Tuesday, March 20, 2001

Sign of spring: State road crews begin clearing Taylor Highway
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- State road crews have begun chipping away at the sheet of snow and ice covering the Taylor Highway.

Warm weather mires refuge pipeline project
KENAI (AP) -- Marathon Oil Co. had hoped frozen ground would minimize the impact of a pipeline being built through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge this winter.

State warns Alaska tourists about foot-and-mouth disease
PALMER (AP) -- Alaskans who have visited the United Kingdom over the past 30 days should stay away from farms, ranches and zoos because of the chance they carry the foot-and-mouth disease virus.

Potential bear danger prompts campground closure near McCarthy
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service is closing a small campground near the end of the McCarthy Road in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, citing the danger from bears.

Ramstead arrives in Nome to win Iditarod's Red Lantern Award
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- The 29th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race came to an end Monday as Karen Ramstead of Perryvale, Alberta reached Nome to claim the Red Lantern awarded to the last-place finisher.

More than 3,500 reindeer starved to death in Russian region
MOSCOW (AP) -- It has been a difficult winter for people living in portions of Russia's Far East.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Alaska's winter tourist season:
What time of year does this sound like? Hotels booked to the brim.

School District revokes Wiseman school charter
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Yukon-Koyukuk School District school board has taken over operation of the Wiseman Charter School, citing numerous violations of the school's contract with the district.

Two die in Sunday snowmachine accidents
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An avalanche Sunday killed one snowmobiler south of Delta, according to Alaska State Troopers, while another rider went over a cliff in the Talkeetna Mountains and died of his injuries several hours later.

Powell: Talk about arctic nuclear waste shipments appear limited
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Any talk about shipping nuclear materials through the Arctic Ocean is just an idea at this point, Secretary of State Colin Powell says.

Tax would punish Big Oil for leaving gas in ground
JUNEAU (AP) -- The big oil companies that own most of the North Slope's natural gas would have to pay the state at least a billion dollars a year if the gas isn't taken to market soon under a bill sponsored by a Fairbanks Republican.

Cleveland volcano erupts again
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutians erupted again Monday, sending an ash cloud as high as 30,000 feet that drifted 125 miles from the mountain, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Military drawdowns hurt rural Alaska population
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Military base closures of the 1990s hit hard in parts of rural Alaska and the population of Anchorage's northern suburbs swelled, according to Census 2000 figures released Monday by the state.

Anchorage police have suspect in five rapes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police believe they've solved a serial rape case involving five attacks on Native women over the last six months.

Juneau Empire on another capital move effort:
This time around, Juneau may want to wake up and take a more serious interest in the age-old game of move the capital.

Air Force plans Kodiak launch Thursday
KODIAK (AP) -- An Air Force rocket is schedule to be fired from the Kodiak Launch Complex Thursday as part of the military's Northern Edge exercise.

Anchorage Daily News on Alaska's continuing fiscal problems:
$530 million. That's the figure Gov. Tony Knowles used Tuesday noon in a wide-ranging address to the downtown Rotary in Anchorage.

Workers return to Ketchikan veneer plant
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- About half the workers at a struggling veneer mill in Ketchikan were scheduled to return to work today.

Operation Northern Edge gets underway around Alaska
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Operation Northern Edge gets underway Monday, with three major staging areas set around Alaska.

Tungsten mine set to open in Canada
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Canadian tungsten mine 250 miles east of Whitehorse could restart after a 15-year closure, and officials of the state-owned Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority are hoping the mine will use AIDEA's ore-loading facility in Skagway.

Ellis takes North American
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Egil Ellis walked away from the ACS Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race with the hardware. But the elation belonged to Buddy Streeper, second to Ellis in the world's oldest and most prestigious sprint race.

Juneau legislator introduces income tax bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Bill Hudson has introduced a state income tax bill that he says would raise $250 million to help plug Alaska's long-term fiscal gap.

Doyon shareholders elect one newcomer
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Just one seat changed hands in last week's election for the Doyon Ltd. board, but while no major policy switch was expected, the vote gave the Native corporation's governing panel a female majority.

Man pleads to murder charge in crash that killed two
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 35-year-old Anchorage man pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and assault Monday in the crash that killed two young boys and injured their grandparents last July.

Voice of The (Anchorage) Times about the Iditarod and dog care:
When Doug Swingley swept into Nome after a thousand-mile run, his dogs looked about as tired as most of us do after climbing two flights of stairs.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Peer counselors to lead mothers group Computer classes offered.CPGH Board to meetAlliance to hold meetingKDLL board to meet Church to hold saleKids sought for new Marines unitTickets on sale for memory quilt

LIO Schedule
LIO Schedule

Around the Peninsula
Training offered todayChorus looking for membersRural transit to be discussed at luncheonMeetings for quiet winter recreation setPlanning committee meeting slatedKDLL board meeting slatedKBEA scholarship applications availableBoys and Girls Club offers classMarine guide offered to boat owners

Iditarod awards Lantern
NOME, Alaska (AP) -- The 29th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race ended Monday as Karen Ramstead of Perryvale, Alberta, reached Nome to claim the Red Lantern awarded to the last-place finisher.

Royer clinches Iditarod award
NOME-- 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.

Voice of The (Anchorage) Times about the Iditarod and dog care:
When Doug Swingley swept into Nome after a thousand-mile run, his dogs looked about as tired as most of us do after climbing two flights of stairs.

For Gebhardt, Baker, Iditarod less than racing when friends race too
NOME -- For Paul Gebhardt and John Baker, this year's 1,161-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was 22 miles of fierce competition and 1,139 miles of friendship.

Juneau legislator introduces income tax bill
JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Bill Hudson has introduced a state income tax bill that he says would raise $250 million to help plug Alaska's long-term fiscal gap.

Jarrett pulls out Dodge Dealers 400 win
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- There were memories of the late Dale Earnhardt everywhere -- and not all of them good -- as Dale Jarrett came from way back to win the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 on Sunday.

Photo feature: Clearly a bright image
The longer days of March make for extended sunsets, including this view of the Kenai River in Soldotna, seen from the Sterling Highway bridge.

New project assists youths without families
Many young people look forward to turning 18 and acquiring the independence of legal adulthood. But for those without families, no strings attached can mean no safety net.

Volunteers needed to help grant wishes
'It is really fun to see not only the wish child's life touched, but everyone's else's life also.'

KCHS student earns tip honor at Kenai Club
For Crystal Morris, the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula has provided more than just a place to go after school.

Kachemak Bay clam farming banned
Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer signed new regulations last week to ban shellfish farming on the beaches and sea floor of Kachemak Bay and the Fox River Flats.

Borough assessments out
And the envelope, please.

Photo feature: Melting away
The view of Kenai Lake from Slaughter Creek Trail above Cooper Landing.

Appraisers job interesting, but not always an easy task
Assigning values to borough properties is a year-long job for the Kenai Peninsula Borough assessor's office.

Handful testify about Legislature's location
JUNEAU (AP) -- Citizens barely outnumbered lawmakers Satur-day in a teleconferenced hearing on whether to move legislative sessions from Juneau to Anchorage.

Fish resources belong to all
The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council is moving toward a decision that will effectively incorporate the halibut sport charter industry into a "fishery" limited by individual quotas.

Letters to the Editor
Unions may have served purpose in past, but those days are goneMovie may confuse viewers about what Bible teachesVisit with women in prison changes some preconceived ideas

Entire community plays part in success of 'The Music Man'

China not yet ready for honor that comes with Olympic Games
The Olympic Games are about athletics, not politics. Something needs to be done about buildup of space junk

Article, photos on cheerleading show how hard these athletes workMany contribute to students' love of reading at Redoubt

Project shows Alaskans on opposite sides of divisive issue share many values
Like many, Alaska Quakers have been sad to see bitterness and division as our state struggles with the current issues surrounding subsistence uses of fish and game. Together with the American Friends Service Committee, we formed a project to gather small groups of Alaskans to learn about the experiences and values at the heart of the subsistence debate. Participants and "listeners" alike have challenged ourselves to hear the human story of those with differing views. By listening fully to each other we hoped to find values we all hold in common.

Letters to the Editor
Private, for-profit prisons make bad

Iditarod critics should follow trail that leads to Nome's burled arch
When Doug Swingley swept into Nome after a thousand-mile run, his dogs looked about as tired as most of us do after climbing two flights of stairs.

Peninsula People
Soldotna man completes training Area residents enlist in Army Congressman nominate students to academies

Community news
Ping pong tourney results

SeaLife Center seeks kids for squids
The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward invites students in grades three through 12 to enter a unique contest for "Operation Squid."

Ask a Trooper
Question: How much does my child have to weigh before she can get out of her car seat and just use a seat belt?

Kathy Sackman and Andy Lombard
Kathy Sackman and Andy Lombard, of Soldotna, announce the birth of their daughter, Denali Anne Lombard, at 8:18 a.m. Sunday, March 11, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Lookin' for love
Lookin' for love

Senior Briefs
Activities schedules at the area senior centers for this next week.

AARP new president takes office
Vivian Swanson, former president of the Kenai Peninsula Chapter No. 745 of the American Association of Retired Persons, turned her gavel over to Archie Phelps at the Jan. 18 meeting held at the Kenai Senior Center.

Senior Menus
Menus for the area Senior Centers.

Rangers star moves into third place on all-time NHL points list
NEW YORK -- Mark Messier scored a short-handed goal to move into third place on the NHL career points list as the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 6-3 Monday night.

Blazers can't click Spurs
SAN ANTONIO -- Derek Anderson scored 28 points and Tim Duncan tied his career high by grabbing 23 rebounds Monday night in San Antonio's 98-85 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.It was Portland's fifth loss in six games.

Tiger back to winning
ORLANDO, Fla. -- No more talk about a slump, just more stories about the amazing feats of Tiger Woods.

Florida, North Carolina booted from tournament in surprising upset victories
Fresno State's Shannon Swillis fights Michigan State's David Thomas, left, and Zach Randolph, right, for a rebound at the NCAA South Regional tournament in Memphis Sunday. Michigan State defeated Fresno State 81-65.

Boozer cleared to play for Duke
DURHAM, N.C. -- Injured Duke center Carlos Boozer of Juneau was cleared to practice Monday and is expected to play when the Blue Devils take on UCLA in the East Regional semifinals.

Lady Bears upset Rutgers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Jackie Stiles was too good even for Rutgers' defense.

Sports Briefs
Rickey Henderson close to signing with Padres Wells says he'll retire if Chicago declines option Knoblauch may be seeing field from different view

L.A. Xtreme hands Rage first XFL loss
LOS ANGELES -- Tommy Maddox threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score as the Los Angeles Xtreme handed the Orlando Rage its first loss of the season, 31-6 Sunday.

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