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Saturday, March 17, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Religion Briefs
HonorBound director to speak at SolFirstBoardwalk available to students

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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