Friday, March 23, 2001

Census shows Fairbanks saw slow growth
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks grew at about half the statewide rate during the past decade, making it the slowest-growing urban area in Alaska, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Minority groups call for more action on paintball attack, racism
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Leaders of minority groups say state and federal authorities must do more in reaction to a paintball attack on Alaska Natives in downtown Anchorage and other examples of racial injustice.

Aleutian goose is off the threatened list
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Aleutian Canada Goose has returned from the brink of extinction and has been lifted from the federal government's threatened species list.

Season's coldest weather arrives in March
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- It's rare that the coldest cold snap of the winter hits the village of Eagle in March.

Knowles pushing bill to provide cancer treatment
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles tried to drum up support Wednesday for a bill that would pay for breast and cervical cancer treatment for some women who lack insurance.

Fairbanks man sentenced for bar fight stabbing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man found guilty of stabbing two men in a bar fight was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison.

Five Kodiak teens credited with rescue in fatal accident
KODIAK (AP) -- Five Kodiak teens are credited with rescuing a group of other teens whose Jeep Cherokee swerved off a road and plunged into Pillar Creek early Wednesday.

Fairbanks man sentenced for kidnapping, rape
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man convicted of rape, kidnapping and assault was sentenced Thursday to more than 35 years in prison.

Second Cordova cruise tax recount on hold
CORDOVA (AP) -- Cordova residents will have to wait to find out whether voters approved a $5-per-passenger cruise-ship tax in a recent election.

Alaska's U.S. senators differ on reactions to paintball attacks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's U.S. senators have differing views about the value of a U.S. Civil Rights Commission investigation into a series of paintball attacks against Natives on Anchorage streets.

Delta boy killed when vehicle strikes dead moose
NORTH POLE (AP) -- A Delta boy was killed Tuesday night when the car he was in riding struck a dead moose, Alaska State Troopers said.

Transplanted lynx still fighting for foothold Outside
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lynx trapped in Alaska and Canada and transplanted in Colorado over the past two years as part of a controversial reintroduction program aren't necessarily thriving, but they are surviving.

Brothers killed in Kodiak vehicle accident
KODIAK (AP) -- Two Kodiak teen-agers were killed and one was critically injured early Wednesday after the Jeep Cherokee they were riding in swerved off a road, rolled over and landed upside down in Pillar Creek.

State warns owners to keep dogs from harassing wildlife ... or else
KENAI (AP) -- Authorities say they plan to enforce a zero-tolerance policy toward dogs harassing wildlife around Alaska.

Opening statements presented in Ketchikan murder trial
KETCHIKAN -- Attorneys presented opening statements Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of Matthew Cook Jr., charged with stabbing Harold James Trout to death 15 months ago.

Bill would change campaign contribution rules for some nonprofits
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would put more limits on campaign contributions by nonprofit groups such as the Alaska Conservation Voters is moving through the Legislature.

McClatchy lowers profit forecast
NEW YORK (AP) -- McClatchy Co., a newspaper publisher based in Sacramento, Calif., is expecting lower profits in the first quarter of this year as advertising revenues soften and newsprint costs rise.

British explorers aiming to drive across frozen Bering Strait
NOME(AP) -- Two British explorers left Nome on a specially designed snow tractor Wednesday on a mission to make the first drive across the frozen Bering Strait.

Norton wants to address national park maintenance backlog
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Bush administration is serious about addressing the nearly $5 billion maintenance backlog in national parks, Interior Secretary Gale Norton says. But she also wants parks to be managed better.

Wasilla man arrested in marijuana grow operation bust
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 31-year-old man was arrested this week after narcotics officers uncovered a commericial marijuana grow operation in Wasilla.

Another developer withdraws from Hatcher Pass ski project
WASILLA (AP) -- The latest plan for a ski resort at Hatcher Pass has fallen through, in part because the developer determined a ski area alone wouldn't make any money.

Ketchikan borough votes to help veneer plant creditors
KETCHIKAN -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough will spend up to $5.5 million to relieve Ketchikan-based creditors of Gateway Forest Products, developers of a financially troubled veneer plant.

Army gets new replacement trucks
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Army is getting 373 new medium tactical trucks this spring at a cost of $51.2 million.

Dolphins visit Ketchikan for cold weather training
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The dolphins have landed.

Man killed in Anchorage vehicle accident identified
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police released the name of the man who died in a vehicle accident Monday night on Gambell Street.

Crews to search for oil on Prince William Sound beaches
VALDEZ (AP) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to sample beaches around Prince William Sound this summer, looking for oil remaining from the March 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Man critically injured in drilling platform accident
KENAI (AP) -- A Kasilof man was critically injured in a weekend accident on Forest Oil Corp.'s Osprey drilling platform in Cook Inlet.

Light quake reported under Gulf of Alaska; no damage or injuries
PALMER (AP) -- A light earthquake shook portions of Prince William Sound early Friday, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries.

Senate passes bill that would award diplomas to vets
JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would let the state award diplomas to World War II veterans who didn't finish high school.

Brothers killed in Kodiak vehicle accident
KODIAK (AP) -- Two Kodiak teen-agers were killed and one was critically injured early Wednesday after the Jeep Cherokee they were riding in swerved off a road, rolled over and landed upside down in Pillar Creek.

Both sides increase ANWR lobbying in Washington
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Both sides in the battle over oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge may wish they could reach every household in America with their messages.

Judge rules Anchorage curfew unconstitutional
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state judge has declared Anchorage's curfew law for teenagers unconstitutional.

Three file motion to stop Intertie line through Tanana Flats
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Three people have filed a motion in Superior Court here aimed at stopping the state from issuing permits to Golden Valley Electric Association for construction of the Northern Intertie.

Leading indicators drop 0.3 percent, though index does not signal recession
NEW YORK (AP) -- A key gauge of economic activity fell 0.3 percent in February, but the U.S. economy so far has avoided slipping into a recession, the Conference Board said Thursday.

New technology tries to bring trust to Web transactions
The Internet brought us shopping from our personal computers. Now a Kansas company says its going to make that shopping safer, and more convenient, with a first-of-a-kind set of tools that includes online payment, escrow and shipping to and from home or office.

State was warned of $14 billion Big Dig price tag in 1994, report says
BOSTON (AP) -- Big Dig officials were warned as early as 1994 that the Boston highway project would probably cost $14 billion, but kept reporting an $8 billion price tag, according to a state report issued Tuesday.

Business Briefs
Homer Electric will supply power to BP plantSeward hosts economic forumSoldotna Chamber Plans outdoor show boothFood forum planned in HomerAllstate recognizes local firmWells Fargo Home Mortgage posts record earningsKAKM plans Sheldon documentaryKnorr, Bird honoredMicro Loan sources listed

Savings bonds, CDs and money funds are alternatives for savers with stock market jitters
NEW YORK (AP) -- If the ups and downs of the stock market are making you queasy about your savings, there are alternatives from inflation-indexed U.S. Savings Bonds to bank certificates of deposit and money market mutual funds that can provide some earnings stability.

ACS phone line decision draws fire
'I cannot afford to wait any longer for phone service, as this is an expected part of running any business.'

U.S. markets mixed, Europe lower while Tokyo soars
NEW YORK (AP) -- Investors pushed stocks lower Wednesday, once again expressing their disappointment over the Federal Reserve's interest rate policy.

New IRA rules benefit retirees
DENVER (AP) -- The Internal Revenue Service has significantly simplified the rules that require retirees to start taking money out of their traditional IRAs and qualified retirement plans.

Business finds low-cost power 200 feet down
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- With energy rates rising, Brian McGovern was nervous about his plans to double the size of his print shop. He thought long about the heating bills, which are already hitting $500 a month at his existing downtown Insty Prints business.

The bad news hasn't yet sunk in
NEW YORK (AP) -- For people who'd turn blue were an errant wind to blow away a $20 bill, investors seem remarkably detached, even blase, about seeing more than $4 trillion in equity assets disappear into the air.

The anchor of your finances: A home.
NEW YORK (AP) -- As stocks tank and investors wander in the wasteland, they might pause to give thanks for having made at least one great investments. They may in fact be sitting in it as they read this.

Winter tourism numbers may be on decline again
PHOENIX -- Experts say it's too early to tell conclusively how Arizona fared with winter visitors this season, but occupancy levels at recreational vehicle and mobile home parks suggest the state's annual gathering of snowbirds may be on the decline.

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 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
Class offered for goat careYouths sought for new Marines unitHomer winter king tournament slatedUmpires needed for summer seasonSocial Security representative to visit areaEndowment dinner plannedSpace available for Sterling saleBoys and Girls Club offers classPhotos needed for wall of hope

Around the Peninsula
Planning committee meeting slatedSoldotna Day Aglow slatedKBEA scholarship applications available Boys and Girls Club offers classMarine guide offered to boat owners

Rainbow trout showing up in upper Kenai River ahead of schedule
It's only March but the sporting cry of "Fish on" can already be heard on the upper Kenai River.

The best fishing in Yellowstone lies off the beaten path
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- Some of the most fabled fly-fishing destinations in the West lie within the boundaries Yellowstone National Park.

Pea planting heralds a new spring
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- The weather may still feel wintry, with snow barely gone, but gardeners gladly ignore the wind chill factor to celebrate a first rite of spring -- planting peas.

The heart of art
Every two years, the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai features a Kenai Juried Art Exhibition. This year, Cordova resident and show juror Michael Anderson chose a large array of art that captures the heart of area talent.

What's Happening
Best Bets, Events and Exhibits, Entertainment, In the Future, Down the Road, Anchorage Events, Films

Art Briefs
Clock makers sought for showPoems sought for contestJuneau to host quilt exhibit

Bill would change campaign contribution rules for some nonprofits
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill that would put more limits on campaign contributions by nonprofit groups such as the Alaska Conservation Voters is moving through the Legislature.

points standings
Point standings so far in the Winston cup series

High ratings validate deal worth billions
ATLANTA -- It's hard to figure out which number is more mind-boggling: The amount Fox Sports paid for NASCAR racing or the current ratings. Either way, the figures exceeded all expectations.

MONEY LEADERS
Money leaders in the Winston Cup series.

Safety efforts should be openly discussed
ATLANTA -- Ford teams are unhappy with the rules on the Winston Cup Series circuit, and their problems aren't likely to be addressed any time soon.

Schedule
Winston Cup racing schedule

Food city 500
When: 1 p.m. Sunday

Photo feature: High perch
Scott Dolan watches his children play on the beach with his dog Cole from a sunny spot on the bluff in Kenai Wednesday afternoon.

Zero-tolerance policy adopted toward wildlife-harassing dogs
The message is quite simple -- if you love your dog then keep it safe by keeping it home.

Census numbers show population rise
The numbers are rolling in.

Early halibut flood market
Good weather and the promise of high prices set the 2001 halibut season off in a rush.

Nikiski murder goes to trial
One year after his gun shots took the life of one individual and wounded three others, Zebulon E. Nudson, 23, of Nikiski, finds his life resting in the hands of 14 individuals -- a jury of his peers.

Agent to screen aspiring models, actors today
If you've ever wanted to sing or dance or model or act professionally, this afternoon could be your big break.

Photo feature: Tank Walk
Scott Toloff casts a long shadow as he works to unload a tank from a flatbed trailer at Kenai Municipal Airport Thursday afternoon.

Security issues postpone trial start
Security issues brought the jury trial of Zebulon E. Nudson to a one-day standstill Thursday, after defense attorney James McComas said threats had been made against individuals who supported Nudson.

Brenda "Kay" Watkins
Former Funny River resident Brenda "Kay" Watkins died Monday, March 19, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was 56.

Hugh Malone
A wake for former Kenai resident Hugh Malone will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai Senior Center. Mr. Malone, who lived in Douglas, died March 8, 2001, as the result of an accident while vacationing in Vernazza, Italy.

Patricia Gail DeBusschere
Kenai resident Patricia Gail DeBusschere died Saturday, March 17, 2001, at her home in Kenai surrounded by her family after a brief battle with cancer. She was 51.

Eloise Hershberger
Kenai resident Eloise Hershberger died Friday, March 16, 2001, at a hospital in Indio, Calif. She was 68.

James Edward Chapman
Soldotna resident James Edward Chapman died at Providence Hospital in Anchorage on Sunday, March 18, 2001.

Applause
Community support gives girls fun-filled day at conference

Ashcroft's call for two FBI probes warranted
Attorney General John Ashcroft has launched not one but two probes of security procedures following charges that a senior FBI official spied for Russia 16 years without detection. Both investigations are needed.

Relations with Russia turn chilly
WASHINGTON -- Bush administration relations with former Cold War adversaries are off to a chilly start.

Japan's bad loans hinder its economic recovery
Even without an expression of concern from the U.S. president, it is glaringly obvious that the final disposal of bad loans held by Japanese financial institutions is the most pressing economic issue that the government has to tackle.

Stronger leader needed to help Japan's economy
It seems ages ago when an American academic's book -- ''Japan as Number One'' -- described how most of the world perceived that country's booming economy. Nowadays an updated version might have to be called ''Japan as Number Three'' because it trails far behind both America and Europe, and shows little sign of regaining lost vigor.

Letters to the Editor
State, not private business, should build, operate prison on peninsula

Black bear-baiting clinic scheduled
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be holding four black bear-baiting clinics on the Kenai Peninsula.

Snowmachiners, skiers offer alternatives for Chugach National Forest trail use
Snowmachiners could keep access to Lost Lake but lose Carter Lake to skiers under compromise proposals being considered for the Chugach National Forest.

Like the stock market, the peninsula has its ups and downs
The Kenai Peninsula is a dynamic landscape in the quite literal sense of moving up and down. Like the stock market, the peninsula is constantly on the move. But whether you say it's going up or down depends on your time scale of reference.

Hikers, snowmobilers heading out to backcountry despite avalanche risks
DENVER (AP) -- The lone figure paused in deep snow near Rocky Mountain National Park, put on another layer, hitched a backpack and snowboard over his back and snowshoed up the mountain ridge.

Another setback halts Hatcher Pass ski project
WASILLA (AP) -- The latest plan for a ski resort at Hatcher Pass has fallen through, in part because the developer determined a ski area alone wouldn't make any money.

World Anglican leaders continue to debate 'flying bishops' for the U.S.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The leader of the Episcopal Church denies that a closed-door meeting of world Anglican church leaders this month endorsed the idea of sending special visiting bishops to serve U.S. congregations that oppose their regular bishops' liberal policies on homosexuality.

A bit of the Vatican comes to nation's capital
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At first glimpse, one focuses on the limestone facade, huge cylindrical entrance and sharp geometric angles accenting the perimeter of the $65 million building. One might overlook the large cross on top.

God's house: A place for the weary to rest
Spring break. Vaca-tions. The idea is to get some rest and recreation.

Judge displays commandments to support colleague
BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) -- A Crawford County judge has hung a poster of the Ten Commandments in his courtroom to show support for a colleague who is being sued over a similar display.

Russian priest shepherds poor rural children into the classroom
GORODNYA, Russia (AP) -- In a small wooden schoolhouse across the road from a 14th century church perched on the bank of the frozen Volga River, teacher Sergei Domnin announces it's time to read aloud.

Government accuses church of making false allegations against Jews
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The Greek government accused the leader of the nation's Orthodox church of falsely blaming Jews for a decision to eliminate a religion entry from state identity cards.

World Anglican leaders continue to debate ''flying bishops'' for the U.S.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The leader of the Episcopal Church denies that a closed-door meeting of world Anglican church leaders this month endorsed the idea of sending special visiting bishops to serve U.S. congregations that oppose their regular bishops' liberal policies on homosexuality.

Churches also fall under Utah liquor laws
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The state's liquor control board may be tough on bars and restaurants that bend Utah's alcohol rules, but goes easy on churches, according to a copyright story in The Salt Lake Tribune.

Religion Briefs
Church to hold garage saleAglow meeting slatedBoardwalk available to studentsSpiritual poems sought

Loyola University classics department targeted for elimination
CHICAGO (AP) -- Loyola University Chicago administrators have made preliminary plans to eliminate the school's classical studies department, the latest move in an ongoing effort to address the school's troubled budget.

Churches making Internet central to 21st-century religious experience
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- Bandwidth. Streaming media. Web portals.

Second-grader's parents sue school over religious literature
DELAFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- The parents of an 8-year-old girl forbidden from giving classmates religious greeting cards during school hours sued the district Thursday, saying she was humiliated when the school made her take the gifts back.

Louisville wins Pitino derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rick Pitino became Louisville's basketball coach Wednesday, returning to the state where he won a national championship in 1996.

Texas Tech will offer job to Knight
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Legendary coach Bob Knight will be offered the job as the men's head basketball coach at Texas Tech, university chancellor John T. Montford told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Thursday.

Knights take tourney opener
The Community Christian School girls basketball team opened up the Region II District 3/2A tournament with a win Wednesday, defeating Bristol Bay 64-25 at Homer High School.

Thunderbirds wear down Stars
The Kenai Central High School girls basketball team dropped its opening game at the Alaska School Activities Association 4A State Championship Thursday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Cook Inlet boys top Sea Otters
The Cook Inlet Academy boys high school basketball team kept to the winning path Thursday, taking its second-round game against the host Seldovia Sea Otters 68-46 at the Region II District 3/2A tournament at Homer High School.

Blue Devils crush UCLA
Jason Williams was the unlikely hero for Duke as the NCAA tournament held to its unpredictable form Thursday night.

Kwan, Slutskaya top qualifying groups
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Michelle Kwan fought off the distraction of a broken boot during warmups to lead a U.S. sweep of the top three spots in their qualifying group Wednesday night at the World Figure Skating Championships.

Can SoHi's defense crash Thunderbirds?
When the Soldotna High School boys basketball team takes the floor tonight against East High School in the Alaska School Activities Association 4A State Championships at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, the Stars will be relying on what has become their bread and butter this season -- solid man-to-man defense.

Texas Tech will offer job to Knight
Legendary coach Bob Knight will be offered the job as the men's head basketball coach at Texas Tech, university chancellor John T. Montford told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Thursday.

Last state trip left Kenai girls hungry
Two years ago, when the Kenai girls basketball team made a shocking run to the state tournament, the state tournament games themselves were icing on the cake.

Closure, sort of, for Knight
In coaching circles, this is what passes for a happy ending:

Sports Briefs
Panthers place well in SoldotnaKnight edges closer to Texas Tech job Indiana sticks with Davis

Eielson upsets Nikiski at state
The Nikiski High School girls basketball team stumbled in the Alaska School Activities Association State 3A Basketball Championship Thursday, dropping it's opening-round game to the Eielson Ravens 51-47 at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

State journey fulfills dreams for area teams
I don't know if I am jealous or just impressed. The Kenai Kardinals and Nikiski Bulldogs girls basketball teams along with the Soldotna Stars boys are going to experience the journey of a lifetime -- a trip to the Alaska state championship basketball tournaments.

Blazers snap Jazz home winning streak at eight
SALT LAKE CITY -- Dale Davis made two free throws with 1.9 seconds left and Scottie Pippen scored eight straight points in the last 2:12 as the Portland Trail Blazers rallied past the Utah Jazz 101-99 Thursday night.

Run 'n' gun replaces fun 'n' sun for 'Dawgs
While other students and their families from the Kenai Peninsula were booking exotic spring break trips to Hawaii and Mazatlan, the Nikiski High School girls basketball team had a closer -- but just as exciting -- destination in mind: four days and nights in Anchorage for the Alaska School Activities Association State Basketball Championships.

Seward takes on Valdez
The Seahawks open the tournament against Valdez in what has the potential to be the closest game of the tournament.

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