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Sunday, April 1, 2001

Construction of gas pipeline years away
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP) -- The three big producers of natural gas in Alaska remain committed to making a route selection for a transcontinental pipeline by the end of the year, if the idea is financially feasible.

Moderate quake rumbles near Adak
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An earthquake was recorded near Adak Friday night.

Twenty mushers complete Denali 300 race
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Twenty mushers completed the inaugural running of the Denali 300 sled dog race, with the last place finisher crossing the Cantwell finish line Friday evening.

Interior Secretary Norton, senators take pro-drilling tour
KAKTOVIK, Alaska (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton received a warm welcome Saturday from residents living in the only village within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- a visit that proponents hope will strengthen efforts to drill for oil in the refuge.

Senate Finance plan spends more on schools, less on health
JUNEAU (AP) -- The public can weigh in Saturday and Monday on the Senate Finance Committee's proposed state spending plan for next year -- a plan that so far provides more money for schools, but $8.1 million less overall than the operating budget passed by the House.

Construction of gas pipeline years away
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP) -- The three big producers of natural gas in Alaska remain committed to making a route selection for a transcontinental pipeline by the end of the year, if the idea is financially feasible.

Five Fairbanks residents indicted for welfare fraud
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Five Fairbanks residents have been indicted on fraud charges that prosecutors say involve tens of thousands of dollars of public assistance money stretching back to 1996.

Anchorage teen wins state spelling bee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 13-year-old Anchorage girl won the Alaska State Spelling Bee, by correctly spelling ''moulage.''

Fairbanks man found dead after apparent fight
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a Fairbanks man who was found dead Friday morning after an apparent fight.

Former defense official says Bush wants missile system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Reagan defense official and state officials say President George W. Bush has indicated he will go ahead with a national missile defense system, and at least a part of that system could be based in Alaska.

Norton reiterates support for drilling in Arctic refuge
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton is describing her trip to Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a ''fact-finding mission'' she hopes will ease the fight in Washington over whether to open the refuge to oil development.

Construction of gas pipeline years away
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory (AP) -- The three big ucers of natural gas in Alaska remain committed to making a route selection for a transcontinental pipeline by the end of the year, if the idea is financially feasible.

Anchorage teen wins state spelling bee
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 13-year-old Anchorage girl won the Alaska State Spelling Bee, by correctly spelling ''moulage.''

State says no protection for orphaned wolf
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state will not give special protection to a young wolf whose mother was accidentally killed by biologists in Denali National Park and Preserve.

Interior Secretary Norton, senators take pro-drilling tour
KAKTOVIK, Alaska (AP) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton received a warm welcome Saturday from residents living in the only village within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- a visit that proponents hope will strengthen efforts to drill for oil in the refuge.

Civil Rights Commission to consider racism hearing request
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Civil Rights Commission's Alaska advisory committee will consider public inquiries on racial discrimination in the state when it meets April 26 in Anchorage.

Ketchikan jury finds man guilty of murder
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan jury has convicted Matthew Cook Jr. of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Harold James Trout 15 months ago.

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski seniors plan bazaar for Thursday, Friday Sterling seniors to discuss new facility Domestic violence seminars offered Volunteers meeting planned Boys and Girls Club offers classWolf to speak at chamber lunchNinilchik blood drive slatedBoxing club plannedTickets on sale for memory quiltReunion meeting planned

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Eagle Lady's TLC keeps birds aloft
An invitation to join Jean Keene for breakfast at her Homer Spit home between Christmas and the first part of April means one of two things:

My Best Friend
Justice and Shayne Miller of Soldotna find a comfortable spot to take a break with their dog Black.

Conflicting testimony given
More versions were heard in Kenai Superior Court of the events that preceded the death of Justin Meireis, 19, of Nikiski, on March 12, 2000.

Reaction mixed to revision on arsenic
The Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush has struck down an 80 percent reduction in acceptable arsenic levels approved by former President Bill Clinton just before he left office.

Bush official tours ANWR
KAKTOVIK -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton received a warm welcome Saturday from residents living in the only village within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- a visit that proponents hope will strengthen efforts to drill for oil in the refuge.

Borough, school district unfazed by Bush rollback of ergonomics laws
The new Bush administration repealed pending workplace rules on repetitive motion injuries, but the issue is far from dead, warned Kenai Peninsula employers.

Knowles lauds conservation effort on peninsula
From Gov. Tony Knowles' opening remarks regarding the way he was dressed to his recommendation to turn Alaska into a "Fortress of the Bears," he had the crowd gathered at the third annual Alaska Bear Festival glued to his every word.

Leonard Rose
Soldotna resident Leonard Rose died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 71.

Live-saving legislation needed
What would you pay to save your mother, sister, or daughter if they were diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer and had no insurance to cover treatment?

Applause
Nikiski Cub Scout Pack appreciates support for Blue and Gold Banquet

It's better for everyone when family matters
As I was walking out of the grocery store recently, I saw a family walking through the parking lot.

Animal control all about responsible pet ownership
Mention "pets" to some people and wonderful stories pour forth about animals' companionship, their intelligence, their mischievous ways, their helpfulness.

White, Wolin to be married by brother
Ann Marie White and Joseph Wolin will be married Saturday, May 26, 2001, in Moscow, Idaho, at the Grace Baptist Church. Jason Wolin, brother of the future groom, will officiate.

Doyle, Tourtellot plan April wedding
Denice Doyle and David Tourtellot have announced their plans to marry Saturday, April 21, 2001, at 3 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church in Sol-dotna.

Wolverines stop Northway
The Ninilchik and Point Hope girls basketball teams picked up semifinal victories Friday night at Service High School in Anchorage to advance to the Class 2A state championship game.

Duke comes back from 22-point hole
MINNEAPOLIS -- Duke was down by 22 points and coach Mike Krzyzewski didn't mince words.

Baseball 2001: Around the bases, from A to Z
A quick trip around the bases, from A to Z:

Ninilchik triumphs against all Hope
To the victors go the spoils. In Ninilchik, apparently, that includes a water-bottle shower for the winning coach.

Time runs out on CIA in fourth-place game
Even with an overtime period, the Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball

Great Guy helps Rangers exorcise Devils
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Guy Hebert stopped 38 shots and the New York Rangers ended a 23-game winless streak that spanned four years against New Jersey, beating the Devils 4-3 Saturday.

Venus perseveres for Ericsson title
Venus Williams returns a shot to opponent Jennifer Capriati during the women's finals Saturday at the Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Sports Briefs
Strawberry missing two days Twins sign former reliever CarrascoJeter to start season on DLBrown put on DL day of roster deadlineGiants purchase Santiago's contractNBA close to getting into the zone

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