Monday, March 20, 2000

Phillips head says he'd like to run Prudhoe field
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The chief executive of Phillips Petroleum Co., which announced Wednesday it is buying the Alaska assets of Atlantic Richfield Co., says his company is interested in running the Prudhoe Bay field solo.

Ex-Venetie tribal leader sentenced for rape
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Venetie tribal leader has been sentenced to eight years in prison for rape.

GOP near budget-cutting goal -- for now
JUNEAU (AP) -- When the House passed its operating budget this week, a Republican leader all but declared victory in the GOP majority's five-year campaign to cut spending.

Alaska a big challenge for census takers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- At the Tanana Chiefs Conference convention last week, Dee Olin tossed stress-reducing balls at delegates and gave away bumper stickers and balloons.

Supreme Court sides with Fairbanks firefighters
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has sided with two Fairbanks firefighters who sued the city after resigning the jobs in 1995 because they claimed working conditions were intolerable.

Former Elmendorf NCO loses anthrax battle with Air Force
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Refusing to take the anthrax vaccine has cost a former noncommissioned officer at Elmendorf Air Force Base his military career.

Military pulls out of Kivalina project
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- The military has backed away from a plan to use training funds to help the town of Kivalina move to a new site. The military involvement could have saved as much as $14 million of the project expected to cost up to $170 million.

Airline CEO tries to reassure public about carrier safety
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines' chief executive officer scrambled Monday to assure the public that no unsafe planes have been sent out from the airline's maintenance bases.

Phillips chief visits North Slope, assures workers
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The chief executive of Phillips Petroleum Co. visited the North Slope on Friday to see the company's new oil properties.

Iditarod awards banquet honors race standouts
NOME (AP) -- Champion Doug Swingley of Lincoln, Mont., was handed his first-place check for $60,000 and the keys to a new pickup truck during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race mushers' banquet here over the weekend.

Contractor cited for Whittier tunnel accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Seattle-based construction company in charge of the $80 million Whittier tunnel renovation has been cited for safety violations following an accident that paralyzed a worker.

Eagles snatch up another pet dog in Valdez
VALDEZ (AP) -- There's been another report of bald eagles flying away with a family pet in this Prince William Sound community.

Modest proposals from Clinton, 'quiet diplomacy' at work
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans hoping for quick relief from high fuel prices should be patient, President Clinton said Saturday as he cautioned against ''shortsighted and risky steps'' to address the problem.

Fairbanks woman arrested for filing false kidnapping report
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police arrested a 19-year-old Fairbanks woman Saturday for filing a phony report claiming two unknown assailants kidnapped, attempted to rape and threatened to kill her Friday night after she got off work.

State suspends of licenses of drivers behind in child support
JUNEAU (AP) -- Seventeen Alaskans had their drivers licenses suspended this week after failing to pay child support, and more suspensions may be on the way.

Administration to phase out gas additive MTBE
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Clinton administration announced Monday it will ban MTBE as a gasoline additive on grounds it poses a risk to public health and the environment.

Flight 261 probe becomes criminal based on alleged maintenance practices
What began months ago as an inquiry into aircraft maintenance practices at an Alaska Airlines facility in Oakland has now become a criminal investigation into the deadly crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, The Seattle Times reported Saturday.

Fairbanks family embraces a mushing lifestyle
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- If success were based solely on the contributions from those around you, then team Blevins is a winner.

Anchorage, principals union settle contract
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage's school district and its principal's union have settled a three-year contract that would give the principals a raise of more than 4 percent in the first year.

March 17: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Phillips becoming a major Alaska player:
It is a relief to all who have watched and theorized and worried

Anchorage police help catch Internet scammers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Internet credit card scam masterminded by a pair of southern California teens has been broken up with the aid of Anchorage police.

March 17: Voice of The (Anchorage) Times on Phillips becoming a major Alaska player:
Wednesday's confirmation that Phillips Petroleum Co. is purchasing all of ARCO's Alaska assets from BP Amoco is great for th

Anchorage hospitals plan expansions
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage hospitals are planning construction projects over the next couple of years that together will cost more than $50 million.

Another fight shaping up to alternative to King Cove Road
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A battle appears to be shaping up again over a road-ferry option from King Cove to Cold Bay, on the Alaska Peninsula.

Fewer herring expected in Togiak district
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- State fisheries officials are predicting that fewer herring will return to the Togiak area this year compared to 1999.

MD80 flight aborted by brake problem
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Firefighters put out a small fire on the wheel of an Alaska Airlines MD80 jet after the pilot reported brake problems as he taxied for takeoff Sunday evening.

Parents of injured child arrested for assault
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Fort Richardson couple has been charged with injuring their infant boy so extensively that he was left in a vegetative condition permanently.

Rosier to head Outdoor Council
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Carl Rosier of Juneau has been named president of the Alaska Outdoor Council, the state's largest hunting and fishing organization.

Eagle River skater one of college hockey's best
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the third time in four years, an Alaska hockey player is among the nation's top collegiate players.

Nikiski man indicted on murder charge
KENAI (AP) -- A Nikiski man has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder for a shooting last week that left one man dead and injured three others.

Nikiski boys enjoy fourth-place win
SEWARD -- The Nikiski boys basketball team was not about to let a few minor details get in the way of a good time Saturday in the fourth-place game at the District 3/3A boys basketball tournament.

Around the Peninsula
Soldotna mayor to speak at Alliance meeting Public health nurse to visit communities CIRCAC to host committee meeting Preschool plans garage sale Blood drive scheduled Scholarship applications available

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Iditarod awards banquet honors race standouts
NOME (AP) -- Champion Doug Swingley of Lincoln, Mont., was handed his first-place check for $60,000 and the keys to a new pickup truck during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race mushers' banquet here over the weekend.

Peters runs his best Iditarod
1975 Iditarod winner Emmitt Peters crossed the finish line Friday in 40th place in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, shaving a day off his fastest time set nearly 20 years ago.

Weddings
Heather Elisabeth Voss and Joshua James Dunn were married in a noon ceremony Dec. 18, 1999, at the Twin Rivers Baptist Church in Springfield, Ore. The wedding was performed by the fathers of the couple.

Engagements
Dolphin plays role in Van Troba, Coghill engagement

Treading on thick ice
Every Sunday for the past 30 years, between New Year's Day and break-up, several dozen die-hard souls strap on crash helmets, climb into some pretty rough-looking automobiles and race around on a frozen lake.

School board, assembly, lawmakers relationship stands on shaky ground
Everyone wants better education for Kenai Peninsula students. But legislators and borough officials differ about how to accomplish that goal in times of tight budgets.

Photo feature:
Melting ice on the beach in Kenai

LNG consortium ponders Phase II feasibility study
An industry consortium will consider continuing its study of the feasibility of a pipeline to bring North Slope natural gas to market during meetings this week in Tokyo.

Kenai man cited for contempt in mother's guardianship case
For speaking out on the plight of his aged mother, Kenai resident Les Bradley has been ruled in contempt of court by a Fairbanks magistrate.

Soldotna land swap finally settled
It really doesn't take much to make Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedeker's week.

Youth center site chosen
The state's contractor has revised its analysis but not its conclusion about the choice between possible sites for the proposed central peninsula youth detention center.

Community, family search for answers
"You ask me how I know he lives. He lives within my heart."

Photo Feature: Night lights
Fireworks burst above a crowd gathered in the parking lot at the Soldotna Sports Center

First-degree murder among 10 felony charges in indictment
In an indictment handed down by a grand jury on Friday, a Nikiski man was charged with 10 felony counts.

Alternative transportation idea earns senior honors
Jason Redmond has acquired more from his government class project than just a good grade.

Kenai council votes to support gas line
Kenai Mayor John Williams was preaching to the choir Wednesday night when he showed the city council his computerized pitch for Nikiski being the south end of the proposed North Slope natural gas pipeline.

Suzanne Weller
Suzanne Weller died peacefully at home March 12, 2000, surrounded by her family. She was 47.

Myron (Mike) Cronce
Myron (Mike) Cronce died March 11, 2000, in Bowie, Ariz. He was 69.

Seburn Sherman
Kenai resident Seburn "Cy" Sherman died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 82.

Fairbanks family embraces a mushing lifestyle
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- If success were based solely on the contributions from those around you, then team Blevins is a winner.

Community News
Students named to deans' lists Skyview graduate completes Army trainingSoldotna man accepts position in TexasYoung Marines graduateStesney graduates from basic trainingService officer elected Western District commanderPing pong tournament announces winners

Community News
Rep. Phillips announces scholarshipsBlood Drive plannedClicks for Licks benefit plannedSoldotna Lodge host successful lobster dinner

Births

Engagements
Dolphin plays role in Van Troba, Coghill engagement

Around the Peninsula
The Kenai Peninsula orchestra's winter recital series continues today at 2 p.m. with Julie A

Weddings
Heather Elisabeth Voss and Joshua James Dunn were married in a noon ceremony Dec. 18, 1999, at the Twin Rivers Baptist Church in Springfield, Ore. The wedding was performed by the fathers of the couple.

Alaska SeaLife Center News
Skijor race a successNew in the diving tankComing in April

Nikiski girls capture District 3/3A crown
SEWARD -- When the going got tough, the tough got going.

Sports Briefs
Parks and Recreation holds shinny hockey

Chinooks wrap up season with awards, reflection
Just one more game.

Eagles visit Wolverines
The Ninilchik Elementary-High School gymnasium is cozy enough as it is. With barely two feet between the edge of the court and the first row of bleachers, fans have to wait for a timeout before stretching their legs, lest they trip up a fast break.

Homer boys go dancing
PALMER -- The Homer boys' basketball team took off its glass slipper Saturday night at Palmer High School and replaced it with something a little more comfortable -- dancing shoes. As in those used at the Big Dance.

1999-2000 Peninsula Chinooks team awards
n Unsung Hero -- Defenseman Mike McIntosh

Oilers Corner
The Oilers have signed 6-foot-1 left-handed pitcher Matt Drosjack. Drosjack, from Rice University, joins teammate John Kaye with the 2000 Oilers.

Eagles snatch up another pet dog in Valdez
VALDEZ (AP) -- There's been another report of bald eagles flying away with a family pet in this Prince William Sound community.

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