Sunday, March 18, 2001

Anchorage mayor installs private line, computer for office campaigning
ANCHORAGE -- The mayor of Anchorage has installed a private phone line in his City Hall office and brought in his own computer to avoid the appearance he's doing campaign-related or personal work at the public's expense.

Senate approves name change for Fairbanks airport
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate on Friday passed a bill to rename the Fairbanks International Airport after the late William Ransom Wood.

New Marshall post office promises splinter-free mail
MARSHALL (AP) -- There's a new bell to ring in town these days.

Few testify about relocating Legislature
JUNEAU (AP) -- Citizens barely outnumbered lawmakers Saturday in a teleconferenced hearing on whether to move legislative sessions from Juneau to Anchorage.

Former NMFS official cited on crab pot charge
JUNEAU (AP) -- The former regional administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska has been cited for using illegal crab pots in Auke Bay.

Bicyclists sign up for another AIDS ride in Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Despite blustery weather in last year's event, more than 1,600 people have registered for the Alaska AIDS Vaccine Ride this August.

Ketchikan considers bailout for veneer plant
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Ketchikan officials on Monday will consider how far they're willing to go to help bail out Gateway Forest Products, a financially ailing veneer plant that has already received a $7 million loan from a federal economic disaster fund.

Search continues for two missing snowmachiners
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers pulled a snowmachine belonging to Nathan Evan of Marshall from the Yukon River near Russian Mission on Friday afternoon, according to Alaska State Troopers.

North Pole hit-and-run driver convicted again
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole woman on probation for assault charges stemming from a drunk driving hit-and-run case pleaded no contest Friday to a second drunk-driving arrest.

Anchorage pedestrian killed by car
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage pedestrian died Saturday morning after he was struck by a car on a downtown street.

Aleutian cod fishermen reach agreement with small processor
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cod fishermen at the tip of the Alaska Peninsula have reach

Bush says ANWR can be explored and protected
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush this week reiterated his interest in exploring for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Sitka herring fishermen await higher price, spawning
SITKA (AP) -- A two-pronged waiting game is under way as processors and seiners in the annual Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery negotiate over prices and biologists look for the first signs of mass spawning.

Tok musher wins 210-mile race along Yukon
DAWSON CITY, Yukon (AP) -- Tok musher Peter Butteri has won a 210-mile race from Dawson City to Eagle and back, a victory was worth more than $3,600.

Around the Peninsula
Class presented for better parenting Travel industry topic of luncheonSBDC to hold seminarBlack bear-baiting clinic scheduledBasic hunter education course begins March 27Center to provide for those in need Kenai, Soldotna class of 1981 reunion

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Second Iditarod team hit by snowmachiner
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A second team in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race was injured Saturday by a snowmachine.

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Central peninsula high school cheerleaders compete for respect
Cheerleaders are the Rodney Dangerfields of high school athletics: They don't get no respect, no respect at all.

Warm weather mires refuge pipeline project
Marathon Oil Co. had hoped frozen ground would mitigate the impact of pipeline construction on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge this winter. But construction workers have struggled with an early thaw.

State revamps upgrade plans
Dozens of the people turned out for a special meeting in Nikiski to discuss road repairs with state officials and elected representatives.

School district, police cracking down on 'terroristic threats'
A warning to young people on the Kenai Peninsula: This is not a good time to mouth off about violence in school.

In snowmachine safety, Alaska is still the 'wild, wild West'
ANCHORAGE -- Since 12-year-old Steven Patkotak broke through lagoon ice and drowned Sept. 25, Alaska has averaged nearly one snowmobile death per week -- a per capita rate at least five times higher than any other state.

Club teaches students art of fly tying
This story first appeared on the Outdoors page of Friday's Clarion. But due to an editing error, it did not run in its entirety. The Clarion regrets the error.

Other highway projects coming
With spring, every Alaska driver's fancy turns toward better road conditions.

St. Patrick's Day 'traffic jam'
Students from Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School, are unconcerned over the price of gasoline as they march their vehicles down the Kenai Spur Highway as part of the annual St. Patricks Day parade.

Patricia Gail DeBusschere
Kenai resident Patricia Gail DeBusschere died Saturday, March 17, 2001, at her home. She was 51.

Skyler Drew Axton Nikolas
Skyler Drew Axton Nikolas died Sunday, March 4, 2001, with his mother in a vehicle accident on the Seward Highway. He was 5. Memorial services are pending.

Bush faces key decisions on China
WASHINGTON -- No matter what they say on the campaign trail or at the beginning of their terms, all U.S. presidents since Richard Nixon have ended up with essentially the same China policy. At least on the surface.

Terminating adult indiscretion
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Women's History Month good time to reflect on fairness
March is Women's History Month, and Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer used the occasion during a visit to the Kenai Peninsula last week to highlight the status of women in Alaska.

Baucum, Cole to marry in Nikiski
Misty Baucum and Richard Cole Jr. have announced their plans to be married June 16, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Aurora Heights Assembly of God in Nikiski. Pastor Rufus Tallent will officiate.

My Best Friend
Ian Foley of Kenai shares a giggle and a grin with his 11-year-old golden retriever Helc on Christmas morning.

Workman, Krapp plan June wedding
Lauri Workman and Ryan Krapp have announced their plans to marry June 16, 2001, in Minot, N.D. An Alaska reception is scheduled for July 7.

St. Patrick's run draws a crowd
The first St. Patrick's Day Race had a problem, but it was a good problem.

Kenai girls, SoHi boys earn berths at state tournament
The Kenai Central High School girls basketball team punched its ticket to the state tournament Saturday, winning two games -- the consolation semifinal and the third-place game -- in one day to secure the No. 3 spot at the Region III/4A tournament at Kodiak.

Sports Briefs
Shuttlecocks set to fly at Skyview

Mental block continues to plague Knoblauch
Chuck Knoblauch can't seem to shake his throwing problems.

Bulldogs boys top Heritage to take third, miss out on state tourney berth
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team captured the District 3/3A championship Saturday, defeating Seward 55-43 in the tournament title game at Houston High School.

Avalanche traps Detroit in matchup of NHL's best
DENVER -- Shjon Podein and Ray Bourque scored goals in the final 2:27, and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Saturday in a matchup of the NHL's best teams.

Upsets take a day off at NCAA tourney
Close calls and low-seeded surprises were suddenly at a premium as the NCAA tournament moved into the second round Saturday.

Nikiski girls cruise to finals
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team continued its run toward another region crown, defeating Heritage Christian 59-39 in the semifinals of the District 3/3A tournament at Houston Friday.

Colony girls edge Kardinals
The Kenai Central High School girls basketball team ran into a speed bump Friday in their quest for a state tournament berth, dropping their semifinal game 39-37 to the Colony Knights in the Region III/4A tournament at Kodiak Friday.

Tiger back in a familiar position
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods stood alone on the 17th tee box, glaring at the ground after making the wrong swing at the worst time Saturday in the Bay Hill Invitational.

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