Sheldon Jackson trustees vote to stay open
SITKA (AP) -- The Sheldon Jackson College Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to keep the private four-year institution in operation while it goes through a reorganization to stem financial losses.
State unemployment remains low in February
Alaska's statewide unemployment rate remained low in February, according to the Alaska Department of Labor. The monthly jobless rate of 7.5 percent was the lowest ever recorded for the month of February, said John Boucher, a state labor economist.
Tanana Chiefs vote to end ban on alcohol sales at Fairbanks tribal hall
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Tanana Chiefs Conference has lifted a ban on alcohol sales at the Chief Peter John Tribal Hall here in efforts to operate the building at a profit.
Iditarod Trail gets $20,000
KENAI (AP) -- Alaska's Iditarod Trail has won a $20,000 grant as part of a nationwide Millennium Trails program.
Driver sentenced in death of Native leader
JUNEAU (AP) -- The man who caused the death of a Juneau Native leader in a car crash will serve six to 12 months in jail if a plea agreement worked out with prosecutors is accepted by a Superior Court judge.
Appeals court rejects Exxon appeal of $5 billion verdict
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an appeal by Exxon Corp. on the $5 billion Exxon Valdez verdict handed down by a jury nearly six years ago.
Al Adams, others elected to NANA board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State Sen. Al Adams is one of four new members of the board of the NANA Regional Corp.
New manager named for Innoko wildlife refuge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Innoko National Wildlife Refuge in the western Interior is getting a new manager.
Anchorage man accused of having child pornography
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been indicted on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography, along with charges related to marijuana growing and selling, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Knowles signs college savings bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Parents will soon have a new way to save for their children's college education.
Sportfish advocate appointed to federal fisheries board
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has appointed one of his biggest political backers to a position on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Bob Penney of Anchorage is a strong supporter of sportfishing interests.
Light earthquake reported near Kodiak
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake Thursday afternoon was felt on Kodiak Island.
Nearly three-quarters of Flight 261 wreckage recovered
PORT HUENEME, Calif. (AP) -- Having pulled about three-quarters of the wreckage of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 from the Pacific Ocean, investigators are close to wrapping up recovery operations.
Anchorage man arrested for smuggling Ecstasy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 33-year-old Anchorage man has been charged with federal drug violations for allegedly trying to smuggle the drug known as Ecstasy into the state.
State finds electrical problems in Whittier tunnel
An inspection of the Whittier Tunnel has turned up electrical code violations that could have, in a worst-case scenario, led to explosions, fire, electrocution and possible asphyxiation from toxic fumes in the tunnel, state officials say.
Youth who escaped from McLaughlin Youth Center captured
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A teen who escaped from the McLaughlin Youth Center in Anchorage Wednesday was apprehended early Thursday, Anchorage police said.
House panel OKs land grant for university
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Resources Committee approved legislation Wednesday giving the University of Alaska up to 500,000 acres of federal land and providing at least $70 million in federal grants to the Pribilof Islands.
Statehood defense money deleted from supplemental budget
JUNEAU (AP) -- Money aimed at defending Alaska's statehood rights against the federal government was pulled from a supplemental spending bill Thursday after Attorney General Bruce Botelho said he never asked for the politically controversial funding.
Unruly man breaks into plane's cockpit, attacks pilot
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An unruly and incoherent man apparently broke into the cockpit of an Alaska Airlines jet Thursday and attacked a pilot during a flight from Mexico to San Francisco, according to an airline spokesman.
Juneau teen returns with new heart
JUNEAU (AP) -- Fourteen-year-old Chrysantha Bradley returned to Juneau on Wednesday with a heart nearly twice her age.
Man crushed to death between barge and dock
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Chignik Lagoon man died Thursday of injuries suffered when he was crushed between a barge being moored and the Chignik city dock, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Two arrested in Sitka drug raid
SITKA (AP) -- John E. Lucas, 55, of Sitka and Michael E. Eells, 45, of Port Alexander were arraigned Thursday on drug trafficking charges.
Propane leaks from tank on cargo vessel after rough trip
KODIAK (AP) -- Rough seas tore a 9,000-gallon propane tank from its cradle on a cargo vessel and caused the tank to start leaking, according to the Coast Guard.
Stevens says new merger agreement could save jobs
JUNEAU (AP) -- The sale of Arco Alaska Inc. assets to Phillips Petroleum Co. is a step toward allowing critical exploration to move forward in Alaska, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Thursday in his annual address to the Legislature.
Endurance cyclist meets his match on the Iditarod Trail
NOME (AP) -- Endurance cyclist Pat Norwil met his match on the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail.
West Coast Democrats ask for ban on North Slope oil exports
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some congressional Democrats from the West Coast are proposing that the Clinton administration reinstate the ban on exports of Alaska North Slope crude oil as a way of reducing soaring gasoline prices.
Protesters upstage Knowles appearance
Salmon may not have been on the menu at Paradisos Restaurant Thursday, but it was certainly on the minds of the people holding picket signs outside.
Nudson bail appeal rejected
Protection of the public and the death of an individual weighed heavy in Kenai District Court Judge David S. Landry's decision Thursday to refuse Zebulon Eugene Nudson's request for a $200,000 bail reduction.
St. Patrick's Day events
Forget slush. Soldotna is green today with special events the Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce has organized honoring Saint Patrick's Day.
Governor touts 'Children's Budget'
Gov. Tony Knowles says the future of Alaska rests with the the state's children.
Soldotna readies St. Patrick's Day festivities
Mike Sweeney is, without doubt, the biggest leprechaun in Soldotna.
Justin Allen Meireis
Nikiski Resident Justin Allen Meireis died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 19.
Mollie M. Deaver
Longtime Alaska resident Mollie M. Deaver died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 93.
Conditions vary across times, trails
Bitter-cold temperatures, snow and competitive high school and middle school cross-country skiing are fast disappearing at this time of the year.
Mount Marathon not for the sane, faint of heart
It was about 11 p.m. Friday when, along with cold, boredom and fatigue, an unfortunate bout with reason finally set in.
Change is a good thing for Kenai's Beeson
He was stuck in a rut and needed something fresh. He was tired of boys turning up ineligible. He knew the girls had more talent. He didn't want to coach the same boys in basketball that he had in football.
Big game suits Soldotna Stars
The Soldotna High School boys basketball team came out firing Thursday at the Region III/4A Championships in Palmer.
Seahawks upset by Houston girls
The Houston High School girls basketball team pulled off an upset Thursday, beating Seward 52-49 in the Seahawks' gym in the opening round of the District 3/3A Championship.
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