegates of the Tanana Chiefs Conference annual convention Tuesday afternoon.

GOP majority rejects minority budget amendments
Republicans in the House used their superior numbers Wednesday to block money for the University of Alaska, aid to local government, rural power subsidies and international trade development.

Carrs killer gets robbery sentence
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Jon Woodard, the man serving a 66-year sentence for the 1992 murder of a Loomis guard at an Anchorage Carrs supermarket won't have to serve extra time for the robbery that precipitated the killing.

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.

Palmer, Fairbanks girls to represent state at national spelling bee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two 14-year-old girls will represent Alaska at the national spelling bee in Washington, D.C. in May.

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

Local 71 members ratify contract, await budget decision
JUNEAU (AP) -- Members of Public Employees Local 71 have ratified a new labor contract their leaders negotiated with the state in January.

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.

Environmental groups target British Columbia logging
JUNEAU (AP) -- Five environmental groups filed a complaint Wednesday with an international regulatory commission claiming the government of British Columbia has allowed logging practices that destroy fish habitat.

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.

Earthquake shakes Aleutians
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A light earthquake shook the eastern Aleutians Wedneday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

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.

Alaska's fast ferries won't resemble rejected Canadian vessels
JUNEAU (AP) -- State officials say there is little resemblance between fast ferries proposed for Alaska and those now used in the waters of British Columbia, which will be sold because of continuing problems.

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.

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.

Reaction generally favorable to BP Amoco-Phillips deal
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co.'s purchase of Arco Alaska Inc. generally met with approval in the state, though some watchers offered a more guarded outlook until they learn more about Phillips' North Slope plans.

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.

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.

British Columbia scrapping its fast ferry program
VANCOUVER (AP) -- The British Columbia government will find it almost impossible to sell its troubled fast ferry fleet, an international ferry expert said Tuesday.

Business briefs
Cook Inlet Region Inc. earned $57.4 million in 1999, up 14.3 percent from net income of $50.2 million in 1998. Its 2000 gross revenues were $297 million.

Boeing exec: Striking workers harming company's reputation
SEATTLE -- A top Boeing Co. executive this week called on striking engineers to stop ''maliciously attacking our company and deliberately trying to destroy our reputation'' by writing letters to airlines, government officials and colleges.

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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.

Iditarod National Historic Trail lands big grant
One part of the Iditarod Trail is for racing. But the entire 938-mile stretching from Seward to Nome, the Iditarod National Historic Trail, is a chunk of Alaska history dating back thousands of years that recently captured $20,000 in attention from the American Express Company.

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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.

Parks funding remains intact
Services at state parks on the Kenai Peninsula and around the state may suffer if cuts that have cleared the State House hold up in the Senate.

Knowles nominates 2 to fishery council
JUNEAU (AP) -- Outgoing Fish and Game Department Deputy Commissioner David Benton and Kenai River sportfishing activist Bob Penney are Gov. Tony Knowles' choices for seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

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.

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.

Borough leaders look to pipeline opportunity
Company officials say it is too early to predict the Cook Inlet effects of Phillips Petroleum Co.'s impending purchase of Arco Alaska Inc., but local leaders have high hopes.

Photo Feature: Spill-proofing
Scott Shirnberg chips ice from his driveway in Kenai Wednesday afternoon.

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.

Minnesota legislators consider allowing lighted lure
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Using lights to lure fish long has been illegal in Minnesota, but Dan Foss of Apple Valley, inventor of the GloJig, hopes fishing-crazy lawmakers soon will change all that.

Mountain biking in the snow's a 'hoot'
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- It's winter. It's cold. You're cross-country skiing or maybe snowmobiling up a frosty creek bottom trail when you look ahead and see Emmett Purcell riding his mountain bike. What the ...?

Despite low prices and fur protesters, many in Lower 48 still run trap lines
FORT BENTON, Mont. (AP) -- Mornings, autumn through winter, find Don Judkins tending his trap line.

RV historian tracks American vacationers' trails
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Seward's gym ready to rock with District 3/3A mayhem
The District 3/3A high school basketball tournament tips off today at Seward High School in a gym termed intimate by some and intimidating by others.

Boys first round has intriguing matchups
If the regular season is any indication, there shouldn't be any gimmies once the Region III/4A boys tournament starts today in Palmer.

Let the madness begin
Listen to Palmer girls coach Lyle Busbey talk, and it's no wonder girls teams from Region III/4A have claimed six of the last nine Class 4A state championships.

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