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Wednesday, March 21, 2001

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.

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.

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.

Owls are on the prowl around Alaska. Hoo has an owl box?
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It should come as no surprise that a boreal owl has been hanging out at Al Blahuta's miniature horse farm off Steele Creek Road just north of town. After all, Blahuta offers free room and board.

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.

Panel investigating ACS decision to stop building new phone lines
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Regulatory Commission of Alaska is investigating whether Alaska Communication Systems is violating any rules by refusing to build new phone lines in Fairbanks and Anchorage.

Anchorage sees 30 percent jump in Native population
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Maggie Irrigoo made the move from Nome to Anchorage seven years ago, following her children who came to the state's largest city for work.

On the fly: Club teaches students to tie their own
KENAI (AP) -- 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.

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.

World of fine dining discovers 'white kings'
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- White-fleshed king salmon are native to certain rivers of Southeast Alaska and Canada -- the Taku, the Chilkat, the Quesnel.

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.

White Pass Railroad to delay scheduled service to Carcross
SKAGWAY (AP) -- The White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad says it plans to delay indefinitely scheduled service from this historic Gold Rush city to the Yukon community of Carcross.

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.

NANA profits again top $5 million
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- NANA Regional Corp. posted a $5.1 million profit in 2000, down 2.5 percent from a year earlier, the company's annual report says.

Sexually transmitted disease rates on the rise
ANCHORAGE -- Rates of sexually transmitted diseases in Alaska are rising as health care workers increase efforts to test patients and notify sexual partners who could be infected.

Longer season and lower prices mean good year for halibut consumers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- If you haven't heard -- and that seems unlikely -- the halibut harvest began Thursday, so fresh flatfish from local grocers and fishmongers awaits.

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.

Clam farming banned on bottom and beaches of Kachemak Bay
KENAI (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer has signed new regulations banning shellfish farming on the beaches and sea floor of Kachemak Bay and the Fox River Flats.

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.

Man charged in Anchorage paintball attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 20-year-old man was charged with seven counts of misdemeanor assault Tuesday in connection with paintball shootings Jan. 14 that targeted Alaska Natives.

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.

Release of census figures marks start of redistricting effort
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Armed with figures from the 2000 Census, the Alaska Redistricting Board has 30 days to draft a new political map for the state.

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.

Senate bill would set up victims' rights office
JUNEAU (AP) --The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would set up a state office of victims' rights.

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.

Southeast Food Bank faces closure
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Southeast Alaska Food Bank will close at the end of the month because it has no money to rent operating space.

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.

Ketchikan borough takes step to assist veneer plant
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly took steps Monday to approve a new loan for owners of a troubled veneer plant.

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.

Legislative leaders take aim at halibut charter IFQs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four leading state legislators are opposing a plan to establish individual fishing quotas for halibut charter boat operators.

Bill would send some Permanent Fund earnings to communities
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would send some Permanent Fund earnings to communities to pay for local projects cleared its first House committee Tuesday.

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.

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

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.

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
Chamber luncheon todayComputer classes offeredKDLL board meeting slatedChurch to hold saleSoldotna Day Aglow slatedKBEA scholarship applications availableBoys and Girls Club offers class Marine guide offered to boat owners

Outdoors
Sure has been a strange winter for us hearty Alaskans to endure.

Few voters show up for Soldotna's recently held mayoral election
There was a very low turn out last month as voters went to the poles in Soldotna to elect a new Mayor to replace Ken Lancaster who was elected last fall to the state House of Representatives. 289 out of some 2,800 registered voters in the city of Soldotna cast ballots for 5 candidates.

Paul Gray's "Exploring Alaska" TV program starts third season
Producing a local television program is huge undertaking, that is why there are so few locally produced Alaskan TV shows. Hundreds of hours are expended to complete each show. It takes more than someone who is a s

"Caring for the Kenai" offers incentives for science departments
The award winning environmental awareness contest "Caring for the Kenai" (CFK) has been sponsored since 1990 by Unocal Alaska. This year Alaska's newest corporate citizen, Agrium, joins Unocal Alaska as a co-sponsor of the po

Mayor Bagley proclaims March as American Red Cross Month
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley joined the rest of the nation last week in officially proclaiming March as American Red Cross Month. According to local Red Cross branch manager, Debra Holle, the Red

Dr. Suess's birthday is annually celebrated at Redoubt Elementary
For the last few years, Sharon Hale, Parent Liaison at Redoubt Elementary School, has taken the occasion of legendary children's author Dr. Suess's birthday to encourage students to have fun reading.

Alternate hair color for Alternative School principal
While many school principals are known for getting gray hair from their work, Dennis Dunn, principal at Kenai Alternative School, may be the first to have gone flaming orange from his work.

Soldotna to get new 63 room hotel with pool
Construction is scheduled to begin in June on a 63 room Aspen Hotel in downtown Soldotna, according to Carol Giliam, Vice President of the Alaskan hotel chain. The hotel is scheduled to

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.

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.

Bill would send some Permanent Fund earnings to communities
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would send some Permanent Fund earnings to communities to pay for local projects cleared its first House committee Tuesday.

Senate bill would set up victims' rights office
JUNEAU (AP) --The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would set up a state office of victims' rights.

Legislative leaders take aim at halibut charter IFQs
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four leading state legislators are opposing a plan to establish individual fishing quotas for halibut charter boat operators.

Photos back on table
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Lawyers for Dale Earnhardt's widow and the Orlando Sentinel were headed back to mediation four days after they reached an agreement over access to the racing star's autopsy photos.

Tuesday morning power outage darkens Kenai
A malfunctioning relay at Homer Electric Association's Marathon Road substation plunged the core of downtown Kenai into darkness shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Mayoral candidates ready for runoff
With less than one week to go before the special runoff election to determine who will be Soldotna's next mayor, both A. Kearlee Wright and David Carey have stepped up their campaigns.

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.

Overdue kayakers all found safe
Four kayakers reported overdue were located safe in Thumb Cove on the east side of Resurrection Bay Monday by the tour boat Coastal Explorer.

Injured Osprey Platform worker in critical condition
A Kasilof man was in critical condition Tuesday following injuries sustained on a Cook Inlet oil platform.

Soldotna man found guilty of assault, 3 counts of sexual abuse
A 48-year-old Soldotna man was found guilty of three counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of third-degree assault Friday at the Kenai Courthouse.

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.

Ninilchik woman donates her hair
Do you have any spare hair to share?

Pet of the Week
The Soldotna Animal Shelter is featuring two young, small, mixed breed dogs this week.

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.

Prison measure moving along
Legislation designating the Kenai Peninsula Borough

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.

Betsy E. Sears
Former Kenai resident Betsy E. (Sneesby) Sears died March 17, 2001, in Wasilla. She was 89.

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

Has economic wizard lost his magic when it comes to forecasting financial future?
WASHINGTON -- When George W. Bush was asked during a campaign debate last October how he would handle a stock market crash or other major financial crisis, his answer was straightforward: first call Alan Greenspan.

Financial sky not falling; market undergoing natural adjustment
Chicken Little Democrats are clucking that the financial sky is falling and it's all President Bush's fault. The talking points have gone out from Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee: Blame

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.

Applause
Community support means kids can learn life skills on BB court

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

World begins to warm to Alaska's winter fun
What time of year does this sound like?

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.

Versatile clothing a real catch for anglers, outdoorsmen
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Fishing vests, with all those pockets, are a fisherman's dream, assuming all the pockets are in the right place and open on demand.

Owls are on the prowl around Alaska. Hoo has an owl box?
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It should come as no surprise that a boreal owl has been hanging out at Al Blahuta's miniature horse farm off Steele Creek Road just north of town. After all, Blahuta offers free room and board.

World of fine dining discovers 'white kings'
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- White-fleshed king salmon are native to certain rivers of Southeast Alaska and Canada -- the Taku, the Chilkat, the Quesnel.

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.

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

Boilermakers beat Auburn 79-61 in NIT second round
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Maynard Lewis scored 16 points and Purdue made eight 3-pointers in a 79-61 victory over Auburn in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday night.

Sports Briefs
Gemmell, Petersen finish with strong swimsMidnight Sun spikers notch successful winterPlushchenko takes short program over Yagudin

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.

Islanders beat Blues in OT
ST. LOUIS -- Roman Hamrlik scored 23 seconds into overtime as the New York Islanders spoiled Al MacInnis' return to the St. Louis Blues lineup with a 4-3 victory Tuesday night.

Suzuki homers, doubles twice for Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki is catching on about life in the majors. He's also catching up with the pitching.

Bring it on - District 3/2A cagers begin battle for region supremacy
In high school basketball, with kids shuffling in and out of school every four years, it's hard to set up an operation of complete, long-term domination.

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

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.

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