Friday, March 16, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Three men injured in Anchorage shooting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three men were injured Thursday in a midtown shooting involving at least three guns, Anchorage police said.

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.

Eight teams finish Iditarod
NOME (AP) -- Eight mushers were in Nome Thursday night, including 1976 Iditarod champion Jerry Riley crossed the finish line at 5:43 p.m. to finish eighth in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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.

UAF student arrested on sexual assault charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A University of Alaska Fairbanks student believed to have fled the state after he was accused of sexually assaulting a female student was arrested Wednesday night.

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.

Recount has Cordova tax failing
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The vote keeps changing on a $5 cruise ship head tax in Cordova.

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.

Elmendorf Air Force Base awards housing contract
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Elmendorf Air Force Base awarded a long-awaited housing contract to Aurora Military Housing Thursday.

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.

Championship UAF rifle shooters named to All-American team
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Days after winning its third straight N-C-DOUBLE-A championship, the University of Alaska Fairbanks rifle team is collecting more honors.

Delaware man pleads to hunting charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Delaware man pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor hunting charges Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage.

Group claims Alaska leads nation in federal pork
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska again led the nation in per capita pork barrel spending this budget year, a watchdog group said Wednesday.

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.

Following is a list of the first 10 finishers in the 2001 Iditarod
Following is a list of the first 10 finishers in the 2001 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, their hometowns and their elapsed time from Wasilla to Nome.

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.

Gift adds acreage to Tongass forest
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Conservationists have purchased private land in Southeast Alaska and donated it to the Forest Service, adding acreage to the Tongass National Forest.

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.

Iditarod mushers continue trek to Nome
NOME (AP) -- Iditarod mushers continued to make their way to Nome Friday, telling stories of a race that was rewarding but rough on mushers, dogs and equipment.

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.

Senate committee approves compromise bill on retirement for pilots
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee approved legislation Thursday to raise the retirement age for commercial airline pilots to 63.

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.

Fairbanks man indicted on kidnapping, assault charges
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 45-year-old Fairbanks man has been indicted on felony charges he kidnapped two women and sexually assaulted them in his apartment in two separate incidents last year.

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.

Knowles nominates two for seats on fishery management council
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has nominated two new representatives to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

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.

Earthquake felt in Homer
PALMER (AP) -- An earthquake shook Homer residents Friday afternoon, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

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.

Former Montanan Jessie Royer Iditarod Rookie of the Year
NOME (AP) -- A former Montanan who got her start under the tutelage of this year's winner and four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Doug Swingley -- another Montanan -- crossed the finish line Friday to become Rookie of the Year.

Once-controversial spill bill passes House
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to bring cruise ships, other large non-tanker vessels and the Alaska Railroad under the state's oil-spill response laws passed the House on Friday, less than year after lawmakers there drastically weakened a similar measure.

Two snowmachiners missing, two return safely
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two missing snowmachiners have been located in rural Alaska but two remain missing in separate incidents.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Community Calendar
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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.

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

LIO Schedule
Today 8 a.m. HB 149

Around the Peninsula
Chamber mixer planned Forum held to discuss tobacco useEagles dinner plannedMount Marathon sign-ups slatedRed Cross in search of volunteersComputer classes offered.Planning committee meeting slatedBoys and Girls Club offers classCPGH Board to meetChurch to hold saleKBEA scholarships offered

Winter salmon derby: Kings for a day
With all of the warm weather assaulting the winter months this fishing season, anglers can't help but wonder how soon it will be before they can get their lines wet on open water.

Following is a list of the first 10 finishers in the 2001 Iditarod
Following is a list of the first 10 finishers in the 2001 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, their hometowns and their elapsed time from Wasilla to Nome.

Eight teams finish Iditarod
NOME (AP) -- Eight mushers were in Nome Thursday night, including 1976 Iditarod champion Jerry Riley crossed the finish line at 5:43 p.m. to finish eighth in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Iditarod mushers continue trek to Nome
NOME (AP) -- Iditarod mushers continued to make their way to Nome Friday, telling stories of a race that was rewarding but rough on mushers, dogs and equipment.

There's no place like Nome
NOME (AP) -- One day after Montana musher Doug Swingley claimed his fourth Iditarod victory, teams continued to make their way to Nome.

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.

Former Montanan Jessie Royer Iditarod Rookie of the Year
NOME (AP) -- A former Montanan who got her start under the tutelage of this year's winner and four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Doug Swingley -- another Montanan -- crossed the finish line Friday to become Rookie of the Year.

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

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

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.

"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"

What's Happening
Best Best, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the road, Anchorage Events, Films,

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.

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

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

Schedule
Winston Cup schedule

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

MONEY LEADERS
Winston Cup money leaders

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.''

points standings
Winston Cup point standngs

Silenced radio stations back on air with new formats
Two central peninsula radio stations are back on the air after 11 months of silence. KSLD 1140 FM and KKIS 96.5 FM had new life breathed into them about a month ago after a dispute between their owner and the company operating them was settled.

Feds pay off SeaLife Center's debt
The Alaska SeaLife Center has paid off its construction debt, giving the cash-strapped Seward research and education facility a major financial boost. A federal appropriation of $14 million, arranged by Sen. Ted Stevens, made the payoff possible.

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.

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:

Road race to be part of St. Pat's celebration
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's 10th annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration will have a new addition this year thanks to a Skyview High School senior -- and that's no blarney.

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.

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.

Exit exam, natural gas pipeline highlighted in Rotary luncheon address
Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer took time during a Thursday visit to give fellow Rotarians a legislative update.

Savannah marks St. Pat's in style
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Ask for a pack of cigarettes at Joy Jue's convenience store and she'll have to reach behind a sequined emerald vest hanging from a display.

Dennis Clyde Mullican
Soldotna native Dennis Clyde Mullican died at Central Peninsula General Hospital of asthma on Monday, March 12, 2001. He was 47.

22nd Legislature's accomplishments hard to find, so far
The 22nd Alaska State Legislature has been meeting since Jan. 8; that makes today the 68th day of the session.

Another lesson: Life's unfair
President Bush's proposal to reduce taxes has been criticized as unfair by liberal Democrats who think the bulk of the tax breaks will go to the rich.

America can't afford to ignore what's happening elsewhere
For those who think of problems abroad as remote and barely worthy of notice, this week's developments might have changed some minds.

Snowmachiners log 13,000 frozen miles
ANCHORAGE -- From the edge of the Bering Sea in northwest Alaska across the vast Arctic to Baffin Island on the edge of the North Atlantic Ocean, the winter wanderings of Roger Siglin and Dick Hattan cover 13,000 miles.

Regional FireWise workshop good opportunity for homeowners
We Alaskans have been quite fortunate. Despite all of the major wildfires this state has experienced in the past century, only one destroyed homes to the magnitude we saw in New Mexico and Montana last year.

Snowcoach passengers, snowmobilers, each tout their park experience
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) -- On a frosty morning as the mercury dipped below zero, 10 visitors to Yellowstone National Park filed into a warm snowcoach at Flagg Ranch.

On the fly - Club teaches students to tie their own
Fifth-grader Justin Smith's "monster" fly might not be added to the catalogue of Alaska fly patterns any time soon, but the Nikiski Elementary School fifth-grader's creation has opened the world of fly fishing to a new generation of anglers.

Indian PM orders investigation of Quran burning charges
NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee ordered an investigation to determine if a copy of the Muslim sacred book, the Quran, was burned by people protesting the destruction of Buddha statues in Afghanistan.

Cardinal lobbies lawmakers on contraceptive issue
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Cardinal Edward Egan has called for the passage of women's health legislation that would exempt church-related employers from providing contraceptive coverage.

Study: Religious congregations growing
NEW YORK (AP) -- Half of U.S. religious congregations are growing and most are thriving, especially those that embrace contemporary worship and social outreach, according to a new study released Tuesday.

Religion Briefs
HonorBound director to speak at SolFirstBoardwalk available to students

Mormon church to distribute excess spuds
BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it will help Idaho potato growers distribute 16 million pounds of surplus tubers to needy people in the United States and abroad.

Dartmouth to open dining hall for Jewish, Muslim students
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) -- The Torah and the Quran provide gastronomic inspiration for Dartmouth College's newest dining hall.

Rabbi David Rosen Joins American Jewish Committee
NEW YORK (AP) -- The American Jewish Committee has named Rabbi David Rosen to head the organization's worldwide initiatives and programming in interreligious affairs.

For U.S. Protestants, a turning point on gay issues
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's possible that someday U.S. mainline Protestants will look back upon mid-March of 2001 as a turning point in their seemingly insoluble dispute over homosexual behavior.

University gets only U.S. showing of 'first-rate' religious prints
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A private collection of religious prints by artists including Marc Chagall and Edouard Manet is making its only U.S. appearance in an unlikely place -- libraries and a classroom building at the University of Dayton.

Students' symbolic collection recalls Holocaust
WHITWELL, Tenn. (AP) -- A group of Whitwell Middle School students hope to collect 6 million paper clips, symbolizing the number of Jews who died in the Holocaust.

Knight visits Texas Tech
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Bob Knight has brushed aside other job opportunities to focus on Texas Tech.

Sports Briefs
Seward spikers take borough titleNorth Road wrestlers place well in Anchorage Fryman sent back to Cleveland for more tests

Big 10 gets chopped down to size
Boston College, Kentucky and Maryland escaped. Iowa State and Big Ten powers Indiana, Ohio State and Wisconsin did not.

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.

Why are dogs valued more than humans?
As a purveyor and surveyor of news, from time to time I come across pairs of stories that, when added together, make about as much sense as two plus two equaling five.

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

Other area teams suffer first-round losses at Region III/4A tournament
The Kenai Kardinals girls basketball team set an example for all of the Region III/4A Kenai Peninsula teams to follow, becoming the only peninsula squad to notch a win during the first round of the regional tournament Thursday.

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.

Seward girls also advance in Disrict 3/3A
The Nikiski Bulldogs proved that given enough room to maneuver they will become a dangerous opponent as they crushed the Houston Hawks Thursday in the two teams' opening game of the District 3/3A Tournament.

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